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.
Alan Barr, professor of Chinese, published a translation of Yu Hua's op-ed essay “Voting in China, a Distant Dream” in The New York Times on July 12. He also presented a paper titled “New Research on Dong Han and his San gang zhilue” at the 20th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies at Braga/Coimbra in Portugal on July 23-26.
Graydon Beeks, director of music programming and facilities and professor of music, presented a paper, “‘Sweet Bird’: The Story of Nellie Melba's 1907 Recording,” at the 16th Biennial Conference on Baroque Music in Salzburg, Austria, on July 12.
Mietek Boduszynski, associate professor of politics, was a member of the summer visiting faculty at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where he taught a course on “U.S. Foreign Policy and the New Silk Road.” He also helped organize and taught at “International Summer School on Transitional Justice and the Politics of Memory” in Cres, Croatia, which two Pomona students attended, and participated in an August 13 workshop on Transitional Justice in the Middle East through the Georgetown School of Foreign Service in Qatar.
Pamela Bromley, acting director of college writing and assistant professor of politics and international relations, presented an interactive workshop on “Peering Across Institutional Borders: Promoting New and Challenging Forms of Tutor-Tutor Collaboration in Research” at the European Writing Centers Association Conference in Frankfurt, Germany, on July 22.
Eleanor Brown, professor of economics, co-authored with her son Robert Prag an essay titled “Zombification Insurance,” which addresses the regulatory environment necessary to a smoothly functioning insurance market in light of a growing zombie presence. It was published in the newly released The Economics of the Undead (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).
Alfred Cramer, associate professor of music, presented research about relationships between music, language and cognition as revealed by connections between Guthrie's “This Land is Your Land,” Berlin's “God Bless America” and the Carter Family's “When the World's on Fire” at the symposium BKN 25: Milestones in Music Cognition, held at McGill University in Montreal on July 7-8.
Michael Diercks, assistant professor of linguistics and cognitive sciences, was awarded a four-year Collaborative Research Grant from the National Science Foundation. “Structure and Tone in Luyia” will document and analyze four Bantu languages from the Luyia subgroup spoken in Kenya. The grant is for approximately $480,000 and honors six other American scholars at four U.S. institutions, including Associate Professor Mary Paster and many Kenyan nationals, both linguists and non-linguist research assistants.
Virginie A. Duzer, associate professor of romance languages and literatures, gave a talk on “Impressions d'âmes écrivant” while participating in the week-long colloquium “L'écrivain vu par la photographie. Formes, usages, enjeux (XIXe - XXIe siècles)” at the Centre Culturel International de Cerisy-la-Salle in France, June 21-28.
Stephan Ramon Garcia, associate professor of mathematics, gave two talks, “Undergraduate research, and so can you!” and “Involve,” at the Research Experiences for Undergraduate Faculty (REUF) program held at the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM) in Palo Alto on July 7 and July 10. He also published “Four quotient set gems” in The American Mathematical Monthly 121:7, pp. 590-598. The paper was co-authored by Bryan Brown ‘15, Michael Dairyko ‘13, Bob Lutz ’13 and Michael Someck ’15.
George Gorse, professor of art history, gave a lecture on “The Art & Architecture of the Gilded Age,” which was accompanied by a period ballroom dance student performance, to 5C alumni at Ron Fleming’s (class of 1963) Bellevue House in Providence, Rhode Island, on July 13.
Malkiat Johal, professor of chemistry, published a paper titled “Monitoring N3 Dye Adsorption and Desorption on TiO2 Surfaces: A Combined QCM‑D and XPS Study” in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 6, pp. 9093-9099. Co-authors include Hannah Wayment-Steele ’15 and Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Lewis Johnson.
Kristine Kaiser, visiting assistant professor of biology, co-authored a talk on “Putting Scientific Teaching into Practice: Project-centered Team Based Learning” at the Summer Institute at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in Pullman, Washington, on July 23.
Gilda Ochoa, professor of Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies and sociology, received a new award for her book Academic Profiling: Latinos, Asian Americans and the Achievement. It was named co-winner of the Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Award for books addressing race and racism through the Society for the Study of Social Problem's Division of Racial and Ethnic Minorities.
Hans J. Rindisbcher, professor of German, was a commentator at the graduate student colloquium of Professor Oliver Lubrich at the Universität Bern Institut für Germanistik in Switzerland, which took place from May 31-June 1.
Erin Runions, associate professor of religious studies, gave a July 7 radio interview with Sonali Kolhatkar on her show Uprising (KPFK-Pacifica). She also spoke about her new book, The Babylon Complex, at Cellar Door Books in Riverside on July 11.
Anthony Shay, associate professor of theater and dance, published a book titled The Dangerous Lives of Public Performers: Dancing, Sex, and Entertainment in the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). He also published “Dance, the Reluctant Art: Revivalist Dance in Iran and the Diaspora” in the Oxford Handbook of Revival Music and Dance, ed. by Juniper Hill and Caroline Bithel.
David Tanenbaum, department chair and professor of physics, presented a poster on “Nanoscale Materials for Organic Photovoltaics: An Undergraduate Research Program” at the Nanostructure Fabrication Gordon Research Conference: Nanostructures in Information Technology, Energy Conversion and Nanoelectromechanical Systems on July 13-18 at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. He was also elected vice chair for the 2016 Nanostructure Fabrication Gordon Research Conference.