In Brief

Alum Elected President of the Order of Pharmacists

It comes as no surprise that LAU graduates often reach leadership roles in their chosen fields. In November, Lebanon’s Order of Pharmacists welcomed four LAUers to its board: Joe Salloum (BS ’03) as president, and members Abdul Rahman Merkbawi (BS ’06), Fadi Hdeab (PharmD ’99) and Faraj Saade (PharmD ’04). LAU is proud to see them serve Lebanon and their profession in this new capacity.

Dr. Abi-Gerges Presents Research on Diabetes and Cardiovascular Diseases

A research project conducted by Assistant Professor of Physiology at the Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine Aniella Abi-Gerges has been selected for an oral presentation at the French-Lebanese Day for Research organized by the French Embassy. Funded by the Partenariat Hubert Curien Cèdre, Dr. Abi-Gerges’ research focuses on how cardiac phosphodiesterases are differentially increased in diabetic cardiomyopathy.

Dr. Chamoun Appointed Special Advisor for the Ministry of Tourism

LAU Practice Lecturer and Director of the LAU Louis Cardahi Foundation Rachid Chamoun has been appointed special advisor for the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism by virtue of his invaluable contributions to cultural tourism. Dr. Chamoun, who is also president of the Confederation of the Phoenicians’ Route, will represent Lebanon in the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Programme.

LAU Researchers Identify Omicron Variant in Lebanon

The sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 genomes at LAU has identified the Omicron variant in two suspected cases in Lebanon. The findings were based on samples sent by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) to the LAU Pathogenomics Lab headed by Dr. Sima Tokajian, professor of microbial genomics at the School of Arts and Sciences. The lab has been a reference for the MoPH and the World Health Organization in confirming circulating variants in the country.

Alumnus Wins International Award for Docufiction Film

Lebanese filmmaker Karim Kassem (BA ’12) has won the Best Film Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam for his docufiction film Octopus. Kassem chose to make the film about the aftermath of the August 4 Beirut explosion a silent one for, at that point, he said, “One can arguably say everything without saying anything.”

SoAS Launches Development Program for Armenian Schools

The Department of Social and Education Sciences at LAU’s School of Arts and Sciences and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal launched the two-year Teacher Professional Development Program for Armenian schools in Lebanon during a hybrid ceremony on November 4. The program serves to help the schools incorporate innovative teaching and develop methods that facilitate the acquisition of the language.

Sami Garabedian at the Helm of FSUL

LAU Senior Director of Athletics and Senior Instructor of Physical Education Sami Garabedian has been elected the new President of the Lebanese Federation of University Sports (FSUL), Lebanon’s highest authority on university sports, that caters to over 5,000 student athletes. In his new capacity, he will lead the FSUL Executive Committee formed of 12 other university sports coordinators and representatives.

LAU Petroleum Engineers Win First Place, Again

For the second year running, the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter at LAU has claimed first place at the university program competition of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), outdoing participants from across the MENA. The team (L to R) – Mohamad El Zein, Catherine El Riachy, Omar Bekdache and Zahrah Ghannam – was advised by Dr. Zisis Vryzas.

Students Raise Funds for Lebanese Food Bank

LAU’s Nutrition and Food Science Club raised LBP 10,145,500 to fund and distribute food boxes to people in need. One of many efforts by the Nutrition Program to alleviate food insecurity, “the fundraiser goes toward achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 2 – Zero Hunger – in Lebanon,” explained Dr. Hussein Hassan, associate professor of Food Science and club advisor.

Congratulating LAU’s Own for the FIBA Win

Following their terrific win at the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Women’s Asia Cup, LAU extends warm wishes to the Lebanese Women’s National Basketball Team, among whom are the university’s own marketing student Yasha Zeinoun, and team manager Nelly Nassar, who is also the Women Basketball varsity team coach on LAU Byblos campus. (photo courtesy of FIBA)

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