Angelo Azzi, a senior scientist in the Vascular Biology Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, was recently appointed to the voluntary faculty of the University of Miami’s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.
Natalya Baldyga, an assistant professor in the Department of Drama and Dance in the School of Arts and Sciences, announced the launch of her team’s online publication of a new and fully annotated translation of a seminal text of theater history and German literature, G.E. Lessing’s Hamburg Dramaturgy. It was translated by Wendy Arons and Sara Figal, edited by Baldyga and features introductions by Arons, Baldyga and Michael Chemers. It is being pre-published online to allow for open review; the draft manuscript with comments will remain online even after the translation has been published in print by Routledge.
Thomas Biederer begins work this month as an associate professor of neuroscience at the School of Medicine. Biederer received a Ph.D. from the Humboldt University of Berlin, did postdoctoral research with Thomas Südhof at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and most recently was a research scientist at Yale. His research interests focus on the roles of SynCAMs and other synapse-organizing molecules in synapse development and plasticity.
Jeronim Capaldo, a new senior researcher with the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) Globalization and Sustainable Development Program, published a policy brief titled “Fiscal Austerity and the Euro Crisis: Where Will Demand Come From?” in November.
Lewis Cohen, a professor of psychiatry based at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., and director of the Renal Palliative Care Initiative, received a $2 million grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute for a three-year project, Shared Decision Making and Renal Supportive Care. Other investigators include Michael Germain, a professor of medicine, and Sarah Goff, an assistant professor of medicine. The study involves hemodialysis patients with progressive illnesses at 16 clinics in Massachusetts and New Mexico, and will be conducted in collaboration with nephrologists from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
Khaled El Rafie recently joined the School of Dental Medicine as a clinical instructor in the Division of Postgraduate Prosthodontics. He received B.S. degrees in business administration and biology from the University of Texas, Dallas. In 2010, he earned a D.M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. El Rafie is a 2013 graduate of Tufts’ postgraduate prosthodontics program and is now a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics and a fellow of the American College of Prosthodontists. He will teach postgraduate residents in preclinical and clinical settings.
Neva Goodwin, Julie Nelson, Jonathan Harris, Mariano Torras and Brian Roach of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) have published new editions of Microeconomics in Context and Macroeconomics in Context. Sample chapters of each are available via the links above; the Macroeconomics e-book is also available. The print editions will be out in January.
Justin Hollander, associate professor of urban and environmental policy and planning in the School of Arts and Sciences, was quoted in a New York Times story about an emerging national trend in urban planning.
Nida Intarapanich, V16, received third place in October in the Sackler School’s Charlton Poster Competition in the category for medical/veterinary/dental and M.D./Ph.D. students in the first or second years of their training. The poster competition provides students with the opportunity to exchange ideas with scientists and physicians on the Tufts health sciences campus and to hone their presentation skills.
Peniel E. Joseph, professor of history in the School of Arts and Sciences, was featured in Henry Louis Gates’ miniseries Many Rivers to Cross on PBS. His review of the series was featured on The Root.
Jason Kass, E94, E95, had an op-ed piece published in the New York Times in November, “Bill Gates Can’t Build a Toilet,” which details the urgent need for sustainable toilets in the developing world.
Colm Lawler, associate director of the Office for Technology Licensing and Industry Collaboration, spent a week in October as an invited guest at the University of Valparaiso in Chile, where he conducted lectures and classes on intellectual property management and licensing for that university’s technology transfer and research administration offices.
David Lee-Parritz, V83, has joined the faculty of the Department of Environmental and Population Health at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine as director of the Laboratory Animal Medicine Service. He comes to Tufts from Sanofi Genzyme, where he was senior director of comparative medicine and head of animal research and welfare for its Boston Hub. Previously, he was associate director of operations at the Harvard University Center for Animal Resources and Comparative Medicine. Over the past several years, Lee-Parritz has worked closely with Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Angie Warner and others in establishing and teaching in the school’s combined degree program, the D.V.M./M.S. in laboratory animal medicine. Lee-Parritz is a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and in 2007 received the school’s Henry Childers Award for his contributions to veterinary education.
