Archive for June, 2010

Jun 30 2010

What makes the human brain superior to that of the chimpanzee?

Published by Editor under University News

A new study carried out at the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer, Israel, by Dr. Nurit Paz and collaborators and directed by Professor Gidi Rechavi, Head of the Cancer Research Center, in collaboration with Prof. Eviatar Nevo of the University of Haifa’s Institute of Evolution, has found one of the most significant brain differences - at the molecular level - between humans and chimpanzees and the rhesus monkey. The paper has been published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA (PNAS). “This study shows that one of the most considerable differences between us and the primates is found in the higher RNA genetic editing of the human brain,” explains Prof. Nevo. Continue Reading »

No responses yet

Jun 30 2010

Israel set to open first digital archive of Hebrew academic journals

Published by Editor under University in the Media

June 30, 2010  Haaretz

Back issues of 60 Hebrew-language research journals will be scanned into an online archive that will be accessible to professors and students both in Israel and abroad. . . . The digitization will be carried out by the Jewish National and University Library and the University of Haifa library, in conjunction with the online archive site JSTOR, which will store the new archive. Currently, JSTOR maintains online archives for at least 1,000 academic journals and sells them to more than 4,000 institutions worldwide.

Read article

One response so far

Jun 29 2010

The Lodz Ghetto in photographs

Published by Editor under Home Page, Video

image3The Lodz Ghetto photographs taken by Henryk Ross, an official Jewish photographer in the ghetto, offer ways to understand the ghetto society and how holocaust memory has interacted with Holocaust history. Dr. Thomas Weber of the University of Aberdeen presents his study and analysis of these photographs at a talk given at the University of Haifa.

View on the Academic Channel

No responses yet

Jun 28 2010

New Center for the Study of the Internet

Published by Editor under University News

The University of Haifa has inaugurated the Sagy Center for the Study of the Internet, headed by Prof. Sheizaf Rafaeli, Director of the Center for the Study of the Information Society, and one of the world’s leading experts in the research of the Internet. The Center has been established thanks to a donation from entrepreneurs Ami and Teddy Sagy. The dedication ceremony took place during the University’s 38th Board of Governors meeting. Continue Reading »

No responses yet

Jun 28 2010

Study: Trust in Court System Tumbles Among Chareidim, Settlers

Published by Editor under University in the Media

June 24, 2010  Hamodia (English)

Among the chareidi public, only 9% trust the court system, down from 14% last year and 15% in 2000. The 10-year study, which also surveyed trust in the pollice, was conducted by Professor Aryeh Rattner of Haifa University.

One response so far

Jun 28 2010

Direct coping with stress reduces MS attacks

Published by Editor under University in the Media

June 28, 2010 ISRAEL21c

A new Israeli study suggests that patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) could experience less attacks during times of stress if they directly and actively confront their problems rather than just focusing on emotional issues. . . . The study, carried out by researchers at the University of Haifa, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Carmel Medical Center, examines how MS sufferers living in the north of Israel during the Second Lebanon War, coped during this difficult time.

Read article

2 responses so far

Jun 28 2010

Helping schools help themselves

Published by Editor under University News

Dr. Lily Orland-Barak, Head of the Department of Learning, Instruction and Teacher Education, and Prof. Rivka Eisikovits, Head of the Department of Leadership and Policy in Education, participated in a three-day summit at UMass Lowell in June, to come up with a plan to help public schools help themselves. Together with Asst. Prof. James Nehring and Asst. Prof. Stacy Szczesiul of UMass Lowell, and Martin Hagan and Frank Hennessey from Belfast’s St. Mary’s College at Queens University, they created a research proposal that will be used to apply for grants.

Prof. Rivka Eisikovits

Prof. Rivka Eisikovits

Dr. Lily Orland-Barak

One response so far

Jun 27 2010

Graduation 2010

Published by Editor under Home Page, University News

The University awarded 2,644 B.A. degrees and 1,655 M.A. degrees last week. “In the course of your studies at the University of Haifa, we did not offer you a garden of roses. But I hope that we have given you the primary tools needed to cope with the complex reality that surrounds us. I wish you all success in your future endeavors and hope to see quite a few of you continuing your studies at the University of Haifa,” said President of the University, Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze’ev. Continue Reading »

2 responses so far

Jun 27 2010

K Natwar Singh: A passage to Israel

Published by Editor under University in the Media

June 26, 2010  Business Standard (India)

Former Foreign Minister of India, Shri K. Natwar Singh, writes about his recent visit to Israel:

Apart from speaking at the Haifa University (what an attractive campus!), I was fortunate to meet several distinguished experts on a variety of subjects — security, research and development, terrorism, counter-terrorism, the Palestinian issue, defence, Indo-Israeli relations (the relationship is on an upward graph), etc. The expert on Iran said that Turkey had sidelined Iran. It was now, and will remain, the key player in the region. (Turkey has succeeded in forcing Israel to ease the Gaza blockade). All these discussions and talks were marked by candour and courtesy.

Read article

View Shri K. Natwar Singh’s talk at the University on the Academic Channel

One response so far

Jun 27 2010

Zionism and esthetics: A rocky relationship

Published by Editor under University in the Media

June 25, 2010  The Jerusalem Post

Six Israeli photographers have banded together to form a group they call “P6″ in order to demonstrate that while the establishment of Israel and the subsequent ingathering of the exiles may be a saga of epic proportions, it has not always been pretty to look at . . . Some of the starkest examples . . . can be seen in the pictures of Yaakov Israel, 36, who photographs the public housing in the Kiryat Hayovel neighborhood of Jerusalem, where he grew up. These gloomy “railroad blocks” and massive, bunker-like concrete buildings were, according to University of Haifa art historian Dr. Jochai Rosen, “beehives for humans that replaced the tin shacks and tents of the transit camps but where the same anonymous and inhuman quality remained.” In his foreword to the admirably written exhibition catalogue, Rosen observes: “One photograph depicts a group of housing projects atop a ridge, dwarfing a bus stop below. The blocs of buildings take on a life of their own; they look like monsters or gigantic spaceships that come to strike fear in the human heart.”

Read article

No responses yet

Next »