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From a cappella and salsa to robots and silkworms, it was a day of fun and learning on the Hill for thousands of local residents.
Medford/Somerville, Mass. [09.28.10] More than 2,000 people came to the Medford/Somerville campus on Sept. 26 to celebrate Tufts' 8th annual Community Day.
Thirty-eight city and community organizations from Medford and Somerville were represented, along with 30 Tufts departments. Those attending enjoyed free food and performances by several of Tufts' a cappella groups, including the Beelzebubs, Amalgamates and Jackson Jills, as well as the dance troupe BlackOut, the percussion group B.E.A.T.S. and more.
Tufts' children's theater group, Traveling Treasure Trunk, entertained the kids, who also got their faces painted and participated in arts and crafts. Grownups got to learn how to salsa or ballroom dance and discuss Tufts research with faculty members. Among those on hand were David Kaplan, a professor of biomedical engineering who explained his silkworm research, and biology graduate student Natasha Tigreros, G12, who is investigating butterfly reproduction.
Student groups hosting demonstrations and other activities included the Tufts Robotics Club, Tufts Smile Squad, Engineers Without Borders, Leonard Carmichael Society and the Sharewood Project, while Tufts Athletics, Tisch Library, the Department of Music, the Office of Sustainability and other groups shared information about their resources and services.
Photos by Kelvin Ma and Alonso Nichols, Tufts Photo