Three Appointed to Named Professorships at Pomona College
Pomona College has appointed three professors to named professorships. These endowed chairs are awarded to senior faculty members who have demonstrated campus leadership in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service. The Pomona College Board of Trustees approved the appointments at their March 2010 meeting.
Genevieve Lee, professor of music, is the first recipient of the Everett S. Olive Professorship, endowed by Yuk Mei Shim ’50. An acclaimed pianist, Lee joined the Pomona faculty in 1994. Among her courses are Chamber Music and Seven Musical Wonders of the Western World. A soloist since the age of 12, her areas of expertise include ear training and music theory. Lee has performed solos and in chamber music festivals all over the world, including Salle Gaveau in Paris; Incontri di Canna in Italy; and the Sao Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil. Her solo piano CD Elements (2008) premieres works by Tom Flaherty and Philippe Bodin. An American Collage (1993) was recorded with mezzo-soprano D'Anna Fortunato. Lee is a founding member of the Mojave Trio, which plays regularly on the “Sundays Live” radio broadcast concerts from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
She received her degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Boris Berman.
Larissa Rudova, professor of German and Russian, was appointed to the Yale B. and Lucille D. Griffith Professorship in Modern Languages. She came to Pomona in 1991 and her research interests are modern Russian literature and culture; children's literature and culture; and Russian cinema. She teaches courses on Russian Literature from the Beginning to Gogol; Politicizing Magic: Russian and Soviet Fairy Tales; Russian Cinema from Stalin to Putin, Russian Comedy in Literature and Film, and more. She has published widely, more recently as co-translator of The Soviet Union: The Country that Reads the Most, part of The Russia Reader: History, Culture, Politics scheduled to be released this year; she co-edited the book, Russian Children’s Literature and Culture (2008); and she authored Understanding Boris Pasternak (1997).
She received her B. A. in English and German at Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University, and her M.A. and Ph. D., from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Jonathan Wright, professor of biology, was appointed to the William A. Hilton Zoology Professorship. He arrived at Pomona in 1998 and teaches Ecological and Evolutionary Biology, Invertebrate Biology and Animal Physiology. His research interests include comparative physiology, evolutionary physiology, terrestrial colonization and water vapor absorption. He most recently co-authored the article, “In vivo ion fluxes across the eggs of Armadillidium vulgare (Oniscidea: Isopoda): the role of the dorsal organ,” to be published in Physiological and Biochemical Zoology this year; and co-authored “Respiratory physiology in the Onicidea: aerobic capacity, and the significance of pleopodal lungs,” published in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology (2006). Wright has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant three times, and has twice won the Pomona College Wig Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 2001 and 2009.
He received his B.A. in zoology, his M.A. in invertebrate zoology, and his Ph.D., all at Oxford University, UK.
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