McDonald and Bust

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Finding John Brown lockup

How Tufts’ art collection registrar Laura McDonald solved the mystery of the lost masterpiece.

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    Tufts History
    The Great Barnum Fire: An Oral History

    When a massive blaze tore through the biology building one night in 1975, it marked a new low for a university already teetering on bankruptcy. Lost forever were decades of irreplaceable research, as well as the stuffed hide of the world’s most famous elephant. Now, four decades later, the people who were there tell the story of the legendary fire…and how it helped turn everything around for Tufts.

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    Science and Technology
    Maestro

    A new artificial intelligence system designed at Tufts has made it faster and easier to learn to play the piano. Is it the future of education?

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    Tufts History
    The Little Magician Who Could

    How former Tufts President Jean Mayer made the Friedman School appear out of thin air.

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Discover - Health, Science, and Technology

  • Dinner with a Difference

    Chef-entrepreneur Theo Friedman A15, is the founder of Theory Kitchen, a business based in New York City that hosts experimental pop-up dinners.
  • The Great Barnum Fire: An Oral History

    When a massive blaze tore through the biology building one night in 1975, destroying irreplaceable research as well as the stuffed hide of the world’s most famous elephant, it marked a new low for a university already teetering on bankruptcy.
  • Thriller Whales

    How Salvatore Cerchio, A85, hit the scientific jackpot

Quick Reads

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Act - Our Humanitarians, Leaders, and Innovators

  • Finding John Brown

    How Tufts’ art collection registrar Laura McDonald solved the mystery of the lost masterpiece.
  • O Pioneer

    Athena Papas passed on Tufts’ dental school because she didn’t want to be the only woman in her class. She finally joined it eight years later as a professor, and her influence has been felt ever since.

Quick Reads

Busts

Create - The Culture Pages

  • Hold the Mayo Clinic

    How Jake Dell, A09, forsook med school to take over the family business—the legendary Katz’s Delicatessen.
  • The Universe Within

    It was only after her death that I really came to know the artist Nancy Holt, J60.
  • The Climb

    Making it to the top, with the love of a good dog.
  • Maestro

    A new computer system designed at Tufts makes it faster to learn to play the piano. Is it the future of education?
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Connect - Keeping Up With the Tufts Community

  • Fair Play

    Mike Balaban, M75, and the fight to end discrimination against LGBT athletes.
  • Artists in Our Midst

    A look at the lives and works of faculty and students at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts.

Quick Reads

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