Tufts University Photography

Men’s Lacrosse – Tourney Time
May 18, 2011, 6:37 pm
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On a wet, rainy afternoon, the defending NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse national champion Jumbos started the second round of their title defense in this season’s tournament. For most the game, Tufts seemed to be in control, building a 6-goal lead at one point. But, Cortland State made things interesting, closing the lead to within 1 goal by the closing seconds. The Jumbos held on for the win, though, with goaltender Patton Watkins pulling in a save with 3 second left on the clock to advance Tufts to the semifinals.

Here’s a gallery of some of the action from today’s win. Expand it and see it big!

Dental Dancing
May 4, 2011, 9:29 am
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When it comes to event photography, of which we get our fair share of here in Tufts Photo, I always try to get something different or unexpected — make a picture that doesn’t necessarily fit into the mold of people mingling. Some situations make it easier to accomplish than others. And sometimes, they just serve up the opportunities to you on a silver platter.

Take the Tufts School of Dental Medicine’s reunion dinners this past weekend. In between the standard photos of giant checks being passed, people mingling, drinking cocktails and wine, and eating dinner, the venue opened the the dance floor. There weren’t a whole lot of people taking advantage of the space, but the few who did jumped right in with gusto. I took the opportunity to set up a remote-triggered strobe off camera to make some pictures of these fine dental alumni.

Bet you didn’t think your dentist could move like this!

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Holy Holi!
April 15, 2011, 4:16 pm
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Within seconds, 150 or so students dressed in white were covered in brightly colored powder. These students were celebrating the Hindu spring festival of Holi, hosted by Tufts’ Hindu Students Council. Leading up to the celebration, everyone waited on the Residential Quad for the leaders of the HSC to distribute the powder.

Students threw colored powder at each other and smeared it all over their faces. Eventually, the entire crowd was dancing to the blaring Indian music. Smiles blended into the reds, yellows, purples, and greens. People laughed and danced for an hour after they ran out of powder. A conga line even formed.

For the rest of the day, I saw unwashed faces in the dining rooms, dorms, and even the library — It’s like no one wanted it to end. Holi stirred up the spring spirit in us and marked the beginning of the final stretch to summer.

Mountain Men
April 6, 2011, 11:44 am
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I recently had the opportunity to tag along with two students who are currently teaching an ExCollege class on mountaineering. These two guys, Nick Levin (A11) and Ryan Stolp (A11), are experienced mountaineers and outdoorsmen, and are spending their final semester at Tufts sharing that knowledge with anyone who wants to soak it in. The class covers the basics and history of climbing, as well as a slew of other skills that you’d need to know if you wanted to stay alive in the outdoors.

Check out the full writeup from Georgiana Cohen on TuftsNow.

Here’s an extended take from the two classes I sat in on.

Playing in the Rain
April 6, 2011, 11:26 am
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A colleague of mine who shoots for Sports Illustrated often repeats a line whenever he presents at speaking engagements: “Bad weather makes for great photographs.”

So with that in mind, I headed on down to Bello Field yesterday in the pouring rain to shoot the women’s lacrosse team as they went on to pound Babson in their second home game of the season. The game was pretty lopsided, with the Jumbos going up 9-0 at one point in the first half.

Here are a few photos from the game:

Parents Tour Tufts University School of Medicine
March 29, 2011, 12:30 pm
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On Friday, March 11, a group of parents had the opportunity to meet with Tufts University School of Medicine faculty members and students for a tour of some of the school’s facilities on the Boston campus. After a morning of presentations and discussions with faculty members, the parents toured some of the places where their kids and other Tufts medical students receive their hands-on experience.

They heard about the current research on disorders of the nervous system by neuroscience professor, Stephen Moss, saw the laboratory work spaces of some faculty members and post-graduate students, and even saw a first year student’s cadaver in the anatomy lab at the Biomedical Research & Public Health Building. Then they trekked down to 35 Kneeland Street to check out the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center and see demonstrations of simulation equipment.

Here are some of the highlights.

Great Matchups
March 17, 2011, 1:44 pm
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For all the hard work that Tufts School of Medicine students do, it all leads to today — Match Day, where they’ll find out where they’ll be spending their residencies as working doctors. It was an afternoon filled with a lot of emotion, elation, and occasionally tears.

This particular Match Day was of particular significance, as it marked President Larry Bacow’s final go-around as he leaves his post at the end of the school year. The School of Medicine bid him farewell in the form of a match letter of his own, sending him on his way to “Vacation in Hawaii.” Not a bad way to spend a “residency,” if you ask me.

Here’s some photos from the event.

For more info on Match Day, head on over to Tufts Now.

Folk Grammy winners, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, performed at Tufts
February 14, 2011, 1:46 pm
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Did you watch the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards last night? Were you surprised by the winners? Well, if you only paid attention to the major awards that were televised, then you probably didn’t see that the Carolina Chocolate Drops were awarded a gilded gramophone for their album, “Genuine Negro Jig,” in the Best Traditional Folk Album category. This black string band trio from North Carolina performed in the Distler Auditorium at the Granoff Music Center at the beginning of last semester on September 14, 2010. Tufts staff photographer Alonso Nichols was there to capture the action as band members Rhiannon Giddens, Dom Flemons and Justin Robinson took turns singing and fiddling, playing banjos, jugs, and other traditional instruments, and even showing off a jig or two. Here’s a look back at the new Grammy winners’ show.

Men’s Basketball vs. Gordon
February 10, 2011, 9:59 pm
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It was a good night for the Jumbos at Cousens Gymnasium last night as they cruised to a 69-47 non-conference win over Gordon. Forward Alex Orchowski was all over the place, as you’ll see from some of the photos, recording his fourth double-double of the season.

Among other anecdotes, courtesy of Tufts Athletics, this win brings Tufts to 13-12 on the season — their best win total in four seasons.

Only one game left in the regular season, when Tufts takes on Bates at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Cool Kids
January 31, 2011, 5:06 pm
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Earlier today, we heard rumors about various igloos that seem to have popped up around campus over the weekend. Not content to just rely on the twitpics floating around the Internets, I took a little walk up the hill to check things out for myself. That’s when I ran into engineering student Chris Barry and his buddies as they were chilling — literally — in the igloo he started building last Thursday night. With more snow in the forecast, they were doing what they could so shore things up inside for the extra weight on the way.

Chris, being a chemical engineer, started to talk to me about the physics behind fluid dynamics and the science at work behind the snow in the igloo… but yeah, that was pretty much lost on me after the first five seconds. All I know is that it stands up, it’s pretty big and it’s surprisingly warm inside!