People Notes

People Notes May 2015

Sherifatu Abu, M18, has been selected to receive a 2015 AMA Foundation Minority Scholars Award. It rewards personal commitment to improving minority health and scholastic achievement in the form of tuition assistance to groups defined as historically underrepresented in the medical profession.

Jeffrey Ashe, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), participated in an April 10 webinar on “Savings Groups: A Catalytic Innovation.” His book In Their Own Hands: How Savings Groups Are Revolutionizing Development was recently reviewed in Enterprise Development and Microfinance.

Jeronim Capaldo, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), participated in a sold-out debate on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in Amsterdam on April 17. The event focused on questions such as, what are the consequences for the Netherlands, and what are the consequences for European workers and the environment? Watch the recording of Capaldo’s talk. The debate on TTIP and Capaldo’s work continues in the European media. See, for example, a letter co-authored [PDF] by economists Robert Went and Koen Berden and a front-page mention in NRC Handelsblad [PDF] and the Irish Examiner. Another Dutch writer offered the following commentary: “Capaldo has done democracy a big favor demonstrating that different econometric models produce different future worlds.”

Douglas J. Cassidy, M15, has been named a Massachusetts Medical Society Scholar for 2015, one of four students from Tufts School of Medicine this year, and will receive a $10,000 grant.

Jennifer Durham, a former postdoctoral researcher in Tufts School of Medicine Professor Ira Herman’s lab, was awarded the American Journal of Physiology-Cell 2014 Paper of the Year Award for her paper titled “Pericyte contractility controls endothelial cell cycle progression and sprouting: insights into angiogenic switch mechanics.” The award recognizes a graduate student or early-stage postdoctoral researcher who is sole first author on an outstanding paper published in American Journal of Physiology-Cell.

David Emerson, G15, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Mathematics, received the Bavarian Graduate School of Computational Engineering (BGCE) Student Paper Prize, which recognizes excellence in computer science and engineering. Emerson received the prize recently at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics’ computational science and engineering meeting. As part of the award, he has been invited to spend a week in Bavaria, with all expenses covered, and connect with members of the BGCE’s educational and research program, which is among the most advanced programs of its kind in Europe.

Emily Frank, M15, has been named a Massachusetts Medical Society Scholar for 2015, one of four students from Tufts School of Medicine this year, and will receive a $10,000 grant.

Nina Gerassi-Navarro, an associate professor in the Department of Romance Languages, has been awarded a 2014-15 Santander Visiting Scholar Fellowship at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University for the spring semester of 2015. She is completing her book manuscript Travels Beyond a Divided Landscape: Women, Science and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Americas.

Halley Goldman recently joined Tufts as registrar assistant at the Fletcher School. She is a 2013 graduate of Colgate University, with a B.A. degree in environmental geology. Most recently she was working at Transamerica Retirement Solutions in Natick, Massachusetts, as a data analyst intern. Prior to that, she worked at Citizens Disability in Waltham as a finance administrator.

Jennifer Graham, an assistant professor of clinical sciences at Cummings School, was keynote speaker for the Oxbow Small Mammal Conference in Boca Raton, Florida, on March 7.

Xiao Han, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology, received the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Students Abroad. This award is a scholarship through the China Scholarship Council that honors overseas Chinese students for their academic achievements.

Tessa Henry, A10, recently received a 2015 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship. The fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. The Rangel Fellowship will allow her to pursue a master’s degree in public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. As part of the Rangel Program, Henry will work for a member of Congress on foreign affairs issues this summer. In the summer of 2016, the U.S. Department of State will send her overseas to work in a U.S. embassy to get hands-on experience with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Foreign Service. For the past three years, Henry was program officer for the Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program, leading this new effort to promote excellence and diversity in the U.S. Agency for International Development. She has studied abroad in Spain, traveled throughout Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and South America and volunteered in Ecuador, Spain and Argentina.

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg has been named the new director of Tisch College’s Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). Kawashima-Ginsberg has been deputy director of CIRCLE since 2013 and a senior researcher with the team since 2008. She succeeds Peter Levine, who will remain active with CIRCLE while overseeing all of Tisch College’s research in his role as associate dean. Kawashima-Ginsberg brings extensive experience overseeing CIRCLE’s core research projects and producing resources, scholarly works and reports for practitioners and researchers alike. Among her research projects at CIRCLE, Kawashima-Ginsberg has led studies on the leadership and political development of women and girls, the social class divide in the extracurricular experiences of youth and the diversity of millennials.

Shawn E. Klein, A95, published Steve Jobs and Philosophy: For Those Who Think Different. The latest volume in Open Court’s Pop Culture and Philosophy series, the book offers an examination of Steve Jobs’ life and work and their impact on our culture and the way we live.

Liz Killion, a graduate student in biochemical and molecular nutrition at the Friedman School, received the American Society of Nutrition’s Student Interest Group Award at Experimental Biology 2015.

David Lee-Parritz, a clinical professor and chair of the Department of Environmental and Population Health at Cummings School, presented at two workshops at the 2015 Institutional Animal Care and Use Conference in Boston on March 19. The workshop titles were “Social Housing for Species Other than Mice and Monkeys” and “Issues Confronting Institutions and IACUCs Using and Conducting Clinical Trials in Privately Owned Animals.”

Emily S. Mohn, a graduate student in biochemical and molecular nutrition at the Friedman School, won the Carotenoids and Retinoids Integrative Group (CARIG) student/postdoc poster competition at Experimental Biology 2015.

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), testified before the EPA Science Advisory Board’s Biogenic Carbon Emissions Panel on March 25. The panel is preparing to advise the EPA on how to account for carbon dioxide emissions that come from burning plant material. Some of his comments were quoted in an article in E&E. Finally, Moomaw co-chaired the Warming Arctic Conference on April 13-14 at the Fletcher School.

Megan Mueller, a research assistant professor at Cummings School, presented research involving companion animals in military families at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development March 19-21 in Philadelphia.

Adam C. Normandin, M15, has been named a Massachusetts Medical Society Scholar for 2015, one of four from Tufts School of Medicine this year, and will receive a $10,000 grant.

Oscar Padilla, M16, was recently named a 2015 Medical Research Fellow by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and will conduct research at the California Institute of Technology. HHMI selected 68 top medical and veterinary students from 37 different schools in the United States to conduct full-time biomedical research in its Medical Research Fellows Program. The $2.8 million annual initiative is designed to develop the next generation of physician-scientists by giving the students a full year of mentored research training with some of the nation’s top biomedical scientists.

Shaun Paul, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was invited to the White House for an April 8 event on “Creating Opportunities for Native Youth,” which featured remarks by Michelle Obama and was designed to build on the President’s launch of Generation Indigenous. Paul shared his work on assessing impact investments and participated in a small working session on Native American economic development. Read complete coverage of the event here. On March 20, he gave a presentation on metrics for impact investing at a Pipeline Fellowship event, and on April 11, Paul was part of a panel discussion at the Harvard Kennedy School Conference on International Development on impact investing.

Taraneh Pettinato has been promoted to assistant director of public relations at the Fletcher School. Since joining Fletcher’s communications team a little more than three years ago, she has helped to organize many successful press events and briefings here and abroad on behalf of Fletcher faculty, administrators and special visitors.

Kamran Rastegar, an associate professor in the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literatures, recently published his second research monograph, Surviving Images: War Cinema, and Cultural Memory in the Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2015). It explores the prominent role of cinema in the development of cultural memory around war and conflict in colonial and postcolonial contexts in the Middle East, and illustrates cinema’s productive role in contributing to the changing dynamics of cultural memory of war and social conflict in the modern world.

Jennine Sawwan, A15, recently was selected for a 2015 fellowship by Humanity in Action. She was one of 43 fellows chosen out of 688 applicants from more than 255 universities and colleges across the United States. Sawwan will join fellows from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine to participate in the Humanity in Action Fellowship in Europe from May 25 to June 28. The Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore past and present examples of resistance to intolerance, with a goal of encouraging future leaders to be engaged citizens and responsible decision-makers.

W. George Scarlett, senior lecturer and deputy chair of the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development and Human Study in the School of Arts and Sciences, is editor of the recently published The SAGE Encyclopedia of Classroom Management. The two-volume set, which was three years in the making, consists of about 320 entries covering virtually every topic relevant to classroom management.

Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, professor of history and Prince of Asturias Chair in Spanish Culture and Civilization, was recently interviewed on the Spanish radio show Hablemos de Historia about his book The Conquest of History. The conversation focused on the legacies of empire in Spain and its final colonies, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. The podcast is available here.

Judith Scott, a graduate student in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, received a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being, one of 15 recipients of this fellowship given to students who show promise in becoming leaders in the field of child maltreatment prevention and promotion of well-being. Scott will work on her dissertation “Raising a Hand Against Young African-American Children: The Effects on Mental Health Trajectories and Consideration of Moderating Cultural Factors,” which will use longitudinal studies among African-American families to better understand the cultural context of physical discipline and its impact on mental health trajectories in comparison to child maltreatment.

Laurence Senelick, the Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory in the Department of Drama and Dance in the School of Arts and Sciences, has been invited to be a visiting fellow in June at the Center for Advanced Studies at Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, where he will lecture and offer a seminar. He has just published his translation of Euripides’ play Crazed Women (The Bakkhai), which was first performed at the Balch Arena Theatre in 2001. The Balch recently housed his production of Mark Twain’s Is He Dead? His latest articles have appeared in Ibsen StudiesThe Jacques Offenbach Society Newsletter and Gay & Lesbian Review International.

Mingquan Wang, a senior lecturer and coordinator of the Chinese program in the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literatures, was elected president of the New England Chinese Language Teachers Association for 2015 and 2016. Wang served as NECLTA’s vice president and executive director from 2012 to 2014.

Chris Whittier, a research assistant professor in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at Cummings School, presented on “Wild Ape Health Monitoring and Management” at the World Wildlife Fund Green Heart of Africa Regional Health Monitoring Workshop in Limbe, Cameroon, in early March.

Audra Williams, M15, has been named a Massachusetts Medical Society Scholar for 2015, one of four students from Tufts School of Medicine this year, and will receive a $10,000 grant.

Timothy A. Wise, G05, director of research and policy at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), participated in an April 27 Aspen Institute roundtable “salon” on genetically modified foods and labeling.

Laura Wood, director of Tisch Library, recently received a grant funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for nearly $50,000 for a project to develop work plans for shared infrastructure within which universities can support their students with disabilities. Disability accommodations frequently include altering course content to make it accessible. Repository services are needed to enable schools to deposit their own accessible digital files, use files from other institutions and reduce the number of searches required for content discovery. Using focus groups, working groups, a stakeholder colloquy and an advisory board for guidance, the project will result in a white paper summarizing findings, a work plan for creating repository services and a paper to submit for publication. The intention is to create specifications and a business model that will complement existing platforms and services.