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UMD TAU Joint Research Workshop Previous Awardees

UMD TAU Joint Research Workshop Previous Awardees


Dr. Jeffrey Herf, Distinguished University Professor of History, with co-PIs Dr. Ranaan Rein, Professor of History and Director of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies, and Dr. Roni Stauber, Academic Director of the Wiener Library for the Study of the Nazi Era and the Holocaust at Tel Aviv University
“Israel and Europe: Probing Mutual Perceptions and Interpretations in the Diplomatic Archives, 1948-1990,”

Dr. Herf and his UMD History colleague Piotr Kosicki will travel to Tel Aviv University this summer to map a major new project exploring how Israelis interpreted European societies and politics, and how European diplomats viewed Israel, from Israel's founding in 1948 through the aftermath of the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982.  Both Israeli and European archives up to the early 1980s are now open; this workshop will lead to new research especially in these more recently opened files.  Workshop organizers will invite colleagues from other institutions, both in Israel, Europe, and the US, to join in these conversations.  The workshop should facilitate proposals for funding from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Council), the German Academic Exchange Service, and the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research program.

Dr. Jungho Kim, Keystone Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, with Prof. Herman Haustein, Senior Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Tel Aviv University.
“Single and Multiphase Heat Transfer: Fundamentals and Applications,”

Professor Kim, along with UMD colleagues Prof. Amir Riaz, Prof. Avi Bar-Cohen, and Prof. Bao Yang, will travel to Tel Aviv University to focus with TAU colleagues on the implications of recent micro- and nanotechnology developments for cooling and heating of a wider variety of systems, including electron components, nuclear reactors, military systems, hybrid and electric vehicles.  The TAU and UMD teams are both internationally recognized for being on the cutting edge of this topic, and familiar with each other’s work, but have had little sustained interactions.  This workshop therefore promises both to produce fruitful presentations and discussions, and also to lay the groundwork for future cooperation that will accelerate the finding of breakthrough solutions to present and future challenges.


Dr. Bernard Cooperman, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies, and Dr. Stefano Villani, Associate Professor of History,with co-PI, Professor Tamar Herzig, Director of the Morris E. Curiel Institute for European Studies, Tel-Aviv University 
Behavioral Practice and the Marking of Identity: Sex, Food and Dress Regulation and the Construction of Social Boundaries in the Pre-Modern World

Two workshops--one at TAU, one at UMD (September 30-October 1)--expanded the theoretical complexity of recent historical research on social deviance and social controls, and explored its current, practical implications, by bringing to bear the insights of contemporary social science and applied social policy.  Senior and junior faculty and graduate students from a broad and complementary range of departments and programs at TAU and UMD identified parallels on which to base path-breaking future research and policy studies that will cross temporal, geographical and disciplinary boundaries.


Dr. Jae Kun Shim, Associate Professor of Kinesiology, with co-PI, Dr. Jason Friedman of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine and Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University
 Upper Extremity Rehabilitation after Stroke.

Professor Friedman came to UMD along with several TAU colleagues and graduate students this past spring for three days of conversation and brainstorming that also included several UMD faculty and graduate students, as well as guests from NIH and other local institutions.  Together this group explored ways to raise the success rate of hand and arm movement rehabilitation after stroke.  Their combined skill sets—including theoretical knowledge of the neurobiology of movement, practical experience with stroke patients, and technological know‐how—will allow them to identify innovative new means to translate current knowledge about hand and finger movements into practical treatment and rehabilitation strategies.



Dr. Colin Phillips, Professor of Linguistics and Director, Maryland Language Science Center, with co-PI, Professor Roni Katzer, Tel-Aviv University Department of Linguistics
Tel Aviv -­ Maryland Partnership in Language Science Training 

Several UMD faculty and graduate students traveled to TAU in December 2014 for a series of interactions with TAU faculty and graduate students, aimed at exploring collaborations in two areas of particular interest to multiple researchers at both institutions: phonological learning; and memory mechanisms in language processing.  Select TAU participants then continued these interactions at the two-week Winter Storm language science workshop held at UMD in January, 2015, which involved 10 UMD departments and over 100 participants.


Dr. Sandra Crouse Quinn, Professor of Family Science, Senior Associate Director Maryland Center for Health Equity, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Public Health​ with co-PI, Professor Daniel I. Cohen , Director, Tel-Aviv University School of Public Health​
Understanding Public Attitudes and Behaviors related to Vaccines

Several UMD faculty and graduate students traveled to TAU in December 2014 for a series of interactions with TAU faculty and graduate students to explore collaborations on the research each has done in their respective countries on vaccine acceptance under uncertain conditions with varying levels of trust.  Their collaborative work will contribute to a global evidence base that is being developed by the Global Health Security initiative, a partnership involving multiple US agencies, the World Health Organization, the World Organization for Animal Health, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and 30 countries. The Global Health Security initiative’s goal is to strengthen global abilities to anticipate, monitor, and respond to outbreaks of infectious disease such as avian influenza, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), polio and other known and unknown diseases.