The following list includes faculty grants only. Graduate student grants are now handled exclusively by Dr. Amr Shaarawi, Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies. Please contact Dr. Shaarawi’s office for news about the status of applications for Graduate Student Grants.

In some cases, adjustments have been made to the requested budgets; please do not assume that you have received the full amount requested.

My office will process the checks for the following grants as quickly as we can, but please allow some time for this to happen, since there is a very heavy workload for my assistant (Nancy Wadie) once the grant decisions are made. If you have not yet provided a letter of acceptance from the conference for which you have received a grant, please note that no check will be issued until we receive such a letter.

If you see any typographical or other errors, or if you believe yourself to be wrongly missing from this list, please contact me immediately at




BUS (School of Business)

*Samer Atallah  (ECON). Seattle, USA. June-July 2013.

*Maha ElShinnawy (MGMT). Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA. August 2013.


GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Rasha Abdulla (JRMC). London, UK. June 2013.

*Allison Hodgkins (PPAD). Washington, D.C., USA. June 2013.

*Sherene Seikaly (MEST). Cambridge, UK. June 2013.

*AKM Ahsan Ullah (CMRS). Bangkok, Thailand. August 2013.


GSE (Graduate School of Education)

*Jennifer Skaggs (GSE). Atlanta, USA. June 2013.


HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Saiyad Ahmad (ARIC). London, UK. May 2013.

*Mona Amer (SAPE). Miami, USA. June 2013.

*Dalia Basiouny (ARTS). Barcelona, Spain. July 2013.

*Amy Carrillo (SAPE). Miami, USA. June 2013.

*Aissa Deebi (ARTS). Venice, Italy. May-June 2013.

*Iman Hamam (RHET). Oxford, UK. September 2013.

*Sanaa Khabbar (RHET). Istanbul, Turkey. September 2013.

*Mounira Soliman (ECLT). Strasbourg, France. June 2013.


SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Mohamed F. Aly (MENG). Portland, OR, USA. August 2013.

*Mustafa Arafa (MENG). London, UK. July 2013.

*Lamyaa El-Gabry (MENG). San Antonio, TX, USA. June 2013.

*Mohamed El-Morsi (MENG). Portland, OR, USA. August 2013.

*Abdel Hameed El-Shaarawi (MACT). Anchorage, AK, USA. June 2013.

*Nermine El Sissi (MACT). Hartford, CT, USA. July-August 2013.

*Ezzat Fahmy (CANG). Montreal, Canada. May-June, 2013.

*Walid Fouad (BIOL). Boston, USA. June 2013.

*Yasser Gadallah (EENG). Cagliari, Italy. July 2013.

*Galal Galal-Edeen (CSCE). Como, Italy. June 2013.

*Ali Hadi (MACT). Anchorage, AK, USA. June 2013.

*Awad Khalil (CSCE). Las Vegas, USA. July 2013.

*Ahmed Moustafa (BIOL). Paris, France. June 2013.

*Ashraf Nassef (MENG). Portland, OR, USA. August 2013.

*Mohammad Sadek (MACT). Balikesir, Turkey. August 2013.

*Ezzeldin Sayed-Ahmed (CANG). Cape Town, South Africa. September 2013.

*Mohamed Serry (MENG). Barcelona, Spain. June 2013.

*Mohamed Shalan (CSCE). San Francisco, USA. June 2013.

*Tamer Shoeib (CHEM). Oviedo, Spain. July 2013.

*Khaled Tarabieh (CANG). Graz, Austria. September 2013.

*Ahmed Waly (CANG). New Delhi, India. September 2013.

*Noha Youssef (MACT). Lagow Lubski, Poland. June 2013.



BUS (School of Business)

*Mohga Badran (MGMT). “The Effect of Positive Organizational Capital and Organizational Culture on Commitment, Job Satisfaction, and Performance.” Cairo. September 2013-April 2014.


Core Curriculum

*Fady Morcos (Core). “AUC Cubesat–Phase II.” Cairo. July 2013-March 2014.


GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Shahjahan Bhuiyan (PPAD). “Can Good Governance Be Achieved in the ‘New’ Egypt? Assessing the Role of Arab Spring and People’s Revolution.” Oslo, Norway. July-August 2013.


HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Dalia Basiouny (ARTS). “EraseHer!” Cairo; New York, USA; Beloit, WI, USA. May-June 2013.

*Richard Fincham (PHIL). “Self-Subverting Reason and Irrational Faith: The Role of Humean Skepticism in the Development of German Idealism/Qualitative Freedom.” Tübingen, Germany. August 2013.

*Nenad Jovanovic (ARTS). “The Legacy of Brecht in Contemporary Nonfictional Film.” Berlin, Germany. June-July 2010.

*Gretchen McCullough (RHET). “”The Marvellous Pink Villa on the Battle of Bull Run St.” Annamakerrig, Ireland. July 2013.

*William Melaney (ECLT). “The French Novel: Flaubert, Proust, Butor.” Chicago, USA. August 2013.

*Ian Morrison (SAPE). “Religion and National Identity in Québec.” Montreal and Québec City, Canada.

SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering

*Karim Addas (PHYS). “Force Calibration for Optical Traps Employed for Microrheology of Non-Equilibirum Cytoskeletal Systems in vivo.” Göttingen, Germany. June-July 2013.

*Mohab Anis (EENG). “Design of Memristor-Based Integrated Circuits.” Cairo and Waterloo, ON, Canada. July-December 2013.

*Joumama El-Rifai (PHYS). “Laser Annealed Poly-SiGe for Flexible MEMS Applications.” Cairo. July 2013-July 2014.

*Abdelhamid Galal (PHYS). “A Study of the Dynamics of Josephson Junctions in Bose Einstein Condensates in Optical Lattices.” Florence, Italy. June-July 2013.

*Wael Hassan (CANG). “Experimental Assessment of Seismic Vulnerability of Shear Critical Deep Beam-Column Joints: Phase 1.” Cairo. May 2013-February 2014.

*Mohamed Nour (CANG). “A Parametric Investigation of Magnetic Treatment of Brackish Water: Implications for Agricultural Development in the Western Desert of Egypt.” Cairo. May-August 2013.

*Adham Ramadan (CHEM). “Hybrid Nanocomposite Membranes for Forward Osmosis.” Cairo. May 2013-May 2014.

*Ahmed Sherif (CANG). “Configuration of Hospital Inpatient Room Window Openings for Provision of External View, Daylighting and Energy Efficiency.”

*Ezzeldin Soliman (PHYS). “Full-Wave Analysis of Plasmonic Transmission Lines: Application to the Design of Wire_Grid and Corporate Nantenna Arrays.” Cairo and Leuven, Belgium. January-December 2013.



BUS (School of Business)

*Steven Formaneck (MGMT).  “Simulation Games in Operations Management Courses.” Cairo. September 2013-May 2014.

SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Sherif Aly (CSCE). “ABET Program Evaluator Training.” Baltimore, USA. June 2013.

*Ezzeldin Sayed-Ahmed (CANG). “Steel Sculpture.” Cairo. September-December 2013.

Faculty Merit Awards

May 24th, 2011

The relevant juries have just decided the latest winners of the AUC Merit Awards for Excellence in Academic Service, Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors, and Excellence in Teaching. Once again, there were strong pools in all three categories, and we saw some of the most difficult decisions in the history of the Awards.

Under current procedures, Award winners are chosen by juries made up of past winners. In consultation with Provost Haroun, this system will be modified somewhat next year in order to balance Award juries between recent winners and representatives of all Schools.

For a full list of past Award winners, see the following webpage (the latest winners will be added within the next few days):

Each Award will be presented at one of the two Commencement Ceremonies to be held on June 16. For Research it will be Graduate Commencement; for Service and Teaching it will be Undergraduate Commencement. Winners are expected to attend so that we may honor them.


Excellence in Academic Service

Aziza Ellozy, Center for Learning and Teaching

No one at AUC will be surprised to see Aziza honored for excellence in service. Jurors were especially impressed by the sheer breadth and diversity of her contributions to AUC. While she is perhaps most associated with her tireless leadership of the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT), Aziza also manages to be both forceful and collegial as a committee member. In recent years she has made important contributions to the Senate Faculty Affairs Committee. In the areas of accreditation and academic integrity, she has long been one of the pillars of our community. Many important search committees have welcomed Aziza as a willing and energetic member. Her contributions to freshman courses have been considerable, particularly with the required Scientific Thinking course. Colleagues also salute her remarkable punctuality and reliability. Indeed, things generally just seem to go better whenever Aziza is involved. In the words of someone who has worked with her often: “I have not asked Aziza, not even once, for a contribution or assistance without receiving her approval even when I knew she was extremely busy… Has anyone ever seen Aziza lose her smile or cheerful behavior and kindness even in the midst of stressed working conditions?” The question answers itself.


Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors. (2 winners.) 

Rasha Abdulla, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication

This Award is especially well-timed. Rasha has been described by some observers as the world’s leading expert on social media in the Arab world. When she predicted that there would be a revolution in Egypt in 2011, and that Facebook would play a key role, few were willing to believe it. Yet in the wake of January 25, Rasha now finds herself in great demand as a speaker around the globe. She is the author of The Internet in the Arab World: Egypt and Beyond and Policing the Internet in the Arab World. Even before the January 25 Revolution, Rasha had turned the emerging social media into a fascinating academic topic, as you will quickly discover if you are fortunate enough to hear her lecture on the topic. Rasha is a graduate of the American University in Cairo, and is also the first Merit Award winner from the new School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP).


Ezzeldin Soliman, Department of Physics

Ezzeldin is a remarkably fruitful researcher in two areas in particular: the design of integrated antenna systems, and computational electromagnetics, with more recent interests in the field of plasmonics. He has earned a worldwide reputation for his invention of several new miniaturized antenna devices. Along with such inventions (for which he has already earned three patents), Ezzeldin has also published more than 70 technical papers. Among the most cited articles for which he served as lead author are “Bow-tie slot antenna fed by CPW,” “Propagation of electromagnetic waves in planar bounded plasma region,” and “Dual-polarized omnidirectional planar slot antenna for WLAN applications.” The jury was impressed by Ezzeldin’s ability to turn first-rate academic work in the sciences into practical impact on everyday life.


Excellence in Teaching. (2 winners.)

Mohab Anis, Department of Electronics Engineering

Mohab was first nominated by a grateful student who noted how difficult it is to analyze electronic devices and circuits, and was amazed by how well Mohab was able to clarify such analysis. Students were especially impressed by his exams, which are described as not just evaluations, but as invitations to original thinking. Among other compliments received from students, “he never tried to jam the course content with material just for the sake of saying he covered it.” Instead, he always gave “ample time for explanation and practice.” Another strong point of Mohab’s courses cited by students was his focus on practical problems rather than allowing students to get lost in vague theoretical aspects of the subject. As one student put it: “I am grateful that Dr. Anis decided to come to AUC. I am finally understanding electronics!” 


Valerie Carpenter, English Language Institute 

Valerie is noted for being a very popular instructor despite her willingness to accept unpopular teaching assignments. With very high numerical evaluations and nearly uniform positive comments from students, she has established herself as a campus favorite among students who marvel at her accessibility both in person and via email at times that might seem inconvenient. In her course evaluations, we read that “she is perfect in all subjects, even in grammar.” Another student chose to address her directly as follows: “Ms. Valerie you are the best teacher I’ve ever met, and I can’t deny that you helped me so much in learning English in general.” Yet another describes her as “VERY VERY clever, a brilliant… teacher [who] knows how to make her students work hard… She never feels too lazy to do her work even if she is totally exhausted.” She is also cited for her numerous contributions to curriculum development. Given this level of energy and commitment, so appreciated by her AUC students and colleagues, we are pleased to see Valerie as a winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award. 

Please congratulate our newest winners the next time you see them.

The next set of Awards will be announced in December, well in advance of the February 2012 Commencement ceremonies. For any questions about the nomination or selection process, please contact me at

Rasha Abdulla

May 15th, 2011

Rasha Abdulla, Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, recently made an extensive speaking tour in the United States on topics related to social media and the revolution.The trip began in Washington, D.C., where Rasha was invited to speak at World Press Freedom Day. This prestigious event is organized annually at the Newseum by the United Nations Foundation, the National Endowment for Democracy, UNESCO, IREX, and the US Department of State. It brought together media and freedom activists from all over the world, and enjoyed wide media coverage internationally. The event culminated in the Washington Declaration on freedom of expression, which was adopted by the United Nations. The next stop was New York, where Rasha was invited to speak at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where she was described her introducer as "the world's leading authority on social media in the Arab world." The event was well attended by faculty and graduate students, and stirred up a very interesting discussion. The last leg of the trip was in Miami, where Rasha was invited to speak at Florida International University in a conference on media and democracy. This conference too was well attended by faculty and students, and generated quite a bit of interesting discussion. Throughout the trip, she was extensively interviewed by various media, including appearances on Al Jazeera, Al Hurra, OnTV (by phone), and others.

Rasha Abdulla

April 22nd, 2011

Rasha Abdulla, Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JRMC) was extensively involved with interviews and publications during the period of the Egyptian January 25 Revolution. A complete list can be found below:



The Washington Post

Elon University newspaper

Al Masry Al Youm

Turnstyle News 


NPR (again)

NPR (yet another appearance)

France 24

France 24 (again)

Daily News Egypt


Letter from Tahrir Square: Praise for the Facebook Generation

Letter from Egypt: Facebook Forward

University of Southern California PDiN


Take Action Panel (Rome, February 7th 2011)

This post contains the list of successful Faculty Support Grant applications for the February application cycle. (Anyone interested in the results of a student grant application should contact me directly.)

AUC is proud of its Faculty Support Grant program, which ranks among the most generous of any university in the world. In addition to looking for your own grant on the list below, please take a few minutes to read through some of the other interesting research topics and conference trips of your AUC colleagues. Enhancing mutual recognition of faculty research is one of the motivations for listing successful grant applicants here in the Bulletin.

If you see any mistaken information in the list, including minor spelling errors in any names, please contact me immediately at We aspire to have a completely accurate list for each grant cycle.

Official letters of approval will be sent to everyone shortly. However, please note the following two points:

1. My assistant, Nancy, has been asked to help organize the March 31 Commencement Ceremony, and this needs to be her top priority at the moment. This could lead to delays of several days in processing your grant letters.

2. At the request of the Payroll Office, we will no longer be sending approval letters for Conference Grants that have been approved “pending acceptance of paper.” The new policy is that we need to see your acceptance letter from the conference before issuing the approval letter, or at least see your name on the official conference schedule.




BUS (School of Business)

*Steven Formaneck (Management). San Jose, California, USA. June 2011.

*Dilip Ghosh (Management). Bangkok, Thailand. April 2011.

*Mohamed Hegazy (Accounting). Rome, Italy. April 2011.

