Nov 11 2014

Shalom Everybody!

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My name is Dana Rademacher and I am a current student in the International School who will be blogging for the University of Haifa for this fall semester! I am originally from a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota and I actually attend the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. There, I am a junior majoring in both Political Science and Strategic Communication with a focus on Non-Profit Public Relations. In my free time, I love reading books, doing yoga to relax, and of course, blogging from my personal blog! Continue Reading »

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Nov 11 2014

Omega-3 reduces smoking

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Taking omega-3 supplements reduces craving for nicotine and even reduces the number of cigarettes that people smoke a day, according to a new study conducted at the University of Haifa. “The substances and medications used currently to help people reduce and quit smoking are not very effective and cause adverse effects that are not easy to cope with. The findings of this study indicated that omega-3, an inexpensive and easily available dietary supplement with almost no side effects, reduces smoking significantly,” said Dr. Sharon Rabinovitz Shenkar, head of the addictions program at the University of Haifa’s school of criminology department and of the psychopharmacology laboratory at Bar-Ilan, who conducted this study. Continue Reading »

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Nov 11 2014

At a Glance No. 1, 2014-2015

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University news and updates at a glance

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Oct 29 2014

The University of Haifa will be sending a representative to the annual conference of the American Studies Association (ASA)

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The University of Haifa will be sending a representative to the annual conference of the American Studies Association (ASA) that is to take place at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles from November 6-9, 2014.  This despite the decision of the ASA last year to boycott the Israeli academy, and the ASA position until recently that it intended to bar representatives of Israeli institutions of higher learning. Continue Reading »

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Oct 23 2014

A new tune: There is intonation in sign language too

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Like the intonation of individual spoken languages, sign languages also have their own unique “sound”, and, as with spoken languages, the intonation of one community’s language is different from that of another community, according to a new study at the University of Haifa. “Our discovery that sign languages also have unique intonation patterns once again demonstrates that sign languages share many central properties with spoken languages. It turns out that intonation is an essential component of any human language, including languages without sound,” explained Prof. Wendy Sandler, who led the study. Continue Reading »

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Oct 23 2014

Silent evidence of the earthquake of 363 CE

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Silent evidence of a large earthquake in 363 CE  — the skeleton of a woman with a dove-shaped pendant was discovered under the tiles of a collapsed roof by archeologists from the University of Haifa during this excavation season at Hippos-Sussita. They also found a large muscular marble leg and artillery ammunition from some 2,000 years ago. “The data is finally beginning to form a clear historical-archaeological picture,” said Dr. Michael Eisenberg, head of the international excavation team. Continue Reading »

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Sep 23 2014

At a Glance No. 37, 2014

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Sep 22 2014

University of Haifa researchers find a functional link between the brain region responsible for taste memory and the area responsible for encoding the time and place we experienced the taste

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Have you ever eaten something totally new and it made you sick? Don’t give up; if you try the same food in a different place, your brain will be more “forgiving” of the new attempt. In a new study conducted by the Sagol Department of Neurobiology at the University of Haifa, researchers found for the first time that there is a link between the areas of the brain responsible for taste memory in a negative context and those areas in the brain responsible for processing the memory of the time and location of the sensory experience. When we experience a new taste without a negative context, this link doesn’t exist. Continue Reading »

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Sep 18 2014

Israel needs to prepare for the waves of Arab immigrants into its territory that could pose a threat on its existence

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“In a region of collapsing countries that are in states of internal and external war, Israel must prepare for waves of immigrants from Arab countries to its territory, which may endanger its existence,” maintain Prof. Arnon Soffer, who holds the Reuven Chaikin Chair in Geostrategy, University of Haifa, and Dr. Anton Berkovsky, in a new article by the Chair. According to Prof. Soffer and Dr. Berkovsky, waves of immigrants already constitute a real danger to the future of Jordan, and the worst-case scenario would be if ISIS gained control of territories in Jordan and added them to its caphilate. Continue Reading »

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Sep 18 2014

At a Glance No. 36, 2014

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