Rami G. Khouri interviews AUB scholars about how their research findings clarify our world's mechanics and mysteries.
She leads genes, cells, and molecules into battle against rare childhood diseases
Tenured Professor of Pediatric Neurology and Neurogenetics Rose Mary Boustani has spent decades at AUB and Duke University tracking down the individual molecules, genes, and cells that cause rare childhood and adolescent diseases that had long been seen as incurable. She explains how she and her colleagues achieved several breakthroughs that have improved and prolonged the lives of many children, and patented several discoveries on the way. Her next frontier at AUM Medical Center is how we can best respond to autism, while also researching and testing new drugs.
Do Baghdad checkpoints clarify aspects of Arab identity and statehood?
Dr. Omar Sirri, affiliated scholar at AUB’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, recently received his PhD degree at the University of Toronto. He discusses his years of research on the symbolism, roles, and fate of security checkpoints across Baghdad since the 2003 invasion, and how they link to issues of identity, sectarianism and power in Iraq and the wider region.
Danger and abuse accompany Syrian refugee child laborers
Professor Rima Habib, Chair of the Department of Environmental Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences, has spent decades studying the health and living conditions of low-income marginalized communities in Lebanon. Her latest research reveals the many dangers facing Syrian refugee working children aged 8-18, including injury, verbal and physical abuse, and even death. The insecurities that plague poor Syrian refugees also are common among Palestinian refugees and low-income Lebanese. They all require a coordinated policy response from multiple state and international agencies, with strict enforcement, which are often elusive.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2WVKAZWqWs (See this short video by Rima Habib and her team that brings to life the Syrian refugee working children in Lebanon and their difficult conditions.)
Humbled, and always learning from the virus
Assistant Professor of Medicine Carine Sakr-Chaptini, Director of the AUB Expert Committee on COVID-19, explains how she and her colleagues are continuously humbled to keep learning about how the virus operates and how people react to measures to contain it. Science and data drive AUB’s policy response to protect its community and all Lebanon, but collaboration across sectors and medical personnel is also critical.
Here’s how universities learn to channel knowledge into quality public policies
Fadi El-Jardali, tenured Associate Professor of Health Policy and Systems in AUB’s Faculty of Health Sciences, founded and still leads the pioneering Knowledge To Policy (K2P) center at AUB, which identifies how scholars can channel their research knowledge to positively influence policy-making. This effort is all the more vital in emergency situations like today’s pandemic, as he explains, but also in routine efforts such as the drive to control tobacco use in society.
Reconsidering relations among Greeks, Arabs, science and philosophy
Dr George Saliba, Professor and Director of AUB’s Farouk Jabre Center for Arabic and Islamic Science and Philosophy, explains how his research identifies how Arab and Greek scholars and philosophers jointly articulated new knowledge that went on to spark the European Renaissance. His research also offers new ideas on why European powers rose and Arab-Islamic-Indian-Chinese and other societies declined after the discovery of the New World’s gold and silver.