Funding Will Involve Students in Research to Solve Real World Problems
Five professors at Yeshiva University’s undergraduate colleges helped secure nearly $2.4 million in shared scientific grants this summer.
Dr. Anatoly Frenkel
The grants range in focus from breast cancer research to alternative fuel solutions and will provide undergraduates with more opportunities than ever to engage in firsthand scientific study, hear from experts in the field and collaborate with other universities.
“One of the missions of the University is not only to educate our students in the great achievements of science and culture but also to show them how this knowledge is generated and evolves every day,” said Dr. Gabriel Cwilich, chair of YU’s division of natural sciences and mathematics. “The way to do that is to have a strong faculty, very much engaged in research, at the forefront of their disciplines so that they can teach the students both in the classroom and working beside them in the lab. Read the rest of this entry…
Fellowship Pairs YU High School Students with University Faculty for College-Level Research
Five students from the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys (YUHSB) have been named Senior Fellows for the 2012-13 academic year. Taking advantage of its physical and institutional proximity to Yeshiva University, the program—in existence since 2006—pairs competitively-selected high school seniors with University faculty to conduct thorough research in a variety of fields.
YUHSB seniors Yonatan Schwartz, Dovid Schwartz, Akiva Schiff, Yisrael Snow and Yosef Sklar will work closely with YU faculty.
“We wanted to make it a win-win for both the high school and the University,” said Dr. Ed Berliner, executive director of science management and clinical professor of physics at YU and director of the YUHSB Honors College. “For YU, it is an opportunity to expose our most impressive students to the high-caliber YU education, and in terms of the students, it truly is a unique opportunity to be paired with the best and brightest professors in their fields.”
Akiva Schiff, Dovid Schwartz, Yonatan Schwartz, Joseph Sklar and Yisrael Snow will spend the upcoming year studying topics as diverse as bible, chemistry and economics with YU faculty members Read the rest of this entry…
Professor Avri Ravid Reflects on His Experience as a War Correspondent During the Yom Kippur War
As we prepare for Yom Kippur 5773 the Middle East is going through some radical changes, whose precise meaning for Israel is still unclear. After decades of cold peace, but open borders, Israel is now erecting a 20-foot high barrier on its border with Egypt and talk of a break in relations is in the air. However, if these are rough seas, Yom Kippur of 1973 was a tsunami, that almost drowned Israel on its 25th birthday.
Prof. S. Abraham (Avri) Ravid
The period of 1967 to 1973 had seen the most radical changes in the self perception of the people of Israel.
As the war of 1967 loomed on the horizon, my parents received a call from their cousin in New York City. He asked them to send the kids, my brother and myself, to the US, so at least we could escape the impending massacre by the Arab armies. We did not go. Instead, my high school friends and I filled bags with sand and prepared the local stadium for mass burials. Then came the lightning victory of 1967.
1967 to 1973 were the short years of a feeling of Israeli invincibility.
Therefore, it was not surprising that on Yom Kippur in 1973, I was driving to the Golan Heights with an Uzi and a tape recorder, in my Fiat 600, a very small, old sub-compact that often broke down on trips over 20 miles. Read the rest of this entry…
New Book Brings Chancellor Lamm’s Timeless Commentaries to a New Generation
Yeshiva University will be publishing a selection of essays based on sermons on the book of Genesis delivered by YU Chancellor Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm early in his rabbinical career. The volume, entitled Derashot LeDorot , is sponsored by the Michael Scharf Publication Trust of Yeshiva University Press and OU Press, and is scheduled for release by Maggid Books, an imprint of Koren Publisher Jerusalem, on September 23, 2012.
Derashot LeDorot (literally “A Commentary for the Ages”) is culled from the files of the Lamm Archives of Yeshiva University and draws from lectures and speeches given by Rabbi Lamm between the years 1952 and 1976 Read the rest of this entry…
In State of the University Address, President Joel Recounts Progress, Outlines Challenges and Articulates Renewed Vision for the Future
In his first State of the University address, Yeshiva University President Richard M. Joel announced on September 12 that he would accept the Board of Trustees’ offer to extend his term until June 2018 for a planned 15 years in office and outlined his vision for a united and prosperous University, both as an academic and as a communal institution.
