People Notes February 2016

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Stephanie Borns-Weil, V07, is a new clinical instructor in the Animal Behavior Service at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She earned a master’s in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School and a B.A. in religion from Amherst College. Before returning to Cummings for her residency in 2012, she ran a veterinary practice in Brookline, Massachusetts. She is working with hospital technicians and students to develop training modules for managing behavioral problems in hospitalized dogs.

Cindy Imai, N08, has joined the academic affairs team at the School of Dental Medicine as pre-doctoral clinical grading coordinator. She received her B.S. in nutritional sciences from UC-Berkeley, an M.S. in nutrition from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and a Ph.D. in nutrition from the University of Iceland.

Richard Kaup is the new chef manager at Carmichael Dining Hall. Kaup has more than 25 years of experience as a culinary professional, including working at the Universal Studios theme park.

Annie Wayne, A05, V11, is a new clinical instructor in emergency and critical care at Cummings School. She holds a B.S. in biology and environmental studies from Tufts and went on to graduate from Cummings’ D.V.M./M.P.H. program.


On the Move

Wiktor Jozwik is the new manager of information technology client support services at Cummings School. He previously was manager of IT client support services for the Medford/Somerville campus, where he was responsible for the IT desktop support needs for faculty, staff and students, while co-managing a large desktop support staff. Prior to Tufts, he managed IT support teams in the biotech and financial industries.

Tara Pettinato is the new associate director of public relations at Cummings School, moving from assistant director of public relations at the Fletcher School. She joined the Fletcher team in 2011 as the international media relations specialist and played an integral part in the school’s external communications, including developing a new broadcast studio. Before coming to Tufts, she worked in the marketing department of WGBH television in Boston.



Nahid Bhadelia, J99, F04, M05, received the 2016 Fletcher Women’s Leadership Award. An infectious disease physician at Boston Medical Center, she is also director of infection control at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory. She will be honored on March 11 at the Fletcher Women’s Leadership Award ceremony. Read more about Bhadelia’s work in “On the Front Lines Fighting Ebola.”

Emily Fang and Osahon Bryan Irorere, dispensary assistants at the School of Dental Medicine, have won the 2015 Tufts University School of Dental Medicine Team Excellence Award. Fang and Irorere serve the Charlestown and Dorchester group practices and support pre-doctoral endodontics, the general practice residency and advanced education in general dentistry programs, among others.

Sergio Fantini, a professor of biomedical engineering, was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows for “outstanding contributions to the development of quantitative techniques for diffuse optical spectroscopy and imaging of biological tissue.”

Irene Georgakoudi, an associate professor of biomedical engineering, was named a fellow of the Optical Society of America for her contributions to the use of endogenous markers for optical imaging of metabolic processes in normal and diseased tissue and for tissue engineering. Read more about her work in the Tufts Now article “Biopsies Without Knives.”

Laurence Senelick, the Fletcher Professor of Oratory in the Department of Drama and Dance, has been awarded lifetime honorary membership in the American Theatre and Drama Society. He was also appointed to the editorial advisory board of Early Popular Visual Culture and served on the American Academy of Arts and Sciences selection committee for new fellows in the performing arts. His translation of The Ghost Sonata, by August Strindberg, was issued by Broadway Play Publishing, and his article “Offenbach, Wagner, Nietzsche: The Polemics of Opera” appeared in New Theatre Quarterly. He delivered the 2015 Annual Shakespeare Lecture of the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement; his topic was “ ‘Nothing Will Come of Nothing’: What Much Ado Is About.”

Maryanne Wolf, the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, has received two awards: the Dyslexia Research Hero Award from the Windward School in New York and the Eminent Researcher of 2016 from the Learning Disabilities Council of Australia. For the latter honor, she will give three lectures in Australia and receive the award in Melbourne in September.

Weiping Wu, professor and chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, is the new vice president and president-elect of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Yau-Hua Yu, an assistant clinical professor of periodontology at the School of Dental Medicine, has been awarded the AADR William B. Clark Fellowship by the American Association of Dental Research.


Ideas & Travel

Marina Umaschi Bers, a professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, reports major milestones for the department’s DevTech Research Group, which she directs. A new book, The Official ScratchJr Book: Help Your Kids Learn to Code, which she co-authored with Mitchel Resnick of the MIT Media Lab, was published in October 2015 by No Starch Press, followed by the launch in December of the PBS KIDS ScratchJr app. Three ScratchJr activities also were accepted as a lesson plan offered through the Hour of Code initiative. In December, at the Playmaker Symposium in Singapore, Bers gave a keynote and training workshop for hundreds of early childhood teachers with the KIBO robot—a robot kit she designed for young children and that is now being commercialized by KinderLab Robotics, a company she co-founded in 2013. She also held a KIBO workshop at the New York Academy of Sciences. Kaitlyn Leidl, lab manager for the DevTech research group, and Mollie Elkin, a graduate student in the group, gave a presentation titled “Coding Is the New Literacy: ScratchJr and KIBO Robotics in the Early Childhood Classroom” at Digital Learning Day at Boston’s WGBH on Jan. 8.

