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March 2010



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Technion President Peretz Lavie has created this special video message for you.

View a special video message from Technion President



Happy Passover 2010

The American Technion Society wishes you a Happy Passover!  

Send an ATS e-card to wish your friends and family a happy holiday. With a nod to the four cups of wine served during the Passover Seder, this e-card highlights the work of Technion Professor Michael Aviram.  He was the first to prove that consuming red wine reduces cholesterol oxidation and arteriosclerosis development, which leads to heart disease.

Send your Passover eCard today!


Elderly Sleep Apnea Patients Rest Easier

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Professor Peretz and Dr. Lena Lavie

Elderly sufferers of sleep apnea may be able to rest a little easier, thanks to findings by Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie and his wife, Dr. Lena Lavie.  The Lavies, world-renowned sleep researchers from the Faculty of Medicine, found that sleep apnea – long regarded as a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, especially hypertension – may in fact extend the lives of elderly sufferers. The research was conducted in the Lloyd Rigler   Laboratory for Sleep Apnea Research.

Sleep apnea is characterized by interruptions in breathing during sleep that last 10 seconds or more, at least five times per hour.  The Lavies’ findings were recently confirmed in a study by researchers from Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, Germany.

The story was recently reported in the Jerusalem Post.


Technion Among the World’s Best Universities

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Technion Students in the Classroom

The Technion is a world-class university.  But you don’t have to take our word for it.  The Technion once again placed high among the top 200 on the Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU).  Published by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, these rankings are considered to be the most used and influential international ranking of universities. 

This stellar rating is echoed by the World University Rankings published by the prestigious British newsletter, Times Higher Education, and the U.S. News and World Report’s 2010 ratings of the world’s best universities.


For a New Look at Biology, Call an Engineer

A joint workshop, hosted by Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Technion’s Lorry I. Lokey Interdisciplinary Center for Life Sciences and Engineering, was the first of its kind between Technion and Columbia. Held at Columbia University earlier this month, the “Neuroengineering of Biological Networks” workshop featured Technion researchers presenting their findings on topics that ranged from understanding the triggers for epilepsy to selective perception in barn owls. 

Read more about the workshop.


ATS Presidents Honored

ATS Board Dinner 

ATS Presidents were honored at a special dinner during the national Board meeting.

Past national presidents of the ATS were honored at a dinner during the recent national Board of Directors meeting in Las Vegas. Each was presented with an optical crystal laser engraved with a 3-D image of the Ubiquitin molecule and the signatures of the Nobel Laureates who discovered it, Technion Professors Avram Hershko and Aaron Ciechanover. The unique gift reflects the past presidents’ roles as major leaders of an organization that supports leaders in the scientific world.

The keynote speaker for the event was Alfred E. Mann, who endowed the Alfred E. Mann Institute at the Technion, which is devoted to accelerating the commercialization of advanced biomedical technologies to benefit patients and society.

View photos from the Board meeting.


Good News from Capitol Hill

On March 10, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that includes a one-year extension of the IRA charitable rollover.  The Senate bill will now go to committee to be reconciled with a similar bill passed by the House late last year.  The bill will be refined, and once approved by both the House and the Senate, will go the President to be signed into law.  

The new law would allow ATS supporters over the age of 70 1/2 to make direct tax-free distributions to ATS of up to $100,000 from their IRAs, at a potential tax savings of up to seventy cents on the dollar.  Please call our planned giving experts at 212-407-6300 for more information about this and other creative ways to stretch your philanthropic dollars, and stay tuned to this newsletter and the ATS Website for future planned giving updates.

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