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Tehran University Student Launches Campus Sit-In Against Being Blacklisted for Activism

- University of Tehran student activist Saha Mortezaei began a sit-in at her campus library on October 11, 2019, to protest being denied university enrollment for allegedly engaging in political activism. "I was 10th on the national exam for doctoral studies in political science but there is a problem with my case," the state-funded Islamic Republic News Agency quoted her saying on October 11. -CHRI - 10/16/19

Top Iran cultural body slams US protracted detention of stem-cell scientist

- A leading Iranian cultural organization has slammed the United States for its protracted detainment of an Iranian stem-cell scientist on "hollow" grounds, calling on advocates of human rights worldwide to help end the "arbitrary detention." - 9/11/19

Iran Sanctions Curbing Global Scientific Progress: Top British Journal

- The British medical journal BMJ Global Health says US sanctions on Iran, a leading country in the world for science, are curtailing global scientific progress. As a result of the draconian sanctions, Iranian scientists have been denied opportunities to publish their findings, attend meetings, and access essential supplies and information, the publication said. -Press TV - 9/10/19

Iranian researcher introduces new drug with anti-inflammatory effect

- Anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive properties of the pharmaceutical molecule, mannuronic acid (M2000), have been introduced for the first time to the world by professor Abbas Mirshafiey, the faculty member at the school of public health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS). - 8/4/19

PHOTOS: The Brain Bank of Iran

- Brain Bank of Iran is operating under the strict supervision of Iran University of Medical Sciences (IUMS) in Tehran and is tasked with conducting human researches in the field of nervous system diseases. This equipped center plays a leading role in the field of offering quality research & development (R&D) services to promote technical knowhow and knowledge on nervous system diseases. -Maryam Kamyab - 8/2/19

Over 50,000 foreigners studying in Iranian universities: Science Minister

- The number of international students entering Iranian universities and colleges has increased over the past years to reach more than 50,000 people, says the country's minister for sciences. Mansour Gholami said on Monday that the figure excluded those studying medical sciences and those admitted to seminaries for religious studies. - 7/31/19

Green schools being constructed in 3 provinces of Iran

- Three provinces across the country will soon have green schools, Darioush Varnaseri, deputy director of the organization for school renovation, development and equipment, has stated. "Green schools will be built in three provinces of Tehran, Qazvin, and Sistan-Baluchestan," Varnaseri said, ISNA reported on Sunday. -Tehran Times - 7/29/19

Top Iranian universities on the list of Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019

- Iranian universities are included in different subjects of 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, according to its website. Times Higher Education is the data provider underpinning university excellence in every continent across the world. The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, founded in 2004, provide the definitive list of the world's best universities. -Setareh Behroozi, Tehran Times - 6/18/19

Leading Iranian stem cell scientist behind bars in U.S. for 7 months without trial

- Top Iranian stem cell scientist Dr. Masoud Soleimani has been behind bars in the United States without trial for the past seven months. Back in October last year, Soleimani, a professor and biomedical researcher at the Tarbiat Modares University (TMU) in Tehran, was arrested by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) upon his arrival in the US. -Press TV - 5/20/19

Iran pioneer in stem cell knowledge, technology: Royan Institute's Director

- Iran is one of the most pioneering countries in the world and the second country in the region based on stem cell knowledge and technology, Hossein Baharvand, director of Royan Institute for stem cell biology and technology, has said. Baharvand is a distinguished professor of stem cells and developmental biology at Royan Institute. -Maryam Qarehgozlou, Tehran Times - 4/30/19

Flood destroys 77 schools in Iran

- At least a total number of 77 schools were destroyed due to devastating floods in various provinces across Iran, a non-governmental organization said on Monday. Out of the 77 destroyed schools, 55 were in Lorestan Province in central west of Iran and 22 were in Golestan north of the country, according to Mehr Giti that has conducted an assessment in affected regions in Iran. - 4/9/19

Iranian Students Win Award At The "Architecture At Zero" Competition In U.S.

