|Professor of Economics Gilbert E. Metcalf co-organized a workshop in Germany on public finance and climate change with scholars and international policymakers At this workshop and at the National Tax Association Symposium in Washington, DC, Metcalf presented a paper on addressing trade competitiveness with a carbon tax. Metcalf also presented a paper on the use of carbon tax revenues in Brussels. He recently was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE).|
|Assistant Professor of Geology Molly McCanta and her colleagues from Oregon State University and Boston University have received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to study layers of volcanic ash deposited in the ocean around the Lesser Antilles islands. The group will be hunting for "cryptotephras"—layers of ash not visible to the naked eye—in cores of seafloor sediment collected during McCanta's time on an International Ocean Drilling Program expedition in 2012.|
|Department of Drama and Dance Chair Heather Nathans edited The Oxford Handbook of American Drama (Oxford Handbooks, 2014) with Jeffrey H. Richards. The volume explores the history of American drama from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. It describes origins of early republican drama and its evolution during the pre-war and post-war periods and traces the emergence of different types of American drama. The volume also analyzes the works of notable American playwrights.|
|Monica White Ndounou, associate professor of drama, authored Shaping the Future of African American Film: Color-Coded Economics and the Story Behind the Numbers (Rutgers University Press, 2014), examining the distorted economics of African American film. "Anyone hoping to accelerate the current momentum in black cinema, develop new models of production and distribution, or simply gain a better understanding of how race impacts business decisions in Hollywood, should consult Ndounou's well-researched book," wrote Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in his review of the book.|
|Professor of Geology and Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences Chair Jack Ridge received the Geological Society of America's Kirk Bryan Award. The award is bestowed upon authors who have published a paper of distinction advancing the science of geomorphology or a related field. Ridge also received the James Hall Medal in recognition of advancing the knowledge of New York State's geology, for his work on the glacial and Quaternary geology (Pleistocene geology) of the western Mohawk Valley region in central New York.|
|Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development Professor and Center for Promise Director Jonathan F. Zaff directed research for a report issued by the Center for Promise, a partnership between America's Promise Alliance and Tufts University's School of Arts and Sciences. The report, "Don't Call Them Dropouts," summarizes research from the largest nationwide study of its kind of young adults who left high school without graduating. Based on insights from youth participants who spoke about their experiences, the report includes recommendations for reducing the dropout rate and supporting at-risk youth.|
Associate Professor of Art and Art History Cristelle Baskins will be a Fellow at the Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College for the 2014-15 academic year. At the Newhouse Center, Baskins will be working on a book, "Lost Originals: Portraits and Print in the Early Modern Mediterranean."
|Professor Daniel Dennett, co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, published two books, Intuition Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking, and, with Linda LaScola, Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind. In the past year, he gave 54 lectures around the world. He was recently voted fifth in a list of the top 100 Global Thought Leaders of 2013. Professor Dennett organized a weeklong workshop on evolution in Santa Fe in May where he is an external professor of the Santa Fe Institute.|
|David Ekbladh, associate professor of history, gave a paper, "Knowledge is Power: Internationalism, Information and US Global Ambitions" at the Empire and the Social Sciences Symposium in March 2014. He was also an organizer of the Legacies of the Great War: A Centennial Commemoration Conference, at Williams College in April 2014. The Earhart Foundation awarded him a grant for his current book project, Look at the World: The Rise of an American Globalism in the 1930s. He was also named a Tisch College Faculty Fellow for 2014-15.|
|Assistant Professor of History Elizabeth Foster won a 2014 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend to conduct archival research for a book project in progress, tentatively titled Decolonizing Faith: Catholics and the End of Empire in French sub-Saharan Africa. Foster has presented material from the project this academic year at Boston University's Walter Rodney Seminar and at a conference on Postwar Empires in Africa in Madison, Wisconsin. She will give a paper at a conference at University College, London and another in Paris this summer.|
|Professor of Mathematics Boris Hasselblatt served as Jean Morlet Chair at the Centre International de Rencontres Mathématiques and Aix Marseille University in Marseille. During his term, he co-organized three international conferences at which Tufts graduate students and graduate and postdoctoral alumni were present. He also gave lectures at conferences and seminars in various European locales. He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo and will lecture in Kashiwa, Yokohama and Nagoya, along with a lecture in Paris at the annual meeting of the French Mathematical Society.|
|Professor Ray Jackendoff, co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, was named recipient of the Cognitive Science Society's 2014 David E. Rumelhart Prize. Jackendoff is the first theoretical linguist to win the Rumelhart Prize, which will be awarded to him in July. Jackendoff also spoke at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences on "The Parallel Architecture and its Lexicon" and was in residency for two months at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics at Nijmegen, The Netherlands.|
|Penn Loh, lecturer and director of community practice in urban & environmental policy and planning, has been appointed to the City of Boston's 2014 Climate Action Plan Steering Committee. He will be working closely with Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and his staff to develop a world class climate action plan for Boston to help the city reach its carbon reduction goals of 25 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050, as well as to prepare Boston for the impacts of climate change.|
|Jan A. Pechenik, professor of biology, received a National Science Foundation grant entitled "Ocean Acidification/Collaborative Research/RUI: Effects of Ocean Acidification on Larval Competence, Metamorphosis, and Juvenile Performance in a Planktotrophic Gastropod." The study will explain how an acidifying ocean will impact the development, dispersal, and metamorphosis of a common marine animal native to the eastern U.S. that has also become established in the Pacific Northwest, Europe, and Scandinavia. In addition, the work will help make this species a model for future studies of animal development.|
|Rosemary C.R. Taylor, associate professor of sociology and community health, has been awarded a Visiting Fellowship for 2014-15 to join the research community on Global Systemic Risk at the Institute for International and Regional Studies at Princeton University. She will be working on a book on the evolution of the global blood supply, which includes case studies of decision-making and risk regulation concerning blood-borne HIV and Hepatitis C in Britain and the United States.|
Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Professor of History and Prince of Asturias Chair in Spanish Culture & Civilization, delivered a paper entitled, "Jorge Dawson Flinter's Colonial Gothic" at the symposium on "Les libres de couleur dans l'espace atlantique," at the University of Nantes in February. In March, he spoke on "The Spanish Empire in the 1860s: From Aggression to Crisis" at the symposium on "American Civil Wars: The Entangled Histories of the United States, Latin America, and Europe in the 1860s," at the University of South Carolina. In April, he was the commentator for the presentation of the new book "L'Atlantique révolutionnaire: une perspective ibéro-américaine" at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.
|Laurence Senelick, the Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory, traveled to London during spring break to lecture on "Marble Bust and Feet of Clay: Stanislavsky's Reputation" at the Stanislavski Centre of the Rose Bruford College. The talk was based on his recent book, Stanislavsky: A Life in Letters (Routledge). Senelick also gave lectures on Anton Chekhov's The Seagull for the Huntington Theatre and Boston University's adult education program.|
Peter Probst, professor and chair of art and art history and adjunct professor of anthropology, won another prize for his book Osogbo and the Art of Heritage: Monuments, Deities, and Money (Indiana University Press, 2011). He received the silver medal/honorable mention from the Arts Council of the African Studies Association, which presents the award every three years to a work that makes a significant contribution to understanding of African arts and material culture.
|Pawan Dhingra, professor and chair of sociology, won an
award from the Association for Asian American Studies (AAAS)
Life Behind the Lobby: Indian American Motel Owners and
the American Dream (Stanford University Press, 2012).
complex renderings of the race, class, gender and familial
ties that make the dominance of middle-market motels
possible, Dhingra probes…the Indian motel phenomenon by
asking straightforward questions to complex and
contradictory situations," wrote the AAAS in conferring the
|Lee Edelman, Fletcher Professor of English Literature at
Tufts University, and Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman
Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University
of Chicago, co-authored Sex, or the Unbearable (Duke
University Press, 2013).
Sex, or the Unbearable is a
dialogue between Berlant and Edelman, two leading theorists
of sexuality, politics, and culture.
|Peniel Joseph, Professor of History and Director of the
Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, traces the life
of civil rights figure Stokely Carmichael in his new book
Stokely: A Life (Basic Civitas Books, 2014). Publishers
Weekly called the book a "stunningly thorough appraisal of
this radical activist, 50 years after the 'heroic period' of
the civil rights movement."
|The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical
Society has named chemistry professor David Walt the
recipient of the 2014 John Gustavus Esselen Award for
Chemistry in the Public Interest, one of the most
prestigious honors provided. The award recognizes a chemist
whose scientific and technical work has contributed to the
public well-being, and has thereby communicated positive
values of the chemical profession. Award recipients have
included two Nobel Laureates and the inventor of the birth
|Richard M. Lerner, Professor of Child Study
and Human Development, was
awarded the 2014 American Psychological Association Gold
Medal for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology.
