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December 2016

TECHNION TAKES PART IN CHALLENGE

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Taking a break from the rigors of algorithms and programming, Technion computer science students and faculty tried their hand at the Mannequin Challenge—an Internet video trend that has swept up teens, celebrities and politicians alike. The craze consists of people remaining frozen in action, like mannequins, while a moving camera films them, usually with the song “Black Beatles” playing in the background. The Technion video is spot-on, with students and faculty motionless in mid-action while seemingly taking notes in a lecture, chatting on a bench, walking down stairs, etc.

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Upping the Ante in the Fight Against Cancer

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(l to r) Prof. Ze’ev Ronai, Co-Director of the TICC; Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie; Yona Yahav, Mayor of Haifa; Distinguished Professor Aaron Ciechanover, Co-Director of the TICC; Prof. Rafi Beyar, Director of the Rambam Health Care Campus 

Not all of us can find the cure for cancer, but we can do the next best thing—help our brilliant Technion scientists in the battle. ATS Executive Vice President Jeff Richard’s most recent blog makes that point, as we mark the inauguration of the Technion Integrated Cancer Center (TICC). “We enable the Technion to assemble the team that can solve the problem,” he says. And that team is impressive.

This first-of-its-kind institution brings together world-class clinicians with life science researchers and top-tier chemists, physicists and engineers to tackle what is still the second leading cause of death in the U.S. Read more about this incredibly advanced cancer center in Jeff’s last blog post.

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Technion Scientists Discover Crucial Enzyme

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Technion Professor Amir Orian

Researchers led by Associate Professor Amir Orian, part of the Technion Integrated Cancer Center (TICC), have discovered a biological pathway that could shorten the lifespan of select cancer-promoting proteins, known as oncoproteins, and lead to cancer-fighting drugs. Oncogenic proteins, which can increase the aggressiveness of cancer cells and tumor progression, are highly dependent on the enzyme RNF4. The team found that removing or inhibiting the enzyme leads to the death of the cancer cell.

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Better Than a Lightsaber: First Water-Wave Laser

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Prof. Tal Carmon (at left) and graduate student Shai Maayani

A typical laser can be created when the electrons in atoms become excited by energy absorbed from an outside source, causing them to emit radiation in the form of laser light. Technion scientists have shown—for the first time—that water wave oscillations within a liquid can also generate laser radiation.

Discovered by students Shmuel Kaminski, Leopoldo Martin and Shai Maayani under the supervision of Professor Tal Carmon, the findings could be used to study cell biology or to test new drugs—making them every bit as exciting as a Jedi’s lightsaber.

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The Technion and Shantou Hold Joint Workshop

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Rendering of the Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology

It's official. The Chinese government has granted the Technion permission to start teaching in 2017. The Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT) campus will be inaugurated on June 26. And while its doors haven't opened yet, the collaboration is already paying off. The Technion and GTIIT’s neighbor, Shantou University, are cooperating on joint environmental research that should prove beneficial for both countries. At a workshop held recently at the Technion Grand Water Research Institute, professors from both universities shared insights about topics ranging from water desalination to exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke.

The strategic collaboration enables Technion researchers to analyze data from one of the world’s largest developing countries and share research and learning.

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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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New Rube Goldberg Challenge: Earth Day 2017


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Technion students have built innovative Rube Goldberg Machines to usher in Passover and Hanukkah. Now, STEM-leaning high school students worldwide are invited to participate in an Earth Day Challenge to build their own earth-themed chain-reaction contraptions. Students on the winning team will receive a scholarship toward one year of study at the Technion, and see their project video posted on the Technion’s official YouTube channel. Help YOUR local high school win. Registration deadline is nearing, so share this video featuring Peretz Lavie today!

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