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ٖزانکۆی ئەمریکی لە عێراق-سلێمانی خوێندنی جێندەر وەک ماددەی لاوەکیی فرەپسپۆڕیی دەکاتەوە لەسەروبەندی ١٦ رۆژ چالاکی دژ بە توندتیژی بەرامبەر ژنان

سەنتەری جێندەر بۆ گەشەپێدان و لێکۆڵینەوە (CGDS) لە تشرینی یەکەمی ساڵی ٢٠١٥دا دامەزرا و لە شوباتی ساڵی ٢٠١٦ەشدا لە دووتوێی کۆنفرانسێکدا سەبارەت بە جێندەر و جێنۆسیاد- دۆزی ئێزیدییەکان، بەشێوەیەکی فەرمی کرایەوە. ئامانجی ئەم سەنتەرە پێشخستنی دۆزی یەکسانیی جێندەرییە لە ناوچەکە لە رێگەی پەروەردە، لێکۆڵینەوەی ئەکادیمی و گەشەپێدانی کۆمەڵگەوە. لە ساڵی ٢٠١٥دا دەستپێکردنی خوێندنی جێندەر لە خەونێکی دوردەست و درێژخایەن دەچوو. ھەرێمی کوردستان (ھەروەک ئێستا) بە بارودۆخێکی نالەباردا تێدەپەڕی. جەنگی داعش، ئاوارەبوونی ھەزاران مرۆڤ، زەبری دەروونی جێنۆسایدی ئێزیدییەکان، خراپتربوونی بارودۆخی ئابووریی ناوچەکە و زانکۆکەمان؛ ھەموو ئەم ھەلومەرجانە ئەگەری ئەوەیان دروستکرد کە کردنەوەی پرۆگرامی خوێندنی جێندەر کاتێکی زۆر زیاتری پێویست بێت. بۆیە ئەمڕۆ بە شانازی و خۆشحاڵییەکی زۆرەوە وەرگرتنی پسپۆڕیی لە خوێندنی جێندەردا ڕادەگەیەنین. ئەمە یەکەمین جارە لە ھەرێمی کوردستان و سەرتاسەری عێراقدا کە خوێندنی جێندەر لە زانکۆیەکدا دەبێت بە مادەی لاوەکیی فرەپسپۆڕیی (interdisciplinary)، واتە ئەو کۆرسانەی کە بۆ ئەم مەبەستە دانراون لەلایەن بەشەکانی ئەدەبی ئنگلیزیی، زانستە کۆمەڵایەتییەکان و بەشی زانستەوە دەوترێنەوە. ئێمە باوەڕمان بە گرنگیی پەروەردە ھەیە بەتایبەت کاتێک باس لە گۆڕانکاریی نۆرمە باوەکان دەکەین. پەروەردە یارمەتیمان دەدات زۆنی دیدگا چەقبوستوەکانی خۆمان بەجێبھێڵین و بیروباوەڕە باوەکان بخەینە ژێرپرسیارەوە. پەروەردە وامان لێدەکات کە تێبگەین چۆن لەلایەن سیستەمە جیاکانەوە باوەڕمان پێ ھێنراوە نایەکسانییە پەنھان و نادیارەکان قبووڵبکەین، ئەو نایەکسانییانەی بە چاو و عەقڵی رەخنەییەوە نەبێت نابیرێن و ڕاڤەناکرێن. گۆڕانکاری تەنھا کاتێک روودەدات کە تاکەکان (بە ژن و پیاوەوە) دۆخی باو وەک دۆخێکی کێشەدار ببینن کە پڕە لە نادادپەروەریی شاردراوە. زۆرجار بە قوتابییەکانمان دەڵێین پێویست ناکات ژن بیت بۆئەوەی فێمینیست بیت. ھەر پیاوێک باوەڕی بە یەکسانی جێندەریی ھەبێت و بەرەنگاری ئەو سیستەمە پیاوسالارییە بێتەوە کە وەک پیاو ئیمتیازی تایبەتی پێدەبەخشێت، فێمینیستە. شەڕکردن لەگەڵ نایەکسانی و ناعەدالەتییدا ئەرکی ھەموو کەسێکە (نەک ھەر ژن)، بەتایبەتیش ئەرکی ئەو کەسانەیە کە بەبۆنەی ڕەگەزی جێندەریی، چینی کۆمەڵایەتی، گروپی نەتەوەیی، ئایینی،شوێنگەی سیاسیی یان کۆمەڵایەتییانەوە دەسەڵاتیان لە کەسانی تر زیاترە. ھەربۆیە بۆ دەستپێکی شانزە رۆژ چالاکیی دژی توندوتیژی جێندەریی، کەمپینێکمان بەناوی (مستەر فێمینیست) Mr. Feminist ڕێکخست. ئەم کەمپینە لەلایەن مامۆستایان و ستاف و قوتابیانەوە پشتگیرییەکی بەرفراوانی لێکرا بە سەرۆکی زانکۆوە، بەڕێز بروس ۆڵکەر فێرگەسەن کە یەکێک بوو لە بەشداربوانی کەمپینەکە. خۆشحاڵین کە ھەندێک لەم پیاوانە لەم ئێوارەکۆڕەدا لەگەڵمانن. لە کۆتاییدا دەمەوێت بڵێم کە وەک ھەر دەستکەوتێکی تر، سەرکەوتنی پرۆژەی خوێندنی جێندەر لە زانکۆ بەبێ کار و ھاوکاری تیمێکی کارا بەئەنجام نەدەگەیشت. لێرەدا دەمەوێت سوپاسی خاتوو شیرین سائیب بکەم کە دوو ساڵ لەمەوبەر لە دامەزراندنی ئەم سەنتەرەدا ھاوکارم بوو. سوپاس بۆ زانکۆی ئەمریکی لە عێراق-سلێمانی کە دامەزراوەیەکی کراوە و لیبراڵە و پاڵپشتمان بووە لە کارەکانماندا و ھەرکاتێک پێویستمان بووبێت پشتگیریی کردووین. تیمە گەورەکەمان پێکھاتووە لە د. ماریا سەلداریاگا (سەرۆکی بەشی زانست)، د. عقیل عباس (بەشی ئەدەبی ئنگلیزی)، جێسیکا پۆستما و مایکڵ-پۆڵ ھێرناندێز (بەشی زمان و ئامادەکاریی ئەکادیمی) و خاتوو راگوێز تەھا (بەشی ئەندازیاری). دەستەیەکیش لە قوتابیانی یاریدەدەر و چالاکی زانکۆ، راز رزگار حەیدەر، راز سەعدون یەدوڵا و ئەوین عادل بەرخی، ھۆکارێکی گرنگ بوون بۆ سەرکەوتنی ئەم چالاکییە و چالاکییەکانی ترمان. دەشمانەوێت سوپاسی ساوێن محەمەد ئەمین و سەرجەم قوتابییە خۆبەخشەکانی ترمان بکەین، ھەروەھا (گروپی مۆسیقای ئۆریەنتاڵ) بۆ سەرکەوتنی ئەم چالاکییە. سوپاس بۆ ئامادەبوونی ژمارەیەکی زۆر لە دۆستان و کەسایەتیی فیکریی، ئەدەبیی، ھونەریی، ئەکادیمیی، چالاکوان و سیاسیی لە دەرەوەی زانکۆکەمان لەم بۆنە جێندەرییە گرنگەدا. ھەموو لایەکتان خۆشھاتن.

