People Notes June 2016


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Kirsten Tilney Behling is the new director of student accessibility services for the School of Arts and Sciences.

Cheryl London, V90, returns to Tufts as a member of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in a cross-university comparative oncology role. London will retain a part-time appointment at the Ohio State University Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and bridge this program with Tufts efforts. London, who holds a Ph.D. from Harvard, contributed to the development of the first FDA-approved chemotherapy drug for dogs.

Jeanette Sabir-Holloway is the new director of outreach, recruitment and admissions for the School of Dental Medicine. Sabir-Holloway comes to Tufts after 30 years in private dental practice in Indianapolis. Active in organized dentistry, she received a presidential citation from the National Dental Association and the Groundbreaker Award for Service and Leadership from the Indianapolis District Dental Society.

Khaled Shaikhi has joined the School of Dental Medicine as an instructor in the Department of Comprehensive Care. A 1998 graduate of the School of Dentistry at the University of Benghazi, Libya, he completed postdoctoral training at SUNY University of Buffalo, where he also earned a certificate in oral and maxillofacial pathology.   

Joe Waranyuwat has joined Tufts as a new associate dean of undergraduate advising for students in Arts and Sciences. Waranyuwat will also serve as the Arts and Sciences liaison with partner institutions for combined-degree programs and domestic exchange programs.


Ippolita Cantuti-Castelvetri, G98, has been promoted to senior director of Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) in University Advancement. She previously supported CFR at the School of Medicine. Prior to joining Tufts, she had a career as a scientist and academician, and positions in R&D in the corporate world. She holds an M.S. in biology from Sapienza-University of Rome and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Tufts.

Sue Martone has been promoted to donor relations coordinator at Cummings School. A client, a volunteer and a supporter of the school for more than 15 years, Martone joined Cummings in 2012 as staff assistant for stewardship and alumni relations.

Robin Melendez has been promoted from annual fund coordinator to assistant director of annual giving and alumni relations at Cummings School. She joined the Cummings Advancement team in 2013.

Tina Rice is the new director of development at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She previously served the school for five years as associate director of Corporate and Foundation Relations.


The following faculty in Arts, Sciences and Engineering are retiring from Tufts at the end of this academic year. Stephen Bailey, Anthropology; Jane Bernstein, Music; Daniel Brown, German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literatures; Francie Chew, Biology; David Dapice, Economics; Charles Dietrick, Romance Languages; Michelle Gaudette, Biology; Marjorie Hahn, Mathematics; Rob Hollister, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning; Kiyoko Morita, German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literatures; George Norman, Economics; Tony Smith, Political Science; Rich Vogel, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Richard Weiss, Mathematics; and Margery Davies, associate dean of faculty affairs.


Shuchin Aeron, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has received a five-year, $530,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award for his work advancing multidimensional data science via new algebraic models and algorithms.

Chase Boggio, A16, co-captain of the Tufts equestrian team, in May won the 2016 Cacchione Cup during the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association Nationals in Lexington, Kentucky, beating out 37 of the country’s best collegiate riders. The cup, considered the most prestigious individual college riding title in North America, recognizes the best individual collegiate rider for the year. The last time Tufts won the cup was in 1986, when the winner was Peter Wylde, A89, who won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens as part of the U.S. jumping team. Boggio, who also won a blue ribbon in the individual open fences, rode Aram, a warmblood owned by St. Lawrence University. His triumph also spotlights the Tufts Equestrian Club team’s all-round excellence: they were regional champions in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Boggio, who graduated in May with a double major in economics and international relations, will work with Simon-Kucher & Partners, a management consulting firm in Atlanta, but horses will likely be part of his future. “My parents still own a 60-acre farm in north Georgia, so I look forward to riding on the weekends and showing occasionally,” he says. “While the Olympics will most likely not be a future reality for me, it’s not out of the realm of possibilities.” 

Alain A. Chaoui, an assistant clinical professor of family medicine and public health at the School of Medicine, has been elected vice president of the Massachusetts Medical Society. Chaoui also is a primary care physician at Family Medicine North in Peabody, Massachusetts, a practice he established in 2006.

Richard C. Eichenberg, an associate professor of political science, has been appointed a non-resident senior fellow on public opinion and foreign policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Steven Feder, a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine who is based at Maine Medical Center in Portland, and a pediatrician at Lincoln Medical Partners in Boothbay Harbor and Damariscotta, Maine, has received national recognition from the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was honored for his leadership of the Maine chapter of the academy, of which he is a past president, and for his efforts to reduce children’s exposure to toxic chemicals, as well as his advocacy of the rights of transgender children. It is his second national award since coming to Maine; the first was for community pediatrics and obesity prevention.

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, the Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professor in Energy Sustainability at the School of Engineering, will receive the International Precious Metals Institute’s Carol Tyler Award for 2016, in recognition of her contributions to the field of precious metals.

Daniel Green, the Winkler Professor Emeritus in the Department of Endodontics at the School of Dental Medicine, was honored in May by the American Association of Endodontists with the I.B. Bender Lifetime Educator Award for his “selfless commitment to full-time educational pursuits” and for instilling in his students “a desire to pursue excellence in their careers.”

David Greenblatt, the Louis Lasagna, M.D., Professor of Integrative Physiology and Pathobiology at the School of Medicine, has received the Man of Good Conscience Award from the Association of Women Psychiatrists. The award “honors men with professional power who use this power fairly to nationally interact with, assist and recommend competent and willing women for leadership roles and other professional opportunities.” Greenblatt, who is also a senior faculty member in pharmacology and experimental therapeutics at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, is editor-in-chief of the journal Clinical Pharmacology in Drug Development.

Barbara Wallace Grossman, G84, a professor of drama in the School of Arts and Sciences, was honored by the Boston-based SpeakEasy Stage Company at its 25th-anniversary gala in April. A theater historian, voice specialist, director and author, Grossman, and her husband, former Massachusetts State Treasurer Steve Grossman, were lauded for their “sustained and generous support of the arts.”

Laura Harvey, V12, a resident in neurology and neurosurgery at Cummings School, is the first to receive a new Class of 2016 award. She was honored as Resident of the Year for going above and beyond for students and their patients. Harvey “always finds a way to have fun with and support her very overwhelmed neurology student team,” the citation stated.

Justin Hollander, A96, an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning in the School of Arts and Sciences, has received an award for a book he co-wrote with Ann Sussman, F86. The Environmental Design Research Association gave its 2016 Place Research Award to the book Cognitive Architecture: Designing for How We Respond to the Built Environment (Routledge, 2015). The book, the focus of the Tufts Now story “Urban Planning as if People Mattered”, was recognized for bringing together new insights that will “help designers not only better understand what they observe today, but have a basis for forecasting the quality of the human experience in developments in the future.”

Marc Kimball, Kaitlin Ostrander, Nathaniel Simmons and Jessica St. Laurent, all 2016 graduates of the School of Medicine, have been named Massachusetts Medical Society Scholars. Each will receive an award of $10,000.  

Megan Kiely Mueller, A08, G10, G13, a research assistant professor in clinical sciences at Cummings School, gave the inaugural lecture as the school’s Elizabeth Arnold Stevens Junior Professor on April 6, speaking on the developing science of human-animal interaction. 

Benjamin Nephew, G03, an assistant professor of biomedical sciences at Cummings School, was interviewed for an April 17 article in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette titled “Tufts Prof Probes Postpartum Depression, Generational Effects.”

Rebecca Pearl-Martinez, a research fellow and head of the Renewable Energy Project at the Fletcher School’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, has won the 2016 Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) Advocacy Award for women in clean energy. C3E, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy, MIT and Stanford University, applauded her efforts to advocate for women’s advancement as a means of accelerating the clean-energy transition and tackling climate change.

Kurt Pennell, professor and chair of civil and environmental engineering, has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers for his contributions to the development and advancement of in situ remediation technologies designed to treat contaminated soil and groundwater.

John Richmond, M76, a professor of orthopedic surgery at the School of Medicine, has been named the president of the Arthroscopy Association of North America. In addition to teaching at the medical school, Richmond is chair of orthopedics at New England Baptist Hospital, vice chair of the Department of Orthopedics and director of the Sports Medicine Clinic at Tufts Medical Center, and head team physician for Tufts Athletics.

Julie Schaffner, a visiting associate professor of development economics at the Fletcher School, was selected as this year’s recipient of the school’s James L. Paddock Teaching Award.

Laurence Senelick, the Fletcher Professor of Oratory and director of graduate studies in drama, has been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. 

Jill Shuman, an adjunct clinical instructor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, is the recipient of the highest teaching award given to a member of the American Medical Writers Association. Shuman was recognized for her “consistent and continued excellence in educating the next generation of biomedical communicators.”

Sheriden Thomas, a senior lecturer in acting and directing in the School of Arts and Sciences, attended the 20th annual Independent Reviewers of New England Awards ceremony and received the award for Best Actress in a Play for Fringe Theater. She played Kimberly in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Kimberly Akimbo


Julian Agyeman, a professor of urban and environmental policy and planning, gave a presentation on “Just Sustainabilities: Reimagining e/quality, Living Within Limits,” in March at the School of Environment, Education and Development at the University of Manchester, England. He argued that integrating social needs and welfare offers us a more just, rounded and equity-focused definition of sustainable development and sustainability.

Marina Umaschi Bers, a professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development and the Department of Computer Science and director of the DevTech Research Group, spoke at an Early STEM Learning Symposium at the White House [video], where entrepreneurs, researchers and educators came together to evaluate the best ways to introduce science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to young children. She was part of a panel on “What Research Says About Early STEM” and presented research on state-of-the-art technology by focusing on computational thinking and coding for young kids, including her work on KIBO robotics and ScratchJr.

Jeronim Capaldo, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), gave a presentation on “The Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement, TTIP: the Expected Economic Impact” on April 25 in Budapest, Hungary.

Seana Dowling-Guyer, associate director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Cummings School, gave a presentation at the Massachusetts Animal Coalition’s All About Dogs meeting on April 3, when she talked about the research on food aggression in shelter dogs.

José M. García-López, an associate professor at Cummings School and director of equine sports medicine and surgery at the Hospital for Large Animals, was featured in the article “What It’s Like to Be a Doctor for Sport Horses” in The Atlantic, highlighting the sports medicine and surgery service at Cummings School.

Brian Lilienthal, a lecturer in the Department of Drama and Dance, continues to be a busy lighting designer for productions across the country, most recently with the two-character study I and You, now having its New York premiere off Broadway at the 59E59 Theatre. He was also on the creative team that produced the show at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in the fall before its off-Broadway run. The play won the American Theater Critics Association Steinberg-A.T.C.A. new play award for 2014.

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was featured in "Hope, Saving Planet Are Key to Our Survival,” a Berkshire Eagle article that profiled his career studying the impact of climate change. Moomaw wrote an amicus brief on a climate change case that was mentioned in a May 17 Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decision [PDF]. The court found that the state had not met the requirements of the 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act, which established a goal of reducing emissions by 25 percent by 2020.

Felicia Nutter, a research assistant professor in infectious diseases and global health at Cummings School, in April traveled to Malaysia for two One Health Workforce activities. She co-led a workshop on wildlife disease risk analysis for the Malaysian Ministry of Health’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks and the Ministry of Agriculture’s Department of Veterinary Services. She also helped facilitate a workshop on writing effective research proposals on One Health projects.

Five School of Dental Medicine students traveled to Japan in April as part of the new Global Educational Exchange Service Learning Program. Anthony Minhduc H. Phan, D16; Gursimran Reen, D17; Ngoc K. Pham, D16; Yuehang Su, D16; and Andy Tran, D16, visited students and faculty at Meikai University and Asahi University.

Michael Reed, a professor of avian ecology and conservation biology in the School of Arts and Sciences, commented on research reporting that climate change may be threatening the red knot, a small shorebird whose Arctic breeding grounds have been progressively melting, in the National Geographic story “Arctic Warming Is Shrinking This Adorable Shorebird.” Earlier research of his was also featured in the Audubon magazine story “Red Knots Are Battling Climate Change—On Both Ends of the Earth.” Threats to the bird, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are likely to put the red knot “in danger of extinction in the next few decades.”

June Sekera, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), published “Good Financial Advice Now Legally Required” in the Public Goods Post.

Saul Tzipori, Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Cummings School, and Bruce Alexander of the University of Minnesota traveled to Malaysia in April to lead a workshop on writing effective research proposals on One Health projects. He also facilitated a workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, on writing effective research proposals. Tzipori chairs the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at Cummings School and holds the Agnes Varis University Chair in Science and Society.

Julia Wilkinson, a clinical assistant professor, and Alfredo Sanchez-Londoño, an associate professor, both of the Tufts Ambulatory Service (TAS) at Cummings School, presented at the TAS equine client education spring meeting on April 19 in Pomfret, Connecticut, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim. Wilkinson, recently certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association, spoke on “Chiropractic Care for Your Horse.” Sanchez-Londoño spoke on “What’s Involved in a Pre-Purchase Exam.”  

Timothy A. Wise, G05, director of the Research and Policy Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), gave a talk on April 29 at a conference at the New School on “Rules, Rights and Resistance: The Battle Over the TPP and TTIP Megaregional Trade Agreements.” He wrote a commentary on agroecology in response to an essay by Frances Moore Lappe, part of a publication series organized by the Great Transition Initiative of the Boston-based Tellus Institute.


Vicki Arbitrio, E83, has been elected president of the Applied Technology Council, which promotes engineering resources and applications that mitigate natural and other hazards in the built environment.

Chiann Gibson, D95, became the first minority female to be named president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD). Inaugurated on April 30 in Toronto, she practices dentistry at Smiles By Dr. Gibson & Associates in Naperville, Illinois. Gibson joined the AACD in 2004 and earned its accredited member credential in cosmetic dentistry in 2012. She began serving on the AACD board of directors in 2009 and has been active in AACD leadership ever since, serving on the AACD Charitable Foundation’s board of trustees and numerous committees.