People Notes

People Notes July 2014

Jonathan Addleton, F82, F91, received the Christian A. Herter Award for Constructive Dissent from the American Foreign Service Association at a ceremony at the Department of State on June 18. The awards, which have been given out since 1968, are unique in the federal government; the awards publicly recognize Foreign Service employees who have demonstrated the intellectual courage to challenge the system from within, to question the status quo and take a stand. Addleton, a former ambassador to Mongolia, was recognized for his efforts to bring about more creative and rapid responses on public affairs issues while he was USAID’s senior civilian representative for southern Afghanistan, based in Kandahar.

William Bachovchin, professor of developmental, molecular and chemical biology, and Jatin Roper, assistant professor of medicine, received a grant from the Stephen and Marie Rozan Research Fund for their project titled “Selective Targeting of Tumor Fibroblast to Activate Tumor Immunity.” The project brings together Bachovchin, an expert in  drug design who has developed molecules that target proteases, and Roper, an expert in murine models of carcinogenesis. They will determine whether targeting the fibroblast activation protein, a molecule that is over-expressed on stromal cells associated with tumors, will impede tumor progression.

Alex Blanchette, an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and in the Environmental Studies program, was awarded the 2013–14 Richard Saller Prize for his doctoral dissertation, titled “Conceiving Porkopolis: The Production of Life on the American ‘Factory’ Farm.” The Saller Prize is given for the year’s best dissertation across the Division of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago.

Maura Brennan, an associate professor of medicine based at Tufts-affiliated Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., has been appointed to serve another term as chair of the membership committee of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She continues on the AAHPM membership and strategic planning committee.

Christopher Castellani, G96, was awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, which will allow him to continue researching and writing his novel, Leading Men. He is the author of three novels, each published by Algonquin: All This Talk of Love (2013), a New York Times Editor’s Choice and a finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Literary Award; The Saint of Lost Things (2005); and A Kiss from Maddalena (2003), which won the Massachusetts Book Award. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Ploughshares and numerous anthologies, including Mentors, Muses and Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives. His next book, The Art of Perspective, a collection of essays, is forthcoming from Graywolf.

Jake Jinkun Chen, a professor of oral biology in the School of Dental Medicine, along with Qisheng Tu and Lily Dong of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, won one of three 2014 Innovation in Oral Care Awards, given by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). Each of them will receive a $75,000 unrestricted research grant, which is funded by GSK Consumer Healthcare and administered by IADR. Chen’s research focuses on developing a new therapy for treating diabetic periodontitis.

Lewis Cohen, a professor of psychiatry based at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., is the recipient of the 2014 Eleanor and Thomas P. Hackett Memorial Award, the highest honor of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. The award recognizes achievement across a career in psychosomatic medicine in training, research, clinical practice and leadership.

Zachary Cole has joined the Tufts University Chaplaincy as program and outreach specialist. Cole comes to Tufts from related posts at the Humanist Community at Harvard and the Harvard Divinity School’s Office of Student Life. He has a B.A. in religious studies and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.A. in higher education administration from Boston College. Cole will implement high-level programming and outreach initiatives for the University Chaplaincy, including conferences, trainings and orientations and initiatives around dialogue, activism and values. He will also be responsible for building the chaplaincy’s relationships and partnerships across all of Tufts’ campuses and with external community partners.

Johanna T. Dwyer, professor of medicine, a senior nutrition scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and adjunct professor of nutrition at the Friedman School, has received the Institute of Food Technologists’ 2014 Trailblazer Award and Lectureship in recognition of her exceptional nutrition knowledge, respect for other cultures and understanding of food issues. Dwyer is editor of Nutrition Today and co-editor of the Handbook of Nutrition and Food. She served on the 2000 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee and is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine.

David Ekbladh, an associate professor of history in the School of Arts and Sciences, presented a paper, “Knowledge Is Power: Internationalism, Information and U.S. Global Ambitions,” at the Empire and the Social Sciences Symposium sponsored by the Princeton University Institute on International and Regional Studies this spring. He was also an organizer of the Legacies of the Great War: A Centennial Commemoration Conference, which was co-sponsored by the Stanley Kaplan Program in American Foreign Policy and the journal Diplomatic History at Williams College in April. Also in April, the Earhart Foundation awarded him a summer grant for his current book project, Look at the World: The Rise of an American Globalism in the 1930s. He will be a Tisch College Faculty Fellow for 2014–15.

