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Van de Logt publishes book on monsters in oral traditions of the Native American Caddo

Exploring the oral traditions of Native American Caddoan peoples, liberal arts associate professor Dr. Mark van de Logt’s new book, Monsters of Contact: Historical Trauma in Caddoan Oral Traditions, sheds knowledge on the impact of European colonialism on the Caddoan people.

Liberal Arts hosts fourth annual STEAM Showcase

The STEAM initiative in Liberal Arts recently held its fourth annual STEAM Showcase. The showcase featured around 30 student projects from six different Liberal Arts courses, including posters, prototypes, websites, artwork, and videos. During the showcase, students were given an opportunity to show off their STEAM-related projects and get feedback from the audience. The event aims to raise students’ awareness of the importance of Liberal Arts courses in an engineering education.

Texas A&M at Qatar hosts STEM education workshop for local teachers

Texas A&M at Qatar hosted a workshop for local teachers as part of its STEM outreach initiatives in Qatar. The workshop, “Enhancing STEM Education for a Knowledge-based Society,” featured a talk by STEM education expert Dr. Michael de Miranda, a presentation from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and a panel discussion featuring educators, policy makers and industry stakeholders. Read more.

Students visit Qatar National Library

Students in the Foundation English course recently toured the newly opened Qatar National Library. Students were treated with a personalized tour of the facilities, including the book stacks, the study and Innovation rooms, the Conservation Lab, and the Heritage Collection. The library is the focus of a multimedia project the students are working on. Course instructors Deanna Rasmussen, Sherry Ward and Dr. Sara Hillman organized the tour.

Elsheikh co-edits book on motivation

Dr. Aymen Elsheikh, instructional assistant professor in the Liberal Arts Program, has recently co-edited a volume, Motivation and Classroom Management: Theory, Practice and Implications. The book addresses not only how to motivate teachers and learners but also the relationship between motivation and classroom management.

Students visit Sidra to learn about workplace communication

Students in Dr. Amy Hodges’s Technical and Business Writing class (ENGL 210) recently visited the mechatronics and robotics lab at Sidra Medical and Research Center. Students saw an AGV (automated guided vehicle) system and a pneumatic tube system, and took part in a discussion about workplace communication and teamwork.

International Ethics Summit sparks discussion of global responsibilities

Texas A&M University at Qatar hosted its three-day International Ethics Summit at the Hamad bin Khalifa University student center at Education City.

The event was sponsored by RasGas and brought together leading ethics scholars from around the world to discuss professional and cultural ethics, globalization of higher education and Islamic approaches to modern ethics challenges. The intercultural and interdisciplinary discussions, roundtables and panels featured world-class theorists and practitioners who discussed professional ethics in a rapidly changing society and offered approaches and solutions to challenging dilemmas in practice.

Texas A&M at Qatar hosts fifth annual Liberal Arts International Conference

Texas A&M at Qatar hosted attendees from around the world for the fifth annual Liberal Arts International Conference. This year’s conference, “Reinventing Ourselves: Innovation and the Liberal Arts,” featured keynote addresses and panel sessions, and a slate of more than 55 speakers, including 13 from Qatar. The event serves as a rich opportunity in Qatar for scholars in the social sciences, arts and humanities to engage with colleagues from around the world and to stimulate research and learning efforts.

Bashir publishes book on transformation of higher education

Dr. Hassan Bashir, associate professor in the Liberal Arts Program, co-edited a book, Western Higher Education in Asia and the Middle East: Politics, Economics and Pedagogy. The volume investigates the transformed nature of higher education and its impact in the 21st century. Bashir said, "Education has not only become an object of national development policy in the region, but for many states it is an important export."

Texas A&M at Qatar hosts International Ethics Summit

Texas A&M at Qatar hosted its three-day International Ethics Summit this week at the Hamad bin Khalifa University student center. RasGas sponsored the summit, which brought together leading ethics scholars from around the world to discuss professional and cultural ethics, globalization of higher education and Islamic approaches to modern ethics challenges. Dr. Hassan Bashir, Texas A&M at Qatar associate professor of political science, was the event organizing committee chair.

Best Writing hosts Studio Series writer's workshop
The Best Writing organizing committee hosted its first Studio Series in collaboration with the Conclave of Aggie Poets and Scribblers 9 Nov. In the workshop, students wrote poems on the theme of “Where I’m From.” The Best Writing Studio Series will continue on a monthly basis until the Best Writing submission deadline 31 March. Students can participate in the Studio Series in order to get inspiration, feedback and encouragement in preparation for their Best Writing 2017 submissions.
For information, contact Dr. Amy Hodges: amy.hodges@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0258  

First 2016-2017 Distinguished Lecture Series welcomes Harvard professor

Harvard University’s Dr. Peter L. Galison gave the first talk in Texas A&M University at Qatar’s 2016-2017 Distinguished Lecture Series 8 Nov. in the Texas A&M Engineering Building in Education City.
In his talk, “Wastelands and Wilderness: Nuclear Lands,” Galison talked about how some of our most contaminated sites because of nuclear waste and accidents have become some of our most biodiverse lands. The irony is that wastelands and wilderness — two apparent opposites — inhabit the same place. Radioactivity has been good for wildlife. Yet, because of the Fukushima nuclear disaster and other past events, there is worldwide concern about the storage and disposal of waste from nuclear power, which must last thousands of years into the future to avoid contamination. Galison said, “How do we warn for 10,000 years? Nuclear waste has forced us to think about how to warn the future and reflect on our relationship with the future.”
Galison is the Joseph Pellegrino University Professor and director of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard. He is interested in the intersection of philosophical and historical questions, and his main work explores the complex interaction between the three principal subcultures of 20th century physics — experimentation, instrumentation and theory. He has written several books, and Image and Logic won the Pfizer Award from the History of Science Society in October 1998.
In addition, Galison has launched several projects examining the powerful cross-currents between science and other fields. Further work on the boundary between science and other fields includes several co-edited volumes on the relations between science, art and architecture. Galison was named a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 1997 and received the Max Planck Prize given by the Max Planck Gesellschaft and Humboldt Stiftung in 1999.
Texas A&M at Qatar’s Distinguished Lecture attracts world-class experts to campus, encouraging discourse among faculty and researchers in Education City and the local community on important topics in science, engineering and technology. This sharing of scholarship fosters intellectual discourse and encourages the development of critical thinking, lifelong learning and a responsibility to global awareness. 
ASC and Liberal Arts host (Inter)National Day on Writing
The Academic Success Center (ASC) and the Liberal Arts Program hosted the third annual (Inter)National Day on Writing 20 Oct. Around 100 students, faculty and staff participated in writing-based activities, including Haiku poetry, journaling and anagrams. The event celebrated writing based on this year's theme, "Our Right to Write."
For information, contact Kelly Wilson: kelly.wilson@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0572

 

ASC and Liberal Arts to host (Inter)National Day on Writing

The Academic Success Center (ASC) and the Liberal Arts Program invite students, faculty and staff to participate in its third annual (Inter)National Day on Writing 20 Oct. from noon to 1 p.m. in the Link Atrium. The event will feature activities that celebrate your right to write. The event promotes writing as a way to simply accomplish work, express ideas or even affect changes for the better in the world. The Texas A&M at Qatar community is encouraged to tag the ASC on Twitter (@tamuqsuccess) and share their tweets with the hashtag #whyiwrite.
 For information, contact Kelly Wilson: kelly.wilson@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0572

 

Liberal Arts Lecture Series to host talk on Middle East politics
The Liberal Arts Lecture Series will host Dr. Imad Mansour, assistant professor at Qatar University, tomorrow (13 Oct.) from noon to 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall 144. In his talk, "Statecraft in the Middle East," Mansour will analyze the wider context of why states in the contemporary Middle East have governed internally and acted externally the way they do.
For information, contact Khadija El Cadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145


Texas A&M at Qatar hosts Best Writing 2016 launch
Texas A&M at Qatar hosted the Best Writing 2016 launch today (28 Sept.) in the research rotunda. Students read selections from the pieces they wrote in the journal in front of friends, family and Texas A&M at Qatar faculty and staff.  


Best Writing 2016 launch party announced
Texas A&M at Qatar will host the Best Writing 2016 launch party 28 Sept. from 6 to 8 p.m. in the research rotunda. Students will read selections from their pieces in front of their parents and professors. Food and refreshments will also be served.


TIPE to host literary theory expert
The Initiative in Professional Ethics at Texas A&M at Qatar will host Dr. Oana Dubalaru, associate professor of literary theory at the University of Bucharest, 22 Sept. from 3 to 4:50 p.m. in Lecture Hall 143. In her talk, "The Scientific and Technical Imagination in European Literature," Dubalaru will discuss the works of two European writers, Mircea Cărtărescu and W.G. Sebald, who expanded the traditional borders of the humanities and referenced science at a thematic level in their writings.

