October People Notes
Giana Angelo, a graduate research assistant in the Mineral Bioavailability Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts, earned her doctoral degree from the Friedman School. Her dissertation is titled “The Role of Heat Shock Proteins in the Molecular Mechanism of Vitamin D Action.”
Kim Barcus-Winters, Alicia Henderson, Boaz Levitin and Jen Locke, residents in clinical science at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, passed the general examination of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Ethan Barron has been named interim head coach for the men’s cross-country and track and field programs. Barron has been an assistant coach to Connie Putnam the past three seasons. Putnam retired after 21 seasons with the Jumbos. Barron was a captain of the track team at Middlebury College and an Academic All-American. He was a volunteer assistant coach at Middlebury College and the head coach at Vergennes High School in Vermont during the 2001-02 school year before coming to Tufts. He earned his master’s degree in educational studies at Tufts in 2004.
Lauren Bellon has been promoted to assistant director of gift planning in the Advancement Division. She has been the coordinator in the Gift Planning Office since January 2004, and was responsible for coordinating all gift-planning marketing and organized several successful educational seminars for donors and prospective donors. In her new role, Bellon will join Rebecca Scott as a front-line gift planning officer, working with development officers, their constituents and donor advisers to integrate gift-planning strategies into conversations about philanthropy.
Emma Blake has joined Tufts as an assistant professor of classics. Most recently she was a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan. She obtained her doctoral degree from the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. Following graduation, she worked as a postdoctoral research associate in Stanford University’s Department of Classics. She was a Cotsen Visiting Scholar at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA in 2001. She also has worked as a postdoctoral teaching fellow at Stanford’s Introduction to the Humanities Program. Her research focuses on Western Mediterranean Bronze and Iron Ages, spatial theory, cultural identity, colonialism and diaspora, megalithic monuments and artifact analysis. She has extensive experience working in the field and is the recipient of several awards and honors, including a Mellon Foundation Research Leave Grant and an Ahmanson Foundation Field Research Grant.
Brian Brenner, professor of civil and environmental engineering, is the recipient of this year’s American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) Richard R. Torrens Award. Torrens served ASCE for 17 years as manager of professional and technical publications until his death in 1984. The award honors volunteer journal editors who make outstanding contributions to the ASCE publications program. Brenner was editor (now editor emeritus) of the Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, the society’s education journal.
Dr. Bob Bridges, professor of biomedical sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, spent three months of his sabbatical last academic year as a visiting professor at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He was appointed the William Evans Visiting Fellow in the Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology during his visit to the University of Otago Medical School, where he collaborated with faculty in the neuroendocrinology group. He also gave three lectures: “The Making of Motherhood—Hormonal Control of Maternal Behavior,” “The Neurobiology of Reproductive Experience” and “The Role of Lactogenic Hormones in Maternal Behavior in Mammals.”
Dr. Stuart J. Brink, associate clinical professor of pediatrics and the senior endocrinologist at the New England Diabetes and Endocrinology Center, has been named president-elect of the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes for 2005-06. He will serve as president of the professional society from 2007 to 2009.
Dr. Gennaro A. Carpinito has been appointed urologist-in-chief at Tufts-New England Medical Center and chairman of urology at the School of Medicine. Carpinito joined Tufts-NEMC two years ago as chief of adult urology, and before that, he was chief of urology at Boston Medical Center. He was elected a fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1994. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Medicine and completed his postgraduate training there, specializing in urology, urologic trauma and renal transplantation. In 1982, the American Urological Association awarded Carpinito the prestigious Leadbetter Fellowship, which enabled him to become a pioneer in the development of immunotherapy used to manage difficult-to-treat cancers. Ultimately, this research resulted in the development of a novel treatment for renal cell carcinoma. His research also assisted in the development of non-invasive tests for the early detection and monitoring of bladder cancer. One such test has been approved by the FDA and is currently used around the world.
David Clark is the new administrative director at the HNRCA. He comes to Tufts from the Department of International Relations at Boston University, where he served as the department and center administrator for five years. He earned his MBA from Boston University and his M.Ed. in administration, planning and social policy at Harvard University. He succeeds Dennis Crivello, who retired in June after 26 years at Tufts, 16 of them at the HNRCA.
Dr. Dean B. Cohen, D85, clinical instructor of prosthodontics and operative dentistry, has been awarded mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry. He and his wife, Leslie, welcomed their first child, Shepard Davis Cohen, on June 7.
Maria Conroy, J93, has been promoted to associate director of donor relations, a new position in Advancement Communications and Donor Relations. As assistant director of development for Arts, Sciences and Engineering since 2002, Conroy helped build an annual reporting system for 200 endowed scholarships, increased student participation in the thank-you process and improved the timing, accuracy and quality of the gift acknowledgement process. She chaired the university-wide task force on stewardship. Prior to joining Tufts, she was an account supervisor with the Boston public relations and marketing firm MS&L.
A. Luis Dorfmann has joined Tufts as an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. He comes to Tufts from the University of Glasgow, where he has been working in the Department of Mathematics as an instructor and research associate. He obtained his doctoral degree in structural engineering and mechanics from the University of California at Los Angeles. Following graduation, he worked as an instructor and research associate in civil and environmental engineering at UCLA and then at the Institute of Structural Engineering at the University of Bodenkultur in Vienna. He has also served as a consultant at numerous firms, including Vienna Consulting Engineer, TEMCOR, Terralog Technologies Inc. and the TITAN Corp. Dorfmann’s research involves magneto-sensitive solids, magnetoelastic elastomers and solids, constitutive models for hyperelastic materials and computational and experimental solid mechanics.
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto has been appointed professor of history and to the Prince of Asturias Chair in Spanish Culture and Civilization. He comes to Tufts from the University of London, where he was a professor of global environmental history and professor of history and geography at Queen Mary and director of the Programme in Global History at the Institute of Historical Research. His academic honors include the Caird Medal, the John Carter Brown Gold Medal, a fellowship from the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study, the Union Pacific Visiting Professorship at the University of Minnesota and membership on the faculties of the World Economic Forum and the European Technology Forum. His books, which include the best-selling Millennium (1995), Civilizations (2000) and Food (2001), have been translated into more than 20 languages. His broadcasting credits include writing and presenting Channel 4’s “Confessions of an Arms Dealer” and BBC2’s “Henry V,” and contributing to BBC2’s Tony award-winning series “Armada.” He also worked on “Millennium,” a 10-part BBC/CNN series based on his book, and regularly presents BBC Radio 4’s current affairs program, “Analysis.” He is joint editor-in-chief of the Malaspina Project of the Hakluyt Society, a large international collaborative work involving scholars from eight countries.
Bouchaib Gadir has joined Tufts as a lecturer in Arabic. He obtained his doctorate in modern Arabic from the University of Ben M’sik in Casablanca in 1996, and recently completed a second doctoral degree in Francophone studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has contributed abstracts to 10 volumes of conference proceedings published by the Coordination des Chercheurs sur les Litteratures Maghrebines et Comparees. He has written extensively on narrative techniques, intertextuality, gender and identity in Francophone literatures and has contributed many articles on poetry and language acquisition to the Arabic journal Al-Bayan. He has taught at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Royal Institute in Casablanca.
Irene Georgakoudi, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is the first recipient of the Professor Michael D. Sturge Prize, awarded at the XVth International Conference on Dynamical Processes in Excited States of Solids at Fudan University in Shanghai August 1-5. The prize recognizes the contributions Sturge made to our understanding of the optical properties of condensed phases and his dedication to the training and mentoring of young scientists in this field. The prize, funded by private donations, consists of a cash award of $2,000 and a plaque citing the contributions of the recipient. Georgakoudi was cited for her pioneering contributions to spectral diagnosis of biological materials using optical spectroscopic methodology. Georgakoudi received her B.A. from Dartmouth and her advanced degrees from the University of Rochester.
Margot Grisar, art director in the Office of Publications, and Fred Kalil and Vilma Sullivan, project managers in Publications, collaborated on two printed pieces that received Awards of Excellence from the University & College Designers Association (UCDA). The winning publications, the Pachyderm Student Handbook and the Summer Program Catalog: A Course for Everyone, were showcased at the UCDA’s national symposium in San Diego in September.
