Women for Science Symposium & Luncheon
L to R: Prof. Goldfarb; postdoctoral fellows Drs. Shiri Gur-Cohen and Anat Biran; Ellen Merlo; Prof. Neeman; Prof. Dudai; and Prof. Alberini.
Launched in 2015, the American Committee’s Women for Science (W4S) Initiative brings together philanthropists and leaders to advance transformative research and women’s-related initiatives at the Weizmann Institute. Recently, 50 supporters attended the W4S Symposium & Luncheon, held at New York University’s Helen and Martin Kimmel Center for University Life.
The morning symposium opened with a talk by Prof. Michal Neeman, Vice President of the Institute. Prof. Daniella Goldfarb, the President’s Advisor for Advancing Women in Science and a member of the Department of Chemical Physics, described the Institute’s efforts to support female scientists at every stage of their careers. She then led a conversation with two young scientists who have received support from the Institute through the Israel National Postdoctoral Award for Advancing Women in Science to pursue their postdoctoral studies in the U.S. Prof. Yadin Dudai of the Department of Neurobiology and NYU’s Prof. Cristina Alberini discussed their international neuroscience collaboration.
American Committee National Chair and W4S chair Ellen Merlo moderated a panel discussion, “Women in Philanthropy: A Catalyst for Positive Change,” which featured noted philanthropists Patricia Gruber and Marcy Syms, as well as Cheryl Black, Managing Director of J.P. Morgan Private Bank.