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Scientific Collaboration

With the school year starting back up again, The Chronicle of Higher Education sent me out to Emmanuel College to showcase some of their scientific research and collaborations.

Up until 10 years ago, Emmanuel was a women’s college with declining enrollment. But after opening their doors for co-ed enrollment, they’ve been growing with an increasing emphasis in science. A big part of that is the college’s partnership with pharmaceutical giant Merck, which opened a facility on campus across the driveway from Emmanuel’s science building.

Here are some of the folks I met when I was taking a look at Emmanuel.

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Emmanuel College professor Joe Kurtz, who conducts his research on immunology in the new Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on campus, stands for a portrait on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Emmanuel College professor Joe Kurtz, who conducts his research on immunology in the new Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on campus, stands for a portrait on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Emmanuel College Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer Joyce De Leo poses for a portrait on campus as the pharmaceutical company Merck's new looms behind her Aug. 16, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Emmanuel College Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer Joyce De Leo poses for a portrait on campus as the pharmaceutical company Merck's new looms behind her Aug. 16, 2011. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Mike Craig, a rising senior at Emmanuel College, prepares stacks mouse brains to be sliced in professor Joe Kurtz's immunology research lab in the Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Mike Craig, a rising senior at Emmanuel College, prepares mouse brains to be sliced in professor Joe Kurtz's immunology research lab in the Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Harry Powell, a rising junior at Emmanuel College, prepares lab samples in professor Joe Kurtz's immunology research lab in the Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Harry Powell, a rising junior at Emmanuel College, prepares lab samples in professor Joe Kurtz's immunology research lab in the Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Matt DeFazio, a rising sophomore at Emmanuel College, prepares light-sensitive samples in professor Joe Kurtz's immunology research lab in the Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Matt DeFazio, a rising sophomore at Emmanuel College, prepares light-sensitive samples in professor Joe Kurtz's immunology research lab in the Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center on Aug. 16, 2011. With no graduate science programs, Kurtz's team of lab assistants is comprised exclusively of undergraduates. (Kelvin Ma)


8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Emmanuel College's Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center is flanked by pharmaceutical company Merck's on-campus facility on Aug. 16, 2011. Merck has partnered with the college, holding a long-term lease to the complex adjacent to the school's own science building. (Kelvin Ma)

8/16/11 -- BOSTON -- Emmanuel College's Maureen Murphy Wilkins Science Center is flanked by pharmaceutical company Merck's on-campus facility on Aug. 16, 2011. Merck has partnered with the college, holding a long-term lease to the complex adjacent to the school's own science building. (Kelvin Ma)

What’s Up, Docs?

I’m a little late to post here, but once Tufts Commencement wrapped up, I was pretty much on a plane headed to San Francisco for a much-needed vacation (some of those pics to come). That just means that this next set of photos have just been sitting by the wayside while I’ve been getting a little R&R.

In addition to general Commencement coverage of the main event — you know, honorary degrees, big name speakers, lots of pomp, not so much circumstance — I was tasked with covering the commencement ceremony for the Tufts University School of Medicine. For our general commencement coverage, our team was divided up into separate sectors of the quad. Here’s a look at what our team accomplished in the morning: http://now.tufts.edu/packages/commencement-2011

As a one man crew at the Medical commencement, I was allowed a lot more liberty to just wander around and make what I thought were interesting pictures, without having to worry about snapping frames of people with famous names. Here’s a sampling of what I saw:

05/22/2011 - Medford, Mass. - From left, Katherine Dunn, Margarita Ebril, David Johnson Einstein, Norah Emara and Daniel Fay, all M11, wait to receive their degrees during commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011 - Medford, Mass. - From left, Katherine Dunn, Margarita Ebril, David Johnson Einstein, Norah Emara and Daniel Fay, all M11, wait to receive their degrees during commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - Matthew Dong, M11, receives his hood during commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - Matthew Dong, M11, receives his hood during commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - A newly graduated physician receives his hood as family members wave to other graduates during commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - A newly graduated physician receives his hood as family members wave to other graduates during commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - A relative of a graduate sings and dances in his seat during commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - A relative of a graduate sings and dances in his seat during commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - Tufts Medical graduates complete their degrees by reciting the Hippocratic Oath as Sackler students, front, follow along, during commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - Tufts Medical graduates complete their degrees by reciting the Hippocratic Oath as Sackler students, front, follow along, during commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - Eliza Bullis, M11, hugs a friend after commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - Eliza Bullis, M11, hugs a friend after commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - Jina Lee Sinskey's, M11, fan club of friends and family came dressed in custom t-shirts for commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/22/2011- Medford, Mass. - Jina Lee Sinskey's, M11, fan club of friends and family came dressed in custom t-shirts for commencement for the Tufts University School of Medicine on May 22, 2011. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

Congratulations to the newest Tufts doctors!

Ace in the Hole

I’m going to do a little cross posting from some of my work activities, mostly because we’ve been real busy over at Tufts working on some pretty cool stories. It would be a shame to not showcase at least some of that work over here on my blog, as well.

20110303 - Medford, Mass. -  Marcell Babai (A11), a quantitative economics major, is also an accomplished magician specializing in slight-of-hand tricks. Photographed in the photo studio on Mar. 3, 2011...(Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

3.3.2011 -- MEDFORD, Mass. -- Marcell Babai (A11), a quantitative economics major, is also an accomplished magician specializing in slight-of-hand tricks. Kelvin Ma/Tufts University

A few months ago, I started working on a project with Tufts senior Marcell Babai, who is a professional magician and sleight of hand artist. The guy is pretty good at what he does. What initially started as a portrait project and a video demo turned into something a little more expansive. As slick as he was performing in my studio, his personality was just too powerful to be in a controlled environment. So, we decided to capture the master out in his element — working a room and doing his thing.

Here’s the video piece Emily Zilm and I shot together a few weeks ago:

To read the printed story, head on over to the Tufts University news site, TuftsNow.

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