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Why We Need An Easi-Scan Song

A group of Tufts University veterinary students entered the BCF Technology University Contest to win an Easi-Scan ultrasound system. To enter the contest, the students had to send in a group photo, article and video of why they deserve the system for their program. This group of Tufts students from the Student Livestock Organization  were chosen to be one of the final eight schools in the competition.

The Student Livestock Organization is a group dedicated to helping students gain experience working with various types of livestock. Among other activities, this past year they sponsored a poultry-handling lab on campus, a full day of hoof trimming at a local sheep farm, and an AI certification lab. They also organize several practical labs each year and monthly rounds with their ambulatory vets.

Watch their video below and vote for Tufts here.

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A Resurrection

Check out Tufts alumnus Nick Jandl, A07, in the recently released movie A Resurrection! Prior to this film, Jandl had played a variety of roles in well-known television shows and movies, including The Green Lantern,  Hot in Cleveland and Law&Order:LA.  

A Resurrection opened in select theaters on March 22. It is a horror/suspense film that tells the story of a young boy who believes his recently deceased older brother has come back to life.

Watch the trailer below to see fellow Jumbo Nick Jandl in action:

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Northeast Region Culinary Challenge

On March 12, Tufts’ own Chef Justin Lizotte competed in the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) Northeast Region Culinary Challenge. The winner of the competition would then proceed to the 2013 NACUFS National Conference in Minneapolis on July 11. The featured item at the Northeast Challenge was a whole duck, which had to be incorporated into each competitor’s dish.

Although Cyril Ortigosa-Liaz of Yale University was the winner of this year’s challenge, Chef Lizotte still made an amazing dish: Duck 2 Ways, poached breast and pomegranate glazed.

Cornell Dining live-tweeted the event – check out the photos below to see Chef Lizotte in action.

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What Do Students Learn in Mobile Health Design?

Mobile Health Design is an online course offered by the Tufts School of Medicine. Taught by Assistant Professor Lisa Gualtieri, the course explores the role of mobile devices in consumer health at both national and global levels.

Some of the topics included in this course are trends in use of mobile devices, how design incorporates mobility and input/out capabilities of mobile devices, the role of big data and predictive analytics in public health, how and why consumers find and use health apps,  and techniques for creating, maintaining and overseeing the use of health apps. This five week course is conducted through a mix of lecture, discussion and skill-based exercises. The program culminates in the actual creation of a health app by the students for a real organization.

To learn what some students have done for their final projects, check out this YouTube channel and watch below as Meghan Hamrock, N13, shares details on her final project about medical adherence and the app version for patients:

 

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Magic Man Climbs the Charts

Tufts graduate and musician, Alex Caplow, A12, is reaping the fruits of his labor with the release of  Magic Man‘s new single, “Paris.”

This single is quickly captivating music lovers everywhere and has even proven its worth on Hype Machine, a music discovery site that compiles the songs music bloggers write about into feeds and playlists. One of their playlists, “Popular Now ranks the top tracks on the site based on how many likes each song received. According to the Last.fm blog, Magic Man reached the coveted #2 spot on the “Popular Now” list with more than 1,640 listens and 1,260 likes in less then a week.

Magic Man began as Caplow and his friend’s side project while at Tufts and has since grown into a 5-piece group. Like what you hear? You can download the single here and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Daylight Saving Time

This past weekend was Daylight Saving Time, when most people in the U.S. set their clocks an hour forward. CBS reported on this event and noted that some find Daylight Saving’s useful while others find it to be quite frustrating.

Tufts faculty member Michael Downing, the author of Spring Forward, a book all about Daylight Saving Time, explained the origin:

Daylight saving was originally meant to save electricity with lighting at homes.

He also remarked about some long standing Daylight Saving Time errors that have occurred. For example, what happened after Russia sprung forward for the first time in 1928:

When October came, the Russians forgot to fall back. It wasn’t until 1985 that an AP reporter stumbled onto the fact that the clocks were all wrong in Russia.

For more facts and insights from Downing, watch the rest of the CBS report here.

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Recyclemania Feels So Good

This year marks the eighth year Tufts Recycles has participated in RecycleMania, an eight week long competition among colleges and universities to see who can reduce their waste the most. This year, the Tufts Eco-Reps have stepped their game up with a catchy recycle-themed parody.

Check it out below and remember: you can recycle your daily Tufts Daily, plastic take out containers, paper cups and their plastic lids, juice and cardboard boxes, yogurt containers and more!

RecycleMania at Tufts from Arshiya Goel on Vimeo.

For more information on participating in Recyclemania, check out Tufts Recycles’ Facebook event and their tips for winning the competition.

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Major: Undecided on a Winning Streak!

This year was the Third Annual Boston Funderdome, a sketch comedy competition at Boston University. Five sketch comedy teams from various Boston based colleges and universities competed to see which group would rise above the rest. For the third year in a row, Tufts’ very own Major: Undecided were crowned the champions.

Major: Undecided, Tufts only sketch comedy group, was founded in 2004,when  a small group of freshman were looking to bring laughs to their peers at Tufts. The group creates and performs all originally written sketches. They hold two shows a year at Tufts and have more performances in the Boston and New England areas. Their YouTube channel is full of sketch promos and clips from old shows, if you want to see just how hard they can make you laugh.

Check out what was tweeted about the Funderdome and Major: Undecided’s winning performance:

 

 

 

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The Power of Engineering

Chemical engineering students and faculty at Tufts have the opportunity to join AIChE, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. According to their website, AIChE  is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 45,000 members from more than 90 countries.

One of the Institute’s greatest benefits is connecting members to one another and allowing them to participate in conferences around the world. In one of such event, AIChE members discussed the power of engineering in improving our world and our lives.

Ayse Asatekin, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Tufts, took part in the discussion and added to the passionate voices of other chemical engineering students and educators from all over the country.

Watch the video and see Professor Asatekin’s remarks:

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The Innovation Catalog

Tufts student Shriya Nevatia, A14, writes about educational technology and the future of learning in her blog The Innovation Catalog. Shriya looks at everything through the context of her own background as an individual interested in education, mathematics, computer science, philosophy, technology, culture/media and the visual & performing arts. She interacts with a range of issues in the educational field including the affects of race, gender and class.

Here’s an excerpt from a post she wrote entitled “Risk-Taking and Feminism: The Limited Entrepreneurial Education of Girls”:

We need to cultivate a culture that tells girls to take risks just as much as it tells boys to, and reinforces the idea that a failed business or underground activity in their young years will not turn into a scary mark on their permanent record or a trip to juvie. Many of the entrepreneurs that the Western world worships (George Foreman, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Richard Branson, Simon Cowell to name a few) were rebellious risk-takers in their young years. They were also all male. The women who are prominent entrepreneurs and self-made millionaires/billionaires went through more traditional paths.

 

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