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Congressman Patrick Kennedy to Deliver Keynote Address at November 11 Event

Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy will deliver the keynote address at Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology’s 55th Anniversary Gala Celebration. The event will take place at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City on Sunday, November 11 at 5 p.m.

Ferkauf will honor Patrick Kennedy on behalf of his advocacy of mental health services and research.

Congressman Kennedy and his father, the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, will be recognized for their work as champions of the Mental Health Parity Bill and their advocacy of mental health services and research. In May 2011, Patrick Kennedy helped launch an initiative called One Mind for Research to improve funding and unify research efforts in brain science.

“I appreciate this honor, especially for my father, and I am glad to be partnering with Ferkauf to advance the cause of mental health services and research,” said Kennedy. Read the rest of this entry…

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Einstein Researcher Receives $10.8 Million Grant to Study Toxic Blood Reactions Caused by Hemoglobin

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded nearly $11 million to Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University to carry out a five-year multi-institutional study of hemoglobin toxicity that may complicate blood transfusions and reduce the effectiveness of blood substitutes. The long-term goals include making blood transfusions safer and more effective and better matching patients with the transfusion strategy best suited to them. Read the rest of this entry…

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Program for Jewish Genetic Health and YU Connects Present November 6 Discussion on Issues Related to Family Health and Genetics

UPDATE: Due, to the Hurricane, this event has been postponed.

The Program for Jewish Genetic Health, a joint initiative between Yeshiva University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and YUConnects, the social and matchmaking organization of the Center for the Jewish Future, will present “To Tell or Not to Tell: Issues Related to Family Health and Genetics,” at Congregation Keter Torah in Teaneck, NJ on Tuesday, November 6 at 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by Congregation Keter Torah, Congregation Beth Abraham and the Rabbinical Council of Bergen County.

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Given Six Minutes Each, Six Professors Explain Six Nobel Prizes

Explaining the Nobel Prize-winning research of two physicists to Yeshiva University students on October 19, Dr. Gabriel Cwilich, associate professor of physics and division coordinator of natural and mathematical sciences at Yeshiva College, said, “There is more than one way to skin a quantum cat.”

James Kahn explains the Nobel Prize-winning economic research of Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley at the annual Nobel Prize Nanosecond Party.

Speaking at the annual YU Nobel Prize Nanosecond Party, Cwilich was referring to the research of Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland, who were jointly awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics for their groundbreaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems. The event, organized by Dr. Neer Asherie, associate professor of physics and biology, gives six professors six minutes each to present the work of Nobel laureates in their field to students.

“I wanted to give students, staff and faculty an informative and entertaining introduction to Nobel prize-winning work,” said Asherie. “The format was designed to encourage people with different backgrounds to attend. While a student may be not be eager to listen to an hour-long talk in a field he knows little about, his curiosity might be sufficiently piqued to come to a Nanosecond Party.” Read the rest of this entry…

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From Welfare Reform to Taxes, Richard Caputo Explains Hot Button Issues of 2012 Election

With the debates over and the presidential election around the corner, YU News sat down with Dr. Richard Caputo, professor of social policy and research and the director of the PhD program in social welfare at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, to sort through all the campaign rhetoric. Breaking down each candidate’s stance on issues ranging from Social Security and Medicare reform to income inequality and tax cuts, Caputo provides an in-depth look at some of the issues that will weigh on the minds of voters on November 6. Read the rest of this entry…

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Student-Run Conference Explores Medical Dilemmas Born out of the Holocaust

Hundreds filled Yeshiva University’s Furst Hall on the morning of October 21 to attend the 7th annual Fuld Family Medical Ethics Conference. Titled “Out of the Ashes: Jewish Approaches to Medical Dilemmas Born out of the Holocaust,” the daylong event featured a diverse lineup of speeches, panels and sessions dedicated to an array of moral and ethical dilemmas within the medical realm created by the Shoah.

