Meet The Bloggers!

Audrey Balaska, Mechanical Engineering: Human-Robot Interaction Ph.D. Candidate

Audrey is a second-year student in the mechanical engineering and human-robot interaction joint-Ph.D. program.  Before coming to Tufts, she attended the University of New Hampshire, where she received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.  Her research interests include dynamics, control systems, robotics, and human factors, particularly when they are applied to assistive technology applications.  When not at Tufts, Audrey likes to go ballroom dancing and play her cello (which is named Charlie). 

Abigail Epplett, Museum Education M.A. Candidate

Abigail Epplett is a second year MA candidate in Museum Studies / Education after transferring from the Certificate program. She graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College (MA) as a member of Phi Beta Kappa in 2018 with a double major in Honors Creative Writing & English Literature and Creative Industries, a self-created independent major combining graphic design, business, and web design.

She also minored in Music Theory & Composition, along with being a three-season, multiple time Academic All-American athlete in Cross Country and Track & Field, a violinist in Great Woods Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the Wheaton College World Music Ensemble.

Currently, Abigail works as the office coordinator of a local church. She recently completed a summer practicum with Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc., a nonprofit affiliated with the National Park Service, where she is an avid volunteer. In her spare time, Abigail loves to read any genre of literature, design original characters, cook allergen-free meals, research her current interests, rollerblade and bicycle on the Blackstone River Greenway, and write both factual articles and fictional stories.

Ece Gulsan, Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Candidate

Ece, an avid traveler and scuba diver, has been to 28 countries, more than 100 cities, and is still counting. She is a part-time yoga instructor and a full-time Chemical Engineering Ph.D. student at Tufts. Her research interests are based on metabolic engineering, and she is working to identify how particular diets and lifestyles impact metabolic and hormonal activities. Outside of the lab, she wanders the streets with her camera, goes for long hikes, tries out new restaurants, and practices a lot of yoga! Currently, Ece is learning Italian and keeping a wine diary, while experimenting in the kitchen and remaining faithful to her healthy lifestyle as much as possible.

Olivia Hobert, Child Study and Human Development M.A. Candidate

Olivia is from Framingham, Massachusetts and earned her B.A. in Psychology and Education from Mount Holyoke College in October 2019. After earning her Bachelor’s, Olivia worked as a preschool teacher at a local daycare and her passion for working with young children sparked. She is currently a first year Master’s student in the Child Study and Human Development program at Tufts. Olivia hopes to eventually earn her Ph.D. as well and become a child psychologist working at schools in the future. In her free time, Olivia loves writing short stories and poetry, and spending time at her beach house on the Cape. 

Lennon Wolcott, M.F.A 2017

Lennon Michelle Wolcott (Hernandez), is a Michigander and an interdisciplinary artist responding to the topics of decolonization and the rebuilding of culture after loss through sculpture, printmaking, papermaking, and performance. Lennon received her Studio Art Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and her M.F.A. from the SMFA at Tufts in 2017 where she is currently an Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions.

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