- An Iranian team from University of Science and Technology has gained a citation award at The 2019 International Architecture at Zero competition in the US. Students of 'the School of Architecture and Environmental Design' of the Iranian university claimed third place by winning the Citation Award along with three other teams from the US and one from Poland. - 3/10/19

Autistic Children in Iran Segregated and Punished for Having Learning Disabilities

- Responding to news of an autistic child being treated inhumanely in a school, Iranian officials blamed the child and the parents for not putting their kids in a learning institute for "special" children. But according to the testimonies of dozens of parents of autistic children in Iran, the "special" schools are poorly equipped to care for and support their children's learning needs, due to employing poorly trained staff and lack of resources. - 3/6/19

Iranian scientist Baharvand among winners of 2019 TWAS Prize

- Hossein Baharvand, an eminent Iranian scientist, won The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) 2019 prize in biology, ISNA news agency reported. Baharvand is a professor at Royan Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology. In 2004, he received a Ph.D. in Cell and Developmental Biology from Khwarizmi University. - 1/9/19

Officials cite security as data shows drop in US visas granted to Iranian students,

- The United States has granted fewer visas to Iranian students over the past months, a trend that is blamed on President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban on Iran and several other Muslim nations. According to the Institute of International Education (IIE), which tracks foreign students in the US, there are around 12,800 Iranians studying in the country, the highest in decades. However, there are signs the figure is taking a nosedive. -Press TV - 11/26/18

Tehran to host international conference on information security and cryptology

- The Iranian Society of Cryptology (ISC) is going to hold the 15th international conference on Information Security and Cryptology (ISC), known as ISCISC 2018, on August 28 and 29. Organized by Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University, the event will be held with the support of the ISC. - 8/25/18

With 450,000 foreign nationals, Iran among top host countries for refugee students: Official

- Over the past 4 decades Iran has been faced with crowds of refugees due to the wars and conflicts in the region and currently Iran is among the countries with the highest refugee population and refugee students, deputy for international affairs department of the Ministry of Education said. There are some 450,000 foreign national students studying at schools in Iran of which 420,000 are Afghan nationals, Gholamreza Karimi told in an interview with the Tehran Times and Mehr news agency. - 8/9/18

Kurdish-Iranian Refugee Wins Fields Prize For Mathematics

- A Kurdish-Iranian refugee who became a Cambridge University professor was among four winners of the prestigious Fields prize for mathematics, but his gold medal was stolen minutes after he received it. Caucher Birkar, a 40-year-old specialist in algebraic geometry, reported his briefcase missing less than an hour after he was handed his 14-karat gold medal on August 1 in Rio de Janeiro. - 8/2/18

Iranian Education Minister Issues Stern Warning Against UN 2030 Agenda

- Iran's minister of education has warned that any official or non-governmental organization (NGO) that uses educational guidelines from the banned 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be "firmly dealt with." - 4/17/18

IRAN: Supreme Leader Rejects 'Western Influence' Of UNESCO Education Goals

- Speaking to a group of teachers and education specialists April 7, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vehemently denounced UNESCO's Education 2030 goals, which include gender equality in education. - 4/12/18

13th RoboCup Iran Open to kick off in Tehran

- The adult competitions for the 13th edition of RoboCup Iran Open kicked off on April 5 at Tehran International Exhibition Center, with participation of about 500 teams. According to the chairman of Iranian National RoboCup Committee, Morteza Mousakhani, 478 teams will participate in Iran Open, a competition domain designed to advance robotics and AI research through a friendly competition. - 4/6/18

"IRANOME" project inaugurated in presence of Iran's Health Minister

- A scientific and technological project dubbed "IRANOME" was opened today in the Rehabilitative and Welfare Sciences University in the presence of Minister of Health Dr. Seyed Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi and vice president for Scientific and Technological Affairs. With the implementation of this scientific project, researchers succeeded in transferring the highly-advanced sequencing technology of new generation of NGS (Next-Generation Sequencing) genomes to the country, the report added. - 1/16/18

