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Faculty Accomplishments - May 2013

Scholarly Talks and Presentations

Sefa Aina (Student Affairs, Asian American Resource Center) gave the keynote address at the Pacific Islander Outreach Conference at UC Santa Barbara. He was a panelist at the symposium "Only We Can Free Ourselves: Reflections on the Works of Mari Matsuda," presented by UCLA's Asian Pacific Law Journal on 6 April, and a panelist on the "Perspectives on Decolonizing Settler Education" discussion at the Native Science Conference at Pitzer College on 11-12 April. He gave the guest lecture "The Path to Leadership Is Through Service" at Harvard's School of Public Health on 30 April.

Allan Barr (Asian Languages and Literatures) chaired a panel on "Friendship in Discourse and Deed as a Key to Social Change in Late Imperial China" at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies in San Diego, 21-24 March.

Colin Beck (Sociology) gave an invited talk, "Putting Revolutions in Their (Global) Place,” to the Department of Sociology at the University of Arizona on 19 April.

Ralph Bolton (Anthropology) chaired a session on "The Economy: Consumption, Micro-Lending, and Distribution" at the 73rd annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Denver on 22 March. His paper in the session was titled "Micro-Lending in Rural Peru: The Chijnaya Rotating-Fund Model.” At the same conference, Bolton was the chair of a roundtable on "Organizing Anthropologists Without Borders: The Role of SfAA" and a member of a panel on "Teaching Human Sexuality: Themes on the Edge."

Jessica Borelli and Patricia Smiley (Psychology) and several students and alumni attended the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development in Seattle, 18-20 April. Following are posters and papers presented:

  • “Child Engagement as a Function of Caregivers’ Emotional Involvement” (Hannah F. Rasmussen ’11, Borelli, Cindy DeCoste and Nancy E. Suchman of Yale);
  • “Parent Empathy Buffers Risk for Depression among Children with Ruminating Response Styles” (Jessica A. Stern ‘12, Borelli, Smiley);
  • “Putting on a happy face: Conditional regard for anger predicts linguistic markers of psychological distancing” (Melanie Fox ‘12, Kizzann Ashana Ramsook ‘12, Borelli Smiley);
  • “Coder-rated attachment predicts anxious rejection sensitivity in school-aged children” (David Kyle Bond of CGU, Laura Perrone ‘14, Michelle Ann Reade ’14, Nicole Weilindt ‘14, Lauren Vazquez ‘14, Borelli);
  • “Addressing the Transmission Gap: The Concordance of Parent and Child Relationship Representations in Middle Childhood” (Kelly F. Miller ’12, H. Kate St. John of CGU, Borelli);
  • “The Child Attachment Interview: An Empirical Test of Convergent and Divergent Validity” (John K. Coffey of CGU, Jessica L. West of Duke, Jennifer Somers ’12, Christopher Mayfield of CSU Fullerton, Borelli);
  • “Mothers’ Use of Negative Conditional Regard and Children’s Problem-Solving Strategies” (Katherine V. Harder of CGU, Christopher Reeves ’14, Leila M. Zahedi ’13, Smiley);
  • “Children’s Perceptions of Parent Use of Negative Conditional Regard and Emotion Regulation during a Failure Task (Binghuang Alex Wang of Pomona, Jonathan Snavely of CGU, Anna Blanken ‘13), Samuel Chung of Pomona, Smiley);
  • “What Are You Afraid of? Infant Attention to Fearful and Happy Facial Expressions in the Context of Novel Objects” (Alison Goldstein ‘11, David S. Moore of Pitzer, Smiley); and
  • “A Cultural Values Model of Achievement Motivation for Asian American Students” (Christopher Reeves ‘14, Anna Blanken ‘13, Megan Holman ‘14, Smiley, Mina Han ’14, Lillian Ku Chang of CGU).

In addition, Jessica Borelli and Patricia Smiley presented their research in talks at the meeting. Borelli presented “Unresolved Attachment Classifications in Vietnam Veterans with PTSD: The Salience of Trauma during Late Adolescence” and “Parent and Child Emotion Reactivity as Potential Mediators of the Link between Parent and Child Anxiety Symptoms,” and Smiley presented “Children’s Temperament Moderates the Relation between Parent Emotion Expression and Helplessness.”

Susana Chávez-Silverman (Romance Languages & Literatures) gave a reading from Scenes from la Cuenca de Los Angeles y otros Natural Disastersand new work at the University of New Orleans on 20 March.

Eileen J. Cheng (Asian Languages and Literatures) presented a talk titled "Telepathic Corpses, Snow Buddhas, and Flames Encased in Ice: Radical Hope in Lu Xun's Wild Grass" at Stanford University on 27 February and at UC Berkeley on 14 March.

Avi Chomsky (History) was the keynote speaker at the sixth annual LEAD (Latino Empowerment at De Anza) Global Issues Conference at De Anza College in Cupertino, California, on 7 March. She was a panelist on "Immigration, Why Should You Care?" at Unitarian Universalist Church in Marblehead, Massachusetts, on 20 March.

Nicki Lisa Cole (Sociology) was an invited panelist at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society in Boston in March. She participated in a cross-disciplinary conversation about researching and teaching about the fair trade movement and market.

Steve Erickson (Philosophy) presented his paper "Post-Humanism, Technology, and Education" and chaired the book session “Philosophical Faith and the Future of Humanity” at the Karl Jaspers Society of North America meeting as part of The American Philosophical Association 2013 Pacific Division Meeting in San Francisco, 28-31 March.

Erica Flapan (Mathematics) gave the plenary address "Intrinsic Properties of Graphs Embedded in R^3" at Discrete Math Days at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts on 20 April.

Robert Gaines (Geology) presented a keynote lecture, "Transient Ocean Chemistry during the Cambrian Explosion," at the 2013 Lyell Meeting of the Geological Society (UK) on "The Cambrian Explosion- Understanding Earth Systems at the Origin of Complex Ecosystems" in London on 13 March.

Stephan Ramon Garcia (Mathematics) gave the talk "Supercharacters on abelian groups" at a special session of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) on "Combinatorial Avenues in Representation Theory" at the University of Colorado, Boulder, on 13 April.

Tina Gov (Student Affairs) co-presented on "Challenges of Building Collaborative Relationships With Faculty” at the 2013 NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) annual conference in March in Orlando, Florida.

Jesse Harris (Linguistics & Cognitive Science) presented three posters at the 26th Annual CUNY Human Sentence Processing Conference, held at the University of South Carolina, 21-23 March. One of the posters, "Figuring out Kafka: Structural biases induce early sense commitment for metonyms,” was co-authored with Joel Fishbein '12. He also delivered an invited colloquium talk at the Department of Linguistics at UC Santa Cruz on "Generating alternatives on demand: Processing sluices with d-linked remnants" on 5 April.

Gizem Karaali (Mathematics) spoke on "Supercharacters and Exponential Sums" at the AMS Special Session on Combinatorial Avenues in Representation Theory, held as part of the Spring Western Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society, in Boulder, Colorado, on 13 April. She also spoke on "Math with a conscience?" at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference and Expo held in Denver on 19 April.

Mark Kendall (Office of Communications) presented as part of a panel on "Web Magazines: Lessons Learned from Peer Leaders" at the CASE Editor's Forum in Minneapolis in March.

Joyce Lu (Theatre & Dance, Asian American Studies) presented a paper co-authored with Melissa Fabros titled "After the Empire of Signs // Bodies and Signs in David Henry Hwang's Chinglish" at The Annual Association of Asian American Studies Conference: The Afterlives of Empire in Seattle on 16 April.

Pardis Mahdavi (Anthropology) gave a talk for the NYU School of Public Health on "Health and Human Rights in the Trafficking Discourse" on 1 April. On 11 April, she gave a keynote lecture titled "Trafficking, Terror and their Tropes" at Florida International University in Miami.  

