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The Next Einstein May Be A 27-Year-Old Iranian Woman

- She's called Zahra Haghani and you can read her paper, "Matter May Matter" online. What Sparrho has done is analyse her writing, and determined that she was one of several writers who were statistically most similar to Einstein. -Ian Morris, Forbes - 3/13/15

Iranian Student Who Triggered UMass Dispute Fights to Return

- Lost in the dispute over the University of Massachusetts' controversial restrictions on Iranian students was the woman who inadvertently sparked it all. Until now. Her name is Zahra Khalkhali, and her case has become a cause celebre on UMass' Amherst campus. -NBC News - 2/25/15

IAAB's Persian Language Educators' Symposium - May 23rd-24th in Berkeley, California

- IAAB, in collaboration with directors of Persian language schools, is pleased to present the second biennial Persian Language Educators' Symposium from May 23-May 24, 2015 in Berkeley, California at Golestan Center for Language Immersion and Cultural Education. - 2/23/15

U.S. University Reverses Ban On Iranian Science Students

- The University of Massachusetts at Amherst says it will accept Iranian students into its science and engineering programs. The university said in a February 18 statement that it will develop individualized study plans to meet the requirements of a U.S. sanctions law. - 2/19/15

New minor succeeds, gaining popularity

- Omid Irani, a senior, will be graduating this semester as the first Seton Hall student to declare Seton Hall's new Middle Eastern studies minor. This 18-credit multidisciplinary program, a joint effort between the departments of history, religious studies, political science and the School of Diplomacy, was a seed of an idea in 2009. -Emily Balan, Setonian - 2/18/15

PAAIA Voices Concern Over UMass Amherst's Proposed Policy on Iranian Students

- In a recent statement, University of Massachusetts Amherst announced they will no longer accept Iranian nationals to their engineering and natural sciences programs due to their concerns in complying with the Iran Threat Reductions and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012. PAAIA is concerned that UMass Amherst's potential broad interpretation of the law will negatively impact Iranian students during the admissions process and could lead to similar policy decisions by other U.S. universities. - 2/14/15

NIAC Concerned by University's Exclusion of Iranian Students, Calls for Reversal

- The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) has learned that the University of Massachusetts Amherst will no longer admit Iranian nationals as students in certain engineering and science programs and will require all Iranian students to certify their compliance with certain sanctions. NIAC is deeply concerned by the University of Massachusetts Amherst's action and calls on the University to reverse its decision. - 2/13/15

Photos: Village Students in Chabahar Looking For Philanthropists To Help Their Schools

- These photos are from the schools at Kamb and Tiss Koopan villages in the district of Chabahar town in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province. At the age of the internet, the students at these schools are still deprived of the basic educational facilities. With their their government having failed them, these students have now turned to philanthropists and asking for their help so their schools can meet the minimum educational standards. - 2/12/15

Hundreds of students protest at Tehran University dorm

- On Saturday night, a large group of students gathered at Tehran University Dorm to protest their increased expenses, the lack of sufficient dorm spots, restrictions on hours, blackouts at night, low-quality internet services and their mistreatment by university security personnel. - 2/10/15

New Iranian school policy welcomes Afghan children

- Iran's Education Minister says the administration's new policy states that no Afghan child should be denied the right to education in Iran. Ali Asghar Fani told Fars News: "Our objective is to give Afghan students a chance to be educated and empowered in our schools so they can return to their countries with the best of abilities." - 1/17/15

Toronto, Mashhad medical universities ink MoU

- Mashhad University of Medical Sciences and Canada's University of Toronto signed a memorandum of understanding on sharing educational and scientific findings. The deal was concluded in a ceremony attended by the Head of Clinical Biochemistry Department Khosrow Adeli and the professor of Toronto University's Biology Pathology Department. - 12/5/14

IAAB Announces Study Abroad in Iran: YAR Institute

- IAAB is extremely excited to announce the launch of a three-week full-immersion summer course in Iran, under its groundbreaking new initiative, the YAR Institute: Youth Advancing Research. IAAB's YAR Institute is designed to create the next generation of leaders informed and engaged on Iran. - 11/25/14

Iran's President Rohani Installs Caretaker Of Science Ministry

- After his fourth candidate for the post of science minister was voted down by Parliament, President Hassan Rohani appointed Mohammad Ali Najafi's to a term as caretaker of the science ministry with the permission of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei. - 11/23/14

Iran slams EU renewing sanctions on University

- The Iranian judiciary's Human Rights Commission has denounced the European Union's decision to once again impose sanctions on one of Iran's top universities, Sharif University of Technology, describing it as a "violation of international rights." - 11/11/14

Mirzakhani honored by High Council for Iranian Expatriates Affairs

- High Council for Iranian Expatriates Affairs on Sunday granted a plaque of honor to Iranian Fields Medal-winning mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani. Ahmad Mirzakhani, the father of Professor Maryam Mirzakhani, who is an engineer and head of the board of directors of Raad Charity institution in Iran, received the plaque of honor on behalf of his daughter because she couldn't attend the ceremony. - 11/3/14

Iranian MP complains of mass firing at Kurdistan university

- Marivon MP Omid Karimian has spoken out against the termination of 300 members of the Kurdistan Medical Sciences University staff, calling the move even more concerning in view of the province's high rate of unemployment. - 10/28/14

Iran manufacturing centrifuges used to produce vaccines: AEOI director

- Iran has attained self-sufficiency in manufacturing centrifuges used for making vaccines, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Director Ali Akbar Salehi announced on Friday. Salehi made the remarks on the sidelines of the 18th Annual Asian Science Park Association (ASPA) Conference in Shiraz - 10/18/14

Professor Majid Samii named world top neurosurgeon

- The world renowned Iranian scientist in neurological surgery Professor Majid Samii has garnered the 2014 Golden Neuron Award. The award was announced during a ceremony held at the biannual meeting of the World Academy of Neurological Surgery in Vienna on October 11. - 10/12/14

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 awarded to Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi

- The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 is to be awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzay for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education. - 10/11/14

Rouhani Urges Iran Universities to Open Up, Dismisses Spy Fears

- President Hassan Rouhani called on Tuesday for Iran's universities to admit more foreign students and lecturers, dismissing conservatives' fears that more interaction with the outside world would encourage espionage. -Reuters - 10/8/14

Iranian name 'Homa' selected for asteroid

- An Iranian name was chosen for an asteroid out of 1500 other names suggested in an international campaign to name LA1986 (3988) minor planet. Near Earth Objects (NEO) Project Group of Space Generation Advisory Council held an international campaign last year to name the asteroid in which citizens across the world could suggest their names. - 10/7/14

Iran FM criticizes Norway's expulsion of Iranian students

- "The expulsion of Iranian students has had adverse consequences on our public opinion and academic circles and this is detrimental to Norway," Zarif said in a Monday meeting with new Norwegian Ambassador to Tehran Aud Lise Norheim. - 9/16/14

Programs target illiterate working children in Iran

- Iran's ministry of education says 10 percent of the 116,000 people identified as illiterate in the last Tehran census are working children, adding that the actual number could be even higher. - 9/15/14

Largest German university delegation visits Iran

- The largest German university scientific delegation is visiting Iran to discuss mutual cooperation with Iranian universities, said Iranian Deputy Minister of Science for International Affairs Hossein Amoli. The delegation includes university presidents of Aachen, Giessen, Rhine-Waal, Darmstadt, Rostock universities and German University in Istanbul. - 9/14/14

Over 350,000 Iranians studying abroad: Education Minister

- Ali Asghar Faani, who was briefing a gathering of teachers set to be dispatched to Iran's official schools abroad, said that his organization is planning to restructure the system governing its foreign missions and "make them more compatible with the cultural changes." - 9/1/14

Iranian Scientist Wins UNESCO Biology Award

- An Iranian researcher and scientist of the country's Royan Institute won the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for the first time in the history. Professor Hossein Baharavand from the Stem Cell Research Center of Royan Institute was qualified to win the 2014-2015 UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize. - 8/26/14

Interview with Mahta Moghaddam of Jet Propulsion Laboratory

- Where are you from? "I was born in Iran and moved to the US when I was 16 years old." What did you want to be growing up? "Always wanted to be a scientist and an explorer. I was extremely interested in the origins of life and universe, the origins of Earth - how it was formed and how it functioned." -JPL - 8/23/14

Iranian woman scientist selected member of COMEST

- Azam Iraji Zad, faulty member of Sharif University of Technology Physics Department was selected as member of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST). According to Public Relations Department of National Elites Foundation, she is the first Iranian scientist admitted to the commission. - 8/21/14

Presidential praise for Iranian math prize winner (with and without head scarf)

- Mirzakhani was born and raised in Tehran. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani tweeted congratulations today to Mirzakhani using two photos - one showing her with a head scarf and one without. -Lydia Tomkiw, CSM - 8/14/14

Iranian Becomes First Woman to Win Math's Top Prize

- An Iranian-born mathematician has become the first woman to win the prestigious mathematics prize known as the Fields Medal. Maryam Mirzakhani will receive the award, widely considered the Nobel Prize for math, at a ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday. - 8/13/14

Ali Khademhosseini wins Nano Young Investigator Award from AIChE

- The Iranian-Canadian scientist Professor Ali Khademhosseini has won the 2014 award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Khademhosseini was named to receive Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum (NSEF) Young Investigator Award. - 8/8/14

Sharif university students shine at IMC 2014

- Tehran's Sharif University of Technology students won two gold and four bronze medals at the 21st International Mathematics Competition for University Students. - 8/8/14

Iranian Researcher Maryam Mirzakhani Receives The 2014 Clay Research Award

- Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian university professor and mathematician at Stanford University, is the recipient of the 2014 Clay Research Award from the Clay Mathematics Institute. Mirzakhani well-known for her prominent theories on geometry and ergodic theory, received the award along with Peter Scholz, another prominent mathematician on Algebraic geometry. - 8/5/14

Iran students face expulsion from Norway over sanctions

- Academics from Norway's top technical university have expressed concern after almost a dozen post-graduate science students from Iran had their residence permits cancelled because of international sanctions. -Fariba Sahraei, The Nation - 7/28/14

Iranian Science Minister Defends University Appointments

- Iran's minister of science has responded to critics and defended his choices for university presidents, saying all his appointees have top academic credentials and have also been approved by the ministry of intelligence. Farajidana has been accused of appointing individuals who supported the opposition in the election protests of 2009. - 7/23/14

Call For Papers: Symposia Iranica Second Biennial Iranian Studies Conference

- Symposia Iranica inaugurated at the University of St Andrews with 99 speakers in 2013 as the first early career scholar-focused in the field. We bring together this group to celebrate, encourage and stimulate their interest and engagement with Iranian studies - 7/17/14

10 Iranians on list of World's Most Influential Scientific Minds

- Ten Iranian scientists have been named to Thomson Reuters' list of The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014. The list includes more than 3,200 scientists from around the world who have published the highest number of articles that are cited the most frequently by other researchers. - 7/6/14

Professors write in defence of embattled Iran's Science Minister

- More than 900 professors at Iranian universities have issued a statement expressing their support for Science and Technology Minister Reza Faraji-Dana. The Etemad daily reports that in a letter to Ali Larijani, the head of Parliament, the professors express dismay regarding the actions that a number of MPs have taken against the minister of science. - 7/6/14

EU Court Scraps Sanctions On Iranian University

- A European Union court has annulled sanctions on a top Iranian university, which the 28-nation bloc accuses of being involved with Iran's nuclear program. The General Court ruled on July 3 that the European Union had provided insufficient evidence to justify an asset freeze on Tehran's Sharif University of Technology. - 7/3/14

Introduction of new university president rouses tension on campus in Tehran

- The introduction of the new president for Amirkabir University of Technology became a scene of violent tension on Saturday June 28. Mehr News Agency reports that while the amphitheatre was full to capacity, a group of students forced their way in, causing the door to break and one of the professors to get injured. - 6/29/14

Education opens doors for Afghan refugees in Iran

- Afghan refugee Nasibah is now an obstetrics surgeon in Iran, an achievement she and her family never felt possible. The 32-year-old faced tremendous obstacles in pursuing her dream. - 6/28/14

HAND Foundation Awards Annual Scholarship to Kian Samaee

- We are delighted to announce that the 2014 HAND Foundation Scholarship has been made to Kian Samaee for his doctoral studies in economics at The University of Pennsylvania. - 6/28/14

Study of Political Science in Iranian universities to change with new text books

- Political Science in Iranian universities has been overhauled with the addition of 91 new texts. The Tasnim news agency reports that the new Political Science curriculum will be implemented starting this September. - 6/20/14

Rohani Supporter Named Tehran University President

- The Minister of Science and Technology has appointed Mohammad Nili Ahmadabadi as the new president of Tehran University. Iranian media report that Nili Ahmadabadi will work as interim head of the university until his appointment has been announced to the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution. - 6/10/14

Iranian Education Ministry Considers "Citizens' Rights Charter" For Textbooks

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani had said at the beginning of the school year that students have to know how to defend their rights and protest against any violations. "I believe the right to protest is where human dignity begins to flourish and it must begin in our schools," Rohani was quoted as saying. "This is what will move the society toward lawfulness." - 5/19/14

