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February 2010


Risk for Kidney Disease May Be in the Genes 

Professor Karl Skorecki
Professor Karl Skorecki

Is there a way to predict who will develop end-stage kidney disease? Prof. Karl Skorecki of the Technion Faculty of Medicine led a team of researchers who discovered genetic markers -- present in some 60% of people from western and southern Africa -- that can indicate a high risk for the disease. This finding may advance the use of genetic screening and might enable preventative treatment.

Read more about the discovery of the DNA marker for kidney disease.


Technion Students Present Aerospace Innovations 

aerospace research
The "stealth" UAV

Fly me to the moon? Why not just take the elevator? A lunar space elevator was just one of the innovative projects presented by students in the Technion Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, which is celebrating its 50th year, during the annual Israel Conference on Aerospace Sciences held February 17-18. 

Students offered a glimpse of aerospace future, including the Irena Satellite, an alternative to the existing GPS systems that uses nano satellites; a "stealth" unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that can travel nearly 2000 miles in the dark without refueling and carry two smart bombs; the 8 inch Dragonfly plane that can enter a room through a window and transmit photos from its miniature, mounted camera; and a lunar space elevator that brings rare isotopes for use in nuclear fuel from the moon to earth via a 200,000-plus mile cable.

Read more about the Technion student presentations.


Technion Lauds 2009 Harvey Prize Laureates

2009 harvey laureates
Sir David Baulcombe and Prof. Shuji Nakamura

The Harvey Prize, among the world’s preeminent scientific awards was presented on February 17 at the Technion to Sir David Baulcombe and Professor Shuji Nakamura.

Sir David Baulcombe, professor of botany at the University of Cambridge, is a leader in the field of genetically-modified food. He received the Harvey Prize for his contributions to the life sciences through his role in discovering the function of short RNA molecules.

Professor Shuji Nakamura from the College of Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, and co-director of the Solid State Lighting and Energy Center there, received the award for his contributions to energy efficiency through his invention of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs).

The Harvey Prize was established by the late Leo M. Harvey of Los Angeles and is enthusiastically maintained by his son, Technion Guardian, Homer Harvey, and his family. Thirteen of the past winners of the Harvey Prize have gone on to win Nobel Prizes for science.

Read more about the Harvey Prize.


The Science of Summer: High School Edition

The SciTech summer camp at Technion

What’s the formula for an unforgettable summer? Mix two parts hands-on scientific research in world-class facilities with cutting edge instructors with one part Israeli cultural activities and sightseeing, and combine that with an elite group of international students. The result is SciTech, Technion’s international science and technology research camp for gifted high school students. Last year, 11th and 12th graders from Bulgaria, Canada, Israel, Italy, Serbia, Turkey, the UK and the USA participated in the highly selective program, which afforded them the chance to work with Technion researchers. Applications for this year's program are due March 30.

Click here for more information or to apply.


Support for Israel at a Near Record High 

There’s good news in the latest Gallup poll. More than 65% of the Americans surveyed say they feel more favorably toward the Israelis than the Palestinians in the current Mideast situation. That’s according to the annual World Affairs survey conducted earlier this month. The survey looked at changes in support by political party, and opinion on the likelihood of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Read more.


Shaping Israel’s Future: Technion 2010
ATS Mission to Israel: June 1-11, 2010

mission 2010

Celebrate the culmination of our $1 billion "Shaping Israel’s Future" campaign and see the future at the Technion -- the leading world-class university we’ve helped create.

Enjoy insider’s perspectives on Israel as you visit a Druze village, explore the hidden secrets of the Jezreel Valley, and tour the rooftops of the Old City and see Tel Aviv at twilight. See the impact of Technion graduates on Israel’s economy during hosted visits to their high-tech companies, and witness Israel’s Green future at the Ariel Sharon National Park that is being revitalized under the guidance of Technion graduates.

At the Technion you will hear discussions on taking research from the laboratory to the marketplace and the Technion’s role in Israel’s security. You’ll meet with the Technion president for Shabbat dinner and honor fellow mission participants who have dedications and ceremonies during the mission.

Click here for details on how you can join the Mission. For more information and a copy of the itinerary please contact your regional director or write to

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