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Spring 2020

Samuel Thomas, Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences and Professor of Chemistry Sam Thomas, academic dean for Arts and Sciences and associate professor of chemistry, has published a new paper in the journal Chemistry of Materials titled "Side Chain Regioisomers that Dictate Optical Properties and Mechanofluorochromism through Crystal Packing."
Alex Vilenkin, Leonard and Jane Holmes Bernstein Professor in Evolutionary Science at Tufts University Alex Vilenkin, Leonard and Jane Holmes Bernstein Professor in Evolutionary Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Members are elected "in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research." Elected membership is considered one of the highest possible honors for scientists. There are currently approximately 2,400 NAS members and 500 international members.
Helen Marrow Helen Marrow, associate professor, Department of Sociology, is chair-elect of the American Sociological Association’s International Migration section.
Jennifer AllenAdolfo CuevasKeren Ladin, Associate Professor Jennifer Allen, professor, and Adolfo Cuevas, assistant professor, both in the Department of Community Health, along with Keren Ladin, associate professor, Department of Community Health and Department of Occupational Therapy, are co-authors of a new study titled "Preparing African American Men to Make Informed Prostate Cancer Screening Decisions: Development and Pilot Testing of an Interactive Online Decision Aid." 
Andrew Kemp, Assistant Professor, Earth and Ocean Sciences Andrew Kemp, assistant professor, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, is co-author of a new article with the results of a collaborative study titled "Estimating global mean sea-level rise and its uncertainties by 2100 and 2300 from an expert survey" in Climate and Atmospheric Science, one of Nature's partner journals. 
Richard Lerner Richard Lerner, Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, has published an article in the journal Nature Machine Intelligence along with colleagues from the Pontifical Academy for Life (PAV). Titled “Contributions for the Catholic Church to ethical reflections in the digital era,” the article focuses on work associated with a major initiative of Pope Francis which strives to ensure that digital technology and innovation is studied and applied ethically and in service of the greater good.  
Alecia McGregor Alecia McGregor, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health, has published a new article titled "Changes in community mental health services availability and suicide mortality in the US: A retrospective study" in the journal BMC Psychiatry along with colleagues from the University of South Carolina and Yale University.
Madina Agénor Madina Agénor, Gerald R. Gill Assistant Professor of Race, Culture, and Society in the Department of Community Health has published a new piece in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). The article is titled “Future Directions for Incorporating Intersectionality into Quantitative Population Health.”
Zeina Hakim, associate professor of French Zeina Hakim, associate professor of French, Department of Romance Studies, has been named to the editorial advisory board of the journal Eighteenth-Century Studies, the official publication of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies. 
Andrew Kemp, Assistant Professor, Earth and Ocean Sciences Andrew Kemp, assistant professor, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, is the recipient of a CAREER grant award from the National Science Foundation for his research project “Dynamic Sea-Level Trends During the Last Two Millennia.”
Justin Hollander, Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Justin Hollander, A96, professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning will be inducted into the American Institute of Certified Planner’s College of Fellows. The American Institute of Certified Planners is the professional institute of the American Planning Association and it elects Fellows every two years. Hollander’s selection followed his nomination from the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association. Induction as a Fellow is the highest honor an urban planner in the U.S. can receive.
Jeffrey W. Taliaferro Associate Professor of Political Science Jeffrey Taliaferro's new book Defending Frenemies: Alliance Politics and Nuclear Nonproliferation in U.S. Foreign Policy (Oxford University Press, 2019) has been included in Oxford University Press' collection of titles and chapters exploring different topics on foreign policy, terrorism, military and war for the 2020 Primary Elections. The book explores the historical and political implications of the United States' complex relationships with some of the nations with which it holds defense ties. 
Boris Hasselblatt, professor of mathematics The Council of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) has appointed Boris Hasselblatt, professor, Department of Mathematics, as its secretary. He will begin his initial two year term on February 1, 2021. As secretary, Hasselblatt’s responsibilities will include organizing and coordinating the Council and its committees and jointly overseeing, in conjunction with AMS’ Associate Secretaries, the scientific program of all AMS meetings.
Justin Hollander, Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Justin Hollander, A96, professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, received a grant from the U.S. Department of State to run a lecture series with Kevin Paquette, program director of the Tufts Office of International Programs and Partnerships, over the course of the past six months at Kanazawa University in Japan. He delivered the fourth lecture in the series in January, which focused on interdisciplinary college-level teaching. While in Japan, Hollander was also invited to deliver two public lectures on his research: "Data and Analytics for Neighborhood Development: Smart Shrinkage Decision Modeling in Baltimore, Maryland" at University Tsukuba on January 8 and "Threats and Opportunities in Community Engagement." at Kanazawa University on January 9.
Madina Agénor Madina Agénor, Gerald R. Gill Assistant Professor of Race, Culture, and Society in the Department of Community Health, has published a paper in the journal Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health titled "Contraceptive Beliefs, Decision Making and Care Experiences Among Transmasculine Young Adults: A Qualitative Analysis." 
Professor of the Practice, SMFA at Tufts, Anthony Romero Anthony Romero, professor of the practice, performance, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, contributed to the exhibit When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art at the ICA Boston. His contribution, entitled …first in thought, then in action, was commissioned by the ICA to be part of the exhibition, which is on view through January 26, 2020. Romero will be in conversation with City Counselor Lydia Edwards and East Boston community organizers on Thursday, January 16, to discuss how displacement and gentrification are affecting Boston’s immigrant communities.
Ioannis Evrigenis, Professor of Political Science Ioannis Evrigenis, professor in the Department of Political Science, has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award will support Evrigenis’ work on a new edition of French political philosopher Jean Bodin’s The Six Bookes of a Commonweale.

Fall 2019

Michael Beckley Foreign Affairs magazine has selected the article “The United States Should Fear a Faltering China” by Michael Beckley, associate professor, Department of Political Science, as one of its best pieces of 2019.
Pearl Robinson Pearl Robinson, associate professor, Department of Political Science, is the winner of the 2019 Distinguished Africanist Award from the African Studies Association (ASA). The award recognizes “lifetime distinguished contributions to African studies.” She was presented with the award at the Association’s annual meeting in Boston in November.
Kerri Greenidge The New York Times has selected Lecturer and Director of the American Studies program Kerri Greenidge's book Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter (Liveright, 2019) as one of its critics' top books of 2019. Greenidge's book recounts the life of Trotter, who co-founded and edited the Boston-based black weekly newspaper The Guardian in the early 20th century. The New York Times review states that Greenidge "opens up a rich seam of inquiry that persists to this day, about the tug-of-war between reformers and radicals, and whether victories that seem purely symbolic at first can ripple out into real-world effects later on." It was recently positively reviewed in The New Yorker as well
Maya Erdelyi Maya Erdelyi, lecturer in animation at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, is one of five recipients of the City of Boston's 2019 Artist Fellowship Award. Announced by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture, the award recognizes outstanding artistic work and includes a $10,000 unrestricted grant to help artists advance their careers. Mayor Walsh said of the awardees, "The artists selected in this round of the Artist Fellowship Awards are a reflection of Boston's extremely diverse creative sector. Boston is proud to be home to so many talented individuals, and we're excited to recognize their contributions to our city in this way."
Daniel McCusker Daniel McCusker, senior lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, participated in Works & Process at the Guggenheim: Merce Cunningham Centennial Celebration on November 24 and 25 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The event was curated by Dylan Crossman, a former Cunningham Company member, and also featured a discussion with former Cunningham dancers, Gus Solomons Jr. and Kimberly Bartosik. 
Melinda Latour, Rumsey Family Assistant Professor in the Humanities and Arts Melinda Latour, Rumsey Family Assistant Professor in the Humanities and Arts, Department of Music, has received the Ruth A. Solie Award at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society for the book she co-edited titled The Relentless Pursuit of Tone: Timbre in Popular Music (Oxford University Press, 2018). At the award ceremony, the committee said of the book, “The chapters in the volume are all well researched, the writing and editing are consistently good, the level of attention to the technological engineering and social meaning, remarkable. This volume will certainly be highly influential, even field-changing.”
Kelly Greenhill Kelly Greenhill, associate professor, Department of Political Science, has been awarded a 2020/21 Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship. The position is designed to enable “outstandingly distinguished academics based in overseas universities to spend an extended period of time at a UK higher education institution.” Greenhill will be hosted primarily by SOAS University of London and will be giving a series of scholarly and public “Leverhulme Lectures” during her time abroad. 
Bruce Boghosian Bruce Boghosian, professor, Department of Mathematics, has published an article in the magazine Scientific American titled “Is Inequality Inevitable?”. The piece discusses the growth of wealth inequality in many countries and Boghosian’s research on the issue, which uses models of wealth distribution to demonstrate how wealth inequality will continue to grow in a range of countries.
Samuel Thomas, Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences and Professor of Chemistry Samuel Thomas, Dean of Academic Affairs for Arts and Sciences and professor of chemistry, has published a paper in Langmuir, the American Chemical Society’s journal of fundamental interface science. Titled “Combining Top-Down and Bottom-Up with Photodegradable Layer-by-Layer Films,” the article was co-authored with Tufts Chemistry Ph.D. student Matthew Feeney. The article was also featured on the journal’s cover.
Sarah Sobieraj, associate professor of sociology Sarah Sobieraj, associate professor, Department of Sociology, is a member of the project advisory board and was involved in the creation of MediaWell, a newly launched project of the Social Science Research Council’s (SSRC) Disinformation Research Mapping Initiative. It is an online resource for scholars, policy makers, and students concerned about issues of information integrity and democratic health. The site features accessible, continuously updated literature reviews synthesizing the emerging scholarship on key issues related to disinformation, expert reflections, a searchable database of nearly 1000 publications related to disinformation studies, related news, and more. Sobieraj’s own research on Disinformation, Democracy, and the Costs of Identity-Based Attacks Online is featured as part of the site’s expert reflections.
Zeina Hakim, associate professor of French Zeina Hakim, associate professor of French, Department of Romance Studies, has been awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity. She was nominated by students in the Eta Psi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta at Tufts. The selective award is given to ten recipients from across the United States and Canada.
Maurice Parent, Professor of the Practice, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies Maurice Parent, professor of the practice, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, has directed SpeakEasy Stage's production of Choir Boy, taking place at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. The production began September 13 and was extended an additional week through October 19. Watch an interview with Parent talking about directing Choir Boy.
Brian Hatcher, Packard Professor of Theology, Department of Religion Brian Hatcher, Packard Professor of Theology, Department of Religion, gave the invited keynote address at the International Seminar on Probing Social Reform in India in the Nineteenth Century: Vidyasagar's Legacy in the Long Run which took place September 26-27, 2019 in Kolkata, India. The event was sponsored by the Asiatic Society in Kolkata and honors the 200th anniversary of Pandit Ishvarchandra Vidyasagar, a major cultural icon in India and Bangladesh. While in Kolkata, he also gave a second lecture at the Victoria Memorial Hall.  
Marina Umaschi Bers Marina Umaschi Bers, professor and chair, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, has been awarded a major grant from the U.S. Department of Education for her project "Coding as Another Language: The Development and Implementation of a Computational Thinking Curriculum and Sustainable Professional Development Model in K-2." The grant involves a partnership between Bers' DevTech research group and Norfolk Public Schools in Virginia to develop, implement, and study a developmentally appropriate computer science curriculum for students in grades K-2. Virginia is the first state in the country to mandate the teaching of computer science.  
Heather Nathans On October 1, Heather Nathans, Alice and Nathan Gantcher Professor of Judaic Studies and Chair of the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, gave a talk on her award-winning book Hideous Characters and Beautiful Pagans: Performing Jewish Identity on the Antebellum American Stage (University of Michigan Press, 2017) at the American Library in Paris
Enrico Spolaore Enrico Spolaore, Seth Merrin Professor, Department of Economics, has been awarded the Primio Due Torri d’Oro prize from his hometown of Rovigo, Italy. Named after the town’s two medieval towers, the prize is given every three years to an internationally well-known native of the town or its province. As part of the award ceremony, Spolaore gave a talk at the 16th-century Academia dei Concordi.
Mary Jane Shultz, professor of chemistry Mary Jane Shultz, professor, Department of Chemistry, has received a $1M grant from the Department of Energy to investigate the potential of ultra-nano particles to address pressing energy issues. The goal of the research will be to understand, and ultimately to control, chemistry and dynamics at complex interfaces using three targeted processes: removing CO from feedstock via gas-shift or oxidation; transforming CO2 into high-value products; and leveraging combined stability of Li0.55TiO2.27 with ultra-nano particles in Lithium-ion batteries.
Madina Agénor Madina Agénor, Gerald R. Gill Assistant Professor of Race, Culture, and Society in the Department of Community Health, was appointed to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on Prevention and Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in the United States. The purpose of the Committee is to examine the scientific literature on the burden, causes, prevention, and control of STIs in the United States and provide direction for future public health programs, policies, and research on STI prevention and control.
Mimi Kao, professor of biology
Ani Patel, Professor of Psychology
Mimi Kao, assistant professor, Department of Biology, and Ani Patel, professor, Department of Psychology, have been awarded a major grant from the National Institutes of Health as part of the Sound Health Initiative, an NIH-Kennedy Center partnership in association with the National Endowment for the Arts. The grant will support Kao and Patel's research studying rhythm perception in songbirds.
Michael Beckley Michael Beckley, associate professor, Department of Political Science, has been awarded the best article of the year in the field of international security from the American Political Science Association for his article "The Power of Nations: Measuring What Matters," which was published in the journal International Security. 
Sarah Luna, Kathryn A. McCarthy, J45, AG46, Assistant Professor in Women’s Studies, Department of Anthropology Sarah Luna, Kathryn A. McCarthy, J45, AG46, Assistant Professor in Women’s Studies, Department of Anthropology, was awarded the 2019 Cultural Horizons Prize from the Society for Cultural Anthropology for her article “Affective Atmospheres of Terror on the Mexico-U.S. Border.” The prize is awarded by a jury of anthropology doctoral students for the best article appearing in the previous year of the journal Cultural Anthropology. Luna’s article investigates the effects of rumors of violence within the Mexican and U.S. governments’ war on drugs.
Marina Umaschi Bers Marina Umaschi Bers, professor and chair, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, and her DevTech research group received the 2019 Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award, which recognizes successful partnerships and projects that ultimately benefit military-connected children, for their exemplary community partnership with the Norfolk Public Schools (NPS) in the “Breaking the Code” project to bring computer science to elementary schools with high presence of military families.

