General News From Bar Ilan University

Bar-Ilan University prides itself on its innovative research and groundbreaking ideas that emanate from the various faculties, professors, and students. In addition, our professors are constantly coming up with new ways to teach or to share ideas. These articles are just a taste of what BIU has to offer.

Outdoor Learning Pods on BIU’s Campus

Bar-Ilan University is not giving up on campus life even during COVID-19. Four special outdoor complexes have been prepared for group learning and encounters in the open air out of a desire to preserve student life and safeguard the health of students and faculty.

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Vaccinate the Super-Spreaders First

Prof. Shlomo Havlin, a physicist in the Department of Physics at Bar-Ilan University, is making headlines once again. This time with regard to immunization strategies to curb the spread of COVID-19.

When a vaccine becomes available, he and colleagues recommend an acquaintance immunization strategy to reach the super-spreaders and to stop the spread of the disease – by vaccinating just 10 or 20 percent of the population.

Prof. Havlin, who was the top-cited scientist in Israel in 2019, has received prestigious awards, including the Israel Prize in Physics (2018), the Order of the Star of Italy from the President of Italy (2017), and the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (2017).

He was quoted recently in an article in Wired magazine.

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The Bar-Ilan Retorno Center for Addiction

The first academic center of its kind for the study of the treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of addiction has been inaugurated at Bar-Ilan University. The center, headed by Prof. Natti Ronel, a clinical criminologist from the Department of Criminology, is a joint venture between Bar-Ilan and the Retorno organization.

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Cornerstone Laid for the Alexander Grass Computer Science Building

One of the largest departments at Bar-Ilan University is getting a new home. When completed, the Alexander Grass Computer Science Building will house the Department of Computer Science, considered a world leader in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics, cryptography and natural language processing.

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Light pollution at night wrecks coral reproductive cycle

A new study led by researchers from Bar-Ilan University demonstrates how light pollution caused by artificial light at night (ALAN) disrupts the reproductive cycle of two coral species already under severe threat.

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Physics can solve key challenges facing AI, study finds

The field of physics could provide a solution to some of the key challenges encountered in the artificial intelligence field, according to new research from Bar-Ilan University.

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Artificial intelligence (photo credit: INGIMAGE)

Winner of the “Ot Katan” Award for 2020

Prof. Rivka Tuval-Mashiach, director of the Graduate Program for Gender Studies and a senior faculty member at the Department of Psychology, has won the “Ot Katan” Award for 2020. She was granted the award in recognition of her combined efforts in academic and volunteer work, and in promoting social and gender justice, and healing.

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Breakdown of Gene Coordination During Aging Suggests a Substantial Challenge to Longevity

Although all humans share similar changes during aging such as gray hair, wrinkles, and a general decline in function, aging is considered to be the result of a cellular wear-and-tear process due to accumulated random damage, such as genetic mutations or DNA structural damage.

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Breakdown of gene coordination during aging suggests a substantial challenge to longevity

Bar-Ilan doctoral student receives Google PhD Fellowship

Yanai Elazar, a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at Bar-Ilan University, is the recipient of a Google PhD Fellowship for 2020. Elazar has been awarded the Fellowship in Natural Language Processing, a highly competitive category in which only four doctoral candidates from around the world were recognized.

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Prof. Hanoch Senderowitz Partners in EU Project in Drug Design Education and Innovation

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are becoming increasingly important for both basic and translational chemistry research. The Advanced Learning for Innovative Drug Discovery (AIDD) project, a new initiative based at the Helmholtz Zentrum München in Germany and funded by the European Union, will train PhD students in translational research for drug discovery and chemoinformatics. Prof. Hanoch Senderowitz, a leading expert in this expanding field from Bar-Ilan University, will take part in this novel project.

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Israeli Startup Offers Revolutionary Facemask Using Bar-Ilan U. Technology

Israeli start-up Sonovia has developed SonoMask, a facemask proven to eliminate 99% of COVID-19 particles. Using technology developed by Bar-Ilan University, SonoMask utilizes a process called cavitation, which involves using specialized machinery to emit sound waves that infuse proprietary chemical formulations into the woven fibers of textiles. With that, Sonovia positioned itself at the forefront of the fight to stop the pandemic. Watch the Sonovia interview on ILTV here.

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Shadow Peacemakers in the Middle East

Recent behind-the-scenes developments between Israel and Arab countries in the Middle East once again demonstrate how diplomacy and secret negotiations have characterized relations between Israel and her neighbors…

This article was penned by Dr. Nir Levitan, a PhD from Bar-Ilan University’s Graduate Program in Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation.

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