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We Choose to Stay – Spring 2022

We Choose to Stay – Spring 2022

    Features We chose to stay Spring 2022According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 40 percent of Lebanon’s doctors and 30 percent of nurses left the country between October 2019 and November 2021. Exacerbating the loss, nearly all recent medical school...

Sahtein – Spring 2022

Sahtein – Spring 2022

Features | Health & Wellness   Sahtein: Sayadieh AUBMC’s Department of Food Services Spring 2022  Sayadieh is a classic fish dish originating from fishing villages in Lebanon. The word sayadieh roughly translates to “catch,” coming from the fisherman’s catch...

Next generation sequencing – Spring 2022

Next generation sequencing – Spring 2022

  Features Next generation sequencing by MainGate Staff Spring 2022“How is my patient going to respond if I find that the tumor has this or that genetic change or difference? What happens to the initial tumor after the patient has been treated?” These are...

Transforming through art

Transforming through art

        Transforming through artIn the best of times, support and funding for the arts can be underwhelming. During times of austerity, they can vanish. Lebanon’s historic economic crisis has battered the arts with immense difficulties as patrons and...

Year of the woman

Year of the woman

        Year of the woman 1921 The American University of Beirut opens its doors to the first cohort of women in regular degree programs, decades before many top-ranked universities worldwide. March 6, 2021 AUB kicks off a year of celebrating its...

May Ziadeh: When visions come too early

May Ziadeh: When visions come too early

  Features May Ziadeh: When Visions Come Too Early by MainGate Staff Spring 2022AUB continues to celebrate its coed centennial, having taken global leadership in admitting women in 1921. May Elias Ziadeh, prolific author of poems and books, a key figure in the...

100 Years of Coeducation – Spring 2022

100 Years of Coeducation – Spring 2022

  Features 100 Years of Coeducation by MainGate Staff Spring 2022One hundred years ago was a time of upheaval both within and around the campus of the American University of Beirut, which had just undergone a name change from the Syrian Protestant College. The...

Experimental activism – Spring 2022

Experimental activism – Spring 2022

  Features Experimental activism by Eric Eyges Spring 2022The legacy of the Arab Spring—that burst of activism and revolutionary activity sparked by Tunisian fruit vendor Mohammed Bouazizi’s self-immolation—is still up for debate. The common perception is that it...

Training our future teachers

Training our future teachers

  Features Training our future teachers by MainGate Staff Spring 2022“The current challenges in Lebanon have increased the already urgent need for qualified and committed teachers and other educational practitioners in Lebanon,” explains Dr. Tamer Amin, associate...

The Evidence for Palestine – Spring 2022

The Evidence for Palestine – Spring 2022

  Features The Evidence for Palestine by Eric Eyges Spring 2022“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And...

Written Word – Spring 2022

Written Word – Spring 2022

Features    Written Word By MainGate Staff Spring 2022‘AŞFŪRIYYEH: A HISTORY OF MADNESS, MODERNITY, AND WAR IN THE MIDDLE EAST Joelle M. Abi-Rached (BS ’02, MD ’06) shows how ‘Aşfūriyyeh’s role shifted from a missionary enterprise to a national institution with vast...

Online programs: A vital part of AUB Global

Online programs: A vital part of AUB Global

Features Online programs: A vital part of AUB Global By MainGate Staff Spring 2022A robust roster of online programs is an integral part of AUB’s strategic vision—VITAL 2030—and its efforts to increase the global presence and influence of the institution. Having...

Khabazteh?

Khabazteh?

  Features Khabazteh? by MainGate Staff Fall 2021This past October, AUBMC shared a video on social media titled “The Bread Exam.” Popular Lebanese baker Um Ali stands in a spacious, well-lit kitchen in front of two wrapped pieces of dough molded in the shape of...

Written Word – Fall 2021

Written Word – Fall 2021

Features Published & Produced By MainGate Staff Fall 2021The Arsonists’ City (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2021) by Hala Alyan (BA ’08). This family saga centered on their struggles to save the ancestral home in Beirut tells the story of both a family and a region...

The Cultural Weight of Arabic Calligraphy

The Cultural Weight of Arabic Calligraphy

  Features The Cultural Weight of Arabic Calligraphy by Najib Chowdhury Fall 2021Arabic calligraphy was born in reverence to writing the Qu’ran but has grown in its life outside the holy text. It exists beyond the page and is found on the domes of mosques, the...

