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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.

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.

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.

Alumna’s Film Reaps Awards

Untold, a film by LAU alumna Sara Fouladkar (BA ’21) won Best First Time Director Award at the Art Film Awards Festival and the Jury Special Award Best Short Film at the Europe Film Festival. It tells the story of a young woman facing trauma and anxiety amid COVID-19 and the August 4 Beirut explosion. She dedicated the film to “those struggling on their own.”

New LAU Medical Center With More Reach

Extending excellence and compassion in healthcare to the Keserwan district and beyond, LAU will soon be inaugurating its LAU Medical Center-St John’s Hospital in Jounieh. Benefitting from LAU’s expertise and research in healthcare, it will be directly managed and operated by LAU, making it the only university medical center in the area.

Elie Saab Oversees Promotion 2021 Jury

The graduating cohort of fashion design students showed their collections in the presence of Mr. Elie Saab during a closed jury at LAU. The visit, said Director of the Fashion Design Program Silia Abou Arbid, provided “a valuable opportunity for hearing new ideas, encouraging students to critically evaluate their development, carry exploration, and revise or assert decisions before the runway show.”  

ASCE Distinguished Chapter Award for LAU

LAU was the only university outside the US to receive the Distinguished Chapter Award from the American Society for Civil Engineers, placing it in the same league as top university student chapters worldwide. “The credit,” said Civil Engineering Chair Caesar Abi Shdid, “goes to the students, the student chapter leadership board, and their faculty advisor and mentor Dr. John El-Khoury.”

ASCE Award for LAU Civil Engineers

Following last year’s commendation, the LAU Student Chapter of the American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE) has earned the Distinguished Chapter Award, given to the most outstanding chapter in the region. It was also recognized for its “exemplary community service benefitting others,” namely its disaster response to the Beirut Port explosion and assisting the community with recovery efforts.

Alumna Appointed Director of ICM.com Dubai

LAU alumna Joanne Tayara (MBA ‘09) has been appointed director of ICM.com’s Dubai representative office, where she has been operations manager for the past five years. Honored by the appointment, she said, “With strong foundations for growth in the Middle East, I am confident that we can continue to build on this success and drive our strategic vision forward.”

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