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YESHIVA UNIVERSITY NEWS BRIEFS • NOVEMBER 20, 2003
■ JUBILEE FAMILY DAY, THE FIRST EVENT IN THE

yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stern College for Women, took place Nov. 2 at The Puck Building in Manhattan. More than 500 alumni, friends, staff and their children attended. Prizes ranging from a vacation for two on St. Martin and a Sony laptop computer to Shabbat dinner for six from Prestige Caterers and various sporting event tickets were raffled by President Richard M. Joel, Marjorie Diener Blenden Chairman of Stern’s Board of Directors, Karen Bacon ’64S, Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean, event organizers Sharon Herzfeld ’88S and Susan Ungar ’87S, and Stern development director Joan Apple. For information on forthcoming Jubilee events, contact Joan Apple at 212-340-7863.
■ PRESIDENT JOEL HOSTED THE FIRST TWO TOWN

Presidential Medallion. The award recognizes Dean Bacon for her dedication and contributions to the excellence of Stern College and Yeshiva University. A 1964 graduate of Stern and former assistant professor of biology at Yeshiva College, she was named dean in 1977.
■ THE 2003 YESHIVA COLLEGE BOOK PROJECT

■ FOR THE EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR,

host and a lecture by Tim O’Brien, author of this year’s featured text, The Things They Carried, a finalist for both the 1990 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award, on Nov. 19, in Weissberg Commons, Wilf Campus. Mr. O’Brien spoke about his war experiences and writings.
■ MARGARET GIBELMAN, DSW, PROFESSOR AND

Yeshiva University ranks in the top tier of US News & World Report’s annual list of the nation’s top colleges. More significantly, YU rates with Columbia University and New York University as among the top three universities in the New York metro area. In the rankings’ most competitive category of the Best National Universities – Doctoral (top 50), YU placed 40th, tying with Boston College and the University of Illinois.
■ DR. RONALD BRESLOW, S.L. MITCHILL

Hall meetings of his tenure at the Midtown and Wilf Campuses on Nov. 4. The meetings inaugurated a series to be held on all four YU campuses and in which the president will address major topics and issues related to the university. The Town Hall discussions focused on President Joel’s vision and allowed the audience, including students, faculty, and staff, to ask questions.
■ STERN COLLEGE FOR WOMEN WILL HOST A

shabbaton at the Midtown Campus this month: • Nov. 21-22, Michlelet Mevaseret Yerushalayim Israel Alumnae Reunion Shabbaton. Rabbi Alan Haber and Rabbi Baruch Felberman will reunite with their former talmidot and will offer inspiring divrei (words of) Torah and shiurim (Torah lectures) to the women during Shabbat. Program includes a Tish on Friday night and a Melave Malka on Saturday night.
■ PRESIDENT JOEL HELPED KICK OFF THE

doctoral program director at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, was awarded a research grant by the Office of Research Integrity at the US National Institutes of Health. Dr. Gibelman is studying whether, and to what extent, universities educate students in the mental health disciplines in responsible research conduct. The research team includes Terry DiLorenzo, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at Stern College; Nigel Bark, MD, associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Alison Link, a PhD student at WSSW who is assisting in the research.
■ PENINNAH SCHRAM, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Professor of Chemistry, Columbia University, delivered the Dr. Ira Kukin Lecture, “The Chemistry-Biology Interface,” on November 12. Dr. Breslow received his undergraduate and graduate training at Harvard University, where he did his PhD research. Dr. Breslow spent a year in Cambridge, England as a postdoctoral fellow and joined Columbia in 1956 as Instructor in Chemistry. His research focuses on the design and synthesis of new molecules with interesting properties, and the study of these properties.
■ JOANNA MELLOR, DSW, WAS APPOINTED

recruiting season by speaking at the opening sessions of the Stern College for Women/Sy Syms School of Business Open House on Nov. 9 and the Yeshiva College/Sy Syms School of Business Open House on Nov. 16. The events attracted nearly 700 prospective students and their families primarily from the Tri-State area and as far away as California. Highlights of each Open House included presentations by the faculty of the S. Daniel Abraham and the Jay & Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Programs along with sessions conducted by YU’s Israel Admissions Counselors, who flew to New York to speak with students interested in the S. Daniel Abraham Israel Program and to parents of students currently in the program.
■ KAREN BACON, DR. MONIQUE C. KATZ DEAN

