March 2019

Lise Abrams, Peter W. Stanley Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, presented a co-authored poster titled “Taboo Context Makes A Tumor Distracting: Emotional Distractors Influence Picture Naming” at the third biennial International Convention of Psychological Science in Paris, France, March 7-9.

Abrams received a 2019 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who's Who.

Emerita Professor of Physical Education Lisa Beckett is the 2019 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Distinguished Service Award recipient. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual who has promoted collegiate athletics, and the concept of the student-athlete as a coach, administrator or long-term member of the conference, and/or otherwise been involved with servicing college athletics on campus. The award may be given to nominees who have rendered such noteworthy service to entitle them to this honor. This honor was awarded at the Annual SCIAC Awards dinner held on the Pomona campus on April 1.

Gayle Blankenburg, lecturer in music, performed music of the 20th and 21st centuries on a concert at Grinnell College in Iowa. This included both solo piano repertoire and also duo repertoire with Chicago violinist Sarah Plum.

Erica Dobbs, assistant professor of politics, presented “Bypassing the Bosses? Immigrant Candidates in Irish Local Elections” at the 54th Meeting of the Politics of Race, Immigration, and Ethnicity Consortium (PRIEC) on March 29.

Peter Flueckiger, professor of Japanese, was the discussant for a panel on "Sino-Japanese Interplay and the Japanese Literary Imagination" at the annual meeting of the Association for Asian Studies in Denver on March 22.

Melissa Givens, assistant professor of music, performed Samuel Barber's "Knoxville: Summer of 1915," Marguerite's Scene and Aria from FAUST by Charles Gounod, and two Gershwin songs with the Orchestra Collective of Orange County under the direction of David Rentz in a concert entitled "A Grand Night for Singing."

Givens performed music by Nadia Boulanger and Cécile Chaminade, and the California premiere of "Lis'en to the Lams," a duo setting of African American spirituals by John L. Cornelius II, on a faculty recital by Scripps College Associate Professor of Music Anne Harley and Gayle Blankenburg, Pomona College lecturer in music, at Balch Auditorium.

Robert Gaines, Edwin F. and Martha Hahn Professor of Geology, and colleagues from Northwest University (China) published "The Qingjiang Biota—A Burgess Shale–Type Fossil Lagerstätte From the Early Cambrian of South China" in the March 22 issue of Science. Gaines participated in a press conference in China and the work has been featured by the BBC, CNN, The Economist, The Guardian, National Geographic and Time Magazine.

Stephan Garcia, W.M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Mathematics, published two short book reviews in the March 2019 issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society. These are reviews for The Art of Logic in an Illogical World by Eugenia Cheng and Hypatia: The Life and Legend of an Ancient Philosopher by Edward J. Watts.

Garcia published "Spherical 2-Designs and Lattices from Abelian Groups" (with Albrecht Boettcher, Simon Eisenbarth, Lenny Fukshansky and Hiren Maharaj) in Discrete and Computational Geometry (2019) volume 61, pages123–135.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology Tobias Hecht and Gabrielle Ohlson '21 are collaborating on a book that combines short fiction (his) with artwork (hers), which includes oil paintings, sketches and textiles. Together the works aim to probe the limits of prevailing conceptions of children’s literature and the relationship between art and text in that genre.

Heidi Haddad, assistant professor of politics, presented the paper, "Urban Human Rights Law: San Francisco and Los Angeles’s CEDAW Ordinances," at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association in Toronto, Canada on March 27.

Laura Hoopes, professor emerita of biology, working with Anita Zachary, teaches a free class on memoir writing for seniors at the Joslyn Center from March 7-April 30. The class is entitled Writing Our Way Into Memoir II and 20 students registered for it.

Hoopes’ dual biography of big science women, Opening Doors: Joan Steitz and Jennifer Doudna, Two Women of the RNA World, came out in February and is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other places.

Christina Hurtado-Pierson, lecturer in theatre and dance, presented a paper titled "Mind the Gap: Addressing the Skills Gap in Theater Education" at the Pedagogy Symposium of the Mid-America Theater Conference on March 7.

