People Notes

People Notes April 2016

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Katie Gallagher is the new assistant director for donor communications in University Advancement. She comes to Tufts from her alma mater, Sacred Heart University in Connecticut, where she most recently was assistant director of alumni relations. She will support writing priorities, including briefings, gift proposals and acknowledgements.

Jorge Herrera, G15, has joined the digital services team of Tufts’ Communications and Marketing department as an associate web developer. He most recently worked at the Startup Institute. He received his MFA, with a concentration in studio art, from the joint program of Tufts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. In his new role, he will support email campaigns and other online materials, among other projects.

Monica Jimenez joined the university’s Communications and Marketing team as a senior writer/editor, focusing on advancement communications. She comes to Tufts from the Cambridge Community Foundation, and previously worked with Gatehouse Media New England as a reporter for newspapers in Chelmsford, Arlington and Somerville. She won the Rookie of the Year award from the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA), and received a NENPA first-place award for social issues features for a three-part series on group homes. She received a B.A. in English, with a minor in Spanish, from Skidmore College.

Erin Jung is a new associate director of prospect management in the prospect development team in University Advancement. For the past 10 years, she had been the owner and principal of Jung Prospect Research, where she provided a variety of prospect research, prospect management and reporting services to clients across the country. Prior to that, was the prospect research manager at the St. Louis Art Museum and held research roles at both Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University in St. Louis. 

Mikal Morello joined the digital services team in Communications and Marketing as a new front-end developer. Morello comes to Tufts from Boston College, where he was an interface designer and developer. His work will involve maintaining and further developing existing University Relations sites, and developing code and standards to help implement the Tufts visual identity across web systems university-wide.

Jimmy Nguyen has joined the outreach and engagement team in the Office of Alumni Relations. As the alumni relations officer for class reunions and annual giving, he focuses on reunions, fundraising and volunteer management. Before coming to Tufts, he worked in private equity as an accountant. He is a 2014 graduate of Hamilton College.

Melissa Pezzano joined the School of Dental Medicine as administrative coordinator of the postdoctoral program in prosthodontics. She had worked at Tufts Medical Center as a member of the administrative team supporting the administrative leadership, physicians, practice managers and residents.

Chris Ray has stepped into the newly created role of associate director of advancement information systems, in which he will manage business analysis, training, quality assurance and advancement systems support areas. Previously he was director of development at Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries and the director of annual giving at Tufts School of Medicine.   

Nicole Rodriguez joined the digital services team of Communications and Marketing as an information architect/content manager. Rodriguez comes to Tufts via the Startup Institute. Her work will initially be to support and train central administration/school clients on the WordPress (Thinwire) content management system.

Alice Shah is the new associate director of volunteer management in the Tufts Fund team in University Advancement. Prior to joining the university, she was the associate director of the Boston College Fund, managing reunion volunteers and working to increase alumni giving and participation.

Robin Smyton, A09, has assumed the role of public relations specialist in Communications and Marketing’s Office of Public Relations, focusing on publicity and media relations for the Medford/Somerville campus. She joined the Office of Public Relations in 2009 as an administrative assistant, following her graduation from Tufts with a major in English and a minor in mass communications and media studies. Smyton was promoted to public relations coordinator last year.

Eliza Tadley, A10, is a new programmer analyst in advancement information systems. She returns to Tufts from Karen Clark and Co. in Boston, where she was a senior risk analyst. 



Linda Abriola, a University Professor and director of the Tufts Institute of the Environment, is one of five eminent scientists named U.S. Science Envoys by the State Department. Science envoys work internationally to develop partnerships, improve collaboration and forge mutually beneficial relationships in an effort to stimulate increased scientific cooperation and foster economic prosperity. Abriola, the former dean of Tufts School of Engineering, is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. As a science envoy, she will focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and engineering in the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Central Asia.

Saloni Angra, D16, was awarded second place for her essay “Ropivacaine: The Future?” from the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology in its 2016 student essay contest.

Thomas Biederer, an associate professor in neuroscience at the School of Medicine, is one of four researchers to receive a 2016 Scientific Innovations Award from the Brain Research Foundation. The awards support creative, cutting-edge research in well-established research laboratories. Biederer’s work focuses on how nerve cells in the brain communicate with each other through the cellular connections called synapses.

