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GU-Q to hold workshops on food waste

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As part of a research project titled Safeguarding Food and Environment in Qatar (SAFE-Q), a research team from Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) will organise two workshops with local stakeholders in 
Qatar this month.
One is a supplier workshop, where distribution companies and supermarkets will come together with public officials and NGOs to discuss supply-related aspect of food waste. The other workshop will be conducted with consumers calling for participation of local restaurants, hotels and general consumers to discuss the consumer side of the food waste problem in the country.
GU-Q, together with the Cranfield and Brunel universities in the UK and University of Western Sydney, is the recipient of a research award from the Qatar National Research Fund to explore the issue of waste in food distribution in Qatar. SAFE-Q is a three-year project that will combine a detailed analysis of food supply and demand with an examination of causes of food waste occurring in distribution and changing trends in consumption resulting in waste.

TAMUQ receives 23 research awards

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Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) has received 23 research awards and bagged the three recognition awards of the Qatar National Research Fund’s (QNRF) National Priorities Research Programme (NPRP) at the QNRF Seventh Annual Research Forum.
TAMUQ received 23 awards from a total 120 chosen for funding from 869 projects submitted by 29 institutions in Qatar. TAMUQ’s awarded projects span its degree programmes in chemical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and petroleum engineering, as well as its science programme.
“Our research is contributing new knowledge, which is critical for the foundation of a knowledge-based economy,” said Dr Mark H Weichold, dean and CEO, TAMUQ. “This latest round of awards and recognition from QNRF demonstrates the high quality of research conducted at TAMUQ and the world-class caliber of our faculty and research staff.”
TAMUQ researchers and its research office were also singled out for major awards.
Dr Haitham Abu-Rub, professor and chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Programme, was named Best Researcher of the Year for his productivity in high-impact journals. 

New Osra grant for Arab researchers

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The Doha Institute of Family Institute (DIFI) has launched the Osra Research Grant, a joint research funding initiative with the Qatar National Research Fund, for research on the Arab family. 
Speaking to Gulf Times on the sidelines of  DIFI’s first annual conference on Family Research and Policy, Noor al-Malki al-Jehani, executive director, DIFI, said that the research grant of $50,000 for one year, aims to support innovative and high quality research on the Arab family.  
“The Osra grant aims to provide policy-makers in the region with evidence-based research and analysis that supports the design and implementation of new or more effective family- related policies and programmes. The grant is open for researchers from 22 Arab countries. The teams can include members from any of these countries as there is great flexibility in the norms for allotting the grant,” she said.
“Osra research is focused on four topics namely marriage; parenting; family work balance and family law and practice in the Arab world. The research can be conducted in any of the 22 Arab countries. The outcomes of the researches will be showcased during the next conferences.”

Elsevier Announces the Winners of Qatar University Scientists 2015 Scopus Awards

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Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and Qatar University Research Office have announced the winners of the Qatar University Scientists 2015 Scopus Awards.
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QNRF benefits 2,500 undergraduates

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MENAFN - Gulf Times) About 2,500 undergraduate students from universities in Qatar have been supported by Qatar National Research Fund's (QNRF's) Undergraduate Research Experience Programme (UREP), a top QNRF official said yesterday. One third of the participants were Qatari. 
Speaking at the award ceremony of the seventh annual UREP competitions, Dr Abdul Sattar al-Taie, executive director, QNRF, noted, "So far we have supported about 2,500 undergraduate students since the inception of UREP in 2006. Students have participated in 761 projects during the 16 UREP cycles that have been held so far with 656 UREP projects completed in the past seven and half years."
Dr al-Taie added, "It is not only an opportunity for the budding researchers to show their potential to the public but also an occasion to get recognised for their outstanding work. In the spirit of inclusion, the UREP competition also embraces wider community outside of the academic sector to undertake research in an effort to promote Qatari youth." 

Qatar University water research project bags top honours

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Qatar University's project on effective remediation method for desalinated water bagged the top prize at the 7th Annual Undergraduate Research Experience Program Competition held at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University.
The project accomplished by QU students Sana Khan, Maymoona Ayesh and Fatemeh Fahraei under the guidance of Dr Mohammad al Ghouti was among the top five projects that made it to the final stage of the prestigious competition.
The second prize went to a group from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) for their work titled 'Metformin improves endothelial function and protects vasculature against glucose toxicity'.
Another WCMC-Q team project titled 'Validation and Functional Characterisation of Novel Factors in Senescent 3T3-L1 Pre-adipocytes' won third prize.
Other winners were Texas A&M University at Qatar (Tamuq) at fourth place while another team of QU students took the fifth place.

