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2020 Webinars

  • How the Democratic Nomination was Won - May 20

    Join us as Brian Schaffner, Newhouse Professor of Civic Studies, breaks through the rhetoric and breaks down what transpired in the months leading up to the primaries to bring us our 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. This program is offered in conjunction with the Tisch College of Civic Life’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.

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    Presented by
    Brian Schaffner
    Newhouse Professor of Civic Studies, Department of Political Science & Tisch College of Civic Life
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  • The Link Between Oral Health and Systemic Health – Fact or Fiction? - Date TBA
  • Empire of Friends: Soviet Power and Socialist Internationalism in Cold War Czechoslovakia

    Think you know the familiar story of Soviet power in Cold War Eastern Europe? Join Rachel Applebaum, Tufts history professor and author of the newly released, Empire of Friends, as she shows us how the Soviet Union simultaneously promoted a policy of transnational friendship with its Eastern Bloc satellites to create a cohesive socialist world, a project that resulted in a new type of imperial control based on cross-border contacts between ordinary citizens. In a new and fascinating story of cultural diplomacy, interpersonal relations, and the trade of consumer-goods, Rachel will specifically track the rise and fall of the friendship project in Czechoslovakia, as the country evolved after World War II from the Soviet Union's most loyal satellite to its most rebellious.

    This webinar will NOT be recorded. It will not be made available after the fact - to view this presentation you must watch it live.

    Presenter:
    Rachel Applebaum
    Assistant Professor, Modern Russia and Eastern Europe
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  • Quest for a Cure: an Introduction to Drug Discovery

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    Have you ever wondered where new drugs come from, or what’s involved in a clinical trial? What are the challenges facing the drug industry today? In this webinar, we will discuss how drugs are discovered and developed, and we will explore exciting breakthroughs that are changing the drug industry.

    Presented by:
    Joshua Kritzer
    Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemistry, Tufts University
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WEBINARS

View all the past webinars on the Tufts Faculty Webinars Playlist on the Tufts Alumni YouTube Channel.  All webinars are recorded and uploaded 10 business days after the program.

2019 Webinars

  • Bringing Clean Water to Developing Cities

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    Did you know that almost 800 million people around the globe lack access to safe drinking water?  Learn about a novel, low-cost approach that Dr. Pickering has developed with her colleagues to disinfect drinking water in low-income urban communities in Africa and East Asia with the added benefit of improving the health of children in those areas. 

    Presented by:
    Amy Pickering
    Tiampo Family Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Principal Investigator, Pickering Lab
    Tufts School of Engineering

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  • Talking With Kids About Drug and Substance Use…When is the Best Time?

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    Do you know the right time to start speaking with your children about drug and substance use? It’s younger than you think.  Hear from Dr. Skeer about her research in adolescent substance use prevention, learn background on the science behind communication with teens about substance use, and receive some practical advice on discussing drug and alcohol use with teens.

    Presented by:
    Margie Skeer, SC.D., M.P.H., M.S.W.
    Associate Professor, Department of Public Health & Community Medicine
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  • Pet Nutrition Myth Busters: How to Select the Best Food for Your Pet

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    Pet nutrition is becoming more and more confusing, with widespread myths and misinformation. This makes it difficult for pet owners to know what is truly the best food for their pets, and may result in feeding less-than-ideal or even dangerous diets. This talk will address some of owners' most common concerns, such as those about ingredients (grains, by-products, exotic meats), food allergies, organic, and raw diets, as well as questions they should be asking to find the best food for their pets. 

    Presented by: 

    Lisa Freeman, DVM, PhD, DACVN, 

    Professor, Clinical Nutrition, Department of Clinical Science

  • Car Chases, Fight Scenes, and Epic Battles: How Music Impacts your Movie Experience

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    Action scenes in today's movies are more complicated than ever, but few of us realize how important music is to keeping us on the edge of our seats. Car chases, fight scenes, and epic battles all rely on the efforts of the film composer to heighten tension and build filmgoer expectations, and the way these scenes are scored have changed in fascinating ways over time. In this webinar, you will learn about two competing models for accompanying action set-pieces with music: the most up-to-date approach, epitomized by the music of Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, Inception and The Lion King), and a resolutely old-fashioned method still practiced by John Williams (Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Jaws). Professor Lehman will highlight fundamental shifts in movie and movie music aesthetics, as well as some unexpected connections between the two artists who often seem worlds apart.

    Presented by:

    Frank Lehman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Undergraduate Studies

  • Aging Well in the 21st Century: Preventing Falls and Mobility Issues in Older Adults

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    Co-sponsored by the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA)

    Around the world, people are living longer, but having to manage chronic disease as well as loss of bone and muscle mass. This webinar will explore some proven intervention solutions through proper nutrition and physical activity. Whether you are an older adult facing these issues or you’re a caregiver of an older adult, you won’t want to miss this informative session presented by some of the leading researchers in the country on this topic!

    Presented by:

    Sarah L. Booth, Ph.D., Director of the HNRCA, senior scientist and director of the Vitamin K Laboratory

    Roger A. Fielding, Ph.D.Director and senior scientist of the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia (NEPS) Laboratory

    Bess F. Dawson-Hughes, M.D., Director and senior scientist of the Bone Metabolism Laboratory

  • Cybersecurity: What You Need to Know and Why

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    Cybersecurity is now an international crisis impacting every individual, business, and institution. It behooves us all to be more educated and proactive when it comes to our security in the digital realm. Learn more about this pressing issue including misconceptions and fallacies, perceived cybersecurity skills shortage, the sobering reality of most attacks and how to defend yourself and your business, and how Tufts is working to improve cybersecurity.

    Presented by:

    Ming ChowSenior Lecturer, Director of Alumni and Industrial Relations, Computer Science Department

  • The Youth Vote in 2018 and What It Means for the Future of Politics

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    Co-sponsored by the Tisch College of Civic Life

    Citing Tisch College research, TIME Magazine made young activists one of their runners-up for Person of the Year in 2018. Tisch College leads the nation in studying young people; its research is widely used to boost youth engagement in politics, including on our own campus. Tisch researchers will share their insights about what happened with the youth vote 2018, what we can expect for 2019-20, and what Americans should do to engage youth in politics.

    Presented by:

    Peter LevineAssociate Dean, Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs

    Kei Kawashima-GinsbergDirector, Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

2018 and 2017 Webinars

  • The Perils and Promise of Oil Wealth

    How can something as inherently valuable as oil actually contribute to a nation's underdevelopment, and to what extent does this impact those living in oil-rich countries? This webinar starts with an overview of the broader effects of oil on social, political, and economic outcomes and then centers on how oil affects government policy-making towards the growth of the domestic economy and the struggles that oil-rich nations often face in terms of diversifying away from oil.


    What you'll learn:

    • Why entrepreneurs often suffer and black markets thrive in oil-rich nations
    • How alternative energy can imperil a petroleum-based economy
    • Which nations are escaping the fossil fuel trap
    • How the so-called “resource curse” can ultimately affect consumers like you

    Presenter

    Dr. Nimah Mazaheri, associate professor of political science

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  • A Scholar of the Old and the New - Digitizing D'Arcy Thompson's "Glossary of Greek Birds"

    Take an all-star team of Tufts classicists, computer scientists, filmmakers, and biologists. Send them on a collaborative exploration of the work of a pioneer of interdisciplinary research between the sciences and humanities. Sit back and see the results:

    • Extraordinary insights into the work of D’Arcy Thompson, a biologist and classicist who influenced generations of scientists, humanists, and artists
    • Fascinating observations on the symbolism of Greek bird lore
    • Powerful new ways to apply computational methods to the Humanities
    • Exciting strategies for using filmmaking and multi-media to engage new audiences

    Presenters:

    Dr. Marie-Claire Bealieu, associate professor, classics
    Dr. Anthony Bucci, lecturer, computer science
    Dr. Jennifer Burton, professor of the practice and filmmaker, drama and dance
    Dr. Michael Reed, professor, avian ecology and conservation biology

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  • The Great Ape Extinction Crisis

    The great apes are in crisis due to habitat destruction, poaching, and disease, and it is likely that several species will go extinct in the wild in the next 20 years. But people in range countries and here in the United States can help. Educating children is just one step.

    What you'll learn:
    - Why young female chimps leave their families
    - How little Jumbo got her name
    - Why male chimps defend their community boundaries to the death

    Presenter:

    Zarin Machanda, assistant professor of anthropology and biology

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  • Chimpanzee Behavior and the Evolution of Human Warfare 

    Learn about Machanda's 15-year study of the function of social relationships among chimpanzees in Uganda and the importance of conservation at a field site that has the highest density of primates on earth.

    What you'll learn:
    - Why young female chimps leave their families
    - How little Jumbo got her name
    - Why male chimps defend their community boundaries to the death

    Presenter:

    Zarin Machandaassistant professor in anthropology and biology

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