News & Events: Upcoming 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
Ben Hescott
Computer Science

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
Cathy Stanton
**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
Kelly McLaughlin
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) regeneration/repair.

Tufts Ethics Bowl
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Co-sponsored by the Philosophy Department and the Experimental College

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 Bowl!

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 applicants?

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 challenges.

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: Philosophy 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 team!

Please contact Susan Russinoff at for more information or to register your team.

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