Achievements

2017

  • Prof. Zehavit Gross of the School of Education has been given the Distinguished Scholar Award by the Religions and Education Special Interest Group (SIG) at AERA - the American Education Research Association.
  • Prof. Ran Tur-Kaspa, Dean of the Bar-Ilan School of Medicine in the Galilee, was honored with the 201 Life Achievement Award for Health Practitioners, for his unique  contribution to the community and to the advancement of health service in Israel.

  • Prof. Dror Fixler of the Faculty of Engineering was chosen as one of 10 foreign researchers to receive the annual award bestowed by the President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Prof. Fixler, an expert in electro optics, was honored for his work in Nano photonics. The award includes a research grant for a joint study with a Chinese scientist.

2016

    ·         Prof. Chaim Milikowsky, of the School of Basic Jewish Studies won a "Rabbi Kook" prize for religious literature in 2016.

    ·         Prof. Johnathan Rynhold, of the Department of Political Science, won the Outstanding Book award this year of the Israeli Political Science Association (ISPSA) 2016 on his book: The Arab-Israeli Conflict in American Political Culture, (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

    ·         Prof. Nir Lev, of the Department of Mathematics, won the Computational Methods and Function Theory (CMFT) Young Researcher Award.

    • Prof. Izhar Bar-Gad and Dr. Dana Cohen, of the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, won the (MAFAT) Prize for Creative Thinking, named after Gen. Yaakov Toren (deceased).
    • Dr. Erez Levanon, of the Faculty of Life Sciences and Dr. Omry Koren, of the Faculty of Medicine won a German Israeli Award for Research Cooperation and Highest Excellence in Science (ARCHES).
    • Prof. Yuval Feldman, of the Faculty of Law and Prof. Avi Zadok, of the Faculty of Engineering, were appointed as memebers of the Israel Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
    • Prof. Haim Taitelbaum, of the Department of Physics, has been appointed as a member of the Council for Higher Education.
    • Dr. Marcela Sulak Head of the Shaindy Rudoff Creative Writing Program, won the INDIEFAB Gold Award for Adult Nonfiction for Family Resemblances, an anthology of hybrid literary genres.
    • Professor Yossi Katz of the Department of Geography and Environment, will be awarded this year's Israel Prize in Geography, Archaeology, and Land of Israel Studies. The Israel Prize, the country's most distinguished honor, will be bestowed upon Prof. Katz at the annual ceremony on Israel Independence Day.
    • Prof. Nathan Aviezer, of the Department of Physics, won a grant from the Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF), for his project titled Development and Implementation of a Teaching Unit on Modern Science and Orthodox Jewish Faith.
    • Dr. Vadim Axelrod, of the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, was awarded the Rothschild Fellowship for 2015 for his research in Cognitive Neuroscience.
    • Dr. Noga Ayali-Darshan, of the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Languages, will receive the Jonas C. Greenfield Prize from the American Oriental Society (AOS). The Greenfield Prize is granted every four years to a young scholar for the best article in any area of Semitic studies that has been published during the most recent three-year period. 
    • A Project grant from the Israel Cancer Research Fund was awarded to Dr. Shay Ben-Aroya, of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences.
    • Dr. Michael Blank, of the School of Medicine in the Galilee, was a recipient of the Research Career Development award from the Israel Cancer Research Fund.
    • A Project grant from the Israel Cancer Research Fund was awarded to Prof. Chaya Brodie, of Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences and the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials.
    • A Project grant from the Israel Cancer Research Fund was awarded to Prof. Cyrille Cohen, of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences.
    • An Azrieli Fellowship, which provide generous financial support to the best and brightest researchers at Israeli universities, was awarded to Michael Danzuger, of the Department of Physics.
    • The Len and Susan Mark Initiative for Ovarian and Uterine/MMMT Cancers award was given to Dr. Sol Efroni, of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences and member of the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, by the Israel Cancer Research Fund.  He also received the International Collaboration Grant from the Israel Cancer Research fund, along with Dr. Francisco Quintana, of Brigham and Women's Hospital, for their project.
    • Bar-Ilan creative writing and literary translation lecturer Prof. Evan Fallenberg was awarded a writing residency at Château de Lavigny by the Fondation Ledig-Rowohlt of Switzerland.
        
