Summer 2015

A Vibrant Year

A message from the dean of the Friedman School

140601_14287_mozaffarian049.jpgLooking back at my first year as dean of the Friedman School, I am amazed and delighted at our successes in pursuit of our mission of education, research and public impact.

In education, we partnered with Jim Glaser, dean of Tufts’ School of Arts and Sciences, to propose a new minor in nutrition for undergraduates, which I hope might grow into a major as well as a “4+1 program,” allowing undergraduates to also obtain a Friedman School master’s degree in five years. We advanced our acclaimed online learning programs, including the hybrid M.S. in nutrition science and policy and our online graduate certificates: a new certificate, Nutrition Science for Health Professionals, starts this fall.

We refined our student training, internship opportunities and alumni connections, including a successful pilot program that matched current students to alumni mentors. We are reorganizing our academic programs, including bringing our strong public health nutrition and community interventions into the heart of our teaching. One of my priorities is to increase the diversity of the students, staff and faculty, with greater outreach, larger endowment support and novel collaborations with students and alumni.

We are about to launch the largest strategic expansion in school history, involving multiple faculty hires across diverse areas and substantial new space. We rejuvenated our leadership structure, including new deans for education, faculty and administration; better integration of key staff leaders in student affairs, finance, hybrid learning and media/communications; and a new Office of Faculty Affairs to maximize faculty success and support. We synergized our communications, including this great magazine, the school website, social media, media relations and the Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter. I am delighted to have HNRCA director Simin Meydani as a partner in advancing our joint missions.

The school has also achieved substantial public impact, from fantastic research discoveries to major policy reports—several of these are highlighted in this issue. We had a remarkable year in philanthropy from alumni and friends. We achieved a record in annual giving; another record in student participation in the 2015 Class Gift; and the second-highest fundraising year in school history. Many of you generously support the school each year—please accept my sincere thanks.

To our faculty, staff, students, alumni, volunteer leaders, friends and partners: thank you for all you do. This phenomenal year is a testament to your energy and passion, the quality of our education and scholarship, the strength of our mission and our potential for even greater impact.

Dariush Mozaffarian, M.D., Dr.P.H.
Dean, Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

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