Char Miller (Environmental Analysis) gave the invited address "Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot" and the Pinochet Distinguished Lecture "Climate Change and the National Forests: A Conversation with US Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell" at the Pinchot Institute for Conservation in Washington DC on 14 February. He gave the keynote address "Watershed Commonwealths: A Future for the American West?" at the Texas State Historical Association Fellows Luncheon on 1 March, and moderated the panel "Texas Waters: Studies in Natural Resource Management" at the Texas State Historical Association annual meetings on 1 March.

Cameron Munter (International Relations) spoke about “Civil Military Issues in Foreign Policy Formation” to alumni at the Inside the Quad event at Pomona College on 8 March; about the future of U.S. relations with South Asia at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin, Germany, on 18 March; about U.S.-Pakistan relations to alumni at Pomona’s “Pomona on the City” event in San Francisco on 23 March; and about new war technologies and about Pakistani political developments to two Occidental College student groups on 26 March. On 8 April, he spoke at Harvard's Kennedy School in Cambridge as part of the South Asia Week series on "Prospects for Pakistan" and then held a series of seminars 8-9 April in the Kennedy School's Future of Diplomacy workshops. On 17 April, he briefed representatives of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle on Pakistani politics. On 19 April, he was keynote speaker at the annual convention of the Pacific Council for International Affairs in Los Angeles on South Asian challenges and opportunities.

Tina Negritto, Sara Olson and Melissa Petreaca (Molecular Biology) and eight students attended the West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference (WCBSUR) on 20 April at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. At the conference, Greg Elison ’13 presented a seminar, “Investigating the recruitment of TFIIH to DNA Double Strand Breaks and the Role It Plays Upon Arrival in Yeast,” in the molecular biology session. The posters, “Functional and Structural Characterization of the Novel Pyrococcus Horikoshii Lon Homing Endonuclease” (Frances Hundley ’13, Matthew Sazinsky and Lenny Seligman) and “An Alternative Look at Code Evolution: Using Non-Canonical Codes to Evaluate Adaptive and Historic Models for the Origin of Genetic Code” (David Morgens ’14, Andre Cavalcanti) were presented.

Juniors doing original research in the current molecular biology lab class presented two posters: “The Role of RAD4 in Recruiting the Transcription Initiation Factor II H (TFIH) to Double Strand Breaks in Yeast” (Emma Catherine Carroll ’14, Negritto) and “Transcription Initiation Factor II F (TFIIH) and its Effect on the Recruitment of RAD52 to Double Strand Breaks in Yeast” (William Reilly ’14, John Replogle ’14, Negritto); the latter poster won an award for poster presentation.

Dan O'Leary (Chemistry) chaired a session of organic chemistry presentations and gave two talks at the 245th American Chemical Society national meeting in New Orleans in early April. The first talk, titled "Urey, deuterium, and the Rosenbergs," was delivered in the Division of the History of Chemistry. The second, "On the role of entropy and enthalpy in conformational kinetic isotope effects," was given in the Division of Organic Chemistry.

Mary Paster (Linguistics and Cognitive Science) presented an invited lecture, "An I-language approach to inter-speaker variation in Maay,” at the 44th Annual Conference on African Linguistics/Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics on 10 March. She presented an invited lecture titled "Inter-speaker variation in a refugee community: The case of Maay" at the UC Berkeley Linguistics Department Fieldwork Forum on 17 April.

Laura Perini (Philosophy) gave a talk at the Dimensions of Measurement conference in Bielefeld, Germany, on 14 March, titled "Data images, representation, and epistemic value.”

Virginie Pouzet-Duzer (Romance Languages and Literatures) gave an invited talk on 19 March on "La jeune fille illustrée" to the seminar and research group "Savoirs des femmes" at the Université de Montréal, Canada. She also gave the invited talk "1913: Point(s) Mallarmé!" during the international conference 1913: The Year of French Modernism in Princeton, New Jersey, 19-20 April.

Lynn Rapaport (Sociology) gave the invited lecture "Controversies in Holocaust Representation" on a panel in honor of Lawrence Baron on "Holocaust Cinema and Popular Culture" at the Western Jewish Studies Association annual meeting at Loyola Marymount University, 6-8 April.

Hans J. Rindisbacher (German & Russian) presented "Hermann Burger, Die künstliche Mutter: a Hole in the Heart" on a panel about Swiss and Austrian writers at the Northeast Modern Language Association conference in Boston on 22 March.

Monique Saigal (Romance Languages and Literatures) gave several presentations on "Hidden Child and French Women's Clandestine Activities in WWII" in March and April: In Brussels on March 14; in Aix-en-Provence, France, on March 22, in conjunction with a play about women in the French Resistance; in Paris on April 18 for IES study abroad program students; on April 19 in Paris for a group of high school students; and on 28 April at Temple Shalom in Ontario, California.

John Seery (Politics) chaired and gave a paper on a panel, "Politics Without Vision: Thinking Without a Banister in the Twentieth Century," at the Western Political Science Association conference on 28 March, in Hollywood.

Michael Steinberger (Economics) presented "Changes in U.S. Income Inequality and Implications for the Financial Sector" at the Mountain West Credit Union Association Annual Meeting in Phoenix on 5 April.

Hung Cam Thai (Sociology, Asian American Studies) delivered two invited lectures in April. At the University of Miami, he spoke on “The Relationship Between Money and Dignity among Low Wage Immigrants,” and at the Annual Meetings of American Geographers, he delivered “On Getting among Low Wage Transnational Families.”

Kyla Wazana Tompkins (English, Gender and Women’s Studies) spoke about her book Racial Indigestion at the University of Maryland on 8 March, and gave a keynote address at the College of William and Mary on 14 March. She presented a new paper titled "Joel Chandler Harris' Biopolitical Fictions" at the Warren Center Seminar at Harvard University on 28 March. She gave the Robert M. Gay Memorial Lecture at Simmons College on 17 April.


Allan Barr (Asian Languages and Literatures) translated three op-ed pieces by Yu Hua for the New York Times: "Stealing Books for the Poor" (14 March), "In China, Feudal Answers for Modern Problems" (11 April), and "Learning from China, but What?" (25 April).

Jason Brown (ITS) published "The Invisible Playground: Phone Phreaking and the Criminalization of Curiosity," a review of Phil Lapsley's Exploding the Phone, in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Eileen J. Cheng's (Asian Languages and Literatures) book, Literary Remains: Death, Trauma, and Lu Xun's Refusal to Mourn, was published by the University of Hawai'i Press.

Erica Flapan (Mathematics) co-wrote, with H. Tamvakis, "Topological Symmetry Groups of Graphs in 3-Manifolds” in Proceedings of the AMS 141:4, pp. 1423-1436.

Stephan Ramon Garcia (Mathematics) published "Which weighted composition operators are complex symmetric?" with Christopher Hammond, pp. 171-179, and "C*-algebras generated by truncated Toeplitz operators" with William Ross and Warren Wogen, in Operator Theory: Advances and Applications 236, pp. 181-192.

Malkiat S. Johal, Cynthia Selassie (Chemistry), Theodore Zwang ‘11 and Kavisha Singh ‘10 published the paper "Elucidation of the Molecular Interaction between Cisplatin and Flavonol(s) and their Effect on DNA Binding" in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 56:4, pp. 1491-1498.

Gizem Karaali (Mathematics) wrote a guest blog entry titled "Selma Karaali and Artemis Karaali" on 11 April for "Grandma Got STEM," a project started by Rachel Levy (Harvey Mudd) on raising public awareness about stereotypes about gender, age and maternity embodied in comments about grandmothers. She also published the poem “The Colors of Math" in The Mathematical Intelligencer 35:1, p. 4.

Zayn Kassam (Religious Studies) delivered the Keynote Distinguished Lecture in Islam at the Middle East and Islamic Consortium of BC (MEICON-BC) Symposium on 21 March. The title of her lecture was, "Representations of Muslim Women: Image and Reality." She also delivered the keynote address to the 5th Annual Islamic Studies Student Conference on 23 March on "Studying the Middle East and Islam in an Age of Empire."

