People Notes

People Notes November 2015

Abdul “Abe” Abdulwaheed, E97, D02, Steven Baratz, D74, and Todd Belfbecker, D05, were recognized as William McKenna Volunteer Heroes by the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS). Abdulwaheed, who has private practices in Quincy, Saugus and Cambridge, has served as the chair of the South Shore District Dental Society, chair of the Council on Public Affairs and vice chair of the MDS Political Action Committee/MDS People’s Committee board of directors. Baratz and Belfbecker, both residents of Marblehead, have also been active MDS volunteers. Baratz has, among other activities, chaired the North Shore District Dental Society and served on the MDS Dental Practice Committee and the Council on Dental Care and Benefits Programs. Belfbecker’s activities include chairing the North Metropolitan District Dental Society and the Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations Council, and serving on the MDS board of trustees.

Julian Agyeman, a professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, received the Benton H. Box Award and delivered the George B. Hartzog Jr. Environmental Lecture at Clemson University on Oct. 5. He was one of five people recognized by the Institute for Parks at Clemson for exemplary leadership in environmental issues. Agyeman’s lecture was titled “Just Sustainabilities: Re-imagining Equality, Living with Limits.” He has written six books and is co-founder and former chair of the Black Environment Network, the first environmental justice-based organization of its kind in Britain. He is also co-founder and editor-in-chief of Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability.

Torrey Androski has joined Tufts as the first full-time director of development and alumni relations for Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. Previously she was director of major gifts at the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., and a development officer at American University’s School of Public Affairs, where she also earned a master’s in nonprofit management. She is a graduate of Kenyon College and Milton Academy, where she continues to serve as a volunteer. 

Nancy Arbree, DG96, associate dean and professor of prosthodontics emerita at the School of Dental Medicine, was honored in October with the Dan Gordon Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Prosthodontists. She has served as president of the American College of Prosthodontists, and at Tufts, she was division head of clinical complete denture prosthodontics and created the first implant dentistry course. She was associate dean of academic affairs at the school from 1996 to 2012, when she retired to expand her Boston-based private practice. In 2012, she was awarded the first Lifetime Achievement Award from her alma mater, the Georgetown University School of Dentistry, and in 2014, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Prosthodontists.  

Jeffrey Ashe, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute, is launching a new project called Saving Works in collaboration with $tand By Me, an initiative to help residents of immigrant communities save and build a credit score. 

John Berg, a professor and surgeon at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, was inducted into the school’s Faculty Hall of Fame on Sept. 19 at the alumni reunion. The honor recognizes his many contributions to the school as a teacher, researcher and clinician.

Helen Boucher, director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program and associate professor of medicine at the Tufts School of Medicine, has been appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.

Jeronim Capaldo, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), on Oct. 14 released “Trade Agreements and the Land” [PDF], a GDAE background paper co-authored with Rachel Thrasher and Dario Bevilaqua. It examines the implications of proposed agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership for regulating land grabs.

Ujjayant Chakravorty, a professor of economics in the School of Arts and Sciences, was featured in the latest edition of WalletHub’s Ask the Experts series about the greenest American cities.

Joyce Connery, J92, F99, was appointed to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board and designated its chair by President Barack Obama. Connery has extensive experience in nuclear security, safety, nonproliferation and energy policy; she began her career working on the shutdown of the BN-350 fast-breeder reactor in Kazakhstan.

Leopoldo Correa, DG11, an associate professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the School of Dental Medicine, led a global service learning trip in August to the Dominican Republic. In collaboration with Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña, the team performed 678 dental procedures at no cost in Santo Domingo. 

Dominik Faissler, an assistant professor of neurology at Cummings School, attended the 28th European Congress of the European College of Veterinary Neurology in Amsterdam in September.

Lluis Ferrer, an assistant professor, and Elizabeth Falk, V07, a resident in dermatology, both at Cummings School, in September attended the 28th Congress of the European Society of Veterinary Dermatology in Krakow, Poland. Ferrer, an invited lecturer, spoke on “Therapy of Canine Atopic Dermatitis with Monoclonal Antibodies.” Falk gave a scientific update on “Treatment of Canine Perianal Fistulas using Human Embryonic Stem Cell Derived Mesenchymal Cells.”

