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Faculty Accomplishments - October 2012

Scholarly Talks and Lectures

David Arase (Politics) presented “The U.S. vision of East Asian order from the Open Door Notes to today” at the Conference on East Asia Regional Integration and the Role of the U.S. at The University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, 3-5 August. He was the session I chair for the Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF) at the Mekong Subregional Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam, from 23-24 August.

Allan Barr (Asian Languages and Literatures) presented a paper in Chinese, "On translating non-fiction," at the Second International Conference on Literary Translation in Beijing, 20-21 August.

Colin Beck (Sociology) presented "Reflections on the Revolutionary Wave in 2011" at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting held in Denver 17-21 August. He also organized the roundtable paper session for the Section on Comparative-Historical Sociology during the meeting.

Graydon Beeks (Music) presented his paper "The Texts for the Cannons anthems of Haym, Handel and Pepusch" at the Handel Conference in Halle, Germany, in June. He presented "Performances of Handel's Cannons Anthems and Te Deum in his Lifetime" at the Biennial Conference on Baroque Music at the University of Southampton, England, in July.

Don Bentley (Mathematics) presented an invited paper, "Ethical Dilemmas of an Isolated Statistician," at the July/August 2012 annual Joint Statistical Meetings in San Diego.

Ralph Bolton (Anthropology)  presented a talk about the embroidery art of the people of the Andes during the International Folk Art Market weekend (13 July) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at The Ann Lawrence Collection, a design and fashion boutique. 

Jason Brown (ITS) gave a presentation on infomorphs and machine poetics for the &Now New Writing Festival at the Sorbonne in Paris on 8 June. On 29-30, he participated in Southern Machine Exposure Project in San Francisco, with two musical performances and a lecture on the inherently paranoid structure of memory technology.

Nicki Lisa Cole (Sociology) gave two presentations at the annual meeting of the Sociology of Consumption & Consumers section of the American Sociological Association in Denver in August: "The Allure & Power of Apple, Inc.," and "Hipsters in enclaves of ethical consumption: a study in the new logics of gentrification."

Kevin Dettmar (English) gave the keynote address at the Emily Dickinson International Society meeting in Cleveland on 4 August. The talk was titled "Emily Dickinson, a.k.a. Lady Mondegreen."

Steve Erickson (Philosophy) was an invited discussant at the Liberty Fund Colloquium "Liberty and Responsibility in The Spectator," 2-5 August, in Seattle.

Erica Flapan (Mathematics) presented "Topological Symmetry Groups," a special session on geometric topology, at the Summer Conference on Topology and its Applications in Mankato, MN, on 27 July.

Stephen Ramon Garcia (Mathematics) led a workshop aimed at teaching faculty members how to get started doing research with undergraduates: Research Experiences for Undergraduate Faculty (REUF4@ICERM). The workshop was held at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) at Brown University, 4-8 June, and funded by the American Institute of Mathematics.

Jill Grigsby (Sociology) presented "The Cultural Context of Having a Pet: A Comparison of Japan and the United States" at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association in Denver on 19 August.

Eric Grosfils (Geology) contributed to two presentations at the 4th International Workshop on Collapse Calderas, held in Bolsena, Italy: (1) Improved mechanical insights into ring fault initiation and caldera formation, and (2) Thermomechanics of caldera formation in large silicic systems.

On 2 September, Art Horowitz (Theatre) presented a paper, "On the Dramaturgy of Martin Crimp," at a symposium at Son of Semele Ensemble Theater in Los Angeles in conjunction with the theater company's production of Crimp's play The City.

Nina Karnovsky (Biology) was an invited speaker at the 6th International Symposium on Migratory Birds on the Status and Conservation Efforts on Murrelets held in Mokpo, Korea, on 24 August. She presented the paper "The value of at-sea surveys for conservation of Scripps's Murrelets in California."

Zayn Kassam (Religious Studies) presented a paper at a symposium at Women and Interreligious Dialogue at Boston College, 20-22 September. The paper was titled "Impediments to Constructive Interreligious Dialogue Concerning Muslim Women.”

Jade Star Lackey (Geology) presented the talk "Skarns in the Sierra Nevada: Hydrothermal Records of a Mesozoic Arc" at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam on 21 June. The paper and talk describe his research groups' discovery of a newly recognized type of hydrothermal system that operated in the Cretaceous during the period of voluminous granitic magmatism that led to formation of the Sierra Nevada.

On 9 June, Pardis Mahdavi (Anthropology) gave a TED talk at the Pasadena Arts Center College of Design TEDx event. On 7 July, she spoke on “Educating Educators About Trafficking" at Yale University's PIER program.  From 16-18 July, she helped organize a Google conference on "Illicit Networks: Forces in Opposition" and moderated a panel entitled "Putting a Human Face to Illicit Networks.

Alma Martinez (Theatre and Dance) presented the paper "Pancho Villa's Head: the Mexican Revolution in the Chicano Imagination" and "Zoot Suit and the National Theatre Company of Mexico: A Field Report" at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference in Washington D.C. She also attended the ATHE Leadership Institute led by Dr. Marlene Ross and participated as an actor in the play Frosty, part of the New Play Development Workshop at the conference, which took place 30 July to 5 August.

Nivia Montenegro (Romance Languages and Literatures, Latin American Studies) gave a talk on two films dealing with the Cuban War of Independence, "Bambu y Mambi: Un romance familiar," at the XXXIX Conference of the International Institute of Iberoamerican Literature, which took place at the University of Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain, 3-6 July.

Thomas Moore (Physics and Astronomy) gave an invited presentation titled "Six Ideas That Shaped Physics: A Different Approach to Introductory Physics" at the Integrating Cognitive Science with Innovative Teaching in STEM Disciplines Conference at Washington University in St. Louis, 27-28 September 27-28.

Adam Pearson (Psychology) gave a talk at the European Association for Social Psychology Conference on Social Cognition and Communication in Pecs, Hungary,  held 7-10 July. The talk was titled, "Intergroup fluency: How processing experiences shape intergroup cognition and communication.

Lynn Rapaport (Sociology) chaired and gave comments at a session on "Memory's Futures: Human Rights and Transitional Justice" at the Second International Sociological Association (ISA) Forum in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in August.

Mary Raymond (Career Development Center) donned her prelaw advisor cap to present a panel discussion at The 2012 National Prelaw Advisors Conference held in Washington, D.C. this past June. The topic was “Who Gets Jobs and Who Doesn’t - Different Law School Models for Creating a Viable Career Service.”

Dara Rossman Regaignon (English, College Writing) presented "Maternal Networks: Reading and Writing Motherhood in the 1830s and 40s" at the annual meeting of the North American Victorian Studies Association held in Madison, WI, from 27-30 September.

On 4 September, Monique Saigal (Romance Languages and Literatures) spoke about my time as a hidden child in WWII and Women in the French Resistance to the Rotary Club in Glendora.  She spoke on these same topics on 7 September at Hillcrest Senior Center in La Verne; on 17 September to campus women at Pomona College; and on 27 September at a Jewish center called Ring House in Rockville, Maryland.

Cynthia Selassie (Chemistry) was an invited speaker at the  Memorial Symposium for the 50th Anniversary of Hansch-Fujita Approach [pdf]  [pdf] , held at Kyoto University in Japan on 25 August. Her closing address was on "Mechanistic QSAR: Alive and Well.”

David Tanenbaum (Physics and Astronomy) presented two papers at the Optics + Photonics 2012 conference in San Diego, 12-16 August: "Stability and degradation of organic photovoltaics fabricated, aged, and characterized by the ISOS 3 inter-laboratory collaboration" and "Investigation of the degradation mechanism of a variety of organic photovoltaic devices by combination of imaging techniques: the ISOS-3 inter-laboratory collaboration."

Hung Cam Thai (Sociology, Asian American Studies) delivered an invited plenary paper, "The Cost of Altruism:  Money in Low Wage Transnational Families,” in Denver in August at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. He delivered the lecture "Insufficient Funds: How Low Wage Immigrants Give and Spend Money in the Homeland" at the University of Bucharest, Romania, in June and at the University of Oslo, Norway, in July.

Nancy Treser-Osgood (Alumni Relations) hosted the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII Board of Directors meeting at Pomona College on 19 September. District VII includes professionals from the fields of fundraising, communications, marketing, advancement services, and alumni relations from California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Treser-Osgood has been on the Board of Directors since 1998 and will serve as district chair until July 2014.


David Arase (Politics) published “Political Change Comes to Japan?” in International Studies Review 14:2, pp. 318-323, and “China’s Real Enemy Is Not Japan” on the New York Times Chinese website on 28 September. He also wrote ““Global Insider: South Korea Sees a Bright Future with ASEAN” for World Politics Reviewpublished on 31 May.

Allan Barr (Asian Languages and Literatures) published a book chapter: "Yu Hua's Fiction Heads West.Or Does It?" in Style, Wit and Word-Play: Essays in Translation Studies in Memory of David Hawkes (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012), ed. by Tao Tao Liu, Laurence K.P. Wong and Chan Sin-wai, pp. 285-300.

Colin Beck (Sociology) co-authored "World Influences on Human Rights Language in Constitutions: A Cross-National Study" in International Sociology 27:4, pp. 483-501.

Graydon Beeks (Music) published "Notes on the Cannons Music Catalogues" in spring 2012 The Handel Institute Newsletter, and "A Neglected Volume of Cantatas: Ariosti's Swan Song?" in the Handel-Jahrbuch (2012).

Ralph Bolton is co-author, with Jorge A. Flores Ochoa and Linda Calvin, of the book Alpacas y Cuyes en la Etnografia Andina (Editorial Horizonte and the National University of the Altiplano, 2012). The fourth volume of Bolton’s series of collected writings, Susto, Coca, y los Efectos de la Altura en la Cultura Andina, has been published in Spanish (Editorial and the National University of the Altiplano, 2012).

Eleanor Brown (Economics) has been named co-editor of the Review of Economics of the Household.

Paul Cahill (Romance Languages and Literatures) published an article: "Deconstruction (and Digression) in the Poetry of Jenaro Talens." in Hispanófila 164 (2012): 39-54.

Edward Copeland (English) published a new book in June: The Silver Fork Novel: Fashionable Fiction in the Age of Reform (Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Donna M. Di Grazia (Music) is the volume editor for the new book Nineteenth-Century Choral Music (Routledge, 2012). The book includes her own chapter, "Berlioz's Choral Music," pp. 231-65, as well as contributions by 24 other scholars from North America and Europe.

Steve Erickson’s (Philosophy) paper "Is A Renewal Of The Axial Age Possible?" was published in Existenz, An International Journal in Philosophy, Religion, Politics, and the Arts 6:2, pp. 11-19.

Erica Flapan (Mathematics) co-authored "Spatial graphs with local knots" in Revista Matemática Complutense(2012), pp. 493-510.

Robert Gaines (Geology) is the co-editor of a new book: Cryogenian-Ediacaran to Cambrian Stratigraphy and Paleontology of Guizhou, China (Guizhou University Press 2012). Co-editors include Y. Zhao, M. Zhu, J. Peng and  R.L. Parsley. He co-authored “Low-sulfate and early cements inhibit decay and promote Burgess Shale-type preservation” in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109, pp. 5180-5184. He also co-authored “Discussion of candidate stratotypes for the GSSP defining the conterminous base of Cambrian Series 3 and Stage 5” in the Journal of Guizhou University 29, Sup. 1, pp. 35-48.

Stephan Ramon Garcia (Mathematics) published the paper "Unitary equivalence of a matrix to its transpose" with James Tener '08 in The Journal of Operator Theory 68:1, pp. 179-203.

Terri Geis (Museum of Art) published "Leonora Carrington in the 1970s: An Interview with Gloria Feman Orenstein" in Nierika. Revista de Estudios de Arte (Universidad Iberoamericana 2012), pp. 16-25.

