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    1. Rivlin has personal interest in Hebrew University celebration - Israel News - Jerusalem Post

      Rivlin has personal interest in Hebrew University celebration - Israel News - Jerusalem Post

      Of the numerous ceremonies and receptions that President Reuven Rivlin hosts for an incredible number and variety of organizations and institutions in Israel and abroad, the one closest to his heart was arguably the meeting of the International Board of Governors of the Hebrew University, which this year is celebrating the centennial of the laying of its 14 corner stones on the barren hills of Mount Scopus.

      Rivlin is not only a law graduate of the Hebrew University, but has an honorary doctorate from the university as well as a second-generation connection. His late father Prof. Yosef Yoel Rivlin began ...

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      Mentions: Humanities
    2. Israel at 70 - The future of food in Israel

      Israel at 70 - The future of food in Israel

      Where will our food come from in the future? How will its nutritional value improve? Will we still be eating meat or will everyone become vegetarian? And what about the people who are just too busy to eat?Professor Oren Froy has all the answers.

      In this video made by White Animation for the Israel 70+ project in honor of Israel's upcoming 70th anniversary of independence, Professor Oren Froy from Hebrew University tells us all about the future of food in Israel and the world. Professor Oren Froy is head of the Hebrew University’s Institute of Biochemistry, Food ...

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      Mentions: Agriculture cancer
    3. Prof. Sergiu Hart to receive Israel Prize in economic research, statistics

      Prof. Sergiu Hart to receive Israel Prize in economic research, statistics

      Prof. Sergiu Hart of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem will be awarded the Israel Prize for economic research and statistics, the Education Ministry announced on Thursday.

      Education Minister Naftali Bennett approved the recommendation of the prize committee headed by Prof. Yoav Benjamini.

      In its decision, the prize committee called Prof. Hart – a former president of the World Association of Game Theory and member of the Academy of Sciences of Israel, Europe and the United States – one of the world’s leading economists.

      “Prof. Hart specializes in the field of game theory and its comprehensive implications in various economic fields. Among ...

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    4. Hebrew U. researchers show which foods prevent, promote dementia

      Hebrew U. researchers show which foods prevent, promote dementia

      Foods can determine whether someone will suffer from dementia in later years, according to researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment in Rehovot.

      A large-scale international study that included the university recently examined how food affects brain health for people aged 50 and older. The researchers were able to show that diet affects the risk of dementia.

      This conclusion, although logical, is not self-evident, said Prof. Aron Troen, an expert in nutritional neuroscience and the prevention of cerebrovascular disease and dementia, and the principal investigator of Hebrew University’s Nutrition and Brain Health ...

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    5. Prof. Edwin Seroussi to be awarded Israel Prize for musicology

      Prof. Edwin Seroussi to be awarded Israel Prize for musicology

      Prof. Edwin Seroussi of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem will be awarded the Israel Prize for his research in culture, arts and musicology, the Education Ministry announced on Tuesday.

      Education Minister Naftali Bennett approved the recommendation of the prize committee headed by Prof. Eitan Steinberg.

      In its decision, the prize committee hailed Prof. Seroussi’s contribution and achievements in the study of Jewish music in the region of Andalusia (Spain and North Africa) and the Ottoman Empire.

      “Prof. Seroussi is a pioneer in the research of popular music and Sephardi music (dubbed Mediterranean music),” the prize committee wrote. “The fruits ...

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    6. Israel Prize in literature to be awarded to David Grossman

      Israel Prize in literature to be awarded to David Grossman

      Author David Grossman will be awarded the Israel Prize for Hebrew literature and poetry, the Education Ministry announced on Monday.

      Education Minister Naftali Bennett approved the recommendation of the prize committee headed by Prof. Avner Holtzman and congratulated Grossman.

      “Since the early 1980’s, David Grossman has taken his place at the center of Israeli culture and he is one of the most profound, moving, and influential voices in our literature,” the prize committee wrote in its decision.

      In his novels, books, essays, documentary writing, in his extensive creations for children, he presented a series of masterpieces that excel in ...

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    7. 3 Israeli universities in top 50 of Times Higher Education Asia Rankings

      3 Israeli universities in top 50 of Times Higher Education Asia Rankings

      Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology all ranked in the top 50 in the 2018 Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings released this week.

      Tel Aviv University ranked 25th in Asia, down three spots from last years, making it the highest-rated Israeli institution in the Asia rankings, while the Hebrew University of Jerusalem ranked 27th and the Technion came in 41st.

      Also in the rankings, the University of Haifa ranked 100th while Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba was No. 104.

      These are the sixth annual Asia University Rankings published by the Times ...

