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March 2007

  • Playfuls.com of March 28 reported on the two Lebanese delegations that headed to the Arab Summit in Saudi Arabia. One delegation is led by President Emile Lahoud, the other by Prime Minister Fuad Siniora. "There is only one Lebanon, but we have two separate delegations representing us. This is shameful," said Mohammed Arees, a student at the American University of Beirut. The split shows the continuing failure to resolve the political stalemate between the anti-Syrian government and the pro-Syrian opposition.

  • EurekAlert of March 26 reported on the formation of a research team at the New Jersey Institute of Technology to study creativity in studio-based learning, headed by Wassim Jabi, an Assistant Professor at the institute. He said of the project, â??"This project allows us to study the effect of casual interactions and ubiquitous computing on creativity and innovation in interdisciplinary design studios." Jabi has been the Jabi has been president of the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), the main group in North America for educators and researchers working in computer-aided architectural design since 2005. He received his PhD and MS in architecture from the University of Michigan and his bachelorâ??s degree in architecture from the American University of Beirut.

  • Yahoo! Finance of March 26 reported on the appointment of Dr. Ralph Rabbat as Chief Software Architect at the Searchtime, a fast growing search company. A search veteran at Yahoo! Rabbat will be responsible for developing new search tools in his new position. Rabbat holds a Ph.D. and Master of Science in Information Technology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the American University of Beirut. He is a recipient of the Yahoo! Teddy Roosevelt Award and the MIT Program of the Year Award.

  • The Toronto Star of March 24 reported on the Westâ??s misconception that all Muslims are extremists. The United States war against terrorism helped fuel the misconception, since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq only helped increase extremism. "The Bush administration sees all Islamists as radicals and all radicals as terrorists and thus they all need to be eliminated," said Ahmad Moussalli, a political scientist at the American University of Beirut. Observers have pointed out however that the war against extremists has clearly backfired, because it has created more antagonism towards the West.

  • An Associated Press article, published in Peopleâ??s Daily Online Gulf daily News, Edmonton Journal, Brandon Sun, Lakeland Ledger, of March 23 and Canton Repository, Fox News, Findlaw â?? Legal News, San Diego Union â?? Tribune, Tri-City Herald, Irish Examiner, AM New York, Al Bawaba, Yahoo! News, ABC News of March 22 reported on the defusing of a bomb at the American University of Beirut. The bomb, made up of 200 grams of TNT, was found at the Issam Fares Hall and was ready to explode. Police investigations got underway to find out how the bomb was planted on campus. It is believed that the bomb is part of a string of explosions and bombs that have taken place in Lebanon over the past two years. The ruling March 14 Coalition accuses Syria of causing the unrest. 

  •  Montreal Mirror of March 22 reported on Jack Shaheen, the creator the documentary â??Reel Bad Arabs,â? about how Arabs are vilified in Hollywood movies. Born to Christian Lebanese immigrants in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Shaheen, teaches communications at the University of Southern Illinois. His first books were on public broadcasting and the depiction of nuclear warfare in feature films. â??Then something unexpected happened,â? he says. â??I received a Fulbright scholarship to go to the American University of Beirut. I accepted it and off I went. I visited my family there, and I decided then and there that I was going to write an essay on how Arabs were portrayed in Hollywood.â? He explained how difficult it is to erase the negative stereotype of Arabs in movies, since the misconceptions are so deeply entrenched.

  • The Media Line of March 21 reported on a growing phenomenon in Lebanon where more and more individuals are employing private security guards for their safety. According to Professor Hilal Khashan of the American University of Beirut, "This phenomenon is not new and started during the civil war, specifically after 1982 when private shops, especially people dealing with imported clothing and with jewelry stores, began to employ security guards," he explains. But the rise of the phenomenon of depending on security guards started after the end of the civil war in 1989, when thousands of former militia men became recruits for security forces. He added that the large number of private security guards is one way to measure the political instability of the country.

  • Zogby International of March 21 reported on a lecture by John Zogby entitled, "Love, hate, envy or respect? Recent trends in Arab and American Public Opinion," held at the American University of Beirut. The lecture highlighted the changes in Arab public opinion towards the United States in recent years. While American foreign policy, specifically the Iraq war, turned opinions away from America over time, people between the ages of 18 and 34 consistently held more positive views than the group as a whole, Zogby said. A substantial number of Americans want to know more about the Arab world," he added, "and among those, positive attitudes toward the Arab world are much higher than those who don't want to know more."
  • Arab Times reported on a lecture given by Professor Paul Stevens entitled, â?? Resource curse in oil exporting countries: an analysis of causes, experiences and possible ways forward,â? at the American University of Kuwait. Professor Stevens is a specialist on the Middle East Cambridge and the School of Oriental and African Studies. From 1973-1979, he taught at the American University of Beirut. He then taught at the University of Surrey from 1979-93, before moving on to Scotland where he is currently a Professor of Petroleum Policy and Economics, and Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee.

  • News-Leader of March 12 reported on Dr. Abed Itani has joining the pulmonology group at Ferrell-Duncan Clinic in Springfield, part of CoxHealth. He is certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, critical care and sleep medicine. He received his medical degree at the American University of Beirut. Before joining Ferrell-Duncan he was in private practice in Branson.

  • NewsRx.com of March 3 reported on the investigations by doctors at the American University of Beirut and their findings on Escherichia coli therapy.

 

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