AUC Olympics Ends Today

The second AUC Olympics brought together the University community to compete in basketball, volleyball, football, table tennis, and track and field. The five teams that competed in the three-day tournament represent several sectors of the University community, including freshmen and undeclared students, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and the School of Sciences and Engineering. Students and faculty members who are not competing are encouraged to come to the games and cheer on their fellow AUCians.

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First Green Roof at AUC Provides Vegetation, Learning Space

The Desert Development Center (DDC), supported by the U.S. Forest Service and DC Greenworks, has recently established AUC’s first extensive green roof on the site office building where the DDC is located. Covered with vegetation and succulent plants, which are planted over a waterproofing membrane, the roof serves a variety of environmental, economic and aesthetic purposes, in addition to creating a space for learning and teaching.

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Nageh Allam Receives State Award in Technological Sciences

Nageh Allam, assistant professor of physics, recently received the Egyptian State Award in Technological Sciences from the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology for his research on ways to create “smart energy” to produce renewable fuels and electricity from sunlight on a sustainable basis. This highly competitive award is only given to two individuals who are at the top of their fields. “We are extremely proud of the excellent work that Dr. Allam has done and wish him more success to come,” said Ehab Abdel-Rahman, associate provost for research.

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October 1920 AUC Opens Doors to First Class of Students

On October 5, 1920, AUC welcomed the first 142 students who entered the University as part of the American College of Arts and Sciences, the initial unit of the American University at Cairo. Classes were equivalent to the last two years of high school and the first two years of University.

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New Dual Degree Combines Bachelor’s in Political Science, Master’s in Law

Political science undergraduate students who want to prepare for a postgraduate degree while completing the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in political science may now do so with the dual degree option offered by the Department of Political Science and the Department of Law. The dual degree combines a BA in political science and a Master of Arts (MA) in international human rights law. This dual degree can be completed in 11 semesters and is open to undergraduate students who are pursuing a bachelor’s in political science.

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Egypt's First University Spinoff to Market Affordable Hepatitis C Test

Egypt has the greatest burden of hepatitis C infection worldwide, with 10 percent of people between 15 and 59 years living with the virus. While Egypt has one of the highest rates of the virus, which affects an estimated 170 million people across the world, testing for the disease is out of reach for many due to the cost and lack of awareness about the issue.

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Campus Strategy Results in 60% Water Usage Savings, More Storage

In response to recurring water shortages during the 2012 - 2013 academic year, some of which forced the closure of the New Cairo campus, AUC convened a task force to study the University’s water needs and develop recommendations for both increasing the supply of water available to the campus and reducing demand. As of the beginning of the 2013 - 2014 academic year, much of the strategy has been implemented, resulting in a projected decrease in water use of nearly 60 percent, along with a nearly 60 percent increase in storage capacity.

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Last Day to Submit Your Entry to Mascot Mania Contest

Last Day to Submit Your Entry to Mascot Mania Contest

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Ismailia Film Festival to Begin at AUC Tomorrow

The visual cultures program in the Department of Arts is hosting a film festival at AUC Tahrir Square. Ismailia Film Festival Days of Cairo II will feature films and documentaries selected from the films shown at the 16th annual Ismailia Film Festival for Documentary and Short Films, which was held last summer. The Ismailia International Film Festival is renowned among Egyptian and international filmmakers for showcasing significant documentaries and shorts, which include features and animation, that celebrate cinema and creativity.

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Blood Drive Draws AUC Community, Helps Save Lives

The ambulance parked in the corridor leading to the bus terminal at AUC New Cairo during the past weeks was not a cause for concern, but a sign of the AUC community’s ongoing commitment to service, as 137 AUCians donated blood during a campaign organized by Resala AUC and the Anti-Cancer Team (ACT) student clubs in mid-September and nearly 200 donated during a campaign organized by the Office of Medical Services last week.

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Faculty Wary of Constitution, Call for Greater Protections; Watch Video

Egypt’s new constitution does not go far enough to protect freedoms and ensure balance of power among various branches of government, according to a panel of faculty experts dissecting the current draft of Egypt’s next constitution. Speaking at a media roundtable on Monday, faculty warned that the constitution was only the beginning. The development of laws, enforcement capabilities and institutions would be critical to any long-term positive change, asserted the panel.

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Student Spotlight: Color Palette Chemistry Reveals Genuine, Fake Art

A chemistry student at school and an art lover at heart, Mayan Sabry, who graduated with a bachelor’s in chemistry last spring, has utilized her scientific knowledge to introduce mechanisms by which forged art may be identified. These methods involve a thorough analysis of the artist’s fingerprint –– the color palette.

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Egypt Ranked an Unhappy Nation by World Happiness Report

Egypt is not a happy nation, according to the World Happiness Report, commissioned by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and published by the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Among the 156 nations surveyed in the report, Egypt had the greatest fall in happiness levels in comparison to previous years. On a scale of 1 to 10, Egypt garnered a score of 5.4 between the years 2005 and 2007, but averaged a score of 4.3 between the years 2010 and 2012. This places Egypt 130th among the 156 nations ranked according to their happiness ratings.

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Syria’s Chemical Weapons: Drawing the Humanitarian Line

On August 21, missiles loaded with the chemical agent Sarin were launched at Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus, Syria. Nearly 1,500 people were killed in the attack, and U.S. President Barack Obama threatened limited military strikes on Syrian government installations in response to the use of chemical weapons. During a press conference on September 9, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry commented that a strike could potentially be avoided if Syria was to relinquish its arson chemical weapons.

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Scholarship Recipients Pursue Career Goals, Ambitions at AUC

“I have one concrete goal, which is to be a force for progress wherever I am in the universe, and this goal has translated into a dream of developing Egypt so that it is a top country worldwide across all fields,” said Mazan Ayman, an electronics engineering senior and recipient of the Ayman Korra Endowed Public School Scholarship. “Studying at AUC has helped me a lot through its high-quality education and facilities.

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