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Toning Down Violence in the School
For years violence in the school was perceived to be inevitable as children mature and become exposed to the world-at-large. Several extreme cases in the US have brought about a change in thinking in the school system and, with it, a concerted attempt to prevent the violence. BIU Prof. Rami Benbenishty, a research pioneer in this area and 2016 EMET Prize winner, has developed educational models that have helped reduce violence in Israel and abroad.
Choosing the Right Research Topic
Doctoral fellows are the spearheads of academic excellence. The dissertation defines the researcher’s academic interests, and sometimes sows the seeds for groundbreaking scientific discoveries. With this much at stake, how do PhD students choose a doctoral dissertation topic?
Strategizing for Transformational Change
Bar-Ilan University’s newly-inaugurated president, Prof. Arie Zaban, is an avid proponent of challenge-driven research that can create meaningful change and impact upon key areas of our lives. He seeks to improve the university’s international ranking, make academic education more relevant to the times, and transform the BIU campus into a vital social, intellectual and cultural hub.
As Small as It Gets
Dr. Doron Naveh constructs transistors from two dimensional and topological materials, and studies dichalcogenide spintronics, hoping to change the paradigm of nano-electronics
Playing with Time
After successfully cloaking a short event in time during his Post Doc, Dr. Moti Fridman is using temporal optics to develop advanced temporal technologies.
Science fiction literature is inundated with time travel and time manipulation stories. It’s only science fiction, of course. But Dr. Moti Fridman, a 38 year old father of two kids, has managed to manipulate time in real life.
The Wonders of Microbiota
Trillions of bacteria, known as “microbiota,” reside within the human body, and many of these actually contribute to our physical and mental health. Dr. Omry Koren, of BIU’s Azrieli Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee, is one of the world’s leading researchers of microbiome, a young, developing discipline which holds promise for exciting medical breakthroughs.
Using Smell to Shoo Disease- Carrying Mosquitos Away
Every year millions of people die from mosquito-transmitted diseases. Last year the Zika virus, which can spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus resulting in microcephaly and other birth defects, raised fears among those travelling to Latin America and the Caribbean.
Broadcasting Live…From Inside Our Bodies
No thicker than a pinhead, a tiny new endoscope developed by BIU researchers, is able to transmit high-resolution images from internal human organs, which were out of reach until now.
Nanobots to the Rescue: Programmed Drug Delivery in the Body
Smaller than viruses and designed to encapsulate the drug within folded DNA, nano-robots (nanobots) are increasingly being enlisted to fight disease. Injected into the patient’s bloodstream, they deliver their medicated payload directly to the infected organ. Treatment and drug dosage are tailor-made for each patient according to the doctor’s orders
Aging is an inevitable biological process, not a pathological condition. Still, the search for an anti-aging skin-care product that stops sagging – or at least delays or lessens wrinkles – drives the cosmetics industry and consumers to spend vast amounts of money on anti-aging techniques and products.
The Center for Scientific Instrumentation
The Center for Scientific Instrumentation is more than just an equipment facility; it is a hub of research, providing state-of-the-art tools and technology and expert advice to scientists from BINA, Bar-Ilan University, as well as other academic institutions and the industry. Its unique instrumentation systems enable addressing a wide range of research questions and topics in the nano-realm.
Could someone please do something about the resolution?
Yes; someone can: A team of physicists, chemists, engineers, and biologists at BINA has developed a novel imaging method, based on trapping nanoparticles and actively manipulating them in samples using optical tweezers, thereby shedding light on living samples and molecular structures down to 100 nm resolution in visible light.
Beauty is only skin deep
Injecting cosmetic drugs into the skin to gain a younger look involves invasive, painful procedures. Prof. Dror Fixler and a team of BIU researchers use innovative chemical and optical techniques to demonstrate that inserting nano-particles of these materials enhances their efficacy while eliminating the pain.
Hands-on chemistry at BINA
BINA hosted a Focused-Ion Beam (FIB) workshop, organized by the Graduate Student Division of the Israel Chemistry Society, attendedby students from universities around the country, studying for advanced degrees in chemistry.
Solving a Cryptic Puzzle with a Little Help from a Hologram
Scientists from Bar-Ilan University and Harvard have cracked the code of several enigmatic experiments – performed over the past 15 years on superconductors – by developing a mathematical tool to find the shape of the electrons in these materials. Their recent discovery published in Nature Physics provides an innovative technique for calculating the shapes of electrons. This finding will help scientists gain a better understanding of the properties of complex materials, said Dr. Emanuele Dalla Torre of BIU's Department of Physics.
A Life-Saving Israeli App
Reporty, the world’s first free and easy-to-download video emergency app, was developed and is produced and marketed by a team of experts including a number of BIU grads.
Trailblazing Study into Tourette Syndrome
Internationally recognized for his pioneering research into Tourette syndrome, BIU neurophysiologist Prof. Izhar Bar-Gad has uncovered the mechanism that determines the timing of tics associated with the disorder that affects millions of children and adults worldwide. This is an important step toward understanding and hopefully, also controlling the involuntary head jerking, rapid blinking, "barking" and even cursing and rib punching, which exacerbates their daily lives.
BIU Bible Scholar Exposes King David's Elite Commander
After an ancient clay jug found in the biblical Sha'arayim – where David fought Goliath – was painstakingly pieced together, a noted BIU Bible scholar sheds light on the inscription "Eshbaal son of Beda." Prof. Emeritus Moshe Garsiel, an authority on King David's history, believes the mysterious persona was the Sha'arayim fortress commander and co-founder of an elite military unit in the Kingdom of Judah.
A Powerhouse of Renewable Energy
“I envision a world powered by renewable energy. We are totally dependent on petroleum-based fossil fuels, which are rapidly depleting,” says Betina Tabah, a PhD candidate in the Chemistry Department of BIU and at BINA.
BINA Researchers Strike a Goldmine
Intrigued by the power of light, Prof. Dror Fixler, an expert in electro-optics and photonics, describes several theranostic methods developed over the past few decades. “At some point, medical researchers went for the gold, utilizing the high visibility and high-penetration depth of gold nanoparticles in the body”, he explains.
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