Ecology of Cedars: A very long relationship

Ecology of Cedars: A very long relationship

  Features Ecology of Cedars - A very long relationship by Eric Eyges Fall 2021"They stood at the forest’s edge, gazing at the top of the Cedar Tree, gazing at the entrance to the forest. Where Humbaba would walk there was a trail, the roads led straight on, the...

Comprehending the Currency Crisis

Comprehending the Currency Crisis

  Features Comprehending the Currency Crisis by Dr. Said Elfakhani, AUB professor of finance, accounting, and managerial economics, has tracked the fall of the LBP since it unhinged from the pegged dollar rate in October 2019. He spoke to us about the mysterious...

Mary Jaber Nachar

Mary Jaber Nachar

  Features Mary Jaber Nachar -An AUB stalwart takes a seat in the C-Suite by MainGate Staff Fall 2021Appointed in September 2020 as Vice President for Administration, Mary Jaber Nachar is the first female to serve the university in this role. The challenges she...

Commencement Celebration

Commencement Celebration

\  Features Commencement Celebration by MainGate Staff Fall 2021The COVID-19 pandemic turned the world upside down in many ways. That is certainly true for the Class of 2020, whose graduation was postponed over one year. In a strange twist of events, AUB’s 151st...

Lasting Notes

Lasting Notes

Features Lasting Notes by Rami Abi Zeid Fall 2021Ever since Rami Abi Zeid (BE ’21) played the violin at an AUB commencement, he planned what he would say at his own graduation celebration. Following are excerpts from his imagined speech to his classmates. ---- I hate...

Aiducation – Firas Hatoum

Aiducation – Firas Hatoum

  Features Aiducation - Firas Hatoum by MainGate Staff Fall 2021Firas Hatoum was raised in Aley, where he attended the Universal College of Aley. The son of AUB alumni who met at AUB, Firas grew up hearing stories about student life on campus and always knew that...

Faces of Trauma

Faces of Trauma

Features Faces of Trauma By Olivia Shabb, a licensed clinical psychologist and faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry at AUBMC. She has been treating patients affected by the explosion at the Beirut port. Fall 2020/Winter 2021How would you characterize the...

The Beiruti Building

The Beiruti Building

Features The Beiruti Building By Eric Eyges Fall 2020/Winter 2021Take a stroll down Rue Gouraud in the afternoon and look up at the sandstone buildings painted blue or green or left their natural reddish-brown color. You might notice some of the features of the...

The President’s Innovation Challenge

The President’s Innovation Challenge

Features The President’s Innovation Challenge By MainGate Staff Fall 2020/Winter 2021AUB launched its first President’s Innovation Challenge during a turbulent year, in part to “assert that the will to construct is stronger than the will to destruct,” in the words of...

Critiquing the developing world

Critiquing the developing world

Features Critiquing the developing world By MainGate Staff Fall 2020/Winter 2021In 2013, the US Government Office of Inspector General issued an audit report of USAID Lebanon’s Developing Rehabilitation Assistance to Schools and Teacher Improvement Program (DISRATI)....

R + D – Abbas Sidaoui

R + D – Abbas Sidaoui

Features R + D: Abbas Sidaoui Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2021/2022 Fall 2020/Winter 2021Life before his PhD: I grew up as a normal kid in a family that reveres knowledge and science. I have been hooked by the idea of having smart robots helping us with tasks...

A complicated disaster

A complicated disaster

Features A complicated disaster By MainGate Staff Fall 2020/Winter 2021When the explosion occurred at the Beirut port, a family driving through the winding streets near Gemayze was tossed around inside its vehicle. The father and his two sons, six-year-old Ahmad* and...

The view from abroad

The view from abroad

Features The view from abroad By MainGate Staff Fall 2020/Winter 2021There are more Lebanese living outside than inside the country—by some estimates, there are 12 million Lebanese in the diaspora and 4 million in Lebanon. That’s been the case for so long that it’s...

When the work is personal

When the work is personal

Features When the work is personal by Eric Eyges Fall 2020/Winter 2021Like everyone in Lebanon, the staff and volunteer corps at the Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service (CCECS) remember with photographic-like clarity where they were August 4th just after...

Sahtein – Labneh Balls

Sahtein – Labneh Balls

Health & Wellness   Sahtein: Labneh Balls by Sara Assi (BS '11) Fall 2020/Winter 2021  Labneh balls are a perfect addition to your breakfast and dinner table, a must in every Lebanese home and a traditional ‘Mouneh’ item that any home cook can prepare....

