People Notes

People Notes February 2018


Sam Bailey has returned to Tufts as director of annual giving at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy / HNRCA, where he previously worked as a staff assistant. His most recent position was as a development officer with the International OCD Foundation.

Lataya Ferguson-Jean has joined Tufts’ Advancement Gift and Information Services as a gift processing coordinator. She previously was a development operations assistant at the New England Aquarium.

Heather Leet has joined the Friedman School / HNRCA team as director of development. She most recently was director of development and communications at the Bostonian Society.  

Mike Silver has joined Tufts’ public relations team as an associate director for the Medford/Somerville campus. Prior to coming to Tufts, he was founder and principal consultant of Synaptix Communications. He has a B.A. in chemistry from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Harvard University.  


Laura Blacklow, lecturer at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts (SMFA) at Tufts, has released the fifth edition of her book, New Dimensions in Photo Processes: A Step by Step Manual for Alternative Techniques (Alternative Process Photography). The book invites artists in all visual media to discover contemporary approaches to historical sun-printing techniques. Easy to use in a studio or lab, this edition highlights innovative work by artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Emmet Gowin, and SMFA graduates Mike and Doug Starn.

Calvin “Chip” Gidney, associate professor, and Julie Dobrow, senior lecturer, both in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, had their research on dialect in animated children’s media featured in The Atlantic. Their analysis found that the frequent correlation of foreign accents with “bad” characters could be conveying a concerning message to children in the United States about diversity.

Justin Hollander, A96, associate professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, had his book A Research Agenda for Shrinking Cities (Elgar Research Agendas) published recently. He also had his research mentioned in an article recently published on

Frank Lehman, assistant professor of music, was featured in an article in the New Yorker article “A Field Guide to Musical Leitmotifs in Star Wars” by Alex Ross. Lehman has catalogued the thematic musical leitmotifs in Star Wars Episodes I-VIII, which point to characters, objects, ideas, and relationships. See also a story about his work in Tufts Now.

Natalie Shapero, professor of the practice of poetry in the English department, had her books of poems Hard Child (Copper Canyon Press) reviewed in Chicago Review. “Humor is only one of her tools, but it happens to be her most versatile—a fifty-function Swiss Army knife supplying her with tweezers, toothpicks, corkscrews, necessities for survival,” writes Christopher Spaide. Her poem “Not Horses” also was published in the New York Times Magazine on January 21. 


Jeff Ashe, research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), will be visiting Mexican savings circles called tandas in Asheville, North Carolina. Tanda members are using the money they save to purchase land on which their trailers are parked, seeking to avoid displacement at the hands of developers who in the past have bought such land, leaving poor immigrants scrambling for a new place to live.

Daniel Dennett, University Professor and Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy, in January participated in a discussion at the World Economic Forum at Davos on “The Evolution of Consciousness.”

Anne Marie Desmarais, lecturer in civil and environmental engineering, is quoted in in an article in Grist about a controversial garbage incinerator in Saugus, Massachusetts. The article was written by Greta Jochem, A17.

Nicole Lee, AG12, assistant professor and director for health communication, education, and promotion at the School of Dental Medicine, has been appointed to the Roundtable on Health Literacy of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was quoted in an WGBH news article, “State to Subsidize Burning Wood Pellets, But Is It Environmentally Friendly?” on a change in Massachusetts state legislation that now recognizes wood pellets as a renewable energy source. On December 14, The Guardian published, “EU must not burn the world’s forests for ‘renewable’ energy” by Moomaw. In that piece, Moomaw highlights how a “flaw in Europe’s clean energy plan allows fuel from felled trees to qualify as renewable energy, when in fact this would accelerate climate change and devastate forests.”

Julie Nelson, senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), traveled to Philadelphia in early January to participate in the International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics (ICAPE) conference at Drexel University, as well as the Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) meetings. At the ICAPE conference on January 4, she spoke as part of a plenary panel entitled “Pluralism and Economics 10 Years after the Crisis and 200 years after Marx’s birth.” At ASSA, she chaired a session sponsored by the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) and, on January 6, presented work entitled “The Complicity of Economics” at an Association for Social Economics (ASE) session entitled “Democratic Crisis and the Responsibility of Economics, II.”

June Sekera, research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), released Public Goods Post Vol. 2, No. 12, “Broadband for All?” and Public Goods Post Vol. 3, No. 1, “Koch Bros. Attack Broadband for All.”

Liz Stanton, senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), and Tyler Comings, research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), worked with Sommer Energy to prepare a report regarding Nebraska’s energy future. Nebraska Wildlife Federation (NeWF) commissioned a plan envisioning an electric grid in Nebraska that relies more heavily on cost-effective wind, solar, and energy efficiency. With the costs of wind and solar power at historic lows, NeWF seeks to determine how Nebraska’s expanded reliance on renewables, coupled with greater investment in energy efficiency, could reduce the overall cost of electricity in Nebraska as well as change the state’s trajectory of carbon dioxide emissions.

Vicki Sullivan, Cornelia M. Jackson Professor of Political Science in the School of Arts and Sciences, recently had an essay published in Aeon that derives from her recent book on Montesquieu, the eighteenth-century French philosopher who brought the term ‘despotism’ into political vocabulary.  

Timothy A. Wise, G05, senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was quoted in a PBS investigative report “Mexicans work to reclaim corn as their own” on how proposed changes to NAFTA could impact the American corn market. Wise also participated in several speaking opportunities at the World Trade Organization’s Eleventh Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires. Wise spoke on progress and challenges in the agriculture negotiations, which he has been following closely. Last week, Wise released several related new pieces with the Small Planet Institute. On December 15, 2017, Food Tank published Wise’s article, “Keep Your Eyes on the Price: WTO Remains Blind to Agricultural Dumping.” 


Steven Rogelberg, A89, a pioneer researcher in the field of organizational science, has received the Humboldt Prize, given annually by Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.  Rogelberg is a professor of organizational science, management, and psychology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, as well as director of the interdisciplinary Organizational Science Ph.D. Program. He was lauded for his research and its practical application in three phenomena: work meetings; organizational research methods; and the stress/health of employees engaged in “dirty jobs,” characterized as vital to society but stigmatized as physically, socially, or morally tainted. His research with animal shelter employees has led to an outreach program for shelter workers/volunteers now used in more than 400 animal shelters in the United States.