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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: April 2010

Associate Professor of International Relations and Director of the Center for the Study of Asia WILLIAM GRIMES has been selected as one of the inaugural research associates of a national research and conference program launched by the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Grimes joins a premier group of National Asia Research Associates and Fellows nominated by U.S. research organizations and higher learning institutions with top programs on Asia. NBR and the Wilson Center will host the Research Associates and Fellows at a major conference on contemporary Asia Studies on June 17-18, 2010 in Washington, D.C. The purpose is to highlight the work of those whose commitment and expertise have made exceptional contributions to America’s understanding of the vast changes underway in the region.


Master Lecturer of Turkish ROBERTA MICALLEF has been awarded a STARTALK grant to create and direct a Turkish Teacher Training Program to run at BU this summer. With Giselle Khoury’s Arabic Academy for Teachers also re-approved by STARTALK for summer 2010, the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature is on a roll.


For the second straight year, the National Director for the SOCIETY OF PHYSICS STUDENTS designated the BU CHAPTER of the Society an “Outstanding SPS Chapter.” Honored chapters display a breadth of SPS activities in areas such as physics research, public science outreach, physics tutoring programs, hosting and representation at physics meetings and providing social interaction for chapter members. The director, Gary White, pronounced, “I’ve never seen such a tight, socially active and committed group of physics students anywhere.”