People Notes March 2012

A Busy Mathematics Department

Faculty and students in the mathematics department in the School of Arts and Sciences participated in the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Boston Jan. 4–7. More than 7,000 people attended the meetings, which represented the American Mathematical Society (AMS), the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the Association for Women in Mathematics. Their activities included:

Jens Christensen, assistant professor; Fulton Gonzalez, professor; and Todd Quinto, the Robinson Professor of Mathematics, organized an AMS special session on “Radon Transforms and Geometric Analysis in Honor of Sigurdur Helgason’s 85th Birthday.” They also organized an NSF-funded workshop on “Geometric Analysis on Euclidean and Homogeneous Spaces” at Tufts after the conference. These meetings were attended by 70 mathematicians, including more than 15 graduate students, several of whom participated in a poster session. The organizers will edit a volume of the session proceedings.

A poster by Samir Chowdhury, E13, received an Outstanding Presentation Award at the undergraduate poster session. Undergraduates Sarah Cannon, Andrea Stewart, Devin Ivy and Thomas Snarsky attended.

Mary Glaser, summer school coordinator, represented the Department of Mathematics at a focus group for directors of undergraduate studies.

Boris Hasselblatt, professor and chair of mathematics, organized an AMS special session on uniformly and partially hyperbolic dynamical systems, featuring 17 speakers from the Americas and Europe; he also attended the AMS-ASA-MAA annual Data Survey Committee meeting, as well as a department chairs’ workshop.

Thomas Höft, an assistant professor, gave a talk in an MAA session linking mathematicians in industry and government with academic mathematicians. He also participated in the MAA Project NExT workshops for younger faculty and served as a judge for the MAA undergraduate poster session.

George McNinch, associate professor, co-organized an AMS special session on linear algebraic groups. He also gave the introduction for one of the plenary lectures by Edward Frenkel, from the University of California at Berkeley, on “Langlands’ Program, Trace Formulas and Their Geometrization.”

Professor Zbigniew Nitecki, who recently began his term as associate treasurer of the American Mathematical Society, attended the meeting of the Council of the AMS, as well as a presentation—followed by heated discussion—on a controversial proposal to change the name of the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation.

Graduate student Yulan Qing, G14, gave a talk during the special session on geometric invariants of groups and related topics. Other graduate students who attended the Joint Mathematics Meetings included Alex Babinski, Lise Chelbak, Brendan Foley, Chris O’Donnell, Christine Offerman, Heather Pearce and Emily Stark. Tufts was represented at the Graduate Fair with a table staffed by graduate students as well as Kim Ruane, associate professor, James Adler, assistant professor, and Nitecki. Master of Arts in Teaching student Will Schwartz, G14, and Professor Quinto represented Tufts’ Noyce/NSF teaching program at the graduate fair.

Montserrat Teixidor I Bigas, professor, presented a poster about the Poincaré Institute at Tufts University at a poster session for holders of NSF Division of Undergraduate Education Awards in the Mathematical Sciences.

Loring Tu, professor, gave a talk on “Computing Integrals Using Equivariant Cohomology” in the AMS special session on “Generalized Cohomology Theories in Engineering Practice.”

Genevieve Walsh, an assistant professor, co-organized an AMS special session titled “Hyperbolicity in Manifolds and Groups.” Moon Duchin, assistant professor of mathematics, and Ruane gave talks during the session. Walsh also mentored women currently on the job market through the Association of Women in Mathematics mentoring program. Duchin was also a panelist for a discussion of “Summer Math Camps: The AMS (and Mathematician’s) Role,” representing Canada/USA Mathcamp. Ruane participated in a panel discussion for advanced undergraduates about applying to graduate school.

People Notes

Peter Arsenault, an associate clinical professor of prosthodontics and operative dentistry, has been selected as a fellow in the American Dental Education Association’s Leadership Institute for 2012–13. Since 1999, more than 200 fellows from pre-doctoral, allied and advanced dental education have participated in the institute, a year-long program designed to develop the most promising individuals at academic dental institutions as future leaders in dental and higher education.

Hanna Bae has joined the faculty of the School of Dental Medicine as an assistant professor of prosthodontics and operative dentistry. She holds a Bachelor of Dental Science degree from St. Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospitals Medical and Dental College of the University of London. She completed the advanced graduate prosthodontics program at Yonsei University Dental School in Seoul, South Korea, in 2003. In 2006, she received her Master of Dental Science degree, followed by her Ph.D. in 2011, from the same institution. Prior to joining Tufts, she was head of the Department of Prosthodontics at St. Mary’s Hospital, Catholic University of Korea.

