CNBC highlights the accomplishments of 17-year-old Olivia Hallisey, “who designed a low cost, portable test for Ebola” and is the grand prize winner of the 2015 Google Science Fair. “Hallisey’s diagnostic for the Ebola virus offers results in less than 30 minutes and allows for rapid detection even when patients lack any symptoms. The design includes a silk-containing card that stores Ebola antibodies for up to a week without refrigeration.”
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Tufts Assistant Professor Qiaobing Xu and colleagues’ research on regenerative medicine using stem cells “is an increasingly promising approach to treat many types of injury” shares TuftsNow. “Transplanted stem cells can differentiate into just about any other kind of cell, including neurons to potentially reconnect a severed spinal cord and repair paralysis.”
Read about all our accomplishments from the past year in our CEE alumni newsletter.
Laura Read, a doctoral student in the Water Diplomacy | IGERT program, won one of two top prizes for the DOW Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA). Her proposal, based on research with Professor Richard Vogel, seeks to better prepare engineers to incorporate the effects of climate change and urbanization into the design of flood management solutions. Doctoral recipient Will Farmer, also an advisee of Rich Vogel, received an honorable mention for his proposal on sustainable water management in ungauged basins. Congratulations, Laura and Will!
Tufts Gordon Institute was pleased to welcome Mark Ranalli this September as the new associate dean and executive director of Tufts Gordon Institute. The founder of several innovative businesses, Ranalli joins Tufts with over 24 years of experience as a business executive and entrepreneur. We recently sat down to ask Mark a few questions including what made him interested in transitioning to higher education, how he sees TGI playing a role in developing leaders and points of advice he would share with aspiring entrepreneurs.
Tufts Gordon Institute: After spending 25 years in industry as a business executive, what made you interested in making the transition to higher education?
Ranalli: As with most journeys, my path to academia started many years ago when I was student. I was fortunate to be able to attend Stanford University, where I earned a BS in Electrical Engineering, and later and Dartmouth, where I completed my MBA. Both experiences provided me with a tremendous appreciation for the value of higher education.
Education enriches peoples’ lives – their ability to be creative, to pursue intellectual interests and to seize opportunities. I see higher education as a massive industry that is at a crossroads and in need of transformation. The cost continues to outpace inflation and real wage increases; student debt level exceeds $1 trillion; and student loan defaults are skyrocketing, yet the higher education industry continues on with status quo – isolated from and ignoring the coming tsunami. By joining the ranks of higher education, I hope my entrepreneurial skills and corporate experience can become an asset to the University, while I simultaneously have the opportunity to learn and gain insight into the workings of this vital sector.
Lee was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for outstanding contributions at the interface of biochemical and biomedical engineering through integrated modeling and experimental studies on cellular metabolism.
Associate Professor Irene Georgakoudi (BME) was nominated, reviewed, and elected by the AIMBE College of Fellows for outstanding contributions to the development of label-free optical methods for cancer diagnosis and tissue engineering applications.
The College of Fellows is comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers in the country. The most accomplished and distinguished engineering and medical school chairs, research directors, professors, innovators, and successful entrepreneurs, comprise the College of Fellows.
AIMBE Fellows are regularly recognized for their contributions in teaching, research, and innovation. AIMBE Fellows have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Science and the Presidential Medal of Technology and Innovation and many also are members of the National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences.
Peter Balonon-Rosen of WBUR’s Learning Lab blog wrote a piece about the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) and their work with student at Malden High School. In the piece “Inquiry-Based Arts And Engineering Space Enriches Student Learning“, Balonon-Rosen talks with Assistant Professor Ben Shapiro about the CEEO and the value of maker spaces.
“Historically when you look in schools where there is inquiry-based learning, it’s the kids who are sort of on the most high-track academic track who get that in their classes and the kids who are not there tend to have much more traditional didactic instruction,” said Shapiro, a McDonnell Family Professor of Engineering Education at Tufts University, who helped secure the grant.
“We wondered if we could … create conditions in the school where all kids, including the kids who are not seen as the most-likely academic high achievers, get to do inquiry as part of their everyday learning,” Shapiro said.
Diane Souvaine, the vice provost for research and a professor of computer science, has been reappointed to the National Science Board, the policymaking body for the National Science Foundation. The board also advises the president and Congress on science and engineering policy issues.
“I greatly appreciate this opportunity to continue serving with such fantastic colleagues to oversee the National Science Foundation’s portfolio in the behavioral, social, natural, mathematical and engineering sciences,” she says. Souvaine says the board will also be supporting the foundation’s education and training missions in those fields and conduct timely studies on related issues of importance to the country.
On May 7, Professor and Chair Kurt Pennell and Assistant Professor Daniele Lantagne attended the 20th annual Coalition for National Science Funding exhibition on “Investments in STEM Research and Education: Fueling American Innovation.” Pennell and Lantagne presented an exhibit on “Engineering Solutions for Clean Water.”