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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.

December 2014

Steve Bickham, assistant professor of physical education and head men’s tennis coach, was presented with the USTA/ITA National Campus & Community Outreach Award for Southern California for his work, in partnership with the Draper Center for Community Partnerships, in teaching Tennis ‘FUN’damentals, a Pomona physical education class that taught students to become tennis instructors for children at Central Language Academy and Mission Elementary in the Ontario-Montclair School District. 

Mietek Boduszynski, assistant professor of politics and international relations, gave a talk on “Executive-Legislative Relations in U.S. Foreign Policy” at The Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, on December 21. He also lectured at the University of Groningen Winter School on Human Rights in The Netherlands, in which 15 students from Tunisia and Egypt participated.

Ralph Bolton '61, professor of anthropology, presented the paper "A Long-Term Love Affair with the Andes: Deepening the 'Compromiso' with Peru and Anthropology" as part of a session sponsored by the Association of Senior Anthropologists at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Washington, DC, on December 4. While in DC, he met with a group of Professor William C. Olson's international relations majors from the class of 1961.

Tony Boston, men’s cross country coach, received the Fall 2014 SCIAC Cross Country Coach of the Year award.

Erica Flapan, Lingurn H. Burkhead professor of mathematics, gave a lecture titled "Enhancing quantitative skills at Pomona College" at a workshop on "Supporting quantitatively underprepared students in science/math courses" at Carleton College on December 17.

Neil Gerard, interviewer at the Career Development Office, was invited to speak on the Past Presidents Panel as part of the staff development program at the Region I conference of the Association of College Unions International, held at the University of La Verne in November. He was also recognized as a “Region One Icon,” one of the first to be so honored by the region. 

Meg Jolley, lecturer in theatre and dance, wrote a review of Phyllis Richmond's workshop Tai Chi Chuan: Simplicity and Complexity in Learning Movement for the Fall 2014 issue of the AmSAT Journal. She is also is currently serving as chair of the Research Committee for the American Society for the Alexander Technique. 

The paper, “Can Zombies Write Mathematical Poetry? Mathematical poetry as a model for humanistic mathematics,” by Gizem Karaali, associate professor of mathematics, was promoted as one of the most read articles of 2014 by its publisher Taylor and Francis. It was originally published in the Journal of Mathematics and the Arts 8:1-2, pp. 38-45. 

Joyce Lu, assistant professor of theatre and dance and Asian American studies, performed in "Dec 3 1984 no.2," at the Subterranean Arthouse in Berkeley, California, on December 6, as part of We All Live in Bhopal, a week of events commemorating 30 years of the Union Carbide disaster.

Richard Mawhorter, professor of physics, co-published three papers in 2014: “Measurement and Calculation of Absolute Single and Double Charge Exchange Cross Sections for O6+ Ions at 1.17 keV/u and 2.33 keV/u Impacting He and H2” in Physical Review A 90; “The microwave spectrum of the odd isotope of ytterbium fluoride, 171YbF” in the Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy 300, pp. 7-11, a contribution to a special issue on “Molecular Spectroscopy Tests of Fundamental Physics”; and “Equilibrium Gas-Phase Structures of Sodium Fluoride, Bromide and Iodide Monomers and Dimers” in the Journal of Physical Chemistry A 118, pp. 1927.

In June, he presented the poster “The Hyperfine Interaction in 171YbF” at the American Physical Society DAMOP (Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics) meeting held in Madison, Wisconsin. Zachary Glassman ’14 was among the co-authors. He gave an updated version of this same presentation at the Lepton Moments Symposium in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in July. He gave colloquium presentations on “Electron Still Remains Stubbornly Spherical” at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, on June 2 (invited by Associate Professor Doug Martin ‘97) and at Pomona College on September 16. 

Kirk Reynolds, professor of physical education and women’s cross country coach, received the inaugural Excellence in Communications Award for Cross Country (Division III) from the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches' Association in late December. He also received the Fall 2014 SCIAC Cross Country Coach of the Year award. 

Adolfo Rumbos, professor of mathematics, co-authored “An Asymmetric Superlinear Elliptic Problem at Resonance,” in Nonlinear Analysis 112, pp. 181-198.

John Seery, professor of politics, was an invited paper presenter and participant in the workshop "Marx's Inferno," sponsored by the Groupe de Recherche Interuniversitaire en philosophie politique and the McGill University Department of Political Science on December 12 in Montreal.

Standard Deviations: Flawed Assumptions, Tortured Data, and Other Ways to Lie with Statistics, a book by Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones professor of economics, was the (London) Times Book of the Week in November.