2016 - 2017
Arthur Caplan was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to teach and conduct research in environmental and resource economics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He is an applied microeconomist who specializes in applying neoclassical theory, empirical modelling (i.e., econometrics), and numerical modelling to a variety of environmental and resource-management problems, such as mitigation of local air pollution, global externalities (e.g., climate change), water pollution, and more recently development of renewable energy sources (e.g., agrivoltaics, community solar, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure). He is currently a professor of economics in the Department of Applied Economics at Utah State University. He holds a BA in Economics and Communications from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, an MA in Agricultural Economics from Washington State University, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Oregon.
He is also working on an introductory textbook in the field of behavioral economics.
Arthur's recent publications include:
Caplan, Arthur J. and Ramjee Acharya (2019) “Optimal Vehicle Use in the Presence of Episodic Mobile-Source Air Pollution.” Resource and Energy Economics 57, 185-204.
Alan Castel is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He studies learning, memory, and aging, and is interested in how people can selectively remember important information. The title of his Fulbright Senior Scholar Award is “Curiosity as a Spark to Lifelong Learning: A Cross-Cultural Comparison” and will collaborate with Professor Vered Halamish and others at Bar-Ilan University. He received his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Toronto in 2004, did a fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis, and has been at UCLA since 2006. He lectures internationally to people of all ages, and has received several teaching awards. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine. His recent book is entitled, Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.
Alan's recent publications include:
Siegel, A. L. M. & Castel, A. D. (2019). Age-related differences in metacognition for memory capacity and selectivity. Memory, 27, 1236-1249.
Jodi Magness is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her BA in Archaeology and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and her PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. Magness is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Past President of the Archaeological Institute of America. Her research interests focus on Palestine in the Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic periods, and Diaspora Judaism in the Roman world. Magness has published eleven books and dozens of articles in journals and edited volumes. Since 2011, she has directed excavations at Huqoq in Israel’s Galilee, which are bringing to light a Late Roman synagogue paved with stunning mosaics.
Magness was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship for her project, “Jerusalem Through the Ages”.
Jodi’s recent publications include:
Magness, J. (2021). The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, revised edition.
Magness, J. (2019). Masada: From Jewish Revolt to Modern Myth, Princeton: Princeton University.
Lilianne R. Mujica-Parodi
Lilianne Mujica-Parodi is Director of the Laboratory for Computational Neurodiagnostics, and a professor in Stony Brook University's Department of Biomedical Engineering. She also holds academic appointments in the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology, Program in Neuroscience, and Departments of Neurology, Psychiatry, and Physics. Additionally, she is a research staff scientist and lecturer in the Department of Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School (Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging). Dr. Mujica-Parodi received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and Columbia University, respectively, studying Mathematical Logic and Foundations of Physics. After her PhD (Whiting Fellow), she completed an NIH Training Fellowship in Clinical Neuroscience at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. She was subsequently promoted to assistant professor there, where she performed research until being recruited by Stony Brook University. She is the recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Career Award, the White House’s Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, and the Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for her project “From Cells to Populations: Organizing Principles Driving Resource Allocation Under Constraint”. Dr. Mujica-Parodi‘s research interests focus on the extension of control systems engineering and dynamical systems, to human neuroimaging, with neurodiagnostic applications to neurological and psychiatric disorders.
Dr. Mujica-Parodi will be working with Professor Nir Davidson in his lab at the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Lilianne's recent publications include:
Mujica-Parodi LR, Amgalan A, Sultan SF, Antal B, Sun X, Skiena S, Lithen A, Adra N, Ratai EM, Weistuch C, Govindarajan ST, Strey HH, Dill KA, Stufflebeam SM, Veech RL, Clarke K. Diet modulates brain network stability, a biomarker for brain aging, in young adults. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science USA. 2020 Mar 3. pii: 201913042. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1913042117. PMID: 32127481.
Masha Ryskin is an Associate Professor of Drawing at Rhode Island School of Design. She holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the University of Michigan.
Ryskin is a Russian-American artist whose work spans across drawing, painting, and printmaking, and deals with a sense of place and displacement, identity and memory. She was awarded the Fulbright Senior Scholar Award in Jerusalem to explore these issues through drawing and mixed media. She will also teach a course on visualization and conceptual implications of space at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design.
Ryskin is a recipient of a number of grants, including a previous Fulbright Fellowship to Norway, and Rhode Island Fellowship in Printmaking and Drawing. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times and Art New England. She was recently co-organizer and participant in the “Illustrating Mathematics” Symposium at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics at Brown University. In addition to individual work, she maintains a robust interdisciplinary collaborative practice.
Masha's recent exhibitions include:
“Winding Roads and Tangled Journeys”, Candita Clayton Gallery, Pawtucket, RI (solo)
“New Optics”, The Painting Center, New York, NY
“Tangle of Time”, At Home Gallery, Samorin, Slovakia (collaborative)
Elise Zipkin is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University in the Department of Integrative Biology and the Director of the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Program. She earned a BS in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, a MS in Natural Resources from Cornell University, and a PhD in Biology from the University of Maryland. Her research focuses on developing mathematical and statistical models to identify the climate and habitat variables that are responsible for ecological variations in species distributions and abundances. Professor Zipkin was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to build statistical modeling capacity to assess and predict the effects of climate change on species in Israel. She will work with Tel Aviv University scientists to estimate and forecast the distributions of ecologically and economically important insect species using newly digitized records at the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History. She will also teach a series of statistical modeling workshops focusing on Bayesian inference for biology graduate students at Tel Aviv University.
