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Department of Natural Sciences


Nutrition and Food Research Day

This is the first symposium hosted by the Nutrition program of the Department of Natural Sciences. The symposium was a venue to present the latest original research from Lebanon and the region in the field of Nutrition and Food Science, which aims at addressing the current challenges in the Middle East. The symposium, co-sponsored by the National Council for Scientific Research, featured two keynote speakers in the field of Nutrition and Food Security: Ms. S. Escott-Stump, Author and Former President of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Dr. Bruno Minjauw, FAO Representative for Lebanon a.i. The program also included a panel discussion on food safety in Lebanon entitled “Towards a Lebanese Food Safety Law and Authority”. The symposium was attended by health professionals including nutritionists, dietitians, food scientists, researchers, as well as senior undergraduate and graduate students majoring in nutrition, food science or related fields.

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Lab Venture Day: Illuminating LAU

This is a one-day workshop for High School students on OLED technology. It is sponsored by SPIE (International Society for Optical Engineering).

OLEDs (Organic light-emitting diodes) have found their way into everyday life in displays for TVs, smart phones and tablets. OLEDs have a fairly simple device construction in which a substrate is coated with a conductive anode layer followed by an emissive organic layer and a conductive cathode layer. When applying a voltage, the emissive organic layer creates light. This direct creation of light is the major advantage of OLED over other display technologies that require backlighting. Illuminating LAU was held in April 2014 as a hands-on challenging workshop for high school students (grades 11 and 12) from various schools in Lebanon. During the workshop, OLED technology was explored and practiced by the production and illumination of an actual OLED device.

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