May and June 2018

Mark Andrejevic, professor of media studies, gave a keynote talk titled, "Automated Justice and Post-Disciplinary Power" for the Automated Justice: Algorithms, Big Data and Criminal Justice Systems "EURIAS-Conference" held at the Collegium Helveticum in Zurich, Switzerland, on April 20.

Lisa Anne Auerbach, associate professor of art, has her work in an exhibition about artist publications at the Getty Research Institute. The exhibition, “Artists and Their Books / Books and Their Artists” is on view from June 26 to October 28.

Nicholas Ball, assistant professor of chemistry, and his lab in collaboration with Pfizer, published a paper in Organic Letters. This work features a new method to make an important class of compounds, sulfonamides, from sulfonyl fluorides using calcium. This work also features five Pomona students as co-authors: Sarah Etuk '19, Ryan Franzese '19, Sabrina Kwan '20, Mark Rusznak '18 and Cristian Woroch '19.

Ball's work has been featured in a virtual issue of Organometallics called, "Undergraduate Research: Contributions to Organometallic Chemistry." Ball authored a piece for the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) regarding the pre-tenure sabbatical titled, "A summer without students? Gearing up for pre-tenure sabbatical…".

Colin Beck, associate professor of sociology, published “The Structure of Comparison in the Study of Revolution” in Sociological Theory, vol. 36, issue 2, pp.134-161.

Graydon Beeks, director of music programming and facilities, professor of music, and conductor of the Pomona College Band, presented a paper on "Sir George Smart's use of Mozart's accompaniments to Handel's Messiah" at a conference held in conjunction with the annual Handel Festival in Halle, Germany on May 28. While in Halle, he attended meetings of the editorial board of the Hallische-Handel-Ausgabe (HHA) and the Vorstand of the Georg-Friedrich-Handel Gesellschaft and heard the first performance of his new HHA edition of Handel's "Cannons" Te Deum.

Patricia Blessing, assistant professor of art history, published the article “Presenting Islamic Art: Reflections on Old and New Museum Displays” in Review of Middle East Studies, vol. 52, no. 1, spring, 2018, pp. 147-152.

Pam Bromley, assistant director of college writing and assistant professor of politics and international relations, participated in the European Writing Centers Association Board three-day retreat in Limerick, Ireland, from June 22-24. She presented on the Pomona College Writing Center and a proposal for a special transatlantic issue of The Writing Center Journal.

Tina Brooks, senior assistant director of admissions, had a recommendation in the Washington Post "Your 2018 summer reading list — from an unusual group of recommenders,” on June 1.

Brooks also published "What NOT To Do in Your Application Essay" in College Xpress on June 18.

Martin Crawford, director of outdoor education, and Chris Weyant, outdoor education coordinator, conducted a peer review for the outdoor programs at California State University Northridge (CSUN) on May 25. The peer review was part of the university’s accreditation process through the Association for Experiential Education (AEE). Consequently, Crawford is now a standing member of the CSUN Outdoor Risk Committee as their off-campus representative.

Crawford now chairs a new 5C Outdoor Risk Committee. The committee addresses issues around risk management for off-campus experiences such as student outdoor clubs, Orientation Adventure trips and faculty field study trips. Members of the committee include: Crawford; Weyant; Amy Mendez (TCC); Alayna Session-Goins (PZ); Director of Intramurals, Club Sports and Recreation Brandon Johnson; Professor Char Miller; Professor Bob Gaines; Chris Sundberg (HMC); Brenda Ice (SC); Deborah Gisvold (SC); Devon McIver (CMC); Assistant Director of the Draper Center Jose L. Ramirez; and Evetth Gonzalez (HMC).

Crawford and Weyant presented at the Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS) conference on June 21. The workshop highlighted the efforts the Outdoor Education Center is making to address the privilege found nationally throughout the outdoor recreation industry, as well as locally at The Claremont Colleges.

Donna M. Di Grazia, David J. Baldwin Professor of Music, reviewed Alan R. H. Baker's book, Amateur Musical Societies and Sports Clubs in Provincial France, 1848-1914: Harmony and Hostility. Her review appeared in the May 2018 issue of H-France, the online journal for the Society for French Historical Studies. 

