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Dr. Mazen El-Tamer received his PhD degree in Biotechnology-Molecular Biology in 2002 from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He was trained in the University Medical Center Utrecht, and completed a year of post-doctoral fellowship, later promoted to chief scientific officer in the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences in the University of Amsterdam. His research interests have included development of in-vitro conditioning of human stem cells directing them to various lineages, genetic regulation of ion channels aiding in cardiac progenitor cells differentiation into cardiomyocytes, and brain-based screening systems of compounds for management of anosmia. He is joining Dr. Rose-Mary Boustany’s research group, and has been appointed Instructor in Psychiatry effective March 1, 2008.

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Dr Imad Bouakl graduated with an MD degree from the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine in 1998 when he became member of the Alpha Omega Alpha local chapter. He finished his residency in internal medicine at Indiana University in Indiana in 2002. He completed his fellowship in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at the Ohio State University where he served as chief fellow in 2004-2005. He has American Board certifications in Internal Medicine, as well as Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is also certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine. After finishing his fellowship, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he practiced at Maryvale, St Joseph, and Thunderbird hospitals. He will be joining the pulmonary and critical care group at the AUBMC, covering the Intensive Care Unit, Respiratory Care Unit in addition to seeing patients in his clinic. His research interests include molecular signaling and activation in the innate immune response system and its role in the disease process, sepsis, and asthma.

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Dr. Souhad Chbeir graduated with a BS degree in Nursing from AUB in 1991. She was appointed as an Instructor at the School of Nursing in 1992. She joined the graduate program of Biomedical Sciences at the Faculty of Medicine and graduated in 1995 with a Master’s degree of Neuroscience. She worked as a research assistant until 1998. In 1999, she joined the Biomedical Sciences program at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Chbeir graduated in 2004 with a Ph.D degree in Biochemistry. Her thesis project focused on how early life malprogramming of hypothalamic neurons predisposes to adult-onset obesity. She did her postdoctoral training at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University focusing on Wnt signaling pathway in cancer development. Dr. Chbeir will continue her cancer research at the Faculty of Medicine and will be involved in teaching students at the School of Nursing.

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Labib Ghulmiyyah, M.D. will join the AUB starting July, 1 2008 as Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Ghulmiyyah received his MD degree from the American University of Beirut in 2000. He then completed his residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Atlanta Medical Center in Atlanta, Georgia in 2005, followed by a fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Ghulmiyyah is a member of the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has authored multiple book chapters and peer-reviewed articles, and has presented numerous papers on various topics in the field of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at national meetings. He is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. His area of expertise is in fetal ultrasound,prenatal diagnosis and high risk obstetrics, and his research interests include hypertensive disease in pregnancy and fetal programming.

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Dr. Wakim graduated with an M.D. degree from the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the Lebanese University in 1997. She completed her residency training in Pediatrics at the American University of Beirut in 2000. She was a chief resident in Pediatrics at AUB in 2000-2001. She subsequently completed three years of residency training in Pediatrics at the State University of New York at Syracuse, NY in 2004. She then completed three years of fellowship training in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stanford University, Stanford, CA in 2007. Dr. Wakim is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and Pediatric Subspecialties. Dr. Wakim will be appointed as Instructor of Clinical Pediatrics effective July 1, 2008, and she will be involved in the teaching programs of medical students and residents in her area of specialty. Her research interests include congenital infections and immune response to vaccines in infants and children.

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Dr. Hayek has graduated from the American University of Beirut with an M.D. in 1999. He joined the Department of Surgery then for an Internship and a postgraduate residency training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In 2006, he joined the University of Minnesota for a one year fellowship in Hand Surgery followed by one year fellowship in Burn Surgery at the University of Iowa. During his training, Dr. Hayek has received several awards including best presentation in the Lebanese Society for Plastic Surgery, best published article by a resident at AUB-MC in 2005, best poster presentation in its category at the American Burn Association meeting in 2008 and first place for the best presentation at the American Burn Association meeting in 2008. Dr. Hayek has authored and co-authored several articles published in internationally renowned journals in Plastic Surgery, Hand Surgery and Burn Surgery. His research interests include wound healing, new techniques in Plastic Surgery, treatment of abnormalities of the wrist in general and the distal radioulnar joint in specific. It remains to say that Dr. Hayek was very active during his residency at AUB-MC where he was a member of many of the committees and president and vice president for the Resident Staff Organization.

