October 2013 @Pomona Newsletter
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- Upcoming holidays: The Thanksgiving staff holiday begins at 3 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 27, and continues on Thu., Nov. 28, and Fri., Nov. 29.
- Free family fun: Attend an athletic event at Pomona and support the Sagehens! Admission is always free. View the Fall/Winter schedule here [docx] .
Due to changes with the Affordable Healthcare Act, ALL benefits-eligible staff and faculty must actively enroll in health care during Open Enrollment every year using the new HR/Payroll system, UltiPro. Look for an email from Oct. 8 with instructions for logging in, and attend the following Open Enrollment Informational Meetings on Pomona's campus to ask questions and speak with a benefits representative from the CUC Benefits Administration:
- Tue., Oct. 22, 10am – 12pm, Rose Hills Theatre (Spanish)
- Tue., Oct. 29, 11am – 12pm, Rose Hills Theatre (English)
- Thu., Nov. 7, 3pm - 4 pm, Rose Hills Theatre (English)
You may also attend Open Enrollment meetings on other campuses. The schedule is attached to the same HR email from Oct. 8.
This year, the benefits fair is conveniently located in the Edmunds Ballroom on Thu., Oct. 24, from 10am - 2 pm. Don’t miss the opportunity to speak to your insurance carrier representatives, gather helpful information about your plans, and get free health screenings. You can enjoy healthy snacks, receive a free massage, and enjoy giveaways, samples and prizes.
We have some new social accounts to follow! Follow us on Instagram at @pomonacollege or you can view photos online at www.instagram.com/pomonacollege. If you took a great photo on campus and would like to possibly share it on our Instagram, email it to Laura Tiffany.
The Office of Alumni Relations has also started a Twitter account, which you can follow it at www.twitter.com/sagehenalumni. To view all Pomona College social media accounts, visit www.pomona.edu/social/links/index.aspx. Is your office or department account missing from that page? Email Laura Tiffany to have it added!
This academic year is the 100th anniversary of the founding of Pomona’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter. To celebrate our centennial, the chapter will host a series of presentations given by departments/programs at Pomona to spark a campus conversation on liberal arts education. Each event will be held in the Frank Dining Hall Blue Room at noon. All members of the Pomona College community (faculty, staff, and students) are invited to attend. The cost of lunch will be covered with the generous support of the Office of the President. For more information, please contact Professor Mary Paster.
Tue., Oct. 15
“Embodied Knowledge: Performance and the Liberal Arts” - presented by Theatre and Dance
“From Studia Humanitatis to the Liberal Arts: Art History, the Museum, and Modern Visual Cultures” - presented by Art History
Tue., Nov. 5
“How does a ‘new’ discipline become part of the liberal arts?” - presented by STS (Science, Technology, and Society)
“Writing in/and the Liberal Arts” - presented by Dara Regaignon, Director of College Writing
Mon., Dec. 9
“Liberal Arts and the Art of Disagreement” - presented by Philosophy
“The centrality of computer science to a modern liberal arts education” - presented by Computer Science
For future presentations (date TBA), visit http://research.pomona.edu/pbk/.
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Are you planning an event with food at some point this semester? Want to make your event more green? It's easier than ever to use reusable dishes and silverware. You can check out a Greenware kit from the Sustainability Integration Office, or request Corelle Dinnerware from Pomona Catering. All for free of course!
For casual events, check out reusable dishware by emailing the Sustainability Integration Office to place the order. You'll pick up the dishware and return the (dirty) dishes to the SIO. For catering orders up to 40 guests, when you send in a request for catering, put a note in the special instructions on Catertrax reading "CORELLE DINNERWARE." This service is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Michael Snyder, HVAC technician, Facilities and Campus Services
- Prof. Tahir Andrabi Awarded $745,000 Grant By the World Bank to Expand Study on Education in Pakistan
- Nidhi Gandhi '15 and the Curatorial Challenges and Rewards of "Resonant Minds" Exhibit at the Pomona College Museum of Art
- Museum of Tolerance Holocaust Exhibit at Pomona Featured in the Daily Bulletin
- Arye Barnehama ‘13 and Laura Berman ‘13, Named to “25 Under 25” List of Technology Innovators
- Pomona-Pitzer Football Player Duncan Hussey ’13 Featured in the Los Angeles Times
- Who's in the Class of 2017?
