Tufts Innovates

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the 2016 recipients of seed grants through the Tufts Innovates program. Tufts Innovates seeks to spark imaginative ideas to enhance learning and teaching, including interdisciplinary approaches that integrate research. The eight newly-funded projects will begin in July and continue through the 2016 – 2017 academic year. Along with 38 previously-funded initiatives, these projects will enhance our students’ educational experiences across Tufts University for years to come.

We thank the faculty and administrative staff who acted as peer reviewers, as well as the many faculty and staff who submitted excellent proposals, not only making this year’s decisions particularly difficult, but also indicating the widespread commitment to enhancing teaching and learning at Tufts.

The following projects have been selected to receive Tufts Innovates seed grants during 2016-2017:

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Assistive Technology Innovations
Principal Investigator: Gary Bedell, School of Arts & Sciences
Team Members: Jennifer Buxton, Amy Fleischer, Dan Hannon, Gary Leisk, Fay Shaw
Creating an interdisciplinary course and Maker Studio to facilitate collaborative, client-centered, team problem solving to design and test assistive devices for persons with disabilities.

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Teaching Civic Science: Connecting Science-based Issues to Personal and Civic Responsibility
Principal Investigator: Jonathan Garlick, School of Dental Medicine
Team Members: Jennifer Allen, Julie Dobrow, Peter Levine, Marc Raila

Teaching courses and developing expertise across Tufts’ schools in the emerging field of Civic Science, to build capacities connecting science and civics that will empower civil engagement, democratic action and societal change and will advance science for the public good.

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Integrating Student Learning in Hybrid Experimental-Computational Labs for Introductory Biology
Principal Investigator: Julia Gouvea, School of Arts & Sciences
Team Members: George Elmore, Colin Orians, Matthew Simon, Aditi Wagh
Designing a sequence of inquiry-based introductory biology laps for Bio14 that integrate computer simulations and experiments and investigate how they enhance student reasoning.

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Societal Aspects of Design: Integration, Innovation, and Impact
Principal Investigator: Ron Lasser, School of Engineering
Creating a societal-focused integrated technology-based iterative design class for students utilizing experimentation and reflection.

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Tufts Venture Lab Summer Accelerator
Principal Investigator: Inge Milde, Gordon Institute, School of Engineering
Team Members: Carol Dening, Tina Weber
Providing undergraduate and graduate students with an array of business support resources and services along a tailored curricula. To be launched in Tufts’ Collaborative Learning and Innovation Complex (CLIC) at 574 Boston Avenue.

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Stats Beyond the Basics: Skills for Everyone
Principal Investigator: Elena Naumova, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy
Team Members: Tania, Alarcon, Karen Kosinski, Alexandra Kulinkina
Developing a university-wide, student-run statistics resource core, “Stats Beyond the Basics,” aiming to enhance data analysis skills with weekly hands-on workshops, monthly Mini-Roast sessions and week-long retreats.

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Cybersecurity and Cyberwarfare
A Tufts Innovates: Global Seed Grant
Principal Investigator: Jeff Taliaferro, School of Arts & Sciences
Team Members: Ming Chow
Developing an interdisciplinary curriculum on current issues and emerging cybersecurity threats confronting U.S. government agencies, private sector firms, and individual citizens.

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The Robyn Gittleman Teaching Fellows Program
Principal Investigator: Howard Woolf, Experimental College, Schools of Arts & Sciences & Engineering
Providing graduate students opportunities to teach original courses with sustained guidance, support, and reflection.

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For a complete list of previous grant recipients and their projects, click here.

Please contact innovates@tufts.edu with any questions.