The APA award "recognizes a distinguished career and
enduring contribution to advancing the application of
psychology through methods, research, and/or application of
psychological techniques to important practical problems."
|Sharan L. Schwartzberg, Professor of: Occupational
Therapy, Psychiatry, and Public Health & Community Medicine,
presented a paper with Tufts School of Medicine Professor
Daniel Carr on "Pain Medicine Discovers 'Teamliness':
Optimizing Interprofessional Professional Teamwork" at the
American Academy of Pain Medicine Annual Meeting in March.
The presentation was an outgrowth of their course, Interprofessional Team Management of Pain. Schwartzberg also
led a two-day institute at the American Group Psychotherapy
Association Annual Meeting in Boston in March.
Paul Lehrman, Lecturer of Music and Multimedia Arts, and Mechanical Engineering Professor Chris Rogers, received a gift form Zildjian, the world's oldest cymbal manufacturer. The gift will allow the professors and a group of Tufts undergraduates from various disciplines to experiment with Zildjian cymbals this summer, analyzing the cymbals' sound in such a way to determine their musical quality.
|Film Studies Professor Jennifer Burton's screenplay "The Sky's the Limit: The Story of the Mercury 13" was recognized by the Athena Film Festival's Athena List, which singles out screenplays with strong leading roles for women. Co-authored with three of her sisters, Burton's screenplay focuses on the female astronauts who were prepared to go into space in NASA's early days but were kept earthbound due to their gender. Burton helms the independent film company Five Sisters Productions.|
|Professor Pawan Dhingra, Sociology Department Chair, is founding curator and senior advisor to an exhibition opening at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation. details the history of Indian Americans in the United States from the 1700s to the present, exploring the heritage, daily experience and numerous, diverse contributions that Indian immigrants and Indian Americans have made to shaping the United States.|
|Assistant Professor of Education Michelle Wilkerson-Jerde received a National Science Foundation Early CAREER award to explore how young people make sense of complex data visualizations. The "DataSketch: Exploring Computational Data Visualization in the Middle Grades" project will explore the knowledge and skills young people bring together to make sense of novel data visualizations, and develop technological tools and classroom activities that support students' development of critical data visualization competence.|
|Professor Brian Hatcher, Packard Chair of Theology, has published a new book Vidyasagar: The Life and After-life of an Eminent Indian (Routledge, 2014). The book offers a new interpretation of the life and legacy of the Indian reformer and intellectual, Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar (1820-91). Drawing upon, biography, secondary criticism and a range of Vidyasagar's original writings in Bengali, the book interrogates the role of history, memory and controversy, and emphasizes the challenge of pinning down the identity of an enigmatic and multi-faceted figure.|
Jeffrey Berry, Professor of Political Science, and Sarah Sobieraj, Associate Professor of Sociology, are co-authors of the just published The Outrage Industry: Political Opinion Media and the New Incivility (Oxford University Press). They are also the authors of "Are Americans Addicted to Outrage?" which ran in Politico Magazine in January. In conjunction with publication of the book, they appeared on CNN's media news show, "Reliable Sources," where they discussed their research.
