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2019

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 art and art history, explains how museums could make their collections more diverse and reflective of the communities they serve by securing new aquisition 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 prounce 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 Classics, 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.
Additional Coverage: 
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 Biologial 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."

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. 

'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.