Tectonic Evolution, Collision, and Seismicity of Southwest Asia: In Honor of Manuel Berberian's Forty-Five Years of Research Contributions

- In recognition of his lifetime research contributions to promoting and advancing geological, plate tectonics, active tectonics, seismicity, and archaeoseismicity knowledge, the Geological Society of America (GSA) honored the first ever Persian-born and the first ever Armenian geoscientist by organizing a conference on October 29, 2013 in Denver, Colorado (during the GSA's 125th-yr establishment annual meeting), and publishing the above-mentioned 'Special Paper' volume on December 21, 2017, during the GSA's 129 years of history. - 1/8/18

Iranian Official Says Iran Intends To Ban English Lessons In Primary Schools

- A senior Iranian education official says Iran intends to ban English-language classes from primary schools amid warnings from Islamic leaders that the language has led to a "cultural invasion" from the West. Mehdi Navid-Adham, chief of the High Education Council, told state-run TV on January 7 that "teaching English in government and nongovernment primary schools in the official curriculum is against laws and regulations." - 1/8/18

Students Challenge Minister's Claim That No One in Iran is Banned From University for Political Reasons

- A student who was banned from pursuing a university education in Iran because he engaged in peaceful activism has spoken out against the science minister's claim that "few" such cases exist. Majid Dorri and fellow banned student Mahdieh Golru held signs outside the Science Ministry for several days beginning on December 17, 2017, in protest against the minister's statement. - 12/22/17

Iran's Royan Institute clones Murciana goat

- Scientists at Iran's Royan Research Institute has succeeded in producing the country's third cloned goat belonging to Murcia-Granada breed of goat. Dr. Mahdi Hajian, Head of Embryology Department at Isfahan Campus of Royan Research Institute, made the announcement asserting "following successful cloning of Saanen and Alpine goats, we sought to clone a third one from Murcia-Granada breed." - 12/20/17

Iranian University Shuts Down After Student Strike

- Student protests in Iran this week were propelled by different grievances and demands. Some were concrete issues related to financial issues and others were the result of constant pressures and interference by security organs in universities. One hotspot has been the Petroleum Industry University (Sana'ate Naft), where student protests began even earlier. - 12/7/17

Photos: Tehran schools hosting foreign students

- Some 370,000 foreign students, mostly Afghan nationals, receive free of charge schooling in Iran for the current school year, starting September 23, 2017. The pictures depict students in an elementary school and a high school in Tehran, where foreign students study together with Iranian nationals. - 10/26/17

Students, MPs Protest Against Rouhani's Conservative Nominee for Iran's Science Ministry

- Reformist members of Parliament and Iranian university students have come out strongly against President Hassan Rouhani's nominee to head the Science Ministry, Mansour Gholami, claiming he supports conservative policies and had previously collaborated with security agencies. - 10/25/17

Iran's AUT team wins 1st place at France's IMAV 2017

- A team from Tehran's Amir Kabir (Polytechnic) University of Technology secured the first place in Virtual Challenge category of International Micro Air Vehicle 2017 competition in France. About 25 university teams from different countries such as Iran, Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Britain, India, Mexico, Singapore and several others have participated in the competition. - 9/26/17

Sculpture of Maryam Mirzakhani unveiled in Tehran

- An sculpture of renowned Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani was unveiled on September 19 at the National Library and Archive of the Islamic Republic of Iran (NLAI) in Tehran. Mirzakhani, 40, fought with cancer for four years and died of breast cancer at a hospital in the U.S. on July 14. The family of the late mathematician, the director of NLAI, Ashraf Boroujerdi, and other cultural and scientific personalities participated in the unveiling ceremony. - 9/21/17

