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Who we are Delightful, impressive, intriguing‌ meet a handful of the thousands whose lives are flourishing with the support of annual gifts.

Anya Price, A12, takes five while training on Battle Road in Lexington, Mass.

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ith support of $6.9 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, an ambitious partnership has been publicly launched in c­ ollaboration with Tufts at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutri­ tion Science and Policy. ChildObesity180 has a vision of reversing the epidemic of childhood obesity in America in a generation’s time. “This epidemic is too important to wait another moment,” says Christina Economos, the school’s New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition, who is the vice chair and director of the ChildObesity180 project. “Childhood obesity is the preeminent public health issue of our time,” Economos says. “Today, one-third of children in America are overweight or obese—and on track to experience catastrophic health conditions, swamp healthcare budgets, and create unprecedented challenges across society.” She says ChildObesity180 has brought together leaders from across sectors to develop a national plan to reverse this trend. Twenty senior decision-makers from the highest levels of gov­ernment, academia, industry, and nonprofit organizations have been actively involved with creating the plan. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provided more than $1 million in crucial funds during a two-year planning phase. With the auth­orization of this new support, the project launches its public phase, with numerous initia­ tives aimed at tackling key problem areas con­ nected to childhood obesity, including physical activity in schools, out-of-school time, and access to healthy breakfasts. Tufts University Trustee Peter Dolan chairs the project, which resides within the John Hancock Research Center on Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Obesity Prevention at the Friedman School. Miriam Nelson, professor of nutrition at the Friedman School and director of the John Hancock Research Center, serves as codirector with Dr. Economos. Tufts President Anthony Monaco announced the support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at an event on Nov. 15 celebrating the 10th anniver­ sary of the John Hancock Research Center. He thanked foundation officials for their “outstanding support for this groundbreaking effort and for all the foundation does to improve people’s health. “We are proud to be partnering with you to combat and reverse the child­ hood obesity epidemic,” Monaco said. Economos says: “The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s national leadership around this issue has been extraordinary. Their support of ChildObesity180 will allow us to build the capacity necessary to execute widely impactful initiatives to improve the health and well-being of the nation’s children.”


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FOR TUFTS UNIVERSITY Chair, Board of Trustees James A. Stern, E72, A07P

Provost ad Interim Peggy Newell

President Anthony P. Monaco

Senior Vice President for University Advancement Brian K. Lee

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“One-third of children in America are overweight or obese—and on track to experience catastrophic health conditions, swamp health-care budgets, and create unprecedented challenges across society.”

A message from the president Many of our students are passionate about music, dance, drama, and the arts. If you visit the performing- and visualarts corner of campus on Talbot Avenue in the evening, you can feel the buzz as they rehearse for plays and practice for concerts, dance ensembles, choirs, and a cappella groups. Their energy is palpable. They are honing their craft as brilliant performers—yet each is contributing to something greater—to a brilliant production. Tufts itself is a brilliant production. The cast of players is rich and varied. So many remarkable individuals contribute their unique talents to this collective we call a university. Their individual efforts make Tufts what it is—a special place that, with its impact on knowledge and human lives, resonates across the world. It is your generosity that supports those individuals and enables those efforts. Your annual gifts to the Tufts Fund and to the funds at the graduate and professional schools make it possible for bright and deserving students to embrace the opportunity of a Tufts education. Annual gifts support excellence in teaching and in research; they strengthen athletics; they promote active citizenship and they stock labs and library shelves. In short, they underwrite all the things that define Tufts. Every show needs its backers. When you give to the annual fund you become one of Tufts’ “producers.” In the following pages you will meet some of the talented individuals who put on the university-wide production made possible by your support. As members of the Tufts community, we all belong to something greater. We give not to belong, but because we belong. Thank you, for all you give to Tufts!  est wishes, B Tony Monaco


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A A Cast of Thousands Our university is a brilliant production–a show that runs year round, on myriad stages, and features a galaxy of stars.

