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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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Studying in Africa on a Fulbright

Two Arts & Sciences doctoral students were recently awarded Fulbright fellowships to pursue their research in Africa. Their topics? The music of Northern Ghana, and urbanization and religious traditions in Uganda.

November 15th, 2013 in Global, Research, Students 0 comments

Study Probes Climate Threat to Amazon

A new study co-authored by Professor Ranga Myneni suggests the southern portion of the Amazon rainforest is at a much higher risk due to climate change than previously expected.

October 22nd, 2013 in Faculty, Global, Research 0 comments

How to Catch an Asteroid

Last February’s atmospheric explosion of a meteor over Russia reminded us of the threat from space. But how exactly does one stop an asteroid? BU astronomers suggest some answers.

October 21st, 2013 in Faculty, Global, Research 0 comments

Tracking the East Asian Monsoon

Professor Richard Murray led an international team on an eight-week voyage to the Sea of Japan searching for clues to the underlying dynamics of the East Asian Monsoon System.

October 17th, 2013 in Alumni, Faculty, Global, Research 0 comments

What Is It About the Tropics?

Biology’s Sean Mullen ventures into the mountains of Ecuador, the forests of Costa Rica, and the eastern and western U.S. to understand why species adapt more quickly in warm climates.

October 7th, 2013 in Faculty, Global, Research 0 comments

Students Raise $10,000 for a Well in Darfur

Geologist Farouk El-Baz was able to locate vast reservoirs of water deep below the Sahara Desert in the Sudan. Then a group of BU students raised money to fund a well that would bring life-sustaining water to the region.

October 4th, 2013 in Faculty, Global, Research, Students 0 comments

Tracking Voyager Beyond the Solar System

On September 12, NASA announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft, first launched in 1977, has entered interstellar space, validating the predictions of BU physicist Merav Opher.

September 13th, 2013 in Faculty, Global, Research 0 comments

Tombs Give New Insights into Maya History

A Maya pyramid beautifully decorated with a rare polychrome-painted stucco frieze was unearthed by CAS researchers in July at the site of Holmul, a Classic Maya city in northeastern Guatemala.

August 9th, 2013 in Alumni, Faculty, Global, Research, Students 1 comment

The Sun’s Ripple Effect

A new study co-authored by CAS astronomers indicates that the Sun, like a boat moving through water, likely forms a crescent-shaped shockwave—or bow shock—as it moves through interstellar gas.

July 29th, 2013 in Faculty, Global, Research 0 comments

Study Clarifies Role of Bacteria in Pandemic Diseases

A new study by CAS researchers shows that Walbachia, intracellular bacteria that infect invertebrates at pandemic levels, evolved to target their hosts' stem cells.

July 3rd, 2013 in Faculty, Global, Research, Students 0 comments