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  • Introducing the candidates | Inclusiveness is component of Robert Joseph’s agenda

    Robert Joseph, a junior, is running for Tufts Community Union (TCU) president on a platform of reform and inclusiveness, seeking to refine the campus sexual misconduct policy and increase student access to public transportation. Joseph, who has been a senator since the fall of his freshman year, served as TCU Parliamentarian as a sophomore, handling issues pertaining to the TCU Constitution and bylaws.

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    Arianna Huffington delivers ninth annual Murrow Forum address

    Arianna Huffington, the founder of The Huffington Post (HuffPost), spoke yesterday about the new digital age of journalism at the ninth annual Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism. Huffington, who currently serves as the chair, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, sat down for a discussion with Jonathan Tisch (A '76), the chairman of Loews Hotels who endowed the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts. 1 comment

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    Harvard professor discusses environmental regulations

        Rohini Pande, the Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, spoke yesterday to Tufts students and faculty about the process of developing environmental regulations when states lack the capacity and knowledge to create them independently.

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    Dining Services to eliminate 'trick turning' next year

        Tufts Dining Services, in an April 9 press release, announced several changes to the Premium Meal Plan for Fall 2014, including the elimination of the popular "trick turning." According to Director of Dining and Business Services Patti Klos, the changes will be focused on the Premium Meal Plan, commonly referred to as the "Unlimited Plan," which all freshmen are required to purchase.

  • Tufts hosts 'Be Green, Be Healthy' events

    The Office of Sustainability (OOS) is celebrating Earth Month by partnering with numerous healthy and sustainable living groups and organizations over the course of the next two weeks to present a series of events called "Be Green, Be Healthy!" According to OOS Communications and Outreach Specialist Fannie Koa, this year's event will be held on three days — yesterday, this coming Wednesday and the following Wednesday at the Mayer Campus Center from 12 to 2 p.

  • Aggravated assault on Capen St.

    According to an April 14 safety alert from TUPD, a non-Tufts affiliated male was the victim of an aggravated assault on the corner of Capen and Winthrop Streets, near the bottom of the steps that lead from Wren Hall toward Boston Avenue.

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    Dining Services reduces late-night hours at the Commons

    Tufts Dining Services recently changed the hours of late-night dining at the Commons Deli and Grill on Fridays and Saturdays, after receiving reports of rowdy student behavior.   At the start of the semester, the Commons was open for late-night meal swipes from 9 p.

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    $100k New Ventures Competition selects winners

    The Tufts University Entrepreneurial Leadership Program on Tuesday announced the winners of its $100k New Ventures Competition. The competition, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, was divided into two categories, including the “classic track” consisting of businesses geared toward creating private value, and a “social track” consisting of businesses geared toward helping society, according to the competition website.

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    Students host annual Tufts Idea Exchange

    Seven members of the Tufts community, including students, a professor and an alumnus, delivered short presentations on their unique ideas as part of the fifth edition of the Tufts Idea Exchange (TEX). TEX, which is part of the Institute for Global Leadership's Synaptic Scholars Program, is based off of the popular Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conferences.

  • Former Ambassador Swanee Hunt delivers guest lecture

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Austria, Swanee Hunt, spoke with students and faculty yesterday about the evolving role of women in government decision making, particularly in those decisions involving conflict. Hunt, who is currently the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, was introduced by Associate Professor of Political Science Richard Eichenberg and Dean of the Tisch College Alan Solomont.

  • Holocaust survivor speaks about healing, forgiveness

    Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor delivered a keynote lecture on the importance of forgiveness yesterday as part of the Cummings / Hillel Program for Holocaust and Genocide Education. Kor was introduced by Neubauer Executive Director of Hillel Rabbi Jeffrey Summit and Joe Philipson, the Mayerson Social Justice Fellow at the Hillel.

