Collaborations for high-speed network
Tufts has joined 142 other research universities working to implement a second-generation
advanced Internet capability known as Internet2
A project of the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development (UCAID),
Internet2 provides leadership for advanced networking development.
"UCAID membership allows us to be active on a national stage, contributing
research and networking expertise, forwarding the development of the standards
and protocols of higher speed networking,¾ said Lesley Tolman, director of telecommunications.
"Tufts has much to gain from participation in this program. Researchers
will realize increased productivity tied to increased network capacity and sophistication
and new opportunities for collaborative research. Involvement on a national
level increases Tufts' profile overall, and also will drive the evolution of
our campus network, increasing power and capacity to everyone in the Tufts community."
Tufts has also been accepted as a Partner Institution in a National Science
Foundation program that allows it to connect to an advanced national network
known as the very high speed Backbone Network Service (vBNS).
Tufts was sponsored by the California Institute of Technology through its High
Energy Physics department, which is collaborating closely with Tufts' High Energy
Physics group. The connection will be through Boston University this spring.
In addition, Tufts has applied to the NSF's High Performance Connections grant
program, through which universities can obtain high-speed connections to the
vBNS based on their ability to contribute to application development.
Once Tufts' new connection is operational, network access between Tufts and
the 80 connected universities will be up to ten times faster than that currently
provided. Tufts joins stand against drinking .
To combat underage and binge drinking, Tufts and 23 other Boston-area colleges
and universities have signed a cooperative agreement believed to be the most
comprehensive of its kind in the country
The agreement, signed on December 7 at Northeastern University, acknowledges
the degree to which illegal and binge drinking can adversely affect the lives
of students on and off campus and sets uniform goals for educational and social
programming, discipline, community networking and training at the participating
Participating schools included Brandeis, Harvard, MIT, Simmons, Wellesley,
the Massachusetts College of Art and Bentley College.
A center for writing, thinking, speaking
A new Tufts initiative supports writing, critical thinking, and public presentation
skills. The Writing, Thinking, and Speaking Center, 72 Professors Row, has a
twofold mission: encouraging faculty to infuse courses with opportunities for
writing, thinking, and speaking; and providing undergraduate and graduate students
with resources for improving their analytical and communication skills. Created
in response to Tufts' Higher Education Initiative, the Center offers faculty
and students a range of programs in these key areas. The writing component works
with faculty while at the same time providing writing support to graduate and
undergraduate students. The critical thinking component, coordinated by Susan
Russinoff, provides workshops and resources for faculty that highlight the importance
of teaching students to think analytically and clearly, to frame arguments,
to assess evidence, and to identify their own assumptions. "We wish to
serve as a conduit for conversations about the connections between good writing
and clear thinking," said Nadia Medina, director of the Center. "Our
goal is to ensure that our students learn to think clearly and communicate effectively
so they can assume leadership positions in and beyond the university."
Degree focuses on pain management
A new master's degree program in pain research, education and policy, believed
to be the first of its kind in the United States, will enroll its first students
this fall at the School of Medicine. The degree is the latest in a growing array
of interdisciplinary degree programs at Tufts' medical school. They include
an MD/MBA in health management; two new programs that combine an MD with graduate
degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the College of Engineering;
and master's degree programs in health communication, public health and public
Admissions: Looking Up, Again
Good news again for the Office of Admissions as the number of high school students
applying to Tufts sets another record. More than 13,450 applications were received
for some 1,250 places in the Class of 2003, a 9 percent increase over last year.
Interest runs high in the College of Engineering as well, which reports that
more than 1,700 students applied for admission, an 11 percent increase over
last year. Overall, applications to the college have climbed 78 percent since
A&S makes strategic plan commitment
Arts & Sciences will implement a strategic plan aimed at making sure the undergraduate
college continues to attract a top-notch, diverse student body and faculty while
also making a significant investment in information technology.
Segments of the plan dealing with financial aid and technology were unveiled
by Mel Bernstein, vice president for arts, sciences and technology, at a meeting
of the Arts & Sciences faculty in February, when President John DiBiaggio and
Senior Vice President and Provost Sol Gittleman also addressed the need to find
new sources of revenue.
"In the past decade, we have made tremendous progress because of our most
valuable assetãpeople," Bernstein said. "In keeping with the goals
of our mission statement and the community priorities that emerged from the
Higher Education Initiative, we must support the efforts that propelled us to
international visibility as a premier university.¾ The initiative will be implemented
over five years and will aim to provide some $8 million a year. About $5 million
of that amount will be earmarked for financial aid, with the rest going to diversity
efforts, information technology and faculty development.
The money will come from administrative reorganization and business process
redesign as well as increased funding from a modest tuition and enrollment increase,
endowment funds and the continuing education program.
"It is difficult to make changes when things are going well," DiBiaggio
said, "but increases in direct grants [to students] offered by other colleges
and universities are forcing Tufts to find additional funds for scholarships."
DiBiaggio said that within the last year, schools such as Princeton, Yale and
Harvard have begun providing more direct grants, instead of loans, to students,
and that trend has now spread to schools with which Tufts directly competes,
including Dartmouth, Cornell and Johns Hopkins.
Gittleman noted that other parts of the university are also taking a hard look
at their expenses and revenues. "We have seven faculties," he said,
"but this is one university."
In an unusual course last semester, students in "Gourmet Engineering"
studied heat conduction by making meat loaf, radiation by broiling fish, microwaves
by heating leftovers and the thermodynamics of water by boiling eggs. The new
kitchen laboratory in Anderson Hall, outfitted with the corporate support of
Frigidaire Home Products and Calphalon, has the potential to lead to innovations,
noted Ioannis Miaoulis, E83, G86, PhD87, dean of the College of Engineering.
Studying marshmallows in a microwave may lead to new kinds of radar apparatus,
and the same theory of heat transfer that cools brownies may improve the manufacture
of silicon chips. "Make no mistake, this is serious, hard science with
important implications," said Miaoulis. "And, with any luck, even
a few gourmet engineers will emerge."
Between Hong Kong and Tufts, new friends
The first Tufts Institute for Leadership and International Perspective (TILIP)
came to a successful conclusion with a two-day symposium that reunited the Tufts
undergraduates and the Chinese students who first met in Hong Kong last summer.
The seven American and seven Chinese students continued their partnership during
the school year via e-mail, in which they worked on business case studies they
presented at a symposium on February 25-26.
The students agreed that a key part of the success of the program was the opportunity
to meet and work with people from another culture. "The partnerships and
friends we made was the best part of our experience," said Christopher
Pape, an economics major. The symposium included discussions of topics such
as the Asian economic crisis and leadership in the global economy. But it also
allowed some of the Chinese students to see snow for the first time, wander
through Faneuil Hall Market Place and sit in on lectures at Tufts.
"We were given a tour of Tufts on our first day," said Mabel Lee,
a student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. "My impression is that
Tufts is a very good place for studying with people who are dedicated."
This is the inaugural year for TILIP, which provides a combination of practice-based
learning while fostering leadership qualities and a global perspective. Students
worked in teams for companies such as Morgan Stanley Asia, Saatchi & Saatchi
Asia Pacific, Hongkong Telecom and Pacific Health Care.
AT A GLANCE
Tufts in February joined Boston University and Boston College in a four-day
fete honoring Joan Tower, considered the leading woman composer in America,
on the occasion of her 60th birthday. As part of "Go Like 60 . . .."events,
the Music Department paid homage to Tower with an open forum and a "Party
to the Power of 60,¾ a concert featuring "birthday card¾ chamber pieces,
and capped by awarding Tower with the department's Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Boston College all-Tower concert included performances by the Muir Quartet
and pianist John McDonald, Tufts associate professor of music and himself a
The Tufts Institute of the Environment, better known as TIE, moved into new
space in Miller Hall on the Medford/Somerville campus in December. TIE's role
is to coordinate the wide range of environmental programs in research, education,
outreach and service at Tufts.
Chinese dissident Wei Jingshen and Gherardo Colombo, a member of the Mani
Pulite (Clean Hands) anti-corruption trials in Italy, were among the key speakers
for "Global Crime, Corruption and Accountability,¾ an international symposium
developed by students under Sherman Teichman, founder and director of Education
for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC). The week-long event
in early March included awarding the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award
to Luis Moreno Ocampo, president of Transparency International Latin American
and the Caribbean, and Nigerian Wole Soyinka, Nobel Prize winner in literature.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Resource Center on February 20 hosted the first
of four statewide conferences to address gay and lesbian concerns on campus.
The conference comes in the second year of a five-year contract with the Department
of Public Health to administer the Safe Colleges Program of the Governor's Commission
on Gay and Lesbian Youth. Massachusetts is the first state in the country to
launch such an initiative, and Tufts is one of only a handful of New England
colleges with a full-time directorãJudith Brown, a PhD candidate in English,
serving lesbian, gay and bisexual students.
In Good Faith Father David O'Leary was teaching
moral theology at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore when Cardinal Law called
him from Boston with a new job: breathing life into Tufts Catholic Center. O'Leary
seemed the right match: at age 40, he was, as he puts it, "just young enough"
to turn the Center, empty for three years, into a welcoming space for Catholic
students, who, at 25 percent, represent the largest group among campus religions.
And as a doctoral candidate in bioethics, he could bring strong scholarship
to the classroom.
Today, O'Leary looks back on eight months of progress. In addition to his duties
as an associate chaplain and lecturer in moral theology, he has single-handedly
raised some $12,000 for extensive repairs to 58 Winthrop Street, including tackling
a moldy basement where mushrooms sprouted through the carpet. "I didn't
know what I was getting into," he says. "But students need a place
to meet, for socializing, and for ongoing programs, and that can't happen without
a safe building." (Sunday Mass is celebrated at 10 p.m. in Goddard Chapel.)
Renovations have made a generous function hall open to various activities ranging
from swing dance classes to wedding receptions, and the newly carpeted basement
is popular for its comfortable couches and easy chairs, kitchen and laundry
room. Nothing pleases O'Leary more than to have students drop in at all hours
to enjoy the Center as a quiet place to study and relax. "For a long time
this place has had potential and that's what I'm hoping to bring out. Ongoing
repairs will require at least another $20,000." So far, Catholic student
life has been able to flourish, with O'Leary and students organizing dinners,
spiritual meetings and charity drives, among other activities. This spring,
plans include a retreat and backyard cookouts. "The students are very bright
and giving," says O'Leary. "They certainly deserve having a space
to call their own."
President John DiBiaggio was elected chairman of the American
Council on Education's board of directors at the organization's
81st annual meeting in Washington, DC, on February 13.
The American Council on Education, an association of 1,600 colleges and universities
and nearly 200 national and regional higher education groups, analyzes issues
in higher education and advocates on behalf of quality higher education programs.
ACE represents higher education before Congress, federal agencies, the Supreme
Court and the federal courts, coordinating the interests of higher education
into a single voice on national policy issues. The organization operates a number
of programs to increase access to postsecondary education, promote equity, ensure
quality on the nation's campuses and train the next generation of leaders in
Tufts recently named two new overseers to provide further assistance to the
university's president and Board of Trustees. Appointed to the Board of Overseers
for the Medical School/Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences are:
Dr. Steven Jaharis, M87, of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Medical
Group, Evanston, Illinois, and
Dr. Richard Sackler, senior vice president of The Purdue Frederick Co.,
Inc., Norwalk, Connecticut.
Director of Athletics Rocky Carzo received the George C. Carens Award
from the New England Football Writers Association (NEFWA) for his contributions
to college football over the years. A former football coach at Tufts, Carzo
has been actively involved in national and local administrations for college
football since 1978.
Three Tufts faculty members have received Fulbright awards to lecture, consult,
or conduct research abroad this year. The faculty and the countries in which
they will be conducting their research are: Allen Taylor, senior scientist
and chief of the Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research at the Jean Mayer
USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging: Israel; Pierre-Henri Laurent,
professor of history: Belgium; Ellen L. Lutz, visiting associate professor
of law: Uruguay.
Alexander Vilenkin, professor of physics, in November attended COSMO-98,
an international conference on particle physics and the early universe. The
conference featured a two-hour debate on quantum cosmology between Vilenkin,
Stephen Hawking and Andrei Linde.
Dr. Johanna T. Dwyer, professor of medicine, community health, and nutrition
and director of the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at the New England Medical
Center, has been elected to the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy
of Sciences. A senior scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research
Center on Aging, she is one of only two registered dietitians in this prestigious
Jeswald W. Salacuse, Henry J. Braker Professor of Law at the Fletcher
School, has been awarded the Fulbright Chair in Comparative Law for Italy. He
will spend March through June 2000 at the University of Trento in Italy.
Jacob Selhub, a researcher at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research
Center on Aging, is the winner of the 1999 Lederle Award for his "investigative
contributions of contemporary significance to the understanding of nutrition,¾
given by the American Society for Nutritional Sciences. Selhub's expertise is
in the area of homocysteine and folate metabolism. He is the head of the Vitamin
Patrick Webb, associate professor of nutrition, was named an honorary
professor by the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart, Germany, on January 12.
Webb spent two years at Hohenheim as an invited guest professor; he pursued
research on the geographic dimensions of malnutrition and poverty in developing
countries and was involved in setting up a new master's degree program in agriculture,
food security and natural resources in the tropics.
Art gallery welcomes schoolchildren
A mock fallout shelter and the "Fat Man"bomb casing
were among the most intriguing artifacts for nearly 1,000 area
schoolchildren who visited Hiroshima/Nagasaki: The Fallout¾ exhibition
at the Tufts University Gallery during its nearly 12-week run.
Their record attendance was made possible by a new three-year
grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the first time
the museum has received such sizable funding for building community
"We've done similar programs in the past on a smaller scale and wanted
to encourage what has been a very promising response," said Susan Masuoka,
director of the art gallery. "Many of the children say how much they enjoy
visiting the gallery and that they want to come back with their parents."
Tufts undergraduates enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Studies course, "Cultural
Legacy of the Atom Bomb," were docents.
New food pyramid for people over 70
Tufts nutrition experts have designed a modified food pyramid
for people over 70. As published in the March issue of The Journal
of Nutrition, the modified dietary guidelines include the addition
of eight or more eight-ounce glasses of water at the base of the
pyramid and a small supplement flag at the top labeled as calcium,
vitamin D, and vitamin B-12. The pyramid for 70+ adults also has
a narrower base to reflect a decrease in energy needs, while emphasizing
nutrient-dense foods and fiber. It advocates the daily consumption
of six or more servings of bread, fortified cereal, rice and pasta;
three or more servings of vegetables; two or more servings of
fruit; three servings of milk, yogurt or cheese; and two or more
servings of the meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs and nuts
Lyme arthritis discovery top rated The American Association for the
Advancement of Science has named a Tufts finding on how Lyme disease can lead
to treatment-resistant, autoimmune arthritis one of the top 10 scientific discoveries
The discovery was made by Dawn Gross, a Tufts' MD/PhD student and her mentors,
Allen Steere, holder of the Natalie V. Zucker and Milton O. Zucker, M.D., Chair
in Rheumatology and Immunology at Tufts School of Medicine, and Brigitte Huber,
professor of pathology.
The team discovered that an immune cell, called T cells, activated by the bacterium
that causes Lyme disease, continues to cause joint inflammation after eradication
of the bacterium, because these cells may mistake a human protein for a bacterium
protein. Steere, who is also chief of rheumatology and immunology at New England
Medical Center, said the finding "may give us valuable clues to understanding
not only Lyme arthritis, but also other types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid
arthritis.¾ Steere discovered Lyme disease in 1976 in children from Lyme, Connecticut,
and traced the distinct grouping of childhood rheumatoid arthritis to the deer
tick. He more recently headed up trials for the first vaccine to prevent Lyme
Funding supports Tisch Library digital ventures
As computer technology and internet search engines push the capabilities
of research, the Tisch Library is meeting the challenge through
several innovative Internet projects. These collaborations between
faculty and library staff are funded by the Berger Family Technology
Transfer Endowment, established in 1996 to retool staff for the
high-tech digital library. Perhaps most important, however, the
endowment allows librarians and faculty to transfer that knowledge
to students and colleagues. That investment is now bringing impressive
results, opening opportunities to study subjects as diverse as
the biological sciences, Shakespeare, and the street layout of
The first proposal supported by the endowment is called "A
Biologist's Guide to Library Resources" (http://ase.tufts.edu/biology/bguide),
a comprehensive web resource, developed by the Biology Department
and the Tisch Library reference department and designed by Ryo
Watanabe, A98. This site is dedicated to teaching essential library
research skills, specifically, how to identify, locate, evaluate,
and use many different kinds of library resources for writing
papers and designing research projects. Nearing completion is
"The Digital Practicum: A Database and Web Site on Shakespeare's
Julius Caesar and Richard III,"led by Gregory Crane, professor
of classics and Winnick Family Professor of Technology and Entrepreneurship;
Kevin Dunn, assistant professor of English; and Laura Walters,
head of collections, Tisch Library. The venture builds on a Tufts
strength, the Perseus Project, a database on ancient Greece that
is one of the oldest digital library projects in existenceãand
that is now being expanded into Roman and Renaissance English
materials. The outcome will include a web site on two of Shakespeare's
plays widely read at both the secondary school and college level.
The Julius Caesar site (www.perseus.tufts.edu/JC)
includes classical sources of knowledge about Caesar, such as
selected letters and orations by Cicero. Work is under way in
University Archives on a less well known but no less fascinating
window on history, the Edwin C. Bolles Collection on the History
and Topography of London. University archivist Gregory Colati
is working with Crane, Associate Professor of English Carol Flynn,
Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Rob Jacobs, and Assistant Professor of Psychology Holly Taylor
to bring attention to an unusual special collection. Bolles, a
former chaplain at Tufts, assembled a substantial collection of
London maps, books, pamphlets and images dating from 1762 through
1895, which he manually linked to a 3,000-page bibliography, Walter
Thornbury's Old and New London, A Narrative of Its History, Its
People and Its Places (1872). Specific artifacts include a panoramic
view of London and the Thames in the 1870s on a handpainted eight-foot
Jumbos shine on several teams
Jumbo pride is flying high following a memorable fall semester
during which three teams qualified for their NCAA Championships.
Women's soccer won the NCAA New England Region title; football posted its first
winning season since 1991 and was ranked fourth in the final ECAC Division III
New England poll; men's cross-country placed 13th at the NCAA Division III Championships;
and field hockey won 11 games and earned another NCAA Tournament berth.
With the fall season completed, Tufts is tied for 23rd in the national Sears
Directors' Cup rankings, in which points are awarded based on each institution's
finishes in the NCAA Tournament.
The men's soccer team advanced to the ECAC New England Championship game, losing
to Wheaton. Ralph Ferrigno's team (9-7-1) upset No. 1 in New England, Middlebury
1-0 in the regular season finale to earn its fifth straight playoff berth. The
volleyball team hosted the ECAC North Championship Tournament and lost in the
semifinals to SUNY-
Geneseo. Kris Herman's squad posted a 20-15 record, lifted by the play of
NESCAC Rookie of the Year Jessica Stewart, J02, and NESCAC All-Star Angela Yost,
J99.Head coach Ken Legler's sailing program remains among the nation's best.
The co-ed team was second at the New England Sloops.The women's team was second
at the Atlantic Coast Championships.