People Notes

People Notes October 2016


(Part 1 was posted in the September 2016 People Notes.)

Michael Barsanti has joined the university as a professor of the practice at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts, where he is a member of the 3-D and performance department. In 2009, he received an SMFA Excellence in Teaching Award. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Minnesota and works in functional pottery as well as ceramic sculpture; his work has been exhibited in Vermont and Kansas City.

Silvia Bottinelli has joined the university as a lecturer at the SMFA at Tufts, where she is a member of the visual and critical studies department. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pisa in Italy. Her research focuses on art and domesticity in post-fascist Italy. Her most recent book, SeleArte: An Open Window to the World (Fondazione Ragghianti, 2010), analyzes the contributions of public intellectuals to art and art history in the building of a strong post-war Italian identity.

Magdalena Campos-Pons has joined the university as a professor of the practice at the SMFA at Tufts, where she teaches in the drawing and painting department. She received her M.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her artistic practice has included installation art, performative photography and cultural activism, and she has used these media to explore themes ranging from sexuality in Cuban mixed cultural heritage to the black body in contemporary narratives. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA and the Venice Biennale, as well as in Senegal, South Africa, the United Kingdom and China. A 20-year retrospective of her work, Everything Is Separated by Water: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, opened in Indianapolis in 2006 and traveled to the Bass Museum in Miami. Campos-Pons received the Rappaport Prize in 2007 and was a 2015 recipient of the SMFA’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Bonnie Donohue has joined the university as a professor of the practice at the SMFA at Tufts, where she is a senior lecturer in photography. She received her M.F.A. from SUNY Buffalo. Her work explores disruption, conflict, displacement and loss in the context of race, class, economy, politics and cultural erasure, and has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe and most recently Puerto Rico with her traveling exhibition Vieques: A Long Way Home. Donohue is a recipient of an American Film Institute Independent Filmmaker grant, as well as fellowships from the Artists Foundation, the Mass Council on the Arts and Humanities, and the New England Regional Film and Video Fellowships Program. Her current book project is about the history of the military in Puerto Rico.

Federico Esposito joined Tufts as an assistant professor in the Department of Economics. Most recently he was at Yale as a teaching fellow in international finance, macroeconomics and financial markets. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Yale, as well as an M.Phil. and an M.A. in economics from the same institution. Esposito also holds an M.S. and a B.S. in economics from the University of Naples. His research focuses on international trade and finance and examines the size of welfare gains that accrue from international trade. He has been awarded several fellowships and scholarships, including the Erasmus Scholarship at the University of Naples and the Marco Fanno Scholarship from the Unicredit Group. Esposito was a visiting researcher at the Bank of Portugal in summer 2015.

Jane Gillooly has joined the university as a professor of the practice at the SMFA at Tufts, where she teaches film and chairs the media arts department. She received her B.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is a nonfiction and narrative film-videomaker whose work is inspired and informed by a century of nonfiction filmmaking, silent and vintage cinema, and activism. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, the MFA, the Detroit Institute of Art and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. Her recent film, Suitcase of Love and Shame, premiered at the ICA in 2013, among other venues. Gillooly was a MacDowell Fellow and received a 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellowship, and numerous LEF Foundation Moving Image Fund Awards, Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowships and grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Charles Goss, who received an M.F.A. in 1976 through the joint degree program of Tufts and the SMFA, has joined the university as a professor of the practice at the SMFA at Tufts, where he is a member of the drawing and painting department. He received a B.F.A. from the University of Colorado. His work has been shown in recent solo exhibitions at the Bromfield Gallery in Boston; the Gear Gallery in Amsterdam; the Lecoq Gallery in Berlin; the Ruimte Gallery in Amsterdam; the Empathetic Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina; and the Fine Arts Studio in Richmond, Virginia. Goss founded the Art in Amsterdam residency program, where he has taught for 12 years.

Angelina Gualdoni has joined the university as a professor of the practice at the SMFA at Tufts, where she teaches in the drawing and painting department. She completed her M.F.A. at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She has created an extensive body of work about the failure of modernist architecture and its relationship to the contemporary landscape. Gualdoni has been in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the MacDowell Colony and the International Studio and Curatorial Program. Her work has been recognized by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts and Artadia. She’s had solo shows at the St. Louis Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York, Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago and Dogenhaus Galerie in Leipzig. Recent group shows include Constellations: Paintings from the MCA Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Painting the Glass House at the Aldrich Museum; and In Side Out at the Susan Inglett Gallery in New York.

Eulogio Guzman, a former fellow of the Center for the Humanities at Tufts, has joined the university as a senior lecturer in visual and critical studies at the SMFA at Tufts. He received his Ph.D. in art history from UCLA and an M.A. in Latin American studies. He specializes in the art, architecture and sociocultural history of Amerindian societies and Spanish colonial territories. Most recently, Guzman spoke at the Society for American Archaeology’s annual meeting and Harvard University’s Archaeology Seminar Series; he is a co-editor of Political Landscapes of Capital Cities (University of Colorado Press, 2016).

Michelle Holliday has joined Tufts as a lecturer in the Department of Education. She earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Portland State University and an M.P.H. from Drexel University. She has taught courses at Portland State, focusing on racial and ethnic diversity, class, gender, sexuality, and education inequality. She received the Cain Award from Portland State and an Excellence in Communication Award from Drexel. She co-authored the article “Sexual Orientation Data Collection Policy in the United States: Public Health Malpractice,” which was published in 2014 in the American Journal of Public Health.

James Intriligator has joined Tufts as a professor of the practice in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He earned a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from Harvard. After a postdoc in neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he left academia for five years and worked in venture capital and high-tech consulting firms as an offerings designer and innovation catalyst. In 2003, he merged his business experience with his scientific expertise and went to Bangor University in Wales as a pioneer in the field of consumer psychology. In his 13 years at Bangor, Intriligator created Europe’s leading consumer psychology master’s degree programs and co-developed several multidisciplinary design programs. Intriligator has written nearly 50 peer-reviewed articles in high-profile scientific journals, and his published works have been cited more than 3,000 times. He was named a National Teaching Fellow, the U.K.’s highest teaching honor.

Melinda Latour has joined Tufts as the Rumsey Family Assistant Professor in the Humanities and the Arts in the Department of Music. She received a Ph.D. in musicology from UCLA, and she holds an M.A. in ethnomusicology from the University of California, Riverside. Latour is a scholar of Renaissance music, with a special interest in its links to religion, jurisprudence and ethics in early modern France and Geneva. She also has written on tone and timbre in popular music, Chicano/Chicana popular music, and colonial musical encounters in Mexico City in the 16th century. She is a recipient of the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship and the Lynn and Maude White Fellowship in Renaissance Studies. She has forthcoming publications in The Cambridge History of Sixteenth-Century Music and the Revue de musicologie. She is co-editor of The Relentless Pursuit of Tone: Timbre in Popular Music (under contract with Oxford University Press).

Monica Wong Link has joined Tufts as a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. She received a Ph.D. from Boston University in 2011, where she was a part-time lecturer in philosophy. Wong Link explores how factors beyond a person’s control can affect moral and legal judgments. She has been involved in the Tufts chapter of Ethics Bowl, which gives undergraduates an opportunity to debate contemporary ethical issues.  

Zarin Machanda has joined Tufts as an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She received a Ph.D. in human evolutionary biology from Harvard, where she had been a lecturer since 2010. A primatologist with a focus on the interactions of physiology, gender, ecology and social development, work in the Journal of Human Evolution, Animal Behaviour, the International Journal of Primatology and the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. She is the co-director of the Kibale Chimpanzee Project in Uganda. Machanda was awarded the 2012 Star Family Prize for excellence in advising and is a nine-time recipient of the Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center at Harvard, where she was a teaching consultant.

Graham McDougal has joined the university as a professor of the practice at the SMFA at Tufts in the print and graphic arts department. He received his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University and has taught at Oberlin College and Cornell University. His work explores text and graphic representation through media such as prints, photographs, paintings and multiples. His art has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Sydney, Krakow and London. He has received grants from the Scottish International Education Trust, the Cornell Council for the Arts, Oberlin College and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Alecia McGregor has joined Tufts as an assistant professor in the Department of Community Health. She had been at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, where she was a postdoctoral research associate in the Global Health and Health Policy Program. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard in 2014, where she was a research fellow on the African-American Lives Polling Project, a resident tutor at Quincy House and a leader of the W.E.B. DuBois Graduate Student Society. Her interests include domestic and international health-care politics, health disparities and social inequalities, and the roles of religion, race and politics in health care in the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. McGregor’s research has explored such topics as the role of politics in Brazilian substance abuse policies, the impact of religion on attitudes toward the Affordable Care Act, and how hospital closings have affected the ability of African-Americans in Trenton, New Jersey, to get health care.

Kevin Oye, E79, has joined Tufts as professor of the practice at the Gordon Institute of the School of Engineering. He holds two degrees in electrical engineering, a B.S. from Tufts and an M.S. from Stanford. As a board member, company officer, executive and engineer, Oye has led initiatives in which new products and technologies drove industry transformations in both startups and large corporations. He was the vice president of systems and technology at Sycamore Networks Inc. and vice president for strategy and business development at Lucent Technologies. He started his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories, where he held engineering and management positions in digital communications systems. Oye is on the Leadership Board of the nonprofit EforAll business accelerator. Before joining the faculty, he served on the board of advisors to the School of Engineering and is currently a member of the school’s Curriculum Task Force.

Michael Powers has a new role at Tufts as a lecturer in international literacy and cultural studies; he started working here as a part-time lecturer in German in 2015. He received a Ph.D. from Brown University, where he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, a DAAD research grant in Berlin and a Fulbright English teaching assistant fellowship. His work focuses on Walter Benjamin and the Frankfurt School, modern German literature and culture, literary and critical theory, the history and theory of photography, and German cinema. He has published in the German Quarterly and the German Studies Review.

Kendra Bell Reddington has a new role at Tufts as a lecturer in the Department of Drama and Dance, where she has worked as the costume shop manager since 2013. She received an M.F.A. in costume design from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. In addition to teaching at Stonehill College, Millikin University (Illinois) and Northwestern, Bell has designed costumes for the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Company, Glimmerglass Opera, Boston Ballet, North Shore Music Theater and the Boston Early Music Festival. Her accolades include the New York Musical Theater Festival’s Award for Excellence in Design, Boston’s Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design and the American College Theater Festival’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Execution.

Andreola Rossi has joined Tufts as a lecturer in the Department of Classics, where she has been a part-time lecturer since 2013. An expert in the fields of the Greek and Roman epic, Greek and Roman historiography, and the history and culture of the Augustan period, she received a Ph.D. from Harvard. Rossi has also taught courses in Latin and classics at Houston University, Amherst College, Harvard University and Princeton University. She is the author of the forthcoming Virgil, Aeneid 10: A Commentary (Focus Publishing), and has written articles and reviews for Oxford University Press, Blackwell Publishing and the University of Michigan Press. Her awards include the Loeb Classical Fund, the Hoopes Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the Derek Bok Center Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from Harvard.

Peter Scott has joined the university as a professor of the practice at the SMFA at Tufts in the print and graphic arts department. He received an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work encompasses drawing, print, photography and digital media. He has taught at Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg and the Durban Institute of Technology, and held residencies at the Franz Masereel Centrum in Belgium and the Johannesburg Biennale. He was the 2008 recipient of the Vermont Studio Center Artist’s Fellowship and Faculty Enrichment Grant. His current work is focused on highway vistas as well as commercial architecture and landscapes of urban fringe settings. He has exhibited at Gallery NAGA in Boston, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, the Boston Public Library and the Boston Athenaeum.

Alexandra Chreiteh Shraytekh has joined Tufts as the Mellon Assistant Professor of International Literacy and Cultural Studies. She received a Ph.D. in in comparative literature from Yale, where she also earned an M.Phil. and an M.A. She has studied at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen in Germany; she received her B.A. in English literature from the Lebanese American University in Beirut. Shraytekh’s work explores how techniques of magical realism are employed in film and literature in Israel and Arab countries. Her third novel, Globalistan, was published in Arabic earlier this year. Her two previous novels, Ali and His Russian Mother and Always Coca-Cola, have been translated into English.

Jeannie Simms has joined the university as a professor of the practice at the SMFA at Tufts, where she is chair of the photography department. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of California at Irvine. She has shown her work at the International Film Festival Rotterdam; Courtisane Video and New Media Festival in Belgium; the ICA in London; the ARS Electronica Center in Linz, Austria; Kunstbuero in Vienna; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; the Alternative Film Center in Belgrade; Los Angeles County Exhibitions; the MIX festival in New York; the Eighth Biennial; and the 4D project in Havana, as well as at a solo show at the OHT Gallery in Boston.

Jennifer Schmidt has joined the university as a professor of the practice at the SMFA at Tufts, where she teaches screen printing and chairs the print and graphic arts department. She received an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a multimedia artist who works with print media, graphic design and sound to create site-specific installations, video and performances that question the role of visual iconography and repetitive actions within a given environment. Her exhibitions and screenings have taken place at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space in New York; the Islip Art Museum in New York; Sonic Fragments at Princeton University; the International Print Center in New York; Volume Gallery in New York; the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena, California; the International Film Festival in Oberhausen, Germany; and the Boston Center for the Arts. Recent artist residencies include the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Residency on Governor’s Island, Gowanus Studio Space Printmaking Residency in New York and a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Puffin Foundation.

Laney Strange has joined Tufts as a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science. She earned a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College. She comes to Tufts from Rhodes College in Memphis, where she was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. While there, she supported women and other underrepresented groups in STEM fields. She led the Memphis chapter of 100 Girls of Code, and developed curriculum for the Code Crew program, which introduced core computer science concepts to underserved Memphis youth. Strange’s research interests are in parallel and distributed computing, out-of-core algorithms, data mining and search. She has worked in industry as a research engineer for the data-mining startup H5 Technologies, as a senior software engineer on the search team at, and as a product director for TechSoup Global, an international nonprofit. She has been the editor and working group chair for the IEEE Standards Association and was the Memphis regional organizer of the National Council on Women and Information Technology.  

Miki Yagi has joined Tufts as lecturer in international literacy and cultural studies. She received an M.S. in Japanese studies from Ohio State University and a B.A. in English from Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka. For the past three years, Yagi has been a preceptor in Japanese at Harvard and has received two awards for teaching excellence. She has taught at Harvard Extension School, Williams College, Gettysburg College, the Japan Center for Michigan Universities and the Kanazawa Institute of Technology.




Dan Bell is the new Protestant chaplain in the University Chaplaincy. A candidate for ordination in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, Bell comes to Tufts from Massachusetts General Hospital, where he completed a pastoral residency. He also has several years of young adult ministry and community organizing experience in the Life Together program and at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Lynn, Massachusetts. Bell earned an M.A. in religion summa cum laude in 2010 from Yale Divinity School, where he also earned a Master of Divinity degree in 2013. He received a diploma in Anglican studies from Berkeley Divinity School, the Episcopal seminary at Yale.

Martyn Green has been appointed an associate professor and postgraduate program director in periodontology at the School of Dental Medicine. Green comes to Tufts from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, where he was an associate professor and graduate program director of the periodontology program.

Anna Miller has joined the University Relations division as a staff photographer, working with colleagues in Communications and Marketing. She had been a staff photographer and publicist at the Perkins School for the Blind since 2011. Miller also produces short documentary films; a video that explored the inspirational stories of members of the Perkins Boston Marathon team was recognized by Ragan Communications as the Best Video of 2014. She has a B.A. in psychology, with a minor in studio art, from Smith College.

Maureen Murray, V03, has been appointed assistant director of the Wildlife Clinic at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. A member of the clinic team for 13 years, Murray has served as a research assistant/instructor and a staff veterinarian/clinical assistant professor. She served on the school’s Animal Welfare Committee, Faculty Council and Curriculum Committee, and worked closely with wildlife rehabilitators in Massachusetts to revise the state licensing examination. Her major research interest is monitoring birds of prey for exposure to rodenticides. Because of her expertise in this area, she was appointed to the EPA’s scientific advisory panel investigating restrictions on the sale and use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides.

Dave Nuscher has returned to Tufts in the new role of senior communications advisor in the Communications and Marketing Department of University Relations. Nuscher, who most recently was chief communications officer at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, was previously Tufts’ senior director of strategic marketing in University Advancement. He has extensive experience in higher education, having also worked at Boston College and Harvard.

Rocio Saavedra, a clinical instructor in pediatric dentistry, was appointed interim director of the predoctoral program in pediatric dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine.

Priya Sraman has joined Tufts as the Buddhist-in-residence in the University Chaplaincy. Sraman, a Buddhist monk from Bangladesh, is a third-year Master of Divinity student at Harvard Divinity School. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Buddhist studies. At Tufts, he will lead mindfulness meditation sessions and dharma discussions twice a week and participate in interfaith activities.

Naciye Guzin Uzel has been appointed an assistant professor and assistant predoctoral program director in periodontology at the School of Dental Medicine. Uzel was previously a faculty member in periodontology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. 


Federico Ausenda, DG16, was selected as a finalist by the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation for its 2016 Dr. and Mrs. Gerald M. Kramer Scholar Award for Excellence. The $10,000 award is given to periodontal students who have demonstrated excellence in character and academic achievement.

Diana Bianchi, the Natalie V. Zucker Professor of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, has been named director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, part of the National Institutes of Health.

Jonathan Epstein, V02, MPH02, a clinical assistant professor of public health and community medicine at the School of Medicine and an adjunct assistant professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, was noted for his work on the Nipah virus in Bangladesh in the PBS documentary Spillover: Zika, Ebola, and Beyond.

Signe Flieger, an assistant professor of public health and community medicine at the School of Medicine, is the first to hold a faculty development professorship funded by a gift from Tufts Health Plan. The Tufts Health Plan Professorship in Health Care Policy Research supports a faculty member at the assistant professor level whose expertise is in health-care policy research. Flieger’s research is focused on the health-care delivery system and payment reform, state health policy, and organizational change in health-care delivery as a means to improve population health.

Kelly Sims Gallagher, F00, F03, an associate professor at the Fletcher School, and her team have won a Minerva Award for their study “Rising Power Alliances and the Threat of a Parallel Global Order: Understanding BRICS Mobilization.” The three-year project will develop a multidisciplinary framework to address the changing definitions and composition of global alliances and coalitions. The Minerva Initiative is a Department of Defense-sponsored, university-based social science research initiative focusing on areas of strategic importance to U.S. national security policy.

Kenneth A. Getz, a research associate professor and director of sponsored research at the Center for the Study of Drug Development at Tufts, has been named to the WCG Foundation board of directors. The WCG Foundation raises funds to expand access to experimental treatments, advance education and training in research ethics, and provide scholarships for research professionals from resource-poor countries to study research ethics and management.

Laurie Hurley, director of admissions and financial aid at the Fletcher School for 17 years, has been promoted to associate dean for admissions and financial aid.

Robert Johnson, D18, and Pasquale Eckert, D17, presented one of the five best scientific posters at the annual meeting of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in Las Vegas.

John Leong, professor and chair of molecular biology and microbiology at the School of Medicine, has been named the inaugural Edith Rieva and Hyman S. Trilling Professor. The endowed professorship, a gift from Hyman Trilling, A28, J57P, A62P, G67P, supports an outstanding scholar and educator whose research is related to aging or geriatrics.

Ken Malament, a clinical professor of prosthodontics at the School of Dental Medicine, has received several awards for exceptional contributions to his profession. The Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics presented him with the Distinguished Lecturer Award for his contributions as an educator, the European Academy of Esthetic Dentistry invited him to give the 2016 John McLean Honorary Lecture, and he was named Educator of the Year by the American College of Prosthodontists.

Charles Millstein, an assistant clinical professor of endodontics at the School of Dental Medicine, has received the Humanitarian Mission Award from the Hispanic International Mission.

William R. Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) and professor emeritus of international environmental policy at the Fletcher School, was lauded for his trailblazing research in global climate change and his influential teaching career at an event at Tufts on Sept. 12. The event also highlighted the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP), which Moomaw founded in 1992 to advance international environment and resource policy as a field of study at Fletcher. The celebration concluded with a presentation by Avery Cohn, the inaugural recipient of the William R. Moomaw Professorship of International Environment and Resource Policy, about his research examining how policies can promote sustainable global land use and the natural resiliency of tropical forests.

Yumi Ogata, DG11, D15, an assistant professor of periodontology at the School of Dental Medicine, has been selected by the American Academy of Periodontology Foundation as a 2016 Nevins Teaching and Clinical Research Fellow and the recipient of the Nevins BioHorizons Fellowship Award. The $20,000 fellowship is awarded to full-time periodontal educators who are early in their careers. Ogata received the award during the AAP annual meeting in San Diego in September.

Hannah Steinberg, A17, has been honored by the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation for her work on fighting hunger “one coupon at a time.” Steinberg founded the nonprofit hunger relief organization Our Coupons Care, which recruits volunteers to collect and clip coupons to purchase food and nonperishable items for homeless shelters. To date it has helped more than 1,800 people, raised more than $26,500 and purchased more than $136,000 in goods to help families who have fallen on hard times. Steinberg received a $5,000 Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship for her education and a $5,000 grant in her name to Our Coupons Care.

David R. Walt, University Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, is the recipient of the 2017 Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success, one of the national awards sponsored by the American Chemical Society. He has received a number of national and international awards for his fundamental and applied work in optical sensors and arrays.


Sawkat Anwer, A02P, E04P, V08P, professor and associate dean at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, led a discussion on “How to Increase Veterinary Research Workforce Diversity” among training grant directors at the Colloquium of Veterinary Research Training in July in conjunction with the Merial-NIH Symposium. Cheryl London, a research professor in clinical sciences, was a featured speaker at the symposium, where she gave a presentation on “Leveraging Comparative Oncology to Maximize Translational Outcomes.”

Doug Brugge, a professor of public health and community medicine at the School of Medicine, has received a $2.26 million, five-year grant from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences to fund the next phase of his work for the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health (CAFEH), a series of community-based participatory research projects that address pollution from highways.

Jeronim Capaldo, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), released a comment on the Congressional Research Service report “Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Analysis of Economic Studies” and edited a new GDAE working paper on the Canadian-EU trade agreement. On Sept. 6, he spoke about TTIP and CETA at the first event of the new Progressive Caucus of the European Parliament (watch a recording).

Lauro Cavazos, a professor of public health and community medicine at the School of Medicine, where he was a former dean, has written the book Kineno’s Journey: On Family, Learning and Public Service (Grover E. Murray Studies in the American Southwest), described as “a portrait of a life devoted to the principles of education.” Cavazos was the first Hispanic president of Texas Tech University, his alma mater, and served as secretary of education in Ronald Reagan’s administration.