Spring 2019

Gregory Crane, Professor of Classical Studies Gregory Crane, professor, Department of Classical Studies, has been awarded a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will fund an expansion of the Perseus Digital Library which will incorporate reading tools that help to enable the study of ancient texts.
Adolfo Cuevas The Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard has awarded Adolfo Cuevas, assistant professor in the Department of Community Health, the Diversity Scholar Award at their annual symposium. Cuevas was honored for his work on stress and obesity. 
Kris Manjapra Kris Manjapra, associate professor of history and chair of the Department of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora, has been awarded the 2019 Merck Tagore Award. The award honors an individual who has made a significant contribution to cultural exchange between India and Germany. It is awarded every two years and will be presented at a ceremony in Mumbai in October.
Andrew McClellan The Art of Curating: Paul J. Sachs and the Museum Course at Harvard (Getty Research Institute, 2018) a book by Professor of the History of Art and Architecture Andrew McClellan (with co-author Sally Anne Duncan) won the New England Society’s “Best Book in Art and Photography” award for 2019. The book examines the professionalization of art museum curators in the United States in the first half of the 20th century.
Sasha Fleary, Evans Family Assistant Professor, Department of Child Study and Human Development,Tufts University Sasha Fleary, Evans Family Assistant Professor, Department of Child Study and Human Development, has received a major grant from the National Institutes of Health. This grant will fund the development and pilot test of a digital obesity prevention intervention for adolescents. The major innovations of the study are the inclusion of health literacy, a potentially critical factor in adolescents’ obesogenic behaviors, and the use of an interactive digital platform for the intervention. The study's results will lay the groundwork for future large-scale clinical trials to test the effectiveness of the inclusion of health literacy in preventive health interventions for diverse groups of adolescents.
Ayanna Thomas, professor of psychology The Psychonomic Society has appointed Ayanna Thomas, professor, Department of Psychology, as the editor-in-chief of its journal Memory & Cognition. She will begin a four-year term in this position on January 1, 2020.
Ani Patel, Professor of Psychology Professor of Psychology Ani Patel is the co-author of a new study in the journal Current Biology which focuses on a dancing parrot named Snowball and how his responses to music can teach us about how other species process music as well as human musicality. The study’s release has received a wide variety of media coverage including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, and BBC News.
Anjuli Fahlberg Anjuli Fahlberg, lecturer, Department of Sociology, has been awarded the American Sociological Association’s (ASA) 2019 Dissertation Award for her dissertation “Activism Under Fire: Violence, Poverty, and Collective Action in Rio de Janeiro.” Fahlberg’s study examines organized activism in situations of extreme poverty and violence and is based upon ethnographic research she conducted in the City of God, a favela in Rio de Janeiro.
Noe Montez Noe Montez, associate professor, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, has been elected as a member of the governing council of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Beginning in August 2019, he will serve as the new Vice President for Professional Development for the association.
Mingquan Wang Mingquan Wang, senior lecturer and language coordinator of the Chinese program in the Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies, co-chaired the 15th International Conference on Chinese Language Pedagogy, which was held June 28-30, 2019 in Beijing, China. The conference, sponsored by Beijing Normal University and Tufts University, featured 8 keynote speeches, over 160 presentations, and more than 200 participants from 15 countries and regions around the world. Wang was also recently elected to the board of directors of the U.S. Chinese Language Teachers Association for a three-year term, from April 2019 to April 2022.
Michael Reed, Professor of Biology Michael Reed, professor of biology, who specializes in avian ecology and conservation biology, has been appointed as an associate of the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) at Harvard University. 
Freeden Blume Oeur, associate professor of sociology at Tufts University Associate Professor of Sociology Freeden Blume Oeur’s book Black Boys Apart: Racial Uplift and Respectability in All-Male Public Schools (University of Minnesota Press, 2018) has won two awards from the American Sociological Association. The book is the winner of the 2019 Pierre Bourdieu Book Award from the Section on Sociology of Education, and the co-winner of the 2019 Oliver Cromwell Cox Award from the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities.
Erin Kelly Erin Kelly, professor of philosophy, gave a talk titled “Who Belongs in Prison?” at a TEDxCambridge event at the Opera House in Boston on May 3, 2019. The talk focused on morality and criminal conviction. Kelly is also the author of the recently published book The Limits of Blame: Rethinking Punishment and Responsibility (Harvard University Press, 2019).  
Andrea Acevedo Andrea Acevedo, assistant professor, Department of Community Health, has published an article in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs entitled “Disparities in criminal justice outcomes after beginning treatment for substance use disorders: The influence of race/ethnicity and place.”
Alecia McGregor Alecia McGregor, assistant professor, Department of Community Health, has recently published two journal articles: “Marginalized Yet Mobilized: Race, Sexuality, and the Role of ‘Political Hypervigilance’ in African American Political Participation in 2016” in Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race and “Examining Christian views toward the Affordable Care Act: The importance of race and denomination” in Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community.
Richard Eichenberg, associate professor of political science Richard C. Eichenberg, associate professor of political science, has published a new book titled Gender, War, and World Order: A Study of Public Opinion (Cornell University Press, 2019). Using a large data set from public opinion surveys, Eichenberg examines the gender differences in attitudes towards national security and military force across issues, cultures, and time as well as the consequences of these differences.
Professor of the Practice, SMFA at Tufts, Anthony Romero Anthony Romero, professor of the practice, performance, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, has been awarded a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University Fellowship for 2019-2020. Romero is among a group of 50 leading artists and scholars from a variety of disciplines who were selected for the fellowship from a highly competitive field of more than 1,000 applicants.
Madina Agénor Madina Agénor, Gerald R. Gill Assistant Professor of Race, Culture, and Society, Department of Community Health, is an author on a new article published in the journal Pediatrics. The article titled, “School Restroom and Locker Room Restrictions and Sexual Assault Risk Among Transgender Youth,” examines the high prevalence of sexual assault victimization among transgender and nonbinary youth and finds that restrictive restroom and locker room policies are associated with higher risk for sexual assault among this population.
Karen Kosinski, Lecturer in the Department of Community Health Karen Kosinski, lecturer in the Department of Community Health, has published an article in the journal Acta Tropica. Her article titled “Contextualizing Schistosoma haematobium transmission in Ghana: Assessment of diagnostic techniques and individual community water-related risk factors” focuses on research Kosinski and colleagues conducted on schistosomiasis infections in rural Ghana.
Kyle Emerick, James L. Paddock Junior Professorship in International Economics A paper by Kyle Emerick, James L. Paddock Assistant Professor in International Economics, Department of Economics, has been awarded the 2019 American Economics Journal: Economic Policy Best Paper Award. The paper titled “Adaption to Climate Change: Evidence from U.S. Agriculture,” examines the impacts of variation in temperature and precipitation due to climate change on U.S. agriculture.
Daniel McCusker Daniel McCusker, senior lecturer in the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, was chosen to participate along with a small group of performers from around the world, in an international tribute to Merce Cunningham on what would have been his 100th birthday. Night of 100 solos: A Centennial Event was held on April 17, 2019 in venues in London, New York City, and Los Angeles and featured 100 solos choreographed by Cunningham. McCusker, who is also an associate professor of dance at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, performed in the event held at UCLA.
Alex Vilenkin, Leonard and Jane Holmes Bernstein Professor in Evolutionary Science at Tufts University Alex Vilenkin, Leonard and Jane Holmes Bernstein Professor in Evolutionary Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy, is featured in a new film, Before the Big Bang 9: A Multiverse from ‘Nothing’, part of a series which has featured Stephen Hawking and other leading cosmologists. The film is an hour long interview with Vilenkin about his research in which he explores what happened before the big bang, why there is a multiverse and how it might be tested.
Heather Nathans Heather Nathans, Alice and Nathan Gantcher Professor of Judaic Studies and Chair of the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, has been accepted into a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute at the Pearlstine/Lipov Center for Southern Jewish Culture at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina. The program is called “Privilege and Prejudice: Jewish History in the American South.”
Justin Hollander Justin Hollander, professor of urban and environmental policy and planning, published the book A Research Agenda for Shrinking Cities (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018). The book focuses on how the topic of shrinking cities is being researched including the challenges and opportunities in this research area as well as in the field’s sub-domains. It is newly available in paperback.
Melinda Latour Melinda Latour, Rumsey Family Assistant Professor in the Humanities and Arts, Department of Music has been awarded a 2019 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship. The award will support her project “The Voice of Virtue: Moral Song in Late Renaissance France, 1574-1652.” Latour was selected along with 81 other awardees from a pool of more than 1,100 applicants in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
Misha Kilmer, Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Tufts University Misha Kilmer, William Walker Professor of Mathematics and chair of the Department of Mathematics, has been named as one of the 2019 Fellows of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). The designation recognizes members for their excellence in research as well as their contributions to the community. Kilmer is being recognized for “her fundamental contributions to numerical linear algebra and scientific computing, including ill-posed problems, tensor decompositions, and iterative methods.”
Adolfo Cuevas Adolfo Cuevas, assistant professor in the Department of Community Health, has published an article titled “Placing prostate cancer disparities within a psychosocial context: challenges and opportunities for future research” in the journal Cancer Causes and Control. The paper examines why Black men are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer and highlights some of the ways in which psychological and social factors such as institutional and interpersonal discrimination may explain racial disparities in prostate cancer incidence.
Sergei Mirkin Sergei Mirkin, the White Family Chair in Biology, has received a Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) totaling $2.6M from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will support research Mirkin’s lab is pursuing on the genome instability caused by DNA repeats, a problem that is tied to nearly forty hereditary neurological and neurogenerative disorders including fragile X syndrome, Huntington’s disease, myotonic dystrophy, Friedreich’s ataxia, and many others. Specifically, the lab focuses on unraveling molecular mechanisms that are responsible for repeat expansions using several unique experimental systems they have developed in yeast and mammalian cells. Understanding these mechanisms is potentially important for prognostic purposes and genetic counseling. It may also help in developing therapeutics for these currently untreatable diseases.
Richard Lerner, Bergstrom Professor of Applied Developmental Science, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development and director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development has received a two-year grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative DAF, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The grant will fund research to develop methods and measures for statistical analysis of multiple aspects of child development.
José Antonio Mazzotti, the King Felipe VI of Spain Professor of Spanish Culture and Civilization, Department of Romance Studies at Tufts University José Antonio Mazzotti, the King Felipe VI of Spain Professor of Spanish Culture and Civilization, Department of Romance Studies, has been awarded the José Lezama Lima poetry award by Casa de las Americas, a prestigious Cuban cultural institution, for his book El Zorro y la Luna (The Fox and the Moon). The prize is one of the most important literary awards in the Spanish speaking world. Mazzotti received the award in Havana, Cuba on January 31, where he was also presented with the Cuban edition of his book. 
Laura Gee Laura Gee, assistant professor of economics, recently gave a TedxCambridge talk titled “Certainty Inspires Action.” Gee’s research is in behavioral economics and her talk focuses on how to encourage women’s participation in leadership and technology professions by enhancing certainty. She gives the example of a research study she conducted with LinkedIn which found that telling job seekers how many other people had applied to a job posting increased applications and could boost diversity.
Elizabeth Foster Elizabeth Foster, associate professor, Department of History, has published a new book, African Catholic: Decolonization and the Transformation of the Church (Harvard University Press, 2019). The book explores Catholicism during the decolonization of French sub-Saharan Africa and how decolonization led to a fundamental reorientation of the Catholic Church.
Charles Sykes Charles Sykes, professor of chemistry, and Marina Flytzani Stephanopoulos, Robert and Marcy Haber Professor in Energy and Sustainability in the School of Engineering, have been awarded this year's American Chemical Society Catalysis Lectureship. The prestigious award is for their work developing single-atom catalysts that could be significantly more efficient than those currently deployed in the production of goods such as fuel and plastics, the processing of food, and removing harmful gases in catalytic converters. The award will be presented at the American Chemical Society's national meeting in San Diego in August.
Kristin Skrabut Kristin Skrabut, assistant professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, has published an article in Current Anthropology. The article titled “Residency Counts and Housing Rights: Conflicting Enactments of Property in Lima’s Central Margins” examines how the Peruvian government’s attempts to count and categorize poor residents of Lima have contributed to urban sprawl, unsustainable growth, and conflict in the city. It draws on Skrabut’s two years of ethnographic fieldwork in an impoverished shantytown in Lima.

Fall 2018

Julie Dobrow Julie Dobrow, senior lecturer, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, has published a new book, After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet (W.W. Norton & Company, 2018). The book tells the previously untold story of two women who greatly influenced Emily Dickinson’s legacy. It has received praise from many reviewers including The Washington Post who called it “mesmerizing” and the Library Journal who hailed it as a “page-turner” in a starred review.  The Massachusetts Center for the Book named it as a "Must Read" non-fiction book. 
Gilbert Metcalf Professor of Economics Gilbert Metcalf has published a new book, Paying for Pollution: Why a Carbon Tax is Good for America (Oxford University Press, 2018). The book demonstrates why a carbon tax in the U.S. could effectively and fairly address climate change. Metcalf argues that the policy should be endorsed across the political spectrum. Metcalf discussed the book in a Resources for the Future event on March 6, 2019 in Washington, D.C., with economist Doug Holtz-Eakin moderated by Coral Davenport of the New York Times. He has also been asked by the U.S. government to serve as one of the U.S. contributing lead authors on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report.
Alisha Rankin Associate Professor of History Alisha Rankin was featured on the BBC Radio 4 show When Greeks Flew Kites on the episode titled “Poison: The Invisible Assassin.” The episode explores poison causing “fear, doubt, and intrigue” in different periods throughout history. Rankin's segment focuses on poison and antidotes in Renaissance Italy.
Justin Hollander Justin Hollander, associate professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, has co-written an essay for Architectural Digest titled “Why Architecture Education Needs to Embrace Evidence-Based Design, Now.” The essay focuses on the importance of design education that is grounded in scientific research. Hollander argues for the need to put "people and biology and human functions at the center" of architectural education to create healthy, effective built environments. 
Madina Agénor Madina Agénor, Gerald R. Gill Assistant Professor of Race, Culture, and Society in the Department of Community Health, has been awarded a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity (K01) award from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. This prestigious grant will fund Agénor's three-year project to study how state health policies and health care providers’ knowledge, attitudes, perceptions, and practices influence racial/ethnic and sexual orientation disparities in human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination among young women in the United States.
Laurence Senelick Laurence Senelick, Fletcher Professor of Oratory, Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, has won Historic New England’s 2018 Award for Collecting Works on Paper for his collection of theatrical images documenting the history of performance. Included in the collection are portraits, publicity material, souvenirs, pictures of theater building interiors and exteriors, trade cards, early photographs and more which have been used in reference books and are frequently consulted by researchers, museums, and theaters. Senelick was presented with the award at the Lyman Estate in Waltham, M.A. on November 19.
Jeremy Melius On October 23 and 26, 2018 Assistant Professor the History of Art and Architecture Jeremy Melius delivered the Tomás Harris Lectures in the Department of Art at University College London. The lecture series is designed to showcase the work of a young scholar who has distinguished himself or herself within the discipline and holds outstanding promise. Melius’ series of lectures, titled “Ruskin’s Histories,” explored the Victorian critic John Ruskin.
Ria Brodell Ria Brodell, painting lecturer at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, is the author of the recently published book Butch Heroes (MIT Press, 2018). The book includes historical accounts of 28 people from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries who didn’t conform to gender norms accompanied by depictions of their lives in portraits by Brodell. Publisher’s Weekly called the book “A serious—and seriously successful—queer history recovery project.”
Christina Maranci Arthur H. Dadian and Ara T. Oztemel Professor of Armenian Art and chair of the Department of the History of Art and Architecture Christina Maranci has published a new book entitled The Art of Armenia: An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2018). It is the first English-language introduction to Armenian art. She is also a main author of the catalogue for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibition “Armenia!,” which explores Armenian art and culture over fourteen centuries.
Associate Professor of Philosophy Brian Epstein Associate Professor of Philosophy Brian Epstein has been elected president of the International Social Ontology Society. Epstein’s election occurred as part of the society’s 11th biennial conference, which was held at Tufts. The conference brought together intellectual leaders who are studying the nature and properties of the social world across a variety of topics and disciplines. The event featured keynote speakers from MIT, University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, New York University, Yale University, and University of Miami.
Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Julian Agyeman Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Julian Agyeman is one of two inaugural recipients of the Athena City Accolade Award presented by the Centre for the Future of Places at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. The award is given to scholars that have “enriched and advanced the field of interdisciplinary knowledge within urbanism studies and beyond.” Agyeman has received the award for “his outstanding contribution to the field of social justice and ecological sustainability, environmental policy and planning at Tufts University.”
Max and Herta Neubauer Chair and Professor of Economics Yannis Ioannides Max and Herta Neubauer Chair and Professor of Economics Yannis Ioannides received his official appointment and delivered his inaugural lecture at the Academy of Athens in Athens, Greece on June 5, 2018. As a Greek citizen, but non-resident of Athens, this is the highest award that can be bestowed on him by the Academy of Athens. His lecture was titled “Cities Ancient, Medieval, Modern: An Economics Perspective,” and drew from Ioannides’ research on the structure of urban systems throughout the world.
Assistant Professor of Music Frank Lehman Frank Lehman, assistant professor of music, published his first book Hollywood Harmony: Musical Wonder and the Sound of Cinema (Oxford University Press, 2018). The book examines the way that music in American cinema structures a filmgoer’s experience of both narrative and temporality. His article, “Film-as-Concert Music and the Formal Implications of ‘Cinematic’ Listening,” was also published in the journal Music Analysis.
Heather Nathans Professor and Chair of the Drama and Dance Department Heather Nathans’ book Hideous Characters and Beautiful Pagans: Performing Jewish Identity on the Antebellum American Stage (University of Michigan Press, 2017) has been named as a finalist for the 2018 George Freedley Memorial Award from the Theatre Library Association. The award “honors English-language books of exceptional scholarship in the field of live theatre or performance published or distributed in the United States during 2017.” The book also recently received the John W. Frick Book Award from the American Theatre and Drama Society.
Sergei Mirkin Professor and Department Chair of Biology Sergei Mirkin along with colleagues from his lab have published a new paper in the journal Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. The paper describes a unique experimental system that the group used to study repeat expansions in mammalian cells.
Kelly Greenhill Associate Professor of Political Science Kelly Greenhill has published an article in Foreign Affairs magazine titled, "How Trump Manipulates the Migration Debate: The Use and Abuse of Extra-Factual Information." The article examines how Donald Trump's unverified and false statements in speeches, campaign rallies, and tweets impact public sentiment and the national debate about U.S. immigration policy.

Spring 2018

Jennifer Allen The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has invited Jennifer Allen, professor of community health, to serve on the U.S. Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Control Advisory Committee. The committee's responsibilities include providing recommendations related to detecting and preventing breast and cervical cancer to the Secretary of HHS and the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Adolfo Cuevas Assistant Professor of Community Health Adolfo Cuevas has been selected as one of the National Minority Quality Forum's 40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health. At the awards ceremony, he met Rep. Maxine Waters and, civil rights activist, Rep. John Lewis. Cuevas was recently interviewed on NPR discussing Afro-Latino health as part of a piece about reality TV show star and singer Amara La Negra. He also published an opinion piece in the Huffington Post, entitled "It's Time We Stop Ignoring Afro-Latino Health Disparities In The U.S." that examines the lack of public health research on racial disparities within the Latino community.
Heather Curtis Associate Professor of Religion Heather Curtis has published a new book entitled Holy Humanitarians: American Evangelicals and Global Aid (Harvard University Press). The book explores evangelical philanthropy and the story of the Christian Herald newspaper. It was recently positively reviewed in The Wall Street Journal.
Calvin Gidney
Julie Dubrow
Professor Calvin "Chip" Gidney and Senior Lecturer Julie Dobrow from the Department of Child Study and Human Development's research on dialect in animated children's media is featured in an article in The Atlantic. Their analysis found that the frequent correlation of foreign accents with "bad" characters could be conveying a concerning message to children in the United States about diversity.
Moon Duchin
Ani Patel
Moon Duchin, professor of mathematics, and Ani Patel, professor of psychology, have been awarded fellowships by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Duchin’s research focuses on geometric group theory, low-dimensional topology, and dynamics. Patel specializes in music cognition. The two Tufts professors were among 175 scholars, artists, and scientists in the United States and Canada selected to receive Guggenheim Fellowships from a pool of more than 3,000 applicants.
Moon Duchin Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf has asked Associate Professor of Mathematics Moon Duchin to assist him with creating nonpartisan Congressional district maps for the state. The request came after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down the current districting in January, citing cases of extreme gerrymandering. Governor Wolf said in a statement that he selected Duchin because she "has been a leader in applying mathematics, geometry, and analytics to evaluate redistricted maps and work to eliminate extreme partisan gerrymandering."
Silke Forbes Associate Professor of Economics Silke Forbes and her research on airline delays were featured in a piece by Shankar Vedantam on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. By analyzing 160 million flights between 1990 and 2016, Forbes' research demonstrated that more flights are now arriving early relative to the airline's schedule, but that flights are actually taking longer than they used to.
Frank Lehman Assistant Professor of Music Frank Lehman's work studying the music of the Star Wars films is featured in an article in The New Yorker. Lehman has catalogued the thematic musical leitmotifs in Star Wars Episodes I-VIII, which point to characters, objects, ideas, and relationships. The catalogue will be published in the book John Williams: Music for Films, Television, and the Concert Stage, which is forthcoming from the Centro Studi Opera Omnia Luigi Boccherini.
Professor of Child Study and Human Development Richard Lerner has been awarded the 2018 International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD) Award for Applications of Behavioral Development Theory and Research. The award recognizes researchers who have made significant contributions to the field of behavioral development and who have also "worked to the benefit of the application of science to society." He will receive the award at the July 2018 ISSBD meeting in Australia.
Kris Manjapra Associate Professor of History Kris Manjapra has published a long read article in the Guardian titled "When will Britain face up to its crimes again humanity?" The article discusses how the British government paid slave owners millions of dollars after the abolition of slavery yet has never compensated or apologized to those they enslaved or their descendants.
Christina Maranci Professor and Department Chair of Art History Christina Maranci's book Vigilant Powers: Three Churches of Early Medieval Armenia (Brepols, 2015) was awarded the Karen Gould Prize by the Medieval Academy of America. The award review states that the book is "a closely-observed, beautifully written, and deeply evocative architectural analysis of a culture at a global crossroads."
Gilbert Metcalf Professor of Economics Gilbert Metcalf co-authored a paper with scholars from Harvard and MIT that was recently published in the journal Science. The article argues that there are benefits to allowing countries some flexibility in implementing the Paris Agreement's rules to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Metcalf was also recently named a lead author in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).
Isabelle Naginski Isabelle Naginski, professor of French in the Department of Romance Studies and co-director of the International Literary and Visual Studies Program (ILVS) has been awarded a fellowship by the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS) for the fall. She is one of 15 fellows selected and the only humanist. During her tenure in Strasbourg, she will be working on a book project, George Sand's Poetics of Genius.
Professor of Biology Michael Romero has been awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The award, presented by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation, honors individuals and organizations that have demonstrated excellence in mentoring students and early career STEM professionals from groups that are historically underrepresented in STEM fields. Romero will travel to Washington, D.C. to receive recognition for this award.
Jan P. de Ruiter
Sam Sommers
Jan P. de Ruiter, Bridge Professor in computer science and psychology, and Sam Sommers , professor of psychology, have been named as fellows of the Association for Psychological Science for "sustained and outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service, and/or application."
Natalie Shapero Professor of the Practice in the English Department Natalie Shapero's poem "Not Horses" was recently published in the January 21, 2018 edition of The New York Times Magazine. The poem was selected by award-winning poet Terrance Hayes, who describes the poem's ending as "heartbreaking, weird and resilient."
Ichiro Takayoshi Ichiro Takayoshi, associate professor of English, has published a new collection of essays that he edited and contributed to titled American Literature in Transition: 1920-1930 (Cambridge University Press). The book focuses on the importance of literature from the Jazz Age and is one of ten volumes in the American Literature in Transition series. Takayoshi will also edit the 1930s volume, which is expected later this year.
Reed Ueda America's Changing Neighborhoods: An Exploration of Diversity through Places (Greenwood), edited by Professor of History Reed Ueda, was selected by Library Journal as one of the Best Reference Works of 2017. The review says of the three-volume encyclopedia, "What distinguishes the work is its uncommon approach to the subject, excellent writing, and myriad useful demographics."
Ben Wolfe Assistant Professor of Biology Ben Wolfe’s research from his recent paper published in Nature Communications was profiled on National Public Radio’s food blog, the Salt. The paper explores how bacteria travel through fungal "highways" in cheese to spread, affecting the taste of the cheese. Wolfe’s research suggests that cheese makers may one day be able to tweak microbial communities to precisely alter the taste of their cheese or cultivate a fungus that prevents harmful bacteria.

Fall 2017

Marina Bers Professor of Child Study and Human Development Marina Bers has published a new book entitled Coding as a Playground: Programming and Computational Thinking in the Early Childhood Classroom (Routledge). The book focuses on how young children (ages 7 and under) can engage in computational thinking in a playful context and be encouraged to pursue computer programming, engineering, and more. Bers also won a 2017 Parents' Choice Gold Award for KIBO, a robotics kit for kids 4 to 7 years old which can be programmed with wooden blocks without using keyboards or screens. The selective Gold Award is the top award from Parents' Choice and is given to products that are judged as the highest quality in their genre.
Ria Brodell Ria Brodell, painting lecturer at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, has work from the painting series Butch Heroes included in the exhibition We the People at the Minnesota Museum of American Art and at the Museum of Art at the University of New Hampshire's exhibition Made Masculine.
Maya Erdelyi Maya Erdelyi, SMFA lecturer in film and animation, was selected as one of fourteen Brother Thomas Fellows by the Boston Foundation. She will receive a $15,000 unrestricted grant as part of the award. Established in memory of Brother Thomas Bezanson, a Benedictine monk and world-renowned ceramic artist, the awards support and honor Greater Boston artists working in the visual, performing, literary, media and craft arts. Erdelyi creates hand-made animations and collages.
Kelly Greenhill Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Relations program Kelly Greenhill has been awarded the International Security Studies Section Emerging Scholar Award. The award is given to scholars who have made the most significant contributions to the field of security studies through their published work.
Richard Lerner Pope Francis has chosen Professor of Child Study and Human Development Richard Lerner to be appointed to a five-year term as a Corresponding Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. New members have been named to serve from 27 countries and from a multitude of backgrounds and beliefs. Lerner will be traveling to the Vatican for a meeting of the Academy in early October, which will include an audience with Pope Francis.
Dennis Rasmussen Associate Professor of Political Science Dennis Rasmussen is the author of a new book, The Infidel and the Professor: David Hume, Adam Smith, and the Friendship That Shaped Modern Thought (Princeton University Press). The book chronicles philosopher David Hume and professor of moral philosophy Adam Smith's friendship and intellectual partnership during the period of the Scottish Enlightenment. It was named Book of the Week by Times Higher Education and received praise from reviews in The National Interest and Prospect.
Christina Sharpe Professor of English Christina Sharpe delivered the annual Nellie Y. McKay Memorial Lecture at the University of Wisconsin, Madison on October 19, 2017. She will also give the second annual Audre Lorde-Cedric Robinson Distinguished Lecture in Black Studies at the University of Texas at Austin on February 14, 2018.
Vickie Sullivan Vickie Sullivan, Cornelia M. Jackson Professor of Political Science, published the book Montesquieu and the Despotic Ideas of Europe: An Interpretation of "The Spirit of the Laws" (University of Chicago Press). The book details the French Enlightenment thinker's critical engagement with his philosophical predecessors and is dedicated to the Tufts undergraduates who populated her seminar on the political thought of Montesquieu over the years. In addition, she published a co-authored article with Nathaniel Gilmore, B.A. '11, in the August issue of the American Political Science Review entitled "Montesquieu's Teaching on the Dangers of Extreme Corrections: Japan, the Catholic Inquisition, and Moderation in The Spirit of the Laws."

Spring 2017

Tim Atherton Physics and Astronomy Professor Tim Atherton was awarded a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. Professor Atherton will use the award to advance our understanding of how ordered materials interact with curved geometries. The award also supports outreach and education efforts that are closely integrated with the research.
Gregory Carleton Gregory Carleton, Professor of Russian Studies and Chair of the Department of International Literary and Cultural Studies, published a new book, Russia: the Story of War (Harvard University Press), an examination for a general audience of how Russia's belief in its own exceptionalism based on its experience of war profoundly shapes its world view and place in history.
Tanya Crane Tanya Crane, SMFA metals lecturer and studio manager, won a 2017 Artist Award from the Society of Arts and Crafts for her work in jewelry, metalsmithing, and fiber. She investigates industry and labor, the founding of the nation, and racial identity through material and technique. Crane's artwork is part of an exhibit at the Society of Arts and Crafts gallery in Boston that is on display until October 28, 2017.
Dan Dennett Philosophy Professor Dan Dennett has just published a new book, From Bacteria to Bach and Back, (W.W. Norton, 2016). The book was cited by Nature as "a supremely enjoyable, intoxicating work." He recently finished his U.S. book tour, including a stop in New York City where he had a gallery showing of his haptic sculptures at Underdonk in Brooklyn.
David Ekbladh Associate Professor of History and Core Faculty in International Relations David Ekbladh co-edited a new collection of essays titled Beyond 1917: The United States and the Global Legacies of the Great War (Oxford University Press).
Ioannis Evrigenis Professor of Political Science Ioannis Evrigenis' article "Digital Tools and the History of Political Thought: The Case of Jean Bodin" won the 2016 Renaissance Society of America-Text Creation Partnership Article Prize in Digital Renaissance Research. The article discusses findings based on the Bodin Project to develop a multi-lingual, annotated digital edition of Bodin's Six livres de la republique, which was funded in part by a Tufts Innovates grant.
Kendra Field Assistant Professor of History and Africana Studies Kendra Field won the Western Writers of America 2017 Spur Award for Best Western Short Nonfiction, for her co-authored article "Master of Ceremonies': The World of Peter Biggs in Civil War-Era Los Angeles." In 2016, she also received the Boahen-Wilks Prize, awarded by the Ghana Studies Association, for her article "The Chief Sam Movement: A Century Later."
Ariel M. Goldberg Associate Professor of Psychology Ariel M. Goldberg and Naomi Caselli, Ph.D. (G'15), ware awarded a People's Choice Award in the Interactive Category at this year's National Science Foundation (NSF) Vizzies Challenge, celebrating the use of visual media to artfully and clearly communicate scientific data and research. Their project, ASL-LEX: "A visualization of American Sign Language," is a database of lexical and phonological properties that have been compiled for nearly 1,000 signs of American Sign Language.
David Valdes Greenwood English Lecturer David Valdes Greenwood's play The Mermaid Hour, featured in the 2016 National Showcase of New Plays, has been selected for four productions across the U.S. in 2017-18. His young adult novel Revengers was released in April from Pandamoon Publishing. His essay "I Love You, but: What Your Trump Vote Means for my Family" was anthologized in the collection How Do I Explain This to My Children: Parenting in the Age of Trump (New Press) after its publication in the Huffington Post received more than a million page views.
Rich Jankowsky Rich Jankowsky was awarded an National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship to complete his book called Ambient Sufism: Devotional Plurality and Music as Everyday Mysticism in North Africa. This book reveals that although the voices of women and minorities are often overlooked in studies of religion in the region, they and their musics are influential in the wider experience of Islamic devotion in North Africa.
David Locke Music Professor and Chair David Locke was interviewed in a New York Times article on his colleague Torgbui Midawo Gideon Foli Alorwoyie, a master drummer from Ghana and professor of music at the University of North Texas. The article mentions a research project they collaborated on that was published in 2013 and performed by Tufts Choruses directed by Jamie Kirsch.
John Lurz Assistant Professor John Lurz, a scholar of 19th- and 20th-century British fiction, examines novels by Marcel Proust, James Joyce and Virginia Woolf in his new book The Death of the Book: Modernist Novels and the Time of Reading (Fordham University Press, 2016). In a conversation with Tufts Now, Lurz talked about how we can use the physicality of books to understand the way we read in the 21st century and use that experience to come to terms with our own mortality and make sense of the world in which we live.
Mike Mandel Mike Mandel, a lecturer in photography and continuing studies at SMFA, co-authored a book, Evidence (1977), with Larry Sultan that was featured in the April/May 2017 issue of Bookforum magazine. Mandel's recently reprinted book is a volume of black-and-white photographs assembled from government and private archives and, according to the article, "provides a timely reminder of its place not only in the history of contemporary photography but also in the development of appropriation art."
Noe Montez Assistant Professor of Drama Noe Montez received the 2017 Robert A. Schanke Research Award from the Mid-America Theatre Conference for his paper titled, "Yes We Can? Resisting the Obama Presidency's Neoliberalist Envisioning of the American Dream in Kristoffer Diaz's The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity."
Ethan Murrow Ethan Murrow, a professor of the practice at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts, won the Brooke and Hap Stein Emerging Artist Prize from the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. The prize recognizes the work of emerging artists who are changing perceptions about contemporary art. Morrow creates large-scale drawings with photorealistic details.
Laura Rogers Laura Rogers, Co-Director of the School Psychology Program, won the 2017 Massachusetts School Psychologist Association (MSPA) School Psychologist Trainer of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the MSPA Annual Conference in May in Framingham, MA.
Cynthia Robinson Director of Museum Studies Cynthia Robinson received the 2017 John Cotton Dana Award for Leadership, presented by the Education Committee of the American Alliance of Museums, for her commitment to helping museum educators write and publish in the peer-reviewed Journal of Museum Education, and for inspiring students to be activists who open museums to all audiences. The award recognizes individuals outside the field of museum education who exhibit outstanding leadership and promote the educational responsibility and capacity of museums.
Kareem Roustom Kareem Roustom, lecturer and composer in the Department of Music, was featured in a Boston Globe article, "Anguish, hope in composer's response to Syrian catastrophe." In the interview, Roustom, discusses his personal connections and musical responses to the humanitarian crisis in Syria, including an in-depth review of his piece "Traces" for clarinet, piano, and string quartet.
Natalie Shapero Natalie Shapero, a professor of the practice of English, published her second book of poems, Hard Child (Copper Canyon Press, 2017). The poems in this collection touch on a wide range of subjects such as religion, perpetual war, birth, and death. One of Shapero's poems, "They Said It Couldn't Be Done" was recently published by The New Yorker.
Mary Jane Shultz Professor of Chemistry Mary Jane Shultz's lab published a paper in The Journal of Chemical Physics which describes a novel instrument that measures the complex response from surfaces. The invention was also featured in Physics Today. Optical spectroscopy sum frequency generation (SFG) is one of the few methods that can probe surfaces at the molecular level. However, the surface response is mathematically complex and most SFG instruments cannot detect phase and amplitude information. Shultz's breakthrough is a nonlinear interferometer that directly measures this complex response.
Joel Larue Smith Music Lecturer and Director of Jazz Studies Joel Larue Smith was featured in Downbeat magazine, discussing the forces behind his latest album, The Motorman's Son. The jazz album featuring Boston-based musicians is an exploration of his own family history and the sounds of his childhood: Afro-Cuban, meringue, salsa, and hard-bop.
Jeffrey W. Taliaferro Associate Professor Jeffrey W. Taliaferro, Political Science, was awarded a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars to finish his book, Frenemies: Alliance Coercion and Nonproliferation in US Policy, as well as participate in the activities of the Wilson Center's International Security Studies Project.
Sabina Vaught Associate Professor of Education Sabina Vaught published a new book, Compulsory: Education and the Dispossession of Youth in a Prison School (University of Minnesota Press, 2017), an institutional ethnography of race and gender power in one juvenile prison school system.
Benjamin Wolfe Research conducted by Assistant Professor of Biology Benjamin Wolfe in collaboration with cheese maker Jasper Hill Farms was covered in the The New York Times. Wolfe examines the genomic data of microbes involved with entire cheese-making process.

Fall 2016

Julian Agyeman Professor Julian Agyeman of urban and environmental planning and policy delivered the "Big Thinking Lecture" at Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences' annual conference at The University of Toronto on November 9. The conference drew participants from across Canada and from a broad spectrum of humanities and social sciences disciplines. This year's theme was cities and the role for humanities and social sciences in addressing urban issues such as sustainability, pluralism, democracy, innovation, reconciliation, and research impacts.
Paula Aymer Associate Professor Emerita Paula Aymer of the Department of Sociology published her new book Evangelical Awakenings in the Anglophone Caribbean: Studies from Granada and Barbados. The book compares the evangelization strategies used by two powerful evangelical projects directed at West Indian/Caribbean people. These evangelical programs have had significant socio-cultural repercussions on Caribbean society.
Silvia Bottinelli Silvia Bottinelli, full-time lecturer in visual and critical studies at SMFA recently published an article on Alighiero Boetti in the journal Predella. The article, "La Francia e una Fiat 500: i primi esperimenti di Alighiero Boetti," explores the links between his trips to France in the early 1960s and his artistic practices in subsequent years.
Drusilla Brown Associate Professor of Economics Drusilla Brown has conducted funded international work spanning more than a decade. This past fiscal year, she received another award from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) for her research on workplace conditions of garment workers in Indonesia and Vietnam.
John Fyler Professor of English John Fyler's essay "Language Barriers" won the Louis Round Wilson prize for the best essay published in Studies in Philology in 2015. According to the editor, Reid Barbour, "Fyler's article is a magisterial guide to the many ways in which the tragic legacy of the Tower of Babel episode in Genesis animates the linguistic theories, anxieties, and interrelations in medieval literature."
Kelly M. Greenhill Kelly M. Greenhill, associate professor of political science, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship to further her research on how rumors, conspiracy theories, myths, propaganda, and entertainment media influence the beliefs and decision-making of individuals and governments. The NEH is one of the largest independent funders of humanities programs in the United States. Greenhill's research will focus on the often significant impact of what she calls "extra-factual information" on the how individuals and governments perceive and respond to security-related threats.
Justin Hollander Justin Hollander, A96, associate professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, delivered a keynote address, "Urban Social Listening: Implications for Sustainable and Smart Cities in China," at the third annual Urban China Forum at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in October. The forum's theme was "Sharing, Sustainable and Smart City in the Perspective of China's Urbanization."
Andrew Kemp Assistant Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences Andrew Kemp was one of several authors of a paper, "Temperature-driven global sea-level variability in the Common Era," included in Altmetric's Top 100 for 2016. The Top 100 is an annually released list of academic papers that have received the most attention in the previous year from sources tracked by data science company Altmetric.
Richard M. Lerner Richard M. Lerner, Bergstrom Chair and Director of Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, was given the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy & Practice in Child Development. This award is given in recognition of an SRCD member's continuous lifetime contributions to research that inform policy and practice for the benefit of children.
Sara Lewis Professor of Biology Sara Lewis has published Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies (Princeton University Press, 2016). Lewis, a firefly expert, shares some of the latest research and discoveries about this unique insect including the importance of protecting their habitat. The book was one of Science News' Favorite Books of 2016.
Mike Mandel Mike Mandel, a lecturer in photography and continuing studies at SMFA, co-authored a book, Evidence (1977), with Larry Sultan that was ranked second in a list of "The Greatest Photobooks of All Time" by Source magazine.
Christine McWayne Christine McWayne, professor of child study and human development and director of early childhood education, received $2,980,739 from the National Science Foundation to fund her four-year Readiness through Integrative Science and Engineering (RISE) project. RISE develops integrative preschool curriculum components and home-school collaboration to support young dual language learners' school success, with a particular focus on science, technology and engineering.
Gilbert Metcalf Gilbert Metcalf, professor of economics, wrote a report for the Council on Foreign Relations that explores outcomes if U.S. oil and gas companies lose their federal tax breaks. The New York Times calls his analysis the "most sophisticated yet on the impact of government supports [for oil and gas companies], worth roughly $4 billion a year."
Christina Sharpe Associate Professor of English Christina Sharpe's book In the Wake: On Blackness and Being (Duke) was selected as one of The Guardian's "Best Books of 2016." The review says Sharpe's writing "speaks in so many multiple ways (poetry, memory, theory, images) and does so in language that is never still."
David R. Walt University Professor David R. Walt was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, one in a series of accolades from the scientific community in recognition of his stellar career as a chemist, engineer, innovator, and entrepreneur. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
Jill Weinberg Department of Sociology Assistant Professor Jill Weinberg published her book Consensual Violence: Sex, Sports, and the Politics of Injury in May 2016. Weinberg's book examines how two groups that willingly engage in seemingly violent activities — mixed-martial arts and sexual sadomasochism — enact elaborate law-like rules to organize themselves and to demonstrate their legitimacy to a broader public.
Benjamin Wolfe Biology Assistant Professor Benjamin Wolfe's paper on the interactions between bacteria and fungi on cheese rinds was included in the Research Highlights section of a November 2016 issue of Nature.

