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Adham Ramadan and Amal Esawi Discuss New Nanocomposite Desalination Membrane
An AUC team from the Departments of Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering found a new technique for developing membranes used in filtration applications.
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Mehwar TV
June 16, 2013

Cairo Science Festival TV Interview 
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AUC Researchers Devise Thermoacoustic Heat Engine
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Integrating Arts into Scientific Teaching 
New educational system infuses liberal arts into scientific research to enhance creativity
In recent years, the desire to remain at the forefront of technological and scientific innovation has led countries across the world to devote considerable funds to the promotion and development of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching. Read more

New Local Engine to Produce Low-Cost Electricity, Conserve Energy
​Today, the world is confronting a dual energy threat. On the supply side of the energy equation, there is a lack of sufficient and secure energy reserves at reasonable prices, which makes countries vulnerable. On the demand side, overconsumption of energy is causing the depletion of natural resources and environmental degradation, from oil spills to contamination of ground water. What is even more threatening is that this demand is continuously on the rise. The 2012 World Energy Outlook study by the International Energy Agency projected that global energy demands will grow by more than one-third until 2035, with China, India and the Middle East contributing to 60 percent of this increase. In post-revolution Egypt, shortages of fuel, such as diesel, natural gas and mazut, have led to a halt in power-plant electricity generation and power outages in several governorates.  Read more 

Researchers Use Palm Tree Fibers for Industrial, Biomedical Applications
To tackle the issue of safe waste disposal, scientists and researchers at AUC, in partnership with other universities, are utilizing the fibers of Egyptian and Qatari palm trees to serve as the basis for new fibrous materials that could replace the non-disposable, often pollutant, polymer-based products currently used throughout the industrial world. Read more

AUC Team Optimizes Campus Lighting
In keeping with the University’s ongoing efforts to reduce its energy use and carbon footprint, a team of AUC facilities managers and electrical engineers has taken on the task of reconfiguring AUC New Cairo’s public lighting system. Moving from building to building, the team is systematically reassessing when and where lights should be on at any given time. The payoffs are already becoming apparent in the forms of lower electricity consumption, smaller electricity bills for the University and fewer carbon dioxide emissions that damage our climate. Read more

Science Festival Cultivates Scientific Literacy, Connects to Everyday Life
The School of Sciences and Engineering Outreach Program is hosting its fourth annual Cairo Science Festival from April 11 to 25. The festival, organized this year around the theme of enriching people’s lives, will seek to cultivate scientific literacy through a multitude of activities that connect science to sports, the arts and everyday life. Read more 

Watch Video: Media Roundtable on Entrepreneurship and Culture
The problems facing Egypt provide young entrepreneurs with exciting opportunities, but educational and cultural norms stand in the way of creative thinking and innovation. Watch video

Science and Technology
Physicist and Science Education Expert Eric Mazur to Speak at AUC 
Internationally recognized for his innovative contributions to the field of science education, as well as his research in ultrafast optics and condensed matter physics, Eric Mazur, Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University, will deliver two lectures on the future of science and education. Read more

Desalination May Help Increase Egypt's Fresh Water 
Using nanotechnology in devising sustainable desalination methods will minimize the risk of water shortage in Egypt The Nile River is Egypt’s main source of fresh water, supplying 95 percent of its overall water usage.  Read more

Cloud Computing Enhances Business Productivity, Employee Collaboration
There is a lot of buzz surrounding cloud computing. It is considered the “next big thing” in information technology, but is not understood by a lot of people. Most computer users do not realize that they are already “in the cloud,” but anyone who accesses their email from a website such as Gmail, which hosts AUC’s email accounts, or uses an application on their smartphone, is using cloud computing services. Read more

Faculty Awarded for Research, Teaching and Service Achievements
At AUC’s midyear commencement ceremonies, four faculty members were recognized with merit awards for their achievements in research, teaching and service at the University and beyond. Mohab Anis, associate professor of electronics engineering, was presented with the Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors Award. Read more 

Graduation of First Nanotechnology Master’s Students
When Mohamed Sallam joined AUC’s Master of Science in nanotechnology program two years ago, his dream was to work as a biomedical researcher. Today, he is working on a joint project between the German Cancer Research Center and Heidelberg University in Germany and the Free University of Brussels, Flanders Inter-University Institute of Technology and Janssen Pharmaceutica in Belgium. Read mor

Smart Traffic Lights to Detect Crowded Areas:
AUC researchers work on smart traffic lights to decrease traffic congestion
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Smart Traffic Lights Decrease Traffic Congestion
Congestion at traffic lights may be a thing of the past, thanks to a newly developed project that would enable traffic lights to switch from red to green based on the number of vehicles at a given intersection. Mohamed Moustafa, associate professor of computer science and engineering, has been awarded a grant from Ericsson for his proposal to make traffic lights “smarter.” Read More

Unchecked Waters: Lionfish Threaten Coral Ecosystems
The lionfish, a fierce carnivorous predator native to the Red Sea and South Pacific and Indian Oceans, has become an invasive species in the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, posing a major threat to marine and coral reef ecosystems.