Elise’s recent publications include:
Zipkin E.F., DiRenzo G.V., Ray J.M., Rossman S., and Lips K.R. 2020. Tropical snake diversity collapses after widespread amphibian loss. Science. 367: 814-816.
Saunders S.P., Ries L., Nepuane N., Ramírez M.I., García-Serrano E., Rendón-Salinas E., and Zipkin E.F. 2019. Multi-scale seasonal factors drive the size of winter monarch colonies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 116: 8609-8614.
Yousef Abu Kwaik is the Bumgardner Professor of Molecular Microbial Pathogenesis at the University of Louisville College of Medicine. His research focuses on the molecular and biochemical mechanisms by which pathogenic bacteria evade the innate host defenses in order to survive and proliferate within host cells, leading to disease manifestation. He has published 130 papers in outstanding journals and edited three books. He is the founder and chief editor of the journal, “Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology”. He has mentored 15 Ph.D. students and 20 postdoctoral fellows. In recognition of his research innovation he received the University of Louisville Presidential Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research and Creative Activity.
Yousef’s recent publications include:
Best, A and Abu Kwaik, Y (2019). Evasion of phagotrophic predation by protist hosts and innate immunity of metazoan hosts by Legionella pneumophilla. Cellular Microbiology. 2019;21:e12971. (DOI) - 10.1111/cmi.12971.
Von Dwingelo, Y., Chung, I., Price C. T., Li, L., Jones, S., Cygler, M., and Abu Kwaik, Y (2019). Interaction of the Ankyrin H Core Effector of Legionella with the Host LARP7 component of the 7SK snRNP complex. mBio 10:e01942-19. https://doi.org/10.1128/mBio.01942-19.
Avner Cohen is a Professor at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in California. He is widely known for his path-breaking historical studies of the Israeli nuclear program. His current research explores the lives and times of the three founding fathers of the Israeli nuclear program in its formative years. He was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship for his project, “Atomic Biographies – The Lives of E.D. Bergman, I. Dostrovsky, and S. Freier.” He is a two-time winner of the MacArthur Foundation research and writing awards, in 1990 and 2004. He was also a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in 1997-98 and 2007-08, and a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC in 2008-09. Currently he is a Global Fellow with the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project at the Woodrow Wilson Center. While he maintains an on-going and broad interest in understanding the nuclear age as a whole, much of Cohen’s work has focused on Israel’s nuclear history against the broader domestic and external aspects of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Avner’s recent publications include:
Israël et la bombe: L'histoire du nucléaire israélien (Français). Editions Demi Lune, Paris. 623 pp. 2020 Revised, updated and expanded French edition of 1998.
“SPECIAL SECTION: Nuclear Dimensions of the 1967 Arab-Israeli War,” Co-editor with Joshua Pollack, The Nonproliferation Review, Vol 25. No. 5-6, 2018
“Nuclear Norms in Global Governance: A Progressive Research Agenda,” Contemporary Security Policy, Guest Co-Editor with Maria Rost Rublee, Vol 30, No 3, July 2018
Alexei M. Sivertsev
Alexei M. Sivertsev is a Professor in the DePaul University Department of Religious Studies. He received his B.A. from the Historical Archival Institute, Russia State University for the Humanities, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Hebrew and Judaic studies from New York University. His research focuses on the study of Jewish cultural dynamics in late antiquity. Sivertsev was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship for his project: “Urban Communities in Context: Reading Late Antique Synagogue Floors in Roman Palestine as Relational Models.” He will explore late antique synagogue floor mosaics in the Beth Shean area of Israel. The project is part of a broader attempt to understand how Jewish and Christian communities in urban settings described themselves in relation to a variety of symbolic markers, such as language, geography, chronology, and indicators of status.
Alexei’s recent publications include:
Sivertsev, A. (2011). Judaism and Imperial Ideology in Late Antiquity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Sivertsev, A., (2014). “Jerusalem Talmud Sanhedrin 2, 6 (20c): Solomon’s Dethronement and Roman Political Theory in Late Antiquity,” in Talmuda de-Eretz Israel: Archaeology and the Rabbis in Late Antique Palestine, ed. Steven Fine. Berlin: De Gruyter, 111-25.
Noga Vardi is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. from Cornell University (studying the escape system of cockroaches) and, prior to becoming a Research Professor at Upenn, she worked at the Technion on vision and stereopsis. Noga specializes in all aspects of retinal signal processing, but she is mainly known for deciphering the mechanisms that mediate light signaling in retinal bipolar cells. In 2020, she was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to investigate the function of mitochondrial porins (VDACs) in photoreceptors.
Noga’s recent publications include:
Xu et al. 2016: The TRPM1 channel in ON-bipolar cells is gated by both the α and the βγ subunits of the G-protein Go. Sci Rep. 17;6:20940.
Tummala et al. 2016: Lack of mGluR6-Related Cascade Elements leads to Retrograde Trans-synaptic Effects on Rod Photoreceptor Synapses via Matrix-associated Proteins. Eur J Neurosci. 2016 43(11):1509-22.
