NEW ADVISORS Appointed to the Board of Advisors to the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service are MATTHEW M. BAI, A90, chief political correspondent for the New York Times Magazine; CHARLES L. MERIN, A04P, executive vice president of Prime Policy Group in Washington, D.C.; IFY NNEKA MORA, A04, chief of staff of the Barr Foundation in Boston; and LOUISA M. TERRELL, J91, director of public policy at Facebook. KENNETH M. BATE, M16P, executive director of Seaside Therapeutics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and JoANN GIFFUNI WELLNER, J63, principal of Merit Operating Corporation in New York City, have joined the Board of Advisors to the School of Medicine. JO ANN G. BENDETSON, J80, G91, A13P, of Andover, Massachusetts, has been named to the International Board of Advisors. New members of the Board of Advisors to the School of Arts and Sciences are DAVID A. CHANG, A01, a vice president and portfolio manager at Wellington Management Company in Boston; ELISSA B. KOFF, G68, G72, professor of psychology emerita at Wellesley College; DEBORAH FREEDMAN SHAPIRO, J89, of New York City; and PAUL E. STANZLER, A09P, A14P, a partner with the law firm Burns & Levinson in Boston. KATHERINE L. DOLAN, A08P, vice chair of Island Press, and JOHN H. DE JONG, A78, V85, owner of the Boston Mobile Veterinary Clinic, are newly appointed advisors to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
HAPPY COACHING NANCY BIGELOW, head coach of the Tufts women’s swimming and diving team, has received the Steadman Award from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America. The annual award recognizes a coach who “has done the most to spread happiness in Coach Steadman’s beloved sport of swimming and diving.” Steadman was a former president of the association. Bigelow has coached college swimming for thirty-seven years, the last thirty-one seasons at Tufts.
VISIONARY SIMON W.M. JOHN, a research assistant professor of ophthalmology at the School of Medicine, has been awarded the 2013 Bressler Prize in Vision Science by Jewish Guild Healthcare. John is a senior staff scientist at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, where his lab studies the molecular components of such complex diseases as glaucoma. He has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator since 1998.
LITERACY ADVOCATES STEVEN KOLTAI, A76, F78, managing director of Koltai & Company and former chair of the Literacy Network of Greater Los Angeles, and MARYANNE WOLF, the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development and director of Tufts’ Center for Reading and Language Research, have been named to the advisory board for the new Library of Congress Literacy Awards. The awards will be conferred for the first time in October to recognize outstanding achievements in the field of literacy, both in the United States and abroad.
PROMOTING HEALTHY KIDS CHIE KOTAKE and ELIZABETH SHUEY, both doctoral candidates in the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development, have received a Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being. They are two of only fifteen recipients nationally. The fellowships, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, aim to develop leaders interested in enhancing child development and preventing child maltreatment. Kotake’s research focuses on the role of parents’ mental health in the development of young children facing adversity. For her dissertation, she will examine maternal depression as part of a larger evaluation of the Healthy Families Massachusetts newborn home-visit program. Shuey’s dissertation will expand on existing research on immigrant families’ child-care constraints and preferences.
PROMISING SCIENTISTS CATHERINE K. KUO, an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, and BABAK MOAVENI, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, have received the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious honor in support of early career development of promising researchers and scholars. Kuo will use her $400,000 Early CAREER Award to investigate how cells use mechanical cues to direct tendon formation in the embryo. Moaveni’s $400,000 grant will fund the development of improved monitoring of public buildings and bridges to estimate their remaining useful life.
CHAMPION OF CHANGE JEREMIAH LOWNEY JR., A58, was one of twelve Rotary International members honored by the White House in April as Champions of Change. Rotary’s goal is service in the workplace, in the community, and in the world. Lowney, a dentist, has made regular trips to Haiti to provide oral health care to residents through the Haitian Health Foundation (HHF). He decided to do more, committing his own money to build an outpatient health-care clinic with laboratory and x-ray facilities. Under his leadership, HHF also built five plants to produce high-protein food from local produce, opened five village “hub” clinics, and established an ambulance service for remote areas.
NEWSPAPER EXEC DEREK MURPHY, E81, has been appointed executive vice president and general manager of USA Today, overseeing the daily newspaper and developing new business opportunities. He had been general manager of multicultural media at the AOL Huffington Post Media Group and previously worked at CNN Interactive, the Disney startup Walker Digital, and American Express.
EMORY TRUSTEE ADAM ROGERS, an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Tufts School of Medicine, has been elected to the Emory University Board of Trustees. A retina specialist at the New England Eye Center, he holds undergraduate and medical degrees from Emory and is a trustee of the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation.
INNOVATIVE MEDICAL TRAINING NAOMI ROSENBERG, dean of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, has been named chair-elect of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Graduate Research Education and Training Group, which fosters innovation in Ph.D., M.D./Ph.D., and postdoctoral training.
NIH APPOINTMENT JAMES SCHWOB, the George A. Bates Professor of Histology and chair of anatomy at Tufts School of Medicine, has been appointed to the National Institutes of Health’s Council of Councils, which advises the NIH director and makes recommendations on areas of science and public health that merit further research.
HEAD PSYCHIATRIST PAUL SUMMERGRAD, the Dr. Frances S. Arkin Professor and chair of psychiatry at Tufts School of Medicine, has been chosen president-elect of the American Psychiatry Association (APA). He is also president of the American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry. At APA, he heads a board of trustees working group that is examining the changing role of psychiatry as a result of health-care reform. “We need to make sure that there is a sustained and searching national dialogue about mental health,” he told Psychiatric News.
WRITING AWARDS COLIN WOODARD, A91, the state and national affairs reporter at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, has won a prestigious George Polk Award for Education Reporting for a two-part investigative series, “The Profit Motive behind Virtual Schools in Maine,” about the influence for-profit online education companies exert on the state’s Department of Education. The author of four books, Woodard received the 2012 Maine Literary Award for Nonfiction for his most recent work, American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America. His book The Republic of Pirates, about the golden age of piracy in the 1700s, is the basis of a forthcoming NBC drama, Crossbones. He is a former news editor at the Tufts Daily.