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Three members of CIFAR’s community recognized for excellence by the AAAS

by Jon Farrow Nov 26 / 19

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will induct Rebecca Finlay (VP Engagement and Public Policy), Vicky Kalogera (fellow, Gravity & the Extreme Universe), and Arthur McDonald (advisor, Gravity & the Extreme Universe) into its prestigious fellowship in February 2020.

Rebecca + Arthur + Vicky
(Left to Right: Rebecca Finlay, Arthur B. McDonald, and Vicky Kalogera)

The distinction, given each year by the AAAS, is awarded to those who advance science and its applications, demonstrating the highest standards of professional ethics and scientific integrity.

Rebecca Finlay, VP Engagement and Public Policy, CIFAR
Rebecca Finlay leads CIFAR’s Knowledge Mobilization team, which convenes experts in industry, civil society, healthcare, and government with CIFAR research programs for in-depth, cross-sectoral engagements and collaborations. The two-way dialogue is focused on timely and relevant issues that will develop new ways of thinking and promote changes in policy and practice.

Finlay is being honoured “for distinguished work in science communication for innovators in business, policy making and civil society, thereby accelerating the societal impact of the scientific research.” This is the first time a member of CIFAR’s administration has been elected a fellow of the AAAS.

“I am very thankful for this honour,” says Finlay. “This really is recognition for the entire team at CIFAR. It’s not just for the work we’ve been doing to drive societal impact, but also for the role that communication and sustained dialogue play in making research accessible to those who can put it into practice.”

Arthur B. McDonald, Associate Fellow, Gravity & the Extreme Universe; Professor Emeritus, Queen’s University
Arthur McDonald has been an associate fellow of the Gravity & the Extreme Universe program since 2017. He was also an Associate Fellow of its predecessor program, Cosmology & Gravity, from 2007 to 2017 and has served on several different CIFAR advisory boards since 1997. He is a laureate of the Nobel Prize in Physics, and discovered that neutrinos, some of the most abundant particles in the universe, have mass.

McDonald is being recognized by the AAAS for “leading the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory scientific collaboration in the discovery of neutrino oscillations.”

Vicky Kalogera, Fellow, Gravity & the Extreme Universe; Daniel I. Linzer Distinguished University Professor, Northwestern University
Vicky Kalogera has been a fellow of CIFAR’s Gravity & the Extreme Universe program since 2017. She is a leading member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) scientific collaboration, which made the first detection of gravitational waves and the founding director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA).

Kalogera is being recognized for “distinguished contributions to novel, joint analysis and interpretation of electromagnetic and gravitational wave observations of binary compact objects, her theoretical modeling of such astrophysical sources and her CIERA leadership.”

“These prestigious awards are richly deserved,” says Alan Bernstein, CIFAR’s President & CEO. “They recognize the many contributions of Arthur, Rebecca, and Vicky that have such an important impact on science, science policy and innovation in Canada and globally.”


All three members of the CIFAR community will be honoured on February 15th at the Annual Meeting of the AAAS, in Seattle, Washington.