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April 2014
Newsletter of the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Alzheimer's Drug Development Microsoft Joins Technion Solar Nano Power Nobel Prize 2011

From the President

On the eve of the awarding of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Distinguished Professor Dan Shechtman - the third Technion professor to win a Nobel in 7 years - we are excited to welcome you to this edition of Technion Live. The Technion remains active in its quest to meet the scientific, technological, economic and social challenges of the future. These are matters of science and technology, but also of nurturing a sensitivity to social tensions and the needs of the wider community.
Technion is an exemplary model of providing equal opportunity to the various sectors of Israeli society, as seen in our film Partners in Progress. We are also proud to announce the launch of an undergraduate degree program to serve the orthodox community in Bnei Brak. The ingenuity of staff and students in answering the credit crunch with a scheme for exchanging books at bus stops (bookshops at bus shelters) - has already been applied by several municipalities.
On the eve of our cornerstone centennial, our pride and our hopes for the future are shared by the whole Technion community of students, faculty, friends and supporters. Together, we have the means, ingenuity and willpower to make our world a better place.

Technion President
Prof. Peretz Lavie

Nobel Prize 2011: Live Events

  On 10th December, 2011 Distinguished Prof. Dan Shechtman, holder of the Philip Tobias Chair, will receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Join us for live coverage in Israel and Sweden!   Read On

The Quasi Caucus

  Science is a process of evolution as the community of scientists work together, each building on the discoveries of the ones that went before. Thus, Shechtman's discovery of quasicrystals didn't negate the existing science of crystallography, but reopened the field of materials science to new exploration. Soon after his discovery, a league of gifted scientists stepped in to substantiate the breakthrough and to take it forward.   Read On

A Whole New Matter

  A look at one of the applications of the quasicrystal discovery - this time at the unique qualities of quasicrystals as transporters of light. The groundbreaking photonic research was published by Distinguished Prof. Mordechai Segev and his team at the Technion Faculty of Physics.   Read On

Tie/Scarf competition

  A new trend among world intelligentsia is to acquire and wear the now famous 100% silk quasicrystal tie, as worn by Prof. Shechtman, President Peretz Lavie and Prime Minister of the State of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. This is your chance to win one too, or a silk quasicrystal scarf for women. Just compose a clever message about the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and post it at one of our many social media venues.   Read On

On Screen

  Phone call from Stockholm
Oct. 5, 2011 the telephone rings, Stockholm calling... Technion Distinguished Prof. Dan Shechtman has been named as this year's Nobel laureate in Chemistry. Share the initial excitement and celebrations - including a science lesson for Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Partners in Progress
For the past decade, the Landa Equal Opportunities Project has successfully prepared Israeli Arab students to excel at Technion, fully integrating them into the Technion community.
Israel's Titan
Technion is home to Israel's only Titan - Transmission Electron Microscope. Prof. Wayne Kaplan, dean of the department of Materials Engineering explains how something so large is needed to examine the dimensions of the tiny.
Mechanics of the Millennium
From developing robots that perform surgeries, designing renewable energy systems, manufacturing machines smaller than the human hair (nano mechanics), and integrating optical systems, to developing giant printers and advanced aircraft, a visit to the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering unveils the future.

Ivy League & Israel

  "Like Cornell, Technion looks beyond borders. In its mission statement, it is "dedicated to the creation of knowledge and the development of human capital and leadership, for the advancement of the State of Israel and all humanity." Read more about what the partners in the bid of the New York City Tech Campus have in common.

(l-r) Presidents David J. Skorton and Peretz Lavie

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Microsoft joins Technion

  Through a new five-year joint research and education partnership, Microsoft Research and Technion will explore scientific and technological insights in e-commerce, such as online advertising and the use of social networks for commerce. Microsoft will invest $1.5 million (U.S.) over the next five years.   Read On

Bridge to Somewhere

  Haaretz reports on the state-of-the-art in graduate student accommodation at the Stanley Shalom Zielony Graduate Student Village, Technion City.   Read On

Cancer Cells on the Run

  Researchers from Technion and Utrecht University in the Netherlands show that chemotherapy drugs can increase the risk of a metastatic process in mice.
Dr. Yuval Shaked of the Technion and Prof. Emile Voest of Utrecht University published their findings in the scientific journal, Cancer Research.
  Read On

Solar power - Nano power

  Technion researchers polarize a nanometric-sized crystal by changing the composition of surrounding molecules. In the future, this could improve efficiency of 3G solar photovoltaic cells.   Read On
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