People Notes

People Notes February 2015

​Elliot Ackerman, A03, F03, will be the Fletcher School’s first writer-in-residence this spring. He is the author of Green on Blue, a novel about two Afghan boys caught in their country’s deadly conflict that will be published in mid-February. Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and is the recipient of the Purple Heart, Silver Star and the Bronze Star for Valor. A former White House Fellow, he has written essays and fiction that have appeared in the New Yorker, the Atlantic, the New Republic and Ecotone, among others.

Abena Agyemang, A07, national director of school partnerships at Families for Excellent Public Schools, was named to the Forbes magazine “30 Under 30” in education for being among the “game changers who are changing the world.” Agyemang works with 120 schools and partners and provides families with resources to advocate for better schools in their communities, mobilizing nearly 60,000 people over the year.

Karen Alexander has been promoted to assistant director of student affairs at the School of Dental Medicine. She had been student services administrative assistant, a position she held for four years.

Megan Bresnahan joined Tufts on Jan. 12 as the science collections librarian and scholarly communication coordinator at Tisch Library. She came to Tufts from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she headed the Gemmill Library of Engineering, Mathematics and Physics. Bresnahan received a B.A. from the University of Arizona and an M.S. from the University of Michigan. She has a certificate in biomedical informatics from the Marine Biological Laboratory and National Library of Medicine.

Hugo Campos, an assistant professor in the Department of Diagnosis and Health Promotion at the School of Dental Medicine, has achieved diplomate status from the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

Jay S. Duker, professor and chair of the ophthalmology department at the School of Medicine, has been elected to the board of directors of Eleven Biotherapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing treatments for eye diseases.

Matt Finkelman has returned to Tufts to serve as director of the Biostatistics and Experimental Design Division in the dental school’s Department of Public Health and Community Service.

Dana Fleming joined the University Relations Division as assistant general counsel on Jan. 20. She comes to Tufts from the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where she was deputy chief counsel for three years. In that role, Fleming drafted legislation and advised legislators on employment matters, contract negotiations and compliance work, including conflicts of interest. Before joining the State House, she spent six years in private practice, specializing in labor and employment matters. She represented a range of clients, including many colleges and universities. She is a graduate of Princeton University, Boston College Law School and the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.

Jon Freeman, G08, G12, an assistant professor of psychology at New York University, was named to Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30” in science, recognized as being among the “game changers who are changing the world.” As a graduate student at Tufts, while researching how the mind creates split-second perceptions of other people, Freeman created software to track cursor movements on a computer screen. He has published more than 50 scientific papers, and his software is widely used by other researchers.

Jonathan Greenblatt, A92, has left his position as special assistant to President Barack Obama and director of the federal Office for Social Innovation and Civic Participation to take on a new role as national director of the Anti-Defamation League. He returned to campus last fall to co-host a national summit on civic learning and engagement with the Tisch College.

Gabriel Hayek, D16, won the Anesthesiology Dental Student Essay Contest sponsored by the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA). This is the second consecutive year that a Tufts dental student has won the national competition. Hayek will receive a certificate of recognition, a $1,000 cash award and travel expenses to the ADSA annual meeting in Austin, Texas, in April. His paper “Anesthetic Considerations for the Patient with Obstructive Sleep Apnea” will be published in Anesthesia Progress.

Justin Hollander, A96, an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning in the School of Arts and Sciences, was a keynote speaker at the annual academic meeting of the Danske Landinspektørforening (the Danish Association of Chartered Surveyors) in Nyborg, Denmark, on Jan. 30. His keynote address was titled “Shrinking American Cities.”

Andrew Kemp, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, had his work cited by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address last month. The president referenced a paper Kemp published in 2011 in PNAS, which concluded that seawater along the East Coast rose faster in the 20th century than it did over the previous 2,000 years.

Ellen J. Kullman, E78, A12P, chair of the board and chief executive officer of the DuPont Co., will be named Drexel University College of Engineering’s 2015 Engineering Leader of the Year at a ceremony on Feb. 23, joining the group of engineering trailblazers who have received the award. Kullman is a trustee of Tufts University.

David Lee-Parritz, V83, has been appointed as the new chair of the Department of Population and Environmental Health at Cummings School. He succeeds George Saperstein, who retired in December. Lee-Parritz was appointed a clinical professor in the department and attending veterinarian and director of the Laboratory Animal Medicine Service (LAMS) in October 2013. Last year he was named associate chair of the department. He will also direct Cummings School’s corporate research program, a position closely related to his work as director of LAMS. Lee-Parritz received a B.A. from Yale in 1979 and his D.V.M. in 1983 as a member of the first graduating class of the Tufts veterinary school. In 1995 he became a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. From 1987 to 1997, Lee-Parritz was chief of the unit of primate medicine at the New England Regional Primate Research Center of Harvard Medical School and then associate director of operations at the Harvard University Medical School Center for Animal Resources and Comparative Medicine. He subsequently worked for Genzyme Corp. as a senior director. Following Sanofi’s acquisition of Genzyme in 2011, Lee-Parritz became head of animal research and welfare for the Sanofi-Boston hub. Working with associate professor Angie Warner and others, Lee-Parritz was instrumental in the establishment of the D.V.M./M.S. in Laboratory Animal Medicine program, which he co-directs.

Kris K. Manjapra, an associate professor of history in the School of Arts and Sciences and program director of Colonialism Studies, was named an Emerging Scholar for 2015 by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The American Historical Association news magazine Perspectives on History published Manjapra’s article on Tufts’ efforts to connect classrooms across continents: “The Medium Is the Message: Teaching about Globalization in a Global Classroom.”

Iarla O’hAllmhurain will be joining Digital Communications on Feb. 9 as a front-end web developer responsible for the development and maintenance of websites and applications that use front-end programming. He will also build and maintain themes for a variety of sites. Before coming to Tufts, O’hAllmhurain was a web developer and designer at Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland. Most recently, he was a freelance web designer and developer for clients in the U.S., Canada and Ireland. He studied music and media technology at Ballyfermot College in Dublin.

James A. Peyser, F82, has been named Massachusetts Secretary of Education. A graduate of Fletcher’s M.A.L.D. program, Peyser served on the Tisch College board of advisers from 2003 to 2010.

Momo Shinzawa joined University Relations in December as the new multimedia specialist, supporting both the University Photography and Digital Communications groups. She is responsible for managing University Photography’s job assignment service and the image archives, conducting photo research and overseeing freelancers, among other duties. Shinzawa comes to Tufts from Vantage Deluxe World Travel in Boston, where she worked as a digital asset coordinator and a photo researcher and editor. Prior to that, she was a digital media archivist at Boston University. She holds a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. in photography from the Art Institute of Boston and the Massachusetts College of Art.

Ronald Thornton, professor emeritus of physics and education in the School of Arts and Sciences, was named a fellow of the American Association of Physics Teachers in recognition of his enduring contributions to society. At the national winter meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Thornton gave two invited presentations—a talk titled “Interactive Lecture Demonstrations: Evidence for the Effectiveness for Teaching Concepts” and a half-day workshop for physics professors and teachers on “Interactive Lecture Demonstrations–What’s New? ILDs Using Clickers & Video Analysis.”

Scott Travers, A07, a vice president at JPMorgan Chase & Co. who co-manages a $9 billion portfolio in the nation’s biggest private banking operation, was named to the Forbes magazine “30 Under 30” in finance. He is recognized as being among the “game changers who are changing the world.”

Danielle Weisberg, A08, co-founder of theSkimm, a daily “news you need to know” email with more than 1 million subscribers, was named to the Forbes magazine “30 Under 30” game changers in media. In the past year, Weisberg’s firm raised an additional $6.25 million and partnered with Oprah.com.