People Notes

People Notes October 2015


(Part 1 was posted in the September 2015 People Notes)

Marina Aptekman joined Tufts this fall as a lecturer and language coordinator in the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literatures. She received her Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literature from Brown University, her M.S. in English from Clark University and her B.A. in English literature/linguistics from Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Prior to Tufts, Aptekman was a visiting assistant professor at Hobart and William Smith College. She also taught at Binghamton University, Cornell University, Brandeis University, Middlebury College and Wheaton College. Her publications include an article-in-progress, “To the Holy Land and Back: The Opposition of Two Zions in Russian-Jewish Socialist Realism,” and the book Jacob’s Ladder: Kabbalistic Allegory in Russian Literature. She has written textbook chapters, including “Dual Nature of Language and Style” in Day of the Oprichnik and “Sugar Kremlin” in Vladimir Sorokin’s Languages. Aptekman has also written for journals such as Slavic and East European Journal, Chroniques Slaves and Toronto Slavic Quarterly. Her critical reviews have appeared in many of the same journals, and she has presented at conferences around the world.

Jessica Dyer joins Tufts as a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics. She received her M.S. in mathematics from the University of Illinois, Chicago, a master of advanced study in mathematics from the University of Cambridge and a B.S. in mathematics from UC-Santa Barbara. She was to receive her Ph.D. this fall from the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her doctoral dissertation on Bratteli diagrams is titled Dynamics of Equicontinuous Group Actions on Cantor Sets. As a doctoral student, she taught undergraduate courses and algebra at the Summer Enrichment Workshop. A frequent presenter at conferences and symposia, she was an invited speaker at the Summer Conference on Topology and its Applications at the College of Staten Island, New York. She is a member of the Association for Women in Mathematics.

Brian Gravel, E01, E04, G11, has a new role at Tufts as an assistant professor in the Department of Education. He received his Ph.D. in science education and his M.S. and B.S. in mechanical engineering. His doctoral dissertation is titled Elementary Students’ Multiple Representations of Their Ideas About Air. Gravel has been a lecturer and director of elementary education at Tufts. Previously, he was a program manager and research assistant at the SAM Animation Project at Tufts’ Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), and co-founded iCreate to Educate. In 2011, he was awarded the faculty fellowship at CEEO. He also received the Tufts University Presidential Award for Citizenship and Public Service and was a fellow at the Project Zero Future of Learning Institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has given presentations at educational conferences, and his articles have appeared in the Journal of Science Education and Technology, Research in Science Education and the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, among others.

Susan Higgins, J86, G02, G15, has joined Tufts as lecturer and academic fieldwork coordinator in the Department of Occupational Therapy. She specializes in group and psychosocial practice, the cognitive disabilities model and animal-assisted therapy. Previously, she worked at Fellowship Health Resources and Butler Hospital and was an assistant professor in the occupational therapy assistant program at Bristol Community College. She also was an adjunct instructor at Community College of Rhode Island and an academic fieldwork coordinator/assistant professor at the New England Institute of Technology. Her most recent article, which appeared in GROUP, the journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, is titled “Current Practice and Perceptions of Group Work in Occupational Therapy.” It was co-authored with Sharan Schwartzberg, professor of occupational therapy; Gary Bedell, associate professor and chair of occupational therapy; and Linda Duncombe.

Matt Hooley joined Tufts this fall as a visiting assistant professor in the American studies program. He received a Ph.D. and M.A. in English and Native American studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a B.A. in English from Carleton College. Previously he was an assistant professor of American modernism at Texas Tech University, where he was co-director of the Literature, Social Justice and the Environment Program and an affiliated faculty member in environmental humanities and women’s studies. Last year, Hooley was a visiting scholar at the American Indian Studies Center and the Institute for American Cultures at UCLA, and worked on two book projects, An Ordinary Empire: Native Modernism and the Colonial State and Scale Exhaustion: The Aesthetics of Settler Environmentalism. He has written several reviews, essays and book chapters, including “The Autoethnography of William Warren,” “Toxic Recognition: Coloniality and Ecocritical Attention” and the introduction to a forthcoming special issue of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal.

Erica Cherry Kemmerling is a new assistant professor of mechanical engineering. She earned both her Ph.D. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. She received her B.S. in physics from Stanford, where she was awarded both the Stanford Graduate Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Fellowship; she also received the Stanford Cancer Imaging Training Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2013. Her doctoral dissertation is on magnetic drug targeting. She has contributed to a number of articles in Physics of Fluids, the International Journal of Multiphase Flows, Medical Physics and others.

Peter Love has been appointed an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He holds an M.Phys and a D.Phil from Oxford University. Previously he was an associate professor of physics at Haverford College, where he received the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award, and a visiting scholar at Harvard University. He has worked as a senior application scientist at D-Wave Systems in Vancouver, a research associate in mathematics at Tufts and a visiting researcher at University College London and Caltech. Love’s research is focused on how computation can help us understand nature and how understanding nature can improve computation. His research funding includes an NSF Career Award and a grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for a project titled “Applications of Quantum Computing in Aerospace Science and Engineering.” He is an associate editor for Frontiers in ICT and an editorial board member of Scientific Reports. He received the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics Scholar Award in 2009. His work has been published in academic journals, and he presented this year at the QUTE-EUROPE Summer School on “Basic Techniques of Digital Quantum Simulation.”

Chris Manos has a new role at Tufts as a professor of the practice in the Department of Economics. Previously he was a professor of the practice in finance at Tufts, where he helped establish and grow the new minor in finance. Manos received his B.A. from Bowdoin College in 1978, his M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago in 1982 and his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 2010. He spent his career in finance, primarily as the CFO of a series of successful venture-backed firms, including Hampshire Chemicals, Imagitas, MoreMagic Solutions and NxStage Medical. Manos was responsible for the financial management of these firms. Since 2010, he has been the principal financial advisor to Tripod, an educational testing firm.

Carmen Merolla has a new role at Tufts as a lecturer in the Department of Romance Languages. She earned an M.A. in Italian literature and culture from Boston College, and an M.A. in comparative literature from Istituto Universitario Orientale in Italy. She has been an instructor of Italian language and culture at numerous institutions and a part-time lecturer at Tufts since 2014. She has taught elementary, intermediate and advanced classes in Italian and coordinated the instruction with cultural activities that stress the vibrancy of Italian life. She has held teaching positions at Boston College, Brandeis University, College of the Holy Cross, Assumption College, Lesley College and the University of Dayton and was also managing director of the Italian language department at Sorrento Lingue in Italy. Her recent projects include writing the online workbook for Caleidoscopio, an intermediate-level Italian language textbook by Daniela Bartalesi-Graf and Colleen Ryan.

Kerri Modry-Mandell, G01, is a lecturer and fieldwork coordinator in the Department of Child Study and Human Development. She earned her Ph.D. in family studies and human development from the University of Arizona. She received her M.A. in child development from Tufts and her B.A. in psychology from the University of Vermont. In 2014, she was awarded Special Mention for Outstanding Faculty Contribution to Graduate Studies from the Graduate Student Council of Arts, Sciences and Engineering at Tufts. She was also the recipient of the Mildred R. Hardin Doctoral Dissertation Research Scholarship and the Clinical Research Fellowship from the University of Arizona. Modry-Mandell has been a member of the faculty in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts since 2008, teaching courses on pediatric psychology, child life and the hospitalized child, developmental psychopathology and adaptation and designing educational and therapeutic environments. She has also taught graduate-level courses in psychology at the University of Arizona and undergraduate courses at the University of Vermont. Her book, Your Child, Your Family and Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation: By Families, For Families, co-authored with S.F. Kurker and A.M. Lopez, was published by Tee Up For Tots, Inc. in 2007. Her work has also been published in academic journals such as the Journal of Child and Family Studies, Social Development, Clinical Therapeutics and the Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied.

Alexander Queen joins Tufts as a lecturer in psychology. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Miami and his B.A. in psychology and geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His clinical and research interests include the assessment and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders in both children and adults. Queen completed a pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the May Institute. He has worked in various clinical settings, including outpatient clinics, hospitals and community mental health centers, where he provided evaluation and treatment services to children, adolescents and adults with a range of psychiatric diagnoses. He is a licensed psychologist and health service provider in Massachusetts. Queen has taught several courses at the University of Miami and received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award and the Rod Gillis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Queen has given more than a dozen poster presentations and symposiums. He is also the author, with collaborators, of numerous journal articles and book chapters, including “The Trajectories of Adolescent Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms over the Course of a Transdiagnostic Treatment” in the Journal of Anxiety Disorders.

