John Barker has been appointed dean of undergraduate and graduate students in Arts and Sciences, and will begin work at Tufts in mid-December. He is currently assistant provost for undergraduate education at the University of Miami, where he created and directs the Office of Academic Enhancement and is responsible for academic honors, diversity and inclusion activities, retention, undergraduate research, academic counseling, career advising and student advocacy. Prior to joining the University of Miami, Barker was an academic coordinator for the McNair Program, a federal initiative to encourage underrepresented students to pursue Ph.D.s and consider a research career, and an area coordinator for residential life at the University of Rochester, where he completed a Ph.D. in higher education. He received a B.A. in history and political science from the State University of New York Oswego.
Anna Boulos, A11, is a Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellow. The fellowship program, sponsored by the State Department, provides funding for students to prepare to enter the U.S. Foreign Service. Through the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the fellowship offers financial assistance for the senior year of college and the first year of graduate study. Boulos is currently in her first year of graduate studies at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
Tad Brunyé, G04, G07, a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Psychology in the School of Arts and Sciences, was named a recipient of an Early Career Award for Scientists and Researchers by President Barack Obama in October. It is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for science and engineering professionals in the early stages of independent research careers. The awards were established by President Bill Clinton in 1996, and recipients are selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education or community outreach.
Lauro Cavazos, professor of public health and community medicine and director of graduate programs in public health at the School of Medicine, received a 2011 VIDA (Vision, Innovation, Dedication and Advocacy) Award from the National Alliance for Hispanic Health in Washington, D.C. Cavazos, a former U.S. Secretary of Education and the first Hispanic member of a president’s cabinet, was presented the award by Ambassador Margaret M. Heckler, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. At the ceremony, Cavazos, who served as dean of Tufts Medical School from 1975 to 1980, said he sees “great hope for the future in the students today, but the key is that parents must be involved in their child’s education.” The VIDA Award is the most prestigious honor in the field of Hispanic health.
Kevin Gallagher, a senior researcher at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), and research associate Elen Shrestha had their paper “Investment Treaty Arbitration and Developing Countries: A Reappraisal” accepted for publication by the Journal of World Investment and Trade. Gallagher was in Austin, Texas, in mid-October, participating in a meeting as a member of the EPA advisory committee on the environmental impacts of NAFTA.
Brian A. Hatcher, professor and the Packard Chair of Theology in the Department of Religion in the School of Arts and Sciences, had his translation of Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar’s Hindu Widow Marriage published by Columbia University Press. Hatcher’s book makes the entire text of one of the most important 19th-century treatises on Indian social reform available in English for the first time. An expert on Vidyasagar, Hinduism and colonial Bengal, Hatcher describes Vidyasagar’s multifaceted career as well as the history of colonial debates on widow marriage. He interprets the significance of Hindu Widow Marriage within modern Indian intellectual history by situating the text in relation to indigenous commentarial practices.
Ray Jackendoff, the Seth Merrin Professor of Philosophy and co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, was awarded honorary doctorates from the National Music University of Bucharest and the Music Academy of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, in October. The award of the latter degree marked the launch of the Romanian translation of Jackendoff’s book A Generative Theory of Tonal Music, written in collaboration with the composer Fred Lerdahl.
Michael Klein, the William L. Clayton Professor of International Economics at the Fletcher School, had his new novel, Something for Nothing, included as one of four books cited in the New York Times article “Investment Advice From Four Very Different Angles” on Oct. 8.
Eunice Lee, D12, received the first-place award in the clinical research/public health category of the ADA/DENTSPLY Student Clinician Program at the annual meeting of the American Dental Association in Las Vegas in October. She was one of 28 presenters in that category from dental schools around the country. Lee presented her first-place poster from last year’s Bates-Andrews Research Day, “Effect of Chlorhexidine on the Bond Strength of a Self-Etch and Total-Etch Adhesives to Dentin.” This is the second time in three years that a Tufts dental student has won this award; Todd Walker, D10, received it in 2009.
Anthony “Tony” Luongo is a new senior budget analyst/budget fiscal officer for Tufts’ central administration. He has 13 years’ experience in the financial field, seven in banking and the last six in biotechnology at Genzyme Corp. Luongo earned an undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and an M.B.A. from the Carroll Graduate School of Management at Boston College.
Mark Nehring will join the School of Dental Medicine as chair of the Department of Public Health and Community Service, effective Feb. 1, 2012. He will begin making the transition to the position starting in November, and will be at the school periodically to meet with faculty and staff and to get to know the Tufts dental community. Nehring’s most recent position has been acting chief dental officer of the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Prior to that, he was chief dental officer of the HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau. He has worked for the U.S. Public Health Service for most of his career.
Mary Jo Pham, A11, is a Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellow. The fellowship program, sponsored by the State Department, provides funding for students to prepare to enter the U.S. Foreign Service. Through the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the fellowship offers financial assistance for the senior year of college and the first year of graduate study. Pham is currently in her first year of graduate studies at the School of International Service at American University.
Ken Shadlen, a senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was recently in Argentina conducting research for his project on the politics of intellectual property; while there, he gave a seminar in the political science department at the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires.
Alice Trexler, an associate professor of dance in the School of Arts and Sciences, presented a paper about collaboration models derived from interdisciplinary curricular and project-based work during the annual conference of the National Dance Education Organization in Minneapolis in October.
Julia Wilkinson, V10, has been appointed a clinician at the Tufts Ambulatory Service in Woodstock, Conn. After receiving her D.V.M. degree from the Cummings School, she 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 (GDAE), was quoted in the Nov. 7 issue of Fortune magazine in its feature on Cargill, “Inside the Quiet Giant That Rules the Food Business.”
Lyuba Zarsky, a senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), and Leonardo Stanley have released a new report, “Searching for Gold in the Highlands of Guatemala: Economic Benefits and Environmental Risks of the Marlin Mine.” Zarsky presented the report in Ottawa, Canada, and in Washington, D.C., in late October.