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Paul du Quenoy comes to AUB from the American University in Cairo, where he has taught since 2005.

A graduate of Georgetown University, Dr. du Quenoy is a specialist in Imperial Russia.

He works on the performing arts and society in the decades before the revolution of 1917 and has a new project underway on Russia's relationship with the Middle East.

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Wissam Raji got his Master's degree in Mathematics from AUB. In 2006, he got his PhD in Mathematics from Temple University. His field of specialization is modular forms in analytic number theory.

He later,  spent two years researching the cohomology of generalized modular forms and their properties.

 Wissam has several publications in many well-known international journals.

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Dr. Ziyad Ghazzal earned his MD at AUB Faculty of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at AUBMC in 1984. He was appointed the very first Chief Resident in the Department of Internal Medicine at AUB in 1984-1985. Dr. Ghazzal has upheld an academic rigor in all his professional life, becoming an internationally renowned interventional cardiologist and who has excelled as a highly accomplished clinician, researcher, and teacher/mentor. He was most recently promoted to Professor of Medicine in 2007 at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA, where he has been a full-time faculty member since 1990, and after completing his fellowship training at the same institution from 1985 to 1990. There is invariably something laudable to be said about a person’s fine credentials and accomplishments when this person trains and is retained in a single institution in the US and then rises steadily through the ranks to become Full Professor.Dr. Ghazzal has published extensively in the cardiology literature, including nearly 40 high-quality original papers and many other reviews, editorials, book chapters, and video seminars. He is regularly sought after by international organizations for clinical lectures and tutorials and other CME activities in the area of interventional cardiology. As a Director of the Interventional Fellowship Program at Emory, Dr. Ghazzal has played an instrumental role in the success of the training program there, one of the premier programs in the US. He has been a member of a large number of prospective multi-center clinical trials, including being the local principal investigator at Emory. He is Associate Editor of the popular ‘Cardiosource’, the official teaching website of the American College of Cardiology. He is also the Co-chair of the international distant learning program of the College.Dr. Ghazzal is an Alpha Omega Alpha member and has received many honors, including the Medical Leadership Award from the National Association of North America (2005) and the Excellence in Teaching Award from Emory University (1999).

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Raised in London, Jasmina Najjar moved to Lebanon and graduated with high distinction from AUB in 2000 (BA in English Literature). She went back to the UK to pursue her MA in Literature, Culture and Modernity at Queen Mary, University of London. Her thesis was on fragmented Lebanese identity in the translated works of Rashid Al Daif.  Since 2002, Jasmina Najjar has worked as a journalist, becoming a managing editor, and as an advertising copywriter, becoming a senior conceptual copywriter with major pan-Arab accounts. And yet she has always been teaching English and Cultural Studies on a part-time basis.  She is now very happy to be able to focus her energies on teaching and is eager to share her real-life writing skills and techniques with her students. Her research interests include advertising, media, pop culture, subculture, and of course, writing and communication skills.

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Ali A. Yassine is an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering (IESE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and the director of the Product Development Research Laboratory.  His research and teaching involve mathematical modeling of engineering design processes and product development of complex man-made systems. He has published in this area over fifty articles in various journals and international conferences. Dr. Yassine received the B. E. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1988 from the American University of Beirut.  He received the M. S. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering in 1989 and 1994 from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  He is a member of INFORMS, ASME and PDMA.website: http://www.iese.uiuc.edu/pdlab/

 

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Dr. Michel Egeileh got his Master's degree in Mathematics from St
Joseph University. In 2007, he received  his PhD in Mathematics from Paris 7 - Denis Diderot University, in the field of Mathematical Physics. He held different positions of part-time lecturer in Mathematics at Cergy-Pontoise University (2005-2006), Paris 7 University (2006-2007), St Joseph University (2007-2008) ,and Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (2008). His current research interests concern the use of differential geometry, Lie groups and representation theory, in quantum field theories, supersymmetry and supergravity.

 

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Scott J Baxter has a PhD in teaching English to speakers of other
languages and rhetoric and composition from Purdue University. His research interests focus on second language writing and its parent disciplines of applied linguistics and composition studies. Scott has presented his work at a wide variety of national and international conferences, including the World Congress of Applied Linguistics, the National Conference on Writing Across the Curriculum, and the Symposium on Second Language Writing. His teaching interests include courses on all aspects of writing, rhetoric, and linguistics. He especially enjoys introducing students to high quality translations of Homer and Plato because it allows him to explore the relationships
between rhetoric, literature, and philosophy. Scott is especially interested in the way that journals and other writing to learn activities can be used as tools for teaching; he is always interested in talking with other faculty members about how writing can be used to increase student learning and engagement and lead to more enjoyable
experiences for both students and faculty. Prior to coming to AUB, Scott was a member of the faculty at the American University in Bulgaria. He is married to Monika Pawlowska, a faculty member in the department of speech and hearing sciences at the University of North Dakota (currently on leave). They have two children, Michal, 8, and Marta, 4. More information can be found about Scott at http://frombulgariatonorthdakota.blogspot.com/

 

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Dr. William Marling (Edward Said Chair of American Studies) was  born in Chicago.  He was educated at the University of Utah (BA),  New York University (MA) and University of California, Santa Barbara  (Ph.D).  He  worked as a journalist for Fortune and Money magazines  before taking a position at Case Western Reserve University  (Cleveland, OH).
He has been a Fulbright Professor at Universidad  de Deusto (Spain) and Universitat
Wien (Austria), the Drake Chair of  American Studies at Kobe College (Japan) and twice Distinguished  Foreign Professor at Universite d'Avignon (France).  He teaches and writes about American modernist literature, popular culture, World  Literature, and
globalization.  He is the author of many articles  and five books, the most recent of
which is How 'American' is  Globalization? (2006, Johns Hopkins UP).

 

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Dr Paul Newson graduated with a BA (Hons) and a MA degree from University College London, in Classics, Ancient History and Roman Archaeology. In 2002 he was awarded a PhD by Leicester University in the archaeological study of floodwater farming techniques in the Roman Near East. During a three year British Academy fellowship at Durham University. Dr. Newson commenced research on the socio-cultural transformation of the rural landscapes of the Near East from the Graeco-Roman to the early Islamic periods.

 

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Amy Clary received her PhD in English from the University of  Louisiana at Lafayette. Her research examines the role of wilderness  in American literary history. Her articles on wilderness have  appeared in Works and Days, Interdisciplinary Humanities, and the University of Paris -Sorbonne’s series Frontières. She also has a  book chapter forthcoming in an edited collection from Cambridge  Scholars Press. Before joining AUB. She was a member of the faculty  of the University of Maine at Farmington where she taught courses in  American literature.

 

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Dr. Nasr graduated with Maitrise degree in Biology from the Lebanese University in 1993, and with MS degree in Human Morphology from AUB in 1997. In 2005 she graduated with Ph.D. degree from University of Paris VII-Denis Diderot in fundamental bases of Oncogenesis. Dr. Nasr worked as Research Assistant in the research laboratories of the Faculty of Medicine at AUB from 1997 to 2005. After which, she completed three years of post-doctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Professor Hugues de Thé at  CNRS, St. Louis Hospital in 2008. Dr. Nasr is a very productive scientist, and her name appeared on 16 articles published in peer-reviewed journals.Dr. Nasr will be involved in teaching activities of the Faculty of Medicine in her area of specialty.

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Ayad A Jaffa, Ph.D., will join AUB faculty of Medicine as Professor in the basic science department. Prior to his appointment at AUB, Dr. Jaffa received his doctoral training in the United Kingdom before moving to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to do his postdoctoral training. After joining the faculty at MUSC, he progressed steadily to Professor with tenure in the Department of Medicine and Vice-Chair for Research. During his term as Vice Chair for Research at MUSC, he initiated a number of departmental programs aimed at faculty development. He established a mentoring program for Department of Medicine junior faculty, both clinical and research. He developed an internal study section program, through which all research grants written by faculty who have not been previously funded are reviewed internally prior to submission and he established the annual Department of Medicine Research Day to increase awareness of research activities on campus and spur collaboration.

