Janet Napolitano

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UC President Janet Napolitano will interview authors for the Commonwealth Club.

President Napolitano interviews 'Salk' author

University of California President Janet Napolitano will interview Dr. Charlotte Jacobs, author of “Jonas Salk: A Life,” about her biography of the physician-researcher who developed the first safe and effective polio vaccine.

WHEN: Aug. 19, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

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University of California President Janet Napolitano, already a prolific reviewer of books, has joined with the Commonwealth Club to host a series of author interviews.

Jonas Salk: A Live

Napolitano's first interview, on Aug. 19, will be with Dr. Charlotte Jacobs, professor emerita of medicine at Stanford University, and the author of “Jonas Salk: A Life.”

Salk, a physician-researcher, changed human history by inventing the first polio vaccine. His work saved countless lives and helped shape the medical field as its known today.

Napolitano and Jacobs will discuss the Salk biography, and delve into his life and legacy as part of a larger discussion about the best practices of vaccinations, preventing pandemics and saving lives.

The New York Times called Jacobs' book "science writing at its best."

"The Salk trials rank among the great successes of modern medicine, and Jacobs tells the story as well as it’s ever been told," the Times said.