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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 27, 2009 i Encyclopedia of Jewish Women goes online for free American Jewish Historical Societ Movie poster advertises Molly Picon starring in "French Vodvil" at he Alhambre in Paris in 1936. The Yiddish theater star's biography is one of some 1,700 appearing in Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia, available free online March I at The Jewish Women's Ar- chive dWA) has announced the launch of the first com- prehensive online source for the history of Jewish women. On March 1, Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Histori- cal Encyclopedia which includes more than 1.700 biographies. 300 thematic essays, and 1.400 photographs and illustrations goes live on JWA's Web site, "Jewish Women: A Corn- prehensive Historical Ency- clopedia represents a huge advance for the fields of history and women's stud- ies:" said Gall Reimer. Ph. D.. executive director of the Jewish Women's Archive. The Encyclopedia was pre- viously available only on CD-ROM. Reimer notes, "In its CD-ROM form, the Ency- clopedia was expensive and not widely accessible, so we are delighted to make this important resource available online and usable at no cost. We've taken history out of the locked vaults of physical repositories and put it into the hands of Internet users all over the world." Reviewers hailed the CD- ROM version, published in 2006 by Alice and Moshe Shalvi of Shalvi Publishing Ltd.. for its easy navigation and for the wealth of informa- tion it contains. The online edition has an improved user interface, which provides thematic and visual links and extensive cross-references. alongwith many new Web 2.0 features, including the ability for users to discuss and update current biographies and to submit new ones. Edited by Paula Hyma_n 'Lab-on-a-chip' detects bio- weapons, disease, pollutants TEL AVIVFor centuries. animals have been our first line of defense against toxins. A canary in a coal mine served as ativing monitor for poison- ous gases. Scientists used fish to test for contaminants in our water. Even with modern advances, though, it can take days to detect a fatal chemical or organism. Until now. Working in the miniaturized world of nanotechnology, Tel Aviv University" researchers have made an enormous and humane--leap forward in the detection of pollutants. Ateam led by Prof.Yosi Sha- cham-Diamand, vice-dean of TAU's engineering faculty, has developed a nano-sized laboratory, complete with a microscopic workbench, to measure water quality in real time. Their "lab on a chip" is a breakthrough in the ef- fort to keep water safe from pollution and bioterrorist threats, pairing biology with the cutting-edge capabilities of nanotechnology. "We've developed a plat- form--essentially a micro- sized, quarter-inch 'lab'--employing genetically engineered bacteria that light up when presented with a stressor in water." says Prof. Shacham-Diamand. Equip- ment on the little chip can work to help detect very tiny light levelsproduced by the bacteria. Instead of using animals to help detect threats to a water supply, Shacham-Diamand says, "Our system is based on a plastic chip that is more humane, much faster, more sensitive and much Cheaper." "Basically, ours is an in- novative advance in the 'lab on a chip' system," says Sha- cham-Diamand. "It's an in- genious nano-scale platform designed to get information out of biological events. Our solution can monitor water with never-before-achieved levels of accuracy. But as a platform, it can also be used for unlimited purposes, such as investigating stem cell therapies or treating cancer." According to published literature. Tel Aviv University is one of the top five universi- ties in the World pioneering the "lab on a chip" concept. The nanolabs can be used to evaluate several biologi- cal processes with practical applications, such as mi- crobes in water, stem cells, or breast cancer development. Shacham-Diamand's active lab group publishes a major paper about once a month in this field, most recentl3) in the journal "Nano Letters." of Yale University and Dalia Ofer of Hebrew University of Jerusalem. the Encyclopedia contains content from more than 1,000 independent scholars on a wide range of Jewish women through the centuries--from Gertrude Berg to Gertrude Stein; Hannah Greenbaum Solo- mon to Hannah Arendt; the Biblical Ruth to Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Encyclopedia is an invaluable resource for students, educators, re- searchers, and the general public. Gloria Steinem praised the Encyclopedia as "user- friendly and thoughtfully compiled, as much a joy for the casual browser as for those who come with a purpose. Whether you are a scholar in search of the past, a journalist in need of facts in the present. or a young Jewish girl looking for role models for dreams of the future, the encyclopedia is a treasure-trove.'" The mission of the Jewish Women's Archive is to un- cover, chronicle, and transmit to a broad public the rich his- tory of North American Jewish women. A national non-profit organization founded in 1995 and headquartered in Brook- Savannah Court and Cove is an elegant communirf " where hospitality is truly a way of lif:! All within One residence, we offer Assisted Living, Skilled Nursing and Rdabilitat ion Cam. Wlat makes us unique is ou* abibitv to provide full assisted living and skilled Imrsing services all within one cxmlmdnit3: Ira resident m ever netxl short tern4 rehabilitative ser-4iccs or ong turin dkilled hursin, g, we have itall, .so the T do , our residents have many areas to enjoy privacy or one anotheFs eompan.v. Our activities program is unparalleled including aful! sche&de of ments and outings. Partnering with other Israeli scientists. Tel Aviv University is currently build- ing and commercializing its water-testing mini-labs to measur andmonitor how ge- netically engineered bacteria respond to pollution such as E. coli in water. Cities across Israel have expressed interest in the technology, as has the state of Hawaii. But other uses are being explored as well. Funded by a $3 million grant from the United States Department . of Defense Projects Agency (DARPA), the new lab-on-a- chip could become a defensive weapon that protects America " ii' from biological warfare. His .. system, Shacham-Diamand says, can be also modified to react to chemical threats and pollution. With some tweak- ing here and there, it can be updated as new threats are detected. Shacham-Diamond's re- search has also attracted the interest of cancer researchers around the world. 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