November 2010 People Notes
Frank Ackerman, a senior research fellow with the Global Development and Environment Institute and a senior scientist with the Stockholm Environment Institute, and Liz Stanton, a research fellow with the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) and a staff scientist with the Stockholm Environment Institute, had a version of their “The Economics of 350″ report included in a special issue of Solutions, a journal/magazine hybrid focused on “showcasing bold and innovative ideas for solving the world’s integrated ecological, social and economic problems.”
Miriam Arbeit, G15, a doctoral student in child development, has been appointed to the Massachusetts AIDS Advisory Panel. As a panel member, Arbeit will be responsible for reviewing all new sexuality education materials that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education distributes to educators in public schools. She will also play an active role in assessing the needs of youth when it comes to sexuality education and will help youth leaders draft and present policy proposals to key decision makers in government, education and other sectors.
Mitch Bodnarchuk is now director of construction and standards in the Office of Facilities Services. In addition to his existing responsibilities for new construction and capital projects, he will also ensure that uniform standards are implemented throughout the department, including construction standards, and he will establish standard operating procedures for key administrative processes.
Stephen W. Bosworth, dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and special representative for North Korea policy for the U.S. Department of State, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences on October 9. Bosworth is among the 210 new fellows and 18 foreign honorary members who are leaders in research, scholarship, business, the arts and public affairs. Among other inductees are IBM Chairman and CEO Samuel Palmisiano; Ford Foundation President Luis Ubiñas; television journalist Christiane Amanpour; and John DeGioia, president of Georgetown University.
Anne de Laire Mulgrew joined the Department of Romance Languages in the School of Arts and Sciences as a lecturer in September. She earned both her master’s and Ph.D. in Spanish literature at Johns Hopkins University. She also holds a master’s in Hispanic studies from Vassar College. She has been a part-time lecturer in the department since 2004, and has taught courses at Johns Hopkins University, Dartmouth College, Morgan State University and Vassar College. Her research interests include 19th- and 20th-century peninsular literature, particularly Unamuno and women writers, and history as represented in literature.
David Ekbladh, assistant professor of history, won the 2010 Phi Alpha Theta Best First Book Award for The Great American Mission (Princeton University Press). His book was the subject of the Tufts Journal story “Winning Hearts and Minds.”
Kevin P. Gallagher, a senior researcher at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), held a book launch event on October 11 at Columbia University for his book The Dragon in the Room: China and the Future of Latin American Industrialization, co-authored with Roberto Porzecanski. The Guardian published an opinion article by Gallagher titled “The Fragile Bit of Bric: Despite Brazil’s powerhouse reputation, Latin America needs to learn from China to secure future economic growth,” which was about material in this new book.
Haci Osman Gunduz is a new lecturer in the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literatures in the School of Arts and Sciences. Osman Gunduz comes to Tufts from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he was a lecturer in Arabic, teaching an intermediate Arabic course. He received his B.A. in Eastern languages and literatures with a concentration in Arabic language and literature from Atatürk University in Turkey, and his master’s degree in international studies at Old Dominion University in Virginia. He also completed an advanced Arabic course at the University of Jordan in Amman.
Ann Helwege, a senior research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute, traveled to Toronto to present her work on sustainable mining at the Latin American Studies Association meetings in October.
Yannis Ioannides, the Max and Herta Neubauer Professor of Economics in the School of Arts and Sciences—in collaboration with Professor Christopher A. Pissarides of the London School of Economics, this year’s Nobel co-laureate in economic science, and Professor Costas Azariadis of Washington University—had an article that appeared in Kathimerini, Greece’s most respected newspaper. Read the article in Greek here. A discussion based on this article was published by Bloomberg.com, quoting the authors. A longer piece by the three scholars is “Development Is the Only Solution: Seventeen proposals for a new development strategy.” Ioannides is actively engaged in understanding the causes of the current Greek economic crisis, and is working with others as an editor of Greek Economists for Reform, a blog that publishes articles by leading academic economists on issues relevant to economic policy and reforms in Greece.
Nancy Levy-Konesky joined the Department of Romance Languages in the School of Arts and Sciences as a lecturer in September. She received her Ph.D. in curriculum, instruction and administration from Boston College, and holds a master’s in Spanish literature from American University. Levy-Konesky has taught at a number of schools, including Yale University, Simmons College and Brandeis University, as well as Tufts, where she has been a part-time lecturer since 2004. Levy-Konesky has been involved with the development of many college-level courses, including a seminar on Puerto Rico, courses on Caribbean culture taught in both English and Spanish and a Spanish immersion course, in which students studied Spanish language and Hispanic culture and literature while living on campus in an English-free setting.
Livia Lin, G12, a graduate student in music, performed her original composition “Childhood Sketches” at the Asian Music Festival earlier this month. The festival, which took place in Tokyo, Japan, included graduate student and professional composers and performers from Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Israel and Australia. Lin, who is originally from Hong Kong, was also a finalist (advanced level) for the 2009 National Academy of Music’s International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition.
Jo-Ann Michalak, director of Tisch Library, has been invited to serve as a member of the Carnegie Mellon University President’s Board for the University Libraries. She will review and assess the library and submit a report to the president and board of trustees for review and implementation. The board will meet in Pittsburgh in mid-December.
Cristina Pausini is a new coordinator/lecturer in the Department of Romance Languages in the School of Arts and Sciences. She comes to Tufts from Wellesley College. She earned a Ph.D. in Italian studies and master’s degrees in both Italian studies and English, all from Brown University. She received her undergraduate degree in foreign languages and literatures from the University of Bologna, Italy. Pausini has taught elementary through advanced levels of Italian at Brown University, Bentley College, Boston College, Wheaton College and the Rhode Island School of Design. A Fulbright Scholarship recipient, she received an honorable mention in the Brown University President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has presented at numerous conferences, most recently a paper titled “Italian Culture in the Words of New Authors: Introducing Trame: A Contemporary Italian Reader” at the Massachusetts Foreign Language Association’s annual conference.
Tracy Pearce joined the Department of Romance Languages in the School of Arts and Sciences as a lecturer in September. She graduated from Boston University with a Ph.D. in French language and literature, and received her master’s in French from Middlebury College through their program in Paris. Pearce has been a part-time lecturer in French at Tufts since 2003, and has taught French with the Tufts-in-Talloires programs for three summers, including the summer of 2010. In 1999, she was awarded the Boston University College of Arts and Sciences Award of Outstanding Teaching Fellow.
Rudi Pizzi has been promoted to director of university maintenance in the Office of Facilities Services. In this position, he is responsible for deferred maintenance on all three campuses and is tasked with revitalizing the preventative maintenance program throughout the university. The deferred maintenance program is designed to make the necessary repairs, renovations or selected upgrades to buildings, grounds, equipment and infrastructure that will extend the operating life of those assets for a minimum of 15 years.
Anne Poncet-Montange is a new coordinator/lecturer in the Department of Romance Languages in the School of Arts and Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in French linguistics and her master’s in English linguistics, both from the Université Paris-XIII. She has been an adjunct assistant professor of modern languages at Bentley University for the past six years, and prior to that she taught language-related courses in France, England and Canada. While teaching at Bentley, Poncet-Montange was involved in the development of several multimedia projects to help students learn French, such as websites for business students studying advanced French and for intermediate-level French students that featured French karaoke songs, complete with streaming MP3 and MIDI files, lyrics and glossaries.
John Mulligan joined the Department of Drama and Dance in the School of Arts and Sciences in September as a lecturer and technical director. He has extensive experience working with theater companies and universities in Massachusetts, and comes to Tufts from the Boston University Theatre Department, where he served as scene shop supervisor for the last four years. At each of these academic institutions, he taught classes on a variety of technical production aspects. Mulligan graduated in May with a M.F.A. in technical production from BU.
Kent E. Portney, professor of political science in the School of Arts and Sciences, gave a presentation at the University of Findlay in Ohio in October on sustainable cities. His talk was the subject of an article in the Findlay Courier.
Dawn Quirk has been promoted to waste reduction program manager in the Office of Facilities Services. In this role, she will implement a program to reduce the solid waste generated by the university community and increase the volume and type of materials recycled at Tufts. Quirk will also lead environmental stewardship efforts with a focus on recycling, reuse, source reduction and waste elimination with the target of zero waste.
