June 21, 2024

American Friends of Tel Aviv University Newsletter


Nanotechnology Is the Future

Tel Aviv University's new Roman Abramovich Building for Nano and Quantum Science and Technology establishes Israel's leading research center in this field. The three-story, 8,000-square-meter building houses more than 30 scientists working on various disciplines, including engineering, exact sciences, life sciences, and medical sciences, and heralds a new era in the field of nanotechnology research in Israel. Among the ground-breaking projects to be pursued are Professor Dan Peer's nanobots that target and destroy cancer cells in the bloodstream and Professor Yael Hanein's devices that integrate with the retina to restore vision for the blind. READ MORE

Sea Urchins on Duty: Protecting Coral Reefs

A continuing study from Tel Aviv University, led by Dr. Omri Bronstein from TAU's School of Zoology and the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, has found that a deadly epidemic discovered last year, which has essentially wiped out Eilat's most abundant and ecologically significant sea urchins, has spread across the Red Sea and into the Indian Ocean. According to the researchers, what appeared at first to be a severe but local epidemic has quickly spread through the region, and now threatens to become a global pandemic. WATCH THE RESEARCH VIDEO or READ MORE

A Cut Above the Rest

A new study led by Professor Ran Barkai of TAU's Jacob M. Alkow Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures has identified the earliest appearance worldwide of special stone tools used 400,000 years ago to butcher fallow deer. The tools, unearthed at the prehistoric sites of Jaljulia and Qesem Cave, are characterized by a sharp working edge shaped as scales, enabling users to butcher their prey and process its hides. READ MORE

Top of the List

Tel Aviv University took the top spot among Israeli universities in the prestigious QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings for 2025. It's the only Israeli university to have risen in the rankings from last year, now standing at 209th place globally, up from 215th last year. The QS ranking is one of the leading indicators globally for evaluating academic institutions. READ MORE


Congratulations to TAU alum and University Governor Ynon Kreiz, who is Mattel's Chairman and CEO, on being named Person of the Year at the prestigious Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. READ MORE

Congratulations to TAU alum Anat Ashkenazi, who will join Alphabet, Google's parent company, as its chief financial officer on July 31. She received her Master of Business Administration degree from TAU and will steer Alphabet into the generative artificial intelligence era. READ MORE

What to Watch Online

Tech vs. Hate: Combating Online Antisemitism

Wednesday, June 26, 2024
12:30 pm Eastern time / 9:30 am Pacific time

Join tech leaders as they discuss the explosion of online antisemitism since October 7. This special panel is part of Tel Aviv University's Cyber Week. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR

Live from Ramot: Cancer Diagnosis Roundtable

Wednesday, July 3, 2024
8:00 am Eastern time | 5:00 am Pacific time

In recent years, technological advancements and the growing demand for personalized healthcare have spurred significant progress in cancer diagnostics. This online roundtable provides an overview of this fascinating field, presented by three leading researchers from Tel Aviv University: Professor Ronit Satchi-Fainaro, Professor Noam Shomron, and Professor Vered Padler-Karavani. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR