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2017 News
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 September 2017

FAFS Researchers Develop a Research Agenda in the Field of Nutrition in Non-Communicable Diseases

​We are proud to announce that the AUB ranked third in terms of research productivity (# of research papers) in the area of nutrition and non-communicable diseases, after King Saud and King Abdulaziz universities. Among these universities, AUB ranked first in terms of quality of research (as assessed by impact factor of published papers and the number of citations).

This ranking was featured in a recent scoping review that a group of researchers from NFSC (Dr. Nahla Hwalla, Dr. Farah Naja, Dr. Hibeh Shatila, Dr. Sally Haber and Dr. Lara Nasreddine) have conducted; whereby all research papers published in the field of nutrition and NCD in the 22 Arab Countries were reviewed.​ R​EA​D​​ ​M​​O​​RE​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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 August 2017

The Raji and Fawzieh Sinno Student Services Office I​naugurated at FAFS

The Raji and Fawzieh Sinno Student Services Office was inaugurated in an official dedication ceremony on Tuesday, August 29. The ceremony included a plaque revealing followed by speeches. The event was attended by generous donor and prominent alumnus Khaled Sinno, his family, as well as President Fadlo Khuri, FAFS Dean Nahla Hwalla, AUB officials, guests, and friends.​​ R​EA​D​​ ​M​​O​​RE​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Congratulations to the Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program at FAFS on Achieving Full Re-accreditation by the USA-Based ACEND

This outstanding achievement re-confir​ms that AUB's Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program meets the stringent requirements and expectations of the accredited nutrition education programs within the United States, making it the only nutrition and dietetics program in Lebanon and the region to allow its graduates to be eligible to sit for the US-Based Registration Examination for Dietitians and get awarded the credential of Registered Dietitian (RD).​ R​EA​D​​ ​M​​O​​RE​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

ESDU Aims at Enhancing Food Security and Economic Resilience in Vulnerable Communities

ESDU at FAFS has led the agricultural part of the project entitled “Building the Food Security and Economic Resilience of Syrian Refugees and Vulnerable Members of​ their Host Communities in Beirut/Lebanon”, implemented in collaboration with the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and with support of The Near East Foundation (NEF). R​EA​D​​ ​M​​O​​RE​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


 J​​​​uly 2017

Mr. Khaled Sinno Joins FAFS’ External Advisory Board​

Mr. Khaled Sinno is an AUB alumnus and owner of Karma Lebanon. His dedication to generously support our faculty and student body is a tremendous asset to FAFS. ​R​EA​D​​ ​M​​O​RE​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The Rasha and Nouhad Daouk Student Development Fund at FAFS

FAFS is delighted and honored to announce that Syma Daouk, a fresh FAFS alumna, has generously offered to establish The Rasha and Nouhad Daouk Student Development Fund at FAFS.​ ​​R​EA​D​​ ​M​​O​RE​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Dean Nahla Hwalla Appointed As Chair of CIHEAM

F​AFS is proud to announce that Dean Nahla Hwalla was appointed as the Chair of Advisory Board of the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM). R​EA​D​​ ​M​​O​RE​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


 June 2017

CCECS-WFP Digital Skills Training Program at AREC

During the months of May and June, the first group of 70 economically disadvantaged Syrian and Lebanese young adults, aged 15-30 years, was trained at AREC for basic digital literacy, internet literacy, MS Office programs, Photoshop, and English. R​EA​D​​ ​M​​O​RE​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​Naming Ceremony of the The Michel and Sherine Bayoud Lecture Hall

AUB announced the naming of the Michel and Sherine Bayoud Lecture Hall at FAFS during a dedication ceremony that took place on June 12, 2017, following a generous donation made by FAFS alumnus, Mr. Michel Bayoud and his w​ife Sherine. R​EA​D​​ ​M​​O​RE​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

ESDU Towards "Reducing Vulnerability ​of Syrian Refugees and Lebanese, in Lebanon"

This project mainly seeks to reduce vulnerability among Syrian refugees and Lebanese citizens by expanding access to economic and social resource.​ R​EA​D​​ ​M​​​​O​RE​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


 May 2017

FAFS Honors the NDCP's Preceptors and Class of 2017

Faculty members, preceptors and students gathered ​ to honor the Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program (NDCP) class of 2017 on Friday, May 26, 2017 at the Charles Hostler Auditorium and Terrace. R​EA​D​ ​M​​O​RE​​​​​​​​​​​

​​Launching of the Project "Towards the Enhancement of the Mediterranean Diet: The Case of Lebanon"

Under the patronage of ​H.E The Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Ghazi Zeaiter, and in association with The Food and Agriculture Organization o​f the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture in Lebanon, FAFS held an inception workshop to la​unch the regional project: Towards the Enhancement of the Mediterranean Diet: The Case of Lebanon on May 24, 2017.​ R​EA​D​ ​M​​ORE​​​​​​​​​​​

FAFS Graduate Reception & Gala Dinner

FAFS held a gala dinner on May 22, 2017 to celebrate the achievements of its graduating students and awardees, and to honor Dean Hwalla for her exceptional 11-year tenure. R​EA​D​ ​M​​O​​RE​​​​​​​​​

​​The Seventh “Nutrition in Emergencies” Intensive Training Course

FAFS, in collaboration with the Institute of Global Health (University College London), launched the "Nutrition in Emergencies" 11-day intensive training course from the 2nd till the 13th of May, 2017. R​EA​D​​​ ​M​​ORE​​​​​​​​​​

Congratulations to LDEM Professor Dr. Yaser Abunnasr!

On May 8, 2017, AUB held a ceremony to celebrate the awardees of the Teaching Excellence Award with the presence of P​resident Fadlo Khuri, Dean Nahla Hwalla, and other prominent AUB members. Dr. Yaser Abunnasr, FAFS assistant professor at the LDEM Department, recieved this significant award​​.​ R​E​​​​​A​D​ ​M​​ORE​​​​​​​​​

FAFS and AUB Professors ​Contributed to the Publication of “Water, Energy and Food Sustainability in the Middle East: The Sustainability Triangle”

The​​ book provides a survey of technologies available to tackle the problems associated with climate change in the energy, water and food security nexus, with a special focus on the Middle East.​​ R​EA​D​ ​M​​ORE​​​​​​​​

FAFS Establishes the Dr. Musa Nimah Endowed Award for Academic Excellence

Dr. Nimah’s family, friends, and students have been working with AUB for almost a year, and they were able to successfully raise the money needed to establish this endowment. The Family of Dr. Nimah and FAFS Family are very thankful to the WAAAUB- Eastern Province Chapter who has made the biggest donation towards this award. R​EA​D​ ​M​​O​RE​​​​​​​​


 April 2017

LDEM Student Honored at AUB’s Annual Athletes Night Ceremony

During its annual Athletes Night ceremony, the AUB University Sports honored 45 of its top athletes for 2016-2017, including our FAFS’ landscape architecture 2nd year student Tara Kanj. R​EA​D​ ​M​​ORE​​​​​​​​

LDEM Students Win First Prize U​nder the Arts and Humanities Category at IBDAA 2017

On April 27, 2017, a group of LDEM students, Ghida Sbeity, Hussein Ghazi and Farah Bou Ghanem, under the supervision of Dr. Salma Talhouk, have participated and won the 1st prize competition at the annual international biodiversity Day, IBDAA event 2017, under the Arts and Humanities category. R​EA​D​ ​M​​ORE​​​​​​​​

Agribusiness Students Won Second Prize at IBDAA 2017

​Four student teams from the FAFS Agribusin​ess Program participated in IBDAA 2017,​ on April 27, and the “Baladi” team won second prize in the business plan category. ​​​​R​EA​D​ ​M​​ORE​​​​​

The Raji and Fawzieh Historical Donations to FAFS​​​​

FAFS is greatly honored and proud to announce three first of their kind donations in support of the faculty and the agricultural sector in Lebanon. As a commemoration for his parents, Mr. Khaled Sinno, AUB alumnus and owner ​of Karma Lebanon, has g​enerously offered to establish​ The Raji and Fawzieh Sinno Scholarships in Agriculture and The Raji & Fawzieh Sinno Promising Leader in Agriculture Award. The FAFS Students Services Office will also be named after Raji and Fawzieh Sinno. ​R​EA​D​ ​M​​ORE​​​

​Annual AREC Day

More than 700 people from the AUB community, friends and family gathered at AREC on Sunday, April 24, 2017 to enjoy a fun-filled and unforgettable day.​ R​EA​D​ ​M​​ORE​​​

Workshop on Greenhouse Integrated Pest Management in Lebanon: A Path to a Greener Future

On the 20th of April, 2017, the Department of Agriculture, represented by the IPM research team, namely Dr. Abou Jawdah, Miss Patil Tawidian, Miss Hana Sobh and Mr. Andre Abou Haidar, in cooperation​ with IPM experts from the University of Vermont, Dr. Bruce Parker and Dr. Margaret Skinner, held a workshop titled:  “Greenhouse Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Lebanon: A Path to a Greener Future” at the premises of the Ministry of Agriculture.​ R​EA​D​ ​M​​ORE​​​ 


​LAND's Successful Workshop on Sports Nutrition

​​The Lebanese Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics (LAND), in collaboration with the Nutrition Department at FAFS, organized a workshop entitled “Nutrition for Physical Activity and Health”​ at AUB, FAFS​. R​EA​D​ ​M​​ORE​​​

LDEM Student Loubna Sasso Shortlisted fo​r the WLA Award

We are proud to announce that ​our LDEM final year student, Ms. Loubna Sasso,​ was shortlisted for the World Landscape Architecture (WLA​) Award for her Final Year Project (FYP). ​​R​EA​D​ ​M​ORE


 March 2017

Workshop on Child Labor in Agriculture

The Agriculture Department at FAFS, in cooperation with the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the UN, held a workshop on March 28, 2017 at Charles Hostler Student Center entitled: "Decent Work, Occupational Health and Safety and Child Labor in Agric​ulture".​​ R​EA​D​ ​M​ORE

FAFS Honors Alumnus Mr. Nehme Moujaess for His Recent Pledge

On March 24, 2017, FAFS faculty members and staff gathered to honor and thank Mr. Nehme Moujaess for his generous recent pledge and establishment of “The Nehme Moujaess Student Award in Landscape Architecture”. R​EA​D​ ​M​ORE​​​​

Panel Discussion on "Financing and Entrepreneurship Support for the Agri-Food Sector"

The Agribusiness Program and FAFS Career Services Office jointly hosted a panel event on Wednesday March 22, 2017. The event featured representatives from Banque du Liban, Kafalat SAL, Vitas Lebanon, and Berytech.​ R​EA​D​ MORE​​​

AREC Hosted ICARDA International Trainees

On March 18, 2017, around 25 international trainees from ICARDA attended a course entitled “Farm Operation Management” at AREC. R​EA​D​ M​​​ORE​​​

​​FAFS Lecture Hall 102 to be Named "The Michel and Sherine Bayoud Lecture Hall"​​

With deepest appreciation and gratitude, FAFS is proud to announce that Mr. Michel Bayoud has generously offered to na​me our faculty’s Lecture Hall 102 “The Michel and Sherine Bayoud Lecture Hall’.​​ R​EA​D​ MORE​


 

 February 2017

Workshop on Biologically Based Integrated Pest Management for Sustainable Vegetable Production

The workshops, held on February 24 and February 28, 2017, were​ based on local experiences and trials that were conducted in cooperation with the University of Vermont, USA, and funded by the Conservation, Food & Health Foundation.​ R​EA​D​ MORE​

Dr. Vikram Bisht, Expert in Plant Pathology, Gives Insight on Seed Potato Production

​The Agriculture department at FAFS in cooperation with USAID Farmer-to-Farmer program, implemented in Lebanon by Land O’Lakes International development, invited Professor Vikram Bisht to give a presentation entitled “Seed Potato Production and Diseases in Canada” on February 13, 2017.​ R​EA​D​ MORE​

​Dr. Mohamad Farran Appointed as Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture

Dr. Mohamad Farran ​has been appointed as an advisor to His Excellency the Minister of Agriculture, Ghazi Zeaiter, as of February 1, 2017.​ R​EA​D​ MORE​​​​

FAFS Hosts "Training of Trainers Workshop Targeting Syrian Refugee Teachers and Health Care Providers"

The Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Refugee Health Program, and the Nutrition and Obesity Related Diseases Program under the Global Health Initiative at AUB in collaboration with the Food Security Center at the University of Hohenheim conducted a training workshop entitled “Towards Improving Nutrition among Refugees in Lebanon: A Capacity Building Workshop.” ​R​EA​D MORE​

​FAFS Hosts "Tackling the Health and Nutritional Status of Syrian Refugees: Comparisons between Lebanon and Germany" Roundtable Discussion

A roundtable discussion entitled “Tackling the Health and Nutritional Status of Syrian Refugees: Comparisons between Lebanon and Germany” was hosted at FAFS on Thursday February 2, 2017​. R​EA​D MORE​

LDEM Alumni’s Project Wins the Public Spaces Category of the Lebanese Architect Awards​​​

FAFS LDEM alumni Zeina Kronfol and Pamela​ Hayd​amous , won the Public Spaces category of the 2017 Lebanese Architect Awards for their project entitled “Karantina Play Garden: Space for Encounters”. The Federation of Lebanese Engineers organized the Lebanese Architectural Awards festival on the 16th, 17th and 18th of February at Biel in Beirut​. R​EA​D MORE​

FAFS Career Services organized the “Personal Branding through Social Media” Workshop

​​​​FAFS Career Services organized a workshop entitled “Personal Br​anding through Social Media” ​that combined social media, job hunting and image branding​. R​EA​D MORE​

FAFS Welcomes Drs. Elie Jacques Fares and Issmat Kassem

On February 22, 2017, FAFS faculty members and staff gathered to welcome Drs. Elie Jacques Fares and Issmat Kassem to the Faculty. R​EA​D MORE​

 

FAFS Professor Elie Barbour’s TV Interview about the New Emerging Avian Influenza “H5N8”

FAFS professor in Veterinary Science, Dr. Elie Barbou​r, was interviewed on Al Manar’s show “Nahar Jadeed – Sahtak Sah Segment” in early February, 201​7 to tackle the issue of the new emerging Avian Influenza (bird flu) - H5N8 virus.​ R​EA​D MORE​

​FAFS’ Faculty Members Participate in AUB4Refugees Forum: A Narrative of Hope

The AUB4Refugees Initiative was launched in the fall of 2016 to gather AUB members and many different groups who are addressing the impacts of the Syrian refugee crisis. An all-day successful public forum titled “Innovative Responses to the Syrian Refugee Crisis” was held at Bathish Auditorium on January 27 to launch this program and to highlight some of AUB’s ongoing projects. REA​D MORE​


 

 January 2017​

​NFSC Organized the "HACCP for Food Service Facilities" Workshop

​​​​FAFS’ department of Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFSC) organized and hosted a food safety workshop entitled “HACCP for Food Service Facilities” between January 11 and 19, 2017. ​READ MORE ​

FAFS Career Services Organized a “CV Writing, Cover Letter & Interview Skills” Workshop

FAFS Career Services organized a workshop entitled “CV Writing, Cover Letter & Interview Skills” for University Scholarship Program (USP) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) students on January 20, 2017 at FAFS, Wing A building. READ MORE 

FAFS Student​s Attend Vitas' Training Workshop

​Fifteen students from the AUB Agribusiness Program participated in a “Build Your Business” training workshop at Vitas Lebanon headquarters in Hazmieh on January 16-17, 2017. ​READ ​MORE​​​​

Dr. Susan Marie Prattis' Farewell​

On the 18th of January 2017, FAFS faculty and staff gathered on the occasion of Dr. Susan Marie Prattis' farewell. ​​​READ ​MORE​

FAFS Professor Elie Barbour’s TV Interview ​about the “Problem of Seagulls and Aviation Safety in Beirut Ai​​rport”

FAFS professor in Veterinary Science, Dr. Elie Barbour, who graduate​d from School of Veterinary Medicine in University of Minnesota, St. Paul, was interviewe​d on January 12, 2017 by LBC reporter Raneem Bou Khzam to tackle the issue of bird strikes on airplanes. READ ​MORE​​​​

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