Signing Ceremony Launches Historic Collaboration with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
On Monday, May 16, 2016 the Smithsonian Institution and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem formally signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. The Smithsonian and Hebrew University will leverage this significant Einstein anniversary to collaborate on projects, produced by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, that employ the resources of the Smithsonian Institution and the Albert Einstein Archives to make science, technology, engineering and mathematics more accessible and appealing to a younger generation to prepare them to meet contemporary global challenges as scientifically literate global citizens.
The MOU signing ceremony featured a plethora of VIP speakers including dignitaries representing the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University, the American Friends of Hebrew University and His Excellency Ron Dermer, the Ambassador of Israel to the United States.
This event publicly launched the historic and direct collaboration between the Smithsonian Science Education Center and the Hebrew University’s Einstein Legacy Project. The Smithsonian Institution and the Smithsonian Science Education Center wish to thank everyone who participated in and attended the ceremony.
Smithsonian Science Education Center Director, Dr. Carol O’Donnell speaking at Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony on May 16, 2016
Smithsonian Institution Secretary, Dr. David J. Skorton and Hebrew University of Jerusalem President, Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson signing historic MOU
Dr. Skorton and Professor Ben-Sasson
Dr. Skorton, His Excellency Ron Dermer Ambassador of Israel to the United States and Professor Ben-Sasson
Speakers and VIPs from left to right: Dr. Carol O’Donnell, Mr. Jeff Martin, Ms. Beth McCoy, Mr. Dan Schlessinger, Dr. David Skorton, Ambassador Ron Dermer, Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson, Mr. Murray Palay, Mr. Rami Kleinmann and Mr. Elan Divon