In Brief

Heroine of Health Award for Dr. Myrna Doumit

The Women in Global Health has bestowed the Heroine of Health Award 2021 on LAU Associate Professor of Nursing Myrna Abi Abdallah Doumit. This tribute was given in recognition of her leadership in the aftermath of the August 4 explosion, and her tireless campaign to improve nurses’ rights and working conditions in the country.

LAU Partners with Creo Incubator

LAU has partnered with Creo Incubator, a platform which garners the power of micro learning and gamification to equip aspiring entrepreneurs with the best skills and know-how to kickstart their journey. Their approach combines interactive education with inspiration ignition and access to investors to support diverse talents. This enables LAU students who are curious about entrepreneurship and innovative educational methods to join their company and learn within their team.

Alumna Emma Boutros Features in Forbes

Renowned Designer Emma Boutros (BS ’08) has been featured on the Forbes’ 40 Women Behind Middle Eastern Brands 2021 list. Only two years after graduating from LAU, she founded Poise Design, a footwear brand that made it to the red carpet and struck collaborations with local and international labels.

First Prize for Architecture Student

The summer workshop course in Furniture Design with instructor Vanessa Dammous has culminated in a first prize win for second-year architecture student Carina Joseph at Atelier Mobile’s En Plein Air Competition. Joseph’s design, Becoming One, consisted of two elements that create a seat using integrated wooden joinery. Graduates Soumar Al Kamand and Rachelle Saliba also received an honorable mention for their transformable multifunctional frame.

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.

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