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Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) celebrated our 20th Anniversary with students, alums, faculty, and a few special guests, who shared the environmental research and advocacy projects they are leading. All corners of the Tufts environmental community were represented at the event, from several student green groups to professors from nearly 10 different disciplines.

Lightning Talks from TIE Fellows

(Joey Rea, TIE Fellows)

(Laura Handly, TIE Fellow)

Our TIE fellows kicked off the day’s events, presenting some preliminary findings from their respective research projects. Topics of these lightning talks ranged from antimicrobial resistance in harbor seals to water security in East Africa.

Spotlight on Environmental Justice

(Chloe Malouf, Tufts Class of 2020)

(Modhumita Roy, Associate Professor in English)

TIE hosted two panels comprised of faculty, alumni, staff, and students. The first panel featured Tufts faculty, staff, and students, and focused on topics surrounding environmental activism within and outside the Tufts community. Students from Tufts Climate Action, Tufts Green Fund, and other groups/initiatives shared their experiences with environmental activism both in the classroom and through extracurricular involvements on campus.


The second panel was on environmental justice, during which participants heard from Tufts faculty from a wide range of departments. Panelists discussed the ways in which social justice intersects with  local food systems, urban planning, poetry, and more.

Inaugural Awards for Faculty and Alumni

(Janetrix Hellen Amuguni)

(Jennifer Baldwin)

Janetrix Hellen Amuguni, an Associate Professor in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, received the first William R. Moomaw Faculty Award for Outstanding Impact. Jennifer Baldwin, Tufts alumna and Foreign Service Environment Officer at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), received the TIE Alumni Award for Inspiring Leadership.


In addition to her role as a professor at the Cummings school, Dr. Amuguni coordinates projects on infectious disease outbreaks across eight African countries for the One Health Workforce Project. Jennifer Baldwin (’05) works as a USAID Foreign Service Environment Officer. In recent years she has led several projects related to conservation in the Amazon. Check out Tufts Now to learn more about the awardees’ inspiring stories.

Tisch College Distinguished Speaker Series with U.S. Senator Ed Markey

(Senator Ed Markey and Tufts Professor Gilbert Metcalf, photo by Christine Lee)

TIE ended the day with a keynote from Senator Ed Markey, co-sponsored by the Tisch College Distinguished Speakers Series. Senator Markey engaged in a lively discussion around climate change and energy and shared stories from his work in the Senate.