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U.S. Invites Israel Scientists to “atoms-for-peace” Training

Israel scientists may be among those from many nations to participate in the first of several projects advancing President Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” plan. United States authorities have communicated with Israel about a special four-week course in radioisotope techniques, to begin next May at the Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies.

At Oak Ridge, scientists will have the opportunity to learn new techniques and to interchange knowledge already acquired through application and theory. Israel scientists may make contributions, owing to their studies at the Department of Isotope Research in the Weizmann Institute of Science at Rehovoth, and the application of research at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem, where radioactive isotopes are used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, blood diseases, and thyroid conditions.

The Oak Ridge study group will precede an international scientific conference, proposed for the summer of 1955, to which Israel will be invited. (In Israel, the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs and Security Committee today heard a special report from a group of scientists about research work being done there in atomic energy and in the field of heavy water. The scientists were from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Weizmann Institute at Rehovoth.)

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