Prof. Ya’akov Gal of the Dept. of Software and Information Systems Engineering was elected a senior member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).

Dr. Yoram Singer from the Division of Community Health received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Israel Association of Family Physicians .

Idan Hekselman , a student in the Dept. of Clinical Pharmacology and Biochemistry’s MD/ PhD program, under the direction of Prof. Esti Yeger-Lotem , won the prestigious Rappaport Prize for Excellence in Biomedical Research for 2020 in the category of outstanding students. Prof. Guy Beiner of the Dept. of General History was awarded three international prizes for his book Forgetful Remembrance: Social Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography of a Rebellion in Ulster .​  Dr. Yehuda Ben-Shimol of the Dept. of Communications Systems Engineering received the Wolfram Innovation Award 2020 . Yulia Shevchenko , a PhD student from the Swiss Institute for Dryland Environmental & Energy Research, won the Israeli President’s Scholarship for Excellence and Scientific Innovation . Ron Efrat , a PhD student in the Swiss Institute for Dryland Environmental & Energy Research, won the Adams Fellowship .

This year’s Yechiel Admoni Award was bestowed upon Dr. Muhammad Bashouti of the Alexandre Yersin Dept. of Solar Energy and Environmental Physics and graduate students Daniel Minikaev of the French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands and Anne Bogler of the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research. Prof. Avishay Goldberg , Chair of the Dept. of Health Systems Management, was appointed chair of the executive committee of the Israel National Institute for Testing & Evaluation .  Life Lines , an exhibit documenting Prof. (Emer.) Shaul Ladany ’s remarkable life was displayed in the Forum of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial in Lohheide, Germany.

 Hundreds of BGU faculty and staff members celebrated BGU's 50th anniversary on Rosh Hashana with a mass sing along

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