Bar-Ilan University | President’s Report 2022

45 EARLY INDICATORS OF AUTISM Notablementions: Newsweek, AutismParentingMagazine, Israel 21c, SputnikNews (Greece), Israel Central Committee of Uruguay, WION (India) A study by Dr. Hanna A. Alonim of the Louis & Gabi Weisfeld School of Social Work and the Mifne Center in Rosh Pina showed that autism can be identified as early as the first year of life, and that bridging the gap between early detection and therapeutic interventionmay significantly reduce the severity of life-long developmental deviations. The study was granted a prominent mention in a Forbes article in honor of Autism Awareness Month. NEW THINKING ON NEURONS NotableMention: AI withAI (a podcast produced by theUS Center for Naval Analyses), Times of Israel Research led by Prof. Ido Kanter of the Department of Physics and the Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center indicates that the time-lag for re-excitation of a neuron—the building block of our brain—is up to ten times longer than assumed formore than a century. In another study, Kanter showed that just one single neuron can realize deep learning algorithms, which previously required an artificial complex network consisting of thousands of connected neurons and synapses, a discovery expected to have important implications on future AI hardware architecture. DID THE EXODUS HAPPEN? Notablementions: The JerusalemPost International Edition, Alliance (France), Guiame (Brazil), Mosaic Magazine, JNS, Cleveland Jewish News, St. Louis Jewish Light Prof. Joshua Berman of the Zalman Shamir Bible Department found strong evidence to support the story of the Exodus from Egypt, even leading a recent tour group to the relevant sites. Berman was also featured on the cover of The Jerusalem Report, which interviewed him about his book Ani Maamin (Maggid, 2020). SPOTTED HYENAS AND SOCIAL TIES Notable mentions: Science, Die Welt (Germany), El Pais (Spain), The Daily Mail (UK), Infobae (Argentina), Haaretz, SverigesRadio (Sweden), LONRadio (Holland), ORF (Austria) Dr. Amiyaal Ilany of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences led a massive study of data collected over the course of 27 years that sheds astounding light on the nature of social networks, rank, and survival among spotted hyenas. MOROCCANS IN ISRAEL Notable mention: Le 360 (Morocco), Yabiladi (Morocco), Israel Netz (Germany), Qualita Radio (French), Aurora (Spain), Israel Hayom, L'Economiste (French) The Dahan Center for Culture, Society and Education in the Sephardic Heritage hosted a two-day conference on “Jewish LawandCulture inMorocco,” the first Israel-Morocco academic parley to be held since the signing of the Abraham Accords. The center also signed an agreement for cooperation with the Moroccan Center for Studies and Research in Hebraic Law. 9 10 11 12 13 Prehistoric human vertebra found by Dr. Alon Barash (item 7) Prof. Haim Cohen's laboratory (item 3)