On Apr. 14, the Center for International Environment & Resource Policy’s Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program welcomed Dr. Lakshmi Karan, MALD ’00 and Ph.D. ‘09, to deliver a talk on social entrepreneurship and innovation titled “The Innovation Revolution: How Social Entrepreneurs are Challenging the Status Quo to Address the World’s Most Pressing Problems.”
Dr. Karan’s presentation offered insight into this movement and offered examples from around the world of innovators, who have different business models, growth strategies and financing mechanisms, but share one common objective: to deliver high quality, sustainable impact.
Dr. Karan serves as Director of Global Strategy at Riders for Health, a social enterprise that delivers health services to over 10 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.
Paul English, cofounder and chief technology officer at KAYAK, was on campus Apr. 12 to speak at the inaugural Alan Shapiro Entrepreneurial Lecture Series. He discussed his career as an entrepreneur and his path to forming one of the largest travel sites on the web.
Katie Couric was on the Medford/Somerville campus on Apr. 11, to participate in the sixth annual Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism. She drew on her 30 years as a journalist to address the evolution of today’s news industry. Jonathan Tisch, A76 and Tufts trustee, led the discussion before opening the forum to questions from the audience.
On Saturday April 9, Tisch College hosted a day-long celebration of The Active Civic Roles of Tufts Alumni. The event included presentations from Tufts alumni and faculty who are leading innovators in their field, a networking lunch, panel discussions and an opportunity to recognize alumni from the undergraduate and professional schools.
The panel discussion on policy and advocacy featured the following participants:
Moderator: Greg Proper, A01, managing director, Be the Change, Inc and executive director, ServiceNation
- Christina Economos, N96, associate professor and New Balance Chair, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
- Rachel Hoff, A04, director of external affairs, The Foreign Policy Initiative
- Mitchell Robinson, A07, student. Northwestern University School of Law
- Carl Sciortino, A00, Massachusetts state representative, 34th Middlesex District
As part of Tufts Chaplaincy’s continuing Forum on Religion in America series, Professor Ingrid Mattson, a professor of Islamic studies and Muslim-Christian relations at the Hartford Seminary spoke about “Counterculturalism and the Formation of American Muslim Identity” on March 2 in Goddard Chapel.
Mattson was also the first woman president of the Islamic Society of North America.
On Feb. 25 in Distler Hall, the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development and the Communications and Media Studies Program honored Dr. Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint for their extensive work in childhood media by giving them the Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children’s Media. In recognition of the fact that media play a significant role in the lives of children, this bi-annual award honors commitment to innovation, diversity, non-violence and developmentally appropriate media.
On Feb. 9, Tufts welcomed back Mike Granoff, A91, to speak at this spring’s Lyon and Bendheim Alumni Lecture, “2011: The Year Israel Begins to Lead the World in an Oil-Free Future.”
Granoff is head of oil independence policies for Better Place, a company that aims to reduce the world’s dependency on petroleum by providing the services and networks – such as battery switch stations and charge spots – necessary to support electric vehicles. Granoff works with governments and industry to generate support and provide a policy framework to enable countries to covert from gas to electric powered cars. The company currently operates in Israel, Denmark, Australia and China.
The lecture was hosted by the Tufts University Alumni Association, Tufts Hillel, and Tufts Gordon Institute’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.
You can also check out our profile of Granoff from April 2009.
On Feb. 7, Communications & Media Studies and Career Services hosted five veteran media professionals to offer advice on how to network, look for work, and interview for jobs in print, broadcasting, film, PR, marketing, and advertising. We tweeted the event, and have some of their tips here, in case you missed it.
Pete Chianca (A90), Managing Editor – New Media, Gatehouse Media New England
John Davidow (A77), Executive Editor – New Media, former News Director/Managing Editor, WBUR Radio
Jane O’Neil, Vice President, Staffing Supervisor, Arnold Worldwide
Josh Seftel (A90), Producer/Director; President, Seftel Productions (Film, TV, and Web Production Company)
Susan Sloan (J75), Managing Editor, WCVB-TV’s Chronicle