People Notes June 2017


Maureen Collins has joined the School of Medicine as director of communications. Her background in public relations includes communications and marketing for clients in the health-care industry. She earned a master’s of public health with a focus on health communications and marketing from George Washington University. 

Rebecca Fofonoff has joined Tisch Library as staff assistant in the director’s office. She was most recently working at the French Cultural Center in Boston. She holds a B.A. in literature and French from Boston University.

Adam Lord has joined Tufts Dining as the new retail manager for Hotung Café and Commons Marketplace. Lord comes to Tufts from Sysco, where he managed 21 accounts as a marketing associate and sales representative. Previously, he worked for Chartwells Dining Services at Northeastern University. Lord earned his associate’s degree in culinary arts from Johnson & Wales. 

Jerold Mande has joined the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy as professor of the practice in food policy and policy. The school’s first professor of the practice appointment, Mande brings a wealth of experience. Before coming to Tufts, he was the associate director of public policy at the Yale Cancer Center. In 2009 he was appointed by President Barack Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack as deputy under secretary for food safety. Before joining the Obama administration, he was the associate director for public policy at the Yale Cancer Center, and on the faculty at the Yale School of Medicine, where he devised a national model that leveraged state leadership to increase cancer prevention and control, including diet. Earlier in his career, as senior advisor to the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, he helped shape national policy on nutrition, food safety and tobacco and led the design of the nutrition facts label that now appears on virtually all packaged foods. He holds a master’s in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Connecticut. He also completed a program for senior government managers at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Peter Soucy has joined Tufts Dining as unit manager for Carmichael Dining Center. Soucy brings more than 20 years of relevant management experience at universities, including operations manager at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and director of food services for Bastyr University.  

Michelle Willette has joined Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine as a clinical trials veterinary technician. Willette earned a degree in animal science from Mount Ida College, leading to certification as a veterinary technician. She comes to Tufts from the New England Veterinary Oncology Group, where she worked in medical oncology and radiation oncology. 



Glenn McCune has been promoted from sergeant to the rank of lieutenant in the Tufts University Police Department. McCune and his officers at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine received a Tufts Distinction Team Award in 2014. He joined Tufts in 1982 and has been closely involved with the video security on campus project, the safety and security systems design of the Tufts Regional Biosafety Laboratory, the university’s Diversity Committee, and the Tufts/Grafton Community Relations Committee.


Tim Atherton, professor of physics and astronomy, was awarded a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. Atherton will advance research on how ordered materials interact with curved geometries. The award also supports outreach and education efforts that are closely integrated with the research.

Daniela Bedenice, associate professor of clinical sciences at Cummings School, received the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence for her strong track record in equine, camelid and comparative respiratory disease research.

James Chan, professor of pediatrics at the School of Medicine, this spring received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Oviedo (Spain) in recognition of research into the mechanism of growth failure in metabolic acidosis. He promotes biomedical research through ongoing service in committees at Maine Medical Center, Tufts, and the National Institutes of Health.

Richard M. Dupee, clinical professor of medicine and chief of the geriatrics service at Tufts Medical Center and dean of the Office of International Affairs at the School of Medicine, has been named master at the recent American College of Physicians (ACP) convocation in San Diego. He was recognized for his extraordinary service to ACP and for being an outstanding internist and medical teacher.

David Henry Feldman, professor and chair of the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, has been elected president of the Society for the Study of Human Development, a scientific society dedicated to research and applications for human development policies and programs.

Dominik Faissler, assistant professor of clinical sciences at Cummings School, received the Artemis Award for Clinical Excellence, which recognizes a clinician who delivers outstanding medical care and works effectively with clients and colleagues, at commencement this May. 

Ariel M. Goldberg, associate professor of psychology, and Naomi Caselli, G15, were awarded a People’s Choice Award in the Interactive Category at this year’s National Science Foundation Vizzies Challenge, celebrating the use of visual media to artfully and clearly communicate scientific data and research. Their project, ASL-LEX: A Visualization of American Sign Language, is a database of lexical and phonological properties that have been compiled for nearly 1,000 signs of American Sign Language.

Justin B. Hollander, A96, an associate professor of urban and environmental policy and planning, was invited to serve on May 12 as a guest critic for the master’s in urban planning thesis reviews at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard.

Matthew Merighi, F16, assistant director of the Fletcher maritime studies program and CEO of the startup Blue Water Metrics, reports that the nonprofit was featured in Bostinno. The article highlights the potential of an idea that won second place last year in the Tufts 100K New Ventures Competition in the social impact category. Blue Water Metrics is focused on building a global ocean monitoring system, a tool with rapidly growing relevance, given how “ocean data can provide insights on some of the 21st century’s greatest ecological challenges, from climate change to water acidification,” according to Bostinno.

Marshall Miller, research psychologist in the Neuroscience and Aging Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, received the second place poster competition award at the National Berry Crops Initiative’s 2017 Berry Health Benefits Symposium.

Jianmin Qu, dean of the School of Engineering and Karol Family Professor, has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the field of nondestructive evaluation from SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Qu was recognized for his outstanding achievements over 30 years, including co-authoring two books, 12 book chapters and hundreds of journal articles. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, DARPA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and many other public and private agencies. Considered a pioneer in the use of nonlinear ultrasonic technologies, he has contributed to breakthroughs in modeling and prediction. 

Christine Robertson, department administrator in public health and community service at the School of Dental Medicine, has won the Dental Alumni Association’s 2017 Staff Recognition Award. 

Sheldon Rowan, scientist II at the Nutrition and Vision Lab at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, received the Elizabeth Anderson Award for Macular Degeneration Research from the Bright Focus Foundation.

Dana Gelb Safran, an associate professor at the School of Medicine and a senior vice president at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, has been appointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which advises Congress on Medicare issues.

Johanna Seddon, a clinician and researcher at Tufts Medical Center and a professor of ophthalmology at the School of Medicine, has been honored with the Mildred Weisenfeld Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology, presented in May at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Seddon was lauded for her groundbreaking work on the intersection and interaction of nutritional, environmental and genetic risk factors for age-related macular degeneration. Her studies of lifestyle factors have influenced clinical practice and her discoveries of genetic variants provide targets for novel therapies. She has also translated findings into practical, healthy choices as the co-author of the American Macular Degeneration Foundation cookbook, Eat Right for Your Sight.

Joel LaRue Smith, music lecturer and director of jazz studies, was featured in Downbeat magazine, discussing the forces behind his latest album, The Motorman’s Son. The jazz album explores his own family history and the sounds of his childhood: Afro-Cuban, meringue, salsa, and hard-bop. (See also the 2015 Tufts Now story “A World of Music.”)

Jeffrey Taliaferro, associate professor of political science, has a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to finish his book, Frenemies: Alliance Coercion and Nonproliferation in US Policy, as well as participate in the activities of the Wilson Center’s International Security Studies Project.

The Tufts University Department of Public and Environmental Safety was nominated by Tufts public safety dispatcher Kellie Regan, a member of the Massachusetts National Guard 267 Intelligence Squadron, for the Freedom Award, which recognizes employers of National Guard and Reserve personnel who provide exceptional support to their “Citizen Soldiers.”

Norbert Wilson, professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, has been elected as a director on the board of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.



Gregory Carleton, professor of Russian Studies and chair of the Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies, has published Russia: The Story of War (Harvard University Press), an examination of how Russia’s belief in its own exceptionalism profoundly shapes its world view and place in history.

David Ekbladh, associate professor of history and core faculty in international relations, co-edited a new collection of essays, Beyond 1917: The United States and the Global Legacies of the Great War (Oxford University Press).

David Valdes Greenwood, lecturer in the English Department, has had his play The Mermaid Hour (featured in the 2016 National Showcase of New Plays), selected for four productions across the country. In addition, his young adult novel Revengers was released in April by Pandamoon, and his essay “I Love You, But: What Your Trump Vote Means for My Family,” was anthologized in the collection How Do I Explain This to My Children: Parenting in the Age of Trump (New Press). Its publication in the Huffington Post received more than a million page views.

Alice Lichtenstein, Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy at the Friedman School, in May delivered the Hans Fisher lecture at Rutgers University.

David Locke, music professor and chair of the music department, was interviewed in a New York Times article about his colleague Torgbui Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie, a master drummer from Ghana and professor of music at the University of North Texas. The article mentions a research project they collaborated on that was published in 2013 and performed by Tufts choruses.

David Matsas, Kevin Lindell and Gene White, all faculty with Cummings School’s Tufts Ambulatory Service, will participate in the SVF Foundation’s Annual Visitors Day on June 10 at Swiss Village in Newport, Rhode Island. The faculty provide advanced reproductive services to the SVF, which is devoted to preserving rare heritage livestock breeds for the future.  

Gilbert Metcalf, professor of economics, was an invited speaker in the Symposium for the High-Level Commission on Carbon Prices hosted by the French Development Agency in Paris, France in May. The commission is tasked by the United Nations to investigate how carbon pricing can help address climate change globally. Metcalf's paper, written with colleagues at MIT, studies the revenue implications of a U.S. carbon tax and its potential to help finance long-term changes to the federal tax system.

Noe Montez, assistant professor of drama, received the 2017 Robert A. Schanke Research Award from the Mid-America Theatre Conference for his paper titled, “Yes We Can? Resisting the Obama Presidency’s Neoliberalist Envisioning of the American Dream in Kristoffer Diaz’s The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity.”

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), published “To curb climate change, we need to protect and expand US forests” on May 8 via The Conversation. The article was reprinted in more than 30 media outlets, including the Huffington Post, CBS News, Salon and Futurism.

Jeanne Marie Penvenne, professor of history, in May delivered six invited lectures, including two keynote addresses, for international conferences in Lisbon and Oporto, Portugal. Her themes included gendered perspectives, the Portuguese colonial-era press and the history of Mozambique.

Laura Rogers, senior lecturer in education and co-director of the School Psychology Program, won the 2017 Massachusetts School Psychologist Association School Psychologist Trainer of the Year Award.  

Rhoda Rosenberg, lecturer at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts (SMFA), is exhibiting at the Concord Center for the Arts, Concord, Massachusetts, from June 8 to Aug. 11 in a show that explores the intersection of image and language. She also will be featured in Marking Time: Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Boston Printmakers, at the Cotuit Center for the Arts from Aug. 5 to Sept. 16.

Kareem Roustom, lecturer and composer in the Department of Music, was featured in a Boston Globe article, “Anguish, hope in composer’s response to Syrian catastrophe.” In the interview, Roustom discusses his personal connections and musical responses to the humanitarian crisis in Syria, including an in-depth review of his piece “Traces” for clarinet, piano and string quartet.

Michelle Samour, J75, a professor of the practice in the print, paper and graphic arts department at the SMFA at Tufts, is featured on the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s blog Artsake, where she is noted for her “sublime pigmented handmade paperworks.” She writes about her project, “Borders and Boundaries, Looking for Palestine,” which references the traditional crafts and cartography of the Middle East. The short essay includes a link to a video showing her process of drawing with pulp.

Peter Scotts, a professor of the practice at the SMFA at Tufts, has work in the exhibition at the Boston Athenaeum, New England on Paper: Contemporary Art in the Boston Athenæum’s Prints & Photographs Collection, running through Sept. 3.

June Sekera, research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), published “Education for Sale” on May 3 via Public Goods Post. The piece examines the privatization of the American public education system. 

Liz Stanton, senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), published the talk she delivered at a Brookline, Massachusetts, Climate Week event as “Casting Away Despair” via Triple Crisis blog.

Timothy A. Wise, G05, senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), published “Land and the Right to Food in Zambia: U.N. Envoy Urges Shifts Away from Large-Scale Projects” on May 19 via Food Tank. On May 3, Wise was quoted in a piece about NAFTA published in Foreign Policy in Focus and reprinted on



Christina Michael, A04, has been named to the 2017 Pennsylvania Rising Stars list. Michael, an associate attorney with Philadelphia office of the law firm of Fisher Phillips, has experience litigating a broad range of matters in both state and federal courts, including appellate work before U.S. Courts of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.  

Lauren Mims, G14, has been appointed assistant director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Mims is pursuing a doctorate in educational psychology at the University of Virginia’s Curry School. The initiative aims to improve educational outcomes for African Americans of all ages.