Summer 2016

ulian Agyeman Julian Agyeman, professor of urban and environmental policy and planning, gave a presentation on "Just Sustainabilities: Reimagining e/quality, Living Within Limits," in March at the School of Environment, Education and Development at the University of Manchester, England. He argued that integrating social needs and welfare offers us a more just, rounded and equity-focused definition of sustainable development and sustainability.
Clay S Bennett Associate Professor of Chemistry Clay S Bennett received a National Institutes of Health grant to investigate "Reagent Controlled Glycosylation," a technology developed in his lab that has the potential to significantly simplify the synthesis of carbohydrates. The Bennett Lab joins eleven other teams of investigators whose research takes different approaches to solving the challenge of the difficulty associated with carbohydrate synthesis.
Marina Umaschi Bers Marina Umaschi Bers, professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development and the Department of Computer Science and director of the DevTech Research Group, spoke at an Early STEM Learning Symposium at the White House. The symposium brought together entrepreneurs, researchers and educators to evaluate the best ways to introduce science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to young children. She was part of a panel on "What Research Says About Early STEM."
Brian Epstein Associate Professor of Philosophy Brian Epstein's book The Ant Trap: Rebuilding the Foundations of the Social Sciences won the American Philosophical Association's Joseph B. Gittler Award, given for an outstanding scholarly contribution in the field of the philosophy of one or more of the social sciences. Epstein's book argues for a new understanding of the nature of the social world, examines the nature of groups, and investigates what it is for a group to have an intention or to take an action.
Barbara Grossman Department of Drama and Dance professor Barbara Grossman and her husband, former Massachusetts State Treasurer Steve Grossman, were honored at Boston's Speakeasy Stage Company's 25th Anniversary Gala in April. The couple was presented with the Thomas M. Menino Memorial Award for Inspired Support of the Arts. “Throughout their many years of service, the Grossmans have advocated for and demonstrated the power of the arts to change lives and build healthy, vibrant communities,” said SpeakEasy Founder and Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault in announcing the award.
Justin Hollander Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Justin Hollander, and his co-author Ann Sussman, received an Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) 2016 Great Places Award for their book Cognitive Architecture: Designing for How We Respond to the Built Environment (Routledge, 2015) The EDRA Great Places Awards recognize professional and scholarly excellence in environmental design and pay special attention to the relationship between physical form and human activity or experience
Richard M. Lerner Richard M. Lerner, Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science within the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, and Director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, has been selected as the winner of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development (ISSBD) 2016 Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Behavioral Development. He received this recognition for his scholarly leadership and his service to the diverse youth of the world.
Brian Lilienthal Brian Lilienthal, a lecturer in the Department of Drama and Dance, is a lighting designer with the two-character study I and You, now having its New York premiere off Broadway at the 59E59 Theatre. He was also on the creative team that produced the show at the Merrimack Repertory Theatre in the fall before its off-Broadway run. The play won the American Theater Critics Association Steinberg-A.T.C.A. new play award for 2014.
Ellen Pinderhughes Ellen Pinderhughes, associate professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, recently received the "Outstanding Scholar in Adoption" award from the St. John’s University and Montclair State University Adoption Initiative at their Biennial Conference. The conference draws international scholars, practitioners, and members of the adoption triad (adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents) and creates a space where diverse perspectives about the complexities in adoption can be heard.
Laurence Senelick Laurence Senelick, the Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory, will be inducted in 2017 into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre, an honorary society of outstanding theatre educators and professional theatre practitioners. The College promotes and encourages the highest standards of research, writing, and creativity in educational and professional theatre through honoring distinguished service and notable accomplishments by individuals of recognized national stature.
Jeff Taliaferro Jeff Taliaferro, associate professor of political science, was a visiting research fellow at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway in May and June 2016. He also presented invited talks on his recent book Neoclassical Realist Theory of International Politics at the Centre for Advanced Security Theory (CAST) at the University of Copenhagen and at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO).
Sheriden Thomas Department of Drama and Dance Senior Lecturer Sheriden Thomas won "Best Actress in a Play for Fringe Theater" at the 20th Annual Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards for her role as Kimberly in David Lindsay-Abaire's Kimberly Akimbo.

Spring 2016

Leila Fawaz Leila Fawaz, the Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies, has won recognition for her book A Land of Aching Hearts: The Middle East in the Great War (Harvard University Press). The book was selected by Choice, an academic library publication, as an Outstanding Academic Title, joining a prestigious list that reflects the best in scholarly titles over the past year.
Brian A. Hatcher Professor and Packard Chair of Theology in the Department of Religion Brian A. Hatcher has been selected as a Director of Studies at l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. In March, 2016, Hatcher will deliver selected lectures on a range of topics, from colonial philanthropy and Bengali translation practices to patterns of religious place-making in early colonial South Asia.
Peter Probst Adjunct Professor and Department of Anthropology Chair Peter Probst received a Getty Research Institute Residential Scholar Grant for the winter term of the 2016-2017 academic year, devoted to the theme of "Art and Anthropology." The grants are awarded to established scholars or writers who have attained distinction in their fields, and allow recipients to pursue their own projects free from academic obligations, make use of Getty collections, and join their colleagues in meetings devoted to an annual research theme.
Todd Quinto Robinson Professor of Mathematics Todd Quinto will spend the academic year 2016-17 doing research at Tufts and abroad on algorithms and theory for limited data tomography in medicine, electron microscopy and radar. In the fall, he will be a guest professor Danish Technical University, supported by the Otto Monsted Foundation, and in the spring, he will work with colleagues in Germany, Sweden, India and China supported by a Tufts Faculty Research Award Senior Semester.
Christina Sharpe Associate Professor of English, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Africana Studies, Christina Sharpe presented on "Black Annotation and Black Redaction" at the Black Portraiture(s) Conference II: Imaging the Black Body, as part of "Blackness in the Public Sphere: A Dark Room Roundtable" in Florence, Italy. The conference offered comparative perspectives on the historical and contemporary role played by photography, art, film, literature, and music in referencing the image of the black body in the West.
Sam Sommers Associate Professor of Psychology and Diversity & Intergroup Relations Lab Director Sam Sommers has co-authored, This Is Your Brain on Sports: The Science of Underdogs, the Value of Rivalry, and What We Can Learn from the T-Shirt Cannon (Crown, 2016) with Sports Illustrated executive L. Jon Wertheim. According to the publisher, the book is "for sports fans searching for a deeper understanding of the games they watch and the people who play them."
Julian Agyeman Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Julian Agyeman's new book Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities, co-authored by Duncan McLaren (MIT Press, 2015) was named one of Nature's Top 20 reads of 2015. The book looks at the intersection of cities' physical space and how the new digital technologies offer cities the opportunity to connect smart technology to justice, solidarity, and sustainability.
Marina Umaschi Bers Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development and Department of Computer Science Professor Marina Umaschi Bers co-authored The Official ScratchJr Book (No Starch Press) with Mitchel Resnick. The book offers learning resources and activities for adults to help young children learn to code with ScratchJr. The app helps young children program their own interactive stories and games, while learning to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.
Elizabeth Foster Assistant Professor of History Elizabeth Foster has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for 2016-2017 to complete a book project entitled "Decolonizing Faith: Catholics and the End of the French Empire in Sub-Saharan Africa." The historical study crosses between France and its sub-Saharan African colonies to delve into the complexity and diversity of Catholic positions on the future of French Africa before and just after independence, from 1945 until 1965.
Rebecca Kaiser Rebecca Kaiser Gibson, a lecturer in the Department of English, has authored a poetry collection, Opinel (Bauhan, 2015). From the publisher, "In language radiant, lovely, and disturbing, Rebecca Kaiser Gibson explores linkages in these poems between the uncomfortable familiar and the curiously intimate strange, making unexpected connections between phenomena."
Richard Lerner, the Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science and Director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, launched a five-year study of how West Point develops character in its cadets, along with Research Assistant Professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development Kristina Schmid Callina. Made possible by a nearly $2 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, the study's goal is to identify and predict which practices produce successful officers, and to influence character and leadership education in schools, businesses, and other organizations.
Associate Professor of History Jeanne Marie Penvenne authored Women, Migration and the Cashew Economy of Southern Mozambique, 1945 to 1975 (James Currey, 2015). The book tells the labor and social history of what became Mozambique's most important late colonial era industry through the oral history and songs of three generations of the workforce.
Professor of Biology L. Michael Romero co-authored Tempests, Poxes, Predators, and People: Stress in Wild Animals and How They Cope (Oxford University Press, 2015) with John Wingfield. The book provides a comprehensive synthesis of three topics: what causes stress in wild animals; what physiological, endocrine, and behavioral responses those stressors elicit; and how those responses help animals survive. The authors emphasize how humans cause stress in wild animals.
Fletcher Professor of Oratory and Director of Graduate Studies in Drama Laurence Senelick was awarded lifetime honorary membership in the American Theatre and Drama Society. He was also appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Early Popular Visual Culture, and served on the committee that selects new performing arts fellows to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Broadway Play Publishing issued his translation of The Ghost Sonata by August Strindberg, and his article "Offenbach, Wagner, Nietzsche: the Polemics of Opera" appeared in New Theatre Quarterly.
Christina Sharpe, Associate Professor of English, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Africana Studies, delivered the inaugural lecture for the University of British Columbia's Race Literacies Series in November. In her talk "The Ship and The Weather," Sharpe thought through some of the ecologies of anti-blackness and the varied resistances to those ecologies in the afterlives of slavery, in the wake of the slave ship and the migrant ship.
John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service and Director of the Center for Reading and Language Research Maryanne Wolf, received two awards for her research: The Dyslexia Research Hero Award from the Windward School in New York, and Eminent Researcher of 2016 from the Learning Disabilities Council of Australia, for which she will give three lectures and receive the award in Melbourne in 2016.
Weiping Wu took office as the Vice President and President Elect of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), a consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning, promoting education, research, service, and outreach in the United States and throughout the world. In September, Wu was also a keynote speaker at the Annual Conference of the National Steering Committee of Urban Planning Education in China, and led a session at the Cities Changing Diabetes Summit in Copenhagen.

