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2014 Salk Symposium

On Sustainability

OCTOBER 28, 2014, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
William Pitt Union Assembly Room, 3959 Fifth Avenue

The Jonas Salk Centenary Symposium on Sustainability: SURVIVAL OF THE WISEST at the University of Pittsburgh commemorates the 100th anniversary of Jonas Salk’s birth. While he is most well-known for the polio vaccine, Jonas Salk’s commitment to a sustainable human future was a major topic of his writings after his polio work. The program featuring speakers from multiple disciplines and perspectives, addressing sustainability with a focus on the environment, the economy, global health and the human dimension of what will be required to bring about constructive change.

Program

8:00 Registration and breakfast
8:35 Welcome by Patricia Beeson, provost, University of Pittsburgh
8:40 Welcome by Bernard Goldstein, professor emeritus, Pitt Public Health
8:45 Opening remarks by Peter Salk, president, Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation
9:00 Welcome by Patrick Gallagher, chancellor, University of Pittsburgh

THE AGE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
9:05 Introduction by Peter Salk
9:10 Keynote address: Jeffrey Sachs, director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

HOW SUSTAINABILITY AND A BOTTOM UP APPROACH CAN CREATE A HEALTHY GREEN ECONOMY
10:20 Introduction by Clyde Jones, president, Medical and Health Sciences Foundation, University of Pittsburgh and UPMC
10:25 Session address: Van Jones, co-host, Crossfire, CNN; former green jobs advisor to the Obama White House
11:35 Break

DON’T JUST SIT THERE – DO SOMETHING! FINDING SOLUTIONS AND CREATING ENERGY SMART COMMUNITIES
11:55 Introduction by Karen Feinstein, president and CEO, Jewish Healthcare. Foundation
12:00 LUNCHEON and Session address: Joylette Portlock, president, Communitopia; board member, Allegheny County Board of Health
1:05 Break

SUSTAINABLE BUSINESSES IN SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES
1:20 Introduction by Eva Blum, executive VP and director, Community Affairs, PNC 
1:25 Discussion panel moderated by Bernard Goldstein. Panelists: Jane Madden, partner, Mission Measurement; Neil C. Hawkins, chief sustainability officer, The Dow Chemical Company; Allison Robinson, director of environmental initiatives, UPMC; Benson Gabler, vice president, manager of corporate sustainability, PNC Financial Services Group

ACTING AS IF TOMORROW MATTERS: ACCELERATING THE TRANSITION TO SUSTAINABILITY
2:35 Introduction by Bernard Goldstein
2:40 Session address: John Dernbach, professor, Widener Law School; former director, Advanced Science and Research Team, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources

A PATH APPEARS: TRANSFORMING LIVES, CREATING OPPORTUNITY
3:45 Introduction by Peter Salk
3:50 Session address: Nicholas Kristof, New York Times journalist
4:55 Closing remarks by Bernard Goldstein and Peter Salk
5:10 Reception with book signing by Nicholas Kristof

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About the Jonas Salk Symposia Series at Pitt Public Health

While most known for polio vaccine development, Jonas Salk's broader commitments to a sustainable human future were major topics of his later writings on the environment, the economy, global health, the meaning of health, and the human dimension of creating constructive change. The Jonas Salk Symposia, hosted by Pitt Public Health, honor him by bringing together speakers from diverse disciplines to discuss the continuing importance of one such theme each year. Recent, upcoming, and proposed symposia topics include:

Recent Jonas Salk Symposia topics

The development of the first polio vaccine is credited to Dr. Jonas Salk and his team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to his pioneering research with vaccines, Salk also studied and wrote about humanity’s role in the evolutionary scheme.

Salk Legacy Stories

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EPI graduate shares her experience of overcoming polio (video) 

EPI graduate shares her experience of overcoming polio (video)

CONSULATE GENERAL OF INDIA IN NEW YORK -- In observance of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disability, Sunita Dodani (EPI ’06) shares her story of overcoming polio and thriving in life. After experiencing paralysis in all four limbs, Dodani met the challenges of growing up as a... (01/03/2019)
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Celebrate 70: The Salk legacy (video) 

Celebrate 70: The Salk legacy (video)

“[Jonas Salk] had no idea what was going to come out of this experiment. He was just terrified that it wasn’t going to turn out to work, but it did,” said Peter Salk of his father's early tests of the first polio vaccines. Jonas Salk developed the first successful polio vaccine while working at Pit... (04/18/2018)
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Iron lung used to treat polio patients displayed at Pitt Public Health 

Iron lung used to treat polio patients displayed at Pitt Public Health

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW - An iron lung machine will be on display at Pitt Public Health to honor polio pioneer Dr. Jonas Salk, who created the polio vaccine in 1955. The vaccine, tested in Pittsburgh school children, is considered one of medicine's most significant medical breakthroughs. “It's a ... (04/11/2018)
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Pitt's 'new' iron lung is the symbol of the Salk achievement there 

Pitt's 'new' iron lung is the symbol of the Salk achievement there

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE - The tubular yellow artifact placed on display in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health lobby Tuesday was an unfamiliar oddity to the many millennials walking by it, but 73-year-old Jael Greenleaf of Squirrel Hill knows it well. “I am claustrophobic ... (04/11/2018)
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Discussing the legacy of polio, one of the most dreaded disease in history (VIDEO) 

Discussing the legacy of polio, one of the most dreaded disease in history (VIDEO)

KD/PG SUNDAY EDITION - KDKA’s Stacy Smith and the Post-Gazette’s Jerry Micco discuss present-day challenges in the worldwide fight to eradicate polio with PETER SALK, visiting professor  in IDM, as well as his childhood growing up in Pittsburgh while his father's team developed the first injectable... (09/20/2017)
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Pitt band at 1956 Sugar Bowl honors Jonas Salk 

Pitt band at 1956 Sugar Bowl honors Jonas Salk

During the 1956 Sugar Bowl halftime, the Pitt marching band spelled out SALK to honor the polio vaccine work of Pitt researcher Jonas Salk. The efforts of his research team culminated in the largest national controlled field trial in history, resulting in the vaccine’approval for the public on April... (09/06/2017)


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