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Faculty Accomplishments - May 2014

Lisa Anne Auerbach, assistant professor of art, has a two-person exhibition, “Naughty by Nature” at Hacienda. in Zurich, May 25 - June 10. Her work is also featured in the exhibition “Abstract America Today” at Saatchi Gallery in London, May 28 - September 28.

Allan Barr, professor of Chinese, translated the op-ed essay “Follow the Money, China-Style” by Yu Hua in The New York Times on May 13. He gave the invited talk “Translating Yu Hua” at California State University, Los Angeles, also on May 13

Mietek Boduszynski, assistant professor of politics, co-authored the article “Accounting for the Past or Avenging in the Present? Transitional Justice and Libya’s Political Isolation Law” in the Winter/Spring 2014 issue of the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. He co-authored an op-ed essay on leveraging the appeal of U.S. higher education in public diplomacy programs for the USC Center on Public Diplomacy Blog on April 25. He also published an op-ed, “Guaranteeing the European Future of Ukraine,” in Liberté World Edition on March 28.

Ralph Bolton, professor of anthropology, was awarded the Liberator Simon Bolivar First Rank Medal of Distinction on May 9 by the National University of Trujillo, in Trujillo, Peru. He gave a keynote speech titled “Pensamientos al Azar sobre la Antropología” at the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Social Sciences Faculty and the School of Anthropology at the National University of Trujillo on May 7. At the celebration, he served as the official representative of the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Eileen J. Cheng, associate professor of Chinese, presented a paper titled “Civilizing Oppression: Lu Xun on the Failure to ‘Cultivate the Human’” in a workshop on “Modern Chinese Style: Words and Worlds in Twentieth Century China” at the University of California, Berkeley, on May 3

David Divita, assistant professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, published the paper “From Paris to Pueblo and Back: (Re-)Emigration and the Modernist Chronotope in Cultural Performance” in the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 24:1, pp. 1-18.

Erica Flapan, Lingurn H. Burkhead Professor of Mathematics, gave a lecture on “Topological Symmetry Groups” at the Mathematics Colloquium at California State University, Long Beach on May 9.

Robert Gaines, associate professor of biology, presented a talk on “The Burgess Shale and the Flowering of Complex Life on Earth” at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles on April 17. On May 10, he presented the keynote lecture “A remarkable new fossil assemblage from the Burgess Shale, Kootenay National Park, British Columbia” at the British Columbia Paleontological Symposium in Victoria, British Columbia. Gaines also delivered a public lecture on “"The Cambrian Explosion: the Burgess Shale and the Flowering of Complex Life on Earth" at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria on May 11.

Stephan Garcia, associate professor of mathematics, presented the plenary talk “Complex symmetric operators” at the annual Great Plains Operator Theory Symposium at Kansas State University.

George Gorse, Viola Horton professor of Art History, organized the conference “The L.A. River: Past, Present, Future” at Pomona College on April 5.

Kathleen Howe, Sarah Rempel and Herbert S. Rempel ‘23 director of the Pomona College Museum of Art and professor of art history, organized the panel “The Production and Circulation of Knowledge,” for the Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC) workshop “Visual Studies in the Liberal Arts” held at Smith College from May 2-3. Along with Terri Geis, curator of academic programs at the Pomona College Museum of Art, Howe presented the results of the College’s Museum Curricular Collaboration project to the annual meeting of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, held in Seattle from May 16-18.

Malkiat Johal, professor of chemistry, co-authored a paper with Matthew H. Sazinsky, associate professor of chemistry; Ami E. Radunskaya, professor of mathematics; and recent alumni Gabriella T. Heller ’14, Theodore J. Zwang ’11, Elizabeth A. Sarapata HMC ’13 and Michael A. Haber ’13. The paper, titled “Accounting for Unintended Binding Events in the Analysis of Quartz Crystal Microbalance Kinetic Data,” appeared in Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces 117, pp. 425-431.

