LAURELSENGINEERING LEADER LINDA M. ABRIOLA, dean of the School of Engineering, is Drexel University’s 2013 Engineering Leader of the Year. A Drexel engineering alumna, Abriola is the first woman to receive the honor, which recognizes her leadership in environmental engineering, her commitment to the National Academy of Engineering, and her contributions to engineering that betters society.
HEAD OF U.S. OLYMPIC SAILING JOSH ADAMS, A94, has been named managing director of U.S. Olympic Sailing and will help American sailors prepare for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. The former publisher of Sail magazine, Adams was a three-time collegiate All-American at Tufts and a member of the U.S. Sailing Team (1995– 96) and of the 1999 America’s Cup challenger Young America.
FRAMINGHAM STATE TRUSTEE JOANNE BERGER-SWEENEY, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and a professor of biology, has been appointed to Framingham State University’s Board of Trustees by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick.
TWO HUNDRED VICTORIES In her eleventh season as head coach of women’s basketball at Tufts, CARLA BERUBE earned her two hundredth win. The career milestone came on January 5, when the Jumbo women beat Middlebury College, 54– 41. As of January 29, the team was undefeated (21– 0), off to its best start in the history of the program, and the nation’s fifth-ranked Division III team in the D3Hoops.com poll.
SPACE STATION ADVISOR BESS DAWSON-HUGHES, M75, professor of medicine and director of the Bone Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, has been named one of three scientific members on the board of directors of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, a nonprofit that promotes and manages research on board the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory.
HEALTH POLICY COMMISSIONER PAUL HATTIS, an assistant professor of public health and community medicine, has been appointed to the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, created by the state’s new health-care cost-containment law to monitor the reform of health-care delivery and payment systems in order to reduce costs and improve quality. Hattis was selected for his expertise in health-care consumer advocacy.
HONORARY DEGREE RAY JACKENDOFF, the Seth Merrin Professor of Philosophy in the School of Arts and Sciences and co-director of the Center for Cognitive Studies, received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Ohio State University on December 16.
SMITH COLLEGE PRESIDENT KATHLEEN A. McCARTNEY, J77, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has been named the eleventh president of Smith College. She begins her new job in July. Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard, chair of the Smith College Board of Trustees, described McCartney as “an exceptional leader who understands Smith and the importance of women’s education in a resonant way.” Tufts President Emeritus Lawrence S. Bacow called the appointment “a truly inspired choice.” McCartney, who was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences last fall, has served on the Tufts Board of Trustees since 2007.
COACH OF THE YEAR TINA McDAVITT, head coach of the Tufts field hockey team, was named the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III National Coach of the Year. On November 17, her team won the national championship, the first for a women’s team at Tufts.
HORATIO ALGER HONOR JOSEPH E. NEUBAUER, E63, J90P, is the 2013 recipient of the Horatio Alger Association’s Norman Vincent Peale Award, given to a member of the association who has made exceptional humanitarian contributions. The association helps at-risk youth obtain a college education, and through the years, Neubauer has underwritten a number of programs in support of that goal. Neubauer, whose parents fled Nazi Germany, came to the United States at age fourteen, speaking little English and determined to succeed. He earned his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Tufts and an MBA from the University of Chicago. At twenty-eight, he was the youngest vice president in the history of Chase Manhattan Bank. He retired in 2012 as CEO of Aramark Corporation, having transformed it into a $13.5 billion enterprise. The Horatio Alger Association “is important because it changes the course of young people’s lives in such a positive way,” says Neubauer, a Tufts trustee emeritus. “People invested in me throughout my life. That’s why I feel so strongly in investing in people and giving back.”
PROFESSOR OF THE YEAR TODD PAGANO, G98, G10, who taught himself American Sign Language and developed an academic laboratory technology program for deaf and hard-of-hearing students, was named a 2012 Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. He is an associate professor of chemistry and director of the Laboratory Science Technology Program at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf. “I’m fortunate to work at a truly unique place, where deaf and hard-of-hearing students are taught applied knowledge, the roots of their trade, self-advocacy, and lifelong learning skills,” says Pagano, the son of two teachers. Pagano, who earned master’s and doctoral degrees in chemistry at Tufts, also received the 2012 American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences.
U.S. SENATE APPOINTEE BETH J. ROSENBERG, an assistant professor of public health and community medicine, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 1 for a five-year term on the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, an independent federal agency that investigates industrial chemical accidents. She served on the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Scientific Advisory Board from 2000 to 2008, and has been studying health and safety conditions at former U.S. nuclear weapons production sites since 2005.
PRESIDENTIAL SCIENCE AWARD MAYLY SANCHEZ, G03, an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Iowa State University, was one of ninety-six researchers selected by President Barack Obama to receive Presidential Early Career Awards in recognition of their pursuit of innovation at the frontiers of science and technology as well as their commitment to community service. It is the highest honor the federal government bestows on scientists and engineers at the beginning of their careers. Sanchez, who holds a joint appointment at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, is an experimental physicist who studies neutrinos— electrically neutral subatomic particles that are created by nuclear reactions, including radioactive decay. She received her Ph.D. in physics from Tufts, where her advisor was JACOB SCHNEPS, the Vannevar Bush Professor of Physics Emeritus.
HONORED FOR BPA RESEARCH CARLOS SONNENSCHEIN and ANA SOTO, both professors of anatomy and cellular biology, were among the three recipients of the 2012 Jacob Heskel Gabbay Award in Biotechnology and Medicine, given to scientists in academia, medicine, or industry whose work has had significant practical consequences. Sonnenschein and Soto have devoted decades to researching and identifying the dangers of products containing BPA (bisphenol A). The chemical, which mimics estrogen, is found in such items as plastic bottles, aluminum can linings, heat-activated cash register receipts, and even some dental sealants.
DISABILITY SERVICES CHIEF LINDA SULLIVAN, G10, has been appointed director of disability services at Tufts. She supports self-identified students with disabilities enrolled in undergraduate or graduate studies in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. She holds a master’s degree in child development from Tufts.