Speaker Bios


JULIE DOBROW has an A.B. from Smith College in anthropology and sociology, and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research centers on the content and effects of media on children, and on issues of gender and ethnicity in media. Her current work focuses on an analysis of children’s animated programming, and how children make sense of the ethnic and gender images in the world of cartoons. Dobrow has worked professionally as a journalist, and runs workshops on media literacy training for parents, teachers, and students.

COLIN ORIANS has a B.A. in Biology from Earlham College, and a Ph.D. in Entomology from Pennsylvania State University. He is currently a professor in the Biology department at Tufts University and Director of the Environmental Studies program. Currently his research focuses on the dynamic responses of plants to environmental heterogeneity, in an effort to understand how plants respond to spatial and temporal variation in specific environmental factors or how these effects are integrated at the whole plant level. His work combines physiological, chemical and isotope (stable and radio) techniques to elucidate patterns and identify mechanisms.

MONDAY, MAY 23:  Introduction, Realities and Importance of Environmental Issues, Focus on Sustainable Agriculture

DEAN ANDREW McCLELLAN is Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences and Professor of Art History. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and History of Art from University College London, an M.A. in History of Art from the University of East Anglia, and a Ph.D. from the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London. During his twenty years on the Medford/Somerville campus, Dean McClellan has served in a number of administrative roles. He has been Chair of the Department of Art and Art History, Director of Graduate Programs in Art History, and Director of Museum Studies.

MICHAEL REED is a professor in avian ecology and conservation biology in the Biology department. He is interested in a wide variety of conservation related research problems. Most of his research focuses on identifying characteristics of species that put them at risk to human-caused threats, understanding why (or how) these characteristics put a species at risk, and to determining how best to reduce the risk. He has been working, in particular, on the effects of habitat loss and fragmentation on extinction risk and population viability, and on the importance of animal behavior in extinction risk and conservation.

TIM GRIFFIN is currently the Director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment Program at Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. He has a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Nebraska and a  Ph.D. in Crop and Soil Science from Michigan State University. His primary interests are the intersection of agriculture and the environment, and the development and implementation of sustainable production systems. Griffin’s current research interests include environmental impacts of agriculture (nutrient flows, carbon retention and loss, and climate change), and impacts of policy on adoption of agricultural practices and systems.

JENNIFER HASHLEY is the Director for the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (New Entry). Previously, Jennifer was the New Entry Project Coordinator for five years during which time she co-managed the project through activities including developing and managing training farm site infrastructure, and creating, implementing, and teaching a multi-year sustainable agriculture training curriculum for limited resource farmers. As part of the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Agriculture Food and the Environment program, Jennifer is also an Agricultural Science and Policy lab instructor, helping to bridge the gap between graduate students’ classroom learning and practical, farm-based education.

TUESDAY, MAY 24 – Perceptions of Environmental Issues, Media Views of Sustainable Agricultural Issues, Environmental Realities of Disease

WENDY WORNHAM graduated from Stanford University with a major in Human Biology and from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wornham pursued her interests in medical anthropology, public health and community medicine while living in Paris, France and Katmandu, Nepal. She then worked as a pediatrician and joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School, before joining Lexington Pediatrics and becoming an attending physician at Children’s Hospital Boston. She enjoys providing pediatric care to infants, children, and adolescents, and tries to use a holistic approach, and continues to be interested in the clinical manifestations of psychological and emotional influences on physical health and familial well being.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25 – Realities and perceptions of Disease as an Environmental Issue.  How Environmental Issues Play in the Press?

AARON BERNSTEIN, MD, MPH, is on faculty at Harvard Medical School and the Center for Health and the Global Environment. His work examines the human health dimensions of global environmental change, such as climate change and biodiversity loss, with the aim of promoting a deeper understanding of these subjects among policy makers, educators, and the public. Along with Nobel Peace Prize recipient Eric Chivian, he co-authored the Oxford University Press book Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity.

JUDY LAYZER earned her Ph.D. from MIT in Political Science, is an Associate Professor of Environmental Policy, and the Head of the Environmental Policy and Planning program at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. Her current research and teaching focuses on the roles of science, values, and storytelling in environmental politics, as well as on the effectiveness of different approaches to environmental planning and management.  Her work includes an investigation of how conservative activists have developed a coherent storyline aimed at undermining environmentalism, how conservative ideas have influenced U.S. environmental politics, and whether urban sustainability initiatives significantly reduce cities’ ecological footprint.

THURSDAY, MAY 26 – Educational Implementations of Environmental Issues

PETER LEVINE is Director of CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement and Research director of Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. Levine graduated from Yale with a degree in philosophy. He studied philosophy at Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship, receiving his doctorate in 1992. From 1991 until 1993, he was a research associate at Common Cause. In the late 1990s, he was Deputy Director of the National Commission on Civic Renewal.

SHIRLEY MARK is the Director of the Lincoln Filene Center for Community Partnerships. Shirley works directly with the Medford and Boston Chinatown partnerships and manages her team to strengthen partnerships with Somerville and Mystic watershed organizations. Each year, the Lincoln Filene Center produces a resource guide to facilitate greater campus-community collaborations. Prior to Tufts, she worked in philanthropy as a grant maker and consultant,  was a program director, and developed grants initiatives to promote gender equity in K-12 public schools. She received a B.A. degree from Hampshire College and a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

ANNIE SOISSON is a Senior Specialist for Learning and Teaching at Tufts University’s Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT). CELT is a central resource for schools on all three Tufts campuses intended to provide professional development opportunities, individual consultations for faculty on teaching, assessment and evaluation, and resources to support faculty programs. Soisson works with faculty to foster teaching innovation and to facilitate improved learning outcomes for Tufts students. She holds graduate degrees in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Boston University.