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Prof. Jacob A. Frenkel Elected to Second Term as Chairman of TAU's Board of Governors

Internationally-acclaimed economist will continue to "greatly contribute to the further development of Tel Aviv University," said TAU President Prof. Yossi Klafter

At the close of the Board of Governors events at Tel Aviv University this month, Prof. Jacob Frenkel was awarded a second term as Chairman of TAU's Board of Governors. The Board made its decision in accordance with the recommendation of the University Search Committee headed by Prof. Haim Ben Shachar.

A laureate of the 2002 Israel Prize in Economics and recipient of TAU's Hugo Ramniceanu Prize for Economics, Prof. Frenkel has served on the faculty of TAU's Eitan Berglas School of Economics as the Gerald and Vera Weisfeld Professor of the Economics of Peace and International Relations. He was also on the faculty of the University of Chicago as the David Rockefeller Professor of International Economics.

TAU President Prof. Yossi Klafter congratulated Prof. Frenkel, saying he was convinced he would "continue to contribute to the further development of Tel Aviv University."

Prof. Frenkel, for his part, thanked the Board of Trustees and said he would continue to work towards establishing Tel Aviv University as one of the leading academic institutions in Israel and the world.

TAU Awards Honorary Doctorate to Iranian Philanthropist and Visionary Pouran Toufer Nazarian

Tel Aviv University, Israel's largest institution of higher learning, conferred its most distinguished award of an Honorary Doctorate to philanthropist Pouran Toufer Nazarian at the 2017 Board of Governors Meeting on Thursday, May 18 at the Tel Aviv University Miriam and Adolfo Smolarz Auditorium.

Mrs. Nazarian, of Los Angeles, was honored for her commitment to advancing education, her devotion to Israel and its well-being, and her significant contributions to TAU.

"It humbles me to receive such a prestigious award for the work which has been the heartfelt focus of my life — helping my people in Israel and the United States," said Nazarian. "Education is the gift we give our children as a promise to ensure a brighter tomorrow. I am proud of our commitment to this promise and most grateful to Tel Aviv University for this acknowledgement. I look forward to continuing my efforts in humanitarian causes to make a positive difference in as many lives as I can."

Mrs. Nazarian and her husband Izak Parviz Nazarian established the Chair for Modern Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University in 1997 and, more recently, created the state-of-the-art Izak & Pouran Nazarian Building, which houses the Citizen's Empowerment Center in Israel.

"We are proud to recognize Pouran Nazarian for her prominent, inspiring leadership role in Los Angeles Jewish community life, her tireless work to advance women's welfare and rights, her dedication to philanthropic values, and her championing of higher education in Israel — with a special emphasis on Tel Aviv University," affirmed TAU President Joseph Klafter at the ceremony. "Her passionate commitment toward the State of Israel has spanned decades and it is with great pride that we confer upon her the honorary doctorate degree."

In addition to supporting TAU over the years, the Nazarians developed the Magbit Foundation, providing scholarships and interest-free loans for Israeli students.

A passion for Israel and devotion to education

Iranian-born Pouran Toufer Nazarian's lifelong commitment to education, Israel and the well-being of the Israel's people dates back to when she was a young woman living in Tehran, Iran.

Mrs. Nazarian became involved with the Iranian Jewish Women's Organization at the age of 24, where she helped establish daycare centers in the Jewish ghetto, develop adult Hebrew and English classes, and create centers providing free clothing and daily hot meals for the less fortunate. She continued her efforts with the organization in the city of Isfahan and played an active role in the leadership of the organization. Mrs. Nazarian was also instrumental in implementing various educational programs for youth and young adults in the community.

In the early 1970s, Mrs. Nazarian joined the Committee for the Amendment of the Iranian Jewish Women's Inheritance Act and its campaign for the attainment of women's rights. In 1978, with the advent of the Islamic Revolution, Mrs. Nazarian and her family left Iran for Israel, and in June of 1979, they settled in Los Angeles. In 1985, she became a member of Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization of America, where she served as co-president in 1989, and later as the president of Hadassah Haifa Group from 1990-1991.

She has served in several leadership roles at Magbit Foundation of Los Angeles and currently is an active board member of the American Friends of The Citizens' Empowerment Center in Israel, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping improve Israel's implementation process of public decisions and empower citizens by promoting political awareness and civic involvement.

Nazarian's passionate love and commitment to Israel is evidenced by her many years of service in both the US and international Jewish communities. The Nazarians have four children. Mr. Nazarian was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by TAU in 2003.

The Zuckerman Post-Doctoral Scholarship Program at TAU Calls for Applications

American Friends of Tel Aviv University has announced a call for applications for the Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program, an initiative designed to support future generations of leaders in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the US and Israel and foster greater research collaboration between the two countries.

The program enables the highest achieving postdoctoral researchers from the US to collaborate with leading scientists at Israel's top research institutions: Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University, Technion and the Weizmann Institute.

"Tel Aviv University looks forward to welcoming the next cohort of post-doctoral students," said Prof. Joseph Klafter, President of TAU. "It is an honor to partner in this collaborative effort as we cultivate the next generation of STEM leaders. The students that participate in the program are exposed to some of the best resources and scientific leaders, and we look forward to seeing the groundbreaking work that comes from this year's scholars."

Upon completion of their research, Zuckerman postdocs have the opportunity to accept faculty positions at top American universities, weaving a network of academic collaboration and goodwill that will greatly benefit US-Israeli scientific cooperation.

Candidates for the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program are selected based on their academic and research achievements, as well as personal merit and leadership qualities. Four postdoctoral scholarships will be awarded per participating university for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Submissions are due by March 1, 2017. For guidelines and application information, click here.

The first cohort of 14 Zuckerman Scholars began with the 2016–2017 academic year. By exposing American post-doctoral researchers to Israel's cutting-edge research culture, the program is expected to raise a generation of academic, scientific and industry leaders infused with a unique spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Amarel Green Joins AFTAU as Director of Development, Silicon Valley

Corporate attorney brings more than a decade of experience with technology industry to new position

Photo: Amarel GreenAmarel Green, a corporate attorney and a former Operations Coordinator of the Israeli Air Force, has joined American Friends of Tel Aviv University (AFTAU) as Director of Development, Silicon Valley.

Amarel has more than ten years of experience in the tech industry. She has held positions with leading Silicon Valley and Israeli law firms, specializing in restructurings, financings, and mergers + acquisitions.

"I'm very much looking forward to representing Tel Aviv University in Silicon Valley," Green says. "The university has played a major role in building Israel's reputation as the 'Start-up Nation.' Our goal is to expand on the school's and its alumni's already formidable success in technology-related businesses."

"Amarel will be a great asset to our west coast development team," says AFTAU President & CEO Gail Reiss. "Her enthusiasm and network will be terrific additions to our professional group in California."

Before joining AFTAU, Amarel was General Counsel of eWave Group, an international provider of IT solutions, with a portfolio of nine companies. Prior to that, she held the position of Senior Legal Counsel and Secretary of Clal Finance, the financial arm of Clal Insurance, part of Israel's IDB Group.

