The Kuwait Foundation for Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) announced the 2016 winners of the Kuwait Prize which is awarded to Kuwaiti and Arab researchers, the Scientific Production Prize awarded to Kuwaiti researchers, and Anwar Al-Nouri Prize for Best Ph.D. thesis in Education in the Arab World.
The Director General of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences, Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin said that the nominated winners were endorsed by His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Chairman of the Board of Directors at KFAS, upon the board members’ recommendation, KFAS Prizes Council, and the Selection Committees.
Dr. Shihab-Eldin added that the “Kuwait Prize” this year was awarded in three categories. The first category being basic sciences in physics and was awarded to Dr. George Tanios Helou (Lebanese), Executive Director of the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, and Research Professor of Physics at the University of Caltech in Pasadena, California, USA.
Dr. Helou was awarded for his contribution to the development of new methods of observational data as well as the development of the theoretical analysis of such data relating to radio and infrared emissions of galaxies.
Dr. Shihab-Eldin added that the the second category in Kuwait Prize was Applied Sciences in food and Agriculture and was awarded to Dr. Sufian Abdul Salam Kamoun (Tunisian), Professor of Biology at West Anglia University, and a senior fellow at the Sainsbury Laboratory, John Innes Centre in the United Kingdom. Dr. Kamoun’s accomplishments included his effective leadership in vegetable pathology research, particularly in epidemiology of potato diseases, and in the successful production of microbial resistant species.
In the third category of Kuwait Prize, under Arts and Literature in the studies of fine arts, theatrical and musical arts, the prize was equally shared by Prof. Dr. Nihad Mohammed Saliha (Egyptian) who is a professor of drama and criticism at the Higher Institute of Art Criticism at the Art Academy in Egypt for her distinction in the Egyptian, Arab and international theater movement and her creativity in using postmodernism art criticism curricula.
The Co-Winner in the third category is Dr. Afif Ahmad Rafiq Bahnasi (Syrian), a retired professor at the University of Damascus in Syria. Dr. Afif was awarded for his in-depth studies in dealing with the unique aesthetic aspects of Arab Heritage and the contemporary Arab reality, particularly, his interest in Islamic and Arab art.
This years’ Kuwait prize was concluded with 3 categories noting that the category of Economics and Social Sciences in Banking and Finance, was withheld.
Kuwait Prize is consistent with the objectives of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences ever since it was established in 1979. By fulfilling its mission to support scientific research in various branches seeking to motivate Arab scientists and researchers.
KFAS has also awarded the Scientific Production Prize for 2016, Dr. Shihab-Eldin said that it was won by four researchers in four categories. The first category is Physical sciences and Mathematics, which was won by Dr. Halima Ali Mohammed Al-Kandari, Associate Professor, College of Health Sciences, Environmental Health Department, at the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training.
The second category is Engineering Sciences, which was awarded to Professor Issa Mohammed Issa Safran, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Petroleum at Kuwait University.
The third category is Medical Science and Allied Health Sciences, which was won by Professor Walid Ibrahim Al Herz, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine at Kuwait University.
The fourth category is Professor Abdullah Abed Ali Alqatem, Department of Arabic Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts at Kuwait University in the category of Social sciences and humanities.
The Scientific Production Prize in Life Sciences, and Administrative and Economics, was withheld for this year.
The Scientific Production Prize was established in 1988 in response to the initiative of His Highness the Amir of the State of Kuwait to honor Kuwaiti PhD holders in various fields of knowledge and its aim is to encourage pioneer Kuwaiti scientists and researchers to accelerate their research and serve the community.
A new prize is now part of KFAS prizes under the name of Anwar Al-Nouri Prize for best Ph.D. thesis in education in the Arab world which has launched for its first time this year. The Prize is in recognition of the major role played by the late- Al-Nouri in the field of education at the national level in Kuwait and the Arab world and of his service to KFAS as a member of its Board of Directors.
The first place was given to Dr. Amira Husein Traish (Palestinian), who received her Ph.D. in 2014 from the British University in Dubai, UAE for her dissertation titled: Comparative analysis of competence grades of students in universities of the United Arab Emirates: The effectiveness of using mother tongue in teaching reading in a second language. Dr. Traish is currently a Coordinator of the English language Center, Faculty of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Sharjah.
Second place is shared by Dr. Nasser Saud Abdul Aziz Al Rais (Saudi Arabia), who earned his Ph.D. in 2015 from the College of Education at King Saud University for his dissertation titled: School accreditation in public schools in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). Dr. Al-Rais is currently an Assistant Professor at the Deanship of the Foundation Year and Elective Studies, Department of Self-development at the University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
The co-winner of the second place is Dr. Dalal Samir Rizkallah (Lebanese) who received her PH. D in 2015 from the Institute of Advanced Studies of Arts and Humanities at the Lebanese University for her dissertation titled: The Development of Collaborative Self-Assessment Standards and Procedures in Vocational Education Settings. Dr. Riskallah is currently the Principal of the Antonine Sisters School in Hazmieh, Lebanon.