People Notes

People Notes April 2020


Kelly Sims Gallagher, F00, F03, co-director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) and professor of energy and environmental policy at The Fletcher School, was appointed to a new National Academies Committee on Accelerating Decarbonization in the United States: Technology, Policy, and Societal Dimensions. She also traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the first committee meeting and spoke on “A Road to Paris? BRI, Energy, and the Environment” as part of Belt, Road, and Beyond, an executive course offered by the Center for Strategic Studies. In addition, she authored two op-eds in The Hill, the first, “Will coronavirus slow action on climate?” on March 4, and “A much-needed stimulus for today—and tomorrow” on March 24.

Ramya S. Palacholla, assistant professor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, was selected to lead a panel at the World Health Care Congress (WHCC20), along with researchers from Partners HealthCare and Phillips Research, on leveraging predictive analytics to reduce health care costs in elderly patients.


Justin Hollander, A96, professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, has been inducted into the AICP College of Fellows. The American Institute of Certified Planners, the professional institute of the American Planning Association, elects fellows every two years; he was nominated by the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association. Hollander also has an op-ed in The Hill: “Investing in healthy workers can help offset corona crisis setbacks.”

Andrew Kemp, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, is the recipient of a CAREER grant award from the National Science Foundation for his research project “Dynamic Sea-Level Trends During the Last Two Millennia.”

Josue Llamas, A20, has been honored with the Joanne Mary Sullivan award from the Tufts Department of Psychology, given to a junior or senior who has shown excellence and promise in the study of psychology. His accomplishments include  working for two summer in the Michele Jacob Lab as part of the Laidlaw Scholars program, and in the Department of Psychology as a research assistant in the Emotion, Brain, & Behavior Lab. He also has gained research experience at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital. The prize was established in 1990 in memory of Joanne Mary Sullivan, who received a B.A. in psychology.


Felice D. Billups, J80, recently published Qualitative Data Collection Tools: Design, Development, and Applications (Sage Publishers). Billups is a professor in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she teaches courses in research methods and organizational behavior.

Jane Frommer, J76, research scientist at IBM Research for more than three decades, has been awarded the Perkin Medal from the Society of Chemical Industry. She was lauded for her “seminal contributions to the areas of electronically conducting polymers and scanning probe instrumentation” and for pioneering work in “vital to thin film and nano-structural efforts now pervasive throughout industries.”

Bethany Whitaker, J86, of Burlington, Vermont, has been inducted into the Women In Industry Class of 2019-20, a recognition program of The Communications Group in Little Rock, Arkansas. A public transportation consultant and a principal at Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, Whitaker works across the country with state and city organizations to design and implement transit services and solutions, including the Rock Region METRO of Little Rock.