Females outnumber males by 13% in Iran's 2017 university admissions

- As the final results for the Iranian university entrance exam, also known as Konkur, was announced on Saturday, it was revealed that females outnumber males in gaining admission to higher education by 49,062, or 13 percent higher than males. Out of 378,706 participants who were admitted to the universities nationwide 213,884 (56.5%) are females and 164,822 (43.5%) are males - 9/17/17

Pall hangs over U.S.-Iran science ties

- WASHINGTON, D.C.-Rising tensions between the U.S. and Iranian governments have frozen most scientific contacts between the two nations, experts reported at a forum here last week. Long at the vanguard of efforts to broker ties between Iranian and U.S. scientists, the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS) has mothballed its highly praised, 16-year-old engagement program -Richard Stone, Science Magazine - 9/12/17

Professor Lotfi Zadeh, Iranian tech genius and founder of fuzzy logic, passes away at 96

- World-renowned Iranian mathematician and inventor of fuzzy logic Professor Lotfi Zadeh has passed away at the age of 96. Lotfi Zadeh passed away in Berkeley, California, on Wednesday, Iranian NASA scientist, Firouz Naderi, announced the news on his Instagram page. - 9/8/17

Royan Research Institute's International Twin Congress kicks off in Tehran

- Royan Research Institute's 18th Congress on Reproductive Biomedicine and 13th Congress on Stem Cell Biology and Technology started work in Tehran on Wednesday with participation of domestic and foreign researchers. Parvaneh Afsharian said that most of the research plans which have been dispatched to the Royan congress are respectively from India, Italy, China, US, Japan, Germany, Iran, UK, Spain and Australia. - 8/30/17

Tehran University withdraws report on death of researcher Lotfi Aliasker Zadeh

- The University of Tehran has withdrawn a previous report on the passing of its graduate and the founder of fuzzy logic, Lotfi Aliasker Zadeh. The university's website had earlier reported that mathematician and artificial intelligence scientist, Aliasker Zadeh, had passed away last Saturday, several days after news broke that his health was severely deteriorating. - 8/18/17

Iran to host 4th International Zeolite Conference

- The 4th Iran International Zeolite Conference will be held as a two-days event at Golpayegan University in Golpayegan, west of Isfahan. The conference is scheduled for August 23 and 24, 2017, and will bring together professionals from industry and academia who are actively interested in the science and technologies of zeolite and zeo-type materials. - 8/10/17

Iranian physicists grab 5 medals at IPhO 2017

- Young Iranian physicists have won two gold and three silver medals in the 48th round of International Physics Olympiad (IPhO 2017) held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. - 7/27/17

Iranian students shine at chemistry, math Olympiads

- Two teams of Iranian students won several medals in the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad and the 58th International Mathematical Olympiad, which were held in Thailand in Brazil respectively in recent days. Iran ranked third at the chemistry Olympiad seventh at Math - 7/24/17

Impoverished Children Without Identification Documents Deprived of Education in Iran

- Children without state-issued identification documents mostly from Iran's underdeveloped border provinces are being denied education in Iran, attorney Osman Mozayan told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Iran only provides education to citizens and establishes citizenship based on the father's nationality. - 7/23/17

Iranian, European universities ink MoU on higher education cooperation

- Twenty Iranian and 22 European universities have signed an agreement to continue cooperation in the area of higher education, an Iranian deputy minister of science, research and technology says. Hossein Salar Amoli, deputy minister of science, research and technology for international affairs, added that a large science and technology delegation from the European Union recently traveled to Iran and discussed ways of boosting scientific and educational cooperation between Iran and EU member states. - 7/20/17

Maryam Mirzakhani was a 'milestone' for Iranian women's successes: President Rouhani

- "The unparalleled brilliance of this creative scientist and yet humble person which made the name of Iran resonate in the world's scientific community was a milestone in introducing the grand efforts and determination of Iranian women and youth for climbing the peaks of success in various international fields," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a message on Saturday. - 7/17/17

Iranian Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, First Woman To Win Fields Medal In Math, Dies At 40

- Mirzakhani in 2014 won the Fields Medal, the mathematics equivalent of the Nobel Prize that is awarded every four years by the International Congress of Mathematicians. The medal is given to people aged 40 or younger who make major contributions to math. She received hers for her "striking and highly original contributions to geometry and dynamical systems," the committee said at the time. Mirzakhani died in an undisclosed U.S. hospital after the cancer she had been fighting for four years spread to her bone marrow. - 7/16/17

Iranian math genius Maryam Mirzakhani battles cancer recurrence at US hospital

- Internationally-renowned Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani has been hospitalized in the US for deteriorating health conditions caused by cancer recurrence. According to one of her relatives, Mirzakhani is currently receiving treatment at a hospital in the US after medical tests confirmed that cancer has spread to her bone marrow a few weeks ago, the Iranian Haft-e Sobh daily reported. - 7/13/17

Brain drain to the West: Why Iran's brightest young graduates are leaving their country behind

- Sporting earbuds and sagging backpacks, students lounge on patches of grass, shaded by trees from the harsh sun. They sit in the library, hunched over laptops, massaging their temples, cramming for tests or bashing out lines of code. It could be a college campus anywhere in the world, but Sharif University of Technology sits in the shadow of the Azadi tower in Iran's capital, Tehran. -Mick Krever, CNN - 6/28/17

Iranian Scientist Amirhosein Mosavi Receives 2017 Young Scientists Award

- The International Coordinating Council of the UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme has named Amirhosein Mosavi as one recipient of the 2017 Young Scientists Awards. Dr. Mosavi wins the UNESCO Young Scientists Award on his research on sustainability in the field of 'monitoring and assessing sustainability in Biosphere Reserves utilizing sustainable business models'. - 6/26/17

Tehran to host 18th International Congress of Microbiology

- The Iranian Congress of Microbiology brings infectious disease specialists together for presentation and discussion of research in the fields of clinical microbiology and infection from academia, the clinical setting and industry. The congress aims to contribute to improvement in prophylaxis and treatment of infectious diseases throughout the world. The 18th edition of the congress will take place at Tehran University of Medical Sciences on 29-31 August, 2017. - 6/23/17

In Slight to President Rouhani, Iran's Supreme Leader Forbids Adoption of UNESCO 2030 Educational Guidelines

- Iran's supreme leader has forbidden the government of President Hassan Rouhani from implementing any part of UNESCO's non-binding 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into the country's educational system. On August 16, 2016, Rouhani's cabinet agreed to put the Education Ministry in charge of integrating some of the agenda's guidelines into the country's educational system. - 6/14/17

President Rouhani's Battle With Hardliners Over UN 2030 Educational Guidelines Follows Him Into Second Term

- A major challenge for newly reelected President Hassan Rouhani's second term is integrating guidelines from a UN agenda into the country's educational system-a project he began in the summer of 2016 that was stalled by fierce opposition from hardliners. - 5/24/17

PHOTOS: RoboCup Iran Open 2017 kicks off in Tehran

- The 12th edition of the international Robocop competitions (RoboCup Iran Open 2017) started on Tuesday at the Tehran Permanent International Fairground. Some 2,820 contestants from the United States, Germany, India, Japan, China, Singapore, South Korea, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Mexico, England, Turkey, Peru, and Iran will be competing during the 4-day event - 4/5/17

Iranian Studies Program cultivates student's passion for history

- As an undergraduate in the Iranian Studies Program, Anna Polishchuk translated top-secret documents from the Soviet Union as she researched the relationship between Iran's pro-communist groups and the Soviets during the 1979 Iranian Revolution. - 2/24/17

