People Notes

People Notes December 2018


Michelle Cremone has joined Tufts Dining as a retail service manager for Hotung Café and Commons Marketplace. Cremone started working for Tufts Dining as a culinary intern at Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center while attending high school. Cremone earned her associate’s degree in baking and pastry arts at Johnson & Wales University and her bachelor’s degree in management at UMass.    


Madina Agenor, Gerald R. Gill Assistant Professor of Race, Culture, and Society in the Department of Community Health, has been awarded a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. Agenor, a social epidemiologist, will use the grant to study how state health policies and health-care providers’ knowledge, attitudes, perceptions, and practices influence racial/ethnic and sexual orientation disparities in human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among young women in the United States.  

Nan Freeman, director of the Post Baccalaureate program and of the Studio Diploma program at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts (SMFA), was commissioned to paint flowers for a calendar for Women’s Lunch Place, a day shelter serving homeless women in the greater Boston area. Two of Freeman’s floral bouquet paintings also will hang permanently at the center, a gift from the Museum of Fine Art’s Karsh Center. Read more here.   

Dana Safran, an associate professor at the School of Medicine, has been hired by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to head data management for its health-care venture. Safran is also the chief performance measurement and improvement officer and senior vice president of Enterprise Analytics, at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

Randi Sokol, assistant professor of family medicine at the School of Medicine, has received an award from the Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance Use and Addiction (AMERSA) for best manuscript in 2018. The prize recognizes her patient-centered qualitative study “Why Use Group Visits for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment in Primary Care?” 


Nancy Bauer, dean of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, led a conversation with artist Sheila Pepe, MFA95, at the DeCordova Museum on November 29. Pepe is known for her large-scale sculptures and installations using domestic and industrial fibers; her exhibition, Hot Mess Formalism, is on view at deCordova through March 10, 2019. Read more about her work in the Boston Globe.

Rishikesh Ram Bhandary, a predoctoral fellow at the Fletcher School’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP), recently published an article entitled “Trying to Eat an Elephant (Again): Opportunities and Challenges in International Cooperative Approaches of the Paris Agreement” in Carbon & Climate Law Review. The article discusses how countries can collaborate through cooperative approaches discussed in Article 6 of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Steven Block, academic dean, professor of international economics, and director of the Program on International Development at CIERP, recently signed a memorandum of understanding on behalf of The Fletcher School with Ethiopian Minister of Forests, Environment, and Climate Change Gemedo Dalle Tussie, regarding collaborations on climate policy and training.

Leopoldo Correa, associate professor in the Department of Diagnostic Sciences at the School of Dental Medicine, was the keynote speaker at the Korean Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine’s tenth anniversary meeting in Seoul. He also gave lectures at Yonsei University Dental Hospital and the Seoul National University Dental Hospital.

Kelly Sims Gallagher, F00, F03, along with fellows, staff, and others affiliated with the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy’s Climate Policy Lab at The Fletcher School, recently co-hosted the workshop “Chinese Overseas Energy Investments: Implications for Climate and Development Policy” with Boston University. The two-day workshop spanned discussion topics that included Chinese financing of coal abroad; case study research in Indonesia, Bangladesh, and India; and Chinese investment in Latin America and Africa. Gallagher on October 30 also moderated a student-based roundtable that discussed important topics emphasized in a community talk by Bill McKibben, founder of, the first global grassroots climate change movement.

Justin Hollander, A96, an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, co-wrote an essay for Architectural Digest entitled “Why Architecture Education Needs to Embrace Evidence-Based Design, Now” with Ann Sussman, F86. Hollander also has been invited to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Planning Education and Research, the scholarly journal of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, regarded as one of the preeminent journals in the field of urban planning.

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was quoted in a Sierra Magazine piece entitled “We Can't Save the Climate Without Also Saving the Trees.” Moomaw on November 1 talked about the ecology and history of old growth forests in a talk “Forest Treasures of Massachusetts and their Hidden Value”  in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. The free lecture was part of “Massachusetts Forests: A 21st Century Vision,” hosted by Concerned Citizens of Franklin County and Restore: The North Woods.

Mort Rosenberg, D74, a professor emeritus in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the School of Dental Medicine, on October 5 presented a program detailing the creation of a mobile medical emergency application at the fifteenth International Dental Congress on Anesthesia, Sedation, and Pain Control in Nara, Japan.

June Sekera, a research fellow at GDAE, recently released Public Goods Post Vol. 3, No 6, “Government Efficiency,” which examines a recent study that dispels the myth that the private sector is inherently more efficient than government.

Timothy A. Wise, G05, senior research fellow at GDAE, published “Seeds of Resistance, Harvests of Hope: Farmers Halt a Land Grab in Mozambique,” in Food Tank. Wise was also featured on a panel entitled “How the ‘New NAFTA’ Affects Food Supply: Provisions for GMO/GE Agriculture.”


Kirsten Behling, director of student accessibility services, has co-authored In Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education (West Virginia University Press). Behling, who co-founded the disability services in higher education graduate certificate program at Suffolk University, and co-author Thomas Tobin, were interviewed about how universal design for learning (UDL) framework is gaining momentum at institutions nationwide in Inside Higher Ed.


Gabriel Sosa, MFA16, has a site-specific installation up in Somerville’s Davis Square through December 15 called “Do You Understand What I’m Saying?” The installation, done in collaboration with AREA Gallery and the Somerville Arts Council, “explores the imperfections and ambiguities inherent in language and communication” and draws on his experiences as a court interpreter.