Paul Lehrman, G10, a lecturer in the Department of Music in the School of Arts and Sciences, had a work he created with Paris-based avant-garde pianist Guy Livingston premiered in October. Scored for solo pianist and “acousmonium”—a stage full of loudspeakers—it was scheduled to be heard Oct. 24 at the SinusTon Festival for Electronic Music in Magdeburg, Germany. The premiere was delayed for three days, however, following the discovery of an unexploded 1,000-pound bomb in the middle of the city that had been dropped by American planes in the closing days of World War II. The bomb was subsequently defused, and the concert took place three days later. On Nov. 6, Lehrman gave a talk at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on “The Great Puzzle: Creation and Legacy of Ballet mécanique,” in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition on the art of Fernand Léger, Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis.
Jennifer Magrone recently joined Tufts as the Title VII investigator for the university’s Office of Equal Opportunity, handling employee-related investigations of alleged discrimination and harassment. She will partner closely with the Office of Human Resources and Tufts legal department colleagues on all three campuses on complaints from faculty and staff about discrimination and harassment. Magrone comes to Tufts from a Massachusetts state human resources position, where she conducted investigations and performed other HR functions over the last eight years. She has also conducted investigations in corporate environments and is a graduate of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Conducting Workplace Investigations training. She has a B.A. from Smith College and an M.S.W. from Boston University.
Susan Marino was promoted to department manager of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Cummings School on Oct. 1.
Mohsen Meydani, director of the Vascular Biology Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts, was elected to the editorial board of the Journal of Nutrition and Health.
Simin Meydani, director of the HNRCA, has been elected to the editorial board of the journal Aging Cell. She has also joined the scientific advisory board for Nu-Tek Food Science and is co-chair of the American Society for Nutrition’s Global Advisory Ad Hoc Committee.
William Moomaw, co-director at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was quoted in a Nov. 15 CNBC article “Don’t Laugh: Lack Of Toilets Signals Deadly Crisis.” He states that the lack of proper sanitation is a global life or death issue as “the spread of diseases like cholera and typhus from lack of proper sanitation is just horrific.” He was quoted on changing global trends in coal use in the Guardian’s “UN climate chief says coal can be part of global warming solution.” In an article published in the Charlotte Observer, Moomaw estimated that carpooling would drastically reduce carbon emissions in the U.S.
Megan Mueller, a research assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Cummings School, has been awarded a grant to study the effectiveness of equine-facilitated psychotherapy in reducing symptoms of post-traumatic stress in young people. The research will be conducted in collaboration with faculty from Washburn University and the Touchstone Farm Horse Power program, and is supported by the Horses and Humans in Research Foundation. Read more about Mueller in “Creature Comforts.”
Ben Nephew, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences at the Cummings School, presented a poster titled “A Transgenerational Social Stress Model of Postpartum Depression” at the Center for Neuroendocrine Studies Symposium at UMass Amherst on Oct. 25.
Panagiotis “Panos” Papaspyridakos recently joined the School of Dental Medicine as an assistant professor in the Division of Postgraduate Prosthodontics. He received a D.D.S. degree from the National University of Athens in Greece, followed by a certificate in prosthodontics and a M.S. degree from Columbia University in 2009. Papaspyridakos was then awarded an International Team for Implantology Scholarship, spending 2009–10 at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He is currently completing his Ph.D. through the National University of Athens. Prior to joining Tufts, he was an instructor in prosthodontics at the University of Detroit Mercy, Columbia University and Harvard University. Papaspyridakos will teach postgraduate residents in preclinical and clinical settings and serve as a research mentor.
Anya Price, V16, received first place in October in the Sackler School’s Charlton Poster Competition in the category for medical/veterinary/dental and M.D./Ph.D. students in the first or second years of their training. The poster competition provides students with the opportunity to exchange ideas with scientists and physicians on the Tufts health sciences campus and to hone their presentation skills.
