People Notes February 2019


Andrew Shiotani has joined Tufts as director of the Tufts International Center. He joins the university from the University of Oregon in Eugene, where he has been since 2013, most recently as associate director of international student and scholar services. He holds a B.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University, an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Harvard University and M.Phil. in comparative education from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Sasha Fleary, Evans Family Assistant Professor in Cognition and Learning at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, has been invited to serve as a consulting editor for the American Psychological Association’s Clinician’s Research Digest: Child and Adolescent Populations. 

Jane Gillooly, professor of the practice and chair of the Media Arts Department at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts (SMFA), reports that her race relations film, Where the Pavement Ends, makes its New York premiere at MoMA’s Doc Fortnight on February 22 and 24. She collaborated on the film with Khary Jones, a professor of the practice in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. The film debuted last October at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. (Read the Tufts Now story “A Tale of Two Towns, in Black and White” about the film.)

Yong Hur, PG08, D12, assistant professor in the Department of Periodontology at the School of Dental Medicine, has been selected president of the Massachusetts Periodontal Society.

Aidee Nieto-Herman, associate clinical professor in the Department of Periodontology in the School of Dental Medicine and former president of the National Hispanic Dental Association (HDA), was honored at the ninety-fourth annual session of the Greater New York Dental Meeting for her twenty-five years of leadership and for her contribution as a past president of the Massachusetts HDA. Together with Zuzana Mendez, DG04, D08, and Trish Dang, D20, she also presented a research poster on “Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Coverage and Its Potential Impact on Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma in the U.S. Hispanic Population: A Systematic Literature Review.”

Sameer Sonkusale, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the School of Engineering, has been awarded a grant from the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center from the UMass Acorn Innovation Fund. The grant will further the work being done by Sonkusale and his research team on microneedles.   

Mingquan Wang, senior lecturer and language coordinator of the Chinese program in the Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies, has been elected to the board of directors of the Chinese Language Teachers Association for a three-year term.


Frank Ackerman, visiting scholar at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), published a letter in the Boston Globe entitled “Thinking globally, but acting warily, on new gas pipelines,” in response to an editorial about U.S. reliance on gas imports from Trinidad. Ackerman argues that creating new gas pipelines would be ineffective and expensive, and that in the near future renewable energy will reduce the need for imported gas.

Kelly Sims Gallagher, professor, co-director of the Center for International Environment and Research Policy (CIERP), and director of the Climate Policy Lab; Mieke van der Wansem, CIERP associate director, and other CIERP affiliates in December joined the Tufts delegation for the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Katowice, Poland. Kelly and CIERP pre-doctoral students Rishikesh Bhandary and Fang Zhang spoke on several panels throughout the week.

Brian A. Hatcher, Packard Chair of Theology in the Department of Religion, on December 7 delivered the 2018 Tarun Mitra Memorial Lecture in Kolkata, India, sponsored by the American Institute of Indian Studies and the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. The title of his talk was “Rammohun Roy in Gujarat: Old Comparisons and New.” On December 14 he delivered a lecture, “Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar: Another Look at Frustration,” sponsored by the Asiatic Society, Kolkata.

Laura Gee, assistant professor of economics, recently gave a TedxCambridge talk titled “Certainty Inspires Action.” Gee’s research is in behavioral economics and her talk focuses on how to encourage women’s participation in leadership and technology professions by enhancing certainty.

Justin Hollander, A96, associate professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, was interviewed as part of an article in the Christian Science Monitor about brownfields in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Susan Landau, Bridge Professor in Cyber Security and Policy and professor at the Fletcher School has co-authored a chapter, “Limiting the undesired impact of cyberweapons: technical requirements and policy implications” in the  recently published Bytes, Bombs, and Spies: The Strategic Dimensions of Offensive Cyber Operations (Brookings Institution Press).   

David Leader, associate professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care at the School of Dental Medicine, was featured in a research brief by the ADA Health Policy Institute in December, entitled “Could Dentists Relieve Physician Shortages, Manage Chronic Diseases?”

Music faculty Paul Lehrman, Ian Goldstein, Michael McLaughlin, and Jeffrey Summit performed “Songs of Resistance,” at the Backroom at the Burren in Somerville’s Davis Square on January 24. The band played songs of politics and protest from the fifties through today. Part of the proceeds went to the ACLU of Massachusetts. The band on February 2 also played a benefit in Weston for the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society.  

Richard Lerner, director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article, “Don’t Think the Worst About Your Teenager.” Negative stereotypes about teenagers, said Lerner, have no basis in research. “It’s not that adolescence doesn’t have its problems and challenges,” he said, “but so does every period of life, like the toddler years or aging.”

Helen Marrow, associate professor in the Department of Sociology, is featured in a short documentary, The Place We Call Home, on fears facing undocumented youth and immigration. The film is available on YouTube’s Learning in Progress series. 

Christy McWayne and Jayanthi Mistry, Eliot-Pearson faculty members, on January 14 led a professional development workshop for twenty-three Boston area Head Start teachers participating in the RISE project. The theme of the event was Blocks and Ramps; teachers who attended got hands-on experience about how to bring scientific and engineering practices into their classrooms, as well as how to explore cross-cutting concepts like cause and effect, structure and function, and stability and change, with their three-to-five-year-old students.

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was quoted about the viability of replacement forests in an Energy News Network piece entitled, “In North Carolina, wood pellet foes see opportunity in Cooper’s climate order.” Moomaw states, “There is no assurance that the replacement forest will actually reach parity with the original one.

Anthony Romero, professor of the practice at the SMFA, wrote an article for the Walker Art Center Soundboard that considers what resolutions museums should commit to this year. 

Morton Rosenberg, professor emeritus of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the School of Dental Medicine, has launched a free mobile app with the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology (ADSA). The app ASDA Ten Minutes Saves a Life! aims to help dentists during office medical/sedative emergencies. It offers checklists and algorithms that can help dentists navigate emergency events, including allergic reactions, choking, hypertension, low blood sugar, and more.

June Sekera, research fellow at GDAE, released Public Goods Post Vol. 4, No 1, “We’re All on Welfare Now.” This post cites Suzanne Mettler’s research showing that 96 percent of Americans receive government benefits or use government programs, often without realizing it. 

Kristin Skrabut, assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and Department of Anthropology, recently published an article, “Residency Counts and Housing Rights: Conflicting Enactments of Property in Lima’s Central Margins” in Current Anthropology. Drawing on twenty-one months of ethnographic fieldwork in a Peruvian self-help housing community, Skrabut shows how censuses and surveys are woven into residency determinations and negotiations over property rights. 

Timothy A. Wise, G05, senior research fellow at GDAE, published “UN Backs Seed Sovereignty in Landmark Peasants’ Rights Declaration” in Food Tank. Wise states, “The declaration, which was the product of some 17 years of diplomatic work led by the international peasant alliance La Via Campesina, formally extends human rights protections to farmers whose ‘seed sovereignty’ is threatened by government and corporate practices.”

Fang Zhang, CIERP pre-doctoral student, presented at the first CIERP Research Seminar on “How Governments Mobilize Domestic Finance for Clean Energy Innovation: A Comparison Study between China and Germany.” 


Tufts University Art Galleries has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation in support of an upcoming exhibition Art for the Future: Artists Call and Transnational Solidarity in the 1980s, set to open in spring 2021. Tufts’ first Warhol project grant supports a show co-curated by Abigail Satinsky, curator at Tufts University Art Galleries, and Erina Duganne, associate professor of art history at Texas State University, that focuses on the seminal and largely forgotten 1984 nationwide activist campaign that grew out of the friendships, solidarity networks, and political organizing of artists and cultural workers from North and Central America.


Daniel Carr, professor of public health and community medicine at the School of Medicine, recently co-edited and contributed to Pain After Surgery (IASP and Wolters Kluwer, 2018). He was also a guest editor for the January American Journal of Public Health, which includes a special section on pain as a public health issue, both domestically and globally.  

Elizabeth Foster, associate professor in the Department of History, has published a new book, African Catholic: Decolonization and the Transformation of the Church (Harvard University Press). The book explores Catholicism during the decolonization of French sub-Saharan Africa and how decolonization led to a fundamental reorientation of the Catholic Church.

Richard Lerner, Bergstrom Chair and director of Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, and Paul Chase, postdoctoral scholar at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, have contributed a chapter to the upcoming book, Hate in the Modern World: What It Is, Where It Comes From, and What to Do About It.


Jim Lonborg, D83, Red Sox Hall of Famer, was honored by the Sports Museum at its annual gala The Tradition at TD Garden. Known as “Gentleman Jim” to Bostonians, Lonborg played for the Red Sox from 1965 to 1971. Following his baseball career, he attended TUSDM and worked as a general dentist in Hanover, Massachusetts, until his retirement in 2017.