    • Dr. Daniel Feldman was awarded a 3-year grant from the Israel Science Foundation for his project: 'Ida Fink: Holocaust Literature from the Margins'.
    • Prof. Adam Ferziger, of the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, for receiving the prestigiousUS National Jewish Book Award for 2015 for his book Beyond Sectarianism: The Realignment of American Orthodox Judaism (Wayne State University Press).
       
    • Prof. Sharon Gannot, Head of the Speech and Signal Processing laboratories at the School of Engineering, was elected IEEE Deputy Chairman of Signal Processing and Acoustics
    • Prof. Eytan Gilboa, Director of the Center for International Communication at BIU and Senior Research Associate at the BESA Center for Strategic Studies, was elected Chair of the Israel Communication Association for a three-year term. 
    • An Azrieli Fellowship, which provide generous financial support to the best and brightest researchers at Israeli universities, was awarded to Natan Goldstein, of the Department of Economics.
    • Yitzhak Baruch Goldstein, of the Department of Computer Science, was awarded an Adam Fellowship, given to outstanding doctoral students in the exact sciences, mathematics, and the life sciences. 
    • Prof. Yaron Harel, of The Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, published his book on Intrigue and Revolution: Chief Rabbis in Aleppo, Baghdad and Damascus 1744-1914. 
    • Prof. (Emeritus) Yaakov Kaduri, of the Zalman Shamir Bible Department, was awarded the 2016 Rothschild Prize for Jewish studies.
    • Prof. Sarit Kraus, of BIU's Computer Science Department and Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, was named ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Fellow. Prof. Kraus' innovative research focuses on artificial intelligence, particularly multi-agent systems their interaction proficiently with people.
    • Prof. Gideon Lewensohn, of the Department of Music, is the winner of this year’s Prime Minister’s Award for Original Works of Composers.
    • Prof. Aren Maeir, of the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, was appointed by the Israeli government to the Board of Directors of the Israel Parks and Nature Authority. Prof. Maeir, has directed the Ackerman Family Bar-Ilan University Expedition to Gath for the last 20 years. 
    • Dr. Uri Nir, of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences and the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials and Dean of Students, was a recipient of the Internal Collaboration Grant from the Israel Cancer Research Fund, along with Dr. Eldad Zacksenhaus of Toronto General Hospital for their project 'Genomic Analysis of Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer for Israeli Women of all Ancestries.'
       
    • Prof. Betty Olivero, of the Department of Music, was awarded the EMET Prize for academic excellence and professional achievements which have a significant influence on society.
    • Prof. Moshe Orfali, of the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, was chosen as a member of the Royal Spanish Academy.
    • Dr. Eyal Pe'er, of the Graduate School of Business Administration, won the 2015 GIF (German Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research) which helps fund and promotes joint basic and applied research projects between Israeli and German scientists. Dr. Pe'er is also the recipient of the 2015BSF-NSF (US-Israel Binational Science Foundation) award. This foundation promotes scientific relations between the US and Israel by supporting joint research projects in the basic and applied sciences.
    • Dr. Avi Picard, of the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land and Israel Studies and Archaeology, was awarded the Shazar Prize for Jewish History.
    • A Project grant from the Israel Cancer Research Fund was awarded to Prof. Rachela Popvtzer, of the School of Engineering and the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials.
    • Hagit Porat, of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, received a Clore Fellowship, granted to outstanding and promising Israeli scientists pursuing a career in natural sciences.
    • The Alon Fellowship for absorption of outstanding young faculty was awarded to Dr. Shiri Regev-Messalem of the Faculty of Law.
    • Dr. Assaf Rinot, of the Department of Computer Science, was awarded the Krill Prize for excellence in scientific research.
    • The Alon Fellowship for absorption of outstanding young faculty was awarded to  Dr. Pinchas Roth of the Department of Talmud.
    • The Alon fellowship for absorption of outstanding young faculty was awarded to Dr. Jonathan Rubin of the Martin (Szusz) Department Land of Israel and Archaeology. 
    • Dr. Sharon Ruthstein, of the Department of Chemistry, has been awarded the Krill Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research, granted by the Wolf Foundation to returning Israeli scientists.
       
