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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

March 2012

Assistant Professor of Mathematics & Statistics Margaret Beck (Math), Assistant Professor of Physics Tulika Bose (Physics), and Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences Robinson Fulweiler (Ocean Sciences) have been awarded Sloan Research Fellowships for 2012 by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.The fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars.

Professor of English and Co-Director of the Editorial Institute Archie Burnett has had his scholarly edition of Philip Larkin: The Complete Poems published by Faber and Faber. Read a recent review in the Guardian.

Assistant Professor of Biology Pamela Templer and Assistant Professor of Geography & Environment Lucy Hutyra recently received prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Awards for their work on winter climate change and the carbon metabolism of urban environments, respectively.The CAREER award is the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award, intended to support junior faculty who excel in both research and teaching. By providing five years of stable funding, the award provides recipients with a foundation upon which to build an integrated program of education and research.

Professor of English Robert Pinsky performed PoemJazz, a collaboration between the poet and Grammy award-winning pianist Laurence Hobgood, on February 24 at the Regattabar in Cambridge.Pinsky is the former three-term United States poet laureate. Hobgood is a composer, arranger, and pianist who has worked with jazz singer Kurt Elling for more than 17 years.

Research Media.EU interviewed Assistant Professor of Chemistry Bjoern Reinhard about his work on Epidermal Growth Factor Receptors (EGFRs), which are important cancer biomarkers, and which Research Media has identified as an important innovation in nanotechnology. Read more.

Assistant Professor Ruha Benjamin (Sociology and African American Studies) has been awarded a 2012–13 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship. She will spend the 2012–13 academic year completing work on her book, People’s Science: Reconstituting Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier.

Romance Studies Lecturer Celia Bianconi and Senior Lecturer Sue Griffin have recently received notification that they are winners of a STARTALK grant ($84,000) for the training of Portuguese teachers. The initiative seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages.

Associate Professor of International Relations and former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani will be honored with the American Committee on Foreign Relations’ Distinguished Service Award at the organization’s annual conference, April 26–27. More info.

Associate Dean of GRS Jeffrey Hughes was interviewed by the Boston Globe for an article about a recent solar storm that hit Earth’s magnetosphere. Read more

In its “Noteworthy Chemistry” page, the American Chemical Society website has highlighted the work of Professor Ramesh Jasti and his research group on the blue shift of Cyclo-p-phenylene emissions as a nanohoop size increases. Read more

CAS Chemistry’s Porco Research Group has received a 4-year, $1.2 million award from the National Institutes of Health for their proposal, Chemical Synthesis of Bioactive Flavonoid and Xanthone-Derived Natural Product.

Georgetown backs Fluke vs. Limbaugh for civility’s sake
Professor of Religion Stephen Prothero in’s “Belief Blog.”

Why Santorum is no JFK
Prothero talks politics and religion in USA Today.

Professor of English Charles Rzepka is under contract with Johns Hopkins UP for his book, Being Cool: Elmore Leonard and the Work of Writing.

Schaus & Virus Research Featured in ScienceDaily
A team of BU professors, including Professor of Chemistry Scott Schaus, published research in the Journal of Virology that identified a novel compound that inhibits viruses from replicating.

John Straub Serves as Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar