December 2005, Vol. 7 No. 2
Appointment of Dr. Ghassan Hamadeh
Prominent Arab-American Rights Activist Lectures on Islamophobia
Appointment of Dr. Thurayya Arayssi
Business School Lecture on Corporate Governance
Women’s League Meeting
Professor Samir Makdisi to Serve Again on Global Network Board
Human Resources Developments
University Senate Meeting of June 22
September Senate Notes
New Mission Statement
Dean Daghir Steps Down from Deanship
Recently Published: Comparing Media from Around the World
John Rhoder Leaves AUB
Prominent Saudi Businessman Receives AUB Distinguished Alumnus Award
Fading Poetry of Old Lebanese Houses: Art Project by Joe Saleh
Tips for Saving the Planet
Art Club Celebrates Art Day
Jafet Library Displays the Earliest Photographs of AUB Campus
The Economic Research Forum for the Arab Countries, Iran, and Turkey (ERF) announced in mid-November the re-selection of Samir Makdisi, professor of economics and the director of the Institute of Financial Economics at AUB, to represent the ERF research community on the Board of the Global Development Network (GDN) for a three-year period effective January 2006. This is the second time Professor Makdisi has been chosen from among a number of distinguished candidates who had been nominated for this position. He has been serving on the board since GDN’s establishment in 2000.
The purpose of ERF, which was created in 1993 with financial support form regional and international organizations, is to enhance the quality of research and build capacity for front-line research in the Middle East and North Africa region. It currently includes about 200 research fellows and senior research associates, mostly affiliated with academic institutions in the region and abroad. Candidates for ERF membership are nominated, then selected by the forum's Advisory Committee and Board of Trustees in accordance with specified academic and professional standards.
The GDN, which recently moved its headquarters from Washington, DC, to New Delhi, is an international network of research and policy institutes working together to address the problems of national and regional development. With an annual budget of several million US dollars, it supports multidisciplinary research in social sciences, promotes the generation of knowledge in developing and transition countries, produces policy-relevant knowledge on a global scale, and organizes annual international development conferences. Its board includes representatives from the various research institutes, as well as from international economic, political, and sociological professional associations.