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Yoav Shechtman, a Zuckerman Faculty Scholar at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, explains how his research team modifies microscopes to extract 3D information and color images at the First Zuckerman U.S.-Israel Symposium on November 7 at Tel Aviv University.

The Mortimer B. Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program last Tuesday hosted the First Zuckerman U.S.-Israel Symposium, to showcase its STEM Leadership Scholars and American postdoctoral researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, along with new Israeli faculty scholars.

The symposium was held to promote academic exchange between the United States and Israel by building long-lasting relationships based on mutual collaboration in science.


Held at Tel Aviv University, the symposium featured presentations by Zuckerman STEM Scholars about their respective areas of research, including non-surgical treatments for obesity, the modification of microscopes to extract 3D information and color images, the study of echolocation as used by bats to find food in the dark, and many others.

The lectures made the case for investing in STEM research as a pedagogical bridge between the two nations.

Launched in January 2016, the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program aims to strengthen the US-Israel relationship by building long-lasting relationships based on mutual collaboration in science.

Over the next 20 years, the program will provide more than $100 million in scholarships and educational activities to benefit participating students and universities. The Israeli institutions participating in the program include Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University, the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, and the Weizmann Institute of Science.

In addition, the symposium served as a launch pad for a new partnership with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University that will focus on honing the verbal communications skills of all current and future scholars.

Under the Zuckerman Institute-Alda Center Scholars Project in Israel, scholars will participate in 2-day workshops with Alda Center facilitators and researchers. They will receive ongoing support through the Alda-Kalvi Online Learning Center, gaining the tools they need to collaborate more effectively with other researchers, increasing the effectiveness of their communication with funders and policy makers, and utilizing the “Alda Method” to enhance their research methodology and identify opportunities for publication in peer-reviewed journals.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.