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Kayla Applebaum, Molecular Biology Major, Receives Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Kayla Applebaum, a junior at Stern College for Women, has been awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a highly competitive grant that supports undergraduates who intend to pursue careers in science, math or engineering.

Kayla Applebaum, Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Award WinnerOnly 271 college sophomores and juniors across the country are selected for the scholarship, which covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Applebaum, a molecular biology major, will use her scholarship to continue her study of the targeting molecular pathways of breast cancer in hands-on research with Dr. Marina Holz, associate professor of biology at Stern College, who she has worked with for the last three years.

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Naomi Schwartz Selected as American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Honor Society Member


Naomi Schwartz

Naomi Schwartz, a senior studying molecular biology at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women and president of the Stern College Biology Club, has been named as one of only 37 American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Undergraduate Honor Society members nationwide.

The Honor Society recognizes exceptional undergraduate juniors and seniors pursuing a degree in the molecular life sciences at a college or university that is a member of the ASBMB Undergraduate Affiliate Network (UAN). Stern College’s Biology Club started a UAN chapter this fall.

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Rabbi Hershel Schachter and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks to Be Recognized for Contributions to Jewish Law in Modern Life

Yeshiva University Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Nathan and Vivian Fink Distinguished Professorial Chair in Talmud at YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Rabbinical Theological Seminary (RIETS), and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought, will be presented with the 2014 Katz Award for their contributions to the practical analysis and application of halakha [Jewish law] in modern life.

Rabbi Hershel Schachter

Rabbi Hershel Schachter

The award is to be bestowed by Katz Family Foundation committee members, including former Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, Hebrew University President Professor Menachem Ben-Sasson, and noted Talmudic scholar Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, at a ceremony at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem on Thursday, May 27 at 6:00 p.m.

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Alumnus and Former YU Rosh Yeshiva to Receive Israel’s Highest Honor

Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein will be awarded the Israel Prize in Jewish religious literature this year on May 6, Israel’s Independence Day. The announcement was made Sunday, February 23, by Israel’s Education Minister Rabbi Shai Piron.

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein

A renowned author and scholar, Rabbi Lichtenstein is a former Rosh Yeshiva at YU’s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) and Rosh Kollel and director of the RIETS Caroline and Joseph S. Gruss Institute in Jerusalem.

Born in France in 1933, he graduated Yeshiva College and earned his semikhah [rabbinic ordination] at RIETS, as well as a PhD in English literature from Harvard University. In l971, after serving as RIETS Rosh Yeshiva for several years, he immigrated to Israel, joining Rabbi Yehuda Amital as co-Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon Shevut.

“Rav Lichtenstein—in his manner, bearing, teaching and philosophy—continues to illumine our world in ways unique and distinct.  How wonderful that the Medinah has chosen to recognize this, and how what Rav Lichtenstein is serves as a critical component of what Israel has to be,” said President Richard M. Joel. Read the rest of this entry…

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“Cardozo Life” and “This is Yeshiva University” Receive Gold and Silver for Mobile Media

Two of Yeshiva University’s mobile applications have been recognized as winners in the Higher Education Marketing Report’s 2013 Education Digital Marketing Awards. Created for the iPad, “Cardozo Life” won the gold award for Mobile Media and “This Is Yeshiva University” received the silver award for Mobile Media .

app“YU is among the first higher-ed institutions to produce interactive publications specifically designed for the tablet,” said Judy Tashji, creative director in YU’s office of Communications and Public Affairs. “I’m thrilled that our department has been recognized with these awards. The iPad apps are free—along with our new smartphone app, ‘YU Mobile.’ ” Read the rest of this entry…

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Educating in the Divine Image: Gender Issues in Orthodox Jewish Day Schools Wins Education Category

A book coauthored by Dr. Chaya Rosenfeld Gorsetman, associate professor of education at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, has received the 2013 Education and Jewish Identity – In Memory of Dorothy Kripke National Jewish Book Award, an honor bestowed by the Jewish Book Council.

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Azrieli Professor Recognized for Contributions to Jewish Education at Torah Umesorah Annual Convention

Feuerman_58267a-44Rabbi Dr. Chaim Feuerman, Golda Koschitzky Chair in Jewish Education at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, recently received the Dr. Joseph Kaminetsky Leadership Award at Torah Umesorah’s 57th Annual Convention in Lake Harmony, PA.

Established in memory of Dr. Joseph Kaminetsky, who served as the first director of Torah Umesorah – The National Society for Hebrew Day Schools since its founding in 1947, the award recognizes Jewish educators who have made a formidable impact on the Jewish community and exemplify the same ideals that Kaminetsky displayed in his own career, which was devoted to the establishment and support of Jewish day schools across North America. Read the rest of this entry…

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Eli Grunblatt and Gilad Barach Receive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Yeshiva College juniors Gilad Barach and Eli Grunblatt have been awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a highly competitive grant that supports undergraduates who intend to pursue careers in science, math or engineering.

Gilad Barach and Eli Grunblatt of Yeshiva College have been awarded the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.

“Our track record of recipients of the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater scholarship for scientific research clearly indicates the excellence of the science education at Yeshiva College, which can be favorably compared with undergraduate college experiences at larger research universities,” said Yeshiva College Dean Barry Eichler. “The quality of our student body and that of our science faculty’s commitment to mentor undergraduates in the sciences is truly impressive.”

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Jeffrey Gurock’s City of Promises Awarded 2012 National Jewish Book of the Year

The Jewish Book Council has named City of Promises: A History of the Jews of New York (NYU Press, September 2012) recipient of The Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award. 

The three-volume work—with contributions from Jeffrey S. Gurock, Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University, as well as Howard B. Rock, Annie Polland and Daniel Soyer—explores the relationship Jews have had with New York City and how they have been a visible and integral part of the city’s culture, economy and politics, beginning with the first Jews to arrive to New Amsterdam in 1654, and moving through history to present day.

Gurock’s volume, Jews in Gotham: New York Jews in a Changing City, 1920-2010, is the third in the series and focuses on neighborhoods, exploring Jewish life within the streets of the metropolis and showcasing the reasons for New York’s continued preeminence as the capital of American Jews.

“I am gratified by this recognition of my work and the collaborative efforts that made City of Promises a joy to write,” said Gurock. Read the rest of this entry…


Meredith Hawkins to Receive Top Award from American Federation for Medical Research

Meredith Hawkins, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the Global Diabetes Initiative at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, will receive the American Federation for Medical Research’s (AFMR) highest honor for medical research, the Outstanding Investigator Award. The prestigious prize is given annually to one exceptional investigator aged 45 or younger for excellence in biomedical research.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Meredith Hawkins, M.D., will receive the American Federation for Medical Research’s (AFMR) highest honor for medical research, the Outstanding Investigator Award

Dr. Meredith Hawkins

Hawkins was selected for her diabetes research, which examines the liver’s role in glucose regulation and production, and how elevated fatty acids contribute to insulin resistance and inflammation in humans with glucose intolerance or obesity. While insulin’s role in regulating blood glucose has been widely studied, Hawkins’ group did pioneering studies showing that, in susceptible individuals, the liver fails to sense an increase in blood glucose—findings that may lead to novel diabetes drugs. They also study malnutrition diabetes, a poorly understood form of the disease that particularly affects the developing world.

“Dr. Hawkins is an innovative clinical scientist, committed mentor, prolific member of our Diabetes Research Center and an international force through her leadership of Einstein’s Global Diabetes Initiative,” said Harry Shamoon, M.D., director of the Einstein-Montefiore Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and one of her former research mentors. “This is well-deserved recognition for Dr. Hawkins’ stellar track record as a clinical and translational investigator.”

A previous recipient of AFMR’s Junior Physician-Investigator Award, Hawkins will present an overview of her work at AFMR’s Henry Christian Awards dinner on April 17, 2012. She will then accept the award at the Translational Science 2012 meeting on April 19, 2012 in Washington, DC.

“I am honored and thankful to receive this award,” said Hawkins. “As the rate of diabetes and its serious health complications continues to rise worldwide, support and validation from organizations like the AFMR are necessary to help investigators like me continue to identify and develop effective and practical treatments.” Dr. Hawkins is also an attending physician in endocrinology at Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for Einstein.

Established in 1940 as the American Federation for Clinical Research, the AFMR is an international organization that bridges basic and patient-oriented research in multiple medical disciplines. Their broad medical sciences constituency includes basic, translational and clinical researchers.