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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.

Tahir Andrabi, Stedman-Sumner professor of economics, published “Delivering Education: A Pragmatic Framework for Improving Education in Low-Income Countries” in the World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 7277.

Mark Allen, associate professor of art and chair of the art department, gave a lecture at the Sazmanab Center for Contemporary Art in Tehran, Iran, on "Doing Stuff With People" on June 1. The presentations were held in English with simultaneous translation into Farsi.

Mietek Boduszynski, assistant professor of politics and international relations, led a panel and presented a paper on May 30 at the American Institute of Maghreb Studies (AIMS) workshop in Tunis, Tunisia, on linking public opinion and political action in the Arab world.

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). More information>>

Tony Boston, associate professor of physical education, was invited to present five lectures on risk management, training design, physiology, endurance training, sprints, and hurdle and relay training at a two-day USATF Level 1 Coaching Education School. Coaches who attend the 21.5-hour professional development course (and passed a 150-question exam) earn a nationally recognized certification as a USATF Level 1 Coach.

Andre Cavalcanti, associate professor of biology, published a paper with David Morgense ‘14 titled “Amitotic Chromosome Loss Predicts Distinct Patterns of Senescence and Non-Senescence in Ciliates” in Protist 166:2, pp. 224-33.

Donna M. Di Grazia, David J. Baldwin professor of music, received reviews for her edited volume, Nineteenth-Century Choral Music (Routledge, 2013) in the spring 2015 issue of The Choral Scholar, the principal publication of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and the May 2015 issue of the Choral Journal, the principal publication of the American Choral Directors Association.

She also conducted the Pomona College Glee Club in eight performances in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Stamford, Connecticut, and New York City during its East Coast tour from May 19-30. Highlights included an appearance (by invitation) at the Washington National Cathedral, and an assembly of 400 low-income, underrepresented minority students at an independent charter school in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City.

Draper Center for Community Partnerships organized panel presentations on "The Power, Politics, and Possibilities of Community Partnerships" at the Cultural Studies Association Conference in Riverside, California, on May 22. Presentations included:

  • “Theatre for Young Audiences" by Rose Portillo, instructor for Theatre for Young Audiences, and Jose Luis Ramirez, Jr., assistant director for community-based research & learning at the Draper Center
  • "More than Global Citizenship: How Religious Studies Expands Participation in Global Communities" by Erin Runions, Associate Professor and Chair of Religious Studies.
  • "'I Felt Torn from my Community:' Exploring the Costs of 'Making It' among First-Generation Students of Color at a Liberal Arts College" by April Mayes, Associate Professor of History, Acting Dean of Women and Coordinator of Latin American Studies Program.

Stephen Erickson, professor of philosophy, published his essay “The Who and the What” in Via Regia Journal 5, pp. 8-10. The journal is published by the Center for Contemplative Practice.

Erica Flapan, Lingurn H. Burkhead professor of mathematics, gave a talk on "Topological and Geometric Symmetries of Molecular Structures" at San Jose State University on May 6.

Elizabeth Glater, assistant professor of neuroscience, gave an invited colloquium on “The neuronal and genetic basis of food choice behavior in C. elegans" at CSU Northridge on May 8.

George Gorse, Viola Horton professor of art history, presented a paper on "Janus, John the Baptist, and Neptune: Origins of Medieval and Renaissance Genoa” as part of a series of three sessions on "Origin Myths of Italian Cities” at the International Medieval Conference in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on May 15.

Kristine Kaiser, visiting assistant professor of biology, co-authored the paper “Reproductive and immune effects of chronic corticosterone treatment in male White's treefrogs, Litoria caerulea” in Conservation Physiology 3:1. She was awarded $15,000 as co-principal investigator on a National Geographic Society Waitt Grant for research on red-eyed treefrogs in Costa Rica in May.

She also gave two invited talks at the International Urban Wildlife Conference in Chicago in May: “The hormonal effects of urbanization: Comparing plasma corticosterone and testosterone concentrations in male Sceloporus occidentalis across the Los Angeles Basin” with Brenna Gormally ‘15 (presenter), Jessica Hernandez ‘15, Maria Caruso ‘17, and Jonathan Feingold ’15, and “Spatiotemporal patterns in lizard digestive-tract parasite diversity and abundance across the Los Angeles Basin” with Maria Caruso ‘17 (presenter), Brenna Gormally ‘15, Dakota Spear ‘15, and others.

Gizem Karaali, associate professor of mathematics gave a talk, "Can Zombies Do Math? Humanism as a Philosophy of Mathematics," at the UC Riverside AWM Chapter and Math Club Colloquium on May 19 and at UC Irvine on May 26.

Jade Star Lackey, associate professor of geology, co-authored two presentations at the Cordilleran section meeting of the Geological Society of America meeting in Anchorage, Alaska (May 11-13): "New evidence of a large eruption in the Islands of The Four Mountains, AK "(47, p. 11), and "Variation of skarn metasomatic fluid sources within the Sierra Nevada Arc" by Gevedon et al (47, p. 47). They included work by Anne Fulton '15.

Bertil Lindblad, senior advisor for international initiatives, has been elected to membership in the Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles, and participated in a new member introductory meeting on May 13. Partnerships with academic institutions is a priority for the Pacific Council and plans are already underway for speaking events and round-table discussions co-organized by the Council and Pomona College during the 2015-16 academic year.

Jane Liu, assistant professor of chemistry, published the paper “A cis-regulatory antisense RNA represses translation in Vibrio cholerae through extensive complementarity and proximity to the target locus” in RNA Biology. Four Pomona students are co-authors on the manuscript.