David M. Guss, associate professor of anthropology, was awarded first prize in the Jeffrey Weiss Award Competition for the best article on a subject related to theater history. The award is sponsored by the Theatre Historical Society of America and was presented at the society’s annual conference in Los Angeles in June. The article, “Lost Theatres of Somerville,” will be published in Marquee, The Journal of the Theatre Historical Society of America. While conducting research in La Paz, Bolivia, in May, Guss presented two public lectures sponsored by the Universidad para la Investigación Estratégica en Bolivia, the French Embassy, the Alliance Française, the French Institute for Andean Studies and the Institute of Development Studies. The lectures were titled “Public Anthropology: Reimagining the Social Sciences” and “The Gran Poder and the Reconquest of La Paz.” Guss and his partner, Kate Wheeler, also served as presidents of their dance fraternity, the Diablada Internacional Juventud Relámpago del Gran Poder. They both danced as devils during May’s fiesta del Gran Poder, which is also the subject of his forthcoming book.
Valencia Joyner has joined Tufts as an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. She received a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Cambridge. She most recently worked as a senior computer/electronics engineer through the USC Information Sciences Institute, where she has worked on radiation-hardening by design. This work involved designing test circuits to characterize the radiation tolerance of ICs fabricated in commercial technologies and the effects of technology scaling on radiation reliability. This work also extends to future applications in space. Her research interests include analog/mixed-mode ASIC design, low-noise amplifier design, CMOS readout techniques for imaging systems and ultra-sensitive detectors, low-power sensors and sensor networks, optical and wireless communications, radio frequency integrated systems and micro- and nano-electronic systems for biomedical applications. She is the recipient of several scholarships and fellowships, including a Marshall Scholarship, an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and an Intel Foundation Scholarship. She has taught as adjunct faculty in Howard University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Robin Kanarek, professor of psychology, was a co-editor and a contributor on two chapters for a book titled Nutritional Neuroscience (CRC Press, 2005). The other editors were Harris R. Lieberman, a research psychologist in the Military Nutrition Division of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, Mass., and Chandan Prasad, professor and vice chair of medicine at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Nutritional Neuroscience covers many health-care and quality-of-life issues at the forefront of modern society, including fundamental issues and methods used in nutritional neuroscience; the effects of dietary components on brain functioning, cognitive behavior and mood; the role of the brain in mediating nutrient intake and body weight; and the actions of herbal medicines and phytochemicals on the central nervous system and behavior.
Norman I. Krinsky, professor of biochemistry emeritus and a scientist at the HNRCA, received the first Trevor Goodwin Award at the 14th international symposium of the International Carotenoid Society. The award was for “achievement in research on carotenoid biochemistry and a lifetime of dedicated service to the carotenoid field.” The meeting took place in Edinburgh, Scotland, in July. Krinsky served as chair of this symposium when it was held in Boston in 1987.
Dr. Barry S. Levy, adjunct professor of public health, is this year’s recipient of the Sedgwick Memorial Medal, the highest honor of the American Public Health Association. He will receive the award at the association’s annual meeting in December. Levy is senior editor of two books being published this fall: Social Injustice and Public Health (Oxford University Press) and Occupational and Environmental Health: Recognizing and Preventing Disease and Injury (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins).
Dr. Stuart B. Levy, professor of molecular biology and microbiology and of medicine and director of the Center for Adaptation Genetics and Drug Resistance at the School of Medicine, was interviewed by Ira Flatow on “Science” on August 19 about the new FDA decision to remove an antibiotic from animal use because it led to drug-resistant bacteria of potential harm to people. He was quoted in a Boston Globe article on August 22, also on the issue of antibiotic use in animals.
Alice H. Lichtenstein, director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the HNRCA, was invited to deliver a seminar, “Fine Tuning Dietary Guidance for CVD Risk Reduction—From Novel Vegetable Oils to Soy Protein” and a public lecture on the “Challenges of Public Nutrition,” both in June. She discussed “The Role of Diet in the Statin Era” at the 16th annual Lahey Clinic symposium on cardiovascular disease in Brewster, Mass., on June 21 and “Evaluating Evidence for Decisions about Nutrients, Experience with n-3 Fatty Acid Evidence-based Reviews” at a National Academy of Sciences conference in Woods Hole, Mass., on June 29.