AUIS Launches Interdisciplinary Minor in Gender Studies During 16 Days of Activism

The Center for Gender and Development Studies (CGDS) was founded in November 2015 and officially launched in February 2016 in a conference about gender and genocide, the case of the Ezidi community. The aim of the center is to advance gender equality in the region through integrating education, research, and community development. Setting up gender studies at AUIS seemed like a distant and long-term dream in 2015. The region was going through a lot of hardship (as it is now), the war against ISIS, the forced displacement of thousands of civilians, the trauma of the Ezidi genocide, the aggravating economic situation in the region and at AUIS: all these factors made it seem that setting up a gender studies program would not be possible for a while. It is therefore with great pride and honor that we gather here today to launch the AUIS Minor in Gender Studies. For the first time in the Kurdistan region and in Iraq we are starting an interdisciplinary minor in gender studies. The courses we have developed for this purpose are offered by the English Department, the Department of Social Sciences, and the Science Department. We believe in the importance of education, especially when it comes to bringing about normative change. Education helps us stretch ourselves beyond our comfort zone and re-examine our long held views. It makes us realise that we have been persuaded by various systems to accept inequality that has become invisible to the uncritical eye. Change can only happen when individuals (men and women) start seeing the status quo as problematic and imbued with normalised and hidden injustices. We regularly tell our students that you do not need to be a woman to be a feminist. Any man who believes in gender equality and who challenges the patriarchal system that gives him, as a man, more privileges, is a feminist. Fighting inequality and injustice is the responsibility of everyone (not just women), especially those who have more power because of their gender, class, ethnicity, or political position. This is why we launched our Mr. Feminist campaign to start the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence this year. The campaign drew support from faculty, staff, and students, and included the President, Mr. Bruce Walker Ferguson. We are so happy to include some of these men in tonight's activities. Finally, I want to say that, like any other achievement, the success of this project would not have been possible without the work and support of a team. I thus want to thank Ms Shiereen Saib, who worked with me to establish the center two years ago. Thanks to AUIS for being an open and liberal institution that has encouraged our work and supported us whenever we needed it. I want to thank our patron, Ms. Jan Warner, who believes in us and supports our work. Above all, I want to thank my colleagues at the gender center, the management team: Prof. Lynn Rose and Miss Goshan Qaradaghi who have developed courses, supervised students, and organised activities. Our larger team includes Dr. Maria Saldarriaga (Chair of the Science Department), Dr. Akeel Abbass (the English Department), Miss Jessica Postma and Mr. Michael-Paul Hernandez (both from the Academic Preparatory Program), and Miss Raguez Taha (the Engineering Department). Our brilliant interns, Raz Rizgar Haydar, Raz Saadun Yadullah, and Awin Adil Barkhi, have been a key to the success of this event and our other activities. We are also grateful to Sawen Mohammed Amin and our team of volunteers, and to our Oriental Music Club for making this event a success. Thanks for the widespread endorsement by friends and supporters from the region, including writers, artists, academics, politicians and activists, who are present here today. We welcome you all to the celebration of this great achievement.

AUIS Professor Presents Joint Research at International Scientific Conference in Riga

Dr. Oleksandr Dobzhanskyi, faculty of Department of Engineering, recently represented The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) at the 58th International Scientific Conference on Power and Electrical Engineering of Riga Technical University (RTUCON). The conference was held on October 12-13, 2017, in Riga, Latvia. The paper, “Comparison Analysis of AC PM Transverse-Flux Machines of Different Designs in Terms of Power Density and Cost,” presented by Dr. Dobzhansky at the conference was joint research work by AUIS in cooperation with the University of New Orleans (USA) and North-West University (South Africa). This is the first research work of the University presented in the field of electrical engineering internationally. The paper discusses different designs of transverse flux machines, and their applications in industry and power generation. Dr. Dobzhansky is currently continuing his research in this area by developing an urban-type, self-guided electromagnetic train. The research will be presented at the ITEC 2018 conference in California next year. An associate professor in the engineering department, Dr. Dobzhansky joined AUIS in Fall 2017. His academic and research interests include electric power generation, distribution and protection; electrical machinery; hybrid electric vehicles; wind and ocean wave energy conversion systems. He has worked for different industrial and academic organizations in the USA, South Africa, Peru and Ukraine. He completed his MSc and PhD in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University, USA.

AUIS Faculty Attends Seminar on Research Methods

On October 14, 2017, Dr. Atheer Matroud, assistant professor of Information Technology at AUIS, along with some faculty members of other Iraqi universities, conducted a seminar titled “Sober Scientific Research and Publication in International Journals” organized by The House of Wisdom, in Baghdad. The House of Wisdom is an intellectual and scientific establishment that deals with scholarly research and academic studies. The purpose of the seminar was to establish the best method for writing effective research papers. The audience was introduced to software tools for writing, referencing, and checking for plagiarism. They also addressed problems concerning academic writing in Iraq. During the seminar, Dr. Matroud prioritized the impact of plagiarism, whether done intentionally or unintentionally, citing examples. Unintentional plagiarism is when you accidentally fail to cite your sources correctly, which is still counted as plagiarism and is not acceptable. Dr. Matroud stressed that any form of plagiarism can lead to serious legal implications as well as destroyed reputation or even the loss of a career. The seminar was well attended and organized, with representation from many universities in Iraq. The audience also enjoyed listening to new methods and approaches for writing academic research papers. Some members of public universities also requested to host similar seminars at their institutions. Commenting on the seminar, Dr. Hemin Latif, chair of the IT department at AUIS, said, “Our faculty members at AUIS bring a lot of international expertise that the higher education sector in the country can, and must, benefit from. Dr. Matroud’s seminar is a very good step toward bridging the expertise gap between AUIS and other national institutions.”  Commenting on the quality of research and academic writing at AUIS, Dr. Matroud said: “I have found that at AUIS we are way ahead in training our students, especially, on the topic of writing and plagiarism.” Article by IT Department Communications Intern, Mr. Aran Kamaran.

