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Current Faculty Accomplishments

About 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.

November 2014

Tahir Andrabi, Stedman-Sumner professor of economics, delivered an invited lecture at the UNICEF Office of Research in Florence, Italy, on October 15, on “Parental Perceptions and Educational Achievement.”

Adriana di Bartolo, director of the Queer Resource Center, gave a presentation on “Undoing the Acronym: The Impact of Campus Climate on Sexual and Gender Minoritized Students Outness” at the National Symposium on LGBTQ Research in Higher Education at Michigan State University on October 19.

Mietek Boduszynski, assistant professor of politics and international relations, published an op-ed with Caitline Bergin (Hoover Institution) on the USC Public Diplomacy Blog titled "American Public Diplomacy in Poland: Twenty-Five Years after the Fall" on November 7. Along with Cameron Munter, professor of practice in international relations, and journalist Terril Jones ’80, Boduszynski participated in a Pomona College Daring Dialogue video discussion on “Behind the Headlines in the Middle East.”

Also with Munter, Boduszynski published an op-ed in the L.A. Times on "The Path of Post-Soviet Europe sn't on the Map of the Middle East" on November 14. On November 20, he spoke on "Islamophobia, Views of the U.S., and U.S. Public Diplomacy" at the University of San Diego as part of International Education Week. Finally, Boduszynski participated in a roundtable on Libya and in board meetings of the American Institute for Maghreb Studies at the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association [pdf] in Washington, DC, held on November 22.

Pam Bromley, acting director of college writing and assistant professor of politics and international relations, along with Katharine Brieger '11, published "A Model for Facilitating Peer Review in the STEM Disciplines: A Case Study of Peer Review Workshops Supporting Student Writing in Introductory Biology Courses" in Double Helix: A Journal of Critical Thinking and Writing (Special Issue on Critical Thinking and Writing in the STEM Disciplines, vol. 2).

Bromley also presented, along with Eliana Schonberg and Kara Northway, "'Something that stays with you' or 'Oh! I learned this in the Writing Center!': A Mixed-Method, Cross-Institutional Study of Transfer," at the International Writing Centers Association/National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing Conference in Orlando, Florida, on November 1. Finally, with the same collaborators, Bromley was nominated for best article of 2013 at the conference for "How Important Is the Local, Really? A Cross-Institutional Quantitative Assessment of Frequently Asked Questions in Writing Center Exit Surveys " (The Writing Center Journal, 33.1, pp. 13-37).

Laurie Cameron, professor of dance, created of a performance of original choreography for a trio titled "The Black Sea," with music by Tom Flaherty, John P. and Magdalena R. Dexter professor of music, and design elements by Sherry Linnell, professor of theatre, at ARC Pasadena on November 8, 9, 15, and 16. Former Pomona Dance Program students Michael Szanyi, Thomas Tsai, and YT Wong performed the work.

On November 17, Susana Chávez-Silverman, professor of Spanish and Latin American studies, gave an invited performed reading of her published work and work in progress to high school and community college students at Pasadena City College. The next afternoon, she gave another reading and Q&A on Spanglish, identity, and her artistic process for an audience of Pasadena City College language students and faculty.

Kevin Dettmar, W.M. Keck professor and chair of the department of English, gave two lectures in early November: “"William Heinemann's 'Mistake' as a Portal of Discovery" at the 100 Dubliners conference at the University of London from Oct. 31-Nov. 1, and “Authenticity” at the in Pittsburgh on November 8. Dettmar published an afterword to the David Foster Wallace story "The Planet Trillaphon as It Stands in Relation to the Bad Thing" in The David Foster Wallace Reader (Little, Brown and Company, 2014), pp. 20-21.

Anne Dwyer, associate professor of Russian, gave a talk, “Self Adaptation: Victor Shklovsky’s Cinematic Dostoevsky,” on November 22 at the annual meeting of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in San Antonio, Texas.”

Erica Flapan, Lingurn H. Burkhead professor of mathematics, delivered three lectures in November. At Western Michigan University on November 7, she spoke on “Mirror Image Symmetry from Different Viewpoints [pdf] ” and “How I Developed My Teaching Style,” the latter as the Pi Mu Epsilon ceremony initiation lecture [pdf] . On November 21, she spoke at CSU Fullerton on “Intrinsic Properties of Graphs Embedded in R3.”

Bob Gaines, associate professor of geology, presented a talk on "The Early Phanerozoic 'Taphonomic window,’ seawater chemistry, and the Cambrian explosion" at the University of Oxford on November 11 and at the University of Leicester on November 20. He also lectured on "A spectacular new soft-bodied fossil assemblage from the Burgess Shale at Marble Canyon, Kootenay National Park" at the University of Cambridge on November 12, at the University of Leicester on November 19, and at the University of Bristol on November 21.

Stephan Garcia, associate professor of mathematics, gave a plenary lecture titled “A Fresh Look at Fourier Analysis” as part of the Virginia Operator Theory and Complex Analysis Meeting (VOTCAM) at Washington and Lee University on November 8. He gave a second talk at the University of Virginia Seminar in Operator Theory and Operator Algebras on November 11 on “Complex Symmetric Operators: A Quick Overview.” Finally, his article “Toeplitz determinants with perturbations in the corners,” co-written with Albrecht Böttcher, Lenny Fukshansky, and Hiren Maharaj, was published in the Journal of Functional Analysis 268, pp. 171-193.

