People Notes

People Notes March 2015

Jeffrey Ashe, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), published “Second Chances In Global Development: How Savings and Lending Groups Can Achieve What Microcredit Hasn’t” on in January.

Tim Atherton, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, received the Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement; he was one of 15 physics and chemistry early-career faculty from across the nation to be so honored. The 2015 Cottrell Scholar Award recognizes Atherton’s promising research on predicting the stability of Pickering emulsions through computer simulations and his innovative undergraduate teaching efforts in computational physics. 

Brian Aull, a lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, published a book on Amazon Kindle, The Triad: Three Civic Virtues That Could Save American Democracy. Through personal reflections and stories, Aull offers solutions to the problems of partisan gridlock, political dysfunction and growing economic inequality in the United States. Bridging the left-right divide, he explores the key role of nongovernmental actors, business enterprises and individual citizens in restoring the viability of the American political system and creating widely shared prosperity.

Cara Bernard, a lab animal technician at Cummings School, received Lab Animal Technician certification from the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS). The AALAS technician certification program recognizes professional achievement and provides an endorsement of competence in laboratory animal technology. Earning AALAS certification affirms skills in a variety of areas, including animal husbandry, facility management and administration and animal health and welfare.

Cheryl A. Blaze, an associate professor of anesthesia at Cummings School, received the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association’s Distinguished Service Award. She is a member of the Massachusetts VMA board of directors and is also associate medical director of the school’s Foster Hospital for Small Animals.

Julia M. Brady, J91, has been named senior associate dean for engagement strategy and external relations at the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies at the University of Chicago. In this new position, Brady leads the marketing, recruiting, student and alumni engagement efforts for the school. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, she was principal of Perceptive Strategies, a strategic marketing firm focused on higher education and health care. Earlier, she spent five years as senior vice president and group director at Lipman Hearne and was vice president of marketing and corporate communications for NorthShore University HealthSystem.

Jeronim Capaldo, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), continues to be quoted in the media about his October 2014 working paper “The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: European Disintegration, Unemployment and Instability.” He appeared on RTÉ, Ireland’s national public service broadcaster, and his paper was quoted by Inside U.S. Trade’s World Trade Online [PDF], the Guardian’s Politics Blog and BBC’s World Business Report.

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, the Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professor in Energy Sustainability in the School of Engineering, was named an associate editor of Science Advances, the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s first open-access, online-only journal. She was selected from an international pool of candidates for her reputation in her own field of research and for her acknowledged breadth in recognizing and promoting interdisciplinary collaborations.

Neva Goodwin, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), has published the paper “Prices and Work in The New Economy” [PDF] in Spanish and Portuguese via Opinión Sur. She also recently published the last in the eight-part series “Who Decides?

Kelly M. Greenhill, an associate professor of political science in the School of Arts and Sciences, had her article “Nigeria’s Countless Casualties: The Politics of Counting Boko Haram’s Victims” published in Foreign Affairs. In it, she describes the difficulties of accurately counting victims of political violence, a topic she addressed in an earlier book.  

David Valdes Greenwood, a lecturer in English who taught playwriting for the Department of Drama and Dance last fall, has received a number of recent accolades for his plays. Raggedy And was named a finalist for the American Theatre in Higher Education Excellence in Playwriting Award, Full Code was chosen for production in 2016 by the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, The Mermaid Hour was presented as a staged reading in November at Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York, and Bully Dance was just nominated for Best New Play for the 2015 Independent Reviewers of New England Theater Awards.

Kimberly A. Haddad, MPH08, has been named chief of staff of UMass Medical School’s public service consulting and operations division, known as Commonwealth Medicine. Previously, she was director of health-care policy and deputy general counsel at the Massachusetts Executive Office for Administration and Finance. In that role, she advised the secretary of administration and finance about health policy and legal matters concerning state and federal health reform, sustainable budgeting and health-care issues. From 2009 to 2012, she was general counsel and health policy advisor to state Sen. Richard T. Moore, and played a large role in assisting Moore with the drafting of the health-care cost-containment legislation known as Chapter 224.

Emily Johnston, a master’s student in pain research, education and policy at the School of Medicine, received a 2014 Home Care Innovation Scholarship from She was awarded the $1,500 scholarship for her essay proposing a solution for improving in-home care for American seniors.

Paul Joseph, a professor of sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences, will be lecturing in South Africa this summer as part of the Bridge Education Abroad Institute, which plans short programs around the world to provide students with opportunities to experience different political cultures while strengthening their leadership and diplomacy skills.

Edward Kleifgen has been appointed executive administrative dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. He joined Tufts in January from Harvard, where he most recently served in executive roles at the new School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). He started as senior associate dean at SEAS in 2007, establishing new offices and functions such as human resources, faculty and academic affairs, departmental structure and research appointments administration. He was instrumental in defining the emerging school’s administrative structure. Earlier Kleifgen was assistant dean for academic affairs for Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and academic director of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Prior to joining Harvard, Kleifgen held leadership positions in Massachusetts and New York City organizations devoted to public health, health-related research and education and community development.

Karl Münger, a visiting professor at the School of Medicine, was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in January. Fellows are elected annually through a highly selective, peer-review process, based on their scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.

Benjamin Nephew, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences at Cummings School, was awarded a two-year NARSAD Young Investigator Grant funded by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. The grant provides support for the most promising young scientists conducting neurobiological research. Nephew will study the effects of intranasal oxytocin and vasopressin for treating the negative behavioral and physiological effects in a rodent model for postpartum depression and anxiety. These hormones are powerful mediators of maternal behavior, social bonding, aggression and lactation. Decreased oxytocin during pregnancy is associated with increased risk for postpartum depression and anxiety.

Chris Pirie has been promoted to associate professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School.

Florent Pittet has joined the section of neuroscience and reproductive biology in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cummings School as a postdoctoral scholar. Pittet received a two-year Fyssen Foundation Fellowship to work in Assistant Professor Benjamin Nephew’s lab on a project that will include functional MRI, biochemical analyses and behavioral observation in a rodent model of postpartum depression.

Stefano Pizzirani, an associate professor of clinical sciences at Cummings School, gave a presentation on “Glaucoma-related Ocular Aging in Dogs” on Jan. 7 at the Harvard Glaucoma Joint Lab Meeting, which was held at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Anne-Christine Rice, a lecturer in the Department of Romance Languages, was selected as an outstanding teacher of French by the French government. Last May she completed a two-week tour organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to teach French instructors in high schools and colleges how to use the film Joyeux Noël to study a specific time in French history, as well as the broader historical and cultural context and language.

Brian Roach, a senior researcher at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), participated in the 2015 Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute for Graduate Students workshop, giving a talk on “Rationality and Objectivity in Science and Policy.” A copy of his presentation is available here.

Saul Tzipori, Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Disease and the Agnes Varis Chair at Cummings School, traveled to Indonesia, Malaysia and Uganda Jan. 9–24 as part of the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats One Health Workforce (OHW) project, representing the Tufts OHW team. Introductory meetings were held with the government of Indonesia, the Southeast Asia One Health University Network executive board and the One Health Central Eastern Africa executive board.

Eugene C. White, an associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Population Health at Cummings School, has been appointed associate chair of the department. In his new role, White will work with department chair David Lee-Parritz on departmental and school strategic planning and operations. White, the director of the Tufts Ambulatory Service since 2008, will also be interim farm director for the Tufts Farm. He joined the Tufts faculty in 1997 as assistant professor in the Tufts Ambulatory Service and became course director of the Clinical Skills II course in 2000. In 2005, he obtained board certification from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in the dairy practice category. White’s clinical focus is on dairy production medicine and advanced reproductive techniques in cattle.

Timothy A. Wise, G05, director of research and policy at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), hosted a workshop with international biofuels experts in January at the Fletcher School. Wise and co-author Emily Cole released the working paper “Mandating Hunger: The Impacts of Global Biofuel Mandates and Targets” in conjunction with an ActionAid policy report. Wise published “The War on Genetically Modified Food Critics: Et tu, National Geographic?” on FoodTank on Feb. 27.