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WINTER 2004-2005


Prof. David Faraggi—Deputy Rector

The University Senate confirmed the appointment of Prof. David Faraggi of the Dept. of Statistics as Deputy Rector.   

A graduate of the Hebrew University in economics and statistics (1980), Faraggi earned his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin at Madison (1984).  He did post-doctorate work in the Dept. of Biostatistics at Harvard University’s School of Public Health.  After joining the University faculty in 1988, he set up the Statistics Consulting Unit, which he still heads.  The unit operates on a commission basis for both University-based bodies, like the National Security Studies Center, and parties outside the University.  It recently began a large survey, commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture, on the effects of impure water on agriculture.

Faraggi’s areas of expertise in statistics involve developing statistical methods and methodology for medical and biological applications and the development of models for neural networks in the analysis of survival.  He has been a Visiting Scientist at prestigious medical research centers abroad, among them the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, the National Cancer Institute in Washington, D.C., the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.  He has published more than 60 articles in scientific journals and coauthored a book on regression analysis.  He is the recipient of research grants from the European Community and the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation. The International Statistical Institute invited him to deliver a special paper at a biostatistics conference in South Korea.

A past Chairman of the Dept. of Statistics (2001-2004), Faraggi serves as University representative on the National Public Council for Statistics.  The new Deputy Rector is married and has a son and a daughter.


In This Issue:

President’s Focus
Continuity, Change, and Social Responsibility

Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, a Former Negotiator, Reflects on Israel-Jordan Relations
at a Conference Here Marking a Decade of a Formal Peace
Former Jordanian Minister and Negotiator Heads Delegation from Jordan Here

Unique ‘Open Apartment’ Project Benefits Community and Students

University Obtains Its First Biotech Patent in the U.S.

Researcher Develops Computerized Handwriting Evaluation System

Prof. Yossi Ben-Artzi Named Rector of the University

What If a Tsunami Hit? First Program of Its Kind in Israel Dealing with Mass Disaster

Eskesta Success Continues

Student Builds Internet Site of Never-Recorded Israeli Army Songs

University Campus Gradually Becoming Wireless

Honors and Appointments



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