People Notes

People Notes September 2014


Linda Bamber has been promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of English.

Nancy Bauer has been promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of Philosophy. She also serves as dean of academic affairs in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Marcelo Bianconi has been promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of Economics.

Elizabeth Crone has been awarded tenure at the rank of associate professor in the Department of Biology.

David Ekbladh has been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Department of History.

Kenneth Garden has been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Department of Religion.

David Gute has been promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Marc Hodes has been granted tenure at the rank of associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Kyongbum Lee has been promoted to the rank of professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Kris Manjapra has been awared tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Department of History.

Natalie Masuoka has been granted tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Department of Political Science.

Babak Moaveni has been granted tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Monica White Ndounou has been granted tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Department of Drama and Dance.

Dennis Rasmussen has been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Department of Political Science.

Ichiro Takayoshi has been granted tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Department of English.

Samuel Thomas has been awarded tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Department of Chemistry.

Thomas Vandervelde has been granted tenure and promoted to the rank of associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.



(Part 2 will be posted in the October People Notes)

María Ester Rincón Calero has joined Tufts as a lecturer in the Department of Romance Languages. She earned a Ph.D. in Spanish literatures and cultures from Ohio State University in 2008 and received a Master of Advanced Studies and Research Sufficiency and her B.A. in journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid. In 2010–11, she led a project for the Spanish National Research Council to detect the presence of literary forgeries in the history of Spanish literature and developed a database to make her findings accessible to the academic community. Her teaching interests lie mainly in the connections among language, literature and media studies; digital humanities; and the interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of Spanish language and literature through media studies, film, history and science. Calero has held several academic positions, most recently as a lecturer in the Department of Romance Languages at Boston College. She was an assistant professor in the Department of Education at Catholic University San Antonio in Murcia, Spain, and taught Spanish courses at Boston College High School. She was the recipient of the Tinker Field Research Grant in 2007 and has written a number of book chapters, articles, book reviews and conference papers.

Orly Clerge joined Tufts in September as an assistant professor of sociology. Her research interests are in urban sociology, race and ethnicity and immigration/migration. Clerge earned a Ph.D. in sociology and social demography and an M.A. in sociology from Brown University. She received a B.A. in sociology from Wheaton College. Her dissertation, titled Black Identities Revisited: New and Old African Americans in Middle Class New York, examines the social and cultural integration of black immigrants into the African-American middle class. In 2013, she joined Yale University as a postdoctoral associate on the Urban Ethnography Project and has been both a guest lecturer and a research assistant at Brown University. Clerge has been invited to present her work at the American Sociological Association, the Society for the Study of Social Problems and the Population Association of America. She was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a graduate fellowship from Brown University. In 2011, she received the Poster Award from the Population Association of America for her work “Black Identities Revisited: The African American, Haitian and Jamaican Middle Class in New York.” She also has been awarded a Horace R. Rackham Fellowship from the University of Michigan and the Lucretia C. Mott Prize in Sociology from Wheaton College. She is part of the Arts and Sciences cluster hire in race/ethnicity and will also teach in Africana studies.

Jennifer Eyl joined Tufts in September as an assistant professor of religion. Her expertise is in the field of early Christianity and Pauline studies, with interests in religion and magic as well as gender and sexuality in antiquity. She is also interested in translation theory, theory and method in the study of religion, cognitive science and religion and historical constructions of the afterlife. She is currently exploring the relationship between gender, epistemology and divination in early Christianity. At Tufts, she will direct a crowd-sourced project to produce the first English translation of the New Testament for scholarly rather than liturgical purposes. Eyl has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in religious studies from Brown University, an M.A. in classics from San Francisco State University and a B.A. from the University of Georgia. She has been a visiting assistant professor at the College of Wooster in Ohio and a visiting assistant professor at Barnard College. In 2010, she was awarded the Pembroke Graduate Fellowship from Brown University. Eyl has written a number of journal articles, including her most recent work, “Semantic Voids, New Testament Translation and Anachronism: The Case of Paul’s Use of Ekklēsia,” which is forthcoming in Method and Theory in the Study of Religion.

