People Notes

People Notes January 2015

Jane Bernstein, the Austin Fletcher Professor of Music in the School of Arts and Sciences, was named an honorary member of the American Musicological Society at its annual meeting in Milwaukee. Honorary members are scholars who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of scholarship in music through research, learning and teaching. The award presentation commended Bernstein as a leading scholar in a broad range of musicological fields and noted her extensive publications on Renaissance music as well as her contributions to the field of women’s studies.

Tom Burrill joined Tufts on Jan. 5 as facilities manager for the Grafton campus. He is responsible for day-to-day operations and maintenance of the buildings and grounds of the Cummings School campus. He comes to Tufts from the former New England Primate Research Center/Harvard Medical School in Southborough, Massachusetts.

Turhan Canli, A88, an associate professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, published a paper last fall in the journal Biology of Mood and Anxiety Disorders in which he proposed a reconceptualization of major depression as a form of infectious disease, in part as a result of seeing the lack of progress in treating it. He gave a TEDx talk on the subject and was written up in a recent New York Times article “What If We’re Wrong About Depression?” Follow him on Twitter at @turhancanli.

Najla Chebib, an assistant professor of prosthodontics and operative dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine, has been named director of the school’s Advanced Education Program in Esthetic and Operative Dentistry.

Gerard “Jerry” Dallal, who retired on Oct. 1 after 32 years at Tufts, was given a retirement party by colleagues at the Friedman School and the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts (HNRCA). He was an integral part of countless research projects as chief of the HNRCA’s biostatistics unit and trained generations of students in the fine points of number crunching. At his retirement party, Lorien Urban, N09, N11, testified that she came into the Ph.D. program terrified of data analysis. “You taught me to love statistics,” said Urban, now a postdoc in the HNRCA Energy Metabolism Laboratory. What’s next? “I like Walt Disney’s quote,” Dallal said. “‘When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.’”

Seana Dowling-Guyer joined Tufts as the new associate director of the Center for Shelter Dogs at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine on Dec. 1.

David Ekbladh, an associate professor of history in the School of Arts and Sciences, edited a collection of essays titled “The First World War and Its International Legacies,” which appeared as a special issue of the journal Diplomatic History in September 2014. This year he will be a visiting fellow at the National University of Singapore and a visiting fellow at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway.

Roger A. Fielding, N93, director of the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, was awarded the 2015 International Osteoporosis Foundation’s Olof Johnell Science Award.

Nick Frank, professor and chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, delivered presentations at the 43rd annual seminar of the Equine Chapter of the Society of British Columbia Veterinarians in Vancouver in early November. He also traveled to Salt Lake City on Dec. 9 to speak at a session on “Laminitis: Medical Management” at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Andy Greenberg, director of the Obesity and Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts and the Atkins Professor in Nutrition and Metabolism at the School of Medicine, received the Solomon A. Berson Alumni Achievement Award in Basic Science from New York University.

Pranab Chandra Kalita joined the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cummings School on Dec. 8 as a visiting professor. Kalita is an associate professor and head of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy and Histology at the College of Veterinary Science and Animal Health, Central Agricultural University in Aizawl, Mizoram, India.

Kiho Kang, an associate professor of prosthodontics and operative dentistry, was named interim director of the programs in postgraduate prosthodontics and advanced dental technology, effective Jan. 1. Kang completed his postgraduate certificate in prosthodontics at Tufts in 1998 and immediately joined the faculty in the Division of Graduate and Postgraduate Prosthodontics, serving as associate program director from 2005 to 2008. He continued his career as a prosthodontist, maintaining private practices in Wayland and Boston while teaching part-time. Kang is a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontists and a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists.

Sophie Emi Knafo has joined the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School as a part-time clinical assistant professor of zoological and companion animal medicine.

Maureen Murray, V03, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at Cummings School, traveled to Vancouver for the North American meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry in early November, when she gave a presentation titled “Rodenticides in Birds of Prey in Massachusetts, USA: What Has Changed Since U.S. EPA Risk Mitigation Action?” She also gave two presentations at the Connecticut Wildlife Rehabilitators’ fall conference in Burlington, Connecticut, on Nov. 22; her topics were “Rodenticides, Birds of Prey and the EPA” and “An Introduction to Turtle Triage.”

Elena Naumova was appointed academic dean for faculty at the Friedman School on Jan. 1. For the past three years, she has served as the associate dean for research at Tufts School of Engineering, where she is a professor. She is the director of the Tufts Initiative for the Forecasting and Modeling of Infectious Diseases and currently leads a team of Tufts researchers that is seeking to reduce waterborne infectious diseases in Ghana and India; their work is supported by the Tufts Institute for Innovation. As dean, she will coordinate the Friedman School’s efforts to mentor and develop outstanding faculty.

Sarah Pinto, an associate professor of anthropology and director of the Program in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, received the 2014 Eileen Basker Memorial Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology for her book Daughters of Parvati: Women and Madness in Contemporary India (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014).

Edward Saltzman has been appointed academic dean for education at the Friedman School. An associate professor at Friedman and at the School of Medicine, Saltzman most recently served as chair of the Friedman School’s Department of Nutrition Sciences. He is chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition at Tufts Medical Center and a longstanding member of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts. In his new role, Saltzman oversees the school’s programs related to teaching, students and student life.

George Saperstein, the Amelia Peabody Professor of Agricultural Sciences at Cummings School, celebrated with colleagues at a reception on Dec. 4 marking his retirement, which became official on Dec. 31, when he was awarded the title of professor of environmental and population health emeritus. Many faculty, staff, alumni, friends and colleagues spoke at the reception, sharing their experiences and anecdotes. A custom-made book containing many photos, articles and other memorabilia from his career was presented to Saperstein. View photos from the event here.

Dennis Steindler has joined the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts as director of the Neuroscience and Aging Laboratory. Besides being a developmental neurobiologist and having taught medical school neuroscience, Steindler has been studying the growth and transplantation of normal brain and cancerous stem cells for more than 25 years. Most recently, he was a professor of medical research in the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He served as executive director of the McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Florida from 2004 until 2010.