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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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Promoted Faculty 2013/14

University Provost Jean Morrison announced the promotion of 10 members of the CAS faculty to full professor. They are as follows: Bruce Anderson, Earth and Environment; John Byers, Computer Science; Julian Go, Sociology; Glen Hall, Mathematics; Deborah Kelemen, Psychological and Brain Sciences; George Kollios, Computer Science; Maurice Lee, English; Christopher Martin, English; Jianjun Miao, Economics; and Michele Rucci, Psychological and Brain Sciences. Congratulations and well deserved!

Bruce Anderson, Earth and Environment

Anderson studies climate change and humankind’s role therein, channeling the power of several academic disciplines and intricate computer models. He receives grants from the NSF and US Department of Energy and is the author of one book, a half dozen book chapters, and dozens of scholarly articles.

John Byers, Computer Science

Byers helped the business review site Yelp plug a privacy leak three years ago, demonstrating his prowess with algorithmic and economic aspects of computer networking, electronic commerce, and large-scale data analysis. He has been recognized with an award from the leading computer networks conference, while his studies of e-commerce frameworks, online advertising, and product reviews won citations in both scholarly journals and news media such as National Public Radio.

Julian Go, Sociology

Go’s work explores the dynamics and practices of power and meaning-making, particularly as they pertain to empires, colonial encounters, and postcolonial global formations. Much of his work has focused upon the United States empire. He has won awards for his two books, Empire and the Politics of Meaning (Duke University Press, 2008) and Patterns of Empire: the British and American Empires (Cambridge University Press, 2011), as well as the CAS Wisneski Award for teaching,

 Glen Hall, Mathematics

Hall interprets celestial mechanics with math, probing the orbits and patterns of moons, ring-shaped objects, and other phenomena. He earned a Sloan Research Fellowship for promising young scholars and the CAS Wisneski and Honors Program teaching awards and has written two textbooks and dozens of journal articles that are frequently cited by peers.

Deborah Kelemen, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Kelemen studies child cognitive development, specifically children’s evolving concepts about the living and natural world and human-made artifacts. She speaks often at forums, is a prolific book chapter and article author, and with grants from the NSF and the Templeton Foundation, researches children’s concepts of tool use, religion, and evolution. She is director of the psychology department’s Child Cognition Laboratory.

George Kollios, Computer Science

Kollios studies data mining, data integration, and mobile and sensor data management. He has researched information security for outsourced databases. The holder of a 2012 US patent, “Verification of outsourced data streams,” and author of numerous scholarly articles, he also makes time for administrative work as his department’s director of graduate admissions. He is the recipient of a 2002 NSF CAREER Award.

Maurice Lee, English

Lee studies the interplay of politics, science, culture, and philosophy in American literature of the 1800s. He is the author of two books, Slavery, Philosophy and American Literature, 1830-1860 (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Uncertain Chances: Science, Skepticism, and Belief in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (Oxford University Press, 2012), and he edited The Cambridge Companion to Frederick Douglass (Cambridge University Press, 2009). He is also a recipient of the CAS Neu Award for teaching.

Christopher Martin, English

Martin is a scholar of 16th- and 17th-century English literature, Renaissance lyric and prose fiction, early modern gender studies, and literary depictions of aging. His third and most recent book is Constituting Old Age in Early Modern English Literature, from Queen Elizabeth to King Lear (University of Massachusetts Press, 2012). He has written many journal articles and was a National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professor from 2005 to 2008.

 Jianjun Miao, Economics

Miao is a specialist in theoretical macroeconomics and finance; he studies asset pricing, dynamic corporate finance, financial crises, and tax policy. He has written many articles in economics and finance journals and his new textbook will be out shortly. He speaks often before finance conferences and seminars in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Michele Rucci, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Rucci marries computer and engineering science with experimental psychology to study the role of eye movements in perception. He has written extensively on the links between visual perception and action, is credited with discoveries in visual neurophysiology, and is director of the Active Perception Laboratory. His research is funded by both the National Institutes of Health and the NSF.