People Notes April 2019


Annie Soisson, senior associate director of the Center for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT), has been named the center’s new director, effective July 1. She joined the center a year after it was founded and has played an important role in its growth into a robust and nationally respected resource. She was awarded the Faculty/Staff Multicultural Service Award in 2016 for her commitment to diversity and inclusion. Before working at Tufts, she was dean of students at Huron University in London and higher education quality improvement program director at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She holds a doctorate from Boston University and a master’s from Harvard University.


Linell Yugawa, director of the Asian American Center, will retire this summer; she has led the  center since July 1985. Her extensive contributions includes organizing innumerable events and programs that contributed to the center’s strong sense of mission, founding the center’s Peer Leader Program, and working closely with students and student organizations within the Pan Asian Council.


Daniel Berman, A18, and now a master’s degree candidate in data science, has been selected as the DISC/MITRE summer intern. Alva Couch, professor of computer science at the School of Engineering, will be his advisor.  

Ria Brodell, a lecturer in painting and drawing at the SMFA and 2006 M.F.A. graduate, published Butch Heroes (MIT Press) last year; it is now a Lambda Literary finalist for LGBTQ Nonfiction. Read more about Ria and their book on Tufts Now.

Alaa Bukhari, DG19, has received the 2019 Lester Burket Award from the American Academy of Oral Medicine for her research entitled, “Salivary Glands Ultrasonography as a Diagnostic Aid in Sjögren’s Syndrome: A Prospective Investigational Study.”  

Kelly Sims Gallagher, F00, F03, professor of energy and environmental policy and director of the Climate Policy Lab and the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School, was honored with the Diplomacy and World Affairs Distinguished Alumnus Award from her alma mater, Occidental College, while visiting for a book talk on Titans of the Climate (MIT Press, 2019) at the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs. She also did a book talks at the University of Southern California, the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, India, the Colorado School of Mines and the Association for Asian Studies conference, and the Edwin Ginn Library.

Kathryn Dolan, assistant professor at the School of Dental Medicine and director of the Tufts Statewide Community Dental Program, was named a Humble Dragon Honoree for her work with the Josiah Quincy School, a Boston magnet school. The Humble Dragon recognizes “selfless individuals who have devoted time and effort to strengthen and enrich our school community without seeking the limelight.”  

The Reverend Greg McGonigle, university chaplain, was elected as a member of the board of the Association for College and University Religious Affairs at its annual meeting in Santa Fe on February 26.

Rebecca Redelmeier, A19, received an Overseas Press Club Foundation Scholar Award at the Foundation’s 2019 Annual Scholar Awards Luncheon in New York City. She was among sixteen aspiring foreign correspondents selected from 175 applicants from fifty colleges and universities. Redelmeier received the David Schweisberg Scholarship in response to her application, in which she wrote about her experiences as a junior reporter with the Daily Maverick & Groundup News in Cape Town, South Africa, and where she encountered and wrote about Daphne, a “hopeful homeless” transgender woman with HIV.  


Jeronim Capaldo, visiting scholar at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), celebrated the launch of a new book Rewriting the Rules of the European Economy, coauthored with Joseph Stiglitz. The book was launched in Brussels on March 21.

Kelly Sims Gallagher, F00, F03, professor of energy and environmental policy and director of the Climate Policy Lab and the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) at The Fletcher School, and Fang Zhang, a CIERP pre-doctoral student, published, “Assessing the policy gaps for achieving China’s climate targets in the Paris Agreement” in Nature Communications, an online journal. In the article, they say that China’s carbon emissions are likely to peak before 2030 and provide an analysis of current policies to reduce emissions.

Neva Goodwin, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), had a new paper entitled, “Addressing meta-externalities: investments in restoring the Earth”, published in Real-World Economics Review. The article focuses on where to find the resources—especially financial resources—for investments in ecological restoration.

