AUB-led multi-institutional research team finds that obesity among children is on the rise
During a special half-day seminar held at AUB on January 20, 2012, the latest results of a three-year collaborative study on undernutrition and obesity were disseminated. The study was launched in 2009 under the Associated Research Unit (ARU) on Undernutrition and Obesity which was established by the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) in 2009, in a collaboration between three academic institutions: the Nutrition and Food Sciences Department at AUB, the Nutrition Department of the Faculty of Pharmacy at Universite Saint Joseph, and the Human Nutrition and Dietetics Department at Universite Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (USEK).
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AUB joins Mediterranean consortium in EU-funded research study on producing biodiesel from algae
The American University of Beirut and ALMEE (Lebanese Association for Energy Saving and for Environment) are partnering with researchers from five other Mediterranean countries to study the possibility of producing biodiesel from algae. In addition to Lebanon, organizations from Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta, and Egypt have formed a partnership which is coordinated by the Agricultural Research Institute of Cyprus in collaboration with the Cyprus Energy Agency and is expected to implement successfully the ENPI MED Algae project.
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FAFS participates in conference on "The Food Secure Arab World Conference"
The Food Secure Arab World Conference ended on Tuesday, February 7 after two days of stimulating presentations, discussion, and analysis. The conference drew more than 200 participants from over 24 countries, including 14 Arab states. The wide variety of participants’ backgrounds reflected the multi-dimensionality of food, nutrition, and water security in the Arab region. Economists, nutritionists, agriculturalists, development practitioners, students, and government officials, among others, all contributed to a lively and successful two-day event. The conference proceedings were covered widely in local, national, and international news, in both Arabic and English.
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Lebanese Association for Food Safety (LAFS) recognized as an official affiliate of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP)
With great pleasure we announce that the Lebanese Association for Food Safety (LAFS) is now recognized as an official affiliate of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), the biggest and most prominent international organization for food protection worldwide. The official affiliate charter was presented to LAFS by the Executive Director, Mr. David W. Tharp at the Dubai International Food Safety Conference (DIFSC)/First IAFP Middle Eastern Symposium on February 22nd, 2012.
LAFS was founded at the end of 2010 by a group of young and dedicated scientists who believe that Lebanese citizens deserve safe food and water. Dr. Zeina Kassaify, a founder and the current president of the association is an Associate Professor of Food Microbiology at the Nutrition and Food Science Department, AUB while Food Science/Food Safety graduates from the NFSC Department, AUB constitute the current prominent executive committee of the association.
LAFS joined 49 other associations around the world in such an affiliation and proudly be the first non-governmental organization in the Middle Eastern region to have been accepted by IAFP to form this affiliate in only one year after it has been established
Agribusiness Society hosts Mother's Day Spring Fest
On March 20th, 2012, the Agribusiness Society celebrated Mother’s day in a special way by organizing “Spring Festival”. This festivity was held in collaboration with all FAFS societies. Agriculture and Landscape societies prepared cut flowers to be sold for the occasion while Nutrition and Food Science societies provided the healthy food. On that day, FAFS parking area was full of AUB students from all the majors who joined to enjoy the day and buy gifts to their beloved moms.
Dr. Van Es from Cornell University guides the revamping of the Agricultural Sciences Program
The revamping of the AGSC program’s curriculum got one step closer to fruition last month (March 26-31, 2102) when Cornell University’s Dr. Harold Van Es - after a 3-day marathon of presentations and one-on-one meetings with student committees, administrators, and faculty - joined AGSC faculty members for a one day retreat to lay out the main framework of a rather new signature program.
The focus on sustainable agriculture and topics of global relevance like climate change, food security, soil health, conservation agriculture and organic farming are the distinguishing features of the agricultural program, and will provide AUB’s AGSC program the edge over other programs in the region. Topics of regional relevance like water and land resources are also scheduled in, all in a flexible format that will allow and even require the student to build his/her roadmap to a career in agricultural management albeit with a constant advising process made more available and better customized. Advising will become a priority to both teachers and students; research and even authorship will be an option for undergrads who wish to do so.
LDEM department holds annual plant sale
On April 2nd, 2012, the LDEM department held its annual one day plant sale in West Hall, where annuals such as Petunia, Marygold, Marygold, Geranium, Herbs, Vegetables and planting materials were sold.
FAFS Societies host Easter Party (Pot Luck)
On April 3rd, 2012, the FAFS Societies decided to celebrate the Spring Holidays by inviting staff and students to an Easter Party (Pot Luck). The theme of the party was healthy traditional dishes and everyone was invited to share their favorite traditional dishes with their friends. This was followed by an egg hunt and valuable prizes were given away to winners.
AUB and AUC Collaboration Reception Event
You are cordially invited to attend the joint AUB and AUC (American University of Cairo) Reception Event this Friday, April 20, 2012, in the West Hall, Common Room from 6 - 8 pm.
The event will highlight the academic collaboration that took place during spring 2012 between the LDEM senior students and students from the Department of Rhetoric and Composition at AUC. Students from both institutions will be there to share with you their experience. There will be a Power Point Presentation and students pin ups. This community based learning activity is sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service at AUB and the Gerhardt Center at AUC.
Conference on Dietary Management of Metabolic Syndrome
The Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at FAFS and The Department of Clinical Nutrition at AUBMC in collaboration with The Lebanese Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics cordially invite you to the regional conference on Dietary Management of Metabolic Syndrome to be held on 16-17 May, 2012 in Issam Fares Hall at The American University of Beirut - Lebanon
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The AUB Annual Honey Day
Save the little girls!
The Art of Honey Making class brings The AUB Annual Honey Day on Wednesday, May 23rd from 11am till 5pm at the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Science entrance area.
Help support AUBees work on preserving the Campus greenery through a pioneering urban beekeeping initiative, and learn about the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that is posing a serious threat on the bees' and our lives!
The event includes the extraction and sale of freshly harvested AUB honey and other related products such as honey baked goods, honey based beauty products, this year's printed T-shirts, caps, decorations, etc.
Bring your family and friends!
All proceeds go for supporting the AUB-FAFS Live Bee Lab.
Round Table Discussion: FAIR TRADE: Opportunity or Illusion? Perspectives and challenges for Lebanese producers & consumers
What is Fair Trade?
Small farmers and producers often struggle to get a fair price for their products, or to export to international markets. Across the globe, many farmers and workers live in poverty and can’t feed their families or send their children to school. Fair Trade seeks to change this.
For more than 30 years, the Fair Trade movement has worked for fairer exchanges between producers and consumers, for better trading conditions for disadvantaged farmers and workers in developing countries, and for a fairer world. After starting out with raw commodities such as coffee, sugar, and cocoa, the range has expanded to include countless food products and handicrafts. Sales of Fairtrade certified products have increased rapidly over the last decade to reach over 5 billion dollars. More than 1.2 million small-scale producers and workers in over 60 countries benefit from this global movement.
Fair Trade Lebanon is supporting Lebanese farmers to get Fairtrade certified and is holding its first ever Fairtrade Fortnight to promote the products here in Lebanon from 12-27 May.
Can Fair Trade really make a difference to Lebanese farmers? Will Lebanese consumers start buying Fair Trade products?
This round-table will discuss these questions – and more. Key actors in Lebanese Fair Trade and representatives from the international Fair Trade movement will put forward their views and expertise. Program
3:00-3:15 Welcoming of attendees
3:15-3:30 Introduction to Fair Trade
3:30-5:00 Presentations by speakers
5:00-5:45 Questions and discussions
5:45-6:00 Fair Trade food tasting
Philippe Adaimé: CEO of Fair Trade Lebanon
Chiraz Skhiri: Regional Coordinator for Middle East & North Africa, Fairtrade International
Hamad Jaafar: Treasurer of the Cooperative Heliopolis (Producer of Fairtrade certified wine)
Jad Chaaban: Agribusiness coordinator, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, AUB
Rolland Riachi Agricultural Economist
Youssef Geha: General Director of the Chamber of Agriculture of Zahleh
Firas Hamdan: Purchasing manager at TSC-Lebanon (The Sultan Center)
Fair Trade at a Glance
Seminar: Adjusting Your Career Path to Market Changes
You are cordially invited to attend the seminar entitled "Adjusting Your Career Path to Market Changes" which will be hosted by Mr. Ghassan Hussami, FAFS 1968 graduate. The seminar will be held on May 17th, 2012 at 2:30 in Agriculture room 102. Below is an abstract of the seminar and a briefing on the speaker.
The business environment and the job market are ever changing, and as complacency is the enemy of self-development, it has become imperative for academic institutions to continuously improve their educational standards to cope with job market needs to better fit opportunities in Lebanon and abroad. However, improving aptitude by itself is not enough; our graduates should also learn to acquire a positive attitude and a coherent strategy that are adaptable to the dynamics of change.
About the Speaker
Ghassan Hussami graduated from FAFS in 1968 in General Agriculture. He has worked in local, regional and multinational companies in Lebanon and abroad. His expertise consists mainly of managing businesses in Agrochemicals, Animal Health, Pharmaceuticals, and Industrial products. He is presently a marketing consultant in Agrimena which consists of a network of associates in the region.
As continuous cooperation between the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the Agriculture Materials Company, provided AGSC 250- Organic Farming- class coordinated by Dr. Kant Kantharajah, a greenhouse to do an organic trial in its research station in Amshit. AGSC 250 Students showed powerful enthusiasm to learn all agriculture techniques used in cucumber and melon plantations. With the directions of Dr. Kant, students are achieving great results in their organic trial. During our work and weekly follow up, we learned many modern agricultural practices like Plowing, Planting, pruning, irrigating, harvesting. Also, we became familiar with many pests and their preventive measures
Mushrooms Cultivation Workshop
On May 22 and 23, Dr. Jorge Juliano, mushroom cultivation expert gave a workshop at AREC to demonstrate the different substrate preparations for 3 different mushroom species as well as the inoculation procedures on different substrates and in different packages.
Second Year LDEM Students present their Garden "Metamorphosis" at the Beirut Garden Show
Dr. Joan Hendricks, The Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (PennVet) was invited to AUB as URB visiting scholar by the Animal and Veterinary Sciences (AVSC) Department at FAFS.
The visit aimed to explore the different modes of collaboration between the AVSC at FAFS, the Faculty of Medicine and PennVet on the development of a Veterinary program. Dean Hendricks presented a lecture entitled: “Recent Developments in Veterinary Medicine: the leading role of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania”, to AUB faculty and students. In addition, she held meetings with Senior AUB, FAFS and Faculty of Medicine administrators and faculty, in addition to meetings with the AVSC faculty members and students. During her 5-day stay the Dean visited the AVSC Department, The Central Research Science Laboratory, the Animal Care Unit at the Faculty of Medicine and the Agricultural Research and Education Center in the Bekaa. Dean Hendricks’ visit was concluded with a wrap-up session that set the roadmap for the future collaboration between AUB and PennVet.
AUB offers training on nutrition in international emergencies
Amid this fragile global food security environment, the American University of Beirut gathered nutritionists and humanitarian workers from 15 different nations for an 11-day intensive training course on nutrition in emergencies, June 4-15, 2012.
The course -- Nutrition in Emergency (NIE) Regional Training Initiative -- was coordinated by the Centre for International Health and Development, part of University College in London, in collaboration with academic institutions in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Dean Nahla Hwalla recognized by LNCSR for her outstanding contributions to research
Seven of the University’s faculty members were among 15 Lebanese scientists recognized for their outstanding contributions to research by the National Council for Scientific Research (CNSR) during its Golden Jubilee Ceremony at the Grand Serail on Wednesday, June 6, 2012.
Representing the fields of medicine, health and nutrition, environmental science, basic science, and engineering, the seven faculty members are:
Dr. Hassan Artail recognized in the area of Information & Communication Technology. (FEA, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Dr. Ali Bazarbachi recognized in the area of Targeted Therapy of Leukemia and Lymphoma and specifically for the Discovery of a Novel Treatment for Adult T Cell Leukemia/Lymphoma. (FM, Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine)
Dr. Mutasem El-Fadel recognized in the area of Environmental & Water Resources Engineering. (FEA, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Dr. Nesreen Ghaddar recognized in the area of Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency. (FEA, Department of Mechanical Engineering)
Dr. Nahla C. Hwalla recognized in the area of Nutrition & Noncommunicable Diseases.(FAFS, Department of Nutrition and Food Science)
Dr. Bilal Kaafarani recognized in the area of Organic & Materials Chemistry. (FAS, Department of Chemistry)
Dr. Ala Sharara recognized in clinical research in the field of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. (FM, Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine)
The faculty members were awarded plaques by Mr Georges Tohme and Mr Mouin Hamze, the president and secretary general of the CNRS, in a ceremony presided over by HE Prime Minister Najib Mikati and attended by HE Hassan Diab, Minister of Education and Higher Education; HE Vrej Saboujian, Minister of Industry; HE Hussein Hajj Hassan, Minister of Agriculture; HE Nazem El-Khoury, Minister of Environment; and Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst, Head of the EU Delegation to Lebanon.
FAFS 2012 Graduation Reception Ceremony
On June 14th, 2012 the Dean of FAFS, Dr. Nahla Hwalla along with FAFS Faculty members held a reception ceremony in honor of the graduating class of 2012. During the ceremony graduate and undergraduate awards where distributed to outstanding students. Click Here to see the video
Preteens get much-needed health boost with FAFS's Ajyal Salima Program
The American University of Beirut and Nestle celebrated two years of cooperation in the “Healthy Kids Global Program – Ajyal Salima,” which so far has touched the lives of 2,389 children in 20 public and eight private schools in Lebanon, during a press conference and a luncheon at the Habtoor Hilton on June 27, 2012.
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Ameliorating the impacts of salinity on crop yield by altering root-to-shoot hormonal signalling
The Department of Agricultural Sciences at The American University of Beirut cordially invites you to a lecture entitled "Ameliorating the impacts of salinity on crop yield by altering root-to-shoot hormonal signalling" by Dr. Michel E. Ghanem (CEBAS-CSIC, Plant Nutrition, Campus de Espinardo, 25, E-30100 Murcia, Spain) on Thursday July 19, 2012 at 11:00 AM in Agriculture, Room 310, Wing A.
Abstract: Soil salinity is an increasing problem for agriculture around the world. While most attention has focused on the role of crop ion accumulation (especially in reproductive organs that contribute to yield), salinity also constitutes an osmotic stress that immediately alters plant growth and hormone relations immediately after stress imposition. Hormonal profiling following stress imposition revealed temporal correlations between leaf growth and senescence and concentrations of the plant hormones cytokinins (CK) and abscisic acid (ABA) in roots, xylem sap and leaves of tomato. By increasing root CK and ABA production through two different approaches (inducible root CK production and grafting onto transgenic CK and ABA-overproducing rootstocks) we have improved tomato vegetative growth and increased fruit yield under moderate salinity. Tomato plants transformed with the IPT (coding for isopentenyl transferase, a key enzyme for de novo CK biosynthesis) and NCED (cis-epoxycarotenoid dioxygenase, a key enzyme for ABA biosynthesis) genes respectively, under the control of constitutive and inducible promoters, were used as rootstocks with a commercial tomato F1 hybrid scion. Grafted plants were cultivated in soil under greenhouse conditions in SE Spain with a drip fertigation system supplying a moderate salinity level obtained by increasing nutrient concentration (ECs: 4-7.5 dS m-1). Enhancing CK and ABA biosynthesis specifically in the roots modifies hormonal root-to-signalling and improves not only physiological parameters influencing productivity (eg. leaf area, stomatal conductance and photosynthesis rate) but also the visual phenotype (ie. colour and vigour) of the scion variety. Targeting root-specific traits related to hormonal communication can be exploited to improve resource capture (water and nutrients) and thus plant development and crop yield under resource-limited conditions.
The secretary general of the World Poultry Science Association(WPSA) Dr. Roel Mulder has announced that Dr. Nuhad J. Daghir, Dean Emeritus at AUB has been elected for the International Poultry Hall of Fame (IPHF). This is the highest recognition that the Association bestows on its most distinguished members who have contributed to the World-wide poultry industry above and beyond the call of duty. Since the establishment of the Association in 1912, this award has been granted to only about 55 scientists from all over the World. The WPSA has branches in 93 countries in all five continents with a total membership of 8000 and every 4 years, each branch can nominate one of its members to the IPHF. Up to five scientists only are elected from all these nominees by a selection committee consisting of the Board of WPSA chaired by its President. Dean Daghir is the first Arab to be inducted to the IPHF. The induction ceremony was held at the General Assembly meeting of the World Poultry Science Association on August 8, 2012, during the 24th World Poultry Congress that was held in Salvador, Brasil. The plaque that Dean Daghir received from the President of the Association Dr. Robert Pym read “In recognition of dedicated contributions to Poultry Sciences, and the World-wide poultry industries, above and beyond the call of duty”. Dean Daghir was one of the founders of the Lebanese Branch of the WPSA in 1963.
On August 16, 2012, AREC students visited AMC’s Baalbek trial station. Accompanying the students were Drs. Mustapha Haidar and Mr. Hilal Dbouk, new AREC Director. Mr. Mohamad Msheik, AMC Lebanon Country Manager welcomed the stuednts and briefed them on the history of the company’s trial station in Baalbeck. Dr. Haidar in turn thanked AMC for the hospitality and the continuous support provided to AREC students and stressed on the importance of future cooperation between AUB-AREC and AMC. The tour of the station included a field visit to the vegetable and orchard trials. Students had the chance to see different vegetable and fruits varieties and cultural practices and learned how to evaluate vegetables according to the market criteria. The visit ended by a very delicious dinner in Baalbeck sponsored by AMC.
Top ten Agricultural students and Dr. Mustapha Haidar, from the AGSC department along with other students and professors from the University of Applied Sciences in Triesdorf (Germany), the University of Jordan, the University of Damascus, and the Arab Center for Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD), participated in the summer school about conservation agriculture that was held in the University of Jordan, Amman between September 1-14, 2012. The school is a part of a continuing regional project that began in 2010 in Germany and sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The objectives of the summer school are to strengthen the intercultural dialog about conservation agriculture between all participants and to promote and introduce sustainable conservation agriculture into the arid Arab region. The school included daily theoretical courses in the morning and practical lab training exercises in the afternoon. In addition, students had the chance to visit with various Jordanian farmers, from Karak and Ajloon, in a bid to come up with sustainable ways of managing the region’s dwindling water supplies. Participants had a chance also to visit several touristic and archeological sites throughout Jordan; among them were Petra, Rum valley, Jarash, and Aqabaa. Finally, students were provided with a chance to present their findings (Questionnaires with the farmers) during the last day of the school which was concluded by an outdoor ceremony during which students received their certificates.
Agriculture at AUB: A Century of Progress
by Nuhad J. Daghir
In this book, Emeritus Dean Daghir presents a history of agricultural education at AUB from the early part of the 20th century to the present. He begins with an introductory chapter providing an overview of the history of agriculture in the Levant, and proceeds through the lead up to and then the early years of the development of the Faculty of Agriculture at AUB. He addresses the challenges faced through fifteen years of the Lebanese civil war and the subsequent recovery in the post-war period. A separate chapter is dedicated to the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, and a final chapter to the legacy of many of the graduates of what is now known as the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut. To quote Peter Dorman, President of the American University of Beirut, “this book is a rich testimony to the contributions of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (FAFS) and its graduates toward development in the Middle East.” It will be of interest to all who have played a role in the development of that Faculty, and to those interested in AUB and its history.
English, 2012, 404 pages, appendices & index, hardcover. LL50,000 or $34
The book can be purchased from the AUB Press, College Hall, B2
Tel.: 961 1 350000 ext. 2516 or 2519
Fax: 961 1 350000 ext. 2519
The Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service (CCECS) presents: “Cooking for A Good Cause”
Bi-weekly cooking classes every other Wednesday from 5:00pm till 7:00pm starting Oct 17, 2012 hosted by Nutrition and Food Science Pilot Plant.Sessions have limited capacity, so book your place as soon as you can!
The sessions will be as follows:Oct 17 2012: Pizza Fiesta (Pizza Marina, Veggie Pizza, Semi Classic Pizza, Halawi & Nutella Pizza)Oct 31 2012: Fall Menu ( Mira's Fig Salad, Fish a la Folie with Zesty Thai Rice, Apple Crumble in Caramel's Sauce)Nov 14 2012: Nothing but Tarts (A GREAT Variety of Salty & Sweet Tarts to integrate in any menu)Dec 5 2012: Christmas Menu Part1 (Salmon Mousse, Meli Melo Salad, Beef Filet served with Sweet Potato Verrine) Dec 19 2012: Christmas Menu Part2 (My Zesty Turkey, ratatouille baskests. Gingergread people. Truffes au Chocolat) For more information check the poster below or contact CCECS on ext 4430 or send an email to email@example.com
Stock the Wood 2012 open air concert is next Thursday October 11 at 7 PM at the Charles Hostler Student Center in AUB lower campus (poster attached).
Listen to AUB faculty, students, alumni, and friends play songs by the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and more! Tickets (15,000 L.L) are available at the LDEM department and also at NCC (formerly IBSAR) (ext 4509, 4505 for on campus delivery), the AUB Visitors Bureau, and the CCECS Office in West Hall.
Every ticket sold helps AUB Nature Conservation Center plant a tree in Lebanon, come with family and friends, bring with you a blanket to sit on and picnic food to munch on, come and have fun.
Ensuring a Healthy Start for the Pediatric Population Conference
The NFSC Department and the Lebanese Association for Nutrition and Food Sciences held a conference on “Ensuring a Healthy Start for the Pediatric Population” on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at the Maamari Auditorium, Olayan School of Business.
Check the following Conference Program: Ensuring a Healthy Start for the Pediatric Population_Faculty.pdfClick here for more details
From Slaughterhouse Waste to Farmer's Market Lecture
The AGSC department invites you for a lecture by Mr. Ziad Abi Chakeron Tuesday, November 27 at 11:30 a.m. in room 205. Title of lecture: "From Slaughterhouse Waste to Farmer's Market: Integration is the only way".
Check the following Inviatation: From Slaughterhouse Waste to Farmer's Market Lecture Invitation
FAFS faculty lounge dedicated after alum, Dr. Nour Kamel Dajani
The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences faculty lounge received a complete makeover, thanks to a donation by the family of Nour Dajani, an alumna and former instructor of the faculty. Named the “Dr. Nour Kamel Dajani Faculty Lounge,” the multi-purpose room was officially dedicated during a ceremony on December 14, 2012, in the presence of friends, family and AUB officials.