Ramia graduated from the Evangelical School in Sidon then headed straight
to Canada where he enrolled in the University of Ottawa, Windsor to pursue
his higher education.
After receiving his BSc in Microbiology and Immunology, he turned
to the field of Clinical Chemistry where he earned his Masterís
degree. There followed a series of publications and research work before
he enrolled in post-graduate studies in pursuit of his PhD in microbiology
Professor Ramia's preference for the Canadian educational system
did not prevent him from pursuing a two-year fellowship at the State University
of New York in Buffalo, (SUNY). He followed this with three years of continuous
research in the field of clinical microbiology at the Erie Medical Center.
He has since served for 16 years as Associate Professor in the
Department of Pathology at King Saud University, where his dual responsibilities
were as Associate Professor and consultant virologist. He also headed
the Diagnostic Virology Department at King Khaled University Hospital,
a medical teaching hospital similar to AUBMC.
At AUB Professor Ramia serves both as Visiting Professor and as
coordinator of the Medical Lab Technology Program at the Faculty of Health
Sciences. This is his first experience at AUB, an institution he describes
as "well known for the high quality of its education in the Middle
East region and a prestigious place".
One of the aims of his stay at AUB is to apply his experience in
viral hepatitis and to investigate the extent of the diseaseís
exposure in the Lebanese community. Thatís in addition to the courses
he is involved with at the Medical Lab Department.
As for AUB students, Dr. Ramia says: "I admire them. They are
responsible and aware of what they are doing".
at SMEC Computesr-based Interactive Instruction
On November 10 Dr. Afif Jawad, Professor of Physics at Madonna University,
Michigan, gave a lecture-demonstration on computer-based interactive instruction
in science teaching.
Dr. Jawad discussed teaching and learning advances in the USA and
that a high-tech instructional program can make subject matter less formidable
for both students and instructors. Using computer demonstrations, he illustrated
how teaching can become simple, computer-based interactive instruction.
He also demonstrated how interactive learning experiences can be brought
to students through computer-aided instruction and hands-on learning.
Dr. Jawad's visit to Lebanon was sponsored by a generous grant
from Rotary International and Madonna University. His lecture at SMEC
was attended by teachers and faculty from schools and universities throughout
Education Workshops at SMEC
Dr. Henry Penello conducted three environmental education workshops
November 26-28 as part of the workshop series of the Environmental Education
Program at SMEC. Some 90 teachers, science coordinators, and coordinators
of school and community environmental clubs participated in the workshops,
the third of which was held in Tripoli in collaboration with the Environment
Protection Committee there.
Dr. Penello earned his PhD in science education from the University
of Florida, and is presently teaching at the American School of the Hague
and Webster University, Leiden, Netherlands.
Dr. Penello focused on involving children in hands-on environmental activities
as a way of integrating environmental education in science and across
the curriculum at the elementary and intermediate levels. He also showed
participants how to encourage students to analyze environmental problems
and to propose reasonable solutions that involve all stakeholders.