Challenges of HIV
After I returned from the International AIDS Conference
in Bangkok, the summer issue of Tufts Magazine and
Karyn Kaplan’s smiling face (“A Voice for HIV/AIDS”)
brought back my “Thai smile.” My thanks to
Tufts Magazine for its continuing features on alumni
doing truly good works. Too much American (and much “globalized”)
culture touts elitism, celebrating “successes” because
of their money, power, and mutual servicing of each
other. Articles such as yours help all of us, and no
doubt open our younger fellows to realize expanded
possibilities for choosing lives worth living.
Karyn is a gift to all of us facing the challenges of
HIV/AIDS and an example of how fulfilled an American
can still be! She and her fellows of all backgrounds
and nationalities share a mutually illuminating empowerment
and unconditional care and love for each other. Thank
you for sharing her story with us. May we be more motivated
to do our parts, and not be afraid to acknowledge and
work to change the inequities throughout our country
Augustus Nasmith, Jr. F67
Thank you for your excellent work in producing Tufts
Magazine. I thoroughly enjoy reading the diverse and
interesting careers my fellow alumni have pursued.
I especially enjoyed the article “A Voice for
I am working as an M.D. for the Cook County Department
of Corrections, acting as the clinical coordinator
of HIV services at the Cook County Jail, the largest
single-site jail facility in the United States. Of
the more than 11,000 inmates, approximately 100–150
are known to be HIV+, with another substantial percentage
undiagnosed/ undisclosed. At most jails/prisons, once
the inmate is released, he/she is essentially “cut
loose” from the system. Through the help of local
and federal grants, we provide inmates with help after
their release, including access to the CORE Center,
a free-standing outpatient facility that provides free
or low-cost outpatient healthcare to HIV+ residents
of Illinois. I run a clinic at the CORE Center where
the releasees can come as “walk-in” patients
and receive treatment for their HIV. Although our system
is imperfect, we are constantly working to improve
our efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and service to
the most underserved populations in Chicago.
Dr. Chad Zawitz, A93
I am stunned that you would portray both Tufts and the Tufts Magazine in such
a poor light by choosing to put the photo of the president of the Tufts Democratic
Club, Adam Blickstein, on the cover while wearing his baseball hat backwards.
Someone should tell young Blickstein that if he turned his hat around, his
IQ would go up 50 points!
George A. Bleyle, A64
Where are My
I had dinner with five Tufts classmates and all of us had received the summer
2004 issue of Tufts Magazine. We were somewhat disappointed with the content
of the magazine and wish that Tufts would celebrate and publish the broader
successes of its alumni. For example, it would be interesting to hear about
Dan Barber, A92, whose latest restaurant (Blue Hill at Stone Barn) has received
numerous accolades, including reviews in the New York
Times and New York Magazine.
He was also named one of Food and Wine’s Best New Chefs a few years ago.
Another example is Ben Silverman, A92, CEO of Reveille, whose roster includes
the reality show The Restaurant, or Chris Stone, A92, who is an editor at Sports
Illustrated and is launching a new product.
Tufts was such a wonderful experience for all of us and the school has really
helped to shape our lives. Tufts Magazine does not seem to adequately publicize
all the wonderful contributions that our alumni are making.
Alta Yen, J92
New York, NY
correction: In “Outstanding
Work” on page 53 of the summer issue, the two
people in the photo should have been identified as
Sharan L. Schwartzberg, professor and chair, BSOT,
and Judi Zazula, BSOT 82.