People Notes

People Notes April 2014

Tom Bourdon left his position as director of the LGBT Center on March 14 to become president of the Greater Boston PFLAG. “I feel extremely fortunate to have spent the past five-and-a-half years at Tufts, and that the next phase of my career will allow me to continue serving the LGBTQQIAA community, just in a different capacity,” Bourdon said.

Jacinto Cano Peyró has been appointed as an instructor of prosthodontics and operative dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine. Cano Peyró is a 2012 graduate of the Advanced Education in Esthetic Dentistry Program at Tufts. Last year he was a fellow in the Tufts postgraduate prosthodontics program. Cano Peyró received a D.D.S. degree in 2001 from Alfonso X El Sabio University School of Dental Medicine in Madrid. In 2009, he earned an M.S. in periodontics and implant dentistry from the University of Seville in Spain. He worked in private practice part-time and taught as a clinical instructor of periodontics at Alfonso X El Sabio University and Seville University before joining Tufts. Cano Peyró’s time will be split between the Division of Advanced Graduate Prosthodontics and the Department of Periodontology, and he will teach postgraduate residents in preclinical, clinical, didactic and laboratory settings.

Soha Hassoun, chair and associate professor of computer science, and Kyongbum Lee, chair and associate professor of chemical and biological engineering at the School of Engineering, have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to identify bioactive metabolites generated by the gut microbiota that are involved in the inflammation of adipose tissue in obesity. The discovery of naturally resident bacterial metabolites with anti-inflammatory properties could lead to new, safe treatments for obesity as an inflammatory disease.

Andrew Hoffman, professor of large animal internal medicine at the Cummings School, was an invited speaker at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for its Think Tank on Research Needs for Cell Therapy in Areas of Heart, Lung and Blood in Bethesda, Md., on Feb. 10. His talk was titled “Focus on Cell Therapies for Emphysema.”

Justin Hollander, A96, an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning in the School of Arts and Sciences, was interviewed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for an article in the Winter 2014 issue of Evidence Matters titled “Vacant and Abandoned Properties: Turning Liabilities Into Assets.” Hollander also contributed an opinion piece to the Boston Globe, “A New Tack for Economic Development.”

Anthony Keevan is the new director of administration at the School of Medicine. He has been at Tufts since 2008, working as department manager for the Department of Biology in the School of Arts and Sciences. He has a background in grants administration and general management, having worked at Tulane University in its central budget office and in the auditor’s office for the City of San Diego. Prior to coming to Tufts, Keevan was the director of institutional research at the University of Hartford.

Vanessa Kirsch, J87, a Tisch College board member, and her husband, Alan Khazei, were featured in a recent Fortune magazine and CNN Money piece titled “World’s Greatest Leaders: 9 Dynamic Duos.” Others on the list include Bill and Hillary Clinton and Bill and Melinda Gates. Kirsch is the founder and managing director of New Profit Inc. “Vanessa’s work in nonprofit venture philanthropy embodies the values promoted by Tisch College,” says Alan Solomont, the Pierre and Pamela Omidyar Dean of Tisch College. “Social entrepreneurs like Vanessa and Alan are making an important difference in our world today, and we are so proud to see their hard work and dedication recognized among this list of influential figures.”

Patti Klos, director of Dining and Business Services, is president-elect of the northeast region of the National Association of College and University Food Services; she will take office following the organization’s national conference in Baltimore in July. She will become president in July 2015 and serve through July 2017. She will then serve as past president for another year. Her duties will include leading the regional council, serving on the board for the national association, implementing the regional strategic plan and identifying volunteers to serve on committees and at regional and sub-regional meetings. She will also select regional members for recognition awards.

Alexander Lenail, E16, has been chosen as one of 52 KCPB Engineering Fellows for the coming summer. The venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers runs the highly competitive program, which offers outstanding students from across the country an opportunity to gain experience working on challenging technical, design and product problems while also developing new relationships that are meaningful to their careers. Lenail will be paired with KCPB partner Coursera, which offers online courses from top universities.

Haley Manella, M16, was recently elected Region 1 (New England) director of the student division of the American Medical Women’s Association at the 99th anniversary meeting held March 13–16 in Washington, D.C. The central theme of the meeting was “Women in Medicine: Successfully Facing Future Challenges and Advances.”

Lauren Meade, an associate professor of medicine based at Tufts-affiliated Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., and a Macy Family Scholar, discusses her new interprofessional course focused on care transitions in an interview published by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation website. In particular, she answers questions about hospital discharge training.

