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Last Week at Tufts...A renowned political commentator, two ambassadors and the best field hockey and volleyball teams in the region came to campus.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [11.17.08] There is so much that happens at Tufts that it can be hard to keep up. Check out this roundup of the past week of campus happenings.

  • Nov. 10: A. David Smith, deputy-head of the Division of Medical Sciences and
    Professor of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford, England, spoke as part of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) Seminar Series. His talk was entitled "Vitamin B12 and the Brain: An Update."
  • Nov. 12: Intelligence analyst Jonathan Schanzer, director of policy
    for the Jewish Policy Center and author of "Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine," spoke at an event sponsored by the student group Friends of Israel.
  • Nov. 12: Duncan Green, head of research for Oxfam GB, spoke as part of the Feinstein International Center's "Global Issues, Local Impact" lecture series. The topic of discussion was "From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States Can Change the World."
  • Nov. 12: David Valdes Greenwood, a lecturer in the English Department at Tufts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, read from both of his books, "Homo Domesticus: Notes from a Same-Sex Marriage" and "A Little Fruitcake: A Childhood in Holidays" as part of the Friends of Tufts Libraries Authors Talk series. He also treated the audience to a preview of his forthcoming book.
  • Nov. 12 and 13: "Newsweek" columnist and NBC News political commentator Howard Fineman and Ambassador Christopher Hill, head of the U.S. delegation to the six-party talks on North Korea, participated in informal brown bag lunch conversations with the Tufts community as a part of two weekly speaker series hosted by Alan Solomont (A'70) and Ambassador John Shattuck. Fineman spoke on "Decision '08 - What Happened?" while Hill addressed "Containing Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Case of North Korea."
  • Nov. 13-16: Tufts hosted the NCAA Regional Div. III tournaments for both field hockey and volleyball. The field hockey team defeated the College of New Jersey 2-1 to advance to the NCAA Final Four, squaring off against Messiah College on Nov. 22. The volleyball team, however, fell to Wellesley in the second round. Ahead of the tournament, five Jumbo volleyball players and five field hockey players were named to their respective All-NESCAC teams.
  • Nov. 13: Ambassador Charles Shapiro, former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela and senior coordinator of the Western Hemisphere FTA Task Force in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State, gave a talk entitled "The Future of U.S.-Latin American Relations: Economics and Political Integration Within the Context of a New American Administration." The event was sponsored by the Fletcher Latin American Group and Sigma Iota Rho.
  • Nov. 13 and 14: The Department of Mathematics hosted two installments of its colloquium series. On Nov. 13, William Dunham, PhD, of Muhlenberg College spoke on "Euler's Amicable Numbers," while the following day Tim Chartier, PhD, of Davidson College gave a talk on "Mime-matics."
  • Nov. 14: Bernd Bukau, PhD, of the Center for Molecular Biology Heidelberg (ZMBH) at the University of Heidelberg, spoke on "Mechanisms of Protein Quality Control in Bacteria" as part of the Molecular Biology & Microbiology seminar series.

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