Kendra Field joined Tufts in September as an assistant professor of history. She is a specialist in 19th-century American history, African-American history and Native American history, and has been awarded fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Huntington Library. Field earned a Ph.D. from New York University in 2010, a master’s in public policy from Harvard University and a B.A. from Williams College. She comes to Tufts from the University of California, Riverside, where she had been an assistant professor of history since 2010. She is completing her first book, Growing Up with the Country: A Family History of Race and American Expansion, to be published by Yale University Press. She has published numerous articles and essays and served as assistant editor to David Levering Lewis’ W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography (Henry Holt, 2009). Her essay “The Violence of Family Formation: Enslaved Families and Reproductive Labor in the Marketplace” was published recently in Reviews in American History. She has received the Huggins-Quarles Award of the Organization of American Historians and appeared in Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s 2013 PBS documentary, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.

Sasha Fleary joined Tufts this fall as an assistant professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development. Her research focuses on preventive health and on promoting healthy lifestyle choices among underserved families and adolescents. She is particularly interested in the prevention and treatment of obesity, improving cardiovascular health, improving health literacy and promoting proper diet/nutrition and physical activity. Fleary received a Ph.D. and an M.S. in clinical psychology from Texas A&M University and a B.A. from the City College of New York. Her doctoral dissertation is titled A Parent-Focused Intervention to Increase Parent Health Literacy and Healthy Lifestyle Choices for Young Children and Families. Fleary has held both academic and clinical positions and was a postdoctoral fellow at Eliot-Pearson last year. She was a graduate teaching assistant in the psychology department at Texas A&M University from 2008–10 and became an instructor in 2011. From 2011 to 2012, she was a pre-doctoral pediatric psychology intern at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital in Baltimore. Her work has been published in scholarly journals, including Family Medicine, Journal of Adolescence and ISRN Preventive Medicine.

Xiaozhe Hu joined Tufts this fall as an assistant professor of mathematics. His expertise is scientific computing—constructing mathematical models and using analytic techniques to solve scientific problems—and his research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, focuses on modeling mesoscale processes of scalable synthesis for porous media and reservoirs. He received a Ph.D. in computational mathematics and a B.S. in information and computer science from Zhejiang University. In 2013–14, he was research assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at Pennsylvania State University; in 2009–10, he was a visiting scholar at the Beijing International Center of Mathematical Research. Hu has received numerous grants, including a Department of Energy grant for “Collaboratory on Mathematics for Mesoscopic Modeling of Materials” and a National Science Foundation grant for “Collaborative Research: Special Session on Numerical Modeling of Fluids and Structures.” He has published more than a dozen articles in journals of applied mathematics and developed two computational solvers software packages.

Daniel Kuchma came to Tufts in September as a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research interests include the design and behavior of reinforced and pre-stressed concrete structures subject to gravity, wind, earthquakes and other effects. Some of his recent activities involve investigating the behavior of structural concrete designed by the strut-and-tie method as well as the shear design of bridge girders. A hallmark of his research is the application of advanced instrumentation methods in physical experiments for the development, calibration and validation of more comprehensive and reliable numerical models. Kuchma has B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from the University of Toronto. After earning a doctoral degree, he joined the University of Illinois civil and environmental engineering department, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses on the analysis and design of structures. He has worked on a variety of consulting projects involving offshore structures, hydroelectric dams, towers, buildings, wind towers and specialty structures. Kuchma is a member of the American Concrete Institute and the Federation International de Beton, among others. In addition, he received a National Science Foundation CAREER award.

Frank Lehman, a lecturer in the Department of Music in 2013–14, has been appointed an assistant professor. He is a music theorist specializing in chromaticism and the analysis of film music. Lehman earned a Ph.D. in music theory from Harvard University and a B.A. in music and philosophy from Brown University. His doctoral dissertation is titled Reading Tonality through Film: Transformational Hermeneutics and the Music of Hollywood. Recent articles include “Hollywood Cadences: Music and the Structure of Cinematic Expectation” in Music Theory Online and “Schubert’s Slides: Tonal (Non)integration of a Chromatic Transformation.” He is working on a book on tonality, chromaticism and wonderment in American film music. Other projects include an investigation of Holst’s mystical style, political-mythmaking in the soundtracks of Oliver Stone and the formal structure of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s film main titles. Lehman was awarded the Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2008, as well as the John Knowles Paine Traveling Fellowship in 2011 and 2009. Previously, he taught film music history at Brown University and served as head teaching fellow for Harvard’s music theory sequence. He has been named a Neubauer Faculty Fellow for the 2014–15 academic year. The fellowships are awarded to faculty whose work will elevate the university’s stature and reputation.

