People Notes July 2017


Myha Danner has joined University Advancement as a campaign volunteer management associate. Her previous experience includes working as assistant director for the Harvard College Fund.

Jonathan Runstadler has joined the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine as full professor. Runstadler earned a B.S. from Stanford University, an M.S. from the University of New Hampshire and a D.V.M. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. A virologist, he is a well-established investigator in the field of influenza, previously at MIT. Two scientists who worked in his lab at MIT are also joining Cummings: Wendy Puryear, senior research associate, and Nichola Hill, research associate. Puryear received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington and Hill from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.  

Cristina Quintino is the new staff assistant for the development team at the School of Medicine. A recent graduate of Suffolk University, she previously was social media coordinator and office assistant at AWOL in Allston.

Craig Thomas has joined the School of Engineering as its new director of marketing and communications. He was previously director of digital marketing and web services at Wilkes University, where he also created the university’s first social media strategy and spearheaded the strategic redesign and launch of a new university website.


Joao Quintino has been promoted to assistant director of digital marketing and communications at the Fletcher School. 

Dorothy Meaney, associate director of Tisch Library, has been appointed as interim director, following the departure of Laura Wood.  


Lauren D. Black III, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Heart Association by the Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Council. In his research he aims to design and develop new methods for repairing diseased or damaged myocardium, or cardiac muscle. 

Tanya Crane, lecturer and studio manager at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts (SMFA), has been named a 2017 Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Award winner for her “scaled-up” jewelry, created through the inventive blending of metals, enamel and textiles.

Brian Epstein, associate professor of philosophy in the School of Arts and Sciences, has received the 2016 Lakatos Award from the London School of Economics and Political Science for his book The Ant Trap: Rebuilding the Foundations of the Social Sciences (Oxford University Press, 2015). The award continues universal high praise for a book that challenges prevailing traditions of thought about how the social world is made, and that “does what the best philosophical works can do: It improves the questions we are asking,” according to one reviewer. Previous awards include the American Philosophical Association Joseph B. Gittler prize in 2016. (Read the Tufts Now story about the book, “Rethinking the Social Sciences.”)

Yannis Ioannides, the Max and Herta Neubauer Professor of Economics, has been elected by the Academy of Athens to the position of corresponding member of Greek scholars active outside Greece. The honor—the highest the academy gives to Greek scholars beyond the Greek borders—recognizes Ioannides’ “wealth of research and writing in both macroeconomics and microeconomics.” This productivity includes four books and more than 70 articles in peer-reviewed professional journals; he has also contributed significantly to policy debates concerning the Greek economy.

The Tufts Teaching with Technology Awards program recently honored instructors nominated by students for their innovative use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Winners, selected by the IT Governance Sub-Committee on Teaching and Learning and presented at the Tufts University-wide Teaching Conference in May, were: Henry Klapholz, School of Medicine; Joshua Kritzer, chemistry; Diane McKay, Friedman School; Margaret (Peggy) Morris, occupational therapy; Kye Taylor, mathematics; and Brian Tracey, electrical and computer engineering.

Dominique Prue, M20, has received an Excellence in Medicine Minority Scholars Award from the American Medical Association Foundation. Before coming to Tufts she worked as an asthma educator with the IMPACT DC Asthma Clinic at Children’s National Health System. At the School of Medicine, she is a member of the Tufts Student Service Scholars program and has advocated for safe spaces for students to discuss issues of diversity and social justice. She is also a member of the Multicultural Fellows Council, a representative for the student-led Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion, and co-founder of Tufts for Social Justice in Healthcare.


Dany Spencer Adams, research professor in the Department of Biology at the School of Arts and Sciences, principal investigator in the Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology, and a member of The Allen Discovery Center at Tufts, presented at the 2017 World Science Festival in New York City in June. One of four panelists who spoke on “Forever Young: The Promise of Human Regeneration,” she has uncovered evidence that bioelectric signals can trigger and regulate such diverse complex processes as gene expression changes, and that bioelectricity controlled by drugs could prevent or reverse abnormal growth including cancer or genetic birth defects, and even trigger regeneration of vertebrate appendages. Douglas Blackiston, research associate in the biology department, and Ai-Sun Tseng, a former research associate, were also at the festival.  

Laura Blacklow, lecturer at the SMFA, has released the fifth edition of her book New Dimensions in Photo Processes: A Step-by-Step Manual for Alternative Techniques (Focal Press, an imprint of Routledge and Taylor & Francis/Informa Group). Featuring the work and methods of artists such as Chuck Close and Robert Rauschenberg, this bestselling “cookbook” of historic techniques has been updated and expanded.

Anne-Marie Codur, research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), presented on “Teaching about Population: Social, Economic, and Ecological Analyses” at a conference hosted by the United States Society for Ecological Economics at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 25-28. Codur presented jointly with Jonathan Harris, director of the GDAE Theory and Education Program, on “Conserving and Regenerating Forests and Soils to Mitigate Climate Change.”

Christina Economos, director of ChildObesity180 and professor and New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition at the Friedman School, delivered the 77th Annual Mary Swartz Rose Memorial lecture to the Greater New York Dietetic Association in May. She shared how the founders of ChildObesity180 brought together a cross-section group of leaders to identify innovative and integrated solutions with the potential to address childhood obesity on a national scale.


Agustin García García, visiting scholar at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), gave presentations on “Iberian Power: The Path Toward a More Competitive and Sustainable Electricity Market” and “Modelling and Forecasting EU Allowance Prices Applying Artificial Neural Networks” at a conference hosted by the United States Society for Ecological Economics at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 25-28.

Neva Goodwin, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), published “Mourning and traumas of twenty-first century” in Opinion Sur on June 21. She argued that as humanity moves into the huge, perhaps overwhelming, challenges of the 21st century, we carry with us a buildup of trauma from the events of the 20th century. As we address the threats we face—threats to livelihoods, to democracy and to our ecological surroundings—we must also be mindful of a widespread need for emotional healing, she said.

Jonathan Harris, director of the Theory and Education Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), presented on “New Developments in Energy and Climate Change: The Potential for a New Energy Economy” at a conference hosted by the United States Society for Ecological Economics at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, June 25-28. He presented jointly with Dr. Anne-Marie Codur on “Conserving and Regenerating Forests and Soils to Mitigate Climate Change.”

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), has been elected chair of the board of the Woods Hole Research Center, named the most influential climate think tank in the world for the past three years because of its path-breaking research. His article “To curb climate change, we need to protect and expand US forests” was reprinted by World Economic Forum, where it was read nearly 7,000 times. Moomaw moderated a June 3 panel at Williams College with former EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, G81, and Gavin Schmidt, director of Goddard Institute for Space Studies at NASA. On June 5, Moomaw participated in the dedication of solar panels at Cummings School, calling it a powerful example of how universities can play a role in addressing climate change by using and promoting low carbon strategies. He also contributed in June to a letter by a group of environmental scientists entitled “Forest accounting rules put EU's climate credibility at risk.” Moomaw testified on June 20 at the State House in Boston in support of proposed legislation to place a price on carbon emissions.

Julie Nelson, senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), traveled to Seoul, South Korea, at the end of June to speak at the opening plenary of the International Association for Feminist Economics annual conference.

June Sekera, research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), released Public Goods Post Vol. 2, No. 6 on “Letting Robocallers Spam Your Voicemail,” about proposed legislation to allow commercial and political robocallers to send messages directly into voicemail.

Timothy A. Wise, G05, senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), contributed a short piece on Tanzania land grabbing to an online discussion hosted by Land Portal on land governance in Tanzania on June 11. He wrote about the importance of ensuring that failed projects allow for the restitution of land to villagers who gave up land, a practice that rarely happens.


Two graduates of the Tufts master’s of fine arts program at the SMFA have been recognized by the 2017 Young Masters Art Prize. Tamara Al-Mashouk, SMFA/Tufts 2016, won one of two “Highly Commended Awards” sponsored by the Artists’ Collecting Society. Al-Mashouk’s work integrates performance, video and sculptural-based installations. Iranian artist Azita Moradkhani, SMFA/Tufts 2014, won the Young Masters Art Prize and the inaugural Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize. She was selected from a shortlist of 18 international artists for her delicately crafted drawings.

Aaron Tartakovsky, A12, joined other sustainability pioneers on the GreenBiz “30 under 30” list.  He is co-founder and CEO of Epic CleanTec, a San Francisco-based wastewater reuse and recovery startup. “I’m always looking to connect with fellow Tufts sustainability folks, including hiring Tufts grads,” he said.