People Notes June 2021


The following faculty were awarded emeritus status this spring:

Jeswald Salacuse, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and Huw Thomas, School of Dental Medicine, were awarded dean emeritus certificates. 

The School of Arts and Sciences: Cristelle Baskins, Jay Cantor, Richard A. Chechile, David Henry Feldman, Juliet A. Fuhrman, Eva Hoffman, David Locke, Steven Luz-Alterman, Ann Barclay Rappaport, Marta Rosso-O’Laughlin, John Michael Schulz, Sandra Stark, Robert Stolow, and Jonathan M. Wilson.

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy: Robert Pfaltzgraff

The School of Medicine: Michael Jacob Barza, In Sup Choi, Mark S. Drapkin, Alan S. Kopin, and Lee S. Perrin

The School of Dental Medicine: Roger B. Galburt, Kanchan M. Ganda, Noshir Mehta, and Charles H. Rankin III


Faculty awards announced at the faculty meeting of Arts, Sciences and Engineering on May 19 are as follows:

The Henry and Madeline Fischer Award:  Ron Lasser, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Matthew Panzer, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Lerman-Neubauer Prize: Christopher Manos, Economics

Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award: Alecia McGregor, Community Health

Gerald R. Gill Distinguished Service Award: Kris Manjapra, History and Studies in Race, Colonialism and Diaspora

Faculty/Staff DEIJ Service Award: Ryan Rideau, Center for Education, Learning, and Teaching; and Ayanna Thomas, Psychology                                                                         

Faculty Research Awards Committee Distinguished Scholar Award: Elizabeth Foster, History                                                                                

Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award: Alisha Rankin, History    

A&S Seymour Simches Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising: Pearl Robinson, Political Science                                                                 

Leila Fawaz, the Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts, was one of three recipients of the 2020 Harvard Medal in recognition for her extraordinary service to Harvard University. The award ceremony, postponed from last year, will take place on June 4 as part of the Harvard Commencement Ceremonies this year. First awarded by the Harvard Alumni Association in 1981, the Harvard Medal recognizes extraordinary service to the university in a variety of areas, such as teaching, fundraising, leadership, and innovation.

Khary Saeed Jones, professor of the practice in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, has been named a LEF Fellow by the Harvard Film Study Center at the same time his work-in-progress, “Night Fight,” won a grant from LEF’s Moving Image Fund. Night Fight” explores the interior life of a Black man living amid COVID-19, the racial reckoning catalyzed by the murder of George Floyd, and the countdown to the 2020 presidential election. Read more about Jones here.

Milo Koretsky, appointed this spring as the first McDonnell Family Bridge Professor, has been honored with the Donald R. Woods Lectureship Award for Lifetime Achievement in Chemical Engineering Pedagogy from the American Society for Engineering Education. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement through improvements of lasting influence to chemical engineering education.” Koretsky, who came to Tufts from Oregon State University, is a bridge between the School of Engineering and School of Arts and Sciences, and will teach in both the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Department of Education. He will work closely with the university’s Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction, launched in 2018 through a gift from the James S. McDonnell Family Foundation.

Douglas “Ray” Daniels, music lecturer, was featured on a RadioBoston interview talking about his work with the Fall River Symphony featuring composers of African descent. 

Neelakshi Hudda, research assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering who has studied the environmental impact of carbon emissions from the airplanes, is featured in the PBS NOVA documentary The Great Electric Airplane Race, first aired on May 26. The documentary looks at emerging models for electric planes, their potential to curb pollution and the catastrophic impact of climate change, and even to lead to “flying taxis in our cities.” The documentary can also be streamed at novapbs.

Michael Levin, A92, Distinguished Professor and Vannevar Bush Professor of Biology, whose research explores bioelectricity and regeneration, is profiled in a New Yorker article “Persuading the Body to Regenerate Its Limbs. Kelly McLaughlin, associate professor of biology, and Daniel C. Dennett, University Professor and professor of philosophy, are also quoted.

Darius Mozaffarian, a cardiologist and dean of the School of Nutrition Science and Policy, was a guest on a recent BYUradio’s Top of Mind program. Mozaffarian spoke about the health issues that low-income Americans are more susceptible to due to consuming low-cost, low-nutrient foods.

Heather S. Nathans, chair of the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and Alice and Nathan Gantcher Professor in Judaic Studies, with a colleague from the Black Theatre Association, was guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of American Drama and Theatre, entitled Milestones in Black Theater. Tufts graduate students Stephanie Engel, AG19; Javier Hurtado, AG22; and Mia Levenson, AG20, joined her on the editorial team. Nathans also contributed her interviews with a group of groundbreaking scholars in Black theatre, including David Krasner, AG96. Elizabeth Cizmar, AG17, of Vanderbilt University, also contributed an article.

Amitabha Ghosh Roy, clinical instructor in surgery at the School of Medicine, has written a memoir From Calcutta to Connecticut that looks at his journey from tumultuous post-colonial days in India to the initial culture shock of arriving in America, and how he came to bridge two cultures through medicine. An early proponent of laparoscopic surgery, Roy taught medical students and lectured and trained young surgeons both in the United States and India. Although retired from his general and vascular surgery practice at Milton Hospital, he continues to take part in clinical rounds. Read more here.


Steve Dennis, A82, retail innovation thought leader, has published an updated edition of Remarkable Retail: How to Win and Keep Customers in the Age of Disruption (LifeTree Media). Founder and president of SageBerry Consulting in Dallas, Dennis presents strategies “to bounce back from the COVID-19 downturn and drive profitable growth for years to come.” Read more here.

Samantha Nye, BFA10, assistant professor at Kutztown University, has been selected to show her work in an upcoming series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. My Heart's in a Whirl, running from June 12 to October 31, features Visual Pleasure/Jukebox Cinema, a series of three videos that are homages to Scopitone films—short musical films that played on video jukeboxes in the 1960s. Nye’s videos star a cast of women aged 55 to 92 to highlight aging bodies and celebrate queer kinship. Read more on Tufts Now.