April 2018

Jack Abecassis, professor of Romance languages and literatures and the Edwin Sexton & Edna Patrick Smith Modern European Languages Professor, published an article "Empathy and Contagion in Montaigne, a Neuro-Cognitive Revision" in Montaigne Studies, an Interdisciplinary Forum (Paris, Classiques Garnier), no. 30, pp. 193-206.

Aimee Bahng, assistant professor of gender and women’s studies, gave an invited lecture on her new book project at USC's American Studies & Ethnicity department, sponsored by the Queer Transpacific Studies research group on March 22.

Bahng presented the talk "Toward a Transpacific Undercommons" and chaired a roundtable session on "Racial Ecologies" at the Association for Asian American Studies in San Francisco on March 30.

Her monograph, Migrant Futures: Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times, was published by Duke University Press. According to Amazon, it has been the no. 1 new release in Asian American literary criticism.

Allan Barr, professor of Chinese, published his article《从“志古闺英”到“铁骨道人”——嘉善女诗人朱又贞家世与生平事迹新考》(New Research on the Early-Qing Poet Zhu Youzhen), in Journal of Fuzhou University, Philosophy and Social Sciences edn., 2018, no. 2, pp. 69-74.

Mietek Boduszynski, assistant professor of politics and international relations, co-authored a policy brief in War on the Rocks titled "Does the West Have a Vision for the Western Balkans?" with Mike Carpenter, a former deputy assistant secretary of state, on April 13.

Boduszynski presented a paper titled "Revisiting Libya's Moments of Truth" at a conference sponsored by the Aga Khan Foundation and University in London on "The Arab Spring and its Aftermath" on April 27.

On April 28, Boduszynski was a moderator and co-organizer of a conference on Track II Diplomacy at IAU College in Aix-en-Provence, France, where he is a resident fellow this academic year. Ambassador Cameron Munter, former visiting professor at Pomona College, was the keynote speaker.

Ralph Bolton ’61, professor of emeritus of anthropology, chaired and presented at a session on tourism at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Philadelphia on April 6. The paper is titled "The Strangers in Our Midst: Transforming Xenophobia in an Andean Community."

Paul Cahill, associate professor of Spanish, presented the following three papers: "'Eran los tiempos de Auschwitz': Knowing and Not Knowing in Spanish Holocaust Poetry of the 1960s," at the 49th Annual Conference of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies: converge, converger, convergem, held at Portland State University from April 5-7; "'Sobre aquel paraje': Placing the Holocaust in Antonio Reseco’s _Huidas_ (2009)," at the Spring Meeting of the Southern California Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), held at Azusa Pacific University on April 21; and “Viral Variation(s): Juan Eduardo Cirlot and the Poetics of Permutation,” at the Viral Culture: How CRISPR Genome Editing and the Microbiome are Reshaping Humanity and the Humanities symposium held at Honnold Mudd Library on April 27.

Eileen J. Cheng, associate professor of Chinese, was invited to deliver a lecture titled "Lu Xun, the Man, the Myth, the In-Between” at a teacher-training workshop "Illuminating Modern Chinese History through Biography" at the University of Southern California on April 21.

Guillermo Douglass-Jaimes, assistant professor of environmental analysis, presented a paper he co-authored titled “Mapping Beyond the Slum-Divide: A Pilot Study in São Gonçalo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Testing Low-Cost Smartphone Applications for Mapping Diseases in Low-Resource Settings” at the American Association of Geographers Conference in New Orleans on April 13. He was elected to the board of the Latinx Geographies Specialty Group as part of the American Association of Geographers.

Associate Professor of Russian Anne Dwyer’s children's book, "The Silly Parade," won a Silver Medal at the Independent Publisher Book Awards on April 30.

Pierre Englebert, professor of international relations and politics, presented "Provincial Tribalization: The Transformation of Ethnic Representativeness under Decentralization in the DR Congo" (co-authored with Lama Bezares Calderon and Lisa Piergallini, both from CGU) at the International Studies Association annual meeting in San Francisco on April 7.

Tom Flaherty, John P. and Magdalena R. Dexter Professor of Music, released “Igor to Please” and “Rainbow Tangle” on Nadia Shpachenko’s CD “Quotations & Homages” on Reference Recordings in early April.  

Adan Gallardo, manager of the Foreign Language Resource Center, gave a presentation titled "Changing Demands on Resource Centers" at the combined Northwest and Southwest Associations for Language Learning Technology conference hosted at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, on April 20.

Stephan Garcia, professor of mathematics, was appointed on April 29 to the editorial board of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society, the magazine of record published by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and read by more than 30,000 mathematicians worldwide.

