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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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Faculty Accolates: April 2011

The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) has awarded economics MA student Sayon Deb with a prize in the ICPSR competition for master’s students, an annual research paper competition for graduate students. The paper’s title was “The Long Term Effects of Colonial Land Tenancy: Micro Evidence from India.”

Assistant Professor of Biology Heng-Ye Man and colleagues published a paper in the April 8 edition of Science titled “AMP-Activated Protein Kinase Regulates Neuronal Polarization by Interfering with PI 3-Kinase Localization.” You can link to the article here.

Associate Professor of History Eugenio Menegon has been awarded the 2011 Joseph Levenson Book Prize—Pre-1900 Category from the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). The prize is for the English-language book that makes the greatest contribution to increasing understanding of the history, culture, society, politics, or economy of pre-1900 China. Menegon won the prize for his monograph Ancestors, Virgins and Friars: Christianity as a Local Religion in Late Imperial China, Harvard Asia Center, 2009 (for more information, click here).

Associate Professor of Chemistry Sean Elliotthas received a second Scialog Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. This very competitive award recognizes the highly innovative nature of his work and its potential to be transformative in solar energy conversion. Read more.

Associate Professor of International Relations Arthur Hulnick was awarded the “Distinguished Scholar Award” by the Intelligence Studies section of the International Studies Association. The award recognizes Professor Hulnick’s substantial contribution to the academic study of intelligence. One of the unique features of Professor Hulnick’s scholarship and teaching is that he has contributed to the development of knowledge about both national intelligence services and private-sector intelligence efforts. Professor Hulnick is the fourth recipient of the award.

Assistant Professor of Political Science Andrew Reeves has been selected to receive a scholarship from the Center for the Study of American Politics at Yale University. His appointment will be for nine months beginning on September 1.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER program supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. In 2011, the NSF conferred one of these prestigious awards on Assistant Professor of Chemistry Corey Stephenson. Read More.