Journal Archive > 2002 > March

March People Notes

Julie Beasley, D03, won second place in the pre-doctoral category of the Student Poster Competition at the Pan Boston Oral Science Research Retreat, held February 8 at the Forsyth Institute in Boston. She received the award for her poster, "Stem Cell Factor Production in Primary Cultures of Human Dental Pulp Cells." The competition was open to pre-doctoral and postdoctoral students from the Forsyth Institute, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine and Tufts School of Dental Medicine. Other Tufts students presenting at the competition were Raymond Tsou, D04; Matthew Rand, D03; Abe Abdulwaheed, D02; and Susie Kalinian, D02. top

Dr. David Cave, associate professor of medicine, has been named to an advisory board of a new research grant program, the Broad Medical Research Program for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. top

Dr. Sang-Woon Choi, a scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA), will give an honorary lecture at the Sidney Kimmel Foundation Cancer Research Symposium at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in San Francisco in April. The invitation to lecture is in recognition of his work on "Folate Metabolism in the Elderly Rat Colon: Implications for Carcinogenesis," funded by the Cancer Research Foundation of America. top

Johanna T. Dwyer, professor of medicine and community health and senior scientist with the Nutritional Epidemiology Program at the HNRCA, is serving as assistant administrator for human nutrition at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service in Washington, D.C. She also has been elected to the Council of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. top

Dr. Ruslana Efedjan has been promoted to associate clinical professor of general dentistry in the Division of Diagnosis and Treatment Planning at the School of Dental Medicine. top

Carol Flynn, professor of English, was a visiting scholar at the Graduate Program in Comparative Arts at Ohio University on February 14. She spoke on "Transgressive Spaces in 18th-Century London" and on "Walking the Streets with the London Spy and Mr. Spectator." top

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, professor of chemical engineering, has been appointed to serve as North and South American editor of Applied Catalysis B: Environmental in recognition of her significant contributions to the field. top

Catherine Freudenreich, assistant professor of biology, now has a joint appointment in the genetics program at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. top

Dr. Audrey Furkhart has been promoted to associate clinical professor of general dentistry in the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology at the School of Dental Medicine. top

John Fyler, professor of English, has been awarded a visiting fellowship at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, for January through March 2003. top

Dr. Kanchan Ganda has been promoted to professor of general dentistry in the Division of Medicine at the School of Dental Medicine. top

Marcie Hershman, lecturer in creative writing, read from her most recent book, the memoir/meditation Speak to Me: Grief, Love and What Endures, at the Boston Public Library over the winter break in the first literary event for the All Souls Project. The All Souls Project is sponsoring a series of art events throughout the Boston area to generate public discourse relating to the events of September 11. Hershman also spoke at the Bennington College Masters of Fine Arts Program in Writing as a guest lecturer. She gave two master lectures, "The Necessity and Mystery of Clarity" and "Researching for Fiction." top

Andrew C. Hess, professor of diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, gave a presentation on "Setting Violence into Historical Perspective" February 4 at Newton North High School in Newton, Mass. On February 27, he delivered a paper, "Islamic Movements," at the 2002 Frank Church Symposium, and the next day was a member of a roundtable discussion on "Problems with U.S., Foreign and Defense Policies" at Idaho State University in Pocatello. He gave a lecture on "U.S.-Gulf Relations" March 1 at Carroll College in Helena, Mont. top

Leslie Lawrence, lecturer in English, has had a short story accepted for publication in Prairie Schooner. top

Wendy Lekan has joined the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations as associate director and will concentrate her efforts on building corporate and foundation support for programs in liberal arts and engineering as well as the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She comes to Tufts with more than 20 years' experience in the private sector, including most recently with WFD, a Boston-based consulting firm, where she managed a $100 million initiative of major U.S. companies to develop resources focusing on the diverse needs of employees, their families and the community. top

Richard M. Lerner, Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, has published a new book, Learning to Serve: Promoting Civil Society Through Service Learning, with co-editors Maureen Kenny, Lou Anna Simon and Karen Brabeck. This book is the seventh volume in Lerner's International Series in Outreach Scholarship, published by Kluwer Academic Publishers. On December 6-7, Lerner attended a National Institute of Child Health and Development Board of Scientific Counselors meeting in Bethesda, Md. On December 10-11, he attended a seminar called "Building Bridges not Boundaries," sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Aid to Children of Imprisoned Mothers in Atlanta. Lerner attended a meeting of the THRIVE Foundation in Pasadena, Calif., February 6-7. On February 8-9, Lerner attended a conference sponsored by the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, where he and his colleagues presented a paper, "Promoting Moral and Civic Identity Through Engaging the Developmental System: Theoretical, Policy and Community Action Perspectives." On March 9, Lerner will deliver a talk on "Building Healthy Communities for Adolescents: Individual and Ecological Assets and Positive Youth Development" at the annual meeting of the Society for Adolescent Medicine in Boston. top

Gary P. Leupp, associate professor of history, will have his book, Interracial Intimacy: Western Men and Japanese Women, 1543-1900, published by Continuum Press in November. He will deliver a paper on "Africans in Portuguese Asia, 1510-ca. 1750: The Black Presence in Goa, Macao and Nagasaki" at a conference on "Blacks and Asians: Encounters in Time and Space" that will be sponsored by the African American Studies Program at Boston University in mid-April. top

Dr. Stuart B. Levy, professor of molecular biology and microbiology and director of the Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance at the School of Medicine, had his book, The Antibiotic Paradox: How the Misuse of Antibiotics Destroys Their Curative Powers, re-issued in a second edition by Perseus Publishing. The book was first published in 1992. top

Jennifer Littke, formerly with Boston University's dental school, is the new director of the Office of Educational Measurement at the School of Dental Medicine. She will be involved in outcomes assessment, course evaluations, faculty training materials and work with the associate dean for academic affairs and the incentive and clinical remediation programs. top

Dr. Phyllis Mann, clinical assistant professor of biomedical sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine, has been awarded a National Institutes of Health grant for her project on "The Involvement of the VMH in Maternal Behavior in Rats." The project is scheduled to run from February 2002 through the end of January 2005, and the total funding is approximately $550,000, with the first year being funded at $200,000. Her research will focus on the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus (VMH), an area of the brain that until just recently was not thought to be involved in the regulation of maternal behavior in female rats. Recent studies in her laboratory indicate that the VMH is not only involved in the display of maternal behavior, but that it also actually inhibits its onset. Using behavioral, molecular biological and neuroanatomical techniques, Mann hopes to determine how the VMH acts to inhibit maternal behavior, what neurotransmitter systems are involved and how the VMH connects to other areas of the brain to regulate the onset of maternal behavior. top

Soha Moussa, a Ph.D. student in the Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Program at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, has been selected by the U.N. Subcommittee on Nutrition to deliver the 2002 Abraham Horwitz Memorial Lecture in March in Berlin, Germany. The Horwitz lecturer is selected annually from an international competition of graduate students in nutrition-related fields. Moussa is the second nutrition school student chosen for this honor in the past three years; Deepa Bhat gave the lecture previously. Moussa's topic will be the utilization of school feeding as an incentive for keeping schools open in times of crisis. A citizen of Lebanon, Moussa has had an opportunity to witness how important the school support system is in times of crisis and to observe such programs in various countries of Africa and Eastern Europe last summer as a World Food Program associateŅa selection also made on the basis of an international competition. This year's Horwitz Lecture will take place during the Symposium on Nutrition in the Context of Crisis and Conflict. The symposium will be opened by the German minister for economic cooperation and development, and the keynote address will be given by Austen Davis, general director of MŽdecins Sans FrontiŽres. top

Dr. Roland Nentwick has been appointed a clinical instructor of orthodontics at the School of Dental Medicine. top

Dr. Irwin H. Rosenberg, University Professor and dean of the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, was recognized by the International Life Sciences Institute at its annual meeting in Cancun, Mexico, January 18-24 for his 13 years of dedicated service and direction as editor-in-chief of Nutrition Reviews. Rosenberg, an internationally recognized nutrition scientist, is the author of more than 300 scientific papers, editorials, letters and book chapters. top

Dr. Constantine Simos has been appointed a visiting assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the School of Dental Medicine. top

Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit, director of the Hillel Foundation and associate university chaplain, delivered a paper, "Music and the Construction of Community among the Bayudaya (Jewish People) of Uganda," at the recent annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology in Detroit. He returned to Uganda in January to continue his research on the music and liturgical traditions of the Bayudaya community. top

Dr. Michael Thompson has been promoted to associate professor of general dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine. top

Dr. Anthi Tsamtsouris, professor of pediatric dentistry, has been appointed as a consultant member of the Northeast Regional Board of Dental Examiners. top