Pardis Mahdavi (Anthropology) published the article "Trafficking Parenting: Motherhood, Migration and Deportation" in the journal Middle East Law and Governance 5:1-2, pp. 173-194.

Alma Martinez (Theatre and Dance) published “Pancho Villa's Head: the Mexican Revolution and the Chicano Dramatic Imagination” in Open Borders to a Revolution: Culture, Politics, and Migration (Smithsonian Scholarly Press, 2013), which was published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Revolution.

Daniel Martinez (Biology) published "The two halves of U-shaped mortality" in the journal Frontiers in Genetics of Aging 4, pp. 1-6.  He also published “Hydra of Hawaii: Phylogenetic Relationships with Continental Species” with Abril Iñiguez ‘08 and Alonso Iñiguez ‘15 in Hydrobiologia: The International Journal of Aquatic Sciences (2013).

Char Miller (Environmental Analysis) wrote a new book: On the Edge: Water, Immigration, and Politics in the Southwest (Trinity University Press, 2013). The San Antonio Express-News reviewed the book on 15 March.

Thomas Moore (Physics and Astronomy) newly published book A General Relativity Workbook (University Science Books, 2012) received a very positive review in the April edition of the American Journal of Physics 81:4, pp. 317-318.

Adam Pearson (Psychology) published "Attitude-Goal Correspondence and Interracial Interaction: Implications for Executive Function and Impression Formation" online in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology with print publication forthcoming.

Virginie Pouzet-Duzer (Romance Languages and Literatures) is the author of the new book L'Impressionnisme littéraire (Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 2013).

Ami Radunskaya (Mathematics) co-published three new articles: "A Model of Dendritic Cell Therapy for Melanoma" in Frontiers in Molecular and Cellular Oncology 3:56; "B cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia - A model with immune response" in Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems - Series B 18:4, pp. 1053-1076; and, with Christopher DuBois ‘06, "A multiple time-scale computational model of a tumor and its micro environment" inMathematical Biosciences and Engineering 10:1, pp. 121-150.

Hans J. Rindisbacher (German & Russian) reviewed the book Marx: A Guide for the Perplexed by John Seed in The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms 18.1, pp. 111-112.

Monique Saigal (Romance Languages and Literatures) published a book review on Annie Saumont's Le tapis du salon (Julliard, 2012) in the French Review 86:5.

Samuel Yamashita (History) contributed the chapter "The 'Food Problem' of Evacuated Children in Wartime Japan, 1944-1945" to Food and War in Twentieth-century East Asia (London: Ashgate, 2013), ed. Katarzyna J. Cwiertka, pp. 131-148. He also wrote "Pictures for Our 'Honorable American Friends'” in Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture 6.

Honors and Awards

Sefa Aina (Student Affairs, Asian American Resource Center) has been chosen to serve as vice chairman of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders.

Mary Paster (Linguistics and Cognitive Science) was awarded a Language Revitalization grant from the Foundation for Endangered Languages for a language reclamation project with the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe of Pomona/Chino.

Frances Pohl (Art and Art History) received an NEH Summer Stipend to continue her research on a workers' education program established by the Metropolitan Museum of Art during World War II.

Performances and Exhibitions

Mark Allen (Art and Art History) curated Machine Project Presents!, an exhibition of 13 films showcasing two years of performances, workshops and interviews produced by Machine Project, on 28 February at Trinity University in San Antonio. Allen and Machine Project are also part of the traveling exhibition Intimate Science, which was at Carnegie Mellon University from 20 January to 4 March; is at Southern Exposure in San Francisco through 2 June; and will travel to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, the University of Louisiana at Lafyette, and Real Art Ways in Hartford, Connecticut.

Allen and Machine Project were commissioned by the J. Paul Getty Museum to produce public programming for Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A, a citywide initiative examining Los Angeles' architectural heritage. Allen has invited 30 artists to create 30 new projects that respond to 30 notable architectural sites across Los Angeles. Events run from 1 May to 7 July.

