Current Faculty Accomplishments
Faculty Accomplishments is a monthly list of lectures, books, publications, conference activities, honors, grants, performances, exhibitions and other news, provided by the faculty of Pomona College. To submit an accomplishment, fill out our form.
Allan Barr, professor of Chinese, published a translation of Yu Hua's short story “Boy in the Twilight” in the July 2014 issue of the British magazine Prospect, pp. 78-80. He also published a translation of an op-ed piece by Yu Hua titled “The True Cost of China's Fakes” in the June 10 issue of The International New York Times.
Graydon Beeks, professor of music, presented a paper on “Post-authorial changes to Handel's Cannons Music” at a conference held in conjunction with the annual Handel Festival in Halle (Saale), Germany on June 10-11.
Betty Bernhard, professor of theater and dance, had her documentary Out! Loud!, which details LGBT life in Pune, shown at “The 5th Kaishish 2014, the Largest Queer Film Festival in India" in Mumbai in late May. It was one of the few U.S. films picked by the jury.
Ralph Bolton, professor of anthropology, delivered the keynote address at the ceremony for the swearing in of the 2014-2016 officers of the Peruvian Professional Anthropologists' Guild (Colegio Profesional de Antroplogos del Per) on June 11. His topic was the current state of the discipline of anthropology and recommendations for future directions, with special emphasis on the Peruvian context.
Donna M. Di Grazia, David J. Baldwin professor of music, authored a review of Ryan Minor's Choral Fantasies: Music, Festivity, and Nationhood in Nineteenth-Century Germany (Cambridge University Press, 2012) in the Journal of the American Musicology Society 67:1, pp. 244-250. She performed with the Millennium Consort Singers in “An Evening with Shakespeare,” which was held on April 25 at the Moss Theatre in Santa Monica as part of Los Angeles's annual BritWeek celebration. The sold-out performance was a benefit for the Inner City Shakespeare Ensemble and the Hobart Elementary Shakespeareans.
Erica Flapan, Lingurn H. Burkhead professor of mathematics, co-authored the paper “Knotted and Linked Products of Recombination on T(2,n)#T(2,m) Substrates” in Journal of the Korean Mathematical Society 51, pp. 817-836.
Stephan Garcia, associate professor of mathematics, gave talks on “Approaches to Cauchy's Theorem" on June 6 and “A quick peek at supercharacters on abelian groups” on June 25 at Revitalizing Complex Analysis Workshop at Westmont College. He published the paper “Supercharacters, exponential sums, and the uncertainty principle” in Journal of Number Theory 144, pp. 151-175. Co-authors include J.L. Brumbaugh ’13, Madeleine Bulkow SCR ’14, Patrick S. Fleming, Luis Alberto Garcia German ‘14, Professor of Mathematics Gizem Karaali, Matt Michal (CGU), Andrew P. Turner HMC ‘14 and Hong Suh ’16.
Jill Grigsby, associate dean and professor of sociology, gave a presentation on “Global Education with High Impact and Deep Learning: A U.S. Liberal Arts College Perspective” as part of the forum “Exploring Internationally Competitive Private Liberal Arts Colleges” at International Christian University in Tokyo on June 14.
Heidi Haddad, assistant professor of politics, presented the paper “End Impunity Now!: The Judicialization of NGOs” at the International Studies Association Human Rights Joint Conference in Istanbul on June 16-18.
Malkiat Johal, professor of chemistry, presented the talk “DPI and QCM-D Measurements of Drug/Ligand Binding to Proteins and Lipid Membranes” at the 2014 DPI User Meeting at University College London on June 26-27.
Meg Jolley, lecturer in theater and dance, planned and organized the 2014 Annual Conference and General Meeting of the Board of Directors for the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT), which took place June 11-15 in Long Beach, California. On June 15, she was awarded a Certificate of Merit by AmSAT for three years of service on the board of directors.
Kristine Kaiser, visiting assistant professor of biology, gave a talk on “Assessment” at the National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education on June 27. She was also named National Academies Education Mentor in the Life Sciences.
Jade Star Lackey, associate professor of geology, and Rick Hazlett, professor of environmental analysis, co-authored the presentation “Age and origin of the Malapai Hill Basalt, Joshua Tree National Park, California,” which was delivered by geology major James Muller ’13 at the Cordilleran Meeting of the Geological Society of America on May 19-21 in Bozeman, Montana. Lackey also co-authored a presentation titled “Geochemical correlation of basalts in northern Deep Springs Valley, California, by x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy (XRF).” He presented the talk “O-Hf Records of magma sources in the Sierra Nevada batholith” at the 2014 V.M. Goldschmidt Geochemistry Conference in Sacramento on June 8-13, and co-authored three other presentations on topics including: “Hot and cold zircon growth in the Sierra Nevada Batholith”; “Continental arc island arc fluctuations, skarn formation and long-term climate”; and “Skarn garnet records of fluid control of decarbonation and ore type in the California arc.” Pomona student co-authors included Dulcie Head ‘14, and Anne Fulton ‘15.
Gilda Ochoa, professor of sociology and Chicana/o-Latina/o studies, was named co-recipient of the Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award through the American Sociological Association Section of Racial and Ethnic Minorities for the significant and distinguished contributions to the eradication of racism of her book Academic Profiling: Latinos, Asian Americans and the Achievement Gap. She was also elected to the American Sociological Association's Committee on Committees for 2014-2015.
Sara Olson, assistant professor of biology, presented a talk on “Cracking the eggshell: Assembly of protective barriers following fertilization of the C. elegans embryo” on June 20 at the Pacific Division meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at UC Riverside.
Adam Pearson, assistant professor of psychology, gave an invited talk titled “Broadening Participation in Environmental Organizations: Social Psychological Insight” on June 19 at the Environmental Defense Fund in New York, where he was also consulted on ways to increase diversity in their organization and in the environmental movement.
John Pennington, lecturer in theater and dance, presented the Pennington Dance Group in the Chinese Garden at the Huntington Museum and Library and at the El Camino Performing Arts Center in June. He is teaching summer intensives at Joffrey West in Los Angeles and at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp in Colorado.
Hans J. Rindisbcher, professor of German, was a discussant/commentator at the graduate student colloquium of Professor Oliver Lubrich at the Universitt Bern, Switzerland, Institut fr Germanistik from May 31-June 1.
Erin Runions, associate professor of religious studies, published the paper “Babel and the Fear of Same-Sex Marriage: Mapping Conservative Constellations” in Journal of Biblical Reception 1.1, pp. 47-65.
Monique Saigal-Escudero, professor of French emerita, gave a talk titled “Reclaiming the Past: Memories of a Hidden Child, and of Creative women during WWII” at the Chabad Jewish Community Center in Riverside, California, on June 16.
Anthony Shay, associate professor of theater and dance, is currently serving as visiting professor in the history department of Bogazici University in Istanbul. He is teaching the course “Dance, Ethnicity, and Nationalism” from June 23-August 12.
Michael Steinberger, associate professor of economics, presented his research on “Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Consumer Finance” at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington DC on June 25.