People Notes March 2019


Linda Curtin has joined the university’s Communications and Marketing team as a marketing communications manager. She comes to Tufts from the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at Babson College, where she was marketing director.  

Gayle Golding has joined the School of Medicine development team as a staff assistant. Previously, she was administrative assistant for the Lemelson-MIT Program and the Multi-Regional Clinical Trial Center of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard.

Payson Krell has joined Tufts Dining as the manager for the Hodgdon and Kindlevan cafes. Krell comes to Tufts from Boston College. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Johnson & Wales, and a master’s degree from Woods College. 

Erica Lennon has joined Tufts as an associate director for the Tufts Fund. She comes to the university from Dana Farber Cancer Institute, where she held a variety of fundraising roles over the past decade. 

Jale Okay joins Tufts as associate director of development for the School of Engineering. A 1984 graduate of Mt. Holyoke, she worked at her alma mater for 16 years, most recently as a senior leadership gift officer. She holds a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Yale.


Carlos Goizueta has been promoted from sous chef to chef manager in Central Culinary at Tufts Dining. Born and raised in Argentina, he attended culinary school before coming to the United States and working his way from line cook at Evoo to cook supervisor at Za Restaurant before coming to Tufts.

Robert Gyurko has been appointed predoctoral director in the Department of Periodontology at the School of Dental Medicine. He joined the department in 2014, and was inducted a fellow of the American Academy of Dental Science in 2018.


José Antonio Mazzotti, the King Felipe VI of Spain Professor of Spanish Culture and Civilization in the Department of Romance Studies, has been awarded the José Lezama Lima poetry award by Casa de las Americas, a prestigious Cuban cultural institution, for his book El Zorro y la Luna (The Fox and the Moon). The prize is one of the most important literary awards in the Spanish-speaking world. Mazzotti received the award in Havana, Cuba on January 31, where he was also presented with the Cuban edition of his book.

Julie Dobrow, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and senior lecturer in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, has been named a finalist for the Plutarch Award for Best Biography of 2018. The Biographers International Organization recognized her for After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America's Greatest Poet (W. W. Norton & Co., 2018). The Plutarch Award is the only international literary award judged and presented by biographers.

Katie Dunn, assistant director of predoctoral research at the School of Dental Medicine, was elected as secretary/treasurer for the Student Training and Research (STAR) Network within the International Association for Dental Research.

Shawn G. Doughty, manager for research computing in Tufts Technology Services, has been appointed to the Open OnDemand Science and Advisory Committee, an NSF-funded open source project.

Tufts dentists who graduated from dental school within the past ten years are among the top “10 under Ten” recognized by the Massachusetts Dental Society for their impact on the dental profession. Harrison MacKenzie, D14, practicing at Franklin Dental Associates, advocates for the profession by meeting with state lawmakers as part of the society’s annual Beacon Hill Day and is a member of the Metropolitan District Dental Society. BiNa Oh, D09, is co-founder of the Center for Dental Medicine & Reconstruction in Lincoln and an assistant professor in the Department of Periodontology at Tufts dental school. Carlin Weaver, D13, an orthodontist, joined her father in his Swampscott practice immediately after graduating from residency, and took over the reins in 2017. She has completed additional training in orthodontics for sleep-disordered breathing and sleep apnea and is secretary of the North Shore District Dental Society.

Tufts Dining staff came home with a silver medal from the American Culinary Federation’s the eighth annual culinary competition at Skidmore College. Congratulations to Jonathan Hebert, chef manager, Dewick; Anthony Tripi, assistant sous chef, central culinary; Courtney Pedro, assistant pastry chef; and Ryan Geanacopoulos, sous chef, Carmichael.

Congratulations to members of the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies for being among nominees for the 23rd Annual IRNE Awards, which honor the best of the previous year’s actors, directors, choreographers, designers and companies. Maurice Emmanuel Parent, adjunct faculty member, was nominated in the supporting actor category for his performance in Skeleton Crew at the Huntington Theatre Company; Linda Ross, department costume designer, was nominated for costume designs for Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre; and Jo Williams, department production manager, is production manager for Moonbox Theatre, which received eleven nominations.


Frank Ackerman, visiting scholar at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), has published a five-part blog series for Triple Crisis blog that explores the economics of climate change. The first post discusses the cost-benefit analysis of drastically reducing global emissions, and the challenges in quantifying the costs of not reducing emissions. The second post discusses the social cost of carbon and the interpretation of uncertainty in climate damage estimates. In this third blog post, Ackerman focuses on the role methane plays in global warming, and the importance of the scientific community conveying the risks and effects of methane leaks and emissions as part of the wider movement towards carbon-free energy alternatives. His fourth post addresses carbon pricing. Lastly, his fifth post discusses how to incorporate climate justice and how to think about long-run sustainability.

Ricky D. Crano, a lecturer in the Department of English, was quoted in a recent Fast Company article on high-risk selfie taking. Dangerous images posted on social media represent “a clear-cut case of market forces driving high-risk selfie publicity, a quintessential model of personhood for the digital age: the individual as entrepreneur of one’s self,” he said.

Jeronim Capaldo, visiting scholar at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), delivered a keynote speech, “Why and how to build alternatives to FTAs such as TTIP and CETA” on February 7 in Brussels for an event hosted by the European Parliament called, “Our alternatives to free trade deals. A trade policy to serve the people.”

Jonathan Harris, senior research associate at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), testified before the Cambridge City Council [PDF] about the importance of preserving tree canopy in the city. Harris was cited in the article “Workers take down trees in Inman Square, protected by police from peaceful protesters” about the organizing efforts of Harris and his neighbors to protect their local park from further tree removal.

Dan Jay, dean of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and adjunct professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, collaborated with Mary Y. Lee, former associate provost and dean for educational affairs at the School of Medicine, to organize and curate Beyond Expectations, a showcase of art from the Boston’s Asian American community. The exhibition at the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center runs to March 30.

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), delivered a presentation entitled “Taming Climate Change with Natural Systems” and taught a class on climate science and policy at the Yale-National University of Singapore Global Affairs Program. On January 18, Moomaw met with officials at the Green Climate Fund and gave a presentation to the staff entitled, “Closing the Emissions Gap? Opportunities for Meeting the 1.5 Degree Celsius Goal.”  Moomaw was also featured in a profile in the Berkshire Eagle, “Williams-educated chemist, climate expert talks formula for defending planet from warming”, about the recent speech Moomaw delivered to Williamstown Youth Center.

Julie Nelson, visiting scholar at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), has her essay “Climate Change and Economic Self-Interest” published in the print volume of Climate Justice: Integrating Economics and Philosophy (Oxford University Press). The chapter discusses the use of self-interest rhetoric in discussions of climate change mitigation and adaptation. 

Tufts research on tea is cited in an article in Nature entitled “How climate change might affect tea.” Albert Robbat, Jr., associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, is quoted; his team is using gas chromatography–mass spectrometry system—and the human nose—to identify chemicals in the beverage by mass. So far the team has found around 750 unique chemicals in tea.   


Jennifer Ferguson, team lead for arts and humanities in Tisch Library, recently published Using Authentic Assessment in Information Literacy Programs: Tools, Techniques and Strategies (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2018). The book offers teaching librarians practical resources and approaches that will help them to implement authentic assessment in any instructional setting.

Elizabeth Foster, associate professor in the Department of History, has published African Catholic: Decolonization and the Transformation of the Church (Harvard University Press, 2019). The book explores Catholicism during the decolonization of French sub-Saharan Africa and how decolonization led to a fundamental reorientation of the Catholic Church.

Timothy A. Wise, G05, senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), has published Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food. The book investigates the ways in which agribusiness and philanthropic entities have used food policies to support corporate interests, and how small-scale farmers internationally are advocating for themselves and working towards greater food security.  Wise celebrated the release of his new book with a public talk and reading on February 6 at the New School in New York City. (See the Tufts Now article about the book.)


Trustee emeritus Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis, E80, AG86, EG87, E12P, E15P, former dean of the School of Engineering at Tufts, was recently  named the eleventh president of Roger Williams University in Rhode Island. Miaoulis led the Museum of Science from 2003 through January 2019. Among his accomplishments, he guided the museum’s ambitious capital campaign, which raised more than $470 million, and led the creation of the National Center for Technological Literacy. Miaoulis was professor of mechanical engineering when became the youngest-ever dean of the School of Engineering in 1994. He transformed the school by creating new laboratories and the Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, and establishing Tufts as a national leader in closing the gender gap in engineering. Before he joined the Museum of Science, he was interim dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 2001 and associate provost in 2001-2002, and he served on the Tufts University Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2016. He was awarded the Tufts University Alumni Association’s Outstanding Service Award in 2003 and the Light on the Hill Award in 2011.


Anthony Kodzis, A72, longtime acquisitions manager at Tisch Library, passed away February 15. He was a valued member of the Resource Management and Repository Services department and the Tisch leadership team. Last summer colleagues and friends marked his forty-five years of service to Tufts libraries with a celebration. “It is hard to imagine our work without him,” said Dorothy Meaney, director of Tisch Library.