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]

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.

Tufts medical students match into residencies, handle pandemic-influenced process

Becca Bell, a fourth-year medical student who recently matched at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for otolaryngology, explained how TUSM’s Maine Track program guided her career choices. As part of the Maine program, Bell did her third and fourth years of medical school at Maine Medical Center.

Initial findings from Tufts Medical Center study show promise in diagnosing infants with rare genetic conditions

The study, which to date has enrolled over 250 infants suspected of having genetic conditions, has already saved lives. Dr. Jill Maron and Dr. Jonathan Davis, who together serve as principal investigators of the study, shared the story of an infant who presented with seizures shortly after birth.

Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks about COVID-19, differences in Trump, Biden administrations

Dr. Anthony Fauci spoke about his journey through medicine, HIV/AIDS activism, the COVID-19 pandemic and the intersections of public health and politics in a live-streamed conversation with the Tufts community on Monday. In the discussion, Fauci suggested that political divisiveness may have posed a barrier in the United States’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Campus Safety and Policing workstream highlights possibilities for TUPD reform, arming status to be revisited

The report addressed the presence and role of TUPD officers on campus. Along with the recommendations regarding the arming status of police officers on campus, the section advocated for the outsourcing of current TUPD responsibilities to non-police-officer personnel.