Droplets Event

Our recent Droplets event, co-sponsored by the Art Gallery, was a great success – and a lot of fun! We heard nine brief presentations on topics related to water. An insightful look at the water bottle industry and a speech by sophomore Alex Zolinger on the Thirst Project and the global water crisis were just a few of the highlights. Thanks to all our speakers!


Check out some of the photos from the event below.

New Music Ensemble NME is Tufts’ premiere group for avant-garde music, improvisation, and collaborative arts. NME was founded in 1990 by John McDonald and Katherine Bergeron. NME has performed throughout New England and commissioned works by several established composers. Many of its members have gone on to distinguished careers in the music field.

Angelina Zhou Angelina is a senior at Tufts University, studying what she considers “people and their big ideas” by way of international contemporary art and entrepreneurship. She continues to explore creative innovation through brand planning & strategy in the realm of advertising and has a penchant for consumer products.

Alex Zoringer  Alex is a sophomore at Tufts from Dayton, Ohio majoring in International Relations with a concentration in Global Health, Nutrition, and the Environment and a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. He has founded the Thirst Project at Tufts and intends to pursue social entrepreneurship in the future.

Laura Reed Laura Read is a PhD student in the Environmental and Water Resources Engineering program at Tufts as well as a fellow in the IGERT – Water Diplomacy program.  Laura’s research is on risk and decision-making surrounding water issues around the world.

Sarah Cohen  Sarah Cohen attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in association with Tufts University (class of 2012). She holds a BFA and a minor in art history. Sarah works in glass but recently she has been using chocolate, ice, and plastic bags. Sarah is currently pursuing a certificate in museum studies from Tufts.

Linda Backe Linda is a REAL student at Tufts working toward her BA in Drama and Dance. She is a lyricist, poet, actress and author and hopes to complete a musical entitled, Real Women have Garage Sales.

Stephanie Galaitsis and Jessica Morrison Stephanie Galaitsis learned about the severity of global water issues, especially in the Middle East, through travel. Jessica Morrison developed a strong interest in water issues during undergrad and now works with environmental consulting and engineering firms. Both are currently pursuing a Master’s in Environmental Engineering at Tufts.

Haley Ernyey and David Sokoler  Hayley Ernyey is a sophomore who loves any water-related activity. Her passion for whitewater kayaking stemmed from a 45-day canoe trip in Nunavut, Canada. David Sokoler is a senior at tufts majoring in political science who has a strong passion for whitewater and sea kayaking.

Katie Gloede, John McDonald, and Elizabeth Erenberg  Katie Gloede is a graduate student in the music department, focusing on flute performance.

John McDonald John McDonald is a composer who tries to play the piano and a pianist who tries to compose. He is Professor of Music and Music Department Chair at Tufts University, where he teaches composition, theory, and performance. Elizabeth Erenberg is a performer and teacher throughout Massachusetts. In addition to her musical endeavors, Elizabeth is also the Coordinator of Music Events at Tufts University’s Granoff Music Center.