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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: July 2009

LAUREL SMITH-DOERR, associate professor of sociology, has been honored with the National Science Foundation’s Director’s Award for Collaborative Integration for her “outstanding work in nurturing the development of the Ethics Education in Science and Engineering program, and leadership in NSF’s implementation of the ethics education requirement in the America COMPETES Act.” Laurel returns to CAS this fall from a two-year leave, when she served as program director for the foundation’s Science, Technology, and Society Division of Social and Economic Sciences/Social Behavior and Economic Sciences (SBE).


GENE STANLEY, professor of physics and director of the Center for Polymer Studies, recently received an honorary degree from Northwestern University. A pioneer in the field of complex systems, he joined the CAS faculty in 1976 after serving seven years on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology physics faculty. His interdisciplinary scholarship has led to innovative collaborations spanning sociology, economics, finance, computer science, biology, physiology, medicine, chemistry, materials science, physics, applied mathematics, and education. His numerous publications are among the most frequently cited of any physicist worldwide. Elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Gene is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.