New lights take flight The season for renewing, and celebrating, leadership
Tufts trustees Jim Stern, left, and Peter Dolan
FROM THE PRESIDENT “An important upcoming transition on our Board of Trustees will continue the tradition of strong leadership.”
At the helm: Tufts benefits from A great university looks to its Board of Trustees for inspiration, guidance, and financial steward ship to support its mission and ensure its long-term future. Tufts University has been fortu nate to have such leadership. At the same time that this issue of Blueprint celebrates leaders in many arenas on campus, I’d like to offer a special thanks to those who serve on our board.
An important upcoming transition on our Board of Trustees will continue the tradition of strong leadership. In February, Peter R. Dolan, A78, A08P, was elected chair designate, to succeed current Board Chair James A. Stern, E72, A07P, when he steps down this November. Jim Stern has been a tireless supporter of Tufts since joining the board in 1982. His numerous accomplishments include spearheading two successful comprehensive campaigns that together raised more than $1.8 billion for Tufts. In addition to contributing generously to the annual fund each year, he and his wife, Jane, A07P, made extraordinary gifts to support the faculty and students of Tufts, underwriting three endowed professorships and boosting financial aid for undergraduate and graduate students. Every year, he makes a special
trip to campus to meet with the Stern Scholars, something the students eagerly anticipate. Jim has also given significant amounts of his time and talent to Tufts. During his tenure on the board, Jim has emphasized good governance through full and open participation, transparency, and strong committee involvement. In all, Jim has guided four Tufts presidents, and I count myself extremely fortunate to have had his counsel and support during my first two years at Tufts. Peter Dolan shares the same passion for Tufts and has shown his own extraordinary commitment to the university for three decades. Elected to the board in 2001, he has become intimately familiar with the strategic direction of the university. He has been a member of eight board committees and chaired the administration and finance, audit, and presidential search committees. He has served
Chair, Board of Trustees James A. Stern, E72, A07P
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President Anthony P. Monaco
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steady hands on the Executive Committee since 2003 and was elected a vice chair of the board in 2008. His leadership ability is further demonstrated by more than three decades of professional accomplishments at General Foods, Bristol-Myers Squibb—where he served as CEO from 2001 to 2006—Gemin X, and Vitality Health. A donor to a variety of schools and initiatives within the university, Peter is the chair of ChildObesity180, an initiative at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy that is committed to reversing the childhood obesity trend through a multisector approach. Peter has helped to raise approximately $16 million for the initiative. I thank both Jim and Peter for their strong service and loyalty to Tufts—just as I thank the countless others who help make this university great through their leadership. Best wishes, Tony Monaco
a new crop of talented students arrives at Tufts. Whether it’s the teenager who wrote and recorded an a cappella version of Green Eggs and Ham or the aspiring engineer who compared the bearing load of a Gothic buttress to the arch of her Jimmy Choo stilettos, they demonstrate an eclectic mix of talent, intelligence, and creativity. At the graduate schools, too, students arrive bearing amazing gifts: A young man currently at Tufts University School of Medicine, for example, researches cancer because he is a survivor himself; and a father of two from Zimbabwe studies new breeds of corn at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in hopes of preventing vitamin deficiencies that kill children in southern Africa. After completing their studies, more than 3,000 of these hard-working people embark on their next adventures each spring. They leave even better prepared to apply their talents for the common good, wherever they may go. This doesn’t happen by chance. It’s by design. At Tufts, we are committed to developing the next generation of leaders—over and over again. We encourage our students to tackle tough challenges and devise creative solutions. With the guidance of mentors inside the classroom and out, they practice the skills of leadership—analyzing ideas, crafting strategies, and winning support for their efforts. As alumni, Tufts graduates carry those skills around the globe, improving society as leaders in their professions and their communities. They also offer essential expertise to the university as advisors who help us make strategic plans for our future. Thanks to Tufts, new leaders are always emerging, ready to help us adapt and thrive in challenging times. It’s as predictable and necessary as tulips blooming in spring. And just as much cause for celebration.
