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Faculty Accomplishments - December 2012

Scholarly Talks and Lectures

Colin Beck (Sociology) gave two conference presentations in November: "The Arab Spring in Comparative-Historical Perspective" at the California Sociological Association in Riverside, California, and "2011 and a New Generation of Revolutionary Theory" at the Social Science History Association in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Graydon Beeks (Music) presented a paper titled "Handel at Cannons" at the Handel at Court conference, sponsored by The Handel Institute and held in London during Thanksgiving weekend. While there, he attended an editorial board meeting of the Hallische Haendel Ausgabe.

Ralph Bolton (Anthropology) presented a paper titled "Shifting Borders and Fuzzy Boundaries on the Altiplano of the Central Andes" in the "Symposium on Borderline Cultures: The Challenge of Living Between Societies" at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Francisco on 17 November.

Gabe Chandler (Mathematics) gave a talk, "Testing for volatility clusters in time series," in a UC Irvine statistics seminar on 4 November.

Hillary Gravendyk (English) presented a paper, “uses of the useless: against the division of poetry and scholarship," at the Convergence on Poetics in Bothell, Washington, on 1 October. She also presented the paper "Oppen's Ethical Intersubjectivity" at the Modernist Studies Association in Las Vegas in October.

Jesse A. Harris (Linguistics and Cognitive Science) presented the poster "Alternatives on demand: Processing d-linked phrases in sluice structures" at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP) in Riva del Garda, Italy, which took place 6-8 September. He presented an invited tutorial titled "Fast, cheap, but totally in control" on recruiting subjects on Amazon's Mechanical Turk for psycholinguistics experiments, at USC’s Department of Linguistics on 5 October, and a workshop paper titled "A semantics for interjective what" at The 5th California Universities Semantics and Pragmatics (CUSP), held at the UC San Diego on 27-28 October, where he was also a session chair. Finally, he presented "Voltaire was More Easily Duped than Forged: Structural Cues in Processing Polysemy" with Joel Fishbein ’12 at the Experimental Psycholinguistics Conference (ERP) in Madrid, Spain, held 7-9 November.

Zayn Kassam (Religious Studies) was a respondent for a panel on “New Contexts for Liberal Theology” held at the American Academy of Religion National Meetings in Chicago on 17 November.

Jade Star Lackey (Geology) presented a talk titled "Low-?18O granites of the Sierran arc-recycling of altered volcanic rocks" at the national meeting of the Geological Society of America in Charlotte, North Carolina, 3-7 November. He was also a co-author on four other posters and talks presented by current and former students, including studies of sedimentary rocks deposited in a Pleistocene lake filling Long Valley caldera, CA (Ben Murphy ‘13); magmatism in the southern Mojave Desert (Alexa Zilberfarb SC '14), and Cretaceous hydrothermal activity in the central Sierra Nevada (Callie Sendek SC '12).

Thomas Moore (Physics and Astronomy) gave an invited talk titled "Six Ideas That Shaped Physics: A Different Approach to Introductory Physics" to the American Association of Physics Teachers' New Faculty Reunion Workshop in College Park, Maryland, 2-4 November.

On 17 November, William Peterson (Music) presented a paper, "Crossing the Boundary into the Twentieth Century: Czech Music and Politics, 1881-1914," co-authored by James W. Peterson (Valdosta State University), at the National Meeting of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in New Orleans.

Joti Rockwell (Music) presented an invited paper titled "Rhythm, Gesture, and Syncopation in Appalachian Fiddling" at Grinnell College in October, and a related paper, "Analyzing Gestural Rhythm in Appalachian Fiddle Music: A Study of Bowing and Syncopation in the Music of Clark Kessinger," at the joint conference of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Music Theory, and the Society for Ethnomusicology in November.

Monique Saigal (Romance Languages and Literatures) gave a presentation titled "Hidden Child, Hidden Women in WWII" to a book club in Claremont on 12 November and to Pilgrim Place on 13 November.

Anthony Shay (Theatre & Dance) gave a lecture, "Igor Moiseyev and the Invented Tradition of Russian Folk Dance," for the Oldenborg Luncheon Colloquium Lecture Series on 2 November. He delivered the paper “Tradition, Revivalism, or Invented Tradition? Iranian 'National Dance' in the Twentieth Century" at the Congress on Research in Dance conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on 11 November.

Michael Steinberger (Economics) presented two talks at the 2012 California and Nevada Credit Union League annual meeting in Las Vegas on 14-15 November: "Rising US Income Inequality and Credit Unions," and "The Winds of (Demographic) Change.”


David Arase (Politics) published in “The impact of 3.11 on Japan” in East Asia: An International Quarterly 29:4.

Gabe Chandler (Mathematics) published, with Guy Stevens '13, "An Exploratory Study of Minor League Baseball Statistics" in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports8:4.

Virginie Duzer (Romance Languages and Literatures) published "Benjamin Péret et Remedios Varo dans l'interstice de 'la pluie d'encre'" in the first issue of the Cahiers Benjamin Péret, pp. 92-98.

Stephan Ramon Garcia (Mathematics) published "On the norm closure problem for complex symmetric operators," with Daniel E. Poore '11, in the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society 141, p. 549. He also co-authored, with W. T. Ross, “Recent progress on truncated Toeplitz operators,” in Fields Institute Communications65, pp. 275-319. Poore was the recipient of the Stauffer Prize in 2011 in part based on his work on the first paper above.

Nina Karnovsky (Biology) was co-author of the paper “Interannual changes in zooplankton on the West Spitsbergen Shelf in relation to hydrography and their consequences for the diet of planktivorous seabirds” in the ICES Journal of Marine Science 69:5, pp. 890-901.

Working with colleagues at UC Merced, Dan O'Leary (Chemistry) has published "Stereoselection in the Corey-Bakshi-Shibata Reduction: Insight from Kinetic Isotope Effects and Transition-Structure Modeling" in the 47th issue of this year's Angewandte Chemie.

William Peterson’s (Music) article, "Saint-Saëns's Improvisations on the Organ (1862)," appeared in Camille Saint-Saëns and His World (Princeton University Press, 2012), ed. by Jann Pasler, pp. 102-108.

Sheila Pinkel’s (Art and Art History) article and photographs, "Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and the Aftermath of War in Laos," were published in the fall 2012 issue of the online journal Trans Asian Photography" Review (TAP) 3:1.

Joti Rockwell (Music) published an article, "What is bluegrass anyway? Category formation, debate and the framing of musical genre," in Popular Music 31:3, pp. 363-381.

Monique Saigal (Romance Languages and Literatures) published a book review of Elsa Flageul’s Madame Tabard n'est pas une femme in The French Review 86.2.

Exhibitions and Performances

Gayle Blankenburg (Music) went on a 10-day concert tour in China in October. She presented concerts and taught piano master classes at the Youth Palace in Jinan, the Zhejiang Art College in Hangzhou, and the Xiamen University Art College in Xiamen.

Work by Sheila Pinkel (Art and Art History) is included in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art exhibition "Lost Line: Contemporary Art from the Collection" from 25 November to 24 February.

Joti Rockwell (Music) performed a concert of Zimbabwean and Appalachian music with Tony Perman (Music) at Grinnell College in October.

Honors and Awards

Neil Gerard (Student Affairs) received the Capstone Award from NASPA -  Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, which recognizes practitioners and scholars whose careers have been spent in Higher Education. Gerard spent 43 years in various areas in student affairs in four institutions. He retired from his position as associate dean of students/director, Smith Campus Center and student programs in 2011, but is working part time to help the College improve disaster preparedness.


Gabe Chandler (Mathematics)was featured, with Guy Stevens '13, in When Scouting the Minor Leagues, It’s Data That’s the Clincher,” a 13 December article.

Art Horowitz (Theatre and Dance) created the international "Shakespeare in Performance Syllabus," a prototype for courses in international Shakespeare, launched in November on the Folger Shakespeare Library website. This was the culmination of a Summer 2011 Folger Institute for Shakespeare Studies National Endowment for the Humanities Institute Project, "Shakespeare From the Globe to the Global.