 
Eslami appointed chair of the Liberal Arts Program
Dr. Zohreh Eslami has been appointed chair and associate professor of the Liberal Arts Program effective 1 July 2016. Eslami is an associate professor and currently the program chair of the ESL education program in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture at Texas A&M University. Her research has examined intercultural and cross-cultural communication, English as an international language, sociocultural perspective of teaching and acquisition of English as a second/foreign language. She received her bachelor’s degree in English education and her master’s degree in English language and literature from the University of Missouri, and her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign specializing in second language acquisition and teacher education.

Rico publishes book on heritage narratives and is elected to executive committee of heritage studies
Dr. Trinidad Rico, assistant professor in the Liberal Arts Program, published a book, "Constructing Deconstruction: Heritage Narratives in the Tsunami City". In it, she analyzes heritage practices in Banda Aceh, Indonesia in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. In addition, Rico was recently elected to the executive committee of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, which aims to promote the interdisciplinary field of heritage studies.
For information, contact Dr. Trinidad Rico: trinidad.rico@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0486  

Students to present top short films from ENGL 251
Students in ENGL 251 from this past spring semester will be presenting the top three short films 24 May at noon in Lecture Hall 238. The genres will span from experimental, biographical and even silent films.

A Whole New Engineer author interviews faculty member and students on radio program
Dr. David E. Goldberg, author of A Whole New Engineer, recently interviewed Dr. LeeAnn Rudd and students Taif Mohamed and Rashid Al-Heidous on the Big Beacon Radio program. The interview was a culmination of Goldberg's visit to the Texas A&M Engineering Building in March as part of the One Book, One Community campaign and the reciprocal visit by Rudd and students, who toured transformative engineering education colleges and universities in the U.S. during spring break.  

Faculty and staff recognized at annual awards ceremony
Texas A&M at Qatar honored faculty and staff at the annual Faculty and Staff Awards 26 April at the HBKU Student Center. Among the numerous and well-deserving recipients, Dr. Erchin Serpedin was awarded the Faculty Excellence Award and Dr. Leslie Seawright was awarded the Dean's Leadership Award. The entire awards list is here.

Al-Qahtani wins IgniteDoha finale
Abdulaziz Al-Qahtani won first place in the IgniteDoha finals today (13 April). Second and third place winners were Midhat Javiad and Munazza Sayed, respectively. IgniteDoha is a STEAM (science, technology, arts and math) initiative of Texas A&M at Qatar that develops communication, organization, visual literacy and presentation skills. Students were asked to introduce a particular topic to a lay audience in an engaging manner. The format constraints challenge students to give fast and fun presentations while also testing their ability to be clear and concise. 


Texas A&M at Qatar set for IgniteDoha finals
Students Midhat Javiad, Arshaad Ali, Abdulaziz Al-Qahtani, Munazza Sayed, Yossra Osman and Zeinab Makki will be competing in the IgniteDoha finals 13 April from noon to 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall 238. IgniteDoha is a STEAM (science, technology, arts and math) initiative of Texas A&M at Qatar that develops communication, organization, visual literacy and presentation skills through short talks in which an idea is spread through a powerful, fast and fun presentation.

Liberal Arts Lecture Series to host talk on American foreign policy
The Liberal Arts Lecture Series will host Dr. Hélène Dieck, a migrant welfare specialist at Qatar Foundation, from noon to 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall 238, 29 March. In her talk, "The Influence of Public Opinion on Post-Cold War U.S. Military Interventions," Dieck will analyze the compromise between what a sitting president seeks in terms of political and military objectives and what public opinion will tolerate.
For information, contact Khadija El Cadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145  

Women's Faculty Forum to host panel discussion
The Women's Faculty Forum at Texas A&M at Qatar will host a panel discussion, "Ladies' Strategies for Workplace Success," tomorrow (24 March) from noon to 2 p.m. at the HBKU Student Center. The event is open only to female students, faculty and staff and will present real-life strategies for overcoming struggles as females in academia and in the workplace.
For information, contact Khadija El Cadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145

Liberal Arts Lecture Series to host disaster studies expert
The Liberal Arts Lecture Series will host Dr. Anto Mohsin, assistant professor in residence at Northwestern University in Qatar, from noon to 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall 238, 21 March. In his talk, "The Sidoarjo Mudflow: The World's Muddiest "Envirotechnical" Disaster," Mohsin will analyze the origins of the Sidoarjo disaster and the consequences for the victims.
For information, contact Khadijah El Cadi: khadijah.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145

Bashir and Gray co-edit new volume
Dr. Hassan Bashir and Dr. Phillip W. Gray, political science faculty in the Liberal Arts Program, have co-edited a volume, Deconstructing Global Citizenship: Political, Cultural and Ethical Perspectives. The volume presents numerous insights into the changes to the concept of “citizenship” in a globalized world. Bringing together scholars of politics, religious studies, economics, anthropology, law, history and others, the volume provides a multidisciplinary examination of the challenges of globalization.  

TIPE to host ethics expert from the University of Toronto
The Initiative in Professional Ethics at Texas A&M at Qatar will host Dr. Melissa Suzanne Williams, professor of political science and founding director of the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto, from 8 to 9:50 a.m. in Lecture Hall 144, 6 March. In her lecture, "Engineering Global Justice," WIlliams will discuss the many roles that engineers can play in enacting global justice and what that means.
For information, contact Dr. Hassan Bashir: hassan.bashir@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0252

Liberal Arts Lecture Series to feature English professor from Carnegie Mellon Qatar
Texas A&M at Qatar will host the first Liberal Arts Lecture Series of the spring semester 23 Feb. from noon to 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall 144. The lecture, "An Untapped Opportunity: Designing the Weave of Actual and Imagined Images and Text in Visual/Verbal Arguments," will be delivered by Dr. Susan Hagan, assistant teaching professor in English at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar.
For information, contact Khadija El Cadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145

Stanford professor to give second Distinguished Lecture Series talk of 2015-2106
Texas A&M at Qatar will host the second lecture of its 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecture Series 18 Feb. The lecture, "Reading More and Learning Less: Establishing the Credibility of Online Information in a Digital Age," will be delivered by Dr. Sam Wineburg, Margaret Jacks Professor of Education and director of the Stanford History Education Group at Stanford University. 

Texas A&M at Qatar hosts Liberal Arts International Conference
Texas A&M at Qatar hosted its Fourth Annual Liberal Arts International Conference 31 Jan. to 2 Feb. at the HBKU Student Center in Education City. This year’s conference featured 70 papers from institutions in 15 different countries on six continents, and included 40 speakers from Qatar. The Liberal Arts Program at Texas A&M at Qatar hosts the conference each year to explore a wide variety of regional and global topics from a multidisciplinary perspective. The event served as a rich opportunity in Qatar for scholars in the social sciences, arts and humanities to engage with colleagues from around the world and to stimulate research and learning efforts. Read more.
For information, contact Khadija El Cadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145

Seawright publishes book on global higher education
Dr. Leslie Seawright, assistant professor of English and interim chair of the Liberal Arts Program, co-authored a book, Learning Across Borders: Perspectives on International and Transnational Higher Education. The volume examines the impact of globalization on higher education. In the work, Seawright aims to provide a solid base of theoretical knowledge and practical applications to a growing numbers of students and teachers moving — physically and virtually — across international borders.
For information, contact Dr. Leslie Seawright: leslie.seawright@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0647

Texas A&M at Qatar hosts Liberal Arts International Conference
Texas A&M at Qatar hosted its fourth annual Liberal Arts International Conference at the HBKU Student Center 31 Jan. - 2 Feb. The conference explored a wide variety of regional and global topics from a multidisciplinary perspective. The program included trips to Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art and Souq Waqif, and seven parallel sessions consisting of 20 panel discussions.
For information, contact Khadija El Cadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145  


Liberal Arts lecture focuses on why heritage sites are targeted
Dr. Benjamin Isakhan, senior lecturer in politics and policy studies at Deakin University (Australia) gave a lecture 6 Dec. as part of the Liberal Arts Lecture Series. During Isakhan's lecture, "Heritage Destruction Under the 'Islamic State,'" he documented some of the most extreme instances of heritage destruction and the ideology of extremist groups, which actively seek to destroy ancient buildings, statues and ancient archaeological sites.

