July 2017 

Colin Beck, associate professor of sociology, published "The Comparative Method in Practice: Case Selection and the Social Science of Revolution" in the journal Social Science History, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 533-554) on July 29.

Mietek Boduszynski, assistant professor of politics and international relations, co-authored an article for Foreign Affairs titled “Europe’s Lybia Problem,” and he also co-authored an op-ed for The Hill examining the roots of populism in Poland and the United States.

On July 6, Boduszynski co-organized and lectured at the 5th annual Cres Summer School on Transitional Justice and the Politics of Memory, in which students Cheryl Yau ’19 and Sabrina Vera ’20 participated.

Ralph Bolton ‘61, emeritus professor of anthropology, published a two-part article in the newsletter of the American Anthropological Association. The article, titled "Retiring Your Library," appeared in the July issue of Anthropology News Online. In the article, Bolton discusses the options available to senior anthropologists when they need to dispose of their personal libraries. Bolton received a small grant from the Society for Applied Anthropology to cover part of the costs of shipping his library as a donation to the University of the Altiplano in Peru.

Pam Bromley, assistant director of college writing and assistant professor of politics and international relations, presented, with Andrea Scott (Pitzer) and Jenny Thomas (Pitzer, Pomona and Scripps), a symposium, "What can citation practices tell us about the teaching and study of academic writing now? A symposium on comparative research in the field" at the European Association of the Teaching of Academic Writing Conference in London on June 19.

Virginie A. Duzer, associate professor of Romance languages and literatures, was awarded a grant by the Borchard Foundation Center on International Education. She will be housed in the Chateau de la Bretesche (Missillac) in the fall of 2017 to work on her second book.

Anne Dwyer, associate professor of Russian, gave a talk on titled, "Russian Formalism's Modernist Geographies of Realism," at the Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association in Utrecht, The Netherlands on July 7.

Jennifer Friedlander, Edgar E. and Elizabeth S. Pankey professor of media studies, was published in an article titled “Review: Robert Pfaller’s On the Pleasure Principle in Culture” in the European Journal of Psychoanalysis.

Meg Jolley, lecturer of theatre and dance, hosted the International Body-Mind-Centering Summer Conference. In this 12-day intensive workshop in experiential anatomy, taught by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, they welcomed attendees from 20 different countries on July 12.

Benjamin Keim, assistant professor of classics, attended the annual Celtic Conference in Classics hosted by McGill University and the University of Montreal from July 18-22. While in Montreal he participated in the "Rhetoric of Identity in Greek Oratory" track and delivered a paper, titled "Lysias and the Rhetoric of Citizen Honor(s)," exploring competing definitions of citizenship within early fourth-century B.C. Athenian forensic speeches.

Tom Le, assistant professor of politics, was awarded a grant to attend the Japan Foundation Summer Institute. At the institute, he presented on his book project, "Japan's Aging Peace: The Search for Security Among Multiple Militarisms." He also visited Kessenuma, an area affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami to examine the recovery effort.

Jennifer Locke, assistant director of fellowships in the Career Development Office, presented on two panels at the National Association of Fellowships Advisors Conference in July: "Retaining First-Generation Students in the Fellowships Process" and "Snapshot of Success: Assessment Practices across Fellowship Offices."

Joyce Lu, associate professor of theatre and dance and Asian American studies, was a lead dancer in The Distance Is Beautiful / La distance la plus courte entre deux points n'est pas une ligne droite, directed by Lola Gonzàlez and Oguri with sound composition by Paul Chavez. It was presented by France Los Angeles Exchange (FLAX) in partnership with Grand Park on July 22.

Sara Masland, assistant professor of psychology, gave an invited talk titled "The Current Status of Good Psychiatric Management's Research Evaluation" at McLean Hospital's Borderline Training Institute on July 21. Good Psychiatric Management (GPM) is a treatment for individuals with borderline personality disorder or who are chronically suicidal, and this talk was part of a larger initiative to disseminate care to underserved populations.

Wallace Meyer, director of the Bernard Field Station and assistant professor of biology, became editor-in-chief of the American Malacological Bulletin on July 26.

Char Miller, director and W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis, is the editor of the book series America’s National Parks published by the University of Nevada Press, which recently released two new volumes: Glacier National Park, A Culmination of Giants and Coronado National Memorial, A History of Montezuma Canyon and the Southern Huachucas.  

Miller published “Battle-Ready City: San Antonio in the Great War," in Winds and Words of War: Political Propaganda Posters from World War I, published by Trinity University Press, 2017. He published the commentary “The heat is on – picking up the tab for fighting wildfires,” in the Los Angeles Daily News on July 13 and he was quoted in “Do we have too many national monuments?” in the San Francisco Chronicle on July 27.

On July 15, Miller was the organizer and moderator for the talk “Not Just a River” at The Autry Museum, and on July 24, he gave a talk titled “Watershed Commonwealths: A Future for Southern California?” at the USC-Wrigley Center for Marine Science.

Miller is also the editor-in-chief and a contributor of a new digital-native publication, EnviroLab Asia, vol. 1, issues 1-3: “Oil Palm in Southeast Asia: Culture, Politics, and Sustainability.” The journal is funded by the Henry Luce Foundation as part of the EnviroLab Asia initiative for The Claremont Colleges. EnviroLab Asia includes other contributions from both Pomona professors and students.

Jorge Moreno, assistant professor of physics and astronomy, inaugurated the 2017 Harvard Banneker-Aztlán Institute, a program targeting top undergraduate students of color to spend the summer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. This year, Angela Twum ’18, Moreno's first research student at Pomona, participated in the program.

Moreno was selected as the 2017 keynote speaker for the MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) transfer ceremony at Pasadena City College. He delivered a talk titled "Surviving and Thriving as a Person of Color in STEM" for their graduating class on July 1.

Maduka Ogba, Robbins postdoctoral fellow in chemistry, with Carnegie Professor of Chemistry Dan O’Leary, published a paper titled "Origins of Small Proton Chemical Shift Differences in Monodeuterated Methyl Groups" in The Journal of Organic Chemistry. Their work was done in collaboration with chemists at the University of Southampton, and David Kolin ’16 and Sebastian Cevallos ’18 are co-authors of the project.

Giovanni Ortega, assistant professor of theatre and dance, was commissioned to write a creative response for HALO: Bayanihan Art Project, a multi-arts program presented throughout 2017 in partnership with six key cultural institutions across Sydney.

He also devised and directed KATAWAN - Creation of My Body, an original play that weaves the stories of Chinese, British and Filipinos in Australia. The performance was held at Arts, Culture and Innovation Central (ACI Central) in Campbelltown, New South Wales. In addition, he was commissioned by the same organization to write a poetic dedication that highlights the unique Filipino-Australian heritage and experience.

In Brisbane, Queensland, he facilitated a two-day workshop of Creation of My Body (COMB) with local artist Katrina Graham that focused on the female identity. He also produced a presentation of “Welcome to Manhood” by Zed Hopkins '20 with a post-show discussion with the participants of COMB.

Lastly, Ortega was a guest performer for Die Juwelia Soraya Performance in Bar Ludwig, a performance space that focuses and encourages queer artists in Germany. The following week, he headlined weekend performances with composer Jose Promis at Galerie Studio St. St. in Neukölln, Berlin.

Karen Parfitt, professor of neuroscience, led a workshop titled, “Faculty Members as Agents of Change Fostering Diversity and Inclusvity” on July 27. She also gave a talk titled, “Curricular Blueprints for Undergraduate Neuroscience: Neuroscience as a Free-Standing Major” on July 29.

Mary Paster, associate professor of linguistics and cognitive science, was named co-editor of the journal, World Structure (Edinburgh University Press) on August 1.

Ami Radunskaya, professor of mathematics, received an National Science Foundation grant for her collaborative project "Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education: Research Results from Twenty Years of Empowering Women in Mathematics."

Carolyn Ratteray, assistant professor of theatre and dance, is currently performing in the critically acclaimed world premiere of “The Cake” by Bekah Brunstetter (NBC's “This Is Us”). This production has garnered national attention with the NY Times and LA Times both doing feature articles/reviews on the production.

Ratteray directed a short play in Ammunition Theatre Company's Past/Present/Future Women's Theatre Festival. This show was also performed at the Downtown Women's Center.

Monique Saigal-Escudero, emerita professor of French, gave a talk titled, “Reclaiming the Past: Memories of a Hidden Child and Creative Women in France during WWII,” at Azusa Pacific University on June 28.

Ajay Satpute, assistant professor of psychology and affiliate member of neuroscience, with alumnus Rastko Ciric ’14, published, “Contextual connectivity: A framework for understanding the intrinsic dynamic architecture of large-scale functional brain networks,” in Scientific Reports, a Nature journal.

John Seery, professor of politics, published the article, “Somewhere Between a Jeremiad and a Eulogy” in The Modern Age: A Conservative Review, Vol. 59, No. 3 (Summer 2017), pp. 61-71. The editor of the publication explains in his introduction why Seery, “a prominent political liberal,” should appear in a conservative journal. His answer: Seery is an “open-minded one.”

Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of economics, published the article "Three Value-Investing Benchmarks," in the American Association of Individual Investors Journal on July 2. Smith was interviewed by North Carolina NPR station NCU’s Ed Fulbright on “Mastering Your Money” and by KFNN-AM on “The Financial Review: Money Radio” show on July 1. On July 6, Smith published “Stocks Still Don’t Look Very Expensive” and on July 19, he published  “What Do Interest Rates Have to Do With Stock-Market Returns?” in RealClear Markets. He was mentioned in a Washington Post article on female hurricanes on July 11.

Rolondo Talbott, director of the project management office for ITS, developed a children's book series titled, Uniquely Me. The book series consists of 30 books and is designed to instill acceptance for the diversity that children see in one another. Most recently, Talbott was honored to have his book featured in Disney's Parenting website, Babble, in the article, "31 New Picture Books Your Kids Will Beg to Read Over and Over.” Talbott’s book series is currently on Amazon and the proceeds go towards providing free copies to teachers and educators.

Miguel Tinker Salas, Leslie Farmer Professor of Latin American studies and professor of history and Chicano/a Latino/a studies, did a series of interviews with the following outlets: AirTalk with Larry Mantle on KPCC on July 7, Pravada (Slovakia) and Panorama (Venezuela) on July 8, The Associated Press on July 18, Vedomosti (Russia) on July 20, CGTN News (China) on June 23, Cablenoticias on July 24, CNN International on July 25, TRT World (Turkey) on July 27, BBC World News on July 29, Al Jazeera on July 30, CBC Radio and The Real News Network on July 31.