In Brief

Evaluating Anti-Corruption Measures

The first in a series of spotlights on policy events, Spotlight on Anti-Corruption Policy, was held by the Center for Policy Analysis in collaboration with Transparency International–Lebanon on August 29 at the Beirut Campus. Distinguished speakers provided valuable insights into the progress made so far, stressing the need for bold actions to redeem Lebanon’s regression on the Corruption Perceptions Index since 2012. Though the road is long, Dr. Leila Dagher, LAU assistant to the president for Public Policy, said “we can at least raise awareness at this time.”


Dr. Jimmy Romanos Receives Shoman Foundation Award for Research

Associate Professor of Physics Jimmy Romanos has been granted the prestigious Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers for 2023. This recognition – LAU’s third – highlights Dr. Romanos’ research on the thermodynamic modeling of gases at the atomic scale and its applications in the development of new energy storage technologies. This enhances our understanding of the stability of methane hydrates and their implications on climate change.


Dr. Samer Saab Spotlighted in IEEE Magazine

Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Samer Saab has been featured in IEEE Control Systems Magazine, a highly prestigious journal published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a global organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity. The Q&A with Dr. Saab – who is also a professor at the School of Engineering – in the latest issue of the magazine highlighted his contributions to his field and dedication to nurturing young researchers.


Medical Education Grants Dean Sola Aoun Bahous the Choice Critics Award

Medical Education, a leading international journal that publishes scholarly papers on healthcare education, has recognized LAU Dean of the Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine Sola Aoun Bahous with a Choice Critics Award for her exceptional contributions to the journal.


New Book Release

On November 24, LAU’s Institute for Social Justice and Conflict Resolution held a book launch of Contemporary Islamist Perspectives on International Relations: Mainstream Voices from the Sunni and Shii Arab World by Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Sami Baroudi. In a panel discussion with Dr. Mohanad Hage Ali (BS ‘99; MA ‘05), director of communications and senior fellow at Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, Dr. Baroudi spoke about salient topics in his book and the relationship between political Islam and international relations. 


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 collective memoir by Assistant Professor of Creative and Journalistic Writing Sleiman El Hajj, Writing (from) the Rubble: Reflections on the August 4, 2020 Explosion in Beirut, 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. 


AKSOB Faculty Publishes in Prestigious Journal

A study co-authored by Dr. Omar Itani, assistant professor at the Adnan Kassar School of Business, on corporate environmental ethics has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics, one of the 50 journals used in the Financial Times research rank. The paper shows that employee brand advocacy and customer satisfaction are increased when firms activate their corporate environmental ethics through eco-capabilities, as environmental stewards find more meaning in their work.


MEPI-TLSer’s Research on Gender and Reform Receives Recognition

Electrical engineering student and Middle East Partnership Initiative (US MEPI) Gender Scholar Pia Kattoura was selected to give a presentation at the end-of-year conference on a gender-inclusive public sector in Lebanon and the region. Impressed by her insights, communications skills, and policy paper, US MEPI leaders invited her to share her research and contribute to current work in anti-corruption reform.


Faculty’s Research Featured in Forbes

A paper co-authored by AKSOB’s Associate Professor of Marketing Zahy Ramadan has been featured in Forbes Middle East. The study – published by Marketing Intelligence & Planning – defines the key components of a computer-generated influencer’s (CGI) identity and analyzes the ensuing relationship between the CGI and its digital environment. The paper is said to “contribute a seminal work in the field of virtual influencers.”


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