Achievements

2018

·         Prof. Doron Aurbach, of the Department of Chemistry, received the 2018 Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize, the world’s largest monetary award in the field of alternative fuels.

·         Prof. Dror Fixler, of the Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), was appointed as an associate editor of the IEEE Photonics Journal.

·         Prof. Moshe Deutsch, of the Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), was appointed as Israel's representative in the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI), an advisory body to the EU on science policy-making and infrastructure.

·         Prof. Eli Barkai, of the Department of Physics and a member of BINA, received the Alexander von Humboldt Research award for scientific collaboration with German scientists.

·         Dr. Adi Salomon, of the Department of Chemistry and a member of BINA, received the 2018 Krill award of the Wolff Foundation for young scientists

·         Dr. Beena Kalisky, of the Department of Physics and a member of BINA, received the 2017 Nathan Rosen Memorial Prize in Experimental Physics for a Young Faculty Member, given by the IPS (Israel Physics Society).

·         Prof. Zeev Zalevsky, of the Faculty of Engineering and director of BINA’s Nano Photonics Center, received the Asian Advanced Materials Award for 2018 given by IAAM (International Association of Advanced Materials) for his outstanding contribution in the field of Advanced Materials and Technology. He also received the 2018 BIG (Business Intelligence Group) Innovation Award, amongst other awards and prizes.

·         Prof. Emmanuel Friedheim, of the Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, was recently appointed editor of the prestigious European publication La Revue des Études Juives (The Jewish Studies Review), published by The Société des Études Juives (The Society of Jewish Studies).

·         Prof. Yehuda Lindell, of the Department of Computer Science, was awarded the Israeli Prime Minister's Innovation Prize in the field of Cyber, for his startup Unbound Tech a hi tech company using mathematical technologies for cyber security.

·         Prof. Dov Ber Kotlerman, ofJoseph and Norman Berman Department of Literature of the Jewish People, won the Dr. Hirsh and Dvora Rosenfeld Award for Yiddish Literature for his collection of novellas "Der Sod fun Vayse Bern" (The Secret of Polar Bears).

2017

·         Prof. Eli Vakil of the Department of Psychology has been awarded the Distinguished Career Award by the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) for his contribution to neuropsychology.

·         Prof. Rachela Popovtzer of the Faculty of Engineering and Prof. Gal Yadid of the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at BIU have been awarded the INA research grant for their study on the use of gold nanoparticles to track stem cells used to treat drug addiction.

·         Prof. Liat Ayalon, of the School of Social Work, has been awarded the European Union's MSCA-ITN grant to launch an international PhD program on Euro Ageism.

·         Rabbi Prof. Joshua Berman, of BIU’s Bible Department and recipient of the Rotenstreich Fellowship of the Council for Higher Education, has been appointed to the International Advisory Board of the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC.

·         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 Azrieli School of Medicine of Bar-Ilan University, 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. Sharon Gannot Head of the Speech and Signal Processing laboratories and the Director of the Signal Processing study track at the Faculty of Engineering, was appointed Chairman of the IEEE Audio and Acoustic Signal Processing Technical Committee.

·         Dr. Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov of the Faculty of Law was awarded the 2016 Gorni Award for Young Researchers of Excellence in public law.

·         Dr. Adi Salomon of the Department of Chemistry won the 2015 GIF (German-Israeli Foundation for scientific research and development) Award for Young scientists.

·         Prof. Dror Fixler of the Faculty of Engineering and a BINA faculty memeber, was recently awarded the honorary status of Senior Member of SPIE (International Society for Optical Engineering) for his contribution to the optics community, by applying nanoparticles in biomedical imaging and sensing, and for his overall career achievements. Additionally, he was appointed editor of the Cytometry Part-A Wily Journal.

·         Prof. Zeev Zalevsky director of BINA’s Nano-Photonics Center was recently awarded a Guest Professorship Fellowship as an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Physics, Faculty of Science at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Additionally, he received the Fellow of the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) Award, and the Professorship Program Award at ITMO University in St. Petersburg, Russia.

·         Prof. Rachela Popovtzer of the Faculty of Engineering and a member of BINA, was chosen by Globes financial magazine as one of the 50 most influential women in Israel in 2015.

·         Prof. Avi Zadok of the Faculty of Engineering and BINA faculty member, was recently appointed a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanity.

·         Prof. Rami Benbenishty of the School of Social Work was won the 2016 EMET Prize in Social Sciences for Social Work.

·         Prof. Arie Zaban, from the Department of Chemistry, was awarded the Kolthoff prize for years 2016-2017 of the Department of Chemistry.

·         Prof. Emeritus David Schaps of the Department of Classical Studies,has been elected as president of Association for Classical Studies for three years.

