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The Russell Berrie Foundation was established in 1985 by Russell Berrie, an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. An important goal of the Berrie Foundation is to help build a pluralistic world where people of all faiths can co-exist peacefully. For this reason they created the Russell Berrie Fellowship Program held at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). Along with the establishment of an Annual Lecture Series on Interreligious Studies, the goal of the Fellowship Program is to build bridges between Catholic,
Jewish, and other religious traditions by providing the next generation of religious leaders with a comprehensive understanding of and dedication to inter-faith issues.
A Slender Thread: The first Technion nanotechnology project to draw headlines came in 1998,
when Professors Uri Sivan, Erez Braun and Yoav Eichen assembled DNA and silver into a conductive wire 1000 times thinner than a human hair, opening the door for faster and more sophisticated computer chips. That’s right, living DNA molecules being used to create a new generation of electronics.
Carbon Conquest: Technion researchers then went on to create a self-assembling nanotransistor from DNA. This was another crucial advance in electronics,
because as scientists reach the limits of working with silicon, carbon nanotubes are widely recognized as the next step in squeezing an increasing number of transistors onto a chip,
vastly increasing computer speed and memory.
Technion scientists were able to write the entire Old Testament on the head of a pin. The idea was just to illustrate how information can now be stored --
and structures created on a scale once thought to be impossibly tiny.