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Jolly Good Fellows

Swiping magazines from doctor’s offices is a hobby of mine. My ophthalmologist keeps Science in his waiting room, which seems to be overlooked for all the copies of various fishing magazines and People. During my last visit, I found a short blurb in the May 28, 2010 issue, called “Jolly Good Fellows”, in the column Random Samples, edited by Kelli Whitlock Burton.

The article states that “the 19 inaugural Canadian Excellence Research Chairs announced this week all have two things in common: They’re all illustrious scientists. And they’re all men. In fact, not a single woman was even nominated.”

According to the piece, this Canadian group has a goal of awarding $10 million over the next seven years to the universities who nominated the recipient. It states that 41 universities nominated a total of 135 candidates, which were narrowed down to the 19 winners located at 17 schools. None of the nominees were women.

A government panel determined that there was no evidence of wrongdoing in the selection process but implemented changes for the next round (seven years from now) to have separate awards for mid-career scientists, and to include reports on how the universities selected their nominaees. The presidents of the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology, and the National Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (also a woman) served on the panel.

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