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Summer Institute: Digital Strategies for Health Communication

This summer, the Tufts School of Medicine will be facilitating its fifth Institute on Digital Strategies for Health Communication. The week-long course aims to educate participants about connecting with patients through digital technology, including the web, social media, and mobile apps.

Tufts faculty and guest lecturers will help students define cutting-edge tech strategies, evaluate relevant case studies, and understand materials from Consumer Reports, ABC Health News, and other sources. In the video below, you’ll hear from Robyn Alie, from the public health department at the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), and Frank Fortin, chief digital strategist and communications director for the MMS.

Students at the summer institute will work on a case study of MMS’s digital influence, and Alie and Fortin are excited to see what the Tufts community has to say. Check out the video below for more information:

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Tufts Climate Justice

“Telling the Climate Justice Story,” a class that bills itself as “revolutionary,” will be offered for the first time this spring. The team-taught, interdisciplinary course in the departments of Environmental Studies and Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, will focus on the complex issues surrounding climate change, and the political, social, economic, and scientific challenges it poses. Students will participate in model negotiations, and will be asked to use cutting-edge media to convey climate justice narratives.

For an introduction to the course, watch the video below:

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Team “Tufts of Hair” Does Movember in Style

Mid-November signals the start of frantic preparations for Thanksgiving, dramatic drops in temperature, and the return of those beloved red cups at Starbucks. But it also signals a sudden spike in mustaches–and other fanciful facial hair creations–throughout the country: it’s Movember, the annual phenomenon that encourages men to grow mustaches while raising money for men’s health issues, including prostate cancer.

A team of graduate students at Tufts’ Gordon Institute have risen to the challenge and are encouraging others to support their team. The “Tufts of Hair” team features 15 members, including Tufts Professor James Nash, and has been racking up donations throughout the month. Be sure to visit their page for more information, and enjoy this photo of the mustache-clad students below:

 

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Kim Wilson: Cashless Conversations

Professor Kim Wilson, a lecturer at The Fletcher School and fellow at the Feinstein International Center, will be one of the featured panelists during MasterCard’s Cashless Conversations event, “What Does Financial Inclusion Mean to You?” on November 13.

MasterCard’s mission is to unite leaders and experts who can share insights into the benefits of a cashless society. Wilson’s academic and research interests concern how we can best use business to help marginalized women and families. At the event, she will discuss how to best help those on the margins of financial development enter–and thrive in–a world with better financial options.

In this clip, Wilson introduces her conversation topic and expresses enthusiasm for the upcoming event:

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New Faculty: Pedro Angel Palou

Somewhere between the rush of orientation and the hurried pace of September, we forget to welcome the fabulous faculty members who are new to the Tufts community. In this video from the Tufts Daily, you’ll meet Pedro Angel Palou, a new professor in the Romance Languages Department who specializes in Spanish Literary Theory. This video is the first in the Daily’s new series called “New Faculty on the Block.”

This semester, Pedro Angel Palou is teaching a class on Latin American literature, as well as an advanced course comparing 20th century films and novels from Mexico. Meet Professor Palou in the interview below:

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Our Private Lives

Tufts Department of Drama and Dance debuted it’s production of “Our Private Lives” on October 18. The play, a black comedy from Colombia, is making its North American premiere in English at Tufts. The production features a small cast, and touches on issues surrounding a deeply dysfunctional family.

Check out the Tufts Daily video below for interviews with Director Laurence Senelick, as well as with cast members Ryan Willison, A13, and Edward Rosini, A16.

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Engineers Make Music

Students in Professor Chris Rogers’ Introduction to Robotics class are having some fun in the classroom! Rogers, who works at the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), is working with students to make musical instruments out of LEGO NXT equipment. This is LEGO engineering technology at its finest  and it produces some impressive digital music, too!

Watch the video below, and learn more about LEGO NXT technology here:

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Friedman’s Urban Garden

Tufts’ Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy is located in the heart of downtown Boston, but its urban location hasn’t deterred a handful of ambitious students from starting an outdoor garden.

The Friedman Garden was started in 2009, and Friedman students, staff, faculty, and community members alike are invited to help cultivate organic produce year round. All food grown in the garden is available for students to enjoy and oftentimes the fresh produce will be served at school-wide functions or potlucks. Student volunteers also help run educational after-school programs with the nearby Quincy School.

Check out these photos from The Friedman Sprout, the school’s student-run newspaper:

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Bauer Featured in WGBH Interview

Nancy Bauer, Tufts’ Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences, was recently quoted in a story about women in the upcoming elections that aired on WGBH. In addition to her role as a Dean, Bauer is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, where she has focused much of her teaching and research efforts on the intersection of philosophy and feminist ideals. She frequently teaches a course on Feminist Philosophy for undergraduates, and published a book on Simone de Beauvoir and Feminism in 2001.

The WGBH piece, entitled “Before the US Senate Debate: Tactics and Threats,” featured quotes from Bauer about the nature of women in politics and the double standards they face. She explained: “Men have a literal uniform that they can wear no matter what their profession is. However, women have no such uniform to wear when they are not literally wearing a uniform required for a job. So anything women wear seems to say something about who they are, what they value, what kind of person they are, and there’s just no way around it.”

Listen to the full interview here:

http://www.wgbhnews.org/post/us-senate-debate-tactics-and-threats

 

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White Coat Ceremony

On September 15, incoming students at the Tufts University School of Medicine participated in the school’s annual White Coat Ceremony. The event, which took place at the Cutler Majestic Theater in Boston, has served as a rite of passage for incoming students since 1997.

Each student received his/her white coat from University President Anthony Monaco and the group recited the Hippocratic Oath, swearing to practice medicine responsibly and ethically, in unison. The Tufts Alumni – School of Medicine posted these photos and more to an album on their Facebook Page. Check them out!

 

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