Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

May 2024

Nicholas Ball, associate professor of chemistry, gave a series of talks sharing the latest research from his group at University of California San Diego, Scripps Research and the University of Manchester (UK).

Ball published a paper with Natalie Schur ’24 titled “Poison to Promise: The Resurgence of Organophosphorous Fluorides” in the journal Chem. The paper is a collaboration with the Sammis (U. British Columbia) and Melvin (Bryn Mawr) labs. It is a perspective highlighting the historical challenges of these compounds as chemical weapons, their safety profile and the potential for innovation toward addressing challenges in chemical and biomolecular sciences.

Malachai Komanoff Bandy, assistant professor of music, played the viola da gamba on The Singularity, a rock concept album released May 3 by composer Bear McCreary and featuring artists such as Slash and Rufus Wainwright. Bandy can be heard on the track “Antikythera Mechanism (Ft. Raya Yarbrough).”

Bandy contracted, organized and played violone for the ensemble Harmonologia Pomona, a group of professional instrumentalists specializing in Baroque performance practice, which collaborated with the Pomona College Glee Club in performances of Handel’s Dixit Dominus, directed by Donna M. Di Grazia, David J. Baldwin Professor of Music. Performances took place in Bridges Hall of Music on April 25 and 27 and May 11, followed by a West Coast tour (May 14-22), with concerts in Berkeley, Palo Alto, Portland and Seattle.

On May 10 in Orange, California, Bandy programmed and led a workshop handling musical rhetoric in works by Lassus, Morales and Marenzio for the Orange County Recorder Society, and on May 26, Bandy played violone with Tesserae Baroque in their 2023/24 season finale in Beverly Hills, California, a complete performance of Alessandro Scarlatti’s oratorio Cain, overo Il primo omicidio (1707).

Tatiana Basáñez, visiting assistant professor of psychological science, had a symposium titled The World of Three Cultures Model: Honor, Achievement, and Joy/Easygoingness accepted for presentation at The XXVII International Congress of International Association of Cross-Cultural Psychology 2024 where she is scheduled to present a paper titled Psychometric Properties of Values and Behavior Measures Using the World of Three Cultures Model: Honor, Achievement, and Joy. Also, along with students from her Social Psychology and Health (SOPAH) research lab, she was awarded a grant to present two scientific posters at the Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention in San Francisco, May 23-26.

Colin J. Beck, professor of international relations, gave two invited talks. First, he spoke to master’s students in the Department of Sociology at Stockholm University on revolutionary waves in modern history. On May 3, he presented a paper on the role of corruption grievances in 21st century revolutions at the Wisconsin Historical Analysis Table at the Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Graydon Beeks, emeritus professor of music, performed as harpsichordist with his Cornucopian Baroque Ensemble colleagues—violinist Alfred Cramer, associate professor of music; theorbist Jason Yoshida, lecturer in music; and cellist Roger Lebow—in a Friday Noon Concert of music by Handel and Telemann in Lyman Hall.

Gary Champi, assistant professor of dance, taught a masterclass on Cunningham Technique at the University of Washington, Seattle, on May 24.

Charlotte Chang, assistant professor of biology and environmental analysis, co-authored a publication titled “Communication and Deliberation for Environmental Governance” in the Annual Review of Environment and Resources. Chang also co-authored a preprint titled “Automating the Analysis of Public Saliency and Attitudes towards Biodiversity from Digital Media” on the arXiv preprint server with two non-profits, Conservation Science Partners and On The Edge Conservation.

David Divita, professor of Romance languages and literatures, gave a talk titled “Memoria de la migración de las mujeres españolas en Francia” at the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid on May 10. The talk, which was based on his recently published book Untold Stories: Legacies of Authoritarianism among Spanish Labour Migrants in Later Life (Toronto, 2024), was sponsored jointly by the museum and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.

Erica Dobbs, assistant professor of politics, was an invited speaker at a Zoom workshop co-hosted by the UC San Diego Center for Comparative Immigration Studies and UCLA Center for the Study of International Migration on May 17. She and Peggy Levitt gave a talk based on their recently published book Transnational Social Protection: Social Welfare Across National Borders (Oxford University Press).

Virginie A. Duzer, professor and chair of Romance languages and literatures, remotely presented the paper “Calques et Copies des amitiés tardives” during the Sorbonne nouvelle journée d’étude Goncourt dedicated to copy and double May 16.

Robert Gaines, Edwin F. and Martha Hahn Professor of Geology, with colleagues from Harvard University and Freie Universitat Berlin, published the article “Benthic pterobranchs from the Cambrian (Drumian) Marjum Konservat-Lagerstätte of Utah” in Papers in Palaeontology.

Stephan Ramon Garcia, W.M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor and chair of mathematics and statistics, gave a talk titled “Fast food for thought: what can chicken nuggets tell us about linear algebra?” at the Cal State Long Beach Mathematics Colloquium on May 3.

Garcia published an article, “Norms on complex matrices induced by random vectors II: extension of weakly unitarily invariant norms,” with former Visiting Assistant Professor Ángel Chávez and Jackson Hurley ’23 in Canadian Mathematical Bulletin.

Ernesto R. Gutiérrez Topete ’17, Chau Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in linguistics and cognitive science, presented his research project titled “Production Leads Perception: Linguistic Variation Effects on Speech Perception” at the Colloquium Seminar for the Linguistics Department at UCLA.

Heidi Nichols Haddad, associate professor of politics, participated in the invited workshop “Surfacing Social Justice Solutions in Voluntary Local Reviews” sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University/Heinz College and the Brookings Institution Center for Sustainable Development in Washington D.C. on May 1-2.

Esther Hernández-Medina, assistant professor of Latin American studies and gender and women’s studies, co-organized and moderated a panel on women’s political participation on May 31 evaluating the results of female candidacies in the Dominican presidential and congressional elections. Hernández-Medina also gave an interview on the feminist radio program Libertarias the same day to publicize the event.

Gizem Karaali, professor of mathematics and statistics, together with Kira Hamman of Pennsylvania State University Mon Alto and Lew Ludwig of Denison University, led a virtual four-day workshop (May 13-16) titled “Who’s Afraid of Generative AI? Promises and Challenges for the Mathematics Classroom” hosted by the 2024 OPEN MATH Workshop series of the Mathematical Association of America.

Karaali gave a talk titled “A New Elephant Enters the (Chat)Room: Why Teach Math Now?” at the 2024 FYMSiC (First-Year Mathematics and Statistics in Canada) one-day online conference Why Are We Teaching Mathematics Today? on May 9. A recording of the talk is available.

Karaali published an article titled “ChatGPT and New Ethical Considerations for the Mathematics Classroom” in the April/May 2024 issue of FOCUS, the newsletter of the Mathematical Association of America.

Jade Star Lackey, professor of geology, co-authored the study “Multi-scale, open-system magmatic and sub-solidus processes contribute to the chemical and isotopic characteristics of the Jurassic Guadalupe Igneous Complex, Sierra Nevada, California, USA,” published in Geosphere.

Lackey presented the talk “Subduction to Sequoias: How Cretaceous Magmatism Set the Vitality and Vulnerability of Sierran Forest Ecosystems” at the 2024 Sierra Nevada Science Symposium convened by the National Park Service, USGS and University of California System.

Genevieve Lee, Everett S. Olive Professor of Music, and fellow members of the Mojave Trio were artists-in-residence at University of California, Davis, from May 15-17. They recorded and presented the premiere of graduate composer works in concert. Mojave Trio also performed a live-streamed concert of works by Nico Muhly, James Diáz, Gao Ping and Rebecca Clarke. Each member of the group coached undergraduate individuals and chamber ensembles.

Lee was invited to give a solo recital for the May meeting of the local Foothill Philharmonic Committee, a support group for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Joyce Lu, associate professor of theatre and Asian American studies, led a qigong workshop at a Hike for Wellness in Lincoln Heights offered by Roots in Motion Bike Collective on May 11.

Lu led an online exploration in contracting and expanding for the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA) on May 20.