Wanda Gibson (Career Development Office) co-authored a chapter with Amy Diepenbrock (St. Mary's University, Texas) titled "Four Programmatic Approaches to Assisting Students' Transition from College" in the monographStepping Up to Stepping Out: Helping Students Prepare for Life After College. The monograph is a part of the New Directions for Student Services series. 

Eric Grosfils (Geology) published the paper "Catastrophic caldera-forming eruptions: Thermomechanics and implications for eruption triggering and maximum caldera dimensions on Earth" in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, with colleagues from Oregon State University.

Jesse Harris (Linguistics and Cognitive Science) published an article, "Processing and domain selection: Quantificational variability effects," in the journal Language and Cognitive Processes with co-authors Charles Clifton and Lyn Frazier from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He also published a conference paper, "On the semantics of domain adjectives in English," in the Proceedings of the 30th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, presented at the University of California, Santa Cruz on 15 April.

Meg Jolley (Dance) published “Alexander Technique in Motion applied to the Practice of Yoga " in The Congress Papers of the Ninth International Congress of the F.M. Alexander Technique.

Gizem Karaali (Mathematics) published an essay titled "A Tale of Two Workshops: Two Workshops, Three Papers, New Ideas" in the Autumn 2012 issue of AIMatters (Newsletter of the American Institute of Mathematics), p. 11. The essay was an invited contribution about a new research program developed by Karaali and Stephan Garcia (Mathematics) that has so far produced three research papers, two of them co-authored by Pomona students.

Nina Karnovsky (Biology) was co-author of the paper by Zachary Brown '07, "Divergent diving behavior during short and long trips of a bimodal forager, the little auk, Alle alle," published in the Journal of Avian Biology 43, pp. 1 -12.

Jade Star Lackey (Geology) co-authored "A detailed record of shallow hydrothermal fluid flow in the Sierra Nevada magmatic arc from low-?18O skarn garnets" in the journal Geology 40, pp. 763-766.

A Portuguese translation of Thomas Leabhart’s (Theatre) article "Friday Night Pearls of Wisdom" was published as "Pérolas de Sabedoria nas Noites de Sexta-feira" in Revista Brasileira dos Estudos da Presença 2:1.

Pardis Mahdavi (Anthropology) published "Informality and Its Discontents: Mapping Migrant Worker Trajectories into Dubai's Informal Economy" in Migrant Labor in the Persian Gulf (Hurst Press, 2012), ed. by Mehran Kamrava and Zahra Babar, and "'The personal is political and the political is personal': sexuality, politics and social movements in modern Iran" in Understanding Global Sexualities: New Frontiers (Routledge 2012), ed. by Peter Aggleton, Paul Boyce, Henrietta L. Moore and Richard Parker. Her article "Interrogating the Illicit" was published byHuffington Post on 25 July.

Latino publishing house Arte Publico Press has permanently placed the bilingual Zoot Suit Discovery Guide on their website. The study guide was created by students over a five-year period under the supervision of Alma Martinez(Theatre and Dance).

Daniel Martinez (Biology) co-authored "Hydra, the everlasting embryo, confronts aging" in the International Journal of Developmental Biology 56, pp. 411-423, and "What is Aging?" in Frontiers in Genetics of Aging 3, pp. 1-3. 

Thomas Moore's (Physics and Astronomy) textbook, A General Relativity Workbook, was published in late September by University Science Books. An article written by Nelson Christensen (Carleton College) and Moore titled "Teaching General Relativity to Undergraduates" appeared in the June issue of Physics Today 65:6, pp. 41-47.

Sara Olson (Biology) published a paper in the Journal of Cell Biology titled "Hierarchical assembly of the eggshell and permeability barrier in C. elegans" in the Journal of Cell Biology 198, pp. 731-748. The journal highlighted this work in a video podcast, which can be viewed here.

Bruce Paolozzi (Trusts & Estates) published an article, "Caputo Through the Cloud: Answering Questions Raised by John Caputo through a Recovery of The Cloud of Unknowing," in the journal Medieval Mystical Theology 21:1.

