From award-winning achievements and international speakers to online instruction and pandemic plans, we look back at the main highlights of the year.
Evan Hill (SAB ‘06), journalist on The New York Times Visual Investigations team who was a study-abroad student at AUC, won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, along with fellow staff members.
Laila Ziko (MSc ‘13, PhD ‘19), adjunct assistant professor of biology, is a winner of the Innovators Under 35 MENA award, presented by MIT Technology Review Arabia and Dubai Future Foundation.
At the Middle East Studies Association’s annual meeting, Noura Wahby (MPA '13) received the 2019 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award for the social sciences for her PhD dissertation from the University of Cambridge.
Sarah Halawa ‘11, ‘14, PhD candidate in applied sciences at AUC, received the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award for her doctoral dissertation on the genetics and epigenetics of cardiovascular diseases. The research is a joint venture between AUC and the Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation.
Madina Mahmoud ‘12, ‘18 received the 2019 Eni Young African Talents Award from President of Italy Sergio Mattarella for her master's research on desalinating saltwater in order to preserve freshwater sources.
Volunteers from the Department of the Arts, the graphic design program and the Office of Sustainability put together a Christmas tree on campus, made entirely of recycled materials. Recycling workers at AUC collected and washed 10,000 empty bottles that have been discarded throughout the University. Volunteers then painted the bottles and arranged them in the shape of a Christmas tree.
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences launched This is Not a Concert series — brainchild of AUC music faculty John Baboukis, Chelsea Green and David Rafferty -- to provide ‘musical comfort food’ during the quarantine.
AUC hosted a panel discussion, “Perspectives on the United States and its Relations with Egypt and the Middle East,” featuring Ambassadors Daniel C. Kurtzer and Frank Wisner, with anchor Lamees Al Hadidi ‘87, ‘90 as the moderator.
AUC and the Arab International Women’s Forum hosted the joint conference, Women as Engines of Economic Growth. Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani, AIWF founder and chair, was the keynote speaker at the event.
AUC Theatre’s first production in the Fall 2019 season was Electra, one of the world's greatest tragedies and an inspiration for well-known works like Hamlet.