Archive for November, 2010

Nov 25 2010

Haifa and San Francisco Relaunching Sisterhood

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November 23, 2010     Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest

Earlier this year, Mayor Newsom appointed the Chairman of the San Francisco-Haifa Sister City Committee, Arthur Wachtel. Wachtel also serves as national chair of the American Society of the University of Haifa. The San Francisco-Haifa Sister Cities Committee is comprised of several community and business leaders in San Francisco and Haifa working to strengthen the relationship between the two cities.

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Nov 25 2010

Intercontinental Dead Sea drilling project in full swing

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November 25, 2010     The Jerusalem Post

For the Israeli Dead Sea researchers, the 40 days of drilling that began late last week is the culmination of 10 years of effort.

One of the challenges now, according to University of Haifa’s Dr. Michael Lazar, who is the project manager, is to compare how the sea recovered naturally from such a steep drop in its water levels with the processes started and controlled by man.

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Nov 24 2010

New inter-disciplinary cognitive science forum bridges the gaps

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cog-sci-forum-logoBeginning next week, a new Haifa Cognitive Science Forum - a multi-disciplinary colloquium - will be aiming to bridge the gaps between the various disciplines included in this field.

The cognitive sciences are a growing and vibrant field of study in Israel and at the University of Haifa in particular. “Since the field is made up of several academic disciplines, it’s hard to keep up with all that’s going on, even in the lab or department next door. At the same time, the cognitive sciences are all trying to answer fundamentally related questions,” explains organizer and sign language research lab director Wendy Sandler. “With this new forum, we hope to take a step toward speaking a common language and bridging the gaps.” Continue Reading »

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Nov 24 2010

Angel Gurria receives honorary doctorate

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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 earlier this week (Monday, November 22).

Mr. 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. Continue Reading »

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Nov 24 2010

Share wealth with PA, says OECD Sec.-Gen. Angel Gurria

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November 21, 2010     Jerusalem Post

Israel should share its wealth with its neighbors, not just for ethical reasons but also for economic ones, visiting OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria said Sunday…

On Monday, he will receive an honorary PhD from the University of Haifa for his efforts in promoting economic cooperation through minimization of trade restrictions, reducing economic inequality, combating poverty, investing in human capital through better education and health services, and for his friendship and long-standing support for Israel.

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Nov 24 2010

Israel’s feminist movement founder visits

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November 16, 2010 Sun Sentinel

Unlike in the United States in the 1960s, there was no feminist movement to bring about change. So [Marilyn] Safir created one in 1970 on the University of Haifa campus.

Today Safir is considered the “mother” of Israel’s feminist movement and a leading expert on women’s rights.

On the University of Haifa campus she established Israel’s first women’s studies program and KIDMA, the country’s first feminine education and advocacy organization.

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Nov 24 2010

Steinitz: Gas cos verging on extortion

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November 23, 2010     Haaretz

“It is regrettable to hear energy companies threatening to stop developing gas discoveries if the state asks for its fair share of profits. It sounds almost like extortion,” Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said yesterday, on the occasion of the University of Haifa granting an honorary degree to OECD secretary general Angel Gurria. Speaking on a panel devoted to “Narrowing gaps,” Steinitz said he isn’t a socialist and doesn’t mean to nationalize the gas industry. Gurria, for his part, spoke about the importance of integrating the Arab and Haredi communities into the workforce

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Nov 22 2010

Fearless Preschoolers Lack Empathy?

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November 19, 2010     The New York Times

That rapscallion who leaps off the monkey bars, landing smack onto an innocent 3-year-old bystander, and skips off, giggling all the while? According to a new paper out of Israel, he may not feel all that bad about the incident.

The study, conducted by Dr. Inbal Kivenson Bar-On at the University of Haifa, shows that high levels of fearlessness in 3- and 4-year-olds is strongly associated with aggression and a lack of empathy. This news will likely surprise risk-loving America, where parents typically beam with pride when their undaunted child mounts the big slide.

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Nov 18 2010

Rae receives honorary degree from University of Haifa

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November 16, 2010     Jewish Tribune

More than 600 guests filled the Canadian Room at the Fairmont Royal York recently to pay tribute to Liberal MP Bob Rae, who received an honorary degree from the University of Haifa in recognition of his demonstrated leadership qualities in Canada, his unwavering support and solidarity with the state of Israel and his deep commitment to peaceful coexistence in the Middle East.

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Nov 17 2010

Fearless children show less empathy

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November 17, 2010     Israel21c

A new Israeli study shows that preschool-age children who demonstrate fearless behavior also reveal less empathy and higher levels of aggression toward their peers.

The results of the study, carried out at the University of Haifa’s Faculty of Education, “show that fearless behavior in children can be identified and is related to neurological and genetic predisposition.

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