March 2018

​​Jack Abecassis, professor of Romance languages and literatures and the Edwin Sexton & Edna Patrick Smith Modern European Languages Professor, presented a talk titled: "Vive les chaines (narratives), ou pourquoi LE FANTÔME DE LA LIBERTÉ de Luis Buñuel (1974) fonctionne en tant que film narratif" at the colloquium "Le coup de la panne: ratés et dysfonctionnements textuels," from March 15-17 at the University of Perpignan, France.

Anne Bages, professor emeritus of physical education, will be inducted into the Pomona-Pitzer Athletic Hall of Fame on April 21 for distinguished service. Bages coached, taught and served administratively at Pomona College for 44 years. Bages’ many accomplishments and information about the Hall of Fame Induction are online.

Nicholas Ball, assistant professor of chemistry, was an invited speaker for the "Successful Products & Models of Undergraduate-Based Research: Good Science, Better Scientists" session at the American Chemical Society Spring National Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Ball’s talk was titled, "Lewis acid Mediated Activation of Aryl and Alkyl Sulfonyl Fluorides towards Sulfonamides." The presentation focused on work performed in collaboration with a group at Pfizer lead by Christopher Am Ende and Paramita Muhkerjee and by Pomona students, Cristian Woroch '19, Mark Rusznak '18, Ryan Franzese '19, Sabrina Kwan '20 and Sarah Etu '19.

At the same conference, Ball’s lab student Neil Chan's '19 poster presentation "Computational Investigation of Sulfonyl Fluoride Activation Using Bidentate NHC Ligands and Nickel' was chosen for the prestigious Sci-Mix poster session by the Division of Inorganic Chemistry. Sci-Mix posters are a "distinction for the presenters as they represent the best of what the division has to offer in terms of the science and presentation." This work is in collaboration with Professor Daniel O'Leary's lab and features work by Robbins Postdoctoral Fellow O. Maduka Ogba.

Ball’s lab publication "Pd-Catalyzed Conversion of Aryl Iodides to Sulfonyl Fluorides Using SO2 Surrogate DABSO and Selectfluor" in J. Org. Chem, 2017, 82, pages 2294-2299, was designated by Clarivate Analytics (via Web of Science) as a ‘highly cited paper’ receiving enough citations in November and December 2017 to be in the top one percent in chemistry for 2017.

Gayle Blankenburg, piano faculty, took part in a two-week modern art music festival in Christchurch, New Zealand, in mid-March. She performed three new music concerts and gave masterclasses and workshops at Canterbury University.

Ralph Bolton ‘61, emeritus professor of anthropology, was the subject of an event organized by anthropology students at the Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima to discuss his contributions to Andean medical anthropology. They focused on the studies contained in Bolton's book titled "Susto, coca y los efectos de la altura en la cultura andina." The event was held on the campus of Catholic University on March 26 with Bolton serving as commentator on the presentations.

Joseph Brennan, director of media and classroom support services in Information Technology Services, was featured in AV Technology magazine under the “Meet Your Manager” column on March 10.

Eileen J. Cheng, associate professor of Chinese, was invited to deliver a lecture titled "Beyond Redemption: Re-membering Loss in Lu Xun’s Morning Blossoms Plucked at Dusk” at the University of British Columbia, Canada, on March 6.

Virginie A. Duzer, associate professor of Romance languages and literatures, gave a talk on the use of blue solar glasses in France in the 19th century, while participating in the SERD colloquium dedicated to the eye, at the Singer-Polignac Foundation, in Paris, France on March 26.

Anne Dwyer, associate professor of Russian, was awarded an NEH summer stipend to work on her book manuscript, "Estrangement, Accommodation, Legacy: Viktor Shklovsky's Soviet Century."

Joanna Dyl, lecturer in environmental analysis, was a featured author at San Francisco History Days, an annual fair on March 3 bringing together local history organizations, nonprofits, historians and others with an interest in the history of San Francisco, to promote her recent book, Seismic City: An Environmental History of San Francisco's 1906 Earthquake published by University of Washington Press, 2017.

Steve Erickson, professor of philosophy and the E. Wilson Lyon Professor in the Humanities, presented his paper "The University and Civil Society: The Challenges of Free Communication" at the first session of the Karl Jaspers Society of North America meetings titled “Truth, Communication, and Free Speech: Jaspers and the University.” The KJSNA sessions were held in conjunction with the American Philosophical Association Pacific meetings in San Diego, California from March 29-31.

Stephan Garcia, professor of mathematics, judged posters at "LatinX in the Mathematical Sciences" at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at UCLA from March 8-10.

Garcia was a senior participant at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) program on Quantitative Linear Algebra from March 19-23. Garcia also had his research, done with student Elvis Kahoro '20, profiled in the Pomona College Magazine spring 2018 issue.

Lauren Heintz, visiting assistant professor of English, presented a conference paper at the Early American Studies conference in St. Louis, Missouri, focusing on early American material culture, on March 1.

Art Horowitz, associate professor of theatre, has been volunteering at the New Orleans branch of the Posse Foundation during his sabbatical year, in addition to researching the dramaturgy of Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni and Anton Chekhov. In the fall, he served as part of the selection committee tasked with identifying this year’s 40 new Posse Scholars, and he is currently conducting writing workshops and one-on-one writing tutorials with these students who are bound for Tulane, Notre Dame, Case-Western and Illinois Wesleyan Universities in the fall.

Steven B. Jubert, Jr., associate dean of campus life and director of residence life, gave a presentation titled, “Help My Flame is Going Out: Understanding Compassion Fatigue in Student Affairs” at the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) National Convention held in Houston, Texas, on March 13.

Nina Karnovsky, associate professor of biology, was co-author on the paper, "Carrion and Large-billed Crows Predate Japanese Murrelets on Birojima," presented by Yoshitaka Minowa at the 45th annual meeting of the Pacific Seabird Group in La Paz, Mexico, from February 20-24. She was also co-author of the poster, "Estimated Impact of Crow Predation on Japanese Murrelets on Biro Island, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan" presented by Kuniko Otsuki. She chaired the special paper session honoring the legacy of the late seabird biologist, Harry Carter. Karnovsky also served as chair of the awards committee.

Kristina Khederlarian, business analyst for the project management office in Information Technology Systems, gave a presentation on March 2 at the International Relations Research Conference hosted by Claremont Graduate University, where she is a political science Ph.D. candidate. Her talk highlighted her research in the correlation between civil war and a variety of economic and political measures.

Joyce Lu, associate professor of theatre, spoke on a panel called "What Are Your Odds? Measuring opportunities for women and minorities in theatre, film, and television: a 21st-century conversation" at the University of Redlands on March 24.

Daniel Martinez, professor of biology, gave a talk at the University of Vienna, titled “The transcriptome of inducible aging in Hydra oligactis” on March 5. Martinez is on sabbatical at the University of Vienna during the spring of 2018.

Sara Masland, assistant professor of psychology, co-authored a journal article, “Good psychiatric management: a review,” with John Gunderson and Lois Choi-Kain. The article provides a review of good psychiatric management, a generalist approach to treating borderline personality disorder. It will appear in print in June.

Char Miller, director and M.W. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis, did a Q&A with MerryJane about his new book Where There's Smoke: The Environmental Science, Public Policy, and Politics of Marijuana, (Lawrence KS: University Press of Kansas, 2018). Miller co-authored three chapters in this anthology: "Reading the Tea Leaves," with Anthony Silvaggio, pages 213-221; "'This is Democracy Held Hostage': Cannabis in the Capital," with Karen August, pages 185-198; and "Southern Exposure: Marijuana, Labor, and the Law in the Appalachians," with Hawes Spencer, pages 127-35.

In March, Miller published "Kindred Spirits: Theodore Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot, and a Fitting Eulogy," in the Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal, 38;4, fall 2017, pages 8-12.

Miller gave the keynote address "Why People Have Lived in the San Antonio River Valley--and What Happened When They Did" at the Conference on the Tricentennial at the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas on March 25. On March 29, Miller gave a talk titled "Leading into the Future," at the USDA-Forest Service Middle Leadership Program in Ogden, Utah.

Lastly, Miller served as co-chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Environmental History. Other contributions to the annual meeting included organizing a pre-conference event focused on water in Southern California that introduced participants to the digitizing of the Claremont Colleges Library water archives and to the innovative conservation initiatives at the Chino Basin Water Conservation District.

Miller also chaired two panels at the conference: "Digital Pedagogy for Environmental Historians: An Interactive Workshop and Roundtable" and "Fluid Power at United States-Mexico Border Rivers" and judged the poster session. 

Giovanni Ortega, assistant professor of theatre, will see his play “Fugaz de la Piel Canela - Fleeting Cinnamon Skin,” which was commissioned by the Arctic Circle for Climate Change Theatre Action in 2017, included in Where Is the Hope? An Anthology of Short Climate Change Plays. The book will be published by the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts.

On March 12, Sacred Fools Theatre Co. produced “Wayne Kalani,” Ortega's short play about a Pacific Islander soldier deployed to Iraq. The piece was written in response to the Parkland shooting and was part of We The People Theatre Action - Our Posterity. All proceeds from this event went to Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America.

In addition, "Wayne Kalani" was also included in Protest Plays Project #TheatreActionGunControl, a series of plays utilized by various organizations during a week of presentations from March 14-24 to coincide with a national school walkout and march in Washington.

Lastly, on March 31, the National Poetry Festival of Singapore commissioned Ortega to write “Benches” for this year's festival. “Benches” intersects three stories through time that spans five decades. It revolves around Feng Mian, a young woman in search of her identity and navigating the world during an age of fast paced modernization and the necessity to succeed. The public performances will take place this summer in Singapore.

Alexandra Papoutsaki, assistant professor of computer science, presented her work on webcam eye tracking and its implications on the medical community at Fortune Magazine’s Brainstorm Health conference held in Laguna Niguel, California, on March 20. Her presentation was streamed online and appeared on the Fortune Magazine website as an article with the title "This Scientist Wants to Democratize Eye Tracking." Undergraduate students Elvis Kahoro '20 and Ethan Hardacre '20 assisted her with the preparation of the talk and were featured in the content of the presentation.

Papoutsaki served on the SIGIR (ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval) program committee, reviewing and selecting papers to appear in the SIGIR 2018 conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on July 8. She also served on the program committee of the SoCal Celebration of Women in Computing conference which will be held on April 15 in Irvine, California.

Adam Pearson, associate professor of psychology, chaired a symposium titled, "How groups help and hinder sustainability: Insights beyond the lab," and gave a talk titled, "Stereotypes undermine public engagement with sustainability initiatives: Evidence from a national-level survey experiment," at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia on March 3.

William Peterson, Harry S. and Madge Rice Thatcher Professor of Music and college organist, was one of seven organists who participated in the “11th Annual Presidents’ Day Organ Festival” sponsored by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists in Claremont on February 19. He performed works of J.S. Bach, Alexandre Guilmant and Tom Flaherty on the Hill Memorial Organ in Bridges Hall of Music.

Elijah Quetin, visiting instructor in physics and astronomy, was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard's Arctic Service Medal from the Department of Homeland Security for "21 days of consecutive duty afloat or ashore north of the Arctic Circle (66°33'N)." I taught astronomy and math courses to enlisted members and officers on board the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sherman's Alaska tour in the Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea and Arctic Ocean during summer 2017. It was the first college experience for nearly all of the sailors in my classes. I also participated in several community relations port calls with Alaskan Native villages and exchanged celestial navigation techniques with the crew. In order to award the Arctic Service Medal to a civilian, the Sherman's captain Steven Wittrock received approval from the Commandant of the Coast Guard.

Hans J. Rindisbacher, professor of German, published an article in Russian on the French writers M. Houellebecq and J. K. Huysmans, "The End of Dressing? Huysmans’s A Rebours and Houellebecq’s Submission” (“Закат эры ‘одеяния’? Наоборот Ж.-К. Гюисманса и Покорность М. Уэльбека”) in Fashion Theory (Теория Моды), 14, winter 2018, a special issue on decadence.

Monique Saigal-Escudero, professor of French emerita, went to the Holocaust Museum in Paris, France, and gave her presentation "My Hidden Childhood in WWII Occupied France" to a group of students from the Durham Academy in North Carolina. The talk was given at their hotel, the Londres-New York in Paris, on March 13.

Sheri Shepherd, academic coordinator for the departments of Romance and Asian languages and literatures, is part of the professional touring cast of "Waist Watchers," a musical comedy touring the country and currently at The Grove Theatre in Upland. It is an ensemble cast of five women.

Asya Shklyar, director of high performing computing in Information Technology Services, gave a talk titled “From Raw Data to Usable Results, Build, Rinse and Repeat” at Southern California Linux Conference about data management. Video of the talk available here.

Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics, published the following articles in MarketWatch: “Here’s the real indicator of stock market success” on March 5, “This is the best month to buy stocks” on   March 13 and “Here’s how to think clearly about the Fed, stocks, and interest rates” on March 28.

Tamaki Terada, lecturer of Japanese, co-authored and web-published a graded reader for Japanese language learners titled, “One Morning.” The book is graded as a level one book based on Japanese Extensive Reading (Tadoku) Standards by NPO Tagengo Tadoku and is available online.

Miguel Tinker Salas, Leslie Farmer Professor of Latin American Studies and professor of history and Chicana/o-Latina/o studies, did a 10-minute radio interview with Univision’s El Bueno, La Mala y el Feo show on Putin’s announcement about nuclear weapons on March 2 and he also did an interview on March 8 with CNN-Expansión on the upcoming elections in Mexico.

On March 13, in San Diego, California, with his U.S. Border class, Tinker Salas did a series of interviews on President Trump’s visit to the U.S. Mexico border, including Univision 34, Univision Edicion Digital, Televisa Tijuana and UniTV from Mexico City.

Most recently, he was interviewed by Hoy Los Angeles’ story “Cuenta regresiva para que mexicanos en EEUU puedan tramitar la credencial de elector” published March 22.

Michelle Zemel, assistant professor of economics, had her article, “The Information Content of Loan Growth in Banks,” accepted for publication and is forthcoming in the Quarterly Journal of Finance.