EMET prizes to two Tel Aviv University researchers

Prizes awarded for research that has far-reaching impact on Israeli culture and society
27 November 2016

2016 EMET Prizes were awarded to Prof. Zahava Solomon of TAU’s Bob Shapell School of Social Work and Prof (emer.) Joseph Bernstein of the Raymond and Beverly School of Mathematical Sciences. The prominent prize is awarded annually for academic and professional achievements that have far reaching influence on society by the Foundation for the Advancement of Science, Art and Culture in Israel, under the auspices of the Prime Minister of Israel.


Prof. Zahava Solomon, an Israel Prize laureate and world expert on trauma, was cited for “research that has broadened and deepened the theoretical and practical understanding of how people cope with trauma, and that has offered ways to identify distress signals along with risk factors.”


Prof. Solomon served in the Israel Defense Forces with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel as Head of the Research Branch of the Mental Health Medical Corps. In 1992 she joined the faculty of Tel Aviv University’s Shapell School, which she later headed. She also served as the Director of the School’s Renata Adler Research Center for Child Welfare and Protection. In 2013, she was appointed head of the Israel Multidisciplinary Center for Mass Trauma Research – I-CORE, which hosts researchers from numerous universities.


Prof. Solomon is considered a groundbreaker in the study of the effect of trauma upon society. Her extensive studies have focused on combat stress, war captivity, the Holocaust, and civilian post-trauma in Israel. She has published six books, 70 book chapters and over 360 articles in leading journals.


She is a member of the Israel Council for Higher Education and has won numerous international prizes, among other accolades and distinctions.


Prof. Joseph Bernstein, also an Israel Prize laureate, was cited for “virtuoso and revolutionary integration of diverse tools from the fields of algebra, analysis and geometry, and for his understanding of wide-ranging mathematical phenomena.”


Born in Moscow, Prof. Bernstein joined the TAU faculty in 1993 as a full professor of mathematics. He has been a visiting Professor and Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University, and at math departments at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Maryland. He has published over 70 papers and is a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and an honorary fellow of the American Mathematical Society. 

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