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Homecoming Jackson Jills Style

The silky smooth vocals of popular Cee-Lo song “Forget You” got the Jackson Jills’ treatment at this year’s Homecoming A Cappella Show. The song has gained popularity through it’s kinetic typography video on Youtube, and has began radio airplay on many top 40 stations. Soloist Amanda Garces (A ’11) belts out the lyrics while the rest of the Jills provide the soulful chorus and beats in the background. The piece was arranged by Hannah Shefsky (A ’11).

You can view the Jills rendition of Ingrid Michaelson’s “The Chain,” as well as a five other Homecoming Show videos on their Youtube channel.

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sQ! Brings the Joy of Music to the T

Ever wish that your morning commute was a little less dull? Enter Tufts a cappella sensation sQ! to a crowded MBTA Red Line train, bringing joy to riders (whether they like it or not). The experience was recorded and has been posted on YouTube and UniversalHub. The group did a rendition of summer hit “Ridin’ Solo” by Jason Derulo.

Kristen Ford (E’ 13) provided her pipes as the soloist in this arrangement. In January, the group’s arrangement of “That’s What you Get” by Paramore was selected to be one of 20 groups to be featured on the Best of College A Cappella (BOCA) 2010.  The album also features selections from the Jackson Jills and the Beelzebubs.

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Animation for Outreach and Education

The Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) has been developing teaching tools for students eager to learn about different aspects of engineering. One of it’s most popular pieces of software is used for creating stop-animation movies. The program is called SAM and allows users to create movies frame by frame using a webcam or imported pictures. Alex Chan (E ’13) and Tim Martin (E ’13) created a sample video that explains how an acoustic guitar works.

The SAM software was developed about 7 years ago when director of the CEEO Chris Roger’s eldest son asked if he could do a movie instead of a paper book report. Roger’s developed a prototype in LabView, and after careful user testing and refinements, the product is now available online. It has been presented throughout the world, and a gallery of student submitted animations is available to view.

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Silk Ukulele

Three students in the Kaplan Lab of the Biomedical Engineering department submitted a short video for the lab’s summer competition:

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What Makes a Good Scientist?

Assistant Professor Joshua Kritzer from the Chemistry Department and his graduate and undergraduate research students recently addressed the question “What makes a good scientist?”

The video offers surprising answers that veer away from our assumptions about a typical science student. Hayley Marcus, an undergraduate researcher, says:

“It’s not just being good at it, and doing well in those classes. It’s really enjoying what you’re learning, and realizing you can apply it in so many ways; and getting excited in class, when you make connections [between] things you learn and things you already knew about; or, you are just out everyday, and you realize you can explain why something is happening the way it’s happening. It’s just a passion and a love and an excitement for it that – once I realized I really had that – made me want to pursue a career in the sciences.”

In the video, Professor Kritzer offered advice to students considering a career in the sciences. He cited a “core desire” to explore and investigate one particular system or phenomenon, as a strong indicator of having the temperament of a scientist. He also mentioned creativity, imagination, and willingness to guess, and to test guesses, as important qualities of a successful scientist.

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