The work of celebrated spinal cord injury activist and leading political
scientist illustrates the benefits of strong Canada-Israel relations
TORONTO, June 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Friends of the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem (CFHU) today announced that Mr. Rick Hansen and
Prof. Janice Gross Stein were awarded Honorary Doctorates by the Hebrew
University of Jerusalem at a ceremony held in Jerusalem on June 10. Mr.
Hansen was chosen to deliver the convocation address to 2012 PhD
graduates at the opening session of the 75th meeting of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Board of Governors.
Last year, Rick Hansen signed an agreement with the Institute for
Medical Research Israel Canada (IMRIC) of the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem to further advance research into spinal cord injury (SCI).
Specifically, this agreement broadens the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord
Injury Registry, an international database used to collect and analyse
information related to SCI and subsequent clinical treatments.
"I am very proud to have received an Honorary Doctorate from Hebrew
University of Jerusalem," says Rick Hansen. "For the last 25 years, I
have dedicated my life to finding a cure for SCI. This work has given
me the opportunity to meet inspiring and passionate people from all
over the world, including many research scientists and medical
professionals. The IMRIC team at Hebrew University are world-class. I
have consistently been impressed by their vision of bringing together
the best minds in research science, across disciplines, across borders
and irrespective of race or religion. As a Canadian, I am proud of the
relationships that we have built with Israeli institutions and the
personal friendships I now enjoy with many Israelis. I am particularly
proud of the academic and research ties that unite our two countries. I
would strongly urge any Canadian organization pursuing scientific
research to reach out to IMRIC in order to investigate collaborative
potential," adds Mr. Hansen.
As a scholar specializing in conflict resolution, Janice Gross Stein has
forged strong ties between the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the
University of Toronto. Prof. Gross Stein's work has directly
contributed to Canadians' understanding of politics and life in the
"As an academic, I have devoted more than 40 years to the study of
politics in the Middle East," continues Janice Gross Stein. "During
that time, my work has permitted me to travel extensively throughout
the region. I began working with scholars at Hebrew University many
years ago. Over time, I have developed collaborative partnerships and
personal friendships with members of the faculty. I have been impressed
by the intellect, commitment and vision of these scholars seeking
innovative solutions to enduring conflict. My research has focused on
the psychological underpinnings of decision making and I have worked
closely with scholars in Israel to deepen our knowledge and to inform
public policy. As a Canadian, it is my hope that our research can help
shape policy at home and especially in the Middle East, where conflict
is entrenched," notes Prof. Gross Stein.
"The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is proud to recognize two very
distinguished Canadians," says Menahem Ben-Sasson, President, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. "Rick and Janice come from
very different worlds. But, both have pursued their life's work with
great perseverance and conviction. And, we at Hebrew University have
had the good fortune and the honour of getting to know each of them. In
the spirit of acknowledging individual accomplishment and advancing
Israel-Canada relations, we are delighted to welcome Rick Hansen and
Janice Gross Stein as Honorary PhDs of our university", concludes Prof.
About The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, founded in 1918, is Israel's first
university. The university's founders, including: Chaim Weizmann,
Albert Einstein, Martin Buber and Sigmund Freud, were leaders, thinkers
and humanitarians whose genius inspired their vision of a great
university that would have no limits or borders. The founding charter
declared that the institution would be open to every qualified man and
woman irrespective of religion, race or nationality. Ranked as one of
the world's leading research universities, The Hebrew University of
Jerusalem's faculty and researchers are at the forefront of the
international scientific and academic communities. Many top prizes and
awards have been won by its graduates and faculty including eight Nobel
Prizes. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is a pluralistic institution
where science and knowledge are advanced for the benefit of humankind
in an atmosphere free of discrimination and prejudice. For more
information, please visit: www.huji.ac.il/huji/eng/.
About the Canadian Friends of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Canadian philanthropist Allan Bronfman founded the Canadian Friends of
the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (CFHU) in 1944 to promote awareness,
leadership and financial support for The Hebrew University of
Jerusalem. A national not-for-profit organization with chapters across
Canada, CFHU facilitates strategic academic research partnerships
between Canada and Israel as well as establishing scholarships,
supporting research and recruiting Canadian students to attend the
Rothberg International School. Another key CFHU initiative is the
Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) at Hebrew
University (www.imric.org). For more information, please visit: www.cfhu.org.
About Rick Hansen
In 1973, at the age of 15, Rick Hansen was involved in an accident that
paralyzed him from the waist down. Rick went on to become one of
Canada's most decorated Paralympic athletes. In 1985, Rick Hansen set
off on the 'Man in Motion World Tour': to wheel 40,000 kilometres
through 34 countries to prove the potential of people with
disabilities. Afterwards, he established the Rick Hansen Foundation to
find a cure for spinal cord injuries and create more accessible
communities. Since 1988, the Foundation has leveraged the $26 million
raised during the Tour into $252 million in investments. For more
information, please visit www.rickhansen.com.
About Janice Gross Stein
Janice Gross Stein is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management in
the Department of Political Science and the founding Director of the
Munk School for Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. She holds
degrees from McGill (BA and PhD) and Yale (MA). She is a Fellow of the
Royal Society of Canada and an Honorary Foreign Member of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was the Massey Lecturer in 2001 and a
Trudeau Fellow, and was awarded the Molson Prize by the Canada Council
for an outstanding contribution by a social scientist to public debate.
Janice Gross Stein is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of
Ontario. She was Visiting Professor in the Department of International
Relations and a holder of the Bullock Chair at the Hebrew University.
She has published more than a hundred books and articles in strategic
studies and the Middle East. Her most recent book is Diplomacy in the Digital Age.
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