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Millionth book is banner event
When 20 bright banners suddenly appeared on a bleak, snowless hill early in the winter, the Tufts blue never looked more cheerful. Circling the library and up the Hill-where they were later undaunted by winter snow and ice-the banners proclaimed a colorful point about a historic milestone: the acquisition of Tufts libraries' millionth volume.

Appropriately, the book selected for that honor is itself one to attract attention: Love Canal, the Story Continues (New Society Publishers) by Lois Gibbs. In 1978, Gibbs was a 27-year-old housewife who organized her neighbors into the Love Canal Homeowners Association after learning that her child's elementary school was built on top of a chemical waste dump in Niagara Falls, NY. She is now founder and executive director of the Center For Health, Environment and Justice, which selected Tufts Archives as the repository for its records in 1988. On April 6, Gibbs spoke at Tufts, bringing the Love Canal story up to date and discussing the ongoing issues of grassroots environmental organizations.

Her visit came together with other events aimed at raising environmental awareness and the pressing need for citizens to play a role in preserving a safe habitat. On April 7, the Tisch Library Media Center hosted an Environmental Film Festival, and on April 8, the Tufts Institute for the Environment (TIE) sponsored a conference, "Restoring the Mystic River Watershed."

Jo-Ann Michalak, director of the Tisch Library, said the landmark book was selected not only by the Tisch Library, but also by the Health Sciences Library, the Webster Library at the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Edward Ginn Library at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. "We easily agreed on the title because all the libraries collect environmental material, and because it reflects Tufts' leadership in environmental affairs and citizen participation," she said.

In other related events, the Tisch Library created the exhibition "Tufts University and the Environment: from Academics to Activism" and cosponsored a lecture by Dr. Adolfo Roitman, curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The library also exhibited "5,000 Years of Recorded History from the Archives Collection."

Michalak said the millionth-volume milestone deserves recognition; it is one that only a small number of metropolitan and university libraries have reached. "As Tufts has grown, so have its libraries and the demands on their services.Tisch in particular has grown dramatically over the past eight years. Thanks to the support of the University Libraries Board of Overseers and Mel Bernstein, vice president for arts, sciences and engineering, Tisch's budget was significantly increased. While we used to add about 10,000 books a year, we now purchase about 20,000 to 25,000 books annually. As we enter the new millennium, the libraries will continue to act as a gateway to knowledge, both within and outside their physical walls."

Visit http://www.library.tufts.edu/friends/welcome for more information.

University names three new overseers
Tufts has appointed three new overseers to further assist the president and the Board of Trustees. The appointments and their respective board affiliations are: Irma S. Mann, chair and founder, Irma S. Mann Strategic Marketing, Boston, International; Wendy Selib-Prieb, J82, President & CEO, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Athletics; and A. Dana Callow, Jr., A74, managing general partner, Boston Millennia Partners, Medical.

Humanitarianism and War Project moves to Tufts
The leading US publisher of articles on humanitarianism in conflict situations will move from Brown University to Tufts this September. The Humanitarianism and War Project, created in 1991, will relocate from the Watson Institute at Brown to the Alan Shawn Feinstein International Famine Center at the School of Nutrition Science and Policy. It has published on topics such as the humanitarian impact of economic sanctions, human rights law, the news media in civil wars, the synergy between relief and development, and on specific areas, including Liberia, Haiti, Rwanda, Chechnya and Kosovo.

Multicultural 'ambassadors' honored
On January 27, a group of people who shared a quiet but keen interest in multicultural education gathered in the Mayer Campus Center.

The occasion: the dedication of a plaque to eight Arts and Sciences faculty and staff who have made significant efforts over and above their normal responsibilities to define Tufts as a multicultural environment "in which race, ethnicity, religion, class, gender and sexual orientation are not barriers to the full enjoyment of community membership." Each had received the Faculty/Staff Multicultural Service Award, established in 1995 by the Arts & Sciences Equal Educational Opportunity Committee.