Jeronim Capaldo, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), co-authored “Trading Down: Unemployment, Inequality and Other Risks of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement” with Alex Izurieta and Jomo Kwame Sundaram. The working paper was mentioned in Politico on Jan. 13.

Elizabeth Foster, an assistant professor of history, has received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to complete a book project titled “Decolonizing Faith: Catholics and the End of the French Empire in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

Jonathan Harris, director of the theory and education program at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), gave a talk titled Principles of Ecological Economics” to a training program for the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission, organized by the Fletcher School’s Center for International Environmental Policy. He also wrote a commentary for the Great Transition Initiative in response to Richard Norgaard’s essay “The Church of Economism and Its Discontents.”

Justin Hollander, an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, reports that the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy’s blog included a post about his research at the Urban Attitudes Lab, which studies the implications of big data on planning and public policy. Hollander and Henry Renski of the University of Massachusetts used Twitter data to compare public attitudes in 50 shrinking, mostly postindustrial cities with those in 50 stable, growing cities. “The research has important implications for public policy,” Hollander and Renski wrote in the paper, “Measuring Urban Attitudes Using Twitter: An Exploratory Study.”

Paul Levi, D66, DG71, an associate clinical professor of periodontology; Robert Rudy, D70, a former associate clinical professor and director of pre-doctoral periodontology and now a volunteer faculty member; Youjin Natalie Jeong, D97, DG00, an assistant professor of periodontology; and Daniel Coleman, D11, DG14, associate clinical professor, all of the School of Dental Medicine, have published the book Non-Surgical Control of Periodontal Diseases (Springer), which addresses all aspects of non-surgical management of periodontal disease. The book is dedicated to Irving Glickman, D38, former professor and chair of the Department of Periodontology.

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was interviewed by NPR’s Here & Now on the Paris climate negotiations. On Dec. 18 he answered questions about the climate agreement on “Ask Me Anything” at Reddit.

Kurt Pennell, professor and chair of civil and environmental engineering, and his research collaborators have received a National Institute of Mental Health grant for an environment-wide association study in autism spectrum disorders using novel bioinformatics methods.

Jeanne Marie Penvenne, an associate professor of history and core faculty member in international relations, Africana studies and women, gender and sexuality studies, has a new book out, Women, Migration and the Cashew Economy of Southern Mozambique: 1945 to 1975 (James Currey, 2015). In September she gave a presentation titled “Municipal Trajectories and Fractures from the Colonial Era to the Present: A Gendered Analysis” at the Christian Michelsen Institute in Bergen, Norway. In November she gave a talk titled “Dams, Delusion and Development: Cahora Bassa and Its Legacies in Mozambique, 1965-2007” at an African Studies Association roundtable and another talk, “Research, Writing and Publishing on Lusophone Africa,” at a Lusophone Africa Studies Organization roundtable in San Diego.

L. Michael Romero, a professor of biology, co-authored the recently published Tempests, Poxes, Predators and People: Stress in Wild Animals and How They Cope (Oxford University Press, 2015) with John Wingfield. The book looks at what causes stress in wild animals; what physiological, endocrine and behavioral responses those stressors elicit; and how those responses help animals survive. The authors emphasize how humans cause stress in wild animals.

Christina Sharpe, an associate professor of English in the School of Arts and Sciences, and a core faculty member in women, gender and sexuality studies and in Africana studies, delivered the inaugural lecture for the University of British Columbia’s Race Literacies Series in November. Her talk, “The Ship and the Weather,” considered the “ecologies of anti-blackness” and resistances to them in the afterlives of slavery.

Mieke van der Wansem, F90, associate director of the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at the Fletcher School, in partnership with the Sustainability Challenge Foundation, led negotiation training for national park rangers last October at the Southern African Wildlife College. She conducted a similar training in November in Chisamba, Zambia, for government natural resource managers.

Timothy A. Wise, G05, director of research and policy at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was involved in events surrounding the Nairobi World Trade Organization ministerial summit, about which he wrote multiple op-eds; he is also mentioned in articles in Capital Business and an Oxfam blog. He spoke on several panels organized by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and the civil society network Our World Is Not For Sale. In addition, he wrote a letter to the editor of the Financial Times, published on Dec. 22, 2015, regarding the Nairobi WTO ministerial summit.


Alumni News

Neil Chayet, A60, a member of the Tisch College board of advisors and a former university trustee, celebrated the 10,000th edition of his WBZ/CBS show “Looking at the Law” on Jan. 22. A lawyer and radio personality, Chayet is in his 40th year with CBS. “Looking at the Law” has aired every weekday since April 1, 1976, on CBS stations around the country, as well as on the Armed Forces Network around the world.

Mary Bucci McCoy, J85, had three solo exhibitions of her paintings in 2015. Kingston Gallery in Boston exhibited her work, resulting from a month-long residency at the Vermont Studio Center, followed by debut solo exhibitions at both Gray Contemporary in Houston and CG2 Gallery in Nashville.

Clifford J. Tasner, A85, continues to gain recognition for his film scores with Verbatim: The Ferguson Case, nominated for best short film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Hear selections from Verbatim and other films on his website.


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