Science for the Benefit of Humanity: The Wonders of Weizmann
Event Date and Time:
October 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, is one of the world’s top-ranking multidisciplinary research institutions. The Institute’s 3,800-strong scientific community engages in research addressing crucial problems in medicine and health, energy, technology, agriculture, and the environment. Outstanding young scientists from around the world pursue advanced degrees at the Weizmann Institute’s Feinberg Graduate School. The discoveries and theories of Weizmann Institute scientists have had a major impact on the wider scientific community, as well as on the quality of life of millions of people worldwide.
Tuesday, October 20 – Part 1: Finding New Knowledge
How can a small research institute in Rehovot, Israel have such a large influence on scientific research? Join us as we begin our exploration of the Weizmann Institute of Science through its rich history, its talented scientists, and its educational initiatives in Israel and around the world.
Tuesday, October 27 – Part 2: Understanding Medical Discovery
Now that we know what makes the Weizmann Institute of Science so unique, it’s time to learn how curiosity-driven research has led to some amazing medical discoveries. Weizmann scientists have developed some of the top medications in the world to treat various forms of cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. This session will explore some of Weizmann’s previous discoveries alongside current research into neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, and other issues facing humanity like COVID-19.
Tuesday, November 10 – Part 3: Exploring Technological Advances
We are in the midst of the Silicon Age and rapidly approaching the Quantum Age. This week we will learn more about the various Weizmann science-based technologies we use in our everyday lives before glimpsing into the future through the use of Artificial Intelligence.
Tuesday, November 17 – Part 4: Reaching New Heights
Learning about our planet and our universe helps accelerate both understanding and discovery in our quest for new knowledge. In our final session, we will explore the Weizmann Institute of Science’s research into the environment, the world around us, and our newest endeavor into the frontiers of the universe.
About Ally Halperin
Ally Halperin serves as Director of Development, Florida Region for the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science. Prior to joining ACWIS, she spent ten years working in development and admissions for universities including Tulane University, Stony Brook University, and Loyola University New Orleans. Ally is a proud graduate of Tulane University.