*Mohamed Hegazy (Accounting). Istanbul, Turkey. June 2011.

*Maha Mourad (Management). Dubai, U.A.E. March 2011.

*Hamed Shamma (Management). Coral Gables, Florida, USA. May 2011.

*Hamed Shamma (Management). Washington D.C., USA. June 2011.

*Ahmed Tolba (Management). Coral Gables, Florida, USA. May 2011.

*Samir Youssef (Management). Ashridge, U.K. June 2011.

GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Hussein Amin (JRMC). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. April 2011.

*Kim Fox (JRMC). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. April 2011.

*Gianluca Parolin (Law). Hong Kong. April 2011.

*AKM Ahsan Ullah (CMRS). Bangkok, Thailand. May 2011.


HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Hala Abd AlHak (SAPE). Montreal, Canada. May 2011.

*Nora Abdel Wahab (ALI). Washington D.C., USA. December 2011.

*Dalal Abo El Seoud (ALI). Washington D.C., USA. December 2011.

*David Blanks (HIST). Beijing, China. July 2011.

*Valerie Carpenter (ELI). Dubai, U.A.E. March 2011.

*Matthew Crippen (PHIL). Toronto, Canada. April 2011.

*Ira Dworkin (ECLT). Baltimore, Maryland, USA. October 2011.

*Lori Fredricks (ELI). Chicago, Illinois, USA. March 2011.

*Atta Gebril (ELI). Nicosia, Cyprus. June 2011.

*Atta Gebril (ELI). Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. June 2011.

*Belle Gironda (Rhet/Comp). Atlanta, Georgia. USA. April 2011.

*Inas Hafez (ALI). Washington D.C., USA. December 2011.

*Mona Hassan (ALI). Washington D.C., USA. December 2011.

*Abeer Heider (ALI). New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. April 2011.

*Noelle Houssney (Rhet/Comp). Melbourne, Australia. June-July 2011.

*Salima Ikram (SAPE). Chicago, Illinois. April 2011.

*Heba Kotb (SAPE). Montreal, Canada. May 2011.

*Sanaa Makhlouf (ELI). Brighton, U.K. April 2011.

*Gretchen McCullough (Rhet/Comp). Lisbon, Portugal. June-July, 2011.

*Mate Tokić (HIST). Berlin, Germany. February 2011.

*Dan Tschirgi (Poli. Sci.). San Juan, Puerto Rico. April 2011.

*Elena Tzelepis (PHIL). Tainan, Taiwan. May 2011.

*Loubna Youssef (Rhet/Comp). Washington D.C., USA. December 2011.


LLT (School of Libraries and Learning Technologies)

*Amanda Click (Library). London, U.K. April 2011.

*Meggan Houlihan (Library). Beirut, Lebanon. April-May 2011.

*Meggan Houlihan (Library). Athens, Greece. May 2011.


SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Sherif Abdelazeem (EENG). Beijing, China. September 2011.

*Mustafa Arafa (MENG). Washington D.C., USA. August 2011.

*Gregg De Young (MACT). Thessaloniki, Greece. July 2011.

*Ayman Elezabi (EENG). Ayia Napa, Cyprus. May 2011.

*Lamyaa El Gabry (MENG). Vancouver, Canada. June 2011.

*Justin Grubich (BIOL). Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. July 2011.

*Ossama Hosny (CANG). Miami, Florida. June 2011.

*Alaa Ibrahim (PHYS). Cape Town, South Africa. April 2011.

*Jeff Langman (CORE/PENG). Monaco. March-April 2011.

*Magda Mostafa (CANG). Tokyo, Japan. September-October 2011.

*Mohammad Sadek (MACT). Vilnius, Lithuania. June-July 2011.

*Sherif Safar (CANG). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. June 2011.

*Nagwa Sherif (CANG). Bari, Italy. May 2011.



BUS (School of Business)

*Angie Abdel Zahar (Accounting). “The Association Between CEO Incentives and Complex Outsourcing Decisions.” Cairo. March-October 2011.


GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Jennifer Bremer (PPAD). “Cairo’s Neighborhood Watch Groups: A Case Study of Spontaneous Collective Action.” Cairo. March-May 2011.

*David London (JRMC). “25th January Multimedia Exhibition.” Cairo. March-July 2011.


HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Agnes Czajka (SAPE). “Migrants and Refugees in Revolutionary Egypt: Discourses of Nationhood and Foreignness During and in the Aftermath of the January 25th Uprising.” Cairo, Egypt. June-August 2011.

*Aissa Deebi (PVA). “My Dreams Have Destroyed My Life.” Germany and Palestine. May 2011.

*Lori Fredricks (ELI). “Investigating Tajikistani EFL Teachers’ Views and Experiences Through Critical Literature Circles.” Dushanbe, Tajikistan. May-August 2011.

*Atta Gebril (ELI). “Conceptions of Assessment Among Egyptian Pre-Service Teachers.” Sohag, Egypt. March 2011-March 2012.

*Amy Motlagh (ECLT). “Beyond the Boundaries of Nation: Dreaming of a Modern Iran in Cairo.” Princeton, New Jersey, USA. June-July 2011.


SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Sherif Aly (CSCE). “Novel Software Engineering Practices for Pervasive Systems.” Ottawa, Canada. June-December 2011.

*Khaled Nassar (CANG). “Digital Fabrication Techniques for Low-Cost Housing Using Local Sustainable Material.” Cairo. June 2011-March 2012.

*Sherif Sedky (PHYS). “Laser-Based Processing of Thin Films for MEMS Applications.” Palto Alto, California, USA. July 2011.

*Ezzeldin Soliman (PHYS). “Novel Miniaturized Antennas for Radio Frequency Identifcation (RFID) Systems.” Leuven, Belgium. June 2011.

*Suher Zada (BIOL). “MicroRNA as a Novel Diagnostic and Therapeutic Tool on HCV-Induced Liver Fibrosis and Hepatocellular Carcinoma.” Cairo. March 2011-March 2012.




GAPP (School of Global Affairs and Public Policy)

*Rasha Abdulla (JRMC). “Social Media and Political Participation: The Case of the Egyptian Revolution.” Cairo. February-June 2011.

*Naila Hamdy (JRMC). “State Media and Private Media vs. Social Media: Monitoring and Analyzing Media Coverage of the Egyptian Revolution 2011.” Cairo and Alexandria, April-July 2011.

SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Hassanein Amer (EENG). “Effect of Failure Criteria on WSN Lifetime.” Cairo. March 2011-February 2012.



HUSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences)

*Frank Bradley (PVA). “Teaching Creativity: Current Trends and Critical Encounters.” Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. March-April 2011.

*Sophie Farag (ELI). “Skilled Helping and Feedback.” Canterbury, U.K. July 2011.

*Wael Mahallawy (PVA). “Pro Tools Training Professional Certification Package.” New York, USA. April 2011.

SSE (School of Sciences and Engineering)

*Christian Bauriedel (CANG). “Supplements to Enhance the Performance of the 3D-Lab.” Cairo. June-December 2011.


Rasha Abdulla

December 7th, 2010

Dr. Rasha Abdulla, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JRMC), recently spent two weeks in the United States, where she delivered several research presentations and held some interesting meetings.

In San Francisco, Rasha gave two research presentations at the National Communication Association Convention, which took place Nov. 14-18. These were:

"The Digital Divide and Internet Freedom: The Case of the Arab World"

"The Digital Divide and Internet Use for Political Activism in Egypt"

Both sessions were sponsored by the Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide, and arranged by Professor Michael Cody of the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism (also the editor of the prominent Journal of Communication).