Dr. Jaffa’s research has focused on the elucidation of molecular and cellular mechanisms mediating kinin actions in the kidney in health and disease. To this end he has concentrated on the regulation of the kallikrein-kinin system in renal function, and investigated the expression, localization, interaction and mode of action of the various components of the kinin system in diabetic nephropathy. He demonstrated the role of reactive oxygen species in kinin-mediated MAPK and c-fos induction in vascular cells: the role of TGF-beta and MAPK in kinin-induced vascular remodeling; and the role Ca2+-calmodulin in bradykinin-mediated MAPK activation in vascular cells. These ground breaking studies have opened avenues to the current understanding of the multiple molecular mechanisms underlying the delicate role of kinins in renal and vascular biology.

Dr. Jaffa’s most recent work is a powerful expansion into translational research. He is the first to demonstrate that plasma prekallikrein is a risk marker for nephropathy in type 1 diabetic patients, and in children with sickle cell disease. Furthermore, his most recent work has uncovered new biomarkers for renal and vascular disease in type 1 diabetic patients. He has identified connective tissue growth factor as a risk marker for vascular complications in diabetes. In addition, he was the first to describe that lipoproteins modulate the expression of connective tissue growth factor in renal and vascular cells. These studies point to a potential mechanism through which lipoproteins promote vascular and renal injury in diabetes. Ayad’s current research involves the utilization of genomic approaches to identify candidate genes involved in promoting renal and vascular disease in diabetes. His work in this area has lead to the identification of genetic variants in the connective tissue growth factor gene that increase the susceptibility of type 1 diabetic patients to develop nephropathy.

Ayad’s research activities have been continuously funded for the past 18 years through the NIH, the American Diabetes Association and the Veterans Administration. Dr. Jaffa is currently the Principal Investigator on two R01 grants funded from the NIH/NHLBI. He has received many honors and awards and has served on the Board of Directors for the American Diabetes Association and the Konishi/MUSC Institute for Inflammation Research. Ayad is one of the first MUSC-Trustee Leadership Academic Fellows to be elected.

 

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Mutasem Shehadeh earned his Ph.D degree in mechanical  engineering from Washington State University (WSU) in May 2005.  Prior to that, he received his M.S and B.S degrees in mechanical  engineering from the University of Jordan in 2000 and 1998 respectively. In May 2007, Dr. Shehadeh was appointed as a visiting  assistant professor in the department of mechanical engineering at  Villanova University in Pennsylvania. Before coming to Villanova, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in  the department of physics and astronomy at California State  University, Northridge (CSUN). His research interests are in the  general area of solid mechanics with the focus on: multiscale  modeling of materials, shock induced plasticity, and mechanical  properties of nano-composites. Dr. Shehadeh is a member of the American Society of  Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Materials Research Society (MRS),  American Physical Society (APS) and Jordanian Engineering  Association. His record of publications includes 9 refereed journal papers, 2 book chapters and 5 conference proceedings.


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Asim Rizki was born in London. He graduated from the University of Keele with a BA (Joint Hons.) in French and History. Some years later, he received a MA in TEFL and Applied Linguistics from King's College London. He has worked as a VSO English teacher in Tianshui, China. He has spent the last two years just south of Beirut, as an Instructor in the English Department of the Arab American University Jenin (AAUJ). His academic interests include intercultural pragmatics and codeswitching. His non-academic interests include cricket and skiing.


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Dr. Danyel Reiche, is a political scientist. He wrote his dissertation about the German debate surrounding an environmental tax reform. In his Habilitation (this is the highest academic qualification a person can achieve by their own pursuit in certain European and Asian countries. Earned after obtaining a doctorate, the habilitation requires the candidate to write a second dissertation) he compared the policies for promoting renewable energies in Germany, the Netherlands and Poland. Danyel Reiche was lecturing at the department of political and social science of the Freie Universität Berlin from 2001-2008. He is editor of the “Handbook of Renewable Energies in the European Union” (part I + II). From August 2006 until July 2007 he was working as Visiting Assistant Professor for Energy and International Affairs at the School of Foreign Services (SFS), Georgetown University, in Washington DC/USA. In April/May 2008 he had a research stay at CICERO (the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo), which was sponsored by the E.ON Ruhrgas Scholarship Program for political science. Since June 2008 he is working as Project Co-ordinator Future Energy and Mobility Structures at Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy.


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Lilian A. Ghandour received her PhD in Mental Health Epidemiology  from the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public  Health. Over the past 10 years, she has been extensively involved in  a number of mental health epidemiological studies in both the Arab  and the Western world. Her research work and publications have  mainly focused on understanding the natural history, distribution,  determinants, and consequences of mental health problems,  particularly drug and alcohol misuse and addiction. She has also  planned, designed and implemented several local and international  epidemiological studies. Lilian received her MPH in Epidemiology and  Biostatistics (2001) as well as her BS in Environmental Health  (1999) from AUB. She will be joining the Department of Epidemiology  and Population Health as a visiting assistant professor.


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Cleo Cacoulidis received her MFA in creative writing from The New School in New York; she also has a law degree from Antioch School of Law and an MA in cinema studies from New York University. She has taught English composition and grammar as an adjunct professor at NYU and has worked as a freelance journalist and editor, writing primarily about cinema and the arts. Her articles have appeared in many publications and websites, including BrightLightsFilmJournal.com, sensesofcinema.com, Cineaste, Art Papers, Creative Capital, International Documentary, and The Independent. Prior to teaching and journalism, she practiced law with civil and human rights organizations. She is currently finishing her first novel.


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Dr. Alameddine comes to AUB from the University of Toronto where he worked as the Director of International Development and Partnership at the Faculty of Medicine in academic years 2006 and 2007 and most recently served as a Senior Research Associate working collaboratively with Toronto and McMaster Universities. Dr. Alameddine is no stranger to AUB; he completed a Bachelor of Sciences in Medical Laboratory Technology and a Master of Public Health from AUB before completing a Ph.D. in Health Administration and Health Policy at the University of Toronto. His research interest and publication have mainly focused on recruitment and retention strategies of health human resources and quality of work environments in healthcare settings.


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Karim Najjar comes from Beit Mery, where he lived until 1976, after he moved to Germany. He studied architecture at the University of Technology in Vienna (Austria) and graduated in 1996 with a Diplom-Ingenieur degree (equivalent to MA). In 1999 he and his brother Rames founded their own practice. Their activities include the design of buildings, bridges, exhibition facilities and yachts and found recognition in a considerable number of magazines and books. The works were displayed in various art galleries and museums in Europe and overseas. During the past 4 years Karim was the principal lecturer of the Institute for Design and Industrial Constructions at the University of Technology in Vienna.
His teaching aim at AUB is to show the range of criterias that influence the design process. The explanation of structural themes from small-scale objects up to large-scale buildings is important. The teaching focus is on innovation, conceptual and lateral thinking, new technologies, construction, interdisciplinary work, and collaboration with industries and potential clients, multimedia presentation and model building up full-scale mock-ups. Students learn the full range of skills an architects needs. Preferred topics are habitation and mobility, micro architecture, kinetic and naval structures, projects range from housing to towers, bridges (inhabited) to building in extreme environments.


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Joel Condon, RA, MArch
Professor Condon is a registered architect in the state of California, has the terminal professional degree in architecture in the United States, and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.  He was a Fulbright Scholar in the volatile South Caucasus region of Eurasia where he applied architecture to the process of conflict resolution, striving to promote dialogue and cooperation between Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia.  His work has been recognized in James Grayson Trulove's New American House 3, Mark Childs' Squares: A Public Place Design Guide for Urbanists, and Edward Allen's Shaping Structures web site.  He has been a professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage in the Architectural and Engineering Technology Department and has designed and built structures for severe arctic conditions.  He has received the 'Design and Service Excellence Award' from the American Institute of Architects and the 'Scholastic Excellence Award' from the American Architectural Foundation and the American Institute of Architects.  Professor Condon also holds an undergraduate degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley and is a Licensed General Building Contractor in California.  He is committed to architecture as a social art form and a social process that bears the responsibility of finding an aesthetic that is in harmony with the community and the environment in which it exists.


