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March 2017

2017: A Giant Leap for Technion

Technion President Peretz Lavie Shares His Vision

After three years at the Google building, the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, home to the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, opens in September. On January 25, Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie came to New York City and shared his vision for the innovative educational experiment at two special events. View photos (hyperlink to FB photo album posting).

The first event was co-hosted by Ambassador Dani Dayan, Consul General of Israel in New York. The ambassador commended the Technion’s role in Israel’s economic success and hailed the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute as “the most outstanding representation of Israel in New York City.” Ron Brachman, director of the Jacobs Institute, also addressed the capacity crowd at the reception, which was emceed by Eric Gertler, Co-Chairman of the NY Daily News.

The following morning, President Lavie and Dan Huttenlocher, Founding Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell Tech, joined leaders from Columbia University, NYU and CUNY on a panel hosted by the Association for a Better New York (ABNY). Rachel Hoat, Director of 1776, moderated the panel, which focused on applied sciences and the role played by higher education in driving economic growth for the city. ATS supporters filled the audience, thanks to current and former NY Metro Presidents Ken Rubenstein and Rod Feldman, respectively, who sponsored two tables.


#TechnionAlumni Meet #TechnionFuture

Technion alumni pose for the camera

Technion Alumni came out in full force to attend an exciting NYC #TechnionAlumni event at the New York Times building on February 21. The event effectively launched a joint initiative of the Israel Alumni Association and the ATS to build a global Technion alumni community in the U.S.  Dr. Assaf Glazer, an alumnus and CEO and founder of the smart baby monitor Nanit, served as host for the program, Innovations that Build Bridges. A startup success story himself who completed the Runway Postdoc Program at the Jacobs Institute, Assaf spoke about his entrepreneurial education and how it led to the development of Nanit.

Associate Professor Mor Naaman, founder of the Connective Media Hub at the Jacobs Institute, talked about the innovative educational curriculum as a program that bridges digital and human interaction. And current Technion students Amit Gilboa and Yaela Golumbic explained their Technion studies in the new “Cadets for Transportation” program and the burgeoning field of “Citizen Science,” respectively.

For more information on upcoming alumni events or how to become involved in the global alumni community, please contact Anat Feinberg, Alumni Relations, U.S. at or 212-407-6364.



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Technion Students Visit New York City

Technion students (clockwise from top left): Omer Amit, Noam Heimann, Elianar Fischer, Yaela Golumbic, Amit Gilboa, and Shani Hamama

The ATS community in New York had the opportunity to meet a diverse delegation of Technion students, whose interests range from medicine to environmental engineering and artificial intelligence.

All six students visited the New York office on February 21, before heading off to visit other communities. Doctoral student Yaela Golumbic and undergraduate Amit Gilboa stayed for a week in the region, meeting with ATS friends and supporters in Manhattan, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., St. Louis and throughout New England, attending our alumni event (see story above) and even visiting the New York Botanical Garden.  

Yaela was invited to the Botanical Garden to meet their head “Citizen Scientist.” Yaela specializes in the burgeoning field of “Citizen Science,” which aims to get the public involved in scientific research. She is conducting a project called “Sensing the Air,” in which residents help scientists monitor the air quality in their community.

Amit is part of the “Cadets for Transportation” program, which trains the next generation of public servants for governmental jobs in transportation. He is also a “foster parent” to a seeing eye dog and mentors children in his community. Amit took time out of his busy schedule to visit the U.S. to thank the ATS for their support for students. He credits the ATS-backed Beatrice Weston Unit for the Advancement of Students for helping him get back on track, academically, after serving on the front for 40 days during Operation Protective Edge.


New Theory For How Parkinson's Develops

Neurons like the ones pictured above can be destroyed by Parkinson's disease. 

Associate Professor Simone Engelender of the Technion and a colleague at Harvard Medical School have suggested a new hypothesis for the development of Parkinson’s disease, which affects more than 10 million people worldwide. If validated, their discovery could impact treatment, rendering unnecessary invasive procedures such as severing part of the vagus nerve.

The most commonly-held theory is that Parkinson’s patients get progressively worse as clumps of a toxic protein, called alpha-synuclein, spread like a virus from one neuron to the next. In her “threshold theory,” Prof. Engelender postulates that a-synuclein spreads simultaneously throughout the nervous system, overwhelming areas first that have a lower threshold of tolerance to the protein. This would explain why places like the gastrointestinal tract show the earliest signs of the disease.



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.


Experience Technion in NYC at Cornell Tech 

A rendering of the Cornell Tech campus, home of the Jacobs Institute.

We invite you to join the Technion World Tour NYC this fall, and be among the first to visit the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech on Roosevelt Island. Participants will spend time on the new campus, meeting students and faculty and visiting startups. Other programs include a visit to the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square, featuring Technion alumni whose companies are listed on the exchange.

Spots are still available for the exciting journey (October 25-28, 2017).


Governor Cuomo, Technion Announce Initiatives

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

On his recent “unity trip” to Israel, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced two initiatives that highlight the Technion’s global impact on science and technology. The first is the launch of a “New York-Israel Commission,” aimed at strengthening economic and cultural ties between New York and Israel. We are proud to share that ATS Executive Vice President Jeff Richard has been asked to serve on the Commission, alongside such NYC influencers as Mortimer Zuckerman (Honorary Chair) and Anti-Defamation League Director Emeritus Abe Foxman.

Read the full release from the Governor’s Office here.

The second is the creation of a new partnership between the Technion and the New York Genome Center. Coupling the entrepreneurial smarts of the Technion and its multidisciplinary Technion Integrated Cancer Center with the research capacity of the Genome Center, the collaboration is poised to promote research and treatment in advanced genomics and personalized medicine, and to create jobs in the life sciences.

“The Empire State is leading the way in groundbreaking life sciences research, and by bringing together these two industry titans, we are positioning New York at the forefront of the next generation of medical research and discovery,” Governor Cuomo said.

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