December 2017 and January 2018

​Sneha Abraham, assistant director of news and strategic content in the Office of Communications, had her essay "Take, Eat" published in The London Reader winter 2017 issue. This piece was previously published in the spring in Image Journal's Good Letters.

Allan Barr, professor of Chinese, presented a paper in Chinese on the topic of "New Research on the Early-Qing Poet Zhu Youzhen" at the Third International Conference on Qing Literature in Guangzhou from December 16-17. Barr also gave a talk in Chinese on the topic "Issues and Trends in the Translation of Chinese Fiction" at Zhejiang International Studies University in Hangzhou on December 20.

Patricia Blessing, assistant professor of art history, published an article, titled “Seljuk Past and Timurid Present: Tile Decoration of the Yeşil Complex in Bursa, Turkey,” Gesta 56, fall 2017, no. 2, pages 225-250. The article is related to her current book project on 15th-century Ottoman architecture.

Mietek Boduszynski, assistant professor of politics and international relations, published the op-ed "American Diplomacy is not Dead” on December 14 and the op-ed, “Is America Still a Champion of Democracy in the Trump Era?" on December 21 in The Hill. He also co-authored a contribution to the USC Center for Public Diplomacy Blog titled, "Public Opinion and the Demise of U.S. Public Diplomacy in Libya."

This spring semester, Boduszynski is a resident fellow at IAU College in Aix-en-Provence, France and he is also a visiting scholar at Sciences Po/Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) this semester, where he is teaching a Master's seminar on U.S. policy in Iraq.

Kevin Dettmar, W. M. Keck Professor and Chair of English, was appointed to the advisory board for the Institute for Bob Dylan Studies on January 25.

Guillermo Douglass-Jaimes, assistant professor of environmental analysis, was awarded the Hirsch Research Initiation Grant on December 20 for his research “Unpacking the Slum Divide: Using mobile health tools to examine disease presence across the formal and informal urban divide in São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro.”

Douglass-Jaimes provided technical mapping support to Catalytic Communities, a Rio de Janeiro based NGO, and helped launch the Sustainable Favela Network. The project has identified and mapped over 100 favela sustainability and resilience initiatives across Rio de Janeiro. The final report has been released in Portuguese (the English version will be released early in 2018). On January 8, he joined the board of directors for Catalytic Communities as a program expert for the Sustainable Favela Network and community organizing, resilience and sustainability.

Pierre Englebert, professor of international relations and politics, gave an invited presentation on "Congo at a Political Crossroads" at a workshop on Congo at a Crossroads hosted by UC Berkeley's Department of Geography on December 19.

Englebert published the article “A Potemkin State in the Sahel? The Empirical and the Fictional in Malian State Reconstruction," with Catriona Craven-Matthews '17, in African Security, Vol. 11, Issue 1, 1-31, in January. Englebert was an invited participant in a roundtable conversation on "Pathways to Peace and Drivers of Democracy in the DR Congo" at the Institute for Development Studies at the University of Antwerp in Belgium on January 23.

Stephen Erickson, professor of philosophy and the E. Wilson Lyon Professor in the Humanities, published "Van Gogh, Heidegger, and the Attuned Life," co-authored with Pauline Erickson, in the volume "Van Gogh among the Philosophers," edited by David Nichols and published by Lexington Books, New York, 2018, pages 117-128.

Stephan Garcia, professor of mathematics, gave the following talks at the Joint Mathematics Meeting 2018: "Primitive root biases for prime pairs,” at the AMS Special Session on A Showcase of Number Theory at Liberal Arts Colleges, on January 10; "Toeplitz Operators and Lattices" at the AMS Special Session on Advances in Operator Theory, Operator Algebras, and Operator Semigroups, on January 11; "Quotient Sets" at the AMS Special Session on Open and Accessible Problems for Undergraduate Research on January 11; "G.H. Hardy: Mathematical Biologist" at the AMS Special Session on History of Mathematics on January 12; and "Some Remarks About the Teaching of Complex Variables" at the MAA Session on Revitalizing Complex Analysis on January 13.

Garcia published the article titled, "Remembering Donald Sarason (1933-2017)," with co-authors Sun-Yung Alice Chang, David Cruz-Uribe and John Doyle, in Notices of the American Mathematical Society, vol. 65, no.2, pages 195-200 on January 20. Garcia published the article titled, "A supercharacter approach to Heilbronn sums" with Bob Lutz '13 in Journal of Number Theory 186, 2018, pages 1-15, on February 2.

Elizabeth Glater, assistant professor of neuroscience; Charles Taylor, associate professor of chemistry; Soleil Worthy '18 and German Rojas '18 published the article, "Identification of odor blend used by Caenorhabditis elegans for pathogen recognition" in Chemical Senses, Oxford Press on January 24.

George Gorse, Viola Horton Professor of Art History, won a scholarly residency at the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy from January 9 to February 1, where he worked on a paper, titled "A Republic Becomes a Monarchy: The Virgin Mary as Queen of Genoa, 1637."

Michael Greenberg, coordinated remote participation at POPL 2018, one of the top two programming languages conferences; he also was the program chair for the Off the Beaten Track (OBT) 2018 workshop on January 13.

Art Horowitz, associate professor of theatre and dance, presented a paper, "From Goldoni to Chekhov: Bridging the Visible to the Invisible," at the International University Global Theatre Experience (IUGTE) International Conference, and the paper "Theatre Between Tradition and Contemporaneity" at the Retzhof Castle in Leibnitz, Austria on December 17.

Gizem Karaali, associate professor of mathematics, gave two talks at the Joint Mathematics Meetings held in San Diego, Calif., from January 10-13. Her first talk, titled "Ada's Poetic Science: Correspondences of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage,” was presented at the American Mathematical Society Special Session on History of Mathematics. Her second talk, titled "On Zombies, The Republic, and Mathematics: Teaching First Year Seminars That Humanize Mathematics,” was presented at the Mathematical Association of America Contributed Paper Session on Mathematical Themes in a first-year seminar.

During the same Joint Mathematics Meetings, Karaali was a panelist on the panel, "Ethics, Morality and Politics in the Quantitative Literacy Classroom.” Karaali, along with editors of several other journals, co-organized and ran a workshop on writing expository and pedagogical papers at the meetings and she also co-organized and moderated a paper session on humanistic mathematics.

Nina Karnovsky, associate professor of biology, presented her research at the Pomona Valley Audubon Society in her talk, "In Search of the Japanese Crested Murrelet,” on December 7.

Thomas Leabhart, resident artist and professor of theatre, taught a corporeal mime workshop from December 10-22, in Kyoto, Japan, sponsored by a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant and NPO Gekken.

Genevieve Lee, Everett S. Olive Professor of music and chair of music, performed with her group, the Mojave Trio, at the Tuesdays @ Monk Space new music series in Los Angeles on January 9. Mojave Trio performed works by Jennifer Higdon, Nico Muhly and Kaija Saariaho. It was reviewed by San Francisco Classical Voice.

Stephen Marks, Elden Smith Professor of Economics, was invited by the Australian National University to do a "roadshow" of five talks at universities on four islands in Indonesia, based on a recent journal article, followed by a sixth talk near Jakarta on a different topic in a policy-oriented forum with representatives of the private sector and Ministry of Trade from December 7-20.

Char Miller, W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis, published an op-ed,  “California’s record-breaking Thomas Fire should teach us to build more resilient cities,” in The Hill, on December 28. He published the op-ed, “A way to break the terrifying pattern of fire and flood,” in the Los Angeles Times on January 11.  He published a third op-ed titled, “Brush fires, mudslides, and development in Claremont,” in the Claremont Courier on January 12.

Miller gave a presentation titled, “Crisis Management: Conflict, Controversy, and Leadership in Forest Service History,” at the USDA-Forest Service Middle Leadership Program in Albuquerque, N.M. on December 15, and in Ogden, Utah on January 11-12.

Miller gave a presentation titled, “Not So Golden State: Sustainability vs. the California Dream,” for the League of Women Voters-Claremont Chapter on January 27.  Lastly, he published a new book, Where There's Smoke: The Environmental Science, Public Policy, and Politics of Marijuana, with University Press of Kansas on January 29.

Thomas Moore, professor of physics and astronomy, gave a presentation, titled "Using Textbooks in a Flipped Classroom," at the winter 2018 meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) in San Diego, Calif., on January 8.

Joanne Nucho, Mellon Chau Postdoctoral fellow in anthropology, was invited to give a lecture as part of the The Vahe & Armine Meghrouni Lecture Series in Armenian Studies at UC Irvine on January 24, where she presented on her ethnographic research and film work in Bourj Hammoud, Lebanon.

Also in January, an exhibition catalog that Nucho contributed to, titled "I Can Call this Progress to Halt," was launched at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) on January 28. The catalog was for an exhibition and screening series that was held at LACE from March-April 2017. Her contribution focused on her film, "The Narrow Streets of Bourj Hammoud" which screened as part of the public events series attached to that exhibition last year.”

Sara Olson, assistant professor of biology, presented a research poster titled, "CBD-1 scaffolds two independent complexes required for eggshell formation and egg activation in C. elegans," at the American Society for Cell Biology Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa., on December 3. Student co-authors include Delfina González '17, Helen Lamb '15, Diana Partida '14, Zac Wilson '17 and Julián Preto '20.

Giovanni Ortega, assistant professor of theatre and dance, was invited by the Ministry of Culture in Poland through the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as a guest artist and scholar for the Boska Komedia – Divine Comedy Festival in Kraków, Poland on December 10. He was also invited by Juwelia Soraya to perform for her Cabaret Chanson at Galerie Studio St. in Neukölln, Berlin with original music by Jose Promis on December 12.

Ortega’s Asian launch of his second book “Ang Gitano, The Gypsy” was held at Sala in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and at the Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity in Singapore where local artists performed excerpts from the book. In addition, he re-staged the devised theatrical play Words of My Body (WOMB) at the new centre with additional cast members coming from the United Kingdom and Japan. The presentation is part of a three-year series that focuses on the representation of the body.

Sacred Fools Theatre Co. produced “Jonah,” Ortega's short play about an undocumented immigrant who moved to the States as a child, as part of We The People Theatre Action, on December 16. Lastly, he reprised his role as Tumao in Florante Aguilar's new operetta about Filipino monsters. The concert film was shot and staged at the Napa Valley College of Performing Arts and presented by New Art Media and co-produced Theatrical Residencies Incorporated on January 29.

Carolyn Ratteray, assistant professor of theatre, booked a national network Chrysler commercial in December. Ratteray performed in a reading of Richard II at A Noise Within theatre company on January 8.

The play in which Ratteray performed this past summer, The Cake, by Bekah Brunstetter, was nominated on January 1 for a 2018 Ovation Award for best production of a play.

Linda Reinen, associate professor of geology, presented "An undergraduate research experience that integrates traditional field mapping, LiDAR, and 3D numerical modeling: applying lessons from a recent report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in an Intermediate-level tectonic landscapes course" at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in New Orleans, LA on December 11. The co-author of the piece is Kerry Brenner of the National Academy of Sciences.

On January 5, Reinen gave an invited teaching demonstration of "Landscape analysis of the North Etiwanda Preserve" which combines traditional field mapping with spatial analysis using ArcGIS to interpret the active fault system in northern Rancho Cucamonga. This demonstration was part of the Structural Geology and Tectonics Forum in Tempe, Ariz.

Hans J. Rindisbacher, professor of German, gave two invited lectures, in German, at the Universities in Ljubliana and Maribor, Slovenia, October 23 and 24, which were on the topic of "Parfümerie, Literatur und soziale Medien: neue Wege schriftlicher Selbstverwirklichung.”

Kathie Rosacker, associate registrar in the Office of the Registrar, co-hosted the first Inland Empire higher education Tableau Software user group meeting on January 12. She gave a presentation on creating Tableau dashboards for reporting institutional data on the Pomona website.

Larissa Rudova, Yale B. and Lucille D. Griffith Professor in Modern Languages and professor of Russian, published an article titled, "Chagall for the Stage: An International Journey," with Professor Hans J. Rindisbacher. The article is an exhibition review of "Fantastical Marc Chagall: Works for the Stage: 1942-1967," which was at LACMA from July 31, 2017 to January 7, 2018. It was published in Russian in Teoriia mody/Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body & Culture, no. 46, winter 2017-2018, pages 303-313.

Monique Saigal-Escudero, professor of French emerita, gave a presentation titled, "Memories of a Hidden Child and Creative Women in France during WWII,” for the BookEnders Club at Upland Public Library on January 6 and for the Mountainside Master Chorale at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Pomona on January 29.

Anthony Shay, professor of theatre and dance, gave the presentation "What is Popular Music? What is Persian Popular Music?" at the Macmillan Center at Yale University in the special symposium, Popular Music and Society in Iran: New Directions, from January 26-27.

Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics, did an interview with Nasdaq’s MarketInsite about his book “Money Machine” on December 11. He published the following columns in MarketWatch: “Enjoy Bitcoin while you can” on December 13, and “Bitcoin could have been so much more than a foolish speculation.” He was cited in an article about the Hounds of the Baskerville effect published by the McGill Office for Science and Society’s Separating Sense from Nonsense blog on January 4.

Hung Cam Thai, professor of sociology and Asian American studies, will be serving as a series editor for Stanford University Press on the theme of "globalization and everyday life." Serving as editor in the series, he intends to work with authors to publish three books per year for the next five years.

Sarah Thornblade, lecturer in applied music, and Phil Keen, performance faculty, performed the violin and trombone respectively, in the orchestra for the recent film “The Post,” which was scored by John Williams.

Lecturers in applied music Gary Bovyer who played the clarinet, Keen who played the trombone, and Thornblade who played the violin, are among the musicians heard in the recent motion picture “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” scored by Williams.

Miguel Tinker Salas, Leslie Farmer Professor of Latin American Studies and professor of history and Chicana/o-Latina/o studies, did the following interviews with local and international media: Vice on Venezuela on December 5, FPFA’s Up Front Berkeley on Venezuela on January 22, the Free Guey Show on Univision Radio on January 8, 10, 12, 22 and 25 and with Panorama on January 29.

Kyle Wilson, assistant professor of economics, participated in a panel discussion/debate on January 19 for Forbes on the topic of whether cities should be allowed to provide internet service directly to their constituents. This conversation was a follow-up from an earlier article published January 9 which cited his work on the topic.