February 2020

Lise Abrams, Peter W. Stanley Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, presented a talk titled "Language, Memory, and Intelligence, Oh My: The Pros and Cons of Aging" with co-presenter Andrew Conway from Claremont Graduate University at Mt. San Antonio Gardens.

Abrams served on the Claremont Gerontology Association Spring Panel, which brought together 5C faculty and the site coordinator from the Joslyn Senior Center to discuss their thoughts about and experiences with gerontology on February 26.

Janelle Asti, master electrician and audio and video engineer of theatre and dance, was invited to be a judge for region eight of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) on February 14. She judged the Technical Olympics for 50 college students from various colleges.

Nicholas Ball, assistant professor of chemistry, was elected for a three-year term as a councilor (sic) for the Division of Chemistry on the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) on February 21. CUR is a national advocacy organization that supports faculty and undergraduate student research, creative scholarly activities and teaching across all academic disciplines. Pomona College is an institutional member.

Ball also served as a panelist for both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF) on February 1. His participation at the NIH was a part of an early career reviewer program aimed at training the next generation of grant reviewers at the NIH. The selective program is based on current research productivity and grant submission.

Colin Beck, associate professor of sociology, published a chapter titled “Revolutions Against the State” in the New Handbook of Political Sociology on February 24.

Mietek Boduszynski, assistant professor of politics and international relations, was a panelist on a panel titled “Does U.S. Democracy Promotion Have a Future in the Arab World” on February 27 hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. that was based on his new book on U.S. democracy promotion in the Arab world.  Other panelists included Nancy Okail, an Egyptian democracy activist; Dafna Rand, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State; Andrew Miller, a former senior White House official; and Fred Wehrey, a Carnegie Senior Fellow.

Tina Brooks, associate dean of admissions, was a contributing writer for the winter 2020 issue of The Journal of College Admission published February 15. Brooks published a profile of Gary Meunier, school counselor at Weston High School in Connecticut.

Paul Cahill, associate professor of Spanish, presented a paper, “Placing Queer Affect in the Poetry of Ariadna G. García,” in the working group on "Affective Approaches to the Study of Contemporary Spanish LGBTQI Culture," at the 2020 Modern Language Association Annual Convention, held in Seattle from January 9-12.

Guillermo Douglass-Jaimes, assistant professor of environmental analysis, presented research titled "Blurring Boundaries of the ‘Slum Divide’ Through Precision Mapping in Rio de Janeiro" as part of the Tuesday Talk series at Claremont Graduate University on February 11.

Anne Dwyer, associate professor of German and Russian and associate dean of the college, gave a colloquium titled “To Write Through One’s Hero: The Parallel Lives of Viktor Shklovsky and Leo Tolstoy” at the USC Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures on January 31.

Cécile Evers, visiting assistant professor of anthropology, published a paper titled “Views from Within and Without: Youth from Marseille’s Housing Projects Enact Belonging Through Marseillais French and Arabic” in the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development on February 3. The paper examines how the mixed French-Arabic speech style of youth from Marseille's northern housing projects is often misinterpreted by wider French society.

Jennifer Friedlander, Edgar E. and Elizabeth S. Pankey Professor and chair of media studies, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award to Austria for 2020/2021 on February 10.  Friedlander’s project, “Powers of Pleasure: The Psychopolitics of Enjoyment in Media and Popular Culture” attempts to disrupt a key premise informing the logic of racism, namely, the notion that external obstacles (often embodied by the figure of the immigrant/other) are responsible for socio-cultural disharmony. Friedlander will be based in the Freud Museum in Vienna. 

Stephen Ramon Garcia, W.M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor and professor of mathematics, published two articles: “Tips for Undergraduate Research Supervisors” in the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, volume 20, issue 1, pages 337-346; and “Block Matrices in Linear Algebra” in Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies (PRIMUS), volume 3, issue 3, pages 285-306, on February 3.

Garcia gave a talk titled “Primitive Roots and Prime Pairs” at the Number Theory Series at Occidental College on February 10.

Marilyn Grell-Brisk, visiting assistant professor of sociology, published a chapter in the book World Systems Theory with Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations on December 31 with Christopher Chase-Dunn of UC Riverside. Grell-Brisk and Chase-Dunn also have a forthcoming publication titled “Mind the Gaps! Clustered Obstacles to Mobility in the Core/Periphery Hierarchy” in New Frontiers of Globalization Research: Theories, Globalization Processes, and Perspectives from the Global South, Second Edition.

Robyn Jensen, visiting assistant professor of German and Russian, presented a paper titled "Double Exposure: Re-Reading Family Photographs in Shteyngart's Little Failure" for a panel stream on "Visual Literacies" at the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL 2020) in San Diego on February 7.

Nina Karnovsky, Willard George Halstead Zoology Professor, presented the talk “The Influence of Prey Biomass on the Diving Behavior of Cassin's Auklets During A Decade of Variable Reproductive Success” at the 47th annual Pacific Seabird Group meeting in Portland, Oregon from February 12-15. Co-authors included Clare Flynn '19, Professor of Biology Andre Cavalcanti, Pete Warzybok, Meredith Eliot and Jaime Jahncke. She was also co-author of the poster “Acoustic Surveys for Japanese Murrelet Synlithboramphus Wumizusume at Birojima, Miyazaki Japan” with Kuniko Otsuki, Yutaka Nakamura and Kazuko Kawagoe. While at the conference she served as a student mentor, judged student talks and posters, and was a panelist for an event for early career scientists.

Tom Le, assistant professor of politics, co-authored an article with Daphne Yang ’20 titled “Repeating Past Mistakes in Japan-Korea Reconciliation” in Tokyo Review on January 30. In the article, they argue that current efforts to address the legacy of Japanese colonialism are by the three mistakes of previous agreements: a lack of victims’ voices, a lack of ambition and a lack of long-term commitment.

Le was awarded the Graves Awards in the Humanities on February 10 for the project titled, "The Consequences of Compromise: Lessons from Reconstruction Era America and Post-WWII East Asia." This paper analyses the legacies of the consequences of slavery in the U.S. and colonialism in East Asia to develop a new theory of reconciliation.

Le published the article “Kobe Bryant and the Politics of Sports” in International Policy Digest. The article examines the legacy of Kobe Bryant and why sports and politics are intertwined.

On February 26, Le published the article “How Coronavirus Is Fraying Asia’s Patchwork Governance” for Tokyo Review with Michelle Tunger ’20 and Lucy Gold ’21. The article argues that East Asia lacks institutions to tackle transnational threats such as the coronavirus and climate change.

Sherry Linnell, resident designer and professor of theatre and dance, designed the costumes for a production of “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank” at the Mainstreet Theatre Company in Rancho Cucamonga. This production was available for many of the local elementary and middle schools with multiple school performances and talk-backs during the school week as well as performances for general audiences on the weekends. The play was based on interviews with two Holocaust survivors.

Char Miller, W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History, published a book titled Hetch Hetchy: A History in Documents on February 24.

Miller also published the following articles: “Watershed Politics: Groundwater Management and Resource Conservation in Southern California’s Pomona Valley” in the Journal of Urban History, volume 46, number 1, winter 2020, pages 50-62, with Benjamin Hackenberger ’15; the introduction for ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts, volume 26, number 2, fall/winter 2019, pages 1-5, on December 31; “This Land is Their Land,” in the Broadview Press on January 3, and “Rampaging Waters: The 1921 Flood in San Antonio” in the Digital Humanities at the Claremont Colleges (DH@CC) on February 14.

Miller also gave the following presentations: “Crisis Management: Conflict, Controversy, and Leadership in Forest Service History” at the Middle Leadership Program: USDA-Forest Service, Davis, California, on January 13-14; a talk under the same title at Ogden, Utah on January 27-28; “Palimpsest: Moving Across Los Angeles in Time” at Designing Environmental Behavioral Change on January 30; “Crisis Management: Conflict, Controversy, and Leadership in Forest Service History” at Middle Leadership Program: USDA-Forest Service, Missoula, Montana, on February 10-11; and “Raging Waters: Floods, Flood Control and Power in San Antonio, 1921-1974” with the politics department at Claremont Graduate University on February 18.

