Faculty in the News - Academic Year 2018-2019

Summer 2019

The Future of Industrial Work
Aug 29, 2019
VOX
Margaret McMillan, professor, Department of Economics, will be the keynote speaker at the Future of Industrial Work workshop in Vienna, being held September 19-20. 

Curbing Hate Online — And The Violence It Incites In The Real World
Aug 22, 2019
WBUR
Justin Hollander, A96, professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, has written a commentary for NPR station WBUR's Cognoscenti. 

Powell may signal future rate cuts, but would they matter?
Aug 21, 2019
Associated Press
Brian Bethune, lecturer, Department of Economics, comments on how the Federal Reserve needs to consider global economic weakness in deciding whether to cut interest rates. 

From Camp To School, Transcending Incivility
Aug 20, 2019
The New York Jewish Week
Eitan Hersh, associate professor, Department of Political Science, led a pilot program teaching civics and civility at Camp Ramah, a Jewish day camp.

At Tufts, Julie S. Graham Retrospective Celebrates An Artist's Long Career
Aug 19, 2019
WBUR
Tufts Art Galleries' retrospective of late SMFA at Tufts faculty member Julie Graham is highlighted in this piece from WBUR.

Some say faster, cheaper rail service is critical for Providence-to-Boston commuters. But is it realistic?
Aug 19, 2019
The Boston Globe
Eitan Hersh, associate professor, Department of Political Science, notes the lack of interest from Massachusetts in potential rapid regional transit improvements between Providence and Boston, saying "forget suburban areas, [Governor Charlie Baker] can't get people into downtown Boston from the outer neighborhoods of Boston."

Flipped classroom 'fails to improve student performance'
Aug 12, 2019
Times Higher Education
Elizabeth Setren, Gunnar Myrdal Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, collaborated on research that found the "flipped classroom" method of teaching fails to boost student performance and may also exacerbate achievement gaps between different groups of learners. Setren is quoted.

U.S. businesses are taking down job listings as Trump's trade war grows
Aug 13, 2019
The Washington Post
In this article examining how President Trump's escalating trade war with China is affecting business hiring Brian Bethune, lecturer in the Department of Economics, says "The proposed 10 percent tariff on $300 billion of low grade Chinese imports is effectively a major hidden tax on U.S. consumers. A kamikaze attack on your own aircraft carrier."

4-H makes the best better
Aug 12, 2019
Herald Mail Media
This article mentions a long-term Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development study, led by Eliot-Pearson's Richard Lerner, Bergstrom Professor of Applied Developmental Science, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, on the benefits of youth participation in 4-H programs. 

Why Hollywood should leave anime out of its live-action remake obsession
Aug 10, 2019
Susan Napier, Goldthwaite Professor of Rhetoric, Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies, is quoted extensively about why live-action remakes of anime films could be risky, noting that "American remakes don't seem to get why people like anime...many times the immersive, otherworldly quality is there for animation. That doesn't necessarily transfer at all to live action."

How did the Catholic Church respond to Africa's decolonization? This new book explains.
Aug 9, 2019
The Washington Post
Elizabeth Foster, associate professor, Department of History, discusses her new book African Catholic: Decolonization and the Transformation of the Church. 

Americans increasingly favour tighter gun control
Aug 5, 2019
The Economist
2019 collaborative research by Brian Schaffner, Newhouse Professor of Civic Studies, Department of Political Science, exploring how the polarizing effects of mass shootings makes public consensus on gun-reform more difficult, is referenced in this article.

Fishermen Raise Wind Power Safety Concerns; New England's Industrial History Preserved
Aug 1, 2019
NEXT New England
Cathy Stanton, senior lecturer, Department of Anthropology, discusses New England's industrial heritage in this conversation about repurposing, but preserving, the area's historical architecture. She is the author of The Lowell Experiment: Public History in a Postindustrial City

Kyoto Animation studio: Destruction is a terrible loss for both humanity and art
July 19, 2019
CNN
Susan Napier, Goldthwaite Professor of Rhetoric, Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies, writes this opinion piece on the fatal, suspected arson attack on the Kyoto Animation Studio (KyoAni) in Kyoto, Japan, saying "It is a significant loss both in terms of the terrific tragedy of human life and the lost creative work that may have been stored in the studio over its almost 40-year existence."

Trump didn't introduce racism to conservative politics—but he’s cultivated and amplified it
July 18, 2019
The Washington Post
This article on how President Trump has amplified racial tensions and resentment cities research from Brian Schaffner, Newhouse Professor of Civic Studies, Department of Political Science, who found that individuals who were exposed to Trump's negative rhetoric about Mexicans "were significantly more likely to make negative and offensive remarks not only about Mexicans, but also about other identity groups such as blacks and millennials."

California's Aid In Dying Law Is Mostly Used By White People. Here's Why.
July 12, 2019
Capital Public Radio
Assistant Professor of Sociology Jill Weinberg comments on aid-in-dying laws that have been passed across the United States. 

WATCH: Two Medford residents share their stories on national TV
July 12, 2019
North of Boston - WickedLocal.com
Grace Talusan, lecturer in the Department of English, discusses her "Stories from the Stage" lecture, which appeared on WORLD Channel's storytelling marathon in June.

Snowball The Dancing Cockatoo Vogues and Body Rolls On Beat
July 9, 2019
National Public Radio
Professor of Psychology Ani Patel is senior author of new collaborative research finding that improvisation of movement to music is not uniquely human. Patel studied a sulphur-crested cockatoo named Snowball who spontaneously created as many as 14 different dance moves on his own. Patel is quoted throughout. 
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Research Shows Life-Threatening Bias Against Single People
July 7, 2019
Psychology Today Blog
Occupational therapy postdoctoral scholar Satia Adele Marotta and Keren Ladin, assistant professor of occupational therapy, led new research finding bias against single and divorced people (as compared to married individuals) during organ transplant listing evaluations.  

Catalysis Division presents 2019 awards
July 4, 2019
Chemical & Engineering News
The School of Engineering's Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos and Charles Skyes, professor of chemistry, are this year's winners of the American Chemical Society's Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science. 

Here Technologies presents The New Reality for mobility
July 4, 2019
Traffic Technology Today
In this video segment, Julian Agyeman, professor of urban and environmental policy and planning, discusses how cities can use technology to make mobility more inclusive and create better livelihoods for all. 

Elizabeth Warren Starts Winning Begrudging Respect on Wall Street
July 3, 2019
Bloomberg
Jeffrey Berry, John Richard Skuse, Class of 1941, Professor of Political Science, comments in this article on how Massachusetts Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s views are becoming more accepted, noting that her “indictment of income inequality and the role that Wall Street plays in that is becoming more mainstream.”

Latitude to Comment and Play: A Conversation with Mags Harries and Lajos Héder 
July 2, 2019
Sculpture Magazine
Professor of the Practice Mags Harries is featured in an interview with Sculpture Magazine. 

Is this the beginning of Charlie Baker's second-term blues?
July 2, 2019
The Boston Globe
Jeffrey Berry, John Richard Skuse, Class of 1941, Professor of Political Science, comments on how Democrats have been amicable towards Republican Governor Charlie Baker despite his administration's mistakes and broken promises during his second term.

Cyrano's Sodomitical Circle
July 1, 2019
The Gay & Lesbian Review 
Laurence Senelick, Fletcher Professor of Oratory, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, has written this article about the historical figure Savinien Cyrano de Bergerac.  

Learning to love the world's ugliest building
July 1, 2019
Boston Globe Magazine
Research by Justin Hollander, A96, professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, is cited as part of this article about Boston City Hall. 

A Key to Clown Logic: Follow the Red Nose
June 27, 2019
American Theatre
Sheridan Thomas, senior lecturer in acting, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, is featured in this article about clown performance. 

Two nights. Twenty candidates. The first Democratic debates mark a new phase in the presidential race
June 25, 2019
The Boston Globe
Jeffrey Berry, John Richard Skuse, Class of 1941, Professor of Political Science, says that the upcoming Democratic presidential primary debates "could be really a do-or-die moment for some of these less visible candidates."

What's So Funny? The Science of Why We Laugh
June 25, 2019
Scientific American
The 2011 book Inside Jokes: Using Humor to Reverse-Engineer the Mind, co-authored by Daniel Dennett, University Professor and Fletcher Professor of Rhetoric, Department of Philosophy, is referenced in this article. 

Pair of Premieres Put Bold Face on Summer Festival
June 17, 2019
Classical Voice North America
This article reviews the world premiere of Professor of the Practice of Music Kareem Roustom's new classical piece Turn to the World: A Whitman Cantata. 

It's All About Food – Sheldon Krimsky, GMOs Decoded​
June 12, 2019
Progressive Radio Network
In this "It's All About Food" radio segment, Sheldon Krimsky, Lenore Stern Professor in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, discusses his new book, GMOs Decoded. 

Did manga shape how the world sees Japan?
June 12, 2019
BBC - Culture
Susan Napier, Goldthwaite Professor of Rhetoric, Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies, is quoted extensively on attitudes toward the Japanese visual narrative artform known as manga. Napier is author of a book on Japanese animator Hiyao Miyazaki, titled “Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art.” 

The Murderer Was Full of Hate. But Did He Commit a Hate Crime? 
June 12, 2019
The New York Times
Samuel Sommers, professor of psychology, provided expert testimony in the trial of Craig Hicks, who is accused of killing three Muslim students in North Carolina in 2015.

When It Comes To Housing In The Suburbs, How Dense Is Too Dense? 
June 10, 2019
WGBH News
Jeffrey Zabel, professor of economics, is quoted in this segment on the role density restrictions play in Greater Boston's affordable housing development. 

Medford Students Unveil Memorial For Unmarked Graves of Slaves 
June 9, 2019
WBUR
Co-directors of the African American Trail Project Kendra Field, associate professor of History and Africana Studies, and Kerri Greenidge, lecturer and director of the American Studies program, discuss the history of Medford's Salem Street Burying Ground and slavery in the state. A new memorial honoring slaves buried in unmarked graves was recently unveiled at the cemetery. 

Power Up: Biden's abortion U-turn points to centrality of women's rights in 2020
June 7, 2019
The Washington Post
Brian Schaffner, Newhouse Professor of Civic Studies, Department of Political Science, comments on his research into the 2018 election cycle, which found that a sexism-based divide "appeared to cost Republicans more votes than it gained them."

Equal pay for women and minorities? Leader of St. Louis County signs order aimed at equity
June 5, 2019
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Laura Gee, assistant professor of economics, is quoted about a new county-level bill in Missouri, which bans inquiries about salary history during the hiring process, saying that "the idea behind it is really good."

Summer theater: Fireflies that synchronize light up two U.S. forests 
May 24, 2019
Reuter UK
Professor of Biology Sara Lewis comments on a firefly species that synchronizes its illuminations, and she notes the potential dangers of the tourism that the light displays have attracted. Lewis is the author of Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies

Here's How the Oil Industry Plans to Solve Climate Change
May 24, 2019
Pacific Standard
This article quotes Gilbert Metcalf, John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service, Department of Economics, from his 2019 Brookings paper "On the Economics of a Carbon Tax for the United States."

Spring 2019

Can a City Shrink and Thrive? It's Complicated
May 21, 2019
Bloomberg
Research by Justin Hollander, A96, professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, is sited in this article related to shrinking cities. 

Lessons from Boston: "no excuses" charter schools kept boosting student test scores after expansion
May 20, 2019
The Hechinger Report
A new working paper co-authored by Elizabeth Setren, Gunnar Myrdal Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, examining whether the success of some of Boston's top charter schools can be effectively replicated through expansion is mentioned in this article.

African samurai: The enduring legacy of a black warrior in feudal Japan
May 19, 2019
CNN.com International
Gary Leupp, professor of history, is quoted in this history of Yasuke, a 16th century African slave, who became a Japanese samurai. 

21 questions for today's college graduates
May 16, 2019
The Conversation (US)
Arts and Sciences Dean and Professor of Political Science James Glaser's speech from a Tufts ceremony celebrating this year's graduates who are the first in their family to earn a college degree.  

How cities could help animals fleeing climate change
May 14, 2019
CNN.com International
Professor of Biology Elizabeth Crone is lead author of a new study finding that urban/suburban environments can play vital roles in animal conservation by providing just enough resources for species migrating towards their natural habitats. 

What Is a Time Warp and Where Could We Find One? 
May 13, 2019
Newsweek
Ken Olum, research professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, explains how clocks on GPS satellites work. 

CityLine: Sunday, May 12, 2019: Gentrification and Displacement-JPNCD, part two
May 12, 2019
WCVB
This news segment highlights UEP Professor Emeritus James Jennings' 2016 study "Understanding Gentrification and Displacement: Community Voices and Changing Neighborhoods." 

6 ways location technology is making our cities better
May 10, 2019
Business Insider UK 
Julian Agyeman, professor of urban and environmental policy and planning, notes the importance of government and civilian collaboration, saying "the city is not produced—it is coproduced" in this article about how technology is helping to improve city services around the world.

A Journey through Gromov's Gap
May 9, 2019
Scientific American Blog Network
In this "My Favorite Theorem" podcast episode, Moon Duchin, associate professor of mathematics, discusses the geometric group theorem called Gromov's gap. 

New classical work brings women of 'The Odyssey' to the fore
May 8, 2019
The Boston Globe
Professor of the Practice of Music Kareem Roustom's new musical piece "Hurry to the Light" focuses on the women of the Odyssey. The article also mentions the Department of Music's staff pianist, choral accompanist, and choral opera ensemble co-director Thomas Stumpf.   

What is 'camp'? This year's elusive Met Gala theme
May 6, 2019
NBCNEWS.com
Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor Kareem Khubchandani, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, offers insights into the "deep ties to queer culture and identity" that are fundamental to the "camp" aesthetic, the theme of this year's fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute. 

Nancy Pelosi Heading to Medford, Mass. to Talk About Child Care
May 3, 2019
NBC Boston
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the Eliot-Pearson Children's School on Friday to learn more about early childhood education research at Tufts. 

Gilbert Metcalf, Tufts University-Carbon Tax 
May 3, 2019
The Academic Minute 
Gilbert Metcalf, John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service, Department of Economics, appears on this "Academic Minute" segment to discuss why a carbon tax could help the economy and how it could come about. 

In the news: Kris Manjapra
May 3, 2019
The Bay State Banner 
Kris Manjapra, associate professor of history, is profiled as the new chair of the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora (RCD).  

Are we addicted to anger? 
May 1, 2019
The Boston Globe
Associate Professor of Sociology Sarah Sobieraj says that right-wing media content is so successful because it "doesn't sound like outrage when you agree with it. It sounds like someone truth-telling and so it feels great." Her book "The Outrage Industry," co-authored with Jeffrey Berry, John Richard Skuse, Class of 1941, Professor of Political Science, is also mentioned. 

Feds seen as sure to leave rates alone despite Trump pressure
May 1, 2019
The Washington Post
Brian Bethune, lecturer in the Department of Economics, comments on the Federal Reserve's likely plan to make no major change to interest rates, saying "the Fed is in a sweet spot right now, with moderate growth and low inflation."

Things to do in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, April 26-May 3
Apr. 26, 2019
Los Angeles Daily News
Christina Maranci, Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Professor of Armenian Art and Architectural History, will present "An Introduction to the Art of Armenia" on April 28 at the Ararat-Eskijian Museum in Mission Hills, California.

Scientists unlock new role for nervous system in regeneration 
Apr. 25, 2019
Phys.org
Vannevar Bush Professor of Biology Michael Levin has developed a computational model of planarian (flatworm) regeneration that could have applications in research involving regeneration in mammals, birth defects, bioengineering of organoids, and cancer. Levin is quoted. 

Bernie or bust: The Sanders supporters who will back Trump if their man isn't Democratic nominee
Apr. 24, 2019
Washington Examiner
Brian Schaffner, Newhouse Professor of Civic Studies, Department of Political Science, identified here with his Tisch College affiliation, is quoted in this article about a recent poll showing that 26% of Bernie Sanders supporters would vote for Donald Trump over Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 presidential election.

The Secret of Greatness Lies in 'Net Resources'
Apr. 23, 2019
IDN - In Depth News
Assistant Professor of Political Science Michael Beckley's arguments for using "net resources" to best measure and rate the true power of a nation are cited in this opinion piece.

After major mass shootings, communities shifted slightly to the left, Post analysis finds
Apr. 8, 2019
The Washington Post
Research by Brian Schaffner, Newhouse Professor of Civic Studies, Department of Political Science, is cited in this analysis of how mass shootings impact views on gun control laws. Schaffner notes that "there is no aggregate movement among everyone."

Algerian president resigns under pressure from army
Apr. 3, 2019
The Philadelphia Tribune
Hugh Roberts, professor of history, is quoted regarding the reputation of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who has resigned as president of Algeria following weeks of mass protests. 

Our Organ Donation System Is Unfair. The Solution Might Be Too. 
Apr. 3, 2019
FiveThirtyEight
Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy Keren Ladin is quoted throughout this article examining inequities in the organ donation system. 

Canada's nationwide carbon tax takes flight
Apr. 2, 2019
Talk Media News
Professor of Economics Gilbert Metcalf comments on the launch of Canada's national carbon tax program. 

'Everyone making money from cannabis is white,' top Boston prosecutor says
Apr. 1, 2019
This article quites David Art, professor of political science, from his participation in a Tufts Experimental College panel that addressed diversity within the state's marijuana market. Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins was also part of the panel. 

Arts center in city's poorest neighborhood teaches culture and salvation
Apr. 1, 2019
WHYY.org
SMFA Professor of the Practice David Antonio Cruz comments on growing up in Fairhill, Philadelphia's poorest neighborhood, where he learned art at the Latino cultural arts center Taller Puertorriqueño. 

Want to fix gerrymandering? Then the Supreme Court needs to listen to mathematicians
Mar. 31, 2019
PBS NewsHour
This article mentions a report by Moon Duchin, associate professor of mathematics, that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf used to reject a state GOP-drawn redistricting map.

Organ Transplant Disability Bias Gets Second Look Under Trump
Mar. 29, 2019
Bloomberg Law
Keren Ladin, assistant professor of occupational therapy and vice chair of the ethics committee for the organ transplant nonprofit OPTN, comments on potential changes to organ transplant policies. 

Study on Weed-Killers and Monarch Butterflies Spurs Ecological Flap
Mar. 21, 2019
Scientific American
Professor of Biology Elizabeth Crone comments on what kind of research could reveal more about the decline in monarch butterfly populations.

Fed, seeing slower growth and softer inflation, now projects no rate hikes this year
Mar. 20, 2019
MarketWatch
Lecturer in the Department of Economics Brian Bethune says that the Federal Reserve is "doubling down" on its dovish position first adopted in January.

Sorry, but that $1,100 standing desk won't make you thinner
Mar. 14, 2019
MarketWatch
Nancy Baker, associate professor of occupational therapy, is senior author of collaborative research examining the effectiveness of sit-stand desks in the workplace.

Museums need to move with the times - that's why deaccessioning isn't always bad news
Mar. 14, 2019
Apollo Magazine
Andrew McClellan, professor of the history of art and architecture, explains how museums could make their collections more diverse and reflective of the communities they serve by securing new acquisition funds by selling some of their artwork.

Challenging times inspire bright ideas
Mar. 14, 2019
The Boston Globe
SMFA Dean Nancy Bauer is quoted in this article featuring two of the Gold Key artists in this year's Massachusetts Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a program for students in grades 7 through 12 that is sponsored by SMFA and the Boston Globe Foundation. The winning works will be on view March 16-25 at Tufts.

Did Dietary Changes Bring Us 'F' Words? Study Tackles Complexities of Language's Origins
Mar. 14, 2019
The New York Times
Linguist Ray S. Jackendoff, professor emeritus, Department of Philosophy, comments on a study that concluded changes in human bite, over time, made it slightly easier to pronounce consonants like "f" and "v."

The ups and downs of sit-stand desks
Mar. 13, 2019
ScienceDaily
Nancy Baker, associate professor of occupational therapy, is senior author of collaborative research examining the effectiveness of sit-stand desks in the workplace. 

Citizen Scientists Can Help Support Imperiled Western Monarchs by The Xerces Society
Mar. 12, 2019
IndyBay
Tufts biologists are among the researchers collaborating on a project studying the declining population of the western monarch butterfly. 

Electrical signals kick off flatworm regeneration
Mar. 5, 2019
ScienceDaily
Vannevar Bush Professor of Biology Michael Levin discusses new findings from his planarian flatworm research, which determined that electrical cell-to-cell communication is the very first step in the tissue-regeneration process. Levin underscores how "incredibly important [it is] to understand how cells make decisions about what to build" to be able to address health issues "from traumatic injury to degenerative diseases, aging, and cancer." Then graduate student Fallon Durant led the research and Levin is senior author.

