People Notes March 2017


Abubakr Fakhry Abou-Elala has joined the University Chaplaincy as Muslim associate. He comes to Tufts through the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center, where he serves as a youth director. He will be on campus a few hours each week to support Muslim chaplain Celene Ibrahim.

Joda Glossner has joined the Office of Alumni Relations as assistant director for alumni engagement. She previously worked at Harvard University and Phillips Academy.

Luiza Pellerin has joined the Arts and Sciences development team in University Advancement as an associate director. She comes to Tufts from the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Graham Foundation, where she was a development officer.

The Rev. Lambert Rahming has joined the University Chaplaincy in the new position of Africana community associate. Rahming comes to Tufts through a partnership with Sanctuary United Church of Christ in Medford, where he is the community minister. He is a graduate of Morehouse College and Boston University School of Theology. An ordained deacon in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, he has worked in campus ministry at the University of Hawaii. He is also a vocalist, a pianist and a word artist.  

Francis Storrs joins the editorial team of Communications and Marketing as deputy editor for the magazines later this month. He comes to Tufts from the Boston Globe Magazine, where was deputy editor. Previously he worked at Boston magazine, rising from fact checker to senior editor. 


Megan Mueller, A08, G10, G13, has been appointed an assistant professor in human-animal interaction in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Mueller, a research assistant professor since 2013, also works with the Center for Animals and Public Policy, Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction and the Tisch College of Civic Life.

Chrissy Callahan, previously with Tisch Library, is the new communications coordinator in the Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing at the Fletcher School. A freelance lifestyle journalist and editor, she published her first book in November, The Paris Bath & Beauty Book: Embrace Your Natural Beauty With Timeless Secrets and Recipes from the French (Cider Mill Press). She has written for Self and SheKnows, among other publications.


Bob Bridges, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cummings School, has joined the editorial board of the Journal of Neuroendocrinology.

Antje Barreveld, a clinical assistant professor of anesthesiology at the School of Medicine, has been named medical director of pain management at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

More than 40 second-year medical students participated in the Summer 2016 Research Poster Fair in December. The students, who received fellowship funding, presented an abstract and poster about their eight-week summer research project. Peter Brodeur, an associate professor of integrated physiology and pathobiology, invited four judges to review the abstracts and posters. Prizes were awarded as follows: first place, Maya Petashnick; second place, Imran Anwar; third place, Michelle Paek. Honorable mentions were given to Catalina Breton, Craig Cooper, Eric Chu, Katelyn Foley, Dina Obed, Giulia Rizzo, Anna Sagaser, Cristina Stefanescu and Charlotte Williamson. The event was organized by the medical school’s Office of Student Affairs.

Daniel Carr, a professor of public health and community medicine at the School of Medicine and a founder of the Pain Research Education and Policy Program, has been tapped to serve on the NIH Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, which will summarize advances in pain care research supported or conducted by the federal agencies and recommend how to expand partnerships between public and private entities to advance collaborative research.

Addie Felten, an intern with the Department of Environmental and Population Health at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, has received the Western Veterinary Conference’s 2017 Dr. W. Bruce Wren Food Animal Incentive Award. The award is presented to five postgraduate students from various universities who are committed to food animal practice.

Iris Z. Jaffe, an associate professor of medicine, has been appointed to the Elisa Kent Mendelsohn Professorship in Molecular Cardiology. This endowed professorship was established in 1998 by the then-New England Medical Center and Tufts School of Medicine to support the executive director of Tufts’ Molecular Cardiology Research Institute, a position Jaffe assumed last fall.

Claire Moore, a professor of developmental, molecular and chemical biology at the School of Medicine, has been appointed to the Natalie V. Zucker Professorship, an endowed professorship established in 2001 by Natalie Zucker, the widow of Milton O. Zucker, M30,  to support an outstanding scholar and educator at the School of Medicine who serves as a role model and mentor for women at the school.

Cynthia Robinson, a lecturer in the School of Arts and Sciences and director of the Museum Studies Program, is the recipient of the 2017 John Cotton Dana Award for Leadership, presented by the American Alliance of Museums, for her commitment to helping museum educators write and publish and for inspiring students to be activists who open museums to all audiences.

Nadim Rouhana, a professor of international affairs and conflict at the Fletcher School, received a development grant from the Global Religion Research Initiative to support her work on a new course that will study culture and religion in conflict and conflict resolution. The initiative, launched last year by the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame, aims to advance the empirical study of global religion in academia.

The Tufts chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is the recipient of the national organization’s Outstanding Collegiate Section Gold Award, the highest award given in the collegiate section. Only 19 collegiate SWE sections nationwide received that level of recognition, and Tufts SWE was the only one in New England.

Tufts students were among four teams to advance to the finals in the CFA Institute Research Challenge, a global competition in which students research and analyze a publicly traded company. The Tufts team, competing against 10 other schools in the Boston area, included four Fletcher students and one undergraduate: Giacomo Canepa, F17; Tanay Tatum, F17; Jared Holst, F18; Riya Sridhar, F18; and Ronen Shohat, A17. “The team did not advance to the nationals this year, but we are not deterred and are beginning preparations for next year,” said Patrick Schena, an adjunct assistant professor of international business relations at the Fletcher School, who is the team’s faculty mentor.

Tom Vandervelde, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been elected chair of the Optics for Energy Technical Group for the Optical Society of America, the leading professional association in optics and photonics.


Frank Ackerman, a senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), answered to the question “Who Needs the Dakota Access Pipeline?” in Common Dreams on Feb. 13.

University Professor Daniel Dennett, co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, has published Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds (Norton). Interviewed in The Guardian, Dennett underscored modern culture’s fragility. “We now have to take care not to run off the cliff with our new technology, without looking closely at what its implications are,” he said.

Neva Goodwin, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was quoted in a Jan. 31 Herald Live article by Ismail Lagarien, “Students Not Political Tools.” Goodwin is quoted: “For more than half a century, the discipline of economics has been based on an inadequate and misleading description of human nature. Translated into what students remember, and what has increasingly risen to the top in Anglo-American culture, this description promotes the idea that selfishness is rational."

Kelly Greenhill, an associate professor of political science in the School of Arts and Sciences, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to further her research on how rumors, conspiracy theories, myths, propaganda and entertainment media influence the beliefs and decision-making of individuals and governments.

Nan Levinson, a lecturer in English, reports that her book War Is Not a Game: The New Antiwar Soldiers and the Movement They Built (Rutgers University Press, 2014) was updated with a new prologue and released in paperback.

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), recently participated in several events in the Greater Boston area. On Feb. 14 he delivered a presentation entitled “Bioenergy Emissions: Are There Really Alternate Facts,” at Synapse Energy Economics in Cambridge. On Feb. 17 he moderated a panel session called “The Peril and Promise of Forests and Soils for Achieving the Paris Temperature Goals” at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting. At the same gathering, Moomaw delivered a keynote address on Feb. 19 titled “Science Diplomacy Education: Hard Won Lessons” as part of a Science Diplomacy Education Network event. 

Timothy A. Wise, G05, a senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), published “What Value are Value Chains for Small-Scale Farmers?” in Food Tank on Feb. 16. In the op-ed, Wise built on his GDAE work on A Rights-Based Approach to the Global Food Crisis by discussing the costs of large-scale land deals to local communities in Mozambique.


Triple Jumbo Jim Kaklamanos, E08, E10, E12, was honored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) as one of the 2017 New Faces of Civil Engineering. An assistant professor of civil engineering at Merrimack College, he specializes in geotechnical engineering. He serves as the faculty advisor to the Merrimack College student chapter of the ASCE. He’s also active in the ASCE Geo-Institute, the Seismological Society of America and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.