Jonathan Harris, senior research associate at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), presented a paper on “Responding to Economic and Ecological Deficits” at the Eastern Economic Association’s forty-fifth annual conference in New York City in March. The paper calls for a more sophisticated analysis of ecological deficits and a balanced assessment of economic deficits in the context of Green Keynesian policies. 

Justin Hollander, A96, associate professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, was interviewed as part of an article in the Danish newspaper Weekendavisen about brain science and urban design.  

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), spoke about wetlands and climate change during a Society of Wetland Scientists webinar entitled, “Wetlands in a Changing Climate: Science, Policy and Management,” moderated by GDAE visiting scholar Gillian Davies. Moomaw’s research was also cited by Vox in “Europe’s renewable energy policy is built on burning American trees,” which discussed the burning of biomass for energy and whether it should qualify as carbon neutral.

Bina Oh, D09, assistant professor in the Department of Periodontology at the School of Dental Medicine and co-founder of the Center for Dental Medicine & Reconstruction in Lincoln, was recently honored by the Massachusetts Dental Society with the prestigious 2019 “10 Under Ten” award, an annual recognition of dentists who have been out of dental school for no more than ten years and have made a considerable impact within the dental profession and their community.  

Faculty and students at the School of Dental Medicine in March provided 308 patients with free dental care in Evensville, Tennessee. The group, led by Ronald Perry, professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care and director of the International Student D.M.D. Program, and Paul Trombly, associate professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care, partnered with the nonprofit Remote Area Medical. The Tufts team set up and ran a two-day clinic. 

Natalie Shapero, Professor of the Practice of Poetry, was interviewed in a poetry blog published by the University of Arizona Poetry Center in advance of a reading there on March 14. Her most recent poetry collection is Hard Child (Copper Canyon, 2017), shortlisted for the 2018 International Griffin Poetry Prize.  

Deborah Sunter, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the School of Engineering, recently published a paper in Nature Sustainability entitled “Disparities in rooftop photovoltaics deployment in the United States by race and ethnicity.” The paper brings a discussion of social justice into the energy sphere. Read more on Tufts Now.

Jonathan Lamontagne, assistant professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, recently published a paper in Nature Climate Change entitled “Robust abatement pathways to tolerable climate futures require immediate global action.” The paper explores climate change mitigation pathways that robustly achieve tolerable outcomes in 2100.  Read more on Tufts Now.

Timothy A. Wise, G05, senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was featured on the podcast “For Foods Sake” to discuss his new book, Eating Tomorrow. The opening chapter of Eating Tomorrow, “Getting Smart on Climate agriculture,” was published on Medium. His new book was also cited by Project Syndicate in “The Revolt Against Big Food.” Wise was interviewed by Civil Eats about his new book and policy solutions that could support small-scale farmers, the environment, and food security of the world’s poor in a piece entitled, “How Farm Policy and Big Ag Impact Farmers in the U.S. and Abroad.”


Daniel C. Dennett, the Austin B. Fletcher Professor of Philosophy and director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, is one of four authors of a new book, The Four Horsemen: The Conversation That Sparked an Atheist Revolution (Random House). The book is a transcript of a 2007 conversation on modern atheism between Dennett, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Sam Harris. It also includes a new essay by Dennett and an introduction by actor and author Stephen Fry.

Celene Ibrahim, Tufts’ Muslim chaplain, has a new book, One Nation Indivisible: Transcending Fear from the Pulpit to the Streets (Wipf & Stock), an anthology comprised of the wisdom of contemporary religious leaders and activists in America.


Varun Soni, A96, dean of religious life at the University of Southern California, and former Buddhist in Residence Upali Sraman have contributed an article included in the book Educating about Religious Diversity and Interfaith Engagement: A Handbook for Student Affairs (Stylus Publishing). Soni will also be receiving the Gomes Honors at Harvard Divinity School on May 2, and will speak at Tufts on May 1. The Tufts University Chaplaincy’s CAFÉ Interfaith Social Justice Preorientation Program is also cited in the book.