People Notes

People Notes September 2016

ARTS, SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING TENURE AND PROMOTIONS

James Adler has been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Department of Mathematics.

Jennifer Allen has been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of Community Health.

Marie Claire Beaulieu has been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Department of Classics.

Lauren Black has been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Remco Chang has been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Department of Computer Science.

Elizabeth Crone has been promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of Biology.

Luis Dorfmann has been promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Elizabeth Foster has been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Department of History.

Hugh Gallagher has been promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Ariel Goldberg has been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Department of Psychology.

Mark Hempstead has been awarded tenure at the rank of associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The appointment is retroactive to September 2015.

Tama Leventhal has been promoted to the rank of professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development.

Christina Maranci has been promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of Art and Art History.

Helen Marrow has been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Department of Sociology.

Christiana Olfert has been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Department of Philosophy.

Stephan Pennington has been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Department of Music.

Jeanne Penvenne has been promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of History.

Ellen Pinderhughes has been promoted to the rank of professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development.

Donna Slonim has been promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of Computer Science.

Samuel Sommers has been promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of Psychology.

Sameer Sonkusale has been promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Mai Vu has been awarded tenure at the rank of associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Qiaobing Xu has been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.

 

NEW FACULTY IN ARTS, SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING: PART 1

(Part 2 will appear in the October edition of the Tufts Now People Notes)

Andrea Acevedo joins Tufts as an assistant professor of community health. She holds a Ph.D. in social policy with a concentration in behavioral health services and policy from Brandeis University and an M.S. from Harvard’s School of Public Health. She had been an assistant research professor at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis, where she received the Provost Research Award. Her research focuses on racial/ethnic inequalities in the access to and quality of health services, particularly those related to alcohol and drug abuse. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Health Services Research and the American Journal on Addictions, among others.

Hilary Binda, G96, G02, has joined the university as a senior lecturer in the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts, where she is a member of the visual and critical studies department and directs the writing program and writing studio. The recipient of an SMFA Excellence in Teaching Award, she is also director and teacher of the SMFA’s introduction to the visual arts and humanities, The Art of Meaning: The History and Future of the Image. A graduate of Brown University, she holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Tufts. Binda focuses on Shakespeare, the history of poetics, critical race theory, and queer, post-structural and feminist theory. She has published recently in the anthology Imagining Early Modern Histories (Ashgate, 2015) and in the journal Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, among others. Her current book project is Image Conscious: Iconoclasm and the Reformation of Time in Early Modern English Literature.

Tatiana Chudakova joins Tufts as an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She received a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard. A cultural and medical anthropologist, she has researched science and technology studies, environmental anthropology, critical studies of ethnicity, nationalism and the state, and post-socialist cultural transformations. She is working on a book based on 18 months of fieldwork in Buryatia, a traditionally Buddhist region on the border of Russia and Mongolia known for its post-Soviet revival of Tibetan medicine and shamanism. Chudakova’s research has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation and the Social Science Research Council and has been published in Comparative Studies in Society and History and Medical Anthropology Quarterly.

Jan P. de Ruiter has joined Tufts as a professor in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Computer Science. The first Bridge Professor at Tufts, he holds a tenured appointment both in the School of Arts and Sciences and in the School of Engineering. He most recently was at Bielefeld University in Germany, where he was a professor and chair in psycholinguistics. Previously he was a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Cologne’s Department of Social Psychology and at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Language and Cognition Group. He studies the cognitive foundations of human communication using a variety of empirical methods from cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics. He combines this research with computational modeling, which, in turn, informs his work in social robotics. De Ruiter’s research has been funded by the German Research Council, the European Commission and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles in cognitive science journals.

Jim Dow has joined the university as a professor of the practice in the SMFA at Tufts, where he is a three-time recipient of the SMFA Excellence in Teaching Award. He received an M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. He also has also taught photography, photographic histories and contemporary art at Harvard and Princeton. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States as well as in Argentina, Canada, Portugal and the United Kingdom. His work was published in Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers (Alona Pardo/Martin Parr, Barbican/Prestel, 2016) and Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present (Gail Buckland/Knopf, 2016). He is the author of American Studies (2011) with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and Marking the Land (2007) with the North Dakota Museum of Art.

Mona El Khoury has joined Tufts as assistant professor in the Department of Romance Languages. She comes to Tufts from Harvard, where she received her Ph.D. in French and won both the Derek Bok Certificate of Distinction for Excellence in Teaching and Harvard’s Romance Language Teaching Prize. Her dissertation, Remnants of the Franco-Algerian Fracture: The Struggle with Postcolonial Minority Identity in Contemporary Francophone Literature, focused on French and Francophone postcolonial culture and theory. Her earlier studies were in France at the Sorbonne and at the École Normale Supérieur Ulm. She has taught French language and literature courses, most recently as a lecturer at the Paris Institute of Political Science in Reims, France.

Joel Frenzer has joined the university as a professor of the practice in the SMFA at Tufts. An animation instructor, his work encompasses independent short films, puppetry, character voice acting, novelty song writing, looped animated vignettes, mural design and comedy podcasting. He received an M.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His projects have been featured in international festivals such as South By Southwest, the Ottawa International Animation Festival and the Annecy Animation Festival; in galleries such as the ICA, Beaux-Arts de Paris, Bakalar and Entwine; and on television and online. Through his podcast the Frenzer Foreman Animation Forum Frenzer has performed and recorded, with co-host Alan Foreman, at venues in Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Providence and Ottawa. He also has taught and assisted classes at Harvard and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He is working on a new animated web series about comedy and self-portraits.

Maria “Marisol” Fernandez Garcia has joined Tufts as a lecturer in the Department of Romance Languages. She has been a part-time lecturer in Spanish at Tufts since 2012. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Spanish and second language acquisition and teacher education; her M.A. in Spanish from the University of Georgia, Athens; and her B.A. in both English and Spanish philology from the Universidad de Oviedo, Asturias in Spain. She has taught and advised at Michigan State University, MIT, Emmanuel College and Northeastern University. Fernandez Garcia has received a number of grants and awards and co-authored several reviews and articles as well as the first-year Spanish textbooks Impresiones and Conectándonos.

Nan Freeman has joined the university as a professor of the practice in the SMFA at Tufts, where she directs the post-baccalaureate and studio diploma programs as a member of the drawing and painting department. She received an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in history, theory and criticism of art and architecture from MIT. She has taught at MIT, Brandeis, Harvard, Wellesley College and the University of Marmara in Istanbul, Turkey. She is known for her dramatically large charcoal drawings of small-scale intimate objects such as jewelry, hair ornaments and silverware. Her most recent solo exhibitions include The Art of Tiffany Flatware at Tiffany & Co. in Boston, Tempted by Tiaras at the SMFA, and an exhibition based on Arabic women’s jewelry in Manama, Bahrain. Freeman has received grants from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the governments of Spain and Bahrain, and the Massachusetts Council of the Arts and Humanities. She is also the recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships and a Herbert Cushman Fund Faculty Award from the SMFA.

Barbara Gallucci has joined the university as a professor of the practice in the SMFA at Tufts, where she is a member of the 3D and performance department. A recipient of the SMFA Excellence in Teaching Award, she received an M.F.A. from Yale. Her work examines the intersections among sculpture, furniture and interior design. She has exhibited extensively in New York as well as across the United States and in Europe, including solo exhibitions at Site Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire in Paris, and the installation Utopia Terrace commissioned by the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Gallucci has received grants and fellowships from the Pollack Krasner Foundation, the Gottleib Foundation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

Nate Harrison has joined the university as a professor of the practice in the SMFA at Tufts, where he teaches in both media arts and the M.F.A. program. He earned his M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts and his Ph.D. in art and media history, theory, and criticism at the University of California, San Diego. An artist and writer, he works at the intersection of intellectual property, cultural production and the formation of creative processes in electronic media. He has exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Pompidou, the Kunstverein in Hamburg and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, among others. He has given lectures at the University of Glasgow, Experience Music Project in Seattle and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York. He co-directed the L.A. project space Esthetics as a Second Language from 2004 to 2008.

Sara Johnson has been appointed an assistant professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development; she previously was a research assistant professor in the department’s Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development. She is project director for the institute’s ACT study, which is assessing character development in young men. Johnson received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in human development and family studies from the University of Connecticut. Her research interests focus on identity development and its implications for the design and evaluation of positive youth development and prevention programming. Her recent work examined the role of identity processes in college students' development of civic attitudes during service experiences.

Kareem Khubchandani has joined Tufts as the Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor in the Department of Drama and Dance and in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. He comes to Tufts after completing a fellowship at the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. He received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in performance studies and a certificate in gender and sexuality studies from Northwestern University. His research on queer nightlife and vernacular dance in South Asia and the diaspora explores the lives of gay men in cosmopolitan cities. It involves thinking about how caste, class and gender norms shape social life, making gay nightclubs spaces for evading expectations. He has scripted many performances and worked as a choreographer, videographer and drag performer. His work has appeared in Theatre Topics, Transgender Studies Quarterly and The Velvet Light Trap.

Robert Lemke Oliver has joined Tufts as an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. He comes to Tufts from Stanford University, where he was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow. He earned an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Ph.D. from Emory University, where he won the Marshall Hall Jr. Award for outstanding teaching as a graduate student. An analytic number theorist, he deploys number theory to understand puzzling properties of the integers, such as the manner in which prime numbers are distributed among all numbers.

Patte Loper has joined Tufts as a professor of the practice in the SMFA at Tufts, where she chairs the drawing and painting department. She received an M.F.A. in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her work includes images from popular or cultural history from the late 1950s to late 1970s. Loper focuses on what it means to take a fleeting cultural moment—a film still, a magazine article—and slow it down and insert her point of view. She has had solo exhibitions at Lyons Wier Gallery, New York; the Platform Gallery and the Center on Contemporary Art, both in Seattle; and the Flat–Massimo Carasi, Milan. She has taught at Central Washington University and the San Francisco Art Institute and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards.

Megan McMillan has joined the university as a professor of the practice in the SMFA at Tufts, where she is chair of the 3D and performance department. She received an M.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work explores the nature of performance and the history of representation, and has been exhibited at the RISD Museum, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts, and museums in Italy, Greece, Bolivia and Denmark, as well as at film festivals in New York, London, Los Angeles, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, Greece and Romania. Recent projects have been exhibited at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and in a performance installation at Toronto’s Nuit Blanche.

Ethan Murrow has joined the university as a professor of the practice in the SMFA at Tufts. He is a member of the drawing and painting department, and in 2011 received the SMFA’s Excellence in Teaching Award. He earned an M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Recent solo shows include La Galerie Particulière in Paris and Winston Wächter Fine Art in New York City. He participated in the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum’s biennial in 2013 with a three-story wall drawing and had his first solo museum show at the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston, West Virginia. His film project Dust, done in collaboration with Harvest Films and his wife, Vita Weinstein Murrow, was an official selection of the 2008 New York Film Festival. He recently finished a wall drawing commission for the offices of Facebook Boston.

Kurt Ralske has joined the university as a professor of the practice in the SMFA at Tufts, where he teaches digital media and is a member of the media arts department. He earned an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts, New York. His video installations, films, sound art and performances use technology as a means of research and criticism. His work has been exhibited at the 2009 Venice Biennale, the Guggenheim Bilbao and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, among other locations. Ralske is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Media Arts Fellowship and received first prize at the Transmediale International Media Art Festival in Berlin. He programmed and co-designed the nine-channel video installation permanently displayed in the lobby of the Museum of Modern Art. He is also the author/programmer of Auvi, popular video software used in 22 countries. A book of his images and texts, Rediscovering German Futurism, 1920-1929, co-authored with Miriam Atkin, was published in 2013.