Feng et al 2018: Lycium barbarum polysaccharides protect retina in rd1 mice during photoreceptors degeneration. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 1;59(1):597-611.
Ron Avi Astor
Ron Avi Astor is the Marjorie Crump Professor at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs of Social Welfare. He holds a joint appointed in the School of Education. He was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship for his project “Addressing School Safety at the National Scale, for Each School, and Sustained Over Time: A Two-Decade Historical and Empirical Case Study on the Israeli System of School Safety”. He will explore how Israel has successfully addressed issues of school safety in a systemic way. These policies and practices have reduced victimization levels and become an example for many other countries and states. Astor’s research examines the role of the physical, social-organizational and cultural contexts in schools related to different kinds of bullying and school violence.
Ron’s recent publications include:
Astor, R.A., & Benbenishty, R. (2019). Bullying, school violence, and climate in evolving contexts: Culture, organization and time. New York: Oxford University Press.
Astor, R.A., Jacobson, L., Wrabel, S., Benbenishty, R., & Pineda, D. (2018) Welcoming practices: Creating schools that support students and families in transition. New York: Oxford University Press.
Menachem Elimelech is the Roberto Goizueta Professor at the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Yale University. His research focuses on membrane-based technologies at the water-energy nexus, materials for next-generation desalination and water purification membranes, and environmental applications of nanomaterials. Professor Elimelech was the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his research contributions. Notable among these awards are the 2005 Clarke Prize for excellence in water research; election to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2006; Eni Prize for ‘Protection of the Environment’ in 2015; and election to the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2017. Professor Elimelech has advised 39 PhD students and 32 postdoctoral researchers, many of whom hold leading positions in academia and industry. In recognition of his excellence in teaching and mentoring, he received the Yale University Graduate Mentoring Award in 2004 and the Yale University Postdoctoral Mentoring Prize in 2012.
Menachem's recent publications include:
Yousefi, N., Lu, X., Elimelech, M., Tufenkji, N. Environmental performance of graphene-based 3D macrostructures, Nature nanotechnology, 14, pages107–119, 2019.
Mauter, M.S., Zucker, I., Perreault, F., Werber, J.R., Kim, J.H., Elimelech, M. The role of nanotechnology in tackling global water challenges, Nature Sustainability, 1, 166–175, 2018.
Joseph Galron-Goldschläger is an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University Libraries and is the Hebraica and Jewish Studies Librarian as well the German Language and Literature Librarian. He was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship Fellowship to pursue his project “Modern Hebrew Literature – a Bio-Bibliographic Lexicon” an online resource at: http:/go.osu.edu/hebrewlit. While in Israel he will explore deeply the Kressel biographical archive at the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem that includes ca. 10,000 letters and documents to and from Hebrew writers of the 1960s collected by G. Kressel for his Lexicon but not included in the printed edition. Newly discovered materials will be added to the online database and update entries as needed. He also would like to use the archives of the Gnazim Institute in Tel Aviv that is housing hundreds of personal archives of Hebrew authors from the nineteenth century to the present, and the Heksherim Institute in Beer Sheva that is the home of several archives of contemporary Hebrew authors (as Amos Oz, Nissim Aloni, David Schütz, and others) Joseph’s recent publications include: Personal bibliographies of Hebrew scholars as Professor Dan Miron (2007), Professor Nurit Govrin (2005), Professor Nathan Rotenstreich (2010), Professor Moshe Pelli (2017), Professor Dov Sadan (1986), Poet and playwright Nathan Alterman (1988- ), and more.
Philip Hopper is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Northern Iowa. He was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to pursue his interest in vernacular archives with the Time Tunnel project at Beit Berl College. Related projects include Fortepan Hungary and Fortepan Iowa, which are designed to give artists and researchers a way to explore the commonalties of everyday life in a historical context. Other scholarly projects include Images of Conflict in the Public Sphere, which is a cross-cultural study of public image making related to conflict. He has published in journal articles, book chapters and gallery presentations. His teaching includes courses in digital media production, media criticism and a core writing class.
Philip’s recent publications include:
Hopper, P. Beyond the Wall in Dheisheh Camp: From Local to Transnational Image-Making, Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Journal, Vol. 1, Article 7, 2016
Hopper, P. Nakba Day: The Ephemera of Martyrdom, Universitas: The University of Northern Iowa Journal of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity, Volume 11, 2016
David Rumschitzki is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the City College of New York, a member of the PhD programs in Chemistry and Biology at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York and an Adjunct Research Scientist at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. He was a warded a Fulbright Senior Scholar for a project entitled, “Theory & experiment for breast cancer dormancy & recurrence” at the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in collaboration with Professor Yuval Shaked. David holds a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in the College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Department. He has worked on reaction kinetics and used asymptotic analysis on interfacial stability problems. Recently he has turned his interests to problems in biology – theory and experiment, including early events in atherogenesis and more recently to a theory for how populations of tumors change in time and how tumors may reappear after long periods of apparent dormancy, with experiments on zebra¬fish melanoma. This project will test this theory on a well-known mouse breast cancer model.
