Ben-Gurion University spurs development of Israel’s Negev
May 24, 2017
Israel is well-known and admired worldwide as a center for high technology and the creation of new companies in numbers far beyond what would be expected of a small nation. And Israel’s Ben-Gurion University (BGU) is a leading catalyst for this economic progress in the Be’er Sheva desert region.
The Water Research Tide Continues to Rise
May 8, 2017
Water research is expanding at the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering as the institute’s successful partnership with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Argonne National Laboratory grows.
BGU Researchers Develop Membranes that Remove Viruses from Drinking Water
April 25, 2017
Researchers from BGU and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have developed novel ultrafiltration membranes that significantly improve the virus-removal process from treated municipal wastewater used for drinking in water-scarce cities.
Ben-Gurion University Announces its 1,000th Patent
April 4, 2017
The patents granted to University faculty members and students encompass the majority of the University’s scientific areas including engineering, computer science, biomedicine, pharmaceuticals, health sciences, materials, water and renewable energy. The pace of innovation has been increasing steadily: last year BGU filed three times more patent requests than a decade ago.
Journal of School Psychology Names Dr. Rony Berger’s Article Best of 2016
March 23, 2017
The Journal of School Psychology has named Dr. Rony Berger’s article its Best of 2016. The article is entitled Reducing prejudice and promoting positive intergroup attitudes among elementary-school children in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dr. Berger is a member of the Department of Emergency Medicine at BGU’s Faculty of Heath Sciences and is one of the instructors on the Overseas Student Program (OSP).
BGU Prepares Doctors for Today’s Global Health Challenges
March 7, 2017
Ben-Gurion University’s Medical School for International Health (MSIH) is approaching 20 years of training doctors who are leaders in their fields. The English-language, four-year medical school incorporates global health into all four years of the curriculum.
First Israeli Academic Research Nanosatellite Launched
February 23, 2017
A new nanosatellite, the first for Israeli academia, has been launched into space to conduct scientific missions for Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. It was developed by BGU students and researchers from a wide range of fields such as software and electrical engineering, planetary science, industrial engineering and management, and more.
Reflecting on Study Abroad in the Negev
February 15, 2017
Manuela Rosero, University of Washington Seattle Class of 2016, shared her experience of five months studying abroad in Israel at UW study abroad partner Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheva. Manuela graduated with a Biology major and Jewish Studies minor and intends to attend medical school.
New App Exposes Forgeries
February 6, 2017
A research team from BGU and Tel Aviv University have discovered a way to verify handwritten signatures with data from motion sensors in smartwatches and fitness trackers. They’ve created an app that uses these sensors and can determine signature authenticity with 95 percent accuracy.
IDF “City” is the Negev’s Latest Game-Changer
January 24, 2017
A not-so-quiet demographic and geographic revolution is taking place in Israel. After years of planning, concrete efforts are underway to shift populations — particularly educated and younger sectors of Israeli society — away from the overcrowded center of the country. Destination: Beer-Sheva and the Negev.
What Israel Can Teach the U.S. About Water
January 16, 2017
Israel reclaims almost 90 percent of its water (compared to one percent in the U.S.); it is a pioneer in desalinating sea or brackish water (more than half of Israel’s drinking water comes from the Mediterranean Sea); it has pioneered highly innovative agricultural techniques like drip irrigation and smart soil; and it has a growing ecosystem of technology companies tinkering with world-class solutions to solve water challenges of water utilities, companies and farmers.
Cyber Security Startup Morphisec Coming to U.S.
December 27, 2016
Morphisec, a leading developer of cyber security prevention and detection tools, will make Boston its United States headquarters. The startup company was founded in 2014 based on patented technology developed at BGU’s’s Cyber Security Research Center.
BGU Launches the Center for Israel Studies
December 13, 2016
The Center for Israel Studies (CIS) was recently launched at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism in Sede Boqer. Blending history, high academic work and policy recommendations on the most pressing questions of the Jewish people, the Center will consist of five laboratories that will be launched in the coming years. Two of them — the Hebrew Culture Laboratory and the Israel and World Jewry Laboratory — are already in operation.
