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Birth anniversary of Royana; Iran's 1st cloned sheep

- Iran's first successfully cloned sheep was born on September 30, 2006 from an adult cell in a test tube in a laboratory. Nine years since then, and the country is making rapid progress in the field of biotechnology. - 10/1/15

IAAB's YAR Fellowship: An Exciting New Opportunity in Iran

- We're excited to share our new and improved itinerary for the YAR Fellowship, our newest groundbreaking program! YAR is a yearlong fellowship program that includes a three-week full-immersion course in Iran, to be held January 4th- 24th, 2016. YAR will bring together advanced undergraduates, recent college grads and graduate students, who will deepen their scholarly, professional and cultural understanding of Iran. - 9/29/15

UC Davis receives $1.5 million from prominent Iranian-American philanthropist Bita Daryabari

- The gift will establish the Bita Daryabari Presidential Chair in Persian Language and Literature and help transform UC Davis into a leading force in teaching, research and outreach that advances global understanding of Persian language and culture. The UC Davis Presidential Chair in Persian Language and Literature position will be awarded to an Iranian studies scholar whose research and teaching will focus on these areas. Funds will also support a colloquium on Iranian culture. - 9/25/15

In post-nuclear-deal Iran, a modest academic opening to the US

- Iran has given permission for five Americans to study in a Tehran University masters program - a 'breakthrough,' the department head says. Others are enrolling in Persian language classes. -Scott Peterson, CSM - 9/23/15

PERSIAN 101: Farhang Foundation Partners with Star Education to Launch After School Program

- Farhang Foundation, in collaboration with STAR Education, a leading nonprofit at the forefront of innovative education programs and community-based cultural enrichment projects for more than 25 years, will be launching "Persian: 101", an after school Persian language program for K-6 students. - 9/1/15

Schools in Iran's Kurdistan province to promote Kurdish language

- The head of the Kurdistan board of education says the Kurdish language will be incorporated into middle school text books for the next academic year. ISNA reports that Rashid Gorbani told a press conference on Tuesday August 17 that one third of literature and language texts for middle school will be dedicated to Kurdish. - 8/23/15

Post-sanctions Iran must focus on building a knowledge economy

- In 1979, the Islamic Revolution rid Iran of over two and a half millennia of monarchy. It also led to a three-decade exodus of highly educated Iranians from the country. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), for over twenty-five years, Iran has consistently had one of the highest rates of brain drain in the world. -Kayvan Vakili, Quartz - 8/21/15

Reinventing Academic Ties: Opportunities for U.S.-Iran Higher Education Cooperation

- The warming of diplomatic relations with Iran marks the beginning of a new era of potential cooperation between higher education institutions in the United States and Iran. After decades of limited academic ties, institutions in both countries are eager to renew relationships and initiate new ones. The Institute of International Education is supporting increased U.S.-Iran academic cooperation by launching the IIE Iran Higher Education Initiative, - 8/17/15

Mass prayers at Iranian schools encouraged as Islamic teaching tool

- In line with government policies to further inculcate school curricula with Islamic teachings, Iran's Ministry of Education reports that 50,000 schools are now holding mass prayers. - 8/13/15

Iranian students champions of international astronomy Olympiad

- Iranian high school students have come in first place in the 9th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA). Iran's students became this year's world champions with three gold, four silver and three bronze medals - 8/5/15

Afghan children still denied education in Iran despite Leader's edict

- Iranian schools are still rejecting many Afghan children despite a statement by Iran's Supreme Leader that all Afghan children in Iran should have the opportunity to study. Ayatollah Khamenei's edict even included the children of undocumented immigrants. - 8/1/15

Nuclear accord heralds new era of scientific ties in post-sanctions Iran: Science journalist

- Prominent science journalist Richard Stone says the agreement between Iran and six global powers over Tehran's nuclear program heralds a new era of cooperation between Iranian and Western scientists. He made the comments during a seminar on science journalism and diplomacy, organized by the Iranian Association for the Popularization of Sciences, in the capital Tehran on Wednesday. - 7/31/15

Iran's Kurdistan University establishes first Kurdish literature program

- University of Kurdistan announced that in the coming year it is launching its first Kurdish language and literature program. The university reports that the program will start by accepting 40 students in September of 2015. - 7/26/15

Amherst University Reverses Ban On Graduate Students

- Facing a backlash from international students, the U.S. state of Massachusett's flagship university said it is lifting a ban on Iranian nationals in certain graduate programs. Instead, the university said it is instituting monitoring measures to ensure compliance with U.S. sanctions against Iran. - 7/2/15

US universities on symbolic visit to Iran

- A group of senior United States university representatives has visited Iran, in what is believed to be the biggest academic delegation since the 1970s. As relations between the two countries begin to thaw, the delegation met representatives of 13 Iranian universities and research institutes. -Sean Coughlan, BBC - 6/25/15

Iranian students to sue Norway over nuclear claims

- Two Iranian students plan to take the Norwegian government to court after Oslo blocked university access for many Iranian students under the pretext that they might be learning nuclear weapons-related technology, Press TV reports. - 6/16/15

Iranian Professors Urge Government To Butt Out

- Agroup of 700 Iranian university teachers have sent a letter to the government calling for an end to what they say is "unprecedented interference" in the internal affairs of universities. - 5/12/15

Fun Farsi Games App

- When Leyla Pope, the creator of Fun Farsi Games, wanted to download an interactive iPhone application for her three year-old daughter to teach her Farsi she was disappointed to find games for French, German, Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish but none for Farsi. - 4/8/15

Persian Language and Culture: Summer Courses and Programs at The George Washington University

- At the Persian Language and Culture Summer Institute, students gain a solid foundation of the basics of the Persian (Farsi) language, as well as a better understanding of Iran's contemporary society, history, and culture, through various extracurricular activities, film screenings, lecture series and field trips in the Washington, DC area. - 4/1/15

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
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