NEW OVERSEERS New members of the Board of Overseers to the School of Medicine are BURT ADELMAN, a lecturer in hematologic medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and HARVEY W. FREISHTAT, senior counsel with McDermott Will & Emery, an international law firm in Boston. Appointed to the Board of Overseers to the School of Dental Medicine are LOUIS A. FIORE, D62, of Fort Myers, Florida, and DOMENICO SCALA, chief executive officer of Nobel Biocare Holding AG in Switzerland. THOMAS F. HOLT JR., F75, F77, a partner with K&L Gates LLP in Boston, has joined the Board of Overseers to the Fletcher School. V. HEATHER SIBBISON, J83, A13P, a partner with the Washington, D.C., law firm Patton Boggs, has been appointed to the Board of Overseers for Athletics.
DISSERTATION FUNDING JESSICA DYM BARTLETT, a Ph.D. student in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, is one of four graduate students in the country selected as doctoral fellows with the National Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood. She will receive up to two years of funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for her dissertation research.
NEW A&S DEAN JOANNE BERGER-SWEENEY is the new dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts, and was appointed a professor of biology. A graduate of Wellesley College, she received an M.P.H. in environmental health sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in neurotoxicology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She went on to spend two years at the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale in Paris. Her research focuses on the neurobiology of learning and memory. She joined the faculty at Wellesley College in 1991, was the Allene Lummis Russell Professor in Neuroscience, and was named associate dean of the college in 2004. From 2004 to 2006, she directed Wellesley’s neurosciences program and helped spearhead the creation of an interdisciplinary neuroscience major. From 1995 to 2006, she led the Society for Neuroscience’s Minority Neuroscience Fellowship Program, a federally funded training grant that provides predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships to underrepresented minorities engaging in neuroscience research.
PICKERING FELLOWS ANNA BOULOS, A11, and MARYJO ANN PHAM, A11, both majoring in international relations, have been named 2010 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellows. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the fellowships will provide support in completing their undergraduate and graduate degrees as they prepare to enter the U.S. Foreign Service.
HOWARD HUGHES SCHOLAR BHARAT BURMAN, M11, has been selected as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute–National Institutes of Health (HHMI-NIH) Research Scholar. Burman, one of forty-two medical and veterinary students chosen from twenty-eight U.S. schools, is spending the 2010–11 academic year working in a research lab on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The program is designed to encourage students to become career physician-scientists.
PRESIDENT OF COLOMBIA JUAN MANUEL SANTOS CALDERÓN, F81, was inaugurated president of the Republic of Colombia on August 7, after he won the national election with sixty-nine percent of the vote. He previously served as the country’s minister of finance, minister of national defense, and minister of foreign trade. He was a Fulbright visiting fellow at the Fletcher School in 1981.
CANCER FOUNDATION CHAIR BRUCE CHESON, M71, has been named chair of the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s scientific advisory board. Previously, he was head of the medicine section of the National Cancer Institute’s Clinical Investigations Branch and a senior staff physician in the the center’s Lymphoma Clinic. He was formerly an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Utah.
HONORARY DEGREE RAY JACKENDOFF, the Seth Merrin Professor of Philosophy at Tufts and codirector of the Center for Cognitive Studies, was awarded an honorary doctorate from the faculty of humanities at the University of Quebec in Montreal.
VETERINARIAN OF THE YEAR The Association for Women Veterinarians Foundation has named DEBORAH KOCHEVAR, dean of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, its 2010 Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year. Kochevar has served as dean since 2006 and is also the Henry and Lois Foster Professor. She has received numerous teaching awards and has chaired the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Council on Education and the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates.
CHEMISTRY ACHIEVEMENT JAY M. McDONALD, A65, A97P, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine from the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. He is a professor in the department of pathology and director of the Center for Metabolic Bone Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He chaired the department of pathology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center and was chief pathologist at the University of Alabama Hospital from 1990 to 2008. During that time, McDonald built a pathology department that ranked sixth in annual funding from the National Institutes of Health. McDonald has served as president of the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists and is a former editor-in-chief of The American Journal of Pathology. His research has focused on insulin action, bone disease, cancer pathogenesis, and AIDS pathogenesis.
DENTAL SERVICE AWARD KATHLEEN O’LOUGHLIN, D81, the first woman executive director and chief operating officer of the American Dental Association, was chosen by the American Association of Women Dentists to receive the 2010 Lucy Hobbs Taylor Award, its highest honor. The award recognizes significant service to the dental profession. O’Loughlin is a trustee of Tufts University.
french CULTURE honor MARY LENOX OUSSAYEF, G76, was named a Chevalier in the Order of Palmes Academiques, an honor created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1808 and now bestowed by the French Minister of Education, for her championing French language and culture in and out of the classroom for more than forty years. She taught French for a number of years at Lexington (Massachusetts) High School, retiring in 2008. She continues to teach high school French in Nashua, New Hampshire.
O.T. AWARD SHARAN L. SCHWARTZBERG, a professor of occupational therapy and adjunct professor of psychiatry, has been selected by the Massachusetts Association for Occupational Therapy to receive the 2011 Catherine Trombly Award. The award is given in recognition of significant contributions to occupational therapy practice while exhibiting excellence in special practice skill, education, research, and administration.
MEN’S SOCCER COACH JOSH SHAPIRO is the new head coach of the men’s soccer program at Tufts. He was an assistant coach at Georgetown University for the past three seasons. Shapiro did other NCAA Division I coaching stints at American University, George Mason University, and Lafayette College from 2003 to 2005. He is a 1997 graduate of Middlebury College, where he was a four-year starter and captain as a senior.
CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER TINA SURH, J93, has been promoted to chief investment officer of the $2.5 billion endowment of New York University. She joined NYU as director of investments in 2005 and became deputy CIO in 2008.
SCIENCE ED GRANT DAVID WALT, the Robinson Professor of Chemistry in the School of Arts and Sciences, was awarded a 2010 Special Grant in the Chemical Sciences from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation. He will use the $50,000 award to support his work advancing science education from kindergarten through high school.
ALL-AMERICAN SAILOR JENNIFER WATKINS, A10, was named to the Intercollegiate Sailing Association of North America’s All-American Crew in recognition of outstanding performance in competition during the fall 2009 and spring 2010 sailing seasons.
ASTRONAUT SCHOLAR LAUREN ANN WIELGUS, A11, a physics major, is one of twenty college students nationwide to be awarded a scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. The foundation allocates $200,000 annually in merit awards to engineering and science undergraduate and postgraduate students. “Our scholars are the best and brightest students in these fields, and they possess an innate drive to succeed that you can’t teach,” said Apollo 15 astronaut Al Wordon, who chairs the nonprofit foundation, which was established in 1984 by the six surviving members of America’s original Mercury astronauts.