Gizem Karaali, associate professor of mathematics, published her article “Nesin Math Village: Mathematics as a Revolutionary Act” in The Mathematical Intelligencer 36:2, pp. 45-49. She also wrote the guest entry “Why You Need a Summer Plan” for the e-mentoring network blog of the American Mathematical Society on May 23.

Arash Khazeni, assistant professor of history, published a new book Sky Blue Stone: The Turquoise Trade in Word (University of California Press, 2014).

Jonathan King, assistant professor of neuroscience, gave a keynote address titled “A Journey Into the Brain: From Molecules to Behavior” at the “Meeting of the Minds” Student Research Symposium at California State University, San Bernardino, on May 27.

Rachel Levin, associate professor of biology and neuroscience, authored the essay “Getting Science Out of the Box: Updating Research on Trans* Identity” in Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community, ed. by Laura Erickson-Schroth (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Thomas Moore, professor of physics and astronomy, published a French edition of his textbook A General Relativity Workbook, titled Relativité générale (de Boeck, 2014). The English version of the textbook was reviewed in Physics Today 67:5, pp.54-55.

Gilda Ochoa, professor of Chicano/a-Latino/a studies and sociology, gave a talk on “Academic Profiling: Latinos, Asian Americans and the Achievement Gap” at California State University, Los Angeles, on May 14. She gave an invited presentation on “Nurturing Diversity for Graduate and Undergraduate Student Success” at the “Incorporating Best Practices in Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity” Showcase Oregon Conference at the University of Oregon on May 22.

Daniel O’Leary, Carnegie professor of Chemistry, co-authored the article “Carboxylate-Assisted C(sp3)-H Activation in Olefin Metathesis-Relevant Ruthenium Complexes” in the Journal of the American Chemical Society 136:18, pp. 6733-6743, with colleagues from Caltech and UCLA.

Mary Paster, associate professor of linguistics and cognitive science, presented a talk on “Reflexes and remnants of inflectional classes in Maay nominal morphology” at the Workshop on Synchrony and Diachrony of Inflectional Classes: Theoretical and Empirical Considerations, at the International Morphology Meeting in Budapest on May 31.

Adam Pearson, assistant professor of psychology, gave a talk on May 17 titled “How stereotypes and diversity cues shape individual and team leadership” at the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Conference in Honolulu.

Adolfo Rumbos, professor of mathematics, presented  his paper “Resonance and nonresonance with respect to the spectrum of elliptic operators” on May 21 in the Special Session on Spectral Theory of Differential Operators of the USA-Uzbekistan Conference on Analysis and Mathematical Physics, held at California State University, Fullerton.

Erin Runions, associate professor of religious studies, published the chapter “Deconstructing Apocalyptic Literalist Allegory” in The Oxford Handbook of Apocalyptic Literature, ed. by John J. Collins (Oxford University Press, 2014), pp. 235-52. She also presented the talk “‘Sick Democracy’ and the Subject of Interest” on May 9 at “Love in the Time of Capital,” a symposium on theopolitics at Yale University.

Monique Saigal-Escudero, professor emerita of French, gave the talk “Reclaiming the Past: A Hidden Child and Courageous Women during WWII in France” on May 2 at Pomona College’s Alumni Weekend. She also did a book signing of her book French Heroines, 1940-1945: Courage, Strength and Ingenuity at the College on May 3. She gave a presentation on “Reclaiming the Past: Memories of a Hidden Child” on May 9 for the meeting of the National Council of Jewish Women in Laguna Woods, Calif. Saigal-Escudero presented a PowerPoint version of this talk for the Trojan League in Upland, Calif., on May 21, and gave another presentation of the talk for the Executive Women International (EWI) Pomona Valley group at the Sheraton Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., on May 22.

Suzanne Thompson, professor of psychology, co-authored the article “Undermining optimistic denial reactions to domestic and campus emergency warning messages” in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being. She also co-authored an article “Illusory control in Schizophrenia” in the Journal of Experimental Psychopathology.

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