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    8. The pomegranate potential

      The pomegranate potential

      Pomegranates are known to contain powerful antioxidants that fight the oxygen free radicals that cause inflammation, accelerated aging of the tissues, the activation of harmful genes within DNA and an overloaded immune system. Various herbs, spices such as turmeric and teas, as well as dark chocolate, pecans, fruits like blueberries, goji berries, elderberries, cranberries, blackberries and vegetables and pulses like sweet potatoes, broccoli, artichoke and kidney beans also reduce the effects of oxidative damage in the body.

      The leading health problems facing us today – including conditions like heart disease, cancer, dementia and other neurological diseases – have been linked to increased ...

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    9. First time in Israel: Ancient deer bones discovered near Sea of Galilee

      First time in Israel: Ancient deer bones discovered near Sea of Galilee

      In an unprecedented find, Israeli archeologists recently unearthed the first evidence of ancient deer bones on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, near the Jordan Valley. According to researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Earth Sciences and the Geological Survey of Israel, the remains are approximately 9 million years old. The discovery was initially made by two doctoral candidates at the university, Alexis Rosenbaum and Dotan Shaked-Gelband, who were reconstructing the lake’s stretch to characterize the composition of its ancient waters, the university said Monday. “The bones were partly submerged in a coastal sediment ...

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    10. In Jerusalem forest, spiders weave their magic

      In Jerusalem forest, spiders weave their magic

      On the banks of a creek near Jerusalem stands an enchanted forest, its trees shrouded by giant cobwebs woven by long-jawed spiders. Science and nature combined to create the unusual sight: the Soreq creek largely contains treated sewage full of nutrients that promote the proliferation of mosquitoes that serve as a source of food for spiders, which then reproduce in multitudes. "It's an exceptional case," said arachnophile Igor Armicach, a doctoral student at Hebrew University’s Arachnid Collection. He said millions of long-jawed spiders created the webbing that envelops the forest, a phenomenon rarely seen in the Middle East ...

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    11. Joint Israeli-US research distinguishes cancerous cells from healthy ones

      Joint Israeli-US research distinguishes cancerous cells from healthy ones

      A protein “switch” that activates the immune system to attack cancer cells when it detects signs of the disease has been developed by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

      The switch stimulates an immune response only when it detects the cancer cells, without harming other healthy tissues, the researchers said.

      The important discovery has just been published in the journal Cell.

      Immunotherapy is now seen as having great potential in the research effort to develop drugs against a wide variety of cancers. Despite this success, the use of immunotherapy remains limited due to ...

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    12. No woman had been named dean of the medical faculty since it was opened

      No woman had been named dean of the medical faculty since it was opened

      For the first time since the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s medical faculty was established in 1949, a woman has been named as its head. Prof. Dina Ben-Yehuda will be the second woman to head an Israeli medical school, after Prof. Rivka Carmi – now president of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev – was named dean of BGU’s Faculty of Health Sciences in 2000. Ben-Yehuda, director of hematology at the Hadassah University Medical Center, will take office as the 23rd dean of Hebrew University’s medical faculty on October 1. She will succeed Prof. David Lichtstein, who held the position for ...

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    13. Chinese millionaire to set up artificial intelligence lab in Haifa

      Chinese millionaire to set up artificial intelligence lab in Haifa

      Zong Qinghou, the CEO of one of China’s largest companies, announced plans to set up a research center at the University of Haifa focusing on artificial intelligence. The Chinese Academy of Sciences will also be a research partner. Zong will provide the AI center with at least $10 million over five years, the research partners announced at a signing event on Tuesday, with much of the funding going to construct laboratories and obtain high-end equipment, the University of Haifa’s President Ron Robin said. “For us, this is a game-changer. We get recognition by a major Chinese investor, that ...

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    14. Tech Talk: Zipy makes buying from international e-commerce sites easy

      Tech Talk: Zipy makes buying from international e-commerce sites easy

      The idea to establish Zipy happened when the three founders – Dima, Anton and Andrey – who were friends long before, met in a pub one night to drink some beer. They talked about how their parents were always asking them to buy products they wanted on Ebay. The trio are all from Ashdod. Dima and Andrey are friends from high school, and Dima met Anton in the army. They thought about a solution that would help their parents and others buy easily from websites abroad. And in the process, they established Zipy, first for just Ebay, but since then, Amazon, Aliexpress ...

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    15. Israeli study says Zika virus alerts spread too much confusion

      Israeli study says Zika virus alerts spread too much confusion

      Hebrew University study says information on the epidemic was at too high a reading level.

      Information about the 2015- 2016 Zika virus epidemic that was released by the World Health Organization caused confusion and even panic in the world because it was written for people with graduate-school educations rather than the common man.

      Also, press releases issued by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were found to be suited for high-school graduates but not people with less education.