    • Prof. Dov Schwartz, of the Department of Jewish Thought, was awarded the EMET Prize for academic excellence and professional achievements which have a significant influence on society.
    • Prof. (Emeritus) Ora Schwarzwald, of the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Languages, was the recipient of the Landau 2015 Mifal HaPayis Prize for Arts and Sciences, as well as her being chosen as a member of the Royal Spanish Academy.
    • Dr. Yael Shapira, of the Department of English Literature, was awarded a 3-year grant from the Israel Science Foundation for her project: 'Women's Popular Gothic of the 1790s: A Rethinking from the Literary Margins.’
    • Dr. Benjamin Shmueli, of the Faculty of Law, received the Schusterman Foundation Israel Institute Research grant for his research proposal entitled "Israel: Legal and Economic Aspects Refusal in Get Tort Actions."
    • Dr. Manal Totry-Jubran, of the Faculty of Law, was awarded the “Maof” scholarship for exceptional Arab faculty.
    • Dr. Amit Tzur, of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences and the Bar-Ilan Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, was a recipient of the Research Career Development award from the Israel Cancer Research Fund.
    • Prof. Ehud Weiss, of the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land and Israel Studies and Archaeology, had his research chosen as one of Discover Magazine’s top 100 stories of 2015.
    • Dr. Yaron Yehoshua, of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, was awarded two research grants by Israel's Ministry of National Infrastructures, Energy and Water Resources.  

    2015

     

     

    • Prof. Sarit Kraus, of BIU's Computer Science Department and Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, was named ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Fellow. Prof. Kraus' innovative research  focuses on artificial intelligence, particularly multi-agent systems their interaction proficiently with people.

    2001

    ·         Prof. Arie Zaban, of BIU's Department of Chemistry and former Founding Director of the Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, is the winner of the 2015 Prize for Outstanding Scientist of the Israel Chemical Society (ICS).


     

    ·         Prof. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari, Director of the Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women at the Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law, is the recipient of the 2014 Katan Award for the Advancement of Gender Justice through Voluntary Work.  The Award is given by the Ruach Nashit NGO in Israel in recognition of commitment to social activities and volunteerism on behalf of women and Israeli society.


     

    ·         The Israel Association of Public Law betwoed the 2014 Uriel Gorni Award for Young Reserachers upon Dr. Ori Aronson of BIU's Faculty of Law.


     

    ·         Professor Sharon Gannot of the Faculty of Engineering was awarded a prize for excellence for a published article on signal processing by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.


     

    ·         Prof. Betty Olivero, of BIU's Music Department, is the recipient of the Ministry of Culture and Sports' Creativity in Zionism Award. The award is given for Prof. Olivero's excellent dramatic creation, uniquely based on the Jewish heritage of the Balkan, Moroccan and Spanish Jewish communities.


     

    ·         Prof. Haim Cohen of the Mina & Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences is awarded The “Leon and Maria Taubenblatt Prize for Excellence in Medical Research” for the academic year 2013/2014 for his research on extension of healthy lifespan and curing age related diseases by preventing the physiological damages of obesity and diabetes.


     

    ·         Prof. Alon Korngreen won the prestigious NSF-BSF (National Science Foundation - Binational US Israel Science Foundation) award, together with his collaborators, Prof. Nathan Urban and Prof. Rob Kass of Carnegie Mellon University.


     

    ·         Prof. Doron A. Peled, of BIU's Department of Computer Science, won the prestigious 2014 CAV (Computer-Aided Verification) Award, for the development of partial-order reduction algorithms for efficient state-space exploration of concurrent systems.


     

    ·         Dr. Hadar Dancig-Rosenberg, for BIU's Faculty of Law, was awarded the 2014 Shneior Zalman Heshin Prize for Academic Excellence in Law, given annually by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


     

    ·         Prof. Aaron Demsky, professor of biblical history at Bar-Ilan University and director of a project studying Jewish names, is the winner of the 2014 Bialik Prize, an annual literary award given for significant accomplishments in Jewish Thought.