Melissa McInerney came to Tufts this fall as an associate professor of economics. She specializes in public health and labor economics and applied microeconomics. Prior to joining Tufts, McInerney had been an associate professor in the economics department at the College of William and Mary, where she taught public economics and principles of microeconomics at the undergraduate level, as well the economics of policymaking and benefit cost analysis at the graduate level. McInerney received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland at College Park; an M.P.P. in education, social and family policy from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute; and a B.A. in mathematics from Carleton College in Minnesota. Her work has been published in the Journal of Labor Economics, the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, the Journal of Health Economics and the Journal of Human Resources. Her most recent work, “Recession Depression: Mental Health Effects of the 2008 Stock Market Crash,” was published in the Journal of Health Economics in 2013. She has presented her work at the American Economics Association, the Allied Statistical Sciences Association and the Census Research Data Center.

Inge Milde, J99, has been named interim director for Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies and a senior lecturer at the Tufts Gordon Institute. She earned a B.S. at Tufts University, a B.F.A. at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and an M.B.A. at Babson College. Milde’s affiliation with the Gordon Institute began in 2008, when she was appointed a part-time lecturer. For the past three years she has also served as manager of the Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition. She is owner and founder of Inge Milde & Associates, which provides strategic, operational and artistic services to entrepreneurial enterprises. Her first foray into entrepreneurship was the opening of a marketing and public relations agency that represented advertising photographers. Since then, Milde has led innovation initiatives for companies such as Bacardi, United States Gypsum and Intuit.

Yusuf Mustopa joined Tufts in September as a Norbert Wiener Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics. He specializes in algebraic geometry with interests in commutative and noncommutative algebra. His research projects concern the relationship between vector bundles and the representation theory of associative algebras, syzygies of algebraic subsets of projective space and the geometry of curves. Mustopa earned three degrees in mathematics: a B.S. and Ph.D. from Stony Brook University and an M.A. from the City College of New York. He has taught at Northeastern University, UMass–Boston, Boston College, the University of Michigan and Stony Brook. His research papers have been published in the American Journal of Mathematics, the Journal of Algebra, Mathematical Research Letters, Contemporary Mathematics, International Mathematics Research Notices and Documenta Mathematica.

Mark Ranalli joined Tufts in September as associate dean, executive director and professor of the practice at the Gordon Institute. With more than 25 years of industry experience as an executive business leader, he brings an extensive track record of successfully driving innovation in a variety of markets, including publishing, entertainment and professional services. Ranalli received a B.S. in computer science from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Beginning his career as a financial analyst at Prudential Securities, Ranalli later worked at AT&T, where he was the company’s highest-grossing sales executive, and Fax International Inc., where he was vice president of sales and marketing. Since then, he has applied his leadership and business development expertise to found, develop and sell several successful ventures. He grew his first venture, an Internet professional services agency called Basessix Inc., from inception to three offices and more than 70 people with a client portfolio that included AT&T Broadband, Comcast, AOL, ESPN, Starz/Encore, HBO and National Geographic. His most recent venture, Helium Inc., was acquired by RR Donnelley, where he remained post-acquisition to support the integration efforts as managing director of Donnelley’s Digital Solutions Group.

Carolyn Leung Rubin joined Tufts in September as an assistant professor of public health and community medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and as a faculty member in the Community Health Program in the School of Arts and Sciences. Her work bridges research, education and community partnerships. She spearheaded the development of a program aimed at improving community capacity for engaging in collaborative research partnerships with academic partners, and she piloted several community-based research projects with the Asian-American community. In November 2011, she co-founded the ADAPT initiative, a partnership between Tufts and the Chinatown community that aims to improve the health of Boston’s Asian community. She received an Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2009. She also holds an M.A. in urban planning from UCLA and an undergraduate degree in ethnic studies from the University of California, San Diego. Rubin has worked with many Asian-American community-based organizations around the country since 1995, including the Asian Immigrant Women’s Advocates, the Asian American Resource Workshop, the Coalition for Asian Pacific American Youth and Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California. She has received numerous grants, including the Career Development Program in Comparative Effectiveness Research Award from the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Cancer Center Patient Navigation Initiative from the Yawkey Foundation.

