NEW OVERSEERS KARI C. ANDERSON, the e-commerce business manager at Sperry Top-Sider Inc. in Westford, Massachusetts, is a new member of the Board of Overseers to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. JOSEPH S. AYOUB JR., A74, a partner with the Boston law firm Robinson & Cole, has been named to the Board of Overseers to the School of Medicine. C. CARNOT EVANS III, A91, vice president and senior counsel of Marriott International, and WILLIAM H. KOSTER, G72, president and CEO of Northern Pilot Company in Boston, have been appointed to the Board of Overseers to the School of Arts and Sciences. DAVID C. HOWARD, A13P, executive vice president of business operations for the New York Mets, has joined the Board of Overseers for Athletics. MICHAEL C. LOULAKIS, E76, E07P, president and CEO of Capital Project Strategies in Reston, Virginia, has joined the Board of Overseers to the School of Engineering.
FACULTY OF ARTS DEAN JEAN-PAUL BOUDREAU, G97, professor and chair of psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, will become the institution’s dean of the Faculty of Arts on August 1. An expert in infant cognition and development, he directs Ryerson’s Children, Health, Infancy, Learning, Development (CHILD) Lab. He received his doctorate in developmental psychology from Tufts and has held teaching positions at the University of Prince Edward Island, Uppsala University in Sweden, and the University of Maryland.
GREAT TEACHER JOSEPH DeBOLD, professor of psychology, is the 2011 recipient of the Lillian and Joseph Leibner Award for distinguished teaching and advising at Tufts. He was nominated by students and faculty colleagues.
BOOK PRIZE DAVID EKBLADH, assistant professor of history, received the 2011 Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize for The Great American Mission: Modernization and the Construction of an American World Order (Princeton University Press, 2010), which the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations judged as the best first book in American foreign relations.
NEWS CENTER LEADER TAMER FAKAHANY, A85, an assistant managing editor at the Associated Press Nerve Center in New York City, has been named deputy managing editor overseeing the center at AP headquarters. Previously a managing editor of news production for AP Television News, Fakahany joined the just-founded Nerve Center last year to work with AP’s regional and department leaders to deliver comprehensive coverage of the day’s top stories in all formats. Prior to that, he worked in television news for twenty years.
HEAD OF HARVARD OVERSEERS LEILA FAWAZ, the Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies at the Fletcher School, was elected president of Harvard University’s Board of Overseers for 2011–12. A prominent social historian of the Middle East, Fawaz earned master’s and doctoral degrees in history at Harvard. She is founding director of the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts, where she has been on the faculty since 1979.
BOSTON MARATHON HEAD JOANN FLAMINIO, J78, was appointed president of the Boston Athletic Association (BAA), the organization that presents the annual Boston Marathon. She is the first woman to head the 123-year-old organization. She has served on the BAA’s board of governors since 1996. “The great thing about the marathon is that it is so many things to so many people,” she says. “It’s an elite road-racing event for world-class marathoners, it’s a dream come true for somebody who gets to run it once after qualifying, and it’s also a dream come true for those who run it not just for the benefit of themselves but for a charity.”
CIVIL AIR PATROL COLONEL ALECIA HAGMAN, E14, was promoted to the rank of colonel in the Civil Air Patrol after receiving the organization’s highest honor, the General Carl A. Spaatz Award, named for the first chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force. She is a member of the Air Force ROTC at Tufts. The Civil Air Patrol, an Air Force auxiliary, performs ninety percent of the nation’s inland search-and-rescue missions.
OBAMA JOBS ADVISER ELLEN J. KULLMAN, E78, A12P, chair of the board and chief executive officer of the DuPont Company, has been appointed to the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. The council was created to provide nonpartisan advice to President Obama on strengthening the economy, ensuring U.S. competitiveness, and creating jobs for Americans. Kullman is a trustee of Tufts.
DEPUTY AT THE TREASURY GILBERT E. METCALF, professor of economics, is on leave from Tufts while he serves as deputy assistant secretary for environment and energy in the Department of the Treasury. Metcalf joined the federal government in June, and his office is responsible for Treasury’s role in the G-20 commitment to phase out fossil energy subsidies and in supporting the administration’s domestic clean energy initiatives. In recent years, he has testified before Congress on the economics of climate change and energy policy.
ELLIS ISLAND MEDAL VALI NASR, A83, F84, senior adviser to the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School, was one of five Iranian Americans to receive the 2011 Ellis Island Medal of Honor on May 7 for outstanding achievement in their personal and professional lives, coupled with the preservation of their culture and heritage. The awards, presented by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, pay tribute to the ancestry groups that make up America’s cultural mosaic.
GUGGENHEIM FELLOW FIORENZO G. OMENETTO, professor of biomedical engineering, has received the only fellowship in engineering awarded this year by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. A specialist in optics, Omenetto will use the award to support his work on the medical applications of silk, which show promise because it does not provoke an immune response when implanted in the body.
DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS WILLIAM F. OWEN JR., M80, president of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from National Medical Fellowships (NMF), a nonprofit that works to increase the number of underrepresented minority physicians and researchers in the United States, thereby improving health care in low-income and minority communities. Owen received financial assistance from NMF while a medical student at Tufts. His distinguished career as a clinician and researcher has included a faculty appointment and postgraduate work at Harvard Medical School and a faculty appointment and directorship of a research institute at Duke. He also was chief scientist at Baxter Corporation and chancellor and senior vice president for health affairs at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
WOMAN OF VISION KAREN PANETTA, professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Simulation Research Laboratory at Tufts, is one of three recipients of the Anita Borg Women of Vision Awards, given in recognition of their contributions to technology. Panetta was honored in May as a leading expert in developing ways to recruit young women to the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) disciplines. Her Nerd Girls program inspires young women by teaching them that engineers and scientists are innovators for the benefit of humanity. The award is named for the renowned computer scientist.
ADVISER TO NIH NAOMI ROSENBERG, dean of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, has been appointed to a National Institutes of Health working group that will make recommendations about how to develop the ideal biomedical research workforce of the future. The group “will help lay the foundation for ensuring that we have the biomedical workforce we will need to usher in the next generation of scientific discoveries,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins.