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Dr. Selma Botman to Serve as University’s Next Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Yeshiva University announced today that Dr. Selma Botman will serve as the University’s next vice president for academic affairs and provost, effective July 1. Botman joins YU from The City University of New York, where she served as executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and university provost and most recently as professor of Middle Eastern history at the Graduate Center. The appointment was unanimously approved by the YU Board of Trustees, acting on the recommendation of a search committee comprised of faculty, students, administrators and trustees.

Dr. Selma Botman to Serve as University’s next Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost beginning July 1, 2014

Dr. Selma Botman will serve as YU’s next provost

In making the appointment, YU President Richard M. Joel said: “Attracting a higher education professional with the experience, the humanity, and the academic probity of Selma Botman is an achievement that reflects Yeshiva University’s stature as one of the nation’s leading universities. I believe that she will provide enormous academic leadership to the wonderful team that supports me as we work together to build a strong, sustainable Yeshiva University. Education is about tomorrow and Dr. Botman’s experience and commitment to quality and exploring different paths of learning will enable us to build an environment that supports the best educational practices of today and anticipates even greater innovation in the future.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Wurzweiler Students Turn Focus Inward at Self-Care Day

On December 12, students at Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work learned a few techniques to treat some of their most important clients: themselves.

20131212_ wurzweiler_self_care_037“Because of the kind of work social workers do every day, it is very important that they put aside time to take care of themselves,” said Dr. Carmen Ortiz Hendricks, the Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean of Wurzweiler. “Vicarious traumatization can occur when a social worker takes in the clients’ experiences and it begins to affect their lives. Finding ways to relax, socialize, exercise, and have fun is essential to a healthy mind, body and spirit. Today was Wurzweiler’s way of helping students and faculty take care of themselves.”

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Rabbi J. David Bleich’s The Philosophical Quest of Philosophy, Ethics, Law and Halakhah to be Inaugural Volume of RIETS Hashkafah Series

Yeshiva University-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Rabbinical Theological Seminary (RIETS) will be launching its English-language hashkafah [Jewish philosophy] series with the publication of Rabbi J. David Bleich’s work, The Philosophical Quest of Philosophy, Ethics, Law and Halakhah, a collection of essays on a variety of topics relating to Jewish philosophical thought.

Bleich Book Cover - YU-KorenThe volume, sponsored by the Michael Scharf Publication Trust of Yeshiva University Press, is scheduled for release by Maggid Books, an imprint of Koren Publishers Jerusalem, on December 16, 2013. Read the rest of this entry…

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Rabbi Lord Sacks to Serve as Kressel and Ephrat Family University Professor of Jewish Thought at Yeshiva University

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks of the United Kingdom has been appointed to a dual professorship at New York University (NYU) and Yeshiva University (YU).

Rabbi Sacks FullA world-renowned scholar, philosopher, religious leader, prolific author and a leading moral voice, Rabbi Lord Sacks served as Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from September 1991 until September 2013­–only the sixth incumbent of the position since it was formalized in 1845. During his tenure, Anglo-Jewry was reinvigorated through a series of innovative communal projects in the fields of education, cultural creativity and leadership development, together with a call for a renewed commitment to the ethical dimension of Judaism.

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Thirty New Professors Join Yeshiva University’s Distinguished Faculty

Thirty new professors have joined the distinguished faculty at Yeshiva University’s undergraduate and graduate schools, teaching a variety of courses in mathematics, science, business, liberal arts and Judaic studies.

“These new colleagues are dedicated and skilled teachers whose involvement in important research will give our students the chance to share in the excitement of discovery,” said Dr. Lawrence Schiffman, vice provost for undergraduate education at YU. “We look forward to welcoming them to our community of learning.”

