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Winter 2005
  A Pioneering Venture
New center to focus on tissue engineering
  Clinton: Rekindle the Peace Process
Senator Clinton delivers the annual Issam M. Fares Lecture
  Elements of Space
Master plan identifies campus characteristics
  Tufts Partners with Mexico
Encouraging graduate student exchange
  Cleaning Up the Energy Act
ECO promotes the cause of clean energy
A Pioneering Venture
New center to focus on tissue engineering

Imagine a patient with bone cancer who can have the diseased bone removed and replaced with material created in a laboratory. Or a patient whose broken leg heals in a short time, thanks to the same technique. Research that may soon make those advances a reality is the focus of a new Tufts center, the only one of its kind in the country. The Tissue Engineering Resource Center was established this past fall with a $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Biomedical Instrumen-tation and Bioengin-eering, a division of the National Institutes of Health. The center, based at the Science and Technology Center at 4 Colby Street on the Medford/Somerville campus, will enable scientists from across the university—including the schools of Engineering, Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Dental Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine—to coordinate tissue engineering efforts. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Division of Health Sciences and Technology will also be involved in the research work.
Clinton: Rekindle the Peace Process

With a post-election buzz hinting that maybe Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton would be on the next presidential ticket, it was no surprise that a record crowd of more than 5,000 packed the Gantcher Center to the rafters on November 10 to hear Clinton deliver the annual Issam M. Fares Lecture. The talk, administered by the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, provided Clinton with a broad platform on which to express her ideas and hopes for the Middle East. “I would hope that our president and his administration will put the Israeli-Palestinian issue on the front burner of American foreign policy again,” she said. Securing Iraq should also be a top priority, Clinton remarked, adding that the U.S. should not overlook international threats from Iran and North Korea. “Iran resembles the place that many in the administration believed Iraq was,” she said. “This time, the weapons of mass destruction and the threats they pose are very real.” Senator Clinton, who some political pundits suggest may run for president in 2008, later observed that the recent inclusion of a female candidate on the ballot for president in Afghanistan “puts Afghanistan’s women ahead of America’s women.” Her comment was met with applause, but the senator belied no indication that she sought to even the score.


Elements of Space
Master plan identifies campus characteristics

The academic quad of the Somerville/ Medford campus is “sacred ground” because it defines the early history of Tufts. At the same time, there is room for Tufts to build new facilities on the campus well into the future. Those are among the findings of an interim report on the university’s first master plan in almost two decades. The report, prepared by Boston-based William Rawn Associates (WRA), was presented at a September 15 Arts, Sciences and Engineering faculty meeting.

The plan is viewed as a guide for the evolution of the campus—an evolution that will reflect academic and research priorities of the university. Such long-term planning, said President Lawrence S. Bacow, will produce “a vibrant blending of landscape and architectural concepts that support the integration of great teaching and great research on a unified campus.”

Much of the initial work on the plan brought attention to what defines the campus today, intertwining observations about preservation and community with those of growth. The architects described, for instance, three campus spaces—the academic quad, the lawn behind Gifford House (the president’s residence), and the residential quad—as “sacred ground” because they reflect the university’s early history. These areas are not considered desirable for new construction or improvement.

WRA also identified six “centers of gravity”—places where people gather for specific activities and in transit through the campus. These sites include the Mayer Campus Center and Dewick-MacPhie Dining Hall; the Tisch Library, including the library steps that lead up and down the Hill; the academic quad; the residential quad; the intersection of College and Boston Avenues, including Memorial Steps and Curtis Hall; and the athletics complex.

Although the master plan will not suggest specific uses for an open parcel of land, Bacow said that the area immediately east of Dowling Hall is being considered as a potential site for a new integrated research laboratory facility. The development of an integrated lab building is among the top priorities in the “physical planning initiatives” section of the report. Future planning also will take into account the proposed construction of two new structures along Talbot Avenue—the new music building and a dormitory, Sophia Gordon Hall.


President Lawrence S. Bacow with Jaime Parada Avila, director general of Mexicoís National Commission for Science and Technology.

Tufts Partners with Mexico
Encouraging graduate student exchange

President Lawrence S. Bacow recently signed a two-year agreement with Mexico’s National Commission for Science and Technology to strengthen ties between Tufts and the Mexican government, encourage a graduate student exchange program, and expand the university’s relationship with Mexico’s educators, government, and businesses. Beginning next fall, Tufts will host students from Mexico who pursue doctoral degrees at the School of Arts and Sciences, the Sackler School, the Engineering School, the Fletcher School, and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. The commission will pay the students’ tuition for the first two years, with Tufts supporting the remaining years of study. The signing ceremony coincided with Tufts’ International Overseers meeting in Mexico City.
Photo by Robert Schoen
Cleaning Up the Energy Act

Promoting the cause of clean energy may be a tough job for even Madison Avenue marketing experts. But leave it to Tufts students to come up with a smart idea. Members of Environmental Consciousness Outreach (ECO) made the front page of the Tufts Daily on October 20 after two freshmen—Adam Joyce, as a windmill, and Jimmy Hughes, as a smokestack—squared off in front of surprised students lunching at two dining halls. The battle was ultimately “a breeze,” quipped Joyce, who quickly triumphed over his opponent. The event, described as “a symbolic representation of the struggle to implement clean energy in a coal-burning world,” is only one way ECO will continue to put pressure on the university, and the nation at large, to do the right thing, he added. “We’re pleased that we got attention,” he said. “Now, we’re going for results.”