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SUMMER 2017

Congratulations to Arnold Seidel on his Honorary Fellowship

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Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie awards Arnold Seidel with a Technion Honorary Fellowship for his devotion to the Technion and to Israel.

We are delighted to congratulate Arnold Seidel on being awarded a Technion Honorary Fellowship for his generous support of the university and his passionate leadership in the ATS. As a member of the Los Angeles Chapter Board for over 30 years, he has helped build one of the strongest communities in the organization. His enthusiasm for the cause continues to attract newcomers.

During the June 11 awards ceremony, which took place at the annual Technion Board of Governors (BOG) meeting on the Haifa campus, Arnold was recognized for “decades of tireless commitment to the Technion and Israel. . . and the vital role (he has) played with such energy and enthusiasm in growing our circle of supporters.” (See more from the awards ceremony on the video link below).

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Sharing the moment with Arnold are: (l to r) cousins Harry and Sandy Weitz; Joan and Arnold Seidel; daughter-in-law Donna and son Craig; grandson Tommy; and close friend, Carol Epstein.
In addition to the important role Arnold has played on the local level, he is also a member of the ATS National Board of Directors, where he serves on several committees, and a member of the Technion Board of Governors.

Technion Guardians, Arnold and his wife Joan, established the Joan and Arnold Seidel and Family Tumor Biology Research Laboratory and the Seidel Family Graduate Fellowship Fund. They have generously supported research in water projects and diabetes, and in 2014 helped fund an exhibition of the Technion’s Nano Bible at the Israel Museum. Closer to home, Arnold is on the boards of the Young Musicians Foundation, the Music Center Leadership Council Foundation and the Friends of Griffith Park Observatory. He also served on the board of Friends of Beverly Hills CPR, and was a founding chairman of Friends of Greystone.

Born in Los Angeles, Arnold earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. He joined his father’s securities business, Morton Seidel & Co., where he served as president, chairman/CEO, and still serves as chairman.

 

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Honors and Celebrations at 2017 BOG

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Panel discussions, folk dancing, awards and more at the 2017 Board of Governor’s meeting

Once a year, Technion friends and supporters gather at the Board of Governors (BOG) meeting to conduct organizational business, celebrate achievements, hear from Technion scientists and reconnect. This year’s meeting (June 9-14) offered something for everyone including panel discussions, awards and dedications, and a lineup of honored guests and speakers.

The theme was “The Technion of Things”— (punning on the Internet of Things) — named for connected digital innovations that impact our everyday lives. A panel discussion of the same name was moderated by Professor Deborah Estrin, Associate Dean of Cornell Tech, home to the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, and included Technion faculty and a Google executive. A “Shabbat Science” event featured several Technion students from an array of Faculties to discuss the Technion, Israel and the world in the 21st Century.

The week’s festivities included a musical performance, a lively Student Project Fair and a VIP tour of Naharayim (site of the historic hydroelectric plant c. 1935 that produced much of the energy consumed in the British Mandated Palestine), followed by dinner and dancing on Kibbutz Gesher HaYeshna. The event-filled days also included celebratory ceremonies in which ATS supporters and others received honorary Technion degrees; a special tribute to supporters; donor dedications and ATS-sponsored awards for students and faculty, including the Harvey Prize, established by the late Leo Harvey of the ATS Southern California Region, to recognize breakthroughs in science and technology. View more of the highlights on social media (see our official Facebook photo album).

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Unicycle Stretcher for Search and Rescue

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Trial Run for Adventure Stretcher Prototype (Photo Credit: United Hatzalah)

Two Technion mechanical engineering students have designed a unicycle stretcher prototype to help emergency medics and search-and-rescue teams evacuate victims from off-road areas that are inaccessible to vehicles and helicopters. The “Adventure Stretcher” is lightweight, collapsible and adheres to the standards of traditional backboard stretchers that are necessary for patients suffering from a spinal cord injury. It sits on one large bicycle wheel, which absorbs most of the patient’s weight, allowing two people to transport the patient over difficult terrain for long distances, without tiring.

Students Michael Addah and Ro’ee Eytanash created the prototype as part of a final project. They worked in collaboration with Rafael Industries engineer Dan Shafry, emergency medical technicians of United Hatzalah, members of the Israel Search-and-Rescue Unit, Segal Bikes and the Israelife Foundation. Segal Bikes is working toward supplying a special puncture-proof wheel.

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One Day, a Machine Will Smell When You’re Sick

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Schematic view of the study. One breath sample sent for chemical mapping with mass spectrometry; the other analyzed in the new system.

Just as each of us has a unique fingerprint, each disease has a chemical signature that distinguishes it from other diseases and from a normal state of health. Now researchers in five countries have confirmed a hypothesis first proposed by the Ancient Greeks—that the smell of someone’s breath can be suggestive of illness. The research team is led by Technion Professor Hossam Haick, who will be speaking at our upcoming Technion World Tour (see more in the story below).

Prof. Haick’s technology, included among three odor analysis technologies in a recent New York Times article, uses an array of sensors and artificial intelligence to detect or sniff out the chemicals that make up an odor, and connect that chemical signature to the disease. Prof. Haick studied more than 1,400 patients who suffered from 17 different and unrelated diseases, ranging from various cancers to pulmonary hypertension. The study, recently published in ACS Nano, showed that his artificially intelligent nanoarray could distinguish among those different diseases with up to 86 percent accuracy.

The research was conducted under the auspices of the Tehcnion's Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute, and received grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Hershel Rich Technion Innovation Award, among others.

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Technion World Tour — Nearing Capacity!

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 A sampling of Technion World Tour Speakers
Experience the Big Apple as never before. The Technion World Tour is coming to New York City from October 25-28, 2017.

The three-day event will be filled with exciting programming. In a Shabbat Day of Learning, we’ll hear from Technion Professors Asya Rolls (brain research), Nir Barzilai (aging), and Ze’ev Ronai (Co-Director of the Technion Integrated Cancer Center), as well as MIT President Dr. Rafael Reif and Dean Kaman (inventor of the Segway scooter). Technion President Peretz Lavie and Ron Brachman, Director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, will also address the crowd.

Check out the full agenda on our registration page, as venues with limited capacity are selling out quickly.

For more information, contact Robert Rothschild at Robert@ats.org or 310.254.9897.

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