A college in Israel launched a Chinese media center — the first of its kind in the Middle East.
www.israel.org There are no boring old granite sculptures at the Rehovot Live Statue Festival. It’s dynamic and interactive. For the third year in a row, the Israeli city of Rehovot hosted a Live Statue Festival. The three-day event in July featured 40 different artists, including 12 chosen from Europe, Argentina and Mexico. The show is free of charge and is meant to encourage people to interact with “statues” that are much more dynamic than the static ones built in town squares across the world. “It’s an event that has become a tradition in Rehovot,” says Mayor Rahamim Malul. “The festival keeps getting bigger and attracts more people than the years before. Festival-goers say it’s a happening on an international scale.” Visit the MFA’s Social Media Channels Facebook - www.facebook.com www.facebook.com Twitter - www.twitter.com www.twitter.com Find us on Instagram: @IsraelMFA @StateofIsrael
Israel’s Weizmann Institute is consistently cited as one of the best places in the world for academics to work. Why did The Scientist magazine name the Weizmann Institute of Science (www.weizmann.ac.il) in Rehovot, Israel, the “best place to work in academia” outside the United States — for the third time? Here we take a look at just three of the many innovations under development at this institute for graduate study: Dr. Michal Sharon’s mass spectrometer, which vaporizes large molecules to analyze their shapes and compositions — with implications for correcting damaged proteins that lead to diseases like Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s; Dr. Avishai Gal-Yam’s research into exploding stars; and Dr. Maya Schuldiner’s custom-made robotic microscope. Schuldiner stresses that the Weizmann was founded by scientists and is run by scientists. “And it therefore has a spirit, or an understanding, that science is not a profession. Science is a lifestyle. It’s something that you take with you, to whatever you do.” Downloads: Videos Hi Res Narration - www.megaupload.com Hi Res No Narration - www.megaupload.com Streaming Narration - www.megaupload.com Streaming No Narration - www.megaupload.com Docs Intro - www.megaupload.com Script - www.megaupload.com Please credit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel for any use of these videos
‘Power of context’ makes pub lectures a hit One of Israel’s most prestigious research facilities sends scientists to lecture in the eateries of Rehovot, and it’s standing room only. The Weizmann Institute (www.weizmann.ac.il) is commonly viewed as Israel’s most prestigious research institute in the sciences. But this elite institution is not elitist. Recently it hosted its second evening of “pub lectures” in local bars and restaurants. Why were these 34 lectures so popular that there was standing room only? Weizmann President Prof. Daniel Zajfman calls it “the power of the context.” “You can give lectures in lecture halls, in universities, in schools. And it would always be the same type of people who would come. It so happens that if you change the environment, if you change the context, the lecture will be very different. And the type of people who will be willing to come, will also be very different.” Zajfman, an astrophysicist, discussed the possibility of life in other parts of the universe at an Irish bar in Rehovot. Down the block, in the Black Bar and Burger, another researcher talked about how mutations and evolution can one day protect us from cancer. DOWNLOADS: VIDEOS: - HiRes: www.megaupload.com - HiRes No Narration: www.megaupload.com - Streaming: www.megaupload.com - Streaming No Narration: www.megaupload.com DOCUMENTS: - INTRO: www.megaupload.com - SCRIPT: www.megaupload.com Keywords: Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, pub lectures, Daniel Zajfman …