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March 2013


Technion Ingenuity will be on Display During Obama Israel Visit 

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The ReWalk device in action

While President Obama’s 48-hour visit to Israel is too tight to schedule a trip to Haifa, he will see plenty of Technion innovations. Three projects by Technion researchers and graduates will be part of a presentation to show the president Israel's high-tech side: Prof. Alon Wolf’s search and rescue robotic snake; alumnus Dr. Amit Goffer’s ReWak, an exoskeleton for paraplegics; and a “human” waiter robot, built by middle school students with guidance from the Technion. President Obama will also have the opportunity to inspect the Iron Dome anti-missile system, developed largely by Technion graduates.

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Using Holography to Restore Sight

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Concept illustration of a schematic design for a glasses-mounted holographic retinal prosthesis

A team of researchers led by Technion Professor Shy Shoham has developed a novel technique that combines computer-generated holography with gene therapy in the hope of restoring vision to those who are blind. The strategy seems to be particularly effective for those suffering from Retinitis Pigmentosa, a degenerative condition for which there is currently no cure.

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Technion's Influence Seen, Heard at AIPAC Policy Conference

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Nobel laureate Dan Shechtman

The Technion’s ever-expanding prominence on the global stage was on full display at the 2013 AIPAC Policy Conference. The conference — considered to be the pro-Israel community’s preeminent annual gathering — took place March 3-5 in Washington, D.C.

Click here to read about how the Technion garnered a place in the AIPAC spotlight.


Presidential Forum Features Technion Superstars

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(l ro r) Larry Jackier, Chair of the Technion International Board of Governors, Professor Dan Shechtman, President Peretz Lavie, and Scott Leemaster, ATS National President

Capping off a series of Technion achievements, the American Technion Society Presidential Forum was aptly titled: The Quest for International Excellence. Held in Los Angeles March 8 -10, 2013, and co-chaired by National Board members Laura Flug and Irwin Field, the event featured Nobel laureate and Technion Distinguished Professor Dan Shechtman, who talked about his work to encourage entrepreneurship and education of young people in Israel and around the world.

Other Forum highlights enjoyed by some 200 ATS Benefactors included a VIP visit to CalTech, hosted by President Jean-Lou Chameau; a tour of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory; an insider’s briefing with Technion President Peretz Lavie, who led a panel discussion with Technion professors including Craig Gotsman, Founding Director of the Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute; Professor Arnon Bentur, Technion Executive Vice President and Head of the Technion International School; and Associate Professor Orit Hazzan, an expert in STEM education; and a dinner dance among dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum.

Click here to view a few photos from the event


The Technion-China Connection

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Click above to watch a video of the Chinese Ambassador to Israel's Technion visit

In the spirit of collaboration, her Excellency Mrs. Gao Yanping, Ambassador to Israel from the People’s Republic of China, recently visited the Technion campus and met with Chinese students at the Technion International School. The Technion has partnerships with seven universities and technological institutes in China, including the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Click here to view a video of the visit.


A Marathon Phonathon

A Technion student reaches out to an ATS supporter during the 2012 phonathon

Technion students will go to all lengths to express their appreciation to ATS supporters! Fueled by endless cups of coffee, more than a dozen students stayed up all night phoning donors in America to say “thank you” for their continued support. The third annual ATS Phonathon, March 10 – 21, provided students and donors with the unique opportunity to connect personally and learn more about each other.

Click here to view a video from the phontahon.


Expand Your World

2013 Mission to Spain and Israel

Did you know that Spanish Jews were recently given a fast track to citizenship, centuries after being forced to flee Spain? Have you seen the excavations in Israel’s Zipori National Park, enjoyed a traditional Druze meal and hospitality, or visited the high-tech research labs and start-up companies on the Technion campus? Experience the history and beauty of Spain and Israel like never before in our upcoming trip this spring.

Spaces are still available for the ATS Expedition to Spain and Israel (May 26 – June 7, 2013). What a great way to jump-start your summer!

For more information, please contact your regional director or visit .



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