BGU Partners With U.S. Chamber of Commerce
December 5, 2016
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on the first joint Israel/U.S. water conference, BusinessH2O Summit, at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas on December 12.
PlastiCure Tackles Global Plastic Problem
November 21, 2016
More than 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year, creating one of the planet’s gravest environmental threats. However, a student research team from Ben-Gurion University believes it has found the solution to this problem in the form of plastic-eating bacteria.
Amid Downturn in University Enrollment Countrywide, Five Percent Rise in Registrants for Undergraduate Degree Programs at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
November 1, 2016
With the opening of the new academic year on Sunday, a rise has been recorded in the number of students who are expected to begin undergraduate degree programs at BGU. 9,500 students have registered for undergraduate degree programs and about 2,500 have registered for Master’s degrees. The most popular programs are medicine, computer science and psychology.
130 Years Since the Birth of David Ben-Gurion – Five Facts You May Not Have Known About the First Prime Minister of Israel
October 20, 2016
To mark 130 years since his birth, read five facts that you may not have known about Israel’s first prime minister.
After Fleeing the Nazis, a Legacy That Won’t Run Dry
September 2, 2016
How does one overcome almost unimaginable horror and trauma? For Holocaust survivors Howard and Lottie Marcus, the healing came, in part, from the hope that they could help to provide refuge for other Jews who might find themselves at risk.
From Addis Ababa to a PhD from Ben-Gurion University
August 23, 2016
A PhD candidate in Biomedical Studies from Ethiopia discusses how his experience has been so far at Ben-Gurion University.
How Israel is turning part of the Negev Desert into a cyber-city
June 7, 2016
In the middle of the Negev Desert, a cyber-city is rising to cement Israel’s place as a major digital power. The new development, an outcropping of glass and steel, will concentrate some of the country’s top talent from the military, academia and business in an area of just a few square miles.
Information Systems Engineering DMBI Conference 2016 – Social Networks: Asset or Threat to a Business Organization?
May 18, 2016
The fourth DMBI Conference will be held May 19, 2016 in Beer-Sheva. The purpose of the conference is to gather researchers and professionals in the fields of data mining, data information, big data, machine learning, predictive analysis, and more who are involved with current trends and key elements of data mining for business intelligence.
Inno-Negev, BGU’s Technology Accelerator, Produces 11 New Start-ups in its First Cycle
April 20, 2016
Inno-Negev, BGU’s technology accelerator, has successfully concluded its first cycle. Eleven new start-ups were unveiled at the concluding event held at WeWork in the Advanced Technologies Park in Beer-Sheva late last week. The accelerator has demonstrated its importance in promoting cutting-edge innovation and the strength of Beer-Sheva’s entrepreneurial community.
Israel’s desert city of Beersheba is turning into a cybertech oasis
March 20, 2016
The military’s massive relocation of its prestigious technology units, the presence of multinational and local companies, a close proximity to Ben Gurion University and generous government subsidies are turning Beersheba into a major global cybertech hub.
New Exhibit on Israeli Scientific Discoveries and Development that Changed the World Includes Three from BGU
March 9, 2016
Three discoveries from BGU are among the approximately 60 in a new year-long wall exhibit launched by The Science, Technology and Space Ministry on Monday at Ben-Gurion International (BGI) Airport. The exhibit is displayed on a giant wall just past passport control and has the potential of reaching approximately 8 million people.
New Summer Program in Innovation & Leadership
February 17, 2016
The OSP at BGU is happy to announce a brand new summer program beginning in 2016 in Innovation & Leadership. This four-week English-taught program gives students hands-on entrepreneurial experience right in the heart of the “Start-Up Nation,” known for success in high-tech entrepreneurship.
BGU Dedicates Center for Women Bedouin Students
January 26, 2016
The BGU administration and Josh Armow, representing his father, Robert Arnow, benefactor of the Robert H. Arnow Center for Bedouin Studies and Development, dedicated a special student center serving Bedouin women students this week. It is the first of its kind, a social center and “warm home away from home” for Bedouin women students who study at the University.
