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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.

Colin Beck, assistant professor of sociology, received the Outstanding Article Award from the Section on Peace, War and Social Conflict of the American Sociological Association for his 2014 article “Reflections on the Revolutionary Wave in 2011” in Theory and Society 43:2, pp. 197-223.

Graydon Beeks, director of music programming and facilities and professor of music, was awarded a short-term fellowship by the Folger Institute to support of month of research at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC. Beeks will be researching “The Covent Garde Theatre Orchestra 1757-1767” during his fall 2015 sabbatical.

Mietek Boduszynski, assistant professor of politics and international relations, hosted two Libyan scholars at Pomona College from March 30 to April 12. They delivered lectures, visited classes, and engaged students on Middle Eastern and North African conflicts. He also published “Euroskepticism, the Croatian Way” in Sudoesteuropa [pdf] and the chapter “Western Democratic Leverage and the Arab Spring” in Non-Western Encounters with Democratization [pdf] (Ashgate, 2015), both on April 15. He moderated a panel, “Dayton: Twenty Years Later,” at the Pacific Council Annual Conference and a teleconference on Kenyan group Al-Shabab on April 17. He spoke on “Does Religion Play a Role in the Current Libyan Conflict?” at the Bayan Institute Conference: Sectarian Peace/Conflict in Religions on April 18.

Ralph Bolton, professor of anthropology, has been chosen to receive the 2015 Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service by the National Peace Corps Association. The award recognizes his contribution to the work of The Chijnaya Foundation, a nonprofit organization that he has directed since its founding in 2005. The Foundation collaborates with rural communities in highland Peru on projects in microfinance, health, and education. A year after graduating from Pomona College, Bolton also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru (1962-1965).

Pam Bromley, assistant professor of politics, published “Student Perceptions of Intellectual Engagement in the Writing Center: Cognitive Challenge, Tutor Involvement, and Productive Sessions” with Kara Northway and Eliana Schonberg in the Writing Lab Newsletter [pdf] 39 (March/April 2015).

Jason Brown, instructional technologist at ITS, published his essay “The Fortifications and Catacombs of the Conquests of Los Angeles” in LAtitudes: An Angeleno's Atlas (Heyday, 2015).

Paul Cahill, associate professor of Spanish, presented his paper titled “Antonio Méndez Rubio, Arturo Borra, and the Poetics of (Im)possible Commitment” at the VII Congreso Internacional Proyecto Transatlántico de Brown University: Humanidades Transatlánticas y Compromiso Global, held at Brown University April 21-24.

Virginie A. Duzer, associate professor of romance languages and literatures, published “Zacharie Astruc, modèle et personnage au carrefour des arts” in the latest issue of Histoires littéraires, July-December 2014, pp. 101-111.

Judson Emerick, Loren Barton Babcock Miller professor of fine arts and art history, published the essay “The Tempietto del Clitunno and the basilica of San Salvatore near Spoleto: Ancient Roman Imperial columnar display in medieval contexts,” in Tributes to Pierre du Prey, architecture and the classical tradition, from Pliny to posterity p. 41-71.

Stephen Erickson, professor of philosophy, presented his paper “Reflections on Transformation” at the Second Session of the Karl Jaspers Association of North America in Vancouver, Canada, on April 4.

Erica Flapan, Lingurn H. Burkhead professor of mathematics, gave an invited talk on “Topological symmetry groups” at UC Berkeley on April 1 and at UC Davis on April 21. She lectured on “Intrinsic properties of graphs embedded in R3” at Hope College with the Mathematical Association of America on April 11 and at Texas State University on April 25. She also spoke on “Intrinsic chirality of graphs in 3-manifolds” at the American Mathematical Society’s Special Session on Knots and 3-Manifolds in Las Vegas on April 18.

Stephan Garcia, associate professor of mathematics, published the papers “Permutation invariant lattices” in Discrete Mathematics 338, pp. 1536-41, and “Model spaces: a survey” in Contemporary Mathematics 638, pp. 197-245. He also participated in “Latinos in the Mathematical Sciences,” a conference at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA from April 9-11.

Terri Geis, curator of academic programs at the Pomona College Museum of Art, published an article titled "Myth, History, and Repetition: Andre Breton and Vodou in Haiti" in Data, Surrealism, and Colonialism, a special issue of the South Central Review, April 1.