Seven Iranians enlisted in Mars One volunteers

- Seven Iranians have successfully passed 'medical health' phase of Mars One project, and entered the next phase, and have been enlisted in 705 volunteers of one-way Mars One project. - 5/7/14

Complaints by Iranian MPs lead to action on "starred" students

- A spokesman for Iran's Article 90 Commission says following complaints from three MPs about the minister of science, the commission has finally managed to obtain the files of "starred" students. "Starred" students are university students who have been marked by the authorities for reasons such as political or social activism and, therefore, prevented from pursuing their studies. - 4/13/14

Tehran University faculty to make historic selection

- Iran's Ministry of Science has announced that for the first time in Islamic Republic history, the president of Tehran University will be selected by the university faculty. - 4/9/14

Iran's medical schools to limit female enrollment

- Medical schools in Iran will restrict admission to women in the coming academic year, the Shargh daily reports. The report indicates that the number of women in the medical field has risen from 42 percent of total admissions in 1992 to 68 percent in the last year. - 4/8/14

Iranian School Curricula to Incorporate Environmental Awareness

- Teaching environmental concepts to students has never been implemented in a systematic and nationwide form in Iran. In recent years some limited efforts have been made in a number of schools which have been projects undertaken by volunteers through initiatives of particular principles, parent councils or teachers. - 3/31/14

Does General License G Really Allow Academic Exchanges With Iran?

- With the Persian New Year upon us, it seems the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the main US federal agency tasked with the administration of economic sanctions, has gotten into the spirit. Today it issued General License G, a regulatory authorization designed to permit academic exchanges between Iran and the United States. -Erich C. Ferrari - 3/21/14

NIAC Applauds General License for U.S.-Iran Academic Exchanges

- NIAC strongly supports the Obama Administration's decision this Norooz to exempt educational exchanges from sanctions. NIAC is pleased that 'General License G' addresses key obstacles to building bridges between Iran and the U.S. Educational exchanges are immensely important in tearing down the barriers and rebuilding a long overdo friendship between Iranians and Americans. - 3/20/14

The Iranian Genome Project Seeks Samples

- Dr. Pardis Sabeti MD/Ph.D., professor at Harvard University and MIT's Broad Institute, has had the opportunity to study the genetics of many different populations throughout her storied career. But one population missing from the genetics research done by Dr. Sabeti and others is her own - the Iranian population. - 3/13/14

Conflict Continues Over Tehran University Chancellor's Dismissal: Plans for Secular University Lecturers?

- The removal of Farhad Rahbar, the chancellor of Tehran University continues to dominate news stories in Iran. Farhad Rahbar has an intelligence background as he had at one time been a member of Iran's ministry of intelligence, while also holding other posts such as the chairmanship of the plan and budget organization during Ahmadinejad's administration. -Jalal Yaghoubi - 3/7/14

The 2014 IAAB Summer Leadership Institute Returns to the South in July

- IAAB is pleased to present its 2014 Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), which is being held from July 6th to July 18th at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. The 2014 SLI houses IAAB's celebrated annual Iranian American high school and middle school leadership camps, Camp Ayandeh and Camp Ayandeh Javan - 2/27/14

Recombinant drugs made in transgenic goats at Iran's Royan Institute

- Researchers of Royan Institute have extracted recombinant drugs made in transgenic goats, a morning English-language paper quoted chairman of the institute on Monday. According to ˈIran Daily,ˈ Dr. Hamid Gourabi said that Royan intends to begin mass production by generating herds of transgenic goats. - 2/24/14

Iranian students demand return of expelled professors

- Students of Social Sciences at Allameh Tabatabai University have staged protests calling for the return of professors who were forced out of their jobs. The Fararo Website reports that the students called for the return of Parviz Piran, Shirin Ahmadnia, Ebrahim Tofigh, Shahla Ezazi, Nematollah Fazeli and Hassan Namakdoost. - 2/21/14

New president of Tehran University announced

- Iran's Ministry of Science has announced that Farhad Rahbar's four-year term as president of the University of Tehran has ended and he will now be replaced by Mohammad Hossein Omid, the financial deputy of the science ministry. - 2/19/14

