People Notes December 2011

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Karen Alexander is the new administrative assistant for the Student Services Division of the School of Dental Medicine. A graduate of Bates College, she provides administrative support to the associate dean and the three departments within Student Services: student affairs, admissions and financial aid.

Hellen Amuguni, V11, gave two presentations at a One-Health Conference for Policy Makers in the Republic of Cameroon in October: “Educating Policy Makers on One-Health” and “Building Capacities for One-Health to Prevent and Control Emerging Diseases.”

Brianna Beehler, A11, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship for an English teaching assistantship in Indonesia. Beehler is one of more than 1,500 U.S. citizens—and nine Tufts alumni and students—who will travel abroad this year on Fulbright scholarships.

Abdelkader (Hameto) Benkreira, A11, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship for an English teaching assistantship in Indonesia. Benkreira is one of more than 1,500 U.S. citizens—and nine Tufts alumni and students—who will travel abroad this year on Fulbright scholarships.

Marilyn Blumsack, J79, G82, retired as director of the Tufts Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on Nov. 15, after 10 years in the position.

Stuart Brink, an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine, received the Lestradet Prize for Education and Advocacy from the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes at the ISPAD’s 37th annual meeting, held in Miami Beach, Fla., in October. Brink presented the Lestradet Lecture, discussing patient empowerment and diabetes motivation issues, as well as his involvement over the years in diabetes education programs in more than 40 countries. Brink is the senior pediatric endocrinologist at the New England Diabetes and Endocrinology Center in Waltham, Mass., and also a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School.

Laura Camacho-Castro, DG83, DI09, an associate clinical professor of pediatric dentistry, has been accepted into the Massachusetts Dental Society’s Leadership Institute, which provides dentists with tools and training to become effective civic leaders.

Bhaskar Chakravorti, senior associate dean of international business and finance and executive director of the Institute for Business in the Global Context and the Center for Emerging Market Enterprises at the Fletcher School, moderated a panel, hosted by the Tufts Financial Network in New York, on political volatility and its effects on business in the long-term. The panel discussion, “Geopolitical Crisis: When the Front Page Converges with the Business Page,” drew more than 125 attendees and featured Fletcher professors Vali Nasr and Daniel Drezner as well as Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs.

Alison Coffey, A11, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship to study anthropology in Brazil. Coffey is one of more than 1,500 U.S. citizens—and nine Tufts alumni and students—who will travel abroad this year on Fulbright scholarships.

Leopoldo Correa, DG11, has been promoted to associate professor of general dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine.

Charles Cushing, A11, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship to study urban development and planning in Hong Kong. He is one of more than 1,500 U.S. citizens—and nine Tufts alumni and students—who will travel abroad this year on Fulbright scholarships.

Tiarna Doherty, J97, was named the chief conservator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where she is responsible for overseeing the staff and programming at the Lunder Conservation Center. Previously she was a paintings conservator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. A former Kress Fellow at the Hamilton Kerr Institute at the University of Cambridge, she has taught workshops and lectured widely about conservation issues and techniques in the United States and Europe.

Gizem Donmez has joined the neuroscience department at the School of Medicine as an assistant professor. Donmez, who previously was at MIT, focuses on studying the role of sirtuins, a type of protein, in age-related brain conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

David Earle, an assistant professor of surgery and program director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship at Baystate Medical Center, has been invited to serve on the editorial advisory board of General Surgery News, a monthly newspaper designed to keep general surgeons abreast of the latest developments in the field.

Christopher Ellison, F12, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship for an English teaching assistantship in Brazil. He is one of more than 1,500 U.S. citizens—and nine Tufts alumni and students—who will travel abroad this year on Fulbright scholarships.

Nick Frank, professor and chair of clinical sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, spoke at the Ocala Equine Conference/Florida Association of Equine Practitioners in Ocala, Fla., on Oct. 22. His talks included “Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction,” “Equine Metabolic Syndrome” and “Endocrinopathic Laminitis.”

Samantha Frank, A11, will be traveling to France this coming academic year for an English teaching assistantship sponsored by the French government.

Katharine “Kay” Furst, a lecturer in art education, received the Special Needs Art Educator of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Art Education Association. Furst teaches two art education courses for Tufts undergraduates at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts: Art Education and Human Development with Multicultural Perspectives and Art Education with Special Populations. The awards ceremony took place at the Massachusetts Art Education Association luncheon in Hyannis on Nov. 12.

Kelly Sims Gallagher, an associate professor of energy and environmental policy and director of the Energy, Climate and Innovation Research Program at the Fletcher School’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, participated in a private sector workshop on social science and energy at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in November. Her panel explored the role of cause marketing in moving energy markets, as well as how social networking might influence technology adoption.

Kevin Gallagher, a senior researcher at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was in Rio de Janeiro in October to present his paper “The New Vulture Culture: Sovereign Debt Restructuring and Investment Treaties” at a Ford Foundation/BNDES-sponsored conference titled “Rethinking Economic Policy and Education after the Crisis: A Brazilian Perspective in a Global Dialogue.”

Neva Goodwin, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute, had her co-authored article “Principles for a New Economy” featured in the Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire.

Sherwood Gorbach, M62, a professor of public health and community medicine, received an achievement award from the Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation in recognition of his nearly four decades of visionary research and pursuit of new treatments for Clostridium difficile infection. Gorbach’s achievement was recognized at the foundation’s annual benefit, FIGHT C. DIFF, on Oct. 22 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Kelly Greenhill, an associate professor of political science in the School of Arts and Sciences, received the International Studies Association Best Book Award for Weapons of Mass Migration: Forced Displacement, Coercion, and Foreign Policy (Cornell University Press). She will receive $500, along with an award plaque, and will be automatically nominated for the ISA Book of the Decade Award. (Read more about Greenhill and her book.)

Brody Hale, A07, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship for an English teaching assistantship in South Korea. Hale is one of more than 1,500 U.S. citizens—and nine Tufts alumni and students—who will travel abroad this year on Fulbright scholarships.

Kristina Hatzipetrou, a research aide in general dentistry, was a member of the group that received the 2011 Team Excellence Award from the School of Dental Medicine, along with Samantha Keck, Shankeertha Sundaralingam and Elizabeth Tzavaras.

Aidee Nieto Herman, associate clinical professor of periodontology, received the Women’s Leadership Award in Education at the annual meeting of the Hispanic Dental Association, held in San Diego in November. The award honors women who have helped to advance the HDA mission, displayed exceptional character and distinguished themselves as outstanding role models in dentistry.

Andrew Hoffman, a professor of clinical sciences at the Cummings School, spoke on “The Unsolved Mystery: Why the Lung Fails to Regenerate with Age” at the Harvard School of Public Health on Oct. 21 as part of a graduate student seminar series. He also presented a “Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Update” at the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning in Wilmington, Del., on Oct. 25.

Erik Hyman, A10, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship to study ethnomusicology in China. Hyman is one of more than 1,500 U.S. citizens—and nine Tufts alumni and students—who will travel abroad this year on Fulbright scholarships.

Richard Karas, M86, a professor at Tufts School of Medicine, was named chief scientific officer at Tufts Medical Center. He had served as interim chief scientific officer since July 2010.

Michele Keyerleber joined the Cummings School as an assistant professor of clinical sciences and board-certified radiation oncologist in October.

Jeewon Kim, A11, will be traveling to South Korea this coming academic year for an English teaching assistantship sponsored by the Chicago Urban Teaching Fellows program.

Michael Klein, the William L. Clayton Professor of International Economics at the Fletcher School, had his recent novel Something for Nothing written up in Inside Higher Education.

Lee Allen Kreindel is the new senior art director in the print and marketing communications department of University Relations. He is an award-winning designer who has worked extensively in higher education and the corporate sector. He has won a CASE award for Excellence in Visual Design, a Gold Award from the American Association of Museums and a Composing Room Award for Typographic Excellence, among others. Over the past 15 years, Kreindel has run his own design firm, with clients including Harvard Law School, Boston College, Brandeis University, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Boston Society of Architects and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Kreindel received a B.F.A. in graphic design with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design and has served on the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) board in Boston.

Maria Kritsineli, DG91, DI09, assistant clinical professor of pediatric dentistry, completed her certification examinations and is now a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Kailey Lopian, A10, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship for an English teaching assistantship in Colombia. Lopian is one of more than 1,500 U.S. citizens—and nine Tufts alumni and students—who will travel abroad this year on Fulbright scholarships.

