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The need for scholarship dollars is pressing, as a tough economy has put tuition out of reach for more families.

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Tufts set an ambitious goal to increase financial aid last summer. The Financial Aid Initiative for Arts, Sciences, and Engineering aims to raise $25 million in endowed scholarships for undergraduates over two years. Since its launch last July, it has already attracted close to $5 million in gifts and pledges. That’s largely because two compelling elements appeal to donors: a chance to directly help talented students who don’t have the means to afford Tufts, and the incentive of a matching gift. For the first time, the university has allocated unrestricted funds from its endowment to provide a one-to-one match for all gifts of $100,000 or more made to endowed scholarships university-wide. (In particular, at the School of Medicine, any newly established endowed scholarships of $100,000 or more and any four-year term scholarship pledges of $60,000 or more will be matched.) The need for such scholarship dollars is pressing, as a tough economy has put tuition costs out of reach for more and more families. Financial aid helps close the gap for talented students who otherwise could not study at Tufts.

Drive to Goal Gains Momentum “When Tufts has to turn away a promising student, that has ramifications all over campus,” says Patty Reilly, director of undergraduate financial aid. “In the classroom, the discussions are less robust. In the dormitories, when students are talking late at night, those kinds of conversations lose some depth. Campus activities, extracurricular activities, all lose. And there is some impact on the caliber of students who would apply down the road. If we started to be viewed as just a school for rich kids, we would become a less attractive place. That has an impact for the whole community.” Jeff Winey, AG90, director of principal and leadership gifts for Tufts, says financial aid resonates with alumni on several levels. Even if they didn’t benefit from financial aid directly, they were friends with classmates who did, and those enduring memories inspire them to participate, especially given the incentive of the match. “Alumni recognize the compelling need for financial aid,” Winey says. “But when they see that the university is willing to match their gift—that really makes a difference. It doubles the power of their principal.”

Chair, Board of Trustees James A. Stern, E72, A07P

Provost & Senior Vice President David R. Harris

President Anthony P. Monaco

Vice President for University Advancement Eric Johnson

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Innovative professors, ardent students, and bold donors have made their mark on the Tufts we know today. Now a new generation is shaping the Tufts of tomorrow.

Making a mark on Tufts—

ON THE COVER: Plaques across the Tufts campuses honor and remember those who have influenced the university, from presidents to professors and alumni.

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the focus of this issue of Blueprint—means making a mark on the world. Our university is a hub for research and learning that affects people far beyond our campuses. As active citizens, our students are deeply engaged with their communities, and they carry that passion and talent forward as alumni. But what sort of legacy do we want to leave? How can Tufts continue to make a positive impact on society going forward? These are the tough but inspiring questions at the heart of our current university strategic planning p ­ rocess. They are also the questions that drive the people and programs highlighted in the following pages. Consider Sherwood Gorbach, a professor and clinician who has helped identify and develop treatments for life-threatening infectious diseases, while also mentoring the next generation of leaders in his field. A named professorship and research fund is being created at Tufts University School of Medicine to carry his legacy forward. Or think of the combined master’s in nutrition and dietetic internship known as “Frances Stern.” This innovative program, which trains dieticians to help individuals eat better and enjoy improved health, is offered by Tufts Medical Center’s Frances Stern Nutrition Center and the university’s Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Graduates of the program are banding together to provide financial aid for current students, who will in turn leave their own mark on future health challenges. At the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Dean Stephen Bosworth, a former U.S. ambassador, has overseen an extraordinary period of growth during his 12-year tenure. The Fletcher faculty and student body have both increased in size, and the school has created three new degree programs that have expanded its teaching, research, and global outreach. The school is establishing a scholarship in the dean’s name to honor him and continue his efforts to attract remarkable students to the Fletcher community. In the spirit of the achievements of people and initiatives like these, and gauging the impact we want to make on future generations, Tufts is developing a long-term capital plan in tandem with “Tufts: The Next 10 Years,” the university-wide strategic planning process launched in October. To learn more about our planning process, I encourage you to visit Transformative gifts and ongoing support from alumni, parents, and friends like you make all these efforts possible. Thank you for leaving your mark on Tufts. Best wishes, Tony Monaco


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nter the office of Professor Sherwood “Sherry” Gorbach, M62, J84P, and you might be surprised by the number of yogurt containers collected there. Clearly not just leftovers from lunch, the packages display names in different languages from around the world. What they have in common is a single ingredient: the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, a microorganism known to reduce diarrhea and have other beneficial effects. Gorbach and a Tufts colleague, Professor Barry Goldin, discovered and patented it in the 1980s. The yogurt additive is just one example of how Gorbach has combined his interest in research and his concern for patients in his career. A pioneering force in the field of infectious diseases, Gorbach has been a faculty member at Tufts University School of Medicine for more than 35 years. The School of Medicine is honoring Gorbach’s legacy by creating an endowed professorship and research fund in his name. The goal is to raise $3 million.

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“Sherry is the master clinician of his generation for infectious disease,” says Dean Harris A. Berman, M.D. “This professorship and research fund will allow Tufts to build on the remarkable work he has done.” Optimer Pharmaceuticals, a San Diego–based company for which Gorbach serves as chief scientific officer, recently donated $500,000 to the professorship and research fund to honor him. “He’s an unbelievable individual,” says Pedro Lichtinger, Optimer’s president and CEO. “Many people see the science but they stay in the science, and many people are very good clinicians but are not able to connect to the science. He is able to connect both. Whatever he says, you better listen. Ninety-nine-point-nine times of every 100, he is right.” —Heather Stephenson For more information on supporting the Gorbach Pro­fessorship, please contact Rebecca Scott, senior director of development and alumni relations, at 617-636-2777 or

Pioneering Healer

School of Medicin “[Sherry] is able to connect both [research and clinical perspectives]. Whatever he says, you better listen.” Pedro Lichtinger, President and CEO Optimer Pharmaceuticals

Professor Sherwood “Sherry” Gorbach, M62, J84P

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Dishing Up Aid

From left: Helene Fuchs, N75, AG75, Sarah Trautman, N14, Carole Palmer, AG69, Janice Chow, N13, Franciel Dawes, N13, and Lisa Massini, N13

“I’m not giving back. I’m giving forward.” “Tufts really launched me as a professional,” says Helene Fuchs, N75, AG75, who completed what is now the combined master’s in nutrition and dietetic internship, a joint program with Tufts Medical Center’s Frances Stern Nutrition Center and the university’s Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. “The graduate degree increased my knowledge. The internship helped shape me as a professional.” But without financial aid, she says, “I never would have been able to go.” Fuchs runs Helene Fuchs Associates, a healthcare management company. She also teaches a management course for a new generation of Frances Stern students. “Every time I work with current students,” she says, “I’m reminded of how passionate they are about making a difference.” And yet she’s also aware that, like her, many cur-

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rent students couldn’t be in the program without financial help. To ensure that help, Fuchs is leading a small group that includes Carole Palmer, AG69, and Pat Kearney, N78, AG81, to increase funding for students. “This is a way to expand the amount of my donation,” Fuchs says. “By combining gifts and encouraging others to match them, we can increase what the program receives.” Members of the group have committed to each making a gift of $2,500 per year for three years. They’ve challenged other graduates and friends of the program to match their combined contribution to the Frances Stern program’s financial aid fund. Fuchs says of her efforts, “I’m investing in the sustainability of the work done by the Frances Stern program. I’m not giving back. I’m giving forward.” —Kristen Laine


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hen he announced that the 2012–2013 academic year would be his last as dean of the Fletcher School, Stephen W. Bosworth emphasized an important word: community. Since 2001, his work as dean has been about equipping students to succeed in a rapidly changing world—and to do so together. During Bosworth’s tenure, the school inaugurated both its Master of International Business (MIB) program and the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises (CEME), which focus on the intersection of business and international affairs. Charles Bralver, F75, F11P, inaugural director of the CEME and former senior associate dean for international business and finance, believes the new programs are crucial given the changing international landscape. “After the 1990s, a gigantic chunk of the globe which had previously practiced autarchy had its latent talent brought together into the global economy,” he says. “Students suddenly needed to understand business as part of internationalism, and vice versa.” Under Bosworth’s leadership, other innovations have also blossomed, including a new master’s degree in international law, a global master of arts program, and the creation of regional advisory groups around the world. These programs have attracted brighter, more accomplished students than ever before into Fletcher’s halls—students like Qiam Amiry, F12. A native of Kabul, Afghanistan, Amiry

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The Bennett Family Scholarship supports Arts and Sciences students headed to Tufts University School of Medicine.


he emergency room was frantic the night of the motorcycle accident. Fifteen ER staff raced to save a life. Bryan Walker, A13, squeezed himself into a corner to observe and stay out of the way—until a doctor took the EMT student by the shoulders and stationed him at the foot of the bed. Pay attention, was the silent message. Walker found it difficult not to, as the victim’s body involuntarily bucked with pain. The man’s left leg was nearly severed at the thigh. It would need to be amputated, the doctor said; the man’s life would change forever. So would Walker’s. “The gravity of the experience caught me, and I wanted to do whatever was in my power to help,” he says. “That’s the day I knew I wanted to be a doctor.” And he will, thanks in part to the Bennett Family Scholarship, generously established by Carol and John Bennett, J82P, J86P, for Arts and Sciences students headed to medical school. “There is a Tufts tradition in the Bennett family going back to the 1920s,” John Bennett says, explaining the genesis of the gift. Since then, five members of the family have graduated from Tufts or served on its faculty, including three physicians. The Bennetts know the cost of

such an education, as well as the full value. “To be able to make a modest contribution to worthy students such as Bryan Walker is in recognition of what Tufts, a university of academic excellence, has provided to our family over the years,” Bennett says. Premed and a math major, Walker has thrived at Tufts. As a Tufts Emergency Medical Services EMT, he’s learned to think on his feet, while also getting “a great introduction to patient care.” He’s also combining two of his passions, math and biology, in his senior honors thesis, which will focus on computational neuroscience. Walker hopes to continue similar research at Tufts University School of Medicine, where he was accepted in his sophomore year as part of the Early Assurance program. Without financial support, he admits, he would not be at Tufts, let alone headed to medical school. The Bennett Family Scholarship, bestowed upon his acceptance to TUSM, ensures that he will. “I greatly appreciate the generosity of the Bennett family,” he says. “Without their help it would be really difficult for me and my family to afford Tufts. Their support has allowed me to make the most of my time here.” —Kristin Livingston, A05

The John R. Beaver Professor of Engineering conducts research that could help treat human illness.

Problems Solved


ill Messner is an expert on control systems, the engineering field of making systems that perform functions automatically, like an automobile cruise control or a home thermostat. In the past, he focused on directing robots and on improving data storage for computers. Now he’s shifting his sights to biological research that could one day help us treat human illness. Messner, who chairs the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Tufts University School of Engineering, is interested in how biological systems control themselves, and he has been working on building control systems for instruments used to probe cells and tissues. He has already helped devise a new control mechanism that scientists can use when they are studying how tissues respond to chemical stimuli. Understanding how biological systems operate, he says, could eventually help researchers develop therapies to repair damaged tissues or treat cancer. Messner’s work is supported by the John R. Beaver Professorship of Engineering, which was created thanks to the generosity of the late John Beaver, E51, who earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at Tufts. Beaver left two New Hampshire properties to the uni-

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versity, with the proceeds of their sale to be used for the Department of Mechanical Engineering. “Mechanical engineering is an incredibly diverse field, with activity in biomedical devices, energy, robotics, aerospace systems, manufacturing, and electronics, among others,” says professor Robert Hannemann, formerly acting chair of the department. “Underlying many of the products in these areas is control system design—Bill Messner’s area of specialization. So, while also providing department leadership, Bill perfectly complements the research of the faculty.” The legacy left through the Beaver gift is not only supporting Messner’s current research and leadership of the department, though. It will also continue to support him and future professors as they explore the frontiers of how engineering can improve lives. —Heather Wax


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Helping those most in need

“In life we only truly possess two things: our health and our relationships.”


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ndrew Kaplan adopted his dog Toby on the day the animal was scheduled to be killed. The decision changed his life. Kaplan, V90, was already a successful veterinarian when he met Toby, who had been labeled aggressive and therefore unadoptable—a death sentence for a dog in a shelter. Bringing the tail-thumping mutt home inspired him to take more action. “His case was an eye-opener,” says Kaplan, who runs his own practice, City Veterinary Care, on New York’s Upper West Side. “I thought of the millions of other animals out there like him. I realized that I wanted the legacy of my career to be ending the biggest killer of dogs and cats in this country—overpopulation.” Kaplan founded the Toby Project, which aims to make New York City a no-kill community by offering free and low-cost spay and neuter services for feral cats and pets of low-income owners. But Kaplan isn’t just making an impact in New York City; he’s also helping to support other veterinarians in training. When he learned that financial aid was a major priority for the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, he established the Dr. Andrew Kaplan Annual Scholarship, which will help fund a fourth-year student with an interest in shelter medicine. The average debt of a graduating veterinary student now runs close to $155,000. Kaplan’s generosity enables the Cummings School to offer financial aid packages to attract top students, who will subsequently graduate with less debt. The gift is an extension of his personal philosophy: “When an animal comes through my door, regardless of financial backing, I am going to heal it,” he says. “In life we only truly possess two things: our health and our relationships.” Whether it’s pro bono care for animals or financial aid for students, he says, “We do what we have to do to help.” —Laura Ferguson


Linking generations More than 140 years ago, the newest graduates of the Boston Dental School took their diplomas and began professional careers. But before they could forget their fellow alumni, they met and created an organization that would ensure they and future alumni would keep in touch, share professional knowledge, and give back to the school that had trained them. They created what has—over time and the merging of schools—evolved into the Tufts University Dental Alumni Association (TUDAA). The association has grown from a handful of men to a diverse body of thousands, and its community-building spirit has only strengthened. It all starts on day one, says TUDAA President John Millette, D91, A15P, when the TUDAA welcomes first-year students to the Tufts fold at orientation. The volunteer efforts to help students succeed and stay connected continue through their time at One Kneeland Street and beyond. The TUDAA’s support for current students includes financial aid and other philanthropy.

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A great annual tradition is the Dental Wide Open Golf and Tennis Tournament, which helps raise money for the student loan fund. The TUDAA has raised nearly $550,000 in support of the fund since 1986. And this year $113,000 was awarded to help 17 current dental students close the gap on their educational costs. Fourth-year students can thank the TUDAA for financially supporting their class book and senior class dinner, a timely mentoring and networking opportunity. The TUDAA also subsidizes all reunion and homecoming programming for its recent graduates. In addition, the association subsidizes the award-winning Dental Medicine magazine, giving $30,000 annually to keep the presses printing. “The Tufts experience is a lifetime continuum,” says Millette. “The university does a fantastic job of sending graduates into the world; now it’s our job to help them transition into and make the most of this great alumni community.” —Kristin Livingston, A05

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Decade upon decade of graduates’ portraits, like these of members of the Class of 1913, are proudly displayed in the school’s halls—a fitting reminder of a vital alumni community.

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An Advisor’s perspective… Accreditation’s adoption of competencybased accreditation standards for dental schools in the U.S. He has said that Tufts prepared him for one of the most satisfying careers he could have ever imagined, and he welcomes any opportunity to give back. Blueprint asked him to share his perspectives on health care, the university, and his own volunteerism.

Q. You’ve done a lot of research on pain control. What are the implications for dental medicine and related fields?

Following a successful career as a ­pharmaceutical executive and an ­academic clinical pharmacologist, Paul Desjardins, D.M.D., Ph.D., DA75, retired in 2011. He is considered one of the world’s experts in acute pain and pain control models. The drugs Desjardins investigated during his career include the active ingredients in commonly used pain relievers, such as Advil and Tylenol, which are used by millions of dental patients every day. As the chair of the Board of Advisors for Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Desjardins enjoys serving as a resource for students and alumni and lending his extensive knowledge and experience. Prior to assuming an executive role in the pharmaceutical industry at companies such as Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and SCIREX Corporation, Desjardins served as an associate dean for academic affairs from 1992 until 1998 at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Dental School. Desjardins also led the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental

A. During my professional lifetime, I have seen acute pain become relatively well managed. For example, not so long ago, many patients dreaded having their wisdom teeth extracted. Today, it is almost routine that patients are treated with anti-inflammatory drugs and pain relievers before surgery—and this works very dramatically to reduce both pain and swelling. Understanding how to safely decrease inflammation post-surgery has been one of the keys to better patient care in the dental office. We have developed medications with fewer serious side effects but there are still many challenges in diagnosing and managing the dozens of chronic pain conditions seen every day by dentists and physicians. There are also many painful disorders like fibromyalgia that we are just starting to understand. Q. What role do you see Tufts playing in health care? How would you like Tufts to be influential in this arena?

A. This is a fascinating and momentous time to be involved with Tufts. I believe this is a time to “think big” about how Tufts and its schools can best fulfill the

objectives of creating new knowledge, serving the global and local communities, and educating our students to be knowledgeable practitioners and leaders in their professions. As I look back on my career, the enduring skills that were valued by my leadership teams were common to many professions: critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, the ability to innovate, and the ability to communicate effectively and concisely. Shaping our health-care system for the future will require the same skills of our health-care practitioners and leaders. Tufts is committed to supporting programs in the schools that will teach and demonstrate these skills across the curriculum for every discipline.

Q. What is most gratifying about your work with the Dental Board of Advisors?

A. Working with the Board of Advisors gives me the opportunity to brainstorm the big picture of where our school is going and how we will get there. I have particularly enjoyed knowing the 20 or so amazing advisors who really love the dental school and who also realize that this is one of our opportunities to share time, skills, and support to shape the dental school of the future. I enjoy seeing our aspirations for what Tufts can provide for its students come to life in the student experience. I also participate to ensure that Tufts graduates are among the leading clinicians and scientists who will develop new pain control knowledge and translate it to better care for patients. During each board meeting we have the opportunity to hear about novel programs from faculty and students. These discussions are priceless.

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