November 2019 

Aimee Bahng, assistant professor of gender & women’s studies, presented her work five times in the month of November across three different scholarly gatherings. At the American Studies Association Annual Meeting in Honolulu, Bahng spoke on a presidential session on "Worldmaking and Radical Futures." She also served as a respondent on the panel "Transpacific Militarism, Empire and Debility/Disability." At the National Women's Studies Association conference in San Francisco, she took part in a roundtable about the Keywords for Gender and Sexuality Studies volume, for which she is a member of the editorial collective, along with Professor Kyla Tompkins, who serves as the managing editor. Bahng also contributed to a "Teaching Disability Justice Studies" panel. Finally, she was invited to speak at the Speculative Futures of Ecologies and Climate Change Symposium at UC San Diego, where she presented her research on artificial reefs and islands.

Nicholas Ball, assistant professor of chemistry, published an article titled, "One-Pot Fluorosulfurylation of Grignard Reagents using Sulfuryl Fluoride" in Chemical Communications. This work was a collaboration with Prof. Glenn Sammis' group at the University of British Columbia, initiated during Ball's Steele Leave.

Ball recently had his book chapter "Synthesis and Applications of S(VI) Fluorides" accepted as a part of a book series "Emerging Fluorinated Motifs: Properties, Synthesis, and Applications" edited by Dominique Cahard and Jun-Ha Ma. This two-volume series features invited international scholars who were identified as leaders in key fields of organofluorine chemistry. The books will be published in the spring of 2020 by Wiley–VCH.

Allan Barr, professor of Chinese, gave an invited talk in Chinese on "Translation and Reception of Yu Hua's Work in the United States" at Zhejiang University's School of International Studies, Hangzhou on November 6.

Patricia Blessing, assistant professor of art history, published "Blue-and-White Tiles of the Muradiye in Edirne: Architectural Decoration between Tabriz, Damascus, and Cairo” in Muqarnas 36, pages 101-129 in November.

Mietek Boduszynski, assistant professor of politics and international relations, embarked on a tour to publicize his new book, U.S. Democracy Promotion in the Arab World, with presentations at Monmouth College (Illinois), UC Berkeley, and Harvard Kennedy School.

In September, he moderated a Pacific Council conference call on the conflict in the Western Sahara.

He also participated in a panel on authoritarianism following the staging of a play by Kosovar playwright Jeton Neziraj at City Garage Theatre in Santa Monica on November 10. Several Pomona students attended thanks to funding from the EU center of California.

On November 18, he participated in a panel discussion about a documentary film exploring a pogrom that took place in Poland in 1946.

Boduszynski published a commentary in The Conversation on November 21 on the Trump administration's withdrawal of troops from northern Syria, arguing that broken trust has long-term negative consequences for U.S. foreign policy.

Ralph Bolton '61, emeritus professor of anthropology, published an article entitled "Cheese in Chijnaya: Communal Entrepreneurship in Rural Peru" in the 2019 fall issue of the Journal of Business Anthropology, volume 8, no. 2, pages 185-210. The article was co-authored by Jhuver Aguirre-Torres and Ken C. Erickson.

On November 8, Bolton participated in the II Seminario Sociedad y Desastres of the Pan-American Institute of Geography and History in Lima, Peru. The title of his presentation was "Desastres climáticos en el Altiplano: El caso de las inundaciones en las orillas del lago Titicaca y el río Ramis en la pampa de Taraco en 1963 (Proyecto Taraco-Chijnaya, Corpuno)".

Bolton co-authored a paper with Kimberly Mazza and Jhuver Aguirre-Torres on "Environmental and Bureaucratic Challenges in Meeting the Demands for Water in Peruvian Communities." The paper was presented at the 118th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, in Vancouver, BC, Canada on November 23.

Kim Bruce, Reuben C. and Eleanor Winslow Professor of Computer Science, was named a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the main professional organization for computer science, in November. He was awarded this designation in recognition of his "outstanding educational contributions to computing."

Bruce gave a presentation titled "Matching Syntax and Semantics: Dynamic Type Checking in static languages" at the November 11-15 meeting of International Fedearion for Information Processing (IFIP) working group 2.16 on programming language design in Nice, France.

Paul Cahill, associate professor of Spanish, presented a paper, “More-Than-Human Beings in Pilar Fraile Amador’s La pecera subterránea” at the fall meeting of the Southern California Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), held at the University of Southern California on November 9.

Andre Cavalcanti, professor of biology, published “Selection For Tandem Stop Codons In Ciliate Species With Reassigned Stop Codons” in PLoS ONE, volume 14, no. 11.

Alfred Cramer, associate professor of music, gave a presentation called "'The Tune Makes Very Scant Difference'??? Schema and Meaning in Guthrie’s and Seeger’s Performances of ‘This Land Is Your Land’” at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory in Columbus, Ohio on November 7.

Virginie A. Duzer, associate professor and chair of the Department of Romance Languages Literatures,  presented the paper "Promenade littéraire à travers le verre" during the "Transparence / Transparaître" Arts Colloquium that took place at the Université de Picardie Jules Vernes (Amiens, France). This talk, that aimed at looking at "glass" and "transparency" as a meaningful way of talking about literary styles, was given by videoconference.

Duzer also participated remotely (via Skype) in the "Speaking And Writing About Colours" international workshops that took place in Milan (Italy). Her talk dedicated to blushing in the "fin de siècle" was entitled "A faire rougir un singe."

Stephan Garcia, W.M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Mathematics, gave a talk titled "Nonvanishing Minors and Uncertainty Principles" at the AMS Special Session on Topics in Operator Theory, Fall Western Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society, at UC Riverside on November 9.

Garcia’s article "Primitive Root Bias for Twin Primes II: Schinzel-Type Theorems for Totient Quotients and the Sum-of-Divisors Function" with Florian Luca, Kye Shi HMC '21, Gabe Udell ’21 was published in Journal of Number Theory, volume 208, March 2020, pages 400-417.

Heidi Haddad, associate professor of politics, presented the paper, "Granting Human Rights: The Role of Philanthropic Foundations in Supporting NGO Legal Mobilization at the ECtHR," at the Annual Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Conference on November 23.

Robyn Jensen, visiting assistant professor of German and Russian, presented a paper titled "'The Blank Reverse Side': Exilic Loss and Photography in Brodsky" at the annual conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) in San Francisco on November 24.

John Jurewitz, lecturer in economics, delivered a presentation and participated in a panel discussion regarding "The California 2000-2001 Electricity Crisis: Legacy and Lessons Learned" at the 96th Plenary Session of the Harvard Energy Policy Group in Washington, D.C., on November 2.

Jurewitz published an article titled "State Leadership U.S. Climate Change and Energy Policy: The California Experience", coauthored with Daniel Mazmanian and Hal Nelson, in the Journal of Economic Development on November 14.

Gizem Karaali, professor of mathematics, had an interview, “Poetry of Logical Ideas: A Conversation with Mary Peelen,” published on the Adroit Journal blog.

Zayn Kassam, John Knox McLean Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, has been appointed as co-editor of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, commencing January 2020.

She also attended the American Academy of Religion National Meetings held in San Diego from November 22-26, where she spoke at a panel on women and publishing and at a panel on contingent faculty in the academy.

Joyce Lu, associate professor of theatre and dance, served as directing consultant on "Janie," created by Suchi Branfman and featured in Dancing Through Prison Walls on November 8.

Sara Masland, assistant professor of psychological science, published an article titled "Changes in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms During Residential Treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder: A Longitudinal Cross-Lagged Study" in Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation. Mackenzie Cummings '19 was second author, and Kaylee Null '20 was third author. This work reflects a collaboration with McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

April Mayes, associate professor of history, was featured on the front page of Diario del Sur, the daily newspaper of Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico on November 28 and interviewed about Mexico's discriminatory policies regarding Haitian migrants and refugee seekers. She also made a call for Haitians to organize as a community to respond to problems they are having with Mexican migration officials.

Char Miller, W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History, published “Unquenchable Thirst: Groundwater Bill Could Shift State’s Water Management Approach,” in KCET: Earth Focus on September 12.

His article “From the Desk of Char Miller: Fighting Fire with Fire,” was published in the University of Nebraska Press Blog on October 14. He wrote the op-ed “The Sylmar area has burned three times in recent years. What are we thinking?” in the Los Angeles Times on October 15.

Miller presented “Crisis Management: Conflict, Controversy, and Leadership in Forest Service History,” Middle Leadership Program: USDA-Forest Service, Albuquerque NM, September 20. He also presented the talk titled “Environmental History Perspectives on California Greening’” Western Historical Association, Las Vegas, NV on October 21.

On October 23, Miller presented “Open Access Means Open” at Open Access Week at the Claremont Colleges Library. He also gave the keynote address, “Climate Change Changes Everything: Fire in the Sierra – Past, Present, Future,” at the Eastern Sierra History Conference on October 25.

