May People NotesDiana Bailey, associate professor in the Boston School of Occupational Therapy (BSOT), and Sharan L. Schwartzberg, professor and chair of the BSOT, are about to have the second edition of their book, Ethical and Legal Dilemmas in Occupational Therapy, published by the F.A. Davis Co. The book will be featured at the American Occupational Therapy Association meeting in early June in Washington, D.C. Each of the 13 chapters is written by an expert in the field and includes commentary.
Jeanice Banks, who worked in the Office of Stewardship Programs for the past nine years, left Tufts in April to become a full-time parent to her daughter, Naarah. Banks helped orchestrate events large and small with a wide variety of dignitaries. Prior to her position with the Stewardship Office, Banks spent two years assisting the Tufts Fund team.
Bonnie Chakravorty of the Community Health Program presented a paper, "HIV Education, Prevention and Outreach Programs in Rural Texas," March 29 at the third annual national conference on "HIV/STD Prevention in Rural Communities: Sharing Successful Strategies III" in Bloomington, Ind. The paper was co-authored by Robert Buchanan and other colleagues at the School of Rural Public Health at Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center. On April 13, Chakravorty spoke on "Sexuality, Intimacy and Sensuality" at a regional Alpha One Education Day in Tampa, Fla. The meeting, which was sponsored by the Alpha One Foundation, AlphaNet and the Bayer Corp., was designed to educate lay and professional people on issues in managing alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency-related COPD and liver disease.
Kerry A. Chase, assistant professor of political science, has published "Economic Interests and Regional Trading Arrangements: The Case of NAFTA" in the winter 2003 issue of International Organization.
Martha Clark will resign from her position as associate director of development for the School of Veterinary Medicine at the end of May. Her home is on Cape Cod, and she plans to spend more time there. At Tufts, Clark worked successfully with faculty, staff and foundation representatives to develop the proposal that secured the naming gift for the school's soon-to-be-constructed Luke and Lily Lerner Spay/Neuter Clinic. (Lily and Luke are cats.) This is just the latest in a string of important gifts and important long-term relationships developed by Clarke that will benefit the school over time.
Dr. Bess Dawson-Hughes, director of the Bone Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA), gave an "Update in the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis" at Concord Hospital in Concord, N.H., on February 5 and at Medical Grand Rounds at Norwood Hospital in Norwood, Mass., on February 11. She discussed "Fracture Prevention Strategies—Post Hormone Replacement Therapy" at the PrimeMed Conference for Southeast Primary Care Physicians in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on February 13.
Michael Forgac, professor of physiology, will chair the 2003 Gordon Conference in Molecular and Cellular Bioenergetics, to be held June 22-27 at the Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H. Over the years, this conference has served as a showcase for the most recent high resolution structures of membrane transport proteins, including cytochrome oxidase, bacteriorhodopsin and the F1Fo ATP synthase. This year's meeting will feature talks by Nobel Laureate John Walker, Cal Tech Prof. Doug Reese and University of Munich Prof. Walter Neupert, as well as more than 30 other scientists from around the world. Information about the meeting can be obtained at the Gordon Conference web site (www.grc.uri.edu)
Dr. Andrew Greenberg, director, of the HNRCA Obesity and Metabolism Laboratory, gave a presentation on "Fat Cells as Protagonists in Health and Disease" at Medical Grand Rounds at Tufts-New England Medical Center Hospital on March 14. Greenberg and his HNRCA colleague, Dr. Hui-Hong Zhang, gave a presentation on "Regulation of Lipolysis-Pathways/Proteins from Cell Models to Human Adipocytes" at the Adipose and Metabolic Tissue Study Group March 18 at the Boston Medical Center.
Tanya Gustafson, A02, has been awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Gustafson graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in biochemistry last year and completed a senior research thesis with highest honors in the laboratory of Catherine Freudenreich, assistant professor of biology. Gustafson will use the HHMI award to pursue her doctoral thesis at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, where she is enrolled in the joint D.V.M./Ph.D. degree program. The HHMI awarded 49 pre-doctoral fellowships this year. In previous years, one other biology department alumna, Leigh O'Mara, J98, also received an HHMI fellowship. O'Mara is pursuing her Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis. Both O'Mara and Gustafson had been supported for undergraduate summer research at Tufts by an HHMI grant to the biology department.