Rasha then headed to Los Angeles, where she met with the Director of the Annenberg School and several members of the faculty. Upon returning, she reported to her Department colleagues as follows: "I'm excited to report that USC is interested in initiating an exchange program with our department. As you probably know, this is one of the top communication schools in the world, so this is great news." Rasha was visiting scholar at the Annenberg School in Spring 2009. At Long Beach on November 23, Rasha then gave a public lecture at California State University Long Beach on "Freedom of Expression in Egypt in a Politically Sensitive Year" (see the poster below). Rasha reports that "they also printed a very nice flyer, with pictures of the AUC campus, among other things." Although the lecture was held right right before Thanksgiving weekend, the lecture was well-attended and well-received, and generated an interesting discussion with the audience.

Rasha reports that she is now back and fully functional, though still severely jetlagged.

late October, 2009

December 23rd, 2009

Faculty Bulletin Editor: Graham Harman, Associate Vice Provost for Research Editorial Assistant: Samah Abdel-Geleel, Graduate Studies and Faculty Research Coordinator LETTER FROM THE EDITOR We are grateful to all those who wrote to express their appreciation for the new design of the Faculty Bulletin. Please keep sending your publications and other news to Samah at For general suggestions, or to nominate someone to be the subject of a faculty profile, please contact Dr. Harman at But the Bulletin is just one piece of the puzzle as we try to make faculty research more internally prominent within the AUC community. If you have ever been curious about the work of your AUC colleagues, this year is a good time to ask them about it. Even if your Department has become preoccupied with other business, try to make some this year for faculty to present their research. If you have not been a regular attendee of the plays, concerts, and art shows sponsored by our Department of Performing and Visual Arts— try it, and you'll like it. In addition, further efforts are underway to establish a more official faculty lecture series (details forthcoming). At this time I would especially encourage AUC faculty members who have not regularly submitted their research activities to the Bulletin to begin to do so. In building a new research culture at AUC, mutual visibility is one of our most important tools. Ideally, I would like to see every School at AUC have some contributions in every issue of the Bulletin. FACULTY PROFILE For this week's profile, we have a story of "local boy makes good": Adham Ramadan, Associate Professor of Chemistry. Adham is a 1991 graduate of AUC, and was the winner of the President's Cup for the highest overall GPA in his graduating class. Thereafter he traveled to England, where he earned his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at Cambridge University. In 2003 he returned to AUC as a member of the Department of Chemistry; his former advisor, our own Professor Jehane Regai, is now his colleague and research collaborator. Among Adham's areas of expertise are the handling of hazardous wastes and the industrial applications of titanium and zirconium (which he explains very clearly in the interview below). A popular and effective teacher, he received the 2008 AUC Excellence in Teaching Award for the Core Curriculum. He is also unusually well liked as a colleague on campus, with a deserved reputation as a hard worker and an optimistic and upbeat person. Finally, I would like to add that he is a hard-working member of AUC's Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects (IRB). In the following interview we asked Adham about his history at AUC and the exact details of his chemical research. Q: It would be safe to say that you are a great success story of AUC undergraduate education. You received your B.S. degree from our University in 1991, and even won the President's Cup as the highest-ranking member of your graduating class. Later you flourished at Cambridge University and elsewhere in Europe, and surely could have found work at an elite institution abroad. Could you tell us what drew you back to AUC? A: Being at AUC today is a bit of a coincidence. As I was finishing my postgraduate studies at Cambridge, I was considering a professional technical career, in industry, consulting etc., and not in academia. After obtaining my PhD, I decided to return to Egypt for while, and just after my return, some family circumstances necessitated that I stay in Egypt. While working professionally, I realized that I did miss teaching and research. It was only normal then to turn to AUC and explore possibilities, as I had kept in contact with my professors. I ended up being involved in some teaching and research activities on a part time basis while still working professionally. The decision to work full time in academia only came years later, in 2003, as I joined the Chemistry Department. Q: As an AUC student you minored in Computer Science. Have you stayed up to date with the latest computing technology? And is it somehow especially central to your research in chemistry? A: My minor in computer science primarily entailed programming and database structures. It proved very useful during the course of my postgraduate studies, and I spent about 10 months of my PhD work carrying out programming for the control of equipment that I built. Later on, database structures proved very useful in my professional work, even though I was not carrying out programming myself. Currently in research, I believe that the basic skills of problem analysis and solution design, which I acquired while programming, significantly assist me in experimental design. Q: Presumably you always had interests and skills in the sciences. But what makes a person veer toward chemistry as opposed to biology or physics? In your opinion are there certain personality types that are drawn toward each of these fields, or is it more a matter of random chance– such as liking one particular class as a student? A: I am not sure if we can profile personalities as “physicists”, “biologists” or “chemists”, but looking at Chemistry as a discipline, one would realize it does include aspects of Physics, as well a Biology: physical chemistry on the one hand, biochemistry on the other. Sometimes this mixture might appear daunting to some: those who might not have an aptitude or liking for mathematical calculations and applications would be discouraged by physical chemistry, while others, with little interest in biological systems, might not be very excited by biochemistry. Generally, I believe being a “chemist”, and enjoying it, is about reaching a state of mind where fundamental concepts are clear and at hand’s reach for understanding observations, and making predictions. Personally, Chemistry was not my favourite science subject in high school, as it was taught in a manner which was primarily factual, and not conceptual enough. It was only during my first year at university, and an inspirational course with Dr. Pakinam Askalani, that I realized what Chemistry was truly about. Q: Many of your former AUC professors are now your colleagues and personal friends. How difficult is it to adjust to people when the nature of your relations with them changes so greatly? A: In my case, it was not difficult at all. As a student, my relation with my Chemistry professors was excellent, and they provided valuable advice and support when I was deciding on my postgraduate studies. Contact continued during my studies, and later when I returned to Egypt. After joining the Department in 2003, the first few minutes of the first departmental meeting felt a bit odd to me, as I was not sure how things would go. However, within minutes, I felt very much at home. The environment was, and still continues to be, a very nurturing, encouraging and supportive one, and I do cherish this tremendously. I am of course particularly indebted to Dr. Jehane Ragai, who was my undergraduate supervisor, and who has been a source of inspiration for me over the years. Q: Other than the new campus, what are some of the biggest differences between AUC today and the AUC you remember as a student? A: Of course, AUC in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s was a smaller institution. For example, one Department of Science included all the different science programs as units, all of them housed in the Science Building together with the Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science Departments. Other than size, I believe that AUC today offers far more opportunities to students with regards to disciplines of study, exchange programs, and student activities. In addition, student services are noticeably more extensive. The teaching/learning environment in class, both in terms of hardware and equipment, as well as pedagogies, has also evolved significantly. Q: In 2008 you won the AUC Excellence in Teaching Award for the Core Curriculum. Could you share some of your thoughts about teaching methods and strategies? A: I believe that the primary role of a teacher is to assist students in becoming independent learners. This can be achieved by a variety of pedagogies which focus on active learning and learning from peers. In addition, putting an emphasis on the interdisciplinarity of subject matters, as well as the complementarity between teaching/learning on one hand and research on the other can be very useful in developing students’ interest in the subject matter at hand. Of course, in the technological age we are in, information technologies offer valuable tools and resources for drawing students into the learning process, and retaining their interest in it. Q: Just a quick personal question… Anyone meeting you on campus probably notices that you seem unusually friendly, optimistic, and helpful in your approach to work. Don't you ever have grumpy days when it's hard to work? It doesn't seem like it! A: I do have my moments like everyone else. However I realized a while back that they just consume energy, and are not very productive…. So I do try and keep “them” under control as much as possible. Q: Let's turn now to your research. Chemistry is one of those fields