James Rice has joined Tufts as a visiting professor in the Department of History. He comes to the university from SUNY Plattsburgh. An expert in the fields of early American, Native American and environmental history, he received both a Ph.D. and an M.A. in history from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Nature and History in the Potomac Country: From Hunters and Gatherers to the Age of Jefferson (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009) and Tales from a Revolution: Bacon’s Rebellion and the Transformation of Early America (Oxford University Press, 2012), the latter a History Book Club and Book of the Month Club selection. He has a third book under contract with Cambridge University Press. Rice won the 2015 Binkley-Stephenson Prize for the year’s best article in the Journal of American History.

Michelle Samour, MFA75, has joined the university as a professor of the practice in the SMFA at Tufts, where she is a member of the print and graphic arts department and the diploma program. She received the SMFA’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008. A multimedia artist, her installations, drawings and handmade paper works explore the intersections among science, technology and the natural world. She has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Cushman Family Fund and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and her work has been shown at venues including the Museum of Modern Art in Strasbourg, France, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

John Schulz has joined the university as a professor of the practice in the SMFA at Tufts, where he teaches printmaking in the print and graphic arts department and the M.F.A. program. He received an M.F.A. in printmaking from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Schulz has also taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Appalachian State University, the Penland School of Crafts and the Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium. He has had exhibitions at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center and the Edinburgh College of Art in the United Kingdom, among others, and his work is in the collections of the Boston Public Library, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the New York Public Library and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium.

Sandra Stark has joined the university as a professor of the practice in the SMFA at Tufts, where she teaches photography. She received an M.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art. Her work has been shown at venues including the National Museum of American Art, the Houston Center of Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the deCordova Museum and the Walker Art Museum. She has received numerous grants and has been a visiting artist at Princeton University, Rhode Island School of Design, San Francisco Camerawork and the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Harvard Art Museums; and private collections.

Mary Ellen Strom has joined the university as a professor of the practice in the SMFA at Tufts, where she is the director of the M.F.A. program and teaches video. (Read more about Strom on Tufts Now.) She earned an M.F.A. in studio art and video from the University of California, Irvine. Strom’s work has been exhibited in a range of contexts, including museums, galleries, passenger trains, horse arenas, empty retail stores, large-scale video projections onto industrial sites and mountain rock faces. Her individual installations and collaborative projects have been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the ICA, Philadelphia; the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum; the Museum of Modern Art; and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. She has participated in residencies at PS1/MoMA, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the International Studio and Curatorial Program, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Bellagio Center in Italy, where she was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. She has taught at Stanford and New York University and has been an International Fulbright Scholar. Strom’s recent work has included a Bogliasco Fellowship to the Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities in Italy; participation in the Setouchi International Triennial in Japan; group exhibitions at the Pompidou Center in Paris; the Espacio Cultural Contemporaneo in Montevideo, Uruguay; Context in Miami, Florida; and the SMFA’s own Something Along Those Lines show at the Grossman Gallery.

Helen Suh joins Tufts this fall as a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Suh received a Sc.D. in environmental health from Harvard’s School of Public Health. She is an internationally recognized expert in the effect of air pollution on health, having led multidisciplinary teams in environmental exposure assessment and epidemiology for more than 20 years. She is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s charter Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee and the Institute of Medicine Committee to Review the Health Effects in Vietnam Veterans of Herbicide Exposure. Suh serves as associate editor of the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

Brian Timko joins Tufts as an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He graduated from Lehigh University with B.S. degrees in chemistry and chemical engineering, and from Harvard with a Ph.D. in chemistry. His research interests lie at the intersection of materials science, chemistry and biology, with a major focus on nanotechnology and nanoscale interfaces between solid-state and biological systems. Timko completed his postdoctoral studies at MIT from 2009 to 2013, and was an instructor in anesthesiology at Boston Children’s Hospital from 2013 to 2016. He is a recipient of the MIT Sloan Healthcare Innovations Prize and the Anesthesia Foundation Distinguished Trailblazer Award.

Sergey Voronin has joined Tufts as a Norbert Wiener Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics. He received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in applied and computational mathematics from Princeton. He has been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder, since 2014. He was also a CNRS postdoctoral fellow at Université Nice Sophia Antipolis in France, and a research assistant at Princeton, Duke and Columbia. Voronin’s work has been used in the areas of geophysics, image processing and compression, and big data analysis.

Nathan Ward has joined Tufts as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. He received a Ph.D. in cognition and neural sciences from the University of Utah. He most recently was a postdoctoral fellow at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on understanding multitasking in the context of real-world problems. He has published more than a dozen articles in journals such as Human Factors, Applied Cognitive Psychology and the Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Tina Wasserman has joined the university as a senior lecturer in the SMFA at Tufts, where she teaches cinema studies, film history and visual culture studies in the visual and critical studies department. She received a Ph.D. from New York University. Wasserman’s recent publications include “Phantom Bodies: The Missing People and Empty Streets of Film Noir” in the Quarterly Review of Film and Video. She has received fellowships from the Holocaust Education Foundation Summer Institute at Northwestern University, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Banff Center for the Arts, among others. Wasserman is a prior recipient of Tufts’ Faculty Research Fund awards and the SMFA’s Cushman Family Fund Faculty Enrichment Grant.

Jill Weinberg has joined Tufts as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. She most recently was a visiting assistant professor of sociology at DePaul University and an affiliated scholar at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago. She earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. in sociology from Northwestern University, an M.A. in social sciences from the University of Chicago, a J.D. from Seattle University, and a B.A. and a B.S. in English and journalism from Boston University. Her areas of research are crime, law and deviance; violence; quantitative and qualitative research methods; and gender and sexuality. She is the author of Sex, Sports, and the Politics of Consensual Violence (University of California Press, 2016). Her research has been published in Sociological Science, Sociological Methods & Research, and Law & Social Inquiry. She is an associate editor of Law & Social Inquiry and is a co-principal investigator on the Contested Construction of Discrimination project at the American Bar Foundation.

Chantal Zakari has joined the university as a professor of the practice in the SMFA at Tufts, where she teaches in the print and graphic arts department. She received an M.F.A. in visual communication from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work draws on contemporary social issues, making connections with personal narratives, history and culture, and combines cross-disciplinary methods, including photography, documentary, performance, installation art and graphic design. Her work has been exhibited at galleries in the Boston area, across the United States and in Turkey. Zakari’s most recent publication is Lockdown Archive (2015). She has collaborated on a web journal, “The Turk and The Jew,” with her husband, Mike Mandel, which they published as a book in 1998. They have collaborated for 15 years on a body of work about the conflict between secularist culture and the Islamist movement in Turkey, producing photographs, video interviews and public performances. In 2010 they published The State of Ata (Eighteen Publications), with exhibits in Izmir, Ankara, Atlanta, Boston and Baltimore.

 

PEOPLE NOTES

WELCOME

Anulfo Baez has joined the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy as Ginn Library’s staff assistant. He comes to Fletcher from Boston’s Trinity Church, where he served as an art and architecture visitor associate. Baez received his B.A. in the history of art and architecture from Boston University and a B.S. in tourism planning and development from the University of New Hampshire.