Barbara Rubel, director of the Office of Community Relations, was honored recently by the Wang YMCA of Chinatown for her work as a community leader. The award was presented at the Wang YMCA’s Fifth Annual Legacy Dinner on Nov. 9, when she was recognized for her years of dedication to the progress and growth of the Chinatown community, along with her spirit, wisdom and friendship. Rubel has represented Tufts in Chinatown since 1988, when the university was developing a master plan for its health sciences campus. Since then, she has worked with the community as the university has completed the expansion of the dental school, among other initiatives. Rubel volunteers as the recording secretary for the Chinatown Safety Committee, is a member of the Chinatown Coalition’s executive committee and has represented Tufts at the August Moon Festival and the Oak Street Fair.
John Rush, professor of clinical sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, received the Legend of Cardiology Award in Recognition of Excellence in Research, Teaching and Service in Academic Medicine at Kansas State University on Oct. 15.
Stella Spears, V15, received second place in October in the Sackler School’s Charlton Poster Competition in the category for medical/veterinary/dental and M.D./Ph.D. students in the first or second years of their training. The poster competition provides students with the opportunity to exchange ideas with scientists and physicians on the Tufts health sciences campus and to hone their presentation skills.
James Stavridis, F84, F84, dean of the Fletcher School, received a Stimson Center Pragmatist + Idealist Award in recognition of his work to strengthen international security by helping developing countries improve the lives of their people. The award was presented at the Embassy of Finland at an evening gala in November hosted by Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde. The Nokia Corp. also received a Pragmatist + Idealist Award at the event. The gala followed a session on “Bridging the Divide between Security and Development,” featuring a conversation between Stimson chairman Lincoln P. Bloomfield Jr. and Stavridis. “James Stavridis understands that security and development are intertwined, and knows you can’t have one without the other,” said Stimson president and CEO Ellen Laipson. “He’s known for stressing the need for partnerships with other nations, between agencies and with the private sector to strengthen both development and security.” The Stimson Center is a nonprofit and nonpartisan think tank that seeks pragmatic solutions for some of the most important peace and security challenges around the world.
Kat Trujillo, who is working toward an M.A. in human security and gender issues at the Fletcher School, has been selected as a member of the 2015 class of George J. Mitchell Scholars by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance. The nationwide competition attracts nearly 300 applicants for 12 scholarships, named in honor of the former Maine senator and his contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process. Recipients are chosen on the basis of academic distinction, leadership and service, and spend a year of postgraduate study at institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Trujillo, a native of South Central Los Angeles, received a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies from UC Berkeley, where she worked her way through school, often holding three jobs. She was the president and outreach chair of Berkeley’s chapter of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships and academic support to Latino students throughout the United States. She also served as translator and volunteer for the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, where she worked with refugees seeking asylum. A volunteer for Global Brigades, she worked in Honduras helping a rural community improve sanitation. Wanting to examine the role of racial and ethnic identity in impacting nationalist and conflict resolution disputes on an international level, Trujillo will study human rights law at the University of Ulster, Belfast.
Flo Tseng, associate professor and director of the Tufts Wildlife Clinic, traveled to Long Beach, Calif., in September to participate as a member of the advisory board for the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN). The OWCN is part of California Fish & Game’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response, a statewide collective of trained wildlife care providers, regulatory agencies, academic institutions and wildlife organizations working to rescue and rehabilitate oiled wildlife.
Timothy A. Wise, G05, director of research and policy at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was interviewed on Nov. 2 on the Real News Network regarding the temporary ban on GMO crops in Mexico and the 2013 World Food Prize Award given to three biotech engineers. An editorial in the Eugene Register Guard (Oregon), “Food or Fuel?” cited Wise’s study of the global cost of ethanol subsidies, which found that developing countries paid an additional $6.6 billion for corn imports between 2006 and 2012 because of the U.S. ethanol mandate. In late November, he presented his project “Addressing the Global Food Crisis: A Rights-based Approach” in South Africa as part of his Open Society Institute Fellowship. He will be in Bali, Indonesia, Dec. 2–10 attending the World Trade Organization’s 9th Ministerial, where agriculture issues remain contentious. With the right of developing countries to maintain food reserves under negotiation, Wise will present on a panel organized by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, “Trade and Market Policy for Food Security: A Challenge for Trade Negotiations,” on Dec. 4 as part of the NGO-sponsored Bali Trade and Development Symposium.