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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: August 2010

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, Professor Greenfeld will deliver public lectures, faculty/graduate seminars, and chair weekly research discussions with colleagues of the department. This is only Lingnan University’s second such appointment (the first being to Princeton economics professor Avinash Dixit).

Writing Program Lecturer MICHELLE HOOVER, an Iowa native, recently published her first novel, The Quickening. The novel follows two fictional Iowa farm women, isolated and very different neighbors who face a series of hardships together. She says her great-grandmother’s journal, which included family photos, sparked the idea. Click here to read a review from the Radio Iowa website.

Professor of Economics KEVIN LANG has been named a fellow of The Society of Labor Economists, the principal organization of academic labor economists. Founded to promote the study of labor economics and contributions of labor economics and labor economists, the Society publishes the Journal of Labor Economics, the premier journal in the area. Click here to view the press release.

African Studies Center Director TIMOTHY LONGMAN was interviewed recently on the World Vision website about the current political situation in Rwanda. Under President Paul Kagame, Rwanda has made progress in reconciliation, women’s rights, and economic development. However, disturbing reports have surfaced recently of journalists being arrested and political opposition leaders being murdered. Listen to the report.

In June, two chemistry faculty, JOHN PORCO and JOHN SNYDER , received the highly competitive BU Ignition Awards for their respective commercially promising projects to develop cancer and tuberculosis drugs. The Ignition Award Program provides funds to evolve BU research to the stage where it can be licensed, form the basis of a new company, or be used to create a new, non-profit social enterprise. Read the entire article on the Chemistry Department website.

In May, the Journal of Chemical Physics (JCP) named Professor of Chemistry JOHN STRAUB as associate editor in recognition of his outstanding achievements in chemical physics. He is handling manuscripts in experimental and theoretical areas of biochemical physics. The JCP is published by the American Institute of Physics.

Professor of Political Science and Chair-Elect of the Department of Political Sciences GRAHAM WILSON has been named president of the British Politics Group of the American Political Science Association (APSA). Wilson’s will serve as the group’s president for two years starting in September. Click here for the entire article.