TAU Stars Shine in London
Four of Tel Aviv University’s brightest minds helped kick off “Starry TAU Nights” a new series of evening events sponsored by TAU Trust – UK. Over 150 guests enjoyed “University for a Night,” an inaugural gathering that featured lectures on pioneering, cross disciplinary research in diverse fields such as dental anthropology, biblical research, smart stem cell therapies and “living drugs” for treating cancer. The soiree at the prestigious London offices of Rothschild & Co. included a lively auction, with proceeds going to support several TAU research projects and to enhance Israel’s image abroad.
Master of ceremonies for the evening was TAU Governor Prof. Eli Tamor. He spoke of TAU’s $1 billion, 10-year Global Capital Campaign, inviting and encouraging the guests to be part of the Campaign’s headline, “Be Part of the Next Big Idea.”
The opening lecture was delivered by Prof. Noam Mizrahi, Chair of TAU’s Department of Biblical Studies and an internationally renowned scholar in the field of Hebrew philology. His talk described his research into the Dead Sea Scrolls and their connection to modern western civilization.
Dr. Dinorah Friedmann-Morvinski of the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences and member of the Sagol School of Neuroscience, discussed her work into Glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer.
Dr. Rachel Sarig, Director of the Facial and Dental Anthropology Laboratory at TAU’s Goldschleger School of Dental Medicine, and curator and researcher at both the Dan David Center for Human Evolution and Bio-history Research and Shmunis Family Anthropology Institute, spoke on the evolution of the masticatory system – the teeth, jaws and muscles around them – in relation to nutrition and cultural habits.
Prof. (emer.) Asher Susser, a former director of TAU’s Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, spoke about his research which has focused on modern Middle Eastern history, religion and Arab-Israeli issues, with special reference to Jordan and the Palestinians.
The auction featured three unique items up for bid: a three-week trip to Israel to brush up on Hebrew in an Ulpan, while experiencing local Israeli culture and learning more about its history; a one-week laboratory experience with Prof. Carmit Levy, a world-renowned researcher in the fields of UVB and melanoma, and also, an opportunity to join an archaeological dig at Megiddo, a designated World Heritage Site and a jewel in the crown of Biblical archaeology.
Richard Anton, the Chair of TAU UK Trust, said, “It was a fascinating evening – an active and varied mini break for the mind. It was exciting to learn so much during the same evening. The faculty members who spoke were amazing, inspiring and truly world-class.”