Archive for March, 2011

Mar 31 2011

Bank of knowledge

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President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Dr. Thomas Mirow visited the University of Haifa to learn how the University is merging academic knowledge and the private sector in view of developing and marketing academic knowledge. Accompanying Dr. Mirow were EBRD Vice President and former Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Jan Fischer. The visit set out with a meeting with President of the University Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze’ev and Vice President for External Relations and Resource Development Amos Gaver. The visit was initiated by Germany’s former minister of finance, Prof. Manfred Lahnstein. “I hope we manage to implement the model of academic knowledge transfer that we have seen here at the University of Haifa in order to advance similar processes in those countries where EBRD is active,” said Dr. Miro. Continue Reading »

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Mar 29 2011

International School on the study-abroad map

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international-students-2More and more Universities in the US and Europe are enabling their students to choose the University of Haifa for their study abroad experience. This university, located on the picturesque Mount Carmel on the coast of Israel, draws hundreds of students from more than 40 countries to its unique programs every year and is forging exciting new partnerships with leading US universities to bring many more students to an unforgettable academic experience in Israel. Continue Reading »

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Mar 28 2011

‘Thinking’ white cells go from place to place, as needed

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March 27, 2011  Jerusalem Post

White blood cells don’t seem complicated enough to have “brains” or a decision-making process, but they’ve been found by biologists at the University of Haifa to play a critical “thinking” role in the healing of bacterial infections. Dr. Amiram Ariel headed a study just published in the European Journal of Immunology…”The process we have discovered can assist in the development of drugs based on natural processes that take place in the human body, unlike most of the existing drugs, which attempt to curb inflammation by artificial means,” said Ariel.

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Mar 28 2011

A view to a school

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March 24, 2011  Haaretz, The Arty Semite

The University of Haifa has in the past two years undergone a dramatic facelift. Its main building, a modernist icon common in the mid-1960s in the work of noted Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, underwent an essential and comprehensive refurbishment after years of neglect.

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Mar 28 2011

Experts: Tombs found at Jaffa excavation site not Jewish

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March 28, 2011  Haaretz

The antiquities authority based its conclusion on tests conducted by the Israeli Institute of Archaeology, and the opinion of Prof. Guy Bar-Oz, head of the archaeology laboratory at the University of Haifa…”We found tombs from three periods: the Persian, the Byzantine and the Muslim. Crosses were carved at the entrance to two tombs. Some of the funerary offerings included parts of the jaw bones of pigs, which was very common to pagan burials. Everything we know tells us that these were not Jewish burials.”

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Mar 24 2011

Lawyer: Katsav ‘convinced of his innocence,’ will appeal

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March 24, 2011  The Jerusalem Post

Haifa University law professor Emanuel Gross, as opposed to Amir, said he thought the chance of the Supreme Court overturning the sentence is slim and the chance of them overturning the verdict is virtually nonexistent. “Lacking much in the way of physical evidence, the conviction was based on the judges’ overwhelming belief in the victims’ version of the story, after hearing testimony from both sides. When it comes to cases of trust and determining who told the truth, there is a standing practice of the higher court not intervening in the lower court’s decision. The justice system as a rule puts its faith in the judges who heard the testimony firsthand, and I can’t see the Supreme Court breaking from that practice in this case,” said Gross.

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Mar 23 2011

‘An ordinary ruling about an ordinary man’

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March 23, 2011  Haaretz

Dr. Noya Rimalt, a lecturer in law and feminism at Haifa University, said the Katsav case would prove a landmark in the battle against sex crimes, as it marked the first time a senior official had received a suitable punishment for sexual offenses.

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Mar 23 2011

Ex-Israeli president sentenced to 7 years for rape

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March 22, 2011  AP, Forbes, ABC, Herald Tribune, Huffington Post

Emanuel Gross, a law professor at Haifa University, said the chances of a reversal were slim.”The Supreme Court typically does not intervene in determining the integrity of the testimony,” he said. “The lower court has established his guilt.”

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Mar 22 2011

Analysis: Moshe Katsav to be sentenced

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March 22, 2011  The Jerusalem Post

In a news interview on Channel 2, Haifa University law professor Emanuel Gross estimated that the court would adopt the legislature’s decision, determining that the punishment start at a minimum of four years.”Any sentence below four years will appear to be unjust,” Gross said.

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Mar 22 2011

Fashion editor launches petition against anorexia

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March 21, 2011  The Independent

On her blog, Sozzani cited a February study from the University of Haifa in Israel which surveyed 248 girls on their internet and media usage and their eating habits and attitudes regarding weight loss. The study found that “the more time adolescent girls spend in front of Facebook, the more their chances of developing a negative body image and various eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia and exaggerated dieting.”

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