Yanqing Huang is the former Production Director at the Tufts Daily. She is a sophomore studying Biology and Community Health. Yanqing can be reached at [email protected].

Silk protein modified to repel water in study that may guide construction of future medical devices

What do a non-stick pan, a raincoat and a medical stent have in common? They all have water-repelling properties that resist water uptake or degradation by hydrolysis. Hydrophobicity, the capacity to not interact with water, is important as we are consistently in contact with water in the external environment and inside our cells. A recent […]

Are some foods as healthy as you think? New ‘compass’ scores food, guides consumer choices

Movies, TV shows, music albums, hotels, restaurants and many other things have rating systems that can help consumers decide which product is best for them. Foods are no exception. The Food Compass, a brand-new nutrient profiling system developed by a team at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, incorporates 54 food attributes across […]

This Week in Science: Children allowed COVID-19 vaccine, singing lemurs, pig kidneys, flamingo makeup

FDA panel recommends authorization of COVID-19 vaccine for younger children A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted on Tuesday to recommend the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 years old. The FDA is not bound by the panel’s decision, but it is expected to act accordingly and grant emergency-use authorization for the vaccine […]

Like humans, this species of songbird can understand rhythm, Tufts study finds

Imagine two metronomes: one ticking with each beat equally spaced apart and the other clicking with a messy, inconsistent rhythm. Most people would find that the second metronome sounds out of place. But would an animal be able to tell the same? A recent study shows that the ability to recognize rhythm may be intrinsic […]

Letter from the Managing Board: Celebrating 41 years

Today marks the 41st anniversary of The Tufts Daily. While we don’t often talk about ourselves, we’d like to use these pages on our anniversary to celebrate our accomplishments and acknowledge the work that lies ahead. 

Positive COVID-19 case at Dewick incites worry, anger from workers over protocol

There was a recent upset among workers in Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. The dining hall was only closed for the morning after the employee was found to be positive, but other employees thought it should be closed all day, and that protocols for COVID-19 closures should be made clearer […]

University health officials urge students to follow health guidelines as Thanksgiving break nears

Officials may consider additional measures such as new procedures for campus dining and reduction of the 10-person gathering size, if cases on campus continue to rise, according to Michael Jordan, university infection control health director. 

Higher number of students expected to return to campus for spring semester

Executive Administrative Dean for the School of Arts and Sciences Christopher Helmuth said responses received thus far indicate a higher percentage of students may be on campus this spring.

University committee builds on 2013 diversity report to encourage equity, inclusion

The committee is composed of faculty, staff and students and is chaired by Bárbara Brizuela, dean of academic affairs for the School of Arts and Sciences, Nandi Bynoe, associate dean of diversity and inclusion,  and Jacqueline Dejean, assistant dean of research and assistant dean for diversity and inclusion.