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Jun 30, 2010 — Dr. Marina Holz, assistant professor of biology at Stern College for Women, has received an NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) R15 grant for identification and characterization of S6 Kinase 1 (S6K1) targets in mammary cell proliferation. S6K1 is a therapeutic target in breast cancer treatment.

Holz’s research will attempt to provide a comprehensive assessment of the therapeutic potential of the S6K1 signaling pathway by identifying and characterizing downstream effectors of the S6K1 pathway in breast cancer cells.

“Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women,” explained Holz. “Current chemotherapies are indiscriminate, have toxic side effects and, in about half of the patients, do not prevent cancer progression or recurrence. We are hoping to identify new therapeutic targets against which new chemotherapy agents could be developed. These new drugs could be then used in the clinic in combination with other regiments to achieve greater response.”

The AREA grant, supported by funds provided to the National Institutes of Health under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009, supports small research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences conducted by faculty and students. The funds provided by this grant—totaling $408,000 over three years—will be used to support student research during the academic year and the summer semester in Holz’s lab.

This summer, Stern College students Faygel Beren, Miriam Steinberger and Tirtza Speigel, as well as research fellow Myriam Maruani ’09S, will work in the Holz lab on this and various other projects.

“This award represents an historic milestone for YU,” said Holz. “Receiving an NIH grant is a rite of passage for most biomedical researchers. I view this as a validation that the research environment at YU is nationally competitive and on par with the best research colleges.”

A resident of Greenwich, CT, Dr. Holz has supervised undergraduate honors projects at Stern since 2007. She received her PhD from Harvard Medical School.

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Marina Holz Receives Grant to Study Therapeutic Targets in Breast Cancer


Dr. Marina Holz, assistant professor of biology at Stern College for Women
Jun 28, 2010 — Dr. Marina Holz, assistant professor of biology at Stern College for Women, has received an NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) R15 grant for identification and characterization of S6 Kinase 1 (S6K1) targets in mammary cell proliferation. S6K1 is a therapeutic target in breast cancer treatment.

Holz’s research will attempt to provide a comprehensive assessment of the therapeutic potential of the S6K1 signaling pathway by identifying and characterizing downstream effectors of the S6K1 pathway in breast cancer cells.

“Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death
“This award represents an historic milestone for YU,” said Holz.
in women,” explained Holz. “Current chemotherapies are indiscriminate, have toxic side effects and, in about half of the patients, do not prevent cancer progression or recurrence. We are hoping to identify new therapeutic targets against which new chemotherapy agents could be developed. These new drugs could be then used in the clinic in combination with other regiments to achieve greater response.”

The AREA grant, supported by funds provided to the National Institutes of Health under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009, supports small research projects in the biomedical and behavioral sciences conducted by faculty and students. The funds provided by this grant—totaling $408,000 over three years—will be used to support student research during the academic year and the summer semester in Holz’s lab.

This summer, Stern College students Faygel Beren, Miriam Steinberger and Tirtza Speigel, as well as research fellow Myriam Maruani ’09S, will work in the Holz lab on this and various other projects.

“This award represents an historic milestone for YU,” said Holz. “Receiving an NIH grant is a rite of passage for most biomedical researchers. I view this as a validation that the research environment at YU is nationally competitive and on par with the best research colleges.”

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Medical Students Claim Top Fellowships

Jun 24, 2010 — Several medical students at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have earned coveted fellowships and prestigious awards for the 2010-2011 academic year. From Boston to San Diego to New Delhi, Einstein students will span the globe to enter research programs focusing on a range of subjects, including public health, neuro-oncology and infectious diseases. Placements include fellowships with the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars & Fellows Program, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Research Training Fellowships for Medical Students Program, HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program, and Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship Program. In addition to these fellowships, Einstein students also won placement in the Medical Student Training in Aging (MSTAR) summer program.

“While Einstein students and graduates have a tremendous reputation and always do well with awards and fellowships, 2010 has been a banner year,” said Stephen Baum, senior associate dean for students. “We’re proud of all our students and are pleased so many have chosen to conduct research during their medical training.”

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Michael Cinnamon, Michael Emerson and Avi Miller Receive Coveted Wexner Foundation Graduate Study Fellowship

From left, YU's Cinnamon, Miller and Emerson were among the 20 selected as Wexner Fellows for the 2010-11 academic year.

Jun 22, 2010 — Three outstanding Yeshiva University students—Michael Cinnamon, Michael Emerson and Avi Miller—have been awarded the coveted Wexner Foundation Graduate Study Fellowship for the 2010-11 academic year. The fellowships, launched by The Wexner Foundation in 1988, are bestowed upon 20 candidates interested in pursuing graduate training for careers in the cantorate, Jewish education, Jewish professional leadership and the rabbinate.