Miller led the inaugural “Weekend with the Accomplished,” a series of workshops at the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado-Boulder from Nov. 15-17. The weekend-long symposia, funded by the Mellon Foundation, was aimed for graduate and undergraduate students in applied history. 

Miller also gave a talk titled “Rescuing the West and the Nation: How Thinking Like an Historian Can Save Us from Ourselves” at the Center of the American West: University of Colorado-Boulder on November 15.

Joanne Randa Nucho, assistant professor of anthropology, presented a paper titled "Crossed Wires: Electricity Generator Subscription Services, Power Outages, and the State in Lebanon and Beyond" at the Middle East Studies Association annual meeting on November 15.

She also participated in a group presentation session titled "Contemporary Urban Practices in the Arab World" at the American Anthropological Association/Canadian Anthropology Society Annual Meeting on November 22.

Gilda Ochoa, professor of Chicana/o-Latina/o studies, organized a panel presentation on November 16 with Cal State University, Los Angeles student research assistants and Pomona College students Carol Ambriz ’21, Vianey Martinez ’21 and Alejandra Medina ‘21 on “Latinx Activism and Contemporary Struggles for Sanctuary in Southern California” at the California Sociological Association in Sacramento.

While at the California Sociological Association, Ochoa also presented "(Re)Claiming Voices and Sharing Stories in Class" for a session on teaching, and she was a panelist for an Author Meets Critic session on Latina teachers.

On November 22, Ochoa was a panelist on "Communicating Findings: Influencing Public Conversation" for a daylong professional development workshop on “Advancing Research to Promote Immigrant and Student Equity” at UC Irvine organized by UCI Assistant Professor Laura Enriquez '08.

Giovanni Ortega, assistant professor of theatre and dance, was a guest artist for Silk Road Rising Theatre Company's West Ridge Story Festival where he workshopped original plays written by residents of this ethnically, racially, religiously and economically diverse Chicago neighborhood. Silk Road Rising is a community-centered artmaking and arts service organization rooted in Middle Eastern, Asian and Muslim experiences.

Since its inception in 2015, Ortega and the theatre department have been involved with Change Theatre Action (CCTA), a global action that takes place every two years to coincide with the UN’s International Conference on Climate Change. This year, in collaboration with the organizer Chantal Bilodeau, Natural History Museum and USC's School of Dramatic Arts, "CCTA L.A.: At the Intersection" was presented in various locations in Los Angeles County. It included short plays by female playwrights, including alumna Mary Kamitaki ’15, at the Natural History Museum. In addition, Aliyah Muhammad ’19, Gbeke Fawehinmi ’19 and Scripps student Emma Elliott were part of the five-person cast. The event was directed by Ortega. In addition, “The Goddess of Mt. Banahaw - Ang Diwata ng Bundok Banahaw,” a commissioned work written by Ortega was presented at USC for the Visions and Voices event: How to Create Your Own Environmental Justice. Furthermore, Ortega was one of the producers for the two-day event on campus which included students from The Claremont Colleges and participation with Professors James Taylor, Jessie Mills and Scripps' Anne Harley.

Lastly, Ortega premiered two new performative pieces titled “Nature is Speaking” and “From Mangroves” for MAP Experimentum: Art and Nature during the Melaka Art and Performance Festival in Malaysia. “Nature is Speaking” is a multi-disciplinary theatrical performance that incorporates original live music, song and movement that engages us in a journey of the importance of nature in an ever-changing world especially amidst environmental destruction. This performative piece tackles themes that affect the quickly changing society of developing Southeast Asian countries such as deforestation, pollution and exploited seas in indigenous communities. “From Mangroves” speak to us from across time. Spiritual women seekers from the time of the Buddha and those from current day repeat softly the wisdom of the trees and the waters, and their words fall upon the mangrove shore in waves, beckoning a change from humans. Both pieces are performed by Ortega, with original music by Malaysian composer Yii Kah Hoe and Scripps faculty and vocalist Anne Harley.

Ashley Pallie, senior associate dean of admissions and director of recruitment, was interviewed for the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) Podcast, in an episode titled "Avoiding the Parent Trap: A Common-Sense Approach To College Admission."

Mary Paster, professor of linguistics and cognitive science, gave an invited talk, "I-Language and Interspeaker Variation in a Refugee Community" at Princeton University on November 6.

Adolfo Rumbos, Joseph N. Fiske Professor of Mathematics, published the article “Multiple Nontrivial Solutions Of A Semilinear Elliptic Problem With Asymmetric Nonlinearity” in the Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, volume 484, issue 2, pages 1-12.

Erin Runions, professor of religious studies, published "Immobile Theologies, Carceral Affects: Interest and Debt in Faith-Based Prison Programs" in pages 55-84 of Religion, Emotion, Sensation: Affect Theories and Theologies, published by Fordham University Press.

Monique Saigal Escudero, professor emerita of French, gave the talk titled "My Hidden Childhood in WWII Occupied France" to the P.E.O. group in Los Angeles on November 19.

She also gave the same talk at the Holocaust Museum on October 6, at Hollencrest Middle School in West Covina on October 21and at the Hillcrest Center in La Verne on October 24.

Anthony Shay, professor of theatre and dance, presented the choreographic play, "Staging Choreophobia," written and directed by Jamal. They play is based on Shay’s first book “Choreophobia: Iranian Solo Improvised Dance in the Iranian World” published by Mazada Press in 1999. It was performed on November 3 in Pendleton Dance Center to a full house.

Gibb Schreffler, assistant professor of music, presented a paper titled "Drummers without Masters: The Shifting Landscape of the Ustad Tradition among Contemporary Punjabi Dhol Players" at the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Meeting, in Bloomington, Indiana on November 10.

Asya Shklyar, director of high performance computing (HPC), directed a group of students to develop a mobile application for iOS, called HPC Pondr. Version 1.0 was released to the Apple store in November on the first try. The application is a quiz-style game that was designed to assist the students in HPC Support group, and anyone else who is interested in focused and curated content, with learning the terminology of high performance computing and information technology concepts in general. Some of the students in the group had learned the necessary skills without any prior knowledge of coding, and the group includes both coders and designers, including sound and graphics. The next version is planned at the end of the spring semester.

Roberto Sirvent, visiting assistant professor of politics, was named associate editor of the journal Political Theology in November.

Sirvent has a new book co-edited with Raimundo Barreto called, Decolonial Christianities: Latinx and Latin American Perspectives, published by Palgrave.

Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics, had his book “Standard Deviations: Flawed Assumptions, Tortured Data and Other Ways to Lie with Statistics” reviewed by ESPN baseball writer Keith Law for the blog The Dish.

Smith published the following articles for Mind Matters: “Investor, AI Isn’t Your Big Fix” on November 7 and “Your Computer Is an Autistic Savant” on November 20.

Lastly, Smith signed a contract with Oxford University Press for The Phantom Pattern Problem: The Mirage of Big Data, with Jay Cordes ’93, which will be published next summer. This is his third Oxford University book in three years.

Barry Werger, music technologist, engineered Nadia Shpachenko's album, “The Poetry of Places,” which has been nominated in two Grammy categories: Best Classical Compendium and Producer of the Year, Classical.

Werger's work has so far collected five Grammy nominations, including three for Shpachenko's 2016 album "Woman at the New Piano," recorded in Bridges Hall of Music and featuring performances and compositions by Professors Genevieve Lee and Tom Flaherty.

Chris Weyant-Forbes, outdoor education coordinator, led a workshop titled “Queering the Outdoors: LGBTQ+Ally Training for Outdoor Recreation Professionals” on November 13 at the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education conference in Spokane, WA. The workshop aimed to increase outdoor recreation professionals’ use of empathy and inclusive language, ability to recognize and formulate plans to overcome challenges the LGBTQ+ community faces in outdoor recreation and build a support network with others seeking to create more inclusive outdoor programs.

Samuel Yamashita, Henry E. Sheffield Professor of History, delivered "The 'Japanese Turn' in Fine Dining in the United States, 1980-2018," at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa on April 17. He delivered "Hawai'i Regional Cuisine and the Evolution of Agriculture in Hawaii" as the keynote address at the eighth annual meeting of the Hawaii Agriculture Foundation on April 18 held at the Alohilani Hotel in Waikiki.

Yamashita’s new book, Hawai'i Regional Cuisine: The Food Movement That Changed the Way Hawai'i Eats, was published in the University of Hawai'i's Food in Asia and the Pacific series in April 2019.

In July, Yamashita’s article titled “Popular Japanese Responses to the Pearl Harbor Attack, December 8, 1941-January 7, 1942" appeared in the book Beyond Pearl Harbor, published by the University Press of Kansas in their Modern War Series.