Faculty & Staff Accomplishments

September 2021 Faculty & Staff Accomplishments

Ellie Anderson, assistant professor of philosophy, presented the paper “Relationship Anarchy and the Philosophy of Love” at the Pacific Association for the Continental Tradition conference in Volcano, Hawai'i.

Anderson presented the paper “Auto-Affection and the Multiplicitous Self: Ortega and Existential Phenomenology” at the virtual meeting of the Society for Phenomenology and Continental Philosophy (SPEP).

Lisa Anne Auerbach, associate professor of art, published PIT, a book of photographs made when she was 17 in Chicago mosh pits. The book was published by The Grass Is Green in the Fields for You in Glasgow, Scotland.

Arlen F. Chase, visiting professor of anthropology, had a co-edited volume published with Chelsea Fisher, assistant professor in environmental studies at Washington and Lee University in Virginia; the volume resulted from a special section in the journal Heritage (Fisher, Chelsea and Arlen F. Chase, Eds. 2021. Maya Anthropological Archaeology. MDPI Press, Basel, Switzerland, 279 pp. + vii.)

Kevin Dettmar, W. M. Keck Professor of English and director of The Humanities Studio, published “What The Chair Gets Unexpectedly Right About the Ivory Tower” on the Netflix series The Chair in The Atlantic on September 2.

Virginie A. Duzer, professor and chair of Romance languages and literatures, was among the 150 Proustians invited to celebrate Marcel Proust's 150th birthday, by picking their favorite passage of the novel. She wrote about a part of La Prisonnière that deals with dresses, aesthetics, fashion and love (Société des Amis de Marcel Proust et des Amis de Combray, Proust 150, 2021, Illiers-Combray, pp. 257-260).

The composition “Steps and Leaps” for guitar and electronics by Tom Flaherty, John P. and Magdalena R. Dexter Professor of Music, had its live premiere by Aaron Larget-Caplan at Windhover Center for the Performing Arts in Rockport, MA. The composition had its online premiere by guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan at New Music Gathering 2021 in Minneapolis, MN.

Flaherty gave an online performance of “Prelude” from Bach's C minor Suite for Cello.

Emilie Garrigou-Kempton, visiting assistant professor of Romance languages and literatures, wrote the introduction for Richard Ehrlich's photography book The Arolsen Holocaust Archive, edited by Manfred Heiting and published by Steidl.

Dean Gerstein, director of sponsored research, participated during August and September in a small working group to refine and launch the NORDP Consultants Pilot Program, a study conducted by the National Organization of Research Development Professionals to offer deep research development support to competitively-selected historically Black colleges and universities and determine its impact; funded by a two-year, $300,000 grant from Eric and Wendy Schmidt.

Also in August, NORDP conducted its first survey of PUIs (predominantly undergraduate institutions), for which Gerstein was a lead designer.

The work of Emiliano Huet-Vaughn, assistant professor of economics, was featured on CUNY Graduate Center’s website and Twitter.

Gizem Karaali, professor of mathematics, gave a talk titled “The Magic of the Number Three: Three Explanatory Proofs in Abstract Algebra” at a virtual meeting of the Claremont Center for the Mathematical Sciences (CCMS) Algebra-Number Theory-Combinatorics Seminar.

Jill Knox, lecturer in theatre and dance, recently filmed a movie, A Holiday in Harlem, for Hallmark. It will air shortly after Thanksgiving in their Countdown to Christmas line-up.

Genevieve Lee, Everett S. Olive Professor of Music, performed with Melissa Givens in August on a recital “Out of the Shadows: Art Songs by Black Composers” at the second annual PriceFest, a conference celebrating the work and legacy of Florence Price.

Lee was a guest artist for a Piano Spheres benefit concert at the Audubon Society at Debs Park, Los Angeles. She was one of 13 pianists, each performing a movement of Olivier Messiaen's monumental Catalogue d'oiseaux. The Los Angeles Times reviewed the concert.

