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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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Out in the Cold: Effects of Winter Climate Change on Northern Hardwood Forests

7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Metcalf Trustee Ballroom, 595 Commonwealth Avenue 9th Floor, West Entrance
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In the next century, climate changes in the northeastern United States are projected to reduce the depth and duration of the snow covering the ground, which could lead to a greater occurrence of soil frost. The next installment of the Discoveries lecture series explores the potential danger of climate change to our forests. What effect will this have on our forests? Associate Professor of Biology Pamela Templer set out to find the answers by conducting a four-year snow-removal experiment in the forests of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The results were troubling: Inducing soil frost led to decreased rates of nutrient and water and carbon uptake by trees, as well as decreased arthropod abundance and diversity. What does this mean for the long term? Could these changes be offset by warmer growing seasons? Join Prof. Templer to learn more about this potential threat to our forest ecosystems. Discoveries, a complimentary lecture and learning series that taps the strength of Boston University faculty to give alumni a deeper look into the world and their lives, is brought to you by your BU Alumni Association and the College of Arts & Sciences.