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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 Accolades: July 2010

Professors of Computer Science MARK CROVELLA and AZER BESTAVROS have won the SIGMETRICS “Test of Time” award for their landmark paper titled “Self-Similarity in World Wide Web Traffic: Evidence and Possible Causes,” SIGMETRICS, 1996. This is the first year that SIGMETRICS has given this award. Crovella and Bestavros were chosen to receive one of the three inaugural Test of Time Awards, representing papers from the first 25 years of the ACM SIGMETRICS conference series. The awards were presented June 16 at the ACM SIGMETRICS 2010 Conference in New York City. SIGMETRICS is a special interest group for the computer systems performance evaluation industry.

Professor of Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology and Director of the Institute for the Advancement of the Social Sciences LIAH GREENFELD was recently appointed Distinguished Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at Lingnan University, Hong Kong for a term of five years, starting May 2011. During yearly month-long stays, she will deliver public lectures and faculty/graduate seminars, and chair weekly research discussions with colleagues of the department.

Professor of International Relations and Political Science and Interim Director of Latin American Studies SCOTT PALMER has been named the Federico Gil Chair at the Interamerican Institute of the University of Salamanca, Spain, during his spring 2011 sabbatical semester.