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Faculty & Staff Accomplishments

January 2021

Lise Abrams, Peter W. Stanley Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, was appointed as an associate editor of the journal Psychology and Aging for a three-year term.

Abrams was selected to serve a three-year term on the American Psychological Association Committee on Human Research. The mission of this committee is to facilitate research with human participants that complies with prevailing ethical principles and federal regulatory standards and policies, and to examine issues regarding the formulation and implementation of such principles and regulations.

Samuel Anderson, Westergaard Postdoctoral Fellow in history, published an article entitled "The French Médersa in West Africa: Modernizing Islamic Education and Institutionalizing Colonial Racism, 1890s–1920s" in the journal Islamic Africa.

Aimee Bahng, associate professor of gender and women’s studies, published a short keyword essay in Amerasia Journal titled "Low Fences: Reflections on Intimacy across Scales."

On January 11, Bahng was invited to lead a research colloquium at Yale University called "Other S/pacific N/oceans," convened around the feminist Pacific studies work of late scholar Teresia Teaiwa. Colloquium participants read Bahng's recently published article "The Pacific Proving Grounds and the Proliferation of Settler Environmentalism" alongside Teaiwa's "Samting Nating: Pacific Waves at the Margins of Feminist Security Studies."

Nicholas Ball, assistant professor of chemistry, participated in a virtual NSF-funded academic career panel called "Preparing for Teaching Success at a PUI" hosted by Towson University on January 13. Over 30 graduate students and postdocs were present for the two-hour event.

Mietek Boduszynski, associate professor of politics and international relations, published an essay reflecting on the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring in a Middle East Institute series.

As part of his American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship, Boduszynski began work in late December as a foreign affairs advisor in the office of Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA 33), who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and its subcommittees on the Middle East and Asia.

Paul Cahill, associate professor of Spanish, presented a paper, “‘Dejar trazo de este destrozo’: documentos y diálogo en _Dietario_ de Benito del Pliego,” at the Congreso Internacional 75 años de Auschwitz en la memoria de Europa: de Paul Celan a George Steiner, held virtually at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, January 25-27.

Pey-Yi Chu, associate professor of history, has a new book out entitled The Life of Permafrost: A History of Frozen Earth in Russian and Soviet Science published by University of Toronto Press.

Malte Dold, assistant professor of economics, published the article “The Ideological Use and Abuse of Freiburg’s Ordoliberalism” in the journal Public Choice on January 23.

Dold also gave a talk entitled "Ideology and (ordo)liberalism" in the Spotlight Series of NOUS, the Network for Constitutional Economics and Social Philosophy on January 26.

Virginie A. Duzer, associate professor of French, virtually presented “Dépeindre la Californie ou d’un Eldorado, l’autre” at the LLC 19th-Century French sponsored session entitled “Frontières/Frontiers,” during the MLA 2021 convention on January 9.

Emilie Garrigou-Kempton, visiting assistant professor of Romance languages and literatures, published the article "Suffering and Healing in the Late Nineteenth Century: Medical Case Studies from the Lourdes Sanctuary" in a special issue of Modern & Contemporary France, volume 28, issue 4.

Garrigou-Kempton published the article "Les hystériques par elles-mêmes : à la recherche des mots de la Salpêtrière" in the journal Corps 2020/1, number 18.

Garrigou-Kempton took part in a British Academy-funded workshop about the languages of COVID-19. The workshop focuses on the role that modern languages and translation studies can play in revealing new ways of thinking about COVID-19. She presented the outline of her working paper tentatively entitled "Into the Tower of Babel: Challenges of Multilingualism During a Pandemic." The workshop participants will reconvene in June to present their final papers.

Edray Goins, professor of mathematics, was editor, along with Emille Davie Lawrence and Omayra Ortega ’01, of the "Proceedings of the Golden Anniversary Celebration of the National Association of Mathematicians." Goins recently ended his five-year term as the president of NAM, an organization formed in 1969 to promote excellence in the mathematical sciences for underrepresented American minorities in general and African-Americans in particular. The volume is published as part of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Contemporary Mathematics Series (CONM).

Goins participated in the Caltech-MIT Forum for Equity entitled "On Challenges Facing Math & Physics" on January 28. Goins, a Caltech alum, led the discussion jointly with Sylvester Jim Gates, an MIT alum and president of the American Physical Society.

Goins was awarded a $124,454 grant from the National Security Agency to run a summer program in mathematics at Pomona College. The grant will provide one year of support to offer an eight-week program for undergraduate students to conduct research in pure mathematics. The program, entitled Pomona Research in Mathematics Experience (PRiME) will host 12 undergraduates. Goins has previously run the REU on grants from the National Science Foundation starting in 2016.

Michael Greenberg, assistant professor of computer science, presented "Executable Formal Semantics for the POSIX Shell" at the Stevens Institute of Technology on January 26.

Esther Hernández-Medina, visiting assistant professor of sociology, was interviewed on Univisión about the importance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on January 18. She addressed King’s legacy as well as the importance of the civil rights movement and its achievements for African Americans and also for the Latinx community and other racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S.

On January 19, Hernández-Medina co-facilitated a workshop on the ongoing relevance of the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) for members of Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS). The workshop was organized by the CEDAW Subcommittee of SWS’s International Committee as part of the pre-conference programming before the association’s winter meeting.

Hernández-Medina also co-organized and moderated the January virtual meeting of Tertulia Feminista Magaly Pineda, the feminist group she co-founded with Yildalina Tatem Brache. On January 22, Dominican U.S.-based economist Belkys Mones and Temple University emerita professor sociologist Rosario Espinal talked about the potential international implications of the new Biden-Harris administration including those related to the women’s rights agenda in the hemisphere.

Lastly, on January 30, Hernández-Medina presented the paper “CARMEN: Beauty, Self-Care and Autonomy” along with Sharina Maillo-Pozo, assistant professor of Spanish and Latinx studies at the University of Georgia, at the winter meeting of Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS). Hernández-Medina also moderated the roundtable on “Embodiment & Representations of Beauty” the paper was part of.

Joyce Lu, associate professor of theatre and dance as well as the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies, performed at Playback Theatre under the direction of Hannah K. Fox for Dailey Innovations' Diversity Equity and Inclusivity Training for MacMillan Publishing on January 20 and again at Playback Theatre under the direction of Hannah K. Fox for Dailey Innovations’ workshop with Leadership of Greater Washington on January 22.

Rebecca McGrew, senior curator at the Benton Museum of Art, was awarded a $50,000 grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for the exhibition and publication for “Sadie Barnette: Legacy & Legend.” Opening in Fall 2021, the exhibition is co-curated and co-organized with Ciara Ennis of the Pitzer College Art Galleries. This is the second program award from the Warhol Foundation, a preeminent national funder of innovative contemporary art. The Benton will exhibit a major new body of work that expands upon themes the artist has explored in an earlier project, “Dear 1968,…”, and Pitzer will host an installation featuring Barnette’s signature reimagining of domestic spaces as futuristic, otherworldly locations of liberation and restoration.

Susan McWilliams Barndt, chair and professor of politics, appeared on Southern California Public Radio on KPCC's "Air Talk" on January 20 to discuss President Biden's inauguration.

McWilliams Barndt appeared as a guest on "The Great Battlefield" podcast with Nathaniel Pearlman on January 22 to discuss American political thought on the eve of the Biden inauguration.

Char Miller, W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History, served as a consultant to and did an on-camera interview in the film “Bring Your Own Brigade” by Lucy Walker Films. The film premiered during the Sundance Film Festival on January 29.

Miller served as a consultant to and on-camera interview in “River’s End: California’s Latest Water War” by ShivHans Pictures, which premiered January 14.

Miller gave three workshops to the U.S. Forest Service's Middle Leadership Program: “Crisis Management: Conflict, Controversy, and Leadership in Forest Service History.” He spoke to groups in three different sites: Davis, California, on January 27; Ogden, Utah, on February 3; and Missoula, Montana, on February 24.

Nikki Moore, visiting assistant professor of geology, was invited to present "Geomythology: Geologic Observations Recorded in Traditional Indigenous Narratives" at the Association for Women Geoscientists Pacific Northwest Chapter meeting on January 9. The talk was based on the literature review she conducted for her section of first-year critical inquiry seminar ID1 focused on geomythology this past fall.

Mary Paster, professor of linguistics and cognitive science, gave an invited lecture, "Listener Error as a Source of Morphological Change," at the Interaction of Grammatical Building Blocks colloquium series at the University of Leipzig.

Gibb Schreffler, assistant professor of music, was quoted in an opinion piece on MSNBC on January 15 about the recent, sudden surge of interest in "sea shanties" on social media dubbed #ShantyTok.

Prageeta Sharma, professor of English, published a poem entitled “Therapist vs. Counselor” in the January issue of The New Republic.

Anthony Shay, professor of dance and cultural studies, was invited to give a virtual lecture in Spanish on the history of belly dancing to the members of Estudio Sahar in Buenos Aires on January 30.

Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics, published the article “Steph Curry Got Red Hot—and Torched the ‘Hot Hand Fallacy’” in Mind Matters on January 4. The article was cited by Bloomberg News on January 5.

Smith published Will Mediocrity Triumph? The Fallacy that Will Not Die in Mind Matters on January 26.

Samuel Yamashita, Henry E. Sheffield Professor of History, presented a version of "The 'Japanese Turn' in American Fine Dining, 1980-2020" as a "Faculty Chirps and Chats," on December 11 to alumni, parents and current students.

The Association for Asian Studies named Yamashita to their "Distinguished Speakers Bureau" for a three-year term (2021-2024) and will fund his visits to colleges and universities in the U.S. to deliver any one of the following four lectures: "Vendettas and the Tokugawa Order," "Understanding Daily Life in World War II Japan, 1937-1945," "Did the War with Japan Have To End in the Way It Did?" and "The Cultural Historical Significance of the 'Japanese Turn' in Fine Dining in the United States, 1980-2020."

Yamashita delivered "Japanese Cuisine in the Los Angeles Restaurant World, 1893-present" as a part of "A Taste of Home: Dining Out in Japanese America," Japanese American National Museum, Sunday, January 17.