New model finds HIV acute phase infectivity may be lower than previously estimated

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Previous calculations may have overestimated the importance of HIV transmission from recently infected individuals ("acute phase infectivity") in driving HIV epidemics, according to an article published by Steve Bellan of The University of Texas at Austin, and colleagues in this week's PLOS Medicine.
The lower estimates of acute phase infectivity suggest that recently infected individuals--who have not had the chance to start antiretroviral treatment--although still more infectious on average than those in the chronic stage of infection, are not as likely to infect others as was previously thought. Transmission from individuals in the acute phase of HIV infection could therefore pose less of a threat to effectiveness of Treatment as Prevention programs, while programs aimed at early identification of HIV infection could have less of a population-level impact, than previously thought.
The authors used two approaches to estimate acute phase infectivity. The first approach used viral load trajectories and the known relationship between viral load and infectivity to estimate that additional risk of transmission during the acute phase was equivalent to 5.6 extra months of chronic-phase infectivity (5.6 excess hazard months or EHMacute). The second approach used a mathematical model to simulate HIV infection and transmission among couples in the principal prior study that directly measured acute phase infectivity, a cohort study from Rakai, Uganda. This simulation estimated EHMacute to be 8.4. Both approaches yielded EHMacute estimates well below the two most cited previous estimates of acute phase infectivity (EHMacute 31 and 141). Bellan and colleagues determined that the higher estimates in previous studies were mainly the result of unaccounted-for heterogeneity in risk among study couples, and bias due to the exclusion of serodiscordant couples who were lost to follow-up. The authors caution that, even in their updated estimates, the small number of couples in this study result in wide confidence intervals.

CMU-Q Hosts Lecture on Arabic Language Learning

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CARNEGIE Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) recently hosted an 'Enhancing Teaching Arabic in Qatar' workshop for 25 primary, private and independent schoolteachers in an attempt to complement their language learning pedagogy.

Led by Zeinab Ibrahim, PhD, professor of Arabic Studies at CMU-Q and a renowned sociolinguist, 'Enhancing Teaching Arabic in Qatar' introduced the teachers to the linguistic theories behind the Arabiyyatti project, which is supported by the Qatar National Research Fund's National Priorities Research Program (NPRP).
Ibrahim said Arabiyyatti aims to introduce teachers to recent best practices in teaching Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) to schoolchildren. While Arab children are able to speak their local dialect, they are often unable to communicate using Modern Standard Arabic, otherwise known as fus'ha. 
"There are common problems with teaching Arabic across the entire region, and Arabiyyatti is the result of research indicating the need to support educators by introducing them to updated teaching methods as well as recent linguistic theories that deal with language acquisition and learning. I hope the participating instructors gained value from the workshop, and that it will inspire them to use Arabiyyatti in their classrooms not only for the benefit of their 
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Scholars present research papers at Liberal Arts International Conference

The third annual Liberal Arts International Conference hosted by Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMU-Q) started at Hamad Bin Khalifa Student Centre at Education City yesterday. About 70 scholars from more than 20 countries are presenting research papers in a variety of fields at the conference.

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Challenge 22 Roadshow Visits Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy’s Challenge 22 Roadshow has arrived in Saudi Arabia on a six-day stopover to meet with potential applicants and raise awareness about the innovation award that was borne out of a desire to celebrate the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™ as a regional event. The visit kicked off in Dammam and will also include stops in Riyadh and Jeddah.
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HMC hosts first pain conference

DOHA: About 500 delegates from Qatar and the region participated in the first Qatar International Pain Conference at Qatar National Convention Center.
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Challenge 22 roadshow winds up Saudi activities

The Challenge 22 team and ambassadors on Wednesday concluded a six-day roadshow in Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah providing information sessions on the new initiative.
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Challenge 22 Roadshow hits halfway mark with visit to Oman

The Challenge 22 Roadshow began a three-day visit to the Sultanate of Oman as the exciting regional competition continued.
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Talks on stronger educational, research cooperation in progress: Ambassador

THE Ambassador of Sweden to Qatar, HE Ewa Polano, has said that she hopes to establish a deeper level of cooperation in the field of education between Qatar and Sweden.
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Qatar National Research Fund Launches New Research Grant

Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) and the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), members of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), have announced their collaboration for the launch of a new research grant focused on the Arab family and policy related issues.
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