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People Notes July 2016

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Meghan Bernard has joined Tufts as chapter programs assistant in the Office of Alumni Relations. She is a graduate of Gettysburg College.

Johnny Corson is the new public relations coordinator in University Relations. He came to Tufts from NutraClick, where he was a sales representative, and previously worked as an administrative assistant in Boston University’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations. A BU graduate, he holds a B.S. in communications with a concentration in public relations.

Rocco DiRico has joined University Relations as co-director of Community Relations. DiRico will work with co-director Barbara Rubel to manage the relationships with the host communities of Medford, Somerville and Boston. He brings a strong background in politics, community relations and communications; since 2013, he has been the deputy state director in the Boston office of U.S. Sen. Edward Markey. He earned a B.A. in political science from Providence College and a master’s in public administration from the Sawyer School of Business at Suffolk University.

Kevin Jiang has joined University Relations as an assistant director of public relations, based in Boston. Jiang previously worked at the University of Chicago and interned at Nature Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory and WGBH’s NOVA. He has a B.S. in biology from Emory University and an M.S. in science journalism from Boston University. He was a research technician at Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary for two years, studying stem cell regeneration in the inner ear to treat hearing loss.

James Sarazen is the new executive associate dean of the School of Engineering. He comes to Tufts from Northeastern University’s College of Science, where he had been associate dean for administration and finance since 2010. He was previously associate dean for administration and finance for Northeastern’s College of Arts and Sciences. He is the school’s chief financial officer and chief operating officer as well as its lead administrative representative on all university-wide matters. Sarazen received an M.B.A. and a B.S. in economics from Northeastern. He is working toward a doctorate in education with a concentration in higher education management.

Eden Walsh has joined University Advancement as a special events coordinator. She comes to Tufts from Bowdoin College, where she worked as events and summer programs coordinator. She earned a degree in business management from Lesley University.


Patrick Collins, deputy director of public relations for the Medford/Somerville campus, will become executive director of the Office of Public Relations on September 1. He will succeed Kim Thurler, who is retiring after 11 years as head of Tufts public relations. Prior to joining Tufts in 2015, Collins was director of communications and marketing at New England Law Boston. His experience also includes work with financial services companies ranging from startups to Fortune 100s while he served as vice president for Madison Communications Inc., an agency he co-founded. While at Madison, Collins was the recipient of numerous awards from the Public Relations Society of America, the Publicity Club of New England and the League of American Communications Professionals. He earned his B.S. in journalism cum laude and his B.A. in English from Boston University.

John Richmond, M76, professor of orthopedic surgery at the School of Medicine, has been named the president of the Arthroscopy Association of North America.


Daniel Carr, professor of public health and community medicine and director of the Pain, Research, Education and Policy Program at the School of Medicine, moderated a panel about opioids featuring the six New England governors. It was held in conjunction with the International Conference on Opioids in June and grew out of recommendations from a 2011 Institute of Medicine report that called for transforming approaches to pain prevention, care and education. Carr served on the National Pain Strategy’s oversight panel and on related panels. Read more about his work here.

Jeff Taliaferro, an associate professor of political science in the School of Arts and Sciences, was a visiting research fellow at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in May and June. He presented a paper on “Neoclassical Realism, Nonproliferation and the Limits of U.S. Hegemony” at the Nobel Institute Symposium in Bergen, and gave invited talks at the Centre for Advanced Security Theory at the University of Copenhagen and the Peace Research Institute in Oslo.

Neva Goodwin, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), released the draft working paper [PDF] “Core Support for the New Economy,” about guaranteed basic income and household work such as care for the elderly. The paper was released in conjunction with the Next System Project’s webinar “Toward a Caring Economy” on June 7, in which Goodwin participated. Watch a recording.

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), published “A Multiple Metrics Approach to Prioritizing Strategies for Measuring and Managing Reactive Nitrogen in the San Joaquin Valley of California” in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The article was co-authored with three researchers from the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School.

June Sekera, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), gave a talk on “An Economics of Popular Sovereignty: Power, Not Partnerships” at a May colloquium on radical social innovation. The event was organized by the Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change at the University of Manchester and the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods at the University of Cardiff. She also created the Public Goods Post on “The Oscars for Civil Servants.”


Shuchin Aeron, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received a five-year, $530,000 National Science Foundation early career award, which will fund his work to advance multidimensional data science via new algebraic models and algorithms.

Congratulations to the winners of the seventh annual Post-Doctoral Interdepartmental Research Day at the School of Dental Medicine. First place winner was Federico Ausenda, with “The Effect on Subgingival Inflammation and Toothbrush Wear Using the Stationary Bristle Brushing Technique.” Second place went to Audra Reynoso, for “CBCT Quality Assessment for Orthodontic Diagnosis.” The third place winner was Zuhair Natto for “Effect of Mucograft Seal on Post-Extraction Ridge Preservation Using Bone Allograft: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial and Radiographic Evaluation.”

Alain Chaoui, a clinical assistant professor of family medicine, has been elected vice president of the Massachusetts Medical Society.

Congratulations to faculty nominated by students to receive this year’s Teaching with Technology awards. Recognized were Ming Chow, E02, E04, Computer Science, School of Engineering; José García-López, Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine; Samuel Koo, Periodontology, School of Dental Medicine; Jeffrey Marchant, Integrative Physiology and Pathobiology, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences; and Julie Schaffner, Development Economics, Fletcher School. Learn more about each innovation by watching videos posted at Tufts Educational Technology Services.

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, director of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning at Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tisch College, has been selected as a distinguished fellow at Students at the Center, an initiative of Jobs for the Future. She will join nine leaders in policy, practice and research from around New England, each selected for their vision, contributions and impact in the student-centered learning movement.

Mark Pearlmutter, an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, has been appointed chair of the department. He is chair and vice president of Emergency Network Services, a six-hospital network of emergency departments for the Steward Medical Group. At the medical school, he has been extensively involved in clinical education programs in Haiti, Nicaragua and other Latin American countries and chairs the Student Evaluation and Promotions Committee.

Mark Pokras, V84, an associate professor of infectious disease and global health emeritus at Cummings School, has been honored at the Summer Star Wildlife Sanctuary in Boylston, Massachusetts, where a lecture series has been named for him. Pokras directed the Tufts Wildlife Clinic from 1995 to 2008 and was one of the founders of the Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine. He has worked closely with the nature center’s founder and Cummings School friend, Shalin Liu, to advance wildlife conservation.

Mieke van der Wansem, F90, associate director for educational programs at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School, joined an international group of sustainability professionals at an executive education course organized by the Sustainability Challenge Foundation in the Netherlands. She co-led the faculty of the International Programme on the Management of Sustainability, which focused on negotiation and consensus building.


Yee Cho, G76, J76, received the 2016 Outstanding Career Achievement Award for Graduate Alumni from the School of Engineering. Yee is founding president of CDW Consultants Inc., a civil and environmental engineering firm.