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Faculty Accomplishments - June 2013

Scholarly Talks and Presentations

Steve Erickson (Philosophy) was the discussion leader of a Liberty Fund colloquium titled "Health, Responsibility, and Liberty” in Indianapolis, 16-19 May.

Jesse Harris (Linguistics & Cognitive Science) delivered the talk "That's, what, an approximation? A formal semantics for approximative what" at the 23rd Semantics and Linguistics Theory conference, held at the University of California, Santa Cruz, on 5 May.

Art Horowitz (Theatre and Dance) was a participant at the International University Global Theatre Experience Physical Theatre Workshop in Leibnitz, Austria, in late May, performing exercises devised by Constantin Stanislavsky, Vsevelod Meyerhold and Michael Chekhov.

The Geology Department hosted the 26th Symposium of Keck Geology Consortium at the College on 5-7 April 5-7. Jade Star Lackey (Geology) and Robert Varga (Geology and Keck Geology Consortium) organized the symposium, with Eric Grosfils, Bob Gaines and Linda Reinen preparing and leading field trips to the Pacific Coast and Imperial Valley. Nearly 100 geology faculty and students attending represented 38 colleges and universities, including 22 liberal arts colleges. Pomona Geology majors Luke Ferguson ‘13, Lorelei Curtin ‘13 and Laura Haynes ‘13 presented research findings at the symposium.

Jade Star Lackey (Geology) presented the talk "Small volume peraluminous granites as windows into anatectic conversion of accreted terranes to crust in continental arcs" at the Cordilleran meeting of the Geological Society of America on 20 May (GSA Abstracts With Programs 45:6, p. 56.). He was also co-author on the presentation "Late Neogene deposition in the Last Chance Range, eastern California (p. 17) at the same meeting.

Pardis Mahdavi (Anthropology) gave an invited lecture on”'From Trafficking to Terror: Constructing a Global Social Problem” at the American University of Kuwait in Kuwait City on 27 May.

Alma Martinez (Theatre and Dance) led a post-performance discussion of the stage adaptation of Dr. Tomas Rivera's novel and the earth did not devour him at the 25th anniversary of the Tomas Rivera Conference, Literacy & Legacy - A Celebration of the Life and Work of Tomas Rivera at UC Riverside, on 19 April. She presented her article, “Pancho Villa's Head: the Mexican Revolution and the Chicano Dramatic Imagination,” at the Oldenborg Lunch Colloquium on 25 April.

Virginie Pouzet-Duzer (Romance Languages and Literatures) presented the paper "L'architecture impressionniste d'Alphonse Daudet" at the Architecture du Livre Chez Daudet conference in Fontvieille, France, on 19 May.

Monique Saigal (Romance Languages and Literatures) gave a talk on "Hidden Child, Women's Clandestine Activities during WWII" at the Riverside Art Museum on 6 May. She gave the same talk, but with some additions, at The Claremont Place on 29 May.

The Northwestern University Political Theory Workshop in Evanston, Illinois, invites one outside speaker per year to give a talk, and the graduate students this year selected John Seery (Politics), who presented “Incest and Political Theory" on 10 May.

Shahriar Shahriari (Mathematics) gave two invited talks at the Mathematical Education conference held 29-30 May at University of Shahid Bahonar in Kerman, Iran. The titles of his talks were "Calculus and Prime Numbers" and "Tiling a Soccer Ball.”


Allan Barr (Asian Languages and Literatures) translated Yu Hua’s New York Times op-ed column “In China, Power is Arrogant," published on 9 May.

Gizem Karaali (Mathematics) joined the editorial board of Carus Mathematical Monographs, a publication series of the Mathematical Association of America. Karaali is also now the associate editor of the Mathematical Intelligencer, which publishes articles about mathematics, mathematicians, and the history and culture of mathematics.

Performances and Exhibitions

Genevieve Lee (Music) returned to the Garth Newel Music Center in Virginia in January, March and May where she performed five different programs of solo and chamber music. On their new music series, she performed on toy piano and piano, including Tom Flaherty’s (Music) Shepard’s Pi.

In February, she premiered Airdancing, a new work by Flaherty for piano, toy piano and electronics. Airdancing was also presented at Cal Poly Pomona, where she gave a piano master class. In March, Lee gave a piano master class at the Longy School of Music in Boston and at Smith College. She presented a solo recital at Smith College, including works for harpsichord, piano and toy instruments. At La Verne University’s new Pianofest in March, Lee gave a solo recital, collaborated on a third performance of Flaherty's Airdancing, and performed a George Crumb two piano work.