Jonathan Garlick, professor and director of the Division of Cancer Biology and Tissue Engineering at the School of Dental Medicine, published a paper on civic science, “Where Civics Meets Science: Building Science for the Public Good Through Civic Science,” in the journal Oral Diseases; he co-authored it with Peter Levine, associate dean of research at Tisch College. Garlick also gave a lecture in July at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on “Ethical Considerations of Stem Cell Research: From Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells to Gene Editing.” His audience was students and professionals attending the International Bioethics Summer School. In August, he gave a similar online lecture at the Price of Health conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Justin Hollander, A96, an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, was interviewed on a nationally syndicated radio show about the “smart decline” of Youngstown, Ohio, once the thriving center of the steel industry. (Listen to the interview on To the Best of Our Knowledge.) On the same theme, he is also quoted in Wyoming’s Casper Star Tribune in the article “As Wyoming’s Economy Slows, City Planners Consider Future Development.”

Tufts and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine research were well-represented in July at the International Society for Anthrozoology’s conference in Barcelona; the theme was “Exploring Human-Animal Interactions: A Multidisciplinary Approach from Behavioral and Social Sciences.” Megan Mueller, A08, G10, G13, the Elizabeth Arnold Steven Junior Professor, gave presentations that referenced research done with faculty Megan Barrett, a graduate student in occupational therapy; Danielle Buczek, director of special programs in student services at Cummings; Caroline Cohn, a graduate student in occupational therapy; Elizabeth Byrnes, head of the section of neuroscience and reproductive biology at Cummings; Nicholas Frank, professor and chair of clinical sciences; Lisa Freeman, J86, V91, N96, head of the Cummings nutrition service; Rose Anne Lajara, a graduate student in occupational therapy; Cynthia Leveille-Webster, professor and associate chair of clinical sciences; Deborah Linder, V09, co-associate director of the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction; Jaye McLaren, a graduate student in occupational therapy; Mary Rose Paradis, professor of clinical sciences emeritus; Jennifer Schmitt, an occupational therapy graduate student; and Carolyn Sween, V19.

Hugh Roberts, the Edward Keller Professor of North African and Middle Eastern History, toured Algeria in August to speak about his book Algérie-Kabylie (Éditions Barzakh, 2014). Algerian press coverage included an interview with Huffington Post Maghreb.

Alan Rockoff, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the School of Medicine, has published Act Like a Doctor, Think Like a Patient: Teaching Patient-Focused Medicine (Medical Education Press). The book includes excerpts from conversations he has had with Tufts medical students for 35 years.

June Sekera, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), oversaw the production of the report “Online Information Sources: Government Expenditures” [PDF], which was compiled by Daniel Agostino, managing editor of the Public Goods Post

Mieke van der Wansem, F90, associate director of educational programs at the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) at the Fletcher School, led a one-day training workshop on “Reaching Sustainable Solutions Through Effective Negotiation” in partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Sustainability Challenge Foundation at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Oahu, Hawaii. The goal was to help conservation professionals achieve nature conservation goals through effective stakeholder engagement and negotiation with other sectors and neighboring communities.

Timothy A. Wise, G05, director of research and policy at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), submitted testimony [PDF] to a hearing convened by the Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission on Sept. 15 about an assessment report that mischaracterized GDAE’s TPP study, promoting the mainstream modeling studies the GDAE study critiqued.


Sean Callahan, A82, F88, has been appointed president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services (CRS). He has been at CRS for 28 years, most recently as chief operating officer, after serving as executive vice president for overseas operations. At CRS, Callahan has headed the Nicaragua program and East India office, was director of human resources, and, from 1998 to 2004, regional director for South Asia. He comes back to CRS after serving as president of Caritas North America. He also serves on the board of trustees for Catholic Charities USA and has served on the executive committee and representative council of Caritas Internationalis.

Cassandra Klos, SMFA14, media stockroom manager at the SMFA at Tufts, had photographs published in Time magazine on Sept. 26 as part of an article on the Mars simulation in Hawaii, “My Day on Mars,” by Jeffrey Kluger.

Jasmine Lee, A14, was the assistant artist for Wen-ti Tsen’s interactive public art exhibitionHome Town: RePresenting Boston’s Chinatown as a Place of People—Then and Now.” The September exhibition featured life-size cutout figures based on historical photographs of local residents who represented the Chinese in Boston as professors, merchants, wives, mothers, shopkeepers and workers.