PhD Trailblazers Honored for Computer Science Achievements

Four Israeli PhD students have been named winners of the second annual Blavatnik Prizes for Outstanding Doctoral Students in the field of computer science. The ceremony, at Tel Aviv University (TAU) earlier this month, was attended by British-American industrialist and philanthropist Sir Leonard (Len) Blavatnik, long-time TAU benefactor and supporter of science, innovation, and higher education in Israel. The Blavatnik School of Computer Science plays a crucial part in TAU’s real-world contributions that advance innovation.  […]

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UGA plant biologist named finalist for prestigious 2022 Blavatnik National Award

University of Georgia plant biologist Robert Schmitz was recently chosen as a finalist for the 2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists, the world’s largest unrestricted prize honoring early-career scientists and engineers, according to an article from UGA Today. Chosen from a pool of 309 nominees from 150 top universities and institutions across 38 states, these awards are known for both their exclusivity and their high distinction. […]

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Read Smart Podcast – George Floyd: Two Years On

Tune in to the latest episode of the Read Smart podcast, ‘George Floyd: Two Years On’ where writer and critic Tomiwa Owolade and Olivette Otele PhD, Professor of the Legacies and Memory of Slavery at SOAS University of London, discuss the widespread impact of George Floyd’s tragic death on both the cultural landscape and the publishing world. Read Smart Podcast is commissioned by The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation. […]

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A food security pilot program has been added to Israel’s national budget

The government will provide 72% of the NIS 155 million annual budget for a National Food Security Initiative pilot program, according to an agreement signed this week by Labor, Social Affairs and Social Services Minister Meir Cohen. The remainder will come from donor support raised by Colel Chabad, International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, the Blavatnik Food Bank, individuals and partner organizations. […]

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Harvard Business School Announces Its 2022-2023 Blavatnik Fellows

Harvard Business School (HBS) has named its 2022-23 Blavatnik Fellows and the program’s ninth cohort. Launched in 2013, the Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Science Entrepreneurship is part of a gift to Harvard University from the Blavatnik Family Foundation. This program supports HBS alumni and Harvard-affiliated postdocs as they build their promising life science ventures by developing their leadership talents and providing mentorship and community during their entrepreneurial journey.  To date, Blavatnik Fellows have created 30 companies […]

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Len Blavatnik Visits Tel Aviv University

On June 8, 2022, Len Blavatnik presented the Blavatnik Prizes for Outstanding Israeli Doctoral Students in Computer Science to four recipients in a ceremony at Tel Aviv University. Through funding from the Blavatnik Family Foundation, the Prizes, now in their second year, were established to recognize the remarkable research of Israeli PhD candidates in computer science. The Prizes are given out by the Blavatnik School of Computer Science and the Blavatnik Computer Science Research Fund for high-impact studies that advance real-world innovation. […]

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Warner Music’s Social Justice Fund Sets Event to ‘Spark New Ideas’ Among Grantees

The Warner Music Group/Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund announced a fourth set of grantee partners on Monday, as well as a first-ever event bringing together current recipients as part of a mission to “spark new ideas and drive collaborative change advancing racial justice.” WMG/BFF SJF’s inaugural ‘Grantee Convening’ event takes place this Thursday and Friday (June 16-17) and will include virtual sessions for grantees, a private reception, and three livestreamed events covering such topics as grant making, media messaging and the larger dialogue on global justice. […]

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Warner Music Group / Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund Announces First Annual Grantee Convening and Fourth Tranche of Grants

The Warner Music Group / Blavatnik Family Foundation Social Justice Fund (WMG/BFF SJF) today announced its first annual Grantee Convening event. From June 16-17, the Fund’s 27 current grantee partners will gather with WMG/BFF SJF Board members to share their work, and to find synergies in their efforts to advance racial justice across the arts, education, and criminal justice reform. Participating grantee partners include ARRAY, Bard Prison Initiative, the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Brazil Human Rights Fund, Girls Make Beats, Highlander Center, Manos Visibles, A New Way Forward, Gender Amplified, Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI), and Universal Hip Hop Museum, among many others. […]

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Blavatnik prizes for Computer Science awarded to doctoral fellows

The second annual Blavatnik Prizes for outstanding Israeli doctoral students in Computer Science were awarded on June 8 to four Ph.D. students in a ceremony at Tel Aviv University. The Blavatnik Prizes, funded by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, were established to highlight outstanding research by Israeli Ph.D. candidates in computer science and emphasize the importance of doctoral studies in general. The 2022 recipients are Nave Frost of Tel Aviv University, Gal Yona of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Assaf Shocher of the Weizmann Institute of Science and Leshem Choshen of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  […]

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Israeli scientists welcomed as laureates of 2022 Blavatnik Awards

Three scientists from some of Israel’s leading and most prestigious research institutions were welcomed as the 2022 laureates of the prestigious Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel at a ceremony held at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation. These prizes are awarded to scientists under the age of 42, who have already made significant achievements and show promise for future innovations in the fields of life sciences, chemistry and physical sciences and engineering. The first laureate was Noam Stern-Ginossar of Rehovot’s Weizmann Institute of Science. Stern-Ginossar won the life sciences award for developing groundbreaking analytical tools in order to study viral gene regulation in cytomegalovirus. […]

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