Chicago Supporter Dedicates Cutting-Edge Medical Lab
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Dr. Ruth Hershberg, Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie, Avi Shaked, Avi’s
sister Bracha Marom and Dr. Eliezer Shalev.
On November 10, 2015, Mr. Avi Shaked — accompanied by Technion President Professor
Peretz Lavie, Dean of the Technion Faculty of Medicine Dr. Eliezer Shalev, and some
35 friends, family and Technion Medical School faculty — dedicated an
innovative genetics laboratory in memory of his parents, Rachel and Menachem
Mendelovitch (z”l). The dedication took place on the Technion campus at the Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine.
The Rachel and Menachem Mendelovitch Evolutionary Processes
of Mutation and Natural Selection Research Laboratory, funded by a gift from
Avi and his wife, Dr. Babs Waldman, is under the direction of Dr. Ruth
Hershberg. Upon completing her postdoctoral work at Stanford University, Dr.
Hershberg joined the Technion, where she established an interdisciplinary lab
that combines evolutionary theory, bioinformatics, computational and
experimental genomics, and microbiology. Her work strives to understand how
genetic variation contributes to important evolutionary processes such as the
emergence of antibiotic resistance and cancer initiation.
“My parents were simple farmers but had an abundance of generosity
– always looking to help people that had less than them,” said Avi. “Therefore,
this advanced research lab is a perfect honor for them, as the scientists
strive to help others on a larger scale by achieving breakthrough discoveries
that will improve and save human lives.”
Dr. Hershberg spoke at the ceremony, along with President
Lavie and Dr. Shalev. It is indeed a small world; Avi and President Lavie
attended the same grade school and high school one year apart, and three of
President Lavie’s cousins were in Avi’s class. This past connection and
President Lavie’s personality inspired Avi to make this generous gift.
Avi is CEO of Onward Technologies, a Chicago-based
computer firm that provides IT infrastructure services to Corporate America nationwide. He and his wife, an internist, live in Evanston.
New Cancer Center Brings a "Bench to Bedside" Approach
|Associate Professor Amir Orian, a key member of the new Technion Integrated
The Technion is taking
the fight against cancer to a new level with the establishment of the Technion
Integrated Cancer Center (TICC). Chicago supporters recently had the chance to hear
about the innovative multidisciplinary program from Technion Associate
Professor Amir Orian, a key TICC member.
Some 40 supporters
attended a luncheon event on May 23, hosted by Chicago Board Member Jerold A.
Jacover and his law firm, Foley & Lardner LLP. In his presentation, “Cancer
Research the Israeli Way: How Technion is Leading the Fight,” Prof. Orian
talked about the TICC, which combines faculty from the basic sciences and
engineering with scientists at the Technion Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and at
Rambam Hospital. The interaction of researchers and clinicians will help
translate basic discoveries into medical applications, culminating in clinical
trials — a “bench to bedside” approach.
Prof. Orian was one of
a small group of cancer researchers whose discussions helped launch the
TICC. His research focuses on
identifying specific genes that possess enzymatic activities, which could serve
as targets for early cancer detection. Currently, he is studying how the
improper regulation of a particular network of genes is linked to colon cancer
and aging. Early in his career, Prof. Orian was mentored by Nobel Laureate
Distinguished Professor Aaron Ciechanover, head of
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#TechnionFuture: Our Innovators and CEOs of Tomorrow
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Professor Alon Gany, graduate
student Shani Elitzur, and undergraduate student Nimrod Harani toured Chicago while visiting the ATS
It is rocket
science! — This is the case for two members of the Technion student-faculty
delegation who visited Chicago earlier this year. Aerospace Engineering
Professor Emeritus Alon Gany and his doctoral student Shani Elitzur, along with
undergraduate Nimrod Harani, shared their inspirational stories at an early
evening Young Professional Networking Event on February 25.
More than 20 young professionals gathered at Ciao! Café
& Wine Lounge in Chicago to hear the delegation talk about their brilliant
research. As has been true in the past, the visit was a highlight of the chapter’s winter calendar, and also provided ample opportunity to mix and
mingle. The event was co-chaired by ATS Chicago Board Members Robert Polak and
Prof. Gany, a Technion alumnus and former head of the Sylvia
and David I.A. Fine Rocket Propulsion Center, focuses his research on
propulsion and clean energy. He and Shani are developing a novel method for
hydrogen storage and production, which could have applications for eco-friendly
automotive and marine fuel. Shani has served as an officer in Aeronautical
Design for the Israeli Air Force’s Aircraft Engineering Department, taking part
in projects to improve aircraft capability and performance.
Nimrod is undertaking a double major in materials science
and engineering plus chemistry. He has served as a combat engineer in Operation
Cast Lead, Operation Pillar of Defense and Operation Protective Edge.
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Everything You Wanted to Know About Estate Giving
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ATS Planned Giving Member Marc Pershan, Regional Head of Private Banking at
Leumi; ATS Planned Giving Committee Co-Chairs Neil H. Weinberg, a partner at
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, and Kenneth M. Bloom, a partner at Latimer LeVay
Fyock LLC; guest speaker Russ Sullivan of McGuireWoods; Mark Winick, principal
of Prometheus Fund LLC and Planned Giving Committee Co-Chair; Mark Gaines, a
partner at RSM US LLP and a past president of the ATS Chicago Chapter; Mason
Salit, head of U.S. Private Banking at Leumi
Planned giving comes in a host of programs, varying by
organization type, donor population, budget and many other factors. Who better
to give us the lay of the land than a one-time Capitol Hill finance chief?
Russ Sullivan, a former staff director for the U.S. Senate
Finance Committee who is currently a partner at the law firm McGuireWoods LLP,
was the key speaker at the 2015 Annual Tax and Estate Planning Seminar on
November 5, 2015. More than 100 professionals attended the breakfast event,
held at The Standard Club and sponsored by Leumi.
In a presentation titled: “What You Need to Know About the
Estate Tax,” Mr. Sullivan provided his views on current topics related to tax
legislation, tax policy, health care and trade. The seminar is hosted yearly by
the Chicago Chapter’s Planned Giving Committee to provide an opportunity for
professionals in this field to network and learn from industry leaders about
current topics relevant to their work.
Mr. Sullivan began working on Capitol Hill in 1995 and
joined the Senate Finance Committee in 1999. He served as its staff director
from 2004 until his retirement from the Senate in 2013.
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We Will Miss You, Ben!
|Ben Z. Sosewitz
The officers, board and staff of the American Technion
Society express deep regret at the loss of Ben Z. Sosewitz of Chicago, a
stalwart statesman of our organization who inspired and energized us for
Together with his beloved late wife, Shelley, he was a
Technion Guardian, a designation reserved for those who have reached the
highest level of support.
Mr. Sosewitz devoted decades to the various key offices he
held in the ATS, from National President to Chair of the Nominating Committee
and Campaign Cabinet. He was a member of the Technion International Board of
Governors, where he was honored in 2008 with the Technion Medal — the
institution’s highest honor. He also received an Honorary Doctorate in 1999,
and an Honorary Fellowship in 1990. In 1998, he co-founded the ATS 21st Century
Leadership Development Program, which continues to this day.
An indefatigable champion who loved Israel and the Technion,
and always challenged us to reach for excellence and greater achievements, Mr.
Sosewitz leaves a great void. We offer our condolences to his daughters, Leah
Sosewitz, Arna Yastrow and Miriam Sosewitz Clarke, his eight adoring
grandchildren and great-granddaughter, his companion, Phyllis del Gatto Caplin,
and the entire Sosewitz family.
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