Rapid Change: What’s Happening in Health at Tufts?

Assistant Professor Gretchen Kaufman, J76, V86, director of the Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, spoke on “Rapid Change: What’s Happening in Health at Tufts?” at Tisch College’s 10 year anniversary celebration on Apr. 9.

The discussion touched on issues covered in the “One Health: Interdisciplinary Approaches to People, Animals and the Environment” University Seminar course this spring.

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From Nixon to Obama

On April 25, noted journalist and author Bob Woodward was on campus to speak as part of the Snyder President’s Lecture Series. Woodward’s talk was titled “From Nixon to Obama.” He spoke and answered questions on Watergate, the American presidency and the field of investigative journalism.

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PREP Program Forum: Melanie Thernstrom

On Apr. 12, Melanie Thernstrom, best-selling author of “The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering,” spoke at Tufts Medical Center.

You can now watch video of Thernstrom’s talk.

The event was co-sponsored by Tufts University School of Medicine – Public Health at Tufts and the Pain Research, Education and Policy Program (PREP) in conjunction with the Department of Anesthesiology, Tufts Medical Center.

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Eat Your Way to Better Health

On Wednesday, April 20, Tufts Dining welcomed nutrition expert and author Keri Glassman, A95, for dinner and a talk on how to “Eat Your Way to Better Health.” (Earlier in the day, she also spoke at the Friedman School.)

If you missed her talk, we’ve got the recap here.

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Simon Rosenberg, A85, on Social Media

Simon Rosenberg, A85, founder and president of New Democrat Network (NDN), discussed the importance of social media at Tisch College’s 10 year anniversary celebration on Apr. 9.

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The Innovation Revolution

On Apr. 14, the Center for International Environment & Resource Policy’s Energy, Climate, and Innovation Program welcomed Dr. Lakshmi Karan, MALD ’00 and Ph.D. ‘09, to deliver a talk on social entrepreneurship and innovation titled “The Innovation Revolution: How Social Entrepreneurs are Challenging the Status Quo to Address the World’s Most Pressing Problems.”

Dr. Karan’s presentation offered insight into this movement and offered examples from around the world of innovators, who have different business models, growth strategies and financing mechanisms, but share one common objective: to deliver high quality, sustainable impact.

Dr. Karan serves as Director of Global Strategy at Riders for Health, a social enterprise that delivers health services to over 10 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.


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Alan Shapiro Entrepreneurial Lecture with Paul English

Paul English, cofounder and chief technology officer at KAYAK, was on campus Apr. 12 to speak at the inaugural Alan Shapiro Entrepreneurial Lecture Series. He discussed his career as an entrepreneur and his path to forming one of the largest travel sites on the web.

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Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism Featuring Katie Couric

Katie Couric was on the Medford/Somerville campus on Apr. 11, to participate in the sixth annual Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism. She drew on her 30 years as a journalist to address the evolution of today’s news industry. Jonathan Tisch, A76 and Tufts trustee, led the discussion before opening the forum to questions from the audience.

The forum is sponsored by Tufts University’s Communications and Media Studies Program, the Edward R. Murrow Center of Public Diplomacy, and the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.

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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


  • 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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Inaugural Solomont Lecture, featuring U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi

On April 8, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) delivered the inaugural Solomont Lecture, part of the celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Tisch College.

Pelosi, who was the first-ever female Speaker of the House, reflected on her life and career in public service in a discussion with lecture namesake Alan Solomont, A70, U.S. ambassador to Spain and Andorra.

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