Pomona College News
8:30 am January 26, 2015Alumni
The sci-fi drama Advantageous, set in the near future about a mother and daughter, is the latest film from director Jennifer Phang ’96, and it opens at the Sundance Film Festival today. This is the media studies major’s second turn at Sundance—her debut was in 2008 with Half-Life.
2:00 pm January 23, 2015Students
As his racing career keeps accelerating, Andrew Palmer ’16 will compete in the 24 Hours at Daytona race this weekend. Palmer, a mathematical economics major who says the second word he uttered as a toddler was “car,” is in his junior year at Pomona. “I believe that as a driver, my studies benefit me on and off the track,” Palmer said in an online interview.
When Ramon Caleon ’15 traveled last summer to the Philippines to work on a PBI film grant documentary about the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, it was the first time he had visited his childhood home since he immigrated to the United States when he was 12.
4:15 pm January 20, 2015Faculty
For the first time ever, a National Book Critics Circle finalist has been nominated in two different categories: Pomona College Professor Claudia Rankine’s work of prose poetry, Citizen: An American Lyric, is a nominee in both the poetry and criticism categories.
In her new book, Ideas with Consequences: The Federalist Society and the Conservative Counterrevolution, Pomona College Professor of Politics Amanda Hollis-Brusky gives an account and analysis of the conservative legal and intellectual reform movement of 40,000 judges, lawyers, scholars and students that counts among its members four Supreme Court Justices, dozens of federal judges, and every Republican attorney general since its creation in 1982.
9:10 am January 15, 2015Staff
That Professor Shahriar Shahriari has received what is widely considered the top national prize in teaching mathematics will come as no surprise to the hundreds of students who have taken classes from him in his 25 years at Pomona College. The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) bestowed Shahriari with the Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished Teaching of Mathematics on January 11.
The online article highlights research from Prof. Burke and Julianna Pillemer '09 showing "women who lead Fortune 1000 companies are perceived to be more supportive, compassionate and warm than their male counterparts, who are considered more dominant, leaderly and powerful." The Pomona College study, “The face says it all: CEOs, gender and predicting corporate performance,” investigated whether there is a relationship between perceptions of male and female CEOs' gender-linked personality traits and an objective indicator of their company's performance, in this case Fortune 1000 rank and company profits.
On Thursday, Jan. 29, the Pomona College Mathematics Department will screen the 2014 film The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things, a documentary that spotlights 17 positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries. The award-winning film includes the story of the five female filmmakers driving across America to encourage, empower and inspire the next generation of strong women to go after their career ambitions.
In the opinion piece, Politics Professor Amanda Hollis-Brusky notes "Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission turns 5 this month, but the damage from the Supreme Court's revolutionary ruling on campaign finance is just beginning to be felt." The professor's new book Ideas with Consequences: The Federalist Society and the Conservative Counterrevolution is out this month.