People Notes August 2019


Justin Hollander, A96, associate professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, has been invited to serve as an associate editor for the journal Architectural Science Review.

Kris Manjapra, associate professor of history and chair of the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, has been awarded the Merck-Tagore Award  in recognition of his contributions towards intercultural exchange between India and Germany. He is the author of Age of Entanglement: German and Indian Intellectuals across Empire (Harvard University Press, 2014). The award is granted every two years on or around the birthday of the Indian Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

Srivalleesha Mallidi, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, received a 2019 Early Investigator Award from the International Photodynamic Association in recognition of her research focusing on clinical translation of image-guided photodynamic therapy.

Rachel Martel and Avni Mittal, members of the School of Arts and Sciences Class of 2017 have published their senior honors theses in scholarly journals. The Community Health majors are first authors on papers accepted by peer-reviewed journals, an uncommon honor for undergraduate work. Martel published the article, “Assessment of urogenital schistosomiasis knowledge among primary and junior high school students in the Eastern Region of Ghana: A cross-sectional study,” in the journal PLOS ONE. Mittal published her work, “HCV treatment access among Latinxs who inject drugs: qualitative findings from Boston, Massachusetts, 2016,” in Harm Reduction Journal. Martel is currently in medical school on a full scholarship and Mittal is heading to medical school this month.  

Andrew McClellan, professor of the history of art and architecture, has won, with co-author Sally Anne Duncan, an award for The Art of Curating: Paul J. Sachs and the Museum Course at Harvard (Research Institute, 2018). The book, which examines the professionalization of art museum curators in the United States in the first half of the twenthieth century, was recognized by the New England Society in the City of New York as “Best Book in Art and Photography” in 2019.

Julia Moss, A21, participated in the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra’s (BPYO) sixteen-day orchestral tour of Brazil, featuring nine concerts in eight cities, plus musical exchanges, master classes, and side-by-side performances with local musicians.

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Danielle Abrams, professor of the practice at the SMFA, was commissioned by Paper Monuments, a public art and public history project based in New Orleans, to develop a performance and archive that sheds light on the once segregated “Lincoln Beach” (1954-1963).

Silvia Bottinelli, lecturer at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts (SMFA), gave a talk entitled “Looking Inside: The Home in Italian Art and Visual Culture from the 1940s to the 1970s” on June 25 at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome. The lecture compared artworks with popular media to show forms of negotiation between personal narratives and societal expectations, with particular attention given to artworks created by women and their domestic experiences.

Jeronim Capaldo, research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), co-authored “New NAFTA brings high risks and few rewards” published by The Hill. In the article, the authors draw from the findings in their policy brief, “Small Gains & Big Risks: Evaluating the Proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.”

William Moomaw, co-director of GDAE, was quoted by WGBH in “Are We Cutting Down the Wrong Trees in Massachusetts?” In the article, Moomaw shared why he thinks sustainable forestry in the U.S., and specifically in New England, is in fact not sustainable for the climate. Moomaw cites his recent paper, “Intact Forests in the United States: Proforestation Mitigates Climate Change and Serves the Greatest Good” in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, to argue that if current management practices continue, the world’s forests will only achieve half of their carbon sequestration potential.

Allen F. Shaughnessy, professor and vice chair of Family Medicine for Research at the School of Medicine, is among the authors of a study, published in the journal BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine, questioning the regulatory endorsement of a “smart” pill to aid people taking medications for mental illness. Their study got further attention in a STAT Plus article, “Was it really a smart move for the FDA to approve a ‘smart pill’ for treating schizophrenia?”

Deborah Sunter, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, was a guest on NPR’s All Things Considered to talk about the paper she wrote regarding racial and ethnic disparities in rooftop solar adoption.

Timothy A. Wise, G05, senior research fellow at GDAE, published “World Hunger Is on the Rise” in Medium on July 22. Wise also penned “Agroecology as Innovation” published by Food Tank on July 9.   


Rachel Applebaum, assistant professor of Russian and East European history, had her book Empire of Friends: Soviet Power and Socialist Internationalism in Cold War Czechoslovakia published by Cornell University Press earlier this year. In it, she assesses the Czechoslovak-Soviet friendship programs that aimed to establish the Soviet Union as a model for its satellite states.


Janis Moriarty, D94, has been named president of the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS). Moriarty will be one of thirteen women serving as presidents in their state dental association this year—the most in the American Dental Association’s 160-year history. She practices in Winchester, Massachusetts, and is a past president of the Tufts Dental Alumni Association and a past assistant clinical professor in the Tufts School of Dental Medicine’s Department of General Dentistry. She also is involved in the leadership of New England’s largest dental meeting, the Yankee Dental Congress, having served as general chair in 2011.

Signe Eklund Schaefer, J67, recently published a book based on a box of “forgotten letters” from women friends she had saved from the 1970’s and 80’s. I Give You My Word: Women’s Letters as Life Support, 1973–1987 (Green Fire Press) evokes a time of powerful and personal transitions for women.

Ted Tesser, A71, has a book published posthumously on Kindle. The Open Road, edited by his brother, Lawrence, chronicles the turbulent cultural revolution of students attending college in the 1960s. Ted passed away in 2014; an expert in day trading, he was also the author of two investment books.

Deborah Thomson, V12, has been selected to participate in the 2019-2020 American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) Fellowship Program. She will spend a year in Washington, D.C., as a full-time staff member for a congressional office or congressional committee—fellows advise policymakers on a wide range of issues including food safety, public health, animal welfare, research, and small-business policies. Thomson, of Albany, California, also has been a volunteer member of the California Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps and spent a summer in Thailand as a professor of mixed animal medicine.