Iran launches Persian Gulf Explorer ship

- Iran's first hydrographic and oceanographic survey ship called Persian Gulf Explorer was launched after being delivered to National Institute for Oceanography and Atmospheric Science. On the fifth day of Fajr Decade, the first Iranian hydrographic and oceanographic survey ship, which has been designed and built by the Iranian Defense Ministry's Marine Industries Organization, was officially put into the water during a ceremony in Bandar Abbas. - 2/7/17

Dr. Cumrun Vafa Awarded 2017 Breakthrough Prize In Fundamental Physics

- Iranian-American scientist Dr. Cumrun Vafa is the recipient of the 2017 Breakthrough Prize In Fundamental Physics. Dr. Vafa will share the $3 million prize with 2 Professors Joseph Polchinski and Andrew Strominger. - 12/10/16

Tehran a School for All

- Tehran Municipality has taken on a new initiative to identify and help the poor kids of the city and their families through an online platform called Jahadiam. Tehran's citizens could become volunteer teachers for the kids who can't attend school due to poverty. The motto for this initiative is called "Tehran, a school for all". -Hamed Jafari, Techrasa - 11/25/16

Russia research ship docks at southern Iran port

- A Russian research ship has docked at Iran's southern port city of Bandar Abbas in line with the two countries' plan to boost friendly military relations. The frigate, dubbed Yantar, arrived in Bandar Abbas, the capital of Hormozgan Province, on Friday for a five-day stay. - 11/19/16

Five Iranian And Foreign Scientists Receive Awards At 1st USERN Congress In Tehran

- The 1st international congress of Universal Scientific Education and Research Network (USERN) held in Tehran has announced its winners, including 2 Iranians and 3 scientists from other countries (Belgium, U.S. and the Netherlands). - 11/13/16

Tabriz hosting Iran-Germany symposium on archaeometry

- The first Irano-German International Symposium on Archaeometry opened in the Iranian city of Tabriz on November 1, turning the spotlight on the involvement of physical and biological sciences with archaeology and the history of arts. - 11/2/16

Tehran hosts 2nd Rectors' Forum for Top Iranian, Russian Universities

- The 2nd Rectors' Forum for Top Iranian and Russian Universities convened chancellors of 33 top universities from the two countries in Tehran on Thursday to examine ways of fostering academic cooperation. University chancellors from top 13 Iranian universities along with top 20 Russian universities, Iranian Science Minister Mohammad Farhadi, Russian ambassador to Iran Levan Dzhagaryan, and rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University Viktor Antonovich Sadovnichiy attended the one-day event - 10/22/16

Iran's Space Agency Interested In Connecting With NASA

- The head of Iran's space agency says the country wishes to start cooperation with NASA since it is an international body and not just an American one. Mohsen Bahrami made the announcement on Tuesday, saying "the level of our space cooperation has increased following the signing of Iran's nuclear deal, and we have inked MoUs with a number of space agencies in other countries." - 10/4/16

Females outnumber males in 2016 university admissions in Iran

- As the final results for the Iranian university entrance exam, also known as Konkur, was announced, females who got admitted into the universities outnumbered males. According to Sanjesh Organization, an Iranian organization in charge of coordinating and administrating Konkur, 57 percent of those admitted into the universities are females. - 9/21/16

Iranian students stand 3rd in International Olympiad in Informatics

- Iranian students won two gold and two silver medals in the 28th International Olympiad in Informatics, standing in the third position. Ali Behjati and Arash Mahmoudian-Bidgoli won gold and Amir-Mohammad-Dehghan and Parsa Mir-Taheri grabbed silver medals in the competition held in Russia. - 8/25/16

Preschool to PhDs: Iranian-American Women Discuss the Future of Education

- Join the Iranian American Women Foundation's Northern California Chapter as we hear from Iranian American women changing the field of education, from pre-K to college. Since 2010, the Iranian-American Women Foundation (IAWF) has set the stage to empower and inspire Iranian-American women of all ages and career paths through its nationally recognized annual Women's Leadership Conferences. - 8/18/16

Prominent Iranian Human Rights Activist Mehrangiz Kar to Teach at California State University, Northridge in the Fall

- The Iranian government has made it clear that it doesn't like what Mehrangiz Kar has to say about what is happening in Iran or how Islamic law impacts women. The prominent Iranian lawyer, writer and activist doesn't care. - 8/17/16

Iranian-Swedish woman among winners of top European math prize

- Iranian-Swedish mathematician, Sara Zahedi, has been awarded a prominent prize by the European Mathematical Society. This is the top honor for young European mathematicians awarded once every four years, according to NPR. - 8/2/16

Newly literate Iranians to be awarded $40 each

- People who acquired literacy in the current school year (started September 23, 2015) will be awarded a total of 300 billion rials (nearly $8.5 million), Ali Baqerzadeh, director of the Literacy Movement Organization of Iran has said. - 7/21/16

U.S.-Iran education exchange plans cool over hardliners' spy charges

- Just before last year's nuclear deal with Iran, five U.S. universities visited the country to explore renewing educational ties that flourished before the Islamic Revolution. The group, which included representatives from Rutgers and the University of Southern California (USC), found a desire on both sides for more exchanges and concluded that U.S. students and scholars would be warmly welcomed in Iran. But there was a hitch... -Reuters - 7/5/16

San Francisco State University announces $5 million gift to establish the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies

- San Francisco State University has received a $5 million gift from alumna and Iranian-American philanthropist Neda Nobari to establish the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies (CIDS). This endowment establishes SF State as an academic pioneer in the field of Iranian diaspora research. - 6/22/16

Maryam Mirzakhani, First Iranian Woman to be Elected to the National Academy of Sciences

- Maryam Mirzakhani, a Professor of Mathematics at Stanford University, was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences. One of the highest honors for scientists in the United States, new members are elected by current members based on their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. - 5/13/16

Iran Through The Eyes Of A Teenage Amateur Astronomer

- "Every day, every night, I dream of floating in space." These are the words of Sepideh, an Iranian teenage girl who is in love with astronomy and wants to be an astronaut. -Salman Hameed, NPR - 5/9/16

Statue of Persian poet Omar Khayyam unveiled at the University of Oklahoma

- On March 30, 2016, the University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced a $4 million gift for the College of International Studies, and the establishment of a new center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies. At the announcement, Boren also unveiled one of OU's newest pieces of artwork, "Omar Khayyam," inspired by the Persian polymath, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher and poet of the Islamic Golden Age. - 4/25/16

Half of schools in Iran's Sistan-Baluchistan province need rebuilding now

- The director-general of Sistan-Baluchestan School Revitalization says 56 percent of schools are in immediate need of complete rebuilding. Alireza Rasheki told Tasnim News on Saturday that 576 schools in need of rebuilding are mud buildings and are in constant danger of collapsing. - 4/14/16

Some 386,000 foreign students go to schools in Iran

- Some 386,000 foreign nationals are studying at schools in Iran, while 360,000 of them are Afghan nationals, said Shahin Noushabadi, the deputy education minister for international affairs. - 4/14/16

Young Woman's Quest for Higher Education Exposes Iran's Discrimination Against Baha'is

- Rouhie Safajoo, a student banned from Iranian universities because of her Baha'i faith and arrested for her online activism, was released on March 27, 2016 on 500 million rials (about $16,500 USD) bail, nearly three weeks after her arrest. - 4/4/16

NASA names asteroid after Iranian scientist

- The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has named an asteroid in the solar system after Firouz Naderi, an Iranian scientist and the former director for Solar System Exploration at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). - 3/31/16

Iran increases punishment for keeping kids out of school

- Iran's Ministry of Education says the penalty for failing to register one's children in school has been increased to one million toumans in fines and up to three months in prison. - 3/28/16

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