Dr. Grace Makari-Judson, assistant professor of medicine, has co-authored a new book, Coping with Chemotherapy and Radiation (McGraw-Hill, 2005). Makari-Judson and her co-authors, Dr. Daniel Cukier, Dr. Frank Gingerelli and health writer Virginia McCullough, wrote the book to make the course of cancer treatment easier by providing patients with basic knowledge written in terms and a style they can easily understand. The 256-page book is being sold in 13 countries. Makari-Judson is donating her share of the book royalties to Rays of Hope—A Walk Toward the Cure of Breast Cancer. She is medical director of the Comprehensive Breast Center and program director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass., an affiliate of Tufts School of Medicine.
Ricardo E. Martinez-Guzman, E02, and his Los Angeles-based dance crew won the USA National Hip Hop Championship. During his sophomore year at Tufts, he began dancing with Tufts’ Spirit of Color Performing Arts Troupe. After graduating, Martinez-Guzman said, “I put my engineering career on hold to pursue dance, and I’ve been dancing professionally ever since. I credit my Tufts education along with the Spirit of Color for giving me the strength and wisdom to pursue my passions and see them come to such fruition.”
Dr. William McGee, assistant professor of medicine and a clinical faculty member at Baystate Medical Center, had his case study, “New Trends in Less Invasive Cardiac Output Monitoring, Solutions Applied,” published in the June/July issue of Acuity Care Technology.
Mitch McVey has joined Tufts as an assistant professor of biology. He received his Ph.D. in biology from MIT in 2001. Following graduation, he served as a SPIRE postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he used the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, to gain insight about genes that, when mutated, cause human genomic instability diseases. He applied forward and reverse genetics, gene targeting technology, and molecular, cellular and genomic techniques to characterize pathways of DNA repair and recombination in Drosophila. He also has worked as an adjunct professor of biology at Johnson C. Smith University and as a laboratory instructor for the molecular biology of aging at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory.
Dr. Mohsen Meydani, director of the HNRCA’s Vascular Biology Laboratory, discussed “Nutrition and Healthy Aging” at the International Conference on Aging and Health Sciences Biotechnology May 19 in Tokyo.
Dr. Simin Meydani, associate director of the HNRCA and director of its Nutritional Immunology Laboratory, has been honored as a fellow in the 2005-06 Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women by the Drexel University College of Medicine. She discussed “Vitamin E and Respiratory Infections” at the Diet and Optimum Health meeting in Portland, Oregon, on May 19. She spoke on “Influences of Nutrition on Immune Function in the Elderly” at the 12th Symposium on Functional Medicine: The Immune System under Siege May 25 in Palm Springs, Calif.
Fiorenzo G. Omenetto has joined Tufts as an associate professor of biomedical engineering and of physics. Since 2002, Omenetto has worked as a technical staff member in the physics division of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and before that, as a J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellow in the material science and technology division. He also was a visiting research scientist in physics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He obtained his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pavia in Italy. Omenetto’s core research areas focus on ultra-fast lasers and nonlinear optics, with the overarching goal of building a bridge between the physical, engineering and biological sciences. His research takes an interdisciplinary approach to bringing the power of ultra-fast nonlinear optics to biomedical problems, while at the same time focusing on the underlying challenges of the specific physical, engineering and biological aspects of the project at hand.
Jose M. Ordovas, director of the Nutrition and Genomics Laboratory at the HNRCA, was invited by the Greater New York Dietetic Association to give the 65th annual Mary Swartz Rose Memorial Lecture. His topic was “Obesity: Nurture or Nature.”
Dr. Nicola M. Parry has been appointed an assistant professor of pathology at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. She received her BVSc (D.V.M. equivalent) from the University of Liverpool in 1997 and holds an M.S. from the University of Aberdeen’s Rowett Research Institute. She practiced veterinary medicine for three years in the United Kingdom before completing a residency in pathology at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. She became board-certified as a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Pathology in 2004 and was a lecturer in large animal pathology at the New Bolton Center of the University of Pennsylvania, supervising residents and senior veterinary students on the necropsy service. At Tufts, Parry will be providing regular diagnostic necropsy and surgical biopsy services to the small and large animal hospitals along with teaching veterinary students and pathology residents.
