News & Events:
A Taste of Tufts: A Sampling of Faculty Research
Fridays from Noon to 1:00pm
Light lunch will be provided
All presentations will be held in the Rabb Room of the Lincoln-Filene Center
October 4, 2013
A better name for a computer scientist is information engineer.
Representing data digitally, building algorithms to learn from the data,
and applying it back to "real-world" problems is what gets a computer
scientist out of bed every morning. Biological data is an amazing source
of information. In particular, the protein-protein interaction (PPI) network
is a collection of thousands and thousands of pairs of genes in some relationship.
Like a social network, these 'relationships' can be represented as a graph.
Leveraging this we can devise new algorithms for biological discovery.
We will present algorithms using the PPI network to discover compensatory
pathways in yeast. These pathways are life's "back-up" system and can be
found using only high throughput data modeled like a social network.
October 25, 2013
**Start time of 11:30AM**
For a scholar with interests in issues of memory, representation, and place-making,
particularly at sites associated with tourism, national parks offer rich research sites.
But research gets more complicated when the scholar is commissioned to produce studies
to help park managers understand and make decisions about groups of people with links
to particular parks that pre-date the National Park Service's own presence there.
In this talk Professor Stanton will trace some of the issues of community politics,
intellectual responsibility, and bureaucratic approaches to managing culture as she
has encountered them over the course of several applied ethnography projects around
the northeastern U.S.
November 8, 2013
How can a single cell give rise to all of the structures found in
an adult organism? Our lab examines how complex structures such
as tissues and organs are formed during development, and repaired
after injury. The ability to create functional organs constitutes
one of the most interesting, yet least understood biological processes.
The careful regulation of gene expression directs the developmental
fates of cells, and coordinates their assembly into complex, three-dimensional
structures with characteristic shapes, sizes, and physiological
properties. Understanding the intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms
used to generate cell diversity, coordinate cell movements, and
regulate the development of different tissues needed to create a
functional organ, define one of the central questions in science
today. Our research aims to discover the basic mechanisms of
vertebrate (1) organ development, (2) remodeling, and (3)
Tufts Ethics Bowl
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Co-sponsored by the Philosophy Department and the
Walk-in coaching sessions with philosophy graduate
students for the Ethics Bowl will be held every Monday and
Wednesday from 12:00 – 1:15PM in Miner 224.
Form a team and compete in the first annual Tufts Ethics
Is it right to sell lottery tickets to raise money for
education if the lottery fuels gambling addiction? Should the
police be allowed to use drones to monitor private citizens'
activities if there's a chance a crime might be stopped? Should the
public pay for the lung cancer treatment of smokers? Is it OK for
employers to request access to the social media profiles of job
The Ethics Bowl is a competition between small teams to
come up with best answers to ethically challenging questions. Teams
are judged by the rigor of their ethical reasoning, the depth of
their research, and their ability to respond to questions and
Tufts will be hosting its first Ethics Bowl this coming
fall: October 26, 2013. The winners will go on to compete at
the regional and national levels.
We are looking for teams of 3-5 students from departments
and programs across the university. Graduate students from the
top-ranked Tufts M.A. philosophy program will serve as coaches.
Coaching begins in early September. Also available to interested
students is our new fall course:
91: Ethics Bowl Boot Camp.
The Ethics Bowl is a great way you to sharpen their
critical thinking, research, and public speaking skills while
engaging timely, ethically charged issues. Explore the gray! Join a
Please contact Susan Russinoff at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register