Archive for December, 2009

Dec 29 2009

Israelis hope calm, development in new year as peace with Palestinians remains elusive

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December 28, 2009  China View (Xinhua)

While 2009 was a year of despair for many of the world’s economies, Israel escaped the global financial crisis with a few scratches but no deep wounds. For Israeli economists such as Professor Arie Melnik of the University of Haifa, the last 12 months have been an “interesting” period. While Melnik’s Department of Economics introduced a couple of new courses dealing with aspects of the downturn in the world economy, he really felt little effect in Israel from global events. “We weren’t affected because our financial sector didn’t hand out the bizarre loans the Americans and Europeans distributed,” he said.

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Dec 29 2009

Netanyahu’s maneuvers likely to create political storm in Israel

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December 28, 2009  China View, Tantao News Network (Xinhua)

There are two possible scenarios, according to Shlomo Tzadok, apolitical scientist at the University of Haifa. Either Netanyahu simply wants to kill off Kadima, or the prime minister is seeking broad parliamentary support for an upcoming and “dramatic” move with regard to captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. . . . Tzadok said that Netanyahu may want wide support for his position on Shalit, and thus he invited Livni to join his coalition. If this is the case, it does not necessarily give a clear indication as to the fate of the prisoner exchange.

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Dec 29 2009

Israeli Media: Photo Worth Well Under 1,000 Words

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December 28, 2009  Arutz Sheva (INN)

More than 86% of the news photographs in major Israeli newspapers are archive photos, and were not taken at the day before publication. So finds a new and original study carried out at the University of Haifa for its Second Photojournalism Conference, entitled “Photojournalism: From Hard to Soft News?”. The conference took place at the university on Monday.

“The photograph in Israeli media is no longer worth a thousand words, but much less,” says Dr. Amir Gilat, Head of the Division of Communications and Media Relations at the University of Haifa, who carried out the study.

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Dec 29 2009

The Line between Love and Envy Just Got Messy

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December 28, 2009  The Media Line

A researcher at Israel’s University of Haifa has discovered that the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin has an effect over both pro-social and antisocial emotions.

Oxytocin is a hormone known to control positive feelings of love, trust and empathy, and is released naturally during childbirth and sex.

In a new study published in the Journal of Biological Psychiatry, Israeli researcher Dr Simone Shamay-Tsoory at the University of Haifa’s Department of Psychology has found that oxytocin has an impact on negative emotions such as envy and gloating.

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Dec 28 2009

A picture is no longer worth a thousand words

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More than 86% of the news photographs in the Israeli newspapers are archive photos. This is the result of a new and original study that was carried out at the University of Haifa for its Second Photojournalism Conference, “Photojournalism: From Hard to Soft News?”, which took place at the University.

“The results clearly show that the value of the news photo in Israeli media is decreasing, and that only a few of the photos tell the journalistic story as expected,” says Dr. Amir Gilat, Head of the Division of Communications and Media Relations at the University of Haifa, who carried out the study. “Most of the photos serve as visual means alongside reports, sometimes with no real connection to them. The photograph in Israeli media is no longer worth a thousand words, but much less,” Dr. Gilat explains. Continue Reading »

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Dec 27 2009

New Worlds: The bigger the rat race, the less motivated the rats

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December 26, 2009  Jerusalem Post

One would logically conclude that when faced with competition, a student or businessman would try harder. But a new study carried out by the University of Haifa and the University of Michigan (UM) has found that motivation and performance is weakened when you’re up against a large group of people. In fact, the larger the number of examinees, the lower the average grade.

“It is well established that subjective factors influence our motivation to compete. Our new studies have shown that objective factors, such as the size of a competing group, also have an effect,” explains Dr. Avishalom Tor from the University of Haifa’s Faculty of Law.

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Dec 27 2009

Faith in government agencies is rising

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December 24, 2009  Jerusalem Post

Israelis may like to complain about the government, but a survey conducted by professors from the University of Haifa and Ben-Gurion University, which was published on Thursday, shows that overall satisfaction with public bodies is actually on the rise.

Since 2001, Prof. Eran Vigoda-Gadot, head of the University of Haifa’s School of Political Sciences and the Center for Public Management and Policy and Prof. Shlomo Mizrachi from the BGU School of Business and Management have been tracking Israelis’ perceptions of the public sector on a yearly basis. Their findings show that, overall, Israelis are satisfied with the services they receive and that, following a dive in the middle of the decade, satisfaction levels are back to what they were eight or nine years ago.

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Dec 27 2009

Future Orientation: Developmental and Ecological Perspectives

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Prof. Rachel Seginer (Department of Education)

Published by Springer, March 2009

Where am I going? What do I want to do with my life? Such questions are typical of—even essential to—adolescence and continue to influence individuals throughout their lifetimes. And although human beings are capable of anticipating future events even as infants, the teen years are the peak period for weighing options and setting long-range goals. Future Orientation: Development and Ecological Perspectives synthesizes a wealth of theory and empirical data to explore future thinking as both a developmental process and an individual one. Continue Reading »

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Dec 27 2009

The Origins of Racism in the West

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book-origins-of-racismProf. Joseph Ziegler (Department of General History, University of Haifa), Miriam Eliav-Feldon (Tel Aviv University) and Benjamin Isaac (Tel Aviv University), Eds.

Published by Cambridge University Press, August 2009

Is it possible to speak of western racism before the eighteenth century? The term ‘racism’ is normally only associated with theories, which first appeared in the eighteenth century, about inherent biological differences that made one group superior to another. Here, however, leading historians argue that racism can be traced back to the attitudes of the ancient Greeks to their Persian enemies and that it was adopted, adjusted and re-formulated by Europeans right through until the dawn of the Enlightenment. From Greek teachings on environmental determinism and heredity, through medieval concepts of physiognomy, down to the crystallization of attitudes to Indians, Blacks, Jews and Gypsies in the early modern era, they analyse the various routes by which racist ideas travelled before maturing into murderous ideologies in the modern western world. In so doing this book offers a major reassessment of the place of racism in pre-modern European thought.

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Dec 24 2009

A London crowd supports Haifa University

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December 22, 2009  The Jewish Chronicle

Israeli ambassador Ron Prosor hosted a reception at his London residence for the British Friends of Haifa University. Guest speaker Lord Winston spoke to the gathering about the importance of the work of the university.

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