Winners to date are: Peggy Barrett, director of the Women's Center; Francie Chew, professor of biology; Elizabeth Ammons, Harriet H. Fay Professor of Literature and professor of English; Gerald R. Gill, associate professor of history; Dolores J. Harris, retired longtime employee of Dining Services; Saul A. Slapikoff, associate professor of biology and of American studies emeritus; Jonathan Strong, lecturer in English; and Denise Phillips, staff assistant for the African American Center.

Forging new links with engineering
An interdisciplinary field linking engineering with biomedical and clinical sciences has been established with the creation of the Tufts Bioengineering Center. Located at the Science and Technology Center on the Medford/Somerville campus, the new offices are the hub of a range of disciplines, all linked by engineering.

"Bioengineering is an emerging discipline that builds on advances in engineering, biology and clinical sciences," said David Kaplan, the director of the center and professor of chemical engineering. "Tufts is in a unique position to take advantage of the interdisciplinary nature of the field because of its College of Engineering, health sciences programs, and strong programs in Arts and Sciences."

Among the programs offered by the center are a five-year degree program offering a B.S. and M.S. in biomedical engineering and two nine-year programs offering B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering with a medical or dental degree.

Six honored for distinguished service
Six alumni have been chosen by the Tufts Alumni Council to receive the Tufts University Alumni Association's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, at a special dinner on Saturday, April 15.

The awardees follow below, with a longer story to appear in the summer Tuftonia.

Dr. Peter Ackerman, F69, Washington, D.C., managing director of Rockport Capital, Inc., which funds corporate ventures. He is also chair of the Board of Visitors of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Marvin Birger, A49, Palm Beach, FL, president of the Palm Beach Tufts Alliance and retired president of his own company. Active in his reunions, his major gift led to his Class of 1949 achieving the largest gift total for a 50th reunion class.

Nancy Jones Cicia, J59, Wakefield, MA, active in reunions and in many Alumni Council committees. She is a former member of the Executive Committee, and a community volunteer in Wakefield, MA and Narragansett, RI.

Ethel Jafarian Duffett, J37, Orlando, FL, involved in promoting awareness of Armenian issues at Tufts for many years. She also was the donor of a chair in Armenian history, two scholarship funds, and a class in Armenian language.

Rick Hauck, A62, Potomac, MD, president and CEO of INTEC, and former astronaut. A Tufts trustee, he is chair of the Board of Overseers for Arts & Sciences and recipient of the Tufts Presidential Medal.

Edward H. Schluntz, A50, G51, Waban, MA, retired high school football coach, past president of Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association and Massachusetts State Coaches Association, Council and Jumbo Club member.

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THE COLLEGE

Inouye named to new dean post
Charles Inouye, associate professor in the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages, has been named Dean of the Colleges for Undergraduate Education. He replaces Walter Swap, who stepped down as Dean of the Colleges after nine years to return to full-time teaching in the psychology department.

The post has been changed to half time. In addition, the name and duties of the job have changed. The position, now called Dean of the Colleges for Undergraduate Education, focuses on undergraduate academic excellence.

Inouye will supervise several programs, including Writing Across the Curriculum, the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Writing, Teaching and Speaking Center. He will remain codirector of the International Letters and Visual Studies Program.

Inouye served as chair of the Educational Policy Committee (EPC), which recently proposed changes to the undergraduate curriculum to the Committee on Curricula.

Inouye came to Tufts in 1991 after earning an undergraduate degree at Stanford and a PhD from Harvard. At Tufts his accomplishments include helping establish a Japanese major, the international letters and visual studies major and the Tufts-in-Japan Study Abroad program.

Pride of the Hill endows student prize
Pride on the Hill Foundation, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) alumni association, along with university officials, faculty, staff and students, recently celebrated a newly endowed student award to honor outstanding undergraduate written work, community service, artistic expression or scientific research, leadership, or academic work.

The award was recognized on February 1 with the presentation of a check for $11,000 to President John DiBiaggio. What will now be called the Pride on the Hill Award applauds exemplary undergraduate work that has contributed to a greater understanding of LGBT identities and that increases knowledge about and visibility of the LGBT community.

Peter Clothier, A89, treasurer of Pride on the Hill Foundation, was on hand with Jamie Weinberg, A90, secretary, to help mark the milestone. "I'm convinced that when the seeding of this award is made known to the alumni community at Tufts, dollars will follow," said Clothier.

Weinberg noted that "the award would pave the way for some alumni who might otherwise feel disenfranchised from the university to reestablish ties with and renew interest in Tufts."

Clothier said he began developing the idea for the award his senior year at Tufts after noticing a void in LGBT representation at the annual spring student awards ceremony. A few years later, he proposed the idea of the award to his fellow alumni, who had just formed the Pride on the Hill Foundation. For the past two years, benefit dinners, a theatre event, and generous donations of many Tufts alumni helped the group reach its minimum goal of $11,000 to endow the prize, although fund-raising efforts continue to increase the size of the endowment.

Judith Brown, director of the LGBT center at Tufts, said "the work of alumni promises to make a tremendous difference on campus and continues Tufts leadership in recognizing the value of its LGBT community."

President John DiBiaggio, on receiving the endowment on behalf of the university, thanked the group for their commitment to enhancing a greater appreciation for a diverse society at Tufts. "Ignorance can only be addressed through education," he said. "[This gift] will allow us to better inform society and allow us here at Tufts to reach out more vigorously to everyone in our community."

Founded in 1992, the Pride on the Hill Foundation contributes to the Tufts LGBT Center, sponsors guest lecturers, and funds various campus events. Pride on the Hill is also a social organization that offers community to LGBT alumni and gives current students the opportunity to meet graduates.

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ATHLETICS

Seniors set two sports records
Matt Adler of the men's soccer team and Jon Troy of the football team have broken several long-standing records at Tufts. Tri-captain Adler, the soccer program's all-time leader in goals and points this season, surpassed both marks set 26 years ago by current Tufts athletic director Bill Gehling. Through five games, Troy has had a spectacular season for the football team. In the season opener at Hamilton, he became the team's career receiving yards leader, breaking Rich Gia- chetti's mark of 1,716 yards established in 1967-69. At Williams, on October 23, he surpassed Giachetti's mark of 159 career receptions.

A Jumbo tradition
Jumbo, the Tufts mascot, starred as Jumbo, the main attraction of the Barnum & Bailey Circus in the late 1800s. When he was struck and killed by a train, Phineas T. Barnum, an original trustee of Tufts College, requested that Jumbo be stuffed and displayed at the Barnum Museum. When fire gutted the building in 1975, Jumbo might have been lost forever but for the foresight of Phyllis Byrne, assistant to Athletic Director Rocky Carzo, who gathered up Jumbo's ashes. Since then they have resided in a peanut butter jar in Carzo's office, (Jumbo's tail, the only extant remnant of the indomitable pachyderm, is preserved in the more formal setting of library archives.)

This past October, on the eve of Homecoming Weekend, the enduring Jumbo spirit was amply evident when the Athletic Department added a special ceremony to its traditional awards presentations. Carzo, who retired last July after 26 years at Tufts, symbolically passed the jar of ashes on to new athletic director Bill Gehling, A74. "I feel very strongly that the 'spirit' of Jumbo and the strength of his commitment is an important model for our students," said Carzo. "The opportunity to pass the curatorship of Jumbo's ashes onto my successor is essential to maintain this tradition for future generations."

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PEOPLE

Lisa Coleman attended a small, predominantly white college in Ohio, where she was often the only black person in class.

"I understand," she said, "what it means to be in a position where people expect you to speak for a particular constituency and what it's like when you're not sure your concerns are being heard."

Coleman is the new director of the African American Center at Capen House at 8 Professor's Row. Since the academic year 1999-2000 marks the center's 30th anniversary, she plans to bring alumni back to campus to participate in special events and programs. Coleman takes over after a period of uncertainty during which the previous director resigned and students expressed their frustration. A march on Ballou Hall last winter by the Pan-African Alliance summed up the discontent of many black students, who said they were dissatisfied with the numbers of non-white students and faculty on campus and expressed concern about issues such as curriculum content.

Although the administration had already established a Task Force on Race and created the Arts & Sciences Office of Diversity Education and Development, last spring it also sponsored a series of discussions on topics such as the recruitment of minority faculty. This year, the undergraduate freshman class included 97 black students, the largest number of incoming black students in Tufts history. "All the recent events have coalesced to provide openings for discussion and action," Coleman said. "Right now there's a commitment on the part of many members of the administration, faculty and staff to make things work."