Sarah Pinto has joined Tufts as an assistant professor of anthropology. She comes from Harvard University, where she had been a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Social Medicine as part of the NIH Training Program in Culture and Mental Health Services. She earned her doctorate in anthropology from Princeton in 2003. Her dissertation, Casting Desire: Reproduction, Loss and Subjectivity in Rural North India, received the Sardar Patel Award for best dissertation on modern India in 2004. Her research interests focus on gender and medicine, post-coloniality, globalization and subjectivity and feminist theory. She is conducting research on women’s experiences of post-partum depression and its impact on family relationships and visions of motherhood. She is also developing an ethnographic research project on urban Dalit women in northern India who work as “sweepers” in hospitals and birth clinics.
Dr. Michael B. Rothberg, assistant professor of medicine and a member of the clinical faculty at Baystate Medical Center, and his colleagues have found that the blood-thinner warfarin in combination with aspirin cuts the risk of a second heart attack or stroke in half but may increase major bleeding. The research, published in the August 16 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, analyzed data from 10 randomized trials conducted between 1990 and 2004. Among Rothberg’s collaborators were Dr. Carmel A. Celestin, clinical instructor of medicine, and Dr. James R. Cook, associate professor of medicine, both at Baystate. Rothberg’s article, “Improving Nurse-to-Patient Staffing Ratios as a Cost-effective Safety Intervention,” written with I. Abraham, P.K. Lindenauer and D.N. Rose, has been ranked the fourth most important of all articles on patient safety and nursing reviewed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The article was published in Medical Care (2005, 43:785-791).
Dr. Robert M. Russell, director of the HNRCA, has been appointed chair of the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board (FNB). Established more than 60 years ago, the FNB evaluates research on nutrient requirements and relationships between diet and the reduction of risk of chronic disease; assesses aspects of food science and technology that affect the nutritional quality, safety and security of food; and addresses international problems related to food and nutrition. Russell received the 2005 DSM Human Nutrition Award in recognition of innovative research in human nutrition. Russell’s work has been in carotenoids and retinoids. The goal of the award is to encourage and recognize excellence in research that significantly broadens the understanding of the role of nutrition in human health. The award was presented at the 18th International Congress of Nutrition in Durban, South Africa, in September. Russell discussed his research, “The Multifunctional Carotenoids: Insights into their Bioactivity,” at the congress. Russell represented the National Academy of Sciences at the Strategies for Micronutrients Workshop in Jerusalem, Israel, May 23-24, when he discussed “Learning from the Dietary Reference Intakes Experience: Framework for Ongoing Revisions, 2005.” He participated in the Strategies Prevention for Micronutrient Deficiencies conference of the Israel Academy of Science and Humanities, Higher Council for Science and Technology of Jordan and the Palestine Academy for Science and Technology, where he spoke on “Prevention of Micronutrient Deficiencies: Principals and Precautions.” The purpose of the meeting was to discuss flour fortification strategy for preventing vitamin and mineral deficiencies in the Middle East.
Anne Sauer has been appointed director of Digital Collections and Archives (DCA), a position she has held in an interim capacity since the departure of Greg Colati in August 2004. As director, Sauer is responsible for the university-wide archives, records management and the digital library program. Sauer joined the DCA in 1998 as project archivist for the John Holmes Collection, a web-accessible and searchable database of the Tufts poet’s manuscripts and supplemental materials. She served as editor of the online Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History, and in 2002, she wrote a photographic history of Tufts to mark the 150th anniversary of the university. Sauer received her M.L.S. in archives management from Simmons College and holds a B.A. and M.A. in history from Tufts.
Charles Sykes has joined Tufts as an assistant professor of chemistry. He worked as a research associate at the Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and received his doctorate from the University of Cambridge in 2002. For two years, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Pennsylvania State University. His current work has used molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) to grow semiconductor surfaces with novel electronic and optical properties, chemical patterning and surface characterization with a variety of scanning probe techniques. At Tufts, he hopes to understand how atoms and molecules interact with surfaces and build novel nanoscale structures by controlling these interactions.
Dr. Dan Teres, professor of medicine, gave a lecture on “Patient Safety and Medical Emergency Teams” at the First International Conference on Medical Emergency Teams in Pittsburgh, Pa., June 24-25. Medical Emergency Teams (METs) are a new way of delivering critical care to patients in the hospital who are not in intensive care. Teres was also a moderator for one of the working groups assigned to develop consensus on what METs are all about. METs started in Australia and New Zealand and are gaining traction in the United States.