that can be a bit intimidating for the non-specialist, but perhaps you can explain your work in terms understandable to everyone. The best place to start might be with your experience in studying hazardous waste management, since everyone understands that the issue is an important one. How did you become interested in this topic? And why did you go specifically to Denmark and Spain to pursue it? A: My involvement with hazardous substances and wastes management started when I was working at the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, and I have been involved in this field ever since. It is a field of significant environmental impact, and it is an interdisciplinary field where management systems, together with fundamental science, primarily chemistry, strongly interrelate. The “study” visits to Denmark and later on Spain, came within the context of different initiatives I was involved in, and primarily entailed capacity building in different aspects of the field. Q: What is the most hazardous material produced or used at AUC, and how do we make sure to dispose of it safely? A: The hazards of materials can differ significantly, and it is quite difficult to specify a “most hazardous” substance. At AUC, substances that represent different types of hazards are used/generated in the different science laboratories. Each such material would have associated with it a Material Safety Data Sheet, which specifies the hazard(s), the risks associated with the different uses of the material, best practices and precautions for storage, handling and disposal, safe exposure levels, etc. These practices and precautions must be strictly adhered to. In my opinion, materials with no immediate and obvious hazards (such as flammability, or risk of explosion, or toxicity) can actually be the most detrimental. For example, chlorinated organic solvents represent significant negative impacts on the environment, as they negatively affect different parameters in ecosystems. However, they do not necessarily present eminent risks while being used, and generally users can be lax about disposal requirements. In the Chemistry labs, we are very strict about this, and these substances have a specific collection and disposal scheme. Generally at AUC, different departments coordinate with the Health and Safety Office for the collection of hazardous wastes produced, and service contracts with specialized companies ensure that these wastes are collected from AUC for safe disposal. Q: In your opinion, how well is Egypt is doing on the issue of hazardous waste these days? Is there something we should be worried about? A: Hazardous substances and waste management is a recognized priority in Egypt. Moreover, Egypt is actively involved in different international conventions and initiatives in this respect. However, there are of course challenges which need to be continuously addressed. These primarily entail awareness issues (generators of hazardous wastes, for example, might not be technically competent to identify these wastes, or know how best to handle them), as well as resource issues. Handling, treating and disposing of hazardous wastes necessitate financial resources which are more significant than those needed for other types of wastes. Q: You seem to have done a lot of work with zirconium and titanium. What is the greatest impact these materials have on the life of the average person? A: Zirconium and titanium are transition metals, and their oxides are recognized catalysts. These are agents which have the overall effect of speeding up chemical reactions. In this respect, zirconium and titanium oxides are widely used in a significant number of industrial applications as catalysts, generally allowing a more economic production of a wide variety of chemicals which are used in manufacturing. Moreover, titanium oxide is photosensitive, and is used in pigments, sunscreen lotions, and as a photocatalyst (its action as a catalyst is affected by light). Recently it has been used in photovoltaic cells. Q: Like others at AUC, you have also done research at the "nano" scale. And I want to ask all of our nano-researchers this question when I speak with them… Sometimes the public reads frightening things about the possible harmful uses of nanotechnology, such as terrifying futuristic weapons. How legitimate are those fears? A: Some of the structures at the nanoscale always existed. Our ability to detect them has been significantly enhanced since the 1980’s with the development of different specific measurement techniques. Subsequent developments allowed the manipulation of these structures, which opened the field to the synthesis of a much wider range of structures at this scale. The health and safety issues related to nanostructures are still a subject of debate internationally. With the rapid development in the field, nanotechnology offers exciting potentials for positively affecting our daily lives. Nevertheless, as has been the case for the development of other fields of science and technology, malicious usages cannot be ruled out. I believe that terrifying futuristic weapons, however, are for the time being in the realm of science fiction. Q: Finally, readers might like to know about your other interests aside from chemistry. What else do you do with your time? A: I do travel extensively for pleasure, and I read for relaxation in Arabic, French and English. The majority of what I read for pleasure is non-science, with particular interest in history, sociology and architecture. FACULTY NEWS Stancil Campbell, Chair of the Department of Performing and Visual Arts, participated in a Habitat for Humanity construction project during August 2009 in the area of Huehuetenango in Guatemala. The 18-person team of volunteers worked on the construction of two houses during the project and saw them to near completion before departing Central America. For information on volunteering with Habitat for Humanity projects in Egypt, please contact Stancil by email: Kathleen Saville, Senior Instructor in the Department of Rhetoric and Composition, has been invited to the Vermont Studio Center, USA where she will spend January and February 2010 as a writing resident. The "Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists' and writers' residency program in the US…" (source: FACULTY RESEARCH BY SCHOOL (as reported by the faculty members) In this issue of the Bulletin, we have: 2 books 1 edited volume 1 book chapter 2 journal articles 2 creative works 6 conference presentations 1 conference panel organized School of Business (SoB) Hamid E. Ali, Assistant Professor, Department of Management •Journal article, Eric Lin & Hamid E. Ali, "Military Spending and Inequality in Middle East and North Africa: Panel Granger Causality Test." Journal of Peace Research. 2009:46, pages 671-685. Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSS) Belle Gironda, Assistant Professor, Department of Rhetoric and Composition •Book, Building Codes, a collection of poetry. (Stockport Flats Press, 2009.) •Conference presentation, "The Posthuman Body from Virtual Community to Social Network." Session on the Rhetoric of Embodiment, joint conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric and the International Society for the History of Rhetoric held at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. July 20-26, 2009. •Conference presentation, "Local Composition/Global Composition in Post-Colonial Egypt." Seminar entitled "Writing at the Edge of the Empire: Composition and Postcolonial Studies." The annual American Comparative Literature Association Conference. Harvard University. Cambridge, Massachusetts. March 26-29, 2009. Salima Ikram, Professor of Egyptology (Dept. of SAPE) •Conference presentation, "Recent Discoveries Along the Darb Ain Amur." VIth Dakhla Oasis Project conference. Lecce, Italy. September 2009. Bernard O'Kane, Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture (Dept. of ARIC) •Edited Volume, Creswell Photographs Re-examined: New Perspectives on Islamic Architecture. (Cairo: AUC Press, 2009.) •Book chapter, “The Great Mosque of Hama Redux,” in Creswell Photographs Re-examined: New Perspectives on Islamic Architecture, B. O'Kane ed. (Cairo: AUC Press, 2009). Pages 219-246. •Conference presentation, “A New Source for the Mosque of Bashtak.” The Arts of the Mamluk Conference. School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. September 23-26, 2009. Kathleen Saville, Senior Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Composition •Creative work, "A Cairo Commuter in Ramadan 2007" (short story). Log Cabin Chronicles. Posted September 5, 2009, at •Creative work, "A Row on the Nile" (short story). Log Cabin Chronicles. Posted August 21, 2009, at Sherene Seikaly, Assistant Professor, Department of History •Conference Presentation, "Free Trade and Democracy: Palestinian Businessmen Imagine the Nation." Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting. November 2009. Boston, USA. •Conference Presentation, "Collaborator/Nationalist: Palestinian Businessmen and the 1936 Strike." Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting. November 2009. Boston, USA. •Conference Panel Organizer, "A Material Nahda." Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Meeting. November 2009. Boston, USA. School of Public Affairs (SPA) Rasha A. Abdulla, Assistant Professor and Graduate Director, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications •Book, Policing the Internet: Online Freedom of Expression in the Arab World. The Emirates Occasional Papers series. (Abu Dhabi: The Emirates Center for Strategic Study and Research, 2009.) Justin D. Martin, Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications •Journal article, “Global Journalism Research: Theories, Methods, Findings, Future.” Journal of Communication, 60 (1), forthcoming.

early October, 2009

December 23rd, 2009

Faculty Bulletin

Editor: Graham Harman,
Associate Vice Provost for Research

Editorial Assistant: Samah Abdel-Geleel,
Graduate Studies and Faculty Research Coordinator


Beginning with this issue, the Faculty Bulletin will take on an expanded role in promoting the work of AUC faculty. In order to make each issue of the Bulletin more of an “event,” we are shifting from a weekly to a bi-weekly format.

