Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Interview with Director of the Tufts MPH Program

Anthony Schlaff, the director of the Tufts Masters of Public Health program (MPH), is working to help Tufts students build advocacy skills. In an interview conducted by the Community Health Advocates at Tufts, Dr. Schlaff describes the skills most valuable in advocacy:

Doggedness – like I describe above. A willingness to do the research on both the content and the political process. Ability to be “personally political.” To be able to create relationships and engage with people as they expect to be engaged and in a way that allows for finding commonalities.

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Student + Mom

Anne Bentley, Tufts doctoral student of Developmental Psychology, is the author of a blog, Student + Mom. An excerpt from her bio, written in the form of “Directions to Where I Am,” reads:

Major in English. Ask questions. Fall in like with a series of boys whose mothers adore you. Learn that this is not necessarily the key to romantic success. Meet up with a bass player who’s just a friend (there’s something about those musicians…). Move to England. Take up running. See Princess Diana four times and Prince Charles once. Exchange increasingly love-filled letters and tapes with the bass player.

Move back, marry bass player + put him through law school. Move from Salt Lake City to Boston to Washington, DC, to Boston. Have three babies. Be amazed at the depth of mama love. Cut sandwiches, hold hands, answer questions. Ask questions & follow where they lead. Be cherished. Move forward. Go to grad school. Embrace it all. Start a blog. Write this. You’re here.

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Tufts Occupational Therapy Students Enter AOTA Video Contest

Occupational therapy students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences have entered The American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) video contest.

Clips from the top three entries will be shown at the opening Ceremony of AOTA’s Annual Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, and will be published on AOTA’s Web site. In this clip, Tufts students sing a modified rendition of “Summer Nights” from Grease:

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Tufts Alum on Writing Murder Mysteries

In a recent blog post featured on a Barnes and Noble blog, award-winning author and education graduate alumna Katherine Hall Page, G74, shares why she pens murder mysteries:

It’s a conversation grabber-and sometimes stopper. “I write murder mysteries.”-the answer to the polite, “What do you do?” What follows has ranged from a perceptible move away to comments like, “You don’t look like you write about murder”-(and that would be what kind of face?)-and an enormous number of suggestions for killing without a trace, which continues to give me pause.”

Body in the Sleigh, Page’s 19th published book, is currently available for sale in bookstores.

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Classroom Conversation

Peter Rodrigues A00, G02 writes about education and educational leadership on his blog, Classroom Conversation. He recently blogged about Tufts’ Urban Teacher Training Collaborative (UTTC).

Here is one of the reasons Rodrigues believes the UTTC is a positive student teaching model:

Collaboration between university and school. This is more than just words. College seminars are taught at the school setting, and Tufts professors teach alongside school faculty during many of these seminar classes. The schools’ needs and the university’s mission are met through teamwork.

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Flannery Brothers Benefit Concert

The Flannery Brothers, a children’s music group, will be performing a benefit concert Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. in Cohen Auditorium to benefit the Tufts Educational Day Care Center (TEDCC). Band member Dan Flannery (A’13) is a graduate teaching assistant at the TEDCC and a master’s student in the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Development.

The event description reads:

The Flannery Brothers are known for their engaging, refreshing, easy-going, “jam session in our living room” style. With influences ranging from Jonathan Richman and The Beach Boys to Harry Nilsson and the Muppets, the band is dedicated to creating musical experiences that are honest, organic, fun, and respectful of kids and their families.

Here’s a YouTube video of the group performing:

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Tufts Museum Studies

The Tufts Museum Studies program has a blog with the goals of connecting the members of the museum studies community on campus, promoting thoughtful discourse about museums and collecting museum information from around the world. Recent posts have focused on professional organizations in the museum world.

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Ticket to Walk/Ride

The Green Streets Initiative blogged about how four Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy graduate students — Jaclyn DeVore, Emily Earle, Alex Krogh-Grabbe and Danilo Morales — will be helping them over the course of the spring semester for their field project seminar:

Working with professors Rusty Russell, Ph.D., and Rachel Brandt, Ph.D., as well as the Green Streets and Somerville’s Shape Up Somerville staff, the students have come up with a proposal for a Green Streets field project.

During the spring semester, Devore, Earle, Krogh-Grabbe, and Morales will be looking at regionalizing Walk/Ride Days in the Boston region. They will create a marketing and PR plan and other tools, based on research they will conduct.

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365 Days of LaForce

Painter Heather LaForce, a graduate student in the dual degree program with Tufts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, is running a day video blog called “365 Days of LaForce.” She blogs:

365 Days of LaForce aspires to highlight the textures of daily life in ten minutes or less. Viewers can expect to observe my creative process as it unfolds, behavior that might be considered bizarre or unusual, but nonetheless silly or humorous and be exposed to a very enthusiastic attitude! I promise to provide material that is colorful and uplifting to the best of my abilities!

Watch the first video in the project below and view the rest on LaForce’s YouTube channel.

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Capturing Change at Tufts

501c3: Capturing Change on Camera is a project started by the organizers of the Child & Family WebGuide, a free resource for child development research, information, and advice, to showcase some of the lesser known non-profit groups that focus on both family and children.

The project is currently running a video contest, where anyone can submit one to five minute videos about a local non-profit group that focuses on children or family. Information about the contest can be found at their website, including the prizes for winning entries: $1500 cash to both the entrant and organization featured for a first prize video from a participant over 18 years old. The site also provides resources for filmmaking tips and public domain music to use in the video.

The contest runs until December 15th, and winners will be announced February 15th. Follow project updates on Twitter.

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