Meg Jolley, lecturer in theatre, covered the plenary presentation given by Rajal Cohen at the 11th International Congress for the Alexander Technique, Chicago 2018. This article, entitled “Science Catches Up: Alexander Technique Principles and 21st Century Research,” was published in the fall 2018, issue 14, of the Journal for the American Society for the Alexander Technique.

Steven B. Jubert, Jr., associate dean of campus life and director of residence life, gave a presentation titled, "On the Edge of Burnout: Understanding Compassion Fatigue in Student Affairs" at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators National Conference held in Los Angeles on March 12.

Gizem Karaali, associate professor of mathematics, gave a talk titled "Toward A Theory of Super Quantum Groups: Classical Yang-Baxter Equations in the Super Context" at the Special Session on Representations of Lie Algebras, Algebraic Groups, and Quantum Groups, held as part of the American Mathematical Society's Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting, in Auburn, Alabama on March 16.

Karaali published “Shifting Contexts, Stable Core: Advancing Quantitative Literacy in Higher Education,” a book she coedited with Luke Tunstall and Victor Piercey. The volume, published by MAA Press, an imprint of the American Mathematical Society, builds upon previous quantitative literacy scholarship, and emphasizes how this community has evolved (and is continuing to do so) in the last few years.

Nina Karnovsky, professor of biology, and Clare Flynn '19 attended the 46th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Seabird Group that was held in Kaua'i, Hawai'i from February 27 to March 3. Flynn presented the research she did for her senior thesis with in a poster titled, "Diving Depths of Cassin's Auklets in a Changing Climate." Co-authors were Pomona professors of biology Andre Cavalcanti and Karnovsky, as well as Pete Warzybok and Jaime Jahncke from Point Blue Conservation Science. Flynn received an award for her poster presentation.

Arash Khazeni, associate professor of history, published a peer reviewed article, "Indo-Persian Travel Writing at the Ends of the Mughal World," in the Oxford journal Past & Present, volume 243 (2019). The article is the first piece to appear from Khazeni's forthcoming book, “The City and the Wilderness” (University of California Press).

Kristina Khederlarian,  business analyst, presented two papers entitled “The Escalation to Civil War" and "Can the Deregulation of Government Lead to Higher Economic Growth? A Look Into China” at the International Studies Association in March.

Routledge has published a significantly revised second edition of Professor of Theatre and Resident Artist Thomas Leabhart's 2007 book, Etienne Decroux, in their Performance Practitioners series.

Sara Masland, assistant professor of psychology, had her paper "When Trust Does Not Come Easily: Negative Emotional Information Unduly Influences Trustworthiness Appraisals For Individuals With Borderline Personality Features" appear online in the Journal of Personality Disorders. The paper will be printed in a forthcoming edition.

Masland presented research, titled "Changes In Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms During Residential Treatment For Borderline Personality Disorder: A Cross-Lagged Study," at the International Conference for Psychological Science in Paris, France. Student co-authors included Mackenzie Cummings '19 and Kaylee Null '20.

Wallace Meyer, director of the Bernard Field Station, with collaborators at Cal Poly Pomona and the University of Colorado at Boulder, published a manuscript titled, "The Effects of Nitrogen Deposition and Invasion on Litter Fuel Quality and Decomposition in a Stipa Pulchra Grassland" in Journal of Arid Ecosystems on March 1.

Dan O’Leary, Carnegie Professor of Chemistry, and colleagues at the University of Southampton have published "Field-Cycling Long-Lived-State NMR of 15N2 Spin Pairs" in Molecular Physics, 2019, volume 117 (7-8), pages 861-867.

Sara Olson, assistant professor of biology, was recently awarded an NSF CAREER grant to study fertilization and eggshell formation in the roundworm, C. elegans. The award allocates $800,000 over the next five years to fund student research by Pomona undergraduates and PAYS high school students, to establish a mentorship pipeline to help students navigate career paths in STEM, and to incorporate and disseminate transformative pedagogical approaches in her introductory and advanced cell biology classes. The NSF's Faculty Early Career Development program supports junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.

Giovanni Ortega, assistant professor of theatre, with Carolina San Juan (UCLA) and author Anthony Ocampo, were invited by Skyline Theatre to be part of a panel that discussed the varying layers and the assimilative process of immigrants in America as well as Filipinos in the diaspora. The colloquy was a part of the play “America Adjacent's” Beyond Conversation series. America Adjacent is about the pursuit of the American Dream where six pregnant Filipina women are confined to a one-bedroom in Hollywood where they do their best to overcome fears of jail and deportation so that their children can have a better life in the United States.

In addition, he conducted a movement workshop with the students of the London Dramatic Academy (LDA) including theatre major Keith Ferguson, where he focused on techniques from Meyerhold's Biomechanics and Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed. Ortega has been London Dramatic Academy's guest artist for the last three years.

Furthermore, Ortega was a guest for This Filipino American Life (TFAL), a podcast that explores the nuanced experiences of Filipinos in the United States. After briefly discussing his experience as a Filipino American, he performed several pieces that encompass this identity from “Allos, The Story of Carlos Bulosan,” “'Wayne - A Soldier's Tale” about a Fil-Am soldier stationed in Iraq and “Letters,” stories of female overseas workers who write to their loved ones about nostalgia and longing.

Lastly, “Scrimmage,” the show Ortega directed for East West Players that tackles toxic masculinity in the Asian American community, continues its Los Angeles tour in schools, organizations and libraries. Some of the venues include Bethune and Palms Middle Schools, Canoga Park Library, St. Joseph the Worker School, Santee Education Complex, West Valley Branch Library, Ulysses Grant High School, Silverlake Library, John Muir Boys & Girls Club and Pomona College where the creative team joined a colloquy with the cast after the first presentation.

Frances Pohl, professor emerita of art history, published the article “Exhibition Review: Outliers and American Vanguard Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, November 18, 2018 – March 17, 2019," in Burlington Magazine, volume 161, March 2019, pages 246-48.

Tina Negritto, assistant professor of molecular biology, and Cynthia Selassie, professor of chemistry, together with faculty from Keck Science (Zhaohua Tang, Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert, Kathleen Purvis-Roberts), Harvey Mudd College (Ruye Wang) and several students from each of these institutions published: "Comparative Genomic Screen in Two Yeasts Reveals Conserved Pathways in the Response Network to Phenol Stress" in the journal G3: Genes/Genomes/Genetics, volume 9, number 3, pages 639-650.

William Peterson, Harry S. and Madge Rice Thatcher Emeritus Professor of Music and College Organist, and James Peterson, professor emeritus of Valdosta State University, have presented a paper titled “Political and Musical Representations of the New Czechoslovakia, 1918-22” at the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies in Mobile, Alabama on March 16.

Carolyn Ratteray, assistant professor of theatre, was nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Digital Daytime Drama Series for her work in the digital series, Riley Parra.

Linda Reinen, associate professor of geology, gave a talk titled “Geologic Issues: Community Impacts and Science Communication — An Introductory Assignment Designed to Help Under-Represented Students See Value in the Geosciences” at the Southern California Project Kaleidoscope meeting on March 9.

Monique Saigal-Escudero, professor emerita of French, gave a talk titled “My Hidden Childhood in Occupied France and Creative Women in WWII” at Hotel London in Paris, France to students of Durham Academy, North Carolina on March 11.

Gibb Schreffler, assistant professor of music, published an encyclopedia article about the Punjabi dance and music genre, bhangra: “Bhangra" in The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture, ed. by Janet Sturman, 350-352. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2019.

Anthony Shay, professor of theatre and dance, published a chapter "In the Moment: Improvisation in Traditional Dance" in The Oxford Handbook of Improvisation and Dance, edited by Vida L. Midgelow.

Sheri Shepherd, academic coordinator, will reprise her role in "Church Basement Ladies" at The Grove Theatre in Upland during April and May. She was in the cast for the Southern California debut of this musical comedy in 2009. The original run of four weeks ended up extending to four months playing to sold-out audiences.

Patricia Smiley, professor of psychology, recently presented research at the biennial conference of the Society for Research in Child Development in Baltimore, MD, March 23-25. She was first author on the poster presentation, "When Mothers Feel Rejected by Their Young Children: Maternal Emotion Regulation and Emotion-Coaching," with Pomona students Cally Cochran '18, Diana Rodriguez '20, CMC student Ashley Ahn '19, and colleagues Stacey Doan (CMC) and Jessie Borelli (UCI).

In addition, she was a co-author with former Pomona students, CGU Ph.D. students and Borelli on four paper presentations: "Intervening to Improve Reflective Functioning and Emotional Experience among Latino/a Parents" (Alison Goldstein '11); "Examining the Complexity of Mothers' Real-Time Emotions across Caregiving Contexts" (Maggie Kerr, CGU, Hannah Rasmussen '11, Katherine Buttitta, CGU); "Associations Between Parental Positive Emotion and Pre-Adolescents' Trait and State Emotion Regulation" (Lucas Sohn '16, Hannah Rasmussen '11); and "Differential Associations between Fathers' Anxious and Avoidant Attachment, Parental Well-being, and Emotion Sensitivity" (Katherine Buttitta, CGU, Gerin Gaskin, CGU).

Smiley appeared as co-author on two other poster presentations with students, including "Parental Conditional Regard Helps Explain Links from Parental Anxiety and Verbal Immediacy to Child Anxiety" with Kajung Hong '16, Sameen Boparai '16, Hannah Rasmussen '11 and Borelli; and "Stressed Out and Fed Up: Stress and Maternal Feeding Behaviors" with Shruthi Venkatesh, CMC '18 and colleague Stacey Doan (CMC).

Smiley collaborated with colleagues from Israel (Ortal Bhoknik and Avi Assor, Ben Gurion, University of the Negev) on the paper presentation, "Maternal Achievement-Oriented Conditional Regard with Toddlers Longitudinally Predicts Preschoolers' Poor Mastery Motivation."

Smiley was a co-author on a number of articles published between December 2018 and March 2019:

  • “Mother-child adrenocortical synchrony: Roles of maternal overcontrol and child developmental phase” in Developmental Psychobiology, Advance online, March 12.
  • “Mothers’ real-time emotion as a function of attachment and proximity to their children” in Journal of Family Psychology, Advance online, February 11.
  • “In a father’s mind: Paternal reflective functioning, sensitive parenting, and protection against socioeconomic risk” in Attachment and Human Development, in press.
  • “Learning helplessness in the family: Maternal agency and the intergenerational transmission of depressive symptoms” in Journal of Family Psychology, volume 32 (8), pages 1109-1119.

Gary Smith, published “Duped by Data Mining,” in Skeptic Magazine, volume 24, number 1, 2019.

With Heide Margaret Artigue, Smith published “Another Look at Dollar Cost Averaging,” in Journal of Investing, volume 27 (2), pages 66-75, and featured in Practical Applications, 2019, volume 6 (4).

Smith’s Standard Deviations: Flawed Assumptions, Tortured Data, and Other Ways to Lie with Statistics was published in Turkish on March 28.

Dylan James Worcester, assistant director of the Quantitative Skills Center, along with Travis Brown, director of the Quantitative Skills Center and Academic Cohorts; Sara Olson, assistant professor of biology; and Sharon Stranford, chair and professor of biology, presented at the 2019 Southern California (SoCal) PKAL Regional Network Meeting at The Claremont Colleges on March 9. Worcester and Brown presented on "Eliminating Equity Gaps in Introductory STEM Courses: A Model That Works" in tandem with Olson and Stranford who presented on "Developing Inclusive Teaching Practices for Underserved Student Populations in Introductory STEM Courses."

Jing Zhou, visiting assistant professor of Asian languages and literatures, presented an individual paper titled "The Component Skills of L2 Chinese Reading" at the American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) 2019 annual conference held in Atlanta, Georgia, March 9-12.

Arely Zimmerman, assistant professor of Chicana/o Latina/o studies, was a participant in the seminar “Taking Stock: The Shifting Terrain of Citizenship among People of Mexican Origin in the United States,” at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 10 -14. As one of 10 invited scholars, Zimmerman presented her working paper, “Central American Migration & the Politics of Citizenship and Solidarity Under Trump" which will form part of an edited volume to be published by SAR Press in 2020.