September 14, 2021
VACCINATION IN EARLY THIRD TRIMESTER
MAY PREVENT SEVERE CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS
Pregnant women and infants are at an increased risk of severe COVID-19 infections but recent research from University of Haifa and Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem, shows that vaccinating pregnant women early on in the third trimester may maximize transplacental antibody transfer, potentially helping to prevent severe illness in the mother and her baby.

The study found that maternal immunization with the Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine in 27-31 weeks of pregnancy was associated with higher neonatal levels of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies and serum neutralizing activity than immunization during the late-third trimester (32-36 weeks). Read more
RISING SEA LEVELS THREATEN
ROCKY REEFS ON ISRAEL'S COAST
A new study led by Prof. Gil Rilov (Department of Marine Biology) has found that rare rocky reefs on Israel's coast may disappear in the coming decades due to rising sea levels caused by climate change.

The reefs constitute a unique and rare marine ecosystem on the northern shores of Israel. Prof. Rilov's team used 3D topographic mapping and SLR (sea level rise) simulations to reach his conclusions, which were published in Science of the Total Environment
PROFESSORS TO RECEIVE
GERMANY'S ORDER OF MERIT
Professors Eli Salzberger and Fania Oz-Salzberger, long-time members of the Haifa Center for German and European Studies (HCGES), are the recipients of The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz) for their contributions to enhancing Germany's standing in Israel and its relations with the State. It is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany pays to individuals. The German Embassy in Israel is hosting a ceremony in honour of the professors.

Prof. Eli Salzberger is immediate past HCGES Director, Head of the Minerva Center for the Study of the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions, President of the European Association for Law and Economics, and a former Dean of the Faculty of Law.
Fania Oz- Salzberger is Professor Emerita of History at HCGES and the Faculty of Law.
STUDENTS WIN GOLD & SILVER MEDALS
AT MATH OLYMPIAD
(l-r) Yahel Manor, Yanir Edri, Prof. Gad Landau, President Ron Robin and Prof. Daphna Canetti.

Yahel Manor and Yanir Edri, who are enrolled in the ETGAR computer science program for gifted high school students, recently won gold and silver medals at the online International Mathematical Olympiad in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The students were members of the Israeli delegation which placed seventh worldwide.

President Robin, Prof. Daphna Canetti (Dean of the Faculty of the Herta and Paul Amir Faculty of Social Sciences) and Prof. Gad Landau (Head of the ETGAR Program) congratulated the students upon their return. Read more
UPCOMING EVENTS
Dr. Beverly Goodman-Tchernov is an Associate Professor at the University of Haifa Leon Charney School of Marine Sciences, Head of the Department of Marine Geosciences, and a National Geographic Explorer, studying the world's ancient marine and coastal mysteries. She received her PhD from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. REGISTER HERE