April 2019 

Aimee Bahng, assistant professor of gender and women’s studies, completed a book tour in the Midwest for Migrant Futures, giving a talk titled "Gentrification of the Sea: Artificial Islands, Climate Change, and Transpacific Speculations" at Northwestern University and Miami University of Ohio. She also chaired and contributed to a roundtable on "Pacific Pessimisms: Decolonizing Transpacific Optimism" at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian American Studies in Madison, Wisconsin.

Earlier in the month, Bahng traveled to Washington, D.C. to respond to an Authors Meets Critics panel about her book, convened at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. It was a busy month for Bahng, who also traveled to Phoenix, Arizona for a collaborative workshop meeting for the "Bodies of Water" group, which is part of the Social Sciences Research Group Scholarly Borderlands Initiative.

Nicholas Ball, assistant professor of chemistry, presented their group's work titled "Unlocking Fluorine: Activation of Sulfur (VI) Fluorides Toward New Sulfur-Fluorine Exchange (SuFEx) Click Reactions" at Santa Clara University on April 5 and at Barnard College on April 15.

Ball has been invited to join the Network for Diversity in Chemical Research (NDCR) at the NSF-funded Center for Selective C–H Functionalization (CCHF). Membership to the network provides a long-term mentoring and networking structure between faculty at institutions that are not typically involved in NSF centers. The opportunity will provide Ball and their students an opportunity to attend virtual symposia, conferences and collaborations with the foremost experts in C–H functionalization and catalysis.

Ball has been invited to the inaugural Workshop on Synthetic Organic Chemistry sponsored by Organic Syntheses Inc. This workshop will be modeled after an annual workshop that was sponsored by NSF from 1970-2010. Ball was one of 15 pre-tenured faculty members selected to attend out of a field of 120 junior faculty across U.S. and Canada. Notably, Ball was the sole faculty member invited from a primarily undergraduate institution. The workshop will take place August 6-8 in Steamboat Springs, CO.

Colin Beck, associate professor of sociology, published a book chapter, co-authored with Ralph Hosoki, John Meyer and Gili Drori titled "Constitutions in World Society: A New Measure of Human Rights" in the volume Constitution-Making and Transnational Legal Order in April.

Patricia Blessing, assistant professor of art history, published the article “Weaving on the Wall: Architecture and Textiles in the Monastery of Las Huelgas in Burgos,” in Studies in Iconography volume 40, pages 137-182.

Ralph Bolton '61, professor emeritus of anthropology, published an article in the Revista Peruana de Antropologia (Peruvian Journal of Anthropology) titled "Los nombres de papas en una aldea quechua de la provincia de Canchis, Cusco" (Potato Names in a Quechua Village in the Province of Canchis, Cuzco). The article is based on data collected during a Pomona Semester Abroad Program in the 1970s, the article is co-authored by Kathryn Faust '76, professor of sociology at UC Irvine, one of Bolton's first anthropology students at Pomona. For her lifetime achievements in the field of network analysis, Faust received the 2019 Georg Simmel Award from the International Network for Social Network Analysis.

Paul Cahill, associate professor of Spanish, presented two papers: “‘Estás en Birkenau’: Holocaust Tourism in Marifé Santiago Bolaños’s ‘Nos mira la piedad desde las alambradas’” at the spring meeting of the Southern California Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) held at Pasadena City College on April 6, and “‘Auschwitz Is Not a Myth Fabricated by Zionist Propaganda’: Translating and Transmitting the Holocaust in Spain, 1960-1970,” at the 54th Annual Comparative Literature Conference: Cultural Memory and Trauma, held at California State University, Long Beach on April 24-25.

Tom Connelly, visiting assistant professor of media studies, published his second book, Capturing Digital Media: Perfection and Imperfection in Contemporary Film and Television, with Bloomsbury Academic on April 18.

Kevin Dettmar, W.M. Keck Professor of English and director of The Humanities Studio, published a piece, "The Politicians Who Love 'Ulysses,'" in The New Yorker on April 23.

Guillermo Douglass-Jaimes, assistant professor of environmental analysis, presented a conference paper along with students from Pomona College, Pitzer College and UC Berkeley at the American Association of Geographers conference in Washington D.C.

Virginie A. Duzer, associate professor of French and chair of the Romance Languages and Literatures Department, and her research assistant Tiffany Mi ’19 participated in The 19th Century in 2019: Mapping Women’s Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century Conference in Long Beach, CA. Their common talk was entitled “Savoirs de Jeunes Filles: The Development of an Omeka Exhibit of Postcards.” The Omeka archive can be found online  and the 2017 PAYS research Scalar website, created thanks to the postcard collection, is accessible here.

Stephan Garcia, W.M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics, was given a prize citation for the American Mathematical Society's 2019 Mary P. Dolciani Prize for Excellence in Research which appeared in the April 2019 issue of Notices of the American Mathematical Society, pages 599-600.