Five Films to See at Doc Fortnight 
Feb. 28. 2019
Criterion Cast 
Professor of the Practice Jane Gillooly's film "Where the Pavement Ends" is included in this list as the top film to see at Doc Fortnight 2019. 

Du Bois' great-grandson ready to 'take the torch' to promote legacy
Feb. 23, 2019
The Berkshire Eagle
Associate Professor of History Kendra Field accepted a Du Bois Legacy Committee award on behalf of David Levering Lewis, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Du Bois Scholar with whom Field previously collaborated. 

Why Does Hollywood Roll Out a Red Carpet? Here's How the Oscars Tradition Began
Feb. 22, 2019
Time Magazine
Gregory Crane, Winnick Family Chair in Technology and Entrepreneurship, Department of Classical Studies, is quoted from his article "Politics of Consumption and Generosity in the Carpet Scene of the Agamemnon," published in the journal Classical Philology.

Black History Trail Makes 200 Stops Across Massachusetts
Feb. 21, 2019
The New York Times
The African American Trail Project, a mapping project of historic African-American sites across Massachusetts, which was overseen by Associate Professor of History Kendra Field and Kerri Greenidge, lecturer in the Consortium for the Study of Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, is profiled in this New York Times piece.
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This Map Details More Than 200 Massachusetts Sites Connected to African-American History

Feb. 22, 2019
Smithsonian.com

Will A 2nd Sanders Run Hinder Warren's 2020 Ambitions? 
Feb. 19, 2020
WBUR
Jeffrey Berry, professor of political science, comments on Bernie Sanders' announcement that he is running for president again in 2020 and how that might impact Elizabeth Warren's campaign. 

Stevanovich Institute panel discusses "Religion, Identity, and the Construction of Faith"
Feb. 16, 2019
The Chicago Maroon
Daniel Dennett, University Professor and the Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, participated in the panel "Religion, Identity, and the Construction of Faith" at the University of Chicago's Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge. 

Dialysis Is a Way of Life for Many Older Patients. Maybe It Shouldn't Be.
Feb. 15, 2019
The New York Times
Keren Ladin, assistant professor of occupational therapy, is quoted in this article exploring the inevitability of dialysis treatment among older patients with kidney disease, saying "patients didn't recognize it as a choice." Ladin's research studies on "conservative management" of kidney disease and how nephrologists approach discussing alternative treatments with older patients are also cited. 

A Look at the Auteur of Animation, Hayao Miyazaki
Feb. 11, 2019
Hyperallergic
A review of cultural studies professor Susan Napier's new book, Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art

The week in energy: looking for breakthroughs
Feb. 9, 2019
Financial Times
This news roundup mentions Professor of Economics Gilbert Metcalf's new book Paying for Pollution

Professors Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos and E. Charles H. Sykes Win 2019 ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science
Feb. 7, 2019
ACS Publications
Professor of Chemistry Charles Sykes and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos share the American Chemical Society Catalysis Lectureship for their groundbreaking research. 

How climate change might affect tea
Feb. 6, 2019
Nature
Associate Professor Albert Robbat is quoted in this article about the impact climate change is having on tea farming. Research by Robbat and biologist Colin Orians exploring how changing environments are affecting tea quality is also highlighted; both are quoted.

The growth of tea
Feb. 6, 2019
Nature
Professor of Biology Colin Orians is quoted in this article about how the study of tea plant genetics is shedding new light on the history of tea domestication, noting "tea's quality is mainly due to its secondary metabolites, [but they] are not there to make tea taste good for humans." GSAS biology student Eric Scott also discusses how farmers are exploring new tea varieties to create a better product. 

Teaching intelligence: how to improve science students' writing
Feb. 6, 2019
Times Higher Education
Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy Anna Sajina co-authors this piece outlining steps that teachers can take to help their science and engineering students become better writers.

If Rosa Parks rode a bus in Boston today, she'd see nearly the same segregation she fought
Feb. 6, 2019
The Boston Globe
Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Julian Agyeman comments on how Boston could implement a "congestion charge" on private vehicles to fund improved transit, particularly buses, as a way to commemorate Rosa Parks.

Don't Think the Worst About Your Teenager
Jan. 30, 2019
The Wall Street Journal
Richard Lerner, Bergstrom Professor of Applied Developmental Science, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, is quoted in this article about parenting teenagers. 

Hispanics Are Like Everyone Else Who Comes to America
Jan. 30, 2019
Bloomberg
Professor of Political Science Deborah Schildkraut's book Americanism in the Twenty-First Century: Public Opinion in the Age of Immigration is cited in this article exploring the myth that Latin American immigrants are not assimilating into American society. 

KinderLab Robotics Releases K-2 Robotics and Coding Curriculum
Jan. 29, 2019
The Journal
KinderLab Robotics, co-founded by Marina Bers, professor and chair, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, has launched "Growing with KIBO," a new robotics curriculum aimed at early elementary grades. 

What If The Way We Think About Freedom And Equality Is All Wrong?
Jan. 24, 2019
WBUR
In this "On Point" segment, Lionel McPherson, associate professor of philosophy, participates in a discussion centered on freedom and equality. 

How the next recession could save lives
Jan. 23, 2019
Nature
2012 research by Mary Davis, associate professor and chair, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, investigating how economic activity impacts air pollution levels, is cited in this article exploring how public health is affected by economic crises. 

More patient-centered options needed for individuals with chronic kidney disease
Jan. 22, 2019
Healio
An editorial co-written by Keren Ladin, assistant professor of occupational therapy, underscores new research highlighting that clinicians need to better support chronic kidney disease patients who do not choose typical dialysis treatments, noting "by understanding patients' values and drawing on experience, clinicians can help patients explore options, consider potential harms and benefits, and offer treatment recommendation tailored to patients' unique preferences."

Why kindergartners need to learn to code
Jan. 16, 2019
The Boston Globe
Marina Bers, Professor, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development writes this piece on how programming is a necessary intellectual tool that should be taught to all students. Bers is the author of Coding as a Playground: Programming and Computational Thinking in the Early Childhood Classroom

Gay fathers face stigma as parents
Jan. 15, 2019
Reuters UK
Collaborative research from Tufts University School of Medicine and Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development finds that gay fathers continue to face persistent social stigma. 

Lawrence reborn: A polluted mill town reclaims its future
Jan. 11, 2019
The Christian Science Monitor
Justin Hollander, Associate Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, was interviewed as part of an article about brownfields in Lawrence, Massachusetts. 

With the right guiding principles, carbon taxes can work
Jan. 10, 2019
The Conversation
Professor of Economics Gilbert Metcalf outlines why he supports a carbon tax for reducing carbon pollution and suggests ways the U.S. could enact such a tax. 

LED-packin' caterpillars may lead to better-moving squishy robots
Jan. 7, 2019
New Atlas
New research by postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Biology Guy Levy, in collaboration with Professor of Biology Barry Trimmer, tracks the movements of tobacco hornworm caterpillars using tiny retroflective markers, which could have important applications for developing "soft-bodied robots."

Why Is It So Important for Women to Be 'Likable'?
Jan. 3, 2019
Boston Globe
Associate Professor of Sociology Sarah Sobieraj comments on the double standards that impact women's likability, noting that "when women act or behave in a competitive or assertive or authoritative way, it is read as deviant."

Fall 2018

The Body Electric
Dec. 21, 2018
Science Blog
This blog post discusses the work of Michael Levin, Vannevar Bush Professor, Department of Biology, who recently gave a lecture summarizing two decades of his research at the Levin Lab.

The New Makers
Dec. 20, 2018
Yankee Magazine
Tanya Crane, professor of the practice, Department of 3D and Performance at SMFA at Tufts, is included in this roundup of New England artists who are "pushing the bounds of what's expected."

Inspire An Interest In STEM With These Top Tech Toys
Dec. 20, 2018
Forbes
The KIBO robotics kit developed by professor and chair of the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development Marina Bers is included in this roundup of notable toys for teaching STEM principles.

Fed has a 'tin ear' to market concerns over balance sheet
Dec. 20, 2018
MarketWatch
Lecturer in the Economics department Brian Bethune is quoted on financial market concern regarding "quantitative tightening" by the Federal Reserve.

3 Negative effects of over-scheduling your child
Dec. 18, 2018
The Asianparent
Advice from Eliot-Pearson Professor Emeritus David Elkind on how to develop a balanced schedule for young children is highlighted in this article.

The 'year of the badass woman' holds a message GOP needs to hear
Dec. 17, 2018
CNN-US
Studies by Brian Schaffner, Newhouse Professor of Civic Studies, Department of Political Science, exploring how concerns regarding sexism influenced voters in 2016 and 2018, are referenced in this article. Schaffner found in 2018 "less-sexist voters punished Republican House candidates in a way they did not in 2016."

One-third of Americans consider living abroad
Dec. 17, 2018
Phys.org
Associate Professor of Sociology Helen Marrow is corresponding author of a new study which found that one-third of U.S.-born citizens are considering leaving the United States to live abroad.

Mark Corroto's Top Ten (Ok Fifteen) Of 2018
Dec 14, 2018
All About Jazz
A recording of an April 2017 event organized by Kurt Ralske, Professor of the Practice, Digital Media, SMFA at Tufts, is included on this list of best jazz recordings of 2018. Ralske also produced the recording.

Eclipse Expeditions
Dec 11, 2018
The Los Angeles Review of Books
A review of Eliot-Pearson Senior Lecturer Julie Dobrow's book After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America's Greatest Poet.

The Future of Food: Three Women at the Forefront of Science and Technology
Nov 2018
Edible Boston
This article profiles Megan Biango-Daniels, a post-doctoral researcher in Aptman Family Assistant Professor of Biology Ben Wolfe's lab, and her work with yeast cultures as well as Natalie Rubio, a biomedical engineering Ph.D. student.  

Boston-area scientists criticize Chinese researcher who changed embryonic DNA
Nov 27, 2018
Boston Globe
Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Sheldon Krimsky voices concerns over claims that Chinese scientists have edited the genes of twin babies, making them immune to HIV. Krimsky says the scientists are "acting outside of the norms of the scientific community."

Why Architecture Education Needs to Embrace Evidence-Based Design, Now
Nov 16, 2018
Architecture Digest
Justin Hollander, associate professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, has co-written this essay focusing on the importance of design education that is grounded in scientific research.

Trump's 'Offensive and Prejudicial Rhetoric' Skews How White People View Minorities, Research Finds
Oct 31, 2018
Washington Post
Tufts Professor of Political Science Brian Schaffner discusses his research examining how Donald Trump's words affect how white people perceive minorities.

Mathematicians propose new hunting model to save rhinos and whales from extinction
Oct 24, 2018
Phys.org
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Alexandru Hening is the lead author of a new study proposing a new hunting model that could help prevent the extinction of at-risk animal populations.

Open Studio with Jared Bowen: "Outsider Art"
Oct 2018
WGBH
Director of the American Studies Program Kerri Greenidge discusses the exhibition "Expressions Unbound: American Outsider Art from the Andrew and Linda Safran Collection." Tufts University Art Galleries Director Dina Deitsch is also featured in the episode.

Election 2018: California's Proposition 7 Could Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent
Oct 19, 2018
KQED Public Media for Northern CA
Lecturer in the English department Michael Downing joins this discussion about California’s Proposition 7, which would allow the state legislature to adopt daylight saving time year-round. Downing is the author of "Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time.”

Racism, oppression, eugenics, and art that runs the gamut
Oct 11, 2018
The Boston Globe
Professor of the Practice and Chair of the Media Arts Department at SMFA at Tufts Jane Gillooly and Khary Saeed Jones, professor of the practice in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, will speak at the Institute of Contemporary Art about their new film Where the Pavement Ends.

Baker, Gonzalez to square off in first gubernatorial debate
Oct 9, 2018
Channel 7 News
Associate Professor of Political Science Eitan Hersh commented on the Massachusetts gubernatorial debate.

Carbon Tax Gets Renewed Attention but Still Faces Resistance
Oct 9, 2018
US News & World Report
Professor of Economics Gilbert Metcalf is quoted about a proposed carbon tax that would help curb carbon emissions. Tufts research into the impact a carbon tax might have on gas prices is also cited.

All the Tea in China
Sept 2018
The Analytical Scientist
Associate Professor of Chemistry Albert Robbat has written an article about his research using software to explore the impact of climate change on tea.