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October 2016

Technion Most Innovative in Israel

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Another prominent international ranking has come out confirming the entrepreneurial prowess that pervades the Technion campus. On the heels of the prestigious Shanghai Ranking (named Technion #1 in Israel), Technion was just ranked the top institution in Israel in Reuters Top 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities. The list rates educational institutions based on their ability to advance science, invent new technologies and help drive the global economy. Technion ranked 59 overall. The only other Israeli universities to make the grade, Tel Aviv University and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, came in at 89 and 94, respectively.

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Cancer Treatment: A Double-Edged Sword

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Technion Prof. Yuval Shaked

Like an army boosts its offense when attacked, Technion professors have shown that the body mobilizes itself to protect a tumor during chemotherapy. That mobilization can increase the cancer’s aggressiveness, leading to tumor recurrence and metastasis — at the same time that the chemotherapy is doing its job.

“Understanding the mechanisms that enhance the tumor and accelerate the spread of metastases will enable us to develop methods to inhibit them,” said Technion Professor Yuval Shaked.

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Professor Invited to Attend U.N. Superbug Event

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Prof. Kishony and U.K. Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies

Two weeks after publishing breakthrough research on antibiotic resistance, Professor Roy Kishony, Marilyn and Henry Taub Professor of Life Sciences in the Faculty of Biology and Faculty of Computer Science and Visiting Professor, Harvard Medical School, flew to New York City. He was invited to attend a U.N. General Assembly side event about Antimicrobial Resistance by Sally Davies, the U.K.’s influential Chief Medical Officer.

The aim of the September 21 meeting was to build national, regional and international political commitment to fighting antibiotic resistance. The session featured the amazing time-lapse video from this new collaborative research study by a team of scientists from the Kishony lab at Harvard Medical School and the Technion. They designed a method to observe how bacteria move as they become resistant to drugs. The experiments may provide the first large-scale glimpse at the maneuvers of bacteria as they encounter increasingly higher doses of antibiotics, adapt to survive, and even thrive.

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Popeye Was Right: There's Energy in That Spinach

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Using a simple membrane extract from spinach leaves, Technion researchers have developed a bio-photo-electro-chemical (BPEC) cell that produces electricity and hydrogen from water using sunlight. The unique combination of the man-made BPEC cell and spinach leaves, which absorb sunlight and convert it into electrons, could lead to the development of a sustainable substitute for hydrocarbon fuel. The news of this discovery was widely covered from Tech Times to Phys.org.

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Breaking Waves - Around the World

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Imagine cruising the Mediterranean in the fastest, sleekest boat on the water. Technion professors joined with industry to build the Dganit, a new speedboat that is lightweight enough to push the speedometer, but strong enough to resist the crashing waves. During the 1930s, the Technion had a nautical school to help design and construct boats. “Here we are closing an historical circle,” says Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie.

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JOIN US ON THE TECHNION WORLD TOUR

The second of three trips will visit New York City, home of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, in 2017. The third leg will visit China in 2018.

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Jeff Richard's Q&A: Cyber Security w/ Ari Juels 

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ATS Executive Vice President Jeff Richard's recent blog post focuses on National Cyber Security Awareness Month via a conversation with Ari Juels, a renowned computer scientist and professor at the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech. Read what he thinks the biggest cyber threat is today, what most people don’t know about Internet security, and more.

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