Aliquippa native Daniel (Danny) Chamovitz, dean of the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University, was elected as the seventh president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He will assume office on Jan. 1, 2019, replacing outgoing President Rivka Carmi.
Chamovitz is a graduate of both Columbia University and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he earned a doctorate in genetics. As a member of Tel Aviv University’s academic faculty, he received the prestigious Alon Fellowship for outstanding young researchers from the Council for Higher Education.
Chamovitz is an internationally recognized activist for plant sciences and their contribution to feeding the growing world population. He is founder of the Manna Center Program for Food Safety and Security at Tel Aviv University and his 2012 popular science book, “What a Plant Knows,” received critical attention worldwide and has been translated into