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Faculty from Across Yeshiva University Granted Tenure

A stellar faculty is the backbone of a great university. This year, Yeshiva University appointed 20 of its most distinguished faculty members in the fields of the arts, sciences and Judaic studies to tenured positions in both its undergraduate and graduate schools. The faculty members include five from Yeshiva College, five from Stern College for Women, four from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, two from the Benjamin N. Cardozo school of Law, and one each at the Sy Syms School of Business, the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration, the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and the Wurzweiler School of Social Work.

“The quality of the faculty at Yeshiva meets its academic and civilizational aspirations,” said YU President Richard M. Joel. “The scholars who now comprise the faculty of this University bring the elegance of thought, the rigor of research and the commitment of service that can serve as a model to all of our students.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Dr. Lawrence Schiffman on the Growing Popularity of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Why are literally hundreds of thousands of people streaming to exhibits of the Dead Sea Scrolls all over the United States and the rest of the world? Why should anyone even care about these remnants of close to 900 scrolls from the second and first centuries BCE and the first century CE? What possesses some of us in academia to devote our professional careers to teaching and research about the Scrolls?

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Yeshiva University presents its first annual Dead Sea Scrolls conference on May 19.

The discovery of the first scrolls by Bedouin in 1947 in Cave 1 at Qumran, on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, set off a wave of excitement. But this initial interest was misused by scholars who were intent on understanding the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Second Temple period Jewish sect that gathered them as a precursor of Christianity. To make matters even worse, the long delays in publication that ensued understandably fostered conspiracy theories worthy of Dan Brown and the Da Vinci Code, and served as a great distraction from the Scrolls’ real significance and message. After all, they are Second Temple period texts authored, copied and left for us by Jews who lived and breathed devotion to God’s Torah and its commandments, even if they represented an approach that, from the point of view of the sweep of Jewish history, was sectarian. Read the rest of this entry…

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Four-Year $720,000 Grant will Enable Stern College’s Marina Holz to Investigate Breast Cancer Cell Growth

The American Cancer Society, the largest non-government, not-for-profit funding source of cancer research in the United States, has awarded Dr. Marina Holz, assistant professor of biology at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, a $720,000 Research Scholar Grant. The four-year grant will be used to continue her work researching how the mTOR pathway affects the growth of estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer.

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Yeshiva College Associate Dean’s Visit to Israel will Strengthen YU-Bar-Ilan Connection

Dr. Raji Viswanathan, associate dean of academic affairs and professor of chemistry at Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva College, was recently selected as a Fulbright Specialist. The competitive position will enable her to create new opportunities for collaboration between YU and Israel’s Bar-Ilan University as well as share her own research in computational chemistry with an advanced cadre of Israeli scholars.

Raji Viswanathan

Dr. Raji Viswanathan

The Fulbright Specialist program promotes linkage between American academic and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. Project activities focus on strengthening and supporting the developmental needs of host institutions abroad and can include short-term lecturing, conducting seminars, teacher training and special conferences of workshops, as well as collaborating on curriculum planning or institutional and faculty development. Each application is peer-reviewed.

“My goal is to initiate faculty and student exchange,” said Viswanathan. “We already have some connection with BIU through our summer science research program, which places talented undergraduates from Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women in one of the state-of-the-art research laboratories of BIU’s life science, exact science or engineering faculties.” Read the rest of this entry…

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Mordechai Cohen and Ephraim Kanarfogel Participate in Advanced Judaic Studies Research Group

Dr. Mordechai Cohen, associate dean and professor of bible at Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies and at Stern College for Women, and Dr. Ephraim Kanarfogel, E. Billi Ivry Professor of Jewish History at Revel and Stern College, are participating, as adjunct fellows, in a research group at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania that spans the 2012-13 academic year.

Cohen and Kanarfogel join a group of approximately two dozen leading scholars of Jewish, Christian and Islamic social and intellectual history from universities around the world to conduct research on this year’s theme, “Institutionalization, Innovation and Conflict in 13th Century Judaism,” and develop a more fully-integrated account of Europe and the Mediterranean basin in the 13th century. Read the rest of this entry…

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