Di Grazia also led the 2018 Glee Club on a four-day community outreach tour in May, which included volunteering at The Midnight Mission in Los Angeles and singing in the Mission’s “Music with a Mission” series, in collaboration with Street Symphony. She and the ensemble also partnered with the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles in offering three benefit concerts for fire and mudslide relief in Los Angeles and surrounding counties.

Anne Dwyer, faculty director of Oldenborg and associate professor of Russian, published the op-ed “Why I Teach Lolita” in Inside Higher Ed on May 14. She gave the talk "From Residence Hall to Global Hub: Rebuilding the Borg," at the Globalizing the Liberal Arts conference at Soka University. The panel was chaired by Professor Mary Coffey.

Jennifer Friedlander, Edgar E. and Elizabeth S. Pankey Professor of Media Studies, published "Interpassivity: Bonds of Pleasure and Belief" in Continental Thought &Theory: A Journal of Intellectual Freedom, vol. 2, issue 1.

Sheetal Gandhi, Mellon Chau Postdoctoral Fellow in Theatre and Dance, was an invited guest artist and panelist on the choreography panel for Director's Lab West at the Pasadena Playhouse on May 26.

Gandhi produced and directed “ArtWallah LA: Thrive,” an annual festival that presents innovative works expressing the personal, political and cultural celebrations and struggles of the South Asian diaspora through music, dance, performance, literature, film and the visual arts. The event took place at Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica on June 1 and 2.

In addition, Gandhi, choreographed and performed new dance work for three dancers entitled "The Cracked Pot," inspired by water, nature, the clay pots that women carry to and from their homes and the nearest body of water. It was performed on June 1 and 2.

Lastly, Gandhi was invited to present dance-theater work entitled "STUCK" for the LA Dance Platform Showcase as a part of the Dance USA Conference in Los Angeles. Performances were held at the Downtown Dance and Movement Center on June 7.

Stephan Garcia, W.M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor and professor of mathematics, and Samuel Yih '18, published "Supercharacters and the Discrete Fourier, Cosine, and Sine Transforms" in Communications in Algebra, volume 46, no. 9, pp.3745-3765.

Garcia is the recipient of a National Science Foundation grant from the Analysis program in the Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) in the amount of $179,998 for 2018-2020.

Garcia also published the book "Finite Blaschke Products and Their Connections," with Javad Mashreghi and William T. Ross.

Elizabeth Glater, assistant professor of neuroscience, published “Using Optogenetics to Understand Neuronal Mechanisms Underlying Behavior in C. elegans” with colleague Navin Pokala, New York Institute of Technology, in the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education. The article describes a laboratory module that she developed for her upper-level Genes and Behavior course.

In addition, Glater presented a research talk at the C. elegans Topic Meeting: Neuronal Development, Synaptic Function and Behavior in Madison, Wisconsin in June. Her talk was entitled “Identification of attractive odorants released by preferred bacterial food found in the natural habitats of C. elegans” which she co-authored with Professor Chuck Taylor, Soleil Worthy ’18, Lillian Haynes HMC ’14, Melissa Chambers ’15, Emily Kan CMC ’15, Kevin Chung ’15 and Ryan Ota ’15.

Manisha Goel, assistant professor of economics, co-authored a paper with Professor Michelle Zemel titled "Switching to Bonds When Loans are Scarce: Evidence from Four U.S. Crises" that is now forthcoming in the Journal of Corporate Finance.

George Gorse, chair of art history and Viola Horton Professor of Art History,is  on sabbatical spring semester in Genoa, Italy. On May 4, he gave a two-hour seminar on "Trionfo nel Paesaggio: l'Iconografia di Genova nel Cinquecento" ("Triumph in the Landscape: The Iconography of Genoa in the 16th Century") and on June 4 a second two-hour seminar, "La Vergine Maria, Regina di Genova, in 1637: un' Icongrafia Globale" ("The Virgin Mary, Queen of Genoa, in 1637: a Global Iconography"), at the Art History Department of the University of Genoa. On June 31, Gorse gave a talk on "Genoa, a Maritime Theatre, from Medieval to Renaissance Space," at an "Intersections" conference (organized by Georgetown University) at the Kent State Program in Florence, part of two sessions on Medieval to Modern Genoa.

Michael Green, associate professor of philosophy, presented a paper, "Corporate Persons without Authorization" to the Second Biennial Conference of the European Hobbes Society: “Cambridge Critical Guide to Hobbes’s On the Citizen” on May 15 at the University of Amsterdam.

Laura Hoopes, emeritus professor of biology, published the essay "Inspiration from Zion" published by Parks and Points on March 5. Hoopes published the poem “Driving Down the Mountain at Sunset” in Panoply, A Literary Zine, issue 8, winter 2017-2018.

Hoopes co-taught the class Writing Our Way into Strong Biographies and Memoirs at the Joslyn Senior Center in Claremont this past spring quarter. She also co-taught a summer workshop titled Writing Our Way into Memoir at the Claremont Village Green from June to July. Lastly, Hoopes led Summer Wildflowers, an accessible outing for Pasadena Sierra Club and Natural Sciences division, Sierra Club, on June 16. It was one of a series of outings designed for wheelchair users or others with mobility limitations along with their companions.

Beth Hubbard, trusts and estates specialist, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental analysis from Pitzer College on May 12.

Sanghyun Jeon, senior academic technology specialist/LMS in the Office of Information Technology Services, gave two presentations titled, “Sakai Accessibility – Compliance and Testing” and “User Driven Project Sites for Boosting LMS Utilization” at Open Apereo 2018 Conference held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on June 3-7.

Steven B. Jubert, Jr., associate dean of campus life and director of residence life, and Pharalyn Crozier, assistant director of the Queer Resource Center, gave a presentation titled, “The Cost of Caring: Understanding Compassion Fatigue in Student Affairs” at the Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS) Summer Conference in Claremont on June 22.

Nina Karnovsky, professor of biology, gave a research seminar titled, “Lessons from Those Who Fly Underwater” for the Department of Earth and Biological Sciences at Loma Linda University on May 2.

Jade Star Lackey, associate professor of geology, co-authored the paper "Rapid emergence of subaerial landmasses and onset of a modern hydrologic cycle 2.5 billion years ago" that appeared in the May 23 issue of Nature.

Lackey also gave the invited talk "Garnet-Hosted Records of Sub-Volcanic Fluid Flow" at the United States Geological Survey's California Volcano Observatory in Menlo Park on June 5.

Genevieve Lee, Everett S. Olive Professor of Music, performed Philip Golub's "Amtrak 71" with violinist and performance faculty member Sarah Thornblade at a concert at UCLA Popper Theater as part of the Hear Now Festival of New Music by Contemporary Los Angeles Composers on May 3.

Joyce Lu, associate professor of theatre and dance, led a Feldenkrais Method Workshop in LAVoiceJoy Voice & Movement Intensive taught by Adele Cabot on June 8.

Denise Machin, assistant director and ballroom dance instructor, reviewed Joanna Bosse's book "Becoming Beautiful: Ballroom Dance in the American Heartland" for the May 2018 issue of the Journal of the Society for American Music.

April Mayes, history department chair and professor of history, published “Transnational Hispaniola: New Directions in Haitian and Dominican Studies,” a co-edited volume with Kiran C. Jayaram (University of South Florida) on June 10.

From June 15 to July 6, Mayes was an invited researcher at the Collaborative Research Centre 923, "Threatened Orders: Societies under Stress," at the University of Tübingen in Tübingen, Germany. She was invited by Tanja Gaznow, a researcher at the center. While there, she gave a workshop, "Listening to Black Women: Researching Social Movements in Afro-Latin America," and a lecture, "Manufacturing Precarity in Hispaniola: The Political Economy of La Sentencia and Haitian Immigrants’ Rights in the Dominican Republic."

Joanne Randa Nucho, assistant professor of anthropology, gave a talk titled "Where is the State?: Garbage, Electricity and Infrastructure in Lebanon" at the University of Chicago in the Department of Anthropology on May 21.

Dan O’Leary, Carnegie Professor of Chemistry; O. Maduka Ogba, Robbins Post-Doctoral Fellow in Chemistry; Nina C. Warner ’17; and Caltech’s Robert H. Grubbs (2005 Nobel Laureate) co-authored an article “Recent Advances in Ruthenium-Based Olefin Metathesis” in Chemical Society Reviews, vol. 47, 2018, pp.4510-4544. The article is part of a Nobel Prize Updates-themed collection and provides a retrospective on the development of a widely-used method for forming carbon-carbon double bonds, including applications arising from Caltech-Pomona collaborations spanning the 1997-2018 time frame.

Giovanni Ortega, assistant professor of theatre and dance, worked with La Casa Tercer Acto and Tricklock Theatre Company in Bogota, Colombia, on “La Madre de Todos los Exilio,” an immersive and site-specific play based on stories and the effects of poverty and immigration in May. Anais Gonzalez-Nyberg ’20 also participated and performed on this creative work.

On June 16, Ortega was a guest artist in Sydney for Pista sa Nayon, Philippines, in the Community of Nations where he presented his poetry for the consul general and the premier of New South Wales. In addition, he was interviewed for his second book Ang Gitano - The Gypsy. He was also a guest speaker for SBS Australia and Radio Tagumpay, where he discussed the continued importance of visibility of Filipino identity in the diaspora.

Ortega was part of "Where the Men At? An Evening of Male Poets Honoring the Women Who Have Inspired Them” at The Manilatown Heritage Foundation in San Francisco hosted by the I-Hotel Manilatown Center's resident poet Tony Robles on June 22.

On June 30, Ortega performed his songs “Benches” and “Interlude” at Galerie Studio St. in Neukoln, Berlin. Ortega wrote the lyrics and Jose Promis composed the music.

Lastly, Ortega was the voice-over artist for the latest McDonald's breakfast commercial.

Alexandra Papoutsaki, assistant professor of computer science, presented the paper "The Eye Of The Typer: A Benchmark and Analysis of Gaze Behavior During Typing" at the 2018 ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications (ETRA 2018) in Warsaw, Poland, on June 16. Along with the paper, she released EOTT, a new benchmark dataset on webcam eye tracking and human research.

Papoutsaki’s paper "Remotion: A Motion-Based Capture and Replay Platform of Mobile Device Interaction for Remote Usability Testing" was accepted for publication by the journal Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT) and will be presented by her co-author Jing Qian at Ubicomp 2018 this October.

Mary Paster, associate professor of linguistics and cognitive science, published an article, “Gender instability in Maay” in the peer-reviewed volume African Linguistics on the Prairie: Selected Papers from the 45th Annual Conference on African Linguistics, pp.205-218.

On June 28, Paster gave a keynote talk, "Jamais trois sans deux? Arguments for ternarity from some lesser-known languages" at the 16th Annual Conference of the Réseau Français de Phonologie in Paris.

Don Pattison, manager, Sumner House, and former senior philanthropy advisor, was re-elected president and chair of three nonprofit boards in the spring: the American Museum of Ceramic Art (founded by David Armstrong '62), the Claremont Senior Foundation and the Claremont Hills Conservation Corporation (created by Pomona College and the City of Claremont when the Claremont Wilderness Park was created).

Larissa Rudova, Yale B. and Lucille D. Griffith Professor in Modern Languages and Professor of Russian, published “New Plots for the New German Child, or Mikhail Il’in’s ‘Poetry of Science’ in East German Children’s Literature”/ «Новые сюжеты для нового немецкого ребёнка, или «поэзия науки» Михаила Ильина в детской литературе ГДР», Detskie chteniia/ Children’s Readings: Studies in Children’s Literature, vol. 1, pp.142-153.

Rudova also published a book review, “Russische Kinderliteratur im europäischen Exil der Zwischenkriegszeit by Nadia Preindl.” Slavic Review vol. 77:1, spring 2018, pp.281-282.

Monique Saigal-Escudero, professor of French emerita, gave a PowerPoint presentation at Mount Saint Antonio Gardens in Claremont titled "Memories from a Hidden Child in France during WWII" on June 19.

Anthony Shay, professor of theatre and dance, gave a presentation, "The History of Staged Folk Dance," at the Colloquium Stage Folklore to honor the 50th anniversary of the founding of Siamsa Tire, the national folk theatre of Ireland on May 11 in Tralee, Ireland.

Shay gave a presentation, "The State of Iranian Dance Research at a colloquium "Iranian Dance Research" at Stanford University (via Skype from Rome) on May 23. Lastly, Shay wrote "Dance and the Red and Lavender Scares of the Cold War" for Dancer Citizen, volume 6, May 2018.

Patricia Smiley, professor of psychology, is a co-author of the article “Child and maternal attachment predict school‐aged children’s psychobiological convergence,” in Developmental Psychobiology.

In collaboration with CGU graduate student Lindsey Partington, Smiley is a co-author of “Parental overcontrol X opioid receptor OPRM1 genotype interaction predicts school-aged children’s sympathetic nervous system activation in response to performance challenge” in Research in Developmental Disabilities.

Smiley, with co-authors Lindsey Partington (CGU), Jessica Borelli (UCI) and Stacey Doan (CMC) delivered a talk, "Detrimental Effects of Parental Conditional Regard on Children's Self-Assessments and Physiological Reactivity Depend on Child Age," in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on June 2, at the annual meeting of the Jean Piaget Society.

Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics, co-published the article titled “Another Look at Dollar Cost Averaging” with Heidi Margaret ’20 in Journal of Investing, 27 (2), pp.66-75, on May 28.

Smith contracted for Korean rights to his forthcoming book, The AI Delusion, Oxford University Press, 2018. He was interviewed on Math-Frolic on June 10. He published the op-ed “Beta Is Far Too Blunt a Tool for Making Big Market Bets” on RealClearMarkets on May 18.

Smith also published the following op-eds in MarketWatch: “Apple’s share buyback is a smarter use of its cash than these 4 other options” on May 7,

 “Why you probably have less money invested in stocks than you should” on May 23, “Why winning investors know that stocks are money machines, not slot machines” on June 4,  “Calling a company ‘great’ doesn’t make it a good stock” on June 14, 

“These stocks can push your portfolio from good to great” on June 20 and “Why Walgreens, not GE, could suffer the ‘Curse of the Dow’” on June 20.

Miguel Tinker Salas, Leslie Farmer Professor of Latin American Studies and professor of history and Chicana/o Latina/o studies, and Professor April Mayes published an op-ed in La Jornada on May 13 discussing the migrant caravan in Tijuana. Tinker Salas was on The Real News on May 14 to discuss Venezuela’s opposition strategy in the presidential elections. On May 15, he discussed the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem with Los Angeles’ Hoy. On May 22, he was interviewed by Venezuela’s Panorama on that country’s recent presidential elections.

Tinker Salas was interviewed on June 9 by EFE wire service about massive workplace raids in the U.S. On June 18, he was interviewed by Colombia’s Cable Noticias about family separation in the U.S. On June 21, he was interviewed by TRT News to talk about family separation in the U.S. and to talk about the issues facing Latin America. On June 29, he did multiple interviews with Univision’s KMEX channel 34 news and Radio Univision’s Freeway radio show. On June 30, he was on Telesur, and on July 1, he was twice on Univision’s national show “Despierta America” and Univision’s “Freeway” radio show.  Most recently, Tinker Salas was interviewed by A Contracorriente on July 6 to discuss the U.S. and Mexico.

Kyle Wilson, assistant professor of economics, gave an invited seminar titled "Does Public Competition Crowd Out Private Investment? Evidence from Municipal Provision of Internet Access" at the economics departments of CSU East Bay and UC Davis on May 14 and May 16.

Yuqing Melanie Wu, professor of computer science, published two research articles at FoIKS (Foundations of Information and Knowledge Systems), titled "First-Order Definable Counting-Only Queries" and "The Power of Tarski's Relation Algebra on Trees." Both papers were presented at FoIKS in May.

Feng Xiao, assistant professor of Chinese, published a paper titled "Effects of Proficiency Subskills on Pragmatic Development in L2 Chinese Study Abroad" in Studies in Second Language Acquisition, published by Cambridge Core on May 22.

Xiao published a book chapter "Advanced‐Level Pragmatics in Instructed SLA" in The Handbook of Advanced Proficiency in Second Language Acquisition on June 22.