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(l-r) James Gertler, Einat Tamar, Prof. Moshe Sidi, Prof. Roy Kishony, Mortimer Zuckerman, and Eric Gertler on a visit to Technion in October 2015.

“New York and Israel share a deep and unparalleled connection – and the Zuckerman Scholars Program is a prime example of how we can keep that relationship strong today and in the future.” -New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

A new bi-national program is opening a collaboration superhighway for scientists and innovators in the USA and Israel. American business leader and philanthropist Mortimer Zuckerman has announced the launch of the Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program, a transformative initiative to empower leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math in the United States and Israel and, over time, foster greater collaboration between two of the world’s most advanced scientific research centers. The Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program will give the highest-achieving American postdoctoral researchers and graduate students the ability to collaborate with leading researchers at Israel’s premier universities. The Zuckerman Faculty Scholars Program will facilitate the return of top Israeli scholars to these universities by providing vital resources. “At a time when collaboration is essential to advanced scientific research, this program gives the next generations of leading American and Israeli academics the ability to work together on cutting-edge research in ways that stand to benefit their fields for years to come,” said Zuckerman.

“This program will give leading young scientists from the US a chance to take their research to the next level by giving them access to some of the world’s most advanced laboratories, cutting edge projects and brilliant scientists in Israel,” said Nobel Prize Laureate, Distinguished Prof. Aaron Ciechanover. “It’s an incredibly exciting moment for scientific research in both countries.” “The best research is collaborative in nature, and in order to be the trailblazers in rapidly changing fields, it is vital to maintain strong networks with scholars abroad, particularly those in North America.” said Prof. Peretz Lavie, Technion President. “The new program will not only help improve scientific research at its highest level, but will also serve as a new and important pillar supporting the foundation on which the ties between Israel and the United States will continue to prosper.”

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(l-r) New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo; Prof. Daniel Zajfman, Weizmann Institute of Science President; Prof. Menachem Ben Sasson, Hebrew University President; Mortimer Zuckerman; Prof. Peretz Lavie, Technion President; and Prof. Joseph Klafter, Tel Aviv University President, at the launch of the Zuckerman Program in NYC, January 2016.
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(l-r) American business leader and philanthropist Mortimer Zuckerman; New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo; Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie