People Notes June 2019


Melanie Mala Ghosh has been appointed senior director of Study Abroad and Global Education. She comes to Tufts from MIT, where she was managing director for MIT-South Asia, part of the MIT International Science & Technology Initiatives. Prior to working at MIT, Ghosh was associate director with World Study Group in San Francisco, a senior manager at PVA Educational Consultants in Palo Alto, and coordinator of Multicultural Affairs and Multicultural Center at Bates College. She has worked on international development projects with UNICEF, Oxfam, and the All-India Women’s Conference in India. She holds a master’s from Stanford University and a B.A. from Bates College. 

Libby Hanrahan has joined the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine as department manager; she most recently was a contract implementation and compliance manager for a Charlestown company. A long-time client and volunteer at Cummings School, she was one of the original organizers of the Tufts Community Cat Spay and Neuter clinics, and has stayed involved as trapper coordinator. 


The university conferred emeritus status on seventeen faculty at commencement on May 19. Retiring faculty are:

School of Arts, Sciences and Engineering: Linda Bamber, English; Kathleen Camera, Child Study and Human Development; David Garman, Economics; Terry Haas, Chemistry; Robin Kanarek, Psychology; Sharan Schwartzberg, Occupational Therapy; and Laurence Senelick, Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.

School of Dental Medicine: Carole Ann Palmer, Comprehensive Care 

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy: Jeanne Goldberg, N86, Nutrition Interventions, Communication, and Behavior Change

School of Medicine: Curtis Bakal, Radiology; Barry Goldin, Public Health and Community Medicine; Ira Herman, Developmental, Molecular and Chemical Biology; Stuart Levy, Molecular Biology and Microbiology; Ellen Perrin, Pediatrics; Peter Randolph, Psychiatry; Girard Robinson, Psychiatry; Irwin Rosenberg, Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, and University Professor.


April found many faculty in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine working abroad. Hellen Amuguni traveled to Kampala, Uganda, to support the One Health Workforce project; she partnered with the One Health Central and East Africa (OHCEA) network secretariat in planning for the International One Health Conference, and then traveled to Mbarara, Uganda to facilitate a curriculum development workshop at Mbarara University. Stan Fenwick traveled to Terengganu, Malaysia to support the Malaysia One Health University Network as a trainer and mentor for two student training activities. Diafuka Saila-Ngita was in Tanzania to teach a health and environmental economics course at the College of African Wildlife Management. Sam Telford attended the International Babesiosis Conference at Yale University and the International Symposium on Tropical Medicine and Global Health at Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan. Chris Whitter was in Sungkai, Malaysia, to deliver a three-day training on biosecurity to government wildlife officials.

Jeff Ashe, visiting scholar at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was a lead speaker at the Transform conference in San Francisco in a session on how to link immigrants to investors and how to better channel remittances to families and communities.

Anne-Marie Codur, research associate at GDAE, had her paper, “Soil Health, Agriculture and Climate in New England: Scientific Findings, Farming Practices and Policies,” co-authored with Josephine Watson, Kayleigh Fay, Bethany Tietjen, and Jonathan Harris, accepted for presentation at the Ecological Society of America/United States Society for Ecological Economics conference, to be held August 11-16 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kelly Sims Gallagher, F00, F03, professor of energy and environmental policy and director of the Climate Policy Lab and the Center for International Environment and Resource Policy at The Fletcher School; postdoctoral scholar Ping Huang, and Ph.D. student Zdenka Myslikova traveled to Vancouver in May to present research and take part in meetings at in the fourth annual Mission Innovation Ministerial, an international meeting of energy ministers and other officials from member countries, academics, mayors, and CEOs of global companies aimed at clean energy research and innovation.

Brian Hatcher, professor of religion and Packard Chair of Theology, contributed two well-received opinion pieces for the Kolkata (West Bengal) press in the run-up to the recent general elections in India, when a violent confrontation led to the destruction of a bust of nineteenth-century reformer Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar, about whom he has written extensively. His English editorial, titled “Missing Vidyasagar Again: The 19th-century reformer deserves better than brickbats and hollow praise,” appeared in Scroll

Justin Hollander, A96, associate professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, has had his research cited as part of an article in Bloomberg related to shrinking cities.

William Moomaw, co-director of GDAE, testified before the Massachusetts state legislature on May 7 for Bill H.853, an act to assure the attainment of greenhouse gas emission goals in the alternative portfolio standard. His testimony describes how burning bioenergy is greater than coal and disrupts the capacity of Massachusetts’ forests to increase their capacity to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Moomaw also traveled to Baltimore in May for the Society of Wetland Scientists’ 2019 annual meeting. He presented two abstracts as part of a symposium on "The Critical Role of Wetlands in International Climate Solutions: Emerging Opportunities," which he co-organized.

Jonathan Harris, a senior research associate at GDAE, had his paper “Ecological Economics of the Green New Deal” accepted for presentation at the Ecological Society of America/United States Society for Ecological Economics conference on August 11-16 in Louisville, Kentucky. Harris will also speak on a panel on teaching ecological economics, presenting GDAE’s environmental teaching materials.

