Jun. 03, 2015


Five BGU PhD students will undertake their post-doctoral studies through the Fulbright program in the United States next year. That is more than any other Israeli university will be sending.

The five include: Lea David, who was also awarded Fulbright’s Rabin Fellowship for best student in the social sciences, Mor Ben-Tov, Noga Cohen, Shai Pilosof, and Noam Weinbach.

David will undertake post-doctoral research in the US at Pittsburgh University’s Department of Anthropology, under the supervision of Prof. Robert M. Hayden. There her research focus will be: Memory Content as a Trade Currency: A Comparative Analysis of National Calendars in Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia – Herzegovina, Israel and Palestine. She completed her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Lev Grinbergand Dr. Jackie Feldman.

Ben-Tov will be going to Duke University where she will research The Role of Audio-Vocal Mirror Neurons in Vocal Learning in Songbirds under the supervision of Prof. Richard Mooney. She completed her PhD under the supervision of Prof. Ronen Segev 

Pilosof will travel to Chicago to work with Prof. Mercedes Pascual of the University of Chicago on diffusion processes in multilayer networks, with applications for the molecular epidemiology and transmission of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. He did his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Boris Krasnov of the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research and Prof. Serge Morand of CNRS in France. Pilosof is also a James S. McDonnell Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow, one of only ten awarded each year worldwide.  

Both Ben-Tov and Pilosof were featured in this year’s President’s Report as examples of the stellar PhD students studying at BGU.

Two of Prof. Avishai Henik’s doctoral students have received Fulbright scholarships.

Cohen will continue her studies under Prof. Kevin Ochsner of Columbia University in New York where she will investigate Prestimulus Predictors of Emotion Regulation.

Weinbach will be researching The Interplay between Neurocognitive Mechanisms and Clinical Symptoms in Eating Disorders at Stanford University under the supervision of Prof. James Lock.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The grant is given jointly by the US and Israel.