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March 2019 Newsletter

During the Month of March, the world celebrated the International Women’s Day, on March 8th. In United States, we are celebrating the National Women’s History Month.  The Arab American Association of Engineers and Architects (AAAEA)-Capital Area Chapter is celebrating these monumental events by paying tribute to all the Arab American women pioneers who made and are making history. Here are some examples of our Arab American women who are making great impacts in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields:

Dr. Rasha Hammamieh, the deputy director for the Integrative Systems Biology Program at the U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research. Dr. Hammamieh was recently recognized as the author of the Army’s Best Science Paper, Achievement Medal for Civilian Service and many other awards from the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Gordon Conferences and Keystone Symposia

Dr. Rasha Hammamieh, the deputy director for the Integrative Systems Biology Program at the U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research. Dr. Hammamieh was recently recognized as the author of the Army’s Best Science Paper, Achievement Medal for Civilian Service and many other awards from the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Gordon Conferences and Keystone Symposia

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician at Hurley Medical Center and professor at Michigan State University. She became a household name in 2015, when she exposed the Flint Water Crisis, which exposed children to dangerous levels of lead. She advocates for children, immigrants, and women in STEM.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician at Hurley Medical Center and professor at Michigan State University. She became a household name in 2015, when she exposed the Flint Water Crisis, which exposed children to dangerous levels of lead. She advocates for children, immigrants, and women in STEM.

Dr. Huda Y. Zoghbi is one of the world’s leading researchers and physicians. She is a professor of Pediatrics, Molecular and Human Genetics, and Neurology and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, and the winner of dozens of prizes for her breakthrough research in Alzheimer’s disease, in particular.

Dr. Huda Y. Zoghbi is one of the world’s leading researchers and physicians. She is a professor of Pediatrics, Molecular and Human Genetics, and Neurology and Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, and the winner of dozens of prizes for her breakthrough research in Alzheimer’s disease, in particular.

Shadia Rifai Habbalm, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii. With over 100 publications in refereed journals, she has explored the role of magneto-hydrodynamic waves in the heating of the corona and the acceleration of the solar wind. She has also embarked on explorations of the source regions of the solar wind.

Shadia Rifai Habbalm, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii. With over 100 publications in refereed journals, she has explored the role of magneto-hydrodynamic waves in the heating of the corona and the acceleration of the solar wind. She has also embarked on explorations of the source regions of the solar wind.

Dr. Adawia Amina Alousi was as lead scientist and Institute Fellow of Cardiovascular Pharmacology at Sterling-Winthrop Research Institute, outside of Albany, NY. She developed and brought to market a class of drugs that effectively treated congestive heart failure. Her discoveries and contributions to science continue to improve and extend lives and her work has been the benchmark for pharmacological experimentation around the world.

Dr. Adawia Amina Alousi was as lead scientist and Institute Fellow of Cardiovascular Pharmacology at Sterling-Winthrop Research Institute, outside of Albany, NY. She developed and brought to market a class of drugs that effectively treated congestive heart failure. Her discoveries and contributions to science continue to improve and extend lives and her work has been the benchmark for pharmacological experimentation around the world.

Dr. Najat Arafat khelil is a champion of both science and activism. In 1974, she became the first woman in the State of Texas to earn a Ph.D. in nuclear physics. She has taught at many prestigious universities including George Washington University. She served as a Guest Researcher for one year at the National Bureau of Standards contributing to international cooperation in Science and Technology. Twice she was listed in Marquis “Who’s Who of American Women” all while advancing Arab and Palestinian causes for which she was presented with “Lifetime Achievement Award”

Dr. Najat Arafat khelil is a champion of both science and activism. In 1974, she became the first woman in the State of Texas to earn a Ph.D. in nuclear physics. She has taught at many prestigious universities including George Washington University. She served as a Guest Researcher for one year at the National Bureau of Standards contributing to international cooperation in Science and Technology. Twice she was listed in Marquis “Who’s Who of American Women” all while advancing Arab and Palestinian causes for which she was presented with “Lifetime Achievement Award”

To all the Arab American women who are leading the way in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields, we Salute You!

Salam,

Jamileh Mogin, President

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