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January 2013


New Fertility Finding

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Researchers at the Technion, led by Prof. Eliezer Shalev, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, have discovered that membranes from the amnion, part of the placenta that is routinely discarded after birth, could serve as a source for human eggs. The first-ever discovery could eventually help women who are unable to produce healthy ovum to become pregnant.

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The Upside of Sleep Apnea

    Dr. Lena Lavie
Dr. Lena Lavie

Sleep apnea is a risk factor for everything from high blood pressure to chronic heart failure. But a new study by the Technion's Dr. Lena Lavie and Technion President Peretz Lavie shows that some people who suffer from such breathing disorders seem to recover more quickly than healthy sleepers after suffering a heart attack.

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Technion's President's Historic Visit to TCII

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Technion President Peretz Lavie walks through the doors of the TCII.

Technion President Peretz Lavie paid a visit to the Chelsea Campus of Cornell NYC Tech — home to the new Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute (TCII) – in December. President Lavie toured the facility with TCII Founding Director Craig Gotsman of the Technion.

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Nobel Laureate Delivers First Apeloig Lectureship

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Roald Hoffmann (left) with former Technion President Yitzhak Apeloig at the Colloquium in January.

Cornell University Professor and Nobel Laureate Roald Hoffmann delivered the first Yitzhak Apeloig Distinguished Visiting Lectureship on January 3rd. The lectureship was the brainchild of Larry Jackier, Chairman of the Technion International Board of Governors, and a group of ATS supporters who wished to honor Distinguished Professor Apeloig for his service as Technion President from 2001-2009.

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White House Honors Scientist and ATS Supporter

          Golumb.jpgProfessor Solomon Golomb receiving his Honorary Doctorate at the Technion

Solomon Golomb, the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Communications at the University of Southern California, will be awarded the National Medal of Science in a White House ceremony (date to be announced). A gala will be held later that evening at The Ritz-Carlton in D.C.

Golomb, a Technion supporter, is a member of the ATS Western Regional Board and of the Technion International Board of Governors. He has been a guest lecturer at the Technion, and received a Technion Honorary Doctorate in 2011.

Prof. Golomb has made profound contributions to mathematics and engineering, particularly in interplanetary communications. Video images from the Mars Rover Curiosity that made headlines this past summer owe a huge debt to Golomb’s mathematical coding, as does the popular computer game Tetris

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See Spain With a Historian

2013 Mission to Spain and Israel

Georgetown Professor Jonathan Ray

Visit Spain on the upcoming ATS Expedition this spring with our very own scholar-in residence. Georgetown University Professor Jonathan Ray, an expert in Sephardic Jewish History, will travel with us on the Spanish leg of our trip (May 26-31), shedding light on the complexities of life for the Jews of Medieval Spain. The Expedition continues June 1-7, when we visit Israel and the Technion.  

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