Carina Giorgi, visiting assistant professor of sociology, presented “Critically Re-examining the Historiography of Women during the Armenian Genocide” at the Crossing the Centennial: The Historiography of the Armenian Genocide Re-Evaluated [pdf] talk at University of Nebraska-Lincoln on March 20.

Eric Grosfils, Minnie B. Cairns Memorial professor of geology, made three presentations with alumni and current students at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston on March 18: “Global Inventory of Rectilinear and Polygonal Ridge Networks on Mars” with Laura Kerber ‘06; “Using Map-Derived Hoop Strain and Elastic Models of Reservoir Inflation to Quantify the Degree of Dike Emplacement at Giant Radial Lineament Systems on Venus” with Erin Barry ’17, Annika Deurlington ’16, Amanda Yin ’17, and Michael Wucher ’17; and “Ring Fault and Caldera Formation: Insights Provided by Three-Dimensional Elastic Finite Element Models” with Robby Goldman ’15 and Jack Albright ’16.

Laura Hoopes, Halstead-Bent professor of biology and molecular biology, gave a talk for Mensa on Women in Science on her memoir Breaking Through the Spiral Ceiling on February 15. She also published, in collaboration with Kim Chau and the Genomic Education Partnership, “Drosophila Muller Felements maintain a distinct set of genomic properties over 40 million years of evolution” in G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics (February 2015).

Kathleen Howe, professor of art history, published “Traces of Time” in the photographic monograph Fire and Ice: Timescapes (Joan Myers, 2015) on April 13.

Beth Hubbard, a specialist with Trusts & Estates, completed the Spring 2015 Teaching for Social Change Workshop Series with the Teacher Education Program at CGU on April 14.

Malkiat Johal, professor of chemistry, co-authored, with Gabriella Heller ’14 and Alison Mercer-Smith ’15, the chapter “Quartz Crystal Microbalance Technology for Probing Bimolecular Interactions” in the second edition of Protein-Protein Interactions: Methods and Applications (Springer, 2015).

Gizem Karaali, associate professor of mathematics, published “Metacognition in the Classroom: Motivation and Self-Awareness of Mathematics Learners” in PRIMUS: Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies 25:5, pp. 439-452.

Benjamin Keim, assistant professor of classics, published a review of Alex Gottesman’s Politics and the Street in Democratic Athens (Cambridge University Press, 2014) in the Bryn Mawr Classical Review.

Jade Star Lackey, associate professor of geology, published, with Cin-Ty Lee (Rice University), "Global Continental Arc Flare-ups and Their Relation to Long-Term Greenhouse Conditions” in Elements 11:2, pp. 125–130. He also accepted a three-year post on the editorial board of the journal Geology.

Genevieve Lee, professor of music, performed with pianist Aron Kallay (Duo Klang) at Third Practice, an electro-acoustic music festival at the University of Richmond. She produced “Frederic Rzewski: Piano Music” (Naxos, 2014) by Robert Satterlee, which was named one of the top classical recordings of 2014 by New York Times music critics. As a member of the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, she took part in five different programs in November, December and January at the Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, Virginia. The group also performed at West Virginia University and at the Charleston Chamber Music Society in March. She traveled to Bucknell University in Pennsylvania in February, where she worked with piano students and gave a solo recital. She was also a guest performer in two performances with the “People Inside Electronics concert series in April at Harvey Mudd College and Pasadena’s Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church.

Joyce Lu, assistant professor of theater and dance, presented “Show and Tell It: Theater Pedagogies to Bring the Body Back” at the Association for Asian American Studies Conference in Evanston, Illinois, on April 24. She also participated in a roundtable titled “Doing Asian American Studies Otherwise: ‘Asian American Studies via Performance.’”

Pardis Mahdavi, associate professor of anthropology, published “Migrating in the Era of Human Trafficking” in Asian Population Studies on April 15. She gave an invited lecture on “Reflections on Sexuality and Sexual Politics in Modern Iran” at the University of Tokyo on April 24.

Linda Mazur ’81, senior director of Trusts & Estates, announces the arrival of three new gift officers with the Pomona Plan: John Graham ’86 brings 20 years of experience in financial advising; Art Landerholm ’92 brings 15 years of experience as an attorney; and Donna Lane brings 33 years of institutional knowledge and expertise.

