Monday, October 15, 2012

Farewell to Naomi

The last week was marked with farewell events to Naomi. 

It started on Tuesday with a trip and picnic. Since Naomi is (was) a joint student of both Hanah Margalit and myself, we had a trip with the two groups.

On the road

Noa and Daniela

After the trip we had a nice lunch in a forest. Daniela was the star of the event, sitting in the middle and checking the choice of food.

Then came the more official part of the ceremony where we said our farewell wishes and exchanged cards and presents :-)

On Thursday afternoon we had the dissertation exam. Unlike the custom in many universities, in the Hebrew University the exam is a private event - the judges and the student without any audience.  Naomi surveyed the results from her dissertation and the judges asked questions.

Naomi at the start of the presentation

After the presentation and Q&A, the judges convened, and after a short discussion decided this was a great presentation and wonderful dissertation. We called Naomi to tell her the news.

Celebratory fresh PhD

Yesterday Hanah and I took Naomi for a lunch to have a chance for a more intimiate farewell. 

Today Naomi came to finish the TODO list on an ongoing project with Avital and Mor (from Hanah's lab). And at 3:30, she left, after tearful hugs with everyone. 

We wish Naomi easy move to Cambridge, MA, and much fun and success in her postdoctoral fellowship!

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