Sanctions Cut Off Online Courses for Iranians

- "Denying Iranians the right to an education undermines American interests and values, and violates the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," said NIAC Policy Director Jamal Abdi. "The Iranian government has systematically denied education to students based on their political and religious beliefs. The U.S. should not be in the business of denying education to students simply because they are Iranian." - 1/30/14

US Restricts Free Online Courses to Some Countries

- The U.S. education company Coursera, which offers free Internet-based classes in subjects ranging from Medicine and Mathematics to Business and Social Sciences, says it 'regretably had to make changes' to its accessibility in some countries. - 1/30/14

Persian language group slams local languages initiative

- Members of the Academy of Persian Language & Literature have lashed out against recent statements from the Rohani administration that encourage the teaching of local languages in public elementary schools around the country. - 1/29/14

Photos: A village school in the internet era!

- 15 Khordad is a small school located in the village of Pakol in the province of Kohgiluyeh Va Boyer Ahmad in southwestern Iran. The school hosts 17 students in two classrooms. However, it lacks basic amenities such as electricity, water and heating, and the students are deprived of a proper educational environment. -Hossein Khedmati - 1/23/14

Column: Iran Nuclear Deal Opens Doors for Students

- A senior Barack Obama administration official on Monday told reporters "we've committed that up to $400 million of Iran's own money can be directed through a financial channel that we will agree on to universities and colleges outside of Iran where Iranian students are currently studying." - 1/23/14

Iran: Rohani administration puts minority language education on agenda

- The Iranian president's special aide for ethnic and religious minorities' affairs has announced that the education of ethnic minorities in their mother tongue is on the government's agenda. - 1/21/14

MP Talks With Rooz: Fifteen Percent Illiteracy in Iran is a Disaster

- About 10 million of Iran's 67 million people who are over the age of six can neither read nor write, according to a literacy official. Also, according to UNESCO, Iran's 86th among the world's 164 countries in literacy. The head of Iran's literacy program announced these figures and added, ൗ percent of Iranians continue to be illiterate." -Niusha Saremi - 1/5/14

University to re-establish humanities programs

- More than two years after Allameh Tabatabai University announced that it will no longer offer a number of humanities programs, one of its department heads announced on Friday January 3 that the programs will be restored. - 1/4/14

Persian Language Online

- The Persian Language Foundation is pleased to announce that, after months of careful toil in the areas of web development and the composition of pedagogical material, the first level of our educational website, Persian Language Online, is complete! - 12/22/13

Student Protesters Call For Changes At Tehran's Art University

- A group of students at the Tehran University of Art gathered in protest to call for the removal of university president Saeed Kashan Fallah. - 12/18/13

Iran successfully sends second monkey into space

- The explorer dubbed 'Pajouhesh' (research) carrying a monkey (Fargam) conducted its sub-orbit mission successfully to make Iran closer to sending human to space - 12/14/13

Objection to selection of "Pourdavoud Chair in pre-modern Persia at Princeton": Petition by Ehsan Yarshater

- Objection by the International community of Iranian Studies to the selection of a scholar of Greco-Arabic, to the Pourdavoud Chair in pre-modern Persia at Princeton University. - 12/9/13

Professor Fazlollah Reza made honorary member of Academy of Persian Language and Literature

- Professor Fazlollah Reza was made an honorary member of the Academy of Persian Language and Literature during a meeting in Tehran on Monday. Reza, 98, has previously served as the Chancellor of Sharif University of Technology and University of Tehran. - 11/29/13

Iranian students demonstrate in support of Science Ministry

- A group of Qazvin University students staged a peaceful sit-in in support of the Ministry of Science. The students prepared a petition informing parliament that they support the appointees of the new Minister of Science Reza Farajidana. - 11/22/13

Iranian Neurologist Professor Majid Samii Wins Leibniz Ring Prize

- Iranian neurologist has won the Leibniz Ring Prize in Germany. The prize is given to Personalities who have made contributions to human development. The founder of the International Institute of Neurosciences in Hannover, Professor Samii has helped train many neurologists in Iran, Europe and on the African continent. - 11/17/13

Iranian university to reinstate women's studies program

- Women's Studies will be offered again at Allameh Tabatabai University, says the university's new head, Hossein Salimi. Salimi announced that the department will begin accepting applicants in the next academic year. - 10/30/13

Over 118,000 Afghan Pupils Going to Schools in Tehran province of Iran

- More than 118,000 Afghan pupils are going to schools in Tehran Province, said Issa Mousavinasab, the Director-General of the Foreign Nationals and Immigrants Department of Tehran Governorate General. - 10/27/13
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