Anne-Christine Rice joined the Department of Romance Languages in the School of Arts and Sciences as a lecturer in September. She completed her doctoral coursework at the Université Catholique de l’Ouest in Angers, France, where she specialized in 19th-century American literature. She has been a part-time lecturer at Tufts since 2001, in addition to having taught at Brandeis, Notre Dame and Collège Montaigne in Angers, France. Rice is the founder and co-director of the French Film Experience, a French cine-club at Tufts, where she organizes film showings, leads discussions and arranges for guest speakers.
Mort Rosenberg, professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery, conducted a program on high fidelity human simulation advanced anesthesia airway rescue at the annual meeting of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons in Chicago from September 29 to October 1. Rosenberg also participated in the planning meeting for the International Sedation Task Force of the World Society of Intravenous Anesthesia (World SIVA) in September in San Francisco.
Sharan L. Schwartzberg, professor of occupational therapy in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and adjunct professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine, was awarded the Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy 2010 Catherine Trombly Award at the group’s annual meeting on October 29. The award is given to an occupational therapist from Massachusetts who has contributed significantly to the profession in the area of education, research and publications and is an example for all occupational therapists to aspire to within the profession. At the meeting, Schwartzberg also presented a poster “Group Dosage Effect: Functional Outcomes of Psychiatric Inpatients,” with her occupational therapy graduate student research mentoring group members, all G12: Annie Gulka, Stephanie Pincince, Angelina Rayno, Svea Van Langenhoven and Jiselle Velazquez.
Erin Seaton is a new lecturer in the Department of Education in the School of Arts and Sciences. She earned her Ed.M. and Ed.D. in human development and psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied adolescents’ narratives of identity and development. In 2008, her thesis was awarded the American Educational Research Association’s Rural Education SIG Annual Outstanding Dissertation Award. Seaton previously taught at several area schools, including Hampshire College, Merrimack College, Boston University and Tufts, where she has served as an instructor in both the Department of Education and the Experimental College. She is the author of multiple publications, including an article published in the Journal of Rural Education in 2007. This past spring, she presented a paper at an American Educational Research Association conference.
Ken Shadlen, a research fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute, was in Mexico City and gave two lectures this fall at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in October. He presented “¿Quién Gobierna la Propiedad Intelectual en América del Norte?” (“Who Governs Intellectual Property in North America?”) to a seminar on “Elites and NAFTA” and gave a public lecture on “La Economía Política de la Propiedad Intelectual” (“The Political Economy of Intellectual Property”). He also presented at the Latin American Studies Association meetings in October in Toronto.
Heather Tierney, G11, a graduate student in chemistry, won the Morton M. Traum Award at the International American Vacuum Society meeting in October. The prestigious prize is awarded for the best surface science presentation by a graduate student. Tierney also received a Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Scholarship from the American Vacuum Society and an IFSM scholarship to attend the 17th International Microscopy Congress held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in September.
Marcelo Vinces, who received a Ph.D. from the Sacker School in 2005 and is based at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, has received an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship, with a placement at the National Science Foundation. Vinces is among more than 200 scientists and engineers who will spend a year working in federal agencies or congressional offices.
Timothy A. Wise, director of the Research and Policy Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE), gave a guest lecture at Boston University on October 18 entitled “NAFTA, Agricultural Dumping and the Perils of Agricultural Trade Liberalization.” Two days later he presented on the research methodology for his paper “Agricultural Dumping Under NAFTA” in the Research Colloquium series organized by Tufts’ Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Department.
Xiaoya Ye joined the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literatures in the School of Arts and Sciences as a lecturer in September. She received her undergraduate degree in English education from Capital Normal University in Beijing, China, in 2006 and her M.A. in linguistics from Syracuse University in 2009. She has taught Mandarin Chinese at the middle school level in Beijing, as well as at Syracuse University while pursuing her graduate degree. Ye spent the past academic year as a part-time lecturer in Chinese at Tufts.
Nan Yi, G10, a chemical and biological engineering doctoral student, received the International Precious Metals Institute’s inaugural Johnson Matthey Student Award in the summer. Yi received the international award—which came with a $5,000 prize—for his research on precious metals as catalysts for hydrogen production processes.