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Funding for Food Safety Research

LAU Associate Professor of Food Science and Technology Hussein Hassan, in collaboration with Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Abu Dhabi University (ADU) Nisreen Alwan, received a grant from ADU for a research project assessing the safety of the rice supply in Lebanon and the UAE, and determining exposure to various contaminants through the consumption of this staple product in both countries.

LAU Fellow’s Abstract a Winner

Dr. Stéphanie Mitri, a second-year fellow in the LAU Pulmonary Fellowship Program has won an award at the Lebanese Pulmonary Society annual congress for her abstract on a rare case of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome associated with severe obstructive Sleep Apnea. The paper, due for publication, is co-authored by Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine Marie-Louise Coussa-Koniski and Clinical Professor Alain Sabri.

Funding for Chemistry Research

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Elias Akoury has received funding for a research project, Tackling Drug Discovery in Alzheimer’s Disease, from the International Society for Neurochemistry through its Committee for Aid and Education in Neurochemistry. Part of the project falls under SoAS’ signature Undergraduate Research and Discovery (URaD) program, involving chemistry undergrads Celina Salam, Dana Kaafarani, Vanessa Tarraf and Siham Bazzi.

Scientific Facts on the COVID-19 Vaccine

A review article by natural sciences graduate students Elie Abi Khalil, Mohammad Farran and Nada El Baba under the supervision of Associate Professor Mirvat El-Sibai and Head of Infectious Diseases Rola Husni-Samaha debunks the rhetoric against COVID-19 vaccines. Using scientific evidence and historical facts, the paper responds to false information that has been circulating among the general public.  

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. 

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.

Best Paper Award for AKSOB Faculty

AKSOB Assistant Professor of Marketing Omar Itani has won the Wessex press Best Paper Award for “The Impact of Salesperson Moral Identity Centrality on Internal and External Customers” at the 2020 National Conference in Sales Management. ­This underlines “the high impact and quality of the research at LAU’s AKSOB despite the difficult times we are facing,” he said.

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.

QS Ranks LAU No. 2 in Lebanon

The 2021 QS Arab Region University Rankings has ranked LAU second in Lebanon and 14th in the region, up one place from 2020. Major strengths were once again Employer Reputation – placing 4th regionally, up from 8th in 2020 – and Citations per Paper, where it ranked first in Lebanon, a testament to the quality and impact of its research.

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