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February 14, 2003 - Image 35

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-02-14

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Energizing Women

Pho tos by Bob Benyas

American Technion Society targets heart disease at its first Women's Task Force meeting.

Special to the Jewish News

From left:
Florine Mark Ross became a Technion "Techie" at invitation of daughter Lisa Lis.


Dr. Rafi Beyar, dean of Technion's medical school, chats with Lisa Lis.

he No. 1 killer of women older than 50 is not cancer, as many peo-
ple believe, but cardiovascular disease. In fact, more women than
men die. every year from heart attacks.
According to Dr. Rafael "Rafi" Beyar, noted cardiologist from the
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, these grim statistics can be
changed — but only through greater public education and better control of risk
Dr. Beyar spoke to 100 people at the Franklin home of Dr. William and Florine
Mark Ross as part of a program sponsored by the newly formed Women's Task
Force of the Detroit Chapter of the American Technion Society (ATS).
The Women's Task Force, chaired by Lisa Lis of Farmington Hills and Edyth
Jackier and Mary Wartell, both of Bloomfield Hills, was the "brainchild" of
Lawrence Jackier, president of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit,:
during his term as president of the national ATS board.
"Larry recognized that women were typically not being recruited for involve-
ment with Technion," said Eli Scherr, Task Force member and current vice pres-
ident of the Detroit ATS Chapter. "He felt it was important to get more women
involved in Technion and to help develop them for leadership positions."

Several men serve on the Women's Task Force, including Ricky Blumenstein
of Bloomfield Township; he's the current president of the Detroit ATS Chapter.
"The Women's Task Force is a wonderful opportunity to increase awareness of
the Technion among women in our community and to sponsor programs that
are specifically of interest to women," said Lis, whose husband Hannan attend-
ed the Technion high school when he lived in Israel.
Dr. Beyar's presentation was preceded by a "heart-smart" meal planned by
Florine Mark Ross, who also is president of the WW Group Inc.
In her introductory- remarks,', Ross described herself as a "new Techie," having
recently been introduced to the Technion when her daughter Lisa (Lis) asked
, t,
her to join the Woroeri'4Task force.
"I heard things that knocked my socks off," said Ross. couldn't' believe that
more people were not aware of the wonderful things this university does."




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