Pomona College News
In celebration of the arts and Founders Day, the campus will be abuzz with activity with the new Studio Art Hall dedication, music and theatre performances and Pomona College Museum of Art exhibits on view.
After working for Apple as a lead designer, Mark Kawano ’00 recently launched a photo and video storytelling app called Storehouse, featured in a profile published on the Forbes magazine web today. He and Storehouse co-founder Timothy Donnelly now have 15 employees at the San Francisco-based startup. Topics “range from travel to culture to food to style to art, " and many of the stories told on Storehouse are very personal. "One of the best parts," Kawano tells Forbes, "is seeing the ways people are connecting to each other on a deeper level."
Prof. Daniel Martínez's research is featured in a fun animated short on the NPR Krulwich Wonders blog, "Everything Dies, Right? But Does Everything Have to Die? Here's A Surprise." The video, “The Animal that Wouldn’t Die,” follows Martínez and his research on the "immortal" freshwater hydra from gathering samples in graduate school, to see how long they really lived, through his move to the West Coast and Pomona.
With the California drought well into its fourth year, Pomona College has taken a number of steps to reduce its water use across campus. One of the changes expected to bring the most water savings is the College’s installation of pH controllers for the College’s 10 water cooling towers.
Pomona College students and the wider community will have the opportunity to learn about Africa in a deeper, more multi-dimensional way through guest speakers, artists, musicians and visiting scholars coming to campus over the next two years. Supported by a $250,000 Presidential Leadership grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the “Eyes on Africa” initiative aims to highlight the diversity of Africa through the performing arts, as well as the continuities with the arts of the African Diaspora in the Americas. The initiative also includes a series of lectures from human rights activists, scholars, NGO professionals and African politicians who have worked to alleviate poverty and reduce conflict in African communities.
In an opinion piece published today in the Los Angeles Times, Pomona College Professor Mieczyslaw Boduszynski makes the case that even as the U.S. launches airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, “it is not too late for Washington and its allies to heed the lessons from Libya. “Even in a post-Islamic State and post-Bashar Assad world, Syria would still have to manage the many other militias battling for control.… Just ask the Libyans, whose country is now teetering on the brink of disintegration,” he notes in the piece co-written with Claremont McKenna College Professor Kristin Fabbe.
Will Leer ’07, a cross-country superstar during his Sagehen days, has seen his running career take off in his seven years post-Pomona, earning him an extensive interview in the October issue of Track & Field News. “I can’t even tell you how many countries I’ve been to but I know that without track and field I would have never seen the world in the first-person like I have been able to … in my opinion it’s the greatest job in the world,” says Leer.
11:00 am September 23, 2014Campus Events
Acclaimed Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose novel Americanah won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named to The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2013 list, will be speaking at Pomona College on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m., in Bridges Auditorium. This talk, which is co-sponsored by the "Eyes on Africa" Initiative and the Pomona College Distinguished Speaker Series, is free, open to the public, and tickets are not required.
4:00 pm September 22, 2014Faculty
Professor Shahriar Shahriari earned this year’s award for distinguished college or university teaching from the Mathematics Association of America’s Southern California-Nevada section. He also is a nominee for the national MAA’s 2014 Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for teaching. He previously has received Pomona College's Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching four times.
Pomona College’s studio art faculty will join in for a two-week takeover of the historic Gamble House in Pasadena. It’s all part of Professor Mark Allen’s experimental art collective’s presentation of “The Machine Project Field Guide to the Gamble House.”