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Faculty Accomplishments - March 2013

Scholarly Talks and Lectures

On 22 February, Ralph Bolton (Anthropology) delivered the invited lecture “Aplicando la Antropologa Aplicada en el Peru: De Vicos a Chijnaya, 1948-2013” at the Cultural Center of the Federico Villarreal University in Lima, Peru. The lecture was sponsored by the Guild of Professional Anthropologists of Peru at a special event to launch the idea of creating an Institute of Applied Anthropology. Bolton is the only foreign anthropologist honored with Honorary Membership in the Guild. On 25 February, he gave an invited talk at the Institute of Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque on "Apply Anthropology in Highland Peru: From Vicos to Chijnaya, 1948-2013.”

Paul Cahill (Romance Languages and Literatures) presented his paper “‘Dadme mis letras para recomenzar: (Dis)locating the Self in Marta Agudo's 28010" at the 41st annual Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900, held at the University of Louisville on 21-23 February.

Avi Chomsky (History) presented the Spanish version of her book They Take Our Jobs at the Havana Book Fair in Havana, Cuba, on 15 February.

Kevin J. H. Dettmar (English) participated on a roundtable, "Copyright and Fair Use Privilege," at the University of Tulsa College of Law on 20 February. While there, he also conducted a seminar on scholarly book publishing for graduate students.

Stephan Ramon Garcia (Mathematics) gave a talk on "Supercharacters on abelian groups" at the UCLA Combinatorics Seminar on 21 February.

Julie Journitz (Information Technology Services) was a participant in panel discussion on "Best Practices for Managing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device): Q&A" at  the 17th annual International IT Service Management Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas from 17-20 February.

Nina Karnovsky (Biology) gave a presentation titled "Seabirds in a warming climate: working hard to get their krill" on her research on the impacts of climate change on Antarctic food webs at the Pomona Valley Audubon Society meeting on 7 February.

Pardis Mahdavi (Anthropology) gave the talk "Rethinking Gendered Migration, Labor and Human Trafficking" at a conference on Human Trafficking Reconsidered at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on 2 Februrary.

Alma Martinez (Theatre & Dance) participated in the panel "National Theatre Conference's Women Playwrights Initiative" at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region VIII Conference, held at the Los Angeles Theatre Center on 15 February.  She was invited to read an excerpt from Father Gregory Boyle's book Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion at his public address at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, sponsored by Pax Christi, on 16 February.

On 6 February, Cameron Munter (International Relations) addressed the World Affairs Council of Riverside on Pakistan. On 13 February, he spoke on "policy options on Pakistan" at the Atlantic Council of the United States in Washington, DC, and on 16 February, he gave a keynote address at the Karachi Literature Festival in Karachi, Pakistan, on "narratives in the U.S.-Pakistani relationship." 

Suzanne Schultz Reed (Theatre and Dance) gave a presentation titled "Employer Expectations of Costume Shop Staff" at the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) career fair at Cal State LA at the end of January. The content was based on her informal survey of costume shops around the country.

Monique Saigal (Romance Languages and Literatures) gave a presentation at Scripps College, sponsored by the Intercollegiate Women's Studies of the Claremont Colleges, on "Hidden Child & Clandestine Activities of French Women During WWII" on 18 February.

Jason Smith (ITS) made two presentations at the Educause Learning Initiative Annual Conference 2013 in Denver, Colorado, on 4-6 February: "One Size Does Not Fit All: Video Streaming Solutions at Pomona College” and "Thinking Outside the Image Repository: LUNA Image Repositories at Pomona College." 

Kyla Wazana Tompkins (English, Gender and Women’s Studies) gave a talk at the Modern Languages Association conference on 8 January called "Joel Chandler Harris' Biopolitical Fictions." She also spoke about her book, Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the Nineteenth Century, at Colby College on 12 February and at Bowdoin College on 13 February. Finally, she spoke about her work-in-progress, a new manuscript titled So Moved, at the University of Pennsylvania on 20  February.


Jack Abecassis (Romance Languages and Literatures) wrote "Mangeclous et Moishe Pipik: Cohen, Roth et le problématique dédoublement juif (première partie)" in Cahiers Albert Cohen (Retour sur Mangeclous) 22, pp. 41-66.

Allan Barr (Asian Languages and Literatures) translated Yu Hua’s op-ed "Censorship's Many Faces" for The New York Times on 28 February. It is the first of several articles Hua has been commissioned to write as a guest columnist for the paper.

Colin Beck (Sociology) published a study co-authored with Emily Miner ‘12: "Who Gets Designated a Terrorist and Why?" in Social Forces 91:3, pp. 837-872.

Paul Cahill (Romance Languages and Literatures) published “Poetic Vision and (In)visible Pain in Antonio Méndez Rubio's Trasluz” in Studies in Twentieth and Twenty-first Century Literature 36:2, pp. 356-72.

Gabe Chandler (Mathematics) published, with Leif Johnson (Google), "Automatic locally adaptive smoothing for tree-based set estimation" in Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation 83, pp. 384-401.  

Pardis Mahdavi’s (Anthropology) paper "The Geography of Sex Work in the United Arab Emirates" was published as a book chapter in Geographies of Privilege (Routledge Press 2013).

Michael McGaha (Romance Languages and Literatures) translated Rifat Bali's From Anatolia to the New World: Life Stories of the First Turkish Immigrants to America (Libra Books, 2013). This is the third book he has translated from Turkish for Libra Books. The others are Vitali Hakko's My Life: Vakko (2011) and Eli Shaul's From Balat to Bat Yam: Memoirs of a Turkish Jew (2012).

Cameron Munter (International Relations) wrote "Here's How the U.S. Can Work With Pakistan" in The Atlantic in February.

Dan O'Leary (Chemistry), Aaron Fong '13, and a collaborator at UC Merced have published an article titled "Enthalpy/Entropy Contributions to Conformational KIEs: Theoretical Predictions and Comparison with Experiment" in the journal Molecules 18:2, pp. 2281-2296.

Mary Paster (Linguistics and Cognitive Science) published “Rethinking the 'duplication problem'” in Lingua 126, pp. 78-91.

Virginie Pouzet-Duzer (Romance Languages and Literatures) is the editor of a bilingual special issue dedicated to the myth of Salomé published by the Oscholars in February.

Erin Runions (Religious Studies) wrote "Intolerance: Love's Struggle through the Ages (1916)," which appears in Bible and Cinema: Fifty Key Films (Routledge 2012), ed. by Adele Reinhartz, pp. 135-39.

John Seery (Politics) wrote "Stumbling Toward a Democratic Theory of Incest" in Political Theory 41:1, pp. 5-32.

Gary Smith (Economics) wrote the book Club Soccer: Insider’s Guide to Winning the Game about his adventures and misadventures in Club Soccer.

Thomas Pinney (English) edited The Cambridge Edition of the Poems of Rudyard Kipling (Cambridge University Press, 2013), the first complete set of Kipling’s poems -- including 50 “lost” poems that Pinney discovered -- to be compiled. The discovery was featured by many media outlets, including The and The New York Times.

Samuel Yamashita (History) wrote the chapter "The 'Food Problem' of Evacuated Children in Wartime Japan, 1944-1945," in Food and War in Mid-Twentieth-Century Asia (Ashgate 2012), ed. by Katarzyna J. Cwiertka, pp. 131-148.

Honors and Awards

Erin Runions (Religious Studies) has been appointed to the editorial boards of the Journal of Biblical LiteratureJournal for the Study of the Old Testament, Journal of Biblical Reception, and Journal of Religion and Popular Culture.

Monique Saigal (Romance Languages and Literatures) was honored with the Pomona College Alumni Service Award on 2 February for her long commitment to reaching out to alumni through speaking engagements and other activities.

Margaret Waller (Romance Languages and Literatures) received an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) fellowship for next year for her book project, Napoleon's Closet: The Emperor, the Priest and the Fashion Press.


Robert Gaines (Geology) traveled to the Colorado Rockies with a film crew from Japanese Public Television from 27 February to 3 March. The NHK network filmed a segment on his recent research on location for a program on the evolution of life on Earth that will air in May.

Alma Martinez (Theatre & Dance) hosted casting director Joy Dickson who taught a TV Audition Workshop in Martinez’s Acting for Film and TV class on 12 February. Dickson also had lunch with students interested in working in the entertainment industry.

On February 20, Cameron Munter (International Relations) was interviewed by Christine Amanpour on CNN International about the future of American diplomacy.

David Tanenbaum (Physics and Astronomy) notes that the new Scanning Electron Microscope Facility had its grand opening on 18 February. Photos and an article may be found here

Nancy Treser-Osgood (Alumni Relations) presided over the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District VII Biennial Conference in San Francisco from 1-3 March, which was attended by about 600 advancement professionals. She serves as District Chair and oversees all of the programs and activities for the southwestern United States.