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Spring 2007, Issue 7

Surgical Simulations, Asian Fonts, and Special Effects for Movies
Sarah Frisken, PhD, joined the Department of Computer Science in 2005. She works in computer graphics and modeling, and is currently involved in three main research areas: medical imaging for applications such as anatomy education, surgical simulation, and computer-assisted surgery; digital font representation; and 3D computer-based design, sculpting and modeling.

Gene Therapy to Prevent Blindness
Rajendra Kumar-Singh, PhD, joined the Department of Ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine in spring 2006. He is also a member of the programs in Genetics, Neuroscience, and Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.

Parasitic Worms and Botulism
Charles B. Shoemaker, PhD, came to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 to set up the Molecular Helminthology Laboratory with colleague Patrick Skelly, PhD. Shoemaker is intrigued by the remarkable lives of helminths, parasitic worms that infect millions of people worldwide.

Teaching for Successful Intelligence
Ro
bert J. Sternberg, PhD, was appointed dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in 2005. He is a professor in the Department of Psychology and he directs the PACE (Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise) Center and the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching.

The SBER IRB Administration Team Works for You
Yvonne Wakeford, Jeanne Eisenhaure, and Martin LaVigne make up the new administration team for the Social, Behavioral and Educational Research (SBER) Institutional Review Board (IRB) on the Medford/Somerville Campus. The team’s goal is to make the IRB process as researcher-friendly as possible while still fulfilling the board’s mission of assuring adequate protection for human research subjects.
AffiliatesKeeping Cell Junctions Tight to Keep Cancer Out
Ian C. Summerhayes, PhD, is executive director of research and director of the Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory at Lahey Clinic. Summerhayes currently focuses on three interconnecting areas of research: adhesion proteins (specifically the cadherins) involved in tumor progression, cadherin signaling events, and small molecules that interfere with tumor metastasis.
Core FacilityImproving Education Through Engineering
The mission of the Tufts University Center for Engineering Educational Outreach (CEEO) is to make engineering part of K–12 education. The CEEO is housed on the ground floor of Curtis Hall on the Medford/Somerville Campus, and it has established an international reputation since its creation in 1996. The center was founded by Ioannis Miaoulis, PhD, dean of the School of Engineering at the time, engineering professor Chris Rogers, PhD, and Martha Cyr, PhD.
Research AdministrationLimited Submissions 
With limited submission funding opportunities, the sponsor has capped the number of applications an institution may submit. To ensure that Tufts does not exceed the allotted number of applications, and that applications are submitted with the best chance for success, the Office of the Vice Provost has developed an internal application process.
Tech TransferMarketing Tufts Technologies on the Internet
The Tufts Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration (OTL&IC) takes active advantage of the internet to market technologies created at Tufts University and Tufts–New England Medical Center.
HSC IRBAssuring Accurate Document Translation
When an investigator plans to enroll a non–English-speaking subject in research, the relevant documents should be prepared in the subject’s native language.  These documents—including informed consent forms, advertisements, patient education material, contact letters, and questionnaires—must be approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
SBERSBER IRB Help at Your Fingertips
Yvonne Wakeford, PhD, is the institutional review board (IRB) administrator for social, behavioral and educational research (SBER) on the Medford/Somerville Campus. With assistance from Jeanne Eisenhaure and Martin LaVigne, Yvonne works with investigators to develop human subject research protocols that assure adequate protection of participants.

 

2011: Issue 13
2010: Issue 11, Issue 12
2009: Issue 10
2008: Issue 8, Issue 9
2007: Issue 7
2006: Issue 6
2005: Issue 4, Issue 5
2004: Issue 1, Issue 2, Issue 3

 

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