“It is here, in this complex and special space, that we can see our future,” said the president before hundreds of alumni, students, faculty and staff in the Gottesman Library Heights Lounge on the Wilf Campus. Hundreds more watched the streaming broadcast of the address online. “If I listen carefully, I hear the murmurings of a consecrated conversation taking place here—a conversation between Torah and the world, between tradition and modernity, between the sacred contents of this beautiful bastion of wisdom and the wide world around it so desperately yearning for the dissemination of those contents.” Read the rest of this entry…
Einstein Researchers Forge a Unique Collaboration in Nigeria
The challenges of conducting research in a developing nation can be numerous — from political instability that can delays projects for months to collaborators who can only use Internet at night or frequent lack of electricity that can last days. In spite of such challenges, Einstein researchers Drs. David Lounsbury, Ilir Agalliu and Adebola Adedimeji have focused on the benefits that an international collaboration can offer as they embark on a unique research project in Nigeria.
Before coming to Einstein in 2008, Lounsbury, assistant professor of epidemiology & population health and of family and social medicine, had the opportunity to meet Dr. Chioma Asuzu, a clinical psycho-oncologist from the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan, Nigeria. Read the rest of this entry…
Newly Tenured Undergraduate Faculty Represents Expertise in Multiple Fields
Dr. Naomi Grunhaus, a scholar of Biblical exegesis, researches the incorporation of rabbinic traditions in the linguistic works of Jonah Ibn Janah and Radak. Dr. Bruno Galantucci, a cognitive scientist, designs experiments to study how humans establish and develop novel forms of communication. And Dr. Tamar Avnet, a marketing and consumer behavior expert, investigates how people use and rely on their feelings and emotions to help them make purchasing decisions.
Dr. Naomi Grunhaus
They are three of 12 professors who have been newly promoted and tenured at Yeshiva University. Grunhaus is now an associate professor of Bible at Stern College for Women. Galantucci has been promoted to associate professor of psychology at Yeshiva College. And Avnet has become an associate professor of marketing at the Sy Syms School of Business.
YU confers tenure based on faculty members’ teaching, research, publication and service to their departments and the University as a whole. The award of tenure includes promotion from assistant to associate professor. The faculty who were granted tenure this year represents expertise in eight fields of study: economics, psychology, biology, chemistry, French, marketing and management, neuroscience, and academic Jewish studies. Read the rest of this entry…
Jeffrey Gurock on New York City’s Ever Changing Jewish Landscape
In the early part of the 20th century, Jewish identity was in the streets and the air of New York City—nearly one in four New Yorkers was Jewish.
After decades of declining numbers, the Jewish population in the city has begun to grow once again—for the first time in 50 years—to nearly 1.1 million. Dr. Jeffrey S. Gurock, Libby M. Klaperman Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University, shared his thoughts on New York’s ever changing Jewish landscape in the latest issue of Segula Magazine: Read the rest of this entry…
Yeshiva University Scholars Reflect on the Daf Yomi Phenomenon
Last night some 90,000 people gathered at the MetLife stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey for a ceremony celebrating the 12th completion of the daily reading of the Talmud (Siyum ha-Shas). The event followed similar ceremonies, in Jerusalem,Tel Aviv, Bnei Brak, London, Melbourne, and other cities and communities around the world, in which thousands more participated in person or via closed-circuit TV.
Tens of thousands celebrated the conclusion of the a seven-and-a-half-year Daf Yomi cycle on August 1.
These events honor the conclusion and re-commencement of a seven-and-a-half-year cycle in which people—individually, with partners, or in groups—learn a folio page (two facing pages) of the Babylonian Talmud each day in a tradition known as daf yomi, “a page a day.”
The tradition was established by Rabbi Meir Shapiro, the Hasidic rebbe of Lublin. Rabbi Shapiro proposed the idea to the Agudath Israel convention in Vienna in August, 1923, and the enterprise was launched with much fanfare the following Rosh Hashanah. Over the course of the 12 cycles completed thus far, the number of learners has burgeoned to many tens of thousands around the world.
To mark the occasion, Jewish Ideas Daily invited several prominent thinkers, including Yeshiva University’s Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter and Moshe Sokolow to reflect on the phenomenon of daf yomi and their own engagement with the practice. Read the rest of this entry…