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Connected Vehicles

March 2015

For years Prof. Eli Kolberg’s robots have played soccer — against each other and against teams from all over the world — in the annual Robot World Cup (RoboCup) tournament. Each of his autonomous robots is programmed with a software brain that controls it and allows it to communicate with its teammates.

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Bilha Fischer Tumor Research

March 2015

When it comes to cancer of the breast, there’s a problem: the initial diagnosis sometimes marks the beginning of a long process, in which doctors struggle to identify the best therapeutic approach.

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Inhibiting Cancer Cells

March 2015

Dr. Michael Blank’s father’s death set him on a career path to be part of a research team that discovered a tumor suppressor gene called Smurf2, and now pursue his quest to understand the origin of cancer cells as assistant professor and senior lecturer at the Bar-Ilan University (BIU) Medical School in Safed.

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Rudolph Fighting Child Obesity

March 2015

Improving public health in Northern Israel is the mission of Dr. Mary Rudolf, head of Public Health at the BIU Med School. A world-renowned expert in combating child-obesity, she oversees a project to cultivate a new generation of physicians to serve disadvantaged and underserved patients in the Galilee.

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Medical School Exchange Program

January 2015

Navigating effective ways to provide high quality healthcare to patients at risk both in America and northern Israel is among the major learning insights of students participating in the exchange program between Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va., and the Bar-Ilan Medical School in Safed, Israel.

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Memorium Pnina Klein

December 2014

Bar-Ilan University Prof. Pnina Klein, winner of the 2011 Israel Prize in Education Research, died on November 27th following a battle with cancer. Prof. Klein, who was 69, oversaw numerous US projects that improved the lives of children at risk.

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Creating a DNA Vaccine for Alzheimer’s Disease

November 2014

As we age, there’s a normal decline of cognitive function, but by age 65, about one sixth of the population exhibits the creeping dementia associated with Alzheimer’s. Dr. Okun and his research team are fighting that trend.

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BIU Grad Eitan Ahimor

November 2014

VP of Citigroup Bank discusses the benefits of his BIU education. Says studies in economics and jewish studies compliment each other.

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Pnina Klein MISC Program

November 2014

A breakthrough educational program has improved the learning capabilities and self-image of millions of children with developmental disabilities. The program’s creator is Prof. Pnina Klein of Bar-Ilan’s Baker Center for the Study of Development Disorders in Infants and Young Children.

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Fixler Detecting Cancer with Gold

October 2014

Using gold particles as a diagnostic tool, Dr. Dror Fixler and his team at the Advanced Light Microscopy Laboratory at BIU have created a non-invasive optical system to detect cancer of the head, neck, tongue and throat. It has proven itself during its first human tests. 

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BESA Protective Edge Conference

October 2014

Israel destroyed 80 percent of Hamas rockets in Gaza during this summer’s war revealed Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon at a recent public conference at Bar-Ilan University.

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Zaban Electric Car Battery Technology

October 2014

The Israeli start-up company Phinergy is relying on technology developed by BIU’s Prof. Arie Zaban to create an affordable, long-lasting battery for electric cars. Zaban and his team are partnering with Phinergy to change the base on which the battery operates through contact of aluminum with oxygen and water.

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Ruderman Award to BIU Otzmot Program

October 2014

BIU’s Empowerment (“Otzmot”) Program is among 5 international winners of the 3rd annual Ruderman Prize in Inclusion. The prize honors organizations worldwide that operate innovative programs and provide services that foster the full inclusion of people with disabilities in their local Jewish community.

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BESA Gaza Coverage

August 2014

During Operation Protective Edge, Bar-Ilan University has stepped up as a strong advocate for Israel in the foreign affairs arena and the worldwide media.

Through its Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies, Bar-Ilan continues to provide leadership as an opinion maker on the world stage.

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BIU Futurist Predictions

June 2014

Within the next 35 years, Israel will have approximately 12 million Jews out of 18 million Jews worldwide. This prediction was made by BIU Prof. David Passig, a futurist and author of the best-selling books The Future Code and 2048, during his recent visit to New York City.

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Most Influential Israeli Women

May 2014

BIU had the highest number of women recognized in Women magazine’s Academia and Education categories among all Israeli universities. Women selected 12 Bar-Ilan affiliated women on its listing of religious Zionist women in Israel who have reached the highest ranks in their fields.

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BIU Lens To Offer Tactile Sight For The Blind

May 2014

Prof. Zeev Zalevsky, head of the Electro-Optics study program at Bar-Ilan’s Faculty of Engineering, has developed a bionic contact lens that has tremendous potential to enable the blind to see. It processes digital images and translates them into tactile sensations, allowing him or her to form a picture.

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BIU Battery Pioneer Awarded

March 2014

Israel’s most well-known battery scientist, Professor Doron Aurbach of Bar-Ilan University, was awarded the prestigious International Battery Association (IBA) Yeager Award on March 3rd, 2014 for his work in advancing battery technology.

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BIU Med School Brings More Doctors

March 2014

Israel’s anticipated shortage of doctors in the next two years, as noted by a blue-ribbon governmental commission, hastened the creation of Bar-Ilan University’s Medical School — the country’s first new medical school in nearly 40 years.

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