Aiducation – Tahreer Alzaeem

Aiducation – Tahreer Alzaeem

  Features Aiducation - Tahreer Alzaeem by MainGate Staff Fall 2020/Winter 2021Tahreer Alzaeem was living in Gaza and preparing for her 12th grade final exams when she learned that she had won a full scholarship to AUB. “I did not know anything about AUB back...

Psst, have you heard about WEFRAH?

Psst, have you heard about WEFRAH?

Features Psst, have you heard about WEFRAH? By  MainGate Staff Fall 2020/Winter 2021You can’t spend much time with FAFS Dean Rabi H. Mohtar these days without hearing about the Water-Energy-Food-Renewable Resources-Health Nexus—or WEFRAH. What is WEFRAH? “It’s a...

Aiducation – Woonkee Jo

Aiducation – Woonkee Jo

  Features Aiducation - Wonkee Jo (BS '19) by MainGate Staff Spring/Summer 2020 Woonkee Jo (BS ’19) is South Korean, but he grew up in Lebanon. He is a big fan of Bliss Street: “I doubt there are many universities where there is a whole street of restaurants...

AUBMC’s PECC

AUBMC’s PECC

  Features AUBMC's PECC by MainGate Staff Spring/Summer 2020Under the supervision of Department of Family Medicine Clinical Associate Professor Umayya Musharrafieh, AUBMC's Pandemic Evaluation Clinic and Center (PECC—pictured above) was completed in less than 10...

Rana Hajjeh at WHO

Rana Hajjeh at WHO

  Features A seasoned veteran's "novel" experience by MainGate Staff Spring/Summer 2020 Rana Hajjeh (BS ’84, MD ’88) is director of Programme Management for the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean Region, an area comprised of 583 million people in...

Testing Detroit

Testing Detroit

Features Testing Detroit By MainGate Staff Spring/Summer 2020Like many healthcare centers around the world, the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS), a sprawling network of hospitals, laboratories, and pharmacies spread across the Detroit metro area, has had to shift gears...

The university experience

The university experience

  Features The University Experience by Carmen Geha, PhD (BA ’06, MA ’08) Dr. Geha is founding director of the Education for Leadership in Crisis program. She is an assistant professor of public administration, leadership, and organizational development. She is...

SPC to AUB

SPC to AUB

  Features What's in a name? SPC becomes AUB by Barbara Rosica Spring/Summer 2020 This year marks the centennial of an event many years in the making. On November 18, 1920, the New York State Board of Regents certified changing the corporate name of the Syrian...

The hope and promise of AUB students

The hope and promise of AUB students

The hope and promise of AUB studentsI am Palestinian and have a wonderful family. I dreamed when I was a child of finding a place where I felt like I belong. Never did I think that that place might be AUB. To be honest, I feel guilty being at AUB. It is a privilege...

Stranded on campus

Stranded on campus

Features Stranded on Campus By Eric Eyges Spring/Summer 2020 Like most of us, Oussema Ksiaa (BA expected ’20), a Tunisian MEPI scholar at AUB studying political science, didn’t know what to make of the novel coronavirus at first. He read the news like everyone else,...

R + D – Mahdi Saleh

R + D – Mahdi Saleh

I grew up in Beirut and spent my summer vacations in southern Lebanon, where I enjoyed being close to nature and wildlife. I have always loved science and was curious about how everything works. I earned BE and ME degrees in computer and communication engineering from the Islamic University of Lebanon (IUL) in 2012 and 2015.

Published & Produced

Published & Produced

With vivid storytelling, extensive research, and on-the-ground reporting, Kim Ghattas—journalist, author, and AUB trustee—seamlessly weaves together history, geopolitics, and culture to deliver a widely praised account of the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, born from the sparks of the 1979 Iranian Revolution and fueled by American policy.

A virologist speaks

A virologist speaks

n an interview last April, Nada Melhem discussed the pandemic. She explained that COVID-19 (“CO” for corona, “VI” for virus, “D” for disease, “19” for year originated) is caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which is genetically related to the coronavirus responsible for the SARS outbreak of 2003.

Two different kinds of contamination

Two different kinds of contamination

Noor Jaber Chehayeb (MPH ’17) was at her apartment in Rabat, Morocco, when the COVID-19 lockdown went into effect. She’d arrived in the country five days earlier as a newly appointed weapons contamination delegate for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), after having spent two years with the Lebanese Red Cross.