Joyce Lu, associate professor of theatre and dance, published “The Grace of Resisting: Art Against the Institution” and playscript for Grace Needs a Mirror in the anthology Ngũgĩ In The American Imperium, Ed. Timothy J. Reiss. Trenton, NJ & Asmara, Eritrea: Africa World Press, 2021.

Lu presented a workshop titled “Individual Freedom and Collective Liberation” for the annual Feldenkrais Guild of North America conference online.

Lu was as an actor in “Playback Theatre” for Pangaea Playback Theatre, directed by Hannah K. Fox for the consulting firm Dailey Innovations, Inc. The company did three performances for Howard University faculty, students, staff and alumni.

Susan McWilliams Barndt, professor of politics and coordinator of public policy analysis, was the guest speaker on September 29 in a Literary Arts Delve Readers Seminar based in Portland, Oregon. McWilliams spoke on James Baldwin's novel Giovanni’s Room and his essay “The Discovery of What it Means to Be an American.”

Wallace Meyer, director of the Bernard Field Station and associate professor of biology, was invited to give an oral presentation and be a panelist at the Wildfire: Weather, Water, Weeds, and Wildlife Symposium, organized by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Council for Watershed Health. His talk was titled “Impact of fire on ecosystem function and biodiversity in southern California.”

Meyer was an invited collaborator on the LA Sanitation and Environment's document titled “Guidelines for applying organic soil amendments in the city of Los Angeles.”

Char Miller, W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History, published West Side Rising: How San Antonio's 1921 Flood Devastated a City and Sparked a Latino Environmental Justice Movement (Trinity University Press, 2021). A small grant from DH@CC underwrote student research and contributions to the book.

Dan O’Leary, Carnegie Professor of Chemistry, and O. Maduka Ogba, Robbins Post-Doctoral Fellow in Chemistry (2016-2018) and presently assistant professor of chemistry at Chapman University, together with researchers at the University of Liverpool and Southampton University, published an article titled “An Examination of Factors Influencing Small Proton Chemical Shift Differences in Nitrogen-Substituted Monodeuterated Methyl Groups.” The paper appeared in a special issue of Symmetry (Vol. 13, 2021, pp. 1610-1624) focused on symmetry principles in nuclear magnetic resonance.

Giovanni Ortega, assistant professor of theatre and dance, as the new artistic director of FilAM Arts Teatro, produced the all-day event “Historic Filipinotown: A Love Letter to HiFi,” as part of the FilAM Arts Inaugural event in their new space, 2220 Arts + Archive, alongside Executive Director Giselle Tongi Walters. The event included highlights from the new musical “On This Side of the World” by Paulo Tiròl and developed by Noam Shapiro. The musical stars six actors who give voice to Filipino immigrants navigating old lives and new beginnings, as a one-way ticket sends them on a journey 8,000 miles from home. It was one of eight musicals selected from among 349 submissions to present at the National Alliance for Musical Theater’s 32nd Festival of New Musicals (NAMT) in November 2020. Musical Theatre West will produce the musical in the spring with FilAM Arts as a co-presenter. The presentation was streamed live. The second event was a screening of the documentary Barrio Fino in collaboration with The Levitt Pavilion. Barrio Fino is a five-part docuseries about the communities surrounding MacArthur Park. A love letter to the neighborhood, the films feature a variety of music genres from hip hop to cumbia, as well as fashion, food, art, poetry, dance and history. It ended with a cabaret and live band celebrating the inaugural event. “Historic Filipinotown: A Love Letter to HiFi” was made possible by funding from the California Arts Council and the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles. 

Alexandra Papoutsaki, assistant professor of computer science, published a journal article titled “Understanding Delivery of Collectively Built Protocols in an Online Health Community for Discontinuation of Psychiatric Drugs” in the Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction. The article was co-authored with Samuel So ’21, Georgia Kenderova ’21 and collaborators Bryan Shapiro ’11 and Daniel Epstein at the University of California Irvine.

Papoutsaki published a second journal article in the Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction titled “Case Studies on the Motivation and Performance of Contributors Who Verify and Maintain In-Flux Tabular Datasets” with collaborators at Brown University, University of Washington and Twitter.

Adam Pearson, associate professor of psychological science, published an article in Journal of Environmental Psychology titled “Is the political divide on climate change narrower for people of color? Evidence from a decade of U.S. polling” Ballew, M.T., Pearson, A.R., Schuldt, J.P., Kotcher, J.E., Maibach, E.W., Rosenthal, S.A., & Leiserowitz, A. (2021). In new research in collaboration with the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason Center for Climate Change Communication aggregating over a decade of nationally representative survey data, they found that, although political polarization on climate change has increased among the US public, climate change is less politically polarized among people of color. Most notably, across the political spectrum, people of color are more likely to report that climate change is already happening and that it poses a personal danger.

Pearson guest edited a new special issue on “Behavioural Climate Policy” with Sander van der Linden (Cambridge) and Leaf Van Boven (University of Colorado) which is now in print at the journal Behavioural Public Policy (October issue). In it, contributions from international teams of scholars discuss how behavioral science can help shape climate policy.

Hans Rindisbacher, professor of German, published a book review of Jeff Mitscherling and Paul Fairfield’s Artistic Creation: A Phenomenological Account (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019) in The European Legacy. It appeared online on September 8.

Rindisbacher published a second book review on Seasonal Associate by Heike Geißler, translated by Katy Derbyshire, Afterword by Kevin Vennemann, (Cambridge, MA, Semiotext(e)/MIT Press, 2018) in The European Legacy. It appeared online on September 9.

Prageeta Sharma, Henry G. Lee '37 Professor of English, was the keynote speaker for University of Washington-Bothell MFA program's Convergence conference titled “Memory and Memorial.”

Sharma’s poem titled “Widowing” was published in The Yale Review.

Sharma’s poem “Drawer Depth and Real Estate” was recently published in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Sharma’s poem “Restoration” was published in the Water~Stone Review, vol. 24. (The issue is forthcoming.)

Sharma gave a poetry reading at the St. Mark's Poetry Project with South Asian poets Aditi Machado, Divya Victor, Kama La Mackerel and Serena Chopra in celebration of Divya Victor's recent poetry collection, Curb (Nightboat Books).

Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics, published an article on MarketWatch, “In 2017 I wrote that U.S. stocks were not overpriced. That's still true.”

Smith published an article on Mind Matters, “COVID-19, Bayes’ Rule, and Simpson’s Paradox.”

Smiths’s book The AI Delusion was reviewed by Robotic and Cognitive Automation.

Marketplace wrote a story about how papers written by Smith and four Pomona students showed that stocks with clever ticker symbols have led to a market for clever ticker symbols. The papers are: Head, Alex; Smith, Gary; Wilson, Julia (2009). “Would a Stock By Any Other Ticker Smell as Sweet?,” Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 49 (2), 551-561. Baer, Naomi; Barry, Erica; Smith, Gary (2020) and “The Name Game: The Importance of Resourcefulness, Ruses, and Recall in Stock Ticker Symbols,” Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 76(1), 410-413.

Smith gave a talk on AI Delusion to the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Appalachian State University.

Christopher van Ginhoven Rey, visiting assistant professor of Romance languages and literatures published an article “Torn to Pieces: Textual Destruction in Saint Teresa of Avila’s ‘Book of Her Life’” which appeared in the essay collection “Gender and Exemplarity in Medieval and Early Modern Spain,” edited by María Morrás, Rebeca Sanmartín Bastida and Yonsoo Kim and published by Brill as part of the series “The Medieval and Early Modern Iberian World.”

Jing Zhou, visiting assistant professor of Asian languages and literatures, published a paper “The Contribution of Morphological Awareness and Vocabulary Knowledge to Chinese as a Second Language Reading Comprehension: A Path Analysis” online in Journal of Psycholinguistic Research.