People Notes

People Notes September 2019

WELCOME

Anna Kijas, G05, has returned to the university as head of the Lilly Music Library. Kijas earned a master’s in music history from Tufts; she also holds a bachelor’s in music literature and performance from Northeastern and an M.L.I.S. from Simmons. She began her career at the University of Connecticut, where she also co-founded the Scholars Collaborative, a campus-wide digital humanities community. Previously she was senior digital scholarship librarian at Boston College. Her own research and scholarship is focused on women in music.

Gwen Verkuilen-Chevalier has joined Tisch Library as the head of acquisitions in Resource Management and Repository Services. Verkuilen-Chevalier comes to Tufts from St. Anselm College, where she was head of collection development and user services at Geisel Library. She has also served as assistant head of reference and instruction and as a cataloging librarian. Verkuilen-Chevalier received a bachelor’s in history from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

NEW FACULTY MEMBERS IN ARTS, SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING (AS&E)

Martin Allen has joined the Department of Computer Science as a senior lecturer. He comes to Tufts from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he taught since 2010. He received an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Mary Casey has joined the Department of Child Study and Human Development as a lecturer. Casey has been a lecturer at Tufts since 2011. She has also taught at the Boston Teacher Residency Program, Harvard Extension School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Dartmouth College. She received an Ed.M. and Ed.D. in human development and psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

Lauren Crowe has joined the Department of Biology as a lecturer. She has been a postdoctoral scholar with the Department of Neuroscience at Tufts since 2016. She received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in cell biology from Duke University. She has also taught at Bunker Hill and North Carolina Central University and served as a senior contract editor at American Journal Experts.  

Noel Heim has joined the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences as a lecturer.  Heim comes to Tufts from Stanford University where he has taught and been the director of the Stanford Earth Young Investigators: Biodiversity Program since 2012. He received an M.S. in geological sciences from the University of California, Riverside and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Georgia. His research interests include extinction in modern and ancient oceans, paleontology, conservation, and evolutionary trends.

Eoin McGuirk has joined the Department of Economics as an assistant professor. He comes to Tufts from Trinity College Dublin where he has been a visiting fellow in the Department of Economics. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Trinity in 2013. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and completed post-doctoral work at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, Brown University, and Yale University. He was a visiting scholar at the Center for Effective Global Action at UC Berkeley, where he was also a Fulbright Scholar. His research area is in development economics, political economics, and applied microeconomics.

Raja Sambasivan has joined the Department of Computer Science as assistant professor. He received a B.S., an M.S., and a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. His research focuses on designing and building evolvable multi-party systems for the cloud ecosystem and the tools needed to diagnose problems. He is currently a principal investigator on an NSF grant as well as a research scientist at Boston University’s Mass Open Cloud and Red Hat Collaboratory.

Elaine Short has joined the Department of Computer Science as the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor. Short’s research expertise is in developing algorithms that enable human-robot interaction in human environments, especially for people with disabilities. She received an M.S. and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Southern California. She has won several teaching and research awards at USC and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.  

Richard Townsend has joined the Department of Computer Science as a lecturer. Townsend received a Ph.D. this spring, an M.Phil. in 2016, and an M.S. in 2015 in computer science from Columbia University. In New York, he has also worked as a patent reviewer for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and as a computer science consultant for BlindData.

Jill VanTongeren has joined the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences as an associate professor. Previously she taught at Rutgers University. She received a Ph.D. in earth and environmental sciences from Columbia University and was a Bateman Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale. She is also a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History. Her research area is in magmatic processes in the oceans and continents.

ARTS, SCIENCES, AND ENGINEERING PROMOTIONS, TENURE, AND NAMED PROFESSORSHIPS

Ayse Asatekin has been promoted to associate professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Michael Beckley has been promoted to associate professor in the Department of Political Science.

Silvia Bottinelli has been promoted to senior lecturer at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. 

Jianping Feng has been promoted to senior lecturer in International Literary and Cultural Studies.

Laura Gee has been promoted to associate professor in the Department of Economics.

Justin Hollander has been promoted to full professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy.

Xiaozhe Hu has been promoted to associate professor in the Department of Mathematics.

Karen Kosinski has been promoted to senior lecturer in the Department of Community Health.

Frank Lehman has been promoted to associate professor in the Department of Music.

Peter Levine has been promoted to full professor in the Department of Political Science.

John Page has been promoted to senior lecturer in the Department of Music.

Erin Seaton has been promoted to senior lecturer in the Department of Education.

David Smyth has been promoted to associate professor in the Department of Mathematics.

Cristiane Soares has been promoted to senior lecturer in the Department of Romance Studies.

Anne Taieb has been promoted to senior lecturer in the Department of Romance Studies.

Ayanna Thomas has been promoted to full professor in the Department of Psychology.

Eric Tytell has been promoted to associate professor in the Department of Biology.

Manolis Tzanakakis has been promoted to full professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Heather Urry has been promoted to full professor in the Department of Psychology.

Kirsten Wendell has been promoted to associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Markus Wilczek has been promoted to associate professor in the Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies.

Nathan Wolff has been promoted to associate professor in the Department of English.

Souhad Zenda has been promoted to senior lecturer in the Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies.

KUDOS

Leopoldo Correa, associate professor at the School of Dental Medicine, has been accepted as a fellow in the International College of Dentists. His induction ceremony will take place in Nagoya, Japan in November 2020 as part of the 100th anniversary meeting of the ICD. In addition, he recently collaborated with the Office of Continuing Education to lead an introductory course in Singapore on dental sleep medicine, a practice that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-disordered breathing, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. He previously led a similar course in Spain and aims to establish it on five continents by 2025.

Gregory Crane, professor in the Department of Classical Studies, has been awarded a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will fund an expansion of the Perseus Digital Library, which will incorporate reading tools that help to enable the study of ancient texts.

Jennifer LeBlanc, administrative assistant in the Department of English, reports that her first full-length book of poems, Descent, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.

Kingsley Moghalu, F92, fellow with the Council on Emerging Market Enterprises at The Fletcher School, has been named Nigerian Political Icon of the Year 2019 by the Federation of West African Freelance Journalists Association

Arthur Winston, co-founder and director emeritus of the Tufts Gordon Institute, was featured recently in the Lexington Minuteman and Concord Journal, where he shared reflections on the Apollo 11 mission.

IDEAS AND TRAVEL

Kelly Sims Gallagher, F00, F03, professor of energy and environmental policy and director of the Climate Policy Lab (CPL) and the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) at The Fletcher School, has authored “How China’s Domestic Energy and Environmental Challenges Shape Its Global Engagement” with Professor Joanna Lewis of Georgetown University, a chapter in the fifth edition of The Global Environment: Institutions, Law, and Policy. Gallagher also was featured in a Forbes article, “6 Hidden Costs Of Government Inaction On Climate Change,” where she discussed the costs of policy inaction on climate and the recent research conducted by the Climate Policy Lab, which shows the costs of the U.S. government’s unstable policies. Gallagher notes that CIERP has begun buying carbon offsets for all travel by airplane.

ALUMNI

Peter Chianca and David London, both of the Class of 1990 in the School of Arts and Sciences, have published a collection of the first three years of their comic strip, Pet Peeves. The book, available on Amazon, contains almost 400 dailies along with author commentary. Pet Peeves debuted in February 2016 and is now nationally distributed by Gatehouse Media’s More Content Now news service to more than 600 publications, including 125 daily newspapers, along with over 520 affiliated news sites.  

Spencer Dimmick, A18, who writes under the pseudonym Tom Early, has published his third novel, The Final Season (Harmony Ink Press 2019), to complete his Season’s Rising trilogy. Dimmick published his first two books in the adult fantasy series while he was an undergraduate as an English and Classics double major. He sold his first book, Aspect of Winter, to Harmony Ink Press where it was published in 2015. His second book, The Doorway God, was published in 2017. 

Four Tufts alumni were recently named to The Best Lawyers in America 2020 list: Tamsin R. Kaplan, A82, at Davis Malm; Edward M. Bloom, E62, at Sherin and Lodgen; Nancy S. Shilepsky, A74, at Sherin and Lodgen; and Francesco A. De Vito, A93, at Rackemann. Best Lawyers highlights the top 5 percent of practicing attorneys in the United States.