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Tufts Education Dept now on Twitter

Earlier this month, the Tufts Department of Education joined the ranks of dozens of Tufts tweeters by creating its very own handle: @TuftsEducation. The department, which offers various courses in teaching, has been using its new social media tool to tweet about education-related events happening on campus as well as local and national educational news. Check them out!

 

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A&S Talks (on Twitter)

The school of Arts and Sciences has launched a brand new twitter handle, @TuftsArts. They will be tweeting about all things arts and sciences and so far have tweeted details on student blogs, information about upcoming events, and links to interesting articles. See some of their recent tweets below and make sure to follow them!

 

 

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Studying Abroad in India

Tufts Alumni created a video that offers an inside look at a student studying abroad in New Delhi, India. Maxine Builder, A13, shares photos and videos of her experiences and talks about getting to know a new city and seeing public health initiatives first hand.

The video is part of the “Come Back. Give Back” challenge. Classes 2002 to 2011 have the chance to create a $10,000 scholarship in their class’ name if 50 members of the class make a gift of any size to Tufts.

Check out Maxine’s story:

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Alumni Musician Testifies for Change

Many of you may recall Adam Gardner, front man of the Tufts-born band Guster, from his recent performance at Spring Fling. But the Class of ’95 singer is doing more for music than putting on great shows. On May 8, Gardner spoke at the National Resource Committee Hearing in regards to 1981 amendments to the Lacey Act, demonstrating the value of active citizenship that Tufts promotes. In his speech, Gardner called for harsher punishments to those who partake in illegal logging practices. Specifically, he spoke of rosewood – a material typically used to make guitars. You can learn more about the proposal and the negative effects of illegal logging from the video of Gardner’s speech below:

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Jumbo does the Irish Jig

Tufts alumni recently returned to campus to celebrate their reunions, meet old friends, and revisit campus. The weekend kicked off with the All Class Reunion in Gancher, with the theme “Dance of the Decades.” While alumni reminisced, mingled, and danced, the music changed each hour to represent a different decade. Four student groups also performed - BlackOut, Tufts Ballroom Team, Tufts Irish Dance Team, and Bhangra.

Perhaps the most surprising moment of the evening came when Jumbo joined the Irish Dance Team and performed a “jig” along with the group. In the full Jumbo costume that was no easy feat, I’m sure. Check out the video of “Jumbo’s Jig” below:

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Graduate Student Research Abroad

Tufts’ Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) blog is a wealth of information and advice for students currently enrolled in graduate school. Their most recent pearls of wisdom discuss the topic of going abroad for research. The blog post goes into detail about staying focused on your project, absorbing culture, and reaching out to colleagues and friends who have visited the area before. The post highlights short quotes from other students and professors who have experience with abroad research, such as student Philip Mallon’s, E17, who stressed the importance of time:

For about a week after I arrived, I traveled around the area, settled my housing, and got to know the transit system. Taking the time to become comfortable with the area made a big difference.

You can check out their recent post here.

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Tufts Dental Class of 2012

Even with finals and graduation upon them, the Tufts School of Dental Medicine Class of 2012 still managed to spare some time for a little fun. The (now) recent grads put together a music video set to the tune of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” with  lyrics from the original version replaced by references to graduation and the requirements at the dental school – specifically doing one last “endo,” or root canal. Shot at the dental school, the video includes D12 graduates with a special guest faculty appearance. It’s a fun spoof to wrap up their final moments at Tufts – congratulations Class of 2012!

Check out their video below:

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The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project

The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (NESFP) is a program initiated by the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition in an effort to meet the increasing demand for locally grown food. The farmer training program includes people from all over the world, from Zimbabwe to Cambodia, who are interested in small-scale commercial agriculture. One marketing initiative that is part of NESFP is the World PEAS Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, which helps connect local farmers with a consumer base. The goal is to teach aspiring farmers a lost form of agriculture that has been long overlooked in favor of imports and mass-scale farming. This will permit farmers to meet the new demand for fresh, local fruit and vegetables. You can learn more about the program in the video below.

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The Man Who Made Music

Tufts students Sam Poliquin, A14, and Ben Feuerstein, A14, recently wrote, produced, and directed a short original film called The Man Who Made Music. The story takes place in a world where all songs and artists are poets, and therefore all “lyrics” are simply read out loud over the radio like a poem. A recently fired radio host soon discovers that adding sound to the lyrics yields a new and exciting result – music.

According to Poliquin, the film was a final project for the Ex-College class Making Movies and took approximately four weeks to make. In terms of inspiration, Poliquin wrote;

I took the idea of a world with no music and ran with it, taking more influence from one of my favorite movies, the “Invention of Lying.”  This story is unique because it has a heightened degree of fantasy but nevertheless takes place in a normal setting (Lowell, MA).  I pitched the idea to Ben, who then added his vision of using black and white transitioning into color as music is discovered.  I think this worked brilliantly.  Overall, we had a funky, comical storyline that we knew would stand out from the rest.  Plus, we would be able to shoot it pragmatically in everyday life without any elaborate sets.

Poliquin and Feuerstein found their actors through casting sessions posted on craigslist, got their film equipment from the Experimental College, and edited the footage in Braker’s basement lab.

Check out their terrific short film, The Man Who Made Music:

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Commencement 2012 Online

You may be on campus this Sunday for commencement or you may be cheering on your friends and family from afar. Either way, you can get an inside look at the day by following Tufts Commencement 2012 online. We’d love to have you join the conversation, so check out how you can take part:

  • Twitter: We’ll be live tweeting from @TuftsLive, so follow along from early morning preparation to the procession, the awarding of honorary degrees, and the commencement address. Use the hashtag #Tufts2012 to let us know what you’re up to.
  •  Web: Watch the live streamed ceremony at commencement.tufts.edu, where you will also find the @TuftsLive and #Tufts2012 feeds, so you’ll be sure to not miss a thing.
  • Instagram: We love photos! If you’re on campus, snap some pictures and tag them #Tufts or #Tufts2012. We’ll be capturing some shots too, so be sure to check them out (username: TuftsUniversity)
  • Facebook: We’ve been getting ready for commencement, and will have tons more photos to share just after the ceremony ends.
  • Foursquare: Check into Tufts University Commencement 2012 on Foursquare, include a shout out about graduation, and you’ll earn the Hats Off Badge.

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