Sara Masland, associate professor of psychological science, presented an invited talk, “Knowledge is Power(ful): Harnessing Education to Destigmatize Borderline Personality Disorder,” at the annual Yale-National Education Alliance for BPD conference.

Jorge Moreno, associate professor of physics and astronomy, published a paper titled “HI discs of Lstar galaxies as probes of the baryonic physics of galaxy evolution” in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Moreno delivered a colloquium titled The intriguing lives of galaxies lacking dark matter at Harvard University (May 8) and MIT (May 14).

Carolyn Ratteray, associate professor of theatre, received the Integrity Award from the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival for her outstanding work in Los Angeles theatre.

Ratteray’s one-woman show Both And (A Play About Laughing While Black) was invited to be a part of the International Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, this summer along with her episodic film (Un)Claimed. (Un)Claimed also screened at the Diva Film Festival in London this past month.

Hans J. Rindisbacher, professor of German, published a review of A Date with Language by David Crystal (Oxford, Bodleian Library Publishing, 2023) in The European Legacy.

Joti Rockwell, associate professor of music, performed in a pair of concerts at Claremont’s Folk Music Center as a member of Peter Harper’s band, playing a variety of instruments including pedal steel, banjo and theremin. On vihuela, he joined Alfred Cramer, associate professor of music, and Ursula Kleinecke, lecturer in music, in a performance as part of Claremont Colleges Faculty Mariachi, led by Cándida Jáquez. On a custom-made Balinese bamboo slide guitar, he was a guest musician with gamelan Burat Wangi at the CalArts 2024 World Music and Dance Festival, performing the new composition Fantasy by I Nyoman Wenten, lecturer in music.

Rockwell published a review of Nicholas Stoia’s book Sweet Thing: The History and Musical Structure of a Shared American Vernacular in the Journal of Music Theory.

On May 18, Rockwell delivered the keynote lecture titled “Music in Motion, Music as Motion” at the joint meeting of the West Coast Conference of Music Theory and Analysis and the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society, held at UC Irvine.

Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, E. Wilson Lyon Professor of the Humanities and chair of English, published her edited collection The Cambridge Companion to the Black Body in American Literature on May 16. The Companion assembles a coalition of expert scholars, both emergent and established, to ensure comprehensive and incisive coverage of literary texts featuring the Black body over a wide historical range and from a variety of theoretical perspectives. This book provides an invaluable guide for teachers, students and general readers interested in literary and artistic representations of Blackness and embodiment. The cover design features Wardell Milan’s The Black Male Body, one of five billboards commissioned by Pomona’s Benton Museum during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics, published two peer-reviewed papers: “LLMs Can’t Be Trusted for Financial Advice” in Journal of Financial Planning and “MPT and CAPM Mismeasure Risk” in Journal of Investing. He also wrote two opinion pieces: “A Man, A Boat, and a Goat—and a Chatbot!” (MindMatters, May 15) and “AI replicating human thinking is more Big Tech ‘fake-it-till-you-make-it’ hype” (MarketWatch, May 29).

Gary was interviewed by Derek Thompson for “How the Modern University Became a Bureaucratic Blob” in The Atlantic (May 8) and signed a contract for a traditional Chinese translation of Standard Deviations: Flawed Assumptions, Tortured Data, and Other Ways to Lie With Statistics, which has also been translated into Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish.

Andrew Wilson, director of research computing, ITS, published an article, “Virtual Reality Based Simulated Hallucinations to Enhance Empathy Toward Individuals With Schizophrenia,” in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.

Keri Wilson, assistant professor of biology, published the article “Early-life silver spoon improves survival and breeding performance of adult zebra finches” in the journal American Naturalist.

Feng Xiao, associate professor of Asian languages and literatures, organized a panel on AI-generated content and second language teaching at the 2024 Conference of Computer Assisted Language Instruction Consortium (CALICO) held by Carnegie Mellon University on May 23. Xiao and Jonathan Becker ’24 showcased an AI-based adaptive learning platform, “Luduan.ai,” at CALICO 2024 on May 23.

Xiao co-authored a paper titled “Effects of Lexical Properties in L2 Chinese Compound Processing: A Multivariate Approachin Journal of Psycholinguistic Research on May 24.