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Ethiopian Jewry Conference

December 2016

Ethiopian traditions in modern times, challenges of integrating into Israeli society, and future opportunities were among the key topics discussed at a recent BIU conference on “Beta Israel” (Ethiopian Jewry).

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Otzmot Empowerment Program

November 2015

Through Bar-Ilan’s innovative Otzmot “Empowerment” Program, students with intellectual disabilities have the opportunity to study at the University and learn how to fulfill the Jewish commandments. Students in the program who are capable of learning at a higher level can earn a bachelor’s degree as well.

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Nick Dahan

October 2015

Striving to be “game-changers” is what motivates the Dahan Family. “We want to give back. My optimism grows out of the belief that when you have the power to make things better, you have an obligation to do so,”

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Zoo Rabbi Biblical Animals

September 2015

Rabbi Natan Slifkin began his life-long passion for animals when he was a small child. His keen interest has never diminished. In fact, at age 40 it has intensified. Today, he is known as the “zoo rabbi.”

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Goliath Gate

August 2015

A large contingent of Americans took part in an historic experience as part of the volunteer team that discovered the fortifications and entrance gate of the biblical city of Gath of the Philistines, home of Goliath and the largest city in the land during the 10th-9th century BCE.

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BIU Scientists Mentor US Students

August 2015

US undergraduate science majors are participating in the fifth annual Summer Science Research Internship Program. The program enables participants to gain hands-on experience in emerging scientific fields while being mentored by some of Israel’s finest scientists.

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Medical School Partnerships

August 2015

The positive impact that the BIU Medical School is now having on improving healthcare in the Galilee and strengthening medical research worldwide was recently recognized through a major grant by Israel’s Council for High Education and partnership funding by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.

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Fast Forwarding Healthcare

June 2015

The Bar-Ilan University Medical School is “one of the best things to happen to the Galilee itself in the last 70 years,” says Dr. Erez Onn, director of the Baruch Padeh Medical Center in Poriah.

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Kidney Tumor Gene

June 2015

An important link between the Lin28 gene and Wilms Tumor has recently been identified by Dr. Achia Urbach, a senior lecturer at BIU. Wilms Tumor comes about due to the improper development of the kidney during the fetal stage, and is the most common form of kidney cancer in children.

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What’s Up Israel

June 2015

The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education at Bar-Ilan University and the UJA Federation of New York joined forces to present a “What’s Up Israel: Consultation” event for Jewish high school educators, which featured two of the Jewish world’s leading advocates for strengthening Israel-education programs at all levels.

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Shingles Research

June 2015

In what promises to be a major breakthrough in the treatment of shingles, scientists at Bar-Ilan have been the first to recreate the dormant/active behavior of the varicella zoster virus (VZV), which causes chicken pox. Shingles, which afflicts tremendous pain on millions of adults every year, is caused by a “similar” virus.

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Azrieli Medical School Grant

May 2015

As Bar-Ilan University kicks off its 60th anniversary celebrations, the Azrieli Foundation has announced that it will make a $50 million donation to the Bar-Ilan School of Medicine in the Galilee, the largest donation ever made by the Foundation and the largest pledge ever received by Bar-Ilan University.

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Leading Car Battery Research

May 2015

Bar-Ilan University experts are collaborating with top industry pioneers on new materials and techniques for electric vehicles. Development of electric cars has taken on greater urgency as the vast majority of scientists agree that fossil fuels endanger both the environment and human health.

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Battling Cyber Terror

May 2015

With cyber-terror becoming a growing threat to the national security of the US, Israel and the entire Western World, two Bar-Ilan professors are working feverishly to fast-forward strategies that will provide a more secure cyber-future at all possible levels of attack.

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DNA Robots

May 2015

In its first cooperative venture with a professor at an Israeli university, Pfizer has announced that it will be collaborating with BIU Prof. Ido Bachelet on his research project that will enable DNA robots to deliver medical proteins to designated tissue.

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Fighting Sight and Hearing Loss

May 2015

Creative energy, originality and vision have always been at the heart of the research taking place amongst the faculty at the BIU School of Engineering. Here are two sterling examples.

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Zalevsky Inventions

June 2015

Whether it’s creating a bionic contact lens to help the blind see or developing an optical heartbeat monitor, Prof. Zeev Zalevsky enables people to see the world in a whole new way. Zalevsky is one of Israel’s most prolific inventors, with more than 50 patents registered in his name.

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Nir Reveals Protein Trio

May 2015

A “trio” of proteins that appear to play a pivotal role in the onset of various cancers has been revealed by Uri Nir, Director of the Nano Medicine Center at the Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials at Bar-Ilan. Nir is now proceeding to develop novel anti-cancer drugs that will target key regulators.

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Presidential Awards

April 2015

As it celebrates its 60th anniversary, Bar-Ilan has inaugurated the Presidential Award of Distinction. The University has chosen six Americans to receive this Award – Eli Hirmes, Laurie Moskowitz Hirsch, Dr. Don Lebell, Gary Ran, Dr. Joseph D. Rosenblatt, and Alice Neuman Schoenfeld.

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Math Models to Defeat Cyber-Threats

March 2015

In the age of cyber-attacks and credit card fraud over the Internet, Dr. Osnat Keren says there is another “Achilles heel” that we overlook at our peril: the vulnerability of our hardware devices.

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