People Notes

People Notes December 2014

Dana (Goldberg) An, J91, has opened a private clinical practice serving children, adolescents, adults and families in Brookline, Massachusetts. An, a licensed independent clinical social worker, also continues to practice and supervise at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy.

Jeffrey Ashe, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was recently quoted in the New York Times opinion pages. The article, “An Inclusive Emerging Economy, With Africa in the Lead,” about village-based savings groups, mentions Ashe’s new book and also quotes Kim Wilson, a lecturer at the Fletcher School.

Ina Baghdiantz McCabe, the Darakjian and Jafarian Professor of Armenian History in the School of Arts and Sciences, had her book A History of Global Consumption: 1500–1800 published recently by Routledge. In the book, Baghdiantz McCabe examines the history of consumption throughout the early modern period through a combination of chronological and thematic discussions. The book begins with an overview of the history of consumption and the major theorists, such as Bourdieu, Elias and Barthes, who have shaped its development as a field. She then explores issues including the rise of the collector in Renaissance Europe, the birth of consumption as a political tool in the 18th century, the success of American commodities such as tobacco, sugar and chocolate in Europe and Asia and the Dutch tulip mania.

Shaharris Beh, A05, founder of HackerNest, a nonprofit that builds tech communities around the world, reports that it launched its first NYC Tech Social on Nov. 17. The event was attended by more than 90 people.

Donald Braho, along with fellow members of the School of Dental Medicine’s information technology team Ange Brome, Danny Dicicco, Jorge Freitas, Matt Johnston, Kevin O’Dea and Richard Shorter, won the 2014 Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Team Excellence Award. The IT team supports multiple laboratories across the Boston and Medford/Somerville campuses as well as eight Tufts Dental Facilities practices serving patients with special needs throughout Massachusetts. They are involved in student clinical matters, data mining for research projects, report building for all departments and other tasks. In the words of the team’s nominator, “This team is very visible, busy and proactive. They have developed effective relationships by their superb customer service interactions and technical capabilities. They have excellent interpersonal skills and communicate extremely well with each other and the faculty. They are valued for their diligent work, their flexibility and willingness to solve problems.”

Jeronim Capaldo, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was quoted and interviewed more than three dozen times about his recent working paper “The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: European Disintegration, Unemployment and Instability.” For example, see Politico and a letter to the editor of the Financial Times; a complete list of press is available here. In just five weeks, the paper has been downloaded more than 2,000 times.

Johanna T. Dwyer, director of the Frances Stern Nutrition Center, a professor at the School of Medicine, a senior scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts and an adjunct professor at the Friedman School, has been awarded the inaugural Trailblazer Award and Lectureship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Institute of Food Technologists. The award recognizes exceptional leaders who have demonstrated innovative contributions among underserved populations through at least one aspect of food science and technology, and have exhibited intellectual courage in research, instruction and communication.

Ioannis D. Evrigenis, an associate professor of political science in the School of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant in political science to be hosted by the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Evrigenis will visit the Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy in December for a series of seminars and workshops. His latest book, Images of Anarchy: The Rhetoric and Science in Hobbes’s State of Nature, was published by Cambridge University Press in July. Recent presentations of this and related research have included talks at the conference of the European Society for the History of Political Thought, the Hungarian Academy, Harvard University and George Washington University. A previous book, Fear of Enemies and Collective Action (Cambridge University Press, 2008), which was awarded the 2009 Delba Winthrop Award for Excellence in Political Science, was recently translated into Greek as Αντίπαλον Δέος: Έξωθεν Φόβος και Συλλογική Δράση.

E. Michael “Mike” Fung, A79, A12P, was elected to the Tufts Board of Trustees for a five-year term on Nov. 8. He is chairman of J.P. Morgan Private Banking Asia and senior country officer of J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, Hong Kong branch. Having been with the bank since 2001, Fung also chaired J.P. Morgan’s Hong Kong diversity council and its Hong Kong charity committee. Previously, he was a managing director and Asian head of private wealth management at Morgan Stanley based in Hong Kong. Fung is also actively engaged in education and charity causes. He serves as advisor and mentor for executive mentoring programs for business associations at the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is also a trustee of the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, Massachusetts. In 2013, Fung was appointed by the chief executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as a member of the Financial Services Development Council, a new think tank that advises the Hong Kong government on financial development strategy. As an active Tufts alumnus, Fung serves on the Tufts Board of International Advisors and has been active with the Tufts Alumni Admissions Program and the Tufts Financial Network. He has been a speaker at Tufts alumni and student events in Hong Kong, New York and Beijing and on the Tufts campus.

