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ISSUE 16, November 2012

Seminar Explores Environmental Impact of Armenia’s Proposed Nuclear Power Plant

The College of Science and Engineering organized a seminar on Thursday, November 9, focusing on the environmental impact assessment of Armenia’s proposed nuclear power plant. The seminar featured Lief Erickson, Deputy Chief of the USAID project providing support to Armenia’s energy sector. More than 60 students, faculty and guests attended the seminar led by Mr. Erickson, who has been working with the Government of Armenia since 2007. Mr. Erickson has been supporting the development of an Environmental Impact Assessment on the proposed nuclear plant.

Senior Administration Team Updates Boston Community

Members of AUA’s Senior Administration provided a comprehensive overview of AUA and its current projects at a November 1 presentation held at the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Watertown, Massachusetts. The presentation, titled AUA 2013: A Global Education in Armenia, featured President Bruce Boghosian, Provost Dennis Leavens, and Vice Presidents Ashot Ghazaryan, Gevorg Goyunyan, and Maral Chalian. In addition to a historical overview of the university, President Boghosian talked about the fall 2013 launch of AUA’s undergraduate program with three degrees—English & Communications, Business, and Computational Sciences as well as a new master’s degree in Economics.

Professor the Lord Ara Darzi Speaks about Health Care Reforms

On October 30, the College of Health Sciences in collaboration with the National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia organized a public health seminar on Health Care Reforms with Professor the Lord Ara Darzi of Denham. Professor Darzi, who was knighted for his services in medicine and surgery in 2002, holds the Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London. During his talk, Professor Darzi emphasized that priorities should be given to improving the quality of health care and preventive public health measures such as promoting healthy lifestyles--including reducing smoking rates--to improve health outcomes and quality of life.

First Undergraduate Open House

AUA hosted its first Undergraduate Open House on Saturday, November 10, welcoming 300 prospective students and their parents to campus for college tours, presentations, academic program visits, and faculty and staff introductions. The day-long event was part of the university’s outreach efforts in support of the fall 2013 launch of AUA’s undergraduate program which will offer majors in Business, Computational Sciences, and English & Communications. AUA Students and alumni participated in the Open House leading campus tours and answering prospective applicants’ questions.

Turpanjian Scholarship Recipient Wins Edison Music Awards

The Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff, a project of Turpajian Family Foundation Scholarship recipient Levon Eskenian, recently received the Edison Music Award in the category of World Music. The prestigious Edison Award, bestowed by the Dutch music industry for albums of outstanding quality, has been awarded since 1960 and is one of the oldest musical prizes in the Netherlands. The award is comparable to the American Grammy Award, the German Preis der Schallplattenkritik and the French Victoire. Eskenian, a Yerevan State Conservatory graduate, was one of the first recipients of the Turpanjian Family Foundation Scholarship which AUA administers to provide need-based financial assistance to students at both AUA and other Armenian universities.

Upcoming Events

In Memory of John Cage: A concert dedicated to the musician's 100th anniversary
Pianist Hayk Melikyan
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 8PM

Akian Art Gallery, Paramaz Avedisian Building
RSVP [email protected] by Nov 15


Mining and Socio-Economic Policy: Armenia's Choices
A day-long conference at the American University of Armenia
Friday, November 30, 2012, 9:30AM - 5:30AM

Manoogian Hall, Paramaz Avedisian Building


American University of Armenia
40 Baghramyan Ave.
Yerevan 0019, Republic of Armenia
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