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Fall 2008, Issue 9

How Language Works
The arrival of Ray Jackendoff, PhD, in the Department of Philosophy in 2005 added strength to the university’s emerging cognitive sciences program. Jackendoff is the Seth Merrin Professor of Philosophy and co-director (with Daniel Dennett) of the Center for Cognitive Studies. His research goal is to articulate a theory of how language works.
How the Brain Computes Language
Gina R. Kuperberg, MD, PhD, joined the Department of Psychology in 2006. Kuperberg’s research focuses on the cognitive neuroscience of language, thought, and meaning, and on how these processes may go awry in schizophrenia—a major, disabling mental illness.
The Importance of Veterinarians to Human Health
Joann M. Lindenmayer, DVM, MPH, is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Population Health at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Her research interests include public health surveillance, animal sentinels for infectious diseases and environmental contaminants, and, her current passion, the integration of veterinarians into the public health system.
Building Micromachines
Robert D. White, PhD, joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in September 2005. He earned his degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BS and MS) and from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (PhD).
Research Administration Team for Medford/Somerville Campus
Under the direction of Paul Murphy, director of research administration, Christine Woodroffe, senior associate director, works with associate directors Maria Harlow and Kim Pachetti to provide research administration services to faculty and staff on the Medford/Somerville campus.
TUSM and Maine Medical Center
New Education and Research Affiliation

Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) in Boston and Maine Medical Center (MMC) in Portland have embarked on a unique affiliation to educate physicians.
Center for Scientific Visualization
The Center for Scientific Visualization is home to an amazing facility (known as the VisWall) that consists of a high-resolution, rear-projected 14-by-8-foot seamless monitor screen and a powerful computer workstation. The VisWall allows you to immerse yourself in data, zooming in to see details you’ve never been able to see before.
Life Stories and Advice from Women in Science, Medicine and Engineering
The symposium on women in science, medicine and engineering hosted by Tufts University in April 2008 attracted a wide range of interested participants. While speakers mentioned many hurdles that still exist for the advancement of women in these fields, they also mentioned achievements that have been made in the past several decades.
Research AdministrationRevised NIH Public Access Policy
The revised National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy stipulates that final, peer-reviewed manuscripts reporting research funded in NIH fiscal year 2008 (October 1, 2007 – September 30, 2008) and beyond, and accepted for publication on or after April 7, 2008, be submitted to PubMed Central upon acceptance for publication.
Tech TransferTufts Exhibits at BIO 2008
Nina Green, director of the Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration (OTL&IC), and Colm Lawler, OTL&IC associate director, represented Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center at the 2008 BIO International Convention, which was held in June in San Diego, California.
Certificates of Confidentiality Provide Legal Protection
A certificate of confidentiality (CoC) may be required if, in the process of conducting human subjects research, sensitive information is collected that, if disclosed, could have adverse consequences for the human subjects. Adverse effects include damage to subjects’ financial standing, employability, insurability, or reputation.

Spring 2008, Issue 8

Science, Technology, and Policy – Forging Links to Improve Water Resources
Shafiqul Islam, ScD, joined Tufts in 2004 as a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is also the Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow in Engineering and the associate dean for research at the School of Engineering.

Manipulating Light
Fiorenzo (Fio) Omenetto, PhD, joined Tufts in September 2005 as an associate professor in the departments of biomedical engineering and physics.

Disaster, Conflict, Hunger: Another Day As a Researcher of Complex Emergencies
Daniel Maxwell, PhD, joined Tufts in 2006 as an associate professor at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and as research director for food security and complex emergencies in the Feinstein International Center.

Bioengineering New Teeth
Pamela Yelick, PhD, joined Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2006. She is director of the Division of Craniofacial and Molecular Genetics in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and is a member of the Sackler School’s Genetics Program and its Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology Program.

Transferring Tufts Technologies into the Public Realm
Wannee Asavaroengchai, PhD, MBA, is a licensing associate in the Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration (OTL&IC). She is the primary contact for material transfer agreements and confidentiality agreements for Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center.

AffiliatesPsoriasis As a Window into Immune Disorders
Alice Bendix Gottlieb, MD, PhD, joined the Tufts community in 2006 as chair of dermatology and dermatologist-in-chief at Tufts Medical Center. She is also chair of the Department of Dermatology and the Harvey B. Ansell Professor of Dermatology at Tufts University School of Medicine and is a member of the clinical research and immunology programs at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.
Core FacilityNew Animal Histology Core in the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine
The new Animal Histology Core of the Research Animal Health and Pathology Support Laboratory in the Division of Laboratory Animal Medicine (DLAM) offers a variety of services to Tufts and Tufts Medical Center investigators and to external users as well.
Research AdministrationNIH Launches Funding Homepage for New Investigators
The Office of Extramural Research of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently launched a webpage with funding and information links for new investigators. The NIH funds basic and applied biomedical and behavioral research relevant to its mission, which is “science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
Tech TransferA Sample of Tufts Start-Ups
The Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration (OTL&IC) helped launch the following start-up companies in 2007: IGAN Biosciences, Lakewood Pharmaceuticals, Quanterix, and Tempo Control Technologies.
HSC IRBUpdated Human Subject Education Requirements
What are the updated HSC IRB education requirements? They consist of basic training and annual continuing education.
SBERUpdated Education Requirements for Human Subjects Research
What are the updated SBER Institutional Review Board (IRB) education requirements? They consist of online education modules provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

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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