Liberal Arts Lecture Series to host talk on why heritage sites are targeted
The Liberal Arts Program will host Dr. Benjamin Isakhan, senior lecturer in politics and policy studies at Deakin University, Australia, 6 Dec. from noon to 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall 238. Dr. Isakhan's lecture, "Heritage Destruction Under the Islamic State," will document some of the most extreme instances of heritage destruction and the ideology of extremist groups, which actively seek to destroy ancient buildings, statues and ancient archaeological sites.
For information, contact Khadija El Cadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145


Liberal Arts Lecture Series to host SFS-Q professor
The Liberal Arts Program will host Dr. Ganesh Seshan, assistant professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, 1 Dec. from noon to 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall 238. Dr. Seshan's lecture, "A Comparison of The Welfare Gains of Households of South Indians Migrating for Jobs Domestically Versus Internationally," will explore expected and actual results of migration trends drawn from two surveys conducted over a five-year period.
For information, contact Khadija El Cadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145  
 
Rudd gives lecture at WCMC-Q
Dr. Mysti Rudd, assistant professor in the Liberal Arts Program and the director of the Academic Success Center (ASC), gave a talk, "The Care and Feeding of Rhetorical Reading in First-year Writing," at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) 16 Nov. In her lecture, Rudd defined "rhetorical reading" and argued for an expansion of what constitutes college-level reading materials in order to better engage STEM students.
For information, contact Dr. Mysti Rudd: leeann.rudd@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0655

Liberal Arts hosts book reception
The Liberal Arts Program recently celebrated the accomplishments of two of its faculty, who recently had their edited volumes published. Dr. Hassan Bashir edited two volumes, Experiencing Otherness and Engineering Ethics for a Globalized World. This second volume was also edited by vice dean Dr. Eyad Masad. Dr. Trinidad Rico also edited Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage.
For information, contact Dr. Leslie Seawright: leslie.seawright@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0647
 
Liberal Arts Guest Speaker Series featured Texas A&M international affairs expert
The Liberal Arts Program hosted Dr. Gregory Gause III, the John H. Lindsey '44 Chair and head of the International Affairs Department at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, 20 Oct. In his well-attended lecture, "The New Middle East Cold War," Gause spoke on the widespread weakening of Arab states and how regional players have exerted influence in the absence of power structures.
For information, contact Khadija El Cadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145 
 
Liberal Arts Guest Speaker Series to host two upcoming lectures
The Liberal Arts Program will host Dr. Gregory Gause III, the John H. Lindsey '44 Chair and head of the International Affairs Department at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, 20 Oct. from noon to 1 p.m. in LH 143. His lecture is entitled, "The New Middle East Cold War." The second talk, "Using Archaeology, History and Geology to Study the Occurrence and Impact of Tsunami in the Eastern Indian Ocean: A Case from Aceh, Indonesia," will be presented by Dr. Patrick Daly, principal investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore, 21 Oct. also from noon to 1 p.m. in LH 143.
For information, contact Khadija El Cadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145  
 
Transformative Educational Experience grant winners announced
Dr. Troy Bickham, assistant dean for academic and student services, announced six winners of the first Transformative Educational Experience grants from 20 proposals received that included more than 30 faculty and staff member collaborations from all six academic programs and several departments. The grants totaled $100,000 and ranged from a children's book on combustion engines by Dr. Leslie Seawright and Dr. Ibrahim Hassan to a special topics course that promotes undergraduate research by Dr. Bing Guo, Dr. Sami El Borgi, Dr. Konstantinos Kakosimos, Dr. Reza Sadr and Dr. Reza Tafreshi.
For information, contact Dr. Troy Bickham: troy.bickham@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0457 
 
Bashir and Masad publish book on ethics
Dr. Hassan Bashir, associate professor in the Liberal Arts Program, and Vice Dean Dr. Eyad Masad co-edited a book, "Engineering Ethics for a Globalized World," which is a volume in the book series, Philosophy of Engineering and Technology. The volume identifies, discusses and addresses the wide array of ethical issues that have emerged for engineers due to the rise of a global economy. This volume aims to fill the void in scholarly publications on the particular challenges globalization poses for engineering ethics standards and education. The book was made possible by Qatar National Research Fund National Priorities Research Program and U.S. National Science Foundation funding.
 
Rogers named faculty ombuds officer
Dr. James Rogers has been named the faculty ombuds officer. Dr. Rogers is an associate professor of political science in the Liberal Arts Program and has been with Texas A&M at Qatar since 2013. Dr. Rogers succeeds Dr. Dave Seapy, professor of chemistry, who had held the role as faculty ombuds officer since 2012.
 
Liberal Arts Guest Speaker Series features Texas A&M professor
The Liberal Arts Program will host Dr. Paul Matthew Kellstedt, associate professor of political science at Texas A&M University, 6 May from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall 144. He will speak on the linkage between poor economic evaluations and prolonged recession. Kellstedt's lecture is entitled, "When Consumer Sentiment Matters: Economic Uncertainty and Consumer Spending."
For information contact, Vanessa Lina: vanessa.lina@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0513
 
Oral history website launched
The students in the technical business writing course of Michael Telafici presented oral histories, which highlighted life in their parents’ and grandparents’ times. Students conducted interviews, translated excerpts, and developed multimedia presentations and an initial version of a website, http://qatarhistories.com/. The site aims to continue collecting, organizing and presenting bilingual information unavailable or not easily found for both long-term residents and recently arrived expatriates. Members of Qatar National Library, executive management, faculty, staff and students’ family members enjoyed the informative and personal reminiscences of the interviewees.
For information, contact Michael Telafici: michael.telafici@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0511
 
Liberal Arts Program hosts Best Writing luncheon
The Best Writing committee hosted a submission party 9 April in the Link Atrium, which celebrated the more than 160 student writers for their achievements in critical, technical and creative writing. The publication encourages learning multidisciplinary skill sets that helps Aggie engineers stand out.
For information, contact Khadija El Cadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145
Senior lecturer invited to local teaching workshop
Liticia Salter, senior lecturer and Engineering Writing Fellow, will be conducting a workshop 5 May on how to better integrate liberal arts and the humanities in STEM education.
For information, contact Liticia Salter: liticia.salter@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0224
 
Ethics Bowl crowns champions
The team of Amira Abouhadid, Ayman Yamine and Brian Tompkins won the Ethics Bowl competition 6 April. The bowl was organized by the Initiative in Professional Ethics as part of the fourth annual Ethics Week activities. The event was moderated by the Council of Debate Engineers (CODE) President Pavithra Pathy and was judged by Dr. Philip Gray and Brenda Kent. Dr. Troy Bickham, chair of the Liberal Arts Program awarded prizes to the winners and participants.
For information, contact Hassan Bashir: hassan.bashir@qatar.tamu.edu
 
Fourth annual Ethics Week continues with film screening
Ethics Week will conclude tomorrow (9 April) with a screening of the film "Globalization is Good" from 4 to 6 p.m. in Lecture Hall 144 in the Engineering Building. It will be an open atmosphere allowing Texas A&M at Qatar's diverse student body to participate in a lively discourse. Popcorn and drinks will be served. Events from the week included the Ethics Bowl, a panel discussion on engineering and warfare, and a students vs. faculty debate.
For information, contact Pavithra Manghaipathy: p.manghaipathy@qatar.tamu.edu
 
Fourth annual ethics week includes Ethics Bowl competition
The Ethics Bowl will be held 6 April from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Lecture Hall 238 in the Engineering Building. Students apply their knowledge of ethics to case studies in a competitive environment. The Ethics Bowl tests ethical reasoning, critical thinking, argumentation skills and team work.
For information, contact Pavithra Manghaipathy: p.manghaipathy@qatar.tamu.edu.
 
QAPCO vice chairman and CEO delivers lecture on ethics in engineering
The Initiative in Professional Ethics hosted a lecture, "On Significance of Ethics in Engineering," by Dr. Mohammad Yousef Al Mulla, Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) Vice Chairman and CEO, 24 March. Al Mulla spoke on the significance of professional ethics in the engineering profession with a special focus on practices in Qatar.
For information, contact Dr. Hassan Bashir: hassan.bashir@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0252
 
Philosophy professor conducts lecture on ethics
The Initiative in Professional Ethics hosted a lecture, "In Praise of Emotion in Engineering," by Michael Davis, senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions and professor at Illinois Institute of Technology, 17 March. Davis spoke on the conceptual connection between engineering and the emotions of engineers.
For information, contact Dr. Hassan Bashir: hassan.bashir@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0252
 
 
Liberal Arts Guest Speaker Series features women's studies professor from Penn State University

The Liberal Arts department hosted Dr. Cheryl Glenn, professor of English and women's studies at Penn State University, 17 Feb. from noon to 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall 238. She spoke on the ways that U.S. women's legal equality does not yet signify social equality. Her lecture was entitled, "Women, Rhetoric and Contemporary American Politics."
For information contact Khadija Elcadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145
 
Texas A&M at Qatar hosts Liberal Arts International Conference 2015

The Liberal Arts department of Texas A&M University at Qatar co-hosted the third annual Liberal Arts International Conference 2015 at Hamad bin Khalifa Student Center. The conference welcomed more than 70 scholars from 45 universities and institutions from around the world. Dr. Troy Bickham, liberal arts program chair and professor of history at Texas A&M at Qatar said, "We are especially gratified by the large number of participating scholars within Qatar this year. The conference is a unique opportunity within Qatar for scholars across the country in the social sciences, arts and humanities to engage with each other and colleagues around the globe. This year, we have scholars from six continents and more than 20 countries coming to present research papers in a variety of fields.” Read more.

