January 14, 2009

January People Notes

Distinction Awards Nominations Open January 20

Begin thinking about who you would like to nominate. Celebrate the staff and faculty who make this university an outstanding place to work and learn.


Luisa Chiesa joined Tufts in January as a new assistant professor of mechanical engineering. She was set to receive her Ph.D. from MIT’s department of nuclear engineering in December. Chiesa’s specialty is superconducting materials, which are broadly applicable to power storage and transmission in efficient alternative energy systems. The focus of her dissertation was technology fusion energy applications. In addition to her studies at MIT, she spent two years as a scientific engineer associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as part of the Berkeley Lab Superconducting Magnet Group.


Frank Ackerman, senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) and a senior scientist with the Stockholm Environment Institute, and Kevin Gallagher, senior researcher at the GDAE, have published an article, “The Shrinking Gains from Global Trade Liberalization in Computable General Equilibrium Models,” in a recent issue of the International Journal of Political Economy.

Randy Boudrieau, professor of clinical sciences at the Cummings School, presented a series of talks at the AO United Kingdom Veterinary Courses: Principles of Small Animal Fracture Management in Glasgow, Scotland, in early November. They included “Principles and Clinical Application of Cerclage Wiring” and “Principles and Clinical Application of Buttress/Bridge Plate and Plate/Rod Stabilization.” Boudrieau also attended the French Small Animal Veterinary Association national meeting in Strasbourg, France, from November 27 to December 1.

Ramón Bueno, research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) and a staff scientist with the Stockholm Environment Institute, was in Miami last September, presenting results from Environmental Defense Fund-sponsored research on the costs of inaction on climate change in the Caribbean and Florida. The trip included radio interviews on Tampa’s WMNF Evening News and Miami’s WKAT 1360 “Rich Roffman Show” and presentations to the Economic, Social and Health Adaptation Committee of the Miami-Dade Climate Change Advisory Task Force; Miami’s Office of Sustainable Initiatives staff and Mayor Manny Díaz; the Spanish-language El Nuevo Herald editorial office; Rep. Dan Gelber, the Florida state house minority leader; and staff for U.S. Rep. Lincoln Díaz-Balart (R-Fla.).

Peggy Cebe, professor of physics and astronomy, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Stephanie Cote, Sandra Robbins and Kim Lockhead, veterinary technicians in anesthesia at the Cummings School, are now members of the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists. All three passed their specialty exams and earned the title of veterinary technician specialist in anesthesia.

Kathleen Dunlap, professor of neuroscience and director of the neuroscience program at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, and Lewis M. Cohen, professor of psychiatry at Baystate Medical Center, are the recipients of this year’s distinguished faculty awards at the School of Medicine. Established in 1991, the awards recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the School of Medicine through their teaching, scholarship and service.

Craig Embree, assistant professor of environmental and population health at the Cummings School, attended a meeting sponsored by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service–Veterinary Service titled “New England Regional Exercise: Foot and Mouth Disease” in Concord, N.H., in mid-November.

N.A. Mark Estes, professor of medicine and director of the Adult Arrhythmia and Cardiac Electrophysiology Service at Tufts Medical Center, is the 2009 recipient of a prestigious award from the American Heart Association. Named in honor of one of Boston’s most revered cardiologists and a founding father of the American Heart Association, the Paul Dudley White Award is given annually to medical professionals who have made distinguished contributions to reducing disability and death from cardiovascular disease and stroke.

Lisa Freeman, professor of clinical sciences at the Cummings School, taught a two-day course on clinical nutrition at Unisvet in Milan, Italy, in mid-November.

Kevin P. Gallagher, senior researcher at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), is now a monthly columnist for The Guardian, covering globalization and development issues. Gallagher and Francisco Aguayo of the Colegio de Mexico had their article, “Subsidizing Sustainable Development in the WTO,” accepted by The Journal of World Investment & Trade for publication in the February 2009 issue.

Chris Giliberti, A10, completed a study for the management consulting firm Booz & Company about the market share of hybrid vehicles. The article was originally published by Strategy + Business and was reprinted, with permission, by The Economist.

