People Notes

People Notes April 2018


Ellise LaMotte has joined Tufts as the new director of the Center for STEM Diversity, a partnership between the School of Engineering and the School of Arts and Sciences. She joins Tufts from Olin College of Engineering, where she was the director of academic services. Previously, she was senior associate director of operations for graduate admissions and the co-leader of the Council for Inclusiveness and Community at Babson College. Prior to joining Babson, she was project director at the Commonwealth Institute. LaMotte holds a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She earned a B.S. in electrical engineering technology and an M.B.A. from Northeastern University.


Emma Johnson recently took on a new position as the School of Dental Medicine’s first documentation specialist. She will help develop, implement, maintain, and revise dental school documentation, including policies, standard operating procedures, and forms. She will still be a resource for Tufts dental communications. Sophy Bishop, web content specialist, is now the primary contact for the dental school’s newsletter and social media platforms.  


Dany Spencer Adams, principal investigator at the Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology and research professor in the Department of Biology, has been named editor-in-chief of the new journal Bioelectricity. “We are on the threshold of a transformation in the intellectual and technical strategies used in the biosciences, as ever more researchers begin to explore the biophysical phenomena that act synergistically with the biochemical,” said Adams in an announcement about the journal. “That makes this an exhilarating moment in the progression of bioelectricity studies, from a small specialty to an internationally recognized topic of great significance to biology and medicine.”

Jennifer Allen, a professor of community health, has been invited by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services to serve on the U.S. Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Control Advisory Committee.

Adolfo Cuevas, an assistant professor of community health, has been selected as one of the National Minority Quality Forum’s 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health. Cuevas also published an opinion piece in the Huffington Post titled “It’s Time We Stop Ignoring Afro-Latino Health Disparities in the U.S.” The article examines the lack of public health research on racial disparities within the Latino community.

J.P. de Ruiter, a Bridge Professor in cognitive science and computer science, was named a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, for sustained and outstanding distinguished contributions to psychological science. de Ruiter is a cognitive scientist and psycholinguist whose primary research focus is on the cognitive foundations of human communication. His research areas include social robotics, gesture, turn-taking, and ethnostatistics. As a bridge professor, he holds appointments in both the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Psychology.

Kathleen Fisher, a professor and chair of computer science in the School of Engineering, has been appointed to the Center for a New American Security’s Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and National Security, which will examine how the United States should respond to the national security challenges posed by artificial intelligence.

Justin Hollander, A96, an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, was an invited panelist at an event at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the largest general science organization in the world.  The event, “Buildings and the Brain” was part of its Neuroscience and Society Series, co-sponsored with the Dana Foundation. Hollander spoke about his recent research on this topic and his award-winning book, Cognitive Architecture. 

Alice Lichtenstein, director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts and the Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, has been selected as a member of the American Society of Nutrition Class of 2018 Fellows. Being inducted as a fellow of the American Society for Nutrition is the highest honor that the society bestows.

Dimitra Pouli, a Ph.D. candidate who works in the lab of Irene Georgakoudi, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been selected to participate in the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting for Young Scientists. Poulis is one of 600 outstanding students, doctoral candidates, and postdocs under the age of thirty-five who will attend the June meeting in Lindau, Germany. The meeting this year is dedicated to physiology and medicine and will bring together a record-setting forty-three Nobel Laureates. 

Kieran F. Reid, a scientist in the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts, has been awarded a 2018 Young Investigator Awards from the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, and Musculoskeletal Diseases. The award is given to young investigators for their contributions in the field of bone and mineral research. 

Reed Ueda, a professor of history, edited the three-volume encyclopedia America’s Changing Neighborhoods: An Exploration of Diversity through Places (Greenwood), which was recently selected by Library Journal as one of the best reference works of 2017.


Neva Goodwin, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), published “Unmet Needs and Unused Capacities: TimeBanking as a Solution” in Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies. The article examines the social invention of TimeBank programs, a system for measuring contributions in the core and public purpose economies, as a solution for compensating human activities ignored by the market economy.

Mike Mandel, a lecturer, and Chantal Zakari, a professor of the practice at the School of Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts (SMFA) have their work Lockdown Archive on view through May 20 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Art, as part of the exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today. Their Shelter in Plates is also included in the Gun Country exhibition at the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover.  

Dan Maxwell, director of the Food Security and Livelihoods in Complex Emergencies Research Program at the Feinstein International Center, and Peter Hailey, a visiting fellow, had an article published in Politorbis [PDF] on “The Re-Emergence of Famine in the Twenty-First Century.”

Dyan Mazurana, director of the Research Program on Women, Children, and Armed Conflict at the Feinstein International Center and co-director of the Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) Program, and Phoebe Donnelly, a Ph.D. candidate at the Fletcher School, were included in Public Radio International’s The World three-part series “Women in the Global Aid Sector are Saying #AidToo.”

Gilbert Metcalf, a professor of economics, co-authored a paper with scholars from Harvard and MIT that was published recently in Science. The article argues that there are benefits to allowing countries some flexibility in implementing the Paris Agreement's rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Metcalf was also recently named a lead author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), co-authored an article for the December 2017 edition of Wetland Science & Practice. “The Second Warning to Humanity and Wetlands” provides another call to action and highlights particular issues for wetlands. Moomaw also co-authored GDAE Climate Policy Brief Number 8, “A Critical Look at Forest Bioenergy: Exposing a high carbon “climate solution” [PDF], with Jamie Fanous, a research assistant at GDAE.

Liz Stanton, a senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), worked with colleagues to publish “The ABC’s of Boston CCE,” a series of four policy briefs related to Boston’s new Community Choice Energy Aggregation (CCE) program.