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The Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California

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Many decades ago my mom took us kids down to the courthouse to get the latest polio vaccine. I remember it well because it didn’t involve a needle. In fact, the vaccine came via a sugar cube, and as an 8-year-old child, the lack of needles and someone giving me a sugar cube was pretty cool.

What we had received was an oral polio vaccine developed by Albert Sabin in the late 1950s. It underwent human trials in 1957, was selected by the U.S. National Institute of Health as the polio vaccine of preference, and licensed in 1962.

The first widely available polio vaccine, an “inactivated poliovirus vaccine,” was developed in 1952 by Jonas Salk while at the University of Pittsburgh. After two doses, 90% of the people develop protective antibodies to all three types of poliovirus. After three doses, that increases to 99%. Sadly, it is given by injection, which involves needles…….

In 1960, Salk founded the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, a suburban neighborhood of the City of San Diego, about 20 miles north of downtown San Diego.

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The Salk Institute is an international center for medical and scientific research. Architects and those who know architecture rave about the Salk Institute campus. Personally, I find the architecture dull, boring, and uninteresting, verging on flat-out ugly. But what do I know?

Here are some pictures of the Salk Institute campus:

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The Salk Institute consistently ranks among the top institutions in the United States in terms of research output and quality in the life sciences. In 2004, the Times Higher Education Supplement ranked Salk as the world’s top biomedicine research institute, and in 2009 it was ranked number one globally by ScienceWatch in the neuroscience and behavior areas.

The institute employs 850 researchers in 60 research groups and focuses its research in molecular biology and genetics, neurosciences, and plant biology.

The campus was designed by Louis Kahn. According to Wikipedia sources, “Kahn created a style that was monumental and monolithic; his heavy buildings for the most part do not hide their weight, their materials, or the way they are assembled. Louis Kahn’s works are considered as monumental beyond modernism. Famous for his meticulously built works, his provocative proposals that remained unbuilt, and his teaching, Kahn was one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century.” Suffice to say that he and his style are not among my favorites.

The original buildings of the Salk Institute were designated as a historical landmark in 1991. The entire 27-acre site was deemed eligible by the California Historical Resources Commission in 2006 for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Salk’s personal papers are stored at the Theodore Geisel Library at the University of California, San Diego. You might recognize the name of Theodore Geisel as that of Dr. Seuss. Geisel’s personal papers also are stored at the Library.

The Geisel Library is what I consider beautiful architecture:

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(More on the Geisel Library can be found here: The Geisel Library at the University of California San Diego.)

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The Clothesline Project

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My wise old grandmother taught me not to air my dirty clothes in public. So imagine my surprise when I’m walking around the campus of the University of San Diego, a Catholic university, and see two clotheslines full of laundry in front of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. Here’s one of them:

The Clothesline Project

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The Clothesline ProjectI noticed writing on the shirts so I went over to have a closer look and discovered that it was “The Clothesline Project,” a program started in Massachusetts in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women.

According to sources, “The Clothesline Project is a vehicle for women affected by violence and those that love them to express their emotions by decorating a shirt.”

“The shirts on the clotheslines give testimony to the problem of violence against women and serve as a call to put an end to the silence around sexual assault.”

The Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project

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San Diego Historical Landmarks—#10: Torrey Pines Area, part 2

San Diego Historical Landmarks

If you missed Torrey Pines Area, part 1, here it is.

Let us start at the far north of the Torrey Pines Area as defined by this map:

Torrey Pines Area

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That blue just below Carmel Valley Road is Los Peñasquitos Lagoon. It’s a great place to go train watching since Amtrak, Coaster, and BNSF freight use the single track through the marsh.

Amtrak under the Del Mar Bridge at Torrey Pines State Beach near San Diego, California

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Those trees you see on the hill behind the bridge are torrey pines in the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.

The torrey pine (Pinus torreyana) is the rarest pine species in the United States. It grows only in a small area here in San Diego and on Santa Rosa Island, one of the islands in Channel Island National Park off the coast of Southern California.

Torrey Pine (Pinus torreyana)

Torrey Pine (Pinus torreyana)

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I went to the Reserve at 7:00 one morning and did everything within my power not to just sit out there and watch the trains go by. Long-time readers probably realize how difficult it was for me to ignore the trains. Nonetheless, here’s a walk through a couple of the trails in the Reserve:

Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve, San Diego

Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve, San Diego

Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve, San Diego

Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve, San Diego

Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve, San Diego

Torrey Pines State Nature Reserve, San Diego

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The first time I visited the Reserve was back in May 1993. As I remember it, there was very little sunshine to be found on the trails since it was a fairly dense forest of torrey pines. Sadly, the pines slowly are losing their fight for existence due to drought, insect attacks, and pollution from nearby developments and roadways.

There are two named beaches below the 400-foot cliffs of the Reserve: Torrey Pines State Beach and Blacks Beach. Blacks Beach is one of the world’s largest and best naturist beaches. It is difficult to get to because one has to navigate trails down the 400-foot sandstone cliffs, and each time you go, the trails are different due to erosion from human traffic and rainfall during the winter weeks.

My knees don’t like me going up and down cliffs anymore, so these pictures are from a trip a couple of years ago:

Blacks Beach

Stairs to Blacks Beach in San Diego, California

Blacks Beach in San Diego, California

Blacks Beach in San Diego, California

Blacks Beach in San Diego, California

Blacks Beach in San Diego, California

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The Torrey Pines Golf Course is San Diego’s best and most beautiful course, and it’s a municipal course! It is where Tiger Woods won his last major championship, the U.S. Open, back in 2008.

Torrey Pines Golf Course

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Overlooking the golf course is The Lodge at Torrey Pines, a AAA Five Diamond hotel:

The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California

The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California

The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California

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The University of California at San Diego (UCSD) is in the Torrey Pines Area. UCSD was established in November 1960, and in just 54 years has risen to prominence among universities worldwide, with U.S. News & World Report recently ranking it as the 18th Top World University.

The campus has many unique buildings and public art, and is worth spending a day just walking around gawking at everything. The library, shown in the first picture, is named after Theodore Geisel, better known as “Dr. Seuss.” Geisel was a La Jolla resident when he died, and many of his works are in the Geisel Collection in the library.

Geisel Library at the University of California San Diego

UCSD Sun God

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Computer Science & Engineering Building at University of California San Diego

House at the University of California San Diego

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Across the street from the campus is the historic Torrey Pines Glider Port. I have been known to sit there for hours at a time and just watch the hang gliders.

Torrey Pines Gliderport, San Diego

Torrey Pines Gliderport, San Diego

Torrey Pines Glider Port

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On the beach below the Glider Port is the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, founded in 1903, and one of the world’s foremost oceanographic institutions. The Institution is now a part of the University of California San Diego, and also includes the Birch Aquarium. Take an afternoon to visit the Aquarium because the view of the beach and ocean is unparalleled, and the aquariums and fish are pretty nice, too!

Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego

Scripps Institute of Oceanography, San Diego

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At the very south of the Torrey Pines Area is the Salk Institute for Biological Studies:

Salk Institute, San Diego

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The Salk Institute was founded in 1960 by Jonas Salk, the developer of the polio vaccine. It often is ranked as the premier biological & biomedicine institute in the world.

Constant praise is heaped upon the architecture, but I find it to be absolutely atrocious. Bare concrete everywhere; just depressing and oogie.

Salk Institute in San Diego

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There you have it. An absolutely gorgeous and historic area, so if ever you are in San Diego, take a day out of your schedule and go visit the Torrey Pines Area in La Jolla. You won’t regret it.

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For the introductory blog post
to San Diego’s historical landmarks,
click on San Diego’s Historical Landmarks.

For previous posts in the
San Diego Historical Landmarks series,
go here.

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Sun God: The biggest and most colorful bird ever

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These past few posts about larger-than-life public art reminded me of the Stuart Collection at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

I went digging in my huge collection of cataloged but unprocessed pictures and found the UCSD Sun God.

Looks like this:

Sun God at the University of California San Diego

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Sun God was created by Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002) a French sculptor, painter, and film maker, and was the first work commissioned by the Stuart Collection. It also was her first outdoor work in North America.

Although born in France, she lived in New York from 1933 to 1951 and again in the 1960s. She lived and worked right here in La Jolla from 1992 until her death in 2002.

Sun God at the University of California San Diego

The vibrantly colored “bird” is fourteen feet tall and stands on a concrete arch fifteen feet tall on a grassy area between the Faculty Club and Mandeville Auditorium.

Sun God is a landmark on the UCSD campus and often is the target of various embellishments: giant sunglasses for the summer; a cap and gown for graduation; and earphones and a radio/tape player, turning the statue into a “Sony Walkbird.”

Sun God is the host of the annual Sun God Festival in the Spring, now the largest event sponsored by the UCSD Associated Students. Unfortunately, the Festival has become quite rowdy recently, resulting in many safety-related accidents and injuries. It’s also presumed that drugs and alcohol play a part in the Festival, a presumption that played out sadly when a student died of a drug overdose after attending the 2014 Sun God Festival. It looks like some changes are coming to the Festival for 2015.

Sun God at the University of California San Diego

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Toy pianos at the 13th annual toy piano festival in San Diego

Out & About — 13th Annual Toy Piano Festival

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I had the pleasure of attending the 13th Annual Toy Piano Festival yesterday. It was held in the Seuss Room in the Geisel Library on the campus of the University of California at San Diego. The Geisel Library is one of the most recognizable buildings in San Diego County.

Geisel Library at the University of California San Diego

For more on the Geisel Library, see my blog post The Geisel Library at the University of California San Diego.

You might realize that “Seuss” and “Geisel” are the same person. Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, and his wife moved here to La Jolla just after World War II, and he died in La Jolla in 1991 at the age of 87. One of the pieces played was, I believe, from The Cat in the Hat Songbook. An excerpt:

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There were several performers, some in Suess-inspired attire. Here’s a duet:

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The final performance was the best simply because it required audience participation. An except from the Bubble Wrap Finale:

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Toy pianos were on display not only at the Festival but throughout the library as well.

Toy pianos at the 13th annual toy piano festival in San Diego

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Toy pianos at the 13th annual toy piano festival in San Diego

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Toy piano at the 13th annual toy piano festival in San Diego

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If Dr. Seuss were alive today….

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With the extreme heat and humidity that San Diego has been having, I have decided that instead of using my own air conditioner to keep cool, I would go to “cool zones” and use the city’s air conditioning. Most libraries are designated “cool zones,” so today I went to the Geisel Library at UC-San Diego. For more on the Geisel Library, see my post here: The Geisel Library at the University of California San Diego.

Invariably, since the Geisel Library is named in honor of Theodore Geisel, more popularly known as Dr. Seuss, there are always displays of various works from Dr. Seuss, such as these books on display today:

Books by Dr. Seuss at the Geisel Library, University of California San Diego

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After wandering through the several displays I came to the conclusion that Dr. Seuss was a liberal, progressive Democrat. I did not come to that conclusion lightly since Dr. Seuss died in 1991 and can’t defend himself if, indeed, he is otherwise than what I concluded.

Here are two Dr. Seuss political cartoons that helped me reach my conclusion:

Dr. Seuss political cartoon

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Dr. Seuss political cartoon

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I’m guessing that if Dr. Seuss were alive today, he’d probably be in favor of the Affordable Care Act.

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Computer Science & Engineering Building at University of California San Diego

Funky architecture at University of California San Diego

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Out of the five or six hundred college and university campuses that I’ve been to, University of California San Diego (UCSD) ranks as #1 in terms of interesting architecture. I think most college campuses try to maintain a consistent architectural look to their campuses. Not UCSD!

Here are a few of the interesting buildings that I got pictures of yesterday before I ran out of daylight:

Computer Science & Engineering Building at University of California San Diego

Computer Science & Engineering Building at University of California San Diego

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University of California San Diego

University of California San Diego

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University of California San Diego

University of California San Diego

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International House at the University of California San Diego

International House at the University of California San Diego

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House on a building at the University of California San Diego

House on the School of Engineering building at the University of California San Diego

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Geisel Library through the eucalyptus grove at the University of California San Diego

Geisel Library through the eucalyptus grove at the University of California San Diego

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