October 1, 2020
EXPLORING THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL IMPACTS OF COVID-19
A discussion with expert in psychological stress, Dr. Eli Somer, a Clinical Psychology Professor in the University of Haifa's School of Social Work, and Prof. Israel Waismel-Manor, Senior Lecturer in the University of Haifa's School of Political Science.

As the U.S. presidential campaign intensifies, Dr. Somer and Dr. Waismel-Manor discuss how COVID-19 has changed everything from how the campaign is conducted, how people vote, and what they value. Watch the discussion on YouTube
"COVID-19 Vaccine ready by Elections won't help Trump" Read the article in JPost based on Prof. Waismel-Manor's remarks.
ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM A COLD,
FLU, OR COVID? 
It would be nice if Covid-19 disappeared before the cold and flu season hit us. Unfortunately, all three virus-caused conditions will be with us at the same time. How can we know if it’s trivial winter sniffles or something more serious?

ISRAEL21c asked Israeli experts, including Dr. Manfred Green, how to make an educated guess. Dr. Green is Director of the University of Haifa’s International Master’s Program in Public Health, a former head of the Public Health Branch of the IDF, and founding Director of the Israel Center for Disease Control. Read more
VIRTUAL REALITY TO HELP OVERCOME
SOCIAL, MENTAL, AND EMOTIONAL CHALLENGES 
In the last decade, simulation-based treatments have shown promise in supporting the development of many innovative methods for remedying mental health issues. Researchers from the University of Haifa developed a way for children with autism spectrum disorder to learn public safety via a computer-generated road-crossing task.

After only one month, all six participants made major improvements in crossing the street. Floreo, a tech start-up, has integrated the skill-building modules into virtual reality, allowing children to practice life skills and try different immersive scenarios in a safe environment.  Read more
STUDENTS HELP ELDERLY DURING
ISRAEL'S SECOND LOCKDOWN
As Israel comes to terms with its second lockdown this year, in the hopes of combating the spread of the coronavirus, University of Haifa students have launched an initiative to aid the city’s elderly population. 

The students responsible for the initiative, Tamar Nagler and Liat Epstein, said that they were inspired by the events of the first lockdown, and decided to lead a team of volunteers with the sole purpose of helping make Haifa's elderly population feel a little less isolated.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN HEBREW ONLINE
Fall semester: Oct 20, 2020 - Jan 14, 2021.
Learn at an academic-level Ulpan. The Hebrew Language Semester Program is designed for those who want to immerse themselves in a language acquisition experience that is personally enriching as well as academically demanding. Instruction is offered at all levels, from beginners with no knowledge of the language to advanced classes. The program focuses on strengthening all four major skills: writing, reading, speaking, and comprehension.
EARTHQUAKE DESTROYED CANAANITE
PALACE 3,700 YEARS AGO
A joint Israeli-US team of archaeologists say they may have finally uncovered what caused the sudden abandonment of an ancient Canaanite palace well-stocked with wine — and the culprit was an earthquake.

Excavations were carried out at the 75-acre Tel Kabri site, located on land belonging to Kibbutz Kabri, that contains a Canaanite palace and city dating to 1900-1700 BCE.

Ruth Shahack-Gross, a professor of geoarchaeology at the University of Haifa and a co-author on the study, said that the rapid collapse, rather than a slow accumulation of building fallen materials as found in an abandoned building, indicates “one or more earthquakes could have destroyed the walls and the roof of the palace without setting it on fire.” Read more
UPCOMING WEBINAR

Thursday, October 8, 12 pm EDT
"Black Holes:
Gravity’s Fatal Attraction"
Explore the astronomical phenomenon of black holes with
Prof. Doron Chelouche, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics and
Vice Dean of Research in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at University of Haifa, and Director of the Haifa Center for Theoretical Physics & Astrophysics.

Pre-registration requested.
Upon registration you will receive a confirmation email
containing information about joining the webinar.