People Notes

People Notes April 2015

Timothy Atherton, an assistant professor of physics in the School of Arts and Sciences, has received a $75,000 Cottrell Scholar Award from Research Corporation for Science Advancement, America’s second-oldest foundation and the first devoted wholly to science. The award will allow Atherton to design and run computer simulations to identify the most significant physical factors affecting the stability of Pickering emulsions, which are found in crude oil as well as in many food products. He will also create an integrated approach to undergraduate computational physics education at Tufts through a new project-based course; integrate computation into introductory electromagnetism classes; and establish a mentoring community to provide research experiences for a larger number of undergraduates.

Nina Barwell, a lecturer in the Department of Music in the School of Arts and Sciences, published James Pappoutsakis: His Artistry and Inspired Teaching, in which she transcribed, edited and annotated his cassette recordings about developing one’s flute playing. Pappoutsakis played for 40 years in the Boston Symphony and taught at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Steven Block, a professor of international economics at the Fletcher School, will become the school’s academic dean on July 1. Prior to joining the Fletcher faculty in 1995, Block consulted extensively for USAID and the World Bank, with a focus on Africa.

Daniel B. Carr, a professor at the School of Medicine and director of its Pain Research, Education and Policy Program, has been named president-elect of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM). He had been AAPM’s vice president for scientific affairs. In 1999, Carr cofounded the Pain Research, Education and Policy Program at Tufts, the first and still only postgraduate interprofessional pain education program based in a university department of public health and community medicine. A clinician and investigator, he has published in pain research, evidence-based medicine and the social and political aspects of pain relief. His goals as AAPM’s president-elect include conveying that pain is a public health problem whose prevention and treatment should be guided by evidence and outcomes, both individually and society-wide and emphasizing that access to pain control is a fundamental human right with social justice at its core.

Sai K. Das, an assistant professor at the Friedman School and a scientist in the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, received the E.L.R. Stokstad Award from the American Society for Nutrition on March 29 during its annual meeting in Boston.

Aniket De, A16, received second prize for a poster he presented at Posters in Parliament, an event organized by the British Conference of Undergraduate Research at the British Parliament. The title of his poster was “Living Gods in Borderlands: Studying Performance along the Indo-Bangladesh Border,” about how people living along the Indo-Bangladesh border use folk rituals and religious performances to critique modern political events and voice their grievances. De, currently a Pembroke Visiting Student at Oxford University, was one of 47 students chosen to present at the event. The judging panel was led by Nick Hillman, the director of the U.K. Higher Education Policy Institute, and Sir Anthony Cleaver, chair of the Natural Environment Research Committee.

Art Donohue-Rolfe, associate professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cummings School, will retire on April 30 after 35 years at Tufts and more than 20 at the veterinary school. He received a Ph.D. from the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences in 1979, and soon joined the faculty of Tufts School of Medicine, serving as a research associate; from 1984 to 1993, he was an assistant professor of medicine. In August 1993, he came to the veterinary school as an associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, with a research interest in the basic structure and function of bacterial toxins and their role in pathogenesis of disease in both animals and humans. Donohue-Rolfe has more than 70 publication credits and is widely recognized in his field of study. Between 2005 and 2010, Donohue-Rolfe was acting and then interim chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences; he was named permanent chair in 2010.

Johanna T. Dwyer, a professor of medicine, senior nutrition scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and adjunct professor of nutrition at the Friedman School, received the Excellence in Nutrition Education Award from the American Society for Nutrition during its scientific sessions and annual meeting in late March in Boston.

Roger A. Fielding, director of the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, received the International Osteoporosis Foundation’s 2015 Olof Johnell Science Award at a ceremony on March 29 at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases in Milan, Italy. The award honors internationally recognized contributions to the field of osteoporosis. Fielding “is a thought-leader in the area of muscle physiology, having made notable contributions to our understanding of the underlying mechanisms contributing to age-associated decline in skeletal muscle mass, the resultant impact on function and the potential role of exercise, nutrition and physical activity on attenuating this process,” said foundation board member René Rizzoli in presenting the award. Fielding is also a professor at the Friedman School and the School of Medicine. Since coming to in 2004, he has conducted numerous clinical studies of exercise and muscle function in older adults. He has explored the effects of nutritional, pharmacological and exercise therapies on changes in skeletal muscle structure and function with advancing age, and has examined the role of nutrition and exercise on muscle performance in older animals and humans. He is an associate editor of the Journals of Gerontology Medical Sciences and Exercise and Sports Sciences Review, and muscular diseases section editor for Calcified Tissue International and Musculoskeletal Diseases. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging and the Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism.

Elizabeth “Lily” Fisher, A15, a senior majoring in geological sciences, presented a poster on the “Temperature Dependent Spectral Variation on the Surface of Mercury” [PDF] at the 46th Lunar Planetary Science Conference. Her work was funded by NASA’s Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program for undergraduates and was done at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

Irene Georgakoudi, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, was named a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in recognition of “outstanding contributions to the development of label-free optical methods for cancer diagnosis and tissue engineering applications.”

Irving Goh, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts, was awarded the Newton Fellowship at the University of Cambridge for 2015–17, where he will be affiliated with the Department of Modern and Medieval Languages. The fellowship is awarded by the Royal Society and the British Academy for the Humanities and the Social Sciences.

Laura Graham, a lecturer in Peace and Justice Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, was invited to speak on the prospect for truth and reconciliation in Ferguson and beyond at the Truth Telling Project in Ferguson, Missouri, in March. In April, she will deliver a keynote address on bridging divided communities and will facilitate a workshop on music as a tool for peace building in divided communities, to be held at LeMoyne Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee.

Justin Hollander, A96, an associate professor at the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, delivered a public lecture, “Cognitive Architecture: Designing for How We Respond to the Built Environment,” at the Miller Worley Center for the Environment at Mount Holyoke College on March 4. The talk drew on his new book, Cognitive Architecture: Designing for How We Respond to the Built Environment (Routledge, 2015), written with architect Ann Sussman, F86.

Melissa Ing, an associate professor in the Department of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry, was awarded the American Dental Education Association Colgate-Palmolive Company Excellence in Teaching Award, which honors dental educators who promote excellence in dental education. She will receive a $2,500 award to be used to enhance her teaching efforts, and was honored at the ADEA annual meeting on March 8.

Joyce Knoll, an associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cummings School, will become interim chair of the department on May 1, following Professor Art Donohue-Rolfe’s retirement. Knoll came to Tufts in 1990, and is known for her work as section head of clinical pathology and as a teacher. Awarded the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teacher Award in 1998, Knoll has also been a mainstay on the school’s curriculum committee, often serving as chair.

Kyongbum Lee, professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, was named a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering for “outstanding contributions at the interface of biochemical and biomedical engineering through integrated modeling and experimental studies on cellular metabolism.”

Richard Lerner, the Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development and director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts, marked the publication of the seventh edition of the Handbook of Child Psychology and Developmental Science (Wiley, 2015). Lerner is editor-in-chief of the four-volume reference text that is considered the definitive guide in the field of development science. First published in 1946, with former Tufts University President Leonard Carmichael, a psychologist, serving as editor, the Handbook provides in-depth perspectives on the past, present and future direction of the numerous topics that comprise this area of scholarship.

Cheen Loo, DI10, an associate professor pf pediatric dentistry, became chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry on April 1, after having served as interim chair since June 2013. Loo received a B.D.S. degree and a Ph.D. in oral biology from the University of Sydney. She earned an M.P.H. and a certificate of Advanced Education in Pediatric Dentistry at Boston University, and a D.M.D. via the Tufts School of Dental Medicine’s Faculty Track International Student Program. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. After four years at the Forsyth Institute, Loo came to Tufts in 2006 as an assistant professor and was promoted to associate professor in 2011. She has served as predoctoral program director and currently is the postdoctoral program director.

