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Grants Awarded To Reverse Israel’s ‘Brain Drain’

May was a good month for the Cedar family. On the heels of Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar’s winning the best screenplay award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival for his film “Footnote,” about Hebrew University Talmud scholar rivals who are father and son, it was announced on May 31st that his father, real-life Hebrew University professor Howard Cedar, was the recipient of one of the three first major grants in a $350 million Israeli government program to reverse Israel’s brain drain.

The Chronicle of Higher Education, citing an article in Haaretz’s “The Marker,” reported that the government has granted funds to the first three of what it hopes will be 30 Centers of Research Excellence in the country that will attract approximately 300 top Israeli academics and researchers back from the best universities around the world. Already, 11 such scholars have signed on to return from such universities as Harvard, Yale, Columbia and UC Berkeley to join the first three centers.

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Grants Awarded To Reverse Israel’s ‘Brain Drain’

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