Sigrún Svavarsdóttir joined Tufts this fall as an associate professor of philosophy. She is an ethicist who specializes in philosophical questions about the nature of moral motivation, practical rationality, evaluative concepts and objectivity in ethics. Svarvasdóttir received a Ph.D. and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Michigan. She is the author of the book Thinking in Moral Terms (Routledge), and her papers have been published in the Philosophical Review, the Journal of Philosophy and other top journals in the field. She joins Tufts from Ohio State University, where she was an associate professor with tenure. She has also held other academic positions, including an assistant professorship at New York University and a visiting associate professorship at Harvard University. Svarvasdóttir, who grew up in Reykjavik, Iceland, has received numerous awards in recognition of her scholarship, including fellowships at the Princeton University Center for Human Values, the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University and the National Humanities Center. At Tufts, Svarvasdóttir will develop courses in food ethics and facilitate discussion of food ethics among faculty and students across numerous departments in the cluster area of “food, science and society.”

Brian Tracey, a research assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 2011, is now a professor of the practice in the department. In addition to conducting research in image processing, imaging systems and pattern recognition for homeland security and medical applications, he has taught courses in digital signal processing and linear systems. His new role as professor of the practice will allow him to continue to leverage his extensive industry experience while expanding his teaching expertise. Tracey earned a Ph.D. in oceanographic engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and holds an S.M. from MIT and a B.A. in physics from Kalamazoo College. Prior to Tufts, Tracey worked at Neurometrix Inc., where he managed a four-person signal-processing group that worked on medical devices used to assess the health of the peripheral nervous system. He has also served as an engineering consultant for several startups in the medical device industry, a staff member at Lincoln Laboratory working on sonar signal processing and a senior scientist working in industrial acoustics at Cambridge Collaborative Inc. This fall, Tracey is teaching the computing foundation course ES 2, the largest course in the School of Engineering.

Emmanuel Tzanakakis joined Tufts this fall as an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. His current research interests are in the area of stem cell engineering, mainly for the production of heart muscle and pancreatic endocrine insulin-producing cells. His work concentrates on scalable expansion and differentiation, which are prerequisites for the realization of stem-cell-based applications envisioned in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. Tzanakakis received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota after studying the same subject at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece. In his doctoral dissertation, he investigated the self-assembly of hepatic tissue equivalents and improvement of their function through gene delivery. Tzanakakis was previously an associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at SUNY-Buffalo, where he was director of the Stem Cell Culture, Banking and Training Facility in the Western New York Stem Cell Culture and Analysis Center. He also held appointments in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the New York State Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences and the SUNY-Buffalo Genetics, Genomics and Bioinformatics Program. He conducted his postdoctoral research at the Diabetes Center at the University of California-San Francisco and the Stem Cell Institute at the University of Minnesota. He is a recipient of awards such as the James D. Watson Investigator Award. He also serves as a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Markus Wilczek joined Tufts in September as an associate professor in the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literatures. He comes to Tufts from Harvard University, where he was an associate professor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures. Wilczek has a Ph.D. from John Hopkins University and studied German literature and language, political science, sociology and pedagogy at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen (Staatsexamen, 2000); he came to the United States as a Fulbright scholar. His research delves into the question of how changes in the semantic and cultural fabric of the 18th and 19th centuries inform literature and theory in modernity. He is the author of Das Artikulierte und das Inartikulierte: eine Archäologie strukturalistischen Denkens (de Gruyter, 2012; trans., The Articulate and the Inarticulate: an Archeology of Structuralist Thought) and is writing a book about literary, philosophical and economic discourses on sustainability from the 18th century to the present. He has delivered invited lectures at the Free University Berlin and the University of Erfurt in Germany, and has been invited to speak at conferences held by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the German Studies Association and the Modern Language Association. He was awarded a research fellowship from the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in 2014 and a fellowship for experienced researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in 2013.

Benjamin Wolfe joined Tufts this fall as an assistant professor of biology in the School of Arts and Sciences. Wolfe uses the microbial communities of food to address fundamental questions in microbial ecology and evolution. He has a Ph.D. in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University, an M.S. in botany from the University of Guelph and a B.S. in plant science from Cornell University. Since 2011, he has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Center for Systems Biology at Harvard and has taught food microbiology courses at the Harvard Summer School and Boston University’s gastronomy program. He also was a director of the Harvard Microbial Sciences Initiative Undergraduate Fellowship Program. Wolfe frequently teaches classes or workshops on food microbes at Formaggio Kitchen and the San Francisco Cheese School and for artisan food guilds across the country. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Cell, Nature, Genome Biology and Evolution and PLoS One. He is a regular contributor to the food magazine Lucky Peach and writes an online series about the biology of food for Boston magazine. In 2010, he was awarded the Bowdoin Prize for Graduate Essays in the Natural Sciences from Harvard University and in 2008 received the Derek Bok Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from Harvard University. Wolfe has also received a number of research grants from the National Science Foundation, the New England Botanical Club and the Mycological Society of America.



Jessica Babb, a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, presented a poster titled “Social Instability Stress in Adult Female Rats Affects Subsequent Maternal Care” at the Neurobiology of Stress Workshop in June in Cincinnati.

James M. Bartz Jr., an assistant clinical professor of medicine, received the Mark Aisner, M.D., Award for Excellence in Teaching Physical Diagnosis at the School of Medicine’s Educator Leadership Awards dinner on June 16.

Chanta Bhan has joined the University Chaplaincy as Protestant chaplain. Bhan received an A.B. in Asian and Middle Eastern languages and literatures from Columbia University and Master of Theological Studies and Master of Divinity degrees from Harvard Divinity School. She has worked as a hospice chaplain for seven years and previously was Protestant chaplain at Babson College. She is also the founding director of the multicultural consulting firm Global Compass, serves as vice chair of the Cambridge Human Rights Commission and has been engaged in numerous international humanitarian efforts in Pakistan and elsewhere. She has worked with several Protestant denominations and congregations and is currently a member and leader at St. James’s Episcopal Church in Porter Square.

Bruce M. Boghosian, a professor of mathematics in the School of Arts and Sciences, received the Gold Medal from the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Education and Science for his four years of service as president of the American University of Armenia (AUA). He received the medal from the minister of education and science, Armen Ashotyan, during an award ceremony at the university. Boghosian was on a leave of absence from Tufts while he headed the AUA. He also received the Order of the Republic of Armenia award for his efforts to improve the standard of education in Armenia, given in a ceremony with Chief of Staff Minister Davit Harutyunyan, who presented the award on behalf of Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Hovik Abrahamyan.

Laurence Brinckerhoff, an assistant professor of surgery, received the Outstanding Core Clerkship Director Award at the School of Medicine’s Educator Leadership Awards dinner on June 16.

Walker Bristol, A14, has joined the University Chaplaincy as the first humanist-in-residence. The humanist-in-residence is a new two-year pilot position designed to assess the needs for and benefits of designated chaplaincy support for humanists, atheists, agnostics, the nonreligious and the spiritual but not religious. It is the first university-funded humanist chaplaincy position in the United States. Bristol received a B.A. in religion and philosophy, and will be a Master of Divinity candidate at Harvard Divinity School, starting this fall. He has also worked at the Humanist Community at Harvard, the blog NonProphet Status and the Foundation Beyond Belief; he volunteers at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. While at Tufts, he was a leader in the Freethought Society and various campus activism movements for social justice.

Kirstin Bubeck joined the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School as a clinical assistant professor of sports medicine and surgery. She will help develop the equine sports medicine and surgery caseload and contribute to the large animal ultrasound service.

Hugo Campos has been appointed an oral and maxillofacial radiologist in the Department of Diagnosis and Health Promotion at the School of Dental Medicine. Campos completed his specialty training in oral and maxillofacial radiology at the University of Connecticut Health Center School of Dental Medicine in June. He will join the radiology faculty team in teaching pre- and postdoctoral radiology courses.

