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on Tufts Sustainability Collective

by njusti01

52 minutes ago

Food for All: Ecology, Biotechnology and SustainabilityBIO 185-01 / CIS 201-01 / NUTR 241-01Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:30 pm – 5:45 pm With the human population expected to exceed 9 billion by 2050, how will we meet the increasing demand for food in an ecologically sustainable way? Historically, rapid increases in yield have been a result of advances in three main technologies: (1) genetic improvement; (2) use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers; and (3) expanded irrigation. Each of these technological advances, however, has limitations or has led to significant environmental degradation. There is an urgent need for new approaches to food production without destroying the environment. This interdisciplinary course will examine the pros and cons of divergent approaches to meeting this food demand. Using crops grown in developing and industrialized countries as case studies, students will evaluate: (1) how ecological knowledge makes food production more sustainable; (2) what existing and emerging approaches can, in the face of climate change, contribute to a reliable supply of nutritious food; and (3) the political and economic drivers that shape who has access to these technologies. The course will also explore stakeholder-specific perspectives (growers, advocacy groups, industry, governmental agencies) and develop important communication skills for negotiating these different perspectives. This is a high demand course. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Deadline Nov 14. Click here to apply.   An Introduction to One Health: Trans-disciplinary Approaches to Improve the Health of Humans, Animals and the EnvironmentCH 188-18Mondays 1:30 pm - 4 pm This introductory course will acquaint students with the concept of “One Health”, an approach dedicated to enhancing all aspects of human, animal, and environmental health. One Health acknowledges the interconnectedness among humans, animals and the environment, as well as the need for trans-disciplinary solutions that are mutually-beneficial and sustainable. Topics may include: (1) prevention, transmission, surveillance and control of cross-species diseases; (2) emerging infectious disease and neglected tropical diseases; (3) environmental degradation and climate change; (4) water sanitation and food safety. Lectures and case studies will illustrate how human, animal and environmental health are linked. Students will participate in group discussions, and will work together to design innovative, interdisciplinary interventions for a selected health problem.

Game Show Buzzer

on Tufts STOMP Fellows' Site

by Alison J. Boreiko

3 hours, 22 minutes ago

    Name of Activity Game Show Buzzer Author Jen Scinto and Jordan-Tate Thomas Keywords touch sensor, EV3, game Subject LEGO Robotics Grade Level 4, 5, 6, 7 Time 1 Hour Total Brief Description Build a device that lights up when touched to be used as the buzzer for a trivia game show Lesson Objectives: Students will be able to build and program with the touch sensor in future applications Materials Needed: NXT/EV3 Kit, laptops Preparation and Set Up: Groups of 2, distribute kits, prepare trivia questions Knowledge Background Students will need to successfully build and program a device that uses the touch sensor in addition to a light or a sound in response to being touched. Minimal knowledge of LEGO MINDSTORMS software and programming and EV3/NXT building The programming can be done as an entire class on individual computers because the programming will be the same for each group anyway. Procedure 1. Build device 2. Program (wait for touch, if touched--> sound/flashing light, loop) Possibly program as a class if the students have not been exposed to MINDSTORMS since all programs will end up being the same anyway 3. Play trivia game using devices as buzzers Extensions: Modifications: The activity can be modified with the use of other sensors besides touch sensors, or a response other than flashing a light or making a sound Previous Activity (if applicable) Umbrella Unit/Curriculum (if applicable) NXT Robotics: Discovery of Sensors in the context of Animals- Vinson Owen Fall 2014

Minutes 10/24

on National Society of Black Engineers -Tufts Chapter

by Cameron Jackson

3 hours, 24 minutes ago

- Alumni/Corporate Dinner planning committee o Conducted by Cameron o If you are interested in helping to plan then contact Cameron: Cameron.jackson@tufts.edu § Your help will be greatly […]

We ♥ Fletcher Fútbol

on The Fletcher School - Admissions News and Updates

by Jessica Daniels

5 hours, 47 minutes ago

So here's what I love about Fletcher students.  They are very committed to their studies and careers.  They offer support to undergraduates and they burst into the community and instantly create an organization […]

Happy Halloween from HHSL!

on What's New @ HHSL

by Katherine Morley

6 hours, 17 minutes ago

Happy Halloween from the staff of HHSL! Be sure to trick-or-treat at the Library Service Desk because we have some candy to fuel your Friday. And here's another treat for you--some staff photos from Halloweens […]