Margery Davies, associate dean of faculty affairs in the School of Arts and Sciences, will retire on Aug. 31 after 28 years at Tufts. Over the past two decades, she has been responsible for all aspects of the faculty hiring process for both full-time and part-time faculty in the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering. She also serves as a Title IX liaison for the Office of Equal Opportunity and is a member of the AS&E Equal Educational Opportunity Committee, the AS&E Diversity Fund Committee and the university-wide working groups for diversity and inclusion. In addition, she leads the AS&E Faculty Transitional Housing Program and helps to develop, implement and communicate policies related to work-life issues through her role on the AS&E Faculty Work/Life Committee. A sociologist with a doctorate from Brandeis University, she is an editor and author of books, articles and reviews on child and family policy and on women and work. Her book Woman’s Place Is at the Typewriter: Office Work and Office Workers, 1870-1930 (Temple University Press, 1982) is an analysis of the feminization of clerical work in the United States. With Francine Jacobs, an associate professor of urban and environmental policy and planning, she edited More Than Kissing Babies? Current Child and Family Policy in the United States (Greenwood Publishing Group, 1994). Davies began her career at Tufts in 1988 as the administrator of the community health program.

Scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts have been honored by the American Society of Nutrition (ASN). Jeffrey B. Blumberg, senior scientist in the Antioxidant Lab and a professor at the Friedman School, received the Mary Swartz Rose Senior Investigator Award, given to an investigator for outstanding research on the safety and efficacy of bioactive compounds for human health. Sarah Booth, associate director of the HNRCA and director of its Vitamin K Lab, was honored with the Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Nutritional Sciences Award, given in recognition of recent investigative contributions of significance to the basic understanding of human nutrition. Alice H. Lichtenstein, the Stanley N. Gershoff Professor at the Friedman School and a senior scientist in the HNRCA Cardiovascular Lab, received the David Kritchevsky Career Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding career in nutrition. The recipients of the ASN awards program represent the most prestigious professionals in nutrition science. All awards will be presented during the ASN Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting this month in San Diego.

Chantal Hardy, G15, administrative assistant in the Department of English, is raising awareness about sustainability by biking in the 300-plus-mile, five-day Climate Ride California from May 22 to 26. A visual artist, arts educator, bike commuter and former eco ambassador, Hardy hopes her ride will encourage people to think about sustainability issues and to support local alternative transportation infrastructure; she’ll also ride to raise funds to support local organizations working to address these issues, including Bikes Not Bombs and the Boston Cyclists Union.

Elaina Kazes, D14, a resident in the general practice program at the School of Dental Medicine, has been named the Special Care Fellow in Advanced General Dentistry at the school for the 2015-16 academic year in recognition of her interest in public health dentistry. The fellowship is designed to help meet the needs of highly vulnerable populations, particularly those with special needs and developmental disabilities.  

Britta Magnuson, an assistant professor in diagnostic sciences and assistant director of biostatistics and experimental design at the School of Dental Medicine, was named the 2016-17 ADEA/Sunstar Americas/Harry W. Bruce, Jr. Legislative Fellow. She will work in advocacy and governmental relations for three months at the American Dental Education Association Policy Center.

Morton Rosenberg, D74, a professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the School of Dental Medicine, received a Special Award of Appreciation from the Pierre Fauchard Academy for his exemplary service to the dental profession. Rosenberg will retire and become an emeritus professor at the end of this school year. He rose through the ranks after starting at Tufts in 1977; he is also a professor of anesthesiology in the School of Medicine and senior anesthetist at Tufts Medical Center. He is the author of Medical Emergencies in Dental Practice, as well as more than 85 other publications. After he retires, he’ll continue to work at the dental school as a part-time faculty member.

Deeb Salem, physician-in-chief at Tufts Medical Center and professor and chair of medicine at Tufts medical school, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with the Special Award for Excellence in Medical Service in recognition of his dedication to his patients and the general public. He will receive the honor, one of the organization’s most prestigious, at the society’s annual meeting in Boston on May 5. Salem has guided generations of Tufts medical students and residents. He is the author of more than 170 publications and is an expert in coronary artery disease and congestive heart failure. He has served the medical society as a member of its Committee on Publications for 13 years, including three as vice chair; has chaired the Committee on Sponsored Programs since 2010; and has been a member of the Task Force on Maintenance of Licensure.


