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Friday, December 15, 2017: The Tufts Institute of the Environment’s Environmental Fellowship Research Program (TIE Fellowship), celebrated the interim findings of the eleven 2017-2018 TIE Fellows on November 30, 2017.

The TIE Fellow’s Banquet brought together the eleven Fellows, their Tufts research advisors, Tufts’ Provost David Harris, and TIE staff for a festive occasion honoring interdisciplinary research. The event began with a poster session for which all TIE Fellows shared initial results and analysis of their research conducted over the past summer.

During the dinner, Provost Harris shared the importance of interdisciplinary research around environmental issues as well as his support for the TIE Fellowship Program. Nitsan Shakked, TIE’s Associate Director, and Jill Parlee, TIE’s Assistant Director for the Program, offered history of the program which has accepted over 100 Fellows since its inception. The 2017-2018 TIE Fellows are a diverse group, with at least one representative from every graduate school at Tufts expect for the Dental School – a goal for the 2018-2019 TIE Fellows cohort.

Two TIE Fellows, Stefan Koester and Isabel Beavers, presented their interim research findings. Stefan Koester, who presented “Quantifying Air Quality and Climatic Impacts of Household Stoves and Fuels in India,” is one of two students selected as a Tufts Institute of the Environment and Stockholm Environmental Institute (TIE-SEI) Fellow. The TIE-SEI Internship was launched this year as part of the 10th anniversary celebration for the TIE-SEI partnership. Isabel Beavers, the first TIE Fellow from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, presented on “The Communicative Power of Contemporary Art”.

The TIE Fellowship provides funding to Tufts Masters and Doctoral students to conduct primary data collection within their own area of interdisciplinary environmental research projects.

The 2018-2019 TIE Fellowship application is opened until Thursday, 15 February 2018 at noon. Guidelines and application can be found here.

Highlights from the Fellows Banquet!

The full list of TIE Fellows honored at the TIE Banquet and their research projects, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Isabel Beavers, School of Museum of Fine Arts; “The Communicative Power of Contemporary Art”
  • Andrea Becerra (TIE-SEI Fellow), The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; “A Silent Tap in Santiago, Chile: Contributing to the short-term and long-term adaptation plans to manage the Maipo River basin”
  • Anne Christian, The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine; “Parasite Load of Atlantic Sturgeon in the Hudson River During Breeding Season”
  • Abby Clayton, The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine; “Antimicrobial Resistance in Rehabilitated Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina) in British Columbia: A Temporal Assessment”
  • Anthony D’Angelo, Arts, Sciences and Engineering, School of Engineering; “Solvate Ionogel Electrolytes for Lithium-based Energy Storage”
  • Tatyana Kalani, The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine; “Geospatial assessment of environmental lead contamination in Somerville, MA: Can we identify lead exposure hotspots for humans, domestic animals, and wildlife?”
  • Stefan Koester (TIE-SEI Fellow), The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning; “Quantifying Air Quality and Climatic Impacts of Household Stoves and Fuels in India”
  • Jessica Rozek, Arts, Sciences and Engineering, Biology Department; “Human-wetland-bird interactions in Trinidad and Tobago”
  • Ilin Sadeghi, Arts, Sciences and Engineering, School of Engineering; “Heavy metal ion removal using novel functional membranes”
  • Tessa Salzman, The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning; “The Intersectionality Between Farm Labor and the Environment”
  • John VanderHeide, The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning; “Participatory Food System and Water Footprint Modeling in Southwest Guatemala"

Molly Haragan, TIE Graduate Intern

For more information about past and current TIE Fellows, please explore "Fellows Cohort."