People Notes

People Notes January 2017


Shelli Corcoran has joined Tufts as associate director of stewardship and donor relations at the Fletcher School. Previously, she was director of special events at the March of Dimes, ran her own homemade frozen food company and managed logistics for a startup.

Valerie Harris has joined University Advancement as a staff assistant supporting fundraisers for the School of Arts and Sciences. A graduate of Bay State College, she brings more than 25 years of administrative experience to her new job.

Cass Madden, A15, has joined the Office of Alumni Relations as alumni relations assistant. She has worked in other positions at Tufts, including as circulation assistant at Tisch Library. 

Brenna Talbot-Dawkins has joined Advancement Gift and Information Services as a biographic records assistant. She has more than seven years of experience in advancement, most recently at Babson College.

Yvette Terry has joined the Office of the President, serving as executive assistant to President Anthony Monaco. She has extensive experience supporting executives at nonprofits and in higher education. She earned her B.A. from Lesley University.

Amanda Tramont has joined the Office Alumni Relations and is working with East Coast alumni chapters. Previously she worked at Berman Advertising, UBS Financial Services, WBZ News Radio 1030 and


Robert Amato, D80, DG83, a professor at the School of Dental Medicine, has been appointed chair of the Department of Endodontics.

Nicholas Frank, professor and chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, will be the school’s next associate dean for academic affairs. He will succeed Angie Warner, an associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Population Health, following commencement in May. 

John Leong, professor and chair of molecular biology and microbiology at the School of Medicine, has been named the school’s first Edith Rieva and Hyman S. Trilling Professor. The professorship supports an outstanding educator who conducts research related to aging or geriatrics. Leong’s lab has a long history of investigating the behavior of bacterial pathogens in the human host. Prior to becoming professor and chair of the department in 2011, Leong was professor and vice chair of microbiology and physiological systems at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The endowed professorship was made possible through a gift from Hyman Trilling, a 1928 alumnus of Tufts College, and his wife, Edith.

Aruna Ramesh, DI04, A16P, D20P, an associate professor at the School of Dental Medicine, has been appointed permanent chair of the Department of Diagnostic Sciences.


Carolyn Cottrell, an associate professor of comprehensive care at the School of Dental Medicine, competed in the 2016 Ms. Senior America National Pageant in October, representing West Virginia. She described the experience as a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate “that women over 60 have value.”

Akram Da’dara, a research associate professor in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at Cummings School, became president of the New England Association of Parasitologists on Nov. 5 for a two-year term.

Rachael Gately, a clinical assistant professor of environmental and population health at Cummings School, received an award for breeding the Reserve Grand Champion Ram at the National Polled Dorset Show held at the North American Livestock Exposition in Louisville in November.

Kelly M. Greenhill, an associate professor of political science in the School of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to further her research on how rumors, conspiracy theories, myths, propaganda and entertainment media influence the beliefs and decision-making of individuals and governments. Greenhill’s research will focus on the often significant impact of what she calls “extra-factual information” on how individuals and governments perceive and respond to security threats.

Nadeem Karimbux, associate dean of academic affairs at the School of Dental Medicine, and Hans-Peter Weber, professor and chair of prosthodontics, are co-editors of the book Clinical Cases in Implant Dentistry (Wiley-Blackwell), which presents 49 clinical cases that explore topics in implant dentistry.

Sara Lewis, a professor of biology in the School of Arts and Sciences, has received more accolades for her book Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies (Princeton University Press). Silent Sparks was ranked among the 10 top science books for 2016 by Science News, which said it’s “sure to rekindle a reader’s childhood fascination with fireflies.”

Gilbert Metcalf, a professor of economics, has been named a university fellow by Resources for the Future (RFF), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank that helps leaders make better decisions and craft smarter policies about natural resources and the environment. According to RFF, university fellows are “outstanding scholars at universities around the world who are appointed to establish closer working relationships between RFF and the wider academic community.” Metcalf is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, an associate scholar with Harvard’s Environmental Economics Program and a research associate at MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.

Josh Shapiro, head coach for men’s soccer, and his staff were named Division III Coaching Staff of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The Jumbos won their second NCAA Division III National Championship on Dec. 3 with a double-OT shutout of Calvin College.


Faculty at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts are on the editorial team for a new open-access journal, Current Developments in Nutrition, developed by the American Society of Nutrition. They are Sarah Booth, interim director of the HNRCA and director of its Vitamin K Lab; Eileen Kennedy, professor and former dean of the Friedman School; Gerald Combs, an adjunct scientist at the HNRCA Immunology Lab; and Joel Mason, a professor at the Friedman School and a senior scientist in the HNRCA Vitamins and Carcinogenesis Lab. The journal will focus on research studies from the molecular/biochemical and cellular levels to whole-body metabolism, clinical health, fitness and population health.

Jeronim Capaldo, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), graduated from the New School for Social Research in December with a Ph.D. in economics. His dissertation is titled Essays on the Macroeconomics of Global Trade Expansion

Stan Fenwick, a research professor of infectious disease and global health at Cummings School, traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia, in November to give presentations about One Health academic and research programs in Southeast Asia at the International Conference on Global Health. He continued on to Kota Bahuru, Malaysia, to train One Health youth leaders and give lectures to public health students at Penang Medical College. Fenwick; Hellen Amuguni, an assistant professor at Cummings School; and Jeanne Coffin, a research associate, also attended the fourth International One Health Congress and sixth Biennial Congress of the International Association for Ecology and Health (EcoHealth 2016) in Melbourne, Australia. Fenwick and Amuguni presented four posters at the congresses.

Martha Forero, a clinical instructor in pediatric dentistry, was one of 12 ambassadors of the 2016 Give Kids a Smile Community Leadership Development Institute, which met in October in St. Louis. The ambassadors gain hands-on experience and learn best practices.

Justin Hollander, A96, an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning in the School of Arts and Sciences, wrote an op-ed for the Cleveland Plain Dealer offering advice to Ben Carson, newly nominated Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  

Jonathan Harris, director of the Theory and Education Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), has a chapter titled “Population, Resources and Energy in the Global Economy: A Vindication of Herman Daly’s Vision” in Beyond Uneconomic Growth, edited by Joshua Farley and Deepak Malghan. The book brings together leading ecological economists to present a definitive case for looking beyond economic growth as the panacea for the world’s ecological predicament.

Karen Panetta, a professor of computer and electrical engineering and an associate dean at the School of Engineering, was quoted on growing employment opportunities in information technology in the Dec. 22 GoodCall article “Great Jobs of 2017.”

June Sekera, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), and Neva Goodwin, GDAE co-director, participated in a panel discussion about the public economy on Nov. 30 at the Fletcher School. The event covered topics included in Sekera’s book The Public Economy in Crisis: A Call for a New Public Economics.

The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in December was well-represented at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and World Health Organization International Symposium on Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets and Improved Nutrition. Professor Patrick Webb delivered the keynote address, calling for action to combat rising malnutrition that may affect half the world’s population by 2035. Orion Kobayashi, N17, a graduate student in food policy and applied nutrition, represented the views of North America in a student-led policy dialogue at the symposium.

Timothy A. Wise, G05, a senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), presented his research on small-scale food production in developing countries at the Fletcher School on Dec. 5. Watch a recording of the event, Feeding Illusions: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Future of Food. Read more about his research here. Wise was also quoted in three recent news articles: “Can Trump Repeal NAFTA? Yes” in the San Antonio Express News, “Donald Trump Shows Globalization Can Be Challenged” in the Toronto Star, and “FARM FILE: It Isn’t Broken; Don’t Fix It” in the News Sentinel.


Linda Mauriello Daly Graf, G84, was interviewed on Women’s Watch on WBZ radio in Boston on Dec. 19 about her novel To Caroline—Love, Auntie, which highlights the gender bias that prevailed when STEM programs for women did not exist. Like Graf, the novel’s protagonist wins a full scholarship for graduate study at Tufts School of Engineering.   

Carlos Diaz-Rosillo, E95, a lecturer at Harvard University, has been named to President-elect Donald Trump’s White House domestic policy team; he will be the director of policy and interagency coordination. He has been serving on the president-elect’s transition team.

Terrence Griffin, D71, a Boston-based periodontist, is serving as president of the American Academy of Periodontology.

Daniel Heidkamp, A04, SMFA04, a Brooklyn-based artist, recently had his painting Cutouts ranked number one at the 2016 New Art Dealers Alliance show in Miami Beach, Florida. Heidkamp had solo exhibitions at the Journal Gallery in Brooklyn last fall and at Pace Prints in New York in 2015.