|Laurence Senelick, Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory, published Stanislavsky: A Life in Letters (Routledge). He has selected, edited and translated the fullest collection of the letters of the great actor/director Konstantin Stanislavsky in any language other than Russian; with a linking narrative it sheds new light on his personality and career. The director Greg Mosher has described the book as a page-turner that he could not put down. Professor Senelick will speak at the Stanislavski Centre of Rose Bruford College, London, in March, 2014.|
|L. Michael Romero, Professor of Biology, received a grant from the National Science Foundation to hold a workshop entitled "Stress in the Healthy Animal." The joint workshop, held in December, 2013, included researchers typically funded by NSF (i.e. non-medical research) and NASA funded researchers. Wild animals and astronauts are similar in that they are generally healthy, yet have to cope with stressors from the environment. The workshop explored the theoretical and technical advances needed to make progress in understanding stress under these conditions.|
|Jay Cantor, Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing, has authored a new collection of short stories, Forgiving the Angel: Four Stories for Franz Kafka (Knopf, 2014). Knopf describes the book as "a brilliant, beautiful, and sometimes heartbreaking group of stories based on a circle of real people who are held together by love of their friend Franz Kafka." Donna Seaman, in her Booklist starred review of the collection, wrote, "These fluently empathic, mordantly ironic, and unflinching stories...carry forward Kafka's eviscerating vision and affirm Cantor's standing as a virtuoso writer of conscience."|
|Samuel P. Kounaves, Professor of Chemistry and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers based on their efforts to advance science or its applications. Kounaves has made contributions to the fields of analytical chemistry and planetary science, including studies of Martian geochemistry and its potential for supporting life. His research is aimed at analyzing fundamental questions in planetary science, with a focus on extreme environments on Mars, Earth, and other planets.|
|Mary Jane Shultz, Professor of Chemistry, was elected fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The ACS Fellows Program recognizes members for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession and the Society. Shultz's scientific achievements cited by the ACS included her contributions to a "new model for aqueous solution interfaces and identification of hydrogen-bond resonance" and to "visualizations at the atomic-molecular level and to science education." The ACS also noted Shultz's encouragement and recognition of women in science.|
|Natalya Baldyga, Assistant Professor Department of Drama and Dance, edited G. E. Lessing's Hamburg Dramaturgy, a new and fully annotated translation of a seminal text of theatre history and German literature. The digital version has begun to appear serially online this fall, where both the translation and annotations will be open to public peer review and commentary. Routledge will publish the print version in 2016. The team received the Domestic Exchange Program Award from the American Society for Theatre Research in support of their project, as well as a "Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant" from the National Endowment for the Humanities.|
|Boris Hasselblatt, Professor of Mathematics, was selected to hold the Jean-Morlet Chair from November 2013 to April 2014. During his time in France, Hasselblatt will collaborate on a variety of projects, such as Godbillon-Vey classes for foliations (which serve to distinguish subtly different geometric configurations), as well as dynamical systems (which address questions related to detecting particular structures in highly chaotic dynamical systems). The Jean-Morlet Chair initiative is a joint project of CIRM (CNRS-SMF), Aix-Marseille University and of the City of Marseille. Each Chair is intended for an outstanding, innovative researcher from a non-French institution.|
|Jonathan Wilson, Fletcher Professor of Rhetoric and Debate, Professor of English, and Director of the Center for the Humanities at Tufts, has authored a new memoir, Kick and Run: Memoir with Soccer Ball (Bloomsbury) , an account of his lifelong love of soccer. "Kick and Run is yummy. Not only is it funny and wise, but it expands exponentially the 'Jews and soccer' genre," wrote playwright David Mamet in his review of the book.|
|Pawan Dhingra, Professor of Sociology, received the 2013 Honorable Mention Award for Public Sociology from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association. "Dr. Dhingra's scholarship and public sociology have both deepened our understanding of the Indian American experience in the US, but also engaged a broader public well beyond the scope of action of most scholars," wrote the committee in conferring the award.|
|Paul Lehrman, Lecturer of Music and Multimedia Arts, premiered a new version of American composer George Antheil's 1924 industrial-noise composition "Ballet Mécanique" at the SinusTon Festival for Electronic Music in Magdeburg, Germany. The new piece was created with Paris-based avant-garde pianist Guy Livingston and scored for solo pianist and "acousmonium"—a stage full of loudspeakers. Dr. Lehrman also gave a talk at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on "The Great Puzzle: Creation and Legacy of Ballet Mécanique," in conjunction with the museum's exhibition on the art of Fernand Léger.|
|Maryanne Wolf, Director, Center for Reading and Language Research in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, will be presenting her research on global literacy at the Vatican Academy of Science's Bread and Brain Meeting, November 4-6, on the eradication of poverty. The work is in partnership with researchers at the MIT Media Lab, Georgia State University, Tufts University and the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics. The work is profiled in the most recent issue of Scientific American.|
