Archive for November, 2010

Nov 30 2010

Haifa high-schoolers dig Israel’s past

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November 28, 2010        Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Tel Esur is a Canaanite settlement dating back to the Bronze Age, being excavated by archeologists from the University of Haifa with the help of 15-year-old students from four high schools in the region, and other volunteers from all walks of life.

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Nov 30 2010

Light at Night May Make You Heavier

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November 28, 2010       The Media Line

Now scientists from Ohio State University and the Israel’s University of Haifa have found that exposure to artificial light at night may cause obesity, as well — regardless of food intake or exercise level —because it interferes with how the body marks time … in mice at least.

“Our study shows that watching TV at night can cause obesity, not only due to inactivity and overeating, but also because it upsets the body’s natural daily cycle,” Professor Abraham Haim, the head of the Center for Interdisciplinary Chronobiological Research at the University of Haifa said.

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Nov 29 2010

Obesity caused by exposure to light at night?

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Exposure to artificial light at night could cause obesity, regardless of the amount of food eaten or physical activity. This has been shown in a new study conducted at Ohio State University alongside Head of the Center for Interdisciplinary Chronobiological Research at the University of Haifa Prof. Abraham Haim. “We have already found that there is a connection between artificial light and cancer; now we have revealed additional negative effects of exposure to Light at Night. It is a cause of environmental pollution that spreads like wildfire,” says Prof. Haim. The study, which was partially supported by the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation, has been published in the PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Science) Online Early Edition. Continue Reading »

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Nov 29 2010

Growing Inequalities - Strategies and Solutions

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imageMinister of Finance, Dr. Yuval Steinitz; Secretary-General of the OECD, Angel Gurría; senior economics reporter for Yedioth Ahronoth, Sever Plotzker; and Dr. Roni Strier of the University of Haifa’s School of Social Work participated in a panel discussion on poverty, employment and economic development, at the University of Haifa in honor of the conferment of an honorary degree to Mr. Gurría.

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Nov 28 2010

Dead Sea Drilling to Unearth Scientific Treasures

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November 22, 2010        ABC News

In a sign of how the relationship between the two sides has thawed since, Palestinians as well as Jordanian researchers are participating in the project. Dead Sea research is one of the few spheres that sees Palestinians and Israelis working together.

“They want to cooperate with us because they see this as an important project and science knows no boundaries,” said Michael Lazar, a professor of marine geosciences at the University of Haifa and the project’s manager.

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Nov 28 2010

Scientists learn why some children take ridiculous risks

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November 27, 2010        The Jerusalem Post

Some young children – always ready to take risks – seem to be fearless when facing dangers or challenges. Scientists now believe that at least during infancy, such behavior results from neurological causes and genetic predisposition and not educational processes or parenting practice.

University of Haifa’s Dr. Inbal Kivenson- Baron, who studied such children, says that they also show less empathy and more aggression toward their peers.

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Nov 28 2010

Drilling down to the Ice Age at the Dead Sea

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November 25, 2010        Israel21c

Forty scientists from six countries have converged upon hotels at Israel’s Dead Sea … to reap the rewards of a historic drilling project to extract a continuous core sample from hundreds of feet below the surface of the sea.

Dr. Michael Lazar, a marine geoscientist at the University of Haifa, spoke with ISRAEL21c from the drill site. As project manager, he coordinates between the scientific and drilling teams, arranges for analysis and storage of the samples and myriad other details - in short, “making sure everybody knows what everyone else is doing.”

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Nov 28 2010

Israeli Muslims grow extreme as others secularize

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November 21, 2010        The Jerusalem Post

The proportion of Israeli Arabs accepting the legitimacy of Israel as a Jewish state has declined in the past seven years, according to Professor Sami Smoha of Haifa University, who surveys attitudes of the community.  . . . Growing radicalism and religiosity aren’t unique to Israel or to Muslims, said Nohad Ali, a sociologist from Haifa University.

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Nov 28 2010

Partners for Peace 2010

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partners2010President of the Canadian Friends of the University of Haifa, Dr. Michael Dan: “When kids come together for the first time at the University of Haifa, they come from very diverse backgrounds - different experiences, different friendships, different networks. What the University of Haifa does is to bring all these kids together, under one roof, with its core values: diversity, tolerance, inclusiveness, coexistence . . . These aren’t such common values in public institutions in the Middle East. The University of Haifa is very brave to uphold these values.”

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Nov 25 2010

Haifa University confers honorary doctorate on OECD secretary general

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November 22, 2010     San Diego Jewish World

Secretary-General of the OECD Angel Gurrίa received the University of Haifa’s highest accolade, the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, honoris causa, at a gala event at the University on Nov. 22.

Gurrίa received the tribute in recognition of his efforts in promoting economic cooperation and for his friendship and longstanding support of the State of Israel.

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