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ll the world’s a stage, William Shakespeare observed. So is this university. And the cast of individual players who make up the Tufts cast is a rich and varied one. In the following pages we will introduce eight members of that cast. Their stories are different, and their own smaller theaters of operation range from dental clinics to cross-country courses to aviaries for injured birds. What each of these players has in common is that he or she can be described as Quintessentially Tufts. It is difficult to classify the archetypical Tufts person: if there is a working Tufts stereotype, it is that the diverse and talented and often quirky individuals who make up this place can’t be stereotyped. But there is a spirit Tufts people share, born of a certain collegiality, of an inclination to do eight activities at once, of a calling to try and better the world, and of affection for this place. To paraphrase Justice Potter Stewart, you know that spirit when you feel it. That spirit animates the cast of players on the following pages, who contribute their unique talents daily to this production we call Tufts. They are part of a much larger cast, a cast of thousands, that includes you, the reader, and all other alumni and friends of Tufts. And they can’t do what they do without you. On Broadway the backer of a show is called an angel. When you con­ tribute any amount, large or small, to the annual fund you become one of Tufts’ angels. A bit about annual funds: At Tufts University they are the Tufts Fund for Arts, Sciences & Engineering; the Cummings Veterinary Fund; the Tufts Dental Fund; the Fletcher Fund; the Friedman School Annual Fund; and the Fund for Tufts Medicine. A gift to any one of these is called an annual gift because the dollars are put toward the school’s priorities during the fiscal year in which the gift is given. Annual gifts are put immediately toward a school’s most pressing priorities, whether financial aid, or faculty support, or an aca­ demic department. Annual giving supports scholarships, and teaching, and athletics, and library books, and lab equipment—in short, all the things that make Tufts Tufts. Your annual gift of any size has impact. And it makes a difference. In each of these profiles you’ll find exactly how annual giving enriched the lives and work of our “characters” and helped make Tufts’ story possible. For your generosity past and present toward the annual fund, the players to follow give you a bow. Give yourself a bravo, too. Thanks to you, year after year, the show goes on.


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“Rapid motion through space elates one,” wrote James Joyce. Anya Price, A12, hasn’t slowed down in four years at Tufts. The tri-captain of the women’s cross country team paced the squad to the nationals this past fall. As a Summer Scholar she researched the social behavior of hermit crabs at the New England Aquarium. She will attend the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine next fall. The Tufts Mountain Club member who led two Wilderness Orientation trips says her passions are running and being outdoors. “A defining moment that started my whole trajectory was my first day at Tufts Wilderness Orientation,” she says. “The guides in crazy clothes­—yelling ‘Freshmen!’—introduced me to the whole sphere of being fun and wild and friendly.”

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For assistant swim coach Kate Sweeney, A05, N11, her health as a student-athlete was misleading. “I looked fit and had great endurance, but I ate whatever I wanted.” With Dewick waffles and Carmichael burgers at their beck and call—and no registered dietician on campus—many students disregard nutrition. Enter Sweeney who brought her Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy education to the Hill to start Balance Your Life, a program that provides free exercise and cooking classes in dorms, and a running food blog and wellness website. Sweeney credits the Health Communications class of Friedman School Professor Jeanne Goldberg, AG59, NG85, J92P, for helping her realize the importance of health literacy and how to create a successful communications plan. Now the students are listening. “It’s all about making an informed choice,” Sweeney says—even if it’s a burger with a side salad. In the meantime, she’s sharing healthy recipes and nutrition information via her blog at

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Dr. Benjamin Wessler, M08, chief resident in medicine at Tufts Medical Center, this past spring received the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, an honor that third-year students at the School of Medicine bestowed on him for his strong teaching skills. “Every day he sets aside 10 minutes at the beginning of rounds to teach a topic, to offer a pearl of wisdom,” the nomi­ nating statement declared. “A day never passes without time dedicated to learning.” When he was a medical student at Tufts, Wessler said, he benefited from a number of things: the redesigned library, the TUSK database, a research fellowship, and, especially, from mentors throughout his academic career who stressed a doctor’s responsibility to teach. “They took that very seriously, and I have tried to pass my knowledge on to my own students,” he said.

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Call them kitchen diplomats. Husband and wife Ayesh Ariyasinghe, F12, (right) who is applying to the doctoral program at Fletcher, and Anusha Jayatilake, F12, a Fletcher scholarship recipient, often hosted suppers back home in Sri Lanka, where he worked in the Central Bank and she in the Attorney General’s Department. They brought the custom with them to their apartment near Fletcher. “We invite friends for breakfast, lunch, and dinner,” says Anusha, “though not on the same day.” House specialties include chicken with cashew nuts, a lentil stew called dal, and “lots of curries,” though after one guest was moved to tears, they cut down on the spice. “People leave eating with their fingers,” she says. “It’s a cultural exchange.” As such, their supper club is a Fletcher microcosm: “What we learn about different parts of the world from each other really complements our studies here,” says Anusha, who is researching microfinance initiatives in camps for internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka. The connections formed over curry with classmates from around the world “will last a lifetime,” she says.

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Structural engineer Eric Hines’s recent projects include towers in Beijing and Boston and the world’s largest testing facility for wind turbine blades in Charlestown. As professor of the practice in civil and environmental engineering at Tufts, he has received the Henry and Madeline Fischer Award as Teacher of the Year. Arts, sciences, and engineering go together at Tufts and that’s as it should be, he says, because they are complementary. “In engi­neering we pursue what Plato saw as the three ideals of civilization—the true, the good, and the beautiful,” Hines says. “The Brooklyn Bridge is probably the single most original piece of American art, right up there with jazz music. The study of a bridge encompasses history and art and mathematics and philosophy and ideas of beauty. You stare at it and see the whole world in a bridge.”

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It was when he snapped off half a tooth in a high school hockey game that goalie Jamie Holden, D12, first thought of becoming a dentist. Fitted with a composite, he “went from having a space to having a smile again,” he recalls. Hockey earned him a scholarship to Quinnipiac—where he excelled on and off the ice as Top Scholar-Athlete in the Atlantic Hockey Association—and then a stint with the pros in the San Jose Sharks system. “Yet I always had it in the back of my mind to go to dental school,” he says. Holden earned a merit scholarship to the School of Dental Medicine, where as a fourth-year student, he’s a teaching assistant in the predoctoral clinics. He has applied for a general practice residency next year, drawn, he says, by the opportunity to serve patients with disabilities who might not otherwise get care. “Jamie has told me what it meant to him as a pro hockey player to buy a load of Christmas presents and hand them out at a children’s hospital,” says his clinic supervisor, Dave Leader, D.M.D., associate clinical professor of ­dentistry. “He enjoys making other people feel better.”

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A young male barred owl, found roadside after being hit by a car, arrived at the Cummings School’s Wildlife Clinic this past fall with a bone in its right wing completely broken. Dr. Maureen Murray performed sur­gical repairs, and a month later, the owl was moved to a 40-by-100-foot flight barn on campus to test its wings anew. One morning in December, the owl, perched high in a corner, warily eyed the approach of two human visitors then took off and soared the length of the barn. “It’s so rewarding to see that bird in flight, especially knowing how hard the folks here work to get birds back in the air,” Murray says. The owl was one of more than 2,000 cases—like “1681,” the ­red-tailed hawk shown here—treated last year at the clinic. Wildlife medicine is a required clinical rotation to equip all students with fundamental skills, regardless of the specialty they pursue. Annual Giving Support Clinical Care and Instruction Specialized Research Diagnostic Instrumentation

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Whether cradled in their owner’s arms, nestled into a sturdy crate, or led by leash, thousands of pets have come and gone through the doors of the Cummings School for treatment that has been hand-selected for them by a loving owner. But what of the more than 1,700 other animals brought into the Wildlife Clinic every year? Who’s watching their backs—or wings? In 2010 Edward Lanciani’s lifelong love of animals and the outdoors took up the cause, when a $1.5 million bequest from his estate helped to establish the Anne and Edward Lanciani Endowed Fund for Wildlife Medicine. When the remainder of his estate was sold late last year, another gift of $800,000 was presented to the school, ensuring that the clinic continues to thrive.


A man’s love of nature will live on at Cummings’ Wildlife Clinic

A former Marine, journalist, and newspaper executive, Lanciani was also an expert fly fisherman who “traveled way out into the boonies to fish,” says his friend Leon Lennick, “but always returned his fish to the water after they were caught.” Of the man he calls his mentor, Lennick adds, “He was a gentleman who was very close to animals—so close he almost talked to them. That was the way he was all his life.”

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School of Medicine’s Simulation Clinic, scholarships wil benefit from bequest The desire to be active was a thread that ran through the life of the late Dr. Robert Katz, A46, M48, of Santa Monica, Calif., according to his friend of 50 years and former caretaker, Anita Pick. The surgeon and former naval captain was an avid runner into his late 70s, a “genius in the stock market,” a font of political knowledge, and—despite the more than 3,000 miles separating him from his old medical school haunts—a devoted alumnus.


Dr. Katz’s $500,000 bequest to Tufts University School of Medicine will help to underwrite the Katz Simulation Room in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, as well as support scholarship aid.

Interns and fourth-year medical students learn to insert a central intravenous line at the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center.

“Education was important to him,” says Ms. Pick, adding that one of Dr. Katz’s great hobbies was research, whether it focused on his family’s ancestry or on new surgical techniques while he was a medical staff member at UCLA and the University of Southern California. “He was always interested.”

Tufts Blueprint Winter 2012  

The Winter 2012 issue of Tufts Blueprint

Tufts Blueprint Winter 2012  

The Winter 2012 issue of Tufts Blueprint