Also in March, at UC Irvine, Lee and the Eclipse Quartet gave a performance of Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon with Yale University professor Michael Friedmann as reciter. On the same program was the Martinu piano quartet. The Ode was also featured in a keynote address at the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis at UC Irvine. In May, she collaborated in a performance of two piano works by Adam Schoenberg and George Crumb, and another performance of Flaherty's Airdancing.

Joyce Lu (Theatre and Dance, Asian American Studies) danced in Cold Dream Colour: A Dance Homage to Louis Le Brocquy in the Works and Process Series at the Guggenheim Museum with the Arcane Collective, 11-12 May. She also danced Sekar Jepun with CalArts’ Gamelan Burat Wangi under the direction of Nyoman and Nanik Wenten at the Lou Harrison House in Joshua Tree on 25 May.

Alma Martinez’s (Theatre and Dance) 2009 Steel Leave project, the National Theatre Company of Mexico's staging of Zoot Suit, continues to be the most requested play in the company's repertoire. The play re-opened at the Julio Jimenez Rueda Theatre in Mexico City, 21 March to 21 April. Her related traveling exhibit, "L.A. in the Zoot Suit Era,” which she co-curated with Lugene Whitely (CGU), was on loan to Western Stage Theatre in Salinas in April.

Martinez performed in a staged reading of original immigrant ethnographies hosted by the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and Loyola Marymount University on 6 April. She co-starred in a new ABC-Sony Pictures TV pilot, Welcome to the Family, that airs this summer. On 26 May, she performed in a staged reading of a Spanglish adaptation of The Glass Menagerie at Casa 0101 Theatre. On 29 May, Alma Martinez (Theatre and Dance) was cast as a guest star recurring character in the new FX TV drama The Bridge that premieres 10 July.

Sandeep Mukherjee (Art and Art History) exhibited artwork in the Frieze International Art Fair in New York City in May and at the Art Basel show in Hong Kong in May.

Honors and Awards

Mark Kendall (Communications) reports that Pomona College Magazine won the grand gold award, out of 40 entries, in the special magazine issues category of the 2013 CASE Circle of Excellence awards. Pomona’s winning entry was last summer’s special issue, “The Next Americans,” about immigration.

Assistant Women’s Tennis Coach Rebecca Lange '08 (Athletics) was awarded the ITA West Regional Assistant Coach of the Year.

Alex Rodriguez (Athletics, Physical Education) was honored with the 2013 Monte Nitzkowski Distinguished Coaching Award given in honor of “a coach's exemplary work with his or her collegiate programs, as well as for commitment and dedication to furthering USA Water Polo's mission.”


Betty Bernhard's (Theatre and Dance) documentary Out! Loud! was privately screened at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune in March and was a featured screening at the 6th International Documentary Short Film Festival in Trivandrum (Kerala), India, on 8 June. The Times of India's special April publication Femina featured a two-page article on Bernhard, Out! Loud! and He She It, the Marathi LGBT play she produced and then documented in Out! Loud!

Michael Gravagne (Physical Education) earned his Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership at the University of LaVerne in June.

Ann Lebedeff (Athletics, Physical Education) reports that Kara Wang ‘13 and Samantha Chao ‘14 earned All-American status in doubles at the NCAA Division III Tennis Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on 25 May. Kara Wang also was awarded the ITA West Regional Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship/Leadership award.

Alma Martinez (Theatre and Dance) organized a field trip with students to NBC-Universal Studios, which was assisted by Nate Kirtman ‘92 ( NBC-Universal), on 4 April. She and her students attended the Claremont Entertainment Mafia's "Alumni Casting Directors" presentation in Los Angeles on 18 April. She hosted Academy Award-nominated director Matthew Patrick and multiple Director's Guild of America and Emmy Award-winning television director Will McKenzie in her Acting for Film and Television class on 25 April.

Research on racial bias by Adam Pearson (Psychology) was featured in an amicus brief by the American Psychological Association provided to the U.S. Supreme Court for a pending affirmative action case, Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. A summary and full text of the brief are available here.

Alex Rodriguez (Athletics, Physical Education) reports that Women's Water Polo won the SCIAC Championship for the second year in a row, defeating University of Redlands in the championship game 10-7. Sarah Tuggy ‘13 was SCIAC Player of the Year, Sarah Westcott, ‘15 was selected first team ALL-SCIAC and Mahalia Prater-Fahey ‘15 was selected second team ALL-SCIAC. At the NCAA championships, the Sagehens defeated Division I Iona College 12-11 in the seventh-place game. Vicky Gyorffy ‘15 was selected for the All-Tournament Team.