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May/June 2018  | ISSUE No. 47

In this issue:
President's Message | Advances | News | Events | Awards & Honours | Appointments | Recommended



Young people are the future of science

Despite the importance of young scientists and scholars to the vibrancy of the research enterprise, it has never been more difficult for young people to launch a successful career than it is right now.



Probing the mysteries of superconductivity

By taking snapshots that last a quadrillionth of a second, Andrea Damascelli’s lab is improving our understanding of how superconductivity happens.



Genome Jenga study reveals unexpected gene alliances in the cell

The largest study of its kind sheds light on how genes work together to keep cells healthy, paving the way for predicting a person’s risk of disease.



McDonald Institute marks a new era in Canadian astroparticle physics research

A national astroparticle physics research network honouring Nobel laureate and CIFAR Associate Fellow Arthur B. McDonald was launched at Queen’s University.



Irene Bloemraad on populism and ‘us’ vs. ‘them’

CIFAR Senior Fellow Irene Bloemraad explored the complexities of framing at the David Dodge CIFAR Lecture on May 2 in Toronto.



CIFAR-GETx Conference: Brave New World

CIFAR’s program in Genetic Networks, in partnership with GET, will be hosting a GETx conference on June 4-5 in Toronto. Participants will explore emerging research questions and visionary ideas on gene variants and the larger genetic networks they belong within, in order to better understand complex disease.



Barbara Sherwood Lollar (Research Council) received the Logan Medal from the Geological Association of Canada.

Graham Taylor (Learning in Machines & Brains) has been selected as a visiting faculty member for Google.

Prerna Singh (Successful Societies) was awarded a 2018 Andrew Carnegie fellowship.

Joel Mokyr (Institutions, Organization & Growth) has been named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association.

Victoria Kaspi (Gravity & the Extreme Universe) will receive an honorary doctorate from the University of British Columbia.

Peter Hall (Successful Societies) has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Lewis Kay (Molecular Architecture of Life) was awarded the Gerhard Herzberg Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering.

Joelle Pineau (Learning in Machines & Brains) was awarded the E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship.

Lars Bildsten, Vicky Kalogera and Matias Zaldarriaga (all Gravity & the Extreme Universe) were elected as members of the National Academy of Sciences.

Graham Taylor (Learning in Machines & Brains) will receive a new Canada Research Chair in Machine Learning Systems.

Edward Sargent (Bio-inspired Solar Energy) was renewed as a Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology.

Janet Werker (Child & Brain Development) was awarded the Killam Prize in Social Sciences.

Yong Baek Kim (Quantum Materials) received a Killam Research Fellowship.

Christopher Chang (Bio-inspired Solar Energy) was awarded the Royal Society of Chemistry's Jeremy Knowles Award 2018.

Richard Ellis (Gravity & the Extreme Universe) has been admitted to the Australian Academy of Science.

Andrea Damascelli (Quantum Materials) was awarded the 2018 CAP/DCMMP Brockhouse Medal.

Prerna Singh (Successful Societies) was awarded a Berlin Prize Fellowship.


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Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness
Northwestern University


Maclean’s: What Stephen Hawking taught us about the importance of uncertainty
La Presse: Une révolution stimulante et prometteuse
BOLD: Genes and brain plasticity


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