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Professor El Eid selected for international scientific collaboration
9/14/2017
Jennifer Muller  |  Office of Communications  |  media@aub.edu.lb  | 
AUB Physics professor, Dr. Mounib El Eid has been invited to participate in an innovative scholarly exchange program between Lebanese and US scientists to foster international collaboration in physics and other related fields.

The program is a joint venture between the American Physical Society (APS) and the Academy of Sciences for Lebanon (ASL). Headed by AUB alumnus and prominent scientist George Helou (BS ’75), the Académie des Sciences du Liban was founded in 2007 to contribute directly to the growth, invigoration, and dissemination of the sciences in Lebanon, and to help in growing a world-class scientific culture. This exchange program for scientists is one tangible way that the ASL is working to realize these goals.

An international panel of experts for the APS-ASL award selected Professor El Eid to travel to Clemson University and Louisiana State University to share his experience and expertise in the field of nuclear astrophysics and stellar evolution modeling. Dr. El Eid told us that he is looking forward to sharing his expertise and to building upon the collaborative relationship he enjoys with colleagues at Clemson University, where he is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

“Science cannot live on its own,” Dr. El Eid told us. “It needs teamwork and collaboration.”  He added that AUB is getting the spirit of scientific research right, but that working with international experts, many of whom have more advanced facilities and dozens of graduate students, is important because such collaborations lead to better scientific research for all.

Dr. El Eid began his academic career focusing on nuclear astrophysics and later decided to combine this with stellar structure and evolution. In this branch of astrophysics, scientists study the lifecycle of stars over the course of millions or even billions of years.
Since stars are complex plasma systems, modeling their structure and evolution is not only based on fundamental physical principles, but also needs extensive computational tools using the fastest computers. This explains why this field started to develop in the late 1960s when computers began to be relatively fast.

Strong letters of support for Dr. El Eid’s application came from Clemson and Louisiana State University (LSU).  In particular, professors from LSU noted that students in their various research groups—including experimental nuclear astrophysics, theoretical astrophysics, and observational astronomy—would benefit from Professor El Eid’s visit, and that it would help foster collaboration in areas of research related to the impact of nuclear reactions on stellar evolution and nucleosynthesis.

Dr. El Eid noted that this recognition reflects positively on AUB and that it will support his work with students, including several PhD candidates that he is advising. 

In addition to this honor bestowed on Dr. El Eid, AUB will benefit from the other half of this scholarly exchange program with a sponsored visit by Dr. Habib Najm to AUB’s Department of Computer Science, where he will collaborate with Professor George Turkiyyah.
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  • ​AUB Physics professor, Dr. Mounib El Eid has been invited to participate in an innovative scholarly exchange program between Lebanese and US scientists to foster international collaboration in physics and other related fields.
 
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