Higher Risk of Suicide among Israelis Who Immigrated during the Second World War from Countries Where Most Jews Were Murdered in the Holocaust

תמונה תומכת תוכןA new study held at the University among Holocaust survivors has revealed a specific population group with a high suicide rate. The study found that people who immigrated to Israel from countries where most of the Jewish population was murdered in the Holocaust, such as Germany, Austria, Poland, and Greece, show the highest suicide rates. “People who immigrated to Israel during the Holocaust may have expected a safe refuge, but found themselves facing persecution once again during the period before independence. This situation may have contributed to the higher risk of suicide among this group,” commented Dr. Cendrine Bursztein Lipsicas, one of the authors of the study.

The Three Questions that Can Help Ensure the Success of Treatment for Depression

תמונה תומכת תוכןThe probability that people suffering from depression will complete treatment can be increased significantly by asking them three questions before beginning therapy, according to a new study. “Asking these three questions will save a lot of time in identifying the most appropriate treatment for the patient. The answers will help solve a dilemma that many patients face in choosing the best type of treatment,” explains Prof. Sigal Zilcha-Mano, who undertook the study.

The 44th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors

תמונה תומכת תוכןDuring the next few days we will be celebrating the 44th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors in a series of events. This year the University will confer the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Honoris Causa, to a number of extraordinary people who made a meaningful contribution to the future of mankind. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, will speak on behalf of the recipients. Other events Presentation of the Carmel Award of Merit to Rabbi Dr. Reuben Samuels z"l, and a special discussion day titled Israel, a Jewish and Democratic State: challenges and Opportunities”

Children with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder Show Unique Handwriting Patterns

תמונה תומכת תוכןThe handwriting performance of children with high-functioning autism differs from that of children without autism. Accordingly, the education system should consider the types and formats of tasks given to these children when they are integrated in regular schools. This conclusion emerges from a new study undertaken at the University. “The typical process of handwriting performance among children with high-functioning autism is unique, but while the education system addresses reading skills, it pays almost no attention to handwriting skills,” explains Prof. Sara Rosenblum, the author of the study.

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Our Researchers Uncover A Unique Hebrew Inscription Showing Existence of a Jewish Village at Kursi

credit: Jenifer MunrroExcavations at the Kursi site on the shores of the Sea of Galilee have uncovered an inscription in Hebrew letters engraved on a large marble slab, dating back ca. 1,600 years. No similar artifact has even been found before in Israel, and the finding confirms for the first time that the ancient settlement at the site was Jewish or Judeo -Christian. The excavation is led by Dr. Haim Cohen and Prof. Michal Artzy of the Hatter Laboratory in the Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies, in cooperation with the Antiquities Authority and the Nature and Parks Authority’s Kursi Beach site.

Contrary to Conventional Wisdom, Young People’s Brains Cope with Stress in a Completely Different Way to Adults

תמונה תומכת תוכןYoung people’s brains cope with stress in a completely different way to adults, in complete contrast to the conventional wisdom that the brains of humans of all ages act similarly. This is the conclusion of a study conducted on rats at the University of Haifa. The study found that young rats not only extinguished fear much more rapidly, but that while in adult rats the plasticity of the prefrontal cortex declined, among young rats a different mechanism actually enhances plasticity.

It is beneficial to express genuine benevolent emotions for others

תמונה תומכת תוכןDo you work in customer services? If you do, it is better to express your positive interpersonal  feelings naturally. Suppressing the benevolent interpersonal emotions of employees for customers has a negative impact on customer satisfaction, as indicated for the first time in a new study conducted by Prof. Dana Yagil of the Department of Human Services at the University of Haifa. The study was published in the journal Motivation and Emotion. “Suppression of positive interpersonal emotions is contrary to natural behavior in social interactions,” said the researcher.

The University of Haifa is founding a research center in Shanghai - the first of its kind for Israeli and Chinese academia

תמונה תומכת תוכןThe University of Haifa and the East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai signed a memorandum of cooperation on the construction of the Shanghai-Haifa International Research Center, the first of its kind in Shanghai for Israeli and Chinese academia. The joint fields of research already agreed upon include neuroscience, mathematics education technology, computing and data management, and environmental management. The collaboration between the universities will enable Israeli and Chinese researchers to submit research proposals to Chinese research funds. “This is another step in the University of Haifa’s international activity, and it will open up new horizons for the university’s researchers, in terms of the growing academic knowledge and capabilities of the Chinese academia, in terms of research infrastructures, and in terms of resources,” said Prof. David Faraggi, the University of Haifa Rector, who signed the agreement with his Chinese counterpart, the President of ECNU.

A first-of-its-kind discovery of 1,500 year-old grape seeds may answer the question: Why was the wine of the Negev so renowned in the Byzantine Empire

תמונה תומכת תוכןFor the first time, grape seeds from the Byzantine era have been found. These grapes were used to produce “the Wine of the Negev” - one of the finest and most renowned wines in the whole of the Byzantine Empire. The charred seeds, over 1,500 years-old, were found at the Halutza excavation site in the Negev during a joint dig by the University of Haifa and the Israel Antiquities Authority. “The vines growing in the Negev today are European varieties, whereas the Negev vine was lost to the world. Our next job is to recreate the ancient wine, and perhaps in that way we will be able to reproduce its taste and understand what made the Negev wine so fine,” said Prof. Guy Bar-Oz of the University of Haifa, director of the excavation.

An international genetic study confirms the history of the Druze community

תמונה תומכת תוכןA first of its kind genetic study confirms the history of the Druze community: The community began to form genetically in the 11th century AD, and there has since been no genetic impact of other ethnic groups on the community. This is according to a new study conducted by a team of researchers led by Prof. Gil Atzmon of the Department of Human Biology at the university, Prof. Jamal Zidan of the Ziv Medical Center, Zefat, and Prof. Eitan Friedman of the Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer. “This is the first genetic study to discover that the Druze community has genetic origins in the 11th century AD,” said Professor Atzmon. This genetic finding correlates with the Druze community’s beliefs regarding their origin.

Do green roofs and solar panels work well together?

תמונה תומכת תוכןThere’s plenty of cold weather still to come, but the University of Haifa is preparing for the sun, with a new study that examines whether solar electricity panels and green roofs can work well in tandem. The Kadas Green Roofs Ecology Research Center, headed by Prof. Leon Blaustein, researches the potential contributions of green roofs – roofs that are partially or completely covered with vegetation. With ongoing urbanization, which reduces the variety of species found in cities, green roofs can increase biological diversity, and also provide insulation, bringing energy benefits to building owners who will save money on heating and cooling.

Intrusive monitoring of Internet use by parents actually leads adolescents to increase their risky online behavior

תמונה תומכת תוכןParents who very closely monitor their children’s Internet use in an attempt to reduce unsafe online behavior may actually be achieving the opposite effect, according to a new study conducted by University of Haifa researchers. “It seems that during adolescence, during which teens are seeking ways to achieve autonomy, overly restrictive monitoring actually motivates them to seek ways to circumvent the supervision,” say the researchers.

Involuntary hospitalization of patients with anorexia nervosa in extreme situations can save their lives

תמונה תומכת תוכןInvoluntary hospitalization of patients with anorexia nervosa in severe condition is not detrimental to their recovery process and achieves similar positive results to those of patients who were willingly hospitalized. This is according to a new study conducted by the University of Haifa. “This finding is very significant and should be a milestone for further legislation of the bill allowing forced treatment of anorexia patients whose lives are at risk, which passed its initial reading in February, 2012. The bill will make the difference between life and death for these patients,” said Prof. Yael Latzer of the Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences of the University of Haifa.

Why do parents who usually vaccinate their children hesitate or refuse?

תמונה תומכת תוכןThe issue of vaccination hesitancy and refusal often makes headlines in the media and worries health authorities. However, a new study by Dr. Anat Gesser-Edelsburg, Dr. Yaffa Shir-Raz and Prof. Manfred  S. Green  from University of Haifa, School  of Public Health,  published in the Journal of Risk Research suggests that even parents  who are not "vaccine refusers" and who usually  comply  with the routine  vaccination programs may hesitate  or refuse  to vaccinate their children  based  on poor communication from the relevant  healthcare provider, as well as concerns about the safety of the vaccine.

The History of King David in Light of New Epigraphic and Archeological Data


תמונה תומכת תוכןIn two articles recently published in leading journals (Ugarit Forschungen and Semitica), Prof. Gershon Galil of the University of Haifa (Department of Biblical Studies) presented important information about the period of David’s reign, based on new archaeological and epigraphic data unearthed in northwestern Syria and southern Turkey.

Two-Headed Salamander Tadpole Discovered in the Community Ecology Lab of the University of Haifa

תמונה תומכת תוכןIn the Community Ecology Lab, headed by Prof. Leon Blaustein, researchers have found a salamander tadpole which has two heads. Researchers at the lab, Dr Ori Segev and Antonina Plavikov, noted that while they had observed an incidence of deformity, especially among the limbs of salamanders,  in the past such cases of two heads were more rare.  The reason for this deformity is unknown,  but the chief theories are pollution of water sources, changes in radiation and the influence of a small population.

Winning Move

A one-of-a-kind initiative to establish a ‘Grandmaster Chess Research Project’ is taking shape at Israel’s University of Haifa in collaboration with vice world chess champion Grandmaster Boris Gelfand. The program is set to develop a novel academic approach to the skills and culture of chess-playing that can in turn contribute to social and scientific development.

Jews and Words

By Fania Oz-Salzberger (Faculty of Law) and Amos Oz

Published by Yale University Press, November 2012

Why are words so important to so many Jews? Novelist Amos Oz and historian Fania Oz-Salzberger roam the gamut of Jewish history to explain the integral relationship of Jews and words. Through a blend of storytelling and scholarship, conversation and argument, father and daughter tell the tales behind Judaism’s most enduring names, adages, disputes, texts, and quips.

Iranian Influence

Dr. Brenda Shaffer, a senior lecturer at the University of Haifa’s School of Political Sciences, and a world renowned expert in global energy politics, presented testimony before the U.S. Congressional Committee on Foreign Affairs Oversight Hearing on “Iranian Influence in the South Caucasus and the Surrounding Region”.


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