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Greetings, fellow alumni!

The Friedman School Alumni Association is entering its 12th year, and I am excited to build on it success. Our mission is to develop and maintain an active community of engaged alumni. The Association is committed to assisting members of the community achieve their professional and personal goals, as well as supporting the Friedman School’s mission and objectives.
Led by a volunteer Executive Council consisting of 30 members, the association has to date focused on the following key initiatives:

  • Organizing networking and social events, including reunion and alumni career panels.
  • Recruiting volunteers to give career advice to students and other graduates through the Tufts online community.
  • Fundraising to increase alumni participation in the Annual Fund a crucial source of dollars for the school’s top priorities.
  • Hosting programs that build stronger connections between students and graduates.

If you would like to reach an Executive Council member or want to help with association programs, contact Kelly Melcher, Associate Director of Annual Relations in the Friedman School Office of Development and Alumni Relations, at 617-636-3548 or
I look forward to seeing you at Alumni Association events!

Andrew Shao, N00 President, Friedman School Alumni Association



The Friedman School is in a class by itself. As the only graduate school of nutrition in North America, it serves as a vital center of learning for future leaders in the nutrition and health fields. Its research and educational programs help people around the world make smart choices about diet, nutrition, and exercise—solidly backed by cutting-edge science.

Every month, thousands of people rely on the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter for trustworthy information about the latest nutrition research and helpful strategies for healthy living. Does consuming ginger help alleviate arthritis pain? Is the Body Mass Index the right indicator of cardiovascular risk? Can a brisk walk help keep vascular dementia at bay? Research conducted at Tufts is finding answers to these and countless other questions.

The Friedman School's mission is ambitious and increasingly urgent: to advance the nutritional well-being of people worldwide through excellence in research and teaching, and the shaping of public policy. The school achieves this broad mandate by bringing together experts from a variety of fields to explore the myriad ways in which nutrition affects human growth and development, at all stages of life.

At the Friedman School, science lives in service to the world.


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