Alex Viveros is the Science Editor, Investigative Editor and a former Editor in Chief at The Tufts Daily. He is a senior studying biology and community health, and his work has been featured in Science Magazine. Alex is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and can be reached at [email protected]

Tracking COVID-19 at Tufts

Last updated: 5/13/2021 at 5:34 p.m. (EDT) The Medford/Somerville campus reported no new cases on Tuesday, May 11, down from one the day before. The seven-day trailing average number of new cases on the Medford/Somerville campus was 0.29 on May 11, down from 0.43 the day before. Two new COVID-19 cases were reported from May […]

University officials ‘very strongly encourage’ students to receive COVID-19 boosters

COVID-19 vaccine boosters will be strongly recommended — but not yet required — for students across Tufts’ campuses, university officials told the Daily last week. Testing frequency and pandemic protocols are also currently expected to remain unchanged going into the Spring semester. The guidance comes alongside a rise in cases across the country and the […]

This Week in Science: Moderna boosters approved, koala chlamydia vaccine trial starts, NASA launches spaceship, leading primate center to be shut down

FDA authorizes booster shots for Moderna and J&J vaccines An FDA advisory panel unanimously voted last week to approve the use of a booster shot for the Moderna vaccine and again voted unanimously yesterday to approve a booster for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Moderna’s booster only applies to certain groups of people, such as […]

This week in Science: FDA okays e-cig, first malaria vaccine approved, toilet bats discovered

FDA authorizes e-cigarette marketing for the first time The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted market authorization to an electronic cigarette company for the first time on Tuesday, approving certain products for sale in the United States. The FDA approved three products from R.J. Reynolds Vapor Company’s brand, Vuse, in an effort to diminish the […]

Tufts reports 351 COVID-19 cases in spring semester

Medford/Somerville campus A total of 351 COVID-19 cases were reported on the Medford/Somerville campus since the Daily started tracking the number of cases on Jan. 16. The number represents an increase in new COVID-19 cases reported this semester than in the fall. Prior to Jan. 16, a total of 202 cases were reported on the […]

Racial, ethnic inequities apparent in Medford and Somerville vaccine administration

The cities of Medford and Somerville reported that 37.01% and 33.36% of their residents, respectively, have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data released by both cities last week. When broken down by race/ethnicity, both cities show that white residents are the most vaccinated group per capita.

Soundtrack to the end of the world: A world post-pandemic, part 1

For this last column, I asked my friends to share a bit of what they’re looking forward to as a post-pandemic world starts to come into focus. They sent me songs of rumination and rest and, most of all, celebration.

Soundtrack to the End of the World: The best storytellers in hip-hop

When Jess asked me to write for this column this week, I realized something that I hadn’t before; a large number of my friends, even those I’ve been tight with for a lot of my college life, don’t know what my music taste is. The truth is, I usually keep my favorite songs private because I think they’re best appreciated in moments alone. I like to reserve my music for late-night walks back home from the Daily office, or long nighttime drives in California.

Carmichael Dining Center to be rebranded as gluten, peanut, tree nut-free establishment

In addition to a complete menu redesign to accommodate those with a gluten, peanut or tree nut allergy — the three most common food allergies on the Medford/Somerville campus — the dining center will also undergo a complete rebranding and unspecified name change, according to Kelly Shaw, Tufts Dining nutrition specialist. Shaw has been conducting focus groups with students with food allergies and using their feedback to determine what the menu of the new dining center will look like.

Women’s lacrosse wins 17–5 in first game since start of pandemic

Saturday’s win places the Jumbos at the top of the NESCAC conference, and with the limited season, every game counts. Given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year, the team is grateful to be able to play this season.