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Spring 2009, Issue 10

Philip HaydonUnderstanding Astrocytes
Philip G. Haydon joined the Department of Neuroscience as a professor and chair in 2008. He studies astrocytes, those glial cells found throughout the central nervous system that were once thought to be merely structural (glia is Greek for glue) but are now thought to participate actively in neural transmission. Haydon is excited about obtaining a deeper understanding of astrocytes, for basic neuroscience as well as potential therapeutics.
Linda Tickle-DegnenThe Effects of Expressive Masking
Linda Tickle-Degnen, PhD, joined the Department of Occupational Therapy in 2006 and became the department’s chair in 2007. Research in her Health Quality of Life Lab is directed toward understanding and promoting positive social functioning and wellness in individuals with Parkinson’s disease and other chronic conditions. She is especially intrigued by the wide-reaching effects of reduced facial expressivity, a symptom of Parkinson’s.
Marianne VestergaardWhat Came First—the Galaxy or the Black Hole?
Marianne Vestergaard, PhD, joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy in 2007. Vestergaard earned her MSc and PhD in astrophysics from the astronomy department of the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen. She did dissertation research at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and postdoctoral research at Ohio State University and the University of Arizona. Her research interests include the physics of the nuclear engines of quasars, the mass of black holes, and the relation of an active black hole to its galaxy.
Andrew WilderDoes Aid Win Hearts and Minds?
Andrew Wilder, PhD, joined the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in January 2007. He is research director for politics and policy at the Feinstein International Center. Wilder’s research explores state building, governance, and aid effectiveness, with a specialization on Afghanistan and Pakistan. He is currently working on a project to assess whether international aid is an effective tool for promoting stability and improving security, especially in counterinsurgency contexts.
Colm LawlerTech Transfer Welcomes New Staff Member
Colm Lawler, PhD, joined the Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration (OTL&IC) in May 2008 as an associate director. He is the primary contact for Tufts Medical Center and specializes in the life sciences and medical technologies.
Improving Children’s Healthcare by Connecting Everyone Involved
Laurel Kristin Leslie, MD, MPH, joined the clinical staff of Tufts Medical Center in 2007. She is associate director of the Center on Child and Family Outcomes in the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies and is director of the Program for Aligning Researchers and Communities for Health in the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).
Tufts Community Research Center
The Tufts Community Research Center (TCRC) was created in 2004 through the support of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. The TCRC facilitates research that involves Tufts researchers working in collaboration with community partners on projects that benefit the community.

Research Day on Cancer

Renal Research Symposium

Seminar on Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurism

Research AdministrationWhat To Do If You Suspect Research Misconduct
Research misconduct (sometimes called scientific misconduct) includes purposeful fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. This includes oral presentations. Fabrication is making up data or results and recording or reporting them.
Tech TransferPromoting Tufts Technologies in China
Martin Son, an associate director in the Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration, was an invited speaker at the Intellectual Property & Industry Collaboration (IP & IC) Summit 2008 held in Beijing, China. The summit was organized by the World Innovation Institute, an organization that works to foster relationships on behalf of the Chinese ministries of Commerce (MOC) and Science and Technology (MOST).
Special Protections for Minors in Research Studies
Research studies that involve minors (younger than 18 years old) must adhere to special federal regulations for the safety and welfare of minors. The following details focus on all types of research conducted in the United States, and as such apply to both the Health Sciences Institutional Review Board (Boston and Grafton campuses) and the Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research (SBER) IRB (Medford/Somerville campus). For information on conducting international research with minors, please contact your IRB office.
U.S. patents issued to Tufts University between June 1, 2008 and September 30, 2008.

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