The Amos de-Shalit Foundation
Haim Harari, Chairman
The Annenberg Professorial Chair of High Energy Physics
The Foundation bearing the name of Amos de-Shalit was formally established in 1974 on the fifth anniversary of his death. A living memorial to the founder and first head of the Weizmann Institute's Department of Nuclear Physics, and later of its Department of Science Teaching. The Foundation's main goal is to foster an increased awareness of the role of science among young Israelis.
This year's activities included:
The Annual Amos de-Shalit Summer School in Physics, Chemistry and Life Sciences – The Amos de-Shalit Foundation offers annual summer schools in physics, chemistry and life sciences for outstanding undergraduate students studying at Israeli universities who have at least two years of undergraduate studies. This year a one-week program was held for students in the life sciences and a two-week program for students in physics and chemistry. Forty students participated.
The Amos de-Shalit Prize for Excellence in the Teaching of Physics – In 2010 two prizes were awarded to: Moshe Friedman from HEMDA, who will receive the prize for life long contribution to physics teaching in Israel and to Eyal Sinai, a teacher who taught for many years in the periphery with great success, and continues to teach in Modiin.
The Foundation also partly sponsored the following activities organized by the Davidson Institute of Science Education:
The Amos de-Shalit Popular Science Lectures – A series of three lectures by prominent Weizmann Institute scientists open to the public. Over 630 people participated, mostly high school students. In addition, Dr. Diane Evans, Director of the Earth, Science and Technology Directorate of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, gave a lecture on use of satellites for environmental research.
Meetings at the Frontiers of Science, a series of lectures in popular science aiming to promote science literacy by introducing the general public to cutting-edge scientific research in a popular manner. There were 16 lecture series, comprised of 8 lectures in each of its series, in two separate semesters given in several locations. There was a total of 1,200 participants.
The Annual "Science Festival" – The Weizmann Institute opens its gates to the general public for two days of scientific thrill. The Foundation sponsored two panel discussions within the framework of the Festival: Breakthroughs in Brain Research and Physics, Mathematics and Future Medicine.