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CIFAR celebrates International Women’s Day

08.03.2018

On International Women’s Day, CIFAR is proud to recognize the many women in our community who are transforming our world through research.

Women play in important role in every one of our research programs, and they head up fully a third of them. Program leaders include Marla Sokolowski in CIFAR’s Child & Brain Development program; Victoria Kaspi in Gravity & the Extreme Universe; Michele Lamont in Successful Societies; and Janet Rossant in Humans & the Microbiome. In addition to these directors and co-directors CIFAR has more than 70 women fellows and programs and advisors, all of whom are outstanding researchers.

CIFAR is proud of the high caliber of the women in its programs, and is committed to increasing the number. Among the early career researchers who make up the CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar program, almost half are women. And of the applicants to the CIFAR Global Call for Ideas – some of whom will be chosen to create new CIFAR programs – more than 40 per cent are women.

“Diversity is a matter of fairness, and would be worth pursuing for that reason alone. But it is also a matter of excellence. No institution can arbitrarily choose from a small subset of the population without also excluding many of the best minds. A diverse population brings diverse viewpoints and ways of thinking. At CIFAR we believe in the power of bringing together great minds with different backgrounds, knowledge and experience. Simply put, the greater the diversity, the better the results,” said Dr. Alan Bernstein, President & CEO of CIFAR.

CIFAR congratulates all of our women fellows and advisers:

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