  • Students launch social app WeParty for campus events

    Four Tufts freshmen on March 27 launched a new smartphone application, WeParty, which allows Tufts students to view locations of various parties and social events on and off campus. Co-founder and Co-CEO of WeParty Kofi Asante explained that he and three friends decided to create an app after struggling to find events on campus.

  • TTS brings WebEx to campus

    Tufts Technology Services (TTS) recently introduced a digital web conferencing tool, Cisco WebEx, which will allow members of the Tufts community to coordinate classes, meetings and other collaborative events online. George Moore, the team lead of TTS Support Systems, explained that WebEx is designed to be universally accessible and will use technology to benefit the Tufts community.

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    UEP hosts visionary planning conference with Canadian officials

    Tufts Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) last Friday hosted a conference on the future of city planning in Quebec and New England. The conference, “Planning for the Possible,” was funded by the Government of Quebec and the Government of Canada, according to UEP Associate Professor Justin Hollander.

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    Tufts Bikes adds 12 new bikes to bike-share program

    Tufts Bikes last week added 12 new bicycles to its school bike-share program, bringing the total number of bikes in the program to 30.  According to Tufts Bikes President Benjamin Hoffman, the gradual deterioration of the original bicycles necessitated their replacement.

  • Professor to receive award for public work

        Robinson Professor of Chemistry David Walt will receive the Gustavus John Esselen Award from the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) during an April 10 ceremony in Cambridge, Mass.     The award recognizes a chemist who has done significant work to benefit the public interest, according to Karen Piper, secretary to the Esselen Committee.

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    Acceptance rate drops 10 percent in last five years

        The Office of Undergraduate Admissions released its remaining admissions decisions last Friday, which include a record-low 17.4 percent acceptance rate for the Class of 2018.     With 19,075 applications for next year’s freshman class, this is the third record-high pool Tufts has received in the last four years, according to Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Lee Coffin.

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    ZBT to host day of charity, advocacy on Friday

    The brothers of Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT) fraternity will host a “Tufts Gives Back” event this Friday which will consist of a bone marrow registration drive and a used book sale and donation drive. According to ZBT President Jason Brillon, the fraternity intends for the event to be different than other kinds of Greek charitable giving.

  • Wilson House to be transfer dorm

    Wilson House will be home to transfer students for the 2014-2015 school year, according to Director of the Office of Residential Life and Learning Yolanda King. King explained that the university several years ago housed about 10 female transfer students in 92 Professors Row — today the home of Sigma Phi Epsilon —- but since that time has not had a dedicated home for transfers.

  • Dean of Arts and Sciences to become Trinity College president

    Dean of Arts and Sciences Joanne Berger-Sweeney will step down on June 30 to become the president of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. A graduate and former associate dean of Wellesley College, Berger-Sweeney began her current role at Tufts in 2010.

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    Duke professor explores social preferences

           Duke University Professor of Economics Rachel Kranton spoke yesterday about the ways in which people act on their self-interests in group contexts when making economic decisions.        During her lecture, which was part of the Tufts Department of Economics’ Wellington Burnham Lecture Series, Kranton addressed a recent psychological experiment conducted by Duke’s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience.

  • Film classes document women’s history

        The Independent Film Production class is filming a promotional trailer on the Academic Quad this Sunday for a series about American women in history. The series, “Half the History,” was created in collaboration with Five Sisters Production Company and the Tufts Department of Drama and Dance.

  • Somerville considers Curbside Compost Initiative

        The City of Somerville recently created a new task force to review options for the development of a Curbside Composting Initiative.     The idea was announced Feb. 25 by Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and will be co-chaired by Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz, who is the vice chairperson of the Board of Alderman’s Committee on Energy and Environment.

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    Mass. Atty. General Coakley speaks at Tufts

        Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a candidate for the democratic gubernatorial nomination, spoke at an event hosted by the Tufts Democrats yesterday evening.      Coakley told the group of students that they should actively participate in the democratic process and should take advantage of the education opportunities offered by the university.