of speech and drama at Stern College, wrote the foreword to the just-published work, The Gerard Edery Sephardic Song Book, which contains 40 musical gems from the Sephardic oral tradition as well as a CD. The book was co-published by Tara Publications and Sefarad Records. Professor Schram is author several books of her own, including Stories Within Stories: From the Jewish Oral Tradition.
■ EINSTEIN PROFESSOR OF NEUROLOGY

assistant professor, Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Her research interests include social welfare policy, education, administration, and gerontology. She taught at Hunter College School of Social Work, CUNY, and was most recently vice president for information services, Lighthouse International, a not-for-profit organization offering resources on vision impairment and rehabilitation. Susan E. Mason, PhD, and Daniel Pollack, JD, previously associate professors at Wurzweiler, have become full professors. Ruth Bigman, MSW, former assistant director of field instruction, is the new WSSW director of admissions, and Donna Harris, MSW, has assumed Ms. Bigman’s previous position.
■ MAC MADNESS, THE ANNUAL KICK-OFF OF THE

at Stern College for Women, will be honored at the 79th Annual Hanukkah Dinner with YU’s first-ever

Richard Lipton and his colleagues recently published a national research study describing a new screening technique for migraine headaches. In the journal Neurology, Dr. Lipton identified a simple threequestion test, called ID Migraine, for use by primary care internists and family physicians. The three questions are: Have your headaches caused you to feel nauseated or sick to your stomach? Does light bother you when you have a headache? Have headaches limited you ability to work, study, or conduct daily activities for at least a full day? Dr. Lipton reports that if you answer yes to two of the three questions, there is a 93 percent probability that a headache specialist would diagnose you with a migraine.

university’s winter sports season, featured the traditional student-faculty basketball game at the Max Stern Athletic Center, Nov. 19. In addition to the game and a raffle, all Wilf and Midtown athletic teams were introduced.
■ RESEARCHERS AT EINSTEIN RECEIVED GRANTS

totaling $9.1 million toward researching cancer, aging, diabetes, and kidney disease in the coming year. The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded the grants to the following Einstein faculty members, who will each receive at least $500,000 to support their work: John Condeelis, PhD, co-chair and professor of anatomy and structural biology; Nir Barzilai, MD, director of Einstein’s Institute for Aging and Research and associate pro-

Yeshiva College • Stern College for Women • Sy Syms School of Business • Albert Einstein College of Medicine • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law • Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology • Wurzweiler School of Social Work • Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies • Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration • affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary / Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music / YU High Schools • Yeshiva University Museum

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fessor of medicine; Luciano Rossetti, MD, director of the Diabetes Research and Training Center and the Judy and Alfred A. Rosenberg Professor of Diabetes Research; George Christ, PhD, the Ben Marden Distinguished Scholar in Urology and professor of urology and physiology & biophysics; Jill Crandall, MD, assistant professor of medicine; and Victor Schuster, MD, the Ted and Florence Baumritter Professor of Medicine.
■ JEFFREY SOCOL YH,’85Y, YU’S SENIOR

Israeli wrestlers wore YU T-shirts given to them by students.
■ THE 58TH ANNUAL OPERA BENEFIT AND 21ST

associate director of facilities management, was honored Nov. 2, along with his wife, Rivka YH ’87, and his brother, Steven YH ’86 and Steven’s wife, Leslie, by Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. The Socols were recognized for their dedication and commitment to the organization.
■ WURZWEILER SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK HOSTS

Après Opera Gala of Yeshiva University Women’s Organization took place Nov. 8, at the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center. Following the New York City Opera’s performance of Puccini’s Turandot, YUWO honored Beatrice Peyser and presented the Distinguished Leadership Award to SCW board member Toby Gotesman Schneier and Future Builders Award to Jodi (Mintz) Weisleder YH’85. Dinah Pinczower, National Chairman of the Board of YUWO, presented President Joel with a check for $250,000 for the YUWO Torah Chesed Fund to help deserving and needy undergraduates with special needs.
■ THE YESHIVA UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL FOR

gy) and the Department of Pathology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, received the 2003 Claude Bernard Medal from the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). The award was given to Dr. Brownlee for his contributions to the understanding of diabetic complications. The medal is considered the highest scientific honor bestowed by the EASD and is recognized as one of the world’s most prestigious awards for diabetes research.
■ EINSTEIN’S CANCER CENTER IS OFFERING A

an Open House on the Wilf Campus, Jan. 11, 2004, 12:45 pm – 3 pm. The Open House enables prospective students to meet with faculty, alumni, and current students and to learn about WSSW’s many programs. For more information contact the WSSW Office of Admissions at 212.960.0810.
■ A STUDY CONDUCTED BY RESEARCHERS AT

Boys’ class of 1953 celebrated its 50-year reunion on the Wilf Campus at Weissberg Commons, Nov. 2. More than 70 guests attended the event, which was chaired by Judah Mansbach YH’53 and included an address by Herbert C. Dobrinsky YH,’54Y,R,F, vice president of university affairs and a 1950 graduate of the boys high school.
■ TWO EXHIBITIONS OPENED IN SEPTEMBER

low-cost, six-session, smoking cessation program created by a licensed health psychologist. The program features a warm, supportive atmosphere, pharmacotherapy discussion with hospital physician, self-hypnosis and relaxation training, guest speakers, lips for breaking the habit, and tools for conquering urges and temptations. Groups meet at the Montefiore Medical Park and at the Montefiore Medical Center; day and time based on members’ availability. For more information call (718) 430-2200.
■ MICHAEL JAY WILDES, A GRADUATE 1989

Einstein shows that people who live to be 100 appear to have larger-than-average cholesterol-carrying molecules or lipoproteins. The study, published recently in The Journal of the American Medical Association follows other evidence that the size of the lipoproteins may spur longevity. Eighty percent of centenarians surveyed by researchers possessed an unusually high proportion of large lipoproteins, while only 8 percent of a control group in their 60s and 70s had the larger lipoproteins. Dr. Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging at Einstein, who led the study, said, “Large particle size seems to give people an extra 20 years of life, with very little disability to go along with it.” The large lipoproteins appear to have genetic origins as opposed to diet or exercise.
■ THE ISRAELI NATIONAL WRESTLING TEAM WAS

at the Yeshiva University Museum. On Sept. 7, an exhibition geared toward young audiences, “Traders on the Sea Routes: 12th Century Trade Between East and West,” opened at the museum. The exhibition explores the trade routes of medieval Jewish merchants via the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The exhibit includes two expertly crafted model sailing vessels commissioned especially for this show. On Sept. 10, “Remembrance: Russian Post-Modern Nostalgia,” opened with works by the foremost Russian artists of their generations.
■ THE STUDENT-RUN RADIO STATION WYUR IS

graduate of YU’s Cardozo School of Law, and a former assistant US Attorney in New York, was elected Nov. 4 to a three-year term as mayor of Englewood, NJ. Mr. Wildes, a Democrat, is the son of Leon Wildes’54Y, IBC.
■ JEFFREY M. ROSENGARTEN YH’69, WAS

appointed associate vice president of administrative services. Mr. Rosengarten, a 30-year veteran of YU, now oversees administrative and support services throughout the university’s three Manhattan campuses. His responsibilities also encompass the management of facilities, capital and infrastructure improvements, security and safety, production-mail services, food services, and community outreach.
■ CONDOLENCES ARE EXTENDED TO THE FAMILY

in New York recently to attend the World Freestyle Wrestling Championship at Madison Square Garden. The team visited YU on Sept. 10, worked out in Muss Hall on the Wilf Campus, and helped the YU wrestling squad and the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy wrestling team with their practices. YU wrestling coach Neil Ellman, who trained under YU’s first wrestling coach and Olympic gold medallist Henry Wittenberg, said the Israeli team was impressed by the welcome YU provided. In fact, Coach Ellman said that at the Championship in Madison Square Garden the

back “on the air” after a three-year hiatus. The station will be heard via the Internet at www.yu.edu/stern/wyur_radio.htm. WYUR broadcasts from the third floor of the Schottenstein Center, Wilf Campus, and features varied entertainment, including a rock-and-roll history show that station manager and YC student David Weinberg says aims to teach listeners about the evolution of rock. Approximately 40 men and 15 women are involved in WYUR’s rebirth and will serve as on-air personalities and producers.
■ MICHAEL BROWNLEE, MD, ANITA AND

and friends of Judah Schwarz, a sophomore at Sy Syms School of Business who passed away in August. Judah spent a year and a half in Israel at Shaarei Mevasseret Zion and entered Syms last spring where he established a 4.0 GPA. Judah was working as a camp counselor at Camp Moshava in Pennsylvania when he died from heart failure.

Jack Saltz Professor of Diabetes Research and professor in the Department of Medicine (endocrinolo-

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