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One year ago today, Timothy and I moved to Israel. It’s hard to believe we have lived here for a year now.

So what does 2014 have in store for us?

We have decided to stay in Israel for another year. Timothy is working very hard at the Technion. This has been such a great experience for him. Last year Timothy got to travel a lot for work, and it looks like this year will be the same. Already, he has one paper accepted to the International Conference for Machine Learning held this year in Beijing ( We will also have to go back to the U.S. sometime this spring regarding Tim’s visas and we will be able to visit my parents on the west coast.

On a sad note, as many of you already know, both Timothy’s mom and my mom have cancer. Timothy’s mom (Bonnie) has been battling cancer for the last couple of years and unfortunately her cancer has returned. She will be starting chemo tomorrow. My mom (Dee) was diagnosed with cancer in November and shortly after started chemo and is still doing chemo. We pray the chemo will help heal our moms, and pray for our dad’s as they take care of our moms. I’m not really sure what else to say, besides cancer sucks.

As I say every year. I hope to be better about posting. Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers. We truly appreciate them.

-Laura & Timothy

P.S. See our Montreal pictures below!

P.S.S. Thank you to everyone who sent us a Christmas card. It was awesome!

We did a lot of traveling this fall! After showing some of our family around Israel in October we headed back state side for a few weeks. Timothy left first to attend the Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making conference in Princeton, NJ, where he presented his paper that won “Best Paper” ( Then I met up with Timothy after the conference  for what I call “Timothy’s New England talking tour.” Timothy presented his work at Vassar, U Stony Brook, UMass Amherst, and SUNY Potsdam. It was 4 Universities in 4 days!

Then we were off to Montreal, where Timothy got to do some research with another lab at McGill University for three weeks.  Timothy had a great experience at McGill and got to network with some very important people in his field. We are very thankful for this opportunity. Also, we got to stay in a really cute apartment near campus and on the weekends we explored the city.

After our trip to Montreal, we got to spend Thanksgiving week with Timothy’s family before heading back to Israel.

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