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Trustee Philip Khoury Named MIT Associate Provost  
AUB and UAE Center Sign Agreement to Offer EMBA Program to Emirate Institutions  
Fourth AUB Faculty Seminar on Teaching and Learning with Technology  
New Faculty: Hussein Shahidi  
New Faculty: Kirsten Scheid  
New Faculty: Tima al Jamil  
Office of Grants and Contracts Celebrates World Intellectual Property Day  
Staff Profile: Ghaleb Halimi  
Fifth Annual FEA Student Conference Held  
Engineering Alumni Recognized for Outstanding Achievements  
Studying Biodiversity in Lebanon and the Region at AUB  
Construction Update  
Renovated AUB Archaeological Museum Inaugurated  
Renovated Pediatrics Clinic Opened  
Women's Rights Club Holds Conference on Gender and Sexuality  
Tenth Annual AUB Job Fair Largest Since Its Inception  
Letters from a New Campus by Daniel Bliss  
Winners of the Coca-Cola 'Make Every Word Count' Essay Competition Announced  
AUBMC Research Group Awarded NIH Grant  
Science Students Reveal Bonds Between Chemistry and Art  
Understanding the Political Economy of Islamic Movements  
Extreme Makeover: AUB Graduate Transforms Gulf Television  
Science, Math, and Technology Fair Promotes Environmental Thinking  
School Fair 2006: Prospective AUB Students Visit Campus  
Situation of the Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon  
Remembering the Writer, Khalil Takieddine  
Promotions 2005-2006  
Piano Recital by Arnimée Choukassizian  
Lecture on Space Exploration by World Expert  
Teleconferencing Brings Students Together Across Continents  
"Something Is Happening": Fairuz and Ziad Al Rahbani  
Cultural Genocide and Assyrian Cultural Survival  
Lecture on the History and Origins of American Islamicism  
Business School and Arts and Sciences Team Wins Soccer Championship Match by Narrow Margin  
  Red Cross Club Celebrates its 26th Anniversary at AUB
 
  History of the American University of Beirut: A New CASAR Course
 
  First Stereo-photography Exhibit at AUB  
  Photo Exhibition by President John Waterbury  
  The Cats of Renée Deek: End-of-Year Theater Workshop Performance  
  Film on Euthanasia-A True Story  
  Part Two of the CVSP Forum  
  Out of Place: Memories of Edward Said  
  Mozart and Schumann Celebrated at Assembly Hall  
  Austrian Chamber Music Duo Performs at AUB  
  Mathematician Alain Connes Visits AUB  
  Rima Khcheich Concert Plays to Sold-out Crowds at Assembly Hall
 
  Women's Auxiliary  
  33rd Annual Folk Dance Festival Hosts 20 Performing Schools  
June 2006 Vol. 7 No. 8


Science, Math, and Technology Fair Promotes Environmental Thinking

Participating students present their projects

Scientifically-minded high school students from across Lebanon were offered a new area of participation as part of the 13th Annual Science, Math, and Technology Fair at AUB, organized by the Education Students Society and the Science and Math Education Center (SMEC). Initiated by the Environmental Health Department of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), a category on "current critical environmental issues" was added for the first time this year. As Professor May Jurdi, chairperson of the department, explained: "We developed this special environmental category in order to promote awareness of environmental issues among Lebanese high school students, and also to introduce them to the possibility of majoring in environmental health once they reach university level."

Twenty-five schools participated in the Fair, which took place the weekend of May 6-7 on the AUB campus. Of the approximately 150 total projects entered in the fair, 12 qualified for the environmental science category. Two projects shared the first prize in that category: "Homegrown Promotes Healthy Living" by Muhieddine Itani and Zeinab El-Zein of Rawda High School tied with "Making a Full Advantage of Used Wheels: An Economical and Environmental Advancement Procedure" by Omar Al-Kaissi from the Al-Iman School of Saida. The second prize was awarded to the team of Howeida Rayes, Rola Massoud, and Lara Shehayeb from the Universal College in Aley; their project, named "It's a Dirty Job, But Someone Has to Do It," was on soil mapping in Lebanon to avoid nitrogenesis. The International College Ras Beirut team, made up of Nora El-Seoudi and Dana Khalil, took the third prize for "Making Your Own Perfume," which focused on chemical-free scent production.

Students from all school levels, including kindergarten, participate in the fair, which included 23 categories of competition, ranging from abstract math to invention. Projects were judged based on their

relevance, creativity, sound knowledge and reasoning, neatness and clarity of display, clarity and effectiveness of oral presentation, and extent to which the project reflected the students' own work.

Running since 1993, the annual fair has witnessed a growing level of proficiency and sophistication on the part of participating students. According to Marjorie Henningsen, director of SMEC, "Over time, students have demonstrated an increasing ability to analyze and think through problems on their own. They are able to discuss their projects in detail and answer a variety of questions, which demonstrates that they understand their material very well."

Benefits of the Science, Math, and Technology Fair are numerous for both the competing students and for the volunteer AUB students who coordinate the event. For participating students, the Fair promotes research and inquiry and introduces them to new areas of knowledge. Perhaps most importantly to the participants, it gives them a chance to get constructive feedback on their project from AUB faculty judges, which they can then apply in subsequent competitions.

AUB students also benefit. Each year, the fair is run completely by the Education Students Society, which coordinates all the activities. In so doing, the AUB students learn valuable organizational skills.

In addition to the certificates and prizes awarded at the fair, participating students took home packets with T-shirts, pens, and a copy of the Lebanese environmental journal Al-Bia Wal Tanmia.