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Honours & Awards

2019 Israel Prize goes to TAU Jewish Studies scholar

Mordechai Akiva Friedman wins high national honour for Geniza work

The 2019 Israel Prize in the category of Jewish History was awarded to TAU Prof. (emer.) Mordechai Akiva Friedman, Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish Studies and Archaeology. He was recognized by the Prize committee as “the greatest Geniza scholar of our generation, whose work has shed light on the history of the Jewish people in the Middle Ages in the East, including in North Africa, the Land of Israel and beyond to India, and on Jewish-Muslim relations.”

Born in the USA, Prof. Friedman gained his BA and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and a Rabbinical Degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He joined the TAU faculty in 1973, served recurrently as Chairman of the Talmud Department, and was incumbent of the Joseph and Ceil Mazer Chair in Jewish Culture in Muslim Lands and Cairo Geniza Studies.

Prof. Friedman is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the Ben Zvi Institute Awards for Research of the Land of Israel and Jewish Communities in the East, among others. In 2001, he was elected Fellow of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. He has authored 12 books and edited 20 and has published ca. 160 articles in professional journals.

Photo: Muki Schwartz

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TAU scholar named Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters

Dr. Sefy Hendler received the highest decoration awarded by the French Ministry of Culture

Dr. Sefy Hendler, head of the Department of Art History at Tel Aviv University, has been named Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, one of the highest decorations awarded by the French Ministry of Culture. The title was given to him for “his commitment to the service of French culture”.

He received the decoration from the hands of the French Ambassador to Israel, Mrs. Hélène Le Gal, during a ceremony that took place on February 18, at the French Embassy in Tel Aviv.

“I think that in our country, fed by American culture, there is room for other voices,” he said. “The French voice, according to which I have been educated for many years, is among the most important, especially because it is different, and I wish that my students, as well as the other people who come to the University, will be exposed to this aspect of culture “.

Personalities who received this award in the past include British poet and playwright T. S. Eliot, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, American writer Paul Auster, actress Sharon Stone, as well as Israeli authors Amos Oz, David Grossman, Ohad Naharin, Haim Gouri et Zeruya Shalev.

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TAU Confers Honorary Doctorate on Pioneer in Internet Technology

Prof. Amnon Yariv honored for decades of breakthrough research in optoelectronics

In recognition of his indelible mark in the field of integrated optics technology, Tel Aviv University awarded an honorary doctorate to Prof. Amnon Yariv, the Martin and Eileen Summerfield Professor of Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology (CalTech). The conferment ceremony was held at the Raya and Joseph Jaglom Auditorium in the George S. Wise Senate Building. Prof. Yariv is a member of and visiting lecturer at TAU’s Mortimer and Raymond Sackler Institute of Advanced Studies.

With a plethora of awards and honors, including the prestigious National Medal of Science presented by President Barak Obama in 2010, Prof. Yariv is widely credited with transforming the optical communications industry. His research group, which focuses on the theoretical and technological underpinning of optical communication, has generated numerous technologies, not the least of which was the invention of the semiconductor distributed feedback laser. This device enabled the transmission of mass data via phone, video, cable and the Internet, which has profoundly influenced society and culture across the globe.

Israeli-born Prof. Yariv fought in Israel’s War of Independence from 1948-1950, before leaving for the US. He completed his BSc, MSc and PhD in electrical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, taking on his first role as Research Associate there in 1958. He then spent five years on the technical staff of Bell Telephone Laboratories, before returning to academia in 1964 as a professor of electrical engineering at CalTech, where he remains today.

In his tribute to Prof. Yariv, TAU Rector Yaron Oz spoke of how TAU awards honorary doctorates to those who are visionaries in their field — to those who create new realities instead of merely improving on what exists. “The ability to set a vision far beyond imagination and bridge the gap between vision and reality, this is the paths of excellence that led you here today,” said Prof. Oz.

Presenting the award along with Prof. Oz was TAU Vice President Raanan Rein. Among the guests in attendance were: Prof. Yossi Rosenwaks, Dean of the Iby and Aladar Fleischman Faculty of Engineering; Prof. Avraham Gover, Head, Israeli Free Electron Laser Knowledge Center for Radiation Sources and Applications, Faculty of Engineering;  and Prof. (Emeritus) Emanuel Marom, former Dean of Engineering.

Featured image: From left: Prof. Yaron Oz, Prof. Amnon Yariv and Prof. Raanan Rein Photo: Yehonatan Zur

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The 2019 Rappaport Prize for Excellence

The 2019 Rappaport Prize for Excellence in the field of Biomedical Research is awarded to Prof. Ehud Gazit from the School of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology

The Rappaport Prize for Excellence in the field of Biomedical Research is awarded to scientists for groundbreaking or innovative research which has the potential to advance the health of mankind. The research must have real and applicable therapeutic implications for human welfare.

The Rappaport Prize for Excellence in the field of Biomedical Research is awarded to scientists for groundbreaking or innovative research which has the potential to advance the health of mankind. The research must have real and applicable therapeutic implications for human welfare. The Prize is intended to encourage scientists to undertake scientific and clinical research that could significantly advance a specific medical field. One of the recipients of the 2019 award for an Established Israeli Scientist is Prof. Ehud Gazit from the School of Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology.  

Gazit’s main achievements include the pioneering mechanistic characterization of the self-assembly of amyloid nano-structures by extremely short peptide fragments, the structural identification of oligomeric amyloidal toxic assemblies, and the development of inhibition technologies, as well as synthesis of novel chemical entities (NCEs) in pre-clinical and clinical development for the treatment of a variety of degenerative disorders. His work also led to the development of a revolutionary branch of peptide nanotechnology that is currently being studied by more than 100 research groups around the world. This activity involves the discovery of a novel class of peptide nanostructures with unique chemical and physical properties that are useful for numerous technological applications, including medical and dental materials, material reinforcement for personal armor, ultra-sensitive sensors, optical devices, and energy storage products. His recent discovery of the ability of the formation of ordered amyloid-like assemblies by metabolites, rather than proteins or peptides, has transformed the canonical paradigm of inborn error of metabolism disorders. His approach may provide novel diagnostics and treatment to these maladies, as well as establish a new paradigm for the etiology and therapeutics of diversified ailments.

 

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Congratulations to Prof. Khitam Muhsen for Receiving a Certificate of Appreciation

The President of the University will award Prof. Muhsen with a certificate of appreciation for her achievements to mark International Women’s Day

Dr. Khitam Muhsen is Associate Professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel.

She completed her PhD in epidemiology at Tel Aviv University, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Vaccine Development, University of Maryland School of Medicine, in the United States.

Dr. Muhsen’s main research interest is epidemiology of enteric diseases and vaccines, with emphasis on rotavirus and Helicobacter pylori infection.

Her research has been supported by competitive awards and grants (e.g., Israel-US Binational Science Foundation, Ministry of Health, Israel National Institute for Health Policy and Health Services Research, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation).

Dr. Muhsen is the author of more than 60 original articles published in international peer reviewed journals.

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