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The Writers' House in Honour of Amoz Oz Inaugurated in Beer-Sheva's Old City

The Writers' House in Honour of Amos Oz will serve as an academic centre for research groups from Israel and around the world and as a centre for culture lovers from the Negev and all of Israel.

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BGU Student Team takes First Place in HackIDC 2021!

The winners of the competition were team FigureMeOut who developed an application for colour identification, which allows users to easily and quickly receive the most accurate colour sample with no environmental and/or device related distorting effects.

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BGU Data Scientists Can Automatically Detect Red Palm Weevil Infestations Using Google Aerial and Street View Images

Red palm weevils could arguably be called a global palm tree pandemic. Over the last decade, they have migrated across the globe, laying their eggs in the trees so their larvae can munch on the tree as they grow. The resulting tunnels damage and weaken the trees even causing some trees to break and collapse.

 

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Prof. Paula Kabalo Wins 2020 Yonathan Shapiro Best Book in Israel Studies Award

Prof. Paula Kabalo, Director of BGU's Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism has won the 2020 Yonathan Shapiro Best Book in Israel Studies Award.

 

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BGU Researchers Introduce Novel Probiotic Yogurt-Based Treatment for Inflammatory Conditions

BGU researchers have identified novel drug candidates based on molecules isolated from probiotic yogurt for combating pathogenic bacteria and for treating various inflammatory conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and COVID-19 related cytokine storms. 

 

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35 Years Later, Immigrants from Chernobyl Area Still Experiencing Health Problems, New Long-Term Study by BGU Researchers Finds

​Today, April 26th 2021, marks 35 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the worst in history. As many as 200,000 immigrants from the immediate area and the region immigrated to Israel, starting in 1989 and up to ten years later in the wave of Soviet immigration to Israel. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers, beginning in 1990, started a special clinic to address the health concerns of these immigrants and to collect data on their health status.

 

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Ben-Gurion University Creates Israel's First School of Sustainability and Climate Change

Ben-Gurion University scientists have tackled challenges such as lack of fresh water, food security, sustainable agriculture, and advanced heating and cooling systems, to name just a few. Their experience will be made available to students through the new School, with a focus on topics such as renewable natural resources, environmental and sustainability policy, and management. 

 

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Ben-Gurion University SOS Campaign Raises More Than $6 Million to Provide 20% of Students with Corona Financial Aid Packages

BGU has exceeded its $6 million goal for the SOS Support Our Students Campaign.

 

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BGU Researchers and Colleagues Caution Stevia May Inhibit Gut Microbiome Communication

BGU researchers, alongside colleagues from Cyprus and Turkey, have found that the natural sweetener stevia may disrupt communications between bacteria in the gut microbiome leading to an imbalance.

 

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BGU: For the FirstTime Ever, Original 2,300-year-old Iron Age Seal found

Around 50 years ago, while wandering around Beer-Sheva's Bedouin market,  BGU's Prof. Yigal Ronen came across a piece of oval material with a seal imprinted with a figure of a roaring lion standing on all fours. Ronen asked the merchant where the stamp came from, but the seller could not answer and agreed to sell it for only 10 old shekels.

 

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BGU students by day, Amazon e-commerce wizards by night

BGU has launched the world’s first academic e-commerce accelerator to train students to establish and operate an Amazon store. Fifteen students were chosen after a rigorous application process, mostly from the humanities, social sciences and management faculties.

 

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Green Mediterranean Diet May Be Even Better for Health

The Mediterranean diet, rich in plant-based foods, is linked to a lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, and currently forms the backbone of dietary guidelines to stave off coronary heart disease.

 

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Ben-Gurion University to Establish Agricultural Research Institute in India

As BGU is among the world leaders in the field of desert agriculture and water related research, BGU will be consulting regarding the establishment, development, launch and operation of the joint Academic Research Institute.

 

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BGU mourns the passing of Honorary Board Member Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Z"L

The Ben-Gurion University of the Negev family joins mourners the world over for Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z"l. In addition to his lengthy scholarly and rabbinic credentials, Rabbi Sacks was an honorary member of the University's Board of Governors. He was the recipient of BGU's Ladislaus Laszt Ecumenical and Social Concern Award in 2011.

 

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Cockroaches and Lizards inspire New Robot developed by BGU Researcher

The mechanical design of the AmphiSTAR robot and its control system were presented virtually last week at the IROS (International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) by Dr. David Zarrouk

 

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Two BGU Doctoral Students win President of Israel's Scholarships

The prestigious scholarship is awarded once a year to outstanding doctoral candidates whose research focuses on a scientific field chosen by the President.

 

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BGU Researcher Proposes Common Cause of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Prof. Stas Engel and his team believe the central nervous system of primates has a weak point – a quality control system that clears out poisonous proteins created during high oxygen intake activities

 

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BGU Signs Agreement with Israeli Ministry of Health to Monitor Sewage for Signs of COVID-19 Outbreak in 14 Cities

BGU has signed an agreement with the Israeli Ministry of Health to detect and monitor SARS-CoV-2, the virus that leads to COVID-19, in sewage samples from 14 cities around the country, including Jerusalem, Beer-Sheva, Netanya and Beit Shemesh. The Ministry of Health is funding this larger pilot study before implementing the tracking methodology countrywide. Monitoring will serve as an early warning system of outbreaks. 

 

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95% Success Rate for the Dept. of Economics in Israel CPA Council's Accreditation Test

BGU's Dept. of Economics achieved impressive success this year, when 95% of its students who took the Israel CPA Council's accreditation test passed. The rate is the highest in Israel for those students studying at a higher education institution.


The numbers speak for themselves: 63 economics students, out of a total of 66, passed. Other institutions lag far behind in the percentage of passing students.

 

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BGU Researchers Develop Machine Learning Platform to Streamline Clinical Trials

BGU researchers have developed a novel platform to streamline clinical trials, lower costs, and increase the efficiency and success rate of the drug or medical device development process. The technology has been licensed for further development and commercialization to Panacea, a new company founded by BGN Technologies, BGU's technology transfer company, and Prof. Boaz Lerner of the BGU Department of Industrial Engineering and Management​, and Panacea's scientific founder. Panacea is a portfolio company of the Oazis accelerator, formed by the Yazamut360 entrepreneurship center of BGU. 

 

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Largest Desertification Conference in the World to Discuss "Feeding the Drylands" 

The 2020 Drylands, Deserts & Desertification Conference (DDD) will tackle one of the most pressing issues worldwide "Feeding the Drylands: Challenges in a Changing Environment." More than 40% of the Earth's landmass is considered drylands, and that percentage rises every year.

 

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BGU Dedicates the Kappy and Eric Flanders National Palliative Care Resource Centre, the first of its kind in Israel

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev dedicated the first palliative care resource centre in Israel in a virtual ceremony on Monday. The Kappy and Eric Flanders National Palliative Care Resource Centre will build on BGU’s considerable existing strengths to take the field of palliative care to the next level in Israel. In addition to being the first in Israel, it joins a select few such centers worldwide.

 

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Conventional Wastewater Treatment Does Not Eliminate the Risk of Coronavirus Spreading, BGU Researchers Find  

Most of the sewage in Israel and other developed countries undergoes biological treatment before release to the environment or reuse, however that was insufficient to reduce the virus concentration to undetectable levels, the researchers found.

 

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BGU to Start Academic Year Next Week with an Increase in Enrolled Students

There has been a 12% increase in new students at BGU and a 5% increase in the overall student body. There have also been some specific significant increases in registration, as it appears the coronavirus is shaping students’ degree choices.

 

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BGU Researchers Discover Neural Subnetwork Linked to Weightloss

Everyone is looking for that weight loss programme that will shed those unwanted pounds. Many try several before finding one that works, and some never succeed. What if you could do an fMRI scan that would tell you whether a weight loss programme was likely to be effective? 

 

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UNOOSA and BGU sign MoU to establish Regional Support Office in Israel for UNOOSA’s programme UN-SPIDER

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a Regional Support Office (RSO) of UNOOSA’s programme United Nations Platform for Space-Based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER).

 

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Moms Report Mild to High Levels of COVID-19 Anxiety and Insomnia in Study by BGU Researchers

Many mothers are experiencing an increase in insomnia severity and mild-to-high levels of acute COVID‐19 anxiety, according to a new study by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and The Max Stern Yezreel Valley College in Israel.

 

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Mourns the Loss of its Third President, Maj-Gen (Res.) Shlomo Gazit

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev mourns the loss of its third president, Maj-Gen (Res.) Shlomo Gazit, who passed away on Thursday 8th October.

 

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BGU Researchers Develop Wearable Device for Predicting Epileptic Seizures

BGU researchers have developed Epiness™, a new, first of its kind device for detecting and predicting epileptic seizures based on proprietary machine-learning algorithms. The wearable device can generate an advanced warning about an upcoming seizure that will be sent to a smartphone up to an hour prior to its onset. 

 

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Mourning Ruth Bader Ginsburg, BGU Honorary Doctorate

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev mourns the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a 2020 honorary doctorate recipient.

 

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BGU Adds Flexible “Corona Clause” to Dormitory Rental Contracts

BGU announced Wednesday 23rd September that it was adjusting its dormitory rental contracts to take into account the current uncertainty, financial crisis and the possibility of the lockdown being extended. The University will insert a “flexibility clause”, which will enable students to get out of the contracts if they are unable to enter the University campus because of state imposed restrictions.

 

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COVID-19 Pooling Test Method from BGU IDs Asymptomatic Carriers

 

A new peer-reviewed study published in Science Advances confirms the success of a new COVID-19 pooling test that identifies all positive subjects, including asymptomatic carriers, in a single round of testing.

 

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Lack of Continuous Research Into Infectious Disease Epidemics Endangers Pandemic Responses, According to BGU Researchers

 

While the volume of research on infectious coronavirus diseases is very high after an outbreak, it drops substantially upon containment, which prevents a full understanding of coronavirus management and prevention, according to a new study by BGU researchers.

 

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Prof. Gabby Sarusi Develops One Minute Coronavirus Test

BGU's Prof. Gabby Sarusi has developed and is now validating a test that identifies carriers of the COVID-19 virus in less than a minute with greater than 90% accuracy and at a dramatically lower price than any other method available.

 

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BGU Researcher Successfully Manipulates Cows’ Microbiome for First Time

BGU's Mizrahi Group has successfully manipulated a cow’s microbiome for the first time. By learning to control the microbiome, scientists can prevent cows from emitting methane, one of the most serious greenhouse gases.

 

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Researchers Find a Way to Extend Lifespan in Mice

Prof. Khachik Muradian and Prof. Vadim Fraifeld succeed in inducing long-term and substantial decrease in metabolic rate and body temperature of warm-blooded animals for the first time

 

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Touching a Furry Social Robot Reduces Pain and Increases Happiness

 

BGU researchers have found that a one-time, short session with a seal-like furry robot called PARO reduced pain, increased happiness and reduced oxytocin levels.

 

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Could COVID-19 in Wastewater Be Infectious?

 

Wastewater containing coronaviruses may be a serious threat, according to a new, global study led by researchers from BGU's Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research.

 

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Right-wing Voters Draw More Resilience During Coronavirus Crisis from Sense of National Coherence, Trust in Government, BGU Study Finds

According to BGU's Prof. Shifra Sagy, who defined the term “Sense of National Coherence", right-wing voters are more likely to consider their national group “comprehensible, meaningful, and manageable." That sense provides them with additional resilience during the coronavirus crisis. 

 

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BGU PhD Student and High School Robotics Club Develop Face Mask 

The new normal is wearing a face mask in public. However, wearing one presents an obstacle to communication with people with hearing disabilities who often read lips to communicate with hearing people. .

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Older Adults Are More Worried about Their Family and Friends During Coronavirus Crisis Than about Themselves, BGU Study Finds

Despite their status as a high risk group for contracting the coronavirus, adults 60 and over are more anxious about their family and friends’ wellbeing than their own, a new BGU study has found.

 

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Males Experience Infectious Diseases More Frequently and More Severely and Females Have More Auto-Immune Diseases – But Why?

 

Clinical evidence shows that males are more prone to illness than females but no one is really sure why. A new study by BGU researchers as part of the global Immunological Genome Project (ImmGen) has tackled this question by comparing the transcriptome of the immune system of female and male mice. 

 

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Researchers Can Tell The Age of Your Brain and It's Not Always in Sync with Your Chronological Age

How old is your brain? Not necessarily the same age as the chronological age of your body. Past studies have shown that brain aging is related to neurodegenerative diseases and mortality, but what actually makes our brain look younger or older? BGU researchers can now tell you.

 

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Can Watching Movies Detect Autism?

Measuring children’s gaze patterns as they watch movies of social interactions is a reliable way to accurately identify nearly half of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) cases, according to a new study just published in Autism Research by BGU researchers.

 

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BGU Radio Leads the Way – The First Student Orientation Podcasts in Israel!

 

After two years of successful activity on the Sde Boker Campus, the University internet radio is expanding its activities by establishing an additional studio on the Marcus Family Campus in Beer-Sheva with the support of BGU President Prof. Danny Chamovitz. 

 

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