Alethea Barbaro, A03, an assistant adjunct professor of mathematics at UCLA, will be one of the faculty speakers at the Brown University Symposium for Undergraduates in the Mathematical Sciences on March 10.

Marilyn Blumsack, J79, G82, the recently retired director of Tufts’ Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning, will be given a Distinguished Alumni Award for her decade of service during a ceremony on April 21. She was instrumental in getting a million-dollar endowment from the Osher Foundation for the Tufts program, and oversaw its growth to nearly 500 members.

Patty Bode, director of art education in the Department of Education, was named eastern region vice president-elect of the National Art Education Association. Her four-year term begins at the close of the association’s board meeting on March 4. There are four vice presidents in the United States, representing the Pacific, Western, Southeastern and Eastern regions.

Sarah Cannon, A12, will present a poster at the Brown University Symposium for Undergraduates in the Mathematical Sciences on March 10.

Brijesh Chandwani has been promoted to associate clinical professor of general dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine.

Bogdan Dragoi, A02, was recently appointed finance minister of Romania by Prime Minister Mihai Răzvan Ungureanu. Dragoi, who has been secretary of state in the finance ministry since 2009, was involved in several successful euro and dollar bond placements over the past two years.

Catherine Freudenreich, an associate professor of biology in the School of Arts and Sciences, received a grant from the Provost’s Open Access Fund to cover the costs associated with making freely available her article “Overcoming Natural Replication Barriers: Differential Helicase Requirements” in Nucleic Acids Research. The article was co-authored with several colleagues from Tufts, including Ranjith Anand, G10, Kartik Shah, G12, and Sergei Mirkin, a professor of biology. More information about open access and a link to the full text is available here.

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, gave a speech at the National Electricity Forum titled “Beyond Technology: Strengthening Energy Policy Through Social Science.” Presenters and participants at the forum discussed how collaboration can help modernize the nation’s electricity infrastructure.

Kevin P. Gallagher, G99, G03, a senior researcher at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), Amos Irwin, F12, and Katherina Koleski co-wrote a new GDAE report, “The New Banks in Town: Chinese Finance in Latin America.” Gallagher discussed it on, as well as wrote a blog post for America’s Quarterly. The Financial Times ran a prominent article on the report. Media coverage included outlets in China, Brazil and other parts of Latin America. See the report’s web page for more information.

Lisa Gualtieri, an assistant professor in the Master of Science in Health Communication Program at the School of Medicine, has been named consumer representative to the FDA’s Arthritis Advisory Committee. The committee reviews data on the safety and effectiveness of drugs used to treat arthritis, rheumatism and related diseases. Her appointment runs through September 2015.

Justin Hollander, A96, an assistant professor of urban and environmental policy and planning in the School of Arts and Sciences, participated in a roundtable event at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy on the topic “Finding a New Form for America’s Legacy Cities,” co-sponsored by the American Assembly at Columbia University. Among the 20 other participants were representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the mayor of Scranton, Pa., and other prominent academics and urban policy practitioners.

Robert H. Kasberg, Jr., has been appointed associate dean for admissions and student affairs in the School of Dental Medicine, effective March 1. Previously he was assistant dean for student affairs at the Indiana University School of Dentistry. Kasberg oversees the Office of Student Affairs, which encompasses admissions, student records/registration, student affairs and financial aid.

Inga Keithly, president of the class of 2012 at the School of Dental Medicine, received the American College of Dentists’ Senior Student Award. Keithly was named a Tufts-Schweitzer Fellow in 2011 and partnered with Boston Health Care for the Homeless to establish a walk-in dental clinic at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans. After graduating this spring, Keithly will serve as a dental officer in the U.S. Navy.

Kyongbum Lee, associate professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, received a grant from the Provost’s Open Access Fund to cover the costs associated with making freely available his article “Identification of Biochemical Network Modules Based on Shortest Retroactive Distances” in PLoS Computational Biology. Co-authors are Gautham Sridharan, a doctoral student in the School of Engineering, and Soha Hassoun, an associate professor of computer science. More information about open access and a link to the full text is available here.

Betsy Like has been promoted to associate librarian at the Cummings School. In her role as educational services librarian at the Webster Family Veterinary Library since 2003, Like has supported information literacy through research consultations, orientations and training for students, residents, interns and faculty. She co-authored a 2011 article in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.

David Locke, an associate professor of music in the School of Arts and Sciences, received a grant from the Provost’s Open Access Fund to cover the costs associated with a digitization project titled “The Agbadza Music of Gideon Foli Alorwoyie: Critical Edition,” which, upon completion, will be freely available internationally.

George Maloney has been promoted to clinical professor of general dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine.

Kim Moniz began her new position as online community specialist in the University Relations’ Office of Web Communications on March 1. Previously she was the communications coordinator for gift planning in University Advancement. In that position, she managed the Charles Tufts Society Facebook page, which won honorable mention from CASE District I for “Best Use of Social Media Channels.” Prior to working at Tufts, Moniz was an account executive at SHIFT Communications, a public relations agency in Boston, where she created and executed social media campaigns and managed the social media presences of clients including Jim Beam and Johnson & Johnson.

William Moomaw, a professor of international environmental policy and director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School, wrote an article on “Creating a Mutual Gains Climate Regime Through Universal Clean Energy Services,” published by Climate Policy. His co-author is Mihaela Papa, F03, F10, a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Law School. The topic of the paper is a major focus of the center’s Sustainable Development Diplomacy and Governance program.

Alon Neidich, M13, was selected by the American Medical Association (AMA) as one of 12 medical students nationally to serve as a student editor of the AMA’s journal on health policy and ethics, Virtual Mentor. As a student editor, he chose the theme of the March 2012 issue to center on organ transplantation. He solicited articles from clinical scholars, policymakers and leaders in the field of transplantation, including Richard Rohrer, professor of surgery, and Jeffrey Cooper, assistant professor of surgery, as well as the chairs of transplant surgery at Mass. General, Beth Israel Deaconess and Mt. Sinai. “Organ transplantation is at a dynamic point, and this will address many of the critical issues millions of patients with kidney failure face from common diseases such as diabetes,” Neidich says.

José Ordovas, director of the Nutrition and Genetics Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, was awarded the Grand Prize Covián 2012 from the Mediterranean Diet Foundation in recognition of his contributions to our understanding of the influence of diet on health.

Liz Queler, J81, has launched a musical fundraiser for Alzheimer’s research posted on YouTube. Every view equals a $1 donation to the Alzheimer's Association. More than $12,000 has been pledged, with an ultimate goal of $50,000. Queler encourages the Tufts community to help simply by watching the video and passing on the link: Many top NYC musicians took part in the recording, including Tufts alum Dave Keyes.

Alfred Rich has been promoted to associate clinical professor of pediatric dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine.

Kartikeya Singh, a doctoral candidate and junior research fellow at the Fletcher School’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, published an article in The Fletcher Forum titled “From Pillars to Platform: Demystifying the Durban Outcome,” in which he offers a first-hand account of the climate negotiations at the 17th Conference of the Parties in Durban, South Africa, that took place late last year. Singh participated in the discussions as attaché to the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Maldives to the UN.

Margie Skeer, an assistant professor in the Master of Science in Health Communication Program at the medical school, received a Methods Development Award through the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Pilot Studies Program to study the impact of family meals on risky adolescent behavior. Skeer and colleagues at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts and the Harvard School of Public Health will develop a tool to assess why family meals reduce risky behavior in youth.

Shinsuke Tanaka, an assistant professor of economics based at the Fletcher School’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, gave a presentation at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation on environmental regulations in China and their effect on air pollution and infant mortality, based on a recent study he conducted.

Scott Weiner, an associate professor of emergency medicine, received a grant from the Provost’s Open Access Fund to cover the costs associated with making freely available his article “An International Evaluation of Ultrasound vs. Computer Tomography in the Diagnosis of Appendicitis” in the International Journal of Emergency Medicine. The article was co-authored with Betzalel Reich, M10. More information about open access and a link to the full text is available here.

Thomas F. Winkler III, D66, a Tufts trustee emeritus and clinical professor of endodontics, received the District One Distinguished Service Award from the International College of Dentists during the organization’s annual luncheon on Jan. 27, held in conjunction with the Yankee Dental Congress in Boston.

Timothy A. Wise, deputy director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) and director of GDAE’s Research and Policy Program, and Sophia Murphy of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy co-wrote “The Continuing Food Crisis: Global Policy Reforms Lag,” which focuses on the fragility of the global food system. The article was featured in the Indian magazine Economic and Political Weekly. Their recent report “Resolving the Food Crisis: Assessing Global Policy Reforms Since 2007” was also featured in the New York Times’ Green Blog article A Fresh Take on the World Food Problem.

Roya Zandparsa has been promoted to clinical professor of prosthodontics and operative dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine.