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2018

'Resistant Currents,' at the Boston Center for the Arts, looks at immigration
Aug 22, 2018
SMFA Professor of the Practice Jeannie Simms has organized the show "Resistant Currents," at the Boston Center for the Arts' Mills Gallery. 

How to build a career in diversity and inclusion
Aug 22, 2018
Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Robert Cook is quoted in this article discussing Tufts' Diversity and Inclusion Leadership M.A. program. 

Finding It Hard to Focus? Maybe It's Not Your Fault
Aug 14, 2018
Assistant Professor of Anthropology Nick Seaver is quoted regarding his course called "How to Pay Attention," which explores attention as a cultural phenomenon. Two students who have taken the course—Morgan Griffiths and Jacob Rochford—are also quoted. 

'Resistant Currents' At Boston Center For The Arts Explores The Ebb And Flow Of Migration
Jul 27, 2018
90.9 WBUR
SMFA's Jeannie Simms curates the new exhibition "Resistant Currents," which features artists exploring "national migration policies, notions of assimilation, citizenship and national identity."

Imran Khan and Pakistan: what's going to change?
Jul 26, 2018
BBC Radio 4
Professor of History Ayesha Jalal joins BBC Radio to discuss the history of Pakistani politics.  

Science Denialism in the 21st Century
Jul 19, 2018
Scientific American Blog Network
Professor of Political Science Kelly Greenhill is mentioned as a panelist at the June 28 conference titled "Science Denialism, Public Policy, and Global Health." 

An Interview with Danielle Abrams
Jul 11, 2018
Big Red & Shiny
Professor of the Practice at SMFA Danielle Abrams discusses her performance art and teaching practices with SMFA alumna Chelsea Coon.

'My Loopy' robot 'comes to Earth' to teach children how to write computer code
Jul 11, 2018
WHYY.org
Postdoctoral scholar Amanda Sullivan discusses the benefits of incorporating robotic technologies into early childhood education.

How Does River Outflow Impact Coastal Sea Level?
Jul 10, 2018
Marine Technology News
Assistant Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences Andrew Kemp and former postdoctoral student Klaus Bittermann are part of the collaborative research team exploring the link between the outflow of rivers and rising coastal sea levels.

Americans are not as divided or conservative on immigration as you might think
Jul 3, 2018
The Conversation (US)
Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science Deborah Schildkraut discusses how and why public opinion about immigration in the United States is misjudged by politicians of both parties.

Stanley Cavell and the American Contradiction
Jul 2, 2018
The New York Times
SMFA Dean Nancy Bauer co-authors this commentary on the life and influence of American philosopher Stanley Cavell.

Jazz CD Review: Harold López-Nussa – Rhythms Charming and Churning
Jun 30, 2018
The Arts Fuse
Lecturer in the Department of Music Michael Ullman reviews a new album from jazz pianist Harold López-Nussa.

Why are Democratic voters more approving of compromise than Republicans?
Jun 29, 2018
The Conversation (US)
James Glaser
, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Political Science Jeffrey Berry co-author this piece examining how Democrats and Republicans have a different orientation toward compromise during the legislative process.

Is There A Better Way To Vote In Connecticut's Primary?
Jun 28, 2018
WNPR News
Ahead of the August 14 Connecticut primaries, Professor of Mathematics Christoph Borgers participates in a discussion about a new model for more fair election methods.

In a forest on the trail of synchronous fireflies
Jun 27, 2018
Business Mirror
Sara Lewis, professor of biology, is quoted in this article about the annual appearance of synchronous fireflies in North America. 

Essay: Monsanto's ghostwriting and strong-arming threaten sound science—and society
Jun 26, 2018
Environmental Health News
Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Sheldon Krimsky pens this essay against the “corporate capture of science,” detailing his analysis of documents related to litigation filed against Monsanto Co and the toxic effects of its Roundup herbicide.
 

Could DNA Testing Reunite Immigrant Families? Get the Facts.
Jun 25, 2018
National Geographic
Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Sheldon Krimsky comments on the complexities behind the controversial use of DNA samples to reunite migrant children with biological family members. 

