Frank Ackerman, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), wrote a blog titled “Your iPhone Causes China’s Pollution” in the Huffington Post. In it, Ackerman argues that Europe and the United States, by outsourcing production of consumer goods to China, have also outsourced pollution and carbon emissions.
Oliver Chen, a scientist in the Antioxidants Research Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts, gave five international talks over the past few months, including “Controversies in Total Antioxidant Capacity Assays” at the Department of Nutritional Science and Food Management at Ewha Womans University in Seoul in November.
Pawan Dhingra, professor and chair of sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences, was co-curator, prior to coming to Tufts in June 2012, of the recently opened exhibition Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
Julie Ellis, a research assistant professor of environmental and population health and executive director of the Seabird Ecological Assessment (SEANET) program at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, gave a presentation on “Plasmid-mediated Quinolone Resistance Genes in Enterobacteriaceae Bacteria from American Crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos): High Prevalence of Bacteria with Variable qnrB Genes” at the Conference of Research Workers in Animal Disease in Chicago in December.
Lisa Freeman, J86, V91, N96, head of the nutrition service at the Cummings School, attended the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Fla., in January and lectured on “Getting Started in Pet Therapy,” “Assessment of Quality of Life in Heart Failure” and “Mythbusters: Answering Owners’ Common Questions about Pet Food.”
Neva Goodwin, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was quoted in a Feb. 1 Washington Post article, “Pressure Is on Kerry as Keystone Pipeline Decision Nears,” about her efforts to oppose the pipeline. The quote was reprinted in a number of other publications, including the Minnesota Post.
Sherwood Gorbach, professor of public health and community medicine, received the School of Medicine’s Zucker Family Prize, given to a faculty member for outstanding research. Gorbach was recognized for his contributions to our understanding of the way gut microflora affect human health, work that has led to a more complete understanding of basic mechanisms and better strategies to treat diseases caused by infections in the gut. (See a Tufts Now story about Gorbach: “The Healer in the Lab.”)
Mary Jane Hanlon, D97, has been appointed assistant dean of predoctoral clinic administration and an assistant professor in the Department of Diagnosis and Health Promotion at the School of Dental Medicine. The new deanship was created in the wake of the departure of James Hanley, D75A, DG79, associate dean of clinical affairs, who has been appointed dean of the College of Dental Medicine at the University of New England. Hanlon’s new role, which she will assume on April 1, has been designed to support the school’s new strategic plan, 2020 Vision!, and its preparation for reaccreditation in 2015, said Dean Huw Thomas. “A key priority of this role will be to modify clinic operations, enhance efficiencies and grow the patient population while maintaining the highest level of patient care,” he said. Hanlon has spent 25 years in dental medicine and holds an MBA from Suffolk University. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Massachusetts Dental Society’s Middlesex District.
Ekaterina Heldwein, associate professor of molecular biology and microbiology in the School of Medicine, received the school’s Milton O. and Natalie V. Zucker Prize, given to a woman scientist for outstanding research. Heldwein was recognized for her contributions to our understanding of the way herpes viruses enter and infect cells. Her pioneering studies have revealed new molecular mechanisms through which new therapeutic approaches could emerge.
Justin Hollander, an associate professor of urban and environmental policy and planning in the School of Arts and Sciences, had his book Principles of Brownfield Regeneration: Cleanup, Design, and Reuse of Derelict Land (with co-authors Niall Kirkwood and Julia Gold, G09) published in February by the China Architecture & Building Press Inc. in Beijing. The Daega Press in Seoul earlier published a Korean translation by Sim Woo-kyung of Korea University. The book was originally published in 2010 in North America by Island Press in Washington, D.C. Hollander was also an invited speaker at Schaeffer Family Seminar Series at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester on Feb. 4, when he spoke about “Urban Absorption in a Shrinking City: A Close Examination of Land Use and Environmental Change.”
Basil Ince, A59, a retired professor of international relations who taught in the West Indies and the U.S., recently received the first University of the West Indies award for academic writing in sport for his books Olympian: Trinidad and Tobago in Olympic Sports (UTT Press, 2011) and Black Meteors: The Caribbean in International Track and Field (Ian Randall Publishing, 2012). The former had placed third in a Caribbean-wide competition among nonfiction writing in 2012. Ince competed in track and field at Tufts and received the 1959 Clarence “Pop” Houston trophy as the college’s top male athlete. He represented Trindad in the 1959 Pan American Games, winning gold in the 1,600-meter relay and silver in the 400 meter. He missed the 1960 Olympics because of illness, but managed the Trinidad track team for the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. In 1981, he was appointed Trinidad’s foreign minister and later served as ambassador to England.
Peter Kelly-Joseph, environmental manager for Tufts Environmental Health and Safety, was elected president of the Campus Consortium for Environmental Excellence, a nonprofit that supports the continuous improvement of environmental management in higher education through professional networking, information exchange, the development of professional resources and tools and the development of innovative regulatory models.
Michael Kowaleski, an associate professor of clinical sciences at the Cummings School, was an invited speaker and lab instructor at the North American Veterinary Conference in Orlando, Fla., in January.
Ryan McGinty, a graduate student in biology working in the Sergei Mirkin Lab, recently won a competition for the MinION Access Program, which was started by Oxford Nanopore Technologies to allow scientists to develop sensing applications, such as DNA sequencing, on its proprietary platform. On this platform, DNA is being continuously decoded while traveling through a tiny nanopore. This methodology has significant advantages over existing sequencing methods. McGinty will receive a free nanopore machine and all necessary supplies to carry out whole genome sequencing for his studies.
Mary Patricia McMahon will be the new dean of student affairs for the schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering, starting April 1. She comes to Tufts from Bowdoin, where since 2002, she has served as assistant dean of student affairs and judicial board advisor, dean of first-years and associate dean of student affairs; she was appointed Bowdoin’s director of residential life and associate dean of student affairs in 2008. At Bowdoin, McMahon made many substantive contributions as an advisor to the Sexual Misconduct Board and helped create positive change in the campus culture. She was known and admired for her ability to build community. Prior to working at Bowdoin, she was associate director of the doctoral program at New York University’s Stern School of Business, and earlier was assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Yale. At Tufts, McMahon will help foster meaningful engagement in the residential and extracurricular aspects of campus life.
Fiorenzo Omenetto, professor of biomedical engineering, was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS), a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the field of physics. He is one of 249 fellows selected from a pool of 500 nominated individuals. There are currently 6,540 active fellows in the APS.
Jose Ordovas, director of the Nutrition and Genomics Lab at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts, was awarded the Hippocrates International Award for Medical Research into Human Nutrition, given by the Royal Academy of Medicine of Asturias in Spain, and the plaque of honor from the Spanish Association of Scientists, for his contribution to the development of nutrigenomics. Ordovas gave the keynote lecture to the Danone Institute in Barcelona on Dec. 19.
Alexander Panda has joined the Nutritional Immunology Lab at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts as a scientist. He will focus his research on defects of innate immunity in older adults. Panda has given five presentations in the last few months, including “Chaperone Proteins and TLR Function in Aging” at the Pulmonary Research Conference at Yale University in December.
Peter Probst, professor and chair of art and art history and adjunct professor of anthropology, won another prize for his book Osogbo and the Art of Heritage: Monuments, Deities, and Money (Indiana University Press, 2011). He received the silver medal/honorable mention from the Arts Council of the African Studies Association, which presents the award every three years.
Allen Rutberg, director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at the Cummings School, spoke on “Wildlife Contraception: Successes and Challenges” in the animal ethics lecture series at the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics on Jan. 23.
Benjamin Shapiro, an assistant professor of computer science, received a $10,000 award from the National Center for Women & Information Technology’s Academic Alliance Seed Fund, a program that supports efforts to recruit and retain women in technology disciplines. His project, “Engaging Women in Computing through Musical Instruments and Performance,” will develop curriculum and hardware and software resources for to promote computational thinking through “the design and construction of tangible programmable electronic musical instruments that youth can use for live performance.”
Kyla Shea recently joined the Vitamin K Lab at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts as a scientist. In addition to osteoarthritis research, Shea is interested in Vitamin K’s role in cardiovascular disease. Shea gave a presentation on “Vitamin K Status and Knee Osteoarthritis Progression in Older Adults: The Health ABC Study” at the 2013 Gerontological Society of America conference in New Orleans in November.
Loring Tu, a professor of mathematics in the School of Arts and Sciences, has been a guest at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn, Germany, in February and March. He will give a talk on “The Rotation Index of a Plane Curve”' in the Max Planck Institute’s Oberseminar this month.
Timothy A. Wise, director of research and policy at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), wrote two articles for GlobalPost in early February: “Why It’s Dangerous to Trust Corporations to Lead the Fight Against World Hunger” and “Most African Leaders Not Making Promised Investments in Agriculture.” Additionally, an article in Mediapart titled “Colombie: Coup de gueule - Accord Libre-Echange USA” quoted Wise’s 2011 study on NAFTA.