Ilana Ben Ezra
Ilana Ben-Ezra was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project, titled "Legal Innovation, Indifference, and Inheritance: Raymond de Penaforte and the Jews (c. 1175-1275)," under Professor Elisheva Baumgarten at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.
This research will continue her dissertation’s examination of the prominent thirteenth-century Dominican friar, Raymond de Penaforte's perspective on and approach to Jews in his juristic texts. Her postdoctoral project seeks to evidence Raymond's broader impact in two ways. First, it compares him more closely to later jurists to show that they utilized his opinions, thereby amplifying his influence. Second, the project expands the consideration of Raymond in his broader cultural and political context to demonstrate his absorption and transmittal of Christian discursive norms regarding Jews.
Ian W. N. Jones
Ian W. N. Jones was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project, titled “Metallurgy, Political Economy, and Society in Wadi ‘Araba (Aravah), Southern Israel during the Islamic Period” with Professor Erez Ben-Yosef at Tel Aviv University.
His Ph.D. research in Anthropology, conducted with Prof. Thomas E. Levy at the University of California San Diego, was an archaeological investigation of the political-economic dimensions of Islamic period copper production in the Faynan region of southern Jordan, in northern Wadi ‘Araba. His postdoctoral project expands this research to Islamic period metal production in and around Israel’s Timna Valley, in southern Wadi ‘Araba. This research will provide insight into how this production relates to the political economy of the Islamic period ‘Abbasid, Ayyubid, and Mamluk polities, and how metallurgists were able to cope with the arid landscape of southern Wadi ‘Araba.
Ian’s recent publications include:
Jones, Ian W. N., Erez Ben-Yosef, Brita Lorentzen, Mohammad Najjar, and Thomas E. Levy. 2017. “Khirbat al-Mana‘iyya: an early Islamic-period copper-smelting site in south-eastern Wadi ‘Araba, Jordan.” Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 28 (2):297-314.
Tomer Langberg was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled, ‘Dysregulated excitability as a pathogenic mechanism of Alzheimer’s Disease,’ with Inna Slutsky’s neuroscience laboratory at Tel Aviv University. This work will explore how changes to the synaptic connections between neurons might underlie the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s Disease.
His PhD research was conducted at the University of California, Berkeley where he tested how changes to neuronal excitation and inhibition are coordinated in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and intellectual disability. Prior to his PhD, Tomer researched the genetic inheritance of epilepsy susceptibility at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and later tested inducible genetic strategies that drive resistance to mood disorders at Harvard University.
Tomer’s recent publications include:
Antoine, M. W., Langberg, T., Schnepel, P., & Feldman, D. E. (2019). Increased excitation-inhibition ratio stabilizes synapse and circuit excitability in four autism mouse models. Neuron, 101(4), 648-661.
Laboy-Juárez, K. J., Langberg, T., Ahn, S., & Feldman, D. E. (2019). Elementary motion sequence detectors in whisker somatosensory cortex. Nature Neuroscience, 22(9), 1438-1449.
Roni Masel is a 2020 post-doctoral fellow at the Frankel Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. She received her B.A. in Hebrew literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and recently completed her PhD in Jewish Studies at New York University. Roni is currently working on a manuscript, Disruptive Pleasure: Violence and the Grotesque in Hebrew and Yiddish Literatures, which considers fictionalized episodes of anti-Jewish violence in Hebrew and Yiddish, and formulates a new way of writing a joint historiography of both literatures in central and eastern Europe. Her research interests also include: diaspora and the diasporic turn in Jewish studies, translation studies, history and materiality of the book, and queer and postcolonial theory.
Roni’s work appeared or is forthcoming in Studies in Yiddish, Mikan va-eylakh and Journal of Modern Jewish Studies. Her research was supported by YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, Taub Center for Israel Studies, and Jordan Center for the Study of Russia.
Camilah Powell was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project, entitled “The Living & Self-Cleaning Water Treatment Membrane”, at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, where she will join the research group of Professor Christopher J. Arnusch. Her project investigates the development of a magnetically responsive membrane that can facilitate a self-cleaning function upon exposure to an external magnetic field. Camilah received her Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Rice University under the tutelage of Professor Michael S. Wong.
She conducted her Ph.D. at the NSF funded Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) ERC, where she developed a magnetic nanoparticle recovery water treatment system and exploited the magnetic properties of nano-sized materials for water-related catalysis and adsorption.
Camilah’s Recent Publications Include:
Powell, C. D., Atkinson, A. J., Ma, Y., Marcos-Hernandez, M., Villagran, D. Westerhoff, P., Wong, M.S., (2020). Magnetic Nanoparticle Recovery Device (MagNERD) Enables Application of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Water Treatment. The Journal of Nanoparticle Research. 22(2), 48.
Thomas Prendergast was awarded the Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled ""The First Imperial Turn: Habsburg Sociology and the European Nation-State, 1870-1914" at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem with Dr. Dimitry Shumsky. This research asks how European actors sought to legitimize multinational statehood in the face of new, nation-centric political and legal theories around the turn of the twentieth century. He answers this question by analyzing the production and circulation of the concept of “empire" in and between East Central Europe, Western Europe and the wider non-European world.
Recent citation: Thomas R. Prendergast, "The Sociological Idea of the State: Legal Education, Austrian Multinationalism, and the Future of Continental Empire, 1880-1814," Comparative Studies in Society and History 2020;62(2):1–32 (forthcoming).
Ariel Resnikoff was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project entitled “Excavating the Translingual-Hebrew Archive: With Special Reference to the Collected Papers of Avot Yeshurun and Harold Schimmel.” As a Fulbright Scholar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he will continue his investigation, translation and digitization of key materials by the poets, Avot Yeshurun (1904-1992) and Harold Schimmel (b. 1935), most notably, organizing for the first time Harold Schimmel’s collected papers into a cohesive and searchable archive.
Ariel received his PhD in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019. His writing has been translated into Russian, French, Spanish and German, and a long excerpt of his doctoral dissertation, Home Tongue Earthquake: The Radical Afterlives of Yiddishland, recently came out in the Berlin-based magazine, Schreibheft, Zeitschrift für Literatur. His first full length poetry collection, Unnatural Bird Migrator, is forthcoming with the Operating System in 2020.
Ariel’s most recent critical publications include:
“Modernism of the Jewish Ashkenazi Diaspora.” 2019. Global Modernists on Modernism: An Anthology. Bloomsbury Academic. Print. -“Rudder to Rudder: Toward A Spectral Creole-Hebrew Poetics.” 2019. Protocols. No. 5, special issue on Tikkun/Repair. Online.
David Weinreich was awarded the Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research under the tutelage of Professor Karel Martens at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
David earned his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the impact that governance and financial structures can have on accessibility to jobs and essential services, particularly for disadvantaged populations. David’s Fulbright research deals with cross-national norms and institutions that support public transit systems in Israel and EU countries, and the cross-jurisdictional structures in place for ensuring robust public transport access and coverage. This applies both to traditional public transit services and new publicly-supported on-demand systems. The Fulbright fellowship will allow Weinreich to conduct international comparative work, providing a better understanding of the structures that make public transit more robust in Israel and the EU.
Weinreich, D.; Skuzinski, T.; Hamidi, S. (2019). “Organizing Transit Institutions to Facilitate Cross-Jurisdictional Service Integration: A Multi-Region Comparative Case Study.” Journal of Urban Affairs. (Accepted for Upcoming Publication).
Hillary Craddock was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project, titled “Assessing antibiotic resistance in Israeli Bedouin communities at the nexus of wastewater management, livestock health, and agricultural products” at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. During this project, she will investigate antibiotic resistant bacteria in wastewater produced by Bedouin communities in the Negev, as well as the transmission of antibiotic resistant bacteria to livestock and agricultural products. Her PhD research was performed in Professor Amy Sapkota’s lab as part of the CONSERVE Center of Excellence at the Nexus of Sustainable Water Reuse, Food, and Health, and her research focused on off-grid wastewater treatment for agricultural reuse, antibiotic and herbicide residues in greywater, antibiotic resistant bacteria in greywater, and the consumer acceptance of wastewater reuse. Upon completion of her PhD, Hillary accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in Professor Jacob Moran-Gilad’s laboratory.
Hillary’s recent publications include:
Panthi, S., Sapkota, A. R., Raspanti, G., Allard, S., Bui, A., Craddock, H. C., ... & Callahan, M. T. (2019). "Pharmaceuticals, herbicides, and disinfectants in agricultural water sources". Environmental Research. (In press)
Craddock, H. A., Huang, D., Turner, P. C., Quirós-Alcalá, L., & Payne-Sturges, D. C. (2019). "Trends in neonicotinoid pesticide residues in food and water in the United States, 1999– 2015". Environmental Health, 18(1), 7.
Allyson Gonzalez was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project, “Petitions of Love: Antisemitism and Modern Sephardi Citizenship,” at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. This research examines the affective practices of modern Sephardi citizenship based on extensive archival research and periodicals from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Working under the supervision of David Bunis, and in dialogue with other local scholars, Gonzalez will study the connections between antisemitism, the rise of modern philo-Sephardism, and modern Sephardi emigration and naturalization. From 2017 to 2019, Gonzalez was the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Fellow for Modern Jewish Studies at Yale University.
Allyson’s recent publications include:
“Abraham S. Yahuda (1877-1951) and the Politics of Modern Jewish Scholarship,” Jewish Quarterly Review (forthcoming, summer 2019).
Leilah Krounbi was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “Patterned nucleation and crystal growth mediated by organic macromolecules: searching for nature’s instruction manual” at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. In elucidating the function of polysaccharides during nucleation and growth of calcite in cellular vesicles of marine phytoplankton, we hope to identify general mechanisms for biochemical templating of unique crystal structures.
Her PhD research was conducted at Cornell University in the lab of Johannes Lehmann, together with stakeholders of the Gates’ Foundation ‘Reinvent the Toilet Project’. Working in informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya, she created a novel fertilizer by pyrolyzing the solid fraction of human waste into which nitrogen salts were precipitated from ammonia volatilizing from urine, and carbon dioxide emitted from the pyrolysis reactor. Through her postdoctoral research with Dr. Assaf Gal at the Weizmann Institute, she hopes to broaden her knowledge and practice of analytical tools toward the development of biological crystal membranes for water treatment.
Leilah's Recent publications include:
Krounbi, L., van Es, H., Karanja, N. and Lehmann, J., 2018. Nitrogen and Phosphorus Availability of Biologically and Thermochemically Decomposed Human Wastes and Urine in Soils With Different Texture and pH. Soil Science, 183(2), pp.51-65.
Vivian A. Laughlin
Vivian A. Laughlin was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project, titled “Serapis and Isis in Ancient Judea and Palestine” under Professor Orit Peleg- Barkat at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. This research will continue her dissertation’s evidence of Roman emperors using religious and imperial influence through the appropriation of various deities, specifically Serapis and Isis. However, this post-doctoral project investigates two particular aspects of the cults of Serapis and Isis: first, the diasporic evidence of the Hellenistic-Egyptian cults of Serapis and Isis as they moved from Hellenistic-Egypt to Judea and Palestine; and second, indications of the cults of Serapis and Isis within a Romanized ancient Judean and Palestinian society.
Vivian’s recent publications include:
Laughlin, Vivian A., 2016. "The Architectural Patronage and Political Prowess of Herod the Great". Journal of Ancient History and Archaeology 3.2: 13-24.
Laughlin, Vivian A., 2015. "A Brief Overview of al Jinn within Islamic Cosmology and Religiosity". Journal of Adventist Mission Studies 11: 67-78.
Carl Merrigan was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled “The Role of Particle Shape and Crowding for Dynamics of Dense Active Materials” at Tel Aviv University, where he will join the research group of Professor Yair Shokef. This research will seek to elucidate the effects of active self-propulsion forces on the dynamics of dense liquids near to glass transitions by using efficient Monte Carlo simulations.
His PhD research was conducted at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, in which he studied assemblies of self-propelled cross-shaped particles to investigate the nonequilibrium dynamical arrest created when particles do not rotate, or when neighboring particles block each other from rotating. This research was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Bulbul Chakraborty.
Carl’s recent publications include:
R. Chatterjee, N. Segall, C. Merrigan, K. Ramola, B. Chakraborty, and Y. Shokef. Motion of active tracer particle in a lattice gas with cross-shaped particles. J. Chem. Phys. (under review) (2018).
Rivkah Rogawski was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “The Link Between Metabolism and Protein Degradation via the 20S Proteasome” at the Weizmann Institute of Science. This research will investigate the role of the free 20S proteasome in the cellular response to metabolic stress. Her Ph.D. research was conducted in the lab of Ann McDermott at Columbia University and focused on applications of dynamic nuclear polarization solid state NMR. Upon completion of her Ph.D., Rivkah accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in Professor Michal Sharon’s laboratory.
Rivka’s recent publications include:
Rogawski, R. Zhang, Y., Tran, T.H., Sergeyev, I., Li, Y., Tong, L., and McDermott, A.E. NMR Signal Quenching from Bound Biradical Affinity Reagents in DNP Samples. J. Phys. Chem. B (2017) 121:10770-10781
Rogawski, R.* Sergeyev, I.*; Li, Y; Ottoviani, F; Cornish, V; McDermott, A (2017). DNP Signal Enhancement with High Affinity Biradical Tags. J. Phys. Chem. B (2017) 121: 1169-1175.
Brian Ross was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project entitled “Directed co-evolution of protein kinases and their substrates” at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel in the laboratory of Professor Dan Tawfik. In the course of the project, he will study how new signaling pathways evolve through changes of specificity of enzymes to their substrates. Specifically, he will be studying a family of enzymes called eukaryotic protein kinases, which form signaling cascades that are responsible for allowing a cell to process information from its environment and respond. By mimicking natural evolution of enzymes in the lab using directed evolution techniques, he aims to uncover the fundamental principles behind emergence of new protein kinase cascades in the evolutionary process.
He received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University (which included research at University of California, San Diego, as well) in the laboratory of Professor Jin Zhang, where he developed fluorescent protein-based genetically encodable tools for monitoring cell signaling activities, such as protein kinase activity, in real time in live cells.
Brian’s recent publications include:
R. Hard, N. Li, W. He, B. Ross, G. C. H. Mo, Q. Peng, R. Stein, E. Conives, Y. Wang, J. Zhang, W. Wang. “Deciphering and Engineering Chromodomain-Methyllysine Peptide Recognition.” Science Advances. Vol 4, no. 11: eaau1447 (2018).
B. L. Ross, B. Tenner, M. L. Markwardt, A. Zviman, G. Shi, J. P. Kerr, N. Snell, J. McFarland, J. Mauban, C. W. Ward, M. A. Rizzo, J. Zhang. “Single-Color, Ratiometric Biosensors for Detecting Signaling Activities in Live Cells.” eLife, 7: e35458 (2018).
Abby Wells was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “What should we think about making aliyah? Racial minoritization and Ethiopian absorption since the modern period” under Professor Uri Ben-Eliezer at the University of Haifa. This project investigates how immigration to Israel functions differently for black and brown Jewish people, taking as its foundation a critical engagement with late nineteenth to twenty-first century sources of Ethiopian Jewish history, identity, and absorption.
Her PhD research was conducted under the direction of Professor Tim H. Blessing at Alvernia University and focused on narrative discourse raised by critical historical perspectives on black Jewish life in the Americas. A leadership scholar and ethnohistorian, Abby seeks to bring new attention to the development of a subfield of black Jewish history within Jewish studies.
Abby’s recent publications include:
Wells, E. A. (2013). "What is HR leadership?: A twenty-first century perspective". Journal of Organizational Learning and Leadership, 11(2), 1-7
Kenneth Kolander was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project, The Military-Industrial Peace Process: Congress, the Executive, and the U.S.-Israel Special Relationship, 1967-1979, at the University of Haifa. This research will explore the influence of the United States on the Arab-Israeli peace process, seen through the often-neglected perspective of Congress, with a focus on the paradox of weapons sales connected to peace negotiations. His PhD research was conducted at West Virginia University under the supervision of Prof. James Siekmeier.
Kenneth's Recent publications include:
“Phantom Peace: Henry ‘Scoop’ Jackson, J. William Fulbright, and Military Sales to Israel,” Diplomatic History, Volume 41, Issue 3, June 2017, p. 567-593.
Jacob Newberry was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project, titled “Queer Refugees in Israel,” at Bar Ilan University. During this project he will interview LGBT people who have fled their home countries to seek safety and acceptance in Tel Aviv. Using the works of Joan Didion as a model, he will write a series of connected essays detailing the experiences of these individuals in the context of the larger migration crisis. The essays produced will not be works of pure journalism but will be a mix of the reported and the personal. His project will further explore the phenomenon of internal Israeli queer migration, from small towns to Tel Aviv, by interviewing and writing about the performers who have long been the guardians of queer culture: drag queens.
Jacob’s recent publications include:
“The Godmother of Jerusalem Drag,” Tablet Magazine (2016); “A Sky That Carries,” Poetry Daily (2013); “What You Will Do,” Ploughshares (2012); “Drag Queen in the Holy City,” Out Magazine (2012); and Summer,” Granta (2012).
Kevin (Hayyim) Rothman
Kevin (Hayyim) Rothman was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled “No Kings but the Lord: Varieties of Jewish Religious Anarchism” at Bar Ilan University. This research will investigate, first, biblical and rabbinic sources for an anarchist interpretation of Judaism, and then the various was in which these were applied by rabbis and other members of the traditional community during the late 19th and early twentieth centuries. His PhD research focused on contemporary readings of Spinoza in neomarxist political theory. He endeavored to show that radical interpretation of Spinoza would be better served by appeal to the anarchist tradition.
Kevin’s recent publications include:
“Concerning the Paradox of Nietzsche's Transvaluation of the Figure of the Wandering Jew.” In (mis)Reading Nietzsche. Edited by M.S. Clemente and B.J. Cocchiara. Eugene: Wipf & Stock. (forthcoming).
Salkind, J.M. “War and the Jewish Question.” Translated by Hayyim Rothman. In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies. (forthcoming) Mokdoni, A. “Memoirs.” Translated by Hayyim Rothman. In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies. (forthcoming).
Erika Tritle was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project, titled “Interpreting Flesh: How Christian Theology Embraced Race in the Fifteenth Century,” at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. This research will investigate the way debates over the nature of Jewish lineage, spurred by the presence of large numbers of baptized Jews and their descendants following anti-Jewish violence and mass conversions, contended with traditional doctrines about the nature of the Church and informed the political development of late medieval Spain.! The study will contribute to academic debates regarding the history of the idea of race and its relationship to antisemitism.
Erika’s recent publications include:
“A Jewish Solution to the Problem of Excessive Christian Virility in the War against Spanish Islam,” in Crusading Masculinities, Natasha Hodgson, Katherine J. Lewis, and Matthew Mesley eds. Crusades – Subsidia. London: Routledge (2018).
José Villegas was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled “Elucidating Structure-Function Relationships at Protein-Protein Interfaces” at the Weizmann Institute of Science. His research will investigate the minimal structural requirements for priming new interactions in non-interacting proteins through a combination of computational modeling and in vivo experiments. His PhD research was performed in Professor Jeffery Savens’s group and focused on the computational design of protein-ligand and protein-protein interactions. José has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in Professor Emmanuel Levy’s laboratory.
Recent publications include:
H. V. Zhang, F. Polzer, M. J. Haider, Y. Tian, J. A. Villegas, K. L. Kiick, D. J. Pochan, J. G. Saven, Computationally designed peptides for self-assembly of nanostructured lattices. Sci. Adv.2 e1600307 (2016).
Liat Gafni Lachter
Liat Gafni Lachter was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “Promoting Family-Centered Care: Measuring the Effect of an Interdisciplinary Intervention” at the University of Haifa, Israel. During the study, she will implement a training program for interdisciplinary healthcare providers while measuring change in participants’ clinical skills and expertise in provision of family-centered care. Liat’s doctoral studies took place at Boston University and focused on promoting quality healthcare by means of interdisciplinary education and mentoring. These studies were conducted under the supervision of Prof. Ellen Cohn and Prof. Karen Jacobs. Liat is an occupational therapist and aspires to see the findings of this study be integrated into everyday clinical practice with children and their families.
Recent publications include:
Gafni Lachter, L. (2017). Legislation and reimbursement of occupational therapy services. In K. Jacobs, & N. MacRae, N. (Eds.) Occupational therapy essentials for clinical competence. Thorofare, NJ: Slack Incorporated.
Gafni Lachter, L. (2016). Better Together: Advancing Family Centered Care. Germany: Lambart Academic Publishing, 212 pages. ISBN-10 3659855545.
Rosenblum, S. & Gafni Lachter, L. (2015) Handwriting Proficiency Screening Questionnaire for Children (HPSQC): development, reliability, and validity. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69, http://dx.doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2015.014761.
Prast, J., Herlache-Pretzer, E., Frederick, A. & Gafni Lachter, L (2015). Practical strategies for integrating interprofessional education and collaboration into the curriculum. Occupational Therapy in Healthcare, 1-9.
Maayan Stavans was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project, titled “Young children’s conceptualization of leadership”, at Bar-Ilan University. This research will investigate young children’s concepts of and attitudes towards leadership in social groups. Her PhD research was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Renée Baillargeon at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and focused on two lines of research. In one, she explored early reasoning about leadership, investigating whether infants possess different expectations about the behaviors of leaders and subordinates towards others. In the other, she explored early physical reasoning, investigating how infants represent what objects are where in a scene and how objects generally interact.
Stavans, M., & Baillargeon, R. (in press). 4-month-old infants individuate and track simple tools following functional demonstrations. Developmental Science. DOI: 10.1111/desc.12500
Rachel Friedman received her B.A. in Social Studies, her J.D., and her Ph.D. in Government, all from Harvard University. Her dissertation, written under Professors Harvey Mansfield, Michael Sandel, and Richard Tuck, explored the origins and evolution of the idea of social insurance, specifically as it emerged from mathematical probability theory. Her Fulbright project, entitled “The Israeli Welfare State in Historical and Philosophical Context: Risk, Distributive Justice, and the Challenges of Universal Social Insurance,” will test some of the theoretical insights of her doctoral work through a study of Israel’s social insurance system. She will pursue her research at the Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University, under the supervision of Professor Hanoch Dagan and as part of a cohort of researchers examining the ethical and legal aspects of markets.
Sarah Kostinski was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project entitled “Controlled wave propagation in a complex medium” at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During this project she will investigate the mechanisms by which transmission of visible light through disordered media is enhanced. Her PhD research on soft matter and optical systems was conducted under the supervision of Professor Michael P. Brenner at Harvard University. Sarah will continue studies on optics in Professor Yaron Bromberg’s laboratory at the Hebrew University’s Racah Institute of Physics as a postdoctoral researcher.
