Brandeis Summer Instructor, Randall Geller, wins the prestigious Glatzer Prize

The Brandeis University Summer School would like to congratulate one of our summer instructors, Randy GellarRandall Geller, on winning the prestigious Glatzer Prize.

The Glatzer Prize is awarded each year to the most exceptional doctoral dissertation in the NEJS Department. The prize is named for Nahum Glatzer, who served as the Philip W. Lown Professor of Jewish Thought at Brandeis and served as Chairman of the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis from 1957 to 1969.

Mr. Geller will be teaching NEJS 189a: The Arab-Israeli Conflict this summer.  This course explores the origins and development of one of the most intractable conflicts of our time – the Arab-Israeli conflict. Students will examine the diplomatic and military options the two sides have used, within the limitations of international constraints, to achieve their objectives. The impact of oil, religious fundamentalism, and political militancy will be evaluated in this context. Special attention will be given to the developments of the last decade, including the building of a separation wall between Israelis and Palestinians beginning in 2004, the Second Lebanon War of 2006, the Gaza War of 2008-2009, and current plans and prospects for the peaceful resolution of the more than century-long conflict. Mr. Geller’s course will make extensive use of newscasts, documentaries and portions of dramatic movies to illuminate the history of the conflict.

This evening class is open to all students and meets in the first Summer Session (May 31-July 1, 2011) on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11AM – 1:30PM.  Interested students can review a course syllabus for NEJS 189a: The Arab-Israeli Conflict online.  To find out more about this course, and other Brandeis Summer School courses, visit the Summer School website.

Exciting new class on Israeli music

Are you mesmerized by the musical traditions of the State of Israel? If so, a new summer course, MUS 18b – Musical Evolution in the Land of Israel, may be just what you’re looking for this summer!

Whether you are a fan of Israeli folk music, Zohar Argov and Musiqa Mizrahit, Israeli Rock, or Hadag Nachash’s uniquely Israeli form of hip hop/rap, this exciting new class will offer students a rewarding opportunity to study the fascinating and richly diverse forms of music encountered in Israel. Throughout this 5-week course, students will be encouraged to read, listen and share their thoughts in a cozy, seminar atmosphere. In addition, several films will be shown and discussed in class.

This class is being offered by Gilad Harel and meets in the first Summer Session (May 31-July 1, 2011).  The course meets on Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays from 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM.  Students can review a course syllabus for “MUS 18b – Musical Evolution in the Land of Israel” online.  To find out more about this course, and other Brandeis Summer School courses, visit the Summer School website.

 

Biology Instructor and Scientist Lives and Teaches His Passion

Justin Dore is a remarkable bundle of energy. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Brandeis and his path to pursuing science is a great story.

Summer Biology Instructor, Justin Dore, PhDAfter being invited to observe his uncle’s participation in a long distance foot race, Justin was intrigued by the physiology of long-distance runners.  He leapt into the big time; training and entering triathlons. To ensure that his body was receiving the best fuel and conditioning possible, Justin began to study exercise physiology and nutrition on his own.  The intersection of biology, anatomy, biochemistry and human physiology continued to absorb his interest and led to pursuit of a Master of Science in Boulder, Colorado.  His research focus was comparative study of cardiac biochemistry in diabetic vs. nondiabetic populations.  Training in high altitude is what sets world-class runners apart and Justin used his time in Boulder to his advantage.

Degree completed, Justin returned to his native Massachusetts.  His research focus led him to work in the Diabetes Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. After several years at MGH, Justin decided to consolidate his interests and expand his knowledge by pursuing a Ph.D. here at Brandeis.

Through it all, he’s never slacked on training and running. For those of you who have checked out his biology courses on the Summer School website, you’ll note that they’ll begin a bit late.  Justin will be participating in the historic Comrades Marathon, an international ultramarathon of 90 kilometers, in Durban, South Africa.  He’s living his dream: teaching what he loves and applying that expertise in athletic competition.

Boost Your Graduate School Acceptance Rate

The Brandeis Summer School can help if you’re planning on applying to a professional school after graduation.  Take courses taught by same instructors who have helped Brandeis undergraduates achieve the extraordinary graduate admissions record compiled below. For over 35 years, Brandeis has been offering top quality summer science courses. See this year’s summer science course listing.

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