Unlike most other animals, much of human brain development and maturation occurs after birth, a process that continues into early adulthood. This unusual pattern allows for greater influences of environment and culture on the emergence of the adult mind.
This series of programs from the recent CARTA symposium addresses the interactive contributions of nature and nurture in this process, ranging from experiments by ancient monarchs and lessons from “feral” children of various kinds, to the follow-up on Romanian orphans.
Distinguished speakers address comparative and neurobiological issues which likely played a key role in the origins of the human species and in the evolution of distinct features of our minds.
Tina Nova is the kind of person that makes you want to get up and shout, “Hey World, look out!”
As she recalls her journey from a small town in California’s Central Valley to launching multi-million dollar companies in San Diego, she inspires some 300 high school girls gathered at the Salk Institute for a pep talk on pursuing careers in biotech.
And it’s not just her!
Janelle Ayres of Salk and three other smart and successful women follow with stories of their own paths to satisfying lives based on their love for science.
A groundbreaking science fiction musical is wowing audiences at the UC San Diego-based La Jolla Playhouse. Directed by Des McAnuff, the Tony Award-winning director of Broadway musicals “Jersey Boys” and “The Who’s Tommy,” “Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots” is a magical tale of love and the struggle for survival set to the music of The Flaming Lips and featuring a 14-foot robot puppet, dancers in “glowing” LED costumes and stunning projections
But beyond the cutting-edge stagecraft, “Yoshimi” is a testament to the intertwined and largely unexplored relationship between science and art. In this sold-out event, leading San Diego medical researchers and La Jolla Playhouse artists, including McAnuff and Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, have a frank and fascinating discussion about the creative ground they share.
Moderated by Daniel Einhorn, medical director of Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute, the panel also includes Gerald Joyce, professor in the departments of chemistry and molecular biology at The Scripps Research Institute, Thomas Albright, director of the Vision Center laboratory at Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and Pamela Itkin-Ansari, adjunct assistant professor at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute.