News & Events:
A Taste of Tufts: A Sampling of Faculty Research
Fridays from Noon to 1:00pm
Light lunch will be provided
All presentations will be held in Pearson 106
February 1, 2013
Few contemporary social issues are as challenging
(and potentially controversial) as those surrounding diversity.
Discourse on the topic often touches on a wide range of perspectives,
including the historical, personal, ethical, and Constitutional.
Too infrequently, however, do we also consider the actual effects
of diverse settings on social, behavioral, and cognitive outcomes.
This talk will present just such an empirical analysis by reviewing
a series of research experiments designed to examine the factors
that predict group- and individual-level outcomes in racially
February 15, 2013
Nina Gerassi-Navarro works on nation building, outlaws, travel narratives,
and visual culture in Latin America. Her current research focuses on how
knowledge circulated between the United States, Brazil and Mexico regarding
science, politics and aesthetics. Working with photography, museum collections,
travel narratives and personal letters her talk explores the debates that
took place between Brazil and the United States regarding science and race
in the mid-nineteenth century.
February 22, 2013
Dr. Monaco will present about the genetics of neurodevelopmental disorders
such as autism, language impairment and dyslexia.
March 1, 2013
Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Economics as a social science is a flexible discipline that
explores aspects of human behavior beyond the business and
financial realm. In particular, economics has proven especially
insightful in understanding behavior as it relates to human
health and the environment. This talk will explore research where
economics has contributed to various human health and environment
interactions, including a discussion of air pollution, occupational
health, and children's health.
March 29, 2013
We frequently learn more about memory from its failures rather than
its successes. As such, my research has delved into the various contexts
that result in episodic memory failures. I take the theoretical perspective
that memory decisions are inferential in nature. An episodic event is not
represented as a single unit, but rather a distribution of elements that
can be differentially accessed at retrieval. Accessibility to those elements
influences both memory and metamemorial decisions. By influencing the
accessibility of specific elements, or attributes, I am able to bias retrieval.
The result is memory and metamemorial failures. My research focuses on three
specific situations related to retrieval bias: bias resulting from accessible
encoded attributes; bias resulting from automatic processing at encoding and/or
retrieval; controlling bias by improving retrieval monitoring.
April 5, 2013
How can the thought of a Medieval Muslim thinker be relevant still today?
The Persian Muslim Scholar Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. 1111) is a giant of
the Islamic tradition of stature of an Aquinas or an Augustine.
Some critics, East and West, have accused him in the past century of
killing scientific inquiry in the Islamic world through his campaign
against philosophy in his book The Incoherence of the Philosophers.
Had it not been for al-Ghazali, they suggest, Modernity would have
emerged in the Islamic world rather than the Christian. But is this so?
A closer look at his writings shows that his treatment of philosophy was
much more complex, that the very significance of philosophy in Medieval
Islam was very different than what we imagine it to be, and that the reason
for Modernity's emergence in the West and not the East lies elsewhere.
April 12, 2013
Drama and Dance
Noe Montez works on the intersections of performance, memory and trauma
in the contemporary Argentine theatre. His current research investigates
the generation of theatre-makers born after the Argentine dictatorship of
1976-1973 in order to examine how these artists are re-contextualizing and
challenging some of the "official" narratives of this period in Argentina's
history. Working with play scripts and archival footage, his talk will
explore ways in which several of the nation's best writers and directors
are contesting the very nature of archival material and calling attention
to historical subjectivity and curatorial manipulation.
April 19, 2013
Provost and Senior Vice President
Harris has broad research interests in social
stratification, race and ethnicity, social identity, and
other areas of public policy. His work has applied theories
from sociology, economics, and psychology to empirical
studies of racial and ethnic disparities in socioeconomic
status, the fluidity of race, and racial and nonracial
determinants of residential mobility. In addition to
publications in academic journals, public policy outlets,
and major national newspapers, he is editor of The Colors of Poverty: Why
Racial and Ethnic Disparities Persist (Russell Sage Foundation
2008), and the lead author of Eliminating Racial
Disparities in College Completion and Achievement:
Current Initiatives, New Ideas, and Assessment (Teagle Foundation 2006).
Dr. Harris holds a B.S. in Human Development and Social
Policy, and a Ph.D. in Sociology, from Northwestern