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U.S. professors return from faculty fellowship in Israel inspired, and with new connections
It’s not every day an American college professor gets to talk one-on-one with doctors working on a cure for Alzheimer's, discuss video game designs with a Nobel Prize winner in mathematics, or spend time in the room where Jesus is said to have celebrated the Last Supper.
Those, however, are only a few of the novel takeaways recently experienced by two dozen university academics on Jewish National Fund and Media Watch International's Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel, which links scholars from diverse disciplines with their Israeli counterparts at major institutions to initiate exchanges and collaborations.
|Professor David Ruth|
Professor Jocelyn Motter, who teaches cinema and television at Drexel University, said, "To visit so much of Israel, meet the number of people, and hear the vast amount of tales and perspective was ambitious to say the least. The friends I met, the connections I made, and the stories I walked away with have forever changed my life. As a filmmaker and professor, there is no greater gift."
Sharon Tzour, founder and executive director of Media Watch International, adds, "The beauty of Faculty Fellowship is that the relationships made during the two-week program are transformational, leading to life-long partnerships between professors in the U.S. and Israel who are truly trying to help make the world a better place, inside and outside the classroom."
• Faculty Fellowship 2015 colleagues Professor Andres Cibils, animal and range sciences at New Mexico State University, and Dr. Marcelo Sternberg of Tel Aviv University are researching the effects of drought and livestock grazing on the Mediterranean ecosystems of Israel and hot deserts of the southwestern U.S.
• Professor Solveig Spjeldnes, social and public health at Ohio University, and Dr. Esther Hertzog of Beit Bert College in Tel Aviv (Faculty Fellowship 2015) have partnered to study women in poverty, focusing on single mothers, including those in prison with poor health and abuse backgrounds, to develop strategies to assist them upon release
• Faculty Fellowship 2011 alumni Dr. Michael Goodman, epidemiology, Emory University, and Dr. Keinan-Boker of Haifa University have worked together on a joint breast cancer research project. Keinan-Boker presented their first collaborative project, "Trends in the Incidence of Female Breast Cancer in Jewish and Arab Women in Israel," at the annual Living Beyond Breast Cancer conference in Atlanta, and Keinan-Boker has since lectured at Emory University.
The Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel is a competitive academic fellowship that invites full-time university and college faculty members to apply for a two-week summer fellowship in Israel. Participants meet with professionals and experts involved in government, industry, education, media, and other sectors to understand the many facets of Israel's evolving national and international policies. Those who take part gain a deeper awareness of the many challenges faced by the country and the creativity, spirit, and ingenuity that Israelis bring to tackling these issues globally.
|Participants in the 2015 Faculty Fellowship in Israel.|