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Adam John Waterman is a visiting assistant professor in the Center for American Studies and Research.  He received his PhD from New York University in 2008, where he was a MacCracken Fellow in the Program in American Studies.  In 2004, he was awarded the Penfield Fellowship for Studies in Diplomacy, International Affairs, and Belle-Lettres.  His research explores the implication of race, nation, and empire in the political economy of the nineteenth century United States, with particular emphasis on the relationship between the production of historical narratives and the mediation of socioeconomic crisis.  At present, Professor Waterman is at work on a manuscript entitled _The Corpse in the Kitchen: History, Value, and the Afterlives of the Black Hawk War_.  He has taught, most recently, in the American Studies
Department at the University of Virginia.


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Dr Michael Clinton is Professor in the Faculty of Nursing and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary. While Dean of the Faculty of Nursing, Dr Clinton successfully negotiated an agreement between the University of Calgary and the State of Qatar to deliver nursing programs in Doha. He has held decanal and senior administrative appointments in several countries and was most recently Dean and Chief Executive Officer at the University of Calgary - Qatar. Dr Clinton is registered to practice nursing in Alberta and in Western Australia. He has a PhD in Sociology
from the University of East Anglia, an MSc in the Philosophy and Ethics of Mental Health from the University of Warwick, a BA (Hons) Philosophy from the University of London, a BA(Hons) in Social Studies from the University of East Anglia, and a BA in Education and Psychology from the Open University. Dr Clinton has conducted funded research in mental health, aged care, and primary health care. His areas of teaching are philosophy applied to nursing, mental health ethics, qualitative research methods,
especially phenomenology, grounded theory, and Foucauldian discourse analysis. Dr Clinton is at the American University of Beruit until December and will be teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in nursing. He will continue to write chapters for his forthcoming book with Elsevier: Mental health ethics in Australia.


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Nadiya Slobodenyuk was born in Ukraine. She was educated in Lviv
National University. In 2007 she obtained her PhD degree in Psychology from Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Poland. Her research and publications concerned typological differentiation of intellectual development and cognitive values. Her current research interests include bicultural identity, cognitive models of biculturalism, multisensory integration, cognitive musicology, psychologicalmechanisms of improvisation.


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Haitham Akkary received BS and MS degrees from Louisiana State
University and a PhD from Portland State University all in Electrical
and Computer Engineering. Before deciding to join the AUB to become a full time teacher, Haitham worked for 20 years with Intel Corporation.
He was involved in the design of 9 different microprocessors including the Pentiums, and was a Principal Research Scientist in Intel Labs for the last 8 years. Haitham has co-authored 15 technical papers and 45 patents.


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I have obtained my Master's (actually it's called Part III in Mathematics) from Cambridge in 2004. I stayed then in Cambridge for three years doing a PhD (which I've just received). I've spent the past year visiting as a Rouse Ball Tavelling Fellow several research centres and institutes with Perimeter Institute, Montpellier CNRS and especially Marseille Luminy being among them. My research concerns the recently discovered links between topology and geometry on one side and quantum field theory and quantum gravity on the other.

 

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Dr. Ata ELIAS, is an earth-scientist. He earned his PhD from the IPGP (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris) in 2006. As a geophysicist he is specialized in Seismotectonics, i.e. he tries to answer questions such as how is the earth's surface is evolving' why' and where' the earth’s crust will witness an earthquake, and how recurrent this event should be? His main research focuses on the seismic hazard in the Eastern Mediterranean area. Therefore he advocates for increasing the resilience of the ebanese and Eastern Mediterranean societies facing earthquake and tsunami hazards. Dr. Elias is also interested in the relations between earthquakes and the civilization sequences around the world. The history of mankind cannot be completely read if the role played by the physical earth, the evolving stage where the story is taking place and where earthquakes had major participations is neglected. Dr Elias is also involved in petroleum research and development plans and served as a consultant for the Lebanese Council of Ministers on petroleum exploration and petroleum policy issues. As an earth-scientist, he is also aware of dangers and threats mankind has brought itself through the ongoing climate change, and thus he tries to promote for a more earth-friendly, reasonable way of living. He joined AUB as an assistant professor at the Geology department this year, and will be seeking collaborations with all colleagues, students and other members of the AUB community, interested in these issues.
 

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Dr. Zeineddine is excited to teach at The American University of Beirut. He was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and is a graduate of The George Washington University and Columbia University. He is currently working on a novel set in Beirut in the 1960s.
 

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