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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

Green Monsters, Sox Fever, and Ellen DeGeneres

On October 22, TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres invited a crowd of BU students to Marsh Plaza to win Red Sox World Series tickets and appear on her show. She got more than she bargained for.

October 24th, 2013 in Alumni, CAS, Community, Students 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

In the Lab: Navigating with Grid Cells

Professor of Psychology Michael Hasselmo discusses his ongoing research into neural “grid cells” and how they help rats and bats orient themselves in space.

September 3rd, 2013 in Faculty, Research, Students 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

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

A Commencement to Remember

Commencement 2013 was a special occasion, as we wished well this year’s graduating class. The weekend included 33 separate ceremonies for CAS/GRS. Click on the link above to see the highlights!

June 12th, 2013 in Alumni, Community, Faculty, Global, Students 0 comments

Pushing Boundaries for Women in Science

The student-run group GWISE hosts year-round events for women graduate students in science and engineering—providing a dynamic, supportive community.

May 2nd, 2013 in Community, Students 0 comments

Hacking to Help the Environment

A BU computer science student "hacking" team won Second Place Overall at the Clean Web Hackathon for developing software that helps mobile device users learn environmental information about their present location.

April 16th, 2013 in Global, Students 0 comments

NSF Gives Fellowships to Eight CAS Grad Students

CAS has eight new National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) fellows.

April 3rd, 2013 in Research, Students 0 comments