SOURCE: American Associates Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

November 14, 2008 11:30 ET

Reminder - Diabetes Breakthrough and Affordable Solar Energy Among Presentations -- Israel's First Female U.N. Ambassador Makes Los Angeles Debut at Beverly Hills Symposium Featuring World-Renowned Researchers

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 14, 2008) -


Gabriela Shalev, the first female to serve as Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, will make her Los Angeles debut since being appointed to the post on Sept. 3 of this year. Shalev, who most recently served as President of the Academic Council and Rector of Ono Academic College in Israel, will be the keynote speaker at the Southwest Region of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev's "Excellence In Research Symposium." Recognized internationally for her expertise in the field of contract law, Shalev's address will focus on the fundamental impact Israel has not only had on the Middle East, but on the world as a whole. Ambassador Shalev, who has taught at Harvard Law School, Boston College, and Temple University, will also note that, as the most highly educated country in the Middle East and the region's only democracy, Israel's highest priority is continuing its long history of scientific and technological research that ultimately benefits the global community.

In addition to Ambassador Shalev's keynote address, the symposium will feature presentations by several world-renowned researchers from Ben-Gurion University -- Israel's fastest-growing institution of higher learning. Speakers include:

--  Dr. Eli Lewis, who just published a breakthrough study showing that
    use of an easily accessible drug can protect transplanted cells that
    reverse diabetes and restore glucose control in type II diabetes patients;
--  Professor David Faiman who has pioneered a new method of concentrating
    sunlight, which was recently licensed to Zenith Solar, that's capable of
    achieving solar-energy concentration that's 1,000 times greater than that
    produced by a standard solar panel and does so on a surface that is
    measurably miniscule in comparison to an average solar panel; specifically,
    on a four-inch by four-inch photovoltaic cell that produces energy far more
    cheaply than solar panels;
--  Dr. Alon Friedman is a leading researcher and expert on brain function
    and brain disorders, specifically stress-related brain damage, epilepsy,
    and neurodegeneration, including Alzheimer's disease and dementia.  Dr.
    Friedman additionally is developing therapies designed to prevent the
    occurrence of epilepsy following brain trauma;
--  Professor Zeev Wiesman is currently studying oil residues that can be
    recycled as biodiesel, biogas fuels, animal feed, and fertilizer.  He also
    is renowned for his research in plant-derived biofuels utilizing a low
    resolution, nuclear magnetic resonance system to achieve a blend of seeds
    that are high in oil content and that can potentially be used by the global
    biodiesel industry.

During the event's luncheon, Ruth Flinkman -- a Century City resident and philanthropist -- will be honored for her longtime support of Ben-Gurion University.


Nov. 16, 2008
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Beverly Hilton Hotel
9876 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA  90049


Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is a world-renowned institute of research and higher learning with campuses in Beer-Sheva, Sede Boqer, and Eilat in Israel's southern desert. Home to Israel's second-largest hospital, Ben-Gurion University has a student population of more than 17,000. Founded in 1972, American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, plays a vital role in helping the University fulfill its unique responsibility to develop the Negev, reach out to its local community and Arab neighbors, and share its expertise with the world. For more information, visit

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