With the Israeli Air Force, Amarel served as an Operations Coordinator of an F-16 combat squadron. In that position, she managed pilot activities for the Operations Center and handled multiple highly sensitive security tasks.

Amarel earned her LL.B degree from the Academic College of Law in Ramat Gan, a branch of Hebrew University, graduating magna cum laude in 2001. Fluent in English, Hebrew and French, and conversational in Spanish, she is married to Ido Green, is a mother of two boys and lives in Los Altos, CA, where she is very involved with Silicon Valley's Jewish community.

American Friends of Tel Aviv University Launches #TAUgives on November 29

"Giving Tuesday" initiative enables PhD students from Ram Fishman Lab to provide hands-on sustainability training to farmers in India, Ethiopia and Nepal

American Friends of Tel Aviv University today announced the launch of an international #GivingTuesday initiative that enables PhD students to improve the implementation of sustainable agricultural techniques in India, Ethiopia, Nepal and other developing countries. The initiative can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Dr. Ram Fishman created his Lab for Sustainable Development at Tel Aviv University to bring Israel's entrepreneurial drive and unique ability to do more with less to the developing world. The goal: to assist program implementers — governments and/or NGOs — have the knowledge and tools they need to take maximum advantage of proven agricultural practices that conserve energy, water, natural resources and public health.

The new social media campaign — called #TAUgives — draws upon Israel's broadening international reputation as a sustainability superpower. In 2012, The Jerusalem Post reported: "Israel's ability to do more with less and successes in sustainable development have brought international recognition, causing a number of UN and international figures to describe Israel as a 'sustainability superpower.'"

The new social media campaign focuses on farming technologies that offer the greatest promise of boosting economic development within local communities. TAU students are studying and evaluating existing programs to determine what works and what doesn't and why. The following examples demonstrate ways that dedicated PhD students from Tel Aviv University are leveraging Israel's expertise in sustainability to promote conservation-minded agriculture in India, Ethiopia and Nepal.

ETHIOPIA: Shira's in the field in Ethiopia,
when you're stuck in traffic

Shira Bukchin is evaluating a carefully screened group of Ethiopian farmers to determine the communications techniques that will in turn promote sustainable farming practices. She strategically selects farmers who are members of active social networks — and have demonstrated a high comfort level in communicating new agricultural methods to their fellow farmers. The initiative works in coordination with the Ethiopian Agricultural office and an Israeli NGO, in hopes that the most-effective techniques can potentially be adopted nation-wide. Shira noted that there is a cultural issue. Many have difficulty trusting the people — community members, as well as government and NGO appointees — trying to train them in new methods. By examining the social networks, Shira is suggesting customized networks and communication tools that help promote widespread adoption of sustainable practices.

INDIA: Yoav's in the field in India,
when you're waiting on the subway platform

Yoav Rothler is working with Indian government officials to help farmers in arid regions of the country adopt Israeli drip irrigation technologies that have proven to create a reliable and sustainable source of water. He was stunned to witness farmers drive tractors over expensive irrigation systems, because no one told them they shouldn't. Yoav found that many local farmers simply failed to understand the best way to benefit from existing and new irrigation systems and initiatives. He is working with government officials to develop a training program that not only fills this knowledge gap, but also teaches farmers how they can improve soil quality.

NEPAL: Maya's in the field in Nepal,
when you're sitting on the tarmac

Maya Oren is the first researcher to study the impact of a unique Israeli training program called "Learn and Earn," which teaches young Nepalese farmers — primarily subsistence farmers — about Israeli agricultural technologies. While earning a salary, farmers from Nepal spend a year working with Israeli farmers to learn advanced agricultural methods. Through their intensive exposure to Israeli farming techniques, participants learn methods and skills they can bring back to the Nepalese landscape. Maya was particularly excited to witness Nepalese farmers return home and proceed to set up drip irrigation and greenhouses on their farms. The "Learn and Earn" internship program is a cooperation between a Nepali Small Farmers (Sana Kisan) Bank, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and local Israeli training centers.


Dr. Fishman's Lab is a unique collaboration that brings Israel's outstanding students and technological know-how to developing countries, providing pioneering field studies and sustainable interventions to areas in the world that need them the most. The Lab partners with academics and students across all disciplines to ensure that Israeli innovations in water, health, agriculture and energy reach their full potential in protecting environmentally at-risk communities.

"Our students are making a major impact on the communities where they work," said Ram Fishman. "I am proud of the progress our projects have made so far, and I look forward to what is in store for both our dedicated students and for the programs they are evaluating."

"Ram's lab embodies the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit of Tel Aviv University," said Gail Reiss, President and CEO, American Friends of Tel Aviv University. "Far from the classroom, these deeply committed students are out there in the field, ensuring that the best of Israeli innovation and technology delivers a serious, practical and sustainable impact in developing lands. We are proud to support their important work this Giving Tuesday."

For more information or to support The Ram Fishman Lab at Tel Aviv University this Giving Tuesday, please visit: http://www.aftau.org/TAUgives. (Please note: this site will not be active until Thursday, November 24th.)

AFTAU to Celebrate Opening of The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History at Annual Gala Dinner

Philanthropist, financier and investor Michael Steinhardt to be honored; prominent humanitarians Charles Bronfman and Lynn Schusterman to serve as co-chairs

American Friends of Tel Aviv University will celebrate the opening of the new Steinhardt Museum of Natural History at Tel Aviv University, the first and only center for natural history research and outreach in the Middle East, at its 2016 Annual Gala on December 7, 2016, at 4 World Trade Center in New York City. The dinner gala will honor Michael Steinhardt, philanthropist, financier, investor and one of the founding patrons behind Birthright Israel, whose vision and unwavering commitment made the museum possible.

Charles Bronfman and Lynn Schusterman, who joined Mr. Steinhardt in providing founding gifts to Birthright Israel, will serve as the event co-chairs. Mr. Bronfman is chairman of Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies Inc. and founder of the Charles Bronfman Prize, which honors individuals for their exceptional humanitarian contributions. Mrs. Schusterman is the founder of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, which provides philanthropic support to the Jewish community.

"I believe that the five million plus specimens that will be in the museum on opening day are already a dynamic record of Israel's biodiversity and the history and evolution of humankind in the Middle East," said Michael Steinhardt. "It has been my privilege to work with Prof. Tamar Dayan and her team at TAU to help build this special home for them in Tel Aviv."

"I have successfully partnered with Charles and Lynn in the past in hopes to change the way Jewish young adults see Israel, and I am honored they are joining me in this new endeavor," Mr. Steinhardt added. "Through the museum, we have the opportunity to ensure that scientists, researchers and people of all stripes who are interested in preserving the past to better understand the future will have a place to observe and study that history for themselves."

Prof. Tamar Dayan, chair of the Steinhardt Museum, will join attendees at the Annual Gala to commemorate the museum's opening and Mr. Steinhardt's contributions.

"Michael has a profound sense of the role of higher education in society and a great love for animals and nature," said Dayan, who approached Mr. Steinhardt more than ten years ago to ask for his support of the museum. "I knew he was the ideal person to bring our shared vision to life and recognize the value it would bring to Israel. Michael is much more than a philanthropist in this project; he is a key partner."