Now as always, the Bulletin is the perfect place to announce research activities. AUC faculty members are warmly encouraged to send updates of their research activities to Samah Abdel Geleel at (Note that submissions may be subject to editing and/or reformatting.)

In addition to publications, the Bulletin will list other news of faculty accomplishments: membership on international committees, editorship of journals, and other professional activities. We will also announce academic conferences and creative endeavors hosted by AUC.

Last but not least, we will be adding what is likely to be a popular feature of the new Bulletin: a profile in each issue of one of our faculty members, including an interview. If you would like to nominate someone to be the subject of one of these features, please send email to Graham Harman at

The goal of this new version of the Bulletin is to increase faculty awareness of the activities of our peers, and thereby to help energize research, teaching, and service activities on campus. There is much to be proud of in the work of AUC faculty, and the new Bulletin seeks to make our faculty more internally and externally visible than before.

We will start with our new feature: the Faculty Profile. Faculty news and a list of publications can be found further down.


As the subject of our first profile we spoke with Salima Ikram, Professor of Egyptology, who has been with AUC in various capacities since 1995. Salima is a native of Lahore, Pakistan. A visit to Egypt in early childhood hooked her for life on the mysteries of the Egyptian past. She was educated primarily at Bryn Mawr College and Cambridge University, with a year in between as a Study Abroad student here at AUC. Salima is a powerhouse of productivity, with ten authored or edited scholarly books and six books for children, along with dozens of articles and conference presentations. She has also appeared in a staggering number of television specials and documentary films (since Egyptology is a beloved field around the world, after all). Among other honors, she was the 2007 winner of the AUC Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors Award. Salima is also known around campus for a friendly personality and an excellent sense of humor. For all of these reasons, she seemed like an ideal candidate to launch our new Faculty Profiles series with the following interview. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Q: Egyptology is a dream profession for many young people, but only a few pursue it as a career. What made you stick with it?

A: So many people I meet say that they wanted to be Egyptologists when they were little, but then they grew out of it (or reality hit). I guess I never quite grew up.

Q: It is said that you became fascinated by Egypt on a visit to this country at the age of nine. Can you tell us what sites and monuments fascinated you the most at such an early age?

A: We were only in Egypt for a very short time. One of the things we did was to go inside Khufu’s Pyramid. The Pyramids are magnificent from the outside, especially being set within the desert, far from the city. But it was the internal space that was compelling. The long, steep corridor that seemed to go on forever and the massiveness of the building made a strong impression on me (as did the smell). Then, when we went to the Egyptian Museum there was all the glamour of Tutankhamun, but what really got to me was the painted pair statue of Rahotep and Nofret. They looked so real that I felt these were the people I needed to know about and this was the culture that I wanted to study.

Q: So, you really did know for sure from age nine that this is what you wanted to do with your life?

A: Before age nine I had wanted to be an historian: ancient Egypt and the Minoan world were the most interesting to me. Visiting Egypt tipped the balance.

Q: So we should feel lucky that your family didn’t take you to Crete instead! Shifting topics, your record suggests that you are also qualified to be the curator of a museum or a full-time archaeologist. Why do you prefer a teaching position in a university as the best way to pursue your work?

A: As a professor one has a more varied life and it is also in many ways more stimulating. A classroom of good students challenges and stretches my own ideas of ancient Egypt, and the interaction helps all of us to learn better. Also, now that I have been teaching for awhile, there is the pleasure and pride in having students who have gone through, done their Ph.D.’s, and are now in their turn working as Egyptologists. It is a bit like passing on the torch. It is also nice to be in touch with students who do not continue in the field and to feel linked to them, their other jobs, and their lives. Teaching also provides more flexibility than other jobs: I still curate parts of collections, and dig. Moreover, I can involve my students in museology and excavation. This enriches their lives and mine, and is beneficial to the museums. Plus, I like having summer holidays in which to do research and write.

Q: You are the author or co-author of ten scholarly books and six books for children. Large parts of the educated public have a fondness for Egyptology, but might not know where to start reading your work. Which of your books would be the most accessible for the lay reader who wants to know what you’re doing?

A: I would suggest my children’s books, until the end of this year. Then, inshallah, people can read my latest work, published by Cambridge University Press, Ancient Egypt: An Introduction.

Q: What is the biggest unresolved controversy in Egyptology at the moment?

A: There are several unresolved controversies ranging from the precise ramp method used to build the Pyramids, the religious beliefs of Djedefre, the line of succession following the death of Akhenaten, and the burial place of most of the queens and some of the kings of the New Kingdom.

Q: Everyone is fascinated by hieroglyphics, but also somewhat intimidated by them. How hard is it to learn to read hieroglyphics? Does it take many years to master them?

A: Yes. Initially they are relatively straightforward, particularly if one restricts oneself to the basic formulae. After that, it gets harder.

Q: You have taken a special interest in animal mummies. This topic has an obvious appeal, but perhaps you could say more about what drew you to it.

A: I was interested in animals, as well as mummies. As a child one of my favorite displays in the Cairo Museum was the room of flora and fauna. It combined natural history with Egyptology. As an adult I found that the room had been shut down and the mummies needed attention, so I started the animal mummy project. This has developed into a larger interest than I had first imagined it would be. It sheds light on the ancient environment, the Egyptians’ view of the natural world, religious ideas, information about eating habits, trade, technology, and disease.

Q: You have also taken a special interest in the food of the ancient Egyptians. The average reader of this interview might wonder: how can we really know what they ate so long ago? Is this determined primarily through illustrations in tombs, through written texts, or in some other way?

A: Ancient food can be problematic, since it gets eaten. Two- and three-dimensional representations, texts, and the remains of actual food (mummified, dried, from middens [ancient rubbish dumps] or from coprolites [old fecal matter]) help flesh out the picture. But now isotopic analysis of human bone and tissue can also fill in the gaps.

Q: If for some reason you decided to retire from your career right now, which of your accomplishments in Egyptology so far would make you the most proud? Or if this is too embarrassing to answer, tell us which of your discoveries your professional colleagues would call the most interesting.

A: That depends on whom you ask. I am thrilled by the work we are doing in the Kharga Oasis, discovering parts of truly “lost” history, and also by the reinstallation of the animal mummy room.

Q: Tell us a bit about your work in the Kharga Oasis.

A: The northern part of the Kharga Oasis had never been properly explored. On a visit there, Corinna Rossi and I found that it contained some extraodinary Roman forts. We decided to give the north of the oasis its due, and thus the North Kharga Oasis Survey was born. We are currently working on a major publication of our results. We have found the remains of ancient caravan routes, forts, temples, early churches, farmhouses, pigeon towers, elaborate underground aqueducts, small settlements, tombs, pharaonic inscriptions, prehistoric settlements, and a plethora of rock art during the course of our work. Almost none of these things had never been noted before.

Q: After graduating from Bryn Mawr, you spent a year at AUC in 1985-86 in the Year Abroad Program. At the time, did you ever think you might return here as a faculty member?

A: Not at all, although I knew I would always have ties to AUC as long as my professors Fayza Haikal and Kent Weeks were associated with the University.

Q: Anyone looking at your c.v. would be amazed by the number of different activities in which you are involved. Can you give us any tips for how to do so much?

A: Not having much of a life outside of work. Luckily, my work is lots of fun (except for the administrative aspects), so it is not such a terrible thing.

Q: If you weren’t doing Egyptology, what else would you like to do instead? (But perhaps this is an impossible question for someone who was set on Egyptology as a nine-year-old!)

A: A few years ago I would not have been able to answer the question. Now, I would like to learn to mix herbal remedies, cook a greater variety of things, and write fiction. And do Egyptology.


Rasha A. Abdulla, Assistant Professor and Graduate Director of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication spent March and April in the United States where she was Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication.

Maki K. Habib, Professor of Mechanical Engineering has been named Guest Chief Editor for special issues of two international journals. For the International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems, the special issue is entitled “Human Adaptive Mechatronics: Robotics, Sensing, and Intelligence.” For The International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, the special issue is entitled “Robotics for Risky Interventions and Environmental Surveillance.” Both issues will be published during 2010.

Ali S. Hadi, Vice Provost and Professor of Mathematics and Actuarial Science has been elected as Editor-in-Chief of the International Statistical Review (ISR). For details see:

Graham Harman, Associate Vice Provost for Research and Associate Professor of Philosophy was an invited guest at a book series launch party on September 25 at the Ecole normale supérieure, Paris. The “MétaphysiqueS” series at Presses Universitaires de France will begin in early November with works by Eduardo Viveiros de Castro and the late Étienne Souriau, and will publish Harman’s book L’objet quadruple in 2010.

(as reported by the faculty members)

In this issue of the Bulletin, we have:

2 books
1 book contract
2 edited volumes
7 book chapters
15 journal articles
6 publications in conference proceedings
2 creative works
3 other publications
8 invited lectures
5 conference presentations

School of Business (SoB)

Marina Apaydin, Assistant Professor of Management

•Journal article, M. Apaydin and M. Crossan, “A Multi-dimensional Framework of Organizational Innovation,” Journal of Management Studies (forthcoming 2010).

•Journal article, M. Apaydin, M. Demirbag, and E. Tatoglu, “Survival of Japanese Subsidiaries in the Middle East & North Africa,” Journal of World Business 46 (2), 2011.

Karl Rich, Assistant Professor of Economics

•Journal article, “What can Africa contribute to global meat demand: Opportunities and constraints,” Outlook on Agriculture, September issue (Vol. 38, No. 3).

Tarek H. Selim, Associate Professor of Economics

•Journal article, “Real Strategic Pricing: A Game in Market Economics,” Journal of Business and Economics Research, Volume 7, 2009.

•Journal article, “A Review of Energy Analysis in Indian Household Consumption,” The Energy Journal, Volume 30, Number 3, July 2009.

•Journal article, “A Review of Moral Capitalism,” Review of Social Economy, Volume 66, Number 1, March 2009.

•Journal article, “On the Economic Feasibility of Nuclear Power Generation in Egypt,” Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, Working Paper Series, No. 143, 2009.

•Journal article, with J. Salevurakis, “Social Consensus and Economic Behavior,” Development Journal, Society for International Development (forthcoming March 2010).

•Conference proceedings, “The Case of Egyptian Food Processing Industry: Formalization versus Informalization within the Nation’s Food Security Policy,” Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Annual Conference, Chicago: Illinois, May 2009.

•Conference proceedings, “Market Competitiveness and Economic Policy: Methodology and Prospects for Business Development”, Dubai Economic Council, 2009, Dubai, UAE (Seminar).

•Edited volume, Egypt, Energy and the Environment: Critical Sustainability Perspectives. (Adonis and Abbey, 2009).

Hamed M. Shamma, Assistant Professor of Marketing (Heikal Dept. of Management)

•Book chapter, “A Multiple Stakeholder Perspective for Measuring Corporate Brand Equity: Linking Corporate Brand Equity with Corporate Performance.” In Contemporary Thoughts on Corporate Branding and Corporate Identity Management, T.C. Melewar and Elif Karaosmanoglu (eds.). Pages 23-46. (Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.)

•Conference proceedings, “A Comprehensive Approach to Brand Equity: Integrating Product and Corporate Brand Equity into Total Brand Equity Measurement,” Hammad M. Shamma and Salah S. Hassan. Proceedings, Society for Marketing Advances, November 2009 Annual Conference.

•Conference proceedings, “Examining the Antecedents and Consequences of Corporate Reputation: A Stakeholder Approach,” Hammad M. Shamma and Salah S. Hassan. Proceedings, Association for Global Business, Twenty First International Conference, November 2009 (forthcoming).

Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSS)

Catarina Belo, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

•Journal article, “Some Considerations on Averroes’ Views regarding Women and their Role in Society,” Journal of Islamic Studies (Oxford, 2009, 20, 1-20).

Amanda Fields, Writing Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Composition

•Blog discussion of her previously published essay in Brevity 30,

Emily Golson, Chair of the Department of Rhetoric and Composition

•Edited volume, Negotiating a Meta-Pedagogy: Learning from Other Disciplines. E. Golson and T. Glover (eds.). (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press.)

•Book chapter, “The Geometry of Composition: Linear and Nonlinear Thinking in Print and Hypertext Essays.” In Negotiating a Meta-Pedagogy: Learning from Other Disciplines. (Details in the preceding entry.)

Graham Harman, Associate Vice Provost for Research and Associate Professor of Philosophy

•Book chapter, “Interview with Graham Harman.” In Paul Ennis (ed.), Post-Continental Voices: Selected Interviews. (Winchester, UK: Zero Books, forthcoming 2010.)

•Book chapter, “Response to Shaviro,” following Steven Shaviro’s article “The Actual Volcano: Whitehead, Harman, and the Problem of Relations.” In L. Bryant, N. Srnicek, G. Harman (eds.), The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism. (Melbourne:, forthcoming 2010.)

•Book contract, Meillassoux: Philosophy in the Making. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press, forthcoming 2010.)

Gretchen McCullough, Writing Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Composition

•Creative work, presented short story “The True Story of Fresh Springs.” Fiction workshop at the Summer Literary Seminars in Vilnius, Lithuania July 19-August 4. Also presented the essay “Bad Boys at Bower’s Park” to a non-fiction workshop.

•Creative work, short story “The Wedding Guest.” Storyglossia, Issue 35. Interview,

William D. Melaney, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature

•Conference paper, “Ricoeur’s Transcendental Concern: A Hermeneutics of Discourse,” at the Fifty-Ninth International Conference on Phenomenology. University of Antwerp, Belgium (July 8-10, 2009).

•Journal article, “Sartre’s Postcartesian Ontology: On Negation and Existence,” Analecta Husserliana CIV, pages 37-54 (forthcoming 2009).

Bernard O’Kane, Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture (Dept. of ARIC)

•Book, The Appearance of Persian on Islamic Art. (New York: Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation, 2009.)

•Book chapter, “Ayyubid Architecture in Cairo.” In Ayyubid Jerusalem: The Holy City in Context 1187-1250, Robert Hillenbrand and Sylvia Auld (eds.) (London, 2009), pp. 423-34.

Lisa Sabbahy, Assistant Professor of Egyptology (Dept. of SAPE)

•Book, Anthropoid Clay Coffins, Catalogue General of Egyptian Antiquities in the Cairo Museum. (Cairo: SCA Press, 2009.)

Ernest Wolf-Gazo, Professor of Philosophy

•Book chapter, “Raum und Natur im Design von Hassan Fathy” (in German). In Inszenierung und Ereignis, R. Bohn and H. Wilharm (eds.), pages 349-370. (Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2009.)

•Conference proceedings, “Sacred and Secular Space in the Art of Caspar David Friedrich and Edward Hopper: On Existence and Solitude in German Romanticism and American Modernity.” In Congress Book II (Selected Papers of the XVIIth International Congress of Aesthetics), Jale Erzen (ed.), pages 313-322. (Ankara: Turkish Sanart Association for Aesthetics and the Faculty of Architecture.)

•Invited lecture, “Max Weber and Asian Civilization.” Opening address to the 6th Asian Philosophy Association in Jakarta, Indonesia. November 10th, 2009.

Libraries and Learning Technologies (LLT)

Amanda Click, Instruction and Reference Librarian

•Conference Paper, ““Help Us Help Them: Instruction Training for LIS Students and New Librarians.” LOEX Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico (30 April – 2 May 2009).

•Workshop, Association of College and Research Libraries’ Immersion program, an intensive information literacy workshop in St. Petersburg, Florida (26 – 30 July 2009).

School of Public Affairs (SPA)

Rasha A. Abdulla, Assistant Prof. and Graduate Director, Journalism and Mass Comm.

•Conference paper, “Measuring Public Opinion in Egypt: The Case of the Information and Decision Support Center’s Public Opinion Poll Center.” Advances in Audience and Consumer Measurement Conference, Miami, Florida.

•Invited lecture, “Blogging and Social Change in the Arab world.” Health Communication and Communication Technology and Society Group, Prof. Sandra Ball-Rokeach. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. March 2009.

•Invited lecture, “Blogging as an Institution in the Arab World.” For Prof. Thomas Goodnight’s doctoral seminar on “Macro Theories of Communication: The Economy of Attention.” University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. March 2009.

•Invited lecture, “Online News Media and the Recent Mideast Conflict.” For Prof. Philip Seib’s class. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. March 2009.

•Invited lecture, “Media Systems in the Arab World: How Free Is the Information Flow.” Invitation from Dean Lynn Turner. Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. April 2009.

•Invited lecture, “Communication, Conflict, and Middle East Cultures.” For Prof. James Scotton’s class. Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. April 2009.

•Invited lecture, “Non-Verbal Communication in the Arab World.” For Prof. Lynda McCroskey’s class on Non-Verbal Communication.” California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, CA. April 2009.

•Invited lecture, “How the Western Media Cultivates the Arab Image. For Prof. Lynda McCroskey’s class on “Communication Theory.” California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, CA. April 2009.

Christine Eleanor Anderson, Associate Professor of Law

•Journal article, Christine Anderson and Foluke Akinmoladun, “Climate Change, Water and Society in the MENA Region: A Legal and Policy Perspective,” Penn State Environmental Law Review (2010).

Laila El Baradei, Associate Dean of SPA and Visiting Professor of Public Administration

•Conference presentation, with Kathryn Newcomer and Heather Allen. “Improving Our Programs Through Assessing The Performance of Master of Public Administration Alumni.” The International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) Annual Conference on Governance for Sustainable Development: Implications for Public Administration Education and Practice, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 3-8 August, 2009.

•Journal article, with Doha Abdel Hamid. “Reforming the Pay System for Government Employees in Egypt,” The Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, ECES Working Paper Series, Working Paper No.151, June 2009.

Justin D. Martin, Assistant Professor, Journalism and Mass Communications

•Book chapter, “Leaving Iraqi refugees in the lurch.” In Introducing Issues with opposing viewpoints: human rights. (Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, forthcoming 2010.)

Science and Engineering (SSE)

Ali S. Hadi, Vice Provost and Professor of Mathematics and Actuarial Science

•Journal article, A.S. Hadi, A.H.M. Imon, and M. Werner, “Detection of Outliers,” The Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Statistics, 1, 57–70 (2009).

•Journal article, E. Castillo, A.S. Hadi and R. Minguez “Diagnostics for Nonlinear Regression,” Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation, 79, 1109–1128 (2009).

•Journal article, E. Castillo, C. Castillo, A.S. Hadi, and J.M. Sarabia, “Combined Regression Models,” Computational Statistics, 24, 37–66 (2009).

Mark Werner, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Actuarial Science

•Conference presentation, A. Kondylis, A.S. Hadi, and M. Werner, “The BACON Approach for Rank-Deficient Data,” 57th Session of the International Statistical Institute, Durban, South Africa, August 2009.


Marina Apaydin, Assistant Professor of Management

•Journal article, M. Apaydin and M. Crossan, “A Multi-dimensional Framework of Organizational Innovation,” Journal of Management Studies (forthcoming 2010).

Abstract: This paper consolidates the state of academic research on innovation. Based on a systematic review of literature published over the past 27 years, this paper synthesizes various research perspectives into a comprehensive multi-dimensional framework of organizational innovation– linking leadership, innovation as a process, and innovation as an outcome. We also suggest measures of determinants of organizational innovation and present implications for both research and managerial practice.

•Journal article, M. Apaydin, M. Demirbag, and E. Tatoglu, “Survival of Japanese Subsidiaries in the Middle East & North Africa,” Journal of World Business 46 (2), 2011.

Abstract: This paper considers factors affecting survival of foreign subsidiaries in the context of Japanese foreign equity ventures in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Three new institutional variables, economic distance, economic freedom distance and subsidiary density, are examined as determinants of survival while controlling for other determinants previously established in the extant literature. The findings support our hypotheses. We found that economic distance and economic freedom distance exhibit significant positive and negative relationships respectively with the survival of Japanese FDI in the MENA region, and moderate positive relationship between subsidiary density and subsidiary survival.]

Tarek H. Selim, Associate Professor of Economics

•Edited volume, Egypt, Energy and the Environment: Critical Sustainability Perspectives (Adonis and Abbey, 2009).

Abstract: Pure environmentalism and pure resource exploitation can be integrated together to form an encompassing sustainability solution. This is the main message of this book based on an innovative “structure-concentration-incentives” methodology applied to Egypt. This methodology provides a basis for achieving environmental sustainability based on endogenous source-driven forces of change in contrast to the traditional effects-dominant oriented approach. Though the book’s methodology could be used as a framework of analysis in environmental sustainability research for any developing country, Egypt provides a rich case study because of its historical, socio-economic, and political constructs. Sustainable development is generally seen as a tradeoff between resource efficiency and social equity such that total resource essentials in society can become sustainable in the long run in a manner that meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Environmental sustainability cannot be implemented without the direct inclusion of structure (form), concentration (effect), and incentives (drivers) as critical policy choices because: (1) they constitute a necessary condition in any country’s path towards sustainable development, (2) they must be implemented simultaneously as a target and constraint, and (3) they require social and political sacrifice complemented by endogenous-based systems in contrast to authoritarian solutions. Egypt, Energy and the Environment presents research on Egypt’s energy and environmental resources from multidisciplinary perspectives. It offers sustainability solutions to many of the country’s problems relating to energy, pollution, water, gender, wildlife, politics, economics, management, ecology, and information technology. The book’s method of analysis can be applied to other developing countries as well]