David's recent publications include:
Toussaint, J., Raval, C. Nguyen, T., Fadaifard, H., Joshi, S., Wolberg, Quarfordt, S., G., Jan, K.M. and Rumschitzki, D.S., “Chronic hypertension increases aortic endothelial hydraulic conductivity by upregulating endothelial auqaporin-1 expression,” AJP Heart Circ., ajpheart 00651, 2017
Lesi, A., Heilmann, S., White, R.M. and Rumschitzki, D.S., “A model for the time rate of change of tumor populations with application to zebrafish melanoma”, in review., 2019
Adriana Brodsky is an Associate Professor of History at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to pursue her project “Navigating Multiple Diasporas: Argentine Sephardi Youth at Home and in Israel, 1948-1976” at Tel Aviv University. The project follows young Sephardim who lived in the Jewish and Sephardi diasporas, creating strong ties to Argentina and learning political lessons that they applied to their Zionist work. When they migrated to Israel, they struggled to adapt to the circumstances, continued to feel like Argentines, and became identified as Latin Americans. The study reveals a reality that speaks to the modern condition, and underscores the role of youth in reconfigurations of ethnic, diasporic, and national identities.
Adriana’s recent publications include:
Sephardi, Jewish, Argentine: Community and National Identity, 1880-1960. Indiana University Press, 2016
"Belonging to Many Homes: Argentine Sephardi Youth in Buenos Aires and in Israel, 1956-1976." In Transnational Histories of Youth in the Twentieth Century, edited by Richard Jobs and David Pomfret, 213-235. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
"Argentine Sephardi Youth: Between Aliyah and Activism, 1960-1970." Journal of Jewish Identities 8, no. 2 (2015): 113-135.
Michael J. Broyde is a Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law and the Projects Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory. He was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to pursue his project “Religious Arbitration in Diverse Western Democracies: Preserving Rights and Adding Values in a Pluralistic Democracy” at Hebrew University. His research will focus on regulating religious community in a way that encourages its modernization and discourages its radicalization. It will address one of the most serious challenges confronting every western democracy: preventing the rise of radical religion. Michael’s recent publications include: Sharia Tribunals, Rabbinical Courts, and Christian Panels: Religious Arbitration in America and the West. Oxford, 2017. He has published more than ten books and more than 150 articles on matters of law and religion, Jewish law, the impeachment process and other areas of comparative law.
Jennifer Irish is a Professor of Coastal Engineering at Virginia Tech. She was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to pursue her project “Probabilistic Tsunami Hazard Assessment in the Context of Sustaining Israel’s Archaeological Sites and Coastal Infrastructure” at the University of Haifa. She strives to minimize the potential for a coastal hazard to become a disaster by advancing physical understanding of coastal inundation as well as advancing methods for quantifying the likelihood of coastal inundation. This project aims to quantitatively understand the danger tsunamis pose to Israel’s coast, namely by probabilistically quantifying the likelihood and magnitude of tsunami inundation using contemporary statistical approaches and ancient evidence of tsunamis.
Jennifer’s recent publications include:
Resio, D.T., Asher, T., Irish, J.L., The effects of natural structure on estimated tropical cyclone surge extremes, Natural Hazards, 88(3), 1609–1637, 2017
Yang, Y., Irish, J.L., Weiss, R., Impact of patchy vegetation on tsunami dynamics, Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering, 143(4), 04017005, 2017
Smallegan, S.M., Irish, J.L., van Dongeren, A.R., den Bieman, J.P., Morphological response of a sandy barrier island with a buried seawall during Hurricane Sandy, Coastal Engineering, 110, 102110, 2016.
Laura Kessler was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to pursue her research project entitled “Family Equality in Plural Legal Systems: Achieving Equality Rights in Marriage and Divorce in Israel and the United States” at Haifa University. She will investigate strategies of lay advocates and civil rights lawyers working to achieve equal family rights, with an eye toward developing legal responses to conflicts between secular and religious norms relating to the family in divided societies. Kessler is a Professor of Law at the University of Utah. Her scholarly interests are the legal regulation of family, intimacy, and work. She teaches courses on family law, feminist jurisprudence, employment discrimination, and reproductive issues.
Laura's recent publications include:
Kessler, L. “Employment Discrimination and the Domino Effect.” Florida State Law Review 44, no. 4 (2018).
Kessler, L. “‘A Sordid Case’: Stump v. Sparkman, Judicial Immunity, and the Other Side of Reproductive Rights, Maryland Law Review 74, no. 4 (2015): 833-920.
Kessler, L. “New Frontiers in Family Law.” Transcending the Boundaries of Law: Generations of Feminism and Legal Theory. Ed. Martha Albertson Fineman. New York: Routledge (2011): 226-242.
Paul C. Light is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School. He was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to pursue his project “The Revolution in How to Innovate” at Ben Gurion University Israel. Light will continue his effort to develop a classification scheme for assessing recent efforts to accelerate social change. His argument is that there is not too little advice on how to ignite social entrepreneurship and innovation, but too much. His project is designed to bring greater clarity to the choice of interventions for enhancing social change.
Light’s recent publications include:
The Government-Industrial Complex (Oxford, 2018)
Driving Social Change (Wiley, 2011)
The Search for Social Entrepreneurship (Brookings, 2008)
A Government Ill-Executed: The Decline of the Federal Service and How to Reverse It (Harvard University Press, 2008)
Gregory S. Mahler is Academic Dean Emeritus and Research Professor of Political Science at Earlham College, in Richmond, Indiana. He has been involved in the study of Israeli politics since his Ph.D. dissertation work, which produced his first book The Knesset: Parliament in the Israeli Political System. Mahler recently completed twenty years serving as Academic Dean at Earlham College (Richmond, Indiana) and Kalamazoo College (Kalamazoo, Michigan). While serving as Chief Academic Officer at these institutions he continued to teach courses on Israeli politics. Mahler has served as President of the Israeli Studies Association, and has lectured widely on the topic of Israeli politics. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue his project titled: “The Knesset and Palestine: The Role of Israel’s National Legislature in the Development of Policies of Occupation and Governance.”
Mahler's recent publications include:
Politics and Government in Israel: The Maturation of a Modern State (3rd Edition, Rowman and Littlefield, 2016)
The Arab-Israeli Conflict: An Introduction and Documentary Reader (2nd edition, Routledge, 2018).
Getachew Metaferia is Professor of Political Science at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. He was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to teach African History and Contemporary Politics of Africa at Tel Aviv University and conduct research in the Bete Israel community. His research aims to explore the experience of the Ethiopian Jews in Israel, their current situation, and the vision they have for their country, Israel, and the country they left behind, Ethiopia.
Getachew’s recent publications include:
“Remembering the Victory of the Battle of Adwa: A Pan-African and Post-Independence African Perspective” in Olaywola Abegunrin, Africa: The State of the Continent Fifty Years after the Liberation. New York: Nova Publishers, 2014.
Ethiopia and the United States: History, Diplomacy, and Analysis, New York: Algora Publishing, 2009.
Israel E. Wachs is the G. Whitney Snyder Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Lehigh University of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. He was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar Fellowship to pursue the projects “Upgrading of Natural Gas to Value-Added Products” and “Catalyst for the Selective Catalytic Reduction of High Concentrations of NO for a Sustainable Carbon-free Nitrogen-based Synthetic Fuel.” Catalysts are materials that accelerate and control chemical reactions. His research aims to establish molecular level structure-performance relationship of catalysts that will guide the rational design of advanced catalysts. At the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel will try to better understand these catalytic processes.
Israel’s recent publications include:
“Nature of Active Sites and Surface Intermediates for SCR of NO with NH3 by Supported V2O5-WO3/TiO2 Catalysts,” M. Zhu, J.-K. Lai, U. Tumuluri, Z. Wu, I.E. Wachs, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 139 (2017) 15624–15627
“Identification and Regeneration of Molybdenum Oxide Nanostructures on Zeolites for Catalytic Conversion of Natural Gas to Liquids,” J. Gao, J.-M. Jehng, Y. Tang, I.E. Wachs and S.G. Podkolzin, Science 348 (2015) 686-690
Alex Kovner is a Professor of Physics at the University of Connecticut. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue his project “Quasi Collectivity in proton-proton collisions at high energy” at the Ben Gurion University. His research aims to understand specific properties of strong interactions in high energy collisions. In particular he is interested in the question whether strong correlations between produced particles observed at Large Hadron Collider can be understood in terms of properties of the wave function of the colliding protons. This would indicate an interesting quasi collective structure of a proton wave function when probed at high energies. He will be working in collaboration with the BGU researchers to answer this question.
Alex’s recent publications include
Tolga Altinoluk, Nestor Armesto, Guillaume Beuf, Alex Kovner and Michael Lublinsky, “Quark correlations in the Color Glass Condensate: Pauli blocking and the ridge”, Phys.Rev. D95 (2017) no.3, 034025
Alex Kovner, Eugene Levin and Michael Lublinsky, “QCD unitarity constraints on Reggeon Field Theory”, Journal of High Energy Physics 1608 (2016) 031
R. Amy Elman is Professor of Political Science at Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo MI. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for her project “Contemporary Antisemitism, Anti-Zionism and the Politics of Pinkwashing” at Haifa University. This project follows the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement’s efforts to discredit Israel’s adoption of progressive policies pertaining to lesbian and gay rights – efforts BDS insists serve as a smokescreen to conceal the human rights of Palestinians. This perception has gained traction in the United States since 2010, when the concept of “pinkwashing” was first introduced by academics there. What impact, if any, has BDS had within Israel on those committed to the adoption, maintenance and expansion of those rights?
Amy’s recent publications include
"Augmenting the European Union’s response to antisemitism,” The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs, 2016, Vol. 10, No. 3
The European Union, Antisemitism and the Politics of Denial, Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014
Anya Jones is an Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue her project “Flow Physics and Control of Dynamic Stall in an Unsteady Freestream” at the Technion. The long-term goal of her research program is to enhance aircraft safety and broaden the operational envelope of wings and other lifting surfaces by better understanding the fundamental physics of force production in unsteady and separated flows. She applies experimental, analytical, and theoretical methods to canonical problems relevant to a variety of applications including fixed and rotary wing aircraft, bio-inspired fliers and swimmers, and wind and tidal turbines. At the Technion, she will be applying tools from fundamental aerodynamics to develop new physics-based low order models of unsteady aerodynamic forcing during dynamic stall and in gusty winds. She will then use these models to inform new flow control algorithms that can be used to regularize unsteady airloads.
