December 2018 and January 2019
Allan Barr, professor of Chinese, gave a talk in Chinese on "Translating Yu Hua" at Hangzhou Normal University on January 8.
Barr’s translation of Yu Hua's "Four Fates in a Changing China" was published in the Los Angeles Review of Books' "China Channel" feature on December 14.
Lily Meyer's interview with Barr and his translation of her interview with Yu Hua were published in Electric Literature on January 23.
Graydon Beeks, director of music programming and facilities and professor of music, saw his edition of the Te Deum in B-flat Major, HWV 281, published in December 2018 by Bärenreiter Verlag in Kassel, Germany as Series III, volume 7 of the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe, the ongoing edition of the complete works of the composer George Frideric Handel. The publisher also issued the work in a practical edition, with full score, piano/vocal score and instrumental parts available for purchase.
Patricia Blessing, assistant professor of art history, edited a special issue of the Textile Museum Journal 45 (2018), with the title “Draping the Middle Ages on the Mobile Nature of Textile Patterns in Medieval Eurasia,” investigating the question of cultural specificity in the use of textile imitations in a range of media. The volume contains articles by Elizabeth Dospel Williams (Dumbarton Oaks), Eiren Shea (Grinnell College), and Meredyth L. Winter (Harvard University), along with Blessing's introduction.
Blessing published a review of Olga Bush, Reframing the Alhambra: Architecture, Poetry, Textiles and Court Ceremonial (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018), in The Art Bulletin 100, no. 4, December, 2018, pages 106-108.
Virginie A. Duzer, associate professor of French and chair of the Romance Languages and Literatures Department, presented the paper "Surréalisme, couleur du temps?" while participating in Surrealisms, the inaugural conference of the International Society for the Study of Surrealism that took place at Bucknell University on November 2, 2018.
Stephan Garcia, W.M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Mathematics, presented a talk titled "The Bateman--Horn Conjecture II: Applications" at the Claremont Colleges Algebra/Number Theory/Combinatorics Seminar on December 11, 2018.
Garcia published two short book reviews in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society in January 2019 titled “Islamic Geometric Patterns: Their Historical Development and Traditional Methods of Construction (by Jay Bonner) and Music By the Numbers: From Pythagoras to Schoenberg (by Eli Maor) on December 17, 2018.
He also presented the following talks at the Joint Mathematics Meeting from January 17-19: "Mean, median, and mode factorization lengths in numerical semigroups" at the AMS Contributed Paper Session on Number Theory; "Non-vanishing Minors and Uncertainty Principles" at the AMS Special Session on Advances in Operator Theory, Operator Algebras, and Operator Semigroups; and "The Bateman–Horn Conjecture" at the AMS-MAA-ICHM Special Session on History of Mathematics.
Roberto Garza-López, professor of chemistry, co-authored a paper with professors John J. Kozak from DePaul University, Kittikhun Wangkanout from Chulalongkom University and Harry Gray from Caltech, titled “Structural Stabilities of Calcium Proteins: Human Intelectin-1 and Frog Lectin XEEL" in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, volume 185, 2018, pages 86-102. The crystal structure of Xenopus embryonic epidermal lectin in complex with Samarium ions studied in this paper was obtained and deposited in the Protein Data Bank as PDB ID # 5ZC0.
Michael Greenberg, assistant professor of computer science, presented "Teaching Discrete Mathematics to Early Undergraduates with Software Foundations" at CoqPL 2019 in Lisbon. CoqPL was held in association with POPL 2019, where he was a member of the program committee and chair of publicity. OBT was also held at POPL; he was the general chair of that workshop.
Eric Hurley, associate professor of Africana studies and psychology, published “Self-Construal and Communalism in Costa Rica: Subjective Attitudes vs. Implicit Behavioral Tendencies” in Current Psychology. Hurley co-authored the article with alumna Cristina E. Salvador ’15.
Gizem Karaali, associate professor of mathematics, gave a talk titled "Defining Ada: On The Legacy of Augusta Ada Byron King Lovelace” at the Claremont Center for the Mathematical Sciences Colloquium on December 12, 2018.
Karaali published "Reading About Ada: Children's Edition," an extended book review of children's books on Ada Lovelace, in the Association for Women in Mathematics Newsletter, volume 49, no. 1, January-February 2019, pages 9-13.
Together with Herbert Gangl (University of Durham) and alumnus Woohyung Lee ’16 (currently at University of Illinois Chicago), Karaali published "Homophonic Quotients of Linguistic Free Groups: German, Korean, and Turkish" in Involve, A Journal of Mathematics, volume 12, issue 3, January 2019, pages 463-474.
Karaali published an essay titled "An Ode to Teacherless Writing Classes" in Inside Higher Ed on January 2.
Karaali’s 2015 paper "Metacognition in the Classroom: Motivation and Self-Awareness of Mathematics Learners" in Primus, 25:5, pages 439-452, was selected as one of five top papers of 2018 by the journal it was published in (in the "From the Archives" category).
She was a presenter at the panel and workshop titled "Productive Failure: What Can We Learn From Our Teaching Mistakes?" organized by Kimberly Ayers (visiting professor of mathematics at Pomona) and three other colleagues at the Joint Mathematics Meetings held in Baltimore on January 16.
On January 28, Karaali’s article "On Grades and Instructor Identity: How Formative Assessment Saved Me from a Midlife Crisis" was published in Primus: Problems and Resources In Mathematics Undergraduate Studies, volume 28, issue 9, pages 848-874.
Benjamin Keim, assistant professor of classics, published "Communities of Honor in Herodotus' Histories", in Ancient History Bulletin 32.3-4, pages 128-147.
Jade Star Lackey, associate professor of geology, presented "What are the Precious and Base Metal Abundances in the Historic Mines of Mineral King?" at the Sequoia and Kings Canyon Science Symposium from November 14-15, 2018 in Three Rivers, California. The work was co-authored by Brian Donahue PI'18.
Lackey was an author on four different presentations by students at the American Geophysical Union Meeting in Washington, D.C. that took place December 10-14, 2018. These included three present findings about geochemistry of garnet on Santa Catalina Island to probe the beginnings of subduction off California in the Mesozoic. The studies were done in a five-week summer 2018 project funded by the Keck Geology Consortium to Lackey and F. Zeb Page (Oberlin College). Pomona student co-author, Paige Voss '21, worked on the project with peers from Oberlin, Smith, Amherst, Colorado, and Franklin & Marshall Colleges, as well as Rice and Trinity Universities and Tarrant Community College. The fourth presentation on carbon dioxide release in magmatic arcs was done with colleagues from the University of Texas–Austin.
He also gave an invited talk entitled "Garnet-Hosted Records of Shallow Skarn Environments" at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, on January 15.
Thomas Leabhart, professor of theatre and resident artist, taught a corporeal mime workshop at Theatre de la Terre in Paris from January 3-9, sponsored by Association Hippocampe. In early January he also consulted with the Bibliothèque National de France/Richelieu on additions to their mime archives.
Rachel N. Levin, associate professor of biology and neuroscience, was one of the presenters on a panel titled "Talking Science with Transgender Clients" on November 11, 2018 at the meeting of the World Professional Organization for Transgender Health in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Rebecca McGrew, senior curator at the Pomona College Museum of Art, was awarded the Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA) 2020 Curators Award that comes with a $80,000 grant in November 2018. The Curator’s Award is shared with Irene Tsatsos at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena for an exhibition of work of Los Angeles-based artist Alison Saar. Administered by the Museum, the grant supports the catalog accompanying the exhibition, published by the Pomona College Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on view at both venues September 1 to December 19, 2020.
McGrew has been awarded a $50,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to support the Museum’s fall 2019 exhibition, “Todd Gray: Euclidean Gris Gris” and the accompanying program series curated by Nana Adusei-Poku, “Longing on a Large Scale.” This is the first time the College has received a program award from the Warhol Foundation, which is a pre-eminent national funder of innovative contemporary art. The exhibition will be on view from September 3, 2019 to May 17, 2020.
Robin Melnick, presented "Cognitive Effects in Emerging Variation: French 'ne'-Drop" at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America in New York, from January 3-6, which was coauthored with Emilie Wilk SC’18.
Wallace Meyer, director of the Bernard Field Station, published an article with three recent Pomona graduates titled "Distributions of Invasive Arthropods Across Heterogeneous Urban Landscapes in Southern California: Aridity as a Key Component of Ecological Resistance" in the journal Insects.
Char Miller, W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History, published The Nature of Hope: Grassroots Organizing, Environmental Justice, and Political Change (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2019). Miller is the lead editor for this anthology to which he also contributed a chapter, along with Monica Mariko Embrey ’09, Anna Joo Kim, former Chau-Mellon Professor at Pomona, and Pitzer Professor Brinda Sarathy.
Dan O’Leary, Carnegie Professor of Chemistry; O. Maduka Ogba (Chapman University), and Zichen Liu ’18, published an article “Vibrational Analysis of a Rate-Slowing Conformational Kinetic Isotope Effect” in a special issue of Tetrahedron, volume 75, pages 545-550, dedicated to the field of computational chemistry in organic chemistry. Asya Shklyar, director of high-performance computing at Pomona College, is acknowledged for technical assistance for this project.
On December 7, O’Leary gave an invited lecture titled “Isotope Effects as a Probe of Hydrogen Bonding, Chirality, and Conformation” at San Diego State University as part of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar Series.
Sarah Olson, assistant professor of biology, gave a talk titled "Transformation of Introductory Cell Biology into a Flipped Classroom with a Model-Based Reasoning Approach Led to Significant Reduction of the 'Achievement Gap' in Underserved Students" at the American Society for Cell Biology Meeting in San Diego on December 9. At the same conference, Olson also presented an education poster on the incorporation of CRISPR/Cas9 into her upper division cell biology course, a research poster on eggshell formation in C. elegans (with six Pomona student co-authors), and served as a panelist for a COMPASS Career Workshop on how to start a research lab at a primarily-undergraduate institution.
Giovanni Ortega, assistant professor of theatre, was a guest artist for Miami's Teatro Prometeo during their production of “Gentefrikation” on December 14. A play about gentrification in Little Havana where a group of tenants suddenly learn that their landlord has increased the rent exponentially, and they are forced to wait out an eviction or take matters into their own hand. Ortega worked closely with the artistic director Edgar García during the production, to artistically discuss the role of the performing arts in conveying untold stories in marginalized communities.
Ortega starred in another American Film Institute (AFI) short film entitled “The Marriage Bed” by Nick Proferes and directed by San-San Onglatco. The story is about two married men who get in an argument over who needs to fold the laundry. The film is in conjunction with the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).
Furthermore, Ortega directed and starred in the re-imagined play “Thoughts of My Body (TOMB)” in Singapore. This culmination of a three-play cycle entitled “The Body Trilogy” focused on the human form and how we as individuals tackle and create a legacy for future generations amidst pain and trauma. The Body Trilogy's inception was two years ago at the Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity with Creation of My Body (COMB), a devised theatrical piece that focused on the physical perception, cultural expectation and instantaneous modernization in today’s society. It was followed by Words of My Body (WOMB), which went deeper into the psyche of how language can engage, enrage and ultimately transform the human spirit. All the plays were produced twice a year by Method Productions.
Finally, he created and directed “Kabaret Singapura,” a new devised musical that utilized the cabaret format which incorporated jazz, ballads, musical numbers and pop songs coinciding with themes of identity, race, love and loss. The cast comprised of 15 women and one non-binary performer who turned a Singaporean shophouse into a cabaret club.
Adam Pearson, associate professor of psychology, had his article "Diverse Segments of the US Public Underestimate the Environmental Concerns of Minority and Low-Income Americans," featured on the cover of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, along with editorial commentaries in PNAS and in Nature on what the findings mean for environmental justice research and for bridging perspectives in psychology and sociology.
Pearson gave a keynote address on December 3, 2018 titled, "How Stereotypes Shape Public Understanding of Environmental Risks," at the opening plenary session of the Society for Risk Analysis conference, titled "Conducting Risk Research with Underrepresented Populations: Dispatches From the Field." The annual meeting brings together scientists and practitioners from around the world to discuss risk analysis issues including risk management, risk perception, risk assessment and risk communication.
Leonard Pronko, emeritus professor of theatre and dance, published an article on Kabuki for the London-based Digital Theatre + website’s Encyclopedia of World Drama, and a DVD, "Kabuki for the West," an introduction to Kabuki featuring scenes from Pronko's productions of Kabuki in English at Pomona College over some 30 years.
Ami Radunskaya, professor of mathematics, did an interview on January 25 with a reporter from Nature on Title IX proposed changes.
Carolyn Ratteray, assistant professor of theatre, is co-starring alongside Gilbert Glenn Brown in Katori Hall's play, “The Mountaintop,” which re-imagines Martin Luther King Jr.'s last night on Earth. The show runs now through March 10 at the Garry Marshall Theatre in Burbank.
Linda Reinen, associate professor of geology, gave a talk on "Engaging and Empowering Students Historically Underrepresented in Geoscience Through an Introductory-Level Community-Centered Writing Assignment" at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting in Washington D.C. in December. This paper was co-authored by Karen Kortz '98.
Reinen co-authored a poster presentation by her students Kurt Crandall PI '19 and Supasiri Rittiron PI '18 entitled "Ductile Deformation in the Lower Crust and Upper Mantle: An Evaluation of Six Waxes for Use in Room Temperature Deformation Experiments."
At the same meeting, she received the Inclusive Geoscience Education and Research Award from the International Association for Geoscience Diversity. This award recognizes "outstanding efforts in promoting, developing, and/or implementing inclusive instruction and research that encourages active engagement and participation of students and practitioners with disabilities in the geosciences."
Hans Rindisbacher, professor of German, published “The Style of Icons: Fashion Photography, Museum, and Artistic Significance,” with Professor Larissa Rudova, an exhibition review of “Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911-2011” which was on view at The J. Paul Getty Museum from June 26 to October 21, 2018. It was published in Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture/Теория моды 50, winter 2018-2019, pages 295-317.
Monique Saigal-Escudero, emerita professor of French, presented "Memories of a Hidden Child and Creative Women in France during WWII" to a P.E.O. chapter in Los Angeles on January 15, and "Memories of a Hidden Child " at Temple Beth Israel in Highland Park on Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27.
Gibb Schreffler, assistant professor of music, published a review of L. Dubois, The Banjo: America’s African Instrument (Harvard Univ. Press, 2016) in Newsletter of the American Musical Instrument Society 47.3, 2018, pages 16-18.
Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics, did the following interviews about The AI Delusion with Jordan Goodman’s MoneyAnswers show on VoiceAmerica Business Channel on December 3 and NBC Think on December 6; with Mastering Your Money radio on December 9.
On December 10, Engineering and Technology published a book review of Smith’s The AI Delusion. On December 12, Smith was quoted extensively in a Yardeni research article on limiting or banning high-frequency stock trading. On December 13, he signed a contract for simplified Chinese translation of The AI Delusion.
On December 19, Smith published the op-ed, “Don’t Let Computers Make Decisions for Us” in the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Press Telegram, Press-Enterprise and Daily Bulletin. On January 10, his op-ed "The Exaggerated Promise of So-Called Unbiased Data Mining" was published in Wired. SF2 Concatenation published a book review of The AI Delusion on January 15.
Jason Smith, instructional technologist in ITS, served as a program content reviewer and grader for the up-and-coming 2019 Educause Learning Initiative Annual Meeting to be held in Anaheim in February 2019.
Ken Wolf, John Sutton Miner Professor of History and Professor of Classics, published "Myth, History, and the Origins of al-Andalus: A Historiographical Essay" in the Journal of Medieval Iberian Studies online on January 22. This is part of a special issue of the journal dedicated to the Muslim conquest of Spain.