- Prof. Kyla Tompkins' Racial Indigestion Awarded Two Book Prizes
- Char Miller Awarded the Pinchot Medallion for Distinguished Leadership in Forestry Conservation
- Popular Science Explains the Science Behind the Art of James Turrell '65, Who Has Simultaneous Shows at LACMA and the Guggenheim
- Phonecast: The Supreme Court and the Future of the Constitution
- Pomona College Joins the Say Yes Higher Education Compact
- Video: Professor Len Seligman on the Trials of an Expert Witness
- Sagehen Report: September 16
- Sagehen Report: September 23
- Sagehen Report: September 30
- Sagehen Report: October 07
- Sagehen Report: October 14
Scholarly Talk, Presentation or Conference
Betty Bernhard (Theatre and Dance) screened her documentary film Out! Loud! at the "Women in Asian Theatre" conference at Lincoln University in Lincoln, U.K., in September.
On September 6, Ralph Bolton '61 (Anthropology) delivered a paper, "Micro Crédito en Zonas Rurales del Perú: El Modelo de Fondos Rotatorios de Chijnaya" (co-authored with Ann Stromberg and Jhuver Aguirre), at the International Seminar on Applied Anthropology - Reflections on Professional Practice, sponsored by the Colegio Profesional de Antropólogos del Perú, and held at the Universid Nacional Federico Villarreal in Lima.
Susana Chávez-Silverman (Romance Languages and Literatures) read and discussed her work at events titled “My Doubled (He)art: del Sur, California/South Africa” in South Africa in June. She spoke with literature and language faculty at the University of Cape Town on 3 June and with post-graduate students in English and Afrikaans at Stellensbosch University on 6 June. She also read from "Alquimia armisteadiana Crónica" as an invited author at a memorial for Samuel G. Armistead at UC Davis' Buehler Alumni Center on 7 September.
Virginie Duzer (Romance Languages and Literatures) presented the paper "The 1947 Surrealist Exhibition: a Stage for Literary History" via Skype during the Time & Temporality in European Modernism and the Avant-Gardes (1900-1950) conference that took place in Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium on 16-18 September.
Char Miller (Environmental Analysis) lectured on "Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and the Conservation Agenda" at the "Forest Conservation in the Anthropocene" conference in Washington, DC, on 18 September. He spoke on "Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot" on 19 September and "Repairing the Land, Four Generations at a Time" on 20 September, both at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, Pennsylvania.
Monique Saigal-Escudero (Romance Languages and Literatures) gave a presentation in French on "Enfant cachée, Femmes résistantes pendant la 2e guerre mondiale" and showed her short documentary at the Alliance française in New Orleans on 20 September. On 24 September, she gave the presentation "Hidden Child, Women's Clandestine Activities in France during WWII" to the Jewish Community Center in New Orleans.
Kyla Wazana Tompkins (English, Gender and Women's Studies) was part of the "Love and Theft at 20" roundtable at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference in Orland, Florida, in August. Her work was also featured as part of a panel spotlighting new work in Theatre and Performance Studies.
Graydon Beeks (Music) published "'O Sing unto the Lord': The Selection of Anthem Texts for Cannons" in the Handel Jahrbuch in July 2013.
Eileen J. Cheng (Asian Languages and Literatures Department) published "Records of a Minor Historian: Lu Xun on Zhang Taiyan" in Frontiers of Literary Studies in China 7:3, pp. 367-395.
Robert Gaines (Geology) published the paper "Paleoredox and pyritization of soft-bodied fossils in the Ordovician Frankfort Shale of New York" with colleagues from Yale and Harvard in the American Journal of Science 313, pp. 452-489. He and Mark Torres '10 published the paper "Paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic interpretations of the late Paleocene Goler Formation, Southern California, U.S.A., based on paleosol geochemistry" in the Journal of Sedimentary Research 83, pp. 591-605.
Stephan Garcia (Mathematics) "A method for generating realistic correlation matrices" with Johanna Hardin (Mathematics) and David Golan (Tel Aviv University) in the Annals of Applied Statistics 7:3, pp. 1733-1762.
Eric Grosfils (Geology) published, with Shelley Chestler '12, "Using numerical modeling to explore the origin of intrusion patterns on Fernandina volcano, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador" in Geophysical Research Letters 40:17, pp. 4565-4569. The work was derived from Chestler's thesis research.
Malkiat Johal (Chemistry), with Angelika Niemz (Keck Graduate Institute) and Jorge Mejia '15, published the article "DNA Adsorption to and Elution from Silica Surfaces: Influence of Amino Acid Buffers" in The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 117:37, pp 10742-10749.
Jennifer Locke (Career Development Office) published "Dangerous Fortune-telling in Frances Burney's Camilla" in Eighteenth-Century Fiction 25:4, pp. 701-720.
Pardis Mahdavi (Anthropology) published her third book: From Trafficking to Terror: Constructing a Global Social Problem (London: Routledge, 2013).
Char Miller (Environmental Analysis) published a new book: Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2013).
Kevin Sea (Chemistry) co-authored "Yeast copper-zinc superoxide dismutase can be activated in the absence of its copper chaperone" in the Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry.
Samuel Yamashita (History) published "The Significance of Hawai'i Regional Cuisine in Postcolonial Hawai'i" was recently published in Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader (New York University Press, 2013), eds. Robert Ji-Song Ku, et al, pp. 98-122. This is the first anthology devoted to Asian American cuisines.
Honor or Award
On 20 September, Char Miller (Environmental Analysis) was awarded the Pinochet Medallion “in recognition of distinguished leadership and sustained contributions to advancing forest thought, policy and action,” from the Pinchot Institute for Conservation.
Racial Indigestion by Kyla Wazana Tompkins (English, Gender and Women's Studies) was awarded the Lora Romero prize for best first book in American Studies by the American Studies Association. The award will be presented at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November.
The film and theatre work of Betty Bernhard (Theatre and Dance) was featured in John Pixley's column in The Claremont Courier on 20 September.
From September 19-25, Ralph Bolton '61 (Anthropology) led an international delegation of visitors to Peru to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the community of Chijnaya. Bolton was instrumental as a Peace Corps volunteer (1962-1965) in creating this new community with refugees from a flood zone on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The delegation included individuals from Australia, Peru, the United States, Mexico, and Canada, and Pomona College alumni from the classes of 1961, 1982, 1984 and 2013.
Martin Crawford (Outdoor Education Center) reports that the OEC and the Office of Black Student Affairs hosted a documentary screening on 13 September of White Wash, an exploration of race in America through the eyes of the ocean via the history of African Americans and water culture from slavery and civil rights wade-ins to surfing in contemporary times. A panel discussion included director Ted Woods, surfers Dedon Kamathi and Andrea Kabwasa, and Alison Rose Jefferson '80, a historian interviewed in the film. Following OBSA's student retreat the following weekend, the OEC provided surf lessons from the Black Surfers Collective in Santa Monica.
Crawford also notes that the Orientation Adventure (OA) program of Pomona College sent 400+ first-years and transfers on orientation trips to 13 different locations. Faculty and staff joining the trips included President David Oxtoby, Fernando Lozano (Economics), Kayla McCulley (Alumni Relations), Tomas Summers Sandoval (Chicana/o~Latina/o Studies, History), Melissa Petreaca (Biology), Gabe Chandler (Mathematics), JP Gowdy (Athletics), Louise Cosand (Psychology, Neuroscience), and Will Hummel (Admissions). This year, Pomona provided a community engagement or environmental service project on every one of the 31 OA trips.
Robert Gaines' (Geology) research on the "Cambrian explosion" was recently featured in a perspectives piece in Science, and was covered in many media outlets, including a New York Times article and podcast. This work was originally featured in Nature 484, pp. 363-366 ("Formation of the 'Great Unconformity' as a trigger for the Cambrian explosion").
Char Miller (Environmental Analysis) was interviewed about his new book, Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot, by Pennsylvania public radio station WVIA (MP3 link).