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Dr. Gialamas at "Knots In Hellas 2016" Conference, April 2016

We are delighted to share with you that ACS Athens is represented with Dr. Stefanos Gialamas, at the world wide conference Knots in Hellas 2016.  The best researches in Knot Theory from universities around the world will be sharing their recent research results.  The conference will take place in Olympia on July 17-22.

The goal of this international cross-disciplinary conference is to enable exchange of methods and ideas as well as exploration of fundamental research problems in the wide fields of knot theory and low-dimensional topology, from theoretical to applications in sciences like biology and physics, and to provide high quality interactions across fields and generations of researchers, from graduate students to the most senior researchers. Graduate students and new PhDs working in these fields are especially encouraged to participate.

This conference will also provide a convenient opportunity to celebrate the achievements of Professor Louis H. Kauffman, who reached the age of 70 in February 2015.   Professor Lou Kauffman was Dr. Gialamas' Thesis Advisor.

Honouring him, Dr. Gialamas was asked to share with the participants two of his theorems which are utilised in application to DNA research:  "Determining Vanishing Massey Triple Products in a complement of a Link with more than two components."


ICODL2015 Manuscripts of ACS Athens presenters published

A number of distinguished faculty members of ACS Athens participated and presented at the 8th International Conference in Open and Distance Learning focusing on Innovation and Research in Open & Distance Learning and on Information Communications Technology.

Presentations included: 

  • The implementation of i²Flex methodology in a language class and the use of the Community of inquiry (CoI) framework (Dr. Tonia Firigou)
  • Innovation through i²Flex: The Transformation of a Classic in the Humanities Program (Kathleen Jasonides, Janet Karvouniaris, Amalia Zavacopoulou)
  • Gamification strategies in learning spaces: A brief toolkit (Dr. Raphael Raphael)
  • Utilizing the Face-to-Face Component of i²Flex on Building Rapport: A Counseling Psychologist’s Perspective (Dr. Alessandra Sax) 

The Conference took place in November 2015 and the published manuscripts of the presentations can be viewed below:


Yanna Darilis Interviews Dr. Stefanos Gialamas at NGTV - March 18, 2016

Dear ACS Athens Community:

We are very happy to present you with a half-hour interview of Dr. Stefanos Gialamas by Ms. Yanna Darilis of New Greek TV (NGTV) in New York.

The in-depth discussion introduces ACS Athens and its philosophy to the world, highlighting a number of topics and the Global Morfosis paradigm:

Dr. Gialamas, elaborates on the importance of areas such as:

  • inducing love of learning to students
  • leading by example
  • innovation
  • teaching methodologies for "digital natives" and i2Flex
  • what it means that students become "architects of their own learning"
  • the accreditation process
  • producing new knowledge at ACS Athens
  • the state of education in Greece

Enjoy the interview!


Recruiting Student- Athletes Internationally? Try International Secondary Schools, April 2015

NACDA Report

Recruiting Student-Athletes Internationally?  Try International Secondary Schools — A World Of Opportunities Brought Closer

Ms. Annie Constantinides, Director of Athletics, Summer Camp and Recreational Programs at ACS Athens, co-authored the NACDA Report (National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics).

The paper outlines how international secondary schools are ideal for recruiting student-athletes into U.S. universities.   Candidate students are already accustomed to a U.S.- centric curriculum and educational culture; travel often and are better prepared for the international and competitive environment that awaits them - therefore, associated risks and pitfalls are minimized and can be tackled much easier.

The report points out that

...International student-athletes provide a unique opportunity for U.S. university athletics departments, one, however that can also be associated with hidden risks, pitfalls and obstacles. Those can often be minimized when recruiting from international schools that
Student-athletes from international secondary schools provide a cultural diversity that is sought after by higher education institutions in North America
already have adopted a similar educational and athletic culture.

... many secondary international schools adhere to an American curriculum (e.g. the American Community Schools of Athens, Greece – ACS Athens), focus on teaching English as a second language, are used to traveling internationally for competition, and have competitive sports programs that are similar to U.S. high schools.  Worldwide, there are an increasing number of International Educational Organizations, whose member schools are accredited and provide academic and athletic opportunities similar to schools in North America....

Dr. Firigou Radio Interview, Sept. 15, 2014 (in greek)

We are very excited that Dr. Tonia Firigou, IB Language Faculty, has been invited for a radio interview at the station PARAPOLITIKA, 90.1fm.

The station and the Editor of the journal PARAPOLITIKA and FPRESS, Mr. Nikos Samoilis invited Dr. Firigou for a radio interview about innovative approaches of learning and the i2Flex methodology and it will take place on :

Monday September 15th, between 17:00 - 18:00
During the program called "Κάνε την κρίση ευκαιρία" ("Create Opportunities in a Time of Crisis") - (Interview will be in the greek language.)

Dr. Firigou commented :

...I am very happy because I will have the opportunity to talk about ACS Athens and the action research on innovative approaches in teaching and learning, the Global Morfosis model, and the i2Flex methodology.