Pomona College News
Rodrigo Ranero, Pomona College Class of 2014, will study linguistics at Cambridge on the prestigious Downing Scholarship. Through a special arrangement between the two institutions, the award underwrites a year-long exchange sending one Pomona graduate annually to earn a master’s degree at Downing College at the University of Cambridge. He will pursue a masters of philosophy in theoretical and applied linguistics, and will continue to develop strategies for recovering threatened indigenous languages, in part through courses on language death and language acquisition.
This summer, Pomona College is pushing ahead on new academic buildings and road improvements, along with some smaller renovations to promote energy efficiency. The Studio Art Hall is nearing completion, and work is moving along on the rebuilding of Millikan Science Hall and renovation of the connected Andrew Science Hall.
8:48 am July 30, 2014Life on Campus
Pomona College ranked No. 8 on the Forbes "America’s Top Colleges 2014" list released on July 30. Pomona was also ranked No. 2 in the West and No. 25 in Grateful Grads.
For her summer research, Shannon Burns '15 is studying a brain imaging technology called near-infrared spectroscopy, hoping it will provide another way to look at the right temporoparietal junction, an area at the back of the head. Working with Professor Richard Lewis, Burns explains her work as part of our series looking at summer student research.
Char Miller, professor of environmental analysis, was interviewed in the story “America Is Burning: The Fight Against Wildfires Gets Real,” published in the August edition of Men’s Journal Magazine. Warning that “years of climate change, drought and reckless development have transformed nearly all of the American West into a giant tinderbox,” the story examines whether there is anything to be done to slow the growing wildfire risk.
James Turrell ’65, an internationally renowned light and space artist, will be awarded the 2013 National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony on July 28. Known for his groundbreaking visual art, Turrell captures the powers of light and space, building experiences that force viewers to question reality, challenging their perceptions not only of art, but also of the world around them, noted yesterday’s announcement.
Working with Professor Mary Paster, linguistics major Alex Samuels '15 is studying the role of tone in the West Kenyan language of Maragoli. Samuels explains his work as part of our series looking at summer student research.
Prof. Kyla Wazana Tompkins was interviewed by National Public Radio for the story “For These Vegans, Masculinity Mean Protecting The Planet,” which aired on the July 21 edition of All Things Considered. In the story featuring several male athletes, Tompkins adds historical perspective on male veganism.
As part of a series on summer research, Julia Austenfeld '15 explains her research on the music that's played during baseball games, including the organists and bands that played in stadiums.