Hugh Roberts, Edward Keller Professor of North African and Middle Eastern History, has been busy providing informed analysis of the popular uprising in Algeria. Following his article “Algeria is a Republic” in the London Review of Books on March 11, he responded to media requests for commentary and has been widely quoted by Reuters and in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Financial Times and the Arab Weekly, and given numerous interviews, including to the BBC World Service and Jadaliyya. He spoke at the Arab Center in Washington on April 4 and addressed a seminar at the State Department on April 5. On April 24 he gave a talk at a public event at Tufts on “The Algerian Uprising: The People, the Power, and the Army.” He took part in a panel event at Boston University on April 30 and gave an updated version of his Tufts talk to the Harvard Kennedy School on May 1. On May 3 he addressed a public event organized by the Society for Algerian Studies—of which he is the founder and vice-president—at the London School of Economics on the theme “L’Après-Bouteflika: The Army, the People, and the Prospects for Reform in Algeria.” He gave presentation to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London on the same topic on May 7.

Liz Stanton and Bryndis Woods, both GDAE visiting scholars, worked together with All Aces and the Institute for Sustainable Energy at Boston University to produce Carbon Free Boston: Social Equity Report 2019 on behalf of the Boston Green Ribbon Commission. The report details how actions taken toward carbon neutrality, which will fundamentally transform the city’s buildings, transportation, waste, and energy systems, will also affect socially vulnerable populations and provides a roadmap to equitably engage the city’s communities in climate action.

Tim Thornton, a senior researcher GDAE, has been trying to mobilize academics and students to campaign for the use of better economics textbooks. His online commentary for the World Economics Association argued that coordinated collective action on textbooks is perhaps the most promising place to concentrate to achieve tangible change in the curriculum.

Timothy A. Wise, G05, a senior research fellow at GDAE, joined Caryn Hartglass’s show “It’s All About Food” on the Progressive Radio Network for a deep dive into his new book Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food. Wise was also interviewed by Leah Douglas of the Food and Environment Reporting Network for a piece entitled, “Eating Tomorrow: A conversation with Timothy Wise.” In addition, Wise published “Farming First: A Recipe to Feed a Crowded World” on Heated, a new online magazine offered by Medium.


Madina Agénor, Gerald R. Gill Assistant Professor of Race, Culture, and Society in the Department of Community Health, is a co-author of a new article published in the journal Pediatrics. The article, “School Restroom and Locker Room Restrictions and Sexual Assault Risk Among Transgender Youth,” examines the high prevalence of sexual assault victimization among transgender and nonbinary youth and finds that restrictive restroom and locker room policies are associated with higher risk for sexual assault among this population.

Congratulations to four Tufts alumni—Andrew Bourhis, E17; Elizabeth Buechler, E17; Zachary Pagel, E17; and Brian Rappaport, E18—and senior Tommy George, E19, who have been named fellows in the 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The program provides support to outstanding graduate students who are working on research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Bourhis is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego. Buechler is working toward an M.S. and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Stanford University. Pagel is pursuing a Ph.D. in physics at University of California, Berkeley, and Rappaport is working toward a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at Cornell. George, E19, who studied chemical engineering at Tufts, is going on to a Ph.D. in applied physics at Harvard. He also won first place in his division (Fuels, Petrochemicals, and Energy) for his poster at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers annual meeting, and the Harry West Student Poster Award as well. 

A paper by Kyle Emerick, James L. Paddock Assistant Professor in International Economics, has been awarded the 2019 American Economics Journal’s Economic Policy Best Paper Award. The paper, “Adaption to Climate Change: Evidence from U.S. Agriculture,” examines the impacts of variation in temperature and precipitation due to climate change on U.S. agriculture.

Diane O’Donoghue, director of the Program for Public Humanities and senior fellow for the humanities at Tisch College and former chair of the Department of Visual and Critical Studies at the SMFA at Tufts, is the 2019 recipient of the Robert S. Liebert Award from Columbia University and its Psychoanalytic Center, on the occasion of the publication of her recent book, On Dangerous Ground: Freud's Visual Cultures of the Unconscious (Bloomsbury, 2019). The award is given annually in recognition of interdisciplinary work in psychoanalysis and the humanities.

Elizabeth Rozanski, associate professor of clinical sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Ira M. Zaslow VECCS Distinguished Service Award by the American College of Veterinary Emergency Critical Care (ACVECC). Rozanski is board certified in both internal medicine and critical care and is active in both disciplines. She has served on the ACVECC Credentials Committee, Nominations Committee, and Joint Task Force, and has been vice president and president of ACVECC. She has also served as a member of the board, treasurer, and president of the Veterinary Comparative Respiratory Society. She was on the board of the Hematology and Transfusion Society.

A new work by contemporary composer Kareem Roustom, AG08, professor of the practice of music, called “Hurry to the Light” and based on The Odyssey was reviewed recently in the Boston Globe. Roustom also saw his 2013 work “Ramal” performed by Symphoria, a musician-led cooperative orchestra based in Syracuse, New York. 


Amanda Sullivan, AG12, a child development specialist, is looking forward to the publication later this year of a new book, Breaking the STEM Stereotype: Reaching Girls in Early Childhood (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), inspired by her own experiences as well as by research she began conducting as a graduate student at Tufts.