Garcia published "P-Adic Quotient Sets II: Quadratic Forms" with Christopher Donnay '18 and Jeremy Rouse in Journal of Number Theory, volume 201, pages 23-39.

Terri Geis, curator of academic engagement, co-curated with Manthia Diawara the exhibition "David Hammons: Exquisite Corpse: Ted Joans" at the Lumiar Cite in Lisbon, Portugal, and participated in a roundtable panel at the opening. The exhibition and film project run through May 26.

Geis published five essays on Alberto Gironella, Kati Horna, María Izquierdo, Frida Kahlo and Haitian Vodou in the peer-reviewed, three-volume International Encyclopedia of Surrealism edited by Michael Richardson and Dawn Ades.

She published the essay “The Fireplace of My Thoughts: Gordon Onslow Ford and Jacqueline Johnson,” in the new monograph, Gordon Onslow Ford: A Man on a Green Island.

Michael Green, associate professor of philosophy, published "Human Nature and Motivation: Hobbes versus Hamilton" in Interpreting Hobbes's Political Philosophy.

Jill Grigsby, Richard Steele Professor of Social Science, presented a paper, "Japanese People Adore Their Animals," at the annual meeting of the Population Culture Association/American Culture Association in Washington, D.C. on April 20.

Beth A. Hubbard, specialist in Trusts and Estates, was admitted to the Executive Master of Business Administration program through The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.

Hubbard partnered with the Los Angeles team of Step Up Women’s Network and The Fast Forward Group, LLC for the annual Career Connections Conference presented by Verizon Foundation. SUWN mentors 9th, 10th and 11th grade students from schools in the Los Angeles area at the conference in Playa Vista, CA.

Eric Hurley, associate professor of Africana studies and psychology, presented a poster on April 25 titled “African American and LatinX Students Reject, Not High Achievement, but Acting White* as ‘Acting White’” at the Western Psychological Association annual meeting in Pasadena, CA, with students Journey Simmons ’20, Shawn Trimble ’20, Carmen Gewirth PZ, and Marie Tano ’21. Students in our study did not reject high achievement in itself. They demonstrated a strong affirmation for peers who achieved via attitudes and behaviors consistent with the communal and high verve cultural values of their homes and communities. They rejected low achievers almost unilaterally. This work contradicts the Oppositional Culture or “Acting White” hypothesis. This work contributes to the mounting evidence that negative attitudes where observed may reflect some Black and Latino children’s choice to defend and maintain their own cultural values and identities rather than submit to cultural hegemony in school, and despite that the choice may undermine their educational aspirations.

Gizem Karaali, associate professor of mathematics, gave a talk titled "What Did Ada Do? Digging into the Mathematical Work of Augusta Ada Byron King Lovelace” at the Claremont Center for the Mathematical Sciences (CCMS) Algebra-Number Theory-Combinatorics Seminar on April 30.

Karaali published "Reading About Ada: Adult Edition," an extended book review of books on Ada Lovelace, in the Association for Women in Mathematics Newsletter, volume 49 number 3, pages 18–22.

Charles Katsiaficas, professor of physical education and head men's basketball coach, received the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2019 Division III Outstanding Service Award. The award recognizes those who have contributed significantly "inside and outside the lines" of coaching as distinguished members of their communities. The award was presented on April 5 at the Division III Head Coaches meeting during the National Association of Basketball Coaches Annual Convention, April 4-8, in Minneapolis, MN.

Sara Masland, assistant professor psychology, presented a talk titled "Borderlines or People with Borderline Personality Disorder? The Influence of Labels on Stigma" at the annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (NASSPD) in Pittsburgh, PA on April 12.

Robin Melnick, assistant professor of linguistics and cognitive science, gave a colloquium talk for the linguistics department at the UC Santa Barbara, entitled "Consistency in Variation: On The Provenance of End-Weight."

Wallace Meyer, director of the Bernard Field Station, published a manuscript titled "Impacts of Invasive Annuals on Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Storage in Southern California Depend on the Identity of the Invader" in the journal Ecology and Evolution with students from Scripps, Pitzer, and Pomona.

Meyer published a manuscript titled "Vertebrate Herbivory On Shrub Seedlings In California Sage Scrub: Important But Understudied Interactions" in the journal Plant Ecology with Jack Litle ’18 and collaborators from Cal Poly Pomona.

Char Miller, W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History, presented “Crisis Management: Conflict, Controversy, and Leadership in Forest Service History,” at the Middle Leadership Program: USDA-Forest Service in Ogden, Utah on March 26.  He was a moderator and panelist on “Embracing Uncertainty: Water and Power Along the Southwest Borderlands," at the Second Annual 10X Water Summit, Phoenix, AZ on March 27.

Miller published “San Antonio: Environmental Crossroads,” San Antonio Book Festival, April 6. Miller published “Why Let Mining Companies Rip Up Public Land Like It’s 1872?” in the Los Angeles Times on April 12 with Tim Palmer.

Lastly, Miller is a co-author of “Beyond the Sandbox: Student Scholarship, Digital Citizenship, and the Production of Knowledge,” in Scholarship in the Sandbox: Academic Libraries as Laboratories, Forums, and Archives for Student Work, pages 291-329. The piece is written with Allegra Swift (formerly of The Claremont Colleges Library), and Anna Kramer ’16 and Benjamin Hackenberger '15.

Gilda Ochoa, professor of Chicana/o-Latina/o studies, published "Central American (In)Visibility: A Poem" in Latino Rebels on April 1. She gave a research presentation on "Memories and Generations of Struggle: The Push for Sanctuary in a Latina/o Community" at the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) on April 4.

Ochoa gave a keynote on "Memories, Generations of Struggle, and Lessons Shared in Community" for the Association of Raza Educators (ARE) Statewide Conference on April 11.

Lastly, in mid-April, Ochoa led a mentoring workshop for the Latinxs in Education Foco, a research initiative focused on Latinxs and education through the Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center at the University of Connecticut. Ochoa also gave a plática on "(Re)Claiming Voices and Sharing Stories: Contesting Power, Privilege, and Silence in the Classroom.”

“The Deeds to Deuterium,” an essay previously published by Carnegie Professor of Chemistry Dan O’Leary in Nature Chemistry, is featured in Nature’s interactive periodic table, associated with the element Hydrogen (H). This resource has been put together in celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements and showcases important and interesting papers chosen by the editors from 150 years of original research published in Nature and the Nature Research journals.

Karen Parfitt, professor of neuroscience, and colleagues from the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand) and the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research (Frankfurt, Germany) published an article in the Journal of Neuroscience entitled "Glutamate Receptor Trafficking and Protein Synthesis Mediate the Facilitation of LTP by Secreted Amyloid Precursor Protein-Alpha." The journal's features editor Teresa Esch summarized this featured article in a column entitled "APP-Derived Peptide Increases Glutamate Receptor Level."

Carolyn Ratteray, assistant professor of theatre, attended the Daytime Emmys for her Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Digital Series nomination.

On April 30, Ratteray also received a nomination for a Valley Theatre Award as Best Lead Actress in a Play for her performance in Mountaintop by Katori Hall.

Larissa Rudova, Yale B. and Lucille D. Griffith Professor in Modern Languages and Professor of Russian, and Ainsley Morse, visiting assistant professor of Russian, gave an invited lecture, "The Sickle, Then The Hammer: Some Thoughts on Agriculture in Russian & Soviet History” at the Kellogg West Conference Center, Cal Poly Pomona on April 10.

Monique Saigal-Escudero, professor emerita of French, presented “Hidden Child in France during WWII” at Fountain Valley High School to two different groups on April 5, Whittier Library on April 25, Professor Pey-Yi Chu’s European History class at Pomona College on April 26 and at Pitzer College for Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 30.

John Seery, George Irving Thompson Memorial Professor of Government and Professor of Politics, presented a paper on a roundtable on "Marx's Inferno: The Political Theory of Capital" and served as discussant on the "America in Political Thought" panel at the Western Political Science Association conference, April 18-20, in San Diego, California.

Professor of Theatre and Dance Anthony Shay's new book The Igor Moiseyev Dance Company: Dancing Diplomats has been published by Intellect Books. It is a study of how dance intersects with spectacle, Russian nationalism and the Cultural Cold War.

Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics, signed a contract for a Korean edition of his book Standard Deviations: Flawed Assumptions, Tortured Data, and Other Ways to Lie with Statistics on April 8.

“This Is a River,” a short play co-authored by Isabelle Rogers ’20 and Professor of Theatre James Taylor, was chosen to be performed at the inaugural Voices of the Earth New Play Festival, a festival of short plays about climate change, held April 28 at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota.

Valerie Cowan Townsend, professor physical education and head coach of women’s volleyball, was inducted into the Monache High School Hall of Fame on April 13. Townsend, whose collegiate volleyball coaching career began in 1990, joined Pomona-Pitzer as assistant professor of physical education and head volleyball coach in 2000, and is entering her 20th season at the helm in 2019. In her time at Monache High School, she was one of the top multi-sport athletes for the Marauders.

Kyle Wilson, assistant professor of economics, presented a paper titled "Local Competition, Multimarket Contact, and Product Quality: Evidence from Internet Service Provision" at the 2019 International Industrial Organization Conference in Boston, MA on April 6.

Dylan James Worcester, assistant director of The Quantitative Skills Center, chaired a roundtable session titled “Pathways to Equity in STEM: Considering the Role of Identity” at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Toronto, Canada on April 6. In the same session, Worcester presented a paper titled "The Relationships Among Validation, Science-Identity, Science Self-Efficacy, Persistence, and Academic Performance of Biomedical Undergraduates."