Gary Cohen has joined the marketing and branding team in University Relations as copy director. Before becoming a freelance copywriter in 2001, he held senior-level positions at Hill Holliday and Grace & Rothschild. He has received many prestigious industry awards, including the One Show Gold and Bronze pencils, 15 One Show Merit Awards and the Cannes International Festival of Creativity Bronze Lion. He received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Kimberly Gentry has joined University Advancement’s corporate and foundation relations team as an associate director, focused on Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Gentry comes to Tufts from WGBH, where she was a senior foundation development officer.

Tracy Schmidt has joined University Advancement’s corporate and foundation relations team as associate director, supporting the School of Medicine. Schmidt has a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In her most recent role at UMass Medical, Tracy served as associate director of corporate and foundation relations.

Lorraine Sparrow has joined University Advancement’s gift officer team as an associate director. Previously, she was director of individual and planned giving at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and held fundraising positions at Brandeis.

Joshua Tracey is the new administrative assistant in the Office of Prospect Development in University Advancement. He graduated in May from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis with a master’s in philanthropic studies. During graduate school, he held research assistant and project manager positions with the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning and with Human Energy Initiatives. Earlier, he spent two years with AmeriCorps, working with Habitat for Humanity in Dallas and New Orleans. Tracey received his bachelor’s in anthropology from Mercyhurst University.

RETIREMENT

Alfred Rich, D04P, an associate clinical professor of pediatric dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine, retired on June 30 after teaching for 40 years at the school. Rich joined the dental school faculty in 1976 as a predoctoral clinical instructor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry, then located in the basement of Tufts-New England Medical Center’s Floating Hospital. Eventually, he was promoted to associate clinical professor and helped develop curriculum for the department in research methods and conducted research about how airways influence facial and tooth growth in children. He was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon chapter at Tufts, and was on the search committee for current department chair Cheen Loo, DI10. Rich graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in 1968, and completed a master’s and certificate in pedodontics at Pitt in 1975. He served in the Naval Reserves while in dental school, and completed three years of active service in the Navy Dental Corps after earning his D.M.D. He also completed a yearlong residency at the Mott Children’s Health Center in Flint, Michigan, before opening a private practice in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

KUDOS

Jason Berglund, D17, has been selected as one of 52 participants in the 2016-17 Medical Research Scholars Program, a yearlong program that the National Institutes of Health established to train the next generation of clinician-scientists and biomedical researchers. The program places medical, dental and veterinary students in NIH laboratories and patient-care facilities where they conduct basic and clinical research under the mentorship of NIH scientists.

Diana W. Bianchi, the Natalie V. Zucker Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology at the School of Medicine, has been named director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition to her appointment at the School of Medicine, Bianchi is the founding executive director of the Mother Infant Research Institute and vice chair for pediatric research at the Floating Hospital for Children and Tufts Medical Center. A practicing medical geneticist with special expertise in reproductive genetics, Bianchi focuses on prenatal genomics with the goal of advancing noninvasive prenatal DNA screening and diagnosis to develop new therapies for genetic disorders that can be administered prenatally. She earned her M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine. She is the recipient of two major lifetime achievement awards: the Landmark Award in 2015 from the American Academy of Pediatrics, in recognition of her research and contributions to genetics and newborn care, and the Maureen Andrew Award for Mentoring in 2016 from the Society for Pediatric Research, which recognized her commitment to mentoring the next generation of clinician-scientists.

Kristin Finch has been promoted to associate director for the Center for STEM Diversity at the School of Engineering. She came to Tufts in 2014 from Memphis, where she was an adjunct faculty member at LeMoyne-Owen College, having completed a postdoc at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and also holds a certificate in business administration.  

Jonathan Garlick, a professor in the schools of Dental Medicine, Medicine and Engineering and a senior fellow at Tisch College, has been inducted into the Monticello Central School District Hall of Distinction in New York in recognition of his “lasting and outstanding contributions to our community and society as a whole.” Garlick also presented a workshop titled “Civic Science: New Approaches to Build Science for the Public Good” at the Frontiers in Democracy annual meeting sponsored by Tisch College and gave the keynote address, “Designing 3D Tissue Models of Human Skin Disease: From iPSC to CRISPR” at the CHI World Preclinical Congress in Boston.

Brian Hatcher, the Packard Chair of Theology and a professor in the Department of Religion, has been awarded a senior short-term fellowship by the American Institute of Indian Studies to support his research on the movement and emplacement of religion in colonial Bengal.

Selene Lomoio, a postdoctoral researcher in Giuseppina Tesco’s neuroscience lab at the School of Medicine, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from BrightFocus Foundation for research that examines what disrupts the “traffic” or movement of neurons in Alzheimer’s patients. She received a Ph.D. in cell biology and neuroscience in 2012 from the University of Pavia in Italy.

Lisa Lowe, Distinguished Professor of English, is the new director of the Center for Humanities at Tufts. Lowe joined the university in 2012 after previous appointments at the University of California, San Diego, and Yale University. Her research and teaching has focused on literatures and cultures of encounter that emerge from histories of colonialism, migration and globalization. Her book The Intimacies of Four Continents is a study of cultural, economic and political links among Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas in the 18th and 19th centuries. Lowe has received fellowships from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller and Mellon foundations and the American Council of Learned Societies. She has also held distinguished visitor positions at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. Her academic leadership roles include chairing the board of governors of the UC Humanities Research Institute and serving as a founding member of the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism and Diaspora at Tufts.

At the School of Dental Medicine, Maria Papageorge, D82, DG86, DG89, A12P, M18P, professor and chair of oral and maxillofacial surgery, and Constantinos Laskarides, DG03, DI09, associate professor and assistant director of the postgraduate residency program in oral and maxillofacial surgery, have been awarded fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.

Shomon Shamsuddin, an assistant professor of urban and environmental policy and planning in the School of Arts and Sciences, was featured in a WalletHub study about states with the best and worst school systems.

Darryl Williams has been named associate dean for undergraduate education for the School of Engineering, while remaining director of the Center for STEM Diversity. He came to Tufts in 2013 from his position as an NSF program officer overseeing grants administration in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings.  

IDEAS AND TRAVEL

Jeronim Capaldo, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), continues to receive attention for his GDAE working paper on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The study’s findings were included in an interview with Democracy Now! on July 28. On Aug. 1, the American Conservative also referenced the study, as did a Congressional Research Service report [PDF], “The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Analysis of Economic Studies.”

Anne-Marie Codur, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), gave a presentation titled “The Role of Civil Society in Meeting Climate Goals” at the International Society for Ecological Economics conference June 26-29 in Washington, D.C.

Christina Economos, N96, professor and the New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition at the Friedman School and co-founder and director of ChildObesity180, was the keynote speaker at the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior’s conference in San Diego. Her presentation “‘Next Practices’ Requires Collaboration to Solve Complex Issues: A Case for ChildhoodObesity180” focused on the importance of bringing together leaders from diverse disciplines to solve the childhood obesity epidemic.

Jonathan Epstein, a clinical assistant professor of public health and community medicine at the School of Medicine, had his work on the Nipah virus in Bangladesh featured on the PBS documentary Spillover: Zika, Ebola, and Beyond.

Jonathan Harris, director of the Theory and Education Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), led two sessions during the International Society for Ecological Economics conference that took place June 26-29 in Washington, D.C. Harris gave presentations on “Ecological Macroeconomics: Responding to Climate Change” and “Teaching Ecological Economics: Climate, Water, Energy.” He also wrote a book chapter, “Population, Resources and Energy in the Global Economy: A Vindication of Herman Daly’s Vision,” in Beyond Uneconomic Growth.

Aidee Herman, an associate clinical professor of periodontology at the School of Dental Medicine, gave a presentation on “Promoting Dentistry as a Career for Minorities” at the sixth Symposium in Dental Careers in June. Herman received special recognition as the founder of the Massachusetts Hispanic Dental Association mentoring program, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.

David Leader, D85, MPH13, an associate professor of diagnosis and health promotion at the School of Dental Medicine, is quoted in an online article on secondhand smoke and cavities in children. He suggests future studies examine the amount of nicotine in the bloodstreams of young children exposed to secondhand smoke.

Gilbert Metcalf, a professor of economics in the School of Arts and Sciences, has written a report for the Council on Foreign Relations that explores outcomes if U.S. oil and gas companies lose their federal tax breaks. The New York Times calls his analysis the “most sophisticated yet on the impact of government supports [for oil and gas companies], worth roughly $4 billion a year.” ClimateWire picked up the story, saying the report “challenges some of the conventional wisdom around the idea that the United States could become more dependent on foreign energy and become more vulnerable to commodity price shocks if the tax subsidies were lifted, leading to domestic drillers facing higher operating costs.” Also on the issue of tax reform, Metcalf published an op-ed in The Hill, “To Lead Abroad on Climate, Repeal Oil and Gas Tax Breaks at Home.” In addition to his Tufts appointment, Metcalf is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and at MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), and six co-authors published “A Multiple Metrics Approach to Prioritizing Strategies for Measuring and Managing Reactive Nitrogen in the San Joaquin Valley of California” in the journal Environmental Research Letters [read a summary here]. He also published “Sustainable Development Diplomacy: Diagnostics for the Negotiation and Implementation of Sustainable Development” in the journal Global Policy, co-authored with Rishikesh Ram Bhandary and Laura Kuh of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School.

Julie Nelson, a senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), has been named the inaugural editor of a new section on business ethics and economics in the Journal of Business Ethics.

Carole Ann Palmer, G69, a professor of comprehensive care and director of the nutrition and health promotion division at the School of Dental Medicine, has published the third edition of Diet and Nutrition in Oral Health (Pearson), co-authored with Linda Boyd.

June Sekera, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), has published a book, The Public Economy in Crisis: A Call for a New Public Economics. She also released Public Goods Post No. 5 on “Our Profitized National Parks” on June 28.

Jill Shuman, an adjunct faculty member at the Friedman School, was awarded the American Medical Writers Association’s lifetime achievement award for “demonstrated excellence in teaching in the AMWA education program” at the organization’s annual meeting, where she also presented a workshop, “Ethics in Medical/Scientific Publishing.” 

Timothy A. Wise, G05, director of research and policy at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), published “Looking For Food in All the Wrong Places” [PDF] and “Seed Sovereignty and Climate Adaptation in Malawi” [PDF] via The Food Tank in June and July. He was quoted regarding community resistance to land grabs in “Water Scarcity, Public Protest Slow Foreign Farmland Purchases” via Circle of Blue.

ALUMNI

Carole Allen, M71, is the new president of the Tufts Medical Alumni Association and its more than 8,000 alumni members throughout the world. A board-certified pediatrician, Allen most recently served as director of pediatrics for Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates.

Richard Babayan, A70, professor and chair of the Department of Urology at Boston University School of Medicine and chief of urology at Boston Medical Center, has been appointed president of the American Urological Association (AUA). Babayan performed the first robot-assisted radical prostatectomy in Boston. His clinical interests include minimally invasive urologic surgery for benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostate cancer, urologic oncology and endourology. His honors include the AUA’s Distinguished Service Award and the Joseph B. Dowd Lifetime Achievement Award. He serves on the Medical Advisory Board of the Massachusetts Prostate Cancer Coalition.

Demi Kouzounas, D81, has been recognized with a Maine Dental Association President’s Award. Kouzounas owns Dunstan Dental Center in Scarborough and Northwoods Dental in Skowhegan, Maine, and is co-founder of Dentists Who Care for ME, an annual day of free care that has helped more than 3,500 patients. She is a fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy and of the International College of Dentists and a past president of the Maine Dental Association’s executive board.