Dear readers, I have been appointed a Visiting Professor for three years at the Chemistry Department of Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva. I received the treasured yellow parking sticker that enables me to park anywhere on campus. I will be pursuing research into the synthesis of chemically modified analogs of DNA in collaboration with a young member of the staff, Barak Akabeyov. In addition, I will be helping him and others with writing grants and papers in English. This will involve me in spending some time on the campus, which is about 10 mins drive from where we live. I am telling you this because it might affect the time I have to write blog articles and might reduce my output.
I have been writing this blog, IsBlog, since about 2000, that is an amazing 18 years, with an almost daily posting (excluding Shabbat) since about 2013. In fact I have posted 3,467 articles, amounting to ca. 1.6 million words. I have already published a collection of my humorous and diy articles in a book entitled “Humorous Husbandry” that is available on Amazon.com. One day I would like to publish a selection of my articles about Israel and the Middle East, but time so far does not permit that. I originally said I would continue writing these articles until there is peace between Israel and the Arabs, but that may take forever.
In fact, I have now been a Visiting Professor at all three top Universities in Israel, Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem and now Ben Gurion University. I wonder how many people have had that distinction. Also, I am now approaching the age of 80 years old (anyone who would like to see my abbreviated scientific cv can go to: http://jackcohenart.com/Scientific.html ). I must say that when I started out as a young post-doctoral fellow at the Weizmann Institute in Israel in 1964 I never expected that I would still be engaged in active research at this advanced age. One never knows what adventures lie ahead.