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DETROIT

SUMMER 2017

New Term, Renewed Enthusiasm

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BOG Chairman Larry Jackier addressing the crowd

Detroit Chapter supporter Larry Jackier, who recently finished the first year of his fourth term as Chairman of the Technion Board of Governors (BOG), was particularly enthusiastic about this year’s BOG Meeting (June 9–14) in Haifa. “There was a lot of positive energy, right from the beginning,” says Larry, who has presided over the BOG since 2007, noting that attendance was high and supporters flocked from all over the world.

In line with this year’s BOG theme, Technion of Things, “There were fascinating presentations on the technology of the future and how quickly things are going to happen,” he says. Speaking at a session on the Technion in the 21st Century, he predicted that the university’s prominence in high-tech will help reconnect the younger generation of Diaspora Jews to Israel. And he adds, “There is no question that seeing Distinguished Professor and Nobel Laureate Aaron Ciechanover give a Technion Honorary Doctorate to his brother, Dr. Joseph Ciechanover, was a big highlight.” Click on the link below to read more highlights from the 2017 BOG.

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Two More Years!

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Technion President Professor Peretz Lavie speaking at the 2017 BOG

Larry Jackier isn’t the only one with an extended tenure. President Professor Peretz Lavie will 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 move allows President Lavie to complete several strategic development projects at 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.”

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Technion Wows Fourth Generation:
Donor Profile of David and Sheri Jaffa

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(l to r) Zachery, Skylar, Eden (daughter) and Kevin Elbinger; David and Sheri; Sabrina (daughter) and Brian Kaufman with Jadyn, Kendyl and Reese

“The Technion has a special place in the hearts of the Jaffa family,” says David Jaffa, a financial planner and philanthropist. David’s father, Harold, was a 20-year supporter of the Technion, and he and his wife Sheri have continued the tradition. “We wanted to show our children and grandchildren the place that my father and we feel so connected to,” says David. He and Sheri recount their visit (below) to Israel in June with the extended family, including grandchildren Skylar, Zachery, Jadyn, Kendyl and Reese, who range in age from 8 to 12.

“Upon our arrival, our grandchildren marveled at how beautiful the campus was. They have visited other college campuses, but never an enclosed setting like the Technion. Their first stop was the Visitor’s Center for a video. It was wonderful to see how the Technion and Israel grew together. We heard about some of the innovations, the Nobel Prize winners (which impressed the kids) and all of the advancements the Technion has made for Israel in agriculture, biomedicine, technology and defense.

“Then a student showed us the Technion Team Formula Race Car, which they entered into the Formula Student Competition, for the fifth consecutive year. The student emphasized that the team’s goal was to use new materials and new applications to continually improve their design. Zachery was impressed that the students were so encouraged about coming in 8th place. Zachery said, ‘They don’t care about winning the competition, they just want to get better and go further each year.’

“After their brains were full of information, we went to the Student Center and filled their bellies with all the salads, pita sandwiches and all the different foods available at the food court. It was a great visit that left an impression on both my children and grandchildren. Just like I follow in my father’s footsteps, we now have four generations involved with the Technion.”

If you are considering a trip to Israel, contact joey@ats.org or stop in to the Detroit office so we can help you plan a day at the Technion.

In Other Chapter News

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Prof. Judea Pearl upon receiving the 2011 Technion Harvey Prize

Detroit was well represented at the ATS National Board of Directors Meeting (March 18–20, 2017) in Los Angeles. BOG Chair Larry Jackier and his wife, Eleanor, as well as local leaders Linda Kovan (immediate past president) and past ATS National President Scott Leemaster and his wife Susie attended the exciting meeting.

The BOD drew on California’s impressive pool of luminary supporters, inviting Technion alumni Arieh Warshel and Judea Pearl to speak. BOD participants also enjoyed a special program at the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance. Prof. Warshel is a Nobel Laureate and Distinguished Professor at the University of Southern California; Prof. Judea Pearl teaches at the University of California, Los Angeles and is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Technion, a Turing Laureate and a Technion Harvey Prize recipient. Prof. Pearl speaks about his connection to the Technion in the video link below.

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NASA Taps Technion to Explore the Galaxy

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Professor Ehud Behar, former head of The Norman & Helen Asher Space Research Institute
Technion Professors Ehud Behar and Shlomit Tarem, of the Faculty of Physics and the Asher Space Research Institute, will take part in a NASA Explorer’s Program concept study to investigate the galaxy. Their research, part of an American–Israeli mission led by Dr. Jordon Camp of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, was one of six concept studies selected by NASA out of hundreds submitted by researchers around the world.

The mission’s primary goal is the detection of X-ray counterparts to gravitational waves produced by neutron stars merging with black holes and other neutron stars.
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The Technion is contributing to Israel and the global good in unprecedented ways. You can do your part in ensuring the Technion’s continued advancement as a world-class institution of higher education by supporting The Technion Fund. Never before has it been easier to contribute to the Technion than it is now.

The Technion Fund provides our supporters with access to a broad array of opportunities for engagement at all levels. The Fund supports the entire ecosystem necessary to maintain the Technion’s distinctive strengths. Yet donors may also choose to allocate their Technion Fund gift to any of the following focus areas: biomedicine, defense, faculty, international collaborations, student support and sustainable energy.

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ATS Gets 4 Stars!

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Charity Navigator Four Star Charity

We are pleased to share the news that the ATS has received a 4-star rating—the highest rating attainable—from the prestigious Charity Navigator. The nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities, Charity Navigator assesses over 8,000 U.S. charities annually in an effort to demonstrate to donors how efficiently a charity will use their support.

Its ratings are based on the charity’s performance in two broad areas: financial health and accountability/transparency. ATS was able to boost its rating based on enhanced ATS board and financial disclosures that were recently added to the website.

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