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be ellowships, advanced tutorials and indepen-dent study courses, mentoring, summer seminarsand travel abroad that will aord students op-portunities to interact with leading thinkers andteachers.“Yeshiva University stands in a unique place,”said Rabbi Soloveichik. “Its students are theuture o Jewish ideas. It is only YU that promotes aproound commitment to the study o Torahand yet also engagement with the best o West-ern thought. The Straus Center will build uponthis unprecedented oundation by bridging animmersion in Torah study with ormative aca-demic experiences, thereby cultivating men andwomen who embody both Torah excellence andacademic excellence. In so doing, the center willseek to urther Yeshiva’s mission o Torah Umaddaand the University’s critical role in the uture o theAmerican Jewish community.”In addition to his pulpit responsibilities, RabbiSoloveichik teaches at the Ramaz School, wherehe leads the senior honors Talmud class. He alsolectures throughout the United States and abroad,to both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences on topicsrelating to Jewish theology, bioethics and Jewish-Christian relations. His essays, which have beenpublished in
Commentary, The Torah Umadda Journal, Azure
, among other pub-lications, address subjects central to the Jewishaith, including the theological meaning o chosen-ness, kashrut and Torah study. He is the grandsono the late renowned scholar and rosh yeshiva [pro-essor o Talmud] Rabbi Aaron Soloveichik and thegrand nephew o The Rav, the late Rabbi JosephSoloveitchik.While its primary ocus will be serving stu-dents, the Straus Center will also serve to enhance YU’s role as “an intellectual catalyst and beacon orall Jews,” Rabbi Soloveichik explained. To this end,the center will host public orums at the Univer-sity’s various campuses that address great humanquestions that have engaged Jewish and non-Jewish thinkers. Visiting aculty will be invitedto participate and to teach student courses. In therst year, many o the center’s programs, as well asmuch o the student coursework, will relate to thetheme “Biblical Ideas and American Democracy.”Moreover, the center will stage a series o one-day learning events in Jewish communitiesthroughout the United States, Europe and Israel.These symposia and lectures will promote ideas-ocused conversations about Jewish lie and theJewish uture across the generations.“Ultimately, the goal o the Straus Center isnot just to deepen our understanding o Judaism,”Rabbi Soloveichik said, “but also to help us under-stand how Jewish ideas have, and can continue to,prooundly impact the world.”
Rockeeller Partnership DeepensStudy o Neuroscience at Stern
s a child, Geulah Ben-David joked that herbrain was the most-usedmuscle in her body. As a psy-chology major with an emphasisin neuroscience at Stern Collegeor Women, she’s learning why.Ben-David is taking a newneurobiology laboratory courseat Stern, which has grown roma partnership with nearby Rock-eeller University. The course isled by Dr. Richard Hunter, a re-search associate at Rockeeller,and makes use o lab space at bothStern College and Rockeeller togrant students hands-on experi-ence in graduate-level research.“It’s 80 percent experiment-ori-ented,” said Hunter. “I guide theclass through everything romdissecting sheep brains in ourneuroanatomy module to study-ing the eects o caeine in ratsas we look at psychostimulants.”The new lab was developedas part o an expanding neurosci-ence curriculum at Stern, whichnow includes a neuroscienceconcentration in both the biologyand psychology departments.The partnership with Rock-eeller oers students the uniqueopportunity to study behavior inanimals, which in many cases isonly available in graduate school.“You have to be very criticalabout how you’re setting up yourprocedures and to understandthat because you’re the rst per-son doing this, you’ll make mis-takes,” Hunter said. “I want mystudents to know how to learnrom those mistakes.”And that learning processis exhilarating or Ben-David.“That’s what I love about thework we’re doing,” she said.“When you’re creative and in-novative, you can make newdiscoveries. You eel like you’researching the unknown andnothing is impossible.”Partnerships like the onewith Rockeeller allow YeshivaUniversity to oer its studentsspecialized experiences as wellas advanced study in their eldso interest. To expand student op-tions in the health and sciences,Stern has also recently createdtwo joint programs with New York University in the areas o nutrition and nursing. The agree-ment will give Stern students theability to take nutrition classes atNYU to complete a shaped majorin nutrition at YU, while an ar-rangement with NYU’s Collegeo Nursing will enable studentsto pursue a combined degree innursing at Stern and NYU.Other YU partnerships in-clude programs in occupationaland physical therapy, optometry,podiatry, social work, engineer-ing, business administration andmath and science education.
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Volume 15 • No. 2Dr. HeNry Kressel
Chairman, YU Board of Trustees
ricHarD m. Joel Dr. NormaN lamm
GeorGia B. PollaK
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is published quarterly by the Oce o Communications and Public Aairs and is distributedree to aculty, sta, students, alumni, donors and riends. It keeps them inormed o news romacross Yeshiva University’s undergraduate and graduate divisions and aliates. The quarterlynewsletter covers academic and campus lie, aculty and student research, community outreachand philanthropic support. It showcases the University’s mission o Torah Umadda, the combina-tion o Jewish study and values with secular learning, through stories about the diverse achieve-ments o the University community.
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Stanley I. Raskas, Chairman, Board o Overseers, Yeshiva College; Shira Yoshor, Chairman, Boardo Overseers, Stern College or Women; Josh Weston, Chairman, Board o Overseers, Sy SymsSchool o Business; Ruth L. Gottesman, Chairperson, Board o Overseers, Albert Einstein Collegeo Medicine; Leslie E. Payson, Chair, Board o Overseers, Benjamin N. Cardozo School o Law;Froma Beneroe, Chair, Board o Overseers, Wurzweiler School o Social Work; Mordecai D.Katz, Chairman, Board o Overseers, Bernard Revel Graduate School o Jewish Studies; CarolBravmann, Chair, Board o Overseers, Ferkau Graduate School o Psychology; Moshael J. Straus,Chairman, Board o Overseers, Azrieli Graduate School o Jewish Education and Administration;Julius Berman, Chairman, Board o Trustees, (aliate) Rabbi Isaac Elchanan TheologicalSeminary; Miriam Goldberg, Chairman, Board o Trustees, YU High Schools; Theodore N. Mirvis
and Michael Jesselson, Co-Chairs, Board o Directors, (aliate) Yeshiva University Museum.
Board istings as of May 16, 2011.