Sol Gittleman, University Professor who served as Tufts’ provost and senior vice president from 1981 to 2002, will receive the 2009 Robert J. McKenna Award from the New England Board of Higher Education on March 6. The award recognizes his service to Tufts University.

Marjorie “Molly” Hahn, professor of mathematics, participated in the Alice Marble Cup tennis tournament as a member of the silver medal-winning U.S. team, in Antalya, Turkey. Hahn won two singles matches and received a silver medal in doubles. She was inducted into the New England Tennis Hall of Fame last year, and plans to participate in other national tournaments around the country. The story was reported in the December 7 issue of the Boston Globe.

Amy Lischko, clinical assistant professor of public health and family medicine, has been awarded a grant by the Commonwealth Fund to study the Massachusetts Health Insurance Connector as a model for state and federal health-care reform. For the project, researchers will analyze state data and interview government officials and representatives of small businesses, consumer groups, health plans and other stakeholders to examine the structure and impact of the Commonwealth Connector, a state agency that works with residents to obtain health insurance. Lischko was the commissioner of health care finance and policy in Gov. Mitt Romney’s administration.

Andrew McClellan, dean of academic affairs in the School of Arts and Sciences and professor of art history, moderated a discussion at the Cambridge Forum with author Sharon Waxman about her new book, Loot: The Battle over the Stolen Treasures of the Ancient World, in December. The discussion will be broadcast on National Public Radio and will be available for viewing and listening on the WGBH Cambridge Forum web page.

Mary Rose Paradis, associate professor of clinical sciences at the Cummings School, organized and made a presentation at the fifth Dorothy Havemeyer Foundation Equine Neonatal Septicemia Workshop, held in November in Salem, Mass. Other presenters from the Cummings School included Lais Costa and Daniela Bedenice, assistant professors of clinical sciences, and Julia Paxson, a postdoctoral associate.

Mark Pokras, associate professor of environmental and population health at the Cummings School, has received renewed funding from the Dr. Scholl Foundation. These funds support several Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine educational efforts, including a lecture series in wildlife and conservation medicine, the spring conservation symposium and the purchase of educational materials for the library at the Bernice Barbour Wildlife Medicine Building. Pokras also gave the keynote address and two other presentations at the 20th anniversary conference of the Connecticut Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, held in Litchfield, Conn. He was an invited participant in the meeting “Responding to Climate Change: Working Together to Conserve Wildlife, Plants and Habitat in Massachusetts and Beyond” in November at Bentley College. The meeting brought together environmental leaders to discuss regional collaborative efforts on climate change.

Brian Roach, research associate at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), has prepared a video on U.S. energy policy in the context of the 2008 presidential campaign. The video is part of the Mobilizing the Millennials project, which is sponsored by The American Prospect and Demos. Roach’s video is available at http://mobilizingmillennials.demos.org/, and also on GDAE’s website at http://ase.tufts.edu/gdae/education_materials/energymovie08.html.

David Robinson, head teacher at the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School, was featured on the cover of the December issue of Teaching Young Children magazine. Robinson is one of a series of outstanding educators featured on the cover of TYC since last fall, when the magazine debuted. TYC, which is distributed to nearly 20,000 readers nationwide, provides research-based ideas that preschool teachers can use in their work with children and families.

Elizabeth Storer, a Sackler School neuroscience student who works in the lab of Michele H. Jacob, professor of neuroscience, has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the NIH. The pre-doctoral fellowship will fund Storer’s research on Alpha9/10-nAChRs and SK2 channels, which function in the inner ear to modulate hearing sensitivity.

Timothy Wise, deputy director and director of the research and policy program at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), was a featured speaker on December 10 at an event in Brussels hosted by the Socialist Group of the European Parliament on “Rethinking Trade Policy.” Wise and Kevin Gallagher, senior researcher at GDAE, co-authored an article, “Putting Development Back into the Doha Round,” for their publication, New Thinking about Trade Policy and Development, which will be published in four languages. On December 11, Wise presented “The Promise and the Perils of Agricultural Trade Liberalization: Lessons from Latin America” at a briefing in Geneva for World Trade Organization delegates. The briefing, organized by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, came prior to a possible re-initiation of WTO negotiations in Geneva.

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