AT Fellows Begin Podcast Series

Tufts’ AT Fellows recently launched a podcast series as part of their effort to assist the Tufts community with technological solutions for achieving faculty’s educational and research goals. Their blog discusses everything from social media sites like Twitter to search engines like Google. You can listen to their first podcast, which covers an introduction to their program and blog, or subscribe to the series, by signing into Tufts Spark and visiting their podcast page.

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Sam Sommers Theme Song at TEDxSomerville

Sam Sommers appeared as one of the speakers this past week at TEDxSomerville, a nonprofit dedicated to the spread of new and riveting ideas, and had the pleasure of being accompanied by his very own theme song.  Performers from Do Not Forsake My Darling, which includes Tufts librarian Sophia Cacciola, were hired to be the house band for TEDxSomerville, and created mini theme songs for each of the speakers.

The lyrics to his song reflect the theme of Sam Sommer’s book Situations Matter: Understanding How Context Transforms your World:

Hang around with the right crowd
Hang around in the right town
You are what you eat, you are who you meet
says Sam Sommers, context is everything
says Sam Sommers, context is everything

You can listen to Sam Sommer’s demo of the talk below.

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Farewell Flashmob!

Nothing says farewell like a well-organized flashmob performance by your co-workers. Brian Lee, the Senior Vice President for University Advancement left Tufts after 25 years with the university. This crowd of his friends and colleagues, organized by Alumna and current University Advancement member Kristin Livingston, A05, gave him a send-off to remember, with a customized and conducted rendition of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

“Too late, your time has come,
Stole away our great VP, his multitasking can’t be beat
Goodbye, ev’rybody, he’s got to go,
Gotta leave Jumbo behind for Beaver teeth
Briaaaaaan oooh,
It’s been an A+ time,
We sometimes wish the campaign didn’t end at all.”

Check out the whole flashmob performance and Brian’s reaction in this video!

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EPIIC on the Web

The 2011-2012 EPIIC symposium, a four day event that took place from February 22 to 26,  was comprised of lectures and panels discussing various aspects of this year’s subject, “Conflict in the 21st Century,” and was put on by the Tufts Institute of Global Leadership. While tickets to the full symposium could run up to $75 a pop (the price was largely discounted for Tufts students and alums), the IGL made it possible to stay in the know no matter where you were, both during and after the symposium. You can scroll back on their twitter account to check out great EPIIC quotes or see their Flickr albums for photos of the many events and speakers.

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Traveling the World While on the Phone

You never know where in the world Peter Levine might be when you’re on the phone with him. The director of The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) has an office in Tisch College on the Medford Campus, but he has recently found himself wandering the streets of faraway countries.

How? In an effort to not distract himself with email or other tasks during a call, he has turned to Google Streetview. He shares his recent discovery on his blog.

Activities that fill enough of my brain that I am not tempted by distractions like email. My latest habit is to zoom to some exotic place on the Google world map, open the Streetview function, and go walking or driving along.

The rest of his blog regularly features items on youth engagement and civic renewal.

CIRCLE and Peter Levine can be found on Twitter @CivicYouth, @PeterLevine and at

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Jumbos at Noontime

The Noontime Sports blog recently checked in with the Jumbo men’s and women’s basketball teams, interviewing head coaches Bob Sheldon and Carla Berube.

They also posted a video interview with Jumbos seniors Tiffany Kornegay and Kate Barnosky talking about their 13th win of the season against Wheaton College on Jan. 16.

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Tufts Institute of the Environment

If you care about the environment and want to do graduate work in the subject area, look no further! Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE), which emphasizes the importance of sustainability and environmental research and awareness through interdisciplinary initiatives, has two exciting opportunities for post-grads.

The TIE Graduate Fellows program allows Tufts graduate students of any discipline to add an environmental component to his or her research. From biology to works of literature, Tufts students have found unique ways to delve into the natural world. Take a look:

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On a different note, TIE Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute (TELI) brings faculty, staff and graduates together for a week-long workshop every year to increase environmental literacy.  Here’s more about this year’s program and what it accomplished:

Be sure to like TIE on Facebook and to check out some cool photos!

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Executive Skillz

At the Inauguration dinner in Dewick-Macphie Dining Hall on Oct. 22, President Anthony Monaco grabbed a bucket and sat in with Tufts B.E.A.T.S. And there’s video to prove it. Check out his wicked solo at 1:32.

As President Monaco tweeted the next day, “Thank you for letting me play with you. It was the highlight of Inauguration week!”

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Post-Homecoming: Tufts Football

This past weekend, our Jumbos faced the Trinity College Bantams and the Williams College Ephs! Before heading to the fields,  Coach Jay Civetti discussed the team both post-practice and at the New England Football Writers luncheon:

Show your support post-homecoming by following Tufts Football on Twitter and friending them on Facebook. GO JUMBOS!

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Meet the Interns

The Fletcher School and Tufts’s own LGBT Center have Jumbo love for their interns this fall!

In a series of blog posts, Fletcher School admissions highlights their three interns and welcomes them to the office. One of their Interns, Katie, is a Lebanese Egyptian from Cairo interested in Human Security and NGO & Public Management. She’s extremely excited to be here and said,

Despite being far from Egypt, I felt at home at Fletcher right away. Between the exciting stories my fellow Fletcherians tell, and the numerous courses to choose from, I feel like a kid in a candy shop!

The LGBT Center chose to show their love through a video introducing seven undergraduate and graduate interns as well as two graduate staff assistants and the center director, Tom Bourdon. In the video, the entire staff return the love to their home away from home:

Video filmed, edited, and produced by George Murphy, A14.

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