People Notes August 2022
Chloe Bird has been named the new director of the Center of Health Equity Research in the Department of Medicine at Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine. She also has been named the Sara Murray Jordan Professor in the Department of Medicine. Bird comes to Tufts from the RAND Corporation, where for the past 20 years she was senior sociologist and professor of sociology at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Bird completed her postdoctoral training at Tufts Medical Center. Read more on Tufts Now.
Jason Hall has been named the new chair of the Department of Surgery at the Tufts University School of Medicine, surgeon-in-chief at Tufts Medical Center, and the Benjamin Andrews Chair of Surgery. He comes to Tufts from Boston University, where he was chief of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery in the Department of Surgery, director of the Dempsey Center for Digestive Disorders, and associate chair of faculty development and academic affairs at Boston Medical Center. In addition, he also served as an associate professor of surgery at Boston University School of Medicine. Read more on Tufts Now.
Steve Cicala, associate professor of economics, was quoted in a July 9 New York Times article “Fears of Another Gas Shock Drive Biden to Seek Price Cap on Russian Oil.” Cicala also had his article “Insights: Powering work from home,” which focuses on energy use during the COVID-19 pandemic, published in the Journal of Urban Economics in July.
Trevion Henderson, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded a grant by the American Society for Engineering Education (Educations and Research Methods Division).
Amy Myers Jaffe, research professor and managing director of the Climate Policy Lab at The Fletcher School, published the article “State Owned Enterprises and the Energy Transition” [PDF] in Papeles de Energía (Spain). Jaffe was also featured on GBH News, where she discussed the heat waves that affected Europe and U.S. in July.
Jo Riddle, AG23, is conducting research with Justin Hollander, A96, professor and interim chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, and faculty several European universities on digital public spaces with financial support from the Tufts Global Research Assistant Program. She was invited by the Technical University of Berlin to participate in a panel with Professor Sophie Hadfield-Hill (University of Birmingham, UK) on the topic “The Spatial Knowledge of Young Adults: The Constitution of Online, Offline and Hybrid Spaces” as part of a weeklong Collaborative Research Center “The Refiguration of Spaces” workshop series at the university.
Nick Seaver, assistant professor of anthropology, co-organized the roundtable “Filing Culture: The Management of Anthropological Materials,” which was accepted to the American Anthropological Association.
Aleksandar Stankovic, Alvin H. Howell Endowed Professor in Electrical Engineering, and colleagues have received the 2022 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power and Energy Society (IEEE PES) Prize Paper Award for the paper “Definition and Classification of Power Stability – Revised and Extended.” The 2022 IEEE PES Prize Paper Award recognizes the team’s success at presenting the extended definitions of power stability.
Alex Flynn, A26, has been named to the PR3 four with coxswain team that will represent the U.S. at the 2022 World Rowing Championships September 18-25 in Racice, Czech Republic.
Christos Georgakis, professor of chemical and biological engineering and Gordon Senior Faculty Fellow in systems engineering, has been named a 2022 Computing & System Technology Division (CAST) Distinguished Service Award winner.
Rose Hollander, A25, was selected as a Library of Congress Junior Fellow for the summer. As a fellow, Hollander will work on a diverse range of projects under the mentorship of library staff members during the 10-week paid internship program. The projects include cultural, scientific, and digital work that enhance access and engagement with the collections.
Lesley Inker, professor of medicine, and John Leong, the Edith Rieva and Hyman S. Trilling Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine, are the 2022 Recipients of the Zucker Research Prizes, which are awarded annually and are made possible by generous gifts from the Zucker family. Inker received the the Milton O. Zucker, MD, FACS, and Natalie V. Zucker Award, which is awarded annually to a woman scientist on the School of Medicine faculty for outstanding career achievements in research. Leong received the Zucker Family Prize, awarded annually to a School of Medicine faculty member for a career of outstanding research.
Kris Manjapra, professor of history, had his book Black Ghost of Empire: The Long Death of Slavery and the Failure of Emancipation shortlisted for the New England Book Award for Nonfiction. Read more about Manjapra and Black Ghost of Empire on Tufts Now.
Laurence Senelick, Fletcher Professor Emeritus of Oratory and Professor Emeritus of Drama, recently had his book The Final Curtain: The Art of Dying on Stage published by Anthem Press.
Charles Sykes, the John Wade Professor of Chemistry, and Tufts colleagues Prashant Deshlahra, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering; the late Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, the Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professor in Energy Sustainability and Distinguished Professor; Georgios Giannakakis, EG21, Ryan Hannagan, AG21, and Yicheng Wang, AG23, have received the 2022 Faraday Division Horizon Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry for their groundbreaking work on single-atom catalysts. Read more on Tufts Now.
Tufts University and Skidmore College have been awarded an Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education Award for the Tufts-Skidmore Spain program in the category of student outreach and support by Diversity Abroad. Through the Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education Awards, Diversity Abroad celebrates outstanding institutions, organizations, individuals, and students who exemplify the vision and ideals of Diversity Abroad to support diversity and inclusive excellence in global education. The awardees have developed innovative practices, conducted original research, and championed inclusive excellence, all with an aim toward preparing diverse and underrepresented students for success through equitable access to global education and cultural exchange opportunities.