People Notes November 2017


Jonathan Hebert has joined Tufted Dining as chef manager in Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center. He comes to the university from the Portsmouth Brewery, where he rose to the role of executive chef. He attended culinary school at Southern New Hampshire University.  

M.J. Kim has joined the university’s Communications and Marketing team as managing director of client strategy. She comes from Harvard, where she was the marketing director of development for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She graduated from Brandeis with a degree in English and American literature, and earned an industrial design certificate from Massachusetts College of Art.

Kathie Larsen has joined University Advancement as senior information technology project manager. She has been an independent project management consultant for the past 16 years. She holds an M.B.A. and a master’s degree in computer science from Boston University and a bachelor’s in mathematics from University of Delaware.

Erin Sullivan has joined Tufts as secretary of the Faculty for Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. She comes to the university from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, where she was the assistant director of faculty affairs. Prior to Harvard, she was a faculty recruitment manager at MIT, and, earlier at Harvard, faculty administrator for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. A graduate of Connecticut College, she has a master’s in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education.


David Aurelio, a lecturer in mechanical engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. As a member of the society, Aurelio is active in the Product Design Technical Group. A senior user experience manager at SOLIDWORKS, he has worked in consumer product design and user interface designs for more than 30 years. 

Marina Bers, professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development and an adjunct professor in the Department of Computer Science, has earned praise again for her innovative robotics kit. KIBO, for children ages four to seven, received a 2017 Parents’ Choice Award. The kit gets children ages four to seven on the path to coding; it is “programmed” with wooden blocks. “The wooden programming blocks fit together via dowels and are just the right size for little hands,” says Parents’ Choice Foundation.

Sergio Fantini, professor of biomedical engineering, has been elected a fellow of the Optical Society of America. At the School of Engineering, his research laboratory, the Diffuse Optical Imaging of Tissue Lab investigates noninvasive applications of diffuse optics to assess cerebral perfusion and brain activity, detect breast cancer, monitor response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy, and quantify skeletal muscle oxygenation.

Kelly Greenhill, associate professor of political science and director of the International Relations program, has been awarded the International Security Studies Section Emerging Scholar Award, given by the International Studies Association.

Daniel Heidkamp, A03/SMFA 2003, is among 12 artists featured in an exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Talking Pictures: Camera-Phone Conversations Between Artists,” on display through December 17. The artists were invited to send still images and brief videos back and forth “in a game of pictorial ping-pong,” according to the exhibition website. Heidkamp exchanged of photographs of paintings with Cynthia Daignault, who invited him to post paintings “rendered mostly from life on 18-inch-square canvases to fit the proportions of the phone screen. . . . their glowing, seemingly textured prints warm up the show,” according to the New York Times

Xiaocheng Jiang, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is one of 43 scientists and engineers to be recognized by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research with a prestigious Young Investigator Award; winners receive $450,000 over three years. Jiang’s research looks at the interface of materials science and biomedical application, with specific interests in bio-inspired/bio-integrable electronics, biomaterials, and microfluidics.

Paul Lehrman, G10, senior lecturer and director of music engineering, chaired a panel in October at the conference of the Audio Engineering Society entitled “Teaching Electronic Musical Instrument Design: Technologies and Techniques.” Participants included faculty from MIT, Berklee, and the College of New Jersey, as well as industry representatives and pioneering electronic musician and designer Moldover, who also presented a workshop and concert at Tufts on October 17.

Hugh Roberts, Edward Keller Professor of North African and Middle Eastern History, was the guest of honor of the Politics, Economics and Societies section of the Deutscher Orientalistentag 2017 held at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany in September. He also gave a keynote lecture on “Revolutions and Forms of Politics in North Africa and the Middle East: Boussoufism and the Constitution of the Algerian State.”

Jeswald W. Salacuse, Distinguished Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, is the author of a new book, Real Leaders Negotiate! Gaining, Using, and Keeping the Power to Lead through Negotiation (Palgrave Macmillan), which examines the central role that negotiation plays in leading groups, organizations, and nations. A Korean edition of an earlier work, Seven Secrets for Negotiating with Government (AMACOM 2008), was recently been published in Seoul.

Margaret Stevens, a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering, won Best Student Presentation at the 33rd North American Molecular Beam Epitaxy Conference for her presentation “Determining indium surface diffusion parameters on InGaAs/InP by employing droplet epitaxy.” 


Hellen Amuguni, assistant professor of infectious disease and global health at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, traveled to Rwanda in September as part of the Tufts collaboration with the University of Global Health Equity. Amuguni taught One Health concepts to students. She went on to conduct One Health facilitator training at Moi University in Kenya before traveling Uganda, along with Diafuka Saila-Ngita, a research assistant professor in the department.

Jeff Ashe, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), delivered a talk at the annual meeting of SEEP (Small Enterprise Education and Promotion) Network on October 2. He described an initiative that he will lead that will assess whether savings groups help the “ultra-poor” cross the extreme poverty threshold.