Recent publications include:
Yang, Y., Miroshnichenko, A.E., Kostinski, S.V., Odit, M., Kapitanova, P., Qiu, M., and Kivshar, Y.S. “Multimode directionality in all-dielectric metasurfaces.” To appear in Physical Review B (2017).
Adrea Gonzalez-Karlsson received a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to fund her research project, “Male moth mate preference in relation to female quality and cost of flight,” at the Volcani Center for Agricultural Research and Tel Aviv University in Israel. This project will investigate male preference for female characteristics and condition dependency of female pheromone production. Adrea received her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles where she studied visual and chemical communication in a tribe of Neotropical butterflies, Ithomiini. She got her BA from the University of California, Berkeley.
Michael Carlson was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue his research on marine viruses. His research focuses on how viruses affect microscopic photosynthetic plankton in the ocean in order to understand their impact on global chemical cycles, food-web dynamics, and microbial evolution. He will continue his research on marine viruses, but with a different phytoplankton host, marine cyanobacteria, which are the most abundant photosynthetic organisms on the planet. His project is entitled “The best predators in the ocean: Quantifying the impact of virally encoded host and auxiliary genes on the infection dynamics and ecology of marine cyanophage”. In his Ph.D. research, he isolated a novel virus infecting a toxic marine diatom, Pseudo-nitzschia, and used genomic techniques to understand the lifestyles of diatom-infecting viruses both in the lab and in the environment.Michael Carlson received his B.A. in biology and history from Pomona College in Claremont, California and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.
A recent publication from highlighting this work is Carlson MC, McCary ND, Leach TS and Rocap G (2016). Pseudo-nitzschia challenged with co-occurring viral communities display diverse infection phenotypes. Front. Microbiol. 7:527. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2016.00527.
Ronald Udasin was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project, titled “Regulation of the Xenobiotic Transporters by the Ubiquitin-Proteasome System: Implications for the Efficiency of Chemotherapeutic Agents,” at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. During this project, he will investigate the mechanisms by which efflux transporters – proteins that catalyze the ATP-dependent export of cytotoxic agents such as cancer chemotherapeutics – are degraded with an eye towards interventions in order increase the intracellular concentration and thus efficacy of anticancer compounds. Ronald received his BS in chemical engineering from Cornell University and his PhD in toxicology from Rutgers Unviersity. His PhD research was performed in Professor Jeffrey Laskin's Group and focused on the effects of inhibition of the efflux transporter multidrug resistance-associated protein 1 (MRP1) on the toxicity of the chemical warfare agents sulfur mustard (mustard gas) and nitrogen mustard. Upon completion of his PhD, Ronald accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in Professor Aaron Ciechanover's laboratory.
His recent publications include: Udasin RG, Wen X, Bircsak KM, Aleksunes LM, Shakarjian MP, Kong AN, Heck DE, Laskin DL, Laskin JD. “Nrf2 Regulates the Sensitivity of Mouse Keratinocytes to Nitrogen Mustard via Multidrug Resistance-Associated Protein 1 (Mrp1).” Toxiclogical Sciences, 149(1), 2016, 202-12.
Velibor Adzic was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, affiliated with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His project focuses on the cognitive modeling of human behavior. The aim of the project is development of mathematical models that can describe cognitive processes underpinning interestingness and boredom. We also seek possible extensions and applications to the field computational psychiatry. His PhD mainly centered on the perceptual methods for video compression optimization and the cognitive aspects of a video quality assessment.
Velibor Adzic, Howard S. Hock and Hari Kalva, “Visually lossless coding based on temporal masking in human vision,” Proceedings of SPIE 9014, Human Vision and Electronic Imaging XIX, 90141C (2014).