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AUC Water Scarcity facilities in CARES in preparation for AUC@COP27

Honored Guests Visit CARES Facilities

With AUC's Climate Change Initiative ramping up ahead of Egypt hosting the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), The Center for Applied Research on the Environment and Sustainability (CARES) recently hosted American University in Cairo President Ahmad Dallal, Provost Ehab Abdel-Rahman, Vice President of Institutional Advancement Richard Brow and School of Sciences and Engineering Dean Lotfi Gaafar and their honored guest, Al Habtoor Group founder and chairman Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor.

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Monkeypox in Egypt: Faculty Discuss Facts, Address Concerns Over Virus

While the world is still reeling from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic, another virus has not so subtly slipped into the limelight: monkeypox.

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‘Greening’ Real Estate: AUC to Host Collaborative Program on Climate-Adaptive Development

Futures Lab, an upcoming retreat hosted by the AUC Innovation Hub and New Silk Roads, will encourage collaboration between business leaders, architects, researchers and policymakers to explore how the future of Egyptian real estate may be adapted to climate change-related challenges. 

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Heat Waves: A New Normal?

From Palmdale, California to Dazhou, China and all continents in between, unprecedented temperatures this summer have impacted the health of our loved ones and wreaked havoc on water, food and energy supplies around the world.

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Hani Sewilam Wins 2022 Water Energy Food Ecosystem Nexus Award for Research in Sustainable Resource Management

Hani Sewilam, professor at AUC’s Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology and CARES director, has been awarded the 2022 Water Energy Food Ecosystem (WEFE) Nexus Award by the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area, PRIMA.

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Hani Sewilam Appointed Egypt's Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation

Hani Sewilam, professor at AUC’s Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology and director of the Center for Applied Research on the Environment and Sustainability (CARES), has been appointed Egypt’s minister of water resources and irrigation.

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Honors List Recipient Abdalla Ashraf Hassanein

Sustainable Development Students Named on School of Sciences and Engineering 2022 Honors List

Sustainable Development Program, announced two recipients of this year’s School of Sciences and Engineering Honors List.

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AUC Launches Climate Change Initiative

AUC’s Climate Change Initiative was launched to capitalize on AUC’s contributions to national and international efforts in tackling one of the greatest challenges of our time. The initiative focuses on climate change and providing climate change solutions in specific contexts within the country.

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Salma Ibrahim

Al Ghurair STEM Scholar Aspires to Break New Ground in Biochemistry, Disease Prevention

The death of Salma Abou Elhassan grandmother greatly affected her decision to attend AUC.  Diagnosed with breast cancer, the physicians at the time deemed Abou Elhassan's grandmother a “hopeless case” and decided not to take any further actions on the matter. Appalled by the reality of the limitations of medicine, this experience propelled Abou Elhassan to realize what she wanted to do in her career. 

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Akher Kalam

Unlike green or ecological design, sustainable design is a broader paradigm that encompasses the social, environmental, economic and cultural dimensions. A good definition of sustainable design combines the meanings of both design and sustainability. Harold Nelson and Erik Stolterman define design as a process for identifying and creating the “what can be” and “what should be” of a situation, where the designer would explore how to better a situation. John Ehrenfeld defines sustainability as the condition where the environment, people and other beings can flourish.

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Enter the CAVE

Hesham Ismail ’04, ’07 wanted to document an afternoon riding electric scooters with his wife in downtown Los Angeles, California, but he couldn’t take his hands off the handlebars to reach for his phone. Instead, he said, “Hey Facebook, take a video!” and the Ray-Ban sunglasses he was wearing began to record. 

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Finding the Superpower Within

While working as an intern at Alexandria University hospital, Sara Nasr, a graduate student at AUC’s Institute of Global Health and Human Ecology (I-GHHE), witnessed constant misfortunes. However, the young physician-in-training found herself particularly touched by the stories of children suffering from hemophilia. “Not only were they burdened with their sickness, but they also had to deal with the way the community views them,” Nasr explained.

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‘Mostakbal’ of Urbanism

On a windy afternoon in February, AUC students from the Urban Design and Landscape Architecture course, taught by Momen El-Husseiny, assistant professor in the Department of Architecture, piled out of a bus and onto the sandy grounds of Mostakbal (Future) City — one of Cairo’s up-and-coming satellite cities located in the desert about 55 kilometers east of Tahrir Square. 

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Creativity with Compassion

By integrating design thinking into the curriculum, AUC is teaching students to approach complicated problems with a sense of empathy, creativity and resilience, explained Hoda Mostafa, professor of practice and director of the University’s Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT).

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Metaverse: Pervasive or Invasive?

Here are some of the technologies AUC students have contributed to in just the last several years: a self-navigating wheelchair, applications that route traffic more intelligently and a smart mirror capable of determining a person’s vitals.

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SSE in Motion

Award-Winning Faculty Spotlight: Mohamed Salama

AUC Students Conceive Masterplan for Egypt's First-of-Its-Kind College Town

AUC Research Fights the Climate Change Crisis

Strengthening Ceramics Research Published in Top-Tier Academic Journal

Professor Hesham Sallam: Spotlight on Paleontology in Egypt

Building on Mars - AUC Students Create Concrete for Planet Mars

Chasing Circuits: AUC Launches Suitera Spinoff

AUC Professor Hesham Sallam discusses the discovery of a 34- million-year-old rodent

World’s First Comprehensive North African Reference Genome

Interview with Nataly Naser Al Deen ‘13, one of Forbes Middle East’s 30 Under 30

Modifying a Japanese Anti-Cancer Drug