The Tufts Innovates! seed grant program seeks to spark imaginative ideas to enhance learning and teaching, including interdisciplinary approaches that integrate research. Supported projects are expected to catalyze sustainable initiatives across schools and programs and may lead to further opportunities for internal and external funding.

The Office of the Provost is pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of seed grants through the Tufts Innovates! program. The nine newly-funded projects will begin in July and continue through the 2014 – 2015 academic year. Along with 25 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, staff, and students 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 2014-2015.

Tufts Innovates! seed grants for 2014-2015 Academic Year:

HEALTH: Human-Environment-Animal: Learning and Technology Health
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Allen, School of Medicine/Public Health & Community Medicine
Co-Principal Investigators: Christine Rioux, Joann Lindenmayer
An interdisciplinary, cross-school initiative enhancing One Health education through the coordination of a One Health Working Group, the design of a new undergraduate course, and the development of field-based activities engaging real-world stakeholders.

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From Physical Models to Big Data: Developing a Project-Based Computational Physics Course
Principal Investigator: Timothy Atherton, Physics & Astronomy, School of Arts & Sciences
Team Member: Chris Burke
Development and implementation of a student-centered, interdisciplinary, and project-based course in computational physics. This course will equip students with the skills to identify a range of computational approaches to solve a problem, design and implement functional computational solutions, and interpret output using statistical methods.

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Human Security Core Course Development
Principal Investigator: Eileen Babbitt, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy
Team Member: Alex DeWaal
Creation of a world-class, multi-disciplinary course, focused on one country, which explores the theories and practical applications of human security and enables students to identify and deeply engage in the core debates of the field.

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Breaking the Language Barrier
Principal Investigator: Gregory Crane, Classics, School of Arts & Sciences
Team Member: Anna Krohn
Representing a dramatic shift in traditional pedagogy, this project facilitates the generalization and evaluation of curricular materials allowing students to interact directly with primary source materials in Classical Greek, Latin, Classical Arabic, and early Modern Italian.

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Health Literacy Intensive: Dental education, literacy, and community partnership
Principal Investigator: Nicole Holland, School of Dental Medicine
Team Members: Wanda Wright, Kathy Dolan, Nancy Marks
A synthesis of health literacy education and active citizenship that facilitates the development of civic knowledge, skills, and values early in the TUSDM curriculum, while encouraging new health literacy interventions and engaging Boston’s Chinatown community.

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Web-based Fieldwork Evaluation and Curriculum Outcome Measures
Principal Investigator: Michael Roberts, Occupational Therapy, School of Arts & Sciences
Utilization of a unique, web-based method of data collection and analysis to assess the performance of occupational therapy students in practice contexts, evaluate curriculum effectiveness, and ensure a best possible match between educational experiences and professional development goals.

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Charting Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Resolution in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Lessons from Theory and Practice.
Principal Investigator: Nadim Rouhana, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Team Member: Michael Baskin
Creation of a course that leverages an established network of senior practitioners and policy makers to synthesize negotiation, mediation, and conflict resolution skills and develop student insight into cycles of conflict.

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Active Learning in an Active Classroom (ALAC): Transforming “Nutr 272: Physical Activity and Health” Curriculum and Classroom Design to Promote Physical Activity and Enhance Learning.
Principal Investigator: Jennifer Sacheck, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy
Team Member: Stacy Blondin
Incorporation of physical activity-related tools and technologies into existing Nutr 272 lesson plans and introduction of innovative changes in classroom infrastructure, including standing desks. The project will assess the impact of these modifications on students’ classroom experience and learning.

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Dance on Camera: Engaging Students through the Integration of Dance and Technology
Principal Investigator: Jaclyn Waguespack, Drama & Dance, School of Arts & Sciences
Team Members: Marc Raila, Michael Callahan
Enhance an interdisciplinary course integrating dance, visual arts, and technology to expand digital and media literacy, exercise creative and artistic vision, and contribute to the Dance on Camera field on a regional and national level.

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