People Notes

People Notes October 2018


Samantha Baker has joined Tufts Dining as a second service manager in Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center. She is a graduate of Michigan State University, with a degree in dietetics. She most recently worked with Aramark.  


Nationally recognized public artist Mags Harries, professor of the practice at the School of the Museum of Fine Art at Tufts (SMFA), and Lajos Héder received a Design Award of Honor from the Florida Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for their design of Windows on the Floating World: Blume Tropical Wetland Garden. It is part of Mounts Botanical Garden, Palm Beach County’s oldest and largest botanical garden. Long-time creative partners who formed Harries/Héder Collaborative in 1990, Harries and Héder, who have been doing pioneering work for years at the intersection of public art and the environment, were praised for creating a “multisensory place to experience water.”

Richard Hooper, research professor in civil and environmental engineering, has been honored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) with the Edward A. Flinn III Award. According to AGU, recipients share a “passion, vision, creativity, and leadership” that “have helped to expand scientific understanding, pave the way to new research directions, and have made Earth and space science accessible, relevant, and inspiring to audiences across the scientific community and general public.” Hooper, director emeritus and founding  executive director of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of the Hydrologic Science, explores how water informatics can make data more accessible to the water research community

Alice Lichtenstein, the Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, has received a 2018 Alumni Award of Merit from T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University.

Mike Mandel, an SMFA lecturer, and Chantal Zakari, an SMFA professor of the practice, will have their work included at the Boston Art Book Fair, October 12-14 at the Cyclorama. 

Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, has been honored by the Museum of Science with the Walker Prize. A nutritional epidemiologist and cardiologist named one of the world’s most influential scientific minds by Thomson Reuters in 2016, Mozaffarian received the award on September 24 at a celebration at which he gave the lecture, “The Future of Food and Nutrition: Implications for Science, Dietary Guidelines, and Food Policy.”

The School of Dental Medicine recognized outstanding alumni, faculty, and staff with Sesquicentennial Awards on September 26. The recipients were Jess Kane, D74, DG76, AG78, DG79, D04P, DG06P; Van Zissi, D62, DG67, A02P; Kanchan Ganda, J00P, M04P, professor of comprehensive care; Charles Rankin, D79, DG86, D08P, DG11P, professor of comprehensive care; Paula Callahan, clinical services manager; and Sean Donlon, a Tufts police officer.


Tyler Comings, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), testified about the future of two coal energy producing units as part of a Consumers Energy rate case [PDF] in Michigan. He said that the units have been shown to be uneconomic in past analyses and that delaying their retirement would cost Michigan ratepayers more.

Gillian Davies, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), discussed the critical role wetlands and swamps play in curbing the effects of climate change and the importance of protecting these ecosystems in an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio on September 14.

R. Bruce Hitchner, professor and chair of the Department of Classics and a member of the negotiating team for the 2005 April Package of Constitutional Reforms in Bosnia, had an op-ed published in Balkan Insight entitled “Bosnia Offers Lessons for Kosovo Land-Swap Talks.” He also was interviewed on the topic by Radio Free Europe. Additionally, in a comment in the New York Times, he reiterated that “Serbia, Kosovo, the EU and the US should pay close attention to the lessons of Bosnia before embarking on land swap talks.”

Neva Goodwin, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was featured in the panel discussion “Towards a Wellbeing Economy: Ten years on from the financial crash, is it time for system change?” hosted by Wellbeing Economy Alliance (WEAll) on September 20 at Fordham University in New York City. Goodwin also published “Ecological Repair: A Hope for the Human Economies” in Opinion Sur. The article has been translated into Spanish and Portuguese

Susan Landau, Bridge Professor in Cyber Security and Policy at The Fletcher School and the Tufts School of Engineering, shared a perspective in The Conversation on Russian influence on political activity with an article entitled “Why the Russians Might Hack the Boy Scouts Next.” 

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), and Gillian Davies, a research fellow at GDAE, published “What the world needs now to fight climate change: More swamps” in The Conversation. The piece was reprinted by Business Insider, CNBC, and Chicago Tribunal.   

Liz Stanton, a senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), reviewed a recent study [PDF] of the Massachusetts-specific cost of complying with the Global Warming Solutions Act. The study, released in August as a supplement to the Avoided Energy Supply Component in New England: 2018 Report, finds a Massachusetts carbon cost of $35 per ton of carbon dioxide (plus the cost of energy supply). Stanton supports this assessment, while at the same time providing updates and critiques for implementation in future assessments.

Timothy A. Wise, G05, a senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), published “‘This Is Life or Death for Us’: Mexico’s Farm Movement Rejects New NAFTA Agreement” in Common Dreams on September 13. A Spanish translation was reprinted by Mexican news outlet, Imagen Agropecuaria.


Julie Dobrow, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and a senior lecturer with appointments in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development and at the Tisch College of Civic Life, chronicles the lives of Emily Dickinson’s earliest champions and editors—Mabel Loomis Todd and her daughter Millicent Todd Bingham—in After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet, to be published October 30 by Norton. Dobrow dug into extensive archives at Yale—including diaries, letters, and rarely seen documents—to shine light on their important role in honoring the poet’s legacy.

Christina Maranci, the Arthur H. Dadian and Ara T. Oztemel Professor of Armenian Art and chair of the Department of Art History, has published The Art of Armenia: An Introduction (Oxford University Press). It is the first English-language introduction to Armenian art. She is also a main author of the catalogue for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibition “Armenia!”, which explores Armenian art and culture over fourteen centuries.


Tony Cortese, E68, principal at Intentional Endowments Network, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Cortese was lauded for playing “an essential role in the formation of many of the key organizations and frameworks—including the Talloires Declaration, Second Nature, AASHE, the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, and the Intentional Endowments Network—that have guided the evolution of the movement for sustainability by and in higher education.”

Winnona DeSombre, A18, a threat intelligence researcher at Recorded Future, was among the thought leaders speaking at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit in Boston, September 29 through October 3.