The Most-Read Stories on Tufts Now in 2022

Our most popular content ranged from food and nutrition to the incoming class and our new president—and having too much stuff

It’s always interesting to see what pieces make it into the top 10 most popular stories on Tufts Now—some you can predict, others less so. New president? Check. Impressive new class of undergraduates? Check. Great news for the Jumbo athletics program? Check.

But then there are some others that simply catch on: how our brains work while doing online puzzles, the potential of a targeted cancer vaccine, red meat and health.

And there’s the Tell Me More podcast from May. The topic was what to keep and what to let go. Clearly, many of us have too much stuff, and are looking for advice or validation on that count.

Enjoy the list and catch up on what you might have missed.

prospective students and their families on a tour of the Tufts Medford/Somerville campus

Photo: Anna Miller

An Early Look at the Undergraduate Class of 2026

With a rise in applications, students admitted to Tufts for the fall are diverse and eager to make the world a better place.


a slab of barely cooked steak

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Research Links Red Meat Intake, Gut Microbiome, and Cardiovascular Disease in Older Adults 

Microbiome-related metabolites, blood sugar, and general inflammation appear more important than blood cholesterol or blood pressure in mediating heart disease risk associated with meat intake.



Sunil Kumar

Photo: Alonso Nichols

Sunil Kumar Appointed Tufts University’s Next President

Provost and senior vice president at Johns Hopkins University, Kumar will begin as Tufts’ 14th president on July 1, 2023.



illustration of a torso with many points highlighted and linked

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New Targeted Cancer Vaccines Eliminate Tumors and Prevent Recurrence in Mice

Tufts researchers devise an mRNA-based cancer vaccine delivered directly into the lymphatic system, leading to a more potent response than other cancer vaccines.



an open book in a field of grass

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Summer Book Recommendations 2022

Members of the Tufts community share their favorite works of fiction and nonfiction—classics, hidden gems, and recent releases.



different foods with numerical scores attached

Photo illustration: Heather Burke

Eat Healthier With the Help of a New Food Scoring System

Food Compass, a research-driven guide by Friedman School scientists, grades ingredients—and entire meals—to steer you to better nutrition.



people marching in Russian city

Photo: Elena Peremet/Alamy

The Long History of Russia and War

Understanding how deeply embedded war is in Russia’s view of itself may help us understand the invasion of Ukraine, says the Tufts author of Russia: The Story of War.



collage of photos of six college sports

Photos: Anna Miller, Jacob Walton, Ricky Bassman, Manuela Davies. Photo collage: Momo Shinzawa

Tufts Named the Top Athletics Program in Its NCAA Division

The Jumbos were the winningest sports program among more than 400 colleges and universities in Division III last year, taking home the Learfield Directors’ Cup for the first time.



a smartphone with the game Wordle on it

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What Our Brains Do When We Play Wordle

A Tufts psychologist explains the appeal of the simple word game that took social media by storm.



a man seated in a garage surrounded by lots of stuff

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How to Decide What to Keep and What to Let Go

A Tell Me More podcast shares stories about choosing what’s worth holding on to, from Dad’s books to old home movies to endangered animals

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