Irving Goh, a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at Tufts, had his first book, The Reject: Community, Politics and Religion after the Subject, published by Fordham University Press in its Commonalities series. A collection of essays on the French thinker Jean-Luc Nancy, titled Nancy Now, which he co-edited with Verena Andermatt Conley, was recently published by Polity Press. Goh will teach Introduction to Contemporary French Thought for the Department of Romance Languages in the spring 2015 semester.

Justin Hollander, A96, an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning in the School of Arts and Sciences, was an invited presenter at the 12th annual New England Smart Growth Leadership Forum, hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Boston in November. His panel was on “Equity Considerations in Transportation, Housing and Shrinking Cities.” He was also recently quoted in the Connecticut Post article “Breaking Free of Industrial Wastelands.”

Patrick Kabanda, F13, had his policy research working paper “The Creative Wealth of Nations: How the Performing Arts Can Advance Development and Human Progress” published in November by the World Bank Group. The foreword is by Amartya Sen, a Nobel laureate in economics and a professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard. The paper was adapted from Kabanda’s Fletcher School thesis Where Culture Leads, Trade Follows: A Framework for Developing Uganda’s Music as International Trade in Services. It explores how the World Bank can increase cultural activities as part of its development strategy.

Peter H. Kamin, A84, A16P, was elected to the Tufts Board of Trustees for a five-year term on Nov. 8. He has served as a non-trustee member of the board’s Investment Committee since 2008. Kamin is the founder and managing partner of 3K Limited Partnership. Preceding the formation of 3K, he was a founding member and managing partner of ValueAct Capital, which grew into a leading investment management organization during his tenure. Prior to founding ValueAct in 2000, he founded and managed Peak Investment L.P. Peak, which made investments in a select number of domestic public and private companies. Kamin is currently a director of MAM Software, Rand Worldwide Inc. and Tile Shop Holdings, and has previously served as a director of numerous private and publicly held companies. He has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Diana Villarnovo Lopez, J78, was elected by the Tufts University Alumni Association to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees through November 2015. She will fill the remainder of the term of Sunny Breed, J66, G72, who passed away earlier this year. Lopez is senior advisor to the executive director of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. She is leading critical aspects of the public-private partnership for the LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Building Redevelopment Program. Before joining the Port Authority, Lopez was responsible for the international and tourism divisions and the Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television at New York’s Empire State Development Corporation. She was also a senior advisor to the assistant secretary of state for economic, energy and business affairs at the U.S. Department of State, serving under Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton. Prior to government service, Lopez was counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom for 17 years. Lopez, who is a native Spanish speaker and fluent in French, earned a J.D. from Georgetown University. She is vice president of the executive committee of the Tufts University Alumni Association, a founding member of the Tufts New York Women’s Networking Group, active in the Tufts Lawyers Association and a long-time Tufts Alumni Admissions Program interviewer and co-chair in Brooklyn.

Seth Merrin, A82, was recognized at the Nov. 8 meeting of the Board of Trustees for his 10 years of service as a charter trustee, and was elected a trustee emeritus.

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), participated in the Arctic Circle Conference in Reykjavik, Iceland, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. He gave the keynote address at the launch of the Arctic Circle Network, a group of universities that are working on environmental and economic development issues in the region. He also chaired a panel at a Nov. 14 conference sponsored by the Friedman School and George Washington School of Public Health in Washington, D.C., on “The Sustainable Plate,” and presented at the conference on Biodiversity for a Livable Climate at Tufts on Nov. 23. In an article in Chemistry World, Moomaw explained how China’s recent climate deal with the U.S. is tied to its desire to be a major international manufacturer; the article is titled “Hopes Sino-US Climate Deal Will Spur Global Action in 2015.”

Timothy A. Wise, G05, director of research and policy at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), gave a presentation at the Political Economy Research Institute at UMass Amherst on Nov. 17 about “Food, Fuel and Financial Markets: The Unhealthy Links for Food Security.” CommonDreams quoted Wise in “US/India WTO Agreement: How Corporate Greed Trumps Needs of World's Poor and Hungry” on Nov. 14. An Oct. 22 post from the Bangor Daily News Eat Real blog references Wise’s study, which examines our ability to feed a growing population by 2050.