Van de Logt's article published in American Indian Quarterly

Professor Mark van de Logt's article, "'The Whirlwind is Coming to Destroy My People!': Symbolic Representations of Epidemics in Airfare Oral Tradition," was recently published in the American Indian Quarterly. The article analyzes American Indian monster stories and argues that these monsters such as Whirlwind, snakes and bears actually represent historical traumas such as epidemics, inter-tribal wars, European invasion and colonization. Read more.

 
Texas A&M at Qatar to host oral history and photography exhibition
Texas A&M University at Qatar’s Engineering Change through Oral History initiative, Library, and Quality Enhancement Program are sponsoring an open exhibition of student work on Thursday, December 4 from 9 to 11 a.m. and from noon to 1 p.m. in the Link Atrium. As part of the UGST course, students in the Adventures in Photography seminar will show photographs they have taken over the course of the semester, and students in the Worlds We Live In seminar will present posters they have created from their oral history research. Coffee, tea and karak will be available. 
For more information, contact Dr. Amy Hodges: amy.hodges@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0133.
 
NYU Abu Dhabi professor to give talk 30 Nov.
Dr. Adam Ramey, assistant professor of politics at New York University Abu Dhabi, gave a talk 30 Nov. from 3 to 5 p.m. in conference room 310 on campus. Ramey's lecture, "More than a Feeling: Personality and Congressional Behavior," was part of the Liberal Arts Guest Speaker Series. In his talk, Ramey discussed how legislators' personality traits affected their behavior in the U.S. Congress, focusing on the key tactic of bill sponsorship. His research results show that personality has a strong relationship with legislator behavior, even after controlling for legislator ideology. Ramey specializes in the study of American legislative institutions, quantitative methodology, and political psychology. His research focuses on the applications of cutting-edge methodologies to the study of legislative and electoral behavior. 
 
Cotugno to give Liberal Arts Guest Lecture Series talk 18 November
Dr. Marianne Cotugno, associate professor of English at Miami University in Ohio, gave a talk 18 November as part of the Liberal Arts Guest Speaker Series. Cotugno's talk — "From 'The police acted stupidly' to 'There is never an excuse…': The President, the Police and the Public" — was scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall 238.
For information contact Khadija ElCadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145.
 
Renowned economist gives talk on paper vs. electronic currency
One of the world’s most renowned and frequently cited economists gave a lecture, "How Subordinating Paper Money to Electronic Money Can End Recessions and End Inflation," 17 Nov. at Texas A&M at Qatar. Dr. Miles Kimball, professor of economics and survey research at the University of Michigan, writes the blog Confessions of a Supply Side Liberal. The lecture was hosted by the Liberal Arts Program at Texas A&M at Qatar. Moderating the talk and discussion was Dr. Khalid Rashid Alkhater, director of research and monetary policy at Qatar Central Bank (QCB) and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee and the Investment Committee at QCB. 
For information contact Khadija ElCadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145.
 
Texas A&M's Lincoln to give talk 13 November
Texas A&M University's Dr. Yvonna S. Lincoln gave a talk 13 November on campus as part of the Liberal Arts Lecture Guest Speaker Series 2014-2015. Lincoln's talk, "Qualitative Research in the 21st Century: Challenges of New Technologies and the Special Problem of Rigor and Ethics," was scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall 238. Lincoln is distinguished professor of higher education and the Ruth Harrington Chair of Educational Leadership in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University. Please RSVP to Khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu.
For information contact Khadija Elcadi: Khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145.

 
Texas A&M's Thomas gives talk, lends expertise
Frank Thomas, chair of the Physical Education Activity Program at Texas A&M University and an internationally known archery coach, gave a lecture at Texas A&M at Qatar 10 November. In his talk, "The Game is in the Brain: How to Manage the Mental Side of Sport/Life," Thomas discussed how to prepare for the mental side of sports and life, not just the physical side, and the relationship of the conscious, subconscious and ego to our ability to be successful. He also spent some time with Texas A&M at Qatar archers, offering advice and guidance. Thomas was head coach of the U.S. Men's Archery team for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, as well as several world championships and numerous other international competitions, and has coached Texas A&M archery teams to 16 national championships.

 
Weichold appoints three Dean’s Fellows
Dr. Mark H. Weichold, dean and CEO of Texas A&M University at Qatar, has announced the appointment of three faculty fellows:

Dr. Tingwen Huang, mathematics professor in the Science Program, has been named Dean’s Fellow for Recognition of Faculty’s Excellence and Achievements, a position in which Huang will coordinate Texas A&M at Qatar’s efforts to nominate and promote our faculty members for university-wide and/or international awards. Huang will be the focal point to explore opportunities for the recognition of our faculty members. In addition, he will lead the efforts to prepare the nomination packets and materials with support from program chairs, faculty members at Texas A&M at Qatar and Texas A&M, and other colleagues from academia and industry.

Dr. James Rogers, associate professor of political science, was named Dean’s Fellow for Mentorship of Early Career Faculty Members. Rogers will coordinate Texas A&M at Qatar’s efforts to develop and provide mentorship opportunities for early-career faculty members. Rogers will work with program chairs, faculty members at Texas A&M at Qatar and Texas A&M, and other colleagues from academia and industry to develop mentorship opportunities that may include peer-teaching evaluations; input on research proposals; developing collaboration with leading faculty members, researchers and industry professionals; and guidance on professional service.

Dr. Bing Guo, assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Program, was named the Dean’s Fellow for High-impact Learning and Teaching with Technology and will develop and coordinate programs that focus on high-impact learning for students and teaching with technology across the Texas A&M at Qatar programs. The teaching with technology activities will be coordinated with the current programs and infrastructure support being developed and promoted by Information Technology. 
 
Texas A&M at Qatar celebrates writing day
More than 100 students participated in the (Inter)National Day on Writing event, hosted by the Academic Success Center and the Liberal Arts Program. The students played Scrabble, composed magnetic poetry in Arabic and English, competed in a lipogram contest, and tried their hands at Arabic calligraphy. Pictures from Texas A&M at Qatar’s event were publicized by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), The New York Times Learning Blog, and the National Writing Project. The National Day on Writing is an officially recognized day in the United States, a result of an ongoing project sponsored by NCTE. For more information on the National Day on Writing project, visit the ASC’s Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/TAMUQSuccess and NCTE’s website www.ncte.org/dayonwriting.
For information contact Kelly Wilson: kelly.wilson@qatar.tamu.edu, +974. 4423-0572.
 
 
ASC, Liberal Arts host campus (Inter)National Day on Writing
The Academic Success Center (ASC) is partnering with the Liberal Arts Program to host the first-ever (Inter)National Day on Writing event at Texas A&M at Qatar. The event will be a come-and-go-style fair open to all students in the link atrium area from noon to 2 p.m. Monday (20 October). There will be fun and interactive activities range from collaborative storytelling to Arabic calligraphy to engage students in thinking about writing in its various forms and functions. Lunch will be provided for those who participate.
The National Day on Writing is an officially recognized day in the United States, a result of an ongoing project sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). This year’s NCTE theme is "Writing in Community" and writing centers across the U.S. will host events that day. Texas A&M at Qatar will use #writemycommunity on Twitter and post images to Instagram throughout the two-hour event, promoting the campus' involvement in the project. For more information on the National Day on Writing project and writing initiatives in the classroom visit http://www.ncte.org/dayonwriting.
For information contact Kelly Wilson: kelly.wilson@qatar.tamu.edu, +974. 4423-0572.
 
 
Texas A&M's Mandell discusses digital humanities as part of Liberal Arts lecture series
Dr. Laura Mandell, director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media and Culture at Texas A&M University, presented a talk, “Big Data and the Humanities: What Does a Digital Humanities Center Do?” 29 September as part of the Liberal Arts Guest Speaker Series. In her talk, Mandell discussed how digitizing our cultural record has affected research in the humanities, both its current practice and future directions.
For information contact Khadija Elcadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145.
 
 
Book edited by Seawright published
Dr. Leslie Seawright, assistant professor of English in the Liberal Arts Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar, has had a book published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Seawright edited the book, “Going Global: Transnational Perspectives on Globalization, Language, and Education,” in which various contributing authors describe the implications of adopting English in other countries and settings around the world. Seawright said that many of the essays in the book were submitted by presenters of the annual Texas A&M at Qatar Liberal Arts International Conference in 2013 and 2014. The essays include authors and studies from Algeria, India, Iran, Ghana, Germany, Poland, Tunisia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, the United States of America and Yemen.
For information contact Dr. Leslie Seawright: leslie.seawright@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0647.
 
Texas A&M law professor to give lecture 11 September
Associate Professor Sahar Aziz from the Texas A&M University School of Law has given a talk at Texas A&M at Qatar 11 September as part of the Liberal Arts Guest Speaker Series. Aziz's talk, "Theater or Transitional Justice: Reforming the Judiciary in Egypt," was scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. in Lecture Hall 238. In her talk, Aziz has examined the role of the judiciary in determining why the historic 25 January 2011 uprisings did not produce the political transition necessary for there to be transitional justice in Egypt. 
For information contact Khadija El Cadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145.
 
