Archive for April, 2010

Apr 22 2010

Lights out for Earth Hour

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The University of Haifa is “switching off” on Thursday, April 22, 2010, for one hour, beginning at 8.20pm, as it participates in the international “Earth Hour” project. Participating cities, businesses, office buildings, institutions and organizations around Israel and across the globe, will all turn off the lights for an hour so as to bring more awareness to the importance of minimizing energy consumption. Continue Reading »

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Apr 21 2010

Voice analysis could enable early detection of Parkinson’s disease

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April 21, 2010  oneindia

Researchers at the University of Haifa have developed a new technique that could help in the early detection of Parkinson’s disease. Developed by Prof. Shimon Sapir, the technique involves analysis of voice and articulation.”This is a non-invasive, reliable and accurate technique that only requires the patient to read out a few simple sentences,” explained Sapir. Sapir said that the muscles controlling voice and speech are also affected by the disease in most patients, and there is some evidence suggesting that speech abnormalities may antecede the classic symptoms of the disease.

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Apr 21 2010

Study: Military ceremonies offer emotional benefit to troops

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April 21, 2010  The Jerusalem Post

Soldiers whose friends were killed in action try to avoid thinking about them in their daily life, but Remembrance Day and other ceremonial events serve an important function by enabling them face the pain and mourn, according to new University of Haifa research. Prof. Shimshon Rubin, head of the university’s center for research into loss, said that such soldiers can suffer from shock for years from such a loss, though it usually does not come in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with its long-term, highly noticeable symptoms that can make their lives difficult. 

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Apr 21 2010

Democracy and the Internet

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raphael-cohen-almagor-uk“Terrorism and political extremism are the largest threats to modern democracies,” Prof. Raphael Cohen-Almagor said at a special event organized by British Friends of Haifa University and kindly hosted by Hana and Brian Smouha in their London home. Continue Reading »

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Apr 21 2010

International students experience Independence Day on campus

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The Haifa University Student Union brought the celebration of Israel’s Independence Day to life, right on campus. Hundreds of students joined the celebrations, including the University of Haifa’s International School students. Lauren Wasserman is a student from State University of New York at New Paltz, in her third year of her undergraduate degree, studying Organizational Communication and Jewish Studies. She is spending this spring semester at the University of Haifa’s International School. Lauren spent a few hours at the University of Haifa’s special Independence Day event, taking in the excitement of what was for her a very unique celebration. Continue Reading »

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Apr 21 2010

Holyland scandal? Yawn.

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April 21, 2010  Haaretz

It may be “one of the worst corruption cases in the historyof the country, ” but Israelis have taken Holyland in stride, a survey by Universityof Haifa researchers found. Doron Navot and Daphna Canetti surveyed 501 adults in April and found that 6%  thought the country is more corrupt now than before. One-third said it was much more corrupt. However, in a previous survey, in June , 2009, 69% said the country was more corrupt.

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Apr 18 2010

A refuge for prophets, people and wildlife

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April 16, 2010  The Jerusalem Post - Metro

The University of Haifa has set up a multi-disciplinary research center to study the Carmel Mountain range, one of 500 UNESCO bioreserves worldwide.

To protect and preserve the rare forest and wildlife in the Carmel Mountain region, known biblically as the place of refuge fro the Prophet Elijah - and in ancient history as an archeological hotspot for human settlement - the University of Haifa has set up the Center for the Study of the Carmel in cooperation with the Israel Nature and parks Authority.

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Apr 18 2010

Now, a voice test to predict Parkinson’s!

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April 18, 2010  Times of India

Parkinson’s is normally only diagnosed once symptoms show — meaning it’s already at an advanced stage and patients have lost a significant number of brain cells. Now, an Israeli team has devised a test to predict the neurological disorder. In their research, the team from Haifa University have discovered that by measuring tiny changes in speech patterns, undetectable to human ear, they can tell whether a seemingly healthy person is a sufferer. 

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Apr 18 2010

Polluted beaches result of insufficient state funding

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April 18, 2010  The Jerusalem Post

As the swimming season opens today, those planning to hit the beach must ask themselves: How clean are the beaches? How many times will the beaches be closed this summer because of pollution? Dr. Asaf Ariel has just completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Haifa, in which he looked at the management of coastal regions to find out how it happens. He compared 17 Mediterranean countries, including Israel, and examined their legislative and governmental regimes. The lack of one coordinating body, lack of manpower and insufficient funds means beach preservation and protection has plateaued, he found.

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Apr 18 2010

Parkinson’s disease ‘could be diagnosed by voice changes’

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April 18, 2010  Daily Telegraph

Now researchers in Israel and America have found a way of measuring speech patterns, inaudible to the human ear, to test if apparently healthy people have the condition. Prof Shimon Sapir, from the University of Haifa in Israel, who developed the new test, said: “People have tried speech recognition methods previously but they have not really been accurate enough to distinguish between the healthy and those with early Parkinson’s.“What we have done is to rework the way we analyse speech so that we can accurately use it for diagnosis.” The findings are published in the Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research.

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