Theresa Flynn, a pathology staff assistant at Cummings School, was awarded the school’s Exceptional Service Award for “accomplishing the impossible every day but without the drama” and for being “the glue that holds the pathology section together.”

Kelly Sims Gallagher, F00, F03, has been promoted to professor of energy and environmental policy at the Fletcher School. Gallagher also directs the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy. In the academic year 2014-15, she served as a senior advisor to the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. Her book The Global Diffusion of Clean Energy Technologies: Lessons from China was published in 2014 by MIT Press.

Deborah Grupp-Patrutz will join Tufts on Jan. 5 as associate vice provost for research administration. Most recently, Grupp-Patrutz was associate vice provost for research administration at Northeastern University. Before that she was assistant director for sponsored projects at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and manager in the School of Medicine dean’s office at Georgia Health Sciences University. She began her career at MIT, where she was financial grants administrator for the Center for Space Research and administrative officer for the Center for International Studies. She holds a bachelor’s from the University of Cincinnati and an M.B.A. from Northeastern.

Harish Gulati, D14, associate clinical professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care at the School of Dental Medicine, was nominated as one of the “40 Under 40” by Incisal Edge magazine, featuring the top young dentists in the nation. Biographies of nominees can be found in the fall issue of the publication.

Jonathan Harris, director of the Theory and Education Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute, was quoted in the Oct. 21 Wired magazine article “Climate Change Is Going to Be Expensive—for Everybody.”

Jennifer Hashley, G05, has been named one of 10 Eisenhower Fellows for her work as director of the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project at the Friedman School. The fellows will travel abroad to meet with experts in their respective fields in order to exchange ideas and information.

Justin Hollander, A96, an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, published an op-ed, “Boring City Spaces Are Bad for Your Health,” in the Boston Globe in October. His perspective relates to his 2015 book, Cognitive Architecture: Designing for How We Respond to the Built Environment, co-authored with Ann Sussman, F86. Hollander directs the Urban Attitudes Lab, which studies how data can be harnessed, studied and interpreted to improve urban planning and public policy practice.

Mary Labato, V83, a clinical professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, received the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association’s Distinguished Service Award on Oct. 4. 

Christian Lane has joined Tufts as the new music director for the Tufts University Chaplaincy. Vice president of the American Guild of Organists, he teaches at a Boston organ studio and performs throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In addition to serving in several of the nation’s most prominent parish music programs, he was associate university organist and choirmaster at Harvard University. He currently serves as director of music at All Saints Episcopal Parish in Brookline. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Yale University.

Matt Lucerto, G08, has been promoted to associate director of alumni relations for regional programs.

Jen McAndrew, J96, is the new communications manager at Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. After receiving a master’s from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, she began her career at the U.S. Commerce Department, followed by service at the U.S. Treasury and as senior advisor to Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman. Most recently, she was senior advisor to U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass. She is also chair of the Yes for Melrose budget override campaign and vice president of the Melrose Education Foundation.

Kimberly Moniz has been promoted to social media strategist in University Relations’ Communications and Marketing Department. In her previous role as online community specialist, Moniz developed and implemented an integrated strategy across main social media channels.

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), participated in four presentations at the Third Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavik, Iceland, October 15-18, including the Energy Security Forum, chaired by Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, president of Iceland.

James Munro, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology at the School of Medicine and the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, has received a National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award. He is developing a new way to use single-molecule imaging of Ebola glycoproteins on a non-infectious substitute virus to investigate how viruses such as Ebola enter host cells.

Maureen Murray, V03, assistant clinical professor of wildlife medicine at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, presented a master class titled “Gastrointestinal Anatomy and Physiology of Birds of Prey” at the ExoticsCon conference in San Antonio on Sept. 2.