Richard Eichenberg, associate professor of political science, presented a paper on “Gender Difference in American Attitudes Toward the Use of Military Force, 1982–2013” at the Conference on New Approaches to Gender Roles in Peace Making, held in June at the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Jessica Goldberg, G95, G06, a research assistant professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, received the 2014 Research and Evaluation Partner Healthy Families America Service Excellence Award in June. Goldberg received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Eliot-Pearson and worked as a graduate teaching assistant at the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School and then as part of the research team on several projects, including the Massachusetts Healthy Families Evaluation.

Susanne Golemba joined the section of pathology at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in June as the new full-time post-mortem lab coordinator.

Gülsün Gül, MPH04, DG12, has been appointed an assistant professor in the Department of Diagnosis and Health Promotion at the School of Dental Medicine. Gül is the dental director of the Medically Complex Patient Care Clinic and oversees the care of the Division of Medicine’s patients who are supported by grants from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS program, Dental Outreach to Survivors (DOTS) and the Services for the Underserved Patient Population’s Overly-urgent and Routine Treatments (SUPPORT). She received a D.D.S. from the Hacettepe University School of Dental Medicine in Turkey, an M.B.A. from Suffolk’s Sawyer School of Management, an M.P.H. degree from Tufts School of Medicine and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in pediatric dentistry and an M.Sc. degree in pediatric dentistry from Tufts School of Dental Medicine.

Susan Hadley, a professor of medicine, received a Milton O., M30, and Natalie V. Zucker Clinical Teaching Prize at the School of Medicine’s Educator Leadership Awards dinner on June 16.

Boris Hasselblatt, associate provost and professor of mathematics, organized an Aug. 11–15 workshop on “Recent Progress in Dynamical Systems and Related Topics” at the Banff International Research Station in the Banff Centre in Canada. Participants came from the U.S., Switzerland, Austria, the U.K., France, Poland, Israel and Brazil. Nineteen recordings of one-hour workshop talks are available online. Hasselblatt is also co-founder and managing editor of the Journal of Modern Dynamics (JMD). As the 2014 winners of the Fields Medals (considered the Nobel Prize equivalent in mathematics) were announced from the International Congress of Mathematicians in Seoul in August, workshop participants noted that since the journal started publishing, every cohort of Fields medalists has included JMD authors.

Kevin Hinchey, an associate professor of medicine, was one of eight outstanding educators, leaders and administrators in academic internal medicine to be honored with the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine Distinguished Medical Educator Award by the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM). The award acknowledges individuals or teams who are nationally recognized as gifted teachers, experts in medical education and outstanding contributors to the field of graduate medical education. Hinchey will receive his award during AAIM’s Academic Internal Medicine Week in September in Washington, D.C.

Justin Hollander, an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, was quoted recently in the Los Angeles Times story “As An Alternative to Demolition, Buffalo Offers Homes for a Dollar.”

Celene Ibrahim-Lizzio has joined the University Chaplaincy as Muslim chaplain, after having served as Tufts’ temporary Muslim chaplain during Ramadan in July. Ibrahim-Lizzio is also Muslim Scholar-in-Residence and co-director of the Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE) at Andover Newton Theological School and Hebrew College. She received an A.B. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University and a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School; she is a Ph.D. candidate in Arabic and Islamic civilizations at Brandeis University. She previously served as lecturer in Islamic studies at Episcopal Divinity School and an associate in the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College. She teaches, writes and lectures around the world on Islamic law and Qur’anic studies, Islam in America, interfaith relations and gender and sexuality studies.

Nida Intarapanich, V16, was chosen from a competitive applicant pool of students from the 28 U.S. veterinary schools to receive the 2014 Merial Veterinary Scholar award. It is the second year in a row that a Cummings School student has received the prestigious award. Intarapanich’s research focuses on specific patterns of injuries caused by animal abuse. Her primary project mentor was Emily McCobb, V00, M.S.02, a clinical assistant professor. The Merial Veterinary Scholars Program gave Intarapanich a monetary award, a plaque and an opportunity to present her research at the 2014 Merial-NIH Summer Symposium in Ithaca, New York, this summer.

Ray Jackendoff, the Seth Merrin Professor of Humanities, a professor of philosophy and co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, received the David E. Rumelhart Prize for Contributions to the Theoretical Foundations of Human Cognition on July 25 at the Cognitive Science Society meeting in Quebec City, where he also gave a lecture titled “In Defense of Theory.” There was an invited symposium in his honor, with talks by four leading linguists and cognitive scientists, three of whom have been collaborators of his. Jackendoff is the 14th winner of the prize, which comes with a $100,000 award; he is also the first theoretical linguist to win the prize.

Alexandra Landes, A08, executive director of Wendy Walk, a national nonprofit named for her late mother that has raised $2 million since 2010 to combat liposarcoma, has been named to the board of directors of Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT), the nation’s only nonprofit dedicated exclusively to cell and gene therapies for cancer.

Amy L. Lee, an assistant professor of family medicine, received a Milton O., M30, and Natalie V. Zucker Clinical Teaching Prize at the School of Medicine’s Educator Leadership Awards dinner on June 16.

Peter Levine, the Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Tisch College, has been named associate dean for research at Tisch College. He has served as Tisch College’s director of research since 2008, and is the director of the nationally recognized Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE), a position he will continue. The author of numerous works, including, most recently, We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America (Oxford University Press, 2013), he also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Philosophy. Levine has overseen Tisch’s Faculty Fellows Program, the Tufts Community Research Center and several initiatives with Tufts students and community partners.

William A. Masters, professor and chair of the Food and Nutrition Policy Department at the Friedman School, and Margaret McMillan, an associate professor of economics in the School of Arts and Sciences, have won the Publication of Enduring Quality Award from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. The award recognizes the long-lasting value of their 2001 study, “Climate and Scale in Economic Growth,” published in the Journal of Economic Growth. This oft-cited study concerns how a region’s physical geography, particularly the weather and access to global markets, influences its development. Among other things, Masters and McMillan found that frosts in winter after a warm summer are associated with economic success, perhaps because that seasonal cycle helps control crop-destroying pests as well as mosquitoes and other disease carriers. As of January 2014, the paper had been cited by 280 other publications.

Kalyani Murthy, associate clinical professor of medicine, received the Competency-based Apprenticeship in Primary Care Award at the School of Medicine’s Educator Leadership Awards dinner on June 16.

Miriam Nelson, N85, N87, an associate professor at the Friedman School, has been named associate dean of Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. In her new role, Nelson will lead the college’s community engagement, student programming and communications efforts. She will also help refine Tisch College’s strategic vision by engaging a variety of stakeholders, including faculty, students, staff, community partners and the board of advisors. Nelson has worked with Tisch College for more than a decade, and currently chairs its affiliated faculty, a group of nearly 50 faculty members from across the university who hold secondary appointments at Tisch College. Nelson will retain her primary academic appointment at the Friedman School and a secondary appointment at the School of Medicine.

Cory M. Pouliot joined Tufts in late August as director of facilities services on the Boston campus. His team works with the medical, dental and nutrition schools and their associated programs. Pouliot has 20 years of senior-level leadership experience in operations and facilities management, most recently as director of facilities management at Pali Momi Medical Center in Hawaii, where he implemented a number of energy-reduction programs and played a central role in master planning, construction, environmental services and parking services. Prior to his time in Hawaii, Pouliot worked as director of facilities for Shaw’s and Star Markets in Massachusetts. He has a B.S. and an M.S. in facilities and plant engineering from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and an M.B.A. from Anna Maria College.

Thomas W. Rowland, professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine and a pediatric cardiologist at Baystate Medical Center, recently published his third book, Tennisology: Inside the Science of Serves, Nerves and On-Court Dominance, published by Human Kinetics. The book examines the science, psychology and history of the sport to unlock factors that influence on-court play. Exercise science has been a large part of Rowland’s career; he has been editor of the journal Pediatric Exercise Science, president of the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine and a member of the board of trustees of the American College of Sports Medicine. His two other books, Children’s Exercise Physiology and The Athlete’s Clock, also deal with exercise science.

Daniel Santamaria is the new director of Digital Collections and Archives. He was previously the assistant university archivist for technical services at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University. He has also held positions in the archives at the University of Michigan and the New York Public Library. Santamaria is co-chair of the Standards Committee of the Society of American Archivists.

George Saperstein, the Amelia Peabody Professor of Agricultural Sciences, director of corporate research at Cummings School, chair of the Department of Environmental and Population Health and farm director at Cummings School, will retire on Dec. 31. He first joined the faculty in 1981 to work with assistant professor emeritus George Looby to establish and later direct the Tufts Ambulatory Service. He was appointed chair of the Department of Environmental and Population Health in 1998. Saperstein has taught more than 20 courses at Tufts. From 1999 to 2002, he led a major USAID-funded livestock and zoonotic disease control project for Israel, Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. Between 2006 and 2011 he oversaw a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization–funded project to control highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry in Indonesia. Saperstein directs the school’s 20-year-long project at the SVF Foundation in Newport, Rhode Island, the mission of which is to collect and cryopreserve the germplasm, cells and blood from endangered breeds of ruminant livestock.

Barry Sarvet has been promoted to clinical professor of psychiatry at the School of Medicine. The Clinical Appointment and Promotion Committee noted Sarvet’s regional and national reputation as a leader in the field of child psychiatry, his outstanding contributions to the care and treatment of children with mental health issues, his leadership role in numerous professional organizations and his commitment to medical education.

Ann Imlah Schneider, F56, was elected president of the Society of Woman Geographers.

Kristen Sihler, an assistant clinical professor in the School of Medicine, has been named trauma medical director at the Maine Medical Center, the state’s only Level 1 trauma program. Sihler has been a surgeon at Maine Medical Center since 2010, and previously was an attending surgeon at the University of Michigan. She completed her medical training at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and holds an M.S. in epidemiology from the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health. Sihler did her residency in general surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and a trauma/critical care fellowship at the University of Washington. She is a member of a number of professional societies, including the American College of Surgeons and the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

Stephanie Silverman, an assistant clinical professor of family medicine and director of family medicine at Tufts-affiliated Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, received the 2014 Dr. Ylisabeth “Libby” Bradshaw Teaching Award. Silverman was selected for the award based on student feedback on her teaching and her generosity and commitment in teaching and mentoring Tufts medical students. She is chair of the Undergraduate Medical Education Committee and a family medicine clerkship director.

Igor Sokolov, a Bernard M. Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow and professor of mechanical engineering, received a $408,000 National Science Foundation award to study the mechanics of biological cells at the nanoscale. The work will lead to a greater understanding of the mechanical changes of cells in various diseases, such as cancer, malaria and Alzheimer’s—and even in aging. The award will support research to develop a new quantitative technique to perform dynamic mechanical measurements of cells at resolutions previously inaccessible. The improvement is expected to be more than 100 times the speed and 100 times the resolution of existing methods. Sokolov is also an adjunct professor in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Physics.

Kathryn Spellman joined Tufts on Sept. 2 as a major gifts officer at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to coming to Tufts, Spellman held development roles with the Trustees of the Reservations, the Nature Conservancy, Schepens Eye Research Institute and Clark and Boston universities.

Kevin Thurm, A83, has been named a senior counselor to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell, reporting directly to the secretary. Thurm will work closely with the department’s senior staff on a range of strategic initiatives, key policy challenges and engagement with external partners. Since 2001, Thurm had held various leadership positions within Citigroup, managing thousands of employees and budgets of hundreds of millions of dollars. Before joining Citigroup, he served as deputy secretary for health and human services in the Clinton administration under former Secretary Donna Shalala. He oversaw major policy and management issues, including the implementation of the Government Performance and Results Act and the Y2K computer programming effort.

Marten Vandervelde, A08, manager of the personalized performance program at the Tisch Sports and Fitness Center and a conditioning coach for Tufts Athletics, recently released his book Beneath the College Jersey: The Athlete’s Guide to Healthier Nutrition, Habits and Recovery Methods (Createspace). In the book, Vandervelde, who became a certified strength and conditioning specialist after graduation, addresses the social and institutional challenges that interfere with college athletes reaching peak performance and then offers a roadmap for success.

Garry Welch has been promoted to the rank of research professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine. The Clinical Appointment and Promotion Committee noted Welch’s international reputation as a leading behavioral scientist in diabetes care, his pioneering work in the area of motivational interviewing, his contributions to the design and development of the problem areas in diabetes assessment instruments and his commitment to teaching the next generation of researchers and scientists.

Giovanni Widmer, a professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Global Health at Cummings School, gave a talk titled “Interaction between Cryptosporidium parvum and the Intestinal Microbiota” at the fifth International Giardia and Cryptosporidium Conference in Uppsala, Sweden, in May.