By Dan Eisner
A new venture is allowing annual fund donors to target their gifts to support people and programs that are especially meaningful to them, such as student research or scholarships. Known as microphilanthropy, the model being introduced at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy allows a donor to track a project’s progress online as it approaches its funding goal. By directly linking donors to a cause that inspires them, this Internet crowd-funding platform, which launched in March, helps people connect with the impact of their gift. The initial priority areas seeking funding by June 30 include financial aid for students in the Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) program at the Feinstein International Center and in the combined master’s in nutrition and dietetic internship at Tufts Medical Center and the Friedman School. Donors will also be able to give to the student research innovation fund at the Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, a summer internship fund for a student from Dillard University, financial aid for people from backgrounds that are underrepresented at the Friedman School, the graduating class gift, and a student project.
Microphilanthropy New technologies are helping more donors to think big
Each Friedman School microphilanthropy project will have a champion, or angel investor, who will donate half of the funding target and lead outreach efforts. One of the first angel investors is Cristiana Falcone Sorrell, N01, F01, who gave $25,000 to MAHA financial aid. The senior advisor to the chair of the World Economic Forum and a member of the Friedman School Board of Advisors, she is one of many graduates who have benefited from MAHA’s mission to help professionals learn how to respond effectively to humanitarian emergencies. “I was awarded a scholarship myself, so now that I can afford it, it is my turn to enable young practitioners to succeed,” she says. “I am proud to be able to help lead the initiative and empower the next generation of international humanitarian aid professionals.”
To learn more about making a microphilanthropic gift, go to crowdrise.com/tuftsmicro.
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With wisdom and gratitude, an alumna gives to tomorrow’s generations By Micah Bluming
ancy McManus, J52, has history going for her. At Tufts, her father, aunt, and uncle all preceded her as Jumbos. Born Nancy Hopkins, she’s also a direct descendent of Stephen Hopkins, who sailed to these shores on the Mayflower in 1620. Historians believe Hopkins’s maiden trans-Atlantic voyage from England in 1609, when he was shipwrecked in Bermuda, may have been the inspiration for Shakespeare’s The Tempest. They also believe that his subsequent journey to Jamestown, Virginia, imbued him with enough knowledge to help his fellow colonists survive the Mayflower crossing and the harsh New England winter that met them on Cape Cod. Needless to say, pioneering is in McManus’s blood. It’s no surprise then that she was one of the first to give $100,000 to endow a new scholarship fund through the Tufts Financial Aid Initiative. As part of a university-wide drive to increase financial aid, Tufts is offering to match any newly established endowed scholarship of $100,000 or more, doubling the impact of these gifts. McManus named her scholarship the Hopkins Family Scholarship, in honor of her heritage. When McManus was growing up, her father, Cleon Hopkins, A27, J52P, never gave her the option of not attending college. At Tufts, she quickly discovered something that would change her life forever: biology. “I was fascinated,” she says. “I took every biology course I could and eventually became premed.” Lacking female doctors as mentors, McManus instead turned to laboratory work. She became involved in cuttingedge research on how the body’s cells fight off pathogens. This eventually led her to San Francisco, where she conducted research on one of the first samples of the AIDS virus, much of which was published in peer-reviewed papers. Twenty years after retiring, McManus felt it was the right time to give back to Tufts, especially during an initiative that would double her gift. “I just feel fortunate to be able to endow a scholarship. It will be here forever,” she says of her own piece of Tufts history.
For more information about endowing a scholarship through the Tufts Financial Aid Initiative, please contact Jeff Winey, director of principal and leadership gifts, at 617.627.5468 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medical students head to English High to help adolescents work on community health issues
Staying HIP in “a tough place” By Kristin Livingston, A05 Salado, left, and Baier
Aspiring dentist overcomes By Heather Stephenson
“Given my personality and what I like to do, aniel Gonzalez, D15, was only 11 and spoke no English I will probably combine private practice with when he arrived in the United community work.” States. He knew no one here except his mother and younger school service-learning trip to Romania, of the Tufts chapter of the Hispanic brother, and missed his family Dental Association (HDA), he has travwhere he had a chance to volunteer at and friends back home in Colombia, eled to the Dominican Republic with a local shelter. As he fed and cared for especially his father, a periodontist who orphaned and abandoned children, that group to help a team providing stayed behind. But Gonzalez worked free dental care. “I like mission trips,” Gonzalez realized how lucky he was. “I hard and eventually won a scholarship he says, “because they immerse you in almost wanted to adopt a kid,” he says. to a local private school. He had cleared “Unfortunately, I wasn’t old enough.” a culture and you can see the social facthe toughest hurdles of his young life. tors promoting medical problems that Instead, Gonzalez returned home Then, his English teacher gave him an F. and organized a free dinner for homecan be prevented, not just treated.” “It was eye-opening,” he says now Gonzalez also participates in less men as his Eagle Scout project. The of that painful moment. “She sat down monthly HDA community outreach event in Cambridge, Mass., fed more with me and a teacher from the Spanish than 130 people. Gonzalez also put programs that provide free basic dental department to analyze my papers and care and education in the Boston area. together hygiene kits to hand out, filling show I was not the writer or student I He won an award at the annual, studentthem with toiletries including toothwas made out to be.” brushes and toothpaste donated by Tufts run Bates-Andrews Research Day his Gonzalez could have given up then first year, for his research on risk factors University School of Dental Medicine. and there, but he committed himself to for oral cancer among Hispanics in Now a dental student at Tufts, improving. His English teacher became a Gonzalez continues his commitment Massachusetts. He’s involved in many mentor, and together they traveled on a other projects too, from organizing a to helping others. The president-elect
or teenagers, peer pressure is the strongest force on earth. This was one of three lessons Emily Frank, M15, learned when she taught middle school life science in California. (The other two: kids can do anything in a structured environment, and they do care about their health.) So when it came time for her to fulfill her Community Service Learning (CSL) requirement at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), she followed her “inner teacher” to English High School in Jamaica Plain, Mass. Frank founded the Health Impact Partnership (HIP) at English High two years ago. Fellow volunteer Kevin Baier, M15, describes the school as “a tough place,” where many students don’t care, don’t want to be there, or are recent immigrants facing a huge language barrier. “They need extra support to inspire them to commit to learning.” Thanks to HIP, a dozen TUSM students head to English High once a week to help adolescents research and address community health issues. The teens in turn have become health ambassadors, organizing events like a recent information session on obesity, diabetes, and healthy eating, featuring
excerpts from Morgan Spurlock’s film, Super Size Me. They ended the session with a survey to see if their classmates had changed their attitudes toward fast food. Among the results: 25 percent said they “would not continue” and 75 percent said they “would maybe stop” eating unhealthy foods. The CSL requirement is more meaningful than simply volunteering, Baier says: “It’s directed at making sustainable contributions to the community.” Having mentored 17-year-old Keysa Salado for the past two years, he can see the impact firsthand. Born in the Dominican Republic, Salado moved to the United States and began learning English just two years ago—but her confidence was clear at a recent gathering at TUSM, where she presented HIP’s Super Size Me survey results before a packed classroom of medical students and professionals. “The most gratifying thing has been watching her grow,” Baier says. Salado is not only making presentations; she’s helping her fellow English learners when they struggle. “I’m changing,” she says. “Slowly, but I am changing. This has been a big help.”
The Tufts Medical Alumni Association (TMAA) is a driving force of funding for Community Service Learning projects like the Health Impact Partnership (HIP) at English High School. Thanks to contributing members of the TMAA, the association is able to make annual donations to the Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) Student Activities Council, which then allocates financial support to HIP and other student experiences that are vital to a TUSM education. In 2012, thanks to funding by the TMAA, a group of TUSM students traveled to Guatemala and worked with local communities to address maternal stress in poverty. Other groups spoke to underserved populations in San Juan, Nicaragua about the easiest ways to prevent diabetes, and worked on public health initiatives in Boston, among many other projects. “The TMAA is directly supporting students as they become global active citizens,” says TMAA President Laurence Bailen, M93. ”Our alumni members play a principal role in helping to train the next generation of health-care leaders.”
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Tufts Dental soccer team to teaching biology in a summer program for lowincome high school students. Throughout, Gonzalez is driven by a call to service. His parents have encouraged him on this path with their own professional choices: His mother is a social worker, and his father, who had to stop practicing dentistry when he joined the family in the United States, now works as a health-care manager and is spearheading an effort to improve dental care for the elderly. Gonzalez is also grateful for the Tiberi Family Scholarship, which helps cover his expenses and lets him focus on his studies and service projects. Although he loves dental school, he says, “It can get pretty expensive, and I don’t want that to inhibit my choices for the future. Given my personality and what I like to do, I will probably combine private practice with community work.”
Designing By Kristin Livingston, A05
F “The more countries I worked in, the more it reinforced my belief that engineers, to be useful in the 21st century, need to have international experience and a global perspective.” Above, Fredric Berger, P.E., A69, and his wife, Elizabeth Brannan, J69. Right, Berger on assignment in Nigeria in 1973.
or Fredric Berger, P.E., A69, form ative moments frequently happen at the dinner table. When Berger’s father, former Tufts trustee Louis “Doc” Berger, Ph.D., E36, H65, A69P, built his engineering firm internationally as well as domestically, “he would often bring people from all over the world home with him for dinner,” says Berger. That early multicultural exposure drove Berger to work in the family business in more than 100 countries. Berger’s career began with a threeweek pavement testing assignment that turned into a three-year adventure in Nigeria. “I had the opportunity to learn on the job: finance, economics, engineering, transportation planning, agriculture, urban planning,” Berger says. “The more countries I worked in, the more it reinforced my belief that engineers, to be useful in the 21st century, need to have international experience and a global perspective.” Now, when he comes to the Hill for the School of Engineering’s Board of Advisors meetings, Berger sets up dinners in Davis Square with engineering and non-engineering students. “I like to hear their stories and find out what is really happening on campus,” he says. Berger’s desire to stimulate crossdisciplinary cooperation is matched in the Engineers Without Borders initiative, a cooperative effort between the School of Engineering and the Institute for Global Leadership, for which Berger also serves as an advisor. The program brings undergraduates from all academic backgrounds together to solve challenges in the developing world. Now chair of the Louis Berger Group Inc. and director of its parent company, Berger Group Holdings, Berger has worked on major infrastruc-
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solutions around the globe ture projects around the world. He is a founding trustee of the American University of Afghanistan, the only coeducational, independent, private university in Afghanistan, and is an advisory board member of the University of California, San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies. He was also recently appointed to the International Advisory Council of the United States Institute of Peace. In that same spirit of global citizenship, Berger’s wife, Elizabeth “Betty”
Brannan, J69—also a child of a Tufts engineer (Francis Brannan, E38)—has been a columnist and correspondent for Panama’s leading daily paper, La Prensa, since 1990. In 2009, one of her many influential columns proposed creating a museum in Panama that would promote better understanding of citizen rights and freedoms in a democracy, as well as documenting what occurred during the military dictatorship that ruled Panama from 1968 to 1989. The idea was picked up and Panama’s Museum of Freedom
and Human Rights is preparing to break ground in early 2014. Leaders in their fields, the Bergers are heading the charge to support university-wide learning with their generous support of the School of Engineering, the Institute for Global Leadership, and Engineers Without Bor ders at Tufts. Says Fred, “The conjunction of these programs allows students to understand that no matter how brilliant their designs, it is rarely a sustainable solution absent context sensitivity.”
Engineers Without Borders: Sustainable changes Students from Tufts Engineers Without Borders spent this most recent spring break in El Salvador working on water-related projects. In El Porvenir they renovated the lid of a spring box, which optimizes use of a natural spring by creating a point of
collection and protecting the water from contamination. Below is an excerpt of a blog post about that project, written by Grace Olsen, E15 (below, left). “The most important lesson we learned in Porvenir: You’ve really got to plan for electricity. “We went down to the spring box to install the lid and shouted victory when we discovered that our estimated lid shape perfectly fit the front curve of the box. However, after about half an hour of drilling, we had almost completely worn down the drill battery and were only halfway through the first hole. “After rummaging through a box of ‘things volunteer groups leave here,’ I headed back to the spring box, arms full of drills and batteries. We started drilling another hole. The drill died. We got another drill. It died. It was getting dark. “Soon we saw half the community coming down the hill to see the lid. The men swarmed around, saw our dilemma, and picked up our tools. “While at first we were disappointed that our lid had not succeeded, we realized this work was never about us doing something for them. That kind of work is unsustainable. So while we weren’t proud of our failed lid, we know that this was in many ways better: we had inspired several community members to get involved and work together on making something for themselves. We had brought the need for a lid to their attention, and we had presented a design idea, tools, and solutions, and they built and completed the project. “I am sunburnt, tired, and covered in dirt and sweat. I think I want to do this job my whole life.”
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Renovations to the Foster Hospital will create additional state-of-the-art exam rooms, larger treatment rooms, and expanded teaching and consultation spaces.
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essie Markovich, D.V.M., D.A.C.V.I.M., often sees animals that are desperate for help. Sometimes the diagnosis and treatment are quick: dialysis for the dog that ate a box of raisins, or surgery for the cat with a kidney stone.
But Markovich, a resident in nutrition at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, also sees pets whose underlying problems are more enigmatic. Cats, for instance, “usually have three clinical signs that something is wrong: they vomit, stop eating, and lose weight,” she says. “They want you to have to work to figure it out.” Markovich is up to the challenge. Already board-certified in internal medicine, she is developing and refining new therapies for cats and dogs afflicted with illnesses such as chronic kidney disease. She focuses on nutrition. The Cummings School, nationally recognized for its leadership in clinical nutrition and nephrology, is a perfect fit for her. “I feel spoiled to be here,” she says. “The collaboration is fantastic, and I have access to a wealth of knowledge and experience. I get to learn all the time—from my colleagues and the students.” Upcoming renovations to the Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals will strengthen this capacity for collaboration by creating additional state-of-the-art exam rooms, larger treatment rooms, and expanded teaching and consultation spaces, she adds. To complement her clinical work, Markovich is also conducting research. She recently wrapped up an online survey of more than 1,000 cat owners in 48 states and 10 countries whose pets have chronic kidney disease, looking at variables such as nutrition and medication to determine if they affect its progression.
“We don’t know all of the causes of these diseases,” she says, “but our goal is to provide the highest quality of life for as long as we can. Every study is about breaking the problem apart and trying to find what small difference one small change can make. You might try to find foods that are more appealing to a cat and that help slow the progression of kidney disease at the same time. That may not sound like a big change. But if it works, then I have done what I could to improve the quality of life for that cat, and that’s why I’m here.”
To learn more about supporting the renovation of the Tufts Veterinary Hospitals, please contact Ana Alvarado, senior director of development and alumni relations, at the Cummings School, at 508.839.7905 or email@example.com.
“Steve has led a period of tremendous growth and development at Fletcher, so it is entirely appropriate that his legacy be cemented by the launch of the Bosworth Scholars program.”
By Heather Stephenson
hen the People Power Revolution in the Philippines toppled dictator Ferdinand Marcos and elevated Corazon Aquino to the presidency in 1986, Charles H. Dallara, F75, F76, F86, set out to meet the new leader immediately as part of a high-level U.S. delegation. He wanted to offer financial support for her nascent democratic government, and given his dual roles as senior deputy assistant secretary for international affairs at the U.S. Treasury and U.S. executive director of the International Monetary Fund, he had the power to do so. He also had a key ally, who accompanied him to Aquino’s office: U.S. Ambassador Stephen W. Bosworth, who would later become the dean of the Fletcher School. “Steve was a very savvy ambassador, very supportive and constructive,” says Dallara, who has been a member of the board of advisors of the Fletcher School since 1997 and is now vice chair. “Steve is not a loud leader, but he’s a strong one.” More than 25 years after that fateful day in Manila, Dallara is working with other Fletcher advisors to raise funds for the Bosworth Scholars program. The endowed scholarship will honor the dean, who steps down from his post at the end of this academic year, and continue his efforts to make Fletcher affordable for talented students from around the globe. “The Fletcher School has benefited me throughout my career,” Dallara says. “It prepared me to be a problem solver in the real world of economic policy making, where you need to understand economics, finance, and politics. And Steve has led a period of tremendous growth and development at Fletcher, so it is entirely appropriate that his legacy be cemented by the launch of the Bosworth Scholars program.” Married with three grown children, Dallara recently left the Institute of International Finance, where he was the managing director and CEO for nearly 20 years. In that role, he represented more than 400 global financial institutions, including many of the world’s largest banks, most visibly during negotiations over restructuring Greece’s debt. Dallara is now a vice chair of Partners Group, a global private equity firm. “Rather than dealing with the macro picture all the time, as I have been for many years,” he says, “I thought it would be interesting to get involved directly in investing in the real economy.”
