Karam was recently recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of 50 noteworthy scientists under 40.
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BEIRUT: Last week, the most popular thread on Lebanon's subreddit (r/Lebanon) was started by an unlikely person determined to spark a conversation on an even more unlikely subject: science and research. Pierre Karam, a professor of chemistry at the American University of Beirut, wanted to bring his areas of expertise to a broader audience, so he turned to social network Reddit.While people allocate money to more obvious fields such as medicine and engineering, Karam said, the sciences are often left behind, despite their importance.For Karam, recently recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of 50 noteworthy scientists under 40, r/Lebanon seemed an ideal place to talk about the issues of science and research in the country.While users on the site generally hide under cloaks of anonymity, Karam identified himself, creating a very public exchange between an expert in the Lebanese scientific community and the general public.As of Tuesday, over 20 questions had been asked, each leading to a unique and comprehensive conversation between Karam, the question's original poster, and other redditors eager to join in.For the chemistry professor, the Reddit thread is among the first of many interventions he is planning in order to better inform the general public about scientific developments in Lebanon.
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