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Groundbreaking ceremony for the Arnon Science Education Campus

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Date: March 27, 2016
Weizmann Magazine Vol. 9

Guests gathered on Nov. 10 for the cornerstone-laying ceremony for the Ruth and Uriel Arnon Science Education Campus, in the presence of Prof. Ruth Arnon of the Department of Immunology and her husband Dr. Uriel Arnon, whose visionary gift established the campus.

The building will add an important new dimension to what is becoming an increasingly busy corner of the Weizmann Institute of Science, dedicated to science education for schoolaged youth.

This campus, located on municipal land adjacent to the Weizmann Institute campus next to the Davidson Institute for Science Education, will house the Schwartz-Reisman Center for Science Education. The Schwartz- Reisman Center will provide chemistry and physics coursework at the highest possible level for outstanding high school students from Rehovot and nearby Nes Ziona.

The Center is currently operating with close to 800 students at the Davidson Institute for Science Education. More than 1,500 students are expected to enroll once this campus is complete.

The Arnons have been part of the fabric of the Weizmann Institute community for almost 60 years. Prof. Arnon, a worldrenowned immunologist and winner of the Wolf Prize and Israel Prize for Medicine, has served in many roles at the Institute and the international scientific community, including as Vice President (twice) and Chair of the Israeli Academy of Science and Humanities.

Prof. Arnon expressed her and her husband’s great appreciation and gratitude for the opportunity to support this unique campus, which is an “important milestone in educating the next generation of Israeli scientists, engineers, and high-tech entrepreneurs”.