Archived News - Fall 2011
UEP Graduate Student Named to
U.S. World Triathlon Team
It's been an interesting few months for GSAS urban and environmental
policy and planning student Julia Ledewitz. In August, she was one of
only twenty graduate students nationwide to receive a 2011 Switzer
Foundation Fellowship, and in September she was named to the U.S. World
Triathlon Team for her age group. Ledewitz earned a spot after finishing
in the top twenty at the August 2011 U.S.A. Triathlon National Championships.
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Child Development Graduate Student
to Present at Social Media Summit
Jill Plevinsky, a GSAS child development student, was one of five
individuals in the country chosen to participate in the Mayo Clinic's
Social Media Summit through its Patient, Caregiver Scholarship program.
Plevinsky, who has Crohn's disease, was picked on the strength of a personal
essay, her advocacy work on behalf of the more than 1.4 million Americans who
have Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and her interest in the role
social media and online communities can play in engaging patient communities.
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Biology Graduate Student Shares
Research at National Conference
Biology doctoral student Adam Thomas presented a poster at the July 2011
Genetic Recombination and Genome Rearrangements Conference held in
Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Thomas's poster was titled "Repair of
Camptothecin-induced DNA Damage in Drosophila melanogaster"; the poster
explained Thomas's research on how cells repair DNA damage caused by a
drug called camptothecin. Read more by clicking
Occupational Therapy Alumni,
Students Help Make Driving Safer for Elder Drivers
Last month, alumni Kristen Keilty, G01, and Scott Trudeau,
A85, G98, came together with a single goal in mind: to help make driving
safer for older adults. Through a partnership involving the GSAS
Department of Occupational Therapy and the Emerson Hospital of Concord,
Massachusetts, Keilty brought the CarFit program to Tufts' Medford
campus. Read more by clicking
Drama, English Graduate Students
Chosen as Center for the Humanities at Tufts (CHAT) Fellows
Each year, CHAT chooses two graduate students to serve as fellows.
The fellows for 2011 are Catherine Vrtis (drama) and Erin Kappeler
(English). As fellows, each received an $18,000 stipend and office
space in the CHAT house; Vrtis and Kappeler will also have the
opportunity to present their work during an upcoming CHAT seminar.
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Osher LifeLong Learning Institute Seeks Graduate Students
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Tufts offers arts,
sciences, and engineering graduate students the opportunity to
design and teach courses to "third agers" during portions of
the spring (March to May) semester. In the past, Osher scholars
have taught study groups (courses) in areas such as American
architecture, on the origins of species, Irish theatre, creative writing,
e-learning, and environmental sustainability. Read more by
Preparing For Careers in Academia Workshop
Date: November 18, 2011
Time: 8:30AM to 2:00PM
Location: Alumnae Lounge
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Recent Drama Graduate Selected for Prestigious Arts Retreat
Meron Langsner, who earned a Ph.D. in drama from the Graduate School of Arts and
Sciences (GSAS) in August 2011, was one of nine Boston-area artists chosen for
the annual Playwrights' Commons Theatre Retreat for Emerging Boston Artists.
Music Graduate Aims to Rule Local Airwaves
"Musical Asia with Jean," the new radio program hosted by GSAS music alumna
Jean Foo, G09, debuted in June
2011. The program—which airs every other Sunday at 11:30AM
on WUNR 1600 AM—covers topics related to Asian folk music, Asian
musicians performing in the United States, and music events of interest to the
local Asian Community.
Chemistry Graduate Student Wins International Prize
April Jewell, a GSAS chemistry doctoral student, received the Young Scientist
Prize at the 10th International Conference on the Structure of
Surfaces (ICSOS-10) in August 2011. The conference—which was held in Hong Kong,
China, and takes place every three years—is an opportunity for graduate students
and leading researchers in areas such as atomic positions; bond lengths and bond
angles of clean and adsorbate surfaces; and interfaces and nanostructures to
present their research and discuss the future of their disciplines.
Music Graduate Makes Her Mark on International Stage
Music GSAS alumna Livia Lin, G11, has received the St. Botolph Club Foundation
Emerging Artist award for 2011 and had one of her compositions,
Illustrious, chosen for the 29th annual Asian Composers League (ACL)
conference and festival, which will be held from November 23, 2011 to December
2, 2011. Read more.
Graduate Student Receives 2011
Switzer Foundation Fellowship
GSAS urban and environmental policy and planning (UEP) graduate
student Julia Ledewitz was one of only twenty graduate students in the
United States to be awarded a 2011 fellowship from the Switzer Foundation.
Biology Graduate Alumnus Believes Pigeons May Help Move Modern Navigation Forward
As a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University's Concord Field Station, GSAS
biology alumnus Huai-Ti Lin, G11, is researching how birds like pigeons fly. His
goal: to help change the face of navigation.
Studio Art Graduate Alumna One of Three Artists Chosen for
Alpha Gallery's "New Talent" Exhibit
The art of Biying Zhang, G11, was included in the Alpha Gallery's "New Talent"
exhibition in June 2011.
The annual event features the work of three artists "fresh out of Boston-area
Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Alumna
Named Town Planner for Foxborough, Massachusetts
Sharon Wason, G05, a GSAS UEP alumna, was named the town planner for Foxborough,
Massachusetts in June 2011. In this role, Wason works closely with the Town
Planning Board and takes a lead role in obtaining and monitoring grants,
coordinating subdivision and site plan applications, ensuring approved work is
in compliance with permits and conditions, and undertaking long-range planning
studies as required by the board.
Biology Graduate Student Researches
New Way to Measure Stress in Birds
Christine Lattin, a GSAS biology graduate student and member of Professor L. Michael Romero's lab,
is exploring how feathers can be used to measure stress in birds; this work was
featured in an August 2011 ScienceDaily article.
Occupational Therapy Graduate Student Awarded Prestigious Scholarship
GSAS occupational therapy student Svea Van Langenhoven was
one of only two students in the United States to receive a
$5,000 NorthCoast Medical Scholarship in 2011. Read more.
UEP Faculty Member, Graduate Student Receive
Scientific Visualization Award
Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Assistant Professor Justin Hollander, A96, and graduate student Rui Guo won
first place (non-interactive multimedia) in the 2011 Visualizing Research @
Tufts competition. The pair's winning project was a digitized map of New
Bedford, Massachusetts. Read more.
Biology Graduate Alumnus Hopes to Protect Honeybees Through Company
Noah Wilson-Rich, who earned a Ph.D. in biology from GSAS in May 2011, is
working to protect honeybees through Best Bees, a company he launched in January
2010. The Massachusetts-based company delivers, installs, and manages
honey bee hives in and around Boston and Cape
Cod. Read more.
Book Written by Graduate Alumnus To Be Adapted Into Film
Graduate alumnus Steve Moysey's book, The
Road To Balcombe Street: The IRA Reign of Terror in London,
is being adapted into a film. Variety announced on May 12, 2011
that the film version will be directed by Elliot
Lester. The book, which Moysey published in 2007,
focuses on the Irish Republican Army's (IRA) involvement in London between
October 1974 and December 1975. During this period, a team of IRA operatives
carried out more than thirty bombings in London and the surrounding area.
Tracking down the operatives were the men and women of London's Metropolitan
Police Bomb Squad, many of whom Moysey interviewed for his book. Read more.
Child Development Graduate Alumna Brings the
Circus to Somerville
Child development graduate alumna Christina
Zagarino, G11, and her work with Big Top Fitness was featured in the May 15,
2011 edition of the Somerville Patch. "Big Top Fitness"
consists of a series of television segments each of which
focuses on a different circus skill or exercise focus. Zagarino was the creative
force behind the program, writing the first five episodes after realizing that
the combination of circus arts and television was a great way to "get kids
active." Read more.
Alumni from GSAS and Engineering Honored with Awards for Career
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering
announced the winners of the annual graduate alumni awards in May 2011.