Spring 2006 Vol. IV, No. 3
Adnan Dakkuri (BS Pharm.,62; faculty member, 68-75) has been elected for a second term as president of the Academic Senate at Ferris State University. Dakkuri, who is currently a professor of pharmaceutics at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, was recently awarded the International Educator of the Year Award.
Munthir Kuzayli (BS Pharm., 63) was appointed director of the AUB Medical Center (AUBMC) effective January 16, 2006. Kuzayli holds masters degrees in hospital administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and in hospital pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin. He is a diplomat of the American College of Healthcare Executives. No stranger to the AUB Hospital, Kuzayli worked at AUBMC as chief pharmacist (1967-71), as assistant hospital director (1973-76) and as director of AUBMC (1976-83). He then worked in Saudi Arabia, where he managed several
hospitals belonging to the Ministry of Defense and Aviation and the National Guard. Kuzayli has also served as a medical consultant in France and Germany. Upon returning to AUB, Kuzayli assumed responsibility for setting up the Middle East Medical Management Company and executed its first contract for the operation and management of Consulting Clinics Beirut. He returns to AUB after more than twenty years in the private health services sector in the region.
Fadi F. Attiyeh (MD 69) was recently elected president of The New York Surgical Society, the oldest surgical society in North America, and president elect of the New York Cancer Society. Past presidents include Dr. Charles McBurney (founding member) and Dr. Allen O. Whipple. He maintains his practice in surgical oncology and colon and rectal surgery and is chief of the Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Service at St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. Attiyeh may be reached in New York at (212) 307-1144: or ffa1[at]columbia.edu.
Ara Tekian (BS 75, MS 79, PhD 81) is professor of medical education and director of International Programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the program chair (Division I Education in the Professions) for the 2006 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco in April. In November 2005, Tekian was the keynote speaker at the first International Conference on Medical Education at Billroth House, Vienna. This was just one of many speaking engagements for Tekian in 2005a year in which he traveled to speak at conferences in Edinburgh, Scotland; Iamir, Turkey; Santiago, Chile; and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Tekian was the president of the Alumni Association of North America from 2002 to 2004.
Walid Itani (BE 79) is project engineer at the Structural Department of Khatib and Alami, a consolidated engineering company in Lebanon.
Ramzi Sabra (MD, 85) was appointed assistant dean of Medical Education at the Faculty of Medicine in January 2006.
Amer Fathallah (BE, 87) is chief engineer at the Clemenceau Medical Center-Johns Hopkins, Beirut.
Rana Zeine (MD 87) recently joined the faculty of Northwestern University in Chicago. Before going to Northwestern Universitys Cancer Center, Zeine was a research scientist at the Nathan S. Kline Institute Center for Dementia in New York. She received her PhD from McGill Universitys Neurological Institute in 1993, and completed her residency training in anatomic pathology and neuropathology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York in 2004. Her publications in neuroimmunology are heavily cited, and she is listed in Marquiss Whos Who in America and in the Whos Who of American Women. She may be reached at r-zeine[at]northwestern.edu.
Wassim Labban (BS 95) has been in the United States since May 2002. He is an assistant professor of chemistry at Thomas University in south Georgia, and an on-line facilitator for the Art Institute Online based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is married and has a three-year old son. Labban, who is planning to visit Lebanon (and AUB) in 2006, would like to hear from other AUBites in the Atlanta region. He can be contacted at wlabban[at]thomasu.edu.
Mira Kaddoura (BA 00) is art director at Wieden & Kennedy Inc, an advertising agency in Portland, Oregon, that recently produced a high-profile advertising campaign for Nike. Kaddoura has worked in Amsterdam and New York City and completed a masters degree in art direction at VCU Adcenter. On January 4 she visited AUBs Department of Architecture and Design to give a straight talk on failure and success in the design world.
Joy Khoriaty (BS 02) After completing his computer science degree at AUB, Khoriaty joined the Center for Advanced Mathematical Sciences (CAMS), where he was able to develop his skills in building, managing, and programming high-end servers and clusters. After three years in the intellectually stimulating environment at CAMS, he traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland, to study for a masters degree in high performance computing (HPC). After graduation, he was hired by the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Center, a leading European HPC center, to work on building a supercomputer based on FPGA. As the project prototype approached completion, Joy was offered an opportunity to join the MIT Nuclear Science Laboratory to work on optimizing particle physics codes on their newly acquired Blue Gene supercomputer. He has recently settled in Boston and can be reached at eleventails[at]eleventails.com.
Lina Ghotmeh (BE 03) won first prize in the International Architectural Competition of the Estonian National Museum. She designed the winning project jointly with architects Dan Dorell (Italy) and Tsuyoshi Tane (Japan). The project is scheduled for completion in 2009. Ghotmeh works in Paris and London, and collaborates frequently with Dorell and Tane.
Yara Tumeh (MA 04) moved to Atlanta, Georgia, about a year ago. Having earned a masters in pharmacology from AUB, she is now in the process of getting registered in the United States. She passed the first of three exams last June and will be eligible to take the remaining two exams after she completes her 1,500-hour internship at Walgreens Pharmacy. Tumeh has settled in Atlanta to be closer to her uncle, Sabah Tumeh (AUB 85), who is a radiologist.
Sahar Farhat (BS 05) is living in Beirut and interning at Development and Environment Magazine, a publication that covers environmental and scientific issues in the Middle East. She can be reached at farhat_sahar[at]hotmail.com.
Sami Oubari (BBA 05) is pursuing his masters degree in administration in management at Concordia University, Montreal. He is planning to work for a couple of years in Montreal before returning to Lebanon.
Rami Salameh (BS 05) is currently a journalist at the Beirut-based Middle East Reporter, a daily digest for political and economic developments in the Middle East and North Africa. He is also head of quality control for the Beirut branch of Earth Time Group, an African geological and environmental consultation company based in Liberia. He can be reached at rsalameh[at]earthtimegroup.com.
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