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July 21, 2014

Dear Members of the Tufts Community,

Among the many exciting initiatives underway as we implement the university-wide strategic plan, Tufts: The Next 10 Years (T10), is the Tufts Institute for Innovation (TII). I am pleased to announce the official launch of TII and to invite you to a special launch event and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Institute on Thursday, August 28.

The Tufts Institute for Innovation brings together faculty members and students from across the university’s unique constellation of schools to enable the development of novel strategies, approaches, interpretations and technologies to address challenging global problems. Located on our Boston, Grafton, and Medford/Somerville campuses, TII will allow newly assembled research teams to undertake pathbreaking research around the vitally important theme of “Microbes: Improving the Environment and the Human Condition.”

TII research will draw upon our strengths in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, business and policy, and humanities in order to translate and apply leading-edge research in a global context. To learn more about this important work, I invite you to join me, along with Provost David Harris, TII Founding Director David Walt, and members of the initial TII research teams, as we formally inaugurate the Tufts Institute for Innovation and open its first newly renovated shared research space.

This special celebration will take place on Thursday, August 28, 2014, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM on the fourth floor of the M&V Building at 136 Harrison Avenue on the Boston campus. Please RSVP online by August 25 to confirm your attendance.

I am grateful to the dedicated faculty, staff and students who have been involved in creating a shared vision and strategy for the Tufts Institute for Innovation, which will harness our community’s unique expertise and experience to address some of our world’s most significant challenges. I look forward to seeing you on August 28 as we mark this special occasion for the Tufts community and highlight research with the potential for a truly profound global impact.

Best wishes,

Tony Monaco