The annual conference, sponsored through the generous support of Rabbi Dovid and Mrs. Anita Fuld, serves as a yearly high point for the Yeshiva University Student Medical Ethics Society Read the rest of this entry…

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Led by Yeshiva University, High School Students Head to D.C. on Israel Lobbying Mission

More than 100 high school students headed to Capitol Hill on October 15 to lobby on behalf of Israel. The mission, organized by Yeshiva University, was directed by Matthew Schwartz, YU’s assistant director of recruitment and high school programming, and Ethan Wasserman, last year’s president of YUPAC (Yeshiva University Political Awareness Club) and a current YU presidential fellow.

The lobbying mission came about after Rivka Abbe, a senior at Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central), approached Rabbi Kenneth Brander, David Mitzner Dean of the Center for the Jewish Future, with the idea. Abbe became passionate about politics and lobbying after working closely with former YUPAC president, Dina Muskin, who organized lobbying training for students at Central. Read the rest of this entry…

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Cardozo Law to Oversee English Translations of Key Opinions of the Supreme Court of Israel

Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law will take over responsibility for translating significant cases of the Supreme Court of Israel into English.

In recognition of Cardozo’s programs in international constitutional law and in Jewish legal studies, the Friends of the Library of the Supreme Court of Israel signed a memorandum of understanding with Cardozo on October 18, 2012, transferring authority and funding for the project to the school. The opinions of the Israeli Supreme Court are of significant influence to the development of law in other countries. United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer has said, “The Supreme Court of Israel is one of the world’s great legal institutions. Its work is of increasing value to constitutional scholars throughout the world.”

Peter Fishbein, special counsel, Kaye Scholer; Eliezer Rivlin, former deputy president of the Supreme Court of Israel and visiting professor at Cardozo; Asher Dan Grunis, president of the Supreme Court of Israel; Cardozo Dean Matthew Diller; Judge Jon O. Newman, US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and Cardozo Vice Dean Edward Stein.

The Friends of the Library of the Supreme Court of Israel was formed in the 1990s as a non-profit corporation based in the United States, whose mission is to work closely with the Supreme Court of Israel to make the court’s opinions readily available in English. Legal translators in Israel work on translations that are made available online and in published volumes by the organization. Read the rest of this entry…

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Four Yeshiva University Alumni Share Their Journeys

Daniel Rosen is going places.

More specifically, he’s riding the shuttle from his Cambridge apartment to the Harvard Medical School campus and back every day. It’s a half-hour trip, but Rosen isn’t just looking to pass the time. During his commute, he tunes into an online broadcast of a daily shiur delivered by Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky, a rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva University. Both the shuttle and the shiur bring him a little closer to his dream. “I want to be the best doctor I can possibly be, a strong community leader, someone who is very involved in the Jewish and scientific communities at large, and who will make a lasting contribution,” said Rosen.

Professionally and spiritually, these are journeys he, along with three other new graduates featured in an ad campaign YU launched last week, began as students here. Read the rest of this entry…

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Gilad Shalit, Accompanied by His IDF Unit, Makes Appearance at Yeshiva University

Thousands of students and members of the Yeshiva University community poured into Lamport Auditorium on the school’s Wilf Campus on October 16 to welcome Gilad Shalit and members of his unit who came to share their experiences.

“Tonight we celebrate the fact that these soldiers have come to visit us in the exact place where, three years ago, Noam Shalit stood and prayed with us for the safe return of his son,” said Rabbi Kenneth Brander, the David Mitzner Dean of YU’s Center for the Jewish Future.

On June 25, 2006, Shalit was captured by Hamas in an attack that also killed two soldiers in his unit. Shalit’s captivity lasted five years, during which Jews all over the world campaigned for his release and organized prayer on his behalf. Shalit’s commander, Yoav B., told the crowd, he and his unit, now reservists, hoped to find closure by telling their story. Read the rest of this entry…

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