Recap

Policy and Advocacy

On Saturday April 9, Tisch College hosted a day-long celebration of The Active Civic Roles of Tufts Alumni. The event included presentations from Tufts alumni and faculty who are leading innovators in their field, a networking lunch, panel discussions and an opportunity to recognize alumni from the undergraduate and professional schools.

The panel discussion on policy and advocacy featured the following participants:
Moderator: Greg Proper, A01, managing director, Be the Change, Inc and executive director, ServiceNation

Panelists:

  • Christina Economos, N96, associate professor and New Balance Chair, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
  • Rachel Hoff, A04, director of external affairs, The Foreign Policy Initiative
  • Mitchell Robinson, A07, student. Northwestern University School of Law
  • Carl Sciortino, A00, Massachusetts state representative, 34th Middlesex District

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$100K Business Plan Competition

The seventh annual $100K Business Plan Competition, sponsored by Tufts Gordon Institute, was held April 6 at the Aidekman Arts Center. The 11 business plan competition finalists pitched their business plans to a panel of judges. Six teams competed in the classic competition, and five in the social entrepreneurship competition. Teams included alumni, graduate and undergraduate students from AS&E and The Fletcher School.

We live-tweeted the presentations from the classic competition.

Congratulations to the winners!

  • Roof for Two in the classic competition
  • Sanergy in the social entrepreneurship competition

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Friends’ Author Talk by Christoph Börgers

On Feb. 17 at a Friends of Tisch Library Author Talk, Christoph Börgers, Tufts professor of mathematics and author of Mathematics of Social Choice: Voting, Compensation, and Division, discussed the entertaining and easily accessible mathematics of voting, resource sharing, and fair compensation. He explained how the choices made by groups of people with different preferences, interests, and needs impact those outcomes.

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CEEO Lecture: Eric Mazur

On March 7, as part of the Center for Engineering Education Outreach (CEEO) lecture series, Eric Mazur, Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University, gave a presentation titled “The Scientific Approach to Teaching: Research as a Basis for Course Design.”

You can always watch video of this and past talks on the Tufts STEM Lecture website.

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Images of the Holocaust on Stage and Screen

On March 7, the Communication and Media Studies Program welcomed Israeli filmmaker Yael Hersonski to join a panel of Tufts University professors Barbara Grossman, Joel Rosenberg, and Jonathan Wilson to discuss portrayals of the Holocaust in both the performance and film mediums.

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An Evening with Survivors of Genocide

On Feb. 24, Tufts Hillel hosted a discussion with survivors from multiple 20th-century genocides around the world, as part of the Holocaust and Genocide Education program. You can now watch the archived video from the event.

Trustee Emeritus Bill Cummings, A58, H06, M97P, J97P, and Joyce Cummings, M97P, J97P, moved by Eliezer Ayalon’s stories of his experiences during and after the Holocaust, were inspired to think broadly about how education could help prevent such a horrific tragedy from ever happening again. The couple has now committed to a gift of $1 million to endow a new program in Holocaust and Genocide Education at Tufts Hillel, provided the same amount can be raised from other friends.

Learn more about the challenge and how to participate.

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2010 Friedman Symposium

The fifth annual Friedman School Symposium, “Nutrition Security: Challenges and Advances,” was held on Nov. 5-6. Check out this blog recap from the folks at Slow Food Tufts, and read this account of the keynote address by USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, former director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment graduate program at the Friedman School, from the Tufts Journal.

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Carlo Petrini, Founder of Slow Food

On October 6, Carlo Petrini, founder of Slow Food, visited the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy on the first day of his U.S. university tour. Read this blog recap by Lesley Sykes (N’11) of Slow Food Tufts.

EDIT: Watch video of the talk.

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