Major: Undecided on a Winning Streak!

This year was the Third Annual Boston Funderdome, a sketch comedy competition at Boston University. Five sketch comedy teams from various Boston based colleges and universities competed to see which group would rise above the rest. For the third year in a row, Tufts’ very own Major: Undecided were crowned the champions.

Major: Undecided, Tufts only sketch comedy group, was founded in 2004,when  a small group of freshman were looking to bring laughs to their peers at Tufts. The group creates and performs all originally written sketches. They hold two shows a year at Tufts and have more performances in the Boston and New England areas. Their YouTube channel is full of sketch promos and clips from old shows, if you want to see just how hard they can make you laugh.

Check out what was tweeted about the Funderdome and Major: Undecided’s winning performance:

 

 

 

, , ,

No Comments

The Power of Engineering

Chemical engineering students and faculty at Tufts have the opportunity to join AIChE, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. According to their website, AIChE  is the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, with more than 45,000 members from more than 90 countries.

One of the Institute’s greatest benefits is connecting members to one another and allowing them to participate in conferences around the world. In one of such event, AIChE members discussed the power of engineering in improving our world and our lives.

Ayse Asatekin, assistant professor of chemical engineering at Tufts, took part in the discussion and added to the passionate voices of other chemical engineering students and educators from all over the country.

Watch the video and see Professor Asatekin’s remarks:

, , ,

No Comments

The Innovation Catalog

Tufts student Shriya Nevatia, A14, writes about educational technology and the future of learning in her blog The Innovation Catalog. Shriya looks at everything through the context of her own background as an individual interested in education, mathematics, computer science, philosophy, technology, culture/media and the visual & performing arts. She interacts with a range of issues in the educational field including the affects of race, gender and class.

Here’s an excerpt from a post she wrote entitled “Risk-Taking and Feminism: The Limited Entrepreneurial Education of Girls”:

We need to cultivate a culture that tells girls to take risks just as much as it tells boys to, and reinforces the idea that a failed business or underground activity in their young years will not turn into a scary mark on their permanent record or a trip to juvie. Many of the entrepreneurs that the Western world worships (George Foreman, Walt Disney, Henry Ford, Richard Branson, Simon Cowell to name a few) were rebellious risk-takers in their young years. They were also all male. The women who are prominent entrepreneurs and self-made millionaires/billionaires went through more traditional paths.

 

, , , ,

No Comments

Med Students Dance for a Cause

Students at the Tufts Medical School recently showcased their talent for a cause at their annual Multicultural Performing Arts Show (MPAG). Proceeds of the show went toward the Colleen Romain Scholarship Fund, a scholarship that subsidizes college application fees for underprivileged high school seniors from the Boston Public School System.

The Medical School’s class of 2015 contributed to the effort with a bhangra/bollywood dance that highlights Tufts’s multi-talented students as well as the support and pride they find in this community. Check out their performance:

, , , , ,

No Comments

Fletcher Summer Institute

Applications are now available for the Fletcher Summer Institute for the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict (FSI). This is the only executive education program in the interdisciplinary study of nonviolent conflict, taught by leading scholars and practitioners of strategic nonviolent action and authorities from related fields. This program offers a certificate in the Advanced Study of Nonviolent Conflict that draws upon its multidisciplinary approach to global affairs.

Since the program was founded in 2005, more than 300 individuals from more than 50 different countries have come together during this week-long seminar and shared their experiences. They have learned all about non-violent conflict, which is under-recognized in most history books and contemporary news media, as well as the fact that many hold widespread misconceptions about its use.

Watch the video below to get an overview of what this program encompasses.

For more information, visit the program website.

, , ,

No Comments

ROTC at Tufts

ROTC students are just like everyone else – except for that in addition to normal classwork and activities, they participate in physical training programs and take ROTC classes at MIT.

The first ROTC program at Tufts started in 1941 and about 100 individuals were enrolled. In 1969, as the Vietnam protests sprung up all over campus, faculty voted to ban the ROTC program at Tufts. It was not until 2011 that the ban was lifted and students could have ROTC recognized on their transcripts.

During the last academic year, about 20 Tufts students were participating in the ROTC program. Below is a video of just one ROTC student, Jonathan Bowie. Watch the video below to learn more about what he does in the ROTC program.

For more of the history of ROTC at Tufts, visit this article from the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.

, , ,

No Comments

Tufts Hackathon Success

This past weekend was the first annual Tufts Hackathon. Teams of students gathered to create various programs in only 24 hours.

From the Music Machinery Blog

Two participants, Barbara Duckworth and Jennie Lamere, joined up to create a program that would give its user movie suggestions based on its sound track. Basically, users could put in their favorite artists and the program would suggest a movie that had a soundtrack with similar sounding music. After working hard on their program all night long, Barbara and Jennie received the rookie award which was for the best project by a team with a majority freshman and no upperclassmen.

From the Music Machinery Blog

For more information about their work, visit Barbara’s blog post.

For more information on The Hackathon in general, visit their website.

 

 

, , , ,

1 Comment

Crisis Mapper – Patrick Meier

Patrick Meier, a Ph.D. candidate at The Fletcher School, recently starred in a video inspired by the work of the Standby Volunteer Task Force (SBTF).

SBTF group includes 1000+ digital humanitarians in more than 80 countries around the world. They are responsible for some of the important live crisis mapping operations that support humanitarian and human rights organizations. Crisis mapping involves monitoring use of information communications in conflict and disaster areas in order to improve response.  SBTF is committed to rapid learning and innovation as well as creative uses of technology due to their dedicated volunteers, Mapsters.

Check out this short video about Meier and SBTF that first aired on National Geographic Television Channel.

For more information visit Meier’s blog here.

, , , , , ,

No Comments

Jumbo Noms

Welcome to campus Jumbo Noms! Jumbo Noms is a snack delivery service for those who are bored with the same old vending machine food. The service was started by two seniors who felt frustrated by the lack of late night food options and long delivery times. Their menu has more than 30 items as well as a few special deals, which include pre-arranged snack packs.

You can follow Jumbo Noms on Twitter and friend them on Facebook for more information.

 

 

, , , ,

No Comments

Tufts Does the Harlem Shake

The first Harlem Shake video went viral in early February and since then countless groups – from students to companies to puppies – have remade their own versions of this internet meme. All over Tufts campuses various Tufts students have been contributing to this latest craze.

Check out these two Tufts Harlem Shake videos:

, , , , ,

No Comments