A New Silicon Valley In The Middle East
January 4, 2016
The energetic mayor of Beersheba is hoping that, in the near future, he won’t be the only Israeli who associates the “Capital of the Negev” with words that today more often bring to mind Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. He believes the city is set to become world-renowned as a center of innovation and technology.
BGU #18 in QS World University Rankings, Top 50 Under 50
December 22, 2015
Ben-Gurion University took yet another exponential climb in the QS World University Rankings, this time in their Top 50 Under 50 Ranking, moving up 12 places from last year to take the 18th spot.
BGU Moves Up the QS World University Rankings
September 28, 2015
Ben-Gurion University took yet another exponential climb in the QS World University Rankings, moving up 33 places from last year to take the 259th spot. This is no small feat considering BGU’s youth and the fact that over 3,000 universities were considered for inclusion.
Daughters For Life Award Bestowed on Four BGU Students
July 27, 2015
The Daughters For Life Foundation is a Canadian philanthropic organization that provides awards and scholarships to young women in their final year of studies at universities in the Middle East. The Daughters for Life Award granted by the foundation recognizes female students who have overcome hardship and made an outstanding contribution to the improvement of the lives of girls and young women.
BGU students receive more Fulbright Scholarships than any other Israeli University
June 5, 2015
Five BGU PhD students will undertake their post-doctoral studies through the Fulbright program in the United States next year. That is more than any other Israeli university will be sending.
Queen to Honour Ben-Gurion University of the Negev President Prof. Rivka Carmi
March 19, 2015
Buckingham Palace has announced that BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi is to be honored by the Queen.
Negev Stories: Cyber Solutions
March 2, 2015
“Negev Stories” was featured at yesterday’s opening plenary session of the 2015 AIPAC Conference. It highlights the role of BGU and the Negev region is the field of cybersecurity.
Wadi Attir Project Launched
February 13, 2015
Wadi Attir, a unique sustainable agriculture project which fuses traditional Bedouin agricultural and husbandry practices with modern renewable energy technology and farming techniques was officially inaugurated.
ASU president to speak at JNF breakfast
February 9, 2015
Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, will be the keynote speaker at the Jewish National Fund’s Breakfast for Israel. He will speak about “The Power of Investing in Israel.” In his role at ASU, he recently developed a partnership with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev for ASU students to study abroad.
Be’er Sheva is #1 in an international study identifying the Cities of the Future!
February 2, 2015
Collaboration between T3 Advisors and Brandeis International Business School identifies international locations showing great promise in shifting global economy.
The world’s hottest new tourist destination: The Negev
October 31, 2014
Not just a dusty desert, the Negev offers something for nature-lovers, eco-tourists, archeology buffs, spa vacationers and even wine connoisseurs.
BGU Partners with Massachusetts Institute of Technology
June 3, 2014
The Boston Globe — The two universities have established a seed fund that will pay for faculty and scientists to collaborate on new research endeavors. This is MIT’s first seed fund ever with an Israeli university.
The Negev Is Now
June 2, 2014
The Jerusalem Post — BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi reflects on how David Ben-Gurion’s dream of developing the Negev is now being realized and recognized by business leaders and politicians from around Israel and the world.
Israeli High Schoolers Take Top International Physics Prize
May 9, 2014
JNS — Under the guidance of BGU researchers, high school students from Beer-Sheva’s Ilan Ramon Center for Physics win yet another prize in the “First Step to Nobel Prize in Physics” annual competition.
BGU-Developed Innovations Are Giving Hope to People with Brain Injuries
May 5, 2014
Oregon Jewish Life — BGU researchers are the brains behind companies that are helping improve the lives of people with brain-related injuries and disorders.
BGU Researcher Talks Possible Diabetes Cure
April 24, 2014
Washington Jewish Week — Recent findings from two rounds of clinical trials, based on research by BGU’s Dr. Eli Lewis, show that several patients injected with an FDA-approved drug, have been able to reduce or eliminate their insulin use.
BGU Takes a Leadership Role in Establishing a Cyber Security Ecosystem in Beer-Sheva
San Diego Jewish World — BGU has signed an $8.5 million agreement to develop CyberSpark, an innovative research and development ecosystem that includes multinational corporations, business incubators, BGU researchers and Israel Defense Force units.
