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Each month, the OVPR highlights the past month’s sponsored research funding awarded to Tufts’ investigators, including both a list of funded awards and one or more featured project abstracts.

You can download the list of March’s awardees by clicking the button below. In March, Tufts researchers received 28 awards for extramural funding from federal, foundation, and corporate sponsors.

To submit a recent award to be highlighted, please use the "nominate a project" button below.

This month our featured abstract highlights the work of Dr. Susan Landau, Bridge Professor in Cybersecurity at The Fletcher School and the School of Engineering. Please see the full abstract of her award from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, ‘Building a program in cyber security and policy: what organizations are best suited for developing cryptographic standards’, below.

Building a Program in Cybersecurity and Policy: What Organizations are Best Suited for Developing Cryptographic Standards

PI: Susan Landau
Funder: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Title: Building a Program in Cybersecurity and Policy: What Organizations are Best Suited for Developing Cryptographic Standards

Abstract: Crafting successful cybersecurity policy requires the interweaving of knowledge in two disparate domains: technology and policy. Tufts University is building an interdisciplinary collaboration in cyber security and policy and exploring ways to best train policy professionals to become technically-knowledgeable in in the area of cybersecurity policy.  The program’s founding collaboration is between the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy and the Computer Science Department in the School of Engineering.

The funded project will include funds to support a postdoctoral scholar in law and an International Relations predoc. Instruction in technical material will be paired with conducting research (with the postdoc focusing on metadata collection and the consequences of the USA Freedom Act, and on law and policy implications of communications metadata characterization; with the predoc focusing on analyzing which institutions are capable of developing crypto standards and security protocols that will be internationally trusted).

Additionally, Drs. Landau (Fletcher School and Computer Science) and Chow (Computer Science) will collaborate to develop a course on ‘Computer Science for Future Presidents.’ The course—designed to increase the vocabulary and knowledge of policy students in the realm of technology—will present students with hands-on experience in different types of computer science technology for which legislative and regulatory issues abound. This course is the first of a planned curriculum involving several courses introducing technical material for political science, international relations, and Fletcher students.