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Label Letter from Executive Director - Yair Rotstein
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Yair Rotstein, Executive Director of the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation

Welcome to the Fall 2015 issue of Vision. Here in Israel, we are beginning the Jewish New Year. We can look back on a year of tremendous progress and accomplishment for the BSF. In June, we approved 100 grants, out of 398 applications. These grants, which will be divided among 130 U.S. grantees and 125 Israeli grantees, total more than $12.5 million from the BSF Endowment Fund. As the endowment fund was created by the United States and Israel, we can be proud of the fact that we are boldly enhancing U.S.-Israel relations through promising and innovative scientific partnerships.

One of our biggest successes has been our new collaboration with the National Science Foundation. In this issue, you will meet Dr. Clifford Gabriel, who worked very closely with me to help form this exciting new partnership.

You will also find features on Michael Levitt and Alvin Roth, two scientists who benefited from BSF funding early in their careers, and who have gone on to become world renowned. In addition, you will learn more about current BSF-funded efforts that show enormous promise in treating chronic pain.

In this issue, you will also meet Paul and Rodica Burg. Their gift of laboratory chemicals to help BSF-funded scientists at the Weizmann Institute and the University of Tel Aviv will hopefully lead to important future scientific breakthroughs.

I wish all of you a year filled with health, joy, and many new discoveries.


Yair Rotstein
Executive Director
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