The Innovation Revolution

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.


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Alan Shapiro Entrepreneurial Lecture with Paul English

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.

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Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism Featuring Katie Couric

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.

The forum is sponsored by Tufts University’s Communications and Media Studies Program, the Edward R. Murrow Center of Public Diplomacy, and the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.

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Policy and Advocacy

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

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$100K Business Plan Competition

The seventh annual $100K Business Plan Competition, sponsored by Tufts Gordon Institute, was held April 6 at the Aidekman Arts Center. The 11 business plan competition finalists pitched their business plans to a panel of judges. Six teams competed in the classic competition, and five in the social entrepreneurship competition. Teams included alumni, graduate and undergraduate students from AS&E and The Fletcher School.

We live-tweeted the presentations from the classic competition.

Congratulations to the winners!

  • Roof for Two in the classic competition
  • Sanergy in the social entrepreneurship competition

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Friends’ Author Talk by Kareem Roustom

Kareem Roustom, M06, a lecturer of music at Tufts, delivered a Friends’ Author Talk/performance on Nov. 10 at Hirsh Reading Room, Tisch Library.

His score for Amreeka, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, won the International Critic’s Award at the Director’s Fortnight during the 2009 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for three Spirit Awards.

During his talk, Roustom introduced the audience to his film compositions, playing pieces from them live as well as showing clips from the movies.

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Counterculturalism and the Formation of American Muslim Identity

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.

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Dr. Bill Cosby and Dr. Alvin Poussaint, Eliot-Pearson Awards Ceremony

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.

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Lyon and Bendheim Alumni Lecture: Michael Granoff, A91

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.

Watch video from the event.

You can also check out our profile of Granoff from April 2009.

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How to Land a Media Job: Tips for Seniors

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.

Panelists included:

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

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