Dr. Rania Okby, a Role Model for Bedouin Women in Israel
April 18, 2014
JNS — Dr. Rania Okby, the world’s first female Bedouin physician, graduated from BGU in 2004. She serves as a powerful example of how higher education is helping Bedouin women better integrate into Israeli society.
Identifying Biological Measures for More Accurate and Earlier Diagnosis of Autism
April 14, 2014
Autism Parenting Magazine — Two BGU researchers, in different scientific fields, have identified new ways to improve diagnosis of autistic children based on neurological testing and genetic markers.
BGU Launches Chinese Website
April 9, 2014
Highlighting BGU’s international graduate programs, this new website aims to attract the best and brightest Chinese students to the Negev.
BGU Creates Cross-Border Community Emergency Response Teams
April 8, 2014
The Jerusalem Post — BGU and health organizations from Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories launched a project to promote regional preparedness and emergency response.
A New Gold Standard for Flexible Electronics
April 7, 2014
Haaretz — BGU’s Prof. Raz Jelinek has developed a simple nanotechnology-based process that uses gold to create inexpensive, eco-friendly electronics that can be rolled up and put in your pocket.
BGU and Jerusalem Venture Partners Launch First Israeli Cyber Security Incubator
April 3, 2014
TechRepublic — Located in Beer-Sheva’s Advanced Technologies Park adjacent to BGU’s campus, CyberLabs is nurturing Israel’s next wave of cyber security startups.
More Good News on the Diabetes Front
The Jewish Sound — BGU’s Dr. Eli Lewis recently conducted clinical trials with an established drug on diabetics, resulting in most patients being able to dramatically reduce their insulin use.
Can Brain-Zapping Technology Boost Learning?
April 1, 2014
The Connectivist — BGU’s Dr. Opher Donchin, who specializes in movement control and motor learning, is researching how electric current stimulation impacts different areas of the brain.
An Ecosystem of Tech Innovation in Southern Israel
March 25, 2014
Tech Republic — Beer-Sheva’s Advanced Technologies Park is projected to spur high-tech job growth in the region, as multinational companies and the IDF’s elite technology units move in across from BGU’s Marcus Family Campus.
What Is Life?
March 24, 2014
The Huffington Post — Prof. Addy Pross discusses how a new area of chemical research is attempting to answer this eternal question by replicating molecules and the networks they establish.
BGU’s Cyber Security Expertise Shines in San Francisco
March 21, 2014
J Weekly — BGU startup Titanium Core was among the Israeli companies represented at the first-ever Israel Cyber Security Showcase, hosted by Israel’s Economic Mission to the West Coast.
Ben-Gurion University Makes Innovation Happen
March 17, 2014
The Kansas City Jewish Chronicle — On a recent trip to BGU, reporter Mayaan Jaffe shares her inspiring observations of how BGU is the center of Negev development and a catalyst of innovation for the whole country.
The Many Robots of BGU
March 14, 2014
Jewish Business News — BGU’s two robotics labs, run by Prof. Hugo Guterman and Dr. Amir Shapiro, are developing a wide range of robots with sophisticated military, automotive, agricultural, and medical applications.
BGU Researcher Discusses Treating Brain Diseases
March 13, 2014
Florida Jewish Journal — Prof. Alon Friedman is looking into the possibility that diseases and injuries that affect the brain could be treated through the blood brain barrier.
Revealing the Source of a Moroccan Jewish Genetic Disease
The Jewish Voice — BGU’s Dr. Ohad Birk has discovered a genetic mutation in Moroccan Jews that leads to a crippling disease.
BGU Ranks in Top 50 of the World’s Youngest Universities
March 11, 2014
BGU has been recognized as one of the world’s highest performing young academic institutions. It also ranked among the top universities overall in the fields of history, linguistics and psychology.
Giving Your Sunglasses the Power of Night Vision
March 5, 2014
BGU researchers are developing an ultra thin coating that will turn any glasses into night vision glasses.
On a Quest for Clean Water
March 4, 2014
JUF News — Prof. Eilon Adar, of the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, discusses how BGU, the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory are working together to improve water quality.