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    Wilson fellow discusses women’s rights and U.S. foreign policy

        Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow Alison Brysk spoke yesterday to a group of students and faculty about the way in which the U.S. government uses foreign policy initiatives to promote women’s rights around the world.     “The feedback that I get from my students is that they would like to hear more about gender issues in international relations so we wanted to do something about that,” Professor of Political Science Richard Eichenberg said.

  • Tufts withdraws from redevelopment of Powder House Community School

    The City of Somerville in a March 20 press release announced that it had ended negotiations with Tufts on the redevelopment of the former Powder House Community School. The university’s redevelopment proposal was selected by the city last September, and Tufts had entered into an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with the city.

  • Dental school implements streamlined international service program

    Tufts School of Dental Medicine recently began the implementation of the new Global Service Learning Initiative, a program intended to streamline international service opportunities for students. The initiative, organized by a committee of four dental school professors and university administrators, aims to maximize the benefits of international service learning for both students and the communities they visit by standardizing all stages of these programs, including the application process, pre-service learning, on-site practices and post-service reflection and reports, according to the dental school’s Associate Dean of Global Relations, Noshir Mehta.

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    Alpha Phi raises more than $13,000 through philanthropy event

    Alpha Phi sorority raised more than $13,000 for women’s heart health at its annual Bid Your Heart Out auction on Feb. 28.  Alpha Phi External Philanthropy Chair and event co-organizer Martha Meguerian said that nearly 400 people turned out for the event, which benefited the Alpha Phi Foundation.

  • Associate Provost Mary Lee to leave Tufts after 27 years

    After 27 years of service, former Associate Provost and Professor of Medicine Mary Lee will leave Tufts this fall to assume the prestigious six-month Kimitaka Kaga Visiting Professorship at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Medicine. A formal farewell reception for Lee, who stepped down from her position as associate provost on Jan.

  • JumBonnaroo performances raise funds for Relay for Life

    Relay for Life raised $4,838 last weekend during JumBonnaroo, an event that spanned Thursday through Saturday nights and incorporated six fraternities. Two fraternities hosted ticketed parties each night with musical performances by Tufts students, which created a music festival-type atmosphere, according to Special Events Co-Chair for Relay for Life at Tufts Benjamin Silver.

  • Hillel promotes reading for local children

    Around 800 children and their families from the Medford and Somerville area attended the 14th annual Hillel-sponsored Read by the River event last weekend. According to Alexandra Zeitouni, a member of the Read by the River committee, the students, aged pre-Kindergarten to the fifth grade, were encouraged to read books and complete book reports for the event.

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    Tufts tuition estimated to rise nearly four percent next year

    Tufts announced preliminary figures that show that the annual cost of studying and living at the university will rise by nearly four percent to $61,000 next semester. The Board of Trustees proposed the increase during their February meeting and will meet again in May to discuss approval of the costs, according to Executive Vice President Patricia Campbell.

  • J. Craig Venter speaks about experimental genetics research

    J. Craig Venter, a leading scientist in modern genomic research, delivered a President’s Lecture yesterday on the processes that define and alter existing life.   Among the first biologists to sequence the human genome, Venter founded Celera Genomics and the J.

  • Students honor member of Class of 2013 with fundraisers

    The Singapore Students Association (SSA), LCS Cancer Outreach and International Club are hosting a week of fundraising events in honor of Vivien Lim, a member of the Class of 2013 who was unable to graduate after being diagnosed in May of 2012 with a rare form of salivary gland cancer.

  • New online reservation system for Tisch group study rooms

     Tufts Student Services in a Feb. 19 email announced that students will be able make advance reservations for group study rooms in Tisch Library. Through the Tufts Space and Resource Reservation System, groups of two or more may reserve one of the 11 group study rooms for a minimum of one hour and a maximum of three hours per day from now through the end of the semester, according to the email.

  • Introducing the candidates | Andrew Núñez is proponent of improved communication

    As a candidate for Tufts Community Union (TCU) president, junior Andrew Núnez brands himself as a proponent of change, hoping to improve communication within the university. Núñez was elected as a senator in the fall of his freshman year, when he joined the Services Committee and the Culture, Ethnicity, Community Affairs (CECA) Committee.

  • Security expert talks cyber warfare

    Director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at the Brookings Institution Peter Singer spoke at The Fletcher School yesterday about the evolving threat of cyber warfare and how business and government leaders need to rethink their security strategies.

  • Cause Dinner donations benefit after-school programs in Middle East

    This semester's Cause Dinner, held last Tuesday in Carmichael and Dewick-MacPhie Dining Halls, raised funds to benefit the Palestinian Association for Children's Encouragement of Sport (PACES). The Cause Dinner is hosted twice annually by Dining Services in conjunction with the Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate, which selects a charity initiative from a pool of undergraduate applicants.

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    Tufts develops coding app for children

      The Development Technologies (DevTech) Research Group at Tufts is working to develop an iPad and Android application that teaches young children coding basics. DevTech is working in conjunction with the MIT Media Lab and the Playful Invention Company (PICO) to create the app, ScratchJr, which is expected to be released in 2014, according to PICO Co-Founder Paula Bonta (accent aigu).

  • University making upgrades to facilities

    Construction projects on each of the university's three campuses have recently been completed, while others are underway or in the planning process, according to Director of Project Administration and University Maintenance Rudi Pizzi. The uphill central heating plant project that began in October to replace old tanks with ones for natural gas is nearing completion, Pizzi said.

  • Former Congresswoman speaks on national security

      Former Congresswoman Jane Harman and Admiral James Stavridis, dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, spoke about success and failure during their careers at yesterday's open house for recently admitted Fletcher students. Harman, who is now the president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, served nearly 20 years in the House of Representatives and sat on several important committees, including on homeland security, intelligence and armed services.

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    Childish Gambino to headline Spring Fling

    Hip-hop artist Donald Glover, commonly known by stage name Childish Gambino, will headline this year’s Spring Fling concert on April 26, Concert Board co-chairs Emily Schacter and Mark Bernado announced at Battle of The Bands last night.  The New Pornographers, an indie rock band, and electronic dance DJ’s Flosstradamus will open for Childish Gambino.

  • Autism Speaks, 123 raise awareness for disorder

        As part of World Autism Awareness Day, the Tufts’ chapter of Autism Speaks and the brothers of the Theta Delta Chi (123) fraternity worked together to raise autism awareness on campus yesterday.     World Autism Awareness Day, organized through a partnership betweem Autism Speaks, a national autism advocacy organization, and Theta Delta Chi’s national organization, aims to raise awareness about autism’s prevalence and diagnoses, according to Tufts Autism Speaks chapter fundraising chair Danielle Feerst.

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    Tufts Model UN seeks continued growth

                    Last weekend, the Tufts Model United Nations (MUN) team competed in the Five College Model United Nations Conference (FCMUN) hosted by Mount Holyoke College to mark the team’s fourth and final conference of the year.

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    High school students to live in South Hall for Tufts Summer Study

    For the first time, Tufts Summer Study is offering select rising high school seniors a chance to live in South Hall this summer. Eligible students must be between 16- and 18-years-old and be taking at least one Tufts Summer Session course for academic credit, according to the Tufts Summer School session website.

  • TIE releases research through storytelling

    The Tufts Institute of the Environment (TIE) released the first installment of a new environmental storytelling initiative last week, entitled “Chixoy: The Story of a Dam”.  The project uses a fictitious personal blog to highlight the research of former TIE Fellow Noah Cohen-Cline (F ‘13), which looks at the impact of Guatemala’s largest hydroelectric power dam on indigenous communities, according to the initiative’s website.

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    Administration answers question on new initiatives during town hall event

    University President Anthony Monaco, Provost David Harris and Executive Vice President Patricia Campbell held a town hall-style event yesterday in which they discussed the university’s strategic planning process and answered questions on academic and other initiatives.

  • Genocide survivors share experiences

        Tufts Against Genocide and the Cummings/Hillel Program for Holocaust and Genocide Education hosted their annual Survivors Speak panel last night, in which genocide survivors shared their stories with members of the Tufts community.

  • Somerville Mayor discusses Powder House School development

                    Over 50 Somerville, Mass., residents, neighbors and elected officials gathered at a community meeting yesterday to discuss the ongoing redevelopment process of the vacant Powder House Community School.

  • Jessica Wilson to receive Wendell Phillips Memorial Scholarship

        The Committee on Student Life (CSL) recently selected senior Jessica Wilson as the recipient of this year’s Wendell Phillips Memorial Scholarship.     The annual award recognizes one junior or senior who will be the only student speaker at the Baccalaureate ceremony during commencement in May, CSL student co-chair Haydn Forrest told the Daily in an email.

  • Community health program hosts forum

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    A group of students and faculty members from the Community Health Program hosted an informal forum to discuss the state of the major. Community Health Program Director Jennifer Allen explained that she recently began her position and convened the meeting to discuss students concerns on the program’s health amid the loss of several key professors.

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    Anne-Marie Slaughter to deliver commencement address

    Anne-Marie Slaughter, a leader in public policy and international affairs who in 2012 incited national debate on gender equality, will deliver this year’s commencement address on May 18, according to a press release from Director of Public Relations Kim Thurler and Assistant Director Katie Cinnamond Benoit.

  • Tisch College dean receives service award

    Dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service Alan Solomont (A ’70) during a Feb. 21 Pentagon ceremony received the Distinguished Public Service Award, the highest civilian honor awarded by the United States Navy.  Solomont was presented with the award by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, who had first notified Solomont last summer that he was to be honored when he returned to the country after serving as a U.

  • Student protest encourages Wendy’s to sign Fair Food Agreement

    A group of 10 Tufts students traveled to Columbus, Ohio, last weekend to protest the fact that Wendy’s has refused to sign the Fair Food Agreement. According to junior Diane Adamson, one of the Tufts organizers, the event was part of a larger campaign by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and its affiliate group, the Student/Farmworker Alliance (SFA).

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    International Club hosts annual Parade of Nations

    Tufts International Club hosted a well-attended Parade of Nations this weekend in Cohen Auditorium, according to club president Jaime Sanchez. “The International Club has had a steady growth the past year and is very strong compared to past years,” Sanchez, a junior, told the Daily in an email.

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    Senate, volleyball teams working to add beach volleyball court

    The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate at its Feb. 16 meeting passed a resolution calling for the establishment of an outdoor volleyball court. Freshman Isabella Kahhale, a member of the TCU Senate, explained that the resolution stemmed from a desire to allow a larger part of the Tufts community to participate in the sport.

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    Bourdon to leave post as LGBT Center director

    Tom Bourdon, director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Center, will leave Tufts on March 14 to become the president of Greater Boston Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Director of the Tufts Women’s Center Steph Gauchel will step into the role of interim director, according to Bourdon.

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    Fletcher professor gives keynote TEC lecture

    Vice President of Sustainable Development at the World Bank Rachel Kyte (F ’02) led a discussion on the controversy surrounding renewable energy, fossil fuels and development to open the 2014 Tufts Energy Conference (TEC) on Saturday morning. Conference Chair Katherine Nolan and Professor of International Environmental Policy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy William Moomaw introduced Kyte, who is also a professor of practice in sustainable development at Fletcher. 1 comment

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    Famous geneticist to speak at Tufts on Monday

    World renowned biologist J. Craig Venter will speak about genetics during this year’s President Lecture, scheduled to take place Monday, March 10 at 4:30 p.m. in the ASEAN Auditorium. Assistant Director of Public Relations Katie Cinnamond told the Daily in an email that Venter will present “Life at the Speed of Light,” a discussion on how far and fast the science of genomics has come, followed by a brief question and answer period with the audience.