A perfect storm of data

A perfect storm of data

Nasser Yassin, interim director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI), is leading a team within the IFI’s Governance and Policy Lab to gather socioeconomic metrics from a wide variety of sources, synthesize them, and ultimately transform them into digestible policy briefs and infographics.

A public hospital rises to the challenge

A public hospital rises to the challenge

Behind the Ministry of Health building along the main thoroughfare that leads south from downtown Beirut sits Rafic Hariri University Hospital (RHUH). A civil war-era institution once considered the last resort of the poor and uninsured has since become the epicenter of COVID-19 testing and treatment.

Virus hunter

Virus hunter

Ghazi Kayali is in a cave in the Beqaa Valley trailed by a team of filmmakers shooting the mini-series Pandemics for Netflix. They’re pointing their night vision cameras at stalactites dripping water, accentuating the silence.

Ventilators made to order

Ventilators made to order

After LBCI aired a report on Technica’s ventilator initiative, the firm began receiving requests from across the Middle East and Africa. “All the big companies that make ventilators are tied up with production for their own countries,” and prices are volatile and rising.

CLIMAT

CLIMAT

The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) which has a long history of supporting agriculture in Lebanon, is helping to nudge the sector in the right direction by working in concert with international development partners to train small-scale farmers and agricultural laborers and connect them with domestic and eventually international markets.

Check Up with Samir Fakhri

Check Up with Samir Fakhri

In Lebanon, the referral patterns are different than those in the US. Here, people come to the super specialist right away—even with, say, a cold, they’ll go right to the ENT doctor. Ideally, the common cold and other basic problems should be seen first by a general practitioner, and only referred to the specialist or super specialist if the issue is complicated or treatment resistant.

Zein AUB iPark

Zein AUB iPark

The newly-built Talal and Madiha Zein AUB Innovation Park (Zein AUB iPark), recalls the offices of tech giants like Google and Facebook and is meant to inspire the same kind of innovative, digitally-focused entrepreneurship.

Yo Yo Ma at AUB

Yo Yo Ma at AUB

In late August, Yo-Yo Ma returned to the AUB campus as part of the Bach Project, an initiative he launched in 2018 to perform Bach’s six Cello Suites, each of which has six movements, in 36 locations around the world, and to start local and global conversations to address pressing cultural issues.

Pursuits

Pursuits

The use of plastic mulch is very common in agriculture during the growing season. At the end of season, it is plowed into the ground or thrown away, forming part of a massive dump of plastic into the ocean. Substituting shredded office wastepaper for plastic sheets has proved to be more efficient.

Published and Produced

Published and Produced

Raja Srour (BS ’65, MD ’69) is both a highly successful cosmetic surgeon with his own practice in Los Angeles, California, and an accomplished artist. He and other artists and writers from the AUB community put their works on display.

Protest Journal

Protest Journal

During October and November of 2019, as the Lebanese civil uprising gathered force, we canvassed students, faculty, and artists from the AUB community to get a sense of a significant historical moment.

Face to Face – Maria Mansour

Face to Face – Maria Mansour

As AUB’s director of financial planning, Maria Mansour plays a central role in the functioning of the university. From the Office of Financial Planning, nested in a cozy nook of College Hall, funds that are the lifeblood of every professor’s paycheck, every student’s final project, every lab, every classroom desk, air conditioner, and light bulb, are earmarked for payment.

Check Up – Maya Romani

Check Up – Maya Romani

Maya Romani, assistant professor of family medicine and director of the Health and Wellness Center (HWC) at AUBMC, discusses her work in integrative medicine, a holistic approach to medical care that seeks to find integral solutions to health problems that cut across physical, social, spiritual, and environmental dimensions.

Afghan Students Come to AUB

Afghan Students Come to AUB

After a long, rigorous journey, 15 of the best and brightest Afghan women made AUB their new home. Their arrival was made possible by the newly established merit-based scholarship program Education for Leadership in Crisis (ELC), which is funded by the US Department of State through the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy in Kabul.

A Cellular Skeleton Key

A Cellular Skeleton Key

AUB alumna and Kuo Family Endowed Professor at UC San Francisco Hana El Samad (BEN ’98) and her colleague, University of Washington’s David Baker, have made significant strides in the direction of precision with the creation of a synthetic protein that makes cells “smart.”