September People Notes
Frank Ackerman, an assistant research professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning; Jacqueline Carlon, a visiting lecturer in classics; and Daniel Jansen, an associate professor in civil and environmental engineering, won Faculty Mentor Awards at the fifth annual Graduate Student Awards on April 28.
Marta Arias, a student in computer science, and Qi Fu, a student in chemical and biological engineering, were given awards as Outstanding Graduate Researchers at the fifth annual Graduate Student Awards on April 28. The award is given to full-time, thesis program students who have distinguished themselves in research, especially in technical publications.
Aida Balsano, a graduate student in child development, won the Rob Hollister Award for Community Service and Citizenship at the fifth annual Graduate Student Awards presentation on April 28. This award was given for the first time and recognizes graduate students who have contributed their time and effort to the community outside of Tufts in the form of volunteer work, activism in community issues or participation in public service activities.
Bruce M. Boghosian, professor of mathematics and adjunct professor of computer science, is the principal investigator of a National Science Foundation PACI award that will provide a large allocation of supercomputer time at the Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center for his group's work on the dynamics of vortex knots in fluids. He spent four weeks during the summer as a visiting fellow at the Centre for Computational Science at University College London. He was accompanied by his graduate student, Lucas Finn, for two of those weeks. During that time, they conducted research on applications of grid computing to simulations of the dynamics of vortex knots in fluids. Boghosian presented the research at the RealityGrid annual meeting, held at the Royal Society of London on June 17-18.
Dr. Robert Bridges, professor of biomedical sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine, has been awarded two research grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The first grant for $1.6 million, which includes a MERIT Award, has been funded for nine years to continue Bridges' research on the endocrine regulation of maternal behavior. The second award for $790,000 for five years will examine the effects of reproductive experience, i.e. pregnancy and lactation, in female mammals on their neuroendocrine functions in later life. Dr. Elizabeth Byrnes, research assistant professor, is a co-principal investigator on the second grant. Bridges is the program director for a new training grant received by the School of Veterinary Medicine from the National Center for Research Resources of the NIH. The training grant will support hypothesis-driven research for three veterinary students each year, allowing them to spend a year working in a research laboratory at the veterinary school. In anticipation of this NIH award, the veterinary school is developing a combined D.V.M./M.S. degree program in comparative biomedical sciences to enable these research trainees to obtain a master's degree. It is hoped that students completing this combined degree program will elect to pursue further research training at the Ph.D. level.
Dr. Daniel Chan, who completed a four-year residency in nutrition and emergency/critical care medicine at the School of Veterinary Medicine, has been hired as a research assistant professor in nutrition and emergency/critical care medicine in the Department of Clinical Sciences. He is a 1998 graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and before he came to Tufts, he completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Chan will spend approximately 25 percent of his time in clinical service in nutrition, 25 percent in clinical service in emergency and critical care medicine and 50 percent in research.
Marilyn Chevrier, who worked in the Advancement Division for more than 35 years, most recently in the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, retired on August 29. Chevrier was hired in 1967 to work part time in Packard Hall on a project gathering information for a new alumni directory, the first in 20 years. After the directory was published in 1969, she stayed on as a permanent employee working in the Office of Resources Records. In the late 1970s, she became the assistant to the director of special programs and worked on projects connected to Tufts' first comprehensive capital campaign from 1979 to 1984. When the Office of Special Programs moved to Boston in the early 1980s, Chevrier chose to stay in Medford and worked as an assistant simultaneously for the offices of Annual Fund/Special Gifts and Corporate and Foundation Relations. Eventually, she settled into her role as staff assistant, and later administrative assistant, for the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations, becoming an integral part of the office's success for almost 20 years.
Jeffrey D'Amelia, a graduate student in computer science, and Marc I. Percher, a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering, were recognized as Outstanding Graduate Contributors to Engineering Education at the fifth annual Graduate Student Awards presentation on April 28. The award is given to full-time graduate students who, through teaching assistantships, voluntary service or other activities, have significantly enhanced the education programs.
Dr. Bess Dawson-Hughes, senior scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and president of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, directed the committee responsible for updating the newly released "Physician's Guide to Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis," which was first published in 1998. The guide was updated in recognition of the critical need to provide physicians with the most up-to-date information about preventing, diagnosing and treating osteoporosis. Osteoporosis and low bone mass are a major public health threat for almost 44 million U.S. women and men ages 50 and older. It causes 1.5 million fractures of the hip, spine or distal forearm. Yet as many as 95 percent of adults who break a bone are not evaluated for osteoporosis.
Richard C. Eichenberg, associate professor of political science, has been awarded the prize of the Foreign Policy Section of the American Political Science Association for the best paper presented at the association's annual meeting in 2002. The paper, "Gender Differences in Attitudes Toward the Use of Force by the United States," was published in the summer issue of the journal International Security. Eichenberg also published "Democratic Control of the Defense Budget in Five European Democracies" in the August 2003 issue of the Journal of Conflict Resolution.
Jeanne Goldberg, professor of nutrition and director of the Center on Nutrition Communication, gave a talk on "Credibility in Science—Industry and Academia Working Together" at the annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists in Chicago July 12-16. She spoke in Boston at the fifth annual Pangborn International Sensory Science symposium later in the month. Her topic was "The Definition of a Meal." Goldberg also spoke on the role of focus groups in intervention research at the annual meeting of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior July 26-30 in Philadelphia.
Dr. John Hermann has joined the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine as a research professor. He received his Ph.D. in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin in 1972. He has been a postdoctoral fellow, research associate and lecturer and an assistant professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. After working as a senior scientist at Abbott Laboratories, he joined the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School as an associate professor in 1984 and was promoted to professor of medicine in 1990. He has been continuously funded by various government agencies since 1975. His expertise on viral gastroenteritis complements the school's strengths in enteric protozoology and bacteriology.
Dr. John Keating, V94, has joined the School of Veterinary Medicine as a clinical assistant professor of biomedical sciences. After spending four years in a private practice at Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Annapolis, Md., he entered the veterinary school's combined anatomic pathology residency program with Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in 1999. During his residency, he participated in the school's pathology and immunology teaching programs. He became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology in 2002. Since then, he served as a diagnostic pathologist at Angell Memorial. Having Keating on board will allow the school to read hospital biopsies in-house.
Dr. Marcel Korn, associate clinical professor of orthodontics, lectures extensively around the world on "Alternative and Postural Orthodontics for Children and Adults." Korn and postgraduate students at Tufts have conducted much research on issues related to the early treatment of children and postural treatment of adults. He lectured to the Peruvian Ortodontopedia in Lima, Peru, in August. In September, he will lecture at a British orthodontic conference in Bournemouth, England. Later in the fall and winter 2004, Korn will present a series of lectures in France, Germany and Italy.
Richard M. Lerner, Bergstrom Chair of Applied Developmental Science in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, has co-edited a new book, Human Ecology: An Encyclopedia of Children, Families, Communities and Environments (ABC-Clio, 2003) with Julia R. Miller of Brown University, Lawrence B. Schiamberg of Michigan State and Pamela M. Anderson, a Ph.D. student in child development at Tufts.
James Levinson, associate professor at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Astier M. Almedom, the Henry R. Luce Professor in Science and Humanitarianism at Tufts, and nutrition doctoral students Sucheta Mehra, Dorothy Levinson and Anita Kumari Chauhan published an article, "Nutritional Well-Being and Gender Differences," in Economic and Political Weekly. The piece is a 30-year retrospective of young children in rural Punjab. The work referenced James Levinson's doctoral research conducted in 1971.
William Lockeretz, professor of nutrition, participated as one of a five-faculty team from Great Britain, the Netherlands, Italy, Poland and the United States in delivering a two-week intensive summer course called "Human Aspects in Organic Farming." The objective of the course is to provide students from European universities with an introduction to historical and philosophical aspects, socioeconomic aspects and nutrition and health aspects of ecological agriculture and contribute to their ability to handle complex issues in organic farming. The course is held annually in different locations. This year it was hosted by the Faculty of Human Nutrition at the Warsaw Agricultural University.
Marta Paczynska, a graduate student in English, won the Robert P. Guertin Student Leadership Award at the fifth annual Graduate Student Awards presentation on April 28. The award recognizes such accomplishments as academic or social programming, curricular initiatives, supporting the work and lives of fellow students, community service and developing improved policies.
Dr. Allen Rutberg has been appointed a research assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Population Health at the School of Veterinary Medicine. He received his A.B. in biological anthropology from Harvard College in 1976 and his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1984. He has taught at Pennsylvania State University, Shippensburg University and Vassar College. From 1991 to 2000, Rutberg was a senior scientist for wildlife and habitat protection for the Humane Society of the United States and also was a clinical assistant professor with Tufts' Center for Animals and Public Policy.
Dr. Charles Shoemaker has joined the School of Veterinary Medicine's Department of Biomedical Sciences as a research professor. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Iowa in 1979. Following his postdoctoral fellowship (1979-81) under the supervision of Nobel Laureate David Baltimore and then as one of the original scientists to start up the Genetics Institute (1981-87), he was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Tropical Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. He was promoted to associate professor in 1996. He has been at AgResearch Ltd., a New Zealand-owned life sciences company, since 1997 while maintaining an adjunct associate professor appointment at Harvard University's Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. As the platform science leader in New Zealand, he supervised a team of 65 staff and scientists and was successful in substantially increasing the research funding. His expertise in the molecular biology and immunology of helminthes complements the veterinary school's expertise in cryptosporidiosis and microsporidiosis.
Dr. Patrick Skelley has joined the veterinary school's Department of Biomedical Sciences as an assistant professor. He received his Ph.D. from the Australian National University in Canberra in 1986. Following a postdoctoral fellowship and a research fellowship, he joined the Department of Tropical Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health in 1990. He has been an instructor at the same institution since 1996. He is well known for his studies on schistosome glucose transport protein, and his research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization. He also has extensive teaching experience and will be a valuable asset to the school's infectious diseases teaching program.
Paul Stanton, director of administration for Arts & Sciences and Engineering, gave a presentation July 31 at Mitchell College in New London, Conn., to the president and senior staff on "Reshaping Administrative Organizations." The presentation emphasized the need for flexible approaches to management, creating training and career development models and reallocation of resources to meet new trends and emerging needs.
Paul Waldau, lecturer in environmental and population health at the School of Veterinary Medicine, is chairing the international committee of the Chimpanzee Collaboratory, and in that role, he is coordinating legal research for the effort to secure United Nations-level protections for chimpanzees, orangutans, bonobos and gorillas. Waldau is one of the eight members of the Collaboratory, which includes Jane Goodall, Roger Fouts and Richard Wrangham of Harvard. Waldau also co-directed Yale Law School's Animal Law Reading Group in spring 2003.
Parke Wilde has been appointed to the faculty of the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in the field of U.S. food and nutrition policy. Wilde is an economist who most recently worked with the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In that position, he has gained experience in conducting policy-focused analyses of current policy topics relevant to U.S. food assistance programs, including the Food Stamp, WIC and National School Lunch Programs, and he has participated in research that has been used to inform and influence U.S. food program policy. His research combines econometric and statistical sophistication, creative use of existing national data sets in innovative combinations and a focus on problems of broader policy significance. Wilde's commitment to the nutritional health of low-income populations is demonstrated by his grassroots, anti-hunger activities in Washington, D.C. His experiences traveling in Latin America and in Indonesia have given him an interest in the international work of the Friedman School and potential links with his own research on domestic food security and nutrition.