As participants of the four-year leadership program, Cinnamon, Emerson and Miller will be awarded an annual stipend of $20,000 for a two-year term with the possibility to renew for a third year. Emerson is also a Davidson Scholar, bestowed upon Wexner Fellows who intend to pursue careers in Jewish education or Jewish communal leadership.

“The Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program is continually impressed with the caliber of scholar and leader that has been coming from Yeshiva University,” said Or Mars, director of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program. “These are young people who have a passion for Jewish life and the ability to make a huge contribution through their professional and personal qualities. They also make a significant impact on the Fellowship program bringing their varied perspectives to our ongoing conversation about exercising leadership in Jewish life.”

As part of the Jay and Jeannie Schottenstein Honors Program at Yeshiva College, Cinnamon ‘10YC, of Atlanta, GA, double majored in history and Jewish studies. In his senior year, he served as editor-in-chief of YU student paper The Commentator. While at YC, he was also an undergraduate fellow at the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; served on the boards of student journals, academic conferences and on the editorial staff of a festschrift for professor Dr. Louis Feldman; founded a monthly fiction book club; and played on the YU Ultimate Frisbee team. He is working toward an MA in Talmudic studies at Bernard Revel Graduate School and will begin his studies toward semikhah [rabbinic ordination] at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) in the summer. Upon completion, he plans to pursue a doctorate in history. “YU has given me the opportunity to get an excellent education while at the same time building leadership skills,” said Cinnamon.

Emerson, born in Boston, MA, and raised in Memphis, Tenn., completed his undergraduate work at Columbia University in 2009 with a major in medieval Jewish history. He is currently enrolled in RIETS’ semikhah program. “I enjoy challenging traditional models of education and forcing people to open themselves up to different ideas and difficult perspectives,” said Emerson, who has spent the year learning in the Gruss Kollel on the Yeshiva University Israel campus. He will return to New York next year to simultaneously complete his third year of semikhah study at RIETS while studying full-time in New York University’s dual Master of Arts program in education and Jewish studies and Hebrew and Judaic studies. “YU has given me a strong foundation in Torah learning and Rabbinic professional skills, including pastoral psychology and a broad perspective on the Jewish community.”

A North Woodmere, NY, native, Miller is a 2009 graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in philosophy and minored in Jewish studies. Miller, who will begin his official semikhah study at RIETS in the fall of 2010, credits YU with offering an unparalleled Torah education that will provide him with the strong foundation he needs to become a rabbinic leader and Torah scholar. “Studying under the guidance of Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, I have been exposed not only to a brilliant educator and Talmudic mind, but a role model who exercises tremendous rabbinic leadership,” said Miller. “While Yeshiva University is home to a diversity of competing hashkafas [philosophies], I will continue to be enriched by the shaqla ve-tarya, the back and forth debates contained within her walls and hopefully find my own voice from within.”

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Jun 22, 2010 — President Richard M. Joel (YU) has appointed Rabbi Josh Joseph as Vice President in addition to his role as Chief of Staff of Yeshiva University.

A native of Montreal, Rabbi Joseph worked on Wall Street for several years and as a community rabbi. He completed his undergraduate degree, majoring in diplomatic history, with honors at the University of Pennsylvania ’93, received his rabbinic ordination from YU-affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary ’00, while simultaneously completing a master’s in Jewish philosophy at YU’s Bernard Revel Graduate School. He also spent four years learning at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Israel.

Rabbi Joseph had previously served as Director of Special Projects for YU’s Center for the Jewish Future, and before that as Executive Director of the Orthodox Caucus.

He resides in Lawrence, NY, with his wife Julie and their three children: Zach, 11; Ozzie, 9; and Marsha, 7.

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Professors Stein, Streets and Wilmore-Schaeffer will share their expertise at universities overseas as Fulbright Specialists.

Dr. Gary Stein, Rev. Frederick Streets and Dr. Rozetta Wilmore-Schaeffer Nab Distinguished Grants

Jun 21, 2010 — Three professors at Wurzweiler School of Social Work—Dr. Gary Stein, Rev. Frederick Streets, Dr. Rozetta Wilmore-Schaeffer—have received the acclaimed distinction of being named Fulbright Specialists. The Fulbright Specialist Program is designed to award grants to U.S. faculty and professionals in select disciplines ranging from agriculture to urban planning to participate in two- to six-week projects at colleges and universities in more than 100 countries.

Stein will serve as a guest faculty member at Lancaster University’s International Observatory on End of Life Care in England. Stein will conduct seminars on health care ethics and palliative care, disability and palliative care and advance-care planning and end-of-life perspectives among the gay and lesbian community. He will also serve as a resource and mentor for students developing research proposals and will meet with executives at St. Christopher’s Hospice in London for an exploration of palliative care practice and policy in the UK. Following this project, he will coll”To have six Wurzweiler faculty selected and three actual matches occur, reflects on the caliber and status of our faculty.” – Dean Sheldon Gelmanaborate with Lancaster University faculty on a joint publication addressing cross-national perspectives on palliative care social work and ethics.

