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Congratulations to Prof. Zarin Machanda, who has been named Usen Family Career Development Assistant Professor, effective January 1, 2020.

Congratulations to Prof. Michael Reed, who was appointed an Associate of Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology.

The Department of Biology at Tufts University is ranked 3rd in College Factual's list of 2019 Best General Biology Colleges in the U.S.

Congratulations to Dr. Eric Tytell on his tenure and promotion as Associate Professor without limit of time in the Department of Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1, 2019.

Congratulations to Dr. Susan Koegel, who has been selected to receive a 2019 Tufts Teaching with Technology Award. The Teaching with Technology Awards program is conducted annually to recognize Tufts faculty for effective and meaningful uses of technology in teaching academic courses. Each year, Educational Technology Services (ETS) surveys students across the University to nominate course instructors whose use of technology has had a markedly positive impact on their learning and engagement in a Tufts course. Dr. Koegel will be recognized at the 32nd Annual Tufts University-wide Teaching Conference on May 22, 2019 at the Grafton campus.

Congratulations to Dr. Norah Warchola who has been recognized with an Honorable Mention in the 2019 Tufts Teaching with Technology Awards.

Congratulations to Dr. Sergei Mirkin, who received a $2.6M Maximizing Investigators' Research Award (MIRA) from NIH in March 2019, to advance his pioneering studies of the mechanisms of genome instability mediated by simple DNA repeats.

Tufts Biologists win "Project of the Year" from the Department of Defense's SERDP Resource Conservation Program, for 'Endangered Butterflies as a Model System for Managing Source-Sink Dynamics on Department of Defense Lands.' This project was led by Dr. Elizabeth Crone, with Norah Warchola, Lee Brown, and researchers from Duke University, Michigan State University, Washington State University, and the Institute of Wildlife Studies. The project demonstrated how habitat restoration, if carefully planned, enhances landscapes for endangered butterflies.

Faculty Highlights

Congratulations to Mitch McVey for his promotion to the Full Professor rank.

Dr. Ben Wolfe was selected to be the Bernstein Faculty Fellow for 2016-2017!
This is an award given to a junior faculty member who is a few years into his research moves on to a new project. As a Fellow, Ben becomes the recipient of a prestigious faculty development program sponsored by prominent members of the Tufts community to foster the work of outstanding faculty members.

Groundbreaking Research
Prof. Ben Wolfe
has been highlighted in Nature. Congratulations to Ben with this exceptional distinction. Read more >

The Tufts IGERT program in Soft Material Robots (led by PI and Director, Barry Trimmer) was the largest team contingent in the first International Grand Challenge in Soft Robotics (#softroboticsweek2016) that took place in Livorno, Italy in April. Ten students travelled to the week-long workshops and presentations then showed off their latest deformable robots in both manipulation and terrestrial trials. The Trimmer lab received a three year $610,000 grant from the NSF to study the "Neuromechanics of soft-bodied locomotion" and (with co-PI David Kaplan) another three year $616,724 NSF grant to develop "Biocomponent devices: developing actuators from insect muscles". During the summer the Trimmer lab (with Eric Tytell and co-PIs at Johns Hopkins and Cornell) began a five year $1,800,185 research project, funded by the Army Research Office to investigate "Dynamic tuning of instabilities for high power movements in deformable structures".

Dr. Trimmer also participated in the following international conferences:

  • Keynote Talk "Animal Model Systems for Soft Robots" at the Intelligent Autonomous Systems conference at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China. 3-7 July 2016.
  • Plenary Talk "Non-Pneumatic Soft Robots: Design through Biomimetics" at the conference Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems (TAROS-16) at the University of Sheffield, UK. 28-30 June 2016.
  • Invited talk at the European Conference on Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ECMTB 2016), University of Nottingham, UK. 11-15 July 2016. On "Biology and the Control of Soft Robots"
  • Invited talk "Real BioRobotics: Using Biology in Robots" at the UK-Japan Workshop on Bio-inspired Soft Robotics. Sydney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, UK. 14-15 July 2016.
  • In addition, it was announced in June that Soft Robots, a journal published by Mary Ann Liebert Inc., with Barry Trimmer as Editor-in-Chief was recognized as having the highest impact factor of all robotics journals.

Dr. Sara Lewis' opinion piece, "Are fireflies flickering out?" featured by CNN.

Michael Reed's groundbreaking studies featured
Michael Reed's groundbreaking studies on the role of climate change in shrinking of coastal birds populations was featured in National Geographic and Audubon.

Professor Sara Lewis' first book, "Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies" was published by Princeton University Press. For centuries, the beauty of fireflies has evoked wonder and delight. Yet for most of us, fireflies remain shrouded in mystery: how do fireflies make their light? What are they saying with all that flashing? And what do fireflies seek in a mate? Written for a general audience, this beautifully illustrated book uncovers the science behind the spectacle, revealing remarkable stories of passionate romance, treachery, and deadly poisons among these stunning ambassadors for Earth's natural magic.