March-April 2011 @Pomona Newsletter
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- The next staff holiday will be Memorial Day on Monday, May 30.
- Human Resources reminds you to save the date for the 2011 Summer Recreation Program: Monday, June 27, through Friday, August 6.
- Other dates for your radar: Alumni Weekend is taking place Thursday, April 28 to Sunday, May 1, and Commencement is on Sunday, May 15.
- Information session for the new studio art building: On Wednesday, April 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., staff from wHY Architecture will be available in room 208 of the Smith Campus center to review and discuss plans for the new facility. The project is currently in the schematic design phase, meaning that basic floor plans and exterior concepts for the hall are developing.
- This year's staff picnic will be held on Wednesday, May 18 from 11:30-1:30 on the Smith Campus Center Lawn. Staff Council reports that they have lined up the popular Tropical/Mexico Lindo restaurant to do the catering and, as usual, there will be prizes and games for those who attend!
- Staff Council is still seeking volunteers for the Claremont Fourth of July Parade. We need ideas, volunteers to decorate, and people to march on July 4. Contact Holly Duncan for more information.
- A team of political scientists at CGU are seeking people to participate in a study of how people make voting decisions. The study takes approximately 90 minutes to complete and is done on the computer. The grant provides $30 for completing the study. The only eligibility is that participants must be able to read English from a computer screen and be 18 years or older. Contact email@example.com for more information.
- Please keep an eye out for the upcoming annual Rideshare survey. We hope everyone participates because HR has a cool gift to give those who does!
Last Thursday--4/7/11 or 4+7=11--we celebrated the 47th birthday of 47. It was 47 years ago that Laurens "Laurie" Mets '68 and Bruce Elgin '68 set out to determine whether 47 shows up randomly in nature more often than any other number. That experiment, which was something of a lark, turned into a numerical icon for Sagehens.
As this is the faculty and staff newsletter, we'd like to bring your attention to the "47 Reasons to Love Pomona" list. Compiled by Staff Council last fall with the help of staff and faculty suggestions, this list comprises all the great things we love about working at Pomona.
The Faculty/Staff Campaign Committee would like to thank the more than 170 donors who have given more than $365,000 so far during Campaign Pomona: Daring Minds. With gifts ranging from $100,000 annuities to $5 to the Annual Fund, everyone in the Pomona community has a role to play in supporting the important initiatives for providing financial aid to meet the needs of all Pomona students, enhancing the learning resources, and sustaining the supportive environment that defines our campus. We hope all members of the community will choose to participate through a gift to the Annual Fund. Please visit our website to learn how you can get involved. Every gift makes a difference!
Vicki Hirales, academic coordinator for Religious Studies, Classics, Philosophy and PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) is the 2010-11 recipient of the Peter W. Stanley Distinguished Staff Award. Vicki began working at Pomona College in 1993 as the purchasing order specialist in the Business Office. She left in 1996 to stay home with her then newborn son, Justin, and returned as an on-call assistant in 1999. That same year, she was hired again full-time as the administrative assistant in the Philosophy Department. Over the years, Vicki's job has expanded to include religious studies, classics and PPE. Vicki lives in Alta Loma with her partner George, her son Justin and her two-year-old Yorkshire terrier Bonham.
Please join us in congratulating Vicki on her award, as well as all the other staff members who received staff recognition awards for their years of service at Pomona College!
This month, Nancy Treser-Osgood, director of Alumni Relations, shares news about the upcoming alumni weekend. Do you have department news you'd like to share? Email Laura Tiffany to participate in our "Catching Up With" segment!
Alumni Relations is about to enter its busiest month of the year, preparing for Alumni Weekend. Every year we welcome back about 1,200 alumni and guests to campus. This year, alumni from classes that end in 1 and 6 will be visiting from April 28 to May 1. During this time, CMC, Scripps and Harvey Mudd will also be hosting their reunions.
We have many new and exciting events on the packed schedule, including a dinner hosted by the Pomona Student Union, several “Daring Minds” lectures throughout the day on Friday, a career networking event with the CDO and current students, tours of the new residence halls, a planetarium show, a LGBTA Alumni Affinity Lunch with the QRC, and retirement celebrations for faculty members Jerry Irish, Monique Saigal and Toni Clark and staff members Neil Gerard and Deanna Bos.
We’re also excited to announce that Elspeth Hilton ‘08 will be our first official “Tweeter” for Alumni Weekend. All weekend, she will be reminding participants about events and posting updates. You can follow her at www.twitter.com/e_hilton.
Alumni Weekend is truly a team effort, and we want to acknowledge and thank our colleagues in Advancement, as well as all of the other staff and faculty across the campus who work alongside us to welcome our alumni back home to Pomona.
- Rosa Cabrera, building attendant, Housekeeping
- Rudolfo Cuevas, cook II, Dining Services
- Michael Gove, sous chef manager, Dining Services
- Mazen Kharoufeh, cook III, Dining Services
- Olivia Ramirez, building attendant, Housekeeping
- Rafael Rasura, building attendant, Housekeeping
- Brittni Stenmo, assistant to the registrar, Registrar's Office
- The 47th Anniversary of 47
- Pomona's Mobile Solar Energy Station, SolTrain, Wins Award
- Raymond Lu '11 Awarded Carnegie Fellowship
- Isaac Jenkins '10 Wins UK Fulbright Grant
- Laura Gamse '07 Premieres Film About South African Artists
- Obituary: Clarence "Motts" Thomas
- Photos: The New North Campus Residence Halls
- Professor Arash Khazeni Wins 2010 Middle East Studies Association Book Award
- Associate Dean Neil Gerard Receives Service Award From the Association of American College unions International
- Sameul Gold '11 and Afshin Khan '11 Win Prestigious Watson Fellowships
- Video: The Martha Graham Dance Company Residency at Pomona College
- Pomona Announces Speakers for 114th Commencement
- Queer Resource Center to Become an Official 7C Organization
- Slideshow: the Offbeat Steampunk World of the Theatre Department's "Threepenny Opera"
- Slideshow: Family Weekend 2011
- Museum Director Kathleen Howe Curates New Photography Exhibition at the Getty Villa
- Video: Bill Gates at Pomona College
- Video: Oliver Stone Screens South of the Border at Pomona
David Arase (Politics) and Tsuneo Akaha’s co-edited book, The US-Japan Alliance: Balancing Soft and Hard Power in East Asia (Routledge, 2009), has been awarded the 2011 Masayoshi Ohira Memorial Prize, given to authors of outstanding foreign policy books related to Japan and Asia.
Jay Atlas (Linguistics & Cognitive Science and Philosophy) is the author of "Intuition, the Paradigm Case Argument, and the Two Dogmas of Kant'otelianism," in Meaning and Analysis: New Essays on Grice, ed. Klaus Petrus (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2010), pp. 47-74. Atlas also gave two lectures at Rutgers University, "Whatever Happened to Meaning? Contextualism and Underdeterminacy" and "Representation and Interpretation: Ways of Talking about Sights, Sounds, Words, and Neurons.” He gave a version of the second lecture at the City University of New York Graduate Center as well, and at both places he consulted with graduate students on their dissertation topics.
Lisa Anne Auerbach (Art & Art History) has an exhibition of new work at the Gavlak Gallery in Palm Beach, FL, from 19 February through 26 March.
Mary Barr (ACLS Fellow in Sociology and Africana Studies) co-chaired a panel, “What Isn’t African American Studies,” at the Critical Ethnic Studies conference held at the University of California, Riverside, in March.
Graydon Beeks (Music) has received a W. Jackson Bate/Douglas W. Bryant/American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship from the Houghton Library of Harvard University. Beek's article "Some Thoughts on Musical Organization in L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato" has been reprinted in the anthology Handel, ed. David Vickers (Ashgate Press, 2010). The anthology is part of a five-volume series titled The Baroque Composers.
Ralph Bolton (Anthropology) gave a paper, “From the Altiplano to Santa Fe: Chijnaya Artists and the International Folk Art Market,” at the Society for Applied Anthropology’s annual meeting, held in Seattle in late March. At the conference he also made a presentation, “Troubling Gender: Freedom and Constraints in Handling Gender Inside and Outside the Classroom,” in a session entitled “Pink, Blue and Rainbow: How Anthropologists Discuss Gender in the Classroom” and served on a panel, “Generations of Knowledge and Research Traditions: 60 Years of Applied Anthropology in the Callejón de Huaylas and Wider Peru.”
Bolton also published an article, “The Survival of Andean Pastoralism,” in Anthropology News (March 2011), pp. 40-41.