|Heather Nathans, Professor and Chair, Department of Drama and Dance, was a featured speaker in the Lowell Humanities Series at Boston College on October 30. "There is nothing like an author reading from his or her own works," said Francis Sweeney, S.J., founder of the series. Robert Frost, Margaret Mead, T.S. Eliot, Maya Angelou, Robert Penn Warren, Susan Sontag, and Seamus Heaney are among the distinguished writers and scholars who have participated in the series.|
|Jennifer Allen, Program Director for Community Health, received a grant from the National Cancer Institute to conduct a trial to evaluate the efficacy of a Prostate Cancer Screening Preparation (PCSPrep) tool, a web-based decision aid designed by Allen's team to provide accurate and unbiased information about prostate cancer screening. The goal is to reduce disparities in access to high quality information about prostate cancer screening, thereby empowering those at highest risk to become active participants in their care.|
|Princeton University and the Brookings Institution released the latest issue of The Future of Children, edited by Richard M. Lerner and COL (Ret.) Stephen J. Cozza, M.D. Lerner is the Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science and the Director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts. Focusing on military children and families, the journal aims to promote effective policies and programs for military-connected children and their families by providing timely, objective information based on the best available research.|
|Benjamin L. Carp, Associate Professor, History, received the Society of Cincinnati's Cox Book Prize in October for his book Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America (Yale University Press, 2010). The prize has been awarded triennially since 1989 to an outstanding work of scholarship on the era of the American Revolution. In announcing the award, the Society of Cincinnati called Defiance of the Patriot "the most important interpretation of the Boston Tea Party published in more than forty years."|
|Linda Sprague Martinez, Assistant Professor, Public Health and Community Medicine, received a grant from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) for "Transnationalism, Networks and Culture: Implications for Health and Behavior," a collaboration between Tufts University, The University of Massachusetts at Boston, The Dominican Development Center, and the Brazilian Immigrant Center. The team will explore health beliefs and practices among Brazilian and Dominican immigrants in order to develop an interdisciplinary approach to trace and measure the relationship between culture and health.|
|Dr. Dany Adams, Principal Investigator at the Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology, was guest speaker at the Coolidge Corner Theatre's Science on Screen program in Brookline, Massachusetts. Dr Adams spoke about regenerative bioelectricity before a screening of Mel Brooks' classic comedy, Young Frankenstein, as part of the series in which classic and modern films are paired with presentations by notable science and technology experts.|
Waiting 'Til The Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black
Power in America by Peniel Joseph was named to
The Guardian's Top Ten Civil Rights History Book List.
Joseph is a professor of history and founder and director of
the Tufts Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD).
"Joseph, a leading figure in the new black power studies,
makes the case for its singularity in the most comprehensive
overview of the topic published to date. Rather than seeing
black power as a series of unconnected iconic episodes and
images...Joseph presents a picture of a coherent movement with
its own distinct politics and sensibilities," wrote John A.
Kirk in his review.
|Taking What I Like (Black Sparrow, 2013), a short story collection by associate professor of English Linda Bamber, was an NPR Selection for Best Forthcoming Fiction of 2013. Bamber's stories reinvent classic texts, mostly Shakespearean. "These stories have attitude, they shake things up. They have the same effect as when you see a great production of a Shakespeare play. It makes the work come alive," said NPR commentator Ben Fountain in his review.|
|James M. Glaser, political science professor and Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Arts and Sciences, co-authored Changing Minds, If Not Hearts: Political Remedies for Racial Conflict (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013) with former student Timothy J. Ryan. Glaser and Ryan argue that, although political processes often inflame racial tensions, the tools of politics also can alleviate conflict.|
|Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit, G88, G95, Neubauer Executive Director of Tufts Hillel and Jewish chaplain, Research Professor in the Department of Music and Judaic Studies, has produced a CD Delicious Peace: Coffee, Music & Interfaith Harmony in Uganda (Smithsonian Folkways) featuring music he recorded in Uganda, written and performed by Muslim, Christian and Jewish farmers who grow coffee in a Fair Trade cooperative. His previous CD, Abayudaya: Music from the Jewish People of Uganda (Smithsonian Folkways) was nominated for a GRAMMY award for best album in the category of Traditional World Music.|
|Professor Richard C. Jankowsky, A95, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Music, was awarded prizes for his book and CD Stambeli: Music, Trance, and Alterity in Tunisia (University of Chicago Press, 2010). He received an Honorable Mention for the Clifford Geertz Book Prize, awarded by the Society for the Anthropology of Religion, and an Honorable Mention for the J. H. Kwabena Nketia Book Prize awarded by the African Music Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Jankowsky was also selected to be a series editor of Studies in the Performing Arts and Literature of the Islamicate World, as well as a board member for The Journal of Arab Music Research.|