Feb. 14, 2016
Dear Friends,
 
We are between semesters and our students are diligently studying for finals and writing papers – the groundwork for future academic excellence, and we wish them luck. 
 
While academic excellence begins at the undergraduate level, research excellence is created by young faculty who have promising careers ahead of them. Three such have just won European Research Council Starting Grants – Drs. Eyal Arbely, Natan Rubin and Prof. Itzhak Mizrahi. We look forward to seeing the fruits of their research in the near future thanks to the generous support of Europe’s most competitive research grant program.
 
Another highly successful Cybertech conference was just held in Tel Aviv, where BGU, the conference’s academic partner, showcased its mature research capabilities – revealing a new breakthrough in detecting botnets – and announced a new summer program for international students in data mining with an emphasis on cyber security. BGU is highly sought after in the field of cyber security where we have established an international reputation for innovation and out-of-the-box thinking.
 
Finally, I would like to take a moment to mark the passing of two staunch friends of BGU – Lottie Marcus z”l, in whose honor the Marcus Family Campus was dedicated in 2005, and Lord George Weidenfeld of Chelsea z”l, former chairman of our Board of Governors.
 
 
Howard and Lottie Marcus z"l focused their generosity on BGU, and through this generosity we will propel the University forward to continue fulfilling its mandate on behalf of Beer-Sheva, the Negev, Israel and the world through its extraordinary students and faculty and state-of-the-art facilities. 
 
Lord Weidenfeld was a friend of the University for the last 40 years, making key introductions and lending his name and reputation to bolster the reputation of a small but growing and energetic university in the Israeli desert.
 
 
OECD Secretary-General Jose Ángel Gurría is only the fourth recipient of the award following then president of Israel Shimon Peres, founder of the Adelis Foundation André Deloro and then Deutsche Telekom CEO René Obermann.
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Thanks to the generosity of Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Governors Robert H. Arnow, Bedouin women students now have a space in which to relax and study and make their own furthering their integration into campus life.
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Edgar de Picciotto Family National Institute for Biotechnology in the Negev Building To Be Inaugurated This Week
One of the new architectural highlights of the campus, the gleaming building will advance the NIBN’s capabilities and its unique role encouraging biotechnological research and innovation.
 
 
 
ERC Grants are Europe’s most prestigious competitive research grants designed to significantly enable promising researchers through generous funding. This year, three BGU researchers were among the less than 300 recipients.
 
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BGU-led Cyber Security Dominance Highlighted at Cybertech
 
Beer-Sheva is destined to become Israel’s cyber security capital and a major international center. But don’t just take my word for it...
 
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
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US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro
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Prof. Rivka Carmi
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BGU and Soroka had the honor of hosting the final event of the 4th International Conference on Healthcare System Preparedness and Response to Emergencies & Disasters (IPRED).
 
Both the University and the hospital are leaders in the fields of disaster management and emergency medicine.
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One of the goals when we founded the Advanced Technologies Park was to facilitate academic-industry collaborations. Now the two are just a short walk away over the Double Helix Bridge and the Mexico Bridge.
 
 
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Congratulations to Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences Prof. Joseph Kost on this well-earned honor.
 
Click here for an animated movie explaining Prof. Kost’s research into targeted drug delivery.
  His bio  
 
After an encounter in the lab with a spider, Drs. Noga Cohen and Tali Leibovich designed an experiment to test their perceptions.
  The experiment  
 
Success may lead to corruption, Dr. Amos Schurr has found.
 
  From The Washington Post  
 
 
 
Registration has begun for the next Board of Governors Meeting. We have a full schedule of exciting events planned. The highlight will be the launching of our 2020 campaign to take us to BGU’s 50th anniversary. I hope to see you here with us in June!
 
Yours in Gratitude and in Friendship,

Prof. Rivka Carmi
President, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev