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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.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [03.03.09] There is so much that happens at Tufts that it can be hard to keep up. Check out these highlights from the past week of campus happenings.

Feb. 23: After making a combined 112 saves within a 24-hour period in back-to-back victories for Tufts hockey, freshman goalie Scott Barchard received NESCAC Player of the Week honors, the second-straight week a Jumbo has taken home the honor.

Feb. 23: Andrew Wilson, professor of the archeology of the Roman Empire at the Institute of Archaeology at Oxford University, delivered the Department of Classics' 2009 Balmuth Lectures on "Economic Growth and Contraction in the Roman World." See more coverage.

Feb. 23: José Ramos-Horta, Nobel laureate and president of Timor-Leste, delivered a lecture entitled "A Journey from Activist to President" and received the Institute of Global Leadership's Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award. The lecture was part of the course "The Role of Leadership in Conflict Transformation," sponsored by the Project on Justice in Times of Transition, the Institute of Global Leadership, the Peace and Justice Studies minor, and the Ex-College.

Feb. 23: Major General Daniel Long, Jr., commander of Joint Task Force Civil Support (JTF-CS), U.S. Northern Command, spoke on "Joint Task Force Civil Support" in a talk sponsored by The Fletcher School's International Security Studies Program.

Feb. 23: Jeffrey Vanderkruik, a 2007 graduate, chatted with students in the Communications and Media Studies program about his job at NBC as assistant to "Saturday Night Live" producer Steve Higgins.

Feb. 24: Poet Ilya Kaminsky, award-winning author of the 2005 book "Dancing in Odessa," gave a reading sponsored by the Department of English.

Feb. 24: Rohit Aggarwala, director of the Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability in the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, spoke at the Tufts Energy and Climate Forum.

Feb. 24: Writer Ed Bok Lee - author of the bestselling PEN/Beyond Margins Award-winning poetry book "Real Karaoke People - gave a spoken word performance. The event was sponsored by the Asian American Center, with support from the AS&E Diversity Fund and the Korean Students Association.

Feb. 25: Dr. Alan Balsam, director of the Brookline (Mass.) Health Department, and David Waters, director of Community Servings, spoke at the Friedman Seminar Series about their work their work with the organization, which provides meals daily to hundreds of individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS.

Feb. 25: Major General Gregg Martin, commanding general of the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center and Fort Leonard Wood, spoke at The Fletcher School International Security Studies Program Luncheon Lecture on "The Maneuver Support Center's Role in Full Spectrum Operations."

Feb. 25: Lisa Coleman, executive director of institutional diversity at Tufts, moderated a panel discussion entitled, "Is Gay the New Black?" Panelists included UEP Assistant Professor Sabina E. Vaught; 2008 graduate Tahira Pratt, who works with the Audre Lorde Project in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Gunner Scott, founding member and director of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition; and Billy Curtis, who serves on the advisory boards for the San Francisco groups And Castro For All and the San Francisco Center for Sex and Culture.

Feb. 26: A three-day old baby giraffe came to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine from Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, Mass., for treatment after her mother would not produce milk. The giraffe, named Molly, is in stable condition in the neonatal unit at the Cummings School's Hospital for Large Animals. See photos and video of the five-foot tall newborn being cared for by Tufts veterinary staff.

Feb. 26: Dr. David Stark, vice president of consumer traits for Monsanto Corporation, spoke at The Fletcher School about timely trends, market entry and regulation within global food supplies in the emerging markets. The talk was sponsored by the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises and the International Business Global Speaker Series.

Feb. 27: A panel of medical experts spoke at Tufts School of Medicine on "Health Care as a Human Right: The Venezuelan Experience." The speakers included Dr. Michael Phillips, specialty coordinator for ophthalmology at the Christian Medical Association and organizer of humanitarian medical missions to Ghana and Haiti with Global Health Outreach; Dr. Arachu Castro, assistant professor of social medicine and academic director of the program in infectious disease and social change, at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School; and Dr. Padma Balasubramanian, fellow of the American College of Endocrinology and consultant staff at Caritas Norwood Hospital. They discussed successful programs such as Mission Milagro, an anti-blindness campaign, and Barrio Adentro, a community clinic initiative. The event was sponsored by the Latin American Medical Students Association and Global Health Interest Group at Tufts University School of Medicine.

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