In Brief

Dr. Hussein Hassan Collaborates with UN on Food Waste Report

The United Nations Environment Programme has released a comprehensive report on food waste in West Asia, before and during the COVID-19 pandemic, and existing interventions to help mitigate it, which was drafted by LAU Associate Professor of Food Science and Technology Hussein Hassan in collaboration with AUB. Click here to read the full report. 

MEPI TLG: Youth Leadership Through Interdisciplinary Knowledge Production

In partnership with the Middle East Partnership Initiative, the American University of Beirut and the American University in Cairo, LAU closed the inaugural year for Tomorrow’s Leaders Graduate Program (TLG) with a virtual conference: Youth Leadership Through Interdisciplinary Knowledge Production. The two-day event showcased, acknowledged and celebrated students’ achievements, particularly in producing full-fledged research.

MEPI TLS Scholars “Tailor a Path to Success”

In partnership with the Middle East Partnership Initiative, LAU’s AiW and UN Women, the university closed the inaugural year for Tomorrow’s Leaders Gender Scholars Program (TLS) with a conference titled A Tailored Path to Success.
During the online event, scholars reflected on experiential learning, put their advocacy skills to work, and presented outstanding gender research and evidence-based policy papers.

SArD Faculty to Curate Beirut Exhibit

Assistant Professor of Architecture Karma Dabaghi has been invited to curate “To Leave or Not to Leave,” an exhibition by grassroots collective BeirutMakers. It will open on Friday, June 17 at the Institut Français du Liban, and will feature designs that critically address this omnipresent topic in the country.

SPE Student Chapter Awarded Excellence Award

The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) has awarded the 2021 Excellence Award to LAU’s Student Chapter, recognizing them among the top 20 worldwide, for the second year in a row. Associate Professor and Petroleum Engineering Program Coordinator Caesar Abi Shdid said that “winning this award despite Lebanon’s compounded challenges is testament to the resilience of LAU’s students.”

Final Review for Fine Arts Graduates

The graduating class of fine arts students exhibited their work on May 24 at Sheikh Zayed Gallery. The six students – Yara Chaalan, Nancy El Jabi, Elisabeth Habre, Ahmad Khalife, Anna Naufal, and Mary Yamine – shared their final year collections, impressing the jury and visitors with their rich theoretical reflections and visual talent expressed across several media.

Tatyana Antoun’s Collection Featured in Fashion Film

Vamata, a collection by Tatyana Antoun (BFA, Fashion Design ’18) was featured in Museum Leila, a fashion film commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum in collaboration with Contemporary Art from the Middle East. Antoun’s work – “power dressing that offered the possibility of detaching from her social role” – had earned the Prix du Jury at LAU’s 2018 graduate fashion show.

LAU Faculty to Represent Lebanon at UN Panel

Dr. Sima Tokajian, professor of microbial genomics at the School of Arts and Sciences has been selected for her work on sequencing and revealing circulating variants to represent Lebanon at the United Nations technical briefing on COVID-19 Genome Sequencing. The panel was organized by the permanent missions of the UK and Lebanon to the UN with the World Health Organization.

LAU Joins the VIP Consortium

Thanks to a recent MEPI grant to adapt and apply the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) at LAU, the university has joined the VIP Consortium, which includes 45 universities from around the world. Originally conceived by The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), the program allows teams of students from across academic years and disciplines to develop innovative projects.

MEPI Recognizes Dina Abdul Rahman

Together with the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), the US Embassy in Beirut has recognized LAU’s MEPI-TL Executive Director Dina Abdul Rahman for her invaluable service to the program. She received the certificate of appreciation with gratitude and humility, thanking MEPI and highlighting the value of their support to the youth of the MENA region, especially during these challenging times.

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