Streets, The Carl and Dorothy Bennet Professor of Pastoral Counseling at Wurzweiler, will be based at the University of The Free State (UFS) in South Africa, which is establishing an International Institute for Diversity (IID). The Institute is envisioned as a center of academic excellence for studying transformation and diversity in society; combating discrimination; and encouraging reconciliation in societies grappling with issues such as racism, sexism and xenophobia. Streets will advise and assist in the founding phase of the Institute, including developing policy and implementing objectives, defining strategies and enabling interactive dialogue and working with faculty and student groups. Streets had a previous six-month Fulbright Senior Scholar assignment at the University of Pretoria, and this invitation to UFS is a direct result of the contacts he made while there.

While Wilmore-Schaeffer’s project will also take place at UFS, her work will focus on relationship building within, between and among racially diverse students and faculty in an institution whose history has been one of racial intolerance. She will, among other tasks, engage with the faculty to develop experiential class exercises and ways to develop and manage a safe environment that lets students and faculty explore their racial and ethnic history.

Three other Wurzweiler professors—Dr. Joan Beder, Dr. Jonathan Fast and Dr. Norman Linzer, The Samuel J. and Jean Sable Chair in Jewish Family Social Work—have been named Fulbright Specialists and are in the process of being paired with a host institution.

“Being selected as a Fulbright Specialist is a highly competitive process,” said Wurzweiler’s Dr. Sheldon Gelman, The Dorothy and David I. Schachne Dean. “To have six Wurzweiler faculty selected and three actual matches occur, reflects on the caliber and status of our faculty. The international experience of our Fulbright Specialists and Fulbright Scholars adds to the richness of our curriculum and classroom learning experience of our students.”

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Jun 21, 2010 — Three outstanding Yeshiva University students—Michael Cinnamon, Michael Emerson and Avi Miller—have been awarded the coveted Wexner Foundation Graduate Study Fellowship for the 2010-11 academic year. The fellowships, launched by The Wexner Foundation in 1988, are bestowed upon 20 candidates interested in pursuing graduate training for careers in the cantorate, Jewish education, Jewish professional leadership and the rabbinate.

As participants of the four-year leadership program, Cinnamon, Emerson and Miller will be awarded an annual stipend of $20,000 for a two-year term with the possibility to renew for a third year. Emerson is also a Davidson Scholar, bestowed upon Wexner Fellows who intend to pursue careers in Jewish education or Jewish communal leadership.

“The Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program is continually impressed with the caliber of scholar and leader that has been coming from Yeshiva University,” said Or Mars, director of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program. “These are young people who have a passion for Jewish life and the ability to make a huge contribution through their professional and personal qualities. They also make a significant impact on the Fellowship program bringing their varied perspectives to our ongoing conversation about exercising leadership in Jewish life.”

As part of the Jay and Jeannie Schottenstein Honors Program at Yeshiva College, Cinnamon ‘10YC, of Atlanta, GA, double majored in history and Jewish studies. In his senior year, he served as editor-in-chief of YU student paper The Commentator. While at YC, he was also an undergraduate fellow at the Center for Jewish Law and Contemporary Civilization at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law; served on the boards of student journals, academic conferences and on the editorial staff of a festschrift for professor Dr. Louis Feldman; founded a monthly fiction book club; and played on the YU Ultimate Frisbee team. He is working toward an MA in Talmudic studies at Bernard Revel Graduate School and will begin his studies toward semikhah [rabbinic ordination] at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) in the summer. Upon completion, he plans to pursue a doctorate in history. “YU has given me the opportunity to get an excellent education while at the same time building leadership skills,” said Cinnamon.

Emerson, born in Boston, MA, and raised in Memphis, Tenn., completed his undergraduate work at Columbia University in 2009 with a major in medieval Jewish history. He is currently enrolled in RIETS’ semikhah program. “I enjoy challenging traditional models of education and forcing people to open themselves up to different ideas and difficult perspectives,” said Emerson, who has spent the year learning in the Gruss Kollel on the Yeshiva University Israel campus. He will return to New York next year to simultaneously complete his third year of semikhah study at RIETS while studying full-time in New York University’s dual Master of Arts program in education and Jewish studies and Hebrew and Judaic studies. “YU has given me a strong foundation in Torah learning and Rabbinic professional skills, including pastoral psychology and a broad perspective on the Jewish community.”

A North Woodmere, NY, native, Miller is a 2009 graduate of Princeton University, where he majored in philosophy and minored in Jewish studies. Miller, who will begin his official semikhah study at RIETS in the fall of 2010, credits YU with offering an unparalleled Torah education that will provide him with the strong foundation he needs to become a rabbinic leader and Torah scholar. “Studying under the guidance of Rabbi Jeremy Wieder, I have been exposed not only to a brilliant educator and Talmudic mind, but a role model who exercises tremendous rabbinic leadership,” said Miller. “While Yeshiva University is home to a diversity of competing hashkafas [philosophies], I will continue to be enriched by the shaqla ve-tarya, the back and forth debates contained within her walls and hopefully find my own voice from within.”

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Yeshiva University Undergraduates Look Back at Their YU Experience
Jun 16, 2010 — Stern College for Women’s Tzippora Kanal and Yeshiva College’s Sam Weprin relive their Yeshiva Univeristy experience, from their first day on campus to graduation.


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Jun 15, 2010 — Yeshiva University recently celebrated its inaugural class of students who earned a master’s of science degree in accounting from Sy Syms School of Business, a clear indication of the University’s commitment to ensuring that its students are prepared for careers as CPAs.

This first graduating class, comprised of nine students, has set the tone for the future of the master’s program, according to Margie Martin, associate director of program recruitment for the MS in accounting program. “These students set a high standard for what a SSSB MS in accounting student will need to be, and those standards will help us to recruit other students of high quality.”

The master’s program launched last summer with co-ed classes on the Beren Campus, conveniently located for those working in accounting firms in midtown. Students had the option to take courses on a full-or part-time basis, but were required to complete a total of 10 courses to earn their degree. This summer, the curriculum will feature added courses so that students who majored in a business discipline other than accounting can enroll in the program.

Martin classifies the significance of a master’s program at Syms as twofold. “Now, students can continue their education on the graduate level at SSSB in an environment that they are comfortable in—a number of the professors in the MS in accounting teach at the undergraduate level of SSSB, so they know the students and can continue the relationships that have been built,” she said. “Secondly, SSSB has a reputation to the outside world as being a leader in business education, and now with the MS in accounting, students who graduated from other institutions can be a part of this learning experience and benefit from everything we offer: dynamic course offerings, strong ties to the accounting profession and all that YU stands for.”

Students who have successfully completed the program are already reaping the benefits. For instance, Montreal native Daniel Newman ‘09SB landed a job as a tax associate in Deloitte’s accounting department; he intends to take the CPA exam next year. “My master’s degree makes me more competitive,” he said. “In addition to nuts-and-bolts accounting courses, I got to take general business courses as well, which has helped me to prepare for the CPA exam.”

For more information on the MS in accounting program, contact Margie Martin at 917-326-4852 or mmartin4@yu.edu or visit www.yu.edu/sysyms/msa.

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Syms Commemorates Its First Graduating Class of Master’s Degrees

Jun 15, 2010 — Yeshiva University recently celebrated its inaugural class of students who earned a master’s of science degree in accounting from Sy Syms School of Business, a clear indication of the University’s commitment to ensuring that its students are prepared for careers as CPAs.

This first graduating class, comprised of nine students, has set the tone for the future of the master’s program, according to Margie Martin, associate director of program recruitment for the MS in accounting program. “These students set a high standard for what a SSSB MS in accounting student will need to be, and those standards will help us to recruit other students of high quality.”

The master’s program launched last summer with co-ed classes on the Beren Campus, conveniently located for those working in accounting firms in midtown. Students had the option to take courses on a full-or part-time basis, but were required to complete a total of 10 courses to earn their degree. This summer, the curriculum will feature added courses so that students who majored in a business discipline other than accounting can enroll in the program.

Martin classifies the significance of a master’s program at Syms as twofold. “Now, students can continue their education on the graduate level at SSSB in an environment that they are comfortable in—a number of the professors in the MS in accounting teach at the undergraduate level of SSSB, so they know the students and can continue the relationships that have been built,” she said. “Secondly, SSSB has a reputation to the outside world as being a leader in business education, and now with the MS in accounting, students who graduated from other institutions can be a part of this learning experience and benefit from everything we offer: dynamic course offerings, strong ties to the accounting profession and all that YU stands for.”

Students who have successfully completed the program are already reaping the benefits. For instance, Montreal native Daniel Newman ‘09SB landed a job as a tax associate in Deloitte’s accounting department; he intends to take the CPA exam next year. “My master’s degree makes me more competitive,” he said. “In addition to nuts-and-bolts accounting courses, I got to take general business courses as well, which has helped me to prepare for the CPA exam.”

For more information on the MS in accounting program, contact Margie Martin at 917-326-4852 or mmartin4@yu.edu or visit www.yu.edu/sysyms/msa.

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