Nabil Fahmy to Deliver Nadia Younes Lecture on Egypt's Foreign Policy

Egypt's Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy will deliver the Nadia Younes Memorial Lecture today, March 2, at 6 pm in Moataz Al Alfi Hall, AUC New Cairo. Fahmy’s lecture is titled “Foreign Policy for New Egypt: Beyond Ballots and Politics.”

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AUC Team Uses Solar Energy to Develop Self-powered Wireless Networks

Wireless sensor networks, made up of nodes that read information and transmit data wirelessly to a central computer, have numerous potential uses, including non-invasive diabetes monitoring, home security systems and energy-saving smart homes, but their use is limited by reliance on batteries. Yehea Ismail, director of the Center for Nanoelectronics and Devices at AUC and the Zewail City of Science and Technology, leads a team working to develop a chip that would harvest solar energy in order to power wireless sensor networks.

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This Month in AUC History: First Accreditation Granted in 1982

AUC was granted accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for the first time in February 1982. The decision came following a two-year self study process from 1979 to 1981, and a four-day visit from a delegation of administrators from universities including Georgetown, Fordham and Dartmouth in Fall 1981. To learn more about AUC's accreditation,click here. Photo caption: A delegation representing the Middle States Commission on Higher Education visited AUC in 1981 (Photo courtesy of University Archives)

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Students Combat Stereotypes Through Social Psychology Exchange

The Pew Research Center released a report in 2011, which found that many Muslims and Westerners hold negative stereotypes of the other. Recently, AUCians took on the challenge of combating these stereotypes and improving Muslim-West relations in a social psychology course taught by Carie Forden, psychology professor, and Amy Carrillo, former assistant professor of psychology. Bringing the West and the East together through social media, students from AUC and students at Clarion University in Pennsylvania collaborated to think of ways to reduce prejudice between Muslims and non-Muslims.

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Donate Clothes, Toys, Canned Food for AUC Community Give Back

Bring clothes, toys and canned food and drop them off at Community Give Back containers located at the campus gates as part of the activities leading up toCommunity Day. The containers will be available until March 4. The items will be donated to orphanages and underprivileged areas throughout Cairo. Organized by Resala AUC, the Community Give Back portion of Community Day aims to bring together AUCians in a service activity. On the day of Community Day, a sorting station will be set up by Resala AUC where community members can help sort the items donated.

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Michael Hudson to Speak on Arab Politics Legitimacy Today

Michael Hudson, director of the Middle East Institute and professor of political science at the National University of Singapore, and professor emeritus at Georgetown University, will deliver two lectures, discussing different aspects of the Middle East post-Arab Spring.

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Ayman Ismail: Experiential Learning Key to Entrepreneurship

With the success of startups like Facebook and Netflix, the latest buzzword in the business community has been “entrepreneurship,” or the capacity to develop a business venture through innovation and risk taking. As more and more individuals aspire to become the next Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerburg, there is a growing debate in academic circles about whether or not entrepreneurship can be taught. Is entrepreneurship something innate or can it be cultivated in the classroom?

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Midyear Commencement: View Photos

View photos of the 2014 Midyear Commencement

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First PhD Graduate Designs Sustainable System for Desert Climates

Yosra El Maghraby (’04, ’08, ’14), a construction engineer and AUC’s first-ever PhD graduate, has designed a sustainable building system suited for the dry, hot climates of the Middle East and Gulf countries. Walking down the aisle during the midyear commencement, her goals were set in front of her: advancing her research and teaching.

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Fall 2013 Undergraduate Commencement Keynote Speech Ahmed Al Alfi

Ahmed El Alfi, founder and CEO of Sawari Ventures, gives a word to the undergraduate class of Fall 2013

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Cairo Review Spotlights Brazil: Democratic Transition, FIFA World Cup

Antonio Patriota, Brazil’s top diplomat at the United Nations, says in an interview with The Cairo Review of Global Affairs that the recent thaw in relations between the United States and Iran could be a “game changer” in the Middle East. He believes, for example, that “adequate communication” between Washington and Tehran could help avoid a “worst-case scenario” in the three-year-old conflict between the Syrian regime and armed opponents. The interview with Ambassador Patriota is part of Viva Brasil!, a special report on Brazil, which will host the FIFA World Cup this year.

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Community Day, March 4: Take AUC History Quiz, Donate Old Yearbooks

Organized by the AUC University Archives, the 1919 History Challenge will be a main feature ofCommunity Day. Test your knowledge of AUC's history with an interactive quiz. AUC University Archives will also be displaying old yearbooks and vintage photos so bring along your old yearbook or other memorabilia to contribute to the AUC University Archives collection.

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Commencement: First PhD Awarded, Graduates Urged to Seek Happiness

The 2014 graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies kicked off on a high note, marked by not only by inspirational commencement addresses, but also an institutional milestone. For the first time in the history of AUC, a doctoral degree was awarded to Yosra El Maghraby, who hold's bachelor's and master's degrees in construction engineering from AUC. El Maghraby earned a PhD in engineering from her alma mater, with a specialization in construction engineering.

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Community Day, March 4: Showcase Your Skills

Organized by the Office of Human Resources, the AUC Showcase will display art, jewelry and other creative products made by AUC students, faculty and staff as part of the activities onCommunity Day. Community Day 2014 aims to bring together alumni, faculty, students, staff and all employees to celebrate AUC and its vibrant community. Highlights of the day include the unveiling of AUC’s new mascot, a talent show, school competitions and musical performances.

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Emergency Fund Provides Assistance to Employees (Available in Arabic)

To read the Arabic version of the story,click here. Last semester, an employee at AUC faced an unexpected emergency — The floor of his home had collapsed, and he could not afford to repair the damages. Left with no other recourse, he applied for financial assistance through the Employee Emergency Relief Fund, established last year and supported by donations from the AUC community. After reviewing his case, the fund’s committee decided to help cover the cost of the repairs to his home.

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