Latin America makes a strong showing at International Board

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020
Mario Fleck at the International Board

Mario Fleck at the International Board

At the International Board, the Latin American Committee enjoyed its largest delegation in Weizmann history, with about 100 guests. The Committee hosted an exclusive event for Latin American friends and in honor of the President of the Brazilian Association of Friends, Mario Fleck,  who received a Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa.

Separately, the Argentinian Association of Friends organized its first nationwide Physics Challenge called “Think Outside the Box”. Teams of high school students from five schools created safes with mechanisms based on principles of physics. The winning group was from the Technical Middle School of the University of Buenos Aires in Villa Lugano.

In Mexico, a group of young women created the Vera Weizmann group, aiming to promote the advancement of women in science at the Weizmann Institute. Prof. Rony Paz, Head of the Department of Neurobiology, and Dr. Itay Tirosh from the Department of Molecular Cell Biology visited Mexico in September and December, respectively, where they gave scientific lectures and participated in a series of events. In December, the Mexican Association of Friends held an event to celebrate four Mexican scientists who have been supporting Weizmann Institute research: Dr. Ana Flisser Steinbruch, Dr. Raquel Gerson Cwilich, Dr. Alberto Huberman Wajsman, and Dr. David Kershenobich Stalnikowitz.