John Kauer, professor of neuroscience, and Joel White, assistant research professor of neuroscience, are having their work on the landmine-sniffing "artificial nose" featured in an exhibit at the Boston Museum of Science. In addition, Kauer and White have formed a new company, CogniScent Inc., to further develop their olfactory technology.
Elizabeth Kline, long-time director of the Sustainable Communities Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute, recently passed two exams to become a certified co-active professional coach (CPCC). In this new professional capacity, she works with individuals and groups on clients' professional and personal concerns; with institutions focused on organizational change issues; and with government agencies and community groups to encourage community participation, civic engagement and democratic decision-making.
Dr. Karl Kraus, professor of clinical sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine, has published a new text, External Fixation of Small Animals, co-written with Drs. Malcolm Ness and James Toombs. The book is a highly practical guide to the use of linear external fixators in small animal practice and is an excellent learning tool for both surgical residents and practicing veterinarians. The text is divided into two sections: The first reviews essential knowledge and technical details that underpin the successful outcome of a clinical case; the second is a collection of case studies selected to show the range of fracture types and fixator systems available. Within each case there is discussion of treatment options and clinical decision-making. Follow-up radiographs provide insight into the normal radiographic appearance of healing and healed fractures.
Richard M. Lerner, Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, celebrated the publication of his 50th book on April 4 with members of his department, the Applied Developmental Science Institute, members of the Tufts community, colleagues, students, family and friends. He will attend the 2003 biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Tampa, Fla., where he will chair two panels and be a discussant on two panels. At City Year's national headquarters in Boston on May 16, Lerner will be among leading practitioners and scholars to discuss "Civic Engagement and Youth Participation in a Diverse Democracy."
Alice Lichtenstein, director of the HNRCA Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory, was invited to discuss the American Heart Association's Scientific Statement on Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acids at the 2003 International Boston Seafood Conference March 11 in Boston.
Bob Lindquist, development communications manager in the Office of Publications, left Tufts in April to become director of publications and managing editor of the alumni magazine at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.
Dr. Kerry Maguire, associate professor and head of the Division of Public Health at the School of Dental Medicine, has left Tufts to become director of professional advocacy at Tom's of Maine. Maguire came to Tufts in 1999. Before that, she was manager of academic relations at Colgate Pharmaceuticals. At Tufts, Maguire developed and coordinated a number of community service initiatives and was an outstanding mentor to dental students. She took a leadership role in a curriculum development project for dental patients with developmental disabilities; the Sharewood Project Dental Clinic; the Colorado Externship Program and the Holyoke Health Center Partnership Program. At the university level, Maguire worked with the University College of Citizenship and Public Service, the Global Information System Steering Committee and the Tufts Institute of the Environment Steering Committee.
Dr. Simin Nikbin Meydani, director of the HNRCA Nutritional Immunology Laboratory, gave a presentation on "Is the Vitamin E RDA for Older Adults Set Too Low?" at the Controversies in Dietary Reference Intakes mini-symposium at the Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, Calif., April 12. Meydani was also co-chair of the Nutrition and Infection in the Aged: Nutrition, Host Defense and Infectious Disease Symposium and co-chair of a session in the Vitamin E, Molecular Effects and Metabolism mini-symposium. Meydani published "Ceramide-induced and Age-associated Increase in Macrophage COX-2 Expression Is Mediated through Up-regulation of NF-kappaB Activity" in the March issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. She also wrote a chapter on "Vitamin E and Enhancement of the Immune Response in the Aged: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms" in the book The Antioxidant Vitamins C and E (AOCS Publishers).
Martha Morris, Paul Jacques and Jacob Selhub, all scientists at the HNRCA, collaborated on a paper, "Depression and Folate Status in the U.S. Population," published in the March/April issue of Psychotherapy Psychosomatics.
Patricia Reilly has been appointed director of financial aid for Arts, Sciences and Engineering. Reilly came to Tufts in 1987 as the associate director of financial aid and had served as acting director following the retirement of Bill Eastwood last summer. She holds a B.A. degree in economics and history from Williams College and an M.Ed. in administration and planning from Harvard University. Prior to coming to Tufts, she held financial aid positions at Williams, Wellesley, Harvard-Radcliffe and Babson.
Judy D. Ribaya-Mercado, a scientist in the HNRCA Antioxidants Research Laboratory, received a travel grant from the International Life Sciences Institute's Human Nutrition Institute to give a presentation on the "Sequential Application of Two Forms of Deuterium-labeled Retinyl Ester Whole-body-dilution Tracers to Monitor the Impact of One Year of Sugar Fortification with Vitamin A on Vitamin A Status of Nicaraguan Schoolchildren" at the International Vitamin A Consultative Group meeting February 3-5. Ribaya-Mercado also attended the International Nutritional Anemia Consultative Group symposium on February 6 and the International Zinc Nutrition Consultative Group symposium on February 7 in Marrakesh, Morocco.
Dr. Irwin H. Rosenberg, dean of the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, spent 2 1/2 weeks in India and Afghanistan in March. He did a site visit at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi as vice chair of the International Nutrition Foundation and gave an invited talk on "Folic Acid and Brain Function." He then traveled to Chennai, India, where he attended the annual meeting of the Standing Committee on Nutrition, along with nutrition faculty members Patrick Webb, Gary Gleason and Nevin Scrimshaw. There were also several Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy alums at the meeting: Anuradha Harinarayan, Edith Cheung and doctoral candidate Tom Schaetzel. In Kabul, Afghanistan, Rosenberg attended a UNICEF meeting on micronutrients and met with Tufts faculty member Annalies Borrel, who is currently based in Kabul and working for UNICEF. During his week-long stay in Afghanistan, Rosenberg also met with the president of Kabul University and Afghanistan's Ministry of Health. There he had the opportunity to meet up with nutrition school student Wendy Johnechek, who is working with Save the Children and UNICEF in the northern town of Mazi-a-Shariff.
Ronald Salter, professor of German, has returned from the Leipzig Book Fair, where he introduced his latest book on the German-American artist and illustrator Fritz Kredel at a public lecture. It is the first book-length study of Fritz Kredel and contains a descriptive bibliography of his published works of nearly 600 items. Last year, Salter published a monograph on the German woodcut artist and book illustrator Johannes Lebek in connection with a retrospective exhibition of his work at Stanford University.
Dr. Anthony Schlaff, associate clinical professor of family medicine and community health, dissected myths about universal health care access in a March 10 talk marking "Cover the Uninsured Week." The American Medical Student Association-sponsored lunch event drew about 40 Tufts medical students. The main myths, according to Schlaff: Care is available if you really need it; the United States has the world's best system; universal access doesn't work elsewhere, and health care is a market good that the government should leave alone. Meanwhile, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reported that a recent study showed that about 75 million Americans under age 65 were uninsured for at least part of the last two years.
Laurence Senelick, Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory, has published the following essays: "Master Woods' Profession: Wilde and the Subculture of Homosexual Blackmail in Fin-de-siecle Drama" in Wilde Writings: Contextual Conditions (University of Toronto Press); "The Queer Root of Theatre" in The Queerest Art (New York University Press); "Consuming Passions: Eating on Stage at the Fin-de-siecle" in the Times of India; and "Learning One's Lynes" in the March/April issue of The Gay & Lesbian Review. Senelick took part in the anti-war reading of Lysistrata, staged at the Boston Center for the Arts, and his translation of Anything to Declare? was performed at Allegheny College, where he delivered three lectures on farce and stage eroticism. He also spoke on "Translating Chekhov" for the theater department at Amherst College. A long interview about his book, The Changing Room: Sex, Drag and Theatre, appeared in the March issue of The Bottom Line.
Judith Stafford, assistant professor of computer science, is co-author of Documenting Software Architectures: Views and Beyond (Addison-Wesley), which won the Productivity Award from Software Development magazine in the general books category. The annual award recognizes products, books and web sites that have "jolted" the industry with their impact on creating faster, easier and more efficient software. Jolt cola, the fabled soft drink used by software developers for sustenance during development projects, sponsors the awards presentation. The other authors of the book are Paul Clements, Felix Bachmann, Len Bass, David Garlan, James Ivers, Reed Little and Robert Nord.
Peter J. Thuesen, assistant professor of comparative religion, has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend for his book project, Predestination: The Fate of an Idea in American Protestant Culture.
Reed Ueda, professor of history, is a co-editor with Conrad E. Wright of Faces of Community: Immigrant Massachusetts, 1860-2000, published in April by the Massachusetts Historical Society and Northeastern University Press.