     

    ·         Prof. Shamma Friedman, of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies has won the prestigious Israel Prize for research in Talmud. The judging committee said Professor Friedman was chosen for his "enormous and varied study of Talmudic literature, which has earned him an international reputation as a leading speaker on the study of the Mishnah and Tosefta, and questions of literary structure and formation of the Talmud text." 


     

    ·         Dr. Dror Fixler, of the Faculty of Engineering, received the 2014 Lord Turnberg Fellowship, given by The Academy of Medical Science in England, for his groundbreaking research on optical properties of plasmonic nanoparticles and biomedical applications.


     

    ·         Sanna Lonnfors, a student at the Shaindy Rudoff Graduate Program in Creative Writing, has been awarded a research grant by Yad Vashem for research on her thesis, titled: Meine geliebten, goldenen Kinderer: Silenced Voices from the Holocaust. Lonnfors, who's personal mentor in the Creative Writing program is Prof. Evan Fallenberg, has also received funding from the Chydenius Foundation, a Finnish organization.


    ·         Dr. Dancig-Rosenberg Hadar of BIU’s Faculty of Law, won the prestigious Cheshin Law Prizefor Academic Excellence in Law , given annually by The Shneur Zalman Cheshin Fund for Academic Excellence in Law and the Faculty of Law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


     

    ·         Prof. Gideon Parchomovsky of the Faculty of Law won the Zeltner Prize awarded to senior researchers.


     

    ·         Prof. Doron Aurbach of BIU's Department of Chemistry and Director of the Nano Cleantech Center at the Bar-Ilan Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), was awarded the prestigious International Battery Association (IBA) Yeager Award for his work in advancing battery technology. 


     

    ·         Prof. Kimmy Caplan, of the Department of Jewish History, was appointed as Member of the Board of Directors of the American Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), the only representative of an Israeli Academic Institute. 


     

    ·         The Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women in the Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University has received the Gorni Prize from the Israeli Association of Public Law for its noteworthy activities in promoting human rights. 


     

    ·         Dr. Aren Maeir, of the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, was appointed Associate Editor at the Israel Exploration Journal, Israel Exploration Society's official publication, and the most important publication in the field of Land of Israel Archaeology.


    ·         Prof. Gershon Bacon, of the Department of Jewish History, together with Dr. Mirjam Rajner of the Program for Jewish Art, won an ISF grant for the purpose of holding an international research workshop to investigate the Holocaust in Yugoslavia.  The workshop is partly sponsored by Yad Vashem. 


    ·         Prof. Louis Rowen of the Department of Mathematics was named Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS), For contributions to noncommutative algebra, and for service to the mathematical community.


     

    ·         Prof. Yair Goldreich of The Department of Geography and Environment won the Luke Howard Award, offered annually by the International Association for Urban Climate.


     

    ·         Prof. (Emeritus) Shlomo Havlin of the Department of Physics won the Rothchild award for Chemistry and Physics for the year 2014, for his exceptional contribution in the field of statistical physics of complex systems and its substantive affect on such fields as mathematics, computer sciences and biology.


     

    ·         Dr. Yael Bloch-Elkon of the School of Communication was honored with the prestigious Bruce E. Gronbeck Political Communication Research Award


     

    ·         Prof. Yehuda Lindell of the Department of Computer Science was awarded yet another ERC research grant.


     

    ·         Dr. Galia Yanoshevsky of the Department of French Studies, was knighted by the French Board of Education.


     

    ·         Prof. Susan Rothstein of the Department of English Literature and Linguistics was appointed member of the prestigious Academic Europaea.


     

    ·         Prof. Eliezer Schlossberg, Lecturer at the Department of Arabic and Deputy Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, was appointed Chairman of the Committee of Teaching Arabic, Arab Studies and Islam at the Israel Board of Education.


     

    ·         Dr. Itamar Drori of the Department of Literature of the Jewish People (Hebrew Literature and the Literature of Jewish Languages) won the Gershon Shaked Award for Exception Doctoral Dissertation.