On April 19, Garcia published "Lattice theory and Toeplitz determinants" (with visiting professor Hiren Maharaj, Albrecht Boettcher, Lenny Fukshansky of CMC), in Operator Theory: Advances and Applications, vol. 262, 2018, pp. 117-138.

Roberto A. Garza-López, professor of physical and computational chemistry, authored a chapter titled “Seeing Beyond My Vision” in the book Reminiscences of Ahmed H. Zewail. Photons, Electrons and What else? Published by World Scientific Publishing Company, 2018. Zewail was the 2002 Robbins Lecturer in the Chemistry Department at Pomona College.

George Gorse, Viola Horton Professor of Art and professor of art history, took part in a collaboration of 12 scholars from Italy, Germany, Great Britain and the United States, to publish an up-to-date introduction to Medieval Genoa for a series at Brill Press in Leiden. The book came out in early April and will help to further Genoese studies in the English-speaking world.

Michael Greenberg, assistant professor of computer science, presented a paper, "Word expansion supports POSIX shell interactivity," at Programming Experience 2018 (PX/18) in Nice, France on April 10.

Heidi Haddad, assistant professor of politics, presented the papers, "The Hidden Hands of Justice: NGOs and International Human Rights Courts" and "Granting Human Rights: US Philanthropic Foundations and the Patronage of Rights," at the Meeting of the International Studies Association in San Francisco, California, on April 4. 

Malkiat Johal, professor of chemistry, published the second edition of the textbook Understanding Nanomaterials, CRC Press, 2018. The textbook added a new co-author, alumnus Lewis Johnson '07.

Gizem Karaali, associate professor of mathematics, gave a talk titled "Defining Ada: On The Legacy of Augusta Ada Byron King Lovelace" at the Claremont History and Philosophy of Mathematics seminar on April 30.

Together with mathematician-poets Marion D. Cohen, Sarah Glaz and JoAnne Growney, Karaali contributed to a panel titled "AWP Roundtable: 1.41421..: A Conversation Among Math Poets" which appeared online on The Sundress Blog on April 8. A poem by Karaali titled "A Mother’s Math Is Never Done" was published in the same blog to accompany the panel conversation.

David Kauchak, associate professor of computer science, co-presented the article “Human Evaluation for Text Simplification: The Simplicity-Adequacy Tradeoff” with Max Schwarzer in SoCal NLP Symposium which won best undergraduate paper award on April 6.

Benjamin Keim, assistant professor of classics, was recently honored by the 2018-2019 Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Awards in the Humanities. Awarded under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies in recognition of "outstanding accomplishment in actual teaching in the humanities," this two-year grant will help support his ongoing research collaborations with colleagues at Cambridge University and the University of Edinburgh, as well as the development of a new project titled "From Agamemnon to Agesilaus: Concepts of Honor in Xenophon."

Youna Kwak, visiting assistant professor of French, co-organized with Laure Murat (UCLA) the seminar "Naming the Imaginary Space" at the American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting (March 29-April 1), which assembled scholars from comparative, English, French, and Italian literatures to study interchanges between geographies, topographies, cartographies and poetics.

Kwak chaired a panel and presented a paper at the 20th-21st Century French and Francophone Studies Colloquium "May '68: Sous les pavés la plage," at Brown University from April 12-14. The paper, "Our Bodies, Our Streets: Envisioning the New Life," examined alternative forms of vision and visibility suggested by images of recent anti-privatization protests in Paris and Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the U.S.

Tom Le, assistant professor of politics, was awarded the AFIHJ Next Generation Fellowship (2018-2021) on April 2. He will become a member of I-House Japan and Asia Pacific Young Leaders Program under this fellowship.

Le co-published the article “Looking Beyond 1 Percent: Japan’s Security Expenditures” with Crystal Prior (Pacific Forum) on Japanese defense spending for The Diplomat on April 3.

Genevieve Lee, Everett S. Olive Professor of Music, performed with violinist Sarah Thornblade, applied music adjunct faculty member, on the Hear Now Music Festival, the 8th annual festival of new music by contemporary Los Angeles composers. They performed the U.S. premiere of "Amtrak 71" by Phillip Golub.

Denise Machin, assistant director of the Smith Campus Center, successfully defended her dissertation, “Find Your Places Please: Gender in 21st Century Amateur Ballroom Dance Practices,” earning her Ph.D. in critical dance studies from the University of California, Riverside on April 13. Machin’s dissertation explores ballroom dance practices in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and queer communities.

Additionally, during alumni weekend Machin directed her second Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company’s annual spring concert, with 105 students from six of the seven colleges. This year’s concert, “Platinum: Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence,” played tribute to the CCBDC’s 20-year history.

Sara Masland, assistant professor of psychology, presented a talk