In Brief

Alumna Motivates Children to “Crush Cancer”

In partnership with Chance Association and LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital, activist and alumna Hayat Nazer (BS ’10) marked International Childhood Cancer Day by creating a collage titled “Crush Cancer.” It is hoped that the piece, made of shards of glass from the August 4 explosion and the children’s handprints, will raise funds toward better access to healthcare in Lebanon. 

A Year of HELM

To give a glimpse into a myriad of leadership activities and experiences, LAU’s USP/HES Scholars have been documenting their inspirational stories and initiatives in the monthly Higher Education Leadership Magazine (HELM), which celebrates its first publishing anniversary this month.

Funded by USAID, this unique scholarship program offers students endless opportunities to develop soft skills, serve their communities and prepare for their careers.

Lebanese Dialect a Hit

In a SINARC first, the program hosted a series of free workshops introducing the Lebanese dialect to more than 300 international students. The online series was made possible through combined efforts of SINARC faculty and LAU student buddies, who prepared a rich deck of interactive Lebanese content from idioms and traditions to cuisine and current events.

SOE Faculty Contributes to World Bank Study

Following the explosion at the Port of Beirut, LAU Assistant Professor Nabil Nehme joined a World Bank effort to run a Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment action plan, in his capacity as faculty representing the civil society. Last month, the World Bank issued a report on global best practices in port governance and border management reforms, acknowledging Dr. Nehme.
Photo credit: Ipsos Risk Analytics/World Bank.


Certification for SOP’s Elsy Ramia

Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Pharmacy Elsy Ramia has been recognized as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety by The Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety. Dr. Ramia’s credential attests to her knowledge and skillset – critical competencies for today’s health​​care challenges – and the level of expertise in interdisciplinary patient safety work at LAU.

Sheikh Hamad Translation Award

LAU Associate Professor of Arabic Literature Nada Saab and AUB Professor of English Robert Myers won first prize of the 2020 Sheikh Hamad Translation Award for their book Sentence to Hope, the first major English language collection of works by prominent Syrian playwright Sa’dallah Wannous. The book was nominated for the prize by Yale University Press. 

AiW Launches Shabaket El Meem

The Arab Institute for Women has launched an interactive website providing information to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and queer youth in Lebanon. The project, which features video and podcast series, a Q&A section and a glossary, is funded by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Lebanon.

President Mawad Recognized in Stanford Study

LAU President Michel E. Mawad has been listed among the top 2% scientists worldwide in his field, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging, in a study conducted by Stanford researchers. Dr. Mawad’s research over his 40-year career has focused on cerebrovascular disease, resulting in more than 107 publications in prestigious medical and scientific journals, six book chapters, and 211 scientific papers.

LAU Engineering Shines in Stanford Study

In a study of the top 2% scientists of the world by Stanford researchers, School of Engineering Dean Lina Karam and GSR Dean Samer Saab ranked no. 1 in Lebanon in Artificial Intelligence & Image Processing, and Industrial Engineering & Automation, respectively. Professor Chadi Abou Rjeily was listed under Networking & Telecommunications. The three are professors of Electrical Engineering.

Dr. Lina Karam: Plenary Speaker at IEEE Conference

Dr. Lina Karam, dean of the School of Engineering, was invited as Plenary Speaker at the premier 2020 IEEE International Conference on Image Processing. A fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Dr. Karam holds a longstanding association with the institute. Her talk Towards Resilient Deep Learning was delivered to thousands of attendees worldwide.

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