Tony Boston (Physical Education/Athletics) was awarded a Doctorate in Health Education from A. T. Still University of Health Sciences. For his dissertation, he designed an alcohol education program for today’s NCAA student-athletes.
An essay by Eleanor Brown (Economics) et al. is the second most cited article from the Journal of Human Resources, a leading publication in labor economics. “Charitable Giving by Married Couples: Who Decides and Why Does It Matter?” appeared in J. Human Resources 38 (1 January 2003), pp. 111-33.
Paul Cahill (Romance Languages & Literatures) is the author of "«El otoño del paradigma»: La fuente como un pájaro escondido (1968) de Jorge Urrutia,” in El mar de la palabra: La poesía de Jorge Urrutia, ed. Francisco Estévez and Isabel Román Gutiérrez (Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2011), pp. 59-86.
On 3 March, Gabriel Chandler (Mathematics) gave a talk, "Smooth Tree Based Level Set Estimation,” at the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, in Oberwolfach, Germany, as part of the mini-workshop “Level Sets and Depth Contours in High Dimensional Data.”
Susana Chávez-Silverman (Romance Languages & Literatures) gave a performed reading from her books, Killer Crónicas and Scenes from la Cuenca de L.A. y otros Natural Disasters, at the University of California, Davis, on 19 March. She also gave two presentations, “Bilingualism & the Literary Imagination: A Reading & Conversation with Susana Chávez-Silverman,” at the University of Southern California on 22 March, and "Code-Switching and the Literary Imagination” at California State University, Northridge, on 21 February.
Ludwig Chincarini (Economics) and Christina Contreras ‘09 are the authors of "Home Bias and International Betting Markets: Can Institutional Constraints and Behavioral Biases Lead to Arbitrage Profits?" in The Journal of Gambling Business and Economics 4:3 (2010), pp 20-30.
Christopher Chinn (Classics) has an article, “Nec discolor amnis: Intertext and Aesthetics in Statius’ Shield of Crenaeus (Theb. 9.332-338),” in Phoenix 64 (2010): 148-69
Martin Crawford (Orientation Adventure/Outdoor Education Center) presented a workshop, "Making a Difference - One Trip at a Time," at the national conference for the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) in November.
Kevin Dettmar (English) was elected to a five-year term on the Executive Committee of the Modern Language Association’s Division on Twentieth-Century English Literature.
Donna M. Di Grazia (Music) was appointed to the College’s David J. Baldwin Professorship in Music.
Anne Dwyer (German & Russian) has an article, "Of Hats and Trains: Cultural Traffic in Leskov's and Dostoevskii's Westward Journeys,” in Slavic Review 70:1 (2011), pp. 67-93.
Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Media Studies) published three articles: "The Digital Future of Authorship: Rethinking Originality," in the open-access online journal Culture Machine 12 (2011); "Keywords for Open Peer Review," with Katherine Rowe, in LOGOS: Journal of the World Book Community 21:3-4 (2010), pp. 133-41; and "Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy," in the Association of Departments of English Bulletin 150 (2010), pp. 41-54.
She also gave invited talks at the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas, the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University, and the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois.
Erica Flapan (Mathematics) gave a talk, "Intrinsic Properties of Graphs Embedded in R^3," at California State University, Long Beach, on 4 February and at Denison University on 11 February. In addition, she gave a talk for the general public, "When Topology Meets Chemistry," at Denison on 10 February.
Peter Flueckiger (Asian Languages & Literatures) has been appointed a visiting researcher at the Institute of Asian Cultural Studies at International Christian University in Tokyo.
Stephan Ramon Garcia (Mathematics) is the author, with Daniel Poore ’11 and Madeline Wyse ’11, of "Unitary Equivalence to a Complex Symmetric Matrix: A Modulus Criterion" in Operators and Matrices 5:2 (2011), pp. 273-87. He is also coauthor, with Gizem Karaali (Mathematics) and Patrick Fleming, of “Classical Kloosterman Sums: Representation Theory, Magic Squares, and Ramanujan Multigraphs” in Journal of Number Theory 131:4 (April 2011), pp. 661-80.
He also gave a talk, "On a Problem of Halmos: Unitary Equivalence of a Matrix to Its Transpose," at the Southeastern Analysis Meeting at the University of Florida on 18 March.
Neil Gerard (Smith Campus Center/Student Affairs) was recognized for his decades of service to the Association of American College Unions International (ACUI), with the organization’s Honorary Membership award, during their annual meeting in early March in Chicago.
Gerard also presented an educational session, "Sustainability for Small Colleges: Size Matters," at the the 91st annual conference of the Association of College Unions International. He presented information about the work of the President's Advisory Committee on Sustainability and their work in such projects as: Sol-Train, native plantings, shower timers, compost buckets, drying racks and myriad other programs at Pomona. He was joined in the presentation by former Pomona staff person, David Swenson, now the director of the Student Union at University of Minnesota, Morris.
George Gorse (Art & Art History) gave a paper, “Genoese Chronicles and the Problem of Everyday Life,” at the Cultural Dynamics of Everyday Life conference held at Claremont Graduate University on 26 February. He gave another talk, “Triumphal Entry and the Making of Renaissance Genoa,” in a session on “Triumphal Entries and Civic Identities” at the Renaissance Society of America meeting in Montreal on 26 March.
Hillary Gravendyk (English) presented a paper, “From This Distance Thinking Toward You: George Oppen’s Ethical Intersubjectivity,” at the Modern Language Association conference in Los Angeles on 8 January.
Eric Grosfils (Geology) was appointed to the Minnie B. Cairns Memorial Professorship in Geology. He also gave a talk, "New Mechanical Insights into Ring Fault Initiation and Caldera Formation on Terrestrial Planets," and co-authored another presentation, "The Development of Giant Radiating Dike Swarms on Venus from Coupled Mechanical Models,” at the 42nd annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston on 10 March. Grosfils also co-authored "Evolution of Large Venusian Volcanoes: Insights from Coupled Models of Lithospheric Flexure and Magma Reservoir Pressurization" in Journal of Geophysical Research – Planets 116, E03009, doi:10.1029/2010JE003654 (2011). The article was selected as a Research Highlight by the journal Nature Geoscience.
Katherine Hagedorn (Music and Dean of the College’s Office) gave an invited paper, "Mole Yansa: Embodying the Sacred Knowledge of Babalú-Ayé," at the African Dance Diaspora: A Symposium on Embodied Knowledge conference held at Harvard University, 25-27 March.
Jonathan Hall (Media Studies) gave a guest lecture, "Unfinished Fascist: Okawa Shûmei and the Film Never Made," at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, on 1 December. He also presented a paper, "Screen as Interruption: Multiple Projection Technologies in Mid-Century Japan," and participated in a conference, “Impure Cinema: Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Approaches to World Cinema,” at the University of Leeds in early December.
Hall also translated Mizoguchi Akiko’s "Felix Gonzalez-Torres" for the exhibition catalog Love's Body: Art in the Age of AIDS, ed. Kasahara Michiko (Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, 2010), pp. 143-45 and 178-79. He curated a program of experimental animation by the Japanese filmmaker Kurosaka Keita at the 49th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival, 22-27 March, and facilitated a tsunami benefit screening of the main feature, Midori-Ko, at the University of Southern California on 23 March.
Laura L. Mays Hoopes (Biology) presented the Oxford College Lyceum Lecture, “Breaking through the Spiral Ceiling,” at Emory University on 10 February. She delivered the same reading and lecture at Scripps College on 8 March. Hoopes was also selected for the American Association of University Women’s Voices Project, which provides training in the writing of op-ed pieces on women’s issues.
Arthur Horowitz (Theatre & Dance) gave a presentation on “Foreign Adaptation and Cultural Appropriation of Shakespeare” for the Shakespeare Club of the Pomona Valley on 14 February.
Kathleen Howe (Art & Art History) curated a photography exhibition, “In Search of Biblical Lands: From Jerusalem to Jordan in 19th-Century Photography,” on view at the Getty Villa from 2 March through 12 September. In conjunction with the exhibit, she gave a lecture, “Traveling through Bible Lands: The Dream and the Reality,” at the Getty Villa on 26 March. For more information on the exhibit: www.getty.edu.
Gizem Karaali (Mathematics) gave two talks: “Classical Kloosterman Sums: Representation Theory, Magic Squares and Ramanujan Multigraphs," at the Claremont Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics seminar on 15 February, and "How HOT Is Your Geometry? A Tropical Excursion," at the Fullerton College Mathematics Colloquium on 15 March.
Nina Karnovsky (Biology) gave an invited talk, “Asking the Auks about Arctic Oscillations,” at the Gordon Research Conference on Polar Marine Science held in Ventura, 20-25 March.
David Kauchak (Computer Science) is the author, with Guillermo-Gomez Hicks, of “Dynamic Game Difficulty Balancing for Backgammon,” in Proceedings of the Association for Computing Machinery SouthEastern (ACMSE), 2011.
Peter Kung (Philosophy) gave an invited talk, "Thought Experiments in Ethics," at California State University, Northridge, on 23 February. He also published "On Having No Reason: Dogmatism and Bayesian Confirmation" in Synthese 177:1 (2010), pp. 1-17; doi: 10.1007/s11229-009-9578-9.
Jade Star Lackey (Geology) presented a paper, "Styles of Magmatism in the Sierran Arc: A Phenocryst-to-Pluton Perspective," to the Fresno State University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences on 4 February.
Thomas Leabhart (Theatre & Dance) taught for Pas de Dieux in Paris from 22 November to 10 December, for the Istanbul Municipal Theatre from 20 to 24 December, for the Atelier Gekken in Kyoto from 7 to 10 January; and for the Nirman School in Varanase, India, from 18 to 28 January.
Jonathan Lethem (English) was featured in “The Writer’s Life: A Sunny Move for New Yorker Jonathan Lethem,” which appeared in the Los Angeles Times on 13 February.
Joyce Lu (Theatre & Dance) created and performed a solo dance entitled "Please Don't Leave Me, I'm Almost (Un)done" as part of the Body Weather Laboratory's “Flower of the Season” series, 11-13 February. She also danced with Gadung Kasturi Balinese Dance and Music at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco on 24 and 25 February.
An opinion piece by Pardis Mahdavi (Anthropology), “When Help Is the Problem,” was published in the Huffington Post. Mahdavi chaired a panel and presented a paper, “Music in the Iranian Underground,” at the Human Rights and the Arts in Iran conference held at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC, on 1 March. She also helped to organize the conference. On 10 March she gave a talk, “Women, Gender, and Gendered Discourses of Rights in the Middle East,” at Claremont McKenna College’s International Place for International Women’s Day.
Stephen Marks (Economics) is the author of “Lao Economic Policies and Effective Rates of Protection” in Journal of Asian Economics 22 (April 2011), pp. 115-27. He and Gary Smith (Economics) are co-authors of “The Two-Child Paradox Reborn?” in the American Statistical Association journal Chance 24 (Winter 2011), pp. 54-59.
The Mexican Association of Theatre Journalists named the National Theatre Company of Mexico’s production of Zoot Suit the best musical of the year. In addition to performing in the production, Alma Martinez (Theatre & Dance) was instrumental in bringing it to the stage and serving as its US-Mexico project coordinator. Martinez also initiated and oversaw the initial mounting of the touring pictorial exhibit “LA in the Zoot Suit Era,” which traveled to Hanford, CA, for the 6th Annual Professional Latin American Association’s Noche de Cultura on 12 February. The exhibit was curated by Claremont Graduate University alumna Lugene Whitely.
On 15 February, Martinez participated in a reading of the independent film Love Triangle, which is slated to begin shooting in Los Angeles this summer.
Denise Miller (Asian & Romance Languages & Literatures) reports that her daughter Elizabeth Miler has moved from Eventing to XC Mountain Bike Racing. She competed in the 17th Annual Southridge Winter Series 2001 in January, February and March, and finished first in all four races to become the Sport Women 34 & Under winner.
Nivia Montenegro (Romance Languages & Literatures) organized and chaired a special session, “Memorializing Cuba: Revisions of History,” at the Modern Language Association annual convention in Los Angeles, 6-9 January.
Artwork by Sandeep Mukherjee (Art & Art History) is featured in the exhibition “Goldmine” at the University Art Museum of California State University, Long Beach, 5 February – 10 April.
Gilda Ochoa (Sociology and Chicano/a-Latino/a Studies) has received a Haynes Foundation Faculty Fellowship of $12,000 for her project “Structuring Education Experiences: Asian Americans and Latinas/os in a Los Angeles County High School.” She is one of eight awardees this year.
Daniel O'Leary (Chemistry) and colleagues published "On the Origin of Conformational Kinetic Isotope Effects" in Angewandte Chemie International Edition 50:11 (7 March 2011), pp. 2564-67.
Bryan Penprase (Physics & Astronomy) gave an invited talk at the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, in connection with his book The Power of Stars on 28 February.