Joyce Lu, assistant professor of theatre and dance and Asian American studies danced in Cendrawasih with Gamelan Burat Wangi, directed by Nanik Wenten and I Nyoman Wenten, in the CalArts World Music and Dance Festival on May 1.

Char Miller, W. M. Keck Professor of environmental analysis, gave a presentation, “On the Edge: Water, Immigration, and Politics in the Southwest,” at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute for Sustainability at Arizona State University on March 27 and presented the keynote address on “Watershed Commonwealths: A Future for the U.S. Southwest?” at the Balance/Unbalance International Conference at Arizona State University on March 28. He also gave a talk on “Crisis Management: Conflict, Controversy, and Leadership in Forest Service History” at the USFS Middle Leadership Program in Montana’s Lolo National Forest on May 7. The paperback edition of his edited volume Fluid Arguments: Five Centuries of Western Water Conflict (University of Arizona Press, 2015) was released.

Cameron Munter, professor of practice of international relations and politics, participated in New York University/U.S. Institute of Peace-sponsored discussion of the future of South Asia with participation of eminent Chinese and American scholars in Washington on May 11. He also gave a presentation of the Century Fund's study "Jago Pakistan" ("Wake Up, Pakistan"), the project of an international group of scholars, to government and NGO experts in Pakistan, as part of the groups’ expert committee in Islamabad on May 18.

Tina Negritto, assistant professor and director of molecular biology, Ruben Petreaca, visiting assistant professor of molecular biology, and 11 molecular biology students attended the West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference (WCBSUR) on April 25 at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.

At the conference, Elise Wolf '16 (working with Negritto and City of Hope’s Adam Bailis) won an award for her seminar presentation on an independent research project: "Involvement of human homologous recombination protein Rad52 in telomere recapitulation and maintenance in telomerase-deficient S. cerevisiae.” Molecular biology juniors doing original research in the Molecular Biology Lab class (Maria Arciniega, Samuel Du, Nancy Zhu, Graham Barlow, Muhammad Jalal, Elise Wolf, Irene Hsiung, Daniel Quang-Can Phan, with Negritto, Petreaca and Bailis) presented the poster "Transcription Initiation Factor II H (TFIIH) and its effect on the recruitment of Rad50 to double strand breaks in yeast.”

Gilda Ochoa, professor of sociology and Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies, was invited to present on "Latinos, Asian Americans, and Academic Profiling: High School Lessons for Institutions of Higher Education" at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education on May 28.

Mary Paster, associate professor of linguistics and cognitive science, published the article “Phonology” in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd ed., vol. 18, ed. by James D. Wright (Elsevier, 2015), pp. 75-80.

Adam Pearson, assistant professor of psychology, published “Nutrient-centrism and perceived risk of chronic disease” in the Journal of Health Psychology, pp. 899-906. He chaired the conference “Bridging Social Divides on Sustainability: New Vistas for Psychological Science" and "Motivating Sustainability through Motivation Science: Evidence from the Lab and Field" in late May in New York. In addition to chairing the conferences, he gave three talks: “Beyond politics: Which identities matter for climate beliefs?,” “How race and ethnicity impact environmental engagement,” and “The role of race and ethnicity in climate polarization: Evidence from a U.S. national survey experiment.”

Hans J. Rindisbacher, professor of German, published a scholarly article, What's this Smell? - An Overview of Recent Writings in the Multidisciplinary World of Olfactory Perception in KulturPoetik: Journal for Cultural Poetics 15:1, pp. 70-104.

Monique Saigal-Escudero, professor of French emerita, gave a talk titled "Reclaiming the Past: Memories of a Hidden child and Women in the French Resistance” at Cal Poly Pomona for the conference "Aspire to Inspire" on May 9 and at the University of La Verne, for a class in the Department of Legal Studies on May 19.

Conchita Serri, ombuds, co-wrote, edited and published, in collaboration with her 92-year-old mother and the main author, Doña María Luisa Caballero Franco, the genealogical/historical book Josefa Marquesa del Pumar (Santa Clara Press, 2015). The book contains more than 100 pages of transcribed primary source archival documents, dating back 200 years ago and undiscovered until now, including three letters written to King Ferdinand VII by a female ancestor, a first person account, royal edicts and decrees, and a judicial decree. Josefa del Pumar, the Marquesa del Pumar, was a young widow exiled from Venezuela by General Simon Bolivar for her sustained allegiance to the Spanish Crown. She was Mrs. Caballero's unknown grandmother in the fifth generation.

Serri and her mother spoke at Professor April Mayes’ history class, Women of Honor, Women of Shame: Women’s Lives in Latin America and the Spanish-Speaking Caribbean, 1300-1900, on April 8. They also held a virtual session on the book at the IV Congress of Anthropology, Sociology and History at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, on May 11.

Anthony Shay, associate professor of theatre and dance, gave a lecture, "Igor Moseyed, Dancing Diplomat and the Birth of Dancing Diplomacy," at the University of Norway, Trondheim, on May 27. In addition, he directed a seminar for MFA students on "Dance, Ethnicity, and Nationalism" May 10-30.

James Taylor, professor of theatre and dance, presented the paper From the Pear Garden to the Citrus Grove: Mei Lanfang and Pomona College at the conference Traditional Chinese Arts in the Western Perspective, co-sponsored by the National Center for Research Into Intercultural Arts (NCRICA) and the School of Arts at Peking University, in Beijing on May 28.

Jianhsin Wu, adjunct professor of Asian languages and literatures, had her book, The Way of Chinese Characters: The Origins of 670 Essential Words (Cheng and Tsui Company, 2015) published.