The Friends of the Lebanese Academy of Sciences (FLAS) held a dinner in New York City on March 30, 2009 to introduce the ASL to members of the Lebanese community in the New York metropolitan area.
FLAS is a non-profit foundation-to-be, presently in the process of being registered in the US. The mission of FLAS is to provide links between the ASL and members of the expatriate Lebanese community who value the cause of growing scientific education and research in Lebanon.
The dinner was hosted by the chair-to-be of FLAS, Mr. Bill (Wadih) Jordan, and the future members of the board of FLAS, Mr. Raymond Debbane, Dr. Jacques Merab, and Mr. Wa'el Chehab. More than 35 influential members of the Lebanese community in the New York metropolitan area attended the event held at the Princeton Club of New York. ASL President, Professor Edgar Choueiri, gave a talk about the ASL, presented bios of the 14 academicians currently in the academy and answered questions about the ASL and its goals.
Following the event, Dr. Georges Bahr, Home Secretary of the ASL, gave an interview to Lebanon Now. The Lebanese daily Annahar, also reported the event in an extensive article on its front page on March 31, 2009.