Community Day 2011

On Sept. 25, more than 2,000 of our neighbors from Medford and Somerville gathered on the Academic Quad for the ninth annual Community Day celebration. The day featured free food; exhibits and activities by Tufts and community groups; tips on safety and fire prevention by police and fire departments; music and dance performances by student groups; and arts and crafts activities for kids. Check out the scene from the day:

Photos by Jodi Hilton and Everett Wallace, A12, for Tufts Unversity

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Promote Your Events on the New Tufts Events Calendar

Have an event you would like to promote? Be sure to submit it to the new and improved Tufts events calendar.  This new calendar makes it easier for users to share events with their friends, sign up for reminders via email or text message and even create QR codes.  Additionally, users can now add events to their own calendars (such as Outlook or Google), filter events and view upcoming events in specific buildings.

One of the biggest benefits of the new calendar is the ability to embed customizable event widgets on other websites.  Tufts Now will be the first website to use these widgets, including a Featured Events widget on the homepage and in the sidebars of article pages.

Please help us populate the calendar with the best Tufts has to offer by submitting and sharing your events.

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Ten Years Since Sept. 11

Tufts is marking the ten-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in a few poignant ways.

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Chefs on the Hill

World-renowned chefs Wolfgang Puck, Daniel Boulud and Dan Barber were on campus May 3 to participate in a panel discussion, moderated by Corby Kummer of The Atlantic.

Dan Barber talking about going into food from a life at Tufts on Twitpic

The discussion touched on their backgrounds, their careers and making names for themselves before social media. Junior Joshua Kapelmen commented via twitter:

This talk with @tuftsculinary is one of the best I’ve been to at Tufts. Puck, Boulud and Barber talking about entrepreneurship and life

Following the discussion, those lucky enough to get tickets enjoyed a brunch in the Coolidge Room of Ballou Hall. Chef Daniel Boulud snapped a few photos at the brunch, including this one of his daughter Alix, a current Tufts undergrad.

If you missed the event, our tweeted recap is right here.

Sponsored by: Experimental College, Tufts Dining Services, Tufts Culinary Society, and Programming Board.

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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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