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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: March 2011

Associate Professor of Earth Sciences Ethan Baxter was named a distinguished lecturer for 2011–2012 by the Mineralogical Society of American (MSA). Distinguished lecturers for the MSA offer talks at schools that would otherwise not have the opportunity to hear about recent advances in mineralogy. Baxter will offer lectures on: Making a Long Story Short: Evidence for Brief Pulses of Metamorphism; Garnet: Tree Rings of Crustal Evolution; and Multiple Paths, Multiple Sinks: The Untold Story of Noble Gas Thermochronology.


Assistant Professor of Sociology Japonica Brown-Saracino‘s book, “A Neighborhood That Never Changes,” has been awarded the 2011 Best Book Award from the Urban Affairs Association.


Assistant Professor of Biology Hengye Man and three colleagues from other institutions have just had a paper accepted for publication in Science titled “AMP-activated Protein Kinase Regulates Neuronal Polarization by Interfering with PI3-Kinase Localization.” The authors’ novel findings provide a crucial insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying neuron morphogenesis and are potentially of great importance in our understanding of brain development as well as pathogenesis of mental disorders.


Professor of Mathematics & Statistics Murad Taqqu has just published a book, co-authored with Giovanni Peccati, on “Wiener Chaos: Moments, Cumulants and Diagrams.” It is published by Springer Verlag.


Professor of International Relations William Grimes has been invited to join the Council on Foreign Relations as a life member. The Council is an independent membership organization and think tank that contributes to public policy discourse on issues of international affairs through its meetings, task forces, publications, and outreach efforts. Membership is selective, and based on exceptional achievement, involvement, and promise in international affairs. Other International Relations faculty who are also members of the Council on Foreign Relations include Andrew Bacevich, Charles Dunbar, David Fromkin, Augustus Richard Norton, and Charles Stith.


BU Postdoctoral Researcher Philip Moquist has received a postdoctoral research fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to study in Germany with Professor Gerhard Erker at the Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster Organisch-Chemisches Institut in Muenster. His research proposal is to work on the asymmetric activation of hydrogen using electron deficient boron complexes. The Humboldt Foundation aims to promote academic cooperation between German scientists and researchers from other countries.