November 2015
Sleep for Stem Cells Peekaboo! Cancer and Elephants Nano Bible in D.C.

Credit: Annie Tritt

From the President

Welcome to the November issue of Technion Live. We recently launched the 2015-16 school year, with close to 14,000 students attending 17 faculties - including the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, which until now operated as a department.


The Technion is also introducing several unique courses of study. The Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning is offering a new program with two separate degrees: a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture Science (BSc) and a Master’s degree in Architecture and Town Planning (M.Arch).The Rappaport Faculty of Medicine is offering a new scientific program towards a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Science for excellent students interested in acquiring in-depth knowledge in the life sciences and medicine. In addition, we have opened a new Master’s degree program in Automotive Systems Engineering - an interdisciplinary program with participation of the Faculties of Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering.


Across the globe, Technion presence is making headway. On Roosevelt Island in New York City, construction of the Cornell Tech campus is underway - home to the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute. And on December 16, we are looking forward to laying the cornerstone of our campus in China, the Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology.


With the International Space University (ISU) events already warming up, this academic year promises to be one of wonder, discovery and innovation, from beneath the ground to the furthest reaches of space.


Technion President
Prof. Peretz Lavie

Nano Bible to Smithsonian

Credit: Hugh Talman

The Technion Nano Bible - the first in the United States - will become part of the Smithsonian Libraries collection, housed in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology at the National Museum of American History.
Sleep Well for Stem Cells
Sleep deprivation can decrease the success of bone marrow cell transplantation by up to 50 percent, according to a study by Prof. Asya Rolls published this month in the journal Nature Communications.
Early Warning of Cancer Metastasis
October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Innovative technology developed at the Technion Faculty of Biomedical Engineering by Prof. Daphne Weihs will enable a more precise prediction of cancer metastasis after the appearance of breast cancer.
On Screen
Clean Water in Ethiopia
Technion Engineers Without Borders (EWB) helps a village school in Ethiopia to access clean water by building a sustainable rainwater harvesting system.
International Space University
The International Space University's (ISU) 29th annual Space Studies Program (SSP) will take place at Technion during July and August 2016. The SSP is an international program offering a unique professional development experience covering all aspects of space programs and enterprises.
Under Construction
Technion City has everything a student needs - except sufficient dormitory accommodation. New dorm buildings will provide housing for up to 500 more students.
Cancer Research and Elephants
Elephants harbor powerful cancer-preventing genes. A research group headed by Prof. Avi Schroeder from the Technion has been chosen to lead a study to apply these findings to humans in the pursuit of new cancer treatments.
Peekaboo Wins BizTEC 2015
The Peekaboo group took first prize at BizTEC with an innovative technology for the non-invasive collection of sterile urine from baby girls. The finals of the BizTEC Entrepreneurship Competition were held at Microsoft’s R&D center in Herzliya, Israel.
New Appointments

Prof. Hagit Attiya

Sigal First

Prof. Hagit Attiya, the Harry W. Labov and Charlotte Ullman Labov Academic Chair at the Faculty of Computer Science, assumed the role of Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs on October 1st. Prof. Attiya joined the Technion in 1990. She is an expert in the theory of distributed computing, and since 2008 she has been editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Distributed Computing. Prof. Attiya has been recognized with such prestigious prizes as the Edsger W. Dijkstra Prize in Distributed Computing and the Rothschild Foundation’s (Yad Hanadiv) Michael Bruno Memorial Award (2011).

Sigal First has been appointed head of the Technion Alumni Association. She is a graduate of the Technion Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management (1985). First replaces Eyal Kaplan, who served in this position with dedication for seven years. First has been the Chief Executive Officer of Chemicals and Technical Supplies Ltd. since 2001 and serves as its Head of the Healthcare Division.
Technion Focus
Technion FOCUS E-Mag is out! This issue includes the artificial lung for diagnostics, hair loss innovation and falling walls. Check it out now!
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