BGU Researcher May Have a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes
February 28, 2014
Sun Sentinel — Through clinical trials, BGU’s Dr. Eli Lewis found that Alpha 1 Antitrypsin (AAT), an anti-inflammatory drug typically used to treat emphysema, may have the ability to cure type 1 diabetes in some patients.
Beer-Sheva’s Big Tech Break
February 24, 2014
The New York Jewish Week — David Ben-Gurion’s vision of a thriving Negev is materializing with the new Advanced Technologies Park, where industry, academia and the military are joining forces to create an innovative cyber security center.
BGU Researcher Helps Make the Ocean Drinkable
February 21, 2014
Untold News — Prof. Yoram Oren, of BGU’s Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, develops water technology solutions to meet the needs of a growing global population.
Mandel Foundation Awards $13 Million to BGU
February 19, 2014
The gift will allow BGU to construct the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Institute for Social Leadership building and establish the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Honors Program in Social Leadership.
BGU Student Receives Prize for Israel Studies
February 13, 2014
Claudia Oesau a student in BGU’s Israel Studies International Masters Program to be awarded a research prize.
EMC, IBM and Lockheed Martin Join BGU in “Silicon Wadi”
February 5, 2014
JNS — Global players are seeing the value of partnering with BGU researchers and local entrepreneurs to develop technologies to counter the world’s cyber security threats.
From Start-Up Nation to Cyber Nation
January 31, 2014
The Christian Science Monitor — With Israel’s military prowess in cyber security, government investment, and collaboration between business and academia, Israel is poised to tackle one of the 21st century’s greatest challenges. And it’s happening in Beer-Sheva.
Israel Prime Minister Announces National Cyber Hub in Beer-Sheva
January 28, 2014
Israel Hayom — Together with the president of Ben-Gurion University and the mayor of Beer-Sheva, Prime Minister Netanyahu announced the establishment of an international cybercenter, “CyberSpark,” adjacent to BGU.
Addressing the Mental Health Needs of the Middle East
January 24, 2014
BGU recently conducted a workshop for human service professionals and educators from throughout the Middle East, in conjunction with mental health experts from New York and New Jersey.
BGU to Establish Ocean Studies Center in Eilat
January 23, 2014
The Jerusalem Post — BGU is partnering with a Canadian university to create an internationally recognized center for marine sciences in Eilat.
A Delegation of Leading U.S. Universities Visit BGU
BGU President Prof. Rivka Carmi recently welcomed a delegation of 13 representatives from leading U.S. universities and study abroad programs to the BGU campus in Beer-Sheva.
Nano in the Negev
January 17, 2014
TechRepublic — Ben-Gurion University’s Prof. Yuval Golan talks about how nanotechnology is advancing medicine, materials science, energy, and more.
Israel’s Remarkable Reforestation
January 15, 2014
J Weekly — BGU Prof. Alon Tal’s new book describes the political, national and environmental implications of the greening of Israel from 1918 to present day.
Installing Windows According to the Local Climate
January 6, 2014
Israel 21C — BGU’s Prof. Evyatar Erell focuses on improving the comfort and efficiency of desert homes with the right windows.
BGU Launches First Joint Israel-German Israel Studies Program
January 2, 2014
Washington Jewish Week — BGU and the Heidelberg College for Jewish Studies have established a joint academic program in Israel studies, specializing in modern Jewish life and culture.
BGU Researcher Discovers Security Vulnerability in Samsung Galaxy S4
December 23, 2013
The Wall Street Journal — Mordechai Guri, a Ph.D. student in BGU’s Cyber Security Lab, says the vulnerability could allow a hacker to “easily intercept” the secure data of Samsung Galaxy users.
Standing Up for Israeli Scholars and Researchers
December 20, 2013
AABGU has joined forces with the other American friends’ organizations in condemning the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israel’s academic and research institutions.
BGU Is Driving the Future with a Foldable Car
December 17, 2013
Israel 21C — BGU alumni, and co-founders of Ben-Gurion Racing, are applying what they learned in school to create the City Transformer, the urban vehicle of the future.