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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 January 2013


Professor of Cognitive and Neural Systems and Mathematics Gail Carpenter has been named as a Fellow of the IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The honor recognizes her pioneering research in neuroscience. Learn more


Associate Professor of English Robert Chodat has been awarded a year-long fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, to be used in AY 2013-2014.


The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) has awarded Associate Professor of International Relations Kevin Gallagher a grant of $38,474 for his project entitled “Countervailing Monetary Power: Emerging Markets and the Re-regulation of Cross-border Finance.”


Physics Teacher in Residence Mark Greenman has been honored with the 2012 Paul W. Zitzewitz Award for Excellence in Pre-College Physics Teaching by the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). He has a 30 year career as a science educator at Marblehead High School in Massachusetts.


Professor of Chemistry Mark Grinstaff was named a National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Charter Fellow in December 2012. He is one of only 98 academic inventors and innovators elected to this honor. Learn more


Professor and Chair of English Gene Jarrett has been elected 2013-2014 Chair of the American Literature Section, the largest component part of the Modern Language Association of America.


Assistant Professor of Chemistry Ramesh Jasti has received a 5-year Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The prestigious CAREER awards support junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations. Learn more


Assistant Professor of Archaeology Bill Saturno appeared as a guest on NPR’s “On Point” on December 17 to discuss the recent end to a 5,000-year-long cycle in Mayan cosmology that confused some people into believing the Maya had predicted the end of the world. Listen to the show