First Zuckerman US–Israel Symposium Program

first zuckerman symposium



Galit Yovel
Master of Ceremonies
Head, School of Psychological Sciences, Tel Aviv University

Opening remarks
Joseph Klafter, President, Tel Aviv University
Eric J. Gertler, Trustee, Zuckerman Institute

Why Israel? Researching in Israel compared to researching at a leading university abroad
Mordechai (Moti) Segev, Robert J. Shillman Distinguished Professor of Physics,
Technion–Israel Institute of Technology

Presentations by Zuckerman Scholars
Yoav Shechtman, Zuckerman Faculty Scholar, Technion–Israel Institute of Technology
Sarah Kostinski, Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholar, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Grace Smarsh, Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholar, Tel Aviv University

Coffee and refreshments

Science communication

Part 1: Enhancing science communication in the era of new media
Announcement of new Zuckerman Institute-Alda Center Scholars Project in Israel
Laura Lindenfeld, Director, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and Professor, School of Journalism at Stony Brook University

Part 2: What is the right source for science news?
Thomas Levenson, Professor, MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing, and award-winning producer on NOVA, PBS’s prime-time science series

Q and A
Laura Lindenfeld and Thomas Levenson, responders

Presentations by Zuckerman Scholars
Ivy Curren, Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholar, Weizmann Institute of Science
Itay Tirosh, Zuckerman Faculty Scholar, Weizmann Institute of Science
Danny Ben-Zvi, Zuckerman Faculty Scholar, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

From laboratory to industry – panel discussion

Yoav Henis, Vice President for Research and Development, Tel Aviv University, and  a leader in the Cancer Biophysics field at TAU’s Department of Neurobiology, George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences
Yossi Vardi, Israel’s first high-tech entrepreneur. Co-founded, led, funded and helped build more than 80 high-tech companies.
David Mendlovic, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering-Physical Electronics, Tel Aviv University, and founder of several startup companies

Closing remarks
Peretz Lavie, President, Technion–Israel Institute of Technology
James S. Gertler, Trustee, Zuckerman Institute

Light lunch