The Salk Institute is expanding its annual, in-person, half-day outreach event known as High School Science Day to a weeklong online event — High School Science Week. The virtual nature of the program removes the barriers of transportation, limitations on capacity, and the necessity to have a teacher register students.
March of Dimes High School Science Week 2021 will run from Monday, Feb. 22, to Friday, Feb. 26. Any high-school-age student across the country or internationally is welcome to register and attend any or all of the lab tours. The registration link may be found here.
The week’s programs will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, with a welcome by Professor Geoffrey Wahl, which will be followed by a virtual tour of his laboratory at 2 p.m. Each day, Tuesday through Thursday, will include virtual lab tours at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. High School Science Week will wrap up on Friday with a keynote by Professor Kay Tye at noon, which will be followed by a virtual tour of the Stem Cell Core. Media are welcome to attend any portions of the program. The schedule of lab tours is as follows:
Tuesday, Feb. 23
12:30 p.m., Lab of Professor Kay Tye (Systems Neurobiology)
2 p.m., Lab of Professor Joanne Chory (Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology)
Wednesday, Feb. 24
12:30 p.m., Lab of Professor Janelle Ayres (Molecular and Physiology Laboratory)
2 p.m. Lab of Associate Professor Sreekanth Chalasani (Molecular Neurobiology)
Thursday, Feb. 25
12:30 p.m. Lab of Rusty Gage (Neuroscience)
2 p.m. Lab of Professor Alan Saghatelian (Peptide Biology)
Salk's March of Dimes High School Science Week is made possible by the generous support of the Anne and Neal Blue High School Science Fund. It is named in honor of the March of Dimes Foundation, which was established by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1938 as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis to raise funds for research into polio, a disease whose epidemics terrorized the world until the development in the early 1950s of the first successful polio vaccine by Jonas Salk, who then went on to found the Salk Institute in 1960 with the foundation's support.