July 28, 2015 New Films on Technion YouTube

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Dr. Qanta Ahmed Unveiled

Dr. Qanta Ahmed and Technion president Prof. Peretz Lavie in a dialogue at Technion’s 2015 Board of Governors meeting. Dr. Ahmed is a recipient of a 2015  Honorary Fellowship from Technion.

She is a physician, author and journalist and a frequent television commentator on Islam and Islamic extremism.


Nobel Laureate and Technion alumnus Arieh Warshel – From Kibbutz to Nobel

At the 2015 International Board of Governors meeting


Technion Nobel Laureate Distinguished Prof. Aaron Ciechanover – Message about the Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology

Message is in English with Chinese sub-titles


For more films from Technion’s 2015 International Board of Governors, visit the playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLW3u28VuDAHIItszHcxQNvCvnym6WfY_d

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July 16, 2015 When the Opportunity Arose to Send Lassonde Students to Technion-Israel Institute of Technology We Didn’t Think About It For Too Long.

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From the CIJA Exchange
Lassonde engineering students learn entrepreneurship the Israeli way

Taking a group of students to Israel to learn entrepreneurship isn’t the easy option. It would surely have been simpler for us to send them somewhere closer to home to discover what it takes to launch a start up venture.

LassondeAfter all, it’s a 6,000 mile journey to Israel with an 11-hour flight and seven time zones of jetlag. And as we experienced, the weather in an Israeli summer can be sweltering at times particularly for Canadian students who might never have traveled south of the 45th parallel before.

At the Lassonde School of Engineering we focus only on one thing: creating the very best opportunities for our students. We don’t take the easy option in anything we do.

When the opportunity arose to send Lassonde students to Technion-Israel Institute of Technology we didn’t think about it for too long. We grasped it with both hands.

In summer 2014, and again in 2015, we send a diverse group of over 20 undergraduate engineering students from Lassonde to undertake an intensive program led by Technion, which this year also included a two-day visit to the StarTAU entrepreneurship centre at Tel Aviv University.

Our students all read a copy of Start Up Nation cover to cover before departing for Israel, but no words or textbooks can truly do justice to the spirit of this compelling, complex and cosmopolitan society.

We wanted our students to see it, breathe it and taste it for themselves.

Our students learned the history of Israel and how it became a technology superpower, one which gives birth to more tech start ups and attracts more venture capital per capita than any other country in the world.

Our students learned from Israeli entrepreneurial success stories – young and old – and from the architects of an economic model that’s an inspiration for ambitious nations everywhere.

Our students learned from young Israelis themselves about the opportunities, along with the tough challenges, of starting a new venture and bringing an idea to market.

Above all, our students learned one thing above all about Israel: life isn’t lived standing still. Entrepreneurs don’t wait until tomorrow. They do it today.

You can read about the experiences of Amal Dave, one of the students who took part in this year’s program, in his own words on this blog.

This is only the beginning of our partnership with Technion and with other universities in Israel. Our intention is to provide opportunities for many more of our Lassonde School of Engineering students to learn and to live in this spectacular country.

Janusz Kozinski is the Dean the Lassonde School of Engineering at York University.

July 13, 2015 Technion, Hebrew University and University of Calgary Meet to Discuss Budding Collaboration in Neuro Research

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Neuroscience researchers foster scientific exchange and share brain and mental health expertise.

To foster collaboration between top neuroscience research institutions in Israel and Alberta, an international symposium was held last month to promote the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

The Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) and Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) partnered to host the Israel-Alberta Neuroscience Symposium in Banff, Alberta for a three-day event, held June 28 to 30.

Six neuroscientists from  The Hebrew University and the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology engaged in collaborative discussion with researchers from the universities of Alberta, Calgary and Lethbridge.

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July 13, 2015 A Phone So Smart , It Sniffs Out Disease

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005bA research consortium headed by Professor Hossam Haick of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology is developing a product that, when coupled with a smartphone, will be able to screen the user’s breath for early detection of life-threatening diseases.

Funded by a grant from the European Commission, the SNIFFPHONE project will link Prof. Haick’s acclaimed breathalyzer screening technology to the smartphone to provide non-invasive, fast and cheap disease detection.

The technology is supported by a recent €6 million (US$6.8 million) grant to the consortium to expand the “electronic nose” breathalyzer technology that Prof. Haick has been developing since he joined the Technion in 2006. That technology can identify individuals from the general population who have a higher likelihood for contracting a specific disease, and treat them in advance or at an early stage.

“The SNIFFPHONE is a winning solution. It will be made tinier and cheaper than disease detection solutions currently, consume little power, and most importantly, it will enable immediate and early diagnosis that is both accurate and non-invasive,” says Prof. Haick. “Early diagnosis can save lives, particularly in life-threatening diseases such as cancer.”