  • Nine Tufts students arrested at D.C. protest

    Nine Tufts students were arrested alongside 389 others in Washington, D.C., on Sunday as they protested the Keystone XL pipeline, which the Obama administration may approve for construction.  No charges were filed against the students, according to junior Evan Bell, one of the protest coordinators.

  • Senate resolution pushes creation of education major

    The Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate voted to support the establishment of an undergraduate education major in a 22-0-0 vote last month. Now that the resolution has passed, TCU President Joe Thibodeau said the next step is sending it to faculty to discuss how to proceed.

  • After extended closure, Hamilton Pool reopens today

    Hamilton Pool will reopen today after the university repaired cracks discovered during winter break maintenance. According to Adam Hoyt, the head coach of the men’s swimming team, the repairs were completed and the pool was refilled over the past several days.

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    SigNu, Theta to receive building on Curtis Street

    Every chartered Tufts Greek organization will have a house next year, as the Sigma Nu (SigNu) fraternity and Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta) sorority will move into 90-94 Curtis Street together. According to Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Su McGlone, her office worked with the Office of Residential Life and Learning and the Dean of Student Affairs to find a location for the two Greek chapters.

  • Deputy Secretary of State gives keynote address

        Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns delivered Friday’s keynote address on America’s position in the Middle East to officially open this year’s EPIIC symposium.     Following an introduction from Provost David Harris who thanked the event’s sponsors including the Bendetson family, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the board of the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL), IGL Director Sherman Teichman acknowledged the work that made the event possible.

  • Engineering professor discusses water safety in southern India

    Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Elena Naumova spoke yesterday about enteric infections and water safety in southern India, as part of the Environmental Studies Lunch and Learn Program. Naumova, who is also an associate dean for research in the School of Engineering, spoke about her current interest in waterborne illnesses, which she said began after her experience with the 1993 outbreak of cryptosporidiosis, a parasitic disease that affects the intestines, in Milwaukee.

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    And the Academy Award goes to...

    With the current dearth of quality entertainment in theaters, it can be easy, at times, to overlook the fact that 2013 delivered one of the strongest and most enjoyable years for film in recent memory. From the surprising blockbuster success of “Gravity” to the controversy that erupted over Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street,” this past year has seen a variety of engrossing and memorable performances, along with films that have pushed the boundary of cinema and contributed to the cultural dialogue.

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    Google executives discuss increasing role of technology

    Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Director of Google Ideas Jared Cohen spoke about technological advancements and the increasing importance of Internet connectivity during a discussion in Cohen Auditorium yesterday as part of The Fletcher School’s Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs Speaker Series.

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    Professors discuss Mandela’s legacy on South African politics

    The International Relations (IR) Program’s Director’s Leadership Council continued its crash course lecture series last night, with a commemorative event entitled, “Nelson Mandela’s Legacy and the Future of South African Politics.” Associate Professor of Political Science Pearl Robinson and Associate Professor of History Jeanne Penvenne spoke at the event, moderated by Director of Africana Studies H.

  • University begins negotiations with part-time faculty union

    The School of Arts and Sciences entered negotiations on Feb. 7 with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), an organization that represents Tufts’ part-time faculty.  During the negotiations, union members said they hope to discuss issues of compensation, job security and evaluation processes, in addition to presenting other demands and alleged grievances, according to Andrew Klatt, a lecturer in the Department of Romance Languages.

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    Arianna Huffington to speak at Murrow Forum

    Editor-in-chief and President of the Huffington Post Media Group Arianna Huffington will address the Tufts community at the ninth annual Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism, according to Director of the Communications and Media Studies (CMS) Program Julie Dobrow.

  • Tufts Energy Conference hosts solar energy competition

    The Tufts Energy Conference (TEC) is hosting a new solar energy competition this year, in addition to its annual TEC energy competition. The solar competition aims to encourage students to design a photovoltaic (PV) solar technology project that will operate without a connection to Tufts electric grid, according to TEC Competition Director Anna McCallie.

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