Cristina Rosa has joined Tufts as a lecturer in the Department of Drama and Dance. She received her Ph.D. in culture and performance from the University of California, Los Angeles, her M.A. in art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her B.F.A. in studio art from California State University. Her dissertation is titled Choreographing Identification: The Presence of Ginga in Samba, Capoeira and Grupo Corpo. Her artistic experience ranges from capoeira and concert dance to theater and visual arts. Prior to Tufts, she was a visiting assistant professor at Reed College, where she taught courses on Afro-Brazilian contemporary dance and queer dance. She was also a visiting assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside, and has taught at Florida State University, the California Institute of the Arts and Freie Universität in Berlin, among others. She is the author of the forthcoming Brazilian Bodies and Their Choreographies of Identification. Rosa has been invited to give dozens of lectures and presentations, the most recent of which include the choreographic work “Of Plants, Typewriters and Mortadella Sandwiches,” presented at the University of California, Riverside, and “Gestures, Mental Processes, and Codified Texts,” a paper presented at the 2014 joint conference of the Writing Dancing/Dancing Writing Society of Dance History Scholars and Congress on Research in Dance.

Ninian Stein is a new lecturer in environmental studies. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at Brown University and her M.E.Sc. from the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. She also received an M.A. in anthropology from Harvard University and a B.A. in environmental studies and anthropology from Brown. Her doctoral dissertation is titled Native Peoples and Subsistence in Late Woodland and Early Contact Period Southern New England. Previously Stein was a visiting assistant professor at Smith College, designing and teaching an introductory course integrating environmental science and policy. As an assistant professor at San Jose State University, she designed and taught classes in archaeology. She won a Catslair Collaborative Residency for her work on the book Bioregional 1.0 at Catswalk in Catskill, New York. She was also awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship from Wheaton College in 2009 and the Center for Environmental Studies Graduate Teaching Fellowship from Brown University in 2004, 2005 and 2006. She has published in scholarly journals such as Northeast Anthropology and Cross-current Journal, and contributed chapters to two books. She is working on two books: Not Your Average Run of the Mill: Combining Industrial Archaeology and Environmental History to Shape the Future of Factory Sites and Bioregional Urbanism 1.0: How Cities and Their Regions Can Be Self-Sustaining Within a Globalized World.

Jacob Stewart-Halevy is a new assistant professor in the Department of Art and Art History. He earned his Ph.D. in art history at Yale University, an M.F.A. from UCLA and a B.A. in philosophy at UC- Berkeley. His doctoral dissertation is titled Casual Stances: How Conceptual Art Lost Its Footing. At Yale, Stewart-Halevy received the Charles Ives Scholarship, and at UCLA he won the Darcy Hayman Award for distinguished achievement in the graduate program in fine arts. He also studied semiotics and philosophy at Università di Bologna. Stewart-Halevy, who specializes in contemporary art, has served as a graduate teaching fellow at Yale and UCLA and as a co-lecturer on art and mass culture since 1975 at UCLA. His conference lectures include “What Happened to Conceptual Art” at Pratt Institute. Recent articles include “Michael Snow: Photocentric,” which appeared in Art in America, and “Conceptual Art: an Overview,” included in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Aesthetics.

Diren Pamuk Turner, G10, returns to Tufts as a lecturer in chemistry. She earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from Tufts and her B.S. in chemistry from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. Her doctoral dissertation is titled Design and Engineering of New Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 Analogues. Previously, Turner was a preceptor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. As a Ph.D. candidate at Tufts, she was a teaching assistant and co-instructor in organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry and biochemistry. She received the Tufts Graduate Institute for Teaching Fellowship in 2007 and the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from Tufts’ Department of Chemistry in 2003.  

Kristen Wendell, G11, returns to Tufts as a new assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, where she will continue her research on the learning and teaching of engineering. Wendell earned her Ph.D. in science education from Tufts and her M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT. She received her B.S. in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University. Wendell joins Tufts from the University of Massachusetts, Boston’s Center of Science and Mathematics in Context (COSMIC), where she was principal investigator on two NSF-funded projects: one on the use of community-based engineering to prepare novice urban elementary school teachers in science and engineering and the other on supporting urban students’ engineering discourse. Wendell has also held research and teaching positions as a graduate student at Tufts and MIT. At MIT, she received a National Science Foundation Fellowship and studied advanced spacesuit design at the Man-Vehicle Lab. She was also a graduate fellow at the National Academy of Engineering. She co-authored Engaging Young Engineers and has published widely, including “Engineering-Design-Based Science, Science Content Performance and Science Attitudes in Elementary School” in the Journal of Engineering Education and a chapter titled “Learning Disciplinary Concepts and Practices through Engineering Design” in the Cambridge Handbook of Engineering Education Research.

Jo Williams has a new role as a lecturer in the Department of Drama and Dance. Williams received her M.F.A. in production management from Boston University and her B.A. in theater/speech from Northwestern College. She has been a production manager for the Department of Drama and Dance at Tufts since 2013, managing a variety of shows for children and adults, including Over the Rainbow, Twelfth Night, Rent, Miss Saigon, The Velveteen Rabbit and James and the Giant Peach. Recent productions include King Lear, produced by the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, and Next to Normal, The Fallen and Richard III, produced by Tufts. She has also managed productions for Pen, Paint & Pretzels, the Boston Children’s Theatre and Boston University. Williams has extensive experience as an Actors’ Equity Association stage manager and has worked on productions for the New Repertory Theatre, Nobel Fool Theatricals in Chicago, Northwestern University and Chicago Opera Theatre.

Shomon Shamsuddin joins Tufts as an assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. He received his Ph.D. in urban policy and planning from MIT, his master’s of architecture from Yale University and his B.S. in neuroscience from Brown University. His doctoral dissertation, Essays on Housing, Education and Inequality, received the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award. He was awarded the National Poverty Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 and has won an Association for Institutional Research Dissertation Grant and the Social Science Research Council Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship. Shamsuddin has held positions with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development. He has lectured on quantitative reasoning and statistical methods for planning, housing markets, policies and plans, microeconomics and urban landscapes. He has also been invited to present at conferences, including the Association for Collegiate Schools of Planning, the International Sociological Association and the American Educational Research Association. His work has been published in many scholarly journals, including Cityscape, Critical Planning and Shelterforce.  

Sumeeta Srinivasan joins Tufts as a lecturer in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. She comes to Tufts with a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from MIT, an M.S. in urban planning from the University of Illinois and a bachelor of architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology. Her doctoral dissertation is titled Linking Land Use and Transportation: Understanding Travel Behavior in Terms of Spatial Characteristics. Previously she was a preceptor in the Department of Government at Harvard University, where she created a new introductory course on geographic information systems. In addition, she has been a lecturer at Harvard in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences and an adjunct lecturer in urban affairs at Boston University. She has been a research associate in urban systems for the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard since 2000. Srinivasan has written many articles about transportation and urban change. Most recently she co-authored “Open Space a Magnet for Industries?: A Spatial Analysis of New York” in the International Journal of Sustainable Development & World Ecology.



Paul Berkman has joined the Fletcher School as a professor of the practice in science diplomacy. Berkman, who earned his Ph.D. at the University of Rhode Island, is an interdisciplinary scientist with formal training in oceanography and ecology. He focuses on science-policy interactions in international governance. His principal activities currently involve the North Pole as a “pole of peace,” environmental security in the Arctic Ocean and science-policy lessons from the first 50 years of the Antarctic Treaty System.

John Cerone returns to the Fletcher School as a visiting professor of international law. He will teach international humanitarian law and international criminal law. He has been a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and a visiting scholar at the International Criminal Court. He has also been a Fulbright scholar at both the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

James Fry is a visiting professor of international law at the Fletcher School. He is visiting from the University of Hong Kong, where he is an associate professor of law and director of the LLM program. Fry has provided legal counsel to various international organizations, including the International Committee for the Red Cross, the International Organization for Migration, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development, the World Meteorological Organization and the World Trade Organization. He also has represented the New York City Bar Association in the U.N. Commission on International Trade Law. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Geneva.

Michele Malvesti, F00, will join the Fletcher School in January 2016 as a professor of the practice for three years. An experienced practitioner of national security, Malvesti has served two presidential administrations. From August 2002 to October 2007, she served in the Office of Combating Terrorism on the National Security Council staff, including as the senior director for combating terrorism strategy. In this role, she advised the president and his national security advisor and homeland security advisor on U.S. counterterrorism policy and strategy. She returned to the White House in 2009 to co-chair the Presidential Study Review that reformed the White House organization for homeland security and counterterrorism on behalf of the Obama administration.

Kingsley Moghalu, F92, returns to the Fletcher School as a visiting professor. Moghalu earned his Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics. He most recently was deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He is the author of three books, including Emerging Africa: How the Global Economy’s ‘Last Frontier’ Can Prosper and Matter, which serves as the foundation for his Fletcher seminar this fall. Moghalu is a member of the board of directors of the Monetary Policy Committee and the Committee of Governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Kimberly Theidon has joined the Fletcher School as the Henry J. Leir Professor of International Humanitarian Studies. A medical anthropologist, Theidon comes from Harvard University following an interim year as a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Her research interests include political violence, transitional justice, reconciliation and the politics of post-war reparations. Her most recent book, Intimate Enemies: Violence and Reconciliation in Peru (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012), was awarded an honorable mention in 2013 from the Washington Office on Latin America-Duke University Libraries Book Award for Human Rights in Latin America and another honorable mention that same year for the Eileen Basker Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology for research on gender and health. She holds a Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley.



Patrick Collins has joined Tufts as deputy director of public relations on the Medford/Somerville campus. He comes from the New England School of Law, where he directed the strategic communications and marketing team. Previously, as vice president at a strategic communications firm, he worked with both startups and Fortune 100 firms. He was also vice president of communications for an affiliate of MassMutual and headed public relations for an international consulting firm. He holds a B.S. in journalism cum laude and a B.A. in English from Boston University.

Yamila Garber, D16, president of the Tufts chapter of the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA), presented her research project, “The Importance of Incorporating Global Service Learning Experience into the Dental Curricula in U.S. Dental Schools: Inspired by a Unique Experience between Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and the University of Pedro Henriquez Urena in the Dominican Republic,” at the HDA national conference in August in San Antonio, Texas.

University Relations staff members Steffan Hacker, Mike Lupi, Iarla Ó hAllmhuráin and Kaitlin Provencher were honored by the W³ Awards with a silver award in the general website category for the multimedia series Ever Wonder? The national contest is sponsored by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts.

Lucas Harty has joined Tufts as an admissions coordinator at the Fletcher School. He majored in economics and minored in French at Boston College and holds a master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

Aidee Herman, associate clinical professor of periodontology at the Tufts School of Dental Medicine, coordinated a Tufts presence at the Puerto Rican Festival in August at Boston’s City Hall Plaza. The Tufts chapter of the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) promoted oral health by giving out toothpaste, dental floss and toothbrush samples and, in some cases, making referrals to the dental school clinic. At the organization’s national conference in San Antonio, Texas, in August, Herman, a former HDA president, received the organization’s 25th anniversary medal for her service and the National Innovative Program Award for her mentoring program at Tufts for foreign-trained dentists.

Eileen Kennedy, professor of nutrition and former dean of the Friedman School, has been appointed to the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition, a science-policy group that provides independent analysis and advice to the Committee on World Food Security, part of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

Samuel Kounaves, professor of chemistry and adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences, was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in recognition of his contributions to the chemical sciences, specifically in analytical chemistry and planetary science.

Joel Mason, associate professor at the School of Medicine and at the Friedman School and director of the Vitamins and Carcinogenesis Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, was among those named to Newsweek magazine’s 2015 Top Cancer Doctors list. A specialist in gastroenterology, he is regarded as one of the nation’s foremost authorities on nutrition’s impact on cancer.

Alice H. Lichtenstein, the Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition at the Friedman School, is the new executive editor of the Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter. She was the keynote speaker at the NuGO (Nutrition and Genomics) conference in Barcelona, Spain, on Sept. 8, when she talked about “Effective Dietary Interventions for an Aging Population.” She also took part in a debate at the National Lipid Association in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 9, titled “Is Restriction of Dietary Cholesterol Necessary for CVD Prevention?”

Patricia Morrow, department administrator for endodontics at the School of Dental Medicine, has retired after 42 years at the school.

Carol O’Day, a member of the Diagnostic Imaging Section at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, has retired.

Gary Patronek, a faculty fellow with the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Cummings School, is a co-editor of Animal Maltreatment: Forensic Mental Health Issues and Evaluations, published by Oxford University Press. It is the first book to look comprehensively at how maltreatment affects animal victims.

Merredith Portsmore has been appointed director of the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO). Portsmore is a quadruple Jumbo, having earned both a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a B.A. in English from Tufts in 1998, an M.A. in education in 1999 and a Ph.D. in engineering education in 2010. She has made engineering education her life’s work through the CEEO. With funding from the LLL Foundation, she started the Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program (STOMP) in 2001. The program has reached more than 3,500 students in the Boston area, engaging roughly 60 Tufts students each year as STOMP fellows. She is a fellow with 100kin10, which brings together academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies and government agencies to train and retain 100,000 STEM teachers. She also serves on the K-12 division board for the American Society of Engineering Education, and provides guidance on incorporating K-12 outreach into faculty research grants. She is the driving force behind CEEO’s new online engineering education certificate program.

Sharon Reeber, J84, an artist and art historian who teaches at Missouri Western State University and Kansas City Art Institute, published an article in the bilingual academic journal Art Review. “Primitivism, Abstraction, and Spirituality in the Modern Art of Adolf Hoelzel” introduces the work of one of Germany’s important but lesser-known pioneers of abstract art in the early 20th century.

Chris Rogers, professor of mechanical engineering, has been named chair of the department. He has stepped down as co-director of the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), a position he has shared since 2003 with David Hammer, professor and chair of education. Rogers guided the development of CEEO into an innovative leader in research and education. He expanded research in educational technologies, including the interface with LEGO educational products; the ROBOLAB engineering toolkit is now used by more than 10 million students worldwide. He also helped shepherd a $3 million gift to CEEO from members of the McDonnell family and the James S. McDonnell Family Foundation. He will continue to advise CEEO as chair of a faculty steering committee.

John Rush, professor of clinical sciences at Cummings School, received the 2015 Hill’s Jack Mara Scientific Achievement Award for his contributions to cardiology and emergency and critical care. The national award was presented at the recent International Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Symposium in Washington, D.C.

Jeswald Salacuse, the Henry J. Braker Professor of Law at the Fletcher School, gave the keynote speech, “The Hidden Persuader—The Role of the Advisor in Negotiations and Group Decision Making,” at the 15th annual Group Decision and Negotiation Conference in Warsaw, Poland, in June. Also in June, Oxford University Press published the second edition of his book The Law of Investment Treaties. The first edition, released in 2010, has been widely cited, including by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2014 case of BG Group PLC v. Argentina, in which both the majority opinion, written by Justice Stephen Breyer, and the dissent, by Chief Justice John Roberts, referenced the book in support of their respective positions.

Martha Smith-Blackmore, V97, a veterinary forensic scientist and research assistant professor at Cummings School, was featured in an article about animal abuse in the September issue of DVM360 magazine. Supported by a grant from the Stanton Foundation, she is spending a year at Cummings School investigating suspicious canine abuse with the aim of improving animal welfare. She is president of Forensic Veterinary Investigations, a coalition that investigates animal cruelty.

Geoffrey Westrich, E86, M90, A19P, was promoted to professor of clinical orthopedic surgery and to senior scientist at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, ranked the leading orthopedic surgery hospital by U.S. News & World Report. Westrich, director of research for the Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service, was also named president of the Eastern Orthopedic Association. His son, Daniel, is a Tufts freshman.

Sheila Williams has joined the Office of University Counsel as an administrative and paralegal assistant. She brings experience from Endicott College, Lesley University and Harvard. She holds an associate degree from Newbury Junior College, a B.A. from Lesley University and a paralegal certificate from Curry College.

John Wolfson, former editor-in-chief of Boston magazine, has joined University Relations as editor-in-chief of Tufts Magazines. In this newly defined role, he serves as editor of Tufts Magazine and leads the team of editors/writers who produce Tufts Medicine, Tufts Dental Medicine, Tufts Nutrition, Cummings Veterinary Medicine and Fletcher Magazine. He got his start as a reporter for newspapers in Florida, Washington, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He earned an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Maine and a master’s in journalism from Columbia.