Ideas and Travel

Faculty in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine traveled widely in February to further collaborative projects. Hellen Amuguni, an assistant professor who earned her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from Cummings, and Rick Speare, an adjunct professor, traveled to Eldoret, Kenya, to conduct a needs assessment at Moi University as part of plans to develop an online public health program. Amuguni also traveled to Kampala, Uganda, to meet with new One Health Central and East Africa Secretariat personnel and to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to meet with the USAID mission and others. Stan Fenwick, a research professor, traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand, to participate in the Global Health Institute’s Training of Trainers workshop, and to Nha Trang, Vietnam, to conduct a workshop on the development of a zoonosis teaching module for veterinary schools in Vietnam. Fenwick also traveled to South Sulawesi, Indonesia, to evaluate in-service training for infectious disease outbreak response. Patrick Skelly, professor, presented “Schistosomes and Hemostasis” at the Symposium for International Research and Innovations in Schistosomiasis meeting at George Washington University. Diafuka Saila-Ngita, a research assistant professor, met with faculty at Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania as part of a collaboration to train two veterinary faculty from the Democratic Republic of Congo in wildlife management and disease surveillance.

Brian Epstein, an associate professor of philosophy, had a podcast interview about his book, The Ant Trap: Rebuilding the Foundations of the Social Sciences (Oxford University Press, 2015), on the New Books Network.

Jonathan Harris, director of the Theory and Education Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), presented a paper at the Eastern Economics Association annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in February on “Green Macroeconomics: Classical, Keynesian and Ecological Perspectives.”

Brian A. Hatcher, professor and the Packard Chair of Theology in the Department of Religion, in March served as a directeur d’études invités in Le Centre d’Études de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud at l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris. He delivered lectures on a range of topics, from colonial philanthropy and Bengali translation practices to patterns of religious place-making in early colonial South Asia.

Kenneth Garden, an associate professor of religion, was interviewed by the New Books Network for a podcast about his book, The First Islamic Reviver: Abu Hamid al-Ghazali and his Revival of the Religious Sciences (Oxford University Press, 2014). In the podcast, Garden discusses al-Ghazali’s social and political life, his relationship to philosophy and mysticism, and what led to the popularity and influence of his magnum opus, The Revival of the Religious Sciences.

Neva Goodwin, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), published “Commentary on ‘Why We Consume: Neural Design and Sustainability’ ” at the Great Transition Initiative. She also joined Alice Maggio of the Schumacher Center and Carlos Espinoza-Toro of JPNET to discuss the signs of a system shift as part of an Urban Environmental Policy and Planning Colloquium organized by the Tufts New Economy group and co-sponsored by GDAE on Feb. 24; watch a recording of the event here.

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), on Feb. 22 joined 65 researchers in signing a Letter to Congress [PDF] on forest biomass carbon neutrality, expressing concern over the implications of Senate Amendment 3140 [PDF] for the Energy Policy Modernization Act. The action was covered by the Washington Post.

Shaun Paul, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), gave a presentation on “Expanding Forestry Investments with the Pine Resin Industry and Indigenous Communities in Mexico” on March 16. He discussed the work of Ejido Verde, a company establishing pine plantations for resin extraction to create jobs in rural communities and restore landscapes.

Michael Rogan, head of the Lilly Music Library and president of the Music Library Association, chaired the organization’s 2016 conference. Topics addressed included “Research Data Management and the Music Disciplines,” “Teaching Performance-Based Research Skills” and “Practical Application of Linked Data,” among others.

Sharan L. Schwartzberg, professor of occupational therapy in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, professor of public health and community medicine, and professor of psychiatry, gave presentations on “Psychodynamic Process Group Experience: Institute Leader” and “Ethical Dilemmas in Group Therapy: Leader and Member Perspectives” at the American Group Psychotherapy Association annual meeting in New York City.

Jeffrey W. Taliaferro, an associate professor of political science, has just published Neoclassical Realist Theory of International Politics (Oxford University Press, 2016), which he co-authored with Norrin M. Ripsman, a professor of political science at Concordia University, and Steven E. Lobell, professor of political science at the University of Utah.

Lois Wetmore, section head of the anesthesia and analgesia service at Cummings School, and Sawkat Anwer, associate dean for research in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, visited Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University in Bangladesh in February. Wetmore presented two seminars on anesthesia, and Anwer gave three presentations on antimicrobial therapy, the global role of veterinarians, and the research grant application.

Timothy A. Wise, G05, director of research and policy at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was quoted in a March 7 article in International Business Times as saying that NAFTA may have influenced Michigan job losses. Read “Free Trade and Flint: What Sanders and Clinton Got Right and Wrong on NAFTA.”

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