Prof. Miriam Faust, a prominent scientist focusing on language processing in the brain, was elected the first female Rector of Bar-Ilan University, it was announced on Wednesday.

Prof. Faust served as chair of the Department of Psychology at Bar-Ilan University for five years, as the Rector’s advisor for the advancement of women for seven years, and for the last four years, has served as Vice Rector of Bar-Ilan University. She will assume the position in October, replacing Prof. Haim Taitelbaum, a physicist, who served as Rector of the religious university the past four years.

In addition, she is a full professor at Bar-Ilan's Department of Psychology and Director of the University's Brain and Language Lab in the Lesldie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center. She has published over 75 papers in international journals and books, has won many prestigious research grants, and has supervised over 70 Masters and PhD students.

Faust is also a member of the editorial board of “Brain and Language” and has recently edited a two- volume book , "The Handbook of the Neuropsychology of Language", published by Wiley-Blackwell.  She was a member of the National Council for Research and Development (MOLMOP) for four years and is currently a member of the Israeli Center of Excellence (I-CORE) in the Cognitive Sciences.

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