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2013 News and Events

December 2013

AUB signs MOU with Ministry of Tourism in support of ecotourism

The Ministry of Tourism signed on December 5, 2013, a memorandum of understanding with the Nature Conservation Center at the American University of Beirut (AUB-NCC), in order to establish a cooperation in the field of ecotourism through the exchange of information and expertise.
Nada Sardouk, general director of the Ministry of Tourism, and Professor Salma Nashabe Talhouk, chair of the Department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at AUB and project director of AUB-NCC, signed the agreement


November 2013

ESDU offers new Masters program in Rural Community Development

The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences offers a Graduate Program, hosted by the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit, leading to the degree of Master of Science (MS) in Rural Community Development (RCODE, thesis or non-thesis). The RCODE Program is expected to be launched in the fall of 2014. Graduates of the program will build their capacities in community development to better design, manage, follow up, evaluate and monitor the development projects either in the public or private sector and locally, regionally and internationally.

The program combines theoretical and experiential courses from the university at large. The core program emphasizes community and participatory development, gender issues, social analysis of communities, design and planning, program development and non-profit management, community action research and skills for community change. Elective courses provide the desirable flexibiltiy to enhance the breadth of the program and its multi-disciplinarity from registered programs at the FAFS (Landscape Design and Eco-Management, Nutrition Department) and at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Such courses allow specialization in environmental and natural resource management, community nutrition and food security, project planning, sustainable agriculture, communication and development, community health.


FAFS Nutrition and Dietetics Program Earns Prized Accreditation

The Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program (NDCP) in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences has received a highly valued accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), which is the accrediting agency for education programs of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the largest organization of food and nutrition professionals in the US, with close to 72,000 members.

“Hard work since 2008 has paid off, and our program is the first in the Middle East and the third outside the United States to get this accreditation, “ said FAFS Dean Nahla Hwalla.

The program has been reviewed, approved, and considered comparable in content and experience to that of a US based program meeting the ACEND accreditation standards, Hwalla added. “This accomplishment not only brings credit to FAFS and AUB but will also make our students eligible to sit for the Commission on Dietetic Registration examination for dietitians in the US,” she said.


 Article in Outlook.

Renewable Bioenergy Project at AUB Shows Promising Preliminary Results

On November 6, a delegation of the Lebanese Association for Energy Saving & for Environment (ALMEE) visited FAFS. The program included a presentation by Dr. Yusuf Abou Jawdah on the research conducted at AUB and site visits to the central research science laboratory at FAS and to the greenhouse area where three types of bioreactors are functional: cylindrical, flat and raceway ponds. The presentation reported about isolation and molecular characterization of some local microalgae isolates, their growth dynamics and their content of total lipids as well as their fatty acid profiles. In addition to the production of biofuel, several potential uses of microalgae will be investigated depending on their chemical composition.

The med-algae project, entitled "Production of biofuels from microalgae in selected Mediterranean countries is funded by the European Neighbourhood Programme and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) - Mediterranean Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme. The consortium consists of 12 organizations from six countries: Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Lebanon and Malta.

The AUB team includes Drs. Yusuf Abou Jawdah (FAFS), Youssef Mouneimneh (FAS) and Kamal Bouhadir (FAS). However, the team is expected to enlarge in the near future.

For further info, you are invited to visit the Med-algae website:


Dr. Coffman receives inaugural World Agriculture Prize

AUB Trustee Dr. Ronnie Coffman, was recognized with the inaugural World Agriculture Prize by the Global Confederation of Higher Education Associations for Agricultural and Life Sciences (GCHERA), an organization that represents more than 600 universities worldwide.

Dr. Coffmann’s life long career has created both scientific and social change across continents and generations.

As a rice breeder at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines in the 1970s, Coffman, Ph.D. ’71, helped one generation survive the ravages of war by ensuring food security throughout Southeast Asia. And now as a leader of the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative – and the Durable Rust Resistance in Wheat project he is helping another generation combat new strains of wheat rust that threaten to devastate world food supplies.

He is the professor behind Cornell’s Agriculture in Developing Nations course, director of International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (IP-CALS), which is mentoring the next generation of plant breeders and international development professionals, and organizing Ph.D. training courses at the West African Center for Crop Improvement.

Coffman also advocated for the advancement of women in agriculture and science, and he committed the $50,000 proceeds of the prize to AWARE (Advancing Women in Agriculture Through Research and Education), a new initiative to ensure that gender is considered in all IP-CALS activities, from events to funding proposals.

Please, find the full article of Dr. Coffman under this link:


Farmers' Market Event - Back to School Halloween  

Under the project "The promotion of organic and local healthy products through a weekly farmers' market" funded by Waterfront City Cares, and backed by popular demand, ESDU is organizing its Second Farmer’s Market with the Halloween Spirit and TASTE. The aim of such markets is to help small producers and farmers sell and promote their products in urban settings and sustain their production. The participants will be coming from various Lebanese regions and will have different types of products (organic fresh fruits and vegetables, Mouneh, traditional pastries and sweets, handmade crafts etc.).

The market will be held on Wednesday October 30, 2013 in FAFS courtyard, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. All are welcome!

To check the event flyer, please refer to the following: Farmers' Market Event - Back to School Halloween


Dr. Zeina Kassaify to give talk at Eighth Dubai International Food Safety Conference November 16th to 19th 2013

The Eighth Dubai International Food Safety Conference and IAFP's Second Middle East Symposium on Food Safety will be held from the 17th -19th November 2013 at the Dubai Convention and Exhibition Centre.

This conference is organised by the Food Control Department of Dubai Municipality and is supported by the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). For the first time, we will also be hosting the annual meeting of International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Food (ICMSF) in Dubai.

Various workshops, technical sessions, and poster presentations during the conference will feature more than 200 presenters from all across the globe. The programs are designed to suit the food industry, regulatory authorities and the students who are working in the field of food safety or interested in it. 1400 delegates attended the conference in 2012, a number that has been increasing each year. The growing number of delegates clearly indicates the interest the conference has been able to generate and we are sure that the programs will help all those involved in the development, implementation and maintenance of food safety programs.

For the first time, DIFSC will also feature a food safety exhibition.

Dubai Municipality has partnered with International Association for Food protection, Lebanese Association for Food Safety, UAE University, American University of Beirut, Life Technologies and Nestle Middle East to organize a special program for students. Here is a great opportunity for students to meet experts from Universities, food manufacturing companies and regulatory bodies.

link to Brochure

October 2013
FAFS Cooperates with the Ministry of Agriculture for the Management of Devastating Almond Disease 

FAFS is actively cooperating with the ministry of agriculture on the management of almond witches broom (AlmWB) phytoplasma, a devastating disease that killed over 150,000 almond, peach and nectarine trees in Lebanon. Within this framework, an officer from the ministry of agriculture visited FAFS and attended a lecture on the important research results obtained at AUB concerning diagnosis and epidemiology of the disease. At the end of the lecture, extension booklets were distributed to all participants.

All Interested persons are most welcomed to contact Dr. Yusuf Abou Jawdah ( extension 4483) and get copies of the extension pamphlets about the disease.

NB: For two consecutive years, the ministry of Agriculture has supported FAFS research on AlmWB with a total budget of about 60,000 Euros. The consortium includes two Italian Universities, three Lebanese Universities, Lebanese Agriculture Research Institute, the NGO AVSI and the Italian cooperation.

FAFS in the news “Le Courrier de l’Ouest” Newspaper  

A multidisciplinary team from the American University of Beirut has attended the 4th Annual International Breast Cancer and Nutrition (IBCN) symposium on 11, 12 and 13th of October 2013 in Saumur, France. The team included Dr. Farah Naja (FAFS), Dr. Rihab Nasr (FM), and Dr. Rabih Talhouk (FAS).

This symposium was co-chaired by Dr. Martine M. Bellanger (French School of Public Health), Dr. Sophie A. Lelievre (Purdue University), Dr. Rabih Talhouk (American University of Beirut), and Dr. Connie Weaver (Purdue University). Dr Nahla Hwalla, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut, also serves on the advisory board of the IBCN. This year’s symposium was sponsored by the American University of Beirut (Lebanon), the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research, Fair Face NGO, the French School of Public Health (France), Novartis, Purdue University (USA), and the World Health Organization. The event was to be hosted initially at the American University of Beirut; however, due to the unstable political situation in the region, it was relocated to Saumur, France.

The symposium brought together global public health actors, advocates, and researchers in the field of breast cancer prevention from various countries including Uruguay, China, Ghana, USA, Canada, Lebanon, Qatar and France. The symposium discussed prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer focusing on the impact of environmental factors such as foods, stress and exercise on the genome. “The research on prevention has been neglected for 40 to 50 years. We have been focusing on detection and treatment instead. The only way to diminish the increasing incidence of breast cancer is though prevention”, explained Dr. Sophie Lelievre, the director of the cancer research center at Purdue University, USA.

The symposium recommendations highlighted the importance of adopting a healthy lifestyle including balanced eating habits alongside exercise. In addition, the symposium indicated that it is crucial to adopt these healthy habits early in life, even before puberty, all of which emphasize the role of parents in the prevention of breast cancer.


Sandra Frem speaker on "Nahr Beirut: Reading and Strategies for an Infrastructural Landscape" lecture 

LDEM 246 and LDEM 228 cordially invite you to a lecture entitled "Nahr Beirut: Reading and Strategies for an Infrastructural Landscape", and an informal talk with the speaker Sandra Frem. The event will take place on Friday October 4th at 2:00pm in Room 102, Wing A, FAFS.

Sandra Frem is an architect, urbanist, a lecturer, and the co-founder of platau- platform for architecture and urbanism. She will discuss her thesis project on Nahr Beirut as well as her recent work relating to rivers in Lebanon and the role of green infrastructure today. 


Dean Emeritus Nuhad Daghir gives talk at The International Congress on Advancements in Poultry Production in the Middle East and African States held in Turkey between October 21st and 25th 2013 

Dean Emeritus Nuhad Daghir just returned from Antalya, Turkey where he was invited to be the keynote speaker at  “The International Congress on Advancements in Poultry Production in the Middle East and African States”. Dean Daghir’s  topic  was “Nutritional Strategies for Hot Climates”.  He also chaired a session on “Immunity and Nutrition” and participated in a panel on “Situation, Future and Strategies for the Industry in the Middle East and Africa” during which he spoke on the “Constraints for the Development of the Poultry Industry in the Region”. The conference was attended by nearly 200 scientists from the Middle East and Africa and included speakers from Brazil, Canada, Australia, USA, France, Germany, Holland and the Arab World. During the closing ceremony, Dr. Ruveyde Akbay, President of the World Poultry Science Association Turkish Branch and Chairperson of the organizing committee of the conference thanked Dean Daghir for his contributions to the development of the poultry industry in the region as well as to the  conference.


Children Eating Vegetables Twice More Frequently and Their General Nutrition Awareness Up Threefold Following Nestlé Healthy Kids Program – Ajyal Salima Interventions, Announce Lebanese Ministry of Education, AUB and Nestlé

Beirut, 2 October 2013: Nine-eleven year-olds eat vegetables twice more frequently and their general nutrition awareness increases threefold following interventions by the “Nestlé Healthy Kids Program – Ajyal Salima,” according to a study commemorating three years of the Program in Lebanon announced at an event attended by over 200 people including Lebanese Ministry of Education and American University of Beirut representatives, teachers, students, select dignitaries and members of the press.

The event also featured presentations of awards to select schools that excelled in integrating the Program within their curriculum, and a Zajal performance by six public school students highlighting what they learned.

“Ajyal Salima is clearly a positive addition to the school curriculum, with all the activities it brings to children and training on nutrition it provides to teachers,” said Fady Yarak, Director General of the Lebanese Ministry of Education & Higher Education. “We’re very proud to have been pioneers in the region, as we see the Program being implemented by governments in other countries that also recognize schools as vital for promoting healthy eating habits through education.”

More than 4,000 public and private school students in Lebanon have so far benefited from the Program, launched in 2010 by AUB and Nestlé with the support of the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

It is now expanding into other Middle Eastern countries, including the UAE where it was introduced in September 2012 as a collaboration between the Dubai Health Authority; the Dubai Education Zone; the Princess Haya Initiative for the Development of Health, Physical Education & School Sports; and Nestlé Middle East.

 A study covering 30 schools among the 110 exposed across Lebanon concluded palpable differences in attitudes towards various dietary habits among 957 students who completed Program sessions, compared to 621 who didn’t, mainly finding that knowledge increased almost three times and self-efficacy doubled.

Study results include other specifics such as 60% reductions in children’s probability of consuming chips daily, 35% reduction in soft drink consumption and a 56% lower chance of consuming sweet drinks. They also showed that students exposed to interventions reported consuming fruits and vegetables twice per day, two times more than students not exposed to the Program.

“Tackling growing childhood obesity rates must be a priority for all parties concerned about public health in Lebanon and the region,” said Dr. Nahla Hwalla, AUB’s Faculty of Agriculture & Food Sciences Dean.

“International studies show that 30% of obese preschoolers, 40% of obese school children, and 80% of obese teenagers become obese adults,” she added. “Obesity rates in Lebanese children and adolescents aged 6 to 19 has increased within twelve years; from 10.2% to 15.5% in boys, and from 5.4% to 6.9% in girls. This prevalence (10.9%) is comparable to figures from Bahrain (11.3%) and Syria (11.1%), higher than those observed in Qatar (6.3%), and lower than those reported from UAE (13.7%).”

“Nestlé Healthy Kids Program – Ajyal Salima would not be the success it is nor sustainable on the long-term without the support of the various educational institutions, government, school and other entities we are working with in Lebanon and the rest of the region,” said Nestlé Healthy Kids Middle East Program Manager Karine Antoniades Turk.

“It is particularly heartwarming to feel the zeal of the kids and dedication of teachers who are passionate about the well-being of children in their classrooms.”

The Program’s coordinator, celebrity-nutritionist Dr. Carla Habib-Mourad, shed light on its limitations, which mainly involve results related to sedentary behavior changes such as watching television and playing electronic games.

“Actual lifestyle changes did not yet shift significantly, likely due to easier access to less nutritious snacks and foods within school premises; poor attendance of parents at school meetings; and generally low availability of exercise facilities,” Habib said. “We expect things to improve, as the Program expands and studies cover longer intervention periods.”

Hwalla concluded with a look to the future, saying “Lebanon and the region should promote and lobby for a multisectoral approach to curb obesity in children and adolescents; which include media outreaches, physical activity curricula, food policies and shops in schools, parents’ education, as well as an environment which is conducive to physical activity in order to change the ‘obesogenic’ environment.”

The Nestlé Healthy Kids Global Program aims to raise nutrition, health and wellness awareness of school age children around the world. It is a Nestlé Creating Shared Value initiative to promote healthy living among children. Launched globally in 2009, this program runs in partnership with governments, academia, and NGOs in over 64 countries around the world reaching to date around five million kids

Part of the Global Program, the “Ajyal Salima” curriculum was developed by the American University of Beirut to answer specifically to Middle Eastern community issues and address nutritional habits and requirements. It involves 12 educational sessions per round, including interactive learning and hands-on activities on nutrition, healthy eating and physical activity; as well as questionnaires developed to track improvement of children from pre to post interventions.


For more information, please contact:

Lynn Al Khatib, Nestlé Middle East, email:


 Jean Akouri, Director, Akouri Communications.

 P.O Box 16-5697, Beirut, Lebanon. Phone: +961-3-571579. email:


* References:

1. Nasreddine L, Naja N, Chamieh M.C., Adra N, Sibai A.M., Hwalla N: Trends in overweight and obesity in Lebanon: evidence from two national cross-sectional surveys (1997 and 2009). BMC Public Health 2012, 12:798

2. Hwalla N, Sibai AM, Adra N: Adolescent Obesity and Physical Activity. World Rev Nutr Diet 2005; 94: 42-50

3. Sibai AM, Hwalla N, Adra N, Rahal B: Prevalence and covariates of obesity in Lebanon: Findings from the first epidemiological study. Obes Res 2003; 11: 1353-1361

4. Guo and Chumlea, 1999


ESDU hosts the first Farmers' market on October 11th, 2013 from 9 to 5

Under the project "The promotion of organic and local healthy products through a weekly farmers' market" funded by Waterfront City Cares, ESDU (Environment and Sustainable Development Unit) is organizing two Farmer’s Market in AUB. The aim of these markets is to help small producers and farmers sell and promote their products in urban settings and sustain their production. The participants will be coming from various Lebanese regions (Arsal, Chouf, Ehden, Saghbine, Akkar, Nabatieh,  Kfardebian and others) and will have different types of products ( organic fresh fruits and vegetables, Mouneh, traditional pastries and sweets, handmade crafts etc.).

The first market will be held on Friday, October 11, 2013 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in the court yard of the FAFS. An opening ceremony will take place on that same day from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in Agriculture 102 and will feature words by the FAFS Dean, ESDU team and Waterfront City Cares representative.  Relevant documents are attached for your attention.

All are welcome.

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NFSC CP Students hosting food tasting event at AUBMC Cafeteria on October 3rd between 11:45 and 12:15

FAFS researchers hosting seminars as part of International Breast Cancer and Nutrition Project (IBCN)

The Nutrition and Food Sciences Department in collaboration with the International Breast Cancer and Nutrition (IBCN)-Purdue, USA invites you to attend two seminars addressing the role of nutrition in prevention and management of breast cancer.

Date:25 October 2013

Time: 12:30-14:30

Place: Hostler Auditorium, AUB

click here for the brochure


Dr. Jala Mahzoumi, Associate to the Faculty, awarded Tamayouz Award for outstanding women architects in Iraq

It is an excellence award for women who have contributed to the fields of architecture and construction throughout Iraq.

Award Objectives:

- To support Iraqi women working in the architecture and construction domain

- Empower women working in a pre-dominantly male profession

- Celebrate women’s achievements and showcase to the world their academic and professional contributions to architecture as well as built environment

- Encourage skilled women to challenge themselves to explore careers within traditionally male dominate professions rather than remain in ones which appear more female friendly.


They must be an Iraqi Citizen and/or employed in Iraq specializing in fields of architecture and construction. Candidates must also have made a contribution to help advance the profession or a difference within their community using their skills.

Dr. Makhzoumi, was awarded this excellence award for 2013.

Watch the video

September 2013

LDEM Student Society hosting 2013 Parking Day in Hamra on September 20th, 2013

On behalf of the department of Landscape Design and Ecosystem Management, we would like to draw your attention to the ‘Parking Day’ event organized by our Landscape Student Society, on Hamra street, this Friday September 20th, 2013. Parking Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks and this year our students have helped organize this event here in Beirut, in three different locations: 

-          Location 1: Facing Hamra Café

-          Location 2: next to bread Republic

-          Location 3: next to AltCity (close to Chopsticks)



“Wheat and Potato Yield Modeling Using Remote Sensing Techniques”.

The AGSC department will be holding a lecture on Tuesday, September 24 at 11:00 a.m. in room 205, Wing A. Dr. Wim Bastiaanssen, Water Resources Modelling and Remote Sensing Specialist Director, Water Watch, will be lecturing on “Wheat and Potato Yield Modeling Using Remote Sensing Techniques”.

To check the event invitation, please refer to the following: WheatandPotatoYieldModeling.pdf

FAFS researchers promote no-tilling for higher agricultural yields at lower cost

FAFS has been championing Conservation Agriculture (CA) since 2007, in partnership and with the support of GIZ (German Technical Cooperation) and the Lebanese Agricultural Institute (LARI). FAFS aims to introduce CA to the largest number of people involved in agricultural activities and which is expected to have a positive impact on agriculture in the future.

More recently, 34 students from faculties of agriculture at AUB, Lebanese University, Universite de Sainte Esprit Kaslik and Universite Saint Joseph met at AREC on September 11-14, 2013 to enhance their knowledge about CA. The workshop at AREC was taught collaboratively by faculty members from the four participating universities—a probable first for Lebanon—and will help in strengthening ties among them, while at the same time confirming FAFS’ leadership role in agricultural education and research.

Click here for more information


Dr. Farah Naja awarded ~$1M grant from Qatar Foundation

A group of researchers at the Nutrition and Food Sciences Department, FAFS (Dr Farah Naja, Dean Hwalla, and Dr Nasreddine) received an over a million dollar grant from Qatar Foundation to launch the first Mother and Infant Nutritional Assessment (MINA) cohort study in the Middle East. This study will be conducted in Lebanon and Qatar and includes a multidisciplinary team of researchers from AUB, AUB-MC, Hamad Medical Center, Qatar University and the Supreme Council of Health in Qatar. The main goal of this cohort study is to promote balanced nutrition and health during the first 1,000 days of life through developing evidence-based country-specific nutrition and lifestyle guidelines for pregnant women and young children. This cohort will lead to the birth of the first prospective databases in the region that offers a unique potential for research continuity.

June 2013

Visit of Dr. David Brown

Dr. David Brown, Professor at the Department of Development Sociology and co-Director of the Community and Regional Development Institute at Cornell University (CaRDI ) will be hosted by the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and the Environment and Sustainable Development Unit to present: "Building Bridges between the University and Community: Cornell's Community & Regional Development Institute." All are welcome...

To check the event invitation, please refer to the following: Dr. Brown Cornell UniversityPresentation

Dr. Nasri Kawar, FAFS Professor Emeritus honored

FAFS professor emeritus was recently honored by the Graduate School at Penn State on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of recieveing his doctoral degree. The ceremony also celebrated 150 years of graduate education at Penn State. Five other alumni who received their doctorates in 1963 were also honored. The names of all 50-year graduates were inscribed on a plaque placed on th Wall of Honor in the Graduate School main lobby.

April 2013

Visit of Dr. Susan Prattis

Dr. Prattis, DVM, selected candidate for an Assistant Professor at the AVSC department visited FAFS from April 9-19, 2013. During her visit, Dr. Prattis contributed to the revision of the DVM curriculum being prepared by the AUB Task Force for DVM development, and to the preparation of a proposal for a Regional Zoonoses Center to be submitted for fundraising. She also participated in teaching in three AVSC courses as well as presented an open lecture to FAFS faculty members and students.

March 2013

Seminar Series on Food Packaging

March 18th – 21st, 2013, the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut, in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and ACDI/VOCA, Farmer-to-Farmer program organized a seminar series on Food Packaging. The lectures covered various topics on food packaging focusing on the role of packaging in maintaining product quality and safety, shelf life modeling, migration concerns, product-package interaction, packaging of fresh produce, modified atmosphere packaging, as well as issues of sustainability and recycling. The expert speakers included Drs. Bruce Harte and Rafael Auras from the School of Packaging at Michigan State University and Dr. Mohamad Abiad from the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, American University of Beirut.

The seminar series was well attended by more than 100 individuals representing local and international NGO’s, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Economy and Trade, the Lebanese Standards Institution (LIBNOR), packaging industry – manufacturers and users, farmers, agro-food industry, as well as students from all major universities including the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanese American University (LAU), Lebanese University (LU), Université Saint-Joseph (USJ), Beirut Arab University (BAU), Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik (USEK), Haigazian University and University of Balamand. The relatively high attendance demonstrated the importance and growing interest in such a topic and paved the way for more events on packaging in general and food packaging in specific.

To check the event invitation & get more details, please refer to the following e-flyer: Food Packaging Flyer

Accreditation of FAFS Programs

A review team from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) conducted a site visit (March 26-29, 2013) to the NFSC Department as part of the accreditation process of the Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program (NDCP). In addition to the review of documents, meetings with faculty members, the Dean and the upper University administration, the team members also visited the CP affiliated dietetic practicum sites AUBMC, RHUH and SGH. Upon conclusion of the site visit, the reviewers shared their summary of findings with the Dean and faculty members in an exit meeting.

February 2013

FAFS Brown Bag Seminar

As part of FAFS’s Brown Bag seminar series for the AY 2012-2013, Dr. Jad Chaaban presented a lecture entitled “Can Economics Research Influence Policy Making? Some Recent Evidence from Lebanon and Beyond” on February 28, 2013.

Innovative Biomedical Research Grants

Drs. Hala Ghattas and Omar Obeid were the recipients of 2 out of 5 Innovative Biomedical Research Grants initiated by VP Sayegh. This was announced during the 3rd Annual AUB Biomedical Research day held on February 16, 2013.

January 2013

Food, Farmers, and Revolutions symposium by Thimar

Thimar research collective on agriculture, environment & labour in the ARB World in collaboration with Interfaculty Graduate Environmental Sciences Program at FAFS is holding a symposium on Food, Farmers, & Revolutions on 22nd Jan 2013 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM in West Hall Auditorium B.

To check the event invitation, please press: FoodFarmersandRevolutions.pdf


ESDU has been selected to host KariaNet Network

ESDU has been selected to host KariaNet Network - Knowledge Access for Rural Inter-connected Areas Network - serving target groups and project teams through Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) tools and social networks in 10 countries in the MENA region to mainstream knowledge management into development practice through capacity building, action research and pertinent networking activities.
For more info, refer to the following page:

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