April 2010 @Pomona Newsletter
The Organic Farm is now offering weekly bee husbandry workshops.
News & Notes
- TIAA-CREF will be on campus on Wednesday, April 14, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., for a complimentary financial education seminar on "Is a Roth IRA Right for You? An Analysis of the Roth IRA and 2010 Conversion Strategies." The seminar will be held in the Multipurpose Room in the Tranquada Student Services Center. RSVP with TIAA-CREF (1-800-732-8353) to attend.
- The new Green Office Program from the Sustainability Integration Office is now in its pilot stages. Once the program is fully up and running, offices can sign up, follow suggested sustainability guidelines to save money and energy, and then be assessed to receive one of four certification levels. Visit the Green Office Program on the Sustainability site for more information and sign up for the Sustainability Integration Office’s Staff-Faculty Environmental Newsletter to learn when the program begins.
Let's welcome our newest employees!
- Dennys Bustamonte, cashier, Dining Services
- Lee Thomas Finley-Blasi, tech assistant, Geology
- Zayra Salamanca, administrative assistant, Student Affairs
- Carol Buffa, administrative assistant, Facilities & Campus Services
- Margaret McHenry, project manager, Facilities & Campus Services
- Andrea Ramella, project manager, Facilities & Campus Services
- Andrea Morseburg, major gifts officer, Major Gifts
- Photographs From Family Weekend
- Pomona Student Who Experienced Haiti Quake Now Devoting Time to Fundraising and Awareness
- Pomona College Offering Workshops on Bee Husbandry
- Janet Napolitano to Be Principal Speaker at Pomona's 117th Commencement
- Entropy and Elves: Sarah Roh '12 Illustrates Chemical Concepts With a Manga Flair
- Three Appointed to Named Professorships at Pomona College
At the Staff Appreciation lunch on Tuesday, March 16, several Pomona staff members were recognized for their service to Pomona College. Cathy Seaman, program administrator in the Theatre and Dance Department and a Pomona employee for 20 years, received the Peter W. Stanley Distinguished Staff Award. In addition, the following employees were recognized for their years of service to the College:
2010 Staff Appreciation Honorees
|Name||Years of Employment||Department|
|Judy Brown||20||Facilities and Campus Services|
|Donna Henry||20||Business Office|
|Barbara Sangsland||20||Physical Education/Athletics|
|Stephan Moss||15||Information Systems|
|Margaret Adorno||15||Registrar's Office|
|Vickie Ahrberg||15||Facilities & Campus Services|
|Larry Cooper||15||Information Technology Services|
|Christine Maynard||15||Duplicating Services|
|Anita Miller||15||Business Office|
|Janice O'Neill||15||Summer Conferences/Special Projects|
|Melanie Sisneros||15||Instructional and Client Services|
|Kevin Unck||15||Information Systems|
|Jeannine Appel||10||Registrar's Office|
|Joseph Brennan||10||Media Services|
|Gloria Garcia||10||Institutional Advancement|
|Dolores Maynard||10||Mail Services|
|Cynthia Peters||10||Office of Communications|
|Carol Thompson||10||Business Office|
|Lillian Bordreaux||5||Annual Giving|
|Juanita Davalos||5||Office of VP for Admissions|
|Norma Fonseca||5||Dining Services|
|Jane Fujita||5||Business Office|
|Julianne Journitz||5||Client Services/IT|
|Anne Merten||5||Pomona College Museum of Art|
|Ismael Miranda||5||Dining Services|
|Natalie Robinson||5||Office of VP for Admissions|
|Katharine Rosacker||5||Registrar's Office|
|Jordan Snedcof||5||Major Gifts|
|Manuel Townes||5||Campus Life|
|Dontae Towns||5||Dining Services|
|Kathryn Van Horne||5||Facilities & Campus Services|
|Bernard Walker||5||Physical Education/Athletics|
Faculty and Staff Accomplishments
Work by Lisa Anne Auerbach (Art & Art History) is featured in “Substitute Teacher,” an exhibition running at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center from 5 March through 16 May. In addition, UMMA Projects: Lisa Anne Auerbach, a catalog for her solo show at the University of Michigan Museum of Art last fall, has been published (University of Michigan, 2010). Auerbach also gave artist’s talks at the American Philosophical Society Museum in Philadelphia on 5 March and at Mills College in Oakland on 17 March.
Darren Blaney (Theatre & Dance) presented a paper, “Lanford Wilson’s The Madness of Lady Bright: A Queen’s Plea for Home as a Harbinger of Hope and a Duenna of Defiance,” at the Comparative Drama Conference held in Los Angeles in March.
With John Vincke and Rudi Bleys, Ralph Bolton (Anthropology) published a chapter, “Gay Men, Sex, and HIV/AIDS in Belgium,” in AIDS, Culture, and Gay Men, ed. Douglas Feldman (University Press of Florida, 2010), pp. 250-68. He published an essay, "John M. Roberts's Imaginative Science of Anthropology," with Roland Alum and Garry Chick in American Anthropological Association's Anthropology Newsletter (April 2010), p. 49. On March 24, he was interviewed on radio station BLU102.9 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on the OM Zone program about his work in applied anthropology in Peru with The Chijnaya Foundation.
Bolton also presented a paper, "On Deflowering the Virgin Mind and Other Perils of Teaching Sex: Some Reflections of an Applied Anthropologist,"chaired a symposium, "Teaching Applied Anthropology: Challenges, Methods and Perspectives," and served as a panelist in a session on "Issues in Teaching Human Sexuality: Sexual Orientation" at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Merida, Mexico, from 24-28 March.
Bruce Brown (Physical Education) announces that Max Scholten '12 made NCAA III All-American at the national championships March 15-21. He swam the 50 freestyle, 100 and 200 backstrokes, and made All-American in the two backstroke events.
At the ACM Computer Science Education conference in Milwaukee, 11-14 March, Kim Bruce (Computer Science) presented a paper, “Introducing Concurrency in CS 1,” co-authored with Andrea Danyluk and Thomas Murtagh. He also organized a session, “Curricula in Concurrency and Parallelism,” and served on a panel recognizing the best computer science education papers of the 20th century.
Paul Cahill (Romance Languages & Literatures) gave an invited talk, “Suffering, Subjectivity, and Spectacle: Ethical Commitment as (Con)textual Unity in the Poetry of Miguel Hernández,” at California State University, Long Beach, on 4 March.
José Cartagena-Calderón (Romance Languages & Literatures) presented a paper, “El homoerotismo del martirio: San Sebastián y los arqueros musulmanes,” at the conference Moros, Moriscos, Marranos & Mestizos: Alterity, Hybridity & Identity in Diaspora, held at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 24-27 February.
Susana Chávez-Silverman (Romance Languages & Literatures) is the author of Scenes from la Cuenca de Los Angeles y otros Natural Disasters (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010). The book includes a foreword by former Pomona faculty member Paul Saint-Amour.
Judson Emerick (Art & Art History) gave an invited talk entitled “Did the Early Christian Sant'Anastasia Copy Old St. Peter's?” as part of the Old St. Peter’s, Rome Conference held at the British School at Rome, 22-24 March.
On 26 March, Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Media Studies) delivered the keynote address, “The Future of Scholarly Publishing: Supporting Faculty Research in the Liberal Arts College,” at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education’s annual summit. She also published an article, “Planned Obsolescence: A New Model for Academic Publishing,” in Information Standards Quarterly 22:1 (Winter 2010).
Robert Gaines (Geology), E. J. Crane (Chemistry), Jade Star Lackey (Geology) and S. Scott presented a poster, “Microbial Reduction of Structurally-Coordinated Iron in Common Clay Minerals,” at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting 2009, held in San Francisco in December. Gaines also gave a talk, "Resolving the Puzzle of Burgess Shale-Type Fossilization: New Evidence from the Chengjiang Scientific Drilling Project," at the California Institute of Technology on 4 March, at the University of Chicago on 12 March, at the University of Southern Denmark on 15 March, and at the University of Copenhagen on 17 March.
Stephan Ramon Garcia (Mathematics) gave a talk, “Hidden Symmetries in Everyday Operators,” at Bogazici University, Istanbul, on 10 March and at the Istanbul Analysis Seminar at Sabanci University, Istanbul, on 26 March.
Joseph Richards ’05, Johanna Hardin (Mathematics), and Eric Grosfils (Geology) have an article, “Weighted Model-Based Clustering for Remote Sensing Image Analysis,” in Computational Geosciences 14:1 (January 2010), pp. 125-36; doi: 10.1007/s10596-009-9136-z.
Grosfils also co-authored three presentations given at the 41st Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, held in Houston, 1-2 March. His presentations were entitled “Radial Dike Formation on Venus from Upper Lithosphere Magma Chambers: Insights from Models of Uplift, Flexure and Magmatism," "The Interplay Between Flexural Stresses and Magma Reservoir Dynamics Beneath Large Venusian Volcanoes," and "Radiating Graben-Fissure Systems in Ulfrun Regio: A Contribution to the Venus Global Dyke Swarm Map Project."
Laura L. Mays Hoopes (Biology) is the author of “Joan Argetsinger Steitz: Pathfinder for Women in Molecular Biology,” in AWIS Magazine 41:1 (Winter 2010), pp. 18-19; of “Maritza Macdonald,” in CBE-Life Sciences Education 9 (Spring 2010), pp. 19-21; and of “Goodbye to Poland,” in Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse, ed. Maja Trochimczyk (Moonrise Press, 2010), p. 133. She is also a co-author of “The Genomics Education Partnership: Successful Integration of Research into Laboratory Classes at a Diverse Group of Undergraduate Institutions,” in CBE-Life Sciences Education 9 (Spring 2010), pp. 35-40. Hoopes was also named chair-elect of Division W, Education, of the American Society for Microbiology.
Eric Hurley's (Psychology and Africana Studies) co-authored article "Culture and the interaction of student ethnicity with reward structure in group learning," originally published in Cognition and Instruction, 27(2), pp. 121-146, in 2009, received a quick review by U.S. Dept. of Education Institute for Education Sciences - What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) on 23 March.
Malkiat Johal (Chemistry) published an article, “Quantification of the Layer of Hydration of a Supported Lipid Bilayer,” in Langmuir 26:7 (2010), pp. 4598-4601. The article was co-authored by Theodore Zwang ’11, Will Fletcher ’12, and Thomas Lane ’10.
Gizem Karaali (Mathematics) gave a colloquium talk, “Quantization and Superization,” at Bogazici University, Istanbul, on 17 March.
Kyoko Kurita (Asian Languages & Literatures) gave an invited talk, “Meaning and Musicality of Meiji Texts: Koda Rohan,” at the University of California, Berkeley, on 11 March.
Jade Star Lackey (Geology) et al. presented “Thermal Models, Stable Isotopes and Cooling Ages from the Incrementally Constructed Tuolumne Batholith, Sierra Nevada: Why Large Chambers Did Exist” at the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting 2009, held in San Francisco in December. Lackey and Jonathan Miller were awarded a National Science Foundation grant for a project entitled "Deciphering Sierran Magma Sources and Modes of Diversification Using Trace Element, O, and Hf Isotopic Analyses of Zircon.” The project will bring $87,145 to Pomona over three years.
Sherry Linnell (Theatre & Dance) received a 2010 Garland Award for Excellence in Southland Theatre for the costume design of Candida, a production by the Colony Theatre Company of Burbank.
Andrew Lear (Classics) gave a talk, “Images of Ancient Greek Pederasty: The Way Greek Artists Portrayed Their Culture’s Homoerotic Customs,” in the Ena Thompson Room on 2 March; the talk was cosponsored by the Gender & Women’s Studies Program and the Classics Department. He also participated in a panel discussion, “New Perspectives on Same-Sex Love in Classical Antiquity,” at the City University of New York Graduate Center on 18 March.
Ann Lebedeff (Physical Education) gave a lecture, “Emergence of the Female Coaching Model,” at the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance State Conference in Ontario, CA, on 5 March. She gave another lecture, “The Right Stuff for Competitive Play,” at the Youth Tennis San Diego Junior Awards Banquet in San Diego on 28 March.
Pardis Mahdavi (Anthropology) organized a conference, Re-Thinking Human Trafficking, at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. As part of the conference, she moderated a panel and gave a paper, “Rethinking Trafficking in the Gulf.” She is also the author of chapter 27, “Youth, Sexuality and Politics in Post-Revolutionary Iran,” in the Routledge Handbook of Sexuality, Health and Rights, ed. Peter Aggleton and Richard Parker (Routledge, 2010).
Daniel Martinez (Biology) is a co-author of “The Dynamic Genome of Hydra,” in Nature 464 (25 March 2010), pp. 592-96; doi:10.1038/nature08830.
Char Miller (Environmental Analysis) has recently given a number of presentations: "Continental Divides: The Politics of Water and Watersheds in the American West," Joint Science Seminar, 4 March; "Making the National Forests National: The Weeks Act and the Expansion of Federal Forestry," Plymouth State University, 16 March; "The Weeks Act: Context and Controversy," White Mountain National Forest, 16 March; "Environmental Studies and the Curriculum," Plymouth State University, 17 March; "After the Weeks Act: Working Forests in the Future," Society for the Protection of New Hampshire's Forests, 18 March; and “The Bloody Angle: Riding Herd on the Public Lands," USDA-Forest Service, Line Officers Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, 22 March.
Nivia Montenegro (Romance Languages & Literatures) chaired a session, “From Colonial Times to the Present: Subjectivities and the Subaltern,” at the 8th Conference on Cuban and Cuban American Studies, hosted by the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University, 11-13 February.
With Daniel Hickstein ’07 and others, Daniel O’Leary (Chemistry) has a featured article, "Theoretical and NMR Studies of Deuterium Isotopic Perturbation of Hydrogen Bonding in Symmetrical Dihydroxy Compounds," in the Journal of Organic Chemistry 75:5 (2010), pp. 1331–1342; doi: 10.1021/jo902075z. Artwork designed by Sarah Roh ’12 appeared in the journal’s table of contents and on its cover.
Mary Paster (Linguistics & Cognitive Science) published an essay, "Optional Multiple Plural Marking in Maay,” in Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 310: Variation and Change in Morphology, ed. Franz Rainer, Wolfgang U. Dressler, Dieter Kastovsky, and Hans Christian Luschützky (Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2010), pp. 177-92. Paster also gave a talk, “Verbal Morphology in Two Tano (Kwa) Languages,” at the UCLA African Language Seminar on 11 March.
Jennifer Perry (Anthropology) lectured on "The Human Prehistory of the Channel Islands: A 10,000-Year Retrospective" at the History Forum at Mission San Gabriel in San Gabriel, CA, on 13 March. At the 44th Annual Meeting of the Society for California Archaeology, held in Riverside, she presented a paper, "Challenging Perceptions of Island Interiors: A Case Study of the Central Valley of Santa Cruz Island," on 18 March and served as the co-chair and moderator for an organized symposium, "Other Sides of the Trowel: Perspectives on Student Research and Fieldwork," on 19 March.
Frances Pohl (Art and Art History) was interviewed by Hugh Hewitt on KRLA 870AM on 29 March about the “American Stories” exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She also reports that one of our art history majors, Carrie Dedon '10 was interviewed on KPCC (89.3FM) on “All Things Considered” in March about "Famous for 15," the show she curated at the Pomona College Museum of Art.
Virginie Pouzet-Duzer (Romance Languages & Literatures) presented a paper, "Espace poétique et monde pictural de Benjamin Péret, ou l'interstice de «la pluie d'encre »," at the 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium (“Nouveaux Mondes, Nouveaux Espaces”), held at the Université de Guelph, Toronto, on 25 March.
Dara Regaignon (Writing Program and English) presented “How Writing Is Done at Pomona” as part of a panel, “The State of Writing Studies: How Writing Is Done in U.S. Colleges and Universities,” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication held in Louisville, KY, 17-20 March.
Monique Saigal (Romance Languages & Literatures) gave a talk, “Enfant Cachée et Résistantes,” at the Alliance française in Rouen, France, on 15 March and in Pau, France, on 23 March. She also took all the Pomona students who are at the Middlebury Center in Paris to dinner on March 18 while she was in Paris.
Jack Sanders (Music) was featured in the Spring 2010 issue of The Fretboard Journal in an article about replicas of Stradivarius guitars, which Sanders builds.
Matthew Sazinsky (Chemistry) received a National Institutes of Health R15 award of $213,000 to investigate “The Mechanism of Fe2+ Transport by the Bacterial Ferrous Iron Uptake System Feo.”
With Agnieszka Jaworska, Julie Tannenbaum (Philosophy) presented a paper, “Moral Status of the Underdeveloped and the Cognitively Impaired: Progress towards the Commonsense View,” to the philosophy departments at California State University, Chico, and the University of California, Riverside, in March.
James Taylor (Theatre & Dance) designed the lighting for a production of Clifford Odets’s Awake and Sing! at A Noise Within theater in Glendale. The play, which opened 20 March, will run in rotating repertory there through mid-May.
Dwight Whitaker (Physics & Astronomy) was a panelist for the “Moving Image as a Laboratory Technique” session of the 2010 Hixon-Riggs Public Forum on Science, Technology, and Society at Harvey Mudd College on 19 February. He also gave a colloquium talk, “Exploding Plants: Nature’s Weapons of Mass Reproduction,” at Harvey Mudd on 10 March.