March 15, 2024

Tel Aviv University Newsletter



In an effort to aid IDF reservists and demonstrate the University's commitment to helping students, Tel Aviv University has decided to forgive the admissions requirement of a psychometric exam (SAT equivalent) for reservists applying for the 2024-25 academic year. TAU is the first and only Israeli University to take this step, recognizing the hardships in preparing for or taking the exam due to serving in the Israel-Hamas War. READ MORE

Fertility and the Sun

Professor Carmit Levy's lab has published a pioneering study that shows that sun exposure increases fertility for women in the late reproductive age range (30-40 years old). Women between the ages of 30 and 40 experience increased secretion of a hormone affecting fertility from their ovaries. The phenomenon may have a positive effect on their fertility and could be attributed to heightened exposure to the sun's ultraviolet radiation. READ MORE

Naughty or Nice?

A new study from Professor Avigdor Eldar's lab at the Shmunis School of Biomedicine and Cancer Research reveals how viruses decide to help or hinder their bacterial hosts and what goes into that complex decision-making process. They say it reveals a new level of sophistication in this arms race between bacteria and viruses, noting that many human-infecting viruses alternate between dormant and violent modes. READ MORE

A Musical Gift

TAU is the recipient of support from the Estate of Ben Oakland. The support, which represents a portion of Mr. Oakland’s royalties, will be dedicated towards maintaining the music library’s scholarship funds. Mr. Oakland was the author of many popular songs of the mid-twentieth century, including "Java Jive." READ MORE


The pen is mightier than the sword, and TAU alumna Meital Stavinsky, a regular contributor to The Times of Israel, proves this with her recent article. Meital, a partner at Holland & Knight, is part of the firm's Public Policy & Regulation Group and Co-Chair of the firm's Israel Practice. Read her powerful piece about "Tikkun Olam" and what coming to the aid of the voiceless may mean in the aftermath of the October 7 attack. READ MORE


Webinar: Iron Swords War: Strategic Analysis and Future Scenarios
Tuesday, March 26, 2024
12 noon Eastern time

Dr. Michael Milshtein, Head of the Palestinian Studies Foirum at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, will provide an in-depth explanation and analysis of the current war. Moderated by David Christopher Kaufman, New York Post Columnist and Features Editor, Adjunct Fellow Tel Aviv Institute, and TAU alumnus. REGISTER HERE

Resilience and Rebuilding
Wednesday, March 27, 2024
San Diego, CA
6:00 pm

An in-person conversation featuring TAU Rector Professor Mark Shtaif and TAU–Northwestern alumnus Daniel Shainberg discussing education, Tel Aviv University's role, and what the future holds. REGISTER HERE

Building a Better Future: Innovation, Technology and Personal Security
Thursday, April 4, 2024
Golden Beach, FL
6:30–9:00 pm

Cocktails and conversation with TAU alumnus Doron Kempel, Founder and CEO of the personal security company Bond, in conversation with Maya Kadar Kovalsky, Impact Investor, AFTAU board member,and TAU alumna. For more information: Rosalie Graziano,

Webinar: A One-on-One Conversation with Dr. Tali Ilovitsh
Thursday, April 11, 2024
12:00 noon Eastern time

Meet Dr. Tali Ilovitsh, named one of Israel's 30-Under-30, and learn how she is using ultrasound and nanobubbles to destroy cancer tumors. Former Haaretz journalist Mary Sagi-Maydan will moderate. REGISTER HERE