Jennifer Bassett Midle is the new biostatistician/epidemiologist in the Division of Advanced and Graduate Education at the School of Dental Medicine. Previously, she had worked for seven years at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts Medical School as a biostatistician in the Biostatistics Research Department, primarily focused on mentoring and teaching for the Sackler School Clinical Research Program’s biostatistics courses. She received a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and an M.P.H. in epidemiology from Columbia University.

William Moomaw, professor emeritus of international environmental policy at the Fletcher School and former director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, recently returned from a board meeting of the Climate Group in London. Moomaw is president of the North American board of directors of the Climate Group, which met to celebrate the organization’s 10th anniversary and to develop a strategic plan on joint emissions reduction for the next two to three years. Moomaw co-chaired Fletcher’s third Arctic inquiry, “Warming Arctic: Development, Stewardship and Science,” on March 3–4. Additionally, he chaired the closing panel of the Tufts Energy Conference, “The Great Debate: Renewables vs. Fossil Fuels vs. Development.” The Fletcher Forum launched the 2014 Global Risk Forum on climate change with his article “From Failure to Success: Reframing the Climate Treaty.” Moomaw also headed an advisory team that evaluated the environmental studies program at Bowdoin College.

Rodney Nishimoto, D15, won first prize in the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA)’s pre-doctoral student essay contest. His essay, “Orifmev: An Old Drug Becomes New Again,” was judged with other submissions from dental students across the country. This is the third time in the last eight years that a student at the School of Dental Medicine has won the award. Nishimoto will receive a cash prize and attend the annual meeting of the ADSA in Palm Springs, Calif., in April.

Tarunjeet Pabla, DI08, assistant professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Service at the School of Dental Medicine, was appointed the new director of the dental school’s outreach program based at the Josiah Quincy School in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood. Pabla will manage the school-based oral-health program and provide oral-health education, prevention, restorative and referral services in targeting those underserved within the Chinatown community. She completed dental training in India and at Tufts. She also received an M.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in oral maxillofacial radiology, and brings knowledge and training in pediatric and preventive dentistry to this new full-time role. Third-year dental students at Tufts will also benefit from training in a public school environment.

Laurence Senelick, the Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory, traveled to London during spring break to lecture on “Marble Bust and Feet of Clay: Stanislavsky’s Reputation” at the Stanislavski Centre of the Rose Bruford College. The talk was based on his recent book, Stanislavsky: A Life in Letters (Routledge). Senelick also gave lectures on Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull for the Huntington Theatre and Boston University’s adult education program.

Donna Slonim, an associate professor of computer science in the School of Engineering, and Diana Bianchi, the Natalie V. Zucker Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Tufts School of Medicine, received funding from the National Institutes of Health for their research on “A Molecular Assessment of the Consequences of Preterm Birth.” The project will lead to better management of complications arising from premature birth, a better understanding of the long-term consequences and new therapeutic approaches to prevent lifelong disabilities.

Shinsuke Tanaka, an assistant professor of economics at the Fletcher School and a core faculty member of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, has an article titled “Abolishing User Fees, Fertility Choice and Educational Attainment,” co-authored with Takahiro Ito, under review at an academic journal.

Huw F. Thomas, dean of Tufts School of Dental Medicine, is chair-elect of the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) board of directors. Members of the ADEA House of Delegates elected Thomas during their meeting at the 2014 ADEA annual session and exhibition in San Antonio, Texas. “As dental educators, we have a unique opportunity to help shape the future of our profession; we should be passionate and bold and embrace that opportunity,” says Thomas. “As such, I am deeply honored and most privileged to have been elected for the position of chair-elect of the ADEA Board of Directors.” Thomas also holds an appointment as professor of pediatric dentistry at the dental school.

Loring Tu, a professor of mathematics in the School of Arts and Sciences, gave a lecture on “Computing Integrals Using Fixed Points” at Humboldt University in Berlin in March. He was a guest at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, Germany, in February and March.

Diane Welsh joined the Clinical Sciences Department at the Cummings School on April 1 as the clinical trials technician. She transferred from the Foster Hospital for Small Animals, where she was the head dialysis technician.

Alyson Yee, A12, is doing a year of postgraduate study in France through a Fulbright Scholarship for 2013–14. Her work in professor of biology Barry Trimmer’s laboratory at Tufts and Rachel Dutton’s laboratory at Harvard University and a semester studying in Nantes, France, inspired her to do additional research abroad in microbiology. Yee is studying at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in Rennes, France, where her research focuses on characterizing the flavor compounds produced by propionibacteria in Swiss cheeses. Strains of these bacteria are responsible for creating the holes in these cheeses.