Kenya Barris, an award-winning television writer, creator, director, showrunner, executive producer, and screenwriter, will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2017 on May 21. The Emmy-nominated Barris is best known as the creator, executive producer, and co-showrunner of the critically acclaimed ABC television series Black-ish.
Tim Nichols, A17, won his first national title, the 5,000 meters, at the 2017 NCAA Division III Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championships in Naperville, Illinois, on March 10.
JUMBOS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The Tufts Alumni Association presented Distinguished Achievement Awards to ten exceptional graduates on April 20. The honorees were Moises Cohen, A11, former director of development for the nonprofit BUILD, which helps underprivileged youth launch businesses and go to college; Jonathan Greenblatt, A92, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League; Tom Hedges, M75, a professor of ophthalmology and neurology at Tufts and president of the Tufts Medical Alumni Association from 2014 to 2016; Harvey Levy, D74, a dentist who developed techniques to treat patients on the autism spectrum as well as those with disabilities and complex health problems; Colonel Abigail Linnington, F04, F13, special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Brian McCarthy, A75, A07P, president of the Tufts Alumni Association from 2012 to 2014; Daniel Paisner, A82, A13P, A18P, the author of more than sixty books; Charles Rosenberg, A82, acting administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration; Christina Sass, F09, cofounder of the startup Andela, which is training the next generation of global technology leaders; and Genevra “Gevvie” Stone, M14, winner of the silver medal in women’s single sculls at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS
Marian Wright Edelman, H89, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, who gave the Merrin Moral Voices Lecture at Tufts in February, urged the audience to speak up to protect the social safety net. “The test of the morality of a society is how it treats its children,” she said.
DEAN TO RETIRE
Naomi Rosenberg, dean of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences since 2004, will retire in June. Her research advanced our understanding of leukemia, and her commitment to educating the next generation of scientists has been a constant thread in her life.
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