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WINTER 2004-2005


Honors and Appointments


Assoc. Prof. Ammatzia Peled, Dept. of Geography, was elected president of Commission VIII, “Remote Sensing Applications and Policies,” of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.  Two of his students, Dr. Bashir Haj-Yihye, who recently completed his doctorate, and Ms. Michal Lichter, a doctoral candidate, will serve as scientific secretary and as secretary, respectively, of the Commission.


Prof. Yaakov Barnai, Dept. of Jewish History, was named Chairman of the Board of the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People.


Assoc. Prof. Eli Somer, School of Social Work, was elected president of the Chicago-based International Society for the Study of Dissociation.  The clinical psychologist is the first non-North American to be elected to head this Society.


Dr. Nadav Kashtan, Dept. of Maritime Civilizations, was invited to Italy by the Societa Paulina for a series of talks in Alba, Vicenza, and Rome on Paul’s journeys on the Mediterranean.  The Vatican’s Radio Vaticana also interviewed him at length.


Dr. Oren Meyers, Dept. of Communication, was the recipient of two awards for his outstanding doctoral dissertation completed at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communication.  “Israeli Journalists as an Interpretative Memory Community: The Case Study of Haolam Hazeh” received the Association for Israel Studies Ben Halpern Biennial Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation in the Study of the Yishuv, Zionism, and the State of Israel, as well as the Ladaat’s (Israel’s Media Watch organization) Yoav Prize for the most outstanding academic work in the field of communication criticism



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

Prof. David Faraggi—Deputy Rector

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



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