People Notes December 2021


Ellise LaMotte in November was named the associate dean of Student Diversity, Inclusion, and Success for the School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering. She joined Tufts in 2018 as the director of the Center for STEM Diversity.


Bruce Boghosian, professor of mathematics, was interviewed on Armenian public television while visiting the Economic Research Group at the Central Bank of Armenia this summer. In May, he gave an invited presentation on “Recent Progress in Modeling Wealth Inequality and Upward Mobility” at the Collège de France, which is perhaps the most prestigious academic speaking venue in France. Boghosian will also appear on Colin R. Turner’s blog in the coming months. Turner is an Irish political activist and author based in Dublin, and interviewed Boghosian about his work on wealth inequality after seeing his TEDx Tufts talk “The Mathematics of Oligarchy” this past spring.

Justin Hollander, A96, professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, co-authored a journal article in the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research based on work he conducted with professors from the Czech Republic and China, who were Tufts visiting scholars through the Fulbright program during the 2018-2019 school year.


Julian Agyeman, professor of urban and environmental policy and planning and Fletcher Professor of Rhetoric and Debate, was named on November 9 as a member of the transition team for Boston mayor-elect Michelle Wu. Tweeting about his appointment, Agyeman wrote, “Let’s make dignity, empathy, and humanity our policy goals. Let’s keep thinking about what Boston can become, whilst ensuring that all can belong, and let’s (re)write an inclusive narrative of this great city.”

Daanika Gordon, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, has been elected to the Law & Society Association’s board of trustees. 

Kerri Greenidge, Mellon Assistant Professor in the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, has been awarded Fordham University’s Ann M. Sperber Book Prize for Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter (Liveright Books, 2020). The prize is awarded annually to an outstanding autobiography, memoir, or biography of a journalist.

Guadalupe Maravilla, professor of the practice at the School of the Museum of Fine Art (SMFA) is the 2021 recipient of the Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award, given to a distinguished artist whose work will inspire and motivate future generations to active participation and social responsibility.

Keren Ladin, associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy, has been inducted into the AJKD (American Journal of Kidney Diseases) Reviewer Hall of Fame. 

Doug Matson, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering, has been selected as one of three fellows of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research, in recognition of his distinguished scientific and social contributions to the advancement of gravitational and space research. Matson studies the science of engineered materials, including the production, processing, and manufacturing of metal, plastic, ceramic, and biomaterial products. His work focuses on solidification and space processing, advanced materials, and engineering education outreach.

Ethan Murrow, an SMFA at Tufts professor of the practice, recently received a Picture Book, Early Reader Honor from the Massachusetts Book Awards for the children’s picture book by him and his wife Vita Murrow, Zero Local: Next Stop: Kindness, which is published by Candlewick Press. Murrow’s solo show The Riparian Lovers was on view at the Winston Wachter Gallery in Seattle in October and November. The show included new drawings as well as a massive wall drawing.  

Anne-Christine Rice, senior lecturer in the Department of Romance Studies, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Nelson Brooks Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Culture, an annual program of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

The Service With a Smile program at the School of Dental Medicine received a $20,000 grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation to help improve oral care for veterans in need.  Brent Mullen, D20, and Keith Nguyen, D20, founded the program to focus on providing oral health education, screenings, and related services to veterans in need, particularly those without homes.