2015-2016 Teaching, Research, and Service Awards

Faculty Research Awards Committee (FRAC) Distinguished Scholar Award
Peggy Cebe, Physics and Astronomy
Gerald R. Gill Distinguished Service Award
Kendra Field, History
The Lerman-Neubauer Prize
Susan Koegel, Biology
The Faculty/Staff Multicultural Service Award
Annie Soisson, Associate Director of CELT
The Faculty/Staff Multicultural Service Award
Tim Atherton, Physics and Astronomy
The Faculty/Staff Multicultural Service Award
Noe Montez, Drama and Dance
The Recognition of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award
John Lurz, English
The A&S Seymour Simches Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising
George Smith, Philosophy

Fall 2015

Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Julian Agyeman received the Benton H. Box Award from Clemson University's Institute for Parks. The award is presented to an educator who inspires students and encourages curriculum innovation and an environmental ethic. Following the awards ceremony, Agyeman delivered the George B. Hartzog Jr. Environmental Lecture on "Just Sustainabilities: Re-imaging Equality, Living with Limits." The annual lecture series and awards showcase leading figures in the field of conservation and their work.
Associate Professor of Political Science David Art was named editor of the American Political Science Association's European Politics and Society newsletter. He also authored an article for Political Science Quarterly, "The German Rescue of the Eurozone: How Germany Is Getting the Europe It Always Wanted."
Professor David Henry Feldman of the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development was elected President of the Society for the Study of Human Development (SSHD), a scientific society dedicated to research and applications for human development policies and programs. "David Henry's election underscores his national recognition as an eminent development scientist and reflects the esteem in which he is held by his peers," said his colleague Professor Richard Lerner, Chair in Applied Developmental Science..
Lecturer in Drama and Film Khary Jones was First Assistant Editor for the documentary He Named Me Malala, an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai and her fight for education for all girls worldwide. Fox Searchlight released the film nationwide in October.

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Samuel Kounaves, professor of chemistry and adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, and Professor of Chemistry E. Charles Sykes were elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the world's leading chemistry community that advances excellence in the chemical sciences. Achieving Fellow status signifies a high level of accomplishment as a professional chemist.
Jeff Taliaferro, associate professor of political science, was a keynote speaker at the British International Studies Association (BISA) U.S. Foreign Policy Working Group's Annual Conference, held at the City University of London in September. Taliaferro was a participant in the keynote roundtable "Challenges in American Foreign Policy: The Next Decade."
Adriana Zavala, associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History, curated an exhibition of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo's works, Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life," at the New York Botanical Garden. The exhibition is the first to examine Frida Kahlo's appreciation for the beauty and variety of the natural world, as evidenced by her home and garden as well as the complex use of plant imagery in her artwork. Before it closes in November, over 500,000 visitors are expected to have attended the exhibit.
Peggy Cebe, a professor of physics has been selected as a member of the 2015 class of American Chemical Society Fellows. ACS Fellows are nominated by their peers and selected for their outstanding achievements in and contributions to science and the profession and for their volunteer service to the ACS community. The 2015 ACS Fellows were honored during the ACS national meeting in Boston this August.
Stephen Fuchs, an assistant professor of biology has been selected by members of the National Academy of Sciences as a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow and participated in its Frontiers of Science symposium in August. The symposium brings together some of the best young scientists to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields. Since its inception in 1989, more than 175 of its "alumni" have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and 10 have received Nobel Prizes.
Richard M. Lerner, Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science and Director, Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, has been named as the 2015 recipient of the American Psychological Association Division 1 Ernest R. Hilgard Lifetime Achievement Award for distinguished career contributions to general psychology. The Hilgard Award recipient is chosen by colleagues based on the candidate's reputation in integrating various areas of psychology.
Professor of Economics Gilbert E. Metcalf was named to a National Academies of Sciences committee to review and assess the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E). ARPA-E was established to fund energy technology projects by "identifying and promoting revolutionary advances in fundamental and applied sciences; translating scientific discoveries and cutting-edge inventions into technological innovations; and accelerating transformational technological advances in areas that industry by itself is not likely to undertake because of technical and financial uncertainty." The committee will issue a report in two years detailing its findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
Sergei M. Mirkin, White Family Chair in Biology was elected to chair the 2016 Gordon Research Conference on DNA Damage, Mutation and Cancer. The Gordon Research Conferences provide an international forum for the presentation and discussion of frontier research in the biological, chemical, and physical sciences, and their related technologies, and for over 80 years, have been viewed as the world's premier scientific meetings.

Summer 2015

Elizabeth Ammons, the Harriet H. Fay Professor of Literature, and Modhumita Roy, an associate professor of English, are co-editors of the recently published Sharing the Earth: An International Environmental Justice Reader (University of Georgia Press). The anthology of 80 international primary literary texts—poems, short stories, personal essays, testimonials, activist statements—is the first of its kind, illuminating environmental justice as a concept and an international movement.

Marina Umaschi Bers, a professor in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, was named by the Boston Business Journal as one of the 2015 Women to Watch. She was co-chair of the 14th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children hosted by Tufts in June.
Professor of Economics Ujjayant Chakravorty and Assistant Professor of Economics Kyle Emerick presented President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino III with a copy of Sustainable Economic Development: Resources, Environment, and Institutions (Academic Press, 2014), a book Chakravorty co-edited with two economists from the University of Philippines. Chakravorty and Emerick were conducting energy economics research in the Philippines in May as part of a USAID grant. The book includes contributions from scholars representing a variety of academic institutions.
A new book from Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies Leila Fawaz, A Land of Aching Hearts: The Middle East in the Great War (Harvard University Press, 2014), was chosen as a "Middle East Beach Week" book by the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog, which called it one of the best books published in 2014 to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.
Professor of English and American Studies Lisa Lowe is the author of a new book published by Duke University Press, The Intimacies of Four Continents. In the book, Lowe examines the relationships between Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas in the late eighteenth- and early nineteenth- centuries, exploring the links between colonialism, slavery, imperial trades and Western liberalism.
Associate Professor of Psychology Aniruddh D. Patel created a video course, Music and the Brain, for The Great Courses. The interdisciplinary course for adult learners surveys the fundamental ideas of music theory. Eighteen half-hour lectures cover the latest research findings, from the origins of music's emotional powers to the deficits involved in amusia, or the inability to hear music.

Spring 2015

Michael Downing, lecturer in the Department of English, has a new novel, The Chapel, released by Counterpoint Press. "Downing's latest work combines art, art history, and Italian allure into a cerebral romance channeling love, loss, and the complexities of emotional closure," wrote Publishers Weekly in a review of the book.
Associate Professor of Latin American Literature Nina Gerassi-Navarro has been awarded a 2014-15 Santander Visiting Scholar Fellowship at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University for the spring semester of 2015. She will write her manuscript, Travels Beyond a Divided Landscape: Women, Science and Politics in Nineteenth-Century Americas.
Kamran Rastegar, an associate professor in the Department of German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literatures, recently published his second research monograph, Surviving Images: War Cinema, and Cultural Memory in the Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2015). This work explores the role of cinema in the development of cultural memory around war and conflict in colonial and postcolonial contexts in the Middle East.
Laurence Senelick, the Fletcher Professor of Oratory and director of graduate studies in drama in the Department of Drama and Dance will be a Visiting Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies at Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, where he will lecture and offer a seminar in June. He has just published his translation of Euripides's play Crazed Women (The Bakkhai), and the Balch Arena recently housed his production of Mark Twain's Is He Dead? Recent articles have appeared in Ibsen Studies, The Jacques Offenbach Society Newsletter, and Gay & Lesbian Review International.
Associate Professor of English Ichiro Takayoshi has a new book, American Writers and the Approach of World War II, 1930-1941: A Literary History. Takayoshi argues that World War II transformed American literary culture. From the mid-1930s to 1941, preeminent figures from Ernest Hemingway to Reinhold Neibuhr responded to changing public interest by producing novels, short stories, plays, poems, and cultural criticism in which they prophesied the coming of a second world war and explored how America could prepare for it.
Mingquan Wang, a senior lecturer and coordinator of the Chinese program, was elected president of the New England Chinese Language Teachers Association for 2015 and 2016. Wang served as NECLTA's vice president and executive director from 2012 to 2014 prior to the most recent election.
Nina Barwell, a lecturer in the Department of Music, recently published James Pappoutsakis, His Artistry and Inspired Teaching, in which she transcribed, edited and annotated the flutist's cassette recordings on teaching and playing the flute. James Pappoutsakis played for forty years in the Boston Symphony and taught at the New England Conservatory of Music.
Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Philosophy Nancy Bauer's new book How to Do Things With Pornography was recently published by Harvard University Press. Bauer argues that most professional philosophers are content to work within theoretical frameworks that are fundamentally false to our everyday experiences. This is particularly intolerable for a species of philosophy whose central aspiration is to have effects in the world. Her book models a new way to write philosophically about pornography, women's self-objectification, hook-up culture, and other contemporary phenomena.
Michael Downing, a creative writing lecturer in the Department of English, has a novel, The Chapel, published by Counterpoint Press. The Chapel is set in in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, where Italian painter and architect Giotto completed his most celebrated fresco cycle in the early 13th century. Downing's latest work "combines art, art history, and Italian allure into a cerebral romance channeling love, loss, and the complexities of emotional closure," writes a reviewer in Publishers Weekly.
Laura Graham, a lecturer in the peace and justice studies program, was invited to speak on the prospect of truth and reconciliation in Ferguson and beyond at the Truth Telling Project in Ferguson, Missouri in March. In April, she will deliver a keynote address on bridging divided communities and will facilitate a workshop on music as a tool for peace building at LeMoyne Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee.
Paul Joseph, a professor of sociology, will be lecturing in South Africa this summer as part of the Bridge Education Abroad Institute. The institute plans short programs around the world to provide students with opportunities to experience different political cultures while strengthening their leadership and diplomacy skills.
Anne Mahoney, a lecturer in the Department of Classics, was elected president of the Classical Association of New England, for 2016-2017. This year Mahoney will serve as president-elect of the association. 
Professor of Economics Gilbert E. Metcalf was recently named to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Advisory Panel on Economy-Wide Modeling of the Benefits and Costs of Environmental Regulation. The 23 member panel will provide a review of the EPA's modeling and ability to measure full regulatory impacts, with the aim of improving benefit-cost and economic impact analyses used to inform decision-making at the agency.
Christiana Olfert, an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy, recently received the Journal of the History of Philosophy's (JHP) annual Article Prize for her article "Aristotle's Conception of Practical Truth." Her article was selected as the best article in JHP volume 52, the volume for 2014.
Assistant Professor of History Alisha Rankin received a Charles A. Ryskamp fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) for her work on The Poison Trials: Antidotes and Experiment in Early Modern Europe. Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the fellowships support scholars who are embarking on ambitious, large-scale research projects at critical stages in their academic careers.
Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama and Dance Sheriden Thomas will play the title role of Kimberly in David Lindsay-Abaire's play Kimberly Akimbo in April at the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theater. Set in New Jersey, the play tells the story of a teenager with a rare aging disease, which causes her to age 4 1/2 times faster than usual.
Benjamin Wolfe, an assistant professor of biology, has published a groundbreaking review article, "Fermented Foods as Experimentally Tractable Microbial Ecosystems" in Cell, a journal of biochemistry and molecular biology, which "aims to publish the most exciting and provocative research in biology." The review focuses on Wolfe's research on fermented food as models for studying microbial ecosystems. Wolfe's article was highlighted in The Economist and in the Scientific American "Food Matters" blog.
Timothy Atherton, an assistant professor of physics, recently received a Cottrell Scholar award from the Research Corporation (for Science Advancement (RCSA). Atherton was one of fifteen physics and chemistry early-career faculty nationwide to receive this honor, which is presented to faculty who excel at both research and teaching. RCSA interim president Jack Pladziewicz noted that "funding goes to the best and brightest among America's young academic scientists." The award recognizes Professor Atherton's promising research on "Predicting the Stability of Pickering Emulsions through Computer Simulations" and his innovative undergraduate teaching efforts on computational physics. 
Brian Lilienthal, a lecturer in the Department of Drama and Dance, was nominated for an Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award in the "Large Theatre Category" for his work on Oliver! at Trinity Repertory Theatre in Providence.
Anne-Christine Rice, a lecturer in the Department of Romance Languages, was selected by the French government as an outstanding teacher of French to tour the United States. In May, she completed a two-week tour organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to teach French instructors in high schools and colleges how to use the film "Joyeux Noël" to study a specific time in French history, as well as the broader historical and cultural context and language.
Ronald Thornton, professor emeritus of physics and education and director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Teaching, was named a fellow of the American Association of Physics Teachers in recognition of his enduring contributions to society. At the national meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, Thornton gave two presentations—a talk titled "Interactive Lecture Demonstrations: Evidence for the Effectiveness for Teaching Concepts" and a half-day workshop for physics professors and teachers on "Interactive Lecture Demonstrations–What's New? ILDs Using Clickers & Video Analysis."
David Valdes Greenwood, a lecturer in the Department of English, has received numerous honors for playwriting. His play Raggedy And was named a finalist for the American Theatre in Higher Education Excellence in Playwriting Award. Full Code was chosen for production in 2016 by Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, and The Mermaid Hour was presented as a staged reading in November at Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York. Bully Dance was just nominated for Best New Play for the 2015 Independent Reviewers of New England Theater Awards.
David Ekbladh, associate professor of history, edited a collection of essays titled "The First World War and Its International Legacies," which appeared as a special issue of the journal Diplomatic History in September 2014. This year he will be a visiting fellow at the National University of Singapore and a visiting fellow at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, Norway.
Andrew Kemp, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, had his work cited by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address last month. The president referenced a paper Kemp published in 2011 in PNAS, which concluded that seawater along the East Coast rose faster in the 20th century than it did over the previous 2,000 years.
Associate Professor Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning Justin Hollander, co-authored Cognitive Architecture: Designing for How We Respond to the Built Environment (Routledge, 2015), which aims to help planners, architects, designers and community leaders think about human subconscious behavior as they shape the built environment. "Today, the science of the brain can teach architects and urban planners what it is that people see, think and feel when we are in cities," writes Hollander in an NPR Academic Minute about his book.
Associate Professor of History and Colonial Studies Program Director Kris Manjapra was recognized as a 2015 Emerging Scholar by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, a magazine dedicated to news and information about diversity issues in higher education. "As part of this year's diverse group of standout scholars, you represent the culmination of a lot of personal sacrifice and effort," wrote Diverse Vice President Maya Matthews Minter in the announcement of Manjapra's award.
Melissa McInerney, associate professor of economics, is one of seven scholars selected to receive a 2015 Department of Labor Scholars Program grant. In her investigation, "Examining Differences by Ethnicity in the Propensity to File for Workers' Compensation Insurance," McInerney seeks to reconcile why Hispanic workers are injured on the job at higher rates than workers from other races and ethnicities, but are less likely to receive Workers' Compensation payments.
Sarah Pinto, an associate professor of anthropology and director of the Program in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, received the 2014 Eileen Basker Memorial Prize from the Society for Medical Anthropology division of the American Anthropological Association for her book Daughters of Parvati: Women and Madness in Contemporary India (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014). Daughters of Parvati centers on the lives of women in different settings of psychiatric care in northern India.
Alisha Rankin, assistant professor of history, won the 2014 Gerald Strauss Prize for Reformation History from the Sixteenth-Century Studies Society and Conference for Panaceia's Daughters: Noblewomen as Healers in Early Modern Germany (University of Chicago Press, 2013). In her book, Rankin examines German princesses who became widely known and admired for their medical knowledge in the sixteenth century — and particularly for making medicinal cures. The Gerald Strauss Prize recognizes the best book published in English in the field of German Reformation history.

2014-2015 Teaching, Research, and Service Awards

Faculty Research Awards Committee (FRAC) Distinguished Scholar Award
Gilbert Metcalf, Economics
Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award for Excellence in Teaching and Advising of Students
Richard Eichenberg, Political Science.
Recognition of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award
Marie-Claire Beaulieu, Classics
Faculty/Staff Multicultural Service Award
Steph Gauchel, Director, Women's Center; Director, Student Affairs Pluralism Initiatives
Stephan Pennington, Music
Deb Pacini Hernandez, Anthropology and American Studies
Seymour Simches Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising
Frances Chew, Biology

Fall 2014

Jane Bernstein, Austin Fletcher Professor of Music, was named an Honorary Member of the American Musicological Society (AMS) at the Society's Annual Meeting in Milwaukee. Honorary members of the AMS are scholars who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of scholarship in the various fields of music through research, learning, and teaching. The award presentation commended Professor Bernstein as a leading scholar in a broad range of musicological fields, noting her extensive publications on Renaissance music, as well as her contributions to the field of women's studies.
Associate Professor of Political Science Ioannis D. Evrigenis has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant in Political Science to be hosted by the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. Evrigenis will visit the university in December for a series of seminars and workshops. Evrigenis's latest book, Images of Anarchy: The Rhetoric and Science in Hobbes's State of Nature was published by Cambridge University Press in July. Recent presentations have included talks at the conference of the European Society for the History of Political Thought, the Hungarian Academy, Harvard University, and The George Washington University.
Ina Baghdiantz McCabe, the Darakjian and Jafarian Professor of Armenian History, had her book A History of Global Consumption: 1500–1800 published recently by Routledge. Baghdiantz McCabe examines the history of consumption throughout the early modern period through a combination of chronological and thematic discussions. Her book also explores the rise of the collector in Renaissance Europe, the success of American commodities such as tobacco, sugar and chocolate in Europe and Asia, and the Dutch tulip mania.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry Rebecca Scheck received the Smith Family Foundation Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research. The foundation supports the work of newly independent biomedical researchers, with the ultimate goal of achieving medical breakthroughs. Scheck's proposal, "Mapping the Uncharted: Encodable Chemistry to Discover the Role of Glycation in Disease", uses a chemical approach to reveal a molecular understanding of glycation and to provide encodable tools to study its biology.
Professor of Psychology and Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Bob Cook, was the featured speaker for the University of Alberta Department of Psychology's 2014 Distinguished Lecture Series in September. Cook gave three lectures: "Time's Arrow: The Integration Of Information Over Time", "The Bird's Eye View: The Comparative Analysis Of Visual Cognition", and "Beauty And The Beast: The Comparative Examination of Aesthetics."
Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies Leila Fawaz authored A Land of Aching Hearts: The Middle East in the Great War (Harvard University Press, 2014). In her book, Fawaz traverses ethnic, class, and national borders to recover the stories of the civilians and soldiers who endured The Great War, which transformed the Middle East and brought an end to four hundred years of Ottoman rule in Arab lands while giving rise to the Middle East as we know it today.
Associate Professor of Political Science Elizabeth J. Remick authored Regulating Prostitution in China: Gender and Local Statebuilding 1900-1937 (Stanford University Press, 2014). Remick's book examines how the ways in which local Chinese government chose to shape the institution of prostitution at the turn of the twentieth century ended up transforming local states themselves.
Professor of Chemistry Elena Rybak-Akimova received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation to study mechanisms of small molecule activation in constrained molecular environments. In this project, biomimetic principles of secondary-sphere, "remote" control of oxygen and peroxide binding and activation will be applied to metal-containing and metal-free synthetic guests. Her research group's expertise in studying rates of fast reactions at low temperatures will provide novel mechanistic insights.
Sharan L. Schwartzberg, Professor of Occupational Therapy (primary appointment), Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine (secondary appointments) presented along with Drs. Libby Bradshaw and Emily Rowe, School of Medicine,"Interprofessional Teamwork: Group Dynamics Inform Health Care" at the Hospice and Palliative Care Federation Annual Education Conference in Norwood, MA in October. This work evolved out of a course she co-teaches in the School of Medicine with Dan Carr, Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, Program Director, Pain, Research Education & Policy, Interprofessional Team Management of Pain.
Timothy Atherton, an assistant professor of physics, was awarded the 2014 NOGLSTP (National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals) GLBT Educator Award. The award recognizes GLBT educators who have enabled significant growth for GLBT students in science or technology through teaching, counseling, advocacy, role modeling or other educational roles. Atherton was chosen for his achievements in growing the organization and applying diversity theory to educating students in science. He will be honored at the organization's November Out to Innovate ceremony.
Joseph Auner, professor of music, received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater Colorado College in September. He also received the Tufts Distinguished Scholar Award this year, and will be giving keynotes at conferences at the Canterbury Christ Church University, the Cini Foundation in Venice, Brandeis University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Tufts received a $1.8 million grant for STEM education from the Robert Noyce Teachers Scholarship program to fund teaching fellows through the Urban Mathematics and Science Teacher Collaborative. Principal investigator Bárbara Brizuela, associate professor of education and dean of academic affairs, says the program's goal is to keep teachers teaching: about half of the nation's public school teachers quit the profession within the first five years, especially those who teach math and science. Fellows will work with Tufts faculty to improve math and science teaching and learning in grades 1-12.
Laurence Senelick, the Fletcher Professor of Oratory and director of graduate studies in drama in the Department of Drama and Dance, has published Soviet Theater: A Documentary History (Yale University Press), co-authored with Sergei Ostrovsky, F93. The book, which was supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, has been in the works for 20 years. Senelick's translation of Jean Giraudoux's The Madwoman of Chaillot (Broadway Play Publishing) was also published recently; the play had its premiere at the Balch Arena Theatre five years ago.
Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, professor of history and Prince of Asturias Chair in Spanish Culture and Civilization, spoke on "The Transition from Slavery to Freedom in the Americas" at Emory University at a gathering of the contributors to the fourth volume of The Cambridge World History of Slavery. In October, he will give a lecture on Spanish history at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston as part of the MFA's exhibition of the works of Francisco Goya.

Summer 2014

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.

Spring 2014

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) for Life Behind the Lobby: Indian American Motel Owners and the American Dream (Stanford University Press, 2012). "With 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 award.
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 control pill.
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.

Fall 2013

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.