April 5, 2013

BGU Students Selected To Attend Sixth Annual Clinton Global Initiative University Conference In St. Louis

Three Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) students are presenting projects at the Sixth Annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) Conference, a non-partisan project of the William J. Clinton Foundation. This year´s event will be held at Washington University in St. Louis, MO from April 5 to 7.

As the only participants from an Israeli university, BGU students Ben Reuveni, Ellie Nowak and Guy Katz will join more than 1,000 students from 300 universities and 75 countries for the three-day conference that addresses global challenges in the areas of education, energy, climate change, global health, human rights, peace and poverty.

They are attending with the support of BGU´s President Prof. Rivka Carmi who wholeheartedly commends the initiative. “Community involvement is in the DNA of our university. This is an excellent way for students to become involved in the world around them,” says Prof. Carmi.

The BGU students submitted the following projects presented as “Commitments to Action”:

Ellie Nowak and Guy Katz are collaborating to develop inexpensive technology that harvests drinking water from the atmosphere. The technology is based on the same principle behind dew formation.

They are planning to work with low-resource, off-grid communities in the Negev desert in Israel, where access to a consistent, affordable water supply is limited. Ellie Nowak is a third year student at BGU´s Medical School for International Health and Guy Katz is a fourth year student at BGU´s Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School.

“The issue of fresh water access is relevant around the globe —  it is one of the most important factors for human health, and is deeply connected to sanitation, economic prosperity, and food security,” explains Nowak. “Less than 2.5 percent of the water on Earth is considered "fresh," and it constantly cycles between condensation and evaporation.”

Ben Reuveni´s project is an initiative to bring solar energy to BGU´s campus as well as raise renewable energy awareness. The basis of Reuveni's commitment will be deploying an independent electricity campus initiative by promoting the research and development of non-fossil resources.

He was previously selected by CGIU in 2009 for his commitment to alleviating poverty in Israel in order to minimize the economic gap between social groups and also helping poor immigrant families learn about fiscal responsibility. Reuveni is a BGU MBA student graduating in May.

“We´re proud that BGU students are representing Israel in this worldwide event, focusing on the University´s strengths in water research and renewable energy,” says Doron Krakow, executive vice president of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

“The CGIU is a global forum for innovation with a commitment to making a difference in the world, and we anticipate great success in implementing these inspiring programs."


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