Justin Grubich Discovers Piranha Fish Has Strongest Bite Force
Justin Grubich, assistant professor of biology, discovers that the extinct piranha species have the strongest bite force recorded among all bony fish.
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National Geographic December 20, 2012

AUC Professor Hassan Azzazy Chosen as Top Living Egyptian Scientist in Al-Ahram Poll
In a recent poll conducted by Al-Ahram newspaper’s Science and Technology section, Hassan Azzazy, professor of chemistry, has been selected as the best living scientist in Egypt for his contributions to scientific and applied research that has a direct impact on contemporary local affairs.
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December 10, 2012

AUC Organizes Planetary Pyramids Alignment Telescope Observation
The School of Sciences and Engineering at organized a panel discussion and fact finding observation of planetary pyramids alignment between three planets: Mercury, Venus, and Saturn and the Giza great pyramids. This phenomenon has been claimed to occur on December 3, 2012, and to happen every 2,737 years.
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November 30, 2012

AUC Organizes Family Science Exhibition
Exhibition, “Family Science,” organized by The School of Science and Engineering (SSE)
At The American University in Cairo (AUC) in collaboration with Cairo University, Ain Shams University, Helwan University, and Nahdet Misr NGO. The exhibition showcases simple scientific experiments and activities that can be done with regular household items.
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November 29, 2012

AUC Hosts a Weeklong Event on Sustainability and Pollution
A weeklong event titled "From Pyramids to Spacecraft," addressing issues of sustainability and pollution through an exhibition, a public lecture, two panels and a workshop. The event is organized by Department of Construction and Architectural Engineering in collaboration with the Swiss Embassy.
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November 15, 2012

UN Day Celebration at AUC Addresses Development and Democracy in Egypt
In celebration of United Nations Day 2012, AUC hosted a meeting with UN dignitaries to discuss development plans for Egypt and the optimal means of utilizing resources and improving the quality of services in the country’s post-revolution quest for democracy.
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November 13, 2012

The Third Annual Cairo Science Festival Opens at AUC
The School of Sciences and Engineering (SSE) at AUC organized its third annual Cairo Science Festival from April 21 to May 12, 2012, in collaboration with the Cambridge Science Festival.
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April 25, 2012

AUC Research Conference Integrates Science and Business, Promotes Entrepreneurship
The School of Business and School of Sciences and Engineering have collaborated to jointly hold the 2012 AUC Research Conference titled “Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Shaping the Future of Egypt.” The conference covers topics such as social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education, green innovation and sustainability, as well as the role of civil society in encouraging small businesses and community innovations.
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April 17, 2012

AUC Observes the Sun on the Solstice Day
The School of Sciences and Engineering (SSE) and the AUC Observatory held an observation of the Sun with a solar telescope on the Winter Solstice day.
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December 23, 2011

AUC Hosts the Observation of Partial Solar Eclipse
AUC hosted a public event at its downtown campus to give people a chance to observe the partial solar eclipse, which lasted for almost two hours, using special sunglasses and solar telescopes.
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January 12, 2011

Earth's Closest Encounter with Jupiter Discussed at AUC
“Jupiter's Close Encounter with Earth: A Reminder of our Cosmic Connections,” a session organized by the outreach program of AUC’s School of Sciences and Engineering and the Department of Physics, discussed Earth’s close encounter with Jupiter.
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October 7, 2010

The Fifteenth Annual Conference of the African Econometric Society at AUC
The School of Business at AUC held the 15th Annual Conference of the African Econometric Society. The three-day conference covered a variety of economic and financial topics, in the presence of many distinguished professors from all over the world.
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July 13, 2010

 NASA Director Delivers a Lecture at AUC
NASA Director Charles Bolden said that the space agency had plans to carry out projects in Egypt and other Islamic countries aimed at enhancing local living conditions.
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June 17, 2010

 AUC Inaugurates Egypt's First Cairo Science Festival
AUC inaugurates Egypt's First Cairo International Science Festival. The festival includes an impressive amount of events spanning an entire month.
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May 2, 2010

Video Conference at AUC on the Cairo International Science Festival
AUC recently held a video conference inviting Egyptian scientist Farouk El-Baz, director of Boston University's Center for Remote Sensing, and John Durant, director of Cambridge Science Festival and MIT Museum. Scientist: Egypt Must Invest in Education and Scientific Research (Al-Masry Al-Youm English)
March 18, 2010
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Leading British Scientist Sir John Meurig Thomas Speaks at AUC
Sir John Meurig Thomas, world-renowned chemist and honorary professor of materials science at the University of Cambridge, discussed English chemist and physicist Michael Faraday at a recent lecture at AUC - “The Genius of Michael Faraday.” Faraday: A Physics Genius Without the Math (Daily News Egypt)
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October 15, 2009

AUC Campaign on the Dangers of Hepatitis C Virus
AUC graduate students organize a week-long awareness campaign on Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) titled “Be Active, Get Tested, Stop the Spread.”
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(AUC News and Events)
October 7, 2009

Lecture on Water Management in the MENA Region
Hammou Laamrani, coordinator of the Water Demand Initiative for the Middle East and North Africa (WaDIMena) at the International Development Research Center (IDRC), analyzes current and prospective water management challenges in the MENA region in a lecture at AUC.
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(AUC News and Events)
May 22, 2009

Prominent Astronomer Yervant Terzian Speaks at AUC
Globally renowned astronomer and AUC alumnus Yervant Terzian delivered an English public lecture at AUC titled "The Magnificent Universe." American Astrologist Yerevent Terezian: With all my Respect to Religious Beliefs the Sun Will Fade Before it Burns the Earth
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(Rose El Youssef)
April 4, 2009
Two Distinguished Scientists Speak about Space and Astronomy at AUC
As part of its public outreach program for the International Year of Astronomy, former NASA astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman and former director of the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute Robert Williams spoke recently at AUC on their experiences in space and on the new discoveries from the Hubble Space Telescope.
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(AUC News and Events) March 30, 2009

Feature on Technology Day at AUC
Several newspapers published news reports on the Technology Day at AUC that is sponsored by Microsoft. The Latest Technological Developments in Technology Day at AUC
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(Al Goumhouria) November 5, 2007