Anya’s recent publications include
Jamie Kneitel is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at California State University, Sacramento. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue the project “A Synthesis of Seasonal Wetland Ecology in Mediterranean Climate Regions” and taught the course “Community Metrics” at the University of Haifa. His research program focuses on understanding spatial and temporal patterns of biodiversity and ecosystem function in seasonal wetlands.
Jamie’s recent publications include:
Kneitel, J. M. 2016. Climate-driven habitat size determines the latitudinal gradient of diversity in California vernal pools. Ecology 97: 961-968.
Boix D., J. M. Kneitel, C. Duchet, B. J. Robson, L. Zúñiga, J. Day, S. Gascón, J. Sala, X. D. Quintana and L. Blaustein. 2016. Invertebrates of temporary ponds in Mediterranean climates. Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands. D. Batzer and D. Boix, editors. Springer Publishing.
Jay P. Singh
Jay P. Singh, PhD, PhD is a Clinical Associate at the University of Pennsylvania. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue his project “Exploring Forensic Risk Assessment Practices in Israel” at the University of Haifa. His research aims to survey the use and perceived utility of forensic risk assessment tools among psychologists, clinical criminologists, and social workers in the country. After serving as Senior Clinical Researcher in Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology for the Swiss Department of Justice (Zurich Canton), he founded the Global Institute of Forensic Research.
Jay’s recent publications include:
Singh, J. P., Bjorkly, S., & Fazel, S. (2016). International perspectives on violence risk assessment. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Maria Adelaida Restrepo
Dr. Maria Adelaida Restrepo is a Professor of Speech and Hearing Science at Arizona State University. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue the project “The Effects of Response to Intervention in Language Minority Children in Israel”. Her research aims to understand how language minority children can benefit from a rich narrative language intervention and whether learning skills while receiving the language stimulation can help us differentiate children with significant learning disabilities from those with language differences. If so these programs can be implemented in preschools to help build language, at the same time they help us to better understand the learning capacity and needs of these children. Restrepo will be working at Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv to adapt and implement this program in conjunction with Dr. Sharon Armon-Lotem.
Restrepo’s recent publications include
Kapantzogly, M. Fergadotis, F., Restrepo, M.A. (in press). Language Sample Analysis and
Elicitation-Technique Effects in Bilingual Children with and without Language Impairment. Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research.
Restrepo, M.A. and Morgan, G., Thompson, M. (2013). Vocabulary intervention in bilingual preschoolers with language impairment. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 56, 748-765
Yasmine L. Kalkstein
Yasmine L. Kalkstein is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue her project “Who Owns Birth? The Role of Birth Plans in the Birth Experience". Her work explores the intersection of psychology, medicine, and mass communication. Pregnancy and the birth experience is replete with medical decisions to be made; many women and their partners create birth plans to communicate their preferred decisions. This is an implementation of the strong shared-decision-making movement in the medical world, where patients increasingly determine or participate in determining their own medical care. Birth, however, offers a considerable amount of uncertainty, which means that the birth may not go according to the plan. In her research, Yasmine and her Israeli collaborators at Ono Academic College will examine women’s experiences to relate birth plans to satisfaction with the medical system, perception of ownership over their own birth, and confidence and self-efficacy going into their second birth.
Yasmine’s recent related publications include:
Konheim-Kalkstein, Y.L., Kirk, C., Berish, K & Galotti, K. (2017). Owning the Birth Experience: What Factors Influence Women’s Vaginal Birth After Caesarean Decision? Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology.
Konheim-Kalkstein, Y.L., Whyte, R., Stellmack, M.A., and Miron-Shatz, T. (2015). A content analysis of asynchronous online discussion boards: What are VBAC women seeking and sharing?" Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, 42(3), 287-282.
Siona Benjamin is a painter originally from Bombay, now living in the U.S. Her work reflects her background of being brought up Jewish in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim India. In her paintings she combines the imagery of her past with the role she plays in America today, making a mosaic inspired by both Indian miniature paintings and Sephardic icons.
Siona obtained her first MFA in painting and a second MFA in Theater set design.
She has exhibited in the US, Europe and Asia.
Siona was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2010-11 for her art project titled: Faces: Weaving Indian Jewish Narratives. Research for this project was conducted in India. Her first exhibit was in 2013 at the Prince of Wales Museum in Mumbai, India and many exhibits were featured thereafter. Her second Fulbright fellowship was awarded in 2016-17 to go to Israel.
Siona's work has been featured in: The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer,The Jewish Week in NYC and NJ, The Boston Globe, Art in America, Art New England, Art and Antiques, The Jerusalem Post, The Israel Times, Marg magazine and other publications.
Gaetan's research is titled "Collaborating with HUJI to Develop Their French Program, Especially French Canadian Studies", focusing on the 20th and 21st century French and Francophone Studies (especially French-Canadian).
He has a B.A. French Lit. & Education, Laval U., Quebec, Can. (1962, 1966, 1969); M.A. French Studies, Laval U. (1972); Ph.D., French Lit., EHESS & U. of Paris-VII, France. (1978). Director: Roland Barthes.
Gaetan is affiliated with - 2016: University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Board of Regents Humanities Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair & Professor of Francophone Studies. 2015: University of South Florida, Tampa, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, French and Francophone Studies.
