People Notes May 2017


Courtney Hollands joins Tufts this month as the new editor of Tufts Medicine magazine. She was editor-in-chief of Culture, a magazine focused on the world of cheese. She has been a senior editor at Boston magazine, a multimedia journalist and editor at the Boston Globe and, and a reporter for the Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Stephanie Pumphrey will join Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine this month as an assistant professor in ophthalmology.

Ane Uriarte has joined Cummings School as an assistant professor in neurology. Previously she was at North Downs Specialist Referrals in London. She received her veterinary degree from the Universidad de Zaragoza in 2003 and completed her residency at L’Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort.


Christiane Zehl Romero, Tubingen Professor of German and Goldthwaite Professor of Rhetoric, is retiring after 44 years at Tufts. The Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies will host a reception in her honor on May 3 in the Coolidge Room, Ballou Hall.


Peter Arsenault, D94, DG95, an associate clinical professor at the School of Medicine and head of the Division of Operative Dentistry, was inducted into the National Academy of Inventors. With expertise in product development, he holds several U.S. patents and pending patents for products related to dentistry. Most recently, he has been working with the American Dental Association on eye safety for dental practitioners.

Carla Berube, head coach for the women’s basketball team, has been named head coach for the 2017 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team, which will compete this month in the world championship trials. Berube has guided the Tufts team to the NCAA Final Four for three consecutive seasons.

Ming Chow, E02, E04, a senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, has won this year’s Lerman-Neubauer Prize, awarded to a faculty member who graduating seniors agree has had a profound intellectual impact on them. Chow brings broad expertise in web and mobile security and web and mobile engineering to classes such as Web Engineering, Music Apps on the iPad and Introduction to Computer Security.

Maya Erdelyi, a lecturer in animation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA) at Tufts and founder of the Boston Independent Animators group, has been awarded a 2017 Boston Center for the Arts residency and grant for her public art project Walk Cycle, which will incorporate animation and wheat-pasted prints. The project is an extension of her work-in-progress documentary animation Anyuka. She also created animation for the feature documentary Black Memorabilia, screened at Sundance this past winter and slated for the 2017 Toronto Film Festival in September.

Ioannis Evrigenis, professor and chair of the Department of Classics, has won the 2016 Renaissance Society of America—Text Creation Partnership Article Prize in Digital Renaissance Research for “Digital Tools and the History of Political Thought: The Case of Jean Bodin,” which was published in the journal Rediscriptions. The article discusses findings based on the Tufts Bodin Project, a digital humanities endeavor funded in part by a Tufts Innovates grant.

Caroline Genco, the Arthur E. Spiller Professor and chair of integrative physiology and pathobiology, has been awarded a fellowship with the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program. ELAM fellows are among the best and brightest women leaders in academic medicine, dentistry and public health. Research in Genco’s lab focuses on chronic inflammation and the role of the microbiome in systemic inflammatory disorders.

Christos Georgakis, a professor of chemical engineering, has received this year’s Distinguished Senior Scholar Award from Tufts. An internationally recognized leader in process systems engineering, he uses a rigorous numerical modeling approach to solve important problems related to the operation of chemical reactors.  

Neva Goodwin, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), wrote “Mourning in America: Trump and the Traumas of the Twenty-First Century” [PDF] for Real-World Economics Review as part of the special issue “Trumponomics: Causes and Consequences” [PDF].   

David Kaplan, professor and chair of biomedical engineering and the Stern Family Professor of Engineering, has had his research for a silk-based system for stabilizing blood samples clinch the Editor’s Choice award in STAT Madness, a competition to find the best new ideas in science and medicine. The research, led by Kaplan and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, describes how silk fibroin—a protein found in silkworm cocoons—can be mixed with blood samples so they can be transported to a lab without refrigeration.

Alice Lichtenstein, the Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy at the Friedman School and director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, gave the 2017 Hans Fisher lecture at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences on April 20. The title of her talk was “Intersection of Nutrition Science and Policy: Current Challenges.”

Abby McElroy, V17, is one of only two students nationwide to receive a service award from Broad Spectrum, a student-run leadership board ensuring veterinary colleges are inclusive and welcoming. McElroy, Broad Spectrum co-president, was the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association student representative. At Cummings School, she has helped organize the Tufts Veterinary Council on Diversity.  

Carole Palmer, G69, a professor in the Department of Comprehensive Care at the School of Dental Medicine, in April received a special award for excellence in dental/medical education from the American Society for Nutrition. 

Morton Rosenberg, D74, a professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the School of Dental Medicine who is retiring on July 1, has had a lecture series created in his honor. The inaugural lecture, sponsored by the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Tufts Medical Center, takes place on May 24; David M. Rothenberg, the Max S. Sadove Chair of Anesthesiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, will speak in Tufts Medical Center’s Wolff Auditorium, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Laurence Senelick, the Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory, is one of five new members inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre.

Pamela Yelick, G89, a professor at the School of Dental Medicine, where she directs the Division of Craniofacial and Molecular Genetics, has won the 2017 Isaac Schour Memorial Award from the International Association for Dental Research. Yelick also holds faculty appointments in the School of Medicine, the School of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. Her laboratory has pioneered the use of adult dental stem cells for whole tooth tissue engineering.


Robert Bendetson, A73, a member of the Board of Trustees and co-chair of the External Advisory Board of the Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) in April gave the Robert and JoAnn Bendetson Public Diplomacy Award to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Washington, D.C. Bendetson has been engaged with Iraq and the Middle East through the Robert and JoAnn Public Diplomacy Initiative at IGL, which brings international leaders to Tufts. 

Jesseca Ferguson, SMFA86, a lecturer in the print, paper and graphic arts department at the SMFA at Tufts and noted artist working with cyanotype, has had her work included in Ex-Libris at Médiathèque André Malraux in Strasbourg, France, where both Boston and Strasbourg artists were invited to make artist books in response to the 18th-century manuscript of Georg Daniel Flohr. Ferguson describes Flohr’s work as a “richly detailed, exquisitely handwritten and hand-illustrated account” of a foot soldier’s experience in the New World. She is also exhibiting at the Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography exhibition at the National Media Museum in England through June 25.

Jonathan Harris, director of the Theory and Education Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), co-authored a new climate policy brief, “Hope Below Our Feet: Soil as a Climate Solution” [PDF], with GDAE co-director William Moomaw, research fellow Anne-Marie Codur and GDAE’s partners at Soil4Climate.

Sung-Yoon Lee, the Kim Koo-Korea Foundation Professor in Korean Studies and assistant professor at the Fletcher School, contributed to the essay “Getting Tough on North Korea” in the May/June issue of Foreign Affairs. The “combination of sanctions and subsidies has failed,” Lee wrote.

Graham McDougal, a professor of the practice in the print, paper and graphic arts department at the SMFA at Tufts, was part of a group exhibition, [Old/New] Psychedelic Providence, at Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Chicago, which showcases emerging and mid-career artists.

Gilbert Metcalf, a professor of economics, spent a week in April as a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. While there, he gave a public lecture, “Climate Policy in the Trump Era,” and a research seminar on the impacts of ending tax subsidies for domestic oil and gas production.

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was quoted in the BBC article “Burning Wood for Energy Ignites Fierce Academic Row,” about the debate over using trees for energy. Moomaw also served as moderator on the energy and climate panel at the Tufts-SEI Nexus and Anniversary Symposium on April 11.

Neda Moridpour, visiting artist at the SMFA at Tufts, is one of three women aiming to transform a 20-foot truck into a mobile billboard and resource center to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault. The project, Women On the Move, organized by the artist-activist collective Louder Than Words, is raising funds through a Kickstarter campaign (deadline is May 17). Organizers plan to bring the traveling project to underserved neighborhoods in Washington, D.C.; Cleveland; Los Angeles; and London. With every stop, they aim to generate “pop-up” events; the truck will also be equipped with video, interactive oral histories and a library.  

Carolyn Muskat, a lecturer in the print, paper and graphic arts department at the SMFA at Tufts, had a solo exhibition, A Sense of Place: Print Works by Carolyn M. Muskat, at Oresman Gallery at Smith College. Her work focused on ideas of place, location and the environment, based on her travels throughout the United States and Southeast Asia. 

Elizabeth Prodromou, J81, F83, visiting associate professor in the Program in International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Fletcher School, joined CBC-Radio Canada to discuss the result of the April constitutional referendum in Turkey and what it could mean for the country and its allies. The “yes” vote was a “formalization of a presidential dictatorship in Turkey,” Prodromou said.

Emily Reinauer, a teaching fellow in the print, paper and graphic arts department at the SMFA at Tufts, exhibited an etching, aquatint and Chine-collé print titled EGM in the 2017 Atlanta Print Biennial.

Michelle Samour, a professor of the practice in the print, paper and graphic arts department at the SMFA at Tufts, gave a presentation at the Southern Graphics Conference: Terminus in Atlanta in March.

Jennifer Schmidt, a professor of the practice in the print, paper and graphic arts department at the SMFA at Tufts, will exhibit her work at the 32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana: Birth of Criterion in Slovenia, from June 16 to Nov. 5.

John Schultz, a professor of the practice in the print, paper and graphic arts department at the SMFA at Tufts, exhibited his recent work Topsy-Turvy at Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh in March. He also gave a talk and worked with students on a printmaking/drawing project that revolved around reworking a facsimile copy of a large section of Triumphs of Maximilian (1512-1519).

June Sekera, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), recently posted “Freedom to Harm” on Public Goods Post, which focuses on the elimination of regulations that protect people and the planet.

Liz Stanton, a senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), served on a forum, “The Place of Science, Fossil Fuels and Clean Energy in Times Ahead,” on April 2 as part of Climate Week Brookline. She also hosted “Demanding Accountability,” the first in a series of applied economics seminars, on April 27 at the Fletcher School.

Timothy A. Wise, G05, senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), published “Seeds of Climate Resilience in Mozambique” and “Securing Land Rights in Zambia” on Food Tank. On April 1, Wise served on the panel “The True Cost of Food” at the 2017 Food Tank Summit in Boston, hosted by the Friedman School in collaboration with Oxfam America; the nonprofit Food Tank was founded by Danielle Nierenberg, N01. Wise was also quoted in the Los Angeles Times article “Mexico’s Bargaining Chips with Trump? How about a Corn Boycott?” and the PRI article “Trump’s Gamble: Mexico Could Actually Gain More from a NAFTA Redo.”

Chantal Zakari, a professor of the practice in the print, paper and graphic arts department at the SMFA at Tufts, had her work exhibited in March and led a discussion at the Center for Book Arts, New York City, around the theme “Pulp as Portal: Socially Engaged Hand Papermaking,” in collaboration with Mike Mandel. She also exhibited in the Arte Laguna Prize Show, Venice, in March.


Erin Baldassari, A10, has shared a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news with a team of reporters for the East Bay Times. The prize acknowledges the “relentless reporting” of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire in Oakland, California, last December that killed 36 people. She co-wrote some of the East Bay Times’ first stories on the disaster and then wrote follow-up articles that examined the response by Oakland City Hall and impacts on the artist community, among other angles.   

Jessica Long, E11, is among four UMass Medical School students awarded $10,000 scholarships as a 2017 Massachusetts Medical Society Scholar. Long, who earned a master’s degree in biomedical engineering at Tufts, is a recipient of the Dr. Sanfrey Lilyestrom Award and the Martin Luther King Semester of Service Student Award; she was also named Member of the Year for Region VII of the Student National Medical Association.