Thomas Moore, professor of physics, attended the winter 2020 meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers conference in Orlando, where he gave an invited presentation entitled "A Decade of Teaching Contemporary Physics First at Pomona College" on January 20.  

Gilda Ochoa, professor of Chicana/o-Latino/o studies, was an invited featured speaker and workshop facilitator at the REACH Education Whole School Reform Conference for K-12 educators on February 16.

Ochoa was also a keynote speaker for the Sociology of Education Association (SEA) Annual Conference on February 22, where she presented "Highlights, Hopes, and Resistance: Reflections on How and Why We Do This Work.”

Giovanni Ortega, assistant professor of theatre and dance, presented his short play “Fall in Winter” at Sacred Fools Theatre Company as part of We the People Theatre Action on February 20. The play is about two queer men of color who experience a hate crime after falling in love. This theatre action is a curated staged reading series of new works theatrically exploring the social and political concerns facing our country today. Original music was composed by Jose Promis, lyrics by Ortega and starring Miles Burton ’17. All proceeds for the event were donated to the nonprofit organization Central American Resource Center (CARECEN).

In addition, he directed “Pogi Boy” by Sergio Perez for the 22nd annual New Play Festival at Occidental College on February 22. This festival pairs student playwrights and actors with professional guest directors and performers. It is focused on writer-centric rehearsal and performance, where they provide a real-world experience of new play development as it is practiced on the national level.

Artists at Play has announced a tour of Ortega’s “Allos: The Story of Carlos Bulosan.” The theatre company is presenting the show to libraries, schools and community organizations in celebration of May's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. “Allos,” which was originally commissioned by East West Players 10 years ago as a one-person show will be revised with a full cast of performers. The story centers around Bulosan, an English-language Filipino novelist, poet and union organizer who immigrated to America on July 1, 1930.

Alexandra Papoutsaki, assistant professor of computer science, gave a colloquium talk titled "Eye Tracking Tools for Research on Individuals and Teams" at UC Irvine’s Department of Informatics on January 10. Papoutsaki gave an invited colloquium talk under the same title at Reed College’s Department of Computer Science on February 11.

Carolyn Ratteray, assistant professor of theatre and dance, is playing Isabella, a lead role in Antaeus' production of Shakespeare's “Measure for Measure” which is running now through April 6.

Ratteray booked a role on an episode of “Grey's Anatomy” which will air later this spring on ABC.

Monique Saigal-Escudero, professor emerita of French, presented a talk titled “My Hidden Childhood in WWII Occupied France” at the Holocaust Museum in Los Angeles on February 8, and at the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women at Finbar Parish in Burbank on February 12, and St. Joseph Catholic School in Upland on February 18.

Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics, with Jay Cordes ’93, are the recipients of the 2020 Prose Award for Popular Science and Popular Mathematics for their book The 9 Pitfalls of Data Science, which was announced on February 20.

Smith published the following articles with MindMatters: “Ransacking Flawed Data for Hidden Treasures Seldom Ends Well” on February 3, “Is Hot Hands Just a Basketball Myth?” on February 14 and lastly, he was interviewed for “Which Career-Limiting Data Mistake Are You Most at Risk For?” on February 23.

Erica Tyron, director of student media, performed at the official launch of the Treasury of Claremont Music on February 15 at the Garner House in Claremont. KSPC deejays were also featured as part of exhibition at the Treasury launch, and there is a KSPC section of the Treasury website.

Chris Weyant-Forbes, outdoor education coordinator, led a workshop titled "Queering the Outdoors: LGBTQ+Ally Training for Challenge Course Professionals" on February 7 at the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. The workshop aimed to increase challenge course professionals' use of empathy and inclusive language, ability to recognize and formulate plans to overcome challenges the queer and transgender community faces in the challenge course industry and build a support network with others seeking to create more inclusive ropes course programs.