ICE | The Israel Chemist and Engineer

3 The Israel Chemist and Engineer Issue 1, September 2015, Tishrei 5776 Letter from the Editor Dear Readers, Welcome to the first issue of the Israel Chemist and Engineer (ICE) online magazine. This is a joint venture of the Israel Chemical Society (ICS), the Israel Society of Chemical Engineers and Chemists (ISCEC) at the Association of Engineers and Architects in Israel (AEAI),‬ and the Israel Institute of Chemical Engineers (IIChE). Both Professor Ehud Keinan, the President of the ICS, and Dr Alec Groysman, the Chairman of the ISCEC, have contributed letters in which describe their motivation in setting up the magazine and their vision for the future. We hope you will find the magazine interesting and will be inspired to contribute to future issues. You will find articles describing state-of-the-art scientific research, as well as articles on how to improve lab courses and chemical engineering education, and some fascinating insights into the history of chemistry. In an effort to reveal the personalities behind the impressive CVs, we include the profiles of six Israeli chemists who were awarded prizes at the ICS meeting in February 2015. Profiles of the other prizewinners will appear in the next issue, planned for January 2016. In addition, there are reports of the ICS meeting, of the Mountain-to-Valley Relay Race in which an enthusiastic ICS contingent participated, and of the newly formed Graduate Student Division of the ICS. Two interesting contributions on Patents are also included. In future editions, we hope to have profiles of the various chemical industries that contribute to Israel's economy, articles on the various careers open to chemists and chemical engineers in Israel, and a discussion of the future of chemistry education in our high schools which directly impacts recruitment to chemistry and engineering degrees in the universities. If you have other suggestions for future editions or would like to contribute an article, please contact me at Prof. Arlene D. Wilson-Gordon ICEEditor, Department of Chemistry, Bar-IlanUniversity