Rank and File: Prof. Daniel Chamovitz Lands Top Job at Ben-Gurion University

Plus, end-of-summer ice cream JELLY party in Jerusalem and Voices Israel Group of Poets in English lands Welsh judge

Prof. Daniel Chamovitz, the new president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er Sheva.
Gali Eitan

PENNSYLVANIA NATIVE TO HEAD BGU: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev has named Prof. Daniel Chamovitz – the dean of the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University – as its seventh president. Chamovitz, who hails from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, will replace outgoing the president, Prof. Rivka Carmi, effective January 1. Chamovitz, who is a graduate of Columbia University, said last week that his vision emphasizes a focus on excellence and innovation “in the three pillars that define Ben-Gurion University: research, academia and community outreach.” He added, “These three pillars must be shaped by the University’s mission, inherent in its name.” The university noted: “As a member of Tel Aviv University’s academic faculty, he received the prestigious Alon Fellowship for outstanding young researchers from the Council for Higher Education.” While at Tel Aviv University, Chamovitz founded its Manna Center Program for Food Safety and Security. In 2012, he published the critically acclaimed “What a Plant Knows.”

ICE CREAM SUMMER PARTY: The annual end-of-summer JELLY Ice Cream party will be held at Jerusalem’s Gan Hashoshanim this Tuesday. There will be games, stories and entertainment “never before seen at a JELLY party,” according to organizers the AACI (the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel). They said children should prepare a book list of 10 books they have read, or had read to them, over the summer. “The 30-year-old tradition was established to encourage summer reading,” the AACI’s Deborah Lionarons told Haaretz. “Over the years, it has become such a fixture that some who came as children are now mothers bringing their children.” She added, “On arrival, book lists are carefully looked over and discussed with each child.” After the entertainer – whose identity is not revealed in advance – the afternoon winds up with ice cream and sprinkles. RSVP by Monday to ensure enough ice cream is available to (02) 566-1181.

UNDER MILK (AND HONEY) WOOD: Since Reuben Rose founded the Voices Israel Group of Poets in English in Haifa in 1971, the literary society has expanded into “monthly meetings all over the country, national workshops with prestigious overseas poets, an annual anthology and the annual competition to honor” Rose’s memory, Voices Israel publicity officer and former president Wendy Blumfield told Haaretz. The 29th annual competition will be judged by the award-winning Welsh poet Peter Thabit Jones, together with two winners of the 2017 competition, Marc Radzyner and Iris Dan. Thabit Jones has taught the work of Dylan Thomas at Swansea University and writes opera librettos. “He has been interested in Israel and Voices for a long time, and was very happy to get our invitation to judge the competition,” said Blumfield, who was born in London. The submission deadline is October 1. For guidelines, visit the website at voicesisrael.com.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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