La Grande Librairie, TV5 France, 04-2016; U. of Paris-Sorbonne, Conference Érotisme et frontières dans la littérature française du XXe s. 04-2016; 2015
Gerald-Godin Prize for Literature, Trois-Rivières, Canada; Chevalier des Palmes Académiques, France; Gaëtan Brulotte ou la lucidité en partage: A 200p monograph by Margareta Gyurscik, U. of Timisoara, Romania, 2015
David Dorais "Entre non-sens et langage" XYZ 123 Montreal, 2015; Philippe Bilger: “Qui est Gaëtan Brulotte?” Paris, 07-2015
Steven Urquhart (U. of Lethbridge) “La Contagion du réel (2014) de Gaëtan Brulotte: le dépassement maladif ou le refoulement corps/peau-réel”, ACSUS Conference, Las-Vegas, 10-16 2015; La Nouvelle québécoise book gift to new subscribers to French-Canadian journal XYZ, 2015-16.
Davida received a Fulbright award to research her project titled "Judaic Debates on the Nature of the Psalms: The Reception History of First-Person Psalms", that contributes to the history of Judaism by showing the key role of the psalms in the development of rival liturgies. She will analyze arguments about the nature of the psalms that religious leaders circulated in commentaries from late antiquity through the pre-modern era. She will focus on comparing annotations on first-person psalms that raise problems for emerging Judaic theologies and were ultimately omitted from Rabbinic liturgy. The Judaic debates have implications for how the liturgy shapes the relationship between worshipers and the divine and for whether there is a distinctively Jewish approach to the argument.
As a guest at Tel Aviv University’s S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies, Professor Matthias Lehmann will be working on a project entitled “Maurice de Hirsch and the Politics of Jewish Philanthropy.” The focus of his research is a biography of the nineteenth century Jewish banker, railroad entrepreneur and philanthropist Maurice de Hirsch. The biography will offer a fresh perspective on the ways in which Jews dealt with the demands of the modern nation state, and how they navigated a world transformed by the rise of modern capitalism. Educated at the University of Freiburg, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Free University of Berlin, and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas in Madrid, Lehmann earned his Ph.D. in 2002. He is a professor of history and Teller Family Chair in Jewish history at the University of California, Irvine.
His publications include Emissaries from the Holy Land (Stanford University Press, 2014), Ladino Rabbinic Literature and Ottoman Sephardic Culture (Indiana University Press, 2005), and, together with John Efron and Steven Weitzman, The Jews: A History (a third edition, to be published by Routledge, is in preparation).
Erin's project title is "A Comparison of Three Psychoeducational Group Interventions for Israelis with Tinnitus". The purpose of this Fulbright research study is twofold: 1) to examine whether a 3-session group psycho-educational intervention is more effective in increasing adaptive coping strategies among Israelis with bothersome tinnitus than a wait-list control; and 2) to determine which of the three psycho-educational interventions (Coping Effectiveness Training-Tinnitus, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) provided is more effective in facilitating adaptive coping strategies among Israelis with bothersome tinnitus.
A recent publication citation;
Martz, E., & Livneh, H. (2015). Psychosocial Adaptation to Disability Within the Context of Positive Psychology: Findings from the Literature. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation (1), 4-12.
Gilliane's project title is "Reconstructing Neanderthal and Early Modern Human Behavior Through Stone Tool Residue Analysis". As such, she will be developing new methods of residue analysis and applying them to artifacts from key Paleolithic sites in Israel, while at the Weizmann Institute.
Gilliane is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. She is a Paleolithic archaeologist whose research focuses on reconstructing the behavior of hominins, particularly Neanderthals, through analysis of their stone tools. Her current research focuses on developing a better understanding of stone tool use through identification of the microresidues that are sometimes preserved on the edges of these tools, using analytical chemistry.
Recent publication: G. Monnier, T. Hauck, J. Feinberg, B. Luo, J.-M. Le Tensorer, & H. al Sakhel, 2013. “A multi-analytical methodology of lithic residue analysis applied to Paleolithic tools from Hummal, Syria.” Journal of Archaeological Science 40:3722-3739.
Laurie's project title at Tel Aviv University is Sociocultural Perspectives on Teaching and Learning Mathematics.
Her Ph.D. is from Columbia University (Teachers College) in Mathematics Education and she also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Laurie is an Associate Professor at the City University of New York (Brooklyn College), where she has been on the faculty since 2003.
Laurie is currently working on connecting theories about place and space to mathematics education. She has recently directed a project in which she utilized neo-geographical mapping tools for students to explore themes of spatial justice relevant to their city, from mathematical perspectives.
A recent publication on this topic is:
Rubel, L., Lim, V., Hall-Wieckert, M., & Sullivan, M. (2016). Teaching mathematics for spatial justice: an investigation of the lottery. Cognition & Instruction 34(1), 1-26.
Hanna's project title at the Technion will be is "Towards a Universal Picture of Phenotypic Variability in Microorganisms through Single-Cell Protein Dynamics". His current research is focused on living cells that differ from each other even when their genome is identical. These differences termed “non-genetic phenotypic variation”, appear to result from the complex dynamics underlying protein production in the cell. His research aims to understand how this dynamics lead to the observed variability among genetically identical cells.