Nivia Montenegro, professor of Spanish and Latin American studies, presented in absentia “The Space of Absence in Guillermo Cabrera Infante” for a colloquium [pdf] featuring the work of Guillermo Cabrera at Friedrich-Schiller University in Jena, Germany, on April 23. She also chose fragments from Cabrera Infante's View of Dawn in the Tropics, read at the Villa Rosenthal in Jena on April 24.

Gilda Ochoa, professor of sociology and Chicana/o-Latina/o studies, was a keynote speaker at the Montebello Unified School District's First Annual Global Learning Conference on May 2. She was also a panelist at CSU Long Beach’s discussion on "Unpacking the 'Achievement Gap': Latinos, Asian Americans, and Inequalities in Education” on April 30.

Mary Paster, associate professor of linguistics & cognitive science, presented a colloquium talk “Phonology Counts” to the Linguistics Department at UC San Diego on April 27. She also published the article “Phonology” in the International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (ed.2, v.18, pp. 75-80). She published a paper with Rodrigo Ranero ’14 and Michael Diercks, assistant professor of linguistics and cognitive science: “Evidence for a clitic analysis of Object Markers in Kuria” in Selected Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, pp. 52-70.

Laura Perini, associate professor of philosophy, presented “Evidential Reasoning at the Limits of Depiction" at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Philosophy of Science workshop on “Diagrams as Vehicles of Scientific Reasoning” on April 12.

Hans J. Rindisbacher, professor of German and Russian, published “When the Stink Begins to Rise: Nazi Smellscapes” in Law and the Senses Series: Smell (Non Liquet: The Westminster Online Working Papers, 2015).

Monique Saigal-Escudero, professor of French emerita, gave three presentations on “Secret Stories from WWII: Hidden Child, Hidden Heroines”: Cal Poly Pomona on April 15, Friends of the Library and the Association of University Women on April 20, and Oakmont San Antonio Heights on April 24.

John Seery, professor of politics, presented his paper, “Gothic Conjugation,” to the Western Political Science Association in Las Vegas on April 4. He was also a participant in the “Justice and Injustice in Our Time” conference at Princeton University with the Center for Human Values on April 17.

Blerta Shtylla, assistant professor of mathematics, published with James P. Keener (University of Utah), “Mathematical modeling of bacterial track-altering motors: Track cleaving through burnt-bridge ratchets” in Physical Review E 91.

Sulthon Sjahril, visiting Fulbright scholar in economics, gave an invited talk on “Indonesian Foreign Policy towards Latin America" for the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies at CSU Los Angeles on April 16. He also participated in the L.A. Policy Symposium at the Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica on April 10. He gave an invited talk, “Indonesian Latin American Relations: Partnership for a Better Future,” for the Oldenborg Luncheon Colloquium at Pomona College on April 20. He also spoke on “An Overview on Indonesia-Latin American Relations” at The Center for Latin American and Border Studies at New Mexico State University on April 1. While there, he also presented an invited talk titled “An Overview of Indonesian Diaspora in Latin America" for the Population Economics class by Regents Professor Jim Peach.

Patricia Smiley, professor of psychology, and Jessica Borelli, assistant professor of psychology, presented 12 poster and talk presentations at the Society for Research and Child Development’s biannual meeting in Philadelphia in March. Presentations included four current student authors and eight Pomona College alumni authors. Please see PDF list of all the presentations [pdf] .

Yuqing Melanie Wu, visiting professor of computer science, gave a talk titled “Looking through the Lens of Social Media” at the SIKS symposium on Data Engineering for Data Science at the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands, on March 16. She also gave an invited talk at the ICT-OPEN conference “Computing Culture” on March 24.

Samuel Yamashita, Henry E. Sheffield professor of history, presented “Japan’s Asia-Pacific War Experience at the Grassroots” as part of a roundtable inspired by Yoshiaki Yoshimi’s “Grassroots Fascism: The War Experience of the Japanese People” on March 28. He also gave a talk on the World War II diaries of Japanese teenagers for a symposium on “Surviving the War: How Ordinary Soldiers and Civilians Experienced World War II in the Asia-Pacific” at Boston College on March 30.