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MAY 2017

Two More Years: President Lavie’s Tenure is Extended

Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie

Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie was confirmed to serve for another two years—making history as the first Technion president to be elected to a third term and serve for more than eight years. 

The decision, which faces ratification by the forthcoming June Board of Governors meeting, was made by the Technion’s Academic Committee to allow President Lavie to complete several strategic development projects on the Technion campus, and to establish the Technion’s new branches in New York and China. “I see the position of Technion President as the most important mission in my academic life,” said Professor Lavie. “I will continue to work with all my might so that the glorious institution we are all so proud of will develop and thrive.”

Since being elected in 2009, President Lavie has recruited more than 200 new faculty members; promoted interdisciplinary cooperation on campus and collaborative research with other universities; instituted improvements in teaching and faculty recognition, and invested in the construction to serve the students. As a result, the Technion has risen in academic rankings and expanded its international reputation.

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Hello Class of 2017: Celebrating the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute Graduates

(Top) 2017 Connective Media students with Associate Professor, Mor Naaman (Bottom) 2017 Health Tech Students with SVP, Resource Development for the ATS, Dave Doneson

On Tuesday, May 16, Technion supporters and leaders in New York City's growing tech scene honored the 2017 graduates of the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute—including the first-ever graduating class of Health Tech students and the second graduating class of Connective Media students. This will be the last graduating class that has been hosted at Google's NYC offices, as the new Cornell Tech campus (home of the Jacobs Institute) opens on Roosevelt Island in September. All 27 graduates will receive dual Technion-Cornell master’s degrees. Read the full press release here.

“The 2017 graduates of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute now join a developing NYC ecosystem of technology, entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie. “I have been inspired by these students’ work, and I look forward to following their journeys as they launch startups, develop game-changing innovations and join some of the world’s leading companies.”

The pre-graduation event in Manhattan started with a celebratory cocktail reception, followed by a program that included Ron Brachman, Director of the Jacobs Institute; Moshe Sidi, former Senior Executive Vice President, Technion; Deborah Estrin, Associate Dean and Professor of Health Tech, Jacobs Institute; Mor Naaman, Associate Professor, Connective Media, Jacobs Institute; and Dave Doneson, Senior Vice President, Resource Development, American Technion Society.

Check out our Facebook photo album below recapping the night and be sure to follow our hashtag: #TechnionNYC. Learn more about the Technion in New York City at ats.org/nyc.

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Bringing Cultured Meat from the Lab to the Plate

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On May 7, the Technion hosted “Future Meating,” an international conference focused on driving cultured meat closer to affordable mass production. Since cultured cells are grown in the laboratory, this “clean meat” movement hopes to reduce animal suffering and health crises caused by pathogens and drug residues in meat from slaughtered animals.

The Technion is fast becoming a leader in the field. Not only did the university hold the conference, but the companies of Technion Professors Shulamit Levenberg and Ester Segal — Meat the Future and BactuSense — were named in the article (below) about game-changing food-tech startups.

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Technion + Virtual Money = More Breakthroughs

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Zcash, developed by researchers at the Technion, Johns Hopkins University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tel Aviv University, has been a huge success since its launch seven months ago. Read more below about how this new currency is drawing in users with the promise of unrivaled privacy protection.

There was also recent news about the Initiative for CryptoCurrencies & Contracts (IC3), a group co-directed by Ari Juels, a professor at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute. IC3 is a group of academic institutions and technology companies looking to develop blockchain-based technology. Fidelity Investments Inc recently became the first financial institution to join the initiative (read article).

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NanoVation: Lifesaving Tech From the Technion

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Millions of people around the world suffer from chronic respiratory diseases. Technion alumni Dr. Gregory Shuster and Sagi Gliksman who studied in Professor Hossam Haick’s Laboratory for Nanomaterial-based Devices, co-founded NanoVation—the first nano-based respiratory sensing technology that enables real-time patient monitoring. Developed in the Technion’s accelerator, T-Factor, NanoVation provides early warnings for simple medical procedures that can stabilize patients and save lives.

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ICYMI: Code Ocean

Technion Alumus and Code Ocean Founder, Dr. Simon Adar

Dr. Simon Adar, Technion alumnus and a graduate of the Jacobs Institute’s Runway Startup Postdoc Program, recently launched Code Ocean—a global platform that allows researchers and software engineers to share code and algorithms with a single click. The startup, incubated in the Runway Program, solves the longstanding problem of having to reproduce the code associated with already published research, speeding up the pace at which science can advance.

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Join Technion Alumni & Friends: June 4th Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City

Artist Credit: Elizabeth Rosen

Meet Technion alumni, fellow supporters, and American Technion Society employees and their families as we walk up Fifth Avenue to represent the Technion at the 53rd annual Celebrate Israel Parade. For the second consecutive year, we will walk alongside our amazing LED truck with screens displaying innovations coming from the Technion and its alumni.

Registration is still open so please invite your friends and family. We will have face painting for children of all ages, snacks, t-shirts and more!

Click on the link below to register to walk with the Technion this year and be sure to watch our highlights video from last year!

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See The Technion in NYC: New Cornell Tech Campus

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NEW photo of the Cornell Tech campus, home of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute

Join us on the Technion World Tour and experience a piece of New York that you’ve never seen before — the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute on the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island. Be one of the first to visit the new campus, and to meet students, faculty and industry entrepreneurs at the start of their ventures on the new campus. More programming is being added each day so check out our Technion World Tour webpage now to pre-register if you haven't done so yet. Pricing options will be posted soon!

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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 trip will visit China in 2018.

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