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Dr. Nurit Kirsh, Lecturer

Dr. Nurit Kirsh
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The Open University The Dorothy De Rothschild Campus One University Road P.O.B. 808 Ra’anana 43107, Israel
Office: 972-9-7781758 Fax:972-9-778-0661 Email:nuritki@openu.ac.il

Ph.D. in History of Science, the Cohn Institute, Tel-Aviv University. Thesis: “The Teaching and Research of Genetics at the Hebrew University (1935-1961)" Guided by Professor Eva Jablonka and Professor Anita Shapira.
The Course “Science since 1789”, Department of History, UC Berkeley, USA.
B.A. in Social  Sciences (with distinction) from the Open University of Israel.
M.Sc. in Microbiology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan.
Thesis: "Quantitative Study of the Male Specific Protein (MSP) in Normal, Sex Inversed and Gynogenetic Tilapias". Guided by Professor Rami R. Avtalion
B.A. in Biology (with distinction) from the Open University of Israel, Tel-Aviv. I started my Academic Studies on 1983, while I was still in highschool (9th grade) and finished them on my second year of National Service.
Travel grant from the Jewish Studies Program, Arizona State University, 2006 The Jacques Loeb Post-Doctoral Scholarship, Ben-Gurion University, 2008-2009.
Grant from Yad Chaim Weizmann
Travel grant from the Leo Baeck Institute
Neuberger Scholarship from the Institute for German History, Tel-Aviv University
Grant from the Institute for the History of Medicine and Science, University of Lubeck
VATAT Grant for Doctorat Thesis, the Israeli High Education Council
ISF Grant (with Prof. Eva Jablonka), the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities
1996, 1997
Excellence Scholarships of the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel-Aviv University
Scholarship of the Biology Department, Bar- Ilan University
1987, 1989
Dean Prizes for Excellence, The Open University
Tel-Aviv City Council Prize for Best Essays
2015 – to date
Head of the biological thought MA program, the Open University of Israel
Head of an MA program in education for American students (TASP), Bar-Ilan
An advisor for “Twist” - a European Union Project to encourage girls to choose science studies, the Science Museum in Jerusalem
Post-Doctoral at The Jacques Loeb center for the History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences at Ben-Gurion University
2004-to Date
“Amit Horaa” lecturer, Bar-Ilan University

1. Kirsh, N. (2003) “Population Genetics in Israel in the 1950s: The Unconscious Internalization of Ideology, Isis, 94: 631-655.

2. Kirsh, N. (2004) “Geneticist Elisabeth Goldschmidt: A Twofold Pioneering Story”, Israel Studies, 9(02): 71-105.

3. Kirsh, N. (2003-2004) “Physicians in the Young State of Israel: “Putting Jewish Migration into it’s Historic Perspective”, Korot, the Israel Journal of the History of Medicine and Science, 17: 71-96.

4. Kirsh, N. (2004) “Genetic Research on Israel’s Populations: Two Opposite Tendencies”, in: Volker Roelcke, Giovanni Maio (eds.) Twentieth Century Ethics of Human Subjects Research: Historical Perspectives on Values, Practices, and Regulations, Stuttgart: Steiner, pp.309-317.

5. Kirsh, N. (2006) “Bracha Ramot”, “Naomi Feinbrun-Dothan”, “Clara Heyn”, “Yehudit Birk”, “Bat-Sheva Bonne-Tamir” – Articles to Jewish Women – A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia, Jerusalem: Shalvi.

6. Kirsh, N. (2007) “Genetic Studies of Ethnic Communities in Israel: A Case of Values Motivated Research Work” In: Ulrich Charpa and Ute Deichmann (eds.) Jews and Science in German Contexts, pp. 181-194. Leo Baeck Institute.

7. Kirsh, N. (2007) “Zionism and the Biology of the Jews, by Raphael Falk - Review”, Israel, 12: 211-216 ,(in Hebrew).

8. Kirsh, N. (2009) "The Beginning of Genetics in the Hebrew University", in: Hagit Lavsky (ed) The History of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2nd vol., Jerusalem: Magnes Press, pp. 161-185 (in Hebrew).