Texas A&M at Qatar celebrates student writing with new book
Texas A&M University at Qatar has celebrated the official release of its first anthology of student writing 9 September from 5 to 7 p.m. on campus. The publication, Best Writing: Building Words, Building Worlds, is a collection of writings from an array of genres, from poetry to personal essays, short stories, technical papers and research reports. Best Writing — the brainchild of Dr. Mysti Rudd, visiting assistant professor in the Liberal Arts Program at Texas A&M at Qatar — demonstrates the variety of genres in which engineering students write and showcases the talents of Aggie engineers who excel at thinking and writing critically as well as creatively.
For information contact Dr. Mysti Rudd: leeann.rudd@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0655.
 
Proposals being accepted for Liberal Arts International Conference 2015
The Liberal Arts Program at Texas A&M at Qatar has announced the call for proposals for its Third Annual Liberal Arts International Conference, "Looking Forward, Looking Back: Transnational Perspectives on Globalization," 1-3 Feb. 2015. Following the success of the past two years, this third annual conference will explore the impacts of globalization from a variety of disciplinary lenses. The organizing committee welcomes submissions from across the spectrum of academic fields, including politics, history, linguistics, technology, language studies, sociology, anthropology, geography, economics, philosophy, ethics, law, religion and cultural studies — and especially from Ph.D. students and scholars working in non-western and/or underrepresented regions. Submission of individual papers and panel proposals on these or other related themes are welcome. The conference can provide travel funds for international participants who need funding. Select papers will be considered for publication in a peer-reviewed volume or a special issue of an international journal.
For information contact Dr. Leslie Seawright: leslie.seawright@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0647.

 
Aggies visit Compass International School children
Students in Deanna Rasmussen’s oral skills class recently visited Compass International School where they gave presentations to the school children. The presentations were about different aspects of Qatari culture, including clothing, holidays, food and hospitality. Children learned to sing the Garangao song, sampled maamoul and dressed up in traditional clothing. The visit also gave Texas A&M at Qatar students a chance to practice their speaking and presentation skills. One student said, "At first I was worried because I’m not good enough in speaking…but I became more comfortable and relaxed. At the end, I was very happy with my performance."  Another said, "The children were listening and asking questions. Working with the children was fun."
For more information, contact Deanna Rasmussen: Deanna.rasmussen@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0596.
 
Texas Tech professor speaks on research failures
Dr. Rebecca Rickly gave a talk, "Failing Forward: Learning from Research Failures," 15 April on campus. Rickly's talk, part of the Liberal Arts Guest Speaker Series, offered a series of narrative failures undergirding complete, published research that shed light on the understanding, teaching and representation of research. These stories provided a lens that faculty might use to plan, conduct, represent and critique research, and how to integrate failure into the process.
For information contact Khadija ElCadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145.
 
Cushman lectured on Cherokee Learning Center
Dr. Ellen Cushman, professor of writing, rhetoric and American cultures at Michigan State University, presented "Cherokee Story in the Digital Archives: Revising the Tenets of the Imperialist Archive" 8 April as part of the Liberal Arts Speaker Series. In her talk, Cushman focused on the problems and promises of digital archives through an analysis of a digital story presented in the Cherokee Learning Center, a Cherokee Nation online archive of stories.
For information contact Khadija ElCadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145.
 
Liberal Arts celebrates Best Writing
The Liberal Arts Program recently celebrated the completion of its premiere edition of Building Words, Building Worlds, a publication featuring the best writing of current and former University students. The program received over 150 submissions for the soon-to-be published book and is scheduling a launch event for fall  
 
 
University to host Ethics Week
Texas A&M at Qatar will host Ethics Week 2014 7-10 April. Sponsored by The Initiative of Professional Ethics (TIPE), Ethics Week is designed to create awareness about issue in ethics as they relate to professional life through a series of lectures and events. The second annual Ethics Week will open with "Ethical Implications of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster in Japan" by Dr. Jun Fudano, professor of science and engineering ethics and director of the Applied Ethics Center for Engineering and Science at Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan. The weeklong event will also feature an ethics bowl and conclude with a faculty-student debate.
For information contact Dr. Hassan Bashir: hassan.bashir@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0252.
 
Sachedina to present on the changing historical landscape of Oman
Dr. Amal Sachedina, postdoctoral fellow, Asia wing pre-planning, will present, "Sediment, Sentiment and National Modernity: The Interactions of Heritage and Landscape in Oman’s Conception of History." The 26 March lecture will focus on the dalla, or the Omani coffee pot. The discussion will take social practices and knowledges induced by material form and function a a basis for examining the shift from the religio-ethcial relationships of the last Ibadi Islamic Imamate (1913-1958) to those that define "heritage" as part of modern state building today. The event will begin at noon in lecture hall 238.
 
 
Liberal Arts Guest Speaker Series to discuss disputation
Dr. Amina Tawasil, the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Middle East and North African Studies at Northwestern University, will present "The Necessity of Disputation: The Practice of Argumentation among Seminarian Women in Tehran" 24 March. The lecture will provide ethnography of the howzevi’s ways of knowing couched in a specific modality of practice of mobaheseh (argumentation) in the howzeh, based on grounded anthropological analysis of fifteen months of fieldwork in Iran. The event will begin at noon in lecture hall 144.
For information contact Khadija ElCadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145.
 
Dragga presents on erasive rhetoric
Dr. Sam Dragga, professor of technical communication at Texas Tech University, presented "Erasive Rhetoric and Communities at Risk" 17 March. Using discourse analysis to review pertinent written communications across a 25-year period, Dragga identified a series of rhetorical techniques damaging to the safety, identity, and vitality of a community: name-changing, dismissive and derogatory descriptions, passive voice, negative claims, tactical omissions, and elaborate detail, separately and collectively, serve to fortify the source of danger while erasing the object of danger.
For information contact Khadija ElCadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145.
 
Distinguished Lecture focuses on a world without writing
Dr. Shirley Brice Heath, professor of English and dramatic literature at Brown University, and a linguistic anthropologist, presented "The World Without Writing: Is There Persuasive Evidence to the Contrary?" on 10 March. Her lecture focused on research findings from cognitive neuroscience, behavioral economics, political science and legal history that support a picture of the future of writing that is far more complex than a yes-or-no oppositional stance. Conclusions point to changes in the nature of writing across the life span of educated cosmopolitan citizens of the world. These changes radiate shifts in the roles of key institutions, including those of higher education, business, health, law and property ownership. For information contact Alia Fakhr: alia.fakhr@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0155.
 
ICTS to welcome Halevi as next guest speaker
Dr. Leor Halevi, associate professor of history and law at Vanderbilt University, presented, "Electronic Islam: Postmodern Capitalism and the Religious Awakening of Engineers." at noon on 23 Feb 2014 in lecture hall 238. Halevi specializes in the interrelationship between religious laws and social practices in various contexts.
For information contact Khadija ElCadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145.
 
Liberal Arts Program host Best Writing competition
The Liberal Arts Program is accepting submissions for Best Writing. The purpose of this project is to collect and publish best writings of current and former Texas A&M at Qatar students. Best Writing aims is to demonstrate the variety of genres in which engineering students write and to showcase the talents of Aggie engineers who excel at thinking and writing critically as well as creatively. Deadline for submissions is 16 March. View information and submission guidelines online.
 
Rizzo presents next lecture of Liberal Arts Guest Speaker Series
Dr. Helen Rizzo, associate professor of sociology at The American University in Cairo, presented "Informal Social Control and Weapon of Political Repression: Sexual Harassment in Egyptian Public Spaces," 9 Feb. The lecture discussed the recent history of public space sexual harassment as a form of informal social control that women face every day in Egypt as well as how it has been used as a weapon of political repression against female protestors before and after the 25 Jan. 2011 uprising. For information contact Khadija ElCadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145.
 
ICTS guest speaker focuses on food security
Dr. Fred T. Davies, Regents Professor in the Department of Horticultural Sciences, faculty of Molecular and Environmental Plant Sciences, and AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow at Texas A&M University, presented, “Horticulture, Food Security, and the Monumental Challenge of Feeding the World,” 5 Feb. His lecture, part of the Initiative in Culture, Technology & Society, focused on crop productivity from biotechnology, genetics, agronomics and horticulture will not be sufficient to meet food demand, and resource limitations will constrain the global food system. For the first time in human history, food production will be limited on a global scale by the availability of land, water, and energy. Food issues could become as politically destabilizing after 2050 as energy issues are today.
For information contact Khadija ElCadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145.
Campbell claims title of Chilimaster
John Campbell, assistant professor of health and kinesiology, and team leader of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, led team members Ali Mansour, Abdulaziz Al-Qahtani and Yehia Elebiary to victory, claiming the title of chilimasters during the 2014 chili cookoff. OASIS 101, led by Liticia Salter, took second place. Better Chili Through Chemistry, led by Ben Cieslinski, placed third. For information contact Amjad Abdo: amjad.abdo@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0643.
 
Texas A&M at Qatar hosts Liberal Arts International Conference
Texas A&M University at Qatar hosted the second annual International Liberal Arts Conference 26-28 Jan. The event, sponsored by Qatar Petroleum, was organized by the University’s Liberal Arts program in collaboration with The Initiative in Professional Ethics (TIPE), an umbrella organization for all ethics-related activities at Texas A&M. The theme of the conference, (Re) thinking Global Connectedness: Critical Perspectives on Globalization, was geared toward providing critical insight on questions like what is globalization and how globalization has impacted our daily lives? Keynote speakers included Dr. Philippa Levine, Mary Helen Thompson Centennial professor in the Humanities, University of Texas at Austin; Dr. Jamal Elias, Walter H. Annenberg professor in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania; and Dr. Robert Carter, senior lecturer, University College of London at Qatar.
For information contact Leslie Seawright: leslie.seawright@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0647.
 
TIPE presents lecture on climate change
Dr. Mathias Risse, professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the Kennedy School at Harvard University, presented "Climate Change: Some ethical questions for future engineers," on 26 Nov. The lecture focused on how the costs associated with and ethics surrounding climate change are global in scope. Ethical challenges emerge, especially with respect to distributive justice, when deciding how these costs are allocated amongst various entities. Engineers, who provide the knowledge base and skill-set to sustain and expand industrialization, must also come to terms with this ethical dimension of their work, and are inextricable moral agents in the questions of global justice with respect to the cost of climate change. For information contact Amal Hassan: amal.hassan@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0626.
 
 
Echo-hawk presents on human rights of indigenous people
Walter Echo-Hawk (Pawnee), adjunct law professor at the Tulsa University College of Law, will present, "In The Light of Justice: The Rise of Human Rights in Native America and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples," on 2 Dec. His lecture will focus on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and its impact of asking nations to define indigenous rights through a human rights framework.
For information contact Khadija ElCadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145.
 

Turner presents on intestinal health
Dr. Nancy D. Turner, associate professor in the department of nutrition and food science at Texas A&M University, presented Maintenance of Intestinal Health and Prevention of Colon Disease Through Dietary Interventions," on 26 Nov. Her lecture focused on providing a forum for recent date from Turner's lab, demonstrating the influence of indigestible carbohydrates and bioactive compounds on microbial populations, SCFA levels and the suppression of colon cancer and colitis. For information contact Khadija ElCadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974. 4423.0145
 
 

TIPE presents lecture on a universal code of ethics

Dr. Andrej Zwitter, NGIZ Chair for International Relations at Department of Legal Theory, University of Groningen, presented "Pitfalls on the Road to Achieving a Universal Code of Ethics," on 12 Nov. The lecture focused on how one can identify universal principles most clearly with the concept of virtues. The nature of virtues is one of being a set of heuristics for the good character of a person expressed in virtuous actions. If thus, it is not principle ethics but heuristics of behavioral choices that make for the right character, a universal code of ethics might be reached by focusing on these heuristics that give action guidance rather than on the unbending rule of principles.
For information contact Amal Hassan: amal.hassan@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0626
 
 
Liberal Arts hosts guest speaker series
Professor Ali Al-Hail Al-Mahmoud, presented "Psychosomatics': Is It a Complementary Medicine, or an Alternative One?" on 21 Oct. In the lecture, Professor Al-Mahmoud argued that psychosomatics should be considered an instrument to help physiological doctors do their job in a more comprehensive manner. Over 80 faculty, staff and students were in attendance. This was the first lecture this year of the Liberal Arts Guest Lecture Series, which is now in its third year. For information contact Khadija ElCadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145.
 
Van de Logt featured in fur trade era academic journal
Dr. Mark van de Logt, assistant professor of history, recently received an award for his article "Arikara Niituníšu’ Beliefs and the Fur Trade." The article is published in this year’s edition of the Journal of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade. The article discusses Arikara Indian responses to contagious diseases introduced by Euro-American fur traders. Dr. Van de Logt received the award at the Green River Rendezvous in Pinedale, Wyoming.
For information contact Dr. Mark van de Logt: martinus.van_de_logt@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0656.

 
Bashir and Jehangir awarded Best Paper
Dr. Hassan Bashir, assistant professor of political science, and Hamza Jehangir, research assistant, recently were awarded Best Paper on their work, "Implementing Western Higher Education in Non-Western Contexts: Observations from the Engineering Ethics Program at Texas A&M University at Qatar." The award was presented at the Clute International Academic Conference on Engineering Education and Policy in Paris, France.
For information contact Dr. Hassan Bashir: hassan.bashir@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0252.

 
Wheeler to join Liberal Arts Program
Dr. Brannon Wheeler will be joining the Liberal Arts Program next week through mid-August as a visiting scholar. Dr. Wheeler joins the University from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he is a Professor of History and member of the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies. His most recent book is Mecca and Eden: Ritual, Relics, and Territory in Islam (University of Chicago Press, 2006). Wheeler will be on campus conducting research and hosting lectures.
For information contact Dr. Brannon Wheeler: bwheeler@usna.edu.
 
 
Students present at political science annual meeting
Seven students from Texas A&M at Qatar presented at the Midwest Political Science Association’s 71st annual meeting in Chicago from 11-14 April. Alya Al Harthy, Syed Muhammad Taha, Muhammad Anas, Roza Espandeary, Akanksha Menon, Mohammed Ziyan Sheriff and Fatima Raja presented their work in the undergraduate poster sessions. The posters focused on a diverse range of issues which included effects of drone strikes in Pakistan, post civil war reconstruction in Sri Lanka, Leadership and governance in Malaysia and Singapore, parallel education systems and governance in South Asia, the political economy of labor in Bahrain and human rights, corruption and governance and Arab women's participation in the blogosphere in Middle Eastern countries. Student research was supervised by Dr. Hassan Bashir, assistant professor of political science, and Dr. Phillip W. Gray, visiting assistant professor of political science.
For more information contact Dr. Hassan Bashir: hassan.bashir@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0252.
 
Liberal Arts lecture to focus on Arikara language
Loren Yellow Bird, member of the Sahnish (Arikara) nation, traditional Arikara singer, historian and American Indian cultural interpreter at Fort Union Trading Post National Park, North Dakota, presented, "Bringing the Old Ways Back to Life: Arikara Language and Cultural Revival by Members of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, North Dakota," on 24 April. The lecture focused on Arikara culture change in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the stresses of assimilation experienced by the tribe that resulted from a near total loss of language, history and cultural practice, and the processes of cultural recovery and revitalization.
For information contact Khadija ElCadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145.
 
 
Ethics Week 13 concludes with screening of The Social Network
Over 250 faculty, staff and students participated in the second annual Ethics Week 1-4 April. Sponsored by The Initiative of Professional Ethics (TIPE), Ethics Weeks is designed to create awareness about issue in ethics  as they relate to professional life through a series of lectures and events. The keynote address of the event was "The Economic Development Industry: Moral Pitfalls on the road to Modernity," by Professor Charles Choguill, vice provost for academic affairs at Alfaisal University. Ethics Week hosted Ethics Café, an open forum on issues related to ethical decision-making the engineering profession. The event also hosted a British parliamentary style debate, sponsored by the Council of Debating Engineers (CODE), between University students, faculty and staff on the subject of the Aggie Honor Code. The week-long event concluded with the screening of The Social Network. In collaboration with the Education City Film Society, Dr. Phillip Gray, visiting assistant professor of political science, gave a brief lecture highlighting the many linkages between engineering, technology and ethics as depicted in the film.
For information contact Hassan Bashir: hassan.bashir@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0252.
 
Coopersmith to present on oil in American history
Dr. Jonathan Charles Coopersmith, associate professor of history at Texas A&M University, will present "Riding the Roller Coaster: Oil in American History," on 18 Feb. His lecture will focus on how oil has played an important role in American history economically, geographically, institutionally, politically, socially and even culturally.  The lecture is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. in lecture hall 143.
For information contact Khadija ElCadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145.
 
 
Liberal Arts to host international conference
Dr. Hassan Bashir, Dr. Troy Bickham, and Dr. Phillip W. Gray are organizing the First Liberal Arts International Conference on February 3rd and 4th, 2013. The conference, which will be held at Texas A&M University at Qatar, has a theme of "Ethical Engagement with Globalization, Citizenship and Multiculturalism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives." The primary focus of the conference is on the relationship and complexities that exist between notions of citizenship within a globalized world, and the means by which universalistic and / or particularistic ethical systems and structures “fit” into a multicultural globe. For further information please refer to the links below:
 
 
 
 
University students present on Qatar's history
Fourteen students in Deanna Rasmussen's foundations of English class recently visited Compass International School to deliver presentations on Qatar’s history and culture to year four and five Compass students. Students presented four different interactive presentations to four different classes of children. The children learned more about Qatari hospitality, ate dates, learned about dress and tried on traditional clothing, and saw photos of Qatar past and present. Compass students received flags and badges.
For information contact Deanna Rasmussen: deanna.rasmussen@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0596.
 
