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Marc Rich Foundation Invests in Women Researchers

Marc Rich Foundation Invests in Women Researchers

June 5, 2009

Business & Management, Press Releases

The Marc Rich Foundation Prizes for Excellence in Research for Women Researchers were announced at the 39th Annual Board of Governors’ Meeting at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in May.

The prizes were created this year to advance the position of women in academia. BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi lauded the decision to invest in women scientists and scholars. “The percentage of women studying for undergraduate and graduate degrees is equal at universities worldwide,” she explained.

“However, the percentage of women members of the academic faculty is much lower than that of men. At the entrance level, 30 percent of the faculty is women. This gradually drops to about 10 percent at the rank of full professor.”

Six senior faculty members were recognized for their leadership role in their respective fields and for “contributing to the advancement of the status of women researchers in academia.” Another 15 young women will receive research grants for their work, encouraging them in their pre-tenure careers to pursue their valuable contributions.

Recipients of the 2009 Marc Rich Foundation Prizes for Excellence in Research for Women Researchers are as follows: Dr. Rachel Barkan, Department of Business Administration; Dr. Nirit Ben- Aryeh Debby, Department of the Arts; Dr. Nadya Gurevich, Department of Mathematics; Dr. Iris Shai, Department of Epidemiology; Dr. Bracha Shapira, Department of Information Systems Engineering; Dr. Noemi Tel- Zur, Department of Dryland Biotechnologies.

Recipients of the 2009 Rich Foundation Award for Advancement of Women in Academy are as follows: Dr. Sarab Abu-Rabia Queder, Department of Man in the Desert; Dr. Naama Marcus Baron, Soroka University Medical Center; Dr. Shirly Bar-David, Mitrani Department of Desert Ecology; Dr. Tal Eyal, Department of Psychology; Dr. Iris Visoly-Fisher, Department of Chemistry; Dr. Tehila Kogut, Department of Education; Dr. Julia Lerner, Department of Sociology–Anthropology; Dr. Batia Shimoni, Department of Hebrew Literature; Dr. Naama Atzaba-Poria, Department of Psychology; Dr. Hila Riemer, Department of Management; Dr. Orit Sivan, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences; Dr. Shira Stav, Department of Hebrew Literature; Dr. Tali Tadmor-Shimony, Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism; and Dr. Karine van der Beek, Department of Economics.

The Marc Rich Foundation for Education, Culture and Welfare aims to increase educational opportunities internationally, encourage cultural excellence and reduce social inequalities around the world. It has supported a number of additional initiatives at BGU, including the Executive Masters’ program in Public Administration and Policy at the Guilford Glazer School of Business and Management and at the Centre for the Study of European Politics and Society.

About American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe. Activities include showcasing BGU’s academic excellence and cutting-edge research through educational programs, events and informative communications. AABGU’s main purpose is to support Ben-Gurion’s vision and the university that bears his name by creating a community of Americans committed to improving the world tomorrow from the heart of the Israeli desert today.

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