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NEW ENGLAND

MAY 2017

Farewell to our Regional Director

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Joel Berkowitz addressing New England supporters at the 2016 Annual Event

It is with mixed feelings that we say farewell to our beloved regional director Joel Berkowitz, who will be retiring as of August 18, 2017. He has been a valued member of the ATS family for more than two decades. Sharing a love for Israel and the Technion, he and his wife, Mozelle, are pillars of the Jewish community in Boston. In addition to being a stellar fundraiser, who has cultivated warm, ongoing relationships with New England-area supporters, Joel himself has generously supported the Technion. In 2015, he received the Mentor Award for his philanthropy. 

During our Annual Event last November, Joel shared this sentiment with the attendees: “It’s been an honor and privilege to represent the Technion through the ATS,” he said. “For the past almost 25 years, we have made a difference for the Technion, Israel and the world. Amazing!”

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Joel & Mozelle Berkowitz accepting their Mentor Award from former New England Region president, Aron Ain

ATS Executive Vice President Jeff Richard noted that "there are moments in leadership where there aren’t enough appropriate words to express gratitude and appreciation. This is indeed one of those moments.” Jeff hailed Joel for helping to raise critical funds, partnering with Technion presidents and growing the organization. “He served as a mentor to ATS fundraisers across the country, created a vibrant alumni network in Boston, and helped to recruit dozens of lay leaders. There are few professionals who demonstrate such passion and commitment as Joel.”

Joel’s career with the Technion was his second act. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Business Administration, he was in the costume jewelry business for 28 years. In August 1993, his love for Israel brought him to the ATS. He has been the New England Regional Director for almost 25 years.

In addition to his devotion to the Technion, Joel is active with Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, Temple Emanuel in Newton and a number of other Jewish causes. He and Mozelle have two daughters and six grandchildren. Please join us in wishing Joel all the best in his future endeavors. He will be sorely missed.

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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 Board of Governors, 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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Quantum Computing Takes Center Stage at Annual Event

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Regional Past President Scott Black (left) presenting the Mentor Award to Barry Shrage, President of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (CJP), for CJP’s support of the ATS

Capping off an exciting year, our 2016 New England Region Annual Event attracted approximately 140 ATS friends, supporters and Ed Satell Technion-MIT Leadership Program post doctorates. Held at the Waltham Westin Hotel on November 15, 2016, and chaired by our Regional Past President Scott Black, the dinner featured keynote speaker Technion Professor Mordechai (Moti) Segev, the Robert J. Shillman Distinguished Professor of Physics.

In his presentation, “The Power of Light,” Prof. Segev discussed his advanced research in the field of lasers, and some of the work the Technion is doing in Quantum Computing. He is of particular interest to New England supporters, as the region has adopted a Technion research project in the field of Nanophotonics that he is heading.

The event also offered an opportunity to honor the region’s past presidents, and some of our most dedicated supporters. Barry Shrage was honored with our Mentor Award; Rich Fentin and Gill & Barbara Fishman with the Benefactor Award; and Phil & Mimmy Cooper, Michael & Beth Davis, and Steve & Marcy Dworkin with the Founder Award.

#TechnionFuture: 2017 Student Visit

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(l to r) Students Amit Gilboa and Yaela Golumbic with Scott Miller at PTC headquarters

In early March, we were thrilled to host two incredibly impressive Technion students—Ph.D. student Yaela Golumbic and undergraduate Amit Gilboa. They met with friends and supporters in several public and private meetings, talking about their work and life on the Technion campus.

The largest gatherings were at our Technion Business Council Event, hosted by Scott Miller at PTC headquarters in Needham, MA; at the Mandell JCC in West Hartford, CT; and at the senior living community, Newbridge on the Charles in Dedham, MA. They also met privately with Guardians Dr. Bernard Gordon, Scott Black and Saul Kurlat as the annual student visit is among the highlights of the ATS calendar, and they were also graciously hosted for luncheons at the Simsbury, CT home of Gene Rosenberg and at the Newton, MA home of Lillian Freedman.

Yaela is specializing in the emerging field of “Citizen Science,” which aims to involve the public in scientific research. She is leading a project called “Sensing the Air,” in which residents help scientists monitor the air quality in their community. Yaela served in the Israel Defense Forces as a tank mechanic, lieutenant and a munitions officer, and earned her master’s degree at the Technion. She is married to a Technion graduate and has three children.

Amit is a member 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 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.

While in the U.S., Yaela and Amit also met with ATS supporters in New York City, Philadelphia, and St. Louis. Check out our latest blogpost to learn more about our visiting students this year.

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Cancer “Spooked” by Prof. Machluf’s Nano-Ghosts

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Technion Professor Marcelle Machluf

Technion Professor Marcelle Machluf, Dean of the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering and an Affiliate Engineering Faculty member of the Technion Integrated Cancer Center, visited Boston briefly in April. Speaking at a Technion Business Council Event, she addressed some 40 people in a presentation called, “Behind Cancer’s Door: Gene Therapy and Nano Drugs for Targeted Cancer Treatment.” Regional board member Sue Goldberg chaired the event.

As head of The Lab for Cancer Drug Delivery & Cell Based Technologies, Prof. Machluf and her team are reconstructing stem cells to create vesicles that can be used as targeted drug-delivery vehicles, known as “Nano-Ghosts.” The stem cells are emptied of their content (rendering them ghosts) and refilled with treatment that is released upon reaching the targeted tumor. This system ushers the chemotherapy to the tumor more effectively, while sparing healthy tissue in its path. These Nano-Ghosts can also be filled with contrast agents, to be used in conjunction with traditional MRIs or CAT scans, to better diagnose cancer at an early stage.

Included in the Israel Ministry of Science, Technology & Space 2016-2017 exhibit of 60 Israeli discoveries that have affected the world, Prof. Machluf’s achievements were recently on display alongside the work of Nobel laureates and other renowned Israeli scientists at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Check out the video below featuring Prof. Machluf.

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Attention All Technion Alumni: Save the Date!

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(l to r) Dr. Daniel Serfaty and TAA Social committee member, Tzilla Barone

We're calling all Boston-area Technion alumni and families to join us on Sunday, June 18, for our annual Boston Alumni Spring Get Together. We’ll be gathering at Temple Beth Zion in Brookline, MA for a casual, Israeli style pot-luck event. A musician will provide background music, and children are welcome. Invitation will follow.

The event will be co-chaired by Dr. Daniel Serfaty, Chair of the Technion Alumni Executive Committee in Boston, and Mrs. Daphna Kipman, Chair of the Technion Alumni Social Committee. Daniel earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Technion in Aerospace Engineering. He is President and CEO of Aptima, Inc. Daphna’s husband, Yair, is also a Technion alum. They work together at ImageXpert Inc., where Yair is President and Daphna is Vice President, Software Development.

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Experience Technion in NYC at the New Home for the Cornell Tech Campus

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

We invite you to join the Technion World Tour NYC this fall, and be among the first to visit Cornell Tech’s new campus on Roosevelt Island, home of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute.

Participants will spend time on the new campus, meeting students and faculty and visiting startups. Other programs include a visit to the Nasdaq exchange in Times Square featuring Technion alumni whose companies are listed there.

Join us for this exclusive trip (October 25-28, 2017), which will provide a look inside the City’s booming tech scene and the Technion’s growing impact here. For more information, pre-register via the link below or contact Brad Smith at brad@ats.org or 212-407-6317.

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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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