Carina Giorgi, visiting assistant professor of sociology, presented a paper on the "Critical Reevaluation of the Historiography of Armenian Women during the Armenian Genocide (from a queer and feminist perspective)” at the Society for Armenian Studies 40th Anniversary Conference in Washington, D.C., on November 22. She was also a special invited guest and attendee of a reception held at the Armenian Embassy with the ambassador of Armenia, Tigran Sargysyan.

In summer 2014, Jonathan M. Hall, assistant professor of media studies, served as a co-curator for the second China Onscreen Biennial, a film festival dedicated to sharing Chinese film and video production with North American audiences. Pomona was the only college screening venue that was also a presenting partner alongside the UCLA Confucius Institute, REDCAT, AFI Fest, UCLA Film & Television Archive, the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institute, and the Hawaii International Film Festival. 

Rachel Levin, associate professor of biology, gave an invited public presentation for Trans* Awareness week at CSU Northridge on November 18 on “Taking Trans* Identity Back From Science.”

Joyce Lu, assistant professor of theater and dance, choreographed and performed a duet, “Laboratoire/ Étude no.2,” with Christine Germain at The Garage in San Francisco as part of the Resident Artist Workshop on November 14.

Pardis Mahdavi, associate professor of anthropology, gave two keynote lectures in November: “Encountering the State: Intimate Laborers and the State in Asia” at the Asia Research Institute in Singapore on November 4, and “Children of the Emir: Migration, Motherhood and Statelessness in the Gulf and Beyond” at the Middle East Institute at the National University of Singapore on November 17.

April Mayes, associate professor of history, was invited to give a lecture on “The Limits of Neoliberal Multiculturalism: Reflections on Dominican Nationalism and the Current Crisis over Status and Citizenship” at Gettysburg College on October 20. Mayes also presented the paper "Feminism and the Struggle for Justice in Neoliberal Dominican Republic" at the National Women's Studies Association Pre-Conference for Directors and Administrators of Women's Centers in San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 13-16.

Karen Parfitt, associate professor of neuroscience, presented two posters at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, DC, on November 17: "Secreted amyloid precursor protein-alpha (sAPPα) modulates long-term potentiation, induces metaplasticity and regulates glutamate receptor localization in rat hippocampus" and "Secreted amyloid precursor protein-α overexpression in vivo rescues the long-term potentiation deficit in an Alzheimer disease mouse model." In addition, five students from her lab--Sam Crawford ‘16, Julie Necarsulmer ‘15, Leah Bleichner ‘15, Isaac Solomon ‘17, and Vinay Srinivasan ‘16--presented their work at the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience poster session.

Mary Paster, associate professor of linguistics and cognitive science, published a paper titled “Allomorphy” in The Oxford Handbook of Derivational Morphology (Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 219-234.

William Peterson, professor of music and college organist, presented the paper "Czech Musical Memorials to the World War I Dead, 1918-1924," co-authored by James W. Peterson (Valdosta State University) as part of a panel titled "Eastern Europe and the Effects of the Great War" at the 46th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, in San Antonio, Texas, on November 20.

Andy Roth, lecturer in sociology, published a review of Jay Gillen's book Educating for Insurgency: The Roles of Young People in Schools of Poverty in the winter 2014-15 issue of YES! Magazine.

Monique Saigal, emerita professor of French, gave four public lectures in November on “Secret Stories from WWII: Hidden Child, Hidden Heroines”: Pilgrim Congregational Church in Pomona on November 4, Presbyterian Church in Upland on November 6, the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International at Hillcrest Homes in La Verne on November 13, and Ruth O. Harris Middle School in Bloomington, California, on November 20.

Conchita Serri, omsbud, presented her talk "PingingTea?: An Alternative to Formal Mediation" at the California Caucus of College and University Ombuds (CCCUO) 41st Annual Conference on October 18.

Carolina Stinisky, visiting assistant professor of romance languages and literatures, published a review of Deborah Cohn’s book The Latin American Literary Boom and U.S. Nationalism During the Cold War in Review Literature and Arts of the Americas 89, pp. 268-9.

Chris Waugh, associate dean of students, presented on the Teal Dot Bystander Engagement program at the NASPA regional conference In Anaheim on November 11 with 5C colleagues Ellie Ash-Bala, associate director of the Smith Campus Center.

Travis Wilkerson, visiting fellow of media praxis, screened 10 films at “Unknown Pleasures,” an American independent film festival in Berlin on January 15. His essay "Creative Agitation" was included in the anthology The Idea of the Avant Garde - And What it Means Today, ed. by Mark James Leger (Manchester University Press, 2014). His fictional piece "Love letter to Mayakovsky in the form of a film treatment" was published in the multilingual international film journal La Furia Umana #7. Finally, Wilkerson was awarded a $53,200 Film/Video Established Artist Production Grant from the Canada Council for the Arts for his new documentary murder mystery Blood Relations, which is about his own family and set in southern Alabama.