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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Teachable Moments in Gator Country

April 1st, 2014

In the middle of an interview about how much fun they were having on their spring break trip, biology students Rose Zandvliet and Chris Addis paused in Florida’s Bird Rookery Swamp, peering warily at the reflective eyes of a well-known inhabitant of the Florida swamp—an 11-foot-long adult American alligator, swimming only a few feet away.

Remembering what they had learned about amphibians and reptiles in this semester’s herpetology class, Zandvliet (CAS’15) and Addis (CAS’14) remained calm (unlike the BU Today crew).

Watch the video and read the full BU Today article.

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