Jackie Natale has returned to Tufts as associate director of donor relations in University Advancement after stints at MIT and Babson College. Natale first joined Tufts in 2008 as a development officer for the School of Engineering and was promoted to associate director in 2010.

Iarla O’hAllmhurain has been promoted to manager of digital services in University Relations’ Communications and Marketing Department. This team is responsible for implementing the design, development and maintenance of a number of Tufts websites and applications, including the homepage and upper level, Tufts Now, the alumni and giving sites and the WordPress content management system serving 70-plus university clients.  

Susan Pasquale has joined Cummings School as director of faculty affairs and administrative services, a new position. Previously she was associate provost for faculty affairs and executive director of the Faculty Center for Academic Excellence and Innovation at Johnson & Wales University. She also has served as director of curriculum and faculty development and associate professor of family medicine and community health at the UMass Medical School. Pasquale holds degrees in music, music therapy and counseling psychology, and earned a Ph.D. in educational administration.

Shaun Paul, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), participated in the conference Biodiversity for a Livable Climate: Restoring Ecosystems to Reverse Global Warming Oct. 16-18. Paul moderated the panel “Building Water Cycles into the International Climate Debate” and led a workshop on investing in ecological restoration.

Ranee Singh joined the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School from Khon Kaen University in Thailand. Visiting on a Fulbright scholarship, she will be working over the next six months on a research project with Nicholas Frank, professor and chair of the department, and Orla Mahony, an assistant clinical professor, titled “Role of Somatostatin in the Regulation of Insulin Secretion in the Hyperinsulinemic State in Humans, Cats and Horses.”  

David Snydman, a professor at the School of Medicine and chief of the Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Tufts Medical Center, received the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Walter E. Stamm Mentor Award on Oct. 8 in recognition of more than 30 years of expert mentorship.

Alan D. Solomont, A70, A08P, dean of the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, wrote an op-ed arguing that government support is crucial to stronger civic education and engagement. His piece, “Millennials Want to Serve. Let’s Help Them Do It,” appeared in Education Week on Oct. 20. He co-wrote another op-ed with Peter Levine, associate dean for research at Tisch College, on “Renewing Our Commitment to U.S. History and Civics,” which was published in Roll Call on Oct. 15.

Myriam Springuel, J77, has been named director of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). This is a return to SITES for Springuel, who served as director of education and later associate director for programs from 1986 to 1994. Before joining SITES for the first time, she curated fine arts exhibitions and developed education programs at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. From 1994 to 2014, she consulted with national and international museums. Springuel received her master’s in art history from the University of Maryland.

Gerry Wawrzynek has joined the Office of Alumni Relations as assistant director for regional programs, focusing on the western U.S. He comes to Tufts from the New England Conservatory (NEC), where he worked for more than five years, most recently as manager for alumni relations and giving. He received his master’s degree from NEC and his bachelor’s in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Timothy Wise, G05, director of research and policy at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), presented his research “Taking the Road Less Traveled: Reinvesting in Smallholder Maize Farming in Mexico” on Oct. 2 at UMass-Amherst as part of the Environmental Working Group lecture series. On Oct. 7, he was quoted in an article titled “The Complex Nature Of GMOs Calls for a New Conversation,” which appeared on Also in October, Wise was in Washington, D.C., to participate in the Open Society Foundation’s human rights initiative and in South Africa for an Open Society Foundation strategy session on food security and climate change in Africa.

Pamela Yelick, G89, a professor in the Department of Orthodontics and director of the Division of Craniofacial and Molecular Genetics at the School of Dental Medicine, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health planning grant to develop the Tufts Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Tissue Regeneration Consortium. 

Hilary Zelson, G16, recently installed a floating public art project in the Boston neighborhood Fort Point Channel. It featured two large multi-colored sheep built entirely from foam and packing peanuts resting on a 10-foot-by-10-foot float. Zelson, who specializes in site-specific installations, called the work Who Wears Wool, and says it pays homage to the area’s former wool trade. She is working toward a master’s degree in fine arts at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and a museum studies certificate at Tufts.