Felicia Lucci, G15, a doctoral student in chemistry, has been selected to attend this year’s Nobel Laureate Meeting. Each year since 1951, Nobel Prize winners in chemistry, physics and physiology/medicine have met with students from around the world to discuss the important issues in their fields of study. Lucci is one of 672 students worldwide selected to attend this distinguished gathering of scholars, which will take place in Lindau, Germany, from June 28 to July 3.

Michael Lustgarten, a postdoctoral scholar in the Nutrition, Exercise, Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, received the Vernon Young International Award for Amino Acid Research from the American Society for Nutrition during its scientific sessions and annual meeting in Boston in March.

Anne Mahoney, a lecturer in the Department of Classics, has been elected president of the Classical Association of New England for 2016–17.

Nicola McKeown, an associate professor and director of the Nutritional Epidemiology Program at the Friedman School and a scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, had a paper recognized by the Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health Council of the American Heart Association, one of the AHA’s 16 scientific councils, as one of its top 10 most impactful publications for 2014. The paper is titled “Sugar-sweetened Beverages and Prevalence of the Metabolically Abnormal Phenotype in the Framingham Heart Study.”

Gilbert E. Metcalf, a professor of economics, was named to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Advisory Panel on Economy-wide Modeling of the Benefits and Costs of Environmental Regulation. The 23-member panel will review the EPA’s ability to measure full regulatory impacts and make recommendations on the use of economy-wide modeling frameworks to characterize the social costs, benefits and economic impacts of air regulations. The goal of the work is to improve benefit-cost and economic impact analyses that inform decision-making at the agency.

Christiana Olfert, an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy, received the Journal of the History of Philosophy’s annual Article Prize for her article “Aristotle’s Conception of Practical Truth.” Hers was selected as the best article for 2014.

Rebecca Pearl-Martinez is a new research fellow and head of the Renewable Equity Project at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School. She is conducting research on the role that women can play both nationally and globally in the widespread implementation of clean energy. Pearl-Martinez has 18 years of experience in the international sustainable development sector, specializing in clean energy and climate change. As senior strategist at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), she developed a global composite index that was nominated for a Katerva Award, and managed a U.S. Agency for International Development consultation process on clean energy, including writing a USAID white paper. Prior to working at IUCN, she was the senior researcher for climate change at Oxfam America, where she led research on climate change-related employment, national governance of adaptation finance and agricultural climate change mitigation. She has also been a visiting lecturer on climate change governance at Tufts.

Alisha Rankin, an assistant professor of history in the School of Arts and Sciences, received a 2014–15 Charles A. Ryskamp and Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and given to support scholars embarking on ambitious, large-scale research projects at critical stages in their academic careers. Rankin is working on a book project, The Poison Trials: Antidotes and Experiment in Early Modern Europe.

Kathleen “Kate” Cooke Ryan, F87, has joined the Fletcher School as senior director of development and alumni relations. She is not new to Tufts: she was executive associate to John DiBiaggio during his tenure as university president. She has also worked as a fundraising and alumni relations professional for the Harvard University Alumni Association, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Business School and the Rhodes Trust. Prior to working for U.S. universities, Ryan taught English at the Notre Dame Seishin Women’s University in Okayama, Japan.

Jason Safer, D16, was awarded an American Dental Education Association Preventive Dentistry Scholarship, which recognizes predoctoral students who have demonstrated academic excellence in preventive dentistry. He will receive $2,500, to be used toward his tuition and fees, and was honored at the ADEA annual meeting on March 10.

Annette Scheid, a second-year neonatal medicine fellow and clinical associate in the Department of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine, received the award for Best Neonatal Medicine Research Presentation at the New England Perinatal Society’s regional meeting in Newport, Rhode Island.

