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Aug 13 2013
The University of Haifa is proud to announce the opening of a new program, first of its kind in Israel: The Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies. The program aims to strengthen the bond between the American Jewish community and Israel with the help of academic knowledge that will lead to a deeper and more accurate understanding of the different movements, characteristics and culture of American Jews today. The program is funded with the generous help of Jewish-American Philanthropist Jay Ruderman of the Ruderman Family Foundation. Continue Reading »
Aug 12 2013
Male Holocaust survivors have a longer life expectancy compared to those who didn’t experience the Holocaust, according to a recent study conducted at the University of Haifa jointly with Leiden University. The results have just been published in PLOS ONE. This is the first study to examine data on the entire Jewish Polish population that immigrated to Israel before and after World War II, using the population-wide official database of the National Insurance Institute of Israel. “Holocaust survivors not only suffered grave psychosocial trauma but also famine, malnutrition, and lack of hygienic and medical facilities, leading us to believe these damaged their later health and reduced life expectancy. Surprisingly, our findings teach us of the strength and resilience of the human spirit”, said the leading professor of this research, Prof. Avi Sagi-Schwartz, from the Dept. of Psychology and the Head of the Center for the Study of Child Development at Haifa University. Continue Reading »
Aug 12 2013
“The Love Hormone”, Oxytocin affects men and women differently in social contexts- in men it improves the ability to identify competitive relationships whereas in women it facilitates the ability to identify kinship. “These findings are in agreement with previous studies on the social differences between the sexes: women tend to be more communal and familial in their behavior, whereas men are more inclined to be competitive and striving to improve their social status”, said Prof. Simone Shamay-Tsoory from the Dept. of Psychology at the University of Haifa who led the research. Continue Reading »
Jul 04 2013
The earliest evidence of using flower beds for burial, dating back to 13,700 years ago, was discovered in Raqefet Cave in Mt. Carmel, during excavations led by the University of Haifa. In four different graves from the Natufian period, dating back to 13,700-11,700 years ago, dozens of impressions of Salvia plants and other species of sedges and mints (the Lamiaceae family), were found under human skeletons. “This is another evidence that as far back as 13,700 years ago, our ancestors, the Natufians, had burial rituals similar to ours, nowadays”, said Prof. Dani Nadel, from the University of Haifa, who led the excavations. Continue Reading »
Jul 04 2013
Apparently even Nature sometimes shows little acts of kindness- in a rare incident, documented for the first time, a female barn owl, a mother to 9 chicks of her own, adopted orphaned chicks, located at a nest over 3.5 kms away,whose own mother was run over by a vehicle on HaSargel Road, earlier this month. “It seems Nature is not as cruel as we tend to think”, said Dr. Motti Charter, from the Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology at the University of Haifa. Dr. Charter was the first to discover and document this rare adoption. Continue Reading »
Jun 03 2013
Professor Alfred Tauber was appointed Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University of Haifa yesterday, June 2nd, during the opening plenary session of the meeting of the Board. He will be replacing Mr Leon Charney, who served as the Chairman of the Board for the last 6 years.
Jan 21 2013
Some of the most eminent British and Israeli biological scientists came together yesterday for the annual UK Israel Life Science Council meeting. Hosted by the University of Haifa, the conference is the third meeting of the council, launched in 2010 to improve scientific collaboration between the two countries. Continue Reading »
Jan 17 2013
The University of Haifa is hosting a two-day event on January 20-21, focusing on regenerative medicine with BIRAX - The Britain Israel Research and Academic Exchange Partnership Regenerative Medicine Initiative. The events are being held in collaboration with the British Embassy in Israel and the British Council and will include a workshop for BIRAX grant recipients and the UK Israel Life Sciences Council 3rd Annual Meeting. During the workshop on January 20, a public lecture will be given by Lord Professor Robert Winston, a member of the UK-Israel Life Sciences Council and Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College. The lecture will be titled: ‘Manipulating Reproduction’.
The lecture begins at 4.30 pm on Sunday, January 20
Hatter Student Building, Room 101. Continue Reading »
Jan 01 2013
The University of Haifa Diplomacy Program will be offering graduate study courses for future diplomats, academics, and practitioners, who are employed in a variety of public and private international, transnational, and multilateral organizations. Focusing on the role of collaborative diplomatic mechanisms, it is designed to provide students with new insights, concepts and analysis tools for fully understanding the enhanced functions of diplomacy in the highly charged global environment.