9. Kirsh, N. (2010) “Between Paralysis and Productivity:  Scientific Activity During the War”, in: Mordechai Bar-On and Meir Chazan, (eds.) Citizens at War: Studies on the Civilian Society during the Israeli War of Independence, pp. 260-289 (in Hebrew).

10. Kirsh, N. (2011) on: Health and Zionism: The Israeli Health Care System, 1948–1960, by Shifra Shvarts, The Journal of Israeli History 30(2): 237-240.

11. Kirsh, N. (2013) on: The Genealogical Science, by Nadia Abu El-Haj, Journal of the History of Biology 46(3): 543-545.

12. Kirsh, N. (2013) “Tragedy or Success? Elisabeth Goldschmidt (1912-1970) and Genetics in Israel” Endeavour, 37: 112-120.

13. Kirsh N. & Katzir Sh. (2016) “The second scientific career of Chaim Weizmann:  A Continuation or a New Beginning?” in: in: Uri Cohen and Meir Chazan, (eds.) Chaim Weizmann, Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar, pp. 413-439 (in Hebrew).

קירש, נורית (מאי 2008) "חוקרים בעברית, חולמים בגרמנית", גליליאו 117: 48-54.

קירש, נורית (אוגוסט 2008) "מבחנות ומבחנים – מסלול המכשולים של חלוצות האקדמיה העברית", גליליאו 120: 68-73.

קירש, נורית (מרץ 2009) "גנים עם ערכים – חקר הגנטיקה של עדות ישראל", גליליאו 127: 54-58.

קירש, נורית (מרץ 2013) "נשים במדע – על הסיבות לפער" גליליאו 175: 23-29.

“Manifestation of the Zionist Ideology in Genetic Studies on Ethnic Groups in Israel" in: History of Science in the Forming Israel – The Founding Conference of the Israeli Association for the History and Philosophy of Science, the Van-Leer Institution, Jerusalem, 15-16 March 2000.

“Common  Biological Origin and Jewish Collective Memory” in: Language, Image and Propaganda. The Historical Society of Israel, Shoresh, 5-6 July 2000

"The Genetic Research of Ethnic Groups in Israel as an Instrument for Shaping and Reinforcing the Jewish Identity" in: Jewish Identity on the Threshold of the Millennium, Shazar Center and Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem, 25-28 December 2000.

“’The Wandering Jew Returns to his Homeland: How the Zionist Narrative is Reflected in Genetic Research about Communities in Israel” in: History of Human Experimentation during the 20th Century. University of Lubeck, Germany, 18-20 May 2001.

“Historical Lessons from Genetic Studies” a panel discussion in: the 6th international conference on Ancient DNA & Associated Biomolecules. Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Rehovot, 21-25 July 2002.

“From Central Europe to Jerusalem: Immigrant Biologists in an All-Immigrant University” in: Migrant Scientists in the 20th Century. Istituto di Fisica Generale Applicata, Milan, Italy, 20-22 June 2003.

“Women Scientists in Israel – A Historical Outlook” in: The 20th annual conference of the Association for  Israel Studies Israel: The Prospects for Reinvigoration. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 13-16 June 2004.

“Human Population Genetics in the Young State of Israel: Values, Themes and Biases” in the workshop: Research Practices of Jewish Scientists and Scholars, 19th and 20th Centuries. University of Sussex, UK, 4-5 October 2004.

“Test-tubes and other Tests: The Obstacles and Successes of Three Prominent Female Scientists in Israel” in: The 5th annual conference of the Israeli Association for the History and Philosophy of Science, the Van-Leer Institution, Jerusalem, 16-17 March 2005, (in Hebrew).

“Baruch Padeh and Chaim Sheba: Between Genetics and Ethics” in the workshop: Jewish Scientists in German and Israeli Academia in the 20th century: Integrity of research, Sidney M. Edelstein Center, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 26 January 2006.

“Geneticist Elisabeth Goldschmidt in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem: A Path Strewn with Obstacles” in: ‘Whose Science?’: Women, Gender and the Politics of Science, The 14th Annual Conference on Women and Gender Studies and Feminist Theories, Tel -Aviv University, 1-2 February 2006.

“Nationalism and Science: Israeli Geneticists and Archeologists (Re)shape the Jewish Nation’s Past with an Eye to the Future” in: ImagiNATION: The Cultural Praxis of Zionism, Arizona State University, Tempe, 5-7 February 2006.

“German-Jewish Pioneers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem” The 6th annual conference of the Israeli Association for the History and Philosophy of Science, the Science Museum, Jerusalem, 26 March 2006, (in Hebrew).

“Chaim Sheba, Elisabeth Goldschmidt and Genetic Diseases in Israel during the 1950s" in: Medical genetics and eugenics in international context, ca. 1910-1960, University of Giessen, Germany, 28-30 June 2007.

“Between the Ivory Tower and the Battlefield: Scientists and Research Institutes in Israel, 1948” in: The 8th annual conference of the Israeli Association for the History and Philosophy of Science, the Science Museum, Jerusalem, 16 March 2008, (in Hebrew).

“A Lab of Her Own: Elisheva Goldschmidt – Pioneer of Genetic Research in Israel” in: The Cohn Institute at 25 – Celebration Colloquium, Tel-Aviv University, 11-13 May 2008.

“Israeli geneticists in the 1950s: The Construction of a collective national identity” in: The 7th Meeting of Science and technology in the European Periphery - Galway, Ireland 17- 20 June 2010.

“Elisabeth Goldschmidt – A Tragedy or Success Story?” in: The International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology Conference,  University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 10-14 July 2011.

“Women Scientists in Israel – An Historical Outlook” in: The International Symposium - Women and Gender Studies, Ecole Normale Supérieure, 14-17 September 2011.

“Human Population genetics in Israel in the Post-War Era” in: Minerva Gentner Symposium - The Study of Jewish Biological Difference After 1945, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, 15-16 October 2012.

“The Second Scientific Career of Chaim Weizmann: a continuation or a new beginning?” In: the 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester, 21-28 July 2013.

“Between National policy and Scientific Activity - Chaim Weizmann  in the 1930s and 1940s” The 14th annual conference of the Israeli Association for the History and Philosophy of Science, the Science Museum, Jerusalem, 22 December 2013, (with Shaul Katzir, in Hebrew).

“Scientific Evaluations of Jewish Identity: Past and Present“ in: Jews and Race: Genetics, History, and Culture, Tel Aviv University, 13 January 2014, (in Hebrew).

"Pentosuria: One “Illness”, Two Female Researchers” in: Gendering Science: Women and Men Producing Knowledge, the Commission on Women and Gender Studies in History of Science, Technology and Medicine (DHST/IUHPST). Praha Karolinum, Prague, 4-6 June 2015.

“Study Tours of the Hebrew University Researchers - 1967-1925” in: The 2nd annual conference of the Israeli Association for the Environmental history, Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi, Jerusalem, 8 October 2015.

1989-1990: Assistant, Genetics and Immunology courses, Bar-Ilan University.
1991-1997: Teaching courses for gifted children at the Erica Landau’s Institute for the Promotion of Creativity & Excellence, Tel-Aviv.
1991-1992: Teaching at the Institute for Jewish and Zionist Education (Melitz)
1992-2007: Biology teacher, high school (“Haroe” Ramat-Gan, “zeitlin” Tel-Aviv).
2004-2015: Teaching BA and MA courses in Bar–Ilan University:
Undergraduate Courses Taught
Philosophy of Science
Didactics course for biology teachers
Graduate Courses Taught
Introduction to the History of Science and Technology
Zionism and Science
Introduction to Biology
A Lab of One’s Own – Female Scientists