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Francine (Frankie) Trull, AG80 Advisor, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
In her first job out of graduate school, Francine (Frankie) Trull, AG80, worked for Dr. Jean Mayer, then the president of Tufts, and helped establish the only veterinary school in New England, now known as the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. That early exper ience involved successfully lobbying Congress for support for the school and proved influential in her future career. Trull now has more than 30 years of experience as a lobbyist. A native of Massachusetts, Trull is a life-long horsewoman who has been involved in showing horses and raising thoroughbreds. She lives on a farm in Virginia, along with two house cats, a dog, six Angus cows, and five horses, including a miniature horse. Trull’s professional work aligns with the Cummings School’s efforts to advance global health to benefit animals and humans. As founder and president of the National Association for Biomedical Research and the Foundation for Biomedical Research, she represents the biomedical research community, supporting its interests in laboratory animal research. In 1995, she also founded Policy Directions, through which she works on policy issues affecting biomedical research, medical education, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical companies. Blueprint asked her to share her perspective on a life surrounded by animals.
Q. You were part of the team that suc-
Q. As a life-long horsewoman and pet
cessfully lobbied Congress as part of the establishment of the Cummings School. What do you think the government’s role in funding education and research should be?
owner, how do you balance your life on a farm with your lobbying efforts in the corridors of Congress?
A. Funding of education and research are excellent examples of public/private partnerships. The whole country benefits from an educated public and a dynamic research enterprise. Especially during these challenging fiscal times, federal and state support must be balanced with private support. The veterinary school would not exist without the essential initial federal support provided directly from Congress, but it’s been the largesse of private donors, like the Cummings and Foster families and others, that has enabled the Cummings School to provide outstanding professional training. Q. You’ve been an advocate for biomedical laboratory research. How do you respond to criticism of animal research?
A. I’ve been an advocate for medical discovery to improve lives for people and animals. Laboratory animals continue to be an essential element in the discovery process, so it’s the responsibility of researchers, veterinarians, and animal caretakers to ensure that these animals are provided excellent care and stewardship. In a perfect world, there would be no need for animal models. Critics of this practice are often driven by sincere emotion and the belief there are non-animal methods, like computer models, that can glean the same information derived from laboratory animals. Alas, science isn’t there yet.
A. I’m a third-generation horseman and it was always my dream to have a horse farm. I’m lucky enough to be living that dream in the beautiful Virginia countryside. Back in D.C., I enjoy the policy debates, the negotiations, the cajoling of lawmakers and regulators to accept proposals and support issues for the various interests I represent. But working with Congress can be very frustrating, so getting back home to my farm and my wonderful animals helps me keep my grip on sanity. Q. What is most gratifying about your work with the Cummings Board of Advisors?
A. I feel an enormous sense of pride and appreciation for where the Cummings School started and where it is today. I owe so much to Tufts. Many of the people I met when I first started at Tufts proved to be some of the most influential people in my career, including President Mayer and Henry Foster. The Cummings board has allowed me to come back to Tufts all these years later and work with wonderful, smart people who are as committed to and excited about the school as we early pioneers were. It’s my privilege to be a part of this team of advisors and to give back to Tufts in some small way.