William Moomaw, professor of international environmental policy and director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School, was a keynote speaker at the 2011 Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture, held in October in Ede, Netherlands. The conference brought together world experts on climate-smart agriculture to discuss the current state of knowledge, deliver a set of findings based on a multidisciplinary approach and identify methods to implement interventions internationally. Moomaw’s presentation focused on using sustainable development diplomacy to build smart agriculture in Africa.

Katrina Avila Munichiello, J96, had her new book, A Tea Reader: Living Life One Cup at a Time, published. A collection of nonfiction essays she gathered from around the world, the stories tell of people’s life moments, using tea as the inspiration. Publisher’s Weekly called the book “a charming anthology.” Munichiello is doing readings and appearances across the Northeast and intends to head out to the West Coast for readings in the spring.

Julie A. Nelson, a senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute, had her article “Does Profit-Seeking Rule Out Love? Evidence (or Not) from Economics and Law”—a revision of GDAE Working Paper No. 10-06—appear in the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy. Nelson also presented a paper on “Broader Questions and a Bigger Toolbox: A Problem-Centered and Student-Centered Approach to Teaching Pluralist Economics” at a plenary session of the conference of the International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on Nov. 11.

Melissa J. Pugash, J78, received the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s 2011 Special Recognition Award for her contributions to the coffee community. She is an expert in strategic marketing communications for the international coffee and tea trades.

Brian Roach, a senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute, had his article “The State of the Environment” published in Eastman Living.

Morton Rosenberg, D74, a professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the School of Dental Medicine, was an invited expert at a Society for Pediatric Sedation consensus meeting, designed to shape the future of pediatric sedation, on Nov. 13–14 in Baltimore.

Mary Jane Shultz, a professor of chemistry in the School of Arts and Sciences, has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society. Shultz was recognized “for distinguished contributions to understanding aqueous surface chemistry, particularly for advancing models describing interaction of intense light beams with surfaces.” Shultz is the author of more than 60 papers in technical journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, seven book sections and four books, including General Chemistry for Engineers: An Applied Approach (Houghton Mifflin, 2007). Aside from periods visiting the University of Colorado, Boulder, the University of Houston, Sendai University in Japan and the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter in Amsterdam, she has been at Tufts University since 1979. From 2000 to 2006, she chaired the chemistry department.

Juliana Slocum, A10, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship to study education in Ecuador. Slocum is one of more than 1,500 U.S. citizens—and nine Tufts alumni and students—who will travel abroad this year on Fulbright scholarships.

Shankeertha Sundaralingam, a research coordinator in geriatric dentistry, was a member of the group that received the 2011 Team Excellence Award from the School of Dental Medicine, along with Samantha Keck, Elizabeth Tzavaras and Kristina Hatzipetrou.

Shinsuke Tanaka has joined the Fletcher School’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy as assistant professor of economics and is currently teaching environmental economics. Tanaka’s research interests are in development economics, with a focus on environment and public health. His current work investigates the effect of environmental regulations in China on air pollution and infant mortality. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Boston University, an M.A. in international and development economics from Yale and a B.A. in liberal arts from Soka University of America.

Elizabeth Tzavaras, senior research coordinator in geriatric dentistry, was a member of the group that received the 2011 Team Excellence Award from the School of Dental Medicine, along with Samantha Keck, Shankeertha Sundaralingam and Kristina Hatzipetrou.

John Vaughan, A72, has just completed a project to provide user experience, information architecture, interaction design and branded packaging to Informa Investment Solutions. Vaughan heads the Communication Studio, which has been providing usability engineering since 1981.

Esther M. Wilkins, D49, DG66, clinical professor of periodontology emerita, will receive the 2012 Gies Award for Achievement as a Dental Educator at the American Dental Education Association annual session and exhibition in March in Orlando, Fla. The William J. Gies Awards for Vision, Innovation and Achievement are presented by the ADEAGies Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Dental Education Association. The Gies Awards, named after dental education pioneer William J. Gies, honor individuals and organizations exemplifying dedication to the highest standards of vision, innovation and achievement in dental education, research and leadership.

Julia Wilkinson, V10, is the newest clinician at the Tufts Ambulatory Service in Woodstock, Conn. Wilkinson, who received a D.V.M. degree from the Cummings School in 2010, completed an equine ambulatory-based internship at the Equine Clinic at OakenCroft in Ravena, N.Y.

Timothy A. Wise, deputy director of the Global Development and Environment Institute, and Triple Crisis blogger Jennifer Clapp were interviewed recently by the Real News Network on the G20’s lack of a food security agenda.

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