Dawn Geronimo Terkla, executive director of institutional research, gave a lecture on “Effective Administrative Involvement: The Role of Institutional Research, the University Liaison Officer and Administrative Staff in Accreditation” August 10 at the International Seminar for University Evaluation in Tokyo and on August 12 in Kyoto. She was invited to present these lectures by the Japan Institution for Higher Education Evaluation, one of three national accreditation associations in Japan. On August 29, she co-presented a paper, “Institutional Dashboards: Navigational Tool for Colleges and Universities,” with Margaret Cohen of George Washington University and Marjorie Wiseman of Northeastern University at the 27th annual EAIR Forum in Riga, Latvia.
Ronald Thornton, director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Teaching and professor of physics and of education, gave a plenary talk at an international conference on World View on Physics Education in 2005: Focusing on Change in New Delhi, India. The title of his presentation was “Interactive Lecture Demonstrations: Active Learning in Difficult Situations.” This teaching method is used at Tufts in the beginning physics courses and in science courses around the world. His talk was selected to be broadcast on Indian Educational Television.
Kelli Weaver and Jon Bach, residents in clinical sciences, and Terri O’Toole and Rose Nolen-Walston, staff veterinarians at the Cummings School, have passed the certifying examination of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
Patrick Webb has returned from the World Food Programme in Rome, where he established its Nutrition Division, and assumed his position as the director of the Food Policy and Applied Nutrition Program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Jim Levinson, associate professor, served as acting director in Webb’s absence.
Dr. Elisabeth J. Wilder, assistant professor of medicine, has been awarded the 2005 Milton and Natalie Zucker Clinical Teaching Prize. The award, established in 1998, recognizes a faculty member who stimulates excitement and interest in discovering new methods of teaching. Wilder is a member of the clinical teaching faculty at Tufts-New England Medical Center. She graduated from New York Medical College in 1991 and completed her internal medicine residency at Tufts-NEMC in 1994. She participates in a wide array of clinical teaching activities, including running the second-year physical diagnosis course for medical and dental students, lecturing in the second-year medical student phlebotomy course, teaching third-year medical students in ward and ambulatory internal medicine and serving as a preceptor for medical residents.
Jeff Winey has been promoted to associate director of principal and leadership gifts in the Advancement Division. He has been with Tufts since 1991, with the exception of the year he spent at Babson College to develop an annual giving program. For the past five years, Winey has both led the annual fund for Arts, Sciences and Engineering and served as a major gifts officer. Under his leadership, the annual fund for A, S & E has grown at an average rate of 11.5 percent annually, including reaching $6.72 million in FY2005—a 20 percent growth over the previous year.
Dr. John Wong, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Clinical Decision Making at Tufts-New England Medical Center, has co-authored several research articles in professional journals: “DEALE-ing with Lung Cancer and Heart Failure” in Medical Decision Making; “Fracture Prevention with Vitamin D Supplements: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials” in the Journal of the American Medical Association; “Using Competence Network Collaboration and Decision-analytic Modeling to Assess the Cost-effectiveness of Interferon Alpha-2b Plus Ribavirin as Initial Treatment of Chronic Hepatitis C in Germany” in the European Journal of Health Economics; “A Meta-analytic Comparison of Echocardiographic Stressors” in The International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging; “The Cost-effectiveness of Infliximab for Severe Treatment-resistant Rheumatoid Arthritis in the UK” in PharmacoEconomics; and “Estimating the Proportion of Patients Infected with HIV Who Will Die of Comorbid Diseases” in the American Journal of Medicine. Two of his research group’s abstracts have won awards: “The Cost-effectiveness of Adding Infliximab to Usual Therapy in the Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis,” written with C.A. Marra, A. Maetzel, V.T. Farewell, A.A. Rashidi, P. Shi, C. Antoni and D.D. Gladman, was judged the Best Oral Presentation by a New Investigator at the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research 10th annual meeting. “What Explains the Different Results Generated by Cost-effectiveness Models in Rheumatoid Arthritis?,” written with M.F. Drummond and M. Barbieri and presented at the sixth annual European Congress of Rheumatology EULAR 2005, received a EULAR/Abbott Abstract Award. Wong is the content editor for heart disease for the nonprofit Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making and helped create a video, “Living with Coronary Artery Disease: Doing Your Part,” which won a Silver Award in the 2005 Health and Science Communications Association Media Festival.