Roger Fielding, director of the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

Jessica Goldberg, G95, G06, a research professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, received the Service Excellence Award for Research and Evaluation Partners from Prevent Child Abuse America. The award recognizes her work with Healthy Families Massachusetts, an in-home family support and coaching program of the Children’s Trust. Goldberg has been part of the Massachusetts Healthy Families Evaluation team for 15 years. She is now co-principal investigator for evaluation of the Massachusetts Home Visiting Initiative Evaluation, an implementation study of home visiting programs in 17 high-need communities across the state.

Boris Hasselblatt, a professor of mathematics in the School of Arts and Sciences, has completed a six-month term as the Jean Morlet Chair at the Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques and the Aix-Marseille Université in Marseille. During his tenure he brought two book projects significantly closer to publication, and collaborated on more than a half dozen research projects. At CIRM he also co-organized three large international conferences and taught mini-courses in two schools. His lectures were featured in conferences, seminars and colloquia in Berlin, Bremen, Brest, Bristol, Carry-le-Rouet, Grenoble, Marseille, Nancy, Orsay and Vienna. In addition, Hasselblatt is editing a book of mini-courses given at several of the events he organized there. Earlier this month, Hasselblatt began a five-year term as an associate provost at Tufts, with responsibility for academic leadership development and teaching and learning initiatives.

Jill Lepore, J87, H14, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society. She is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker.

Alice Lichtenstein, the Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy at the Friedman School and the director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, was appointed to the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The board oversees all food- and nutrition-related activities of the IOM. The board will develop a process for reviewing the current Dietary Reference Intake values and will oversee any revisions to those standards.

Gilbert E. Metcalf, a professor of economics, co-organized a workshop in Berlin, Germany, in May on public finance and climate change. Featuring scholars and policy makers from Europe, the U.S., China and Australia, the workshop addressed the role that carbon tax revenues could play in national fiscal systems. In addition to organizing and chairing the workshop, Metcalf presented a paper on mechanisms for addressing trade competitiveness concerns with a carbon tax. He also presented that paper at the National Tax Association Spring Symposium in Washington, D.C. Earlier this year, Metcalf presented a paper in Brussels, on the use of carbon tax revenues, at a conference organized by the European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering. He has been elected to the board of directors of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.

Cheryl Milligan, J98, G01, N12, head coach of the women’s softball team, was named the 2014 CaptainU Division III Softball Spring Coach of the Year. The Jumbos won their second consecutive NCAA championship in May. CaptainU, a youth and college sports network, was founded in 2008 at the University of Chicago.

Katherine Olender, an M.S./M.P.H. student in the School of Medicine, has been awarded the 2014 Sylvia Rowe Fellowship by the International Food Information Council. The award was established to foster strong communication skills in promising nutrition and food safety students, giving them knowledge and tools that they can apply in their careers.

Ann O’Sullivan, J78, authored and co-authored two chapters in the recent textbook Neurocognitive Disorders (NCDs): Interventions to Support Occupational Performance (AOTA Press). She was named a fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2011.

Jack Ridge, professor and chair of the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences, received the James Hall Medal, which is given periodically by the New York State Geological Survey to geologists in recognition of their advancing knowledge about the geology of New York state. Ridge has done work over the last 30 years on the glacial and Quaternary geology (Pleistocene geology) of the western Mohawk Valley region in central New York. The award also recognizes the papers he published establishing a glacial chronology for the last ice age in central New York by using glacial, varve (annual sediment layer) and paleomagnetic stratigraphy. Ridge was a member of a team that recently received the Kirk Bryan Award for Research Excellence from the Geological Society of America for their North American varve chronology.

Adriana Zavala, an associate professor of art and art history in the School of Arts and Sciences, will curate an exhibition about the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo that will open on May 16, 2015, at the New York Botanical Garden. The show, Frida Kahlo’s Garden, will include rarely seen paintings and a re-creation of Kahlo’s studio and garden at Casa Azul in the Coyoacán neighborhood of Mexico City, where she lived for many years and where she died in 1954. The Botanical Garden will transform its Enid A. Haupt Conservatory with cobalt-blue walls, lava-rock paths and displays of flowers, as well as a scale version of a pyramid at Casa Azul that was created to display pre-Columbian art collected by Kahlo’s husband, Diego Rivera. The exhibition’s version will feature Mexican terra-cotta pots filled with plants found in Kahlo’s garden.