February 8, 2015

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Rula Deeb Co-Chaired the NAS 2nd Annual Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium

Geosyntec Principal Rula Deeb (Oakland) co-chaired and organized the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) 2nd annual Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium, held December 13-15, 2014 in Muscat, Oman. In partnership with The Research Council (TRC) of Oman, this symposium was designed to bring together young scientists, engineers, and professionals to exchange ideas and advances within their respective fields for the purpose of enhancing dynamic scientific exchange and collaboration between the Arab world and the United States.

Participants were chosen from many technical disciplines for their demonstrated thought leadership, academic rigor, and especially their passion for scientific advancement leading to concrete change in the world. This year’s symposium brought together young scientists, engineers, and medical professionals from 22 countries to discuss advances in their respective fields. Presentation topics included water management and reuse, hydraulic fracturing, global food security and environmental regulators of cancer. In addition to the technical topics covered in these sessions, invited speakers included Dr. Geri Richmond from the University of Oregon who was recently selected as one of four U.S. science envoys appointed by the Secretary of State to work with researchers in other nations on global issues.

The Frontiers program brings together outstanding young scientists and engineers under the age of 45 to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in a broad range of disciplines. The format encourages both one-on-one conversations and informal group discussions in which participants continue to communicate about insights gained from formal presentations and cutting-edge research in other fields. By doing so, Frontiers helps to remove communication barriers between fields and encourages collaborations among some of the world's best and brightest young scientists. Participants are selected from among recipients of prestigious fellowships, awards, and other honors, as well as from nominations by National Academies members and other participants. In addition to learning about research at the frontiers of fields other than their own, the program is intended to facilitate a network of connections that can be maintained as participants advance in their careers.

For more information on the National Academies’ Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, please visit: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/dsc/AAFrontiers/index.htm

For more information, contact Rula Deeb in Oakland at 510-285-2676 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..