David Tanenbaum (Physics and Astronomy) published 2 papers in Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 14: "On the stability of a variety of organic photovoltaic devices by IPCE and in situ IPCE analyses - the ISOS-3 inter-laboratory collaboration," pp. 11824-11845, and "TOF-SIMS investigation of degradation pathways occurring in a variety of organic photovoltaic devices - the ISOS-3 inter-laboratory collaboration," pp. 11780-11799.

Hung Cam Thai (Sociology, Asian American Studies) published a chapter, "Achieving and Restoring Masculinity Through Homeland Return Visits,” in Wind Over Water: Migration in an East Asian Context (Berghahn Books, 2012)ed, by David Haines

Kyla Wazana Tompkins (Gender and Women's Studies, English) published her first book, Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the Nineteenth-Century (NYU Press, 2012). 

Performances and Exhibitions

Betty Bernhard (Theatre) was the lead organizer for the Native American Convocation Celebration on 4 September 4, which featured dancers, singers, a procession, and a sacred Bear Dance in Sontag Greek Theatre. Hundreds of students, faculty, and staff actively participated, including President Oxtoby, who was sighted dancing with the Bears.

Alan Blumenfeld (Theatre) performed the role of Mangan in George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in September. Also in September and early October, he played Danny Dunkelman inCherry Docs, a contemporary play about a hate crime, performed at the Teatricum Botanicum. Each performance was followed by a post-play discussion—approved for live ethics credits for continuing legal education--focusing on legal ethics, racism, tolerance and the justice system.

Ralph Bolton (Anthropology), as co-curator with Richard Waller of the University of Richmond, arranged an autumn exhibition of the folk art from Chijnaya, Peru, in the galleries at Capitol One’s headquarters in Richmond, Virginia.

On 8 September, Genevieve Lee (Music) participated in a 24-hour performance of Erik Satie's Vexations, as part of Jacaranda's "Cage 100 Festival" in Santa Monica. The performance was reviewed in the L.A. Times.  On 30 September, Lee performed with her trio, Mojave Trio, in the Bing Theater at the Los Angeles County Museum of Artas part of the Museum’s Sundays Live music series. She performed two concerts at the Huntington Gardens as part of the Southwest Chamber Music 2012 Summer Festival in August. And in June, Lee was one of five pianists who performed in a benefit concert, 50 Fingers and 88 Keys, for the Jacaranda Music Series.

Joyce Lu (Theatre and Dance, Asian American Studies) created and performed the new solo dance Oriata inEcdysis: Flower of the Season 2012 at the Electric Lodge, 27-29 July. She performed in Of Land and Sky, directed by Prumsodun Ok, at the New Original Works Festival at REDCAT in Los Angeles, 2-4 August.

Alma Martinez (Theatre and Dance) performed in the staged reading of Soldaderas, written and directed by Richard Yniguez, at the Festival de Teatro en Accion, presented by Los Angeles' Bilingual Foundation of the Arts on 20 July. She coordinated the traveling photographic exhibit, "Beyond the Stage: LA in the Zoot Suit Era," which was on loan to the San Diego Repertory Theatre from 20 July to 20 August.

Sandeep Mukherjee (Art and Art History) has works in two current exhibitions:  "Local Color" at the San Jose Museum of Art from 26 July to 13 January, and “Facing West/Looking East: at the Oceanside Museum of Art from 12 August to 13 January.


Allan Barr's (Asian Languages and Literatures) translation of Yu Hua's China in Ten Words has been selected as afinalist for the Asia Society 2012 Bernard Schwartz Book Award. First published last year by Pantheon, the book was released in July in the United Kingdom by Duckworth, and has just been released in paperback by Anchor.

Colin Beck (Sociology) was a co-winner of the Best Article Award from the Section on Global and Transnational Sociology of the American Sociological Association for the 2011 article "The World-Cultural Origins of Revolutionary Waves: Five Centuries of European Contention" (Social Science History 35:2, pp. 167-207). He was also elected to a three-year term as secretary-treasurer for the Section on Global and Transnational Sociology of the American Sociological Association.