Pianist Gayle Blankenburg (Music) performed a concert tour in Northern California with cellist Susan Lamb-Cook, giving five performances from 6-10 March at several sites in Sacramento, at UC Davis, and in Sonora.

Alan Blumenfeld (Theatre and Dance) starred in Marjorie Prime, a play that was part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Repertory Theater in April.

Sherry Linnell (Theatre) designed the costumes for the New York City premiere performance of The Good Boy at the Abingdon Theatre from 26 April to 19 May.


Mark Allen (Art and Art History) recently convened with directors of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Centre Pompidou and other international arts institutions in a summit discussing the contemporary position of art museums at the Aspen Institute in Colorado.

Betty Bernhard (Theatre and Dance) produced and directed the documentary Out! Loud!, which draws parallels between ancient and sacred Indian stories, such as the Puranas and the Mahabharata, wherein representations of homosexuality, bi-sexuality, lesbianism, transgender and trans-sexual activity are clearly described. It shows the parallels to the lives of contemporary young LGBT persons in Pune, India, as they devise a play He She It, which Bernhard also produced.

Martin Crawford (Outdoor Education Center) reports that the OEC collaborated with two other campus centers to connect more of the community to nature. The OEC took a dozen high school students from the PAYS program along with a few Draper Center coordinators on rock climbing trips on 6 April and 13 April. The OEC also hosted a day hike for the Queer Resource Center’s Gaypril program on 21 April.

Thomas Leabhart (Theatre and Dance) co-chaired with Juliet Koss (Scripps College) and Cathy Seaman (Theatre and Dance) a three-day international conference titled "Action, Scene, and Voice: 21st Century Dialogues with Edward Gordon Craig," 28-30 March, at Pomona College, Scripps College and Honnold-Mudd Library. The conference was dedicated to the memory of David Alexander who, with his wife Catharine, was instrumental in securing the 1986 gift of the Norman Philbrick Collection to Pomona College, which includes a significant collection of Edward Gordon Craig manuscripts, letters, drawings, prints and models.

Alma Martinez (Theatre and Dance), with students, created an educational study guide and conducted an outreach effort that drew 600 high school students and sold-out the run for her faculty-directed production of Stand and Deliver. She organized and led a post-show discussion that included 20 original cast members from the film Stand and Deliver, the 5-C student cast and crew, and Jaime Escalante, Jr.

To draw focus to the math theme of Stand and Deliver, she, Ami Radunskaya (Mathematics) and Jose Ramirez (Draper Center) organized the half-day Mathapalooza conference, which drew 165 high school students and chaperones. Dr. Erika Camacho, a former student of Jaime Escalante at Garfield High School, delivered the keynote, and Jaime Escalante, Jr., son of the late Garfield High School math teacher Jaime Escalante gave opening remarks.

On 20 March, she conducted a "Three Circles of Energy" (Patsy Rodenburg) workshop with theatre students at Palm Springs High School, and on 14 March, she hosted Danny Zucker '09, a professional television writer and director who conducted a workshop on for her Acting for Film and TV class (THEA 100).

Char Miller (Environmental Analysis) served as historical consultant to and appeared in "Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot," which began airing on PBS during Earth Week in April. He has written a companion volume to the documentary that the University of Pittsburgh Press will publish in September 2013.

Cameron Munter (International Relations) was interviewed by Francis Rose on Federal News Radio on 27 March about security issues for diplomats in the wake of the Benghazi attack of September 2012.

Monique Saigal (Romance Languages and Literatures) was interviewed by La Provence newspaper in Aix-en-Provence, France, in March: “Resistance: nom féminin qui s'accord au pluriel.”

David Tanenbaum (Physics and Astronomy) reports that his department sponsored NanoDays, a series of four events featuring Pomona students, staff and faculty presenting science activities to local students and community members from 30 March to 7 April. At Sycamore Elementary School, more than 180 students experienced the presentation. Assisting were Tanenbaum, David Haley (Physics and Astronomy), Alex Lammers ‘14, Dorothy Silverman ‘14, Jonathan Wong ‘15, and community member Judith Tanenbaum.