Dr. Kagan received his PhD in Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin. His work centers on particle acceleration. At Ben-Gurion, in the Department of Physics, he will use particle-in-cell simulations to determine whether relativistic magnetic reconnection (one of several particle acceleration processes) produces high-energy particles and radiation from astrophysical sources. He is currently collaborating with researchers at Université Grenoble Alpes in Grenoble, France on an investigation of the properties of realistic flux rope reconnection configurations, which is astrophysically relevant. He hopes to make a major contribution to our understanding of how high-energy particles and radiation are produced in the many astrophysical systems we observe. The Zuckerman scholarship will not be Dr. Kagan’s first experience in an Israeli university. He is currently a Kreitman fellow at Ben-Gurion University. Before that he was a joint postdoctoral fellow at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University, and as an undergraduate he spent a summer as a research intern at the Weizmann Institute of Science.