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Arab Students' Organization hosts awards

Arab-American professionals and college students from the Boston area will participate in the annual Arab-American Science and Technology Awards Banquet at the Hotel @ MIT from 7 to 10 p.m. on April 14th. The ceremony honors this year's awardees.

"Every spring the MIT Arab Students' Organization celebrates exceptional Arabs and Arab Americans who have made noteworthy contributions to science, technology and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century," said Mariam Kandil, president of the MIT Arab Students' Organization (ASO). "This year's award recipients have set high goals for themselves and successfully pursued these goals."

The winner of this year's lifetime achievement award is Dr. Huda Zoghbi, a professor of pediatrics in neurology and neuroscience at the Baylor College of Medicine, an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. The young professional award winner is Hayat Sindi, a leading medical researcher who invented a machine combining the effects of light and ultra-sound for use in the esoteric field of biotechnology. The graduate and undergraduate student award winners are Saleh Al-Tuwaijri and Ali Al-Hassani, respectively. The awardees were selected by a panel of distinguished judges: Mujid Kazimi, director of MIT Center for Advanced Nuclear Studies, Ahmed Ghoniem, director of the MIT Reacting Gas Dynamics Laboratory, Shihab AlBorai, president of the MIT Arab Alumni Association, and Omar Al-Madhi, M.B.A. student at the MIT Sloan School of Management and former president of the MIT ASO.

Guests of honor at the banquet include: MIT President Susan Hockfield, MIT Dean of Graduate Students Isaac Colbert, and Institute Chaplain Robert Randolph.

Online registration and ticket sales are available at the MIT Arab Students' Organization web site ( A limited number of subsidized tickets are available for students. For more detailed information on the awards, consult the Arab Students' Organization web site or contact Samer Abdin at or 626-340-9585.

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