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Avia Raviv Moshe - 2020 Ruth Arnon Fellow

Avia Raviv-Moshe was born in Lod and moved at a young age to Rosh Ha‘ayin. Drawn to physics as a child, she attended the Aleh High School of Exact Sciences in Lod, concentrating in physics, chemistry and math. After a voluntary stint in the civil service, tutoring at-risk children from dysfunctional families, she began studying physics at Tel Aviv University.
Upon finishing her BSc in physics, magna cum laude, Avia went on to earn an MSc, summa cum laude, in theoretical high-energy particle physics. Her thesis, under the supervision of Prof. Yaron Oz, focused on non-relativistic, supersymmetric models.

Avia is currently a PhD student at Tel Aviv University in the field of theoretical high-energy particle physics. Her PhD dissertation, Aspects of Scaling in Supersymmetric Quantum Field Theories, under the supervision of Prof. Yaron Oz, focuses on non-relativistic quantum field theories and the applications of Lifshitz scaling symmetry to quantum field theory, to the study of quantum anomalies and to supersymmetry. The topics of her work range from abstract gravitational concepts through analytic calculations in gravity and quantum field theory. During her PhD studies, Avia was awarded the Judah Eisenberg Award for outstanding academic achievements and the prestigious Adams Fellowship of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. She has published several papers and presented her research at a number of national and international scientific conferences and workshops.

Since she began her studies at Tel Aviv University, Avia has been involved in a variety of teaching activities. As an undergraduate, she taught mathematics at her local junior high school in Rosh-Ha‘ayin and as a teaching assistant at Tel Aviv University. Alongside her PhD studies, Avia served as head instructor of the laboratory course in physics at Tel Aviv University, managing a course for hundreds of first-year BA students in physics, chemistry and engineering, with a team of dozens of instructors. In this role, Avia initiated new programs, such as the Advanced Lab excellence program in experimental physics for students in their second semester of physics studies. She received a Certificate of Honor from the school of physics at Tel Aviv University in recognition of her contribution to the course. Avia’s involvement in promoting women’s participation in STEM activities and programs for science-oriented youth from Israel’s periphery has included lectures and workshops for high-school students, arranged by the Dov Lautman unit for science-oriented youth and Tel Aviv University – activities she hopes to continue in the future.

Avia's research interests are quantum field theory, quantum gravity and the applications of quantum field theory to condensed matter and high-energy physics. This discipline-bridging field of research relates particle physics to condensed matter physics in a way that may reveal new properties of the laws of nature.

In Fall 2020, Avia plans to join the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics (SCGP) at Stony Brook University, New York, as a postdoctoral researcher. Avia is married and the mother of a 4-year-old daughter, Danielle.