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Moving In to Tufts


One of my favorite parts about working for Tufts University is the opportunity to showcase students who might not otherwise get the spotlight. Don’t get me wrong — There are a lot of extremely talented students here that are often the first ones highlighted by the folks in marketing and admissions, and they’re almost always the exception compared to the average student. When it comes down to finding relatable personalities, I often look elsewhere.

This year, I was able to work on a joint project with my colleague, Alonso Nichols, as we highlighted the journey of two students, Anna Rodriguez and Mateo Galeano. Both of these students are part of the BLAST (Bridge to Liberal Arts Success at Tufts) and BEST (Bridge to Engineering Success at Tufts) programs, respectively, which cater to underserved high schools, first-generation students, and/or college placement programs. Anna was coming 15 minutes up I-93 from Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood, getting dropped off by her parents before they had to go to work, while Mateo was hopping on a Greyhound bus by himself from Queens, N.Y. – both neighborhoods that might otherwise be foreign to the typical Tufts University undergraduate.

Our goal was simply to show Anna’s and Mateo’s journey to Medford.

Jonathan Gitlin for the Chronicle of Higher Education

7/21/14 — WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Jonathan Gitlin, senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, poses for a photo on the docks of the MBL's Woods Hole campus on July 21, 2014. Gitlin led the charge to affiliate the MBL with the University of Chicago in 2013 and now has several undergraduates rotating through his research laboratory in the summer. (Kelvin Ma)

7/21/14 — WOODS HOLE, Mass. — Jonathan Gitlin, senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, poses for a photo on the docks of the MBL's Woods Hole campus on July 21, 2014. Gitlin led the charge to affiliate the MBL with the University of Chicago in 2013 and now has several undergraduates rotating through his research laboratory in the summer. (Kelvin Ma)

I headed down to Woods Hole last month for a quick portrait of Jonathan Gitlin, a scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory, to accompany a story in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the growing trend of major universities partnering with independent research institutions. In the case of Gitlin, he led the charge for MBL to partner with the University of Chicago.

Gitlin talked up the partnership big time, and was enthusiastic with his praise for the U of Chicago students he had interning for him over the summer. Having the beautiful waterfront campus as a backdrop, and Gitlin hamming it up big time, was a nice bonus, too.

Spring Semester at Tufts

I fully recognize the disconnect in my writing about the spring semester in mid July, but better late than never, right?

This past spring at Tufts featured fairly diverse range of coverage, from our big centerpiece events like Commencement, National Championships and a whole lot of portraits. This is just a snippet of the hundreds of assignments I shot between January and May.

01/08/2014 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Credentials clerk Pat Roderick makes room on the shelves in Bendetson Hall for more applicant files on Jan. 8, 2014. With the Jan. 1 application deadline passed, staff are now scrambling to get all mailed materials filed and sorted for admissions officers to review. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

01/08/2014 – Medford/Somerville, Mass. – Credentials clerk Pat Roderick makes room on the shelves in Bendetson Hall for more applicant files on Jan. 8, 2014. With the Jan. 1 application deadline passed, staff are now scrambling to get all mailed materials filed and sorted for admissions officers to review. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

01/22/2014 - Somerville, Mass. - Edwin Diaz, E14, poses for a portrait at Cohen Auditorium on Jan. 22, 2014. Diaz, who hopes to work in robotics or automation upon graduation, is also active with the Blackout step dance troupe. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

01/22/2014 – Somerville, Mass. – Edwin Diaz, E14, poses for a portrait at Cohen Auditorium on Jan. 22, 2014. Diaz, who hopes to work in robotics or automation upon graduation, is also active with the Blackout step dance troupe. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/05/2014- Boston, Mass. - Amanda Merikas, D15, looks over her poster one last time before presenting at Bates Andrews Research Day on Mar. 5, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/05/2014- Boston, Mass. – Amanda Merikas, D15, looks over her poster one last time before presenting at Bates Andrews Research Day on Mar. 5, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/10/2014 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Brad Wong, A17, and Rob Jacobson, A16, celebrate with fist pumps after scoring against Connecticut College in their NESCAC tennis match at the Voute Tennis Courts on April 11, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/10/2014 – Medford/Somerville, Mass. – Brad Wong, A17, and Rob Jacobson, A16, celebrate with fist pumps after scoring against Connecticut College in their NESCAC tennis match at the Voute Tennis Courts on April 11, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/07/2014 - Medford, Mass. - Alex Blum, A10, of the Rugged Communications team presents at the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition on April 7, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/07/2014 – Medford, Mass. – Alex Blum, A10, of the Rugged Communications team presents at the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition on April 7, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/21/2014- Natick, Mass. - Members of the Tufts field hockey team are greeted by Tufts Marathon Team coach Don Megerle at Mile 9 of the 2014 Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/21/2014- Natick, Mass. – Members of the Tufts field hockey team are greeted by Tufts Marathon Team coach Don Megerle at Mile 9 of the 2014 Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/19/2014- Medford, Mass. - Amir Mosallaie poses for a portrait on the set of his film, "Chasers," in his apartment on April 19, 2014. Chasers, in which Mosallaie is both acting and directing, is part of a trilogy, focusing on the lives of young adults. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/19/2014- Medford, Mass. – Amir Mosallaie poses for a portrait on the set of his film, "Chasers," in his apartment on April 19, 2014. Chasers, in which Mosallaie is both acting and directing, is part of a trilogy, focusing on the lives of young adults. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/09/2014 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Ben Helm, E14, shows off his muddy face during a rainy pitstop at the Campus Center during the 2014 Provost Century Ride on May 9, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/09/2014 – Medford/Somerville, Mass. – Ben Helm, E14, shows off his muddy face during a rainy pitstop at the Campus Center during the 2014 Provost Century Ride on May 9, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/25/2014 - Somerville, Mass. - Biology graduate student Julia Pilowsky shows off her mohawk at the 16th Annual Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Engineering Student Awards at Granoff Music Center on April 25, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

04/25/2014 – Somerville, Mass. – Biology graduate student Julia Pilowsky shows off her mohawk at the 16th Annual Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Engineering Student Awards at Granoff Music Center on April 25, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

5/18/2014 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Tufts President Anthony P. Monaco walks down the stairs in Ballou Hall to lead Tufts' Commencement activities on May 18, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

5/18/2014 – Medford/Somerville, Mass. – Tufts President Anthony P. Monaco walks down the stairs in Ballou Hall to lead Tufts' Commencement activities on May 18, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/18/2014 - Somerville, Mass. - Ifedayo Akinyemi, MPH14, dances her way out of the Phase II ceremony for the School of Medicine's Public Health and Professional Degree program with her degree at the 158th Commencement for Tufts University on May 18, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/18/2014 – Somerville, Mass. – Ifedayo Akinyemi, MPH14, dances her way out of the Phase II ceremony for the School of Medicine's Public Health and Professional Degree program with her degree at the 158th Commencement for Tufts University on May 18, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/18/2014 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Students line up to receive their degrees at the Phase II ceremony for the Friedman School of Nutrition at the 158th Commencement for Tufts University on May 18, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/18/2014 – Medford/Somerville, Mass. – Students line up to receive their degrees at the Phase II ceremony for the Friedman School of Nutrition at the 158th Commencement for Tufts University on May 18, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/18/2014 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - A member of the undergraduate class of 2014 thanks her parents during the 158th Commencement for Tufts University on May 18, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

05/18/2014 – Medford/Somerville, Mass. – A member of the undergraduate class of 2014 thanks her parents during the 158th Commencement for Tufts University on May 18, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

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