Too Many Notes With Deke Sharon

Onstage & Backstage, a blog from the Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, published a Q&A with Tufts alumnus and former Beelzebub Deke Sharon, A91, about his love for and career in a cappella music.

Sharon talked about what drew him to a cappella:

[The beelzebubs] came and sang at my high school and it just changed my life. I was like ‘what is this? This is the greatest thing in the world!’ Up on stage there was all this energy, all these sounds, layers of voices.

He also spoke about the most rewarding aspect of writing a cappella music:

It gets really exciting and interesting because while a voice can only make one sound at a time, it’s actually able to create a wider range of sounds than any instrument and it’s also able to span musical styles in a way that instruments really can’t.

Recently, Sharon co-authored the book A Cappella Arranging, which is essentially a textbook for a cappella writing for every vocal arranger whether amateur or professional.

Check out the video below of Sharon as he gives his opinions on a cappella dos and don’ts:

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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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The Old Guy Project

The Old Guy Project is an Independent Film Production course through the drama department taught by Professor Jennifer Burton. Only 10 students were allowed into this advanced film making class where they actually become part of a production team. The students will gain real-life experience for executing strategies for successful producing, including budgeting, fundraising, contracts, copyrighting, casting, scheduling, location scouting, shooting, editing, marketing and distribution.

One of the 10 students in the class, Sam Plasmati, A13, says:

We’re getting first hand experience in film production. We’ve spent the semester so far preparing for filming  - doing PR, location scouting, dealing with equipment, casting. We just had our first shoot at the Tufts Campus and nearby locations in Medford and Somerville and it was a huge success. We students had an active role in all aspects of the  shoot – helping produce, helping with sounds, helping film.

“Old Guy” is intended as a comedic look at how aging is represented in the media.This project is a collaboration between Tufts University and the LA-based production company that Professor Burton co-owns, Five Sisters Productions. The goal is to create a web-series which is roughly based on the experiences of Burton’s father, a professor turned actor at age 75, working in the entertainment industry.

For a behind-the-scenes look at what Professor Burton, Sam and the other students are doing, take a look at their Twitter account and follow them for more updates. And be on the lookout for the release of “Old Guy”!

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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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GlobeMed at Tufts University

GlobeMed at Tufts is a group dedicated to building a movement of people who believe in health and justice for all. They partner with Nyaya Health,  a U.S. non-profit that works to provide free healthcare to the people of Achham, Nepal.

In 2012, Nyaya Health treated more than 30,000 patients as they began to implement a sustainable healthcare system in the region. Tufts GlobeMed is proud to be  a partner of this dynamic organization.

Check out GlobeMed’s new promo video:

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