How music lessons can improve language skills
Jun 25, 2018
Big Think
Professor of Psychology Aniruddh Patel comments on new research suggesting that musical training, specifically on piano, leads to improved word discrimination among kindergarteners. 

Making art 'should be uncomfortable' - a conversation with visual artist Lorna Simpson
Jun 22, 2018
The Conversation
English Professor Christina Sharpe and visual and conceptual artist Lorna Simpson discuss the artist's work exploring race, gender and identity. Simpson recently received the SMFA Medal for “creative excellence in visual art, art history and arts advocacy.” 

In new book, 'Star Wars' leitmotif-collecting Tufts professor explores wonder in film music
Jun 21, 2018
The Boston Globe
Assistant Professor of Music Frank Lehman discusses his book "Hollywood Harmony: Musical Wonder and the Sound of Cinema," which draws on examples from such epic movie scores as "Star Wars."

Most Mass. state legislators don't have an opponent this year
June 5, 2018
Boston Globe
Professor of Political Science Jeffrey Berry comments on Massachusetts State House data that shows more than half of the state's senators and representatives will be running unopposed in this year's election.

Researchers to Develop Self-Evaluating Robots
May 25, 2018
I-Connect007
Professor of Computer Science Matthias Scheutz is part of the collaborative research team that is working to give robots the ability to make self assessments. 

What is Consciousness?
May 22, 2018
Scientific American
Professor of Philosophy Dan Dennett is mentioned in this article about the science behind how we define consciousness. 

Vibrations that live long and prosper
May 21, 2018
Nature
Associate Professor of Chemistry Arthur Utz discusses new insights into measuring molecular vibrations. 

City Talk: Congress for the New Urbanism speakers focus on value
May 19, 2018
Savannahnow.com
Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Julian Agyeman was the keynote speaker at the 26th annual Congress for the New Urbanism, held in Savannah, Georgia. 

Sketch pads and rifles: Exhibit shows veterans' art from war
May 17, 2018
GloucesterTimes.com
SMFA's Ken Hruby creates a new exhibition featuring art created by military members and veterans inspired by their experiences in combat. 

Is Boston getting noisier? This app is designed to help us find out
May 15, 2018
The Boston Globe
Associate Professor and Department Chair of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Mary Davis was the thesis advisor for then-graduate student Erica Walker, who has now created a noise-monitoring app called NoiseScore as part of her work focusing on the public health effects of noise. 

Third edition of LLF concludes in New York
May 13, 2018
Pakistan Today
This recap of the third annual Lahore Literary Festival highlights Professor of History Ayesha Jalal's keynote address.

Parallel Universes: Theories & Evidence
May 9, 2018
Space.com
Professor of Physics and Astronomy Alexander Vilenkin's research theorizing "bubble" universes are one of five possibilities for a multiverse, the concept suggesting that there could be other universes beside our own. 

Meet six talented art-school grads
April 27, 2018
Boston Globe
SMFA graduate students Kimberly Barnes' sound installation and Keegan Shiner's performance art are featured in this overview of graduating Boston-area master's students.

The Edvocate's 2018 EdTech 20: A Ranking of 20 Global Edtech Influencers
Apr 16, 2018
The Edvocate
Professor of Child Study and Human Development Marina Bers has been named a top 20 global "edtech" influencer of 2018. 

On The 50th Anniversary Of The Fair Housing Act, A Look At Housing In Boston
Apr 11, 2018
WGBH News
In this "All Things Considered" interview, Professor Emeritus of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning James Jennings discusses the impact of the 50-year-old Fair Housing Act on Boston.

Bob Dylan Sings About Gay Love
Apr 6, 2018
The New York Times
Associate Professor of Music Stephan Pennington is quoted about the evolution of same-sex pronouns in popular music. 

Population Decline: Look for silver linings, expert says
Apr 5, 2018
The Berkshire Eagle
Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Justin Hollander is profiled about his new book An Ordinary City, a case study of the population decline of New Bedford, MA. 

Federal report: High-tide flooding could happen 'every other day' by late this century
Mar 28, 2018
Washington Post
Andrew Kemp
, assistant professor of earth and ocean sciences, is quoted in this article addressing an increase in high-tide flooding due to rising sea-levels.

Was Cambridge Analytica a digital Svengali or snake-oil salesman?
Mar 21, 2018
Los Angeles Times
Eitan Hersh
, associate professor of political science is quoted in this article exploring Cambridge Analytica's role in voter micro-targeting during the 2016 presidential election.

Cambridge Analytica's Facebook data abuse shouldn't get credit for Trump
Mar 20, 2018
Verge
Associate Professor of Political Science Eitan Hersh is quoted in this article exploring the influence of online voter microtargeting.

Brainless Embryos Suggest Bioelectricity Guides Growth
Mar 18, 2018
Wired
Michael Levin, professor of biology, comments on his research suggesting that understanding the electrical communication between cells in embryos might be used to "normalize development or support regeneration in the treatment of disease or injury."

Scholastic Art & Writing winners explore imagination Scholastic Art & Writing winners explore imagination — and the world
Mar 16, 2018
Boston Globe
SMFA at Tufts Dean Nancy Bauer and James Glaser, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, comment on this year's Boston Globe Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a partnership with the SMFA at Tufts. The artwork will be displayed on the Medford/Somerville campus. 

'Se Que Soy': Amara La Negra Embraces Her Afro-Latinidad
Mar 14, 2018
National Public Radio
Assistant Professor of Community Health Adolfo Cuevas is quoted in this piece exploring racism and colorism in the entertainment industry.

Will We Have A Mass. Democrat In The Race For The White House?
Mar 12, 2018
WBUR-FM
Professor of Political Science Jeffrey Berry discussed a list of Democratic candidates from Massachusetts who might run for president in 2020.

100 years later, the madness of daylight saving time endures
Mar 9, 2018
The Conversation
Lecturer in the English department and daylight saving expert Michael Downing writes this article responding to the passing of year-round daylight saving legislation in Florida. 

'A Wrinkle in Time,' 'Black Panther,' And The Importance of Onscreen Diversity
Mar 9, 2018
Radio Boston, WBUR-FM
Senior Lecturer Julie Dobrow and Professor Calvin Gidney from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human discuss their research on the effects of diversity in children's media.  

Why it's so important for kids to see diverse TV and movie characters
Mar 7, 2018
Senior Lecturer Julie Dobrow and Associate Professor Chip Gidney from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development and Professor of the Practice of Drama and Dance Jennifer Burton discuss their research which suggests that "children need a diverse universe of media images."

Decoding The Musical Themes of 'Star Wars'
Mar 2, 2018
90.9 WBUR
Frank Lehman, assistant professor of music, and his research studying the music of the Star Wars movies is featured in this radio segment. 

'The Most Hated Person On Campus': Why Some College Republicans Are Channeling Donald Trump
Mar 2, 2018
Time
Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science Deborah Schildkraut is quoted in this article on conservative college students.

How to make science experiments as common at home as bedtime stories
Mar 1, 2018
Christian Science Monitor
This article mentions the ScratchJr app, which Professor of Child Study and Human Development Marina Bers helped develop.

How Should We Design Cities on Mars?
Mar 1, 2018
Fast Co Design
Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Justin Hollander is quoted in this article on how colonizing and developing Mars can offer new opportunities for revolutionizing urban design.

Why do our brains care about music?
Feb 21, 2018
Scienceline
Professor of Psychology Aniruddh Patel spoke on a panel at the Presidential Scholars of Society and Neuroscience at Columbia University, discussing the human evolutionary advantage of music.

Hidden Brain: A Study of Airline Delays
Feb 20, 2018
National Public Radio
Economics Associate Professor Silke Forbes led a study on the efficiency of airline schedules.

WVU Researchers Aim to Better Understand Breast Cancer
Feb 4, 2018
Associated Press
Professor of Biology Michael Levin is collaborating on a study investigating how bioelectricity can be used to better understand breast cancer.

Joseph P. Kennedy III to Respond to State of the Union for Democrats
Jan 30, 2018
New York Times
"The Democrats are trying to show that they are moving forward," says Professor of Political Science Jeffrey Berry in this article in advance of Rep. Joe Kennedy III's response to the 2018 State of the Union address. "They want to show they're not just the party of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton. They're turning the page."

The Cheese Does Not Stand Alone: How Fungi And Bacteria Team Up For A Tastier Rind
Jan 29, 2018
National Public Radio
This is a profile of Assistant Professor of Biology Benjamin Wolfe and his research on how bacteria use fungal "highways" in cheese to spread, affecting the flavor. 

Behind the radio microphone, President Trump's lawyer targets his client's tormentors
Jan 26, 2018
Los Angeles Times
Professor of Political Science Jeffrey Berry is quoted in this article on Jay Sekulow, a radio talk show host and one of President Donald Trump's lawyers.

Work begins on new congressional maps as Pa. Supreme Court appoints adviser
Jan 26, 2018
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has enlisted Associate Professor of Mathematics Moon Duchin to help evaluate congressional redistricting efforts in the state.

A Study Suggests That People Can Hear Universal Traits in Music
Jan 25, 2018
The Atlantic
Professor and Chair of the Music Department David Locke responds to a study that aimed to find common traits in the world's music.

Will we ever be able to trust driverless cars?
Jan 19, 2018
BBC News
Professor of Computer Science Kathleen Fisher is quoted on the vulnerabilities of high-tech cars.

Elizabeth Warren's Native American problem goes beyond politics
Jan 19, 2018
Boston Globe
Professor of Political Science Jeffrey Berry comments on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 2018 reelection bid and questions surrounding her heritage.

Your city is watching you
Jan 17, 2018
Curbed
Justin Hollander
, associate professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, is quoted in this article on how machine learning and technology can inform urban design.

Chantal Zakari turns pennants into red flag
Jan 17, 2018
The Boston Globe
This is a feature on recent work, which is critical of "the corporatization of higher education," from SMFA Professor Chantal Zakari. 

Deneuve sends a dated message of empowerment
Jan 16, 2018
Public Radio International
Dean of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Nancy Bauer is quoted in this commentary on the #MeToo movement in France.

Connecting Kindergartners and Coding Without a Screen in the World of Unstructured Play
Jan 10, 2018
Scientific American
This article profiles KinderLab Robotics, a company Child Study and Human Development Professor Marina Bers co-founded to develop robotics that teach coding to very young children. 

What's an Ancient Roman Temple Doing in Armenia?
Jan 5, 2018
Smithsonian 
Art history Professor Christina Maranci is quoted in this article on the Temple of Garni, a rare Greco-Roman structure in Armenia.

Cornered: SMFA at Tufts Dean Nancy Bauer
Jan 4, 2018
Artscope Magazine
This is an interview with Dean of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, Nancy Bauer.

Why Do Cartoon Villains Speak in Foreign Accents?
Jan 4, 2018
The Atlantic
Professors Calvin "Chip" Gidney and Julie Dobrow from the Department of Child Study and Human Development studied language patterns in animated children's media.

A Dead-Simple Algorithm Reveals the True Toll of Voter ID Laws
Jan 4, 2018
Wired
Eitan Hersh,
associate professor of political science, coauthored a paper that revealed the discriminatory impact of voter ID laws.

A Field Guide to the Musical Leitmotifs of "Star Wars"
Jan 3, 2018
The New Yorker
Frank Lehman, assistant professor of music, and his research studying the music of the Star Wars movies is featured in this article. 

He makes tadpoles with eyes on their tails. Could that one day help solve birth defects in humans?
Jan 2, 2018
STAT News
This is a profile of Professor of Biology Michael Levin's innovative research on bioelectrics and its potential to treat medical conditions. 

Let’s embrace the politics of good intentions
Jan 2, 2018
The Times of London
This is a review of Associate Professor of Political Science Dennis Rasmussen’s new book, The Infidel and the Professor, which explains the friendship between Scottish philosophers Adam Smith and David Hume.

The Math Behind Gerrymandering and Wasted Votes
Jan 1, 2018
Wired
Associate Professor of Mathematics Moon Duchin and the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group at Tisch College are featured in this article about gerrymandering.