The Steinhardt Museum, set to open in the summer of 2017, is "uniquely positioned to make fundamental contributions to the biological and human processes that linked Africa with the rest of the world," according to Stanford University Prof. Dr. Marcus Feldman, a member of the Steinhardt Museum International Scientific Advisory Board.

"Israel is the crossroads at which all plants, animals and humans moved from Africa to Europe and Asia. It is the only place in the world where you can see this historical depth," he added. "In 10 or 20 years, the Steinhardt Museum will become a major world center for the study of biological systematics, evolution, paleo-ecology and paleo-anthropology."

"The Steinhardt Museum is now a magnificent reality because of the intellectual curiosity and generosity of Michael Steinhardt," said Gail Reiss, President & CEO of American Friends of Tel Aviv University. "We hope and believe that, in addition to being a great research institution, the museum will become a tourist destination on par with Tel Aviv itself. Its exotic ark design and neighborhood — part of the TAU Nature Campus, which includes the Botanical Gardens and the I. Meier Segals Garden for Zoological Research — will make TAU a wonderful day trip for children and adults alike."

The Steinhardt Museum at Tel Aviv University

The Steinhardt Museum will form the centerpiece of the largest and most comprehensive center in Israel for biodiversity research, education and conservation. Operating under the auspices of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, it will serve as an important resource for thousands of Israeli and international visitors and researchers each year.

The unique design of the building, covering more than 100,000 square feet and built by architect Michal Kimmel-Eshkelot, was inspired by Noah's Ark, a fitting tribute to the natural history collections it will house. The building will include galleries and exhibition halls to display some of the collections' five million specimens.

"Our collections will be used to engage those who hail from backgrounds in science, nature and conservation who will work to identify current trends of the ecosystem," said Alon Sapan, director of the Steinhardt Museum. "We look forward to having some of the brightest and most intellectual minds gather at The Steinhardt to complete compelling and essential research."

Michael Steinhardt, Philanthropist

Michael H. Steinhardt is a legendary money manager turned philanthropist who is dedicated to creating a renaissance in American Jewish life. After he graduated from the Wharton School of Business in 1960, Mr. Steinhardt began his financial career as a research associate, staff writer and securities analyst. In 1967 he formed his own hedge fund company, Steinhardt Partners L.P., where he made his fortune in one of the most spectacular careers in the history of Wall Street.

In 1995, Michael Steinhardt stunned the financial world by announcing that he would close his lucrative hedge fund to devote his time and fortune to the causes of the Jewish world. Mr. Steinhardt directs his Jewish philanthropic activities through The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life which he chairs.

Mr. Steinhardt co-founded Birthright Israel and continues to be a major supporter to this day. He serves as co-chair of the Areivim Philanthropic Group and supports the development of Hebrew Language Charter Schools, Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania, NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, the University of Pennsylvania, TAU, and the Israel Museum.

In 2001, Mr. Steinhardt published his memoirs, No Bull: My Life In and Out of the Markets.

Chinese Officials and Academics Visit TAU to Explore Food Safety

TAU partners with Peking University and OSI Group to host weeklong conference on food safety issues and solutions

Experts predict the world population will increase by two billion people by 2050. Feeding these people is one of the most critical challenges facing policymakers today. How do we reduce food consumption, optimize food production, and reduce waste?

Twenty leading Chinese academics and government officials took part in a unique weeklong conference on food security issues and solutions at Tel Aviv University from May 22-27, 2016. The Food Safety through Innovation Israel-China Collaboration and Technological Exchange Program was organized under the auspices of a new collaboration between TAU's Manna Center Program for Food Safety and Security and Peking University's School of Modern Agriculture, the Lahav Executive Education Program at the TAU Coller School of Management, and the OSI Group, a world leader in providing quality products and custom solutions for the food industry.

The conference featured symposiums and lectures on food safety and security issues, meetings with Israeli government officials and food security experts, and tours of agricultural corporations that are developing innovative solutions to current and future food security challenges.

The Chinese delegates had the opportunity to visit Netafim, a global leader in smart drip and micro-irrigation solutions; a meat-processing plant; and the Agricultural Research Organization, the research arm of Israel's Agriculture and Rural Development Ministry. They also attended lectures and enjoyed exclusive tours of important Israeli landmarks.

Israel: A destination for policymakers

"Israel is a very much a desired destination for policymakers," said Steven Lavin, the Vice Chairman of the OSI Group. "It's famous for its technology and innovation and its ability to build a modern state. After I heard [Dean of Life Sciences Prof.] Daniel Chamovitz's talks on food security, TAU was a natural choice for this partnership."

Prof. Chamovitz, founder of the Manna Program for Food Safety at TAU, spent a significant part of the last year establishing collaborations on food safety between Peking University, Waifang Municipality, and TAU, raising awareness in China of TAU's expertise in the area of agricultural technology and innovation and food safety policies.

"One of the goals of this joint program is to educate Chinese officials and leading academics about Israeli innovation and food security and involve them in projects that will further our shared interests," said Prof. Chamovitz. "The OSI Group helped identify high-level participants in China — the head of the Chinese Meat Association, the dean and faculty of China's Agriculture University, and other officials — and underwrote this conference. None of the participants had ever been to Israel before, so they are leaving as new 'ambassadors.'"

An Israeli/Chinese partnership

"We face a lot of challenges in our industry," said Lu Denver, Vice President and CFO of OSI China. "China is home to the world's largest population and a growing middle class. People are looking for quality food and safety now, and regulators and industry are working together to get aligned with government initiatives. Our new partnership with TAU offers a good combination — regulators, scientists, and industry leaders. We hope to learn more about food safety management and reap important connections. Israel has a great reputation for agriculture and technology."

According to Ding Ying, Director of Corporate Communications at OSI China, there are already plans to send delegations to Israel on an annual basis. "Israel has the most advanced food safety practices and philosophies and technologies," she said. "China shares a historic connection with the Jewish people, a very good foundation, and this trip has only strengthened ties. By learning from one another, we help make a better world."

"The delegates were ecstatic," said Prof. Nir Ohad, Director of the Manna Program on Food Safety. "The experts, the topics, and the learning tours made a great impact."

Photo caption: The Chinese delegation poses in front of TAU's Cymbalista Synagogue and Jewish Heritage Center.

Tel Aviv University Awards UN Chief Highest Honor

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon receives George S. Wise Medal for peace efforts and condemnation of anti-Semitism

Photo: Joseph Klafter and Ban Ki-moonTel Aviv University has awarded outgoing Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon its highest honor, the George S. Wise Medal, "in recognition of his long and distinguished career as an international diplomat and statesman; his respected leadership of the United Nations over the past nine years, during which time he championed major global issues and advanced important reforms; his courageous condemnation of anti-Semitism, racism, and terrorism in all their forms; and his committed endeavors to facilitate peaceful solutions to ongoing humanitarian and geopolitical crises throughout the Middle East, including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

TAU President Prof. Joseph Klafter opened the June 27, 2016, ceremony in TAU's Jaglom Auditorium by welcoming the Secretary-General and accompanying UN delegates, including Danny Danon, Israel's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, and TAU Rector Prof. Yaron Oz.

