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Kombucha Lightning Talk by Madeleine Clark

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Kombucha Lightning Talk by Madeleine Clark Feb 16

Synaptics Scholars organize weekly lightning talks -- brief presentations given by one of the members of the group on a topic of interest. Each week, our meeting begins with a different Synaptic Scholar (a Syn, for short!) giving a five to ten-minute presentation. A lightning talk is an opportunity for Syns to share something they are passionate or curious about, as well as to practice presentation skills in a supportive environment. Last semester, lightning talk topics ranged from the Boston’s history with racism to prison education programs; from the colonial history of Namibia to the significance of costume design in theater. We welcome interjections and questions throughout the talks. And in many cases, lightning talks organically lead us to further, deeper discussion.

Feb 07

The Urgency of a Tufts Education in Prisons by Maude Plucker

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When I came to college in the United States, I was struck by major injustices that plagued a country that ranked highly for its wealth, power, and development. Amongst them, the lack of public health care, the prominence of gun violence, and the atrocities of mass incarceration provoked in me an infuriating confusion.

Feb 05

Naval Academy Leadership Conference: Obstacles are Opportunities by Samantha Salkin

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On January 21-24, I had the opportunity to attend the 2018 Naval Academy Leadership Conference: Obstacles are Opportunities. The conference featured three days of incredible speakers, including business owners, Navy SEALs, and high-ranking government officials.

Jan 31

The Importance of Engaging Community Members in Sustainability Projects by Clemencia Pinascola

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This winter, I was part of the Ecuador Team of Tufts International Development (TID) that travelled to Coaque, Ecuador, to check in on our ongoing digital library project, Koombook.

Jan 31

The Reality in Coaque, Ecuador by Joaquin Bustamante

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Coaque is a rural town located in the coastal region of Ecuador. It has suffered dramatically since the deadly earthquake struck the community in 2016. Tufts International Development (TID) has been working with the community since 2016, in collaboration with the NGO Avanti and Libraries Without Borders, to implement Koombook.

Jan 19

Medical Spanish: Lost in Translation by Gabriela Funez-dePagnier

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It felt great to collectively accomplish a week of setting up five pop-up clinics in rural communities around Xela, and providing free medical care and prescriptions to approximately 400 patients. This experience would not have come to fruition without Timmy Global Health’s partnership with Pop Wuj.