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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

June 2012

Professor of History Louis Ferleger and CAS economics master’s degree candidate Jacob Magid published an article June 5 on AlterNet titled “How to End the Nightmare of Jobless America.” Read more.


An article titled “Network physiology reveals relations between network topology and physiological function” and co-authored by Research Associate Professor Plamen Ivanov, who works in the Center for Polymer Studies, has been published in Nature Communications. Read the article here.


An article published by Assistant Professor of Biology Sean Mullen and colleagues from around the world appeared in the May 16 edition of Nature. The article is titled “Butterfly genome reveals promiscuous exchange of mimicry adaptations among species.” Read more


A paper on the influence of federal spending on elections written by CAS professors of political science Andrew Reeves and Douglas Kriner appeared in last month’s edition of the American Political Science Review. The authors presented evidence that voters award incumbent presidents for increased federal spending in their communities. Read more


Assistant Professor of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature Keith Vincent has been asked to hold the Toyota Visiting Professorship at the University of Michigan (UM) in 2013-14. The professorship is granted to scholars from Japan and countries other than Japan in alternating years. It provides a rotating chair for scholars and public figures to spend one to two semesters at UM to engage in academic exchange and research. Toyota Visiting Professors present public lectures, offer graduate seminars, and conduct research on various Japan-related topics.


In pursuit of its mission to catalyze and propel collaborative, interdisciplinary research through the use of computational and data-driven approaches, the Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering supports a portfolio of research projects. The institute’s Executive Steering Committee has selected a project by Assistant Professor of Computer Science Evimaria Terzi and Nachi Sahoo of the School of Management entitled “Identifying experts and effective teams of experts” as one of the institute’s incubated projects. It will be funded up to an amount of $50,000.