Don Bentley (Mathematics) appointed by the board of directors to serve as 2013 chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the American Statistical Association.

E.J. Crane (Chemistry), Jade Star Lackey (Geology) and Matt Sazinski were awarded the $100,000 Cottrell College Science Award by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement for a collaborative two-year study with six students to examine the role of enzymes in the life of sulfur-dependent microorganisms.

Eric Grosfils (Geology) recently received funding for two three-year grants from NASA's Planetary Geology and Geophysics program. The first, for which he is principal investigator, is "Three-dimensional analysis of ring fault initiation and caldera formation on the terrestrial planets.” The second, for which he is co-investigator, is “Growth and evolution of large volcanoes on Venus: insights from advanced numerical modeling of lithospheric response to volcanic loading.”

At the 244th American Chemical Society Meeting in Philadelphia on 20 August, Dan O'Leary (Chemistry) received the 2012 Zaida C. Morales-Martinez Prize for Outstanding Mentoring of ACS Scholars. The ACS Scholars Program awards scholarships and provides mentoring support to underrepresented students planning a career in the chemical sciences.

Chuck Taylor (Chemistry) was awarded a two-year, $599,858 grant for collaborative research with Angelika NIemz at Keck Graduate Institute and two local companies. The grant's title is "Raman Spectroscopic Platform for Analysis of Volatile Organic Compound Biomarkers,” and was funded by the National Science Foundation under the Partnerships for Innovation program.

Hung Cam Thai (Sociology, Asian American Studies) is a recent recipient of the highly competitive Faculty Residential Writing Fellowship at the Institute of Asian Studies at University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, he was awarded the Annual Outstanding Teaching Award by the American Sociological Association for most outstanding faculty member in the country in the areas of Asian and Asian American Studies. 

Kyla Wazana Tompkins (Gender and Women's Studies, English) is a 2012-13 fellow at Harvard University's Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History.


David Arase (Politics) was a research fellow at the Social Science Resarch Institute at International Christian University in Tokyo last summer (June-August 2012).

Betty Bernhard (Theatre) was the coordinator who invited the famous L.A. performance artist Tim Miller to perform for one of Pomona’s incoming first-year Orientation Adventure groups, which focused on social change, in late August.

Rhonda Beron (Office of the Academic Dean) earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology Systems from University of Phoenix in July. Her particular area of study was multimedia and visual communications.

Ralph Bolton (Anthropology) directed a volunteer program of five students (including three from Pomona: Emma Paine, Kate Yzurdiaga, and Parth Patel) in highland Peru during May and June.. The student volunteers taught English in rural schools and contributed to other projects as well.

Susana Chavez-Silverman is featured prominently, including a link to her audio readings, in a Psychology Today article, "Amazing Bilingual Writers II," about bilingual writers by internationally-renowned linguist Francois Grosjean.

Nicki Lisa Cole (Sociology) was quoted in "The Brawl Over Fair Trade," an article on fair trade coffee in the September 10 issue of The Nation by Scott Sherman.

Peter Flueckiger (Asian Languages and Literatures) was interviewed by the online journal Simply Haiku about my recent book, Imagining Harmony: Poetry, Empathy, and Community in Mid-Tokugawa Confucianism and Nativism.

Thomas Leabhart (Theatre) taught a corporeal mime workshop for Arts en Scene in Lyon, France, from 2-15 June; a second for Association Hippocampe in Paris from 25 June - 6 July; and a third for La Montade in Aurillac, France, from 8-18 July.

Alma Martinez (Theatre and Dance) was a guest on ESNE-TV's "Conversaciones," on 10 May and spoke about her film For Greater Glory. She walked the red carpet at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences on 31 May where For Greater Glory premiered prior to its national release, and was a special guest at the Sacramento premier on 1 June. On 22 July, Martinez completed her 8th year as a voting member of the Acting Peer Group of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which selects the best acting performances on television for the Emmy Awards.