People Notes

People Notes July 2015

Alireza Ashrafi has been appointed clinical instructor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the School of Dental Medicine.

Jeronim Capaldo, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was quoted in a June 9 article in the Huffington Post EU, co-authored by a member of the European Union Parliament. The Huffington Post piece cited Capaldo’s October 2014 TTIP study.

Lois Colburn, director of administrative services at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, retired in June after 30 years at Tufts.

Kunal Dani, D16, was awarded first place in the Undergraduate Materials Poster Category at the recent American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry conference in San Francisco. Dani presented research focused on the pre-warming of composites.

Lluis Ferrer, a professor of clinical sciences at Cummings School, received the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence in recognition of his commitment to high-quality research in the clinic and the laboratory and his work helping others develop as researchers.

Lisa Freeman, J86, V91, N96, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cummings School, has been named a fellow of the Veterinary Medicine Academy. Her research interests are nutritional modulation of cardiac disease and critical care nutrition. She is also director of the one-health program at the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Neva Goodwin, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was quoted in the June 8 issue of Inside Climate News. In the publication’s timeline of climate change and oil history, Goodwin in 2008 encouraged investors to back resolutions that would improve Exxon’s attitude about climate change.

Daniel Green, a professor in the Department of Endodontics at the School of Dental Medicine, has been selected to receive the American Association of Endodontists’ 2016 I.B. Bender Lifetime Educator Award. The award honors individuals who have been full-time educators for at least 15 years, whose contributions to endodontics demonstrate excellence and who instill in students the desire to pursue excellence in their own careers. Green, who recently stepped down as chair of the department, will receive the award during the 2016 annual meeting of the American Association of Endodontists next April in San Francisco.

Jonathan Harris, director of the theory and education program at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), took up his duties as president of the U.S. Society for Ecological Economics. He recently traveled to Burlington, Vermont, for the first annual partnership meeting of the Economics for the Anthropocene (E4A) program, jointly sponsored by the University of Vermont, McGill University and York University.

Aidee Herman, an associate clinical professor of periodontology, gave a presentation on “Diabetes and Periodontal Diseases’ Relationship and the Importance of Incorporating Glucose Test in the Dental Clinic” at the 65th annual meeting of the College of Dentists in May in Tijuana, Mexico.

David Kaplan, the Stern Family Professor of Engineering and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been named a Tufts Distinguished Professor. This honor is awarded to a small number of senior professors “who have made exceptional contributions to their disciplines, to their students and to the university as teachers and scholars exemplifying the finest of Tufts’ tradition.” Kaplan was commended for his lab, which is “exemplary [not only] in the research it has produced, but also in the mentorship it has provided for the next generation of researchers.”

Joyce Knoll, an associate professor and interim chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cummings School, received the Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award. The award recognizes outstanding instructors who, through their ability, dedication, character and leadership, contribute to the advancement of the profession. Students and faculty nominate highly respected colleagues for this prize.

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was interviewed for the May 23 edition of National Journal magazine about using “restorative development” to reverse climate change. He also gave a talk on June 1 titled “Better Late than Never: Wetlands, Carbon and Climate Policy” to 500 wetlands scientists at their annual conference in Providence, Rhode Island. During the conference he participated in a plenary panel on wetlands and climate change and a symposium on creative funding and support for field research.

Mary Rose Paradis, who in June became associate professor of clinical sciences emerita at Cummings School, received the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine’s (ACVIM) Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her outstanding contributions as an ACVIM diplomate. Paradis was president of the ACVIM from 2004 to 2005.

Shaun Paul, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), gave several talks in June. On June 5 he spoke about impact investing, resilience, climate change and climate change adaptation for indigenous peoples at a gathering of northeast regional donors convened by International Funders for Indigenous Peoples and the New England International Donors & Funders for LGBTQ Issues. On June 17 he gave a talk on measuring and managing the impact of private investments in social innovation using regenerative principles and living systems at the CATAPULTA forum in Oaxaca, Mexico. He also discussed innovation in venture impact investing at the Investing for Impact Conference hosted by the Boston area Sustainable Investment Consortium.

Lindsay Philips, V14, has joined the Tufts Ambulatory Service as clinical veterinarian and lecturer.

Yun Saksena, DI00, associate clinical professor of prosthodontics and operative dentistry and lead practice coordinator in the Department of Diagnosis and Health Promotion, has been named a 2015-16 Hedwig von Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program Fellow. The program is the only one in North America dedicated to preparing women for senior leadership roles in academic health science institutions. The one-year, part-time program combines three week-long, in-residence sessions with distance learning and is designed to take the leadership lessons gained from the classroom to practice in the fellows’ home institutions. Saksena will begin the first in-residence session at the ACE Conference Center in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, in September.

Mieke van der Wansem, F90, associate director of educational programs at the Fletcher School’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, was senior faculty at an intensive week-long executive education program, the International Programme on the Management of Sustainability. The course, held every June in the Netherlands in partnership with the Sustainability Challenge Foundation, is designed for mid-career professionals mostly from developing countries. The training focuses on the mutual gains approach to negotiation and consensus building for sustainable development conflicts. The goal of the trainings is for professionals from many different sectors to be better able to achieve sustainable development goals through effective stakeholder engagement and negotiation.

Chris Whittier, a research assistant professor in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at Cummings School, received a Rapid Response Fund grant from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and part of an emergency grant from World Wildlife Fund-Netherlands to deliver a vaccination campaign to free-ranging western lowland gorillas in the Central African Republic. He traveled to the Central African Republic from May 12 to 28 at the request of WWF to dart the human-habituated gorillas they help protect in the Dzanga-Sangha Protected Areas.

Timothy Wise, G05, director of the research and policy program at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), commented on the dramatic increase of U.S. subsidized corn exports to Mexico in a June 9 CounterPunch article.

Vicky Yang, V09, has been appointed a research assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Yang received a Ph.D. from MIT in materials science and engineering in 2002 and then went to work at a start-up company commercializing advanced semiconductor materials. She entered the Cummings D.V.M. program in 2005, and took an internship position at Angell Animal Medical Center following graduation. She then was a postdoctoral associate in the cardiovascular research laboratory at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, researching advanced human cardiovascular conditions and exploring applications to veterinary patients. She returned to Cummings School in 2011, entering the cardiology residency program, and later conducted research in the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory with Professor Andrew Hoffman. In her new faculty position, Yang will devote 75 percent of her time to research, continuing her work on valvular degeneration, and 25 percent to clinical service.