Sharan L. Schwartzberg, professor of occupational therapy in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a professor of psychiatry and of public health and community medicine in the School of Medicine, gave presentations on “Research Informing Psychiatric Inpatient Oral Health Group Development” and “Ethical Dilemmas in Group Therapy: Leader and Member Perspectives” at the American Group Psychotherapy Association annual meeting in San Francisco in February. She also presented “Measuring Interprofessional Pain Team Functioning, Parameters of Interprofessional Pain Team Functioning,” at the American Academy of Pain Medicine annual meeting in National Harbor, Maryland, in March, along with Ylisabyth “Libby” Bradshaw, an assistant professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, and Sara Tian, an occupational therapy department graduate student working with Schwartzberg.

Sheriden Thomas, a senior lecturer in the Department of Drama and Dance, will play the title role of Kimberly in David Lindsay-Abaire’s play Kimberly Akimbo in a Moonbox production at the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion in Boston in the first week of April. Set in New Jersey, the play is about a teenager with a rare disease that causes her to age four-and-a-half times faster than usual.

Carroll Ann Trotman, professor and chair of the Department of Orthodontics at the School of Dental Medicine, was appointed interim director of advanced education and chair of the advanced and graduate education committee.

Mieke van der Wansem, F90, associate director of educational programs at the Fletcher School’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, conducted two week-long negotiation trainings in February in Pretoria, South Africa, for national park managers in eastern and southern Africa, in partnership with the Sustainability Challenge Foundation. Both trainings focused on the mutual-gains approach to negotiation and consensus building. The goal of the trainings is for park staff to be better able to achieve conservation goals through effective stakeholder engagement and negotiation with other sectors and neighboring communities.

Benjamin Wolfe, an assistant professor of biology, has published a review article titled “Fermented Foods as Experimentally Tractable Microbial Ecosystems” in Cell, the highest-impact-factor journal in biochemistry and molecular biology.

Tanya A. Wright has joined the School of Dental Medicine as an assistant professor in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. She is a 2001 graduate of Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry and completed a three-year oral pathology residency training at New York Hospital Medical Center. After that, Wright joined Meharry and served as interim chair of the Department of Oral Diagnostic Sciences. She has given numerous invited lectures and continuing education courses, and was selected to be a member of the 2007 ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning. She has conducted basic research in salivary gland malignancies and salivary diagnostic testing. In addition to teaching predoctoral and postdoctoral oral pathology courses and participating in Tufts Oral Pathology Services, she will conduct research and maintain her involvement in organized dentistry and continuing education.

Sheldon Yunes, clinical instructor in the Department of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry, was elected the 2014 Business Man of the Year by the Easton (Massachusetts) Chamber of Commerce. He shares a general dentistry practice, North Easton Dental Associates, with Tufts School of Dental Medicine his son, Scott Yunes, D12, and Daniel DiMatteo, D10.

Vladimir Zhagora has joined the Institute for Human Security at the Fletcher School as a policy fellow. He will work with IHS and other faculty on the Carnegie Project, “Bridging the Academic-Policy Divide: Understanding State Legitimacy.” Zhagora is a retired senior officer of the U.N. Department of Political Affairs. He has an extensive background in mediation, having participated in the negotiations on the settlement of crises in South Africa, Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Darfur and Sudan, among others. From 2002 to 2003, he was senior political affairs officer with the United Nations mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea, and from 2004 to 2005 was the regional coordinator, chief of staff and senior political adviser for the United Nations Advance Mission/United Nations Mission in the Sudan. He holds a B.A. degree in the humanities from Minsk State Pedagogical Institute of Foreign Languages and a Ph.D. in political science/philosophy from Belarusian State University in Minsk.

Jean-Marc Zingg, a scientist in the Vascular Biology Lab at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, received the McCormick Science Institute Research Award from the American Society for Nutrition during its scientific sessions and annual meeting in Boston in March.