      These are the conclusions reached by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who studied health monitoring and communication during the ...

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    16. Health Scan: How long can bacteria wait out antibiotics?

      Health Scan: How long can bacteria wait out antibiotics?

      “A take-home message from this is that it is important to complete a course of antibiotic treatment as prescribed, even after the disappearance of the symptoms,” Balaban explained. “Partial treatment gives tolerance and persistence mutations a selective advantage, and these, in turn, hasten the development of resistance.” In future studies, Balaban and her team will use MDK99 to study the evolution of tolerance in patients. Moreover, the ability to systematically determine the tolerance level of strains in the lab could facilitate research in the field. “If implemented in hospital clinical microbiology labs, MDK99 could enable the efficient classification of bacterial ...

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    17. Death of Rabbi Pesach Schindler a loss to the Conservative Movement - Israel News

      Death of Rabbi Pesach Schindler a loss to the Conservative Movement - Israel News

      Reflection on the Holocaust continued to occupy his mind for most of his life, so much so that he wrote a book: Hasidic Responses to the Holocaust in the Light of Hasidic Thought (1990), which was an extension of the dissertation that earned him a PhD from New York University. He also had a master’s degree in science from Yeshiva University. Ordained as a rabbi in 1956, he subsequently served for six years as director of education at the Adath Israel Congregation in Toronto, and then spent seven years as assistant director of education at the United Synagogue of ...

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    18. Jerusalem start-up unveils next generation of iOS photo editing app

      Jerusalem start-up unveils next generation of iOS photo editing app

      The company’s first two paid products, Facetune and Enlight, are two of the world’s most successful premium creativity apps, with over 11 million paid units sold. Enlight was Apple’s App of the Year for 2015, the #11 best-selling Paid iOS app in 2016, and was recently awarded the prestigious Apple Design Award at the 2017 WWDC. Facetune, a fun and powerful portrait retouching application, was Apple’s #4 best-selling Paid app in 2016 and was the #1 Paid App in over 130 countries. Before raising money through Carmel Ventures in its first equity financing round in August ...

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    19. Hebrew U. conference explores history of Jewish names - Israel News

      Hebrew U. conference explores history of Jewish names - Israel News

      The conference was founded in 1991 by Bar-Ilan University Prof. Aaron Demsky, an expert in the field of Jewish names. Bar-Ilan University Prof. Aaron Demsky.. (photo credit:Courtesy) The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is hosting an international conference on the history and origin of Jewish names. The 13th biannual International Conference on Jewish Names, which takes place today at the Mount Scopus campus, features 20 lecturers and academics from Israel, Poland, Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic, Canada, Italy and the United States – all of whom study Jewish onomastics, or name studies, in their country of origin. The conference was founded ...

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    20. Israeli firm seeking breakthrough in 3D organ printing with biological ink

      Israeli firm seeking breakthrough in 3D organ printing with biological ink

      “We are promoting commercial collaborations with leading international companies in the field of 3D bio-printing of tissue and organ, with the aim of taking part in providing a solution to the significant need for life saving organs,” said Yehiel Tal, CEO of CollPlant. “This market need represents high economic potential for the company.” CollPlant’s bio-ink enables the printing of three-dimensional scaffolds combined with human cells and/or growth factors, as a basis for tissue or organ generation, a statement from the company explained. In addition to making use of collagen, the ink formulations can also include other proteins and ...

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    21. Israeli, Indian partners team up with Motorola to launch Jerusalem incubator

      Israeli, Indian partners team up with Motorola to launch Jerusalem incubator

      Other partners in running the venture, which will be housed at OurCrowd’s Jerusalem headquarters, will include the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Yissum Technology Transfer Company and Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries. “This represents a unique team with a global reach, incredible scale, and with deep technological, commercial and academic roots,” said Jon Medved, CEO of OurCrowd. “We expect to invest in close to 50 companies over the next 10 years and further grow the formidable cadre of Jerusalem start-ups.” OurCrowd will be replacing Jerusalem Venture Partners, which previously led the incubator, launching operations and accepting applications in the second ...

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    22. Int’l team including Hebrew U scientists restore flavor to tomatoes

      Int’l team including Hebrew U scientists restore flavor to tomatoes

      Remember the good old days when tomatoes used to taste like... tomatoes, with a lot of flavor? In pursuit of longer shelf life, enhanced firmness and disease resistance, modern commercial tomatoes have gradually lost it.

      After a decade of research, Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers, as part of an international team that included US, Chinese and Spanish scientists, have identified the chemical compounds and the functional genes that give a tomato – Israelis’ favorite salad component – its great taste.

      The study, published in the journal Science, has made it possible to produce tomatoes with their good old flavor, alongside other traits ...

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