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The Tufts E-News archives contain hundreds of stories from across Tufts University dating back to October 1999. From cutting-edge research to world-famous alums, from the insights of internationally renowned experts to profiles on Tufts top programs, E-News is the most comprehensive daily electronic news source covering the University.

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December 2009

Bubs Sing Their Swan Song

Despite a massive get-out-the-vote effort, Tufts' celebrated all-male a capella group places second in the finals of NBC's "The Sing-Off."

Crafting a Community

Tufts' Crafts Center continues to foster both creativity and community.

Bringing Friendship to New Heights

Share your memories of time spent on the Tisch Library roof.

November 2009

A New Decade

We invite the Tufts community to share their outlook for the new decade ahead of us.

Learning to Lead

A joint initiative between the Office of Campus Life and Tisch College helps train students to apply leadership skills to active citizenship.

Patient of a Different Stripe

A Bengal tiger is doing well after a procedure at the Cummings School.

Jumbo Accomplishments

Two cross-country runners win All-American honors, but the Tufts field hockey and volleyball teams just miss out on their championship dreams.

Global Briefs

A quick look at some of the international happenings in the student community.

A Fantastic Shift

Fletcher School graduate Hilary Scott discusses his evolution from academic to artist.

Thinking Big

In Daniel Dennett's Language and Mind course, freshmen and sophomores match wits with one of Tufts' top thinkers.

Field Hockey Team Lands First NESCAC Title

With the win in the conference championship, the No. 4-ranked Jumbos advance to the NCAA Div. III tournament.

Green Briefs

A quick look at some of the green happenings in the undergraduate community.

Midterm Evaluation

We asked undergraduate students about some of the highlights of the semester so far.

October 2009

Racing for a Cause

Ever since Paul Rusesabagina, the inspiration for the film "Hotel Rwanda," spoke at Tufts Hillel in 2005, helping victims of the Rwandan genocide has been at the forefront of Hillel’s mission.

A Great Honor

Elaine Schuster is nominated to serve as a U.S. representative to the 64th session of the General Assembly of the Union Nations.

Four Years, Infinite Possibilities

The evolution of a Tufts undergraduate.
Fall 2009: The Road to the End

On the Right Note

Tufts' oldest coed a cappella group heads into an exciting year as the ensemble celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Bringing the Community into the Equation

Local high school students take over Cousens Gym to show off their mathematics skills in an annual competition.

Practice Makes Perfect

Penn Loh, the School of Arts and Sciences' first professor of the practice, comes with almost two decades of real-world experience in the environmental justice movement.

Family Ties

As a coach's son, Tufts quarterback Anthony Fucillo (A'11) isn't letting injury prevent him from taking a leadership role with the Jumbos.

The Power of Reflection

In her new memoir, Tufts School of Medicine graduate and child psychiatrist Nancy Rappaport seeks to understand her mother's suicide, and in the process better understand her most desperate patients.

Homecoming 2009

Tufts students and alumni flocked to campus for Homecoming festivities on a crisp, sunny autumn weekend.

Living Curiously

The Tufts and Boston Architectural College students on the Solar Decathlon team combine engineering know-how with aesthetic flair and policy savvy.

No Rain on This Parade

Tufts students, staff and faculty joined area residents to celebrate the seventh annual Community Day at Tufts.

September 2009

A Winning Change

The newly renovated Cousens Gym opens with a bang. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the construction process.

Running Strong

Members of the dental school community continue an annual tradition that not only raises money for cancer research but also fosters community spirit.

A Reassuring Option

For undergraduates considering a career in the health sciences, applying for early assurance of admission to Tufts' professional schools can be just the right move.

Seeing the Light

Doctoral candidate Adam South (G'11) works with Boston Museum of Science and Tufts grads to determine the fate of the firefly population.

Opening Reflections

We asked returning undergraduates about the highlights of their first week back on the Hill.

Engineering Leaders

Bernard Gordon's transformative gift will foster leadership in the field

Setting the Stage

Student theater groups Pen, Paint and Pretzels and Torn Ticket II welcome the Class of 2013 with their annual O-Show productions.

Work Hard, Play Hard

Every year, students at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences have a field day-literally-raising money to support their research.

Along for the Ride

Members of the Class of 2013 discuss the items they couldn't live without at Tufts.

Introducing the Class of 2013

Every year, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions Lee Coffin writes a letter that describes the incoming freshman class.

Matriculation 2009

A roundup of coverage of the arrival of the Class of 2013.

Starting the Year in FOCUS

One of Tufts' pre-orientation groups starts the semester with a little fun—and a lot of service.

August 2009

Diplomatic Impact

Fletcher School graduates are among those recently receiving ambassadorial appointments in the United States and elsewhere around the world.

Home Field Advantage

As members of the Class of 2013 prepare to make their mark, students from Tufts' host communities reflect on what it means to go to college in their hometown.

A Celebration of Silk

Members of the Tufts biomedical engineering department show their lighter side as they take an artistic approach to their research in silk.

A Summer of Active Citizenship

See what members of Tisch College's Active Citizenship Summer program have been up to this summer.

A Double Shot of Environmental Leadership

Two Tufts grads are poised to make a big impact on U.S. environmental policy as recent appointees to top positions at the Environmental Protection Agency

Students at Any Age

Tufts' Osher Lifelong Learning Institute provides an opportunity for experienced citizens to keep learning-and for Tufts alumni to stay engaged with the university.

Monitoring Change

Kofi Aninakwa (E'11) uses the Summer Scholar program to combine medicine and engineering through the creation of a wearable health monitor.

Solomont Named Ambassador to Spain, Andorra

A Tufts graduate and trustee whose career has focused on the health care industry will shift his focus to the diplomatic stage if confirmed to the post.

Granting Opportunity

Career Services' Summer Internship Grants program makes it possible for students to take advantage of unpaid internship.

July 2009

Lunching With Laureates

Chemistry graduate student Ashleigh Baber discusses the honor of meeting with Nobel laureates at the 2009 Lindau Laureates Meeting this month.

A League of Their Own

Tufts League Softball gives faculty, staff and students a relaxed and fun opportunity to go beyond their own departments and get to know others in the Tufts family.

Jazzing Up Her Research


The Summer Scholars program is giving Sara Deforest the chance to blend her love of music with her sociology studies.

Instituting Environmental Change

The revival of the Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute seeks to make environmental issues a cross-disciplinary priority.

Perspectives on Iran

Fletcher School doctoral students Patrick Meier and Joshua Gleis weigh in on the recent Iranian protests.

Going Public with 'Private'

A 2005 Tufts graduate interviews a fellow alum about his new theater project.

Fighting Hunger with Faith

In his new role as director of faith-based and neighborhood partnerships for the USDA, Tufts graduate Max Finberg hopes to make progress toward ending hunger.

June 2009

A Mission of Her Own

Tufts staff member Kathleen Kiernan's effort to boost her son's morale in Iraq has, with the help of her colleagues, had an even greater impact than she originally anticipated.

An Experiment in Giving

Students in Louise Sawyer's Ex-College course gain the opportunity to immerse themselves in the philanthropic world.

Helping the Global Family

Fletcher School graduate Karel Zelenka received the Tufts Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award for his work in international relief and development.

Building A Sustainable Future

A recent graduate wins recognition for her work on the problem of healthy food access in a big city, from Addis Ababa to New York City.

The Ride of a Lifetime

Dustin Bond, member of the School of Dental Medicine's class of 2013, will spend his summer biking the country to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis.

Understanding Swine Flu

Tufts health sciences experts comment on the recent concern around swine flu.

May 2009

Small Technologies, Big Potential

Assistant Professor Charles Sykes and his graduate students are working with high school students to build interest in the sciences.

Combining Resources

The joint graduate degree program with Tufts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts proves to be a win-win for both school communities.

Senior Circuit

Graduating seniors on the Tufts softball team, playing in the national championships this weekend, celebrated Commencement early thanks to President Bacow.

Reliving the Dream

Tufts graduate Arthur Giddon relives his bat boy days with the Boston Red Sox in celebration of his 100th birthday.

Lending a Hand

Seniors spend an afternoon giving back to the community.

Study Habits

During finals period, it's any port in a storm for studious Jumbos.

A Battle of Hits

Every year, Tufts bands vie in the Battle of the Bands for the opportunity to share the stage with national acts at Spring Fling.

Good Works: Part Two

Thirteen undergraduate, graduate and professional school students are honored for their commitment to service and active citizenship.

Top Chef

Having spent his culinary career advocating the "farm-to-table" approach to cooking, Tufts graduate Dan Barber is receiving high honors for his work.

Winning Ways

This spring, several Tufts athletic teams are making waves in the postseason.

Engineering an Environmental Future

Mechanical engineering major Matthew Thoms is a Morris K. Udall Scholar thanks in part to his work as the engineering director of this year's Solar Decathlon team.

Getting Down To Business

Now in its fifth year, the Entrepreneurial Leadership Program's annual classic and social entrepreneurship business plan competitions continue help to students make their innovative ideas a reality.

Laying Down the Law

The Tufts Mock Trial team is going strong with three bids to the national semi-finals.

Terror on the High Seas

Fletcher School experts comment on the rise of Somali piracy, brought into the spotlight by the kidnapping and rescue of an American merchant ship captain last month.

Good Works

Thirteen undergraduate, graduate and professional school students are honored for their commitment to service and active citizenship.

April 2009

Helping People "Out"

The LGBT Center's new director Tom Bourdon discusses his personal and professional experiences with services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students on college campuses.

Last Week at Tufts...

A chart-topping rapper, two award-winning documentary filmmakers and officials from the governments of Greece, Rwanda and Bhutan came to campus.

Longtime Athletics Administration Assistant Passes Away

Phyllis M. Byrne, former Athletics Department administrator best known for preserving Jumbo's ashes, passes away at 83.

Slugging Their Way to Success

The 34-0 Jumbo softball team is hitting whatever is thrown in their path as they march toward the postseason.

Building a Community

Eight members of the Filipino Cultural Society and the Leonard Carmichael Society spend their spring break learning the value of community building.

Last Week at Tufts...

A Holocust survivor, a Vaishnava monk and two state officials came to campus, and the community mourns the loss of a beloved professor. 

Dodge for a Cause

Dental students raise funds for a classmate by letting loose and playing a competitive game of dodgeball.

Solomont Named Chair of National Service Organization

As the newly elected chairman of the Corporation for National and Community Service agency, Tufts graduate and Trustee Alan Solomont aims “to usher in a new era of service” in the United States.

Last Week At Tufts...

International political advisers, CEOs and area high school students come to campus.

The Good, the Bad and the Horrible

Sophomore Michael Walker brings the popular internet sensation "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" to life using Anderson Hall's VisWall.

Electrification Nation

Michael Granoff (A'91), co-founder of Better Place, seeks to steer the world away from oil-based transportation.

Last Week at Tufts...

Boston's first poet laureate, the host of a popular Travel Channel show, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian come to campus.

Merrigan Named Deputy Secretary of the USDA

Just two days after her testimony before the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry committee, Kathleen Merrigan is appointed by the U.S. Senate as the new Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Art of Activism

Seniors Nora Chovanec and Jennifer Bailey discuss a conference hosted at Tufts in celebration of artists involved in social activism.

March 2009

Last Week at Tufts…

The author of "Wicked," a famed linguist and activist and the chairman of a major airline company came to campus. Also, watch video of author Michael Pollan delivering the Snyder Lecture on Mar. 24.

A Charitable Break

The men's lacrosse team saw success on and off the field this spring break, using their time in between games to give back.

Fletcher Grad Tapped to Head NATO

The recommendation of Navy Adm. James Stavridis to the post is the latest honor in a career of distinguished service.

Getting a Leg Up

Working as a team physician with the U.S. Ski Team at the World Junior Championships was just another outlet for Tufts graduate Scott Sigman to combine his love of sports and medicine.

Behind the Trunk

Take a sneak peek into the life of the Jumbo. One of them, anyways.

Power to the People

Two Tufts alums are working with the international nonprofit Water for People to help developing countries create sustainable solutions for clean water and sanitation.

A Long Journey Back Home

Achier Mou saw public health horrors first-hand when violence erupted in his home in Sudan. Now, the Tufts graduate student hopes to bring the lessons he learns here back home.

A Weekend to Remember

Thirty-two Tufts students – with the support of Hillel and alumni – flew to Germany over President's Day weekend for the "Berlin Experience."

Last Week at Tufts...

A vice president at Univision, a top American rock climber and a diplomat came to campus.

Enchanting the Everyday

In the spring installment of the Dean's Faculty Forum series, Professor Susan Napier explores the relationship between fantasy and reality.

The Stories Around Us

Tufts' EXPOSURE photojournalism program trains its lens on the city of Boston.

Deval Patrick to Deliver Tufts Commencement Address

Massachusetts Governor to Receive Honorary Degree on May 17; Will Be Joined by Distinguished Broadcast Executive, Foreign Affairs Expert, Advocate for the Homeless, Foundation Head, Astrophysicist, Cancer Researcher

A Day That Stands Out

Faculty from across disciplines come together to celebrate International Women's Day with a symposium on women's issues as they relate to climate change and health.

A Race Through Time and Space

Five professors join together in an effort to make science accessible to the masses.

Flights of Fancy

Engineers create virtual hang time.

Last Week at Tufts...

A renowned hip-hop artist, a prominent Chilean poet, an ExxonMobil vice president and two New Yorker critics came to campus.

Show of Diversity

Medical students share their cultural diversity through the performing arts to raise money for the Colleen Romain Scholarship Fund.

Engineering a Good Time

School of Engineering students have some fun with their major as they participated in Tufts' first National Engineers' Week festivities.

Last Week at Tufts…

The president of East Timor, a vice president from Monsanto, two award-winning poets and a baby giraffe came to campus.

Special Delivery

A newborn giraffe gets the help she needs from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

February 2009

One University, Many Ideas

The staff behind the creation of the University Seminars program discuss the work that went into making it all happen.

Bosworth Named Special Envoy to North Korea

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appointed the dean of The Fletcher School and former U.S. ambassador to South Korea to lead American policy on the Communist state.

Connecting Ancient and Modern Times

In this year's Balmuth Lectures, Oxford archeology professor Andrew Wilson will compare the economic challenges faced by the Roman Empire and those we face today.

Last Week at Tufts...

A New Orleans mayoral candidate, two scholars of Asian culture and experts from around the world on the topic of "Global Cities" came to campus.

The Sounds of Success

Rounder Records, co-founded by Tufts graduates Ken Irwin and Bill Nowlin, become the second independent label ever to bring home album and record of the year at this year's Grammy Awards.

A World of Discoveries

Sackler School graduate Sean B. Carroll explores the world's greatest pioneers in his latest book, "Remarkable Creatures."

Last Week at Tufts...

A friend of Tufts hockey, an expert on Iranian studies and the Nicaraguan ambassador to the U.S. came to campus.

Taking a Bite out of Life

From snowboarding to dental exams, Dimitri Tripodakis shares how he brings the same mentality to both fields. 

A Jumbo Proposal

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, graduates Lara Saipe and Matt Durgavich relive their recent Tufts proposal.

Crunching Numbers… and Literature

New doors open for the Perseus Digital Library Project as its coordinators prepare to gain access to high-performance supercomputers.

Last Week at Tufts...

The former prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, a group of prominent sports analysts and a former member of Congress who specializes in African politics came to campus.

So You Think You Can Dance?

Tufts' dance crews battle it out to see who reigns supreme, all while raising money for countries in need.

Building Community in a 'Town'

Tufts Opera Ensemble director Carol Mastrodomenico talks about the upcoming production of "Our Town," the second full-scale opera to be performed at Tufts.

Last Week at Tufts...

A popular contemporary artist, an alum who publishes the top comic in the Muslim world and the French ambassador to the U.S. came to campus.

January 2009

A 'Toolbox' for Social Change

The joint JD/MPH program at Tufts School of Medicine and Northeastern University School of Law equips students to better advocate for public health concerns.

Calling the Shots

Ace senior shot putter Paula Dormon is also the lead vocalist of one of the hottest R&B bands at Tufts.

Joining Forces

Faculty and students who participated in the first set of University Seminars agree there is value in collaboration.

Breaking the Mold

Tufts graduate Liz Hickok uses her background in art to make San Francisco come to life through the use of Jell-O.

Tony Blair to deliver Tufts University's Fares Lecture

Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Tony Blair is set to deliver the 2009 Issam M. Fares Lecture.

A Competitive Drive

The mathematics department's Marjorie Hahn is chosen as one of four members of the International Tennis Federation's Alice Marble Cup Team.

A Valuable Education

Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine names Tufts one of the best valued universities of 2009.
Featured Profile

Jumble

Notable and Quotable

For a century, the oil industry has suceeded with the help federal fossil fuel tax breaks;but some believe it's time to focus the subsidies on renewable energy. Tufts University economist Gilbert Metcalf is among those who believe it is time to plan for an end game when it comes to fossil fuel subsidies.

A hundred years later, I think that it's time for these industries toleave the nest and stand on their own two feet. Congress never has theright exit strategy to figure out how to phase things out.

Gilbert Metcalf
Professor
Marketplace, American Public Media
Sept. 22, 2010