|01 August, 2012 |
| New dean elected to Hebrew University’s Faculty of Science |
| Incoming dean Prof. Yigal Erel (Photo: Sasson Tiram) |
Prof. Yigal Erel, from the Fredy & Nadine Herrmann Institute of Earth Sciences, has been elected the new dean of the Faculty of Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prof. Erel will begin his term on office on October 1, 2012, replacing current the dean, Prof. Gad Marom, as he completes his term of office.
Prof. Erel obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in geology at the Hebrew University, followed by a Ph.D. and post-doctorate work in environmental engineering science at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Since 1993 he has been a guest lecturer at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and an adjunct professor at Caltech and the University of Michigan. He has also been a researcher and lecturer at the Hebrew University's Institute of Earth Sciences, and served as head of the Institute.
Prof. Erel said, ''The Hebrew University's Faculty of Science is one of the best in the world, and my main objective is to preserve and enhance its level of science. In addition, I will work to strengthen the ties between the various institutes and to develop areas of multidisciplinary teaching within the Faculty and beyond. To realize this goal I will promote consolidation of a multi-year program in every institute in the Faculty, with an emphasis on areas where there is a potential to increase research resources. In addition, I will turn the Edmond J. Safra campus into a green campus, and work to strengthen our ties with graduates of the Faculty.''
Hebrew University President Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson thanked the outgoing dean for his service and congratulated the incoming dean on assuming his new role.
About the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem was founded in 1918 by visionaries including Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Martin Buber and Chaim Weizmann. Opened in 1925, the Hebrew University is located on three campuses in Jerusalem and a fourth in Rehovot. One of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, the Hebrew University serves more than 23,000 students from over 65 countries, and is consistently ranked among the top academic and research institutions worldwide. Forty percent of Israel’s civilian research emerges from the Hebrew University, which has been ranked 12th worldwide in biotechnology patent filings and commercial development. Faculty and alumni of the Hebrew University have won seven Nobel Prizes and a Fields Medal in the last decade.