In Brief

Jawdat Haydar’s Unique School of Thought

In the second event this year honoring Lebanese poet Jawdat Haydar, the School of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with the Friends of Jawdat Haydar hosted a talk by Dr. Ramzi Salti, a lecturer in Arabic Studies at Stanford University. Dr. Salti spoke about the poet’s unique school of thought, his work that straddled two cultures, and his progressive views of women and his proclamation of gender quality. The lecture was followed by a visit to the Jawdat R. Haydar Memorial Study Room.


LAU President Makes the Case for a Liberal Arts Education

Speaking at the Times Higher Education (THE) MENA Universities Summit in Kuwait, President Michel E. Mawad gave a compelling argument on how LAU revamped its liberal arts and sciences program to “capture the spirit of the major problems that our world is facing.” By bringing the liberal arts and civic engagement together, LAU aims to enhance student employability and address the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Congrats to the Women’s National Volleyball Team

The Lebanese Women’s National Volleyball Team won the West Asia Championship on November 23, defeating the host country, Jordan, 3-0. Among the champs are LAU students Aya Maria Matar, Mirna Cheikho and Iman Safa, and alumna Sara Akkari (BS ’18). They were coached by LAU Varsity Team Coach Elie Nar. Cheikho also won the MVP title while Safa earned the Best Setter title.


LAU Historian Honors Beirut Female Seminary Founder

Former VP and author of Sarah and Her Sisters Bob Stoddard drove over 400 miles this fall to visit the home church of Eliza D. Everett, the pioneer behind the Beirut Female Seminary – a predecessor of LAU. The First Congregational Church members in Painesville, Ohio, were amazed and inspired to learn how Everett had revolutionized female secondary education for Arabic-speaking girls in the late 19th century.


Engineering Faculty Among the World’s Top-Cited Researchers

A recent report of the world’s top two percent scientists by Stanford researcher John Ioannidis has included six School of Engineering faculty: Dean and Professor Michel El Khoury, Professor Chadi Abou Rjeily, Professor Wissam Fawaz, Professor Wassim Habchi, Professor Lina Karam, and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and Professor Samer Saab. Their ranking attests to the school’s efforts in knowledge transfer, as they make up half of the total LAUers listed in the report.


Dr. El Hajj’s Publication Most Cited in Life Writing

A publication by Assistant Professor of Creative and Journalistic Writing Sleiman El Hajj, Writing (from) the Rubble: Reflections on the August 4, 2020 Explosion in Beirut, is a collective memoir that became the most cited article published in Life WritingThe memoir has now been read over 2,700 times, and its emphasis on multivalent modes of illness informs Dr. El Hajj’s ongoing book project Illness Writing in Lebanon: Converging Pathologies and Lived Narratives Since August 4, 2020. Dr. El Hajj has also been involved in the Write to Remember project aimed at helping youth come to terms with the trauma. 


LAU Athletes Make a Splash at the ATCL Aquathon

LAU athletes from the Track and Field and Swimming varsity teams took to the podium at the 2022 Automobile and Touring Club of Lebanon (ATCL) Aquathon. Alumna Nour Al Ghoussaini (BS ’21) won first place overall in the Long-Distance Individual race and was the youngest female participant; while Nadim Ghoussaini and Mohamad Shouaib won third place overall In the Sprint Distance Relay. Go LAUers!


LAU Simulation Programs Underway

UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Joanna Wronecka, Secretary General of LAUSM Shady Abi Fares, LAU officials, school principals, LAU secretariat, diplomats and UN representatives gathered to inaugurate LAU’s youth leadership simulation programs on October 1. Kristof Kleeman from the Friedrich Naumann Foundation participated through a videotaped message. Registration is still open. So far 159 schools with 3,594 students and 273 advisors have joined.


Dr. Affeich Honored by the Arab Translators Association

Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Linguistic Studies at the LAU School of Arts and Sciences Andree Affeich has been honored by the Arab Translators Association for her contributions to the field of translation in a ceremony held last month in Jordan. The recognition is a culmination of her research and discipline-related publications in academic journals.


VR Distracts Children Undergoing Anesthesia

Anxiety is common in children undergoing surgery and can have a negative psychological impact beyond the perioperative period. To help allay their fears, the Anesthesiology Department at the LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital launched an immersive tool that uses virtual reality in the pre-operative setting and during the initial stages of anesthesia. This was made possible by a generous donation from CHANCE Association. 


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