Jennifer Perry (Anthropology) and Emma Slayton PZ ’11 presented a co-authored paper, "Island Consumers: Evidence of Imports on Santa Cruz Island," at the 45th annual meeting of the Society for California Archaeology, Rohnert Park, CA, on 11 March.
William Peterson (Music) presented a paper, "World War I Apprehended through the Lenses of Czech Music," at the National Meeting of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies in Los Angeles, 18-21 November.
Sheila Pinkel’s (Art & Art History) work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Santa Monica College Emeritus Gallery from 4 February through 25 March. Work by Pinkel appeared in Lynn Kienholtz’s book L.A. Rising: SoCal Artists Before 1980 (California International Arts Foundation, 2010), which is part of the Getty project "Pacific Standard Time"; and in Bryan Penprase’s (Physics & Astronomy) The Power of Stars: How Celestial Observations Have Shaped Civilization (Springer, 2011).
Virginie Pouzet-Duzer (Romance Languages and Literatures) published two articles: "Le jardin Mallarmé: ‘les fleurs d'abord,’" in Projets de Paysage 5 (2011) and "L'énigmatique maison de verre" in Exotérisme: Etudes sur les ressorts de la clarté, ed. Pascale Hummel (Philologicum, 2010), pp. 239-53.
William Ransom (Art & Art History) has two sculptures in an exhibition, “The “February Show,” at Ogilvy & Mather in New York City. The show aims to highlight the diverse perspectives behind the concept of Black History Month.
With colleagues from Amherst and Oberlin, Dara Regaignon (College Writing and English) organized a Mellon 23 workshop, “Teaching and Sustaining Multidisciplinary First-Year Seminar Programs,” on the Pomona campus, 11-12 February.
Hans Rindisbacher (German & Russian) has been awarded a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) grant of 3900 euros for summer research on a project titled “The Odor of Repression: Perfumery under Fascism.”
Joti Rockwell (Music) has an article, "Time on the Crooked Road: Isochrony, Meter, and Disruption in Old-Time Country and Bluegrass Music," in Ethnomusicology 55:1 (Winter 2011), pp. 55-76.
Monique Saigal (Romance Languages & Literatures) gave presentations about women in the French Resistance to audiences at Claremont Manor on 21 December and at Mount San Antonio Gardens on 24 February.
John Seery (Politics) organized a conference, “Political Theory in the Liberal Arts,” held at Princeton University on 18 February. He also recently delivered several keynote addresses: “Going Global in the Liberal Arts: Outsourcing Our Soul-Searching,” at the Owens Conference on Human Capital and Global Business, Austin College, on 3 March; “From Guilty Pleasures to Unabashed Truths: Why I Still Love Teaching Great Books,” at the Undergraduate Conference on Core Texts, Pepperdine University, on 4 March; and “Liberal Arts Education in the U.S.,” at the Fifth Thailand-US Education Roundtable, Bangkok, on 29 March.
Jason Smith (ITS) has been selected for the 2011 Team Odwalla sponsored triathlon team, made up of 200 individuals concentrated in California, New York City, Boston and Miami. The selection was based on athletic accomplishment, a strong affinity toward the preservation of the environment and sphere of influence with in the endurance community. Smith was also part of Team Odawalla in 2010.
David Tanenbaum (Physics & Astronomy) gave an invited talk on “Mentoring Undergraduate Research” at the American Physical Society meeting in Dallas on 21 March.
Michael Teter (Politics) is the author of “Recusal Legislating: Congress's Answer to Institutional Stalemate” in Harvard Journal on Legislation 48:1 (2011), pp. 1-48, and “Equality among Equals: Is the Senate Cloture Rule Unconstitutional?” in Marquette Law Review 94 (2011), pp. 101-66.
Valorie Thomas (English and Africana Studies) published an op-ed essay, “Call and Response (Il)literacy,” in the Huffington Post on 8 December.
Samuel Yamashita (History) served as a discussant for the panel “Nourishing Ideas: Food History in the Archives and the Classroom” at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting, which was held in Boston in January. That month he also delivered a lecture titled “Popular Resistance against the Wartime Japanese Government” to alumni in Tokyo.
Yamashita also received a grant from the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies to spend two weeks in Tokyo searching for memoirs written by people evacuated as children from the big cities to the countryside in 1944-45. He brought back nearly two dozen memoirs.