People Notes July 2019


Andrea Acevedo, assistant professor in the Department of Community Health, has published an article in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs entitled “Disparities in Criminal Justice Outcomes After Beginning Treatment for Substance Use Disorders: The Influence of Race/Ethnicity and Place.”

Julian Agyeman, professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, was keynote speaker in June at the joint European Urban Research Association and Urban Affairs Association City Futures IV Conference: Creating Just and Sustainable Cities, held in Dublin.

Jeronim Capaldo, visiting scholar at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), co-authored a new policy brief, “Small Gains & Big Risks: Evaluating the Proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement,” as part of the Global Economic Governance Initiative at the Global Development Policy Center at Boston University.

Kelly Sims Gallagher, F00, F03, professor of energy and environmental policy and director of the Climate Policy Lab (CPL) and the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy (CIERP) at The Fletcher School; Mieke van der Wansem, associate director of CIERP; and two predoctoral students, Rishikesh Bhandary and Easwaran Narassimhan, traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in June to support planning for Ethiopia’s climate action plans, continuing CPL training programs on international climate negotiations. The CPL team met with leadership and staff of the Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Commission, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the State Minister of Energy and various staff of the Ministry of Water, Irrigation, and Energy, two state ministers of agriculture, and various officials from the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Finance, the Ethiopian Environment and Forest Research Institute, the Ethiopian Investment Commission, Addis Ababa University, the World Resources Institute, the U.S. Embassy, and USAID.

Kelly Sims Gallagher also recently traveled to Hangzhou and Shanghai in China to attend the Energy Foundation Board’s China Week. CIERP also hosted an executive education training for Chinese officials from the Ministry of Ecology and Environment on market-based instruments for pollution control, coordinated through the Environmental Defense Fund in China. The event included lectures from Sims Gallagher, Jette Steen Knudsen, professor of policy and international business and Shelby Collum Davis Chair in Sustainability at The Fletcher School, and Gilbert Metcalf, professor of economics in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Neva Goodwin, co-director of GDAE, published, “Life-Affirming Carbon Capture” as a contribution to the Great Transition Initiative Forum on “Climate Movement: What’s Next?”

Kimberly Howe, who directs the Research Program on Conflict and Governance at the Feinstein International Center, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, teamed up with several colleagues to publish “The Effects of Foreign Aid on Rebel Governance: Evidence from a Large-Scale U.S. Aid Program in Syria” on ReliefWeb. The report argues that aid can improve public perceptions of governing institutions during civil wars when those institutions arise from popular uprisings against authoritarian regimes.

Erin Kelly, professor of philosophy, gave a TEDx Cambridge talk on how the popular idea that the criminally guilty deserve to suffer is used to normalize inhumane treatment and to evade our collective social failures. (See also “Crime and Too Much Punishment” on Tufts Now about her recent book, The Limits of Blame: Rethinking Punishment and Responsibility [Harvard University Press].)

Alecia McGregor, assistant professor in the Department of Community Health, has recently published two journal articles. “Marginalized Yet Mobilized: Race, Sexuality, and the Role of ‘Political Hypervigilance’ in African American Political Participation in 2016” appeared in Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race. “Examining Christian Views Toward the Affordable Care Act: The Importance of Race and Denomination” was published in the Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community.

William Moomaw, co-director of  GDAE, co-authored a journal article, “Intact Forests in the United States: Proforestation Mitigates Climate Change and Serves the Greatest Good” in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change. He also traveled to Bonn, Germany, in June for a meeting of the scientific body for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change on Ensuring Climate Action in Forests is Stable and Resilient.

Julie Nelson, visiting scholar at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), delivered the keynote address at the History of Economics Society conference in New York City on June 22, entitled “Gender Bias in Economics: Old and New.”

Timothy A. Wise, G05, senior research fellow at GDAE, published, “Monocultures of the Genetically Modified Mind: My surreal encounter with Monsanto in Mexico” in Medium.


Deb Dutcher, communications specialist at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA), won second place in the American Society of Nutrition conference’s video contest with her entry, “The Science of a Calorimeter.”  See her video

David Valdes Greenwood, lecturer in the Department of English, is a Eugene O’Neill finalist with upcoming productions of his plays Wandaleria (Rochester Rep), Last Catastrophist (Fresh Ink Theatre and Transformation Theatre), Mermaid Hour: ReMixed (Boston Conservatory) and a workshop of Up the Ladder, Down the Slide at Orlando Shakes New Play Fest. His documentary theatre work Downtown Crossing is in development with Company One Theatre.

Tufts scientists were recognized for their outstanding contributions at the Nutrition 2019 conference in May, where they were among those the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) and the ASN Foundation lauded for “exemplary and inspiring” achievements. Jose Ordovas, senior scientist with HNRCA and professor at the Friedman School, and Alice Lichtenstein, director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the HNRCA and Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy at the Friedman School, were honored with ASN Foundation Mentorship Awards. Susan Roberts, director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the HNRCA and professor at the Friedman School, received an Excellence in Nutrition Education Award. Jacob Selhub, professor emeritus at the Friedman School and former director of the HNRCA’s Vitamin Metabolism Laboratory, received the Robert H. Herman Memorial Award.

Zin-Juan Klaft, a postdoctoral scholar at the School of Medicine and early-career epilepsy scientist, has been awarded an American Epilepsy Society/Lennox Gastaut Syndrome Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, supported by the AES Lennox & Lombroso Fund and the Lennox Gastaut Syndrome Foundation. 

Pearl Robinson, associate professor of political science, has been selected to receive the 2019 African Studies Association’s 2019 Distinguished Africanist Award. The award pays tribute to people who have made exceptional contributions to the field of African studies. Robinson is co-author of Stabilizing Nigeria: Sanctions, Incentives, and Support for Civil Society (The Century Foundation Press) and co-editor and co-author of Transformation and Resiliency in Africa (Howard University Press). A past president of the African Studies Association, she has made numerous contributions to a deeper understanding of Africa, including as a curriculum consultant for the PBS/BBC series The Africans: A Triple Heritage and as an advisor for Hopes on the Horizon, a documentary about democratic movements in Africa during the 1990s. In 2011 UC San Diego’s Research Center in African and African American Studies named her a recipient of its Teshome H. Gabriel Distinguished Africanist Award. 

Ana Soto, professor of integrative physiology and pathobiology at the School of Medicine, on July 1 received the city of Paris’ highest honor, the Grand Vermeil Medal. Co-author  The Society of Cells: Cancer and Control of Cell Proliferation, she was recognized for her pioneering role in discovery endocrine disruptors.

Biology student Hannah Yin, A21, is one of eighteen undergraduates from across the country selected by the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis for its Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Tennessee. This year’s projects range from modeling the opioid epidemic and investigating climate change as a driver of change in human-wildlife interactions to understanding cell differentiation in cancer pathogenesis—and more.  


Richard C. Eichenberg, associate professor of political science, has published Gender, War, and World Order: A Study of Public Opinion (Cornell University Press). Using a large data set from public opinion surveys, he examines the gender differences in attitudes towards national security and military force across issues, cultures, and time as well as the consequences of these differences.

Dan Maxwell, the Henry J. Leir Professor in Food Security at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and who directs the Food Security and Livelihoods in Complex Emergencies Research Program at the Feinstein International Center, and Kirsten Gelsdorf have revised Understanding the Humanitarian World, first published in 2009 by Routledge. 


David Meyers, A96, after more than two decades in for-profit political journalism, has launched a nonprofit news site covering the political reform community. Meyers, most recently vice president of business operations for CQ Roll Call, said The Fulcrum will cover issues such as voting rights, election systems (ranked-choice voting, automatic voter registration), campaign finance, redistricting, civic education, government transparency, and government ethics, Congress/balance of power. Read more about the launch here.

Julie Salamon, J75, has published a new book An Innocent Bystander (Little, Brown and Co.) about the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro and its aftermath. Kirkus said Salamon’s account of “the strategizing of Palestinian, Israeli, and American diplomats, followed by the soldiers’ captures and subsequent escapes, are as engaging as a spy novel.” Salamon has written eleven books—fiction and nonfiction, for adults and children—as well as articles for magazines that include The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Bazaar, and The New Republic; read more about her work here.