·         Prof. Zohar Amar of the Martin (Szusz) Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology won the Rav Kook prize for his book "HaTzomeach Ve'HaChai B'Mishnat Ha'Rambam".

·         Prof. Shmuel Rafael of the Department of Literature of the Jewish People has been elected as an advising member of the Royal Academy of the Spanish language.

·         Prof. Jonathan Fox of the Department of Political Sciences was appointed outstanding researcher of the World International Studies Association in the field of religion and international studies.

·         Professor Moshe Rosman, of the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, was bestowed an Honorary Doctorate by Wroclaw Univesrity in Poland, for his contribution to the study of the Polish Jewry.

·         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.

·         Dr. Noga Ayali Darshan, of the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Languages, has won a very prestigious award in Semitic studies from the American Oriental Society, a very large and important professional organization.

·         Prof. Haim Taitelbaum, of the Department of Physics, was chosen as head of the executive committee of the IUCC–Inter-University Computation Center.

2015

·         Prof. Sharon Gannot, Head of the Speech and Signal Processing laboratories at theFaculty of Engineering, was elected Deputy of signal processing and acoustics to IEEE Chairman.

·         Project grants from the Israel Cancer Research Fund were awarded to Dr. Shay Ben-Aroya and Prof. Cyrille Cohen, of the Mina and Everard Faculty of Life SciencesProf. Chaya Brodie, of Faculty of Life Sciences and the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, and Prof. Rachela Popvtzer, of the Faculty of Engineering and the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials.

·         Dr. Michael Blank, of the Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee, and Dr. Amit Tzur, of Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences and the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, were the recipients of the Research Career Development award from the Israel Cancer Research Fund. Dr. Michael Blank for his project 'Smurf2 in DNA Damage Response and Anticancer Genotoxic Therapies' and Dr. Amit Tzur for his project 'Elucidating the E2F1-E2F7/8 Circuitry in Single Proliferating- and DNA-Damaged Cells.'

·         The Len and Susan Mark Initiative for Ovarian and Uterine/MMMT Cancers award was given to Dr. Sol Efroni, of the Mina and Everard Faculty of Life Sciences and member of the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, by the Israel Cancer Research Fund.

·         Dr. Uri Nir, from 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 Collboration Grant from the Israel Cancer Reseach 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.'

·         Dr. Sol Efroni, of the Mina and Everard Faculty of Life Sciences and member of the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, 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 titled 'miR-29b and miR-9 to Target Glioblastoma Multiform via AHR and p38 Network Modulation.'

·         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. Daniel Feldman and Dr. Yael Shapira of the English Department were each both awarded a 3 year grant from the Israel Science Foundation. Dr. Feldman was honored for his project: 'Ida Fink: Holocaust Literature from the Margins'. Dr. Shapira won for her project: 'Women's Popular Gothic of the 1790s: A Rethinking from the Literary Margins.’

·         Dr. Eyal Pe'er of the Graduate School of Business Administration, won the 2015 GIF (German Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research) on partial confessions to unethical behavior. This foundation helps fund and promote jointed basic and applied research projects between Israeli and German scientists. Dr. Pe'er is also the recipient of the 2015 BSF-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.

·         The Azrieli Fellowship, who provides generous financial support to the best and brightest researchers at Israeli Universities, was awarded to Michael Danzuger of the Department of Physics, and Natan Goldstein of the Department of Economics.

·         Professor Dov Schwartz, of Department of Jewish Thought, and Professor Betty Olivero, of the Department of Music, were awarded the EMET Prize. This prize is given for excellence in academic and professional achievements that in turn cause a significant influence and contribution to society.

·         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.

·         Hagit Porat, of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life sciences, received a Clore Fellowship, granted to outstanding and promising Israeli scientists pursing a career in natural sciences.

·         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 Israeli returning scientists.

·         Dr. Vadim Axelrod of the Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center was awarded the Rothchild fellowship for 2015 for his research in Cognitive Neuroscience.

·         The Alon fellowship for outstanding absorption of young faculty was awarded to Dr. Shiri Regev-Messalem of the Faculty of Law, Dr. Pinchas Roth of the Department of Talmud and Dr. Rubin Jonathanof the Land of Israel Studies and Archeology Department. 

·         Bar-Ilan creative writing and literary translation lecturer Prof. Evan Fallenberg has been awarded a writing residency at Château de Lavigny by the Fondation Ledig-Rowohlt of Switzerland.

·         Prof. Yaron Harel from The Israel and Golda Koschitzky Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry published his book on "Intrique and Revolution- Chief Rabbis in Aleppo, Baghdad and Damascus 1744-1914."

·         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

·         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 Israel Communication Association for a 3-year term.

·         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.