People Notes

People Notes November 2014

Amanda Abelson, an assistant professor of clinical sciences at Cummings School, is now board certified by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia.

Paul Beninger is the new director of the M.D./M.B.A. and M.B.S./M.B.A. programs at the School of Medicine. A member of the Public Health and Community Medicine faculty since 2012 and the director of the Development and Regulation of Medicines and Devices Program, Beninger has extensive experience in global patient safety, pharmacovigilance (drug safety) and risk management.

Skip Bigelow has been promoted to director of facilities services for the Grafton campus. Bigelow has 25 years of experience in senior-level leadership, including the operation of a successful business in the electrical service industry. He has been at Tufts for six years as the assistant director of facilities in Grafton. He earned a B.S. in engineering management at Central New England College and recently completed the master’s program in facilities management at Massachusetts Maritime Academy.

Robert Bridges, professor of biomedical sciences at Cummings School, has been appointed consulting editor for 2015 for the journal Behavioral Neuroscience.

Jeronim Capaldo, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), published a new working paper, “The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: European Disintegration, Unemployment and Instability,” as part of his project on Modeling Policy Reform.

Stephanie Cote returned to Cummings School in October as the new administrator of the Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic. She had earlier worked as a veterinary technician in aesthesia at Cummings School.

Christina Greer, J00, an assistant professor of political science at Fordham University, has been named to City&State’s 40 Under 40 Rising Stars: New York City’s Next Generation of Political Leaders. Greer is the author of Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream (Oxford University Press, 2013), which was the subject of the Tufts Now story “Different Kinds of Black.”

Jonathan Harris, director of theory and education at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), gave a keynote presentation in Berlin on Oct. 31 at the “Inequality and the Future of Capitalism” conference. The conference, which drew more than 300 economists working in the fields of macroeconomic theory and policy, has a well-established reputation for promoting debate between heterodox perspectives and more mainstream approaches. Watch Harris’s presentation as part of a panel on the teaching of economics following the financial crisis.

Matthew Hast has been named assistant dean for student affairs at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, having served in the role previously on an interim basis. Hast directed admissions during a period of rapid enrollment growth at the Friedman School, represented the school on the university-wide student database implementation project (SIS) and served as registrar while continuing the SIS implementation.

Justin Hollander, an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, was quoted in a story in the Telegraph from Macon, Georgia, about the plight of abandoned communities. He also had his work publicized on, an urban affairs website. His research on developing urban planning tools using big data is profiled in a MacArthur Foundation-funded column, “Science of Cities.”

Sophie Emmanuelle “Emi” Knafo, V08, has joined the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School and the Foster Hospital for Small Animals as a part-time clinical assistant professor of zoological companion animal medicine. She completed an internship in large animal surgery and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania and then changed career paths when she pursued an internship in zoological medicine and surgery at the University of Georgia. Knafo completed an American Association of Zoological Medicine residency at Cornell University and operated her own business as a house-call veterinarian for exotic pets in the central New York area. At Tufts, Knafo is focusing on clinical teaching and service and hopes to expand the zoological companion animal medicine surgical caseload. She also has two active grants: “Endoscopic Vasectomy of Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) as a Non-lethal Means of Population Control,” funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and “Comparative Immunohistochemical Localization and Characterization of the mu and kappa Opioid Receptors in Selected Raptor, Psittacine, Waterfowl and Passerine Species,” funded by the Association of Avian Veterinarians.

Steven Koltai, A76, F78, E12P, vice chair of the Tufts Entrepreneurship Leadership Studies Program, had his blog post “Fighting ISIS Through Entrepreneurship” highlighted on the front page of the Brookings Institution website in October.

Mike Kowaleski, V93, has been promoted to full professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School.

Margaret McKenzie, F15, a graduate student at the Fletcher School in security studies and environmental resource policy, was awarded the Boren National Security Fellowship to study Arabic at the American University of Kuwait in 2015. Boren scholarships and fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program, a federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year.

James Munro recently join the School of Medicine as an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology. Munro comes to Tufts from Yale University, where he completed his postdoctoral training. His research focuses on applying single molecule imaging to various aspects of the HIV life cycle.

Benjamin Nephew, G03, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences at Cummings School, presented a talk and a poster at the International Society for Psychoneuroendocrinology conference in Montreal. The talk was titled “Changes in Conscious Resting State Functional Connectivity in an Early Life Social Stress Rodent Model of Postpartum Depression and Anxiety.”

Shaun Paul, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), led an impact investing workshop at the Fletcher School on Oct. 21. Thirty students participated in an exercise about what goes into investment decisions.

C. Andrew Ramsburg, an associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, received the 2014 Award for Outstanding Teaching in Environmental Engineering and Science from the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.

Elizabeth J. Remick, an associate professor of political science, had her book Regulating Prostitution in China: Gender and Local Statebuilding, 1900–1937 published by Stanford University Press. The book notes that at the turn of the 20th century, Chinese cities began to register, tax and monitor prostitutes using European and Japanese regulatory models. Prostitution regulation connected the local state, politics and gender relations in important new ways; how local governments dealt with the thorny, gendered issue of prostitution had concrete, measurable effects on local state structures and capacities, according to the book. Some cities taxed a thriving prostitution sector heavily, funding schools, roads and social services. Some instead built up large bureaucracies to manage police-run brothels. Still others lightly taxed and regulated prostitution, creating regimes of city-run clinics, prostitute rescue homes and police inspection.

Sharan L. Schwartzberg, a professor of occupational therapy, collaborated with School of Medicine colleagues, assistant professor Libby Bradshaw and assistant clinical professor Emily Rowe on the presentation “Interprofessional Teamwork: Group Dynamics Inform Health Care,” which they gave at the annual conference of the Hospice and Palliative Care Federation in Norwood, Massachusetts, on Oct. 8. The work evolved out of a course that Schwartzberg, who holds secondary appointments as professor of psychiatry and professor of public health and community medicine, co-teaches in the School of Medicine with Daniel Carr, director of the school’s Pain Research, Education and Policy program.

Walter Swap, who retired from Tufts in 2004 after 33 years as professor of psychology, including 10 years as dean of undergraduate education, will have a book published in December by Harvard Business Review Press. Critical Knowledge Transfer: Tools for Managing Your Company’s Deep Smarts, which outlines the steps organizations can take to preserve the expertise of retiring engineers, scientists and managers, is the third book Swap has co-authored with his wife, Dorothy Leonard, an emerita professor at Harvard Business School.

Grace Talusan, J94, a lecturer in English, interviewed Tufts classmate and poet Joanne Diaz, J94, about her second book of poems, My Favorite Tyrants (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014), for Memorious. Diaz is an associate professor of English at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Timothy A. Wise, G05, director of research and policy at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), presented his conference paper “Two Roads Diverged in the Food Crisis: Global Policy Takes the One More Traveled” as part of a keynote panel at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, on Sept. 26. He traveled to Rome Oct. 9 to work with the Civil Society Mechanism at the annual meetings of the FAO’s Committee on World Food Security meetings. On Oct. 16, he gave a presentation at the World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, on the subject “Are We On Track to Feed the World by 2050? Land, Biofuels and Food Systems.” Wise and colleagues at ActionAid USA also re-released last year’s report, “Rising to the Challenge: Changing Course to Feed the World in 2050” [PDF], which argues for changes to global biofuels and other policies to meet future food needs. They wrote the opinion article “To Feed the World in 2050 We Have to Change Course” on FoodTank, which was reprinted by the Christian Science Monitor [PDF]. Finally, the Des Moines Register quoted Wise in “Feeding China: What Does the Future Hold for Hunger?”, published Oct. 17.

Bingling Xu, a student in the Ph.D. program in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at Cummings School, successfully defended her dissertation, Developing Enterovirus 71 Vaccine Using Non-invasive Approaches, and will officially receive her degree on Nov. 8.