Bree Aldridge, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology at the Sackler School, has received a two-year, $50,000 research fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation aimed at encouraging promising young scholars. Aldridge’s research uses approaches in microbiology and engineering to understand the virulence and survival strategies of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis.
Patty Allen, G12, was awarded a Davis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for research in eating disorders.
Nancy Bigelow, head coach of the women’s swimming and diving team, has won the Steadman Award from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The annual award recognizes a coach who “has done the most to spread happiness in Coach Steadman’s beloved sport of swimming and diving.” Bigelow has coached at Tufts for 31 years.
Neil Cohn, G12, received a Glushko Prize from the Cognitive Science Society in recognition of his having written one of the five best dissertations in cognitive science in the past year.
Natalia Collarte, G13, won first place for her paper “The Woonerf Concept: Rethinking a Residential Street in Somerville” in a competition sponsored by the Transportation Planning Division of the American Planning Association. Collarte is a graduate student in Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Moon Duchin, an assistant professor of mathematics in the School of Arts and Sciences, has received a 2013 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. The award supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through “outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.” Duchin’s research area includes asymptotic geometry of groups and geometric topology of surfaces; her NSF project is titled “Finer Coarse Geometry.”
Rabia Ergin, G17, a graduate student in the cognitive and brain sciences program, was awarded a full fellowship to attend the Linguistics Society of America Summer Institute at the University of Michigan.
Sarah Gaither, G14, received a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, which “reflects [her] scholarly competence as well as the promise that [she] shows for future achievement as a scholar, researcher and teacher in an institution of higher education,” according to the foundation.
Kevin P. Gallagher, F99, F03, senior researcher at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), released a working paper with Brittany A. Baumann titled “Post-Crisis Capital Account Regulation in South Korea and South Africa,” and wrote a Triple Crisis blog post on the same subject. The February 2012 report “The New Banks in Town: Chinese Finance in Latin America,” by Gallagher, Amos Irwin, F12, and Katherine Koleski, F13, garnered a substantial amount of press coverage in April; articles in Al Jazeera, the Guardian, Folha and Sao Paolo all cited the research. Gallagher presented two papers at the International Studies Association meetings in San Francisco in early April: “Bartering Globalization: Comparing China’s Commodity-backed Finance in Africa and Latin America” (with Deborah Brautigam) and “The Domestic Determinants of Countervailing Monetary Power: Capital Controls in Four Emerging Markets.” On April 8, he hosted a workshop titled “Between Change and Continuity: The International Monetary Fund and Economic Crises” at Boston University, where he is an associate professor of international relations. He also participated in the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and a workshop on China and Latin America at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington.
Jonathan Harris, theory and education program director at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), wrote a chapter in Innovations in Sustainable Consumption on the macroeconomics of development without throughput growth, arguing for investment in energy-conserving and human and natural capital. Harris also recently published a Triple Crisis blog post on green Keynesianism and economic growth, which was cross-posted on several other blogs, including Naked Capitalism.
Justin Hollander, A96, an assistant professor of urban and environmental policy and planning, and UEP graduate students Brian DeChambeau, G15, and Takayuki Suzuki, G14, received the third-place prize and 100,000 yen in an international urban design competition based in Tokyo. The prompt was to create an idea for a “safe and comfortable city” that is ready for the challenges of the future. Their submission was a design for a modular city that can expand and contract at the level of individual buildings. Hollander was invited to deliver a public lecture titled “Urban Absorption in a Shrinking City: A Close Examination of Depopulation, Land Use Change and City Planning” in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning Lecture Series at Texas A&M University in March.
Simon W. M. John, a research assistant professor of ophthalmology at the School of Medicine, has been awarded the 2013 Bressler Prize in Vision Science by Jewish Guild Healthcare. John is a senior staff scientist at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, where his lab studies the molecular features of complex diseases such as glaucoma, a major cause of human blindness. John’s lab combines genetics with genomics, cell/molecular biology and physiology to understand how damage such as glaucoma occurs and develop methods for identifying new genes and the pathways that cause the damage. He has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator since 1998.
Chie Kotake, G15, a doctoral candidate in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, has received a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-being, one of 15 nationally, and one of two from Tufts. The fellowships are designed to develop a new generation of leaders interested in creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the country’s ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment. The fellowships are funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Kotake’s research focuses on the role of parenting and parent mental health in the social-emotional development of young children facing adversity. For her dissertation, she will examine maternal depression as part of a large-scale randomized control trial evaluation of the Healthy Families Massachusetts newborn home-visit program. She is also interested in the cultural differences in family practices and their influence on children’s development.
Melissa Lizette Liriano, G15, a graduate student in chemistry, has been named a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, winning a three-year fellowship.
Anthony P. Monaco, president of Tufts University, was inducted into the Association of American Physicians (AAP) at a ceremony in Chicago in late April. The AAP was founded in 1885 for “the advancement of scientific and practical medicine.” The goals of its members include the pursuit of medical knowledge and the advancement of basic and clinical science through experimentation and discovery and through their application to clinical medicine. Each year, individuals having attained excellence in achieving these goals are recognized by nomination for membership.
Jennipher Murphy has joined the School of Dental Medicine as education technology administrator. She earned an M.S. in education and online teaching and learning in June 2010 from California State University, East Bay. Most recently she worked with faculty and businesses as a consultant based in Colorado. Her focus was integrating technology into curriculum, developing online learning environments and enhancing student engagement.
Shuai Nie, G13, a graduate student in chemistry, received the Philip L. Levins Memorial Prize from the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society. The award for “outstanding performance by a graduate student on the way to a career in a chemical science” includes $500. Nie’s advisor is David Walt, the Robinson Professor of Chemistry.
Mary Rose Paradis, an associate professor of clinical sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, gave a talk titled “What to Expect When Your Horse Turns 20” at the University of Georgia Alumni Conference in March.
Shaun Paul, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), attended the Sustainatopia Impact Investment Conference in Miami in April, when he moderated a panel on innovations in global forestry and finance and participated in the panel Localizing Food: Creating a New & Lasting Paradigm. He also presented at the SoCap: Soul Conference on March 9 on a panel “When to Give and When to Invest.”
Dominique Penninck, a professor of clinical sciences at the Cummings School, gave four presentations at the World Small Animal Veterinary Association meeting in New Zealand in March: “Intro to Ultrasonography of the Digestive System,” “Ultrasonography of Non-neoplastic GI Disorders,” “Ultrasonography of GI Masses and Ultrasonography of the Thorax” and “Excluding the Heart.”
George Saperstein, the Amelia Peabody Professor of Agricultural Sciences at the Cummings School, delivered a talk titled “Developing Relationships with Our Immigrant Neighbors through Animal Health Outreach” at the annual meeting of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges on March 9 in Alexandria, Va.
Elaine Siew and Michelle Rollet, M.P.H. students at the School of Medicine, won the CUGH-Lancet Award for Best Poster in the category of Global Burden of Disease at the fourth annual meeting of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, held in Washington in mid-March. Their poster was titled “Prevalence of Malnutrition in Infants, Young Children and School-age Children in the Milot Region, Haiti.”
Claire Sharp, an assistant professor of clinical sciences at the Cummings School, was featured on National Public Radio on March 8 as a guest on WBUR’s “On Point” program, discussing the Iditarod dog sled race and the health of the dogs involved.
Jacob Selhub, director of the HNRCA’s Vitamin Metabolism Laboratory, has been named a fellow of the American Society for Nutrition, a leading professional organization for nutrition researchers and clinical nutritionists. Fellowships are bestowed on researchers in recognition of a distinguished career.
Elizabeth Shuey, G15, a doctoral candidate in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, has received a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-being, one of 15 nationally and one of two from Tufts. The fellowships are designed to develop a new generation of leaders interested in creating practice and policy initiatives that will enhance child development and improve the country’s ability to prevent all forms of child maltreatment. The fellowships are funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Shuey’s work focuses on promoting child and family well-being by bringing a developmental science perspective to bear on social policy issues. The goal of her dissertation is to extend existing research on immigrant families’ child-care constraints and preferences to include neighborhood features.
David Smythe, A13, was one of two Tufts seniors to receive medals in the 14th annual National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest sponsored by the American Council of Teachers of Russian. Smythe received a gold medal in level III of the non-heritage learner competition. Each year students from around the country write essays on an assigned topic under controlled conditions, without using a dictionary or obtaining other assistance. For this year’s contest, nearly 950 essays were submitted from 57 universities, colleges and other institutions across the nation; the essays were ranked by three independent judges in Russia.
Meghan Stanley was promoted to department manager in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at the Cummings School.
Allen Taylor, director of the HNRCA’s Nutrition & Vision Laboratory, has been named a fellow of the American Society for Nutrition, a leading professional organization for nutrition researchers and clinical nutritionists. Fellowships are bestowed on researchers in recognition of a distinguished career.
Wade Tenney has joined Tufts as a clinical assistant professor of large animal ultrasonography and will work to enhance the ultrasound service in the Hospital for Large Animals on Tufts’ Grafton campus. Tenney will also contribute to the third-year diagnostic ultrasonography course, develop a clinical year elective and conduct collaborative research. In addition to large animal ultrasound, Tenney has extensive experience with lameness diagnosis and treatment, equine reproduction and sport horse practice. Originally from New Hampshire, he received his D.V.M. from Colorado State University. He has worked as an associate veterinarian at Littleton Equine in Colorado, BW Furlong and Associates in New Jersey and most recently Steinbeck Equine Clinic in California. He completed an internship in large animal ultrasound at the University of California, Davis. Tenney is also the co-founder of the Northern California Association of Equine Veterinarians.
Darryl N. Williams has joined Tufts as associate dean for recruitment, retention and community engagement and director of the Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Diversity in the School of Engineering. Williams has a B.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Hampton University and the University of Maryland, College Park, respectively. He received a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institutes of Health to conduct research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on magnetic nanoparticle uptake in mammalian cells. He also served as executive director of iPRAXIS, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that seeks to support minority scientists to take ideas from bench to business. Since 2009, Williams has served as a National Science Foundation program officer, overseeing grants administration in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings for such programs as Discovery Research K-12, Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers, the National Robotics Initiative and Advanced Technological Education.
Timothy A. Wise, G05, research and policy director at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), participated in two conferences at Tufts in April. At the first, The Water: Systems, Science and Society Symposium, Wise spoke on a panel on “Water, Food and Conflicting Resource Demands.” At the second, Cultivating a New Food Economy: Putting People and Planet First, Wise spoke on a panel that addressed problems with the current food economy. He also wrote the Triple Crisis blog post “The Damaging Links Between Food, Fuel and Finance: A Growing Threat to Food Security,” which was featured in the April 18 edition of Bridges Weekly Trade News Digest. On April 6, Imagen Agropecuaria ran an article referencing the Action Aid report Biofueling Hunger, which is based on Wise’s working paper.
Stephanie Woods, V11, a current doctoral student in biomedical sciences at the Cummings School, presented two posters in February at the 11th Transgenic Technology Meeting in Guangzhou, China. The posters were titled “Laser-assisted In Vitro Fertilization Facilitates Fertilization of Vitrified-warmed C57BL/6 Mouse Oocytes with Fresh and Frozen Spermatozoa, Producing Live Offspring” and “Laser-assisted Zona Drilling Improves In Vitro Fertilization Using Fresh and Frozen Spermatozoa and Enables Efficient Recovery of Genetically Modified C57BL/6 Mouse Lines with Low Fertility.”
Emily Ziffer, A13, was one of two Tufts seniors to receive medals in this year’s 14th annual National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest, sponsored by the American Council of Teachers of Russian. Ziffer received a bronze in level III of the non-heritage learner competition. Each year students from around the country write essays on an assigned topic under controlled conditions, without using a dictionary or obtaining other assistance. For this year’s contest, nearly 950 essays were submitted from 57 universities, colleges and other institutions across the nation, and each essay was ranked by three independent judges in Russia.