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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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In The Lab: Navigating with Grid Cells

A two-part series of interviews with Associate Director of BU’s Center for Memory and Brain Michael Hasselmo. In these videos, he discusses the function of “grid cells” and how they relate to spatial memory in the brains of rats. He then compares his lab’s findings with Israeli researchers doing similar studies with bats.

Navigating with Grid Cells, Part 1

Navigating with Grid Cells, Part 2