People Notes

People Notes August 2014

Amanda Abelson was promoted to assistant professor of clinical sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Jeronim Capaldo, senior researcher at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), questions the benefits of trade facilitation in his latest working paper, Trade Hallucination: Risks of Trade Facilitation and Suggestions for Implementation. The paper was reprinted in the Third World Network’s July 4 SUNS newsletter. Capaldo also co-authored an op-ed on the World Trade Organization’s conflict over food security for Al-Jazeera on July 24.

Kathleen Corcoran joined University Advancement’s corporate and foundation relations team as associate director in June, focusing her efforts on the School of Dental Medicine. Prior to joining Tufts, Corcoran was director of leadership giving at Milford Regional Medical Center, where she developed a grants program and set new standards for community benefits for the health system. Her work in expanding access to health care resulted in funding to support the development of a community health center for the town of Milford. Corcoran is a graduate of Clark University and earned a master’s degree in musicology from the University of Arizona.

Neva Goodwin, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), moderated a panel on “How to Change the Teaching of Economics” at the CommonBound conference in June. She then authored a report and a survey on Changing the Teaching of Economics.

Jonathan Harris, director of theory and education at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), and Brian Roach, a senior researcher at GDAE, co-authored a new teaching module titled The Economics of Renewable Energy

Aidee Herman, associate clinical professor in the Department of Periodontology at the School of Dental Medicine, was selected to receive the 2014 Colgate Palmolive/Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) National Outstanding Faculty Award. The award recognizes faculty who are HDA members and who have made a significant contribution to enhance oral health care for the Hispanic population. Herman will receive the award on Aug. 23 at the 24th annual HDA Conference and Expo.

David L. Kaplan, the Stern Family Professor of Biomedical Engineering and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been named editor-in-chief of the American Chemical Society’s new web-only journal, ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering. The first issue is slated for publication in January 2015, and will feature high-quality research in the rapidly burgeoning field of biomaterials, the study of engineered or naturally derived materials that interact with living or biological systems. Biomaterials research encompasses such diverse topics as using stem cells to build new tissues to treat disease and developing eco-friendly, biodegradable materials. Kaplan’s own research focuses on biopolymer engineering, with an emphasis on biomaterials engineering, tissue engineering, molecular biology and regenerative medicine. The materials he studies include proteins such as silks, collagens and elastins, which have applications in stem cell technology and regenerative medicine.

Samuel Koo, director of the predoctoral periodontology program at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, has been appointed an assistant professor and predoctoral program director in the Department of Periodontology at the School of Dental Medicine, effective Sept. 1. He received a D.D.S. in 2002 from the School of Dentistry at Ribeirão Preto, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and an M.S. in 2004 from the same university. He pursued advanced graduate study in implantology at the Center for Implantology at the Boston University School of Dental Medicine from 2004 to 2006, and was an ITI Fellow in Implant Dentistry at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He earned a certificate in periodontology from Harvard in 2013.

Gerard Kugel, associate dean of research and a professor in the Department of Prosthodontics and Operative Dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine, received $150,000 from Procter & Gamble for clinical research on a desensitizer product; he will conduct the project through the dental school’s Practice Based Network (PBN), which was featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Tufts Dental Medicine magazine.

Constantinos Laskarides, DG03, DI09, was appointed assistant director of the Advanced Education Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the School of Dental Medicine on July 1. He is responsible for all aspects of the Commission on Dental Accreditation requirements for the postgraduate program. Laskarides is an associate professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and was director of the undergraduate program in oral and maxillofacial surgery from 2006 to 2013.

Mark A. Lerman, D02, has been appointed associate professor and oral pathologist in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at the School of Dental Medicine. He had been a clinical assistant professor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, an associate pathologist at StrataDx Laboratories and an attending dentist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he maintains a clinical consultation practice. Lerman completed a three-year residency in oral pathology at New York Hospital Medical Center.

Molly McCanta, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, and colleagues from Oregon State University and Boston University received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to study volcanic ash deposits around the Lesser Antilles islands. The researchers will hunt for cryptotephras—layers of ash not visible to the naked eye—in cores of seafloor sediment collected during McCanta’s time on an International Ocean Drilling Program expedition in 2012.

Cate McLaughlin, the director of the Tufts Dental Fund for nearly five years, has been named interim senior director of development and alumni relations for the School of Dental Medicine.

Bill Moomaw, co-director of GDAE, participated in a debate in July on climate change and the shifting international energy landscape with Bruce Everett, an instructor at the Fletcher School. The debate was hosted by the school’s Global Master of Arts Program (GMAP).

Athena Papas, J66, a professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Oral Medicine and Craniofacial Pain and division director of oral medicine, has received a $300,000 grant from Procter & Gamble for clinical research on a desensitizer product.

Jennifer Towers, director of dental research affairs, and co-investigator Margie Skeer, assistant professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at the School of Medicine, received $20,000 from the Tufts Collaborates! seed grant program to further Towers’ research about preventing methamphetamine use (see “Meth Mouth Menace”). The team will work with Idaho hygienists and dentists to integrate the dental team into adolescent meth use prevention efforts. The project will assess facilitators and barriers to introducing “meth mouth” education into the dental practice.

Xiang-Dong Wang, director of the Nutrition and Cancer Biology Lab at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, received the N. I. Krinsky Award from the International Carotenoid Society for his “lifetime of achievement in research on nutrition and disease prevention and dedicated service to the carotenoid field.”

Timothy A. Wise, G05, director of research and policy at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), wrote the article “Picking Up the Pieces from a Failed Land Grab Project in Tanzania” in the July 27 edition of GlobalPost. On June 17, syndicated columnist Alan Guebert quoted Wise in Feeding the World: Part Two. Wise also co-authored an op-ed on the World Trade Organization’s conflict over food security for Al-Jazeera on July 24.

Greg Wolfus, V98, has been promoted to clinical assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.

Jonathan F. Zaff, an associate research professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development and director of the Center for Promise, led the research for a report on high school dropouts issued by the Center for Promise, a partnership between America’s Promise Alliance and Tufts School of Arts and Sciences. The report, “Don’t Call Them Dropouts,” summarizes research from the largest nationwide study of its kind of young adults who left high school before graduating. Based on insights from youth participants who spoke about their experiences, the report includes recommendations for reducing the dropout rate and supporting at-risk youth.