A recent publication citation;
Naama Brenner, Charles M. Newman, Dino Osmanovic, Yitzhak Rabin, Hanna Salman, Daniel L. Stein
“Universal protein distributions in a model of cell growth and division”
Physical Review E, 92, 042713 (2015).
Professor Maeera Shreiber is a Fulbright senior scholar at the University of Haifa in the fields of literature and poetry. At the University of Utah, she is the director of the Religious Studies Program and an associate professor of English literature and Jewish studies. In Haifa, she is working on two projects: “Holy Envy: Modernism and the Poetics of the Judeo-Christian Borderline,” which examines how the porous relationship between these two world religions informs modernist aesthetics, and a coauthored, annotated anthology of contemporary Israeli poetry in English translation, designed to provide non-Hebrew speakers access to the rich array of liturgically inflected verse that makes up an important feature of contemporary Israeli literature.
(Stanford University Press, 2007)
Scott Bucking was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship to pursue his research titled Reimagining Byzantine Avdat: Landscape Archaeology and Patterns of Monastic Settlement in the Central Negev Desert.
Dr. Bucking obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and is currently Associate Professor of Ancient Mediterranean Studies at DePaul University. Dr. Bucking specializes in late antique Egypt and Palestine with a particular emphasis on monastic communities.
Naomi Chesler was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship for her project on Novel Computational Models of the Lung Vasculature and Airways Validated with Experiments.
Chesler obtained her BS in Engineering (General) from Swarthmore College, MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and PhD in Medical Engineering from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. She is Director of the Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology at the University of California, Irvine and Professor of Biomedical Engineering. Her contributions to research are in two main areas: cardiovascular biomechanics and engineering education. Chesler was named recipient of the 2014 Diversity Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society.
Dennis Coleman Jett
Dennis Coleman Jett was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship to teach a class titled the History of U.S. Foreign Policy. His research will focus on peacekeeping in the Middle East, and build on his first book titled “Why Peacekeeping Fails.”
Jett, a Professor of International Affairs and retired U.S. Ambassador, joined the Penn State School of International Affairs in 2008 after his career in the U.S. Foreign Service and eight years as the dean of the International Center at the University of Florida. In addition to his time as ambassador in Mozambique and Peru, his experience abroad includes tours in Argentina and Israel, and in Malawi and Liberia as deputy chief of mission. He also served as special assistant to the president and senior director for African Affairs on the National Security Council at the Carter Center in Atlanta.
Amber Gum was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship to pilot-test a behavioral intervention designed to benefit migrant home care workers and their care recipients. Dr. Gum will be affiliated with Bar-Ilan University, in the Louis and Gabi Weisfeld School of Social Work, where she will engage in research and training. Dr. Gum also will conduct training workshops on behavioral interventions and mentor graduate students.
Evan Morris was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship to conduct research and teach next winter at Hadassah Hospital and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Morris will lecture on “Imaging Drugs in the Brain,” based on a course he offers at Yale. The title of his Fellowship award is, “Imaging Drugs in the Brain; New Technologies for Imaging the Brain’s Response to Cigarette Smoking. He will work to establish the PET (positron emission tomography) imaging analysis technology he invented and currently employs at the Yale PET Center to study the brain’s response to smoking cigarettes.
Morris is co-director for imaging at the Yale PET Center. His work on the development of dopamine movies was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Laurie Pearce was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship to research her project on Judeans and Arabians: Forging Identities in Exile.
Laurie is a lecturer in Assyriology in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her primary research interests are the social and economic history of Babylonia in the late first millennium B.C.E.
Richard Robinson was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship to do research in the area of nanotechnology.
In fact, one of the first commercially successful nano-based products to emerge came from the very Hebrew University lab where Robinson will be doing research.
Based at Cornell University, Robinson does a lot of work in materials, controlling their size, shape, composition and surfaces, and assembling the resulting building blocks into functional architectures. Among the applications Robinson’s lab is targeting are new materials for printable electronics and electrocatalysis. His group is also pioneering a new method to probe phonon transport in nanostructures.
Marc Schlossberg was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship to work with faculty at Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, where he will collaborate with colleagues in the institute’s Department of Architecture and Town Planning.
A professor in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management at UO, Schlossberg will use his Fulbright year to focus on sustainability and community quality of life, specifically how city design decisions influence active and sustainable modes of transportation such as walking and biking. His primary research focus will be to use the structure of Rethinking Streets, which he coauthored in 2014, to focus on recent street transformations in various Israeli cities. He plans to work with Technion’s VizLab to develop 3D immersive streetscapes with multiple bicycle infrastructure designs to explore street transformation possibilities. His secondary research will be to engage in a mapping project with GIS as a tool both for data gathering and for community capacity building and knowledge generation.
Along with teaching in PPPM, Schlossberg is co-director of the UO’s Sustainable Cities Initiative.
Anne Staples was awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholar fellowship to develop computer models for water flow through corals. Staples said to protect corals and preserve their role in the ecosystem, it’s vital to understand how they behave.
Staples’ work in Israel will focus on understanding exactly how corals’ shapes affect the way water flows through them.
She will be collaborating with Uri Shavit, associate professor with the Environmental Fluid Dynamics Research Laboratory at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
The goal is to develop a computational model that will be accurate for a wide range of ocean conditions — far more than could ever be tested experimentally.
Professor Staples is an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech.