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June 27, 2013

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Dan Shechtman Speaks Entrepreneurship at UN General Assembly

     Shecthman UN 2.png Distinguished Professor and Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman at the U.N.   

Distinguished Technion Professor and Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman participated in a United Nations session on entrepreneurship for development on June 26. The program was initiated by Israel’s Mission to the UN and included opening remarks by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, a video address by Israeli President Shimon Peres, and comments from Israel’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ron Prosor. Addressing delegates from 141 countries, Prof. Shechtman shared his recipe for creating an entrepreneurial society — a mix of good science education, a free market economy and a government eager to do its part.

To watch the video of the panel featuring Professor Shechtman, please click here.

To read an article about the event, please click here.


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The Chinese Connection

Peretz Lavie and Zhao Hanqing
Mr. Zhao Hanqing and Technion President Peretz Lavie

China’s top students will soon be able to benefit from a Technion education, as Hanqing International Educational Foundation recently signed an agreement to send five graduate students annually to study at the Technion. The announcement came in mid-June, just a week after Chinese Ambassador to Israel Gao Yanping spoke at the Technion about growing technological cooperation between the two countries and the potential for academic cooperation.

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Baton in One Hand, Scroll in the Other

          Zubin
 

Two giants will grace the stage at a concert hall in Tel Aviv on July 18, when Distinguished Professor and Nobel Laureate Dan Shechtman presents Maestro Zubin Mehta with a Technion Honorary Doctorate. The event will take place during a concert of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO), conducted by IPO Music Director Maestro Mehta.

The Maestro is a passionate supporter of Israel and of his beloved orchestra. He was appointed the IPO’s Music Adviser in 1969, was made Music Director in 1977, and in 1981 was recognized with the title of Music Director for Life.  In 2012, he received Israel’s Presidential Medal of Distinction for his contributions to Israeli society. In addition to his affiliation with the IPO, he is known for serving a 13-year tenure as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic, the longest in the orchestra’s history.    

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Technion Classroom in Your Living Room!

          Hossam Haick  Technion Professor Hossam Haick
 

Studying at the Technion will soon be just a “click” away.  The Technion is offering its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “Nanotechnology and Nanosensors,” starting January 2014. The 10-week-long course, taught by Prof. Hossam Haick, will explore the innovative applications of nanosensors in a variety of areas from medicine to security issues. Prof. Haick made his mark in science at the age of 32 with an electronic nose that sniffs out cancer. The course will be free of charge and taught both in English, and, for the first time in the world, in Arabic.

Click here for details and information on how to register.


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Blogging on a Sunny Afternoon in Israel

          SHO_7487.jpg  Expedition participants on the Technion campus
 

Just four months after joining the ATS as Western Region Director, Diana Stein Judovits attended her first ATS Mission — the Expedition to Spain and Israel (May 26-June 7). Fascinated by the Technion’s cutting-edge innovation, and captivated by the sense of family that pervades Israel, she was moved to write a heartfelt note to her board members. Diana built a distinguished career in the Jewish field, spending more than a decade at AIPAC just prior to coming to the ATS in February. 

Click here to view Diana’s blog post.


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