BOG 2023: Kadar Family Award Advances Scholarship at TAU

Awardees will be supported in their research in topics ranging from international trade to the formation of the universe
19 June 2023
Celebrating the Kadar Family Award for Outstanding Research recipients (photo: Ofer Amram).

Four scholars conducting some of Tel Aviv University’s most exciting research received this year’s Kadar Family Award for Outstanding Research: Prof. Marek Karliner (Exact Sciences), Prof. Ron Harris (Law), Dr. Uri Ben-David (Medicine), and Dr. Ella Daniel (Humanities). 


The Award, already in its ninth year, was presented at a festive event as part of the TAU’s 2023 Board of Governors meeting. Each year’s Award goes to two senior and two junior faculty members from across the academic spectrum who go above and beyond in a number of categories including research, teaching, and international standing.  


The Kadar Family Award is supported by the Naomi Foundation, which honors the memory of Naomi Prawer Kadar PhD, a lifelong Yiddish specialist, educator, and the late wife of Dr. Avraham Kadar, a physician, educator, innovator, and TAU benefactor. The three Kadar children, Maya Kadar Kovalsky, Nadav Kadar, and Einat Kadar Kricheli are all TAU alumni and board members of the Kadar Foundation along with their father. Avraham, Nadav and Maya are also members of TAU’s Board of Governors.  

Mr. Nadav Kadar: “The Naomi Foundation is committed to promoting innovation and education and is proud to support Tel Aviv University, a leading institution. Kadar Award recipients have achieved the highest levels of distinction in their fields. We are celebrating today their spirit, their vision and their pursuit of excellence. Their accomplishments remind us of the limitless potential that lies within each of us.” 


The 2023 Kadar Family Awardees:  


Prof. Marek Karliner is a full professor at the Raymond and Beverly Sackler School of Physics and Astronomy. His research focuses on particles called quarks which make up much of the visible universe; the unusual combinations of quarks which he studies can help scientists better understand the basic mechanics of existence. 



Prof. Ron Harris is the Kalman Lubowsky Professor of Law and History, and former Dean, at the Buchmann Faculty of Law. He researches the history of business corporations in the context of economic history. His recent book, Going the Distance: Eurasian Trade and the Rise of the Business Corporation, 1400-1700, examines how changes in business models led to European corporate dominance of trade.  



Dr. Uri Ben-David is a senior lecturer at the Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine. He studies cancer cells and what differentiates them from regular human cells, in order to develop treatments which will kill cancer without harming surrounding cells. 



Dr. Ella Daniel is a senior lecturer at the Jaime and Joan Constantiner School of Education in the Entin Faculty of Humanities. She has made important contributions to the field of children’s value formation, studying and following the evolution of how children learn to prioritize and understand their values. She plans to continue this work by looking at the role of mothers and social media in this value formation. 



To watch the full ceremony, click here.



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