Coleman said that while black students have been concerned about attracting more students of color to Tufts, they're also concerned about the quality of their lives on campus.

"Students talk about 'surviving Tufts' because they have had such a difficult experience," she said. "We want to create an environment in which that is not true." The African American Center has strong links to the academic community, but it is also a service center, and Coleman said she was attracted to the position because it reflects her own background.

Coleman earned her undergraduate degree from Dennison University in Granville, Ohio, and has master's degrees in women's studies and black studies, both from Ohio State. She is currently working toward a Ph.D. in American studies at New York University.

During college she was involved in student government and later worked in shelters for the homeless and for battered women. "I have worked with cross-racial populations and in hands-on service programs," she said. "These experiences have informed how I think about my career. Even in academia, I've chosen interdisciplinary work.

"What brought me to Tufts is that this position is one in which you have connections to academic components and to student resources. It's my job to do the most I can to help students take advantage of the resources here. "When I think of diversity, it's not just about the experience of students of color, it's about everyone's experience. A diverse curriculum is about enriching all students' experience. If we're trying to educate students holistically, we have to show how we all work together."

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COMMUNITY

A lesson in giving back: Bilingual dental career fairs
In the past, becoming a dental hygienist may not have been the first-or even last-career option for a young Hispanic student in Boston. That is changing thanks to the efforts of Dr. Aidee Nieto-Herman, a Tufts dental faculty member and past president of the National Hispanic Dental Association.

For the last five years, Nieto-Herman has organized bilingual dental career fairs in middle schools and high schools throughout the Boston area. "The highest drop-out rates in this country are Hispanics and African Americans. I want to give students some exciting career options before they lose interest and drop out. And we need more minorities in the dental profession," says Nieto-Herman, assistant clinical professor of periodontology. Nieto-Herman and members of the Tufts Student Hispanic Dental Association visit about five area schools. She also has started a mentoring program at Madison Park Technical-Vocational High School in Boston.

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RESEARCH

The Paradox of Hunger
Despite a robust economy, hunger continues to be such a serious problem in America that many working parents depend on soup kitchens and food banks to feed their families, according to a new Tufts study.

Nearly 70 percent of those who ask for food assistance in this country are employed adults, says the study, released in January by the Tufts Center on Hunger and Poverty. In Massachusetts, a half-million people, many with jobs, depended on regular assistance to put food on the table in 1998-a 22 percent increase since 1994.

The Tufts report, "Paradox of Our Times: Hunger in a Strong Economy," is the most comprehensive analysis of domestic hunger since the welfare system was overhauled in 1996. It examines federal and state data on hunger as well as statistics from food banks and shelters and concludes that government efforts to get people off welfare mean that many families are unable to afford food.

"For the first time in modern history, the prevalence of hunger seems stubbornly impervious to economic growth," said J. Larry Brown, director of the Center on Hunger. "At the peak of the longest economic boom in our history, more than 30 million people live in households that experience hunger and food insecurity [not knowing where their next meal will come from]-about the same number as four years ago."

US Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., agrees that the government needs to step in. He and US Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Penn., have coauthored a bill aimed at expanding the food stamp program and restructuring the formulas the government uses to determine who qualifies for assistance.

While the country is in the midst of the longest economic expansion since the Vietnam War-the national unemployment rate of 4.1 percent is the lowest in 30 years-that prosperity does not translate into improved social welfare, according to the study. The report found that nearly one in six children lives in a household where the next meal is a daily concern. In addition to stricter welfare guidelines, some experts say the rising cost of housing in America has left many families with the hard choice of paying the rent or buying food. Also, people who have left the welfare rolls assume they are no longer eligible for food stamps-which is not always the case.

The Tufts study urges Congress to take several steps, including: ensure that those eligible for food stamps receive them; increase the allowable assets for food stamp eligibility so, for example, a family can own a car and still get assistance; and promote economic security among the working poor by building household assets through savings and home ownership, much the way that federal policies have benefited the middle class in recent decades.

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