"The university is an organism and an organization which must create an internal environment to optimize three activities: teaching, learning, and service. How trivial these three words appear, yet how profound and complicated it is to carry out those processes effectively…there must be semipermeable membranes that define and limit the environment within the institution.” Paul Saltman
Paul Saltman was a distinguished professor of biology at UC San Diego for more than three decades, an internationally renowned nutrition expert, and an educator who reveled in the disciplines of academic scholarship. He received a B.S. in chemistry (1949) and Ph.D. in biochemistry (1953) from the California Institute of Technology. In 1967 he accepted the position of provost of Revelle College at UC San Diego to bring undergraduate education to the same high level of academic excellence as the graduate program's earned reputation. In 1972 Saltman was appointed Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and in 1980, he returned to full-time research and teaching at UC San Diego. Paul passed away in 1999. His sons, David and Joshua are both leaders in their own right and are still engaged with the University through philanthropic giving and service.
The Saltman name, forever remembered by our alumni and community, continues to evoke sentiments of pride, admiration and integrity on the UC San Diego campus and beyond. In addition to the endowed funds in his name, Paul's family has continued to see through his efforts to attract and retain the most talented students and faculty, and to prepare our Biology students to be the leaders of tomorrow. The Saltman Quarterly, a research journal designed to give undergraduates the opportunity to experience writing and reviewing peer-reviewed journal articles, conveys the excitement of science that Dr. Saltman inspired in so many. It increases the awareness of and pride in the contributions of undergraduates to basic science research in the Division of Biological Sciences, UC San Diego and the greater San Diego community. With the Saltman family's support, the publication continues to be a wonderful experience and opportunity for Biology undergraduates to showcase their remarkable research, and develop leadership skills.
Upon Paul's passing, the Paul D. Saltman Endowed Chair in Science Education was established by UC San Diego to recognize a distinguished senior member of Biological Sciences faculty for his/her commitment to, and success in teaching science. The current Chairholder in Science Education is Dr. Marty Yanofsky. Marty, a UC San Diego graduate himself, received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Plant Biology at Caltech. He was the recipient of a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering and a Beckman Young Investigator Award, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Yanofsky’s Lab focuses on the genes involved in fruit development in Arabidopsis thaliana.