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Issue 5, 2011

We are pleased that you are finding time in your busy schedules to become better acquainted with the activities of our students and faculty and with developments that are shaping the future of our now 20-year-old institution. The purpose of these e-Bulletins is purely to inform and make AUA better known and understood among the wider community of concerned individuals. We encourage you to pass them (or our e-Bulletin subscription link) along to others, or provide us with the names and addresses of those you believe would also wish to be informed by them.

As we approach the Holiday Season and close of 2011, it is time to thank once again each of you who have supported AUA in so many important ways. The simple reality is that the continuing operation and advancement of the university depends upon the financial support of concerned and informed individuals such as you. Our website has a Giving to AUA section (also accessible from the "Giving to AUA" button at the bottom of each e-Bulletin) which allows gifts to be made on line by credit card. There are still room naming opportunities available and other ways that you can help. My office can assist at any time, as can our Oakland, California office for those located in the USA.

On behalf of all our students and those yet to come, please accept our most heartfelt appreciation. May you and your families enjoy Happy Holidays and a safe and prosperous new year!

Bruce Boghosian

AUA Provost Inducted to National Academy of Engineering

AUA's Interim Provost Armen Der Kiureghian was recently inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) during a ceremony which took place last month in Washington, D.C. Der Kiureghian, who is also one of AUA's founders, was recognized for his "contributions to risk and reliability and earthquake engineering to advance the practice of civil and structural engineering." Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions granted to an engineer.

Administration Appointments

This week President Bruce Boghosian announced the appointment of two new members of the Senior Administration team: Gevorg Goyunyan to the position of Vice President of Finance/CFO and Ashot Ghazarian to the position of Vice President of Operations/COO. Goyunyan has been with the University for more than 10 years most recently as Controller and Director of Business Development, and Ghazarian comes to AUA after leading the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU) in Armenia for nearly two decades.

Justice Minister Discusses Perspectives on Judicial Reform at AUA

On November 15, the Legal Resource Center (LRC) hosted Justice Minister Hrayr Tovmasyan as a guest speaker at its fall Seminar Series on "Rethinking Values, Norms, and Institutions in Armenia." Mr. Tovmasyan's talk entitled Perspectives on Judicial Reform provided an overview of and forum on legal reforms on the Ministry's agenda.
The LRC Seminar Series culminated with a discussion with Armenia's first Foreign Minister, Raffi Hovannisian, on Rethinking the G-Word.

Study Abroad in Armenia: Partnership with Birthright Armenia

AUA and Birthright Armenia recently signed an agreement which will offer a unique educational package to Diasporan Armenians who wish to pursue an MBA degree in Armenia. The new partnership affords students the opportunity to pursue an English language, US-accredited MBA degree while experiencing Armenia..

Digital Library Team Meets with Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak met with representatives of the AUA's Digital Library of Classical Armenian Literature during his visit to Armenia last month. Wozniak expressed interest in the innovative manner in which Apple technologies were used in the development of the Digital Library.

International Conference "Crossroads of Psychology and Law"

On November 4-5, 2011, the Law Department hosted "Crossroads of Law and Psychology," an international conference co-sponsored by the US State Department and Penal Reform International. The conference brought participants from more than ten countries, including a number of internationally acclaimed scholars in the fields of criminology, socio-legal studies and psychology. The two-day program featured several discussions on current issues across these disciplines, as well as poster presentations and academic writing workshops. The conference contributions will be published in a thematic volume.

Armenia's "Double Burden" is focus of Nutrition Seminar

In collaboration with World Vision Armenia and Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR), the College of Health Sciences organized "Nutrition Issues in Armenia: How Can We Improve?", a public seminar featuring Professor Richard Deckelbaum, Director of the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia Medical School in New York. Dr. Deckelbaum's presentation, entitled "The Cost of the Double Burden: Over and Under-Nutrition" focused on the health and economic consequences of inappropriate nutrition among children and adults.

Research and Scholarship

Catherine Buon, Associate Dean of the Department of English Programs, gave a presentation entitled: Our students, the PDTs: Procrastinators, Doers, and Thinkers at the 30th TESOL France Annual International Conference in Paris, France on November 5, 2011. The presentation examined the ways in which students’ learning preferences and styles can be utilized by teachers for more effective language instruction.

Armen Tashchian, Visiting Professor in the School of Business and Management, published “Factors that Influence Students to Participate in Team Decision Making” in the November 2011 issue of the American Journal of Business Education. The study examines the effects of personality on participation in decision making. Tashchian also published “An Investigation of the Job Burnout Syndrome in Personal Selling” in the Fall 2011 issue of the Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management. The study builds on previous research and tests a model of burnout in the professional selling position.

Gayane Yenokyan, Visiting Assistant Professor, and Haroutune Armenian, Professor, from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) recently published “Triggers for Attacks in Familial Mediterranean Fever: Application of the Case-Crossover Design” in the 2011 American Journal of Epidemiology.

Anahit Demirchyan, Senior Research Specialist, Varduhi Petrosyan, Assistant Professor, and Michael Thompson, Adjunct Associate Professor from the CHS recently published the article “Psychometric value of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression (CES-D) scale for screening of depressive symptoms in Armenian population” in the October 2011 Journal of Affective Disorders.

Diana Petrosyan, AUA Master of Public Health (MPH) Alumna 2009, Haroutune Armenian, Professor, and Kim Hekimian, Visiting Assistant Professor, from the CHS recently published the article “Interaction of Maternal Age and Mode of Delivery in the Development of Postpartum Depression in Yerevan, Armenia” in the December 2011 Journal of Affective Disorders. The article was based on Diana Petrosyan’s MPH Capstone Project.

Lilit Khachatryan, AUA MPH Alumna 2009, Robert Scharpf, Visiting Assistant Professor, and Sarah Kagan, Visiting Professor, from the CHS recently published the article “Influence of Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 and Prolonged Estrogen Exposure on Risk of Breast Cancer among Women in Armenia” in the November 2011 Health Care for Women International. The article was based on Dr. Lilit Khachatryan’s MPH Capstone Project.

Hasmik Galstyan, Head of Reference of the Papazian Library, has been nominated as Electronic Information for Libraries-Intellectual Property (eIFL-IP) coordinator in Armenia by the Electronic Library Consortium of Armenia (ELCA). Galstyan has presented at many conferences on topics including the Role of Libraries in Higher Education and Access to Knowledge: Copyright and Libraries.


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