Bhaskar Chakravorti, senior associate dean of international business and finance at the Fletcher School, discussed Fletcher’s research initiative, Digital Planet, at Boston’s HUBWeek Festival in September. His talk was one of four events led by Fletcher experts at the festival that focused on the intersection of art, science, and technology. Dean James Stavridis, F83, F84, discussed the state of security in the 21st century, and Professor of Practice Barbara Kates-Garnick contributed to an environmental panel. Richard Chacón, executive director of news content at WBUR and senior fellow at the school’s Edward R. Murrow Center for a Digital World, moderated a panel conversation—panelists included Michael W. Klein, the William L. Clayton Professor of International Economic Affairs—that explored the role of news and social media in combatting partisan policy debates. Read a full report here.

Stanley Fenwick, research professor in infectious disease and global health at Cummings School, in September participated in the Ho Chi Minh City OH Student Club field activity in Long Hai, Vietnam, as a trainer and mentor, before traveling on to Kuala Lumpur and Lenggong, Malaysia to participate in workshops. He was also an examiner for Hanoi Medical University public health students who were presenting their theses.

Kanchan Ganda, J00P, M04P, professor of comprehensive care and head of the division of medicine at the School of Dental Medicine, in October was a co-chair for the 2017 Silk Road Gala, the biggest fundraising event for the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence. Ganda has worked with the task force to develop a program for third-year students about domestic and intimate partner violence and the Dental Outreach to Trauma Survivors program.

Neva Goodwin, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), and June Sekera, research fellow at GDAE, co-hosted the conference Restoring Public Control of Public Goods, held in Tarrytown, New York, on October 5-7. Goodwin delivered welcome addresses and presented during the plenary session called “The Problem. And Why We’re Here.” Sekera drew from her papers “Freedom of Information Act (In)Applicability to Government Contractors” and “Outsourced Government—The Quiet Revolution: Examining the Extend of Government-by-Corporate-Contractor” during a workshop entitled “Accountability for Corporations Doing the Basic Work of Government: Removing FOIA’s Shroud of Secrecy for Contractors.”

Gregory Gottlieb, director of the Friedman School’s Feinstein International Center, appeared on the WGBH-TV program Greater Boston in September, speaking about the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. He is former acting assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at USAID. Watch the video here.

Susan Landau, Bridge Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the School of Engineering, Department of Computer Science, wrote an article entitled “Russia’s Hybrid Warriors Got the White House. Now They’re Coming for America’s Town Halls,” published September 26 in Foreign Policy.

Jeffrey Mariner, research professor in infectious disease and global health at Cummings School, in September traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia, to present at the International Meeting on Public Health about his experience as an expert on HPAI (highly pathogenic avian influenza) vaccination in Indonesia. He also visited the new One Health Collaboration Center at Airlangga University in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Chris Miller, assistant professor of international history at the Fletcher School and fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, contributed the article “Russia: Remembering a Soviet Ideal, Purged of Revolutionary Ideas” in October to

William Moomaw, co-director of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), published an op-ed, “Micro solutions for a macro problem: How marine algae could help feed the world” in The Conversation. Moomaw and his co-author explained how marine microalgae could be a sustainable solution for solving global macro-hunger. The piece draws from a recent study, “Cutting Out the Middle Fish: Marine Microalgae as the Next Sustainable Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Protein Source,” co-authored by Moomaw and published in Industrial Biotechnology. Moomaw also published “Science Diplomacy: Hard-Won Lessons” in Science & Diplomacy on October 6. The piece follows Moomaw’s career trajectory from Ph.D. student to science diplomat.

Julie Nelson, a senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), presented a talk entitled “Empirical Results or Sterotypes? Cautions about ‘Gender Differences’ Research,” at Reed College on October 23.

June Sekera, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), recently released a Public Goods Post entitled “What Happens When Government is Too Successful,” about government agencies targeted for elimination or privatization as a result of being too efficient and too effective.


Mariana Mazzucato, A90, director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London, will be awarded a 2018 Leontief Prize, given in April 2018 by Tufts’ Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) in recognition of her research on the positive role of governments in fostering innovation. Each year GDAE awards the Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought to two lending theorists who have developed innovative work in economics that addresses contemporary realities and supports just and sustainable societies. Branko Milanovic also was a 2018 Leontief Prize recipient for his contributions to measuring and responding to global income inequality.

Helen Wachtel Osborne, BSOT’70, received the 2017 Walter C. Alvarez Award for excellence in health communication from the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) for her work in health literacy. She is president of Health Literacy Consulting, founder of Health Literacy Month, and producer and host of the podcast series, Health Literacy Out Loud. In addition, she is the author of the award-winning book, Health Literacy from A to Z: Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message (second edition, Jones & Bartlett Learning).