Korvela to present on postdemocratisation
Dr. Paul-Erik Korvela, lecturer of political science at the Universityy of Jyväskylä, Finland, on 12 Nov., will present "Postdemocratisation: End of History Revisited?" as part of the Liberal Arts Guest Speaker Series. His lecture will focus on the potential threats to liberal democracy in postdemocratic states. Korvela will also discuss established democracies sliding away from democracy. The lecture is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. in lecture hall 144.
For information, contact Khadija El Cadi: khadija.elcadi@qata.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145.
 
Mysti Rudd successfully defends doctoral thesis
One of Liberal Arts' newest faculty members, Mysti Rudd, has recently returned from the U.S. having successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on October 18th. Dr. Rudd's Ph.D. is in Composition/T.E.S.O.L. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania; her dissertation is titled “Reasons to Leave, Reasons to Believe: Students Stories’ of Withdrawing from First Year Composition” and includes seven case studies of students who withdrew from FYC at a community college on the Gulf Coast of Texas.​
 
 
Masad, Gray, TAMUQ students present papers on engineering ethics and globalization
Dr. Eyad Masad, assistant dean for research and graduate studies, Dr. Phil Gray, visiting assistant professor of political science, and students Alya Al Harthy and Syed Taha presented papers on engineering ethics and globalization at an international workshop hosted at the University of Illinois Urbana Champagne. The US-National Science Foundation funded event is second in a series of two workshops on the theme "Engineering Ethics in a Globalized World." The first workshop in this series was hosted at the University in October 2011. Texas A&M at Qatar’s Initiative in Professional Ethics (TIPE) is the co-organizer for both workshops.
For more information contact: Hassan Bashir: hassan.bashir@qatar.tamu.edu; +974.4423.0252.
 
Bickham presents lecture on War of 1812 book
On October 14, history professor and Liberal Arts Program Chair Dr. Troy Bickham gave a public lecture at the National Archives in Washington D.C. regarding his recently published book  “The Weight of Vengeance: The United States, The British Empire and the War of 1812.” In it, Bickham placed this “forgotten war” in a global context, portraying a United States that saw an opportunity to challenge Britain’s dominance, and a Britain that feared the rise of U.S. maritime power and territorial expansion. The War of 1812 was a turning point for both countries and marked a critical moment of self-definition for the two nations.
For information contact Dr. Troy Bickham: troy.bickham@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0457.
 
 

Williams and Telafici present at Asian language conferences in October

English faculty members Joseph Williams and Michael Telafici each presented papers at language conferences in October. Both gentlemen focused on technology, its uses and its effects on language and learning. Mr. Williams presented “POP! Contemporary Media in the University Classroom” at the 2nd Conference on Applying Language Arts, Hong Kong. Mr. Telafici presented “Writing in Real Time with Google Docs: Induction in Action” at the Tenth Asia TEFL International Conference, New Delhi, India, and “YouTubing: Web Media, Authentic Texts, and Schemata Activation” at the 4th Asian Conference on Education in Osaka, Japan.
 
 
Bashir presents paper on globalized world
Dr. Hassan Bashir, assistant professor of political science, presented a paper titled "Self and Other in a Globalized World" at the 4th global conference on Strangers, Aliens and Foreigners (SAF). The three-day conference is organized annually by the Inter-Disciplinary.Net at Mansfield College, Oxford University, UK. Bashir also served as chair for the panel on Inter-cultural Exchanges and Affinities at the conference. Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a well known global network of research and publishing in the humanities and social sciences.
For more information contact: Hassan Bashir: hassan.bashir@qatar.tamu.edu; +974.4423.0252.
 
 
Broussard to debut Liberal Arts speaker series
Dr. Albert Broussard, professor of history at Texas A&M University, on 17 Sept. will present his lecture "African Americans in the American West." Broussard will argue US states, particularly California, Oregon and Washington, were the focal point of a mass migration of both blacks and whites during the war, and that black westerners waged a struggle for civil rights and racial equality as vigorously as their counterparts in the South. The lecture will begin 2 p.m. in lecture hall 144.
For information contact Khadija ElCadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu; +974.4423.0145.
 
 
Ambassador to South Africa lecture to Sherry Ward’s First Year Seminar class.
On 16 September 2012, Mr. Saa’d  Cachalia, Ambassador to South Africa and Mr. Peter Larue, counsel at the South African Embassy came to speak to Sherry Ward’s First Year Seminar class.  The students were provided a brief history of South Africa, a glimpse at the politics and a slideshow, which highlighted national landmarks and wildlife. There was also time to interact with the visitors through a very engaging question and answer period.
 
 
Bickham publishes book on War of 1812
Dr. Troy Bickham, associate professor of history, Ray A. Rothrock ’77 fellow and program chair for liberal arts, recently released a book titled “The Weight of Vengeance: The United States, The British Empire and the War of 1812.” Published by Oxford University Press, the book was released on the 200th anniversary of the outbreak of the War of 1812. Bickham has also published titles such as “Making Headlines: The American Revolution as seen Through the British Press” and “Savages within the Empire.” The book’s release follows Bickham’s 2012 Fallon-Marshall Lecture on 26 April at Texas A&M University in which he offered a fresh analysis of the War of 1812 from a global perspective.
For information contact Dr. Troy Bickham: troy.bickham@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0457.
 
 
Bickham to give 2012 Fallon-Marshall Lecture
Dr. Troy Bickham, associate professor of history, has been selected by Texas A&M University's College of Liberal Arts to give the 2012 Fallon-Marshall lecture on 26 April. The lecture, titled "The Weight of Vengeance: The United States, the British Empire, and the War of 1812," will offer a fresh analysis of the War of 1812 from a global perspective. "As professors, we tell our students that good scholarship is about digging deeper than the surface, and my lecture will reflect the research in which I have done that for the War of 1812," said Bickham. The lecture will be based on Bickham's forthcoming book "Divided Again: The United States, the British Empire, and the War of 1812." It is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center at the George Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University.
 For information contact Dr. Troy Bickham: troy.bickham@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0457.
 
 
Liberal Arts Speaker Series discusses decolonization
Dr. Jason Christopher Parker, associate professor of history, Texas A&M University, will offer a lecture titled "Counting Flags, Making Maps: Decolonization and the Postwar World(s)" on 16 Feb. Parker will analyze decolonization as both a transfer of political and juridical sovereignty and an intellectual and cultural process. The lecture is scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. in lecture hall 144.
For information, contact Khadija El Cadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145.
 
 
Liberal Arts Speaker Series discusses "American Way of War"
Dr. Brian McAllister Linn, Ralph R. Thomas professor of liberal arts at Texas A&M University, will discuss the evolution of US military thought in the context of the idea of an "American Way of War" at the Liberal Arts Speaker Series on 5 Feb. Linn suggests American military began to view war as primarily an engineering problem in the 1990s. The lecture is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. in lecture hall 238 of the Texas A&M Engineering Building.
For information contact Khadija ElCadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145.
 
 
Liberal Arts Program to host lecture on US foreign policy, Arab uprisings
 The Liberal Arts Speaker Series will host a public lecture titled "The United States and the Arab Uprisings: 'Be identified with the emerging future rather than the decaying past" on 23 Nov. Dr. Waleed Hazbun, associate professor of political science and director of the Center for Arab and Middle East Studies at the American University of Beirut, will address the implications of the “Arab Spring” on US foreign policy in the Middle East. Dr. Todd Kent, assistant dean for academic affairs, said, “By hosting public lectures on relevant topics to the region, the University is able to offer a learning opportunity to the local community and encourage its students to think about and discuss important topics that affect their lives.”
For information contact Khadija El Cadi: khadija.elcadi@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0145.
 
 
Bashir invited for research visit to the Netherlands 
Globalization Studies Institute at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands has invited Dr. Hassan Bashir, assistant professor of political science, to be a visiting professor for summer 2011. As a representative of the Liberal Arts Program (political science) at Texas A&M University at Qatar, Bashir will be delivering a series of lectures to graduate students on ethics in international affairs and South Asian politics. He will also work on developing research partnerships with Groningen faculty. Bashir will participate in planning sessions at the Center for Research in Ethics and Globalization (REG) to develop  a new inter-faculty and international master’s program on religion, media and globalization. Bashir and Dr. Eyad Masad, professor of mechanical engineering, are members of the international advisory board of the REG at Groningen. For information contact hassan.bashir@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0252.
 
 
Texas A&M faculty awarded NSF honor
 Dr. Hassan Bashir, assistant professor of political science and Dr. Eyad Masad, professor of mechanical engineering, along with main campus faculty, Dr. Colleen Murphy, associate professor of philosophy, Dr. Paolo Gardoni, associate professor of civil engineering, and Dr. Ed Harris, professor of philosophy, have won an award from the National Science Foundation of the United States to organize international workshops titled "US-Qatar Workshops: Engineering Ethics for a Globalized World." These workshops will evaluate the challenges involved in developing international ethics standards for engineering and for teaching engineering ethics in an internal context. The first workshop will be organized at Texas A&M at Qatar in fall 2011 with the second to be organized in the spring 2012 in College Station, Texas.
For information contact Dr. Eyad Masad: eyad.masad@qatar.tamu.edu, +974.4423.0268..
 
 
Beggs successfully defends dissertation
Dr. Courtney Beggs, Visiting Assistant Professor of English, defended her thesis, "Risky Business: The Discourse of Credit and Early Modern Female Playwrights Before Defoe," on 7 April. Her dissertation studied the discourse of credit in the late 17th and early 18th-century comedies of Aphra Behn, Mary Pix, the pseudonymous Ariadne and Susanna Centlivre. She argued these plays function as a narrative bridge between the financial discourse that appears before them in conduct books and advice manuals prior to the Restoration and after them in the 18th-century novel beginning with Daniel Defoe.
For information contact Dr. Courtney Beggs: courtney.beggs@qatar.tamu.edu,.

Heeg successfully defends dissertation
Dr. Jennifer Heeg, Visiting Assistant Professor of political science, on 2 March 2010 defended her dissertation, "Seeing Security: Societal Securitization in Qatar," at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
For information contact Dr. Jennifer Heeg: jennifer.heeg@qatar.tamu.edu,
 
 
Dr. Bashir nominated for best paper award by American Political Science Association
Dr. Hassan Bashir, assistant professor of political science, has been nominated for the best paper award by The American Political Science Association's organized section of foundations on political thought. His paper, "Otherness, Canonicity and Comparative Political Theory," reassesses the rationale and usefulness of a cross-cultural approach towards political theorizing. Bashir presented the paper in September 2009, at the 105th Annual Meeting of the Association in Toronto, Canada.
For information contact Hassan Bashir: hassan.bashir@qatar.tamu.edu.
 
 
English 210 Trade Show Winners Announced
Winners have been announced for the English 210 technical writing trade show held on 6 Dec 2009. Students showcased the packaging and specifications of new products and student software video casts. Winners were Hebatullah Elboursaly, Fatima Elmubarak, Shaymaa Khalifa and Maya Hamed. Second place winners were Barry Botes, Anam Waheed, Karim Ibrik, Shameel Abdulla and Kuffat Khan.
For information contact Joseph Williams: joseph.williams@qatar.tamu.edu.
 
 
Texas A&M at Qatar Students Help Fight Against Human Trafficking
Jennifer Heeg
, assistant lecturer of political science, and students from her politics of global inequality course have raised more than $1,000 to promote efforts against human trafficking. Students participating sold items made by women and children survivors of trafficking in Asia and Africa. Students Maryam Al-Aali, Asma Al-Enazi, Sara Al-Hail and Sara Bughenaim last week hosted an event at Al Bayan Educational Complex for Girls, while Abeer Abuhelaiqa and Sara AlHaddad hosted an event at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar to raise awareness about human trafficking. Nawal Al Kindi and Maryam Al Raisi sold items in the student lounge of the Texas A&M Engineering Building. All proceeds support the Emancipation Network and the Made by Survivors store.
For information contact Jennifer Heeg: jennifer.heeg@qatar.tamu.edu.
 
Liberal Arts Program To Host ENG 210 Students Poster Presentation v.5.0
Texas A&M at Qatar English 210 students on 6 Dec. participated in an end-of-semester trade show. Students showcased the packaging and specifications of new products and student software video casts. The trade show began at 10 a.m. in the link atrium.
For information contact Joseph Williams: joseph.williams@qatar.tamu.edu.
 
 
Liberal Arts Initiative Helps Freshmen Find Common Ground
Texas A&M at Qatar's Liberal Arts Program Common Ground initiative continues this year with Booker T. Washington's book "Up from Slavery" and will offer a three-part lecture series. As part of activities planned for all freshman classes, the initiative also sponsored an essay contest based around one theme from the book. Student judges awarded first place to Ernesto Nuguid, electrical engineering major, second place to Aravindh Rajan, mechanical engineering major, and third place to Maaz Ali, petroleum engineering major. The lecture series is designed to support English 104 students who have read the Common Ground selection. Featured speakers of the lecture series are Dr. Troy Bickham, associate professor of history and Ray A. Rothrock Fellow in the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Todd Kent, senior assistant professor of political science, and Thomas Nester, history lecturer. For a full schedule of lectures and topics, visit the Texas A&M at Qatar Newsroom.
 
 
Kent to debate on Obama's Nobel Prize
Dr. Todd Kent
, senior assistant professor of political science, on 4 Nov. participated in a debate titled "Does President Obama Deserve the Prize?" The focus of the debate surrounded US President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize and opened up questions about his first year in office. Kent debated Dr. Gary Wasserman, visiting professor of American government at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. The debate was scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. in the faculty and staff lounge of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in the LAS building.
 
 
Dr. Work publishes Book on Civil War
Dr. David Work, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, recently published a new book, "Lincoln's Political Generals," published by University of Illinois Press. In this book, Work examines the policy of appointing political generals to fight and win the Civil War. Work also follows the careers of sixteen generals through the war to assess their contributions and how Lincoln assessed them as commander in chief.
 
 
Cambridge Publishes Book with Chapter by Bickham
Dr. Troy Bickham, Associate Professor of History and Ray A. Rothrock Fellow in the College of Liberal Arts, has written a chapter titled "I shall tear off their scalps, and make cups of their skulls: American Indians in the Eighteenth-Century British Press," in a new book titled Native Americans in Anglo-American Culture, 1750-1850: The Indian Atlantic. The book was recently published by Cambridge University Press. (4 Aug. 2009)
 
 
Heeg Awarded by Northeastern Political Science Association
Jennifer Heeg, Assistant Lecturer in political science, received an award for best paper from the women's caucus of the Northeastern Political Science Association for work titled "Feminist International Relations Epistemologies, Methodologies, and Methods: What Counts? Who Counts?" 
 
 
ENG 210 Students Poster Presentation v.4.0       
Texas A&M at Qatar Student Presents Poster at Political Science Association Annual Meeting
Manzoor Ahmed, a junior petroleum engineering major, presented at the undergraduate poster session of Midwest Political Science Association's annual meeting in Chicago on 9 April. Ahmed's poster was titled "Equal Opportunity Unequal Access: Exploring the Nexus Between Domestic Politics and Globalization" and focused on the relationship between domestic politics and economic inequality in a globalized world. The poster was based on a paper written for the course on Politics of Global Inequality taught by Dr. Hassan Bashir.  
 
 
Seven Texas A&M at Qatar faculty receive promotions
Dr. Mark H. Weichold, dean and CEO of Texas A&M at Qatar, on 12 July announced the promotion of seven Texas A&M at Qatar faculty members. "These promotions recognize the outstanding record of academic achievement of these faculty members," Weichold said in an announcement to the campus community. "I am honored to be sharing this excellent news." Effective 1 Sept., Dr. Ahmed Abdel-Wahab is promoted to senior associate professor of chemical engineering; Dr. Hassan S. Bazzi is promoted to senior associate professor of chemistry; Dr. Milivoj Belic is promoted to senior professor of physics; Dr. Tingwen Huang is promoted to senior associate professor of mathematics; Dr. Hazem Nounou is promoted to senior associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; Dr. Mohamed Nounou is promoted to senior associate professor of chemical engineering; and Liticia Salter is promoted to senior lecturer of English.
 

Johnson and De Ruiter Named Rothrock Fellows
Dr. Charles A. Johnson, Dean of the Texas A&M College of Liberal Arts, has announced the appointment of Dr. Troy Bickham, associate professor of history at Texas A&M at Qatar, as a 2009 Ray A. Rothrock Fellow in the College of Liberal Arts. Bickham was among the 2008-2009 class of liberal arts assistant professors approved for tenure and promotion to associate professor, effective 1 Sept. 2009. "The Rothrock Fellows program is an initiative in the College of Liberal Arts that we believe will pay scholarly dividends for our students and for the respective fields of knowledge in which our promising associate professors work," Johnson said. The Rothrock Faculty Research Fellowships recognize a select number of newly promoted associate professors with three-year awards of $5,000 per year. The faculty will use these awards to support research and teaching projects that will aid in their promotion to full professor.
 
 
Bickham Joins Distinguished Lectureship Program
Dr. Troy Bickham, Associate Professor of history, has been appointed to the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program roster. Created in 1981, the OAH Distinguished Lectureship Program features 350 US historians who offer lectures during the 2009-2010 academic year.
For information on the program visit www.oah.org/lectures.