Engineering at AUIS

A brief look at the engineering program at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani. AUIS offers majors in construction, mechanical and energy engineering. A new major in civil engineering will be offered from Spring 2018. Around 46% of all undergraduate students at AUIS study engineering.  Suscribe to our YouTube channel to watch our latest videos.  What is the AUIS advantage? Find out here.  The application is now open for Fall 2017 undergraduate program. Click to apply now. 

AUIS Professor Publishes Paper on the Effects of Air Quality on Human Health

AUIS’ newly appointed professor, Dr. Rimantas Kodzius, in collaboration with several colleagues recently published a paper on air quality and its effect on human health. The paper, “Air Quality Effects on Human Health and Approaches for its Assessment through Microfluidic Chips,” was published in the latest issue of Genes in September 2017. The paper emphasizes that air quality depends on the various gases and particles present in it, which is affected by both natural phenomena and human activities. Natural phenomena like dust storms, and man-made factors such as the unprecedented industrial growth in recent years, have contributed immensely to changing air quality values, and correspondingly affected life quality. The research, led by Dr. Kodzius, explains that the values of the so-called particular matter 2.5 (PM2.5) is of high importance, as such small particles can penetrate the human lung barrier and enter the blood system. It stresses that there are cancer cases related to many air pollutants, and especially to PM2.5, contributing to exploding costs within the healthcare system. After identifying the major factors impacting the cleanliness of air, the paper focuses on current and potential future air pollutants and proposes solutions on how to protect human health against such dangerous substances. It recommends that recent developments in the Organ-on-Chip (OoC) technology can play a major role in studying and monitoring air pollution, and can speed up the development of novel pharmaceutical drugs to fight the effects of such pollutants. Dr. Rimantas Kodzius is a guest reviewer for the special issue of Genes journal. In a published editorial with the title “Organ-on-Chip Technology: Current State and Future Developments,” he, with the other editors, gives an overview of the current situation on OoC developments. The editorial also invites other researchers to publish in the special issue of Genes about the OoC research or reviews in this promising field. Commenting on his recent research, Dr. Kodzius says, “We all want to live in a clean environment, lead healthy lives. There are many known and novel, potential pollutants that we encounter in our lives. The research helps to classify and identify the pollutants. For example, asbestos, DDT, lead in gasoline – that all was recognized as highly toxic chemicals, now banned from countries worldwide. As for the minimizing the pollution, the first step would be to identify the sources, identify the pollutants and minimize the exposure to our nature and our bodies.” Dr. Kodzius joined AUIS in Fall 2017 as an associate professor at the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, he enjoys living in mountainous places such as Sulaimani where he currently resides, he adds “I wish we all live like in a tourist destination, resort-like cities. I like living in the mountains, where the air contains less of the particles. For me living in Sulaimani, Kurdistan is similar like living in Davos, Switzerland where I did my Ph.D.” He is an editor for several scientific journals, including the Genes & Genetic Systems, Archives of Biotechnology and Biomedicine, and a guest editor to Genes, and serves as a reviewer for more than fifteen scientific journals. His research interests include molecular medicine, microfluidic-based sensors, and bioprospecting. According to Google Scholar, Dr. Rimantas H-factor is 20, with resulting 5000 citations to his publications. article.

Creative Coding and Computing: A Course that Surprises Students and Teachers

On October 4, 2017, Dr. Hemin Latif, assistant professor and chair of the Information Technology Department at AUIS gave a guest lecture on Creative Coding and Computing to the participants of an Android bootcamp organized by Re: coded, a non-governmental organization in Erbil. The purpose of the lecture was to show how the Creative Coding and Computing course offered at AUIS differs from traditional programming courses in its design, delivery, and impact. During his speech, Dr. Latif shared the reasons why introductory programming courses fail to give a strong education in coding and computing to a generic audience. He mentioned how this course resolves major problems of traditional programming courses He mentioned how this course resolves those major problems of traditional programming courses; and the problems that cause most students to drop out from these courses. He also discussed creativity as a concept that is required for everyone, and especially for programmers. At the end of the lecture, many participants were inspired by the benefits that the course could bring. Mr. Allan Saleh, a participant, said “Dr. Hemin's speech reminded me of how creativity has a huge impact on what I want to achieve. Definitely a wake-up call to innovation.” Mr. Mustafa Alfaisal, another attendant, commented, “I hope every college includes this creative course in their curriculum.” Currently, AUIS is the only university in the region that offers this course and there is a great student demand for it. Hopefully, more unique courses like Creative Coding and Computing will be offered in AUIS that could become supportive for learning and developing the ideas about, and beyond, the main regular courses and curriculum. Article by IT Department Communications Intern, Mr. Aran Kamaran

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