General News From Bar-Ilan University

BIU Ranked Second in Israeli Student Satisfaction Survey

Bar-Ilan University ranked second in student satisfaction in the annual survey of the National Union of Israeli Students. Bar-Ilan received a high rating in surveys both among university students as well as among college and university students combined.
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Israel Flag Day

On October 28, exactly 72 years ago, the blue-and-white “Flag of Zion” officially became the national flag of the State of Israel. Prof. Chaim Noy, from the School of Communication at Bar-Ilan University, takes the opportunity to discuss the power of symbols, and particularly, the national flag.
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Bar-Ilan studies how breast cancer patients gain weight during treatment

Some breast cancer patients tend to put on a few pounds after undergoing chemotherapy due to the presence of gut bacteria, bringing certain metabolic changes after treatment, according to Bar-Ilan University researchers.
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Researchers Use Gold Nanorods To Distinguish Between “Killer” and “Healer” Cells

Researchers have found a way to distinguish between M1 and M2 macrophage cells, identifying the “killer” and the “healer” cells. A team from Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan in Israel has illustrated a novel solution – using the scattering effect of Gold Nanorods.
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News Analysis: Israel faces soaring unemployment, but experts positive about outlook

Bar-Ilan University’s Prof. Elise Brezis, head of the Aharon Meir Center for Banking and Economic Policy, was asked for her opinion on this topic.
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Bar-Ilan Prof. Shav-Tal Co-Leads $4 Million NIH Research on Nuclear Dynamics’ Impact on Gene Regulation

Prof. Yaron Shav-Tal, from the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, and colleagues from the United States will work to shed new light on nuclear dynamics and their impact on the biology of gene regulation.
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Children Hold Leaders Primarily Responsible, Not Entitled

Leaders are construed by young children as individuals whose position of power entails more responsibility, rather than more entitlement, relative to non-leaders, a new study finds.

Important strides have been made in recent years in uncovering children’s knowledge about hierarchical social relationships. Much of these have focused on dominance, a hierarchy in which individuals defer to others out of fear or intimidation.
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Bar-Ilan University and Wolfson Medical Center sign cooperation agreement

Bar-Ilan University, which set up the entrepreneurship center, UnBox Ventures, a platform that creates, curates, and invests in startups founded by the university’s researchers and off-campus entrepreneurs, has signed a cooperation agreement with the Wolfson Medical Center, to establish joint ventures.

Groups of researchers and physicians from both institutions will participate in a mentored entrepreneurship program as part of the collaboration, led by the UnBox team which is headed by Ariel Sella, a well-experienced entrepreneur who has four decades of experience in investment and management of startup companies in a variety of fields around the world.
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(L-R) UnBox Director Ariel Sella, Wolfson Medical Center D.G. Dr. Anat Engel, and Bar-Ilan University President Prof. Arie Zaban

How is COVID-19 Affecting Holocaust Survivors?

A Bar-Ilan University study finds that the pandemic can echo past adversities and trigger amplified psychological reactions.

Holocaust survivors have exhibited a wide range of emotional reactions to, and ways of dealing with, the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are dealing well with the current crisis while some experience considerable difficulties.

The way they cope with the current crisis is largely derived from how they deal with their traumatic memories of the Holocaust.
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Is There a Biological Basis for Charismatic Leadership?

The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg inspired many around the world. Her passing prompted Dr. Ilanit Gordon, Director of the Social Neuroscience Lab in Bar-Ilan University’s Department of Psychology, to write a blog for Psychology Today about the special bond we form with leaders like Ginsburg.
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