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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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LAU Scientists Recognized by the AD Scientific Index 2022

A new ranking by the AD Scientific Index has listed three LAU scientists among the world’s best and top 35 in Lebanon. Professor and Dean of the School of Engineering Lina Karam, Professor Andre Megarbane from the Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine and Associate Professor of Finance Elie Bouri made the list in recognition of the quality of their research output.

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Dr. Lina Karam Among the World’s Top Scientists

Research.com’s eighth edition of top scientists has ranked LAU’s Dean of the School of Engineering Lina Karam among the world’s leading scientists in Computer Science and No. 1 in Lebanon. In 2020, Dr. Karam had also made the top two percent scientists worldwide list in a Stanford study published in PLOS Biology for her research on AI and image processing.

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TLS Students Published in Al Raida

A special issue of Al Raida, the flagship journal of the Arab Institute for Women, features research policy papers by 15 undergraduate students of the LAU Middle East Partnership Initiative-Tomorrow’s Leaders Gender Scholars Program (MEPI-TLS). The papers cover a plethora of timely topics in gender studies such as women’s labor, heteronormativity and gender inequality in the workplace.

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