Israeli Consul General Salutes BSF
It was a meeting of minds from the worlds of science, education, and diplomacy when Ido Aharoni, the Consul General of Israel in New York, hosted a reception for the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation in New York on November 30, 2015.
Ido Aharoni, the Consul General of Israel in New York, speaks at the reception
Considering the festive atmosphere, the event had just the right speaker: New York University Professor David Poeppel, a BSF-funded scientist who studies the listening habits of cocktail party attendees. Poeppel spoke about his work with his scientific partner, Elana Zion Golumbic of Israel’s Bar Ilan University, on what they call the Cocktail Party Problem. They study how the brain distinguishes between the inputs of different speakers and can turn up the volume on one conversation while ignoring another. (Click here to read our recent profile of Poeppel and Golumbic.)
Attendees included distinguished research scientists (many of whom had received BSF grants), scientific foundation representatives and media professionals. Also on hand were Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz, President of Bar Ilan University in New York, and Howard Charish, Executive Director of the American Friends of Bar Ilan University.
“It was a wonderful example of how the universities work with the BSF in achieving needed funding for excellent basic research for the benefit of mankind. Bar Ilan and BSF have 61 active partnerships in the United States,” said BSF Executive Director Yair Rotstein.
Also in attendance was Prof. Joel R. Reidenberg, the Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Founding Academic Director of Fordham University’s Center on Law and Information Policy. As a high school student he had a chance to tour Israel when his father received a BSF grant in 1976, and took the family to visit his Israeli partner at the Hadassah Medical Center. It was a moving and unforgettable trip for Reidenberg, who is now an Israeli activist.
“I’ll always remember that, because of BSF, I was able to experience Israel for the first time through the eyes of Israelis,” he said. “I’m here today because I know that the scientific partnerships funded by BSF are building enduring relationships that change our world and the way we live through important discoveries, new knowledge and friendships.”