People Notes

People Notes December 2019


Adriana Morocoima Black is the new associate director for diversity and inclusion education and training for the Health Sciences schools. She joins Tufts after serving as the academic program administrator in the Department of Community Health Services at Boston University School of Public Health. She brings a strong background in community health practice, Latinx immigrant research, and academic racial justice initiatives. She holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and sociology and a master’s degree in athletic training from Saint Louis University and a master’s degree in public health from Boston University.


Sercan Akyalcin, associate professor and postgraduate program director of orthodontics at the School of Dental Medicine, was awarded the 2019 Edward H. Angle Research Prize by the Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists on November 2, the first professor from the Tufts dental school to receive the prestigious award. Akyalcin’s team investigated the use of mini-screws to facilitate the orthopedic expansion of the maxilla.

Kelly M. Greenhill, associate professor of political science, has been awarded a 2020/21 Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship. Greenhill will be hosted primarily by SOAS University of London, which specializes in the study of Asia, Africa, and the Near and Middle East, and will be giving a series of scholarly and public lectures.

Melinda Latour, Rumsey Family Assistant Professor in the Humanities and Arts in the Department of Music, has received the Ruth A. Solie Award from the American Musicological Society for a book she co-edited, The Relentless Pursuit of Tone: Timbre in Popular Music (Oxford University Press, 2018). 

Aidee Nieto-Herman, associate professor of periodontology at the School of Dental Medicine and president and CEO of Hispanic International Mission, was named a 2019 Latinx Amplifier by Amplify Latinx as part of Hispanic Heritage Month and in recognition of her outstanding humanitarian work.

Pearl Robinson, associate professor of political science, was honored by the African Studies Association with the Distinguished Africanist Award [PDF], “established to recognize and honor individuals who have contributed a lifetime record of outstanding scholarship in their respective field of African studies and service to the Africanist community.”


Bruce Boghosian, professor of mathematics, has published an article in Scientific American titled “Is Inequality Inevitable?” The piece discusses his research on the growth of wealth inequality in many countries.

Justin Hollander, A96, professor of urban and environmental policy and planning, was interviewed as part of a Boston Globe article about urban development and planning in Davis Square in Somerville.

Susan Landau, a Bridge Professor with appointments at the School of Engineering and The Fletcher School, was a keynote speaker at the Conference on Cyber Norms: Dealing with Uncertainty, at Leiden University on November 5-6.  A former computer science professor and active cybersecurity and privacy policy analyst, Landau is the author of Listening In: Cybersecurity in an Insecure Age.

Samuel Thomas, dean of academic affairs for the School of Arts and Sciences and professor of chemistry, has published a paper in Langmuir, the American Chemical Society’s journal of fundamental interface science. Titled “Combining Top-Down and Bottom-Up with Photodegradable Layer-by-Layer Films,” the article was co-authored with Ph.D. student Matthew Feeney,G20, and was featured on the journal’s cover.

Deborah Tung, DG97, assistant professor of endodontics, and Paul Levi, D66, DG71, clinical associate professor of periodontology, both at the School of Dental Medicine, took part in an interdepartmental collaboration between the endodontics and periodontology departments at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya Dental School in Spain.


Photographer Alicia Rodriquez Alvisa, who graduated with a B.F.A. from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts in 2018, was recently the focus of an article in the New Yorker about her series, “You Are There, Are You There?, There You Are.” With the photographer and the subject as the same person, it is a work, Avisa explains, that explores the “inner battle between my two selves in regard to my insecurities and my inner strength.”

Atrius Health in November awarded Susan Pauker, J67, M71, its 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award for her leadership in clinical and public health and in community service. She joined the organization in 1975 and today is one of the longest-serving chiefs at Atrius Health. Her volunteer work has benefitted local schools, the Museum of Science, Roxbury Comprehensive Community Health Center, Dimock Health Center and March of Dimes. Nationally, she has worked on efforts to promote education on human genetics and the prevention of AIDS and violence.