"Mr. Secretary-General, you have been a tenacious supporter of global bridge-building," Prof. Klafter said. "You have spoken up for the things that matter — freedom, equality, and education. You have spoken against censorship and extremism. We are proud and privileged to honor you today with the George S. Wise Medal."

"I am delighted to visit TAU, and deeply honored to receive the George S. Wise Medal from this prestigious academic forum," Ban responded. "This recognition symbolizes common goals of our institutions: progress, prosperity, and peace. I accept it in the name of all the women and men of the UN working to advance peace, development, and human rights around the world and around the clock."

"Start up peace, understanding, and reconciliation," UN leader says

"The biggest war being waged today does not involve guns or tanks or fighter jets," Ban continued. "The biggest confrontation is the battle for minds. Do not allow the extremists on either side to further fuel the conflict. Palestinians and Israeli leaders must stand firm against terror, violence, and incitement. We need innovative thinking and action to tear down the walls of mistrust. I urge the Start-up Nation to help us all start up peace, start up understanding, start up reconciliation for a better world.

"Universities are a place of dreams, and there is nothing greater or nobler than the dream of peace. Let us work for it together for the future of Israelis and Palestinians and your shared destiny on this shared land and our shared planet," Ban concluded.

TAU's contributions to global development showcased

Following Ban's speech, the audience was welcomed to The Innovation and Research Symposium, showcasing the contributions of Israel and TAU to the global sustainable development agenda. Speakers discussed TAU's breakthrough innovations in food safety, wastewater technology, cancer therapeutics, and Israel's shift to the "cyber market."

"TAU is particularly poised to contribute to the 2030 Development Agenda launched by the UN last year," Prof. Klafter said. "We have research, teaching, and outreach programs in all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals aimed at achieving a vastly improved world. Our newly launched Boris Mints Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions to Global Challenges is targeting energy, food security, and social inequality. And through our Porter School of Environmental Studies, Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, and other units, TAU operates the largest and most comprehensive center for environmental and biodiversity studies at any university anywhere."

Photo caption, left to right: TAU President Prof. Joseph Klafter and Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon. Photo credit: Israel Hadari.

 

Tel Aviv University and New York University Establish New Partnership for International Academic Collaboration

New collaborative research program will promote joint activities in chemistry, physics, material science, and engineering

Image: NYU logoTel Aviv University (TAU) announced the establishment of a new international partnership with New York University (NYU) to promote academic collaboration in the fields of chemistry, physics, material science, and engineering, further building on the close relationship between the two top universities.

The collaborative partnership will promote joint activities between TAU's Departments of Chemistry and Physics and NYU's Departments of Chemistry, Physics and Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. The program will include the exchange of faculty and post-doctoral research associates, exchange of graduate students and undergraduate internships, collaborative scientific research, and joint symposia and workshops.

An agreement was signed by Prof. Raanan Rein, Vice President of TAU, and Prof. Paul Horn, Senior Vice Provost for Research at NYU. Rein called the agreement another milestone in the expansion of TAU's scope of international research, in particularly with NYU.

"We are proud to announce the consistent growth of academic ties between two internationally renowned universities," said Prof. Rein. "The majority of the faculties at TAU now collaborate with their counterparts at NYU, in one way or another. It is a source of great satisfaction for us to see our two scholarly communities jointly promoting international research initiatives in all disciplines."

Prof. Horn said, "We're pleased to sign this agreement with TAU. I am confident that it will be the basis for exciting and productive new collaborations between science departments at both universities."

In 2013 NYU established its Global Research Institute at TAU, which continues to operate at full steam. Through the Institute, TAU hosts NYU faculty, researchers, and graduate students who are conducting their own research in Israel, or participating in research programs or collaborative work with TAU researchers and other Israel-based academics.

TAU's academic cooperation with NYU includes providing laboratory science instruction for students at NYU Tel Aviv, NYU's study abroad site in Israel.

"The new partnership reaffirms that science has no borders," Prof. Rein added. "Universities should serve as a bridge for dialogue, and academics from different communities can work together to make an impact and can create an atmosphere that fosters the free exchange of ideas."

TAU Innovation Conference Spotlights Student Ingenuity

Budding innovators showcase inventions at gathering attended by investors, entrepreneurs from around the world

More than 5,500 entrepreneurs, investors, and students from Israel and around the world attended the highly anticipated TAU Innovation Conference on June 6-8 for a series of seminars, tech talks, and startup contests hosted jointly by Tel Aviv University and StarTAU, the university's entrepreneurship center.

"I'm really delighted to be here today," said US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro at the opening VIP reception. "This conference offers unique insight into the Israeli start-up community, which is driven by sheer talent and the unique ability to think outside the box. The US and Israel are natural business partners, and the US is the best possible springboard for Israeli companies seeking a large commercial presence."

The conference provided young entrepreneurs in the startup ecosystem with a unique opportunity to forge constructive and lucrative ties with industry leaders and investors. The kick-off VIP Worldwide Innovation Cocktail Reception included ambassadors from more than 30 countries and stressed international collaborations and growth opportunities in the innovation and entrepreneurship fields.

Other events included seminars on fundraising, public relations, Initial Public Offerings, and growth marketing held at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange; an evening of tech talks held at bars all along Tel Aviv's trendy Rothschild Boulevard; and the Tel Aviv Startup Challenge, a day of marketplace pitches.

Young entrepreneurs take center stage

The Business Entrepreneurial Experience (BEE) student competition was the highlight of the conference. BEE is a six-month acceleration program for TAU students run by StarTAU. It enabled 35 young entrepreneurs to conceive and develop their own startup projects.

There were eight teams, comprised of students from such diverse academic backgrounds as computer programming, engineering, marketing, business, economics, law, philosophy, art, and history. Each team had its own industry mentor and worked with senior managers, venture capital chairmen, and accelerator directors during the program. The teams presented their final products at the conference.

"Nothing is more satisfying than seeing a group of 35 bright students turn into 35 entrepreneurs and knowing that you took part in that process," said Tal Goshen-Gottstein, BEE program manager and head of student relations at StarTAU.

The winner of this year's BEE contest was the Souconna shower attachment, which promises a personalized shower experience afforded by different fragrances, flavors, and mineral compositions. The device dispenses minerals from the Dead Sea to pamper skin, aloe vera to treat sunburn, and scents to delight bath-reluctant children. The team, led by fourth-year TAU economics and philosophy student Tal Peleg, CEO and CFO of Souconna, and TAU communication master's student Noa Yang, CMO of Souconna, has filed a provisional patent for the product.

"Some people relate to the spa experience and others to the gym experience," said Peleg. "But almost everyone showers, so that is universal. Over the next few months we intend to draw up a business plan and follow promising leads to raise money.

"I learned so much from my mentor in the BEE program and from this experience," Peleg added.

Photo caption: Participants in the Business Entrepreneurial Experience (BEE) student competition.

IDEAS Los Angeles Announces Acclaimed Israeli Actress Ayelet Zurer as Closing Keynote Speaker

Second annual conference hosted by AFTAU will explore Zurer's perspective on how digital advances are changing the movie and television business

Photo: Ayelet ZurerThe second annual IDEAS Los Angeles Conference, a two-day event focusing on the future of digital technology in media, entertainment, lifestyle and health, today announced that Ayelet Zurer, one of Israel's most acclaimed actresses, will be the closing keynote speaker on June 16, 2016. The segment, titled "In Conversation with International Movie Star Ayelet Zurer," will feature a candid discussion with Mrs. Zurer about the ways in which digital technology is impacting the film and television business.

IDEAS LA (Israel, Digital, Entrepreneurs, Arts, and Science) is hosted by American Friends of Tel Aviv University, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Israel's largest institution of higher learning. Hundreds of global industry leaders, including a select group of speakers, panelists and moderators, will gather at IDEAS LA to discuss the world's most exciting innovations and how rapidly knowledge, products and business are emerging out of each of these categories.

"We are delighted that Ayelet Zurer has agreed to be the closing keynote speaker for IDEAS Los Angeles, which will bring hundreds of dynamic thought-leaders together from the world's most innovative cities," said David Dorfman, Executive Director of IDEAS Los Angeles. "Ayelet will offer her unique perspective as a renowned Israeli actress who made the transition to Hollywood, while witnessing firsthand the way that technology is changing the business models. This will be a keynote address that attendees and influencers won't want to miss."

Partnering with dozens of corporations, private businesses, community organizations, institutes of higher learning and media outlets to present the annual global conference, IDEAS LA brings together three of the most successful entrepreneurial ecosystems in the world — Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv — including entrepreneurs, policy makers, investors and influencers, in addition to studio heads, movie and television producers, healthcare providers, doctors, university professors and more.

Ayelet Zurer was born in Tel Aviv and first garnered the attention of Hollywood when she was cast by Steven Spielberg in her first English-speaking role, as Eric Bana's character's wife in the Oscar®-nominated film Munich. Since arriving in the United States, Zurer has starred in several studio films including Sony Pictures' Vantage Point with Dennis Quaid and William Hurt; Samuel Goldwyn's Fugitive Pieces opposite Stephen Dillane; Paul Schrader's Adam Resurrected opposite Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe; Ron Howard's Angels and Demons opposite Tom Hanks; Darling Companion, a Lawrence Kasdan ensemble cast featuring Diane Keaton and Kevin Kline; Warner Bros.' Man of Steel opposite Russell Crowe; and Last Days in the Desert opposite Ewan McGregor. She is also awaiting the release of The Last Knights by the Japanese director Kazuaki Kiriya opposite Clive Owen and the reimagined Ben-Hur directed by Timur Bekmambetov and starring opposite Jack Huston.

She recently won the Gold Nymph Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series at the 54th Festival of Television of Monte-Carlo for her role in the series Hostages. Ayelet won the Israeli Film and TV Academy Award for her lead performance in Nina's Tragedies. She also received nominations for her work in the features Only Dogs Run Free, The Dybbuk from the Holy Apple Field, Desperado and Rutenberg. She won the Haifa International Film Festival critic award and was awarded a star on Haifa's "film boulevard" for her international and local achievements. Zurer also won the Israeli Television Academy Award for her lead performance in In Treatment, a highly acclaimed television series that has been adapted by HBO for American television. She is also a writer and an illustrator of two adult books, Shorts and the best seller Badolina by Gabi Nitzan.

This year's impressive list of speakers at the IDEAS conference includes entrepreneurs, investors, studio heads, movie and television producers, healthcare providers, doctors and university professors, who will be taking to stage to discuss the world's most exciting innovations. Some highlights include:

  • Marc Graboff, President of Global Business & Legal Affairs for Production Management & Studios, Discovery Communications, Inc.
  • Alon Shtruzman, CEO, Keshet International
  • Liz Plank, Senior Producer & Correspondent, Vox.com
  • Hillary Frey, Executive Editor, Fusion TV
  • Lia Kislev, CEO, Wishi
  • Caspar Von Winterfeldt, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Baron VR
  • Yael Hanein, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Tel Aviv University
  • Oron Afek, CEO, BookMD
  • Mette Dyrberg, Founder, MyMee
  • Brennan Spiegel, Director of Health Services Research, Cedar-Sinai Health System
  • Harry Nelson, Founder & Managing Partner of Nelson Hardiman
  • Maayan Cohen, CEO & Co-Founder, Hello Heart
  • Dr. Uri Nevo, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Tel Aviv University
  • Indu Subayia, Co-Founder, Health 2.0
  • Valerian Bennet, Founder & CEO, PopChest
  • Mike Townsend, Co-Founder & COO, HomeHero

Last year's inaugural IDEAS conference attracted more than 700 attendees, from company heads to budding filmmakers and techies, and featured dozens of TEDTalk-style lectures, panel discussions, workshops and digital startup presentations.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit: www.ideaslosangeles.com

IDEAS Los Angeles is a project by AFTAU in partnership with dozens of corporations, private businesses, community organizations, institutes of higher learning and media outlets to create a space where global business leaders, futurists, studio heads, movie and television producers, healthcare providers, doctors, thought leaders, entrepreneurs and Tel Aviv University administrators, professors and alumni can come together and share ideas. IDEAS wants to inspire people to think deeper and more broadly by engaging with inventors and innovators tackling some of the most exciting challenges in the world today.

IDEAS Los Angeles Announces New Interactive Features for June Conference

Second annual conference hosted by AFTAU will include an outdoor demo lab, digital graffiti wall, virtual reality immersion and an international DJ

Logo: IDEASThe second annual IDEAS Los Angeles Conference, a two-day event focusing on the future of digital technology in media, entertainment, lifestyle and health, today announced a series of new interactive features for the upcoming conference on June 15-16, 2016, at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA. Additional interactive and festival-like highlights will be announced in the coming months.

IDEAS LA (Israel, Digital, Entrepreneurs, Arts and Science) is hosted by American Friends of Tel Aviv University, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Israel's largest institution of higher learning. Hundreds of global industry leaders, including a select group of speakers, panelists and moderators, will gather at IDEAS LA to discuss the world's most exciting innovations and how rapidly knowledge, products and business are emerging out of each of these categories.

The interactive features will include:

Outdoor Network Lounge — 5500 sq. ft. trussed structure with sun sails featuring:

  • 16 start-up demo labs
  • Fusion TV interactive brand activation around the 2016 Presidential elections
  • Custom built coffee house
  • International DJ
  • Lounge seating with wifi
  • Live streaming of main stage and second stage presentations

Interactive Tech Lobby presenting:

  • Digital graffiti wall
  • Full length selfie mirror
  • Virtual reality immersion experiences including:
    • Movie clips
    • A Tel Aviv Night Club
    • NASA/Fusion TV trip to Mars
  • Media Wall with sponsored content and live streaming
  • Café and recharging stations

Workshop Lounge with Eight Intensive Seminars, including:

  • "Funding Strategies in the Digital Health Space"
  • "Driving Business Innovation through Technology"
  • "What Every Entrepreneur Should Know About IP Protection"
  • "Strategies for Growth"
  • "Productivity Tools for Start-ups"
  • "People Don't Buy Your Product, They Buy Your Story"
  • "Content & ____ Are King?"
  • "Financial Fundamentals for Entrepreneurs"

IDEAS Genius Bar:

  • Live audience interactive session with start-ups
  • This limited capacity program (max. 150 people) offers start-ups an opportunity to present their company's biggest challenge and gives audience a chance to provide strategic counsel.

Partnering with dozens of corporations, private businesses, community organizations, institutes of higher learning and media outlets to present the annual global conference, IDEAS LA brings together three of the most successful entrepreneurial ecosystems in the world — Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv — including entrepreneurs, policy makers, investors and influencers, in addition to studio heads, movie and television producers, healthcare providers, doctors, university professors and more.

Last year's inaugural conference attracted more than 700 attendees, from company heads to budding filmmakers and techies, and featured dozens of TED Talk-style lectures, panel discussions, workshops and digital startup presentations.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit: www.ideaslosangeles.com

IDEAS Los Angeles is a project by American Friends of Tel Aviv University in partnership with dozens of corporations, private businesses, community organizations, institutes of higher learning and media outlets to create a space where global business leaders, futurists, studio heads, movie and television producers, healthcare providers, doctors, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, Tel Aviv University administrators professors, and alumni can come together and share ideas. IDEAS wants to inspire people to think deeper and more broadly by engaging with inventors and innovators tackling some of the most exciting challenges in the world today.

IDEAS Los Angeles Conference Announces Initial Speaker Lineup

Second annual conference to unite global industry leaders from Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv on June 15-16 in Santa Monica

Logo: IDEASThe second annual IDEAS Los Angeles Conference, a two-day event focusing on the future of digital technology in media, entertainment, lifestyle and health, today announced its initial lineup of speakers and startups for the upcoming conference on June 15-16, 2016, at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA. Additional presenters and keynote speakers will be announced in the coming months.

IDEAS LA (Israel, Digital, Entrepreneurs, Arts and Science) is hosted by American Friends of Tel Aviv University, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Israel's largest institution of higher learning.

This year's impressive list of speakers includes entrepreneurs, investors, studio heads, movie and television producers, healthcare providers, doctors and university professors, who will be taking to stage to discuss the world's most exciting innovations.

Bringing together three of the world's most entrepreneurial ecosystems — Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv — the conference will feature dozens of TED Talk-style lectures, panel discussions, workshops and digital startup presentations, as well as opportunities to network with global leaders, innovators and investors across industries.

The initial lineup of featured speakers includes:

  • Adam Becker, Founder & CEO, Egg Stage
  • Adam Mendler, CEO, The Veloz Group
  • Alexis Madrigal, Editor in Chief, Fusion TV
  • Alicia Menendez, Anchor & Special Correspondent, Fusion TV
  • Alon Shtruzman, CEO, Keshet International
  • Andrew Wallenstein, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Variety
  • Audrey Melnik, Founder, Funnel Ventures
  • Billy Shaw Susanto, Co-Founder & CEO, Pundit
  • Brendan Farrell, Founder, How Loud Inc.
  • Dr. Bonnie Feldman, Principal, Dr Bonnie 360
  • Dr. Brennan Spiegel, Director of Health Services Research, Cedars-Sinai Health System
  • Brian MacMahon, Head Honcho, Expert Dojo
  • Caitlin Thompson, Director of Content, Acast
  • Caspar Van Winterfeldt, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Baron VR
  • Chris Aston, Co-Founder & COO, Pundit
  • Dave Whelan, Managing Director, Bespoke Business Strategy Inc.
  • Rabbi David Wolpe, Chief Rabbi, Sinai Temple
  • Edmond Banayan, Founder & Editor, iHealthcare Perspectives
  • Fern Langham, Co-Founder, Amplify Effect
  • Gene Gurkoff, Founder & CEO, Charity Miles
  • George Eleftheriou, Co-Founder & CEO, Feel
  • Gilad Neumann, CEO, DogTV
  • Haris Tsirmpas, Co-Founder & CTO, Feel
  • Harry Nelson, Founder & Managing Partner, Nelson Hardiman
  • Heather Rees, Founder, Amplify Effect
  • Hillary Frey, Executive Editor, Fusion TV
  • Indu Subaiya, Co-Founder, Health 2.0
  • James Poole, Co-Founder & CTO, PopChest
  • Jessica Naziri, Tech Contributor, USA Today
  • John Bates, Principal, Executive Speaking Success
  • Jordan Mendler, CTO, The Veloz Group
  • Dr. Julian Henley, Co-Founder, HealOra
  • Prof. Joseph Klafter, President, Tel Aviv University
  • Karen Allen, Karen Allen Consulting
  • Katherine Lehr, VP of Operations, POLITICO
  • Klaus Badelt, Co-Founder, Kinonation
  • Lia Kislev, CEO, Wishi
  • Liz Plank, Senior Producer & Correspondent, Vox.com
  • Marc Graboff, President of Global Business & Legal Affairs for Production, Discovery Communications, Inc.
  • Mayaan Cohen, CEO, Hello Heart
  • Mette Dyrberg, Founder, MyMee
  • Mike Stone, CEO & Founder, MakersKit
  • Miriam Illions, Co-Founder & CMO, Hometalk
  • Moe Mernick, Head of Business Development, Hometalk
  • Neal Kaufman, Chief Medical Officer, Canary Health
  • Nick Desai, Founder & CEO, Heal
  • Oren Gavriely, CEO, BeatMed
  • Oron Afek, CEO, BookMD
  • Rob Rader, General Counsel, Ovation TV
  • Robert Watson, President, NantHealth
  • Roey Tsemah, Founder, Whitestone music
  • Ron Levi, Chief Content Officer, DogTV
  • Ryan Foland, Director, Blackstone LaunchPad at UCI
  • Seth Shapiro, CEO, New Amsterdam Media
  • Steve Baltin, Host, Riffing With on Hulu
  • Steve Bradbury, Principal, Vlocity Digital
  • Valerian Bennet, Founder & CEO, PopChest
  • Dr. Uri Nevo, Dept. of BioMedical Engineering, Tel Aviv University
  • Prof. Yair Bar Haim, School of Psychological Sciences, Tel Aviv University
  • Prof. Yael Hanien, Head of Nano Lab, Tel Aviv University

The initial lineup of featured start-ups includes:

  • Amplify Effect
  • Beatmed
  • CharityMiles
  • DinTV
  • EggStage
  • Heal
  • Healora
  • Hometalk
  • How Loud
  • Kinonation
  • MakersKit
  • PopChest
  • Pundit
  • Sentio Solutions
  • Whitestone Music

For more information or to purchase tickets to the IDEAS LA conference, please visit www.ideaslosangeles.com.

IDEAS Los Angeles is a project by Tel Aviv University-American Friends in partnership with dozens of corporations, private businesses, community organizations, institutes of higher learning and media outlets to create a space where global business leaders, futurists, studio heads, movie and television producers, healthcare providers, doctors, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, Tel Aviv University administrators, professors and alumni can come together and share ideas. IDEAS wants to inspire people to think deeper and more broadly by engaging with inventors and innovators tackling some of the most exciting challenges in the world today.

Second Annual IDEAS Los Angeles Conference Set for June 2016

American Friends of Tel Aviv University hosts annual conference uniting global industry leaders from Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv

Logo: IDEASAmerican Friends of Tel Aviv University, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Israel's largest institution of higher learning, has announced its second annual IDEAS Los Angeles Conference, focusing on the future of digital technology in media, entertainment, lifestyle and health, to be held on June 15-16, 2016, at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, CA.

Hundreds of global industry leaders, including a select group of speakers, panelists and moderators, will gather at IDEAS LA (Israel, Digital, Entrepreneurs, Arts and Science) to discuss the world's most exciting innovations and how rapidly knowledge, products and business are emerging out of each of these categories.

"We are thrilled to bring together dynamic thought-leaders and startups from the world's most innovative cities, offering engaging presentations and networking opportunities that attendees will not want to miss," said David Dorfman, Executive Director of IDEAS Los Angeles. "IDEAS Los Angeles offers a unique gathering of ideas in a fun and interactive setting that is sure to inspire all of us to think deeply and more creatively as we look at the future of digital technology."

Partnering with dozens of corporations, private businesses, community organizations, institutes of higher learning and media outlets to present the annual global conference, IDEAS LA brings together three of the most successful entrepreneurial ecosystems in the world — Los Angeles, Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv — including entrepreneurs, policy makers, investors and influencers, in addition to studio heads, movie and television producers, healthcare providers, doctors, university professors and more.

Last year's inaugural conference attracted more than 700 attendees, from company heads to budding filmmakers and techies, and featured dozens of TED Talk-style lectures, panel discussions, workshops and digital startup presentations.

The multi-faceted, two-day conference will allow attendees to create their own itinerary of renowned speaker presentations while offering the opportunity to network with entrepreneurs, innovators and investors across industries.

To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit: www.ideaslosangeles.com.

IDEAS Los Angeles is a project by AFTAU in partnership with dozens of corporations, private businesses, community organizations, institutes of higher learning and media outlets to create a space where global business leaders, futurists, studio heads, movie and television producers, healthcare providers, doctors, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, Tel Aviv University administrators, professors and alumni can come together and share ideas. IDEAS wants to inspire people to think deeper and more broadly by engaging with inventors and innovators tackling some of the most exciting challenges in the world today.

2016 Dan David Prize Winners Announced

Three $1 million awards to be presented at TAU in May

Tel Aviv University has announced the winners of the 2016 Dan David Prize, which annually bestows three awards of $1 million each. The announcement of the winners was made in February by TAU President Prof. Joseph Klafter, chairman of the Dan David Prize Board of Directors, and Prof. Itamar Rabinovich, Chairman of the Dan David Foundation.

The prizes are granted for "proven, exceptional and distinct excellence in the sciences, arts, and humanities that have made an outstanding contribution to humanity." The laureates, who donate 10% of their prize money towards doctoral and postdoctoral TAU scholarships, will be honored at a ceremony in May during the annual TAU Board of Governors conference.

The Dan David Prize, named for international businessman and philanthropist Dan David, maintains its global headquarters at TAU. Each year, the International Board chooses one field within each of three time dimensions: Past (highlighting fields that expand knowledge of former times), Present (recognizing achievements that shape and enrich contemporary society), and Future (focusing on breakthroughs that hold great promise for the improvement of our world). Following a review process by independent Review Committees comprised of renowned scholars and professionals, the International Board then chooses the laureates for each field.

The 2016 Dan David Prize laureates are:

Past Time Dimension — Social History — New Directions

Prof. Inga Clendinnen is an outstanding historian focusing on social history and the history of cultural encounters in the early modern period. Her innovative work has a transnational perspective and examines populations in situations of extreme violence. Prof. Clendinnen's studies on the oppression of the Maya, on the Aztecs and on the Holocaust, have used the craft of the anthropologist to describe violence's cultural origin, conduct and consequences.

Prof. Arlette Farge has expanded the meaning of social history and changed it. She engaged in women's history, urban history, and the history of crime and its policing and control, as well as the history of literacy. Focusing on the margins of society, such as the poor, small artisans, women and children and petty criminals, not only as social groups, but also as individuals, she redefined the craft of social historians and their uses of their sources and archives.

Prof. Catherine Hall has had a signal impact on social history in two fields: gender history and the history of empires. Prof. Hall, who was actively involved in the women's liberation movement in the 1970s, is one of the pioneers of gender history. She redefined the relationship between gender and family, and the manner in which gendered identities shaped ethnicity, religion and class. Her studies of slavery and abolition have pointed at the depth and scope of the legacies of slavery in societies across the globe.

Present Time Dimension — Combatting Poverty

Prof. Sir Anthony Atkinson is a world leading scholar on poverty and equality, concerned with issues of social justice and the design of public policy. His work has focused on rich countries and he has been deeply involved in policy discussion in both Britain and Europe.

Prof. François Bourguignon is a world leading scholar on poverty and equality. His work is global, analyzing poverty and equality within rich and poor countries. He has consistently argued for a better understanding and study of equality and for combining growth, equality and poverty into a single thread.

Prof. James Heckman, in his work on early childhood development, promotes the importance of early childhood education, nurture and wellbeing. His findings fundamentally refocus policy attention, claim wide generality and will influence the discussion of global poverty worldwide.

Future Time Dimension — Nanoscience

Prof. Paul Alivisatos is considered one of the founders of nanoscience. He pioneered the development of the fundamental building blocks of nanotechnology. Alivisatos and his team first synthesized semiconductor nanocrystals for use as fluorescent probes. His biological quantum dots enabled color-coded identification of multiple cell structures for many biomedical applications.

Prof. Chad Mirkin is a highly recognized chemist who pioneered the development of methods for controlling the architecture of nanomolecules and nanomaterials and utilizing such structures in the development of analytical tools that can be used in areas of chemical and biological sensing, lithography and optics. These innovations have changed our fundamental thinking about how to synthesize and manipulate nano structures, and have resulted in processes and devices that have significantly impacted human lives.

Prof. Sir John Pendry has brought about a most significant advance in electromagnetism through his concept and designs of a new class of materials, metamaterials, which have led to the manufacturing of lenses that beat the diffraction limit, and cloaks to render objects invisible. He made an equally remarkable contribution by his discovery of the "perfect lens" whose resolution is limited only by perfection of manufacture and not by the wavelength.

Past Dan David Prize winners include US Vice President Al Gore, film directors Joel and Ethan Coen, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and genome pioneer Prof. Eric Lander. For more information on the Dan David Prize and this year's laureates, visit http://www.dandavidprize.org.

AFTAU National Chairman Richard Sincere Wins 2015 NAPFA Special Achievement Award

Sincere & Co. President recognized for service to the mutual funds industry

Richard SincereAt its Fall Conference, the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) announced that Richard Sincere is the winner of the 2015 NAPFA Special Achievement Award.

Mr. Sincere is President of Sincere & Co., a third-party marketing company representing mutual funds to Registered Investment Advisors. Mr. Sincere is also the national chairman of American Friends of Tel Aviv University and on the International Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University, as well as other charity and financial boards.

"We are proud to recognize Richard with this award today," said Geoffrey Brown, NAPFA CEO. "He embodies the spirit of NAPFA's core values and culture. His willingness to offer help, his ability to form long-term professional relationships, his patience, and his support of our community make Richard a clear choice for this award."

The NAPFA Special Achievement Award is presented to recognize a person that has made a significant contribution to the advancement of the practice of Fee-Only financial planning and advising. Their contribution may be a single act or a cumulative performance. The significance is measured by the positive impact this individual has had on practitioners, consumers or the profession as a whole.

Mr. Sincere has made a meaningful impact on NAPFA by providing trusted counsel for many years. His bimonthly columns in the NAPFA Advisor provided NAPFA members with thoughtful and supportive advice. He has also been instrumental in his support of NAPFA’s educational programs. His support has helped facilitate the professional development of countless NAPFA affiliated financial advisors.

TAU Alumnus Kicks Off Partnership to Combat California’s Drought Crisis

Aaron Tartakovsky celebrates green tech alliance at Google's Israeli headquarters in Tel Aviv

Photo: Aaron TartakovskyTel Aviv University alumnus and co-founder of the Epic CleanTec startup Aaron Tartakovsky joined more than 100 leading business executives, investors, and policymakers from Israel and California for the kickoff of the Israel-California Green-Tech Partnership that took place at Google's Israeli headquarters in Tel Aviv this week.

Tartakovsky, who earned a Master's degree in Political Science with a specialization in Security and Diplomacy at TAU, serves on the founding steering committee of the partnership, which seeks to combat California's drought crisis. California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency because of the crisis, and 18 months ago he and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed a memorandum of understanding to foster economic collaboration and industrial research addressing water scarcity and conservation, among other issues.

The partnership strengthens thought leadership, business, investment, entrepreneurship, and trade relations between the business communities of California and Israel. Green-tech areas of focus may also include energy, electric vehicles, green building, and climate issues.

"The new partnership is the perfect vehicle to inspire a bi-national exchange of ideas, technologies, and a brand new vision for our global future," Tartakovsky says. "Here at Epic Clean-Tec, we have combined groundbreaking Israeli science with expert American engineering to redefine so-called 'wastewater.' The future we envision for the planet is one in which wastewater is not waste at all, but rather a new basis for productivity, sustainability, and regeneration."

The partnership plans to launch a new blog, Israel-icon Valley, which will cover cutting-edge green-tech innovation at the intersection of Israel and Silicon Valley. Other representatives of the steering committee include figures from UC Berkeley School of Law, Google, and the Milken Innovation Center.

For more on the initiative, visit the Jerusalem Post:
http://www.jpost.com/Business-and-Innovation/Environment/Israel-California-initiative-to-combat-water-scarcity-424992

TAU Deepens Ties with Cornell Law School

2015 Events include a remembrance of Cornell Prof. Theodore Eisenberg and a conference on law, economy, and inequality

Prof. Theodore EisenbergTAU's Buchmann Faculty of Law continues to deepen its ties with Cornell Law School, consistently ranked among the top ten law schools in the US. The Faculty enjoys a program of reciprocal professorial visits, a thriving student exchange program, and a tradition of cooperation in hosting academic conferences of the highest caliber.

This year, the Faculty is involved in two additional conferences with a strong Cornell connection. The first was the Theodore Eisenberg Empirical Legal Studies Conference and Memorial Event, held on June 1-3, 2015, in honor and memory of Prof. Theodore Eisenberg, the Henry Allen Mark Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of Statistical Sciences at Cornell University Law School. As the founding father of quantitative legal research and the founder of the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Prof. Eisenberg changed legal discourse worldwide. In the last five years of his life, he devoted extensive research efforts to the Israeli legal system, and his studies were welcomed by the Israeli legal community and by the Israeli Supreme Court. The conference was organized by the Cegla Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Law and Cornell Law School, and hosted Prof. Eisenberg's friends and colleagues from around the world.

The second event is a conference on Law, Economy, and Inequality, to be held in New York in December 2015. The conference will deal with the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis and recession, and with the heightened role of inequality in current economic and philosophical discourse. The conference aims to bring lawyers, policy analysts, philosophers, and social scientists into fruitful dialogue on the nature, significance, and best collective responses to increasing inequality in advanced capitalist societies. Participants from Tel Aviv, Cornell, Yale, Duke, and Columbia will be on hand to discuss these issues critically.

Past conferences included Empirical Legal Studies, held at TAU in 2013; Public/Private: Beyond Distinctions? held at Cornell in 2012; and The Future of Legal Theory, held at TAU in 2010.

Two TAU Students Win Top Prize at European Debating Championship

Stav Singer and Iddan Golomb defeat teams from Ben-Gurion, Technion, and Hebrew U

Tel Aviv University students Stav Singer and Iddan Golomb brought home a gold trophy from the European Universities Debating Championship that took place in Vienna early this month.

More than 700 students from all over Europe participated in the debating competition, vying for prizes in two language categories — English as a first language (EFL) and English as a second language (ESL). Singer and Golomb were declared champions in the latter category.

Six Israeli teams made it into the final rounds of the ESL tournament: Three teams from TAU, a team from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, a team from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, and a team from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

TAU students Dan Lahav and Ayal Hayut-Man also made their way to the grand finals of the EFL category, a rare achievement for non-native English-speaking teams.

"The competition at the European debating championship was an incredible experience. I have no appropriate words to describe the excitement we felt when we were on stage during the final [debate] and the whole auditorium cheered for us," Singer said. "We had the privilege to represent our university and the State of Israel at one of the largest student events in Europe today."

"It's great to be part of such a community as the European Debating League, that welcomes all and that enables us as Israelis to express ourselves and discuss a myriad of topics and issues that are so important to our lives," said Ohad Davidow, chairman of the Israeli University Debate League.

For more, read the story in the Jerusalem Post: "Israeli university debaters take European championship by storm"

George S. Wise Foundation Funds Three New Chairs and Scholarship Fund at TAU

New awards will support scientific researchers and Jewish studies

The George S. Wise Foundation and Tel Aviv University have announced the establishment of three new named chairs and a new scholarship fund at the university. The foundation, originally established to support underprivileged students at the university, is named for the philanthropist and first president of TAU, who served in that capacity from 1963 to 1971.

The three chairs are:

The George S. Wise Chair in Life Sciences in the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences. The first incumbent of this chair is Prof. Hillel Fromm, a professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants.

The Ruhama Rosenberg Chair for the Study of Jewish History in the Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish Studies. The first incumbent of this chair is Prof. Motti Golani, chair of the International Israel Studies Program at TAU.

The George S. Wise Chair in Physics and Astronomy in the School of Physics and Astronomy and in association with the Florence and George S. Wise Observatory. The first incumbent of this chair is Prof. Dan Maoz, professor of Physics and Astronomy at TAU, member of the Astrophysics Department in the Sackler School of Physics and Astronomy, and director of the Wise Observatory.

At the same time, the foundation established the Florence Rosenberg Wise and Naomi Rosenberg Sarlin Scholarship Fund for needy students enrolled in the Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish Studies at TAU.

 

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