Honors and Awards
Prof. Tamar Katriel of the Dept. of Communication and Faculty
of Education was invited to speak at a plenary session of the annual
meeting of the International Communication Association in New York.
The organization is the premier scholarly body in the discipline.
The session will explore Dialogue in Cross-Cultural Perspective, on
which topic Katriel recently published a book.
Dr. Hanna Safran of the Women’s Studies cluster in the Dept.
of Multidisciplinary Studies was presented the Israeli Civil Rights
Association’s Emil Grunzweig Human Rights Award for her wide-ranging
activity to advance the status of women, to preserve their rights,
and to advance human rights in general on the basis of justice and
equality. Among Safran’s illustrious predecessors who received this
award was Prof. Itzhak Zamir, the founding Dean of the University’s
Prof. Gabriel Weimann, Dept. of Communication, was
“conscripted” by the prestigious, Washington, DC-based Rand
Corporation to join a special research team that will deal with the
influence of extremist propaganda. The team consists of ten of the
world’s most foremost researchers in the fields of terrorism, Islam,
communication, and social psychology.
Prof. Tamar Weiss, Head of the Laboratory for Innovations in
Rehabilitation Technology in the Dept. of Occupational Therapy, was
welcomed into the American Occupational Therapy Foundation’s Academy
of Research, the highest scholarly honor that AOTF confers, for her
work in “helping persons with disabilities participate in the
occupations of their choice while improving the quality of their
lives.” She is only the second Israeli scholar to have been invited
into the elite body.
Assoc. Prof. Yechiam Weitz of the Dept. of Land of Israel Studies
was awarded two prizes for his research. One was the Menachem Begin
Memorial Prize for his book on the forerunner of the present-day
Likud Party, First Steps Toward the Premiership—The Herut Movement,
1949-1955; the second was the Yad Yitzhak Ben-Zvi Prize, given for
his previous book on the Revisionist Movement and Begin himself,
From Underground Fighting to Political Party—The Establishment of
the Herut Movement, 1947-1949.
Dr. Haggai Kupermintz, Lecturer in the Faculty of Education,
received the American Educational Research Association’s,
prestigious Palmer O. Johnson Memorial Award. The award, according
to AERA, "represents the highest quality of academic scholarship."
He and a University of Colorado colleague received the honor at the
organization’s 86th annual meeting, held in Montreal, in April for
their joint work on "Rethinking Expert Testimony in Education Rights
Dr. Sari Goldstein-Ferber, a clinical psychologist and
Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Studies,
received the Center for Special Studies’ Inbar Fund prize for her
research, “A Cognitive and Organizational Analysis of al-Qaeda: The
Contribution of a Psychological Perspective to the Understanding of
Global Terrorism.” She was one of four Inbar Fund prize recipients
this year, two of whom were from the University.
Ms. Meirav Manor-Goren, who received her M.A. from the Dept.
of Education, was the second Inbar Fund prize recipient with a
University of Haifa connection this year. She received the prize for
her thesis, “Psychological Distress among Youth at the Outbreak of
the Second Intifada, Coping, and Receiving Assistance from Support
and Information Groups.”
Prof. Moshe Zeidner, Dean of Research, was named a member of
the Editorial Board of Emotion, the premiere journal in the field of
Affective Sciences, published by the American Psychological
Dr. Fania Oz-Salzberger, a sociologist who heads the Law
Faculty’s Posen Forum, was invited to take part in the 2006 Tanner
Lectures at Princeton University’s Center for Human Values,
considered one of the most prestigious academic events in the U.S.
Assoc. Prof. Raphael Cohen-Almagor, Dept. of Communication,
Librarianship program,Dept. of Communication, was named a Bogliasco
Foundation (Italy) Fellow for Fall 2005; one of the most competitive
awards in the field, it is considered the European counterpart of
the Rockefeller Foundation grants in the U. S.
The Department of Philosophy was ranked 63rd in the world. At
first glance, this may not seem fit for inclusion in this Honors
List. Consider the circumstances, however: More than 700 graduate
departments of philosophy around the world were surveyed for
ranking. The University’s department came in first in Israel, the
next rated Israeli institution ranking 132. The rating was based on
the quality and quantity of publications, learned papers, chapters
in books, and books by the faculty of every department surveyed.
Though not exactly a prize, the reprint request that Assoc. Prof.
Leon Blaustein of the Institute of Evolution received certainly
made him feel honored. It was from an Iraqi scientist. Blaustein,
who is editor of the Israel Journal of Zoology, wondered whether
this represented a change in Iraq or a failure to take close note of
his email address.
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