The first recipient of The Shira Hanani Memorial Endowment Fund in Developmental Psychology, distributed bi-annually, was granted to Dr. Noa Gueron-Sela, who is now a faculty member in the Department of Psychology.
This year, the prize was granted to Dr. Gueron-Sela's research student, Alisa Egotubov, whose thesis focuses on "The role of maternal and paternal attention directing strategies in the development of infants' joint attention skills" – thus bringing the Hanani Prize full circle.
The prize was established in 2007 in memory of Shira Hanani, a first year Masters student in Psychology at BGU who tragically died of illness. Her thesis, which she was not able to complete, was in developmental psychology. The Hanani family stays in touch with all recipients of the prize throughout the years. Many of them make an effort to attend the bi-annual ceremony at the Department of Psychology, thus creating a small family of their own in memory of Shira.
From left to right: Hannah Hanani, Alisa Egotubov, Micha Hanani and Dr. Noa Gueron-Sela.