Prof. Lawrence H. Schiffman is Chairman of New York University?s Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies and serves as Ethel and Irvin A. Edelman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies. During the academic year 1989/90 he was a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Studies of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem as part of a research group dealing with the Dead Sea Scrolls. Together with a colleague, he serves as editor-in-chief of the Oxford Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls. He is one of the editors of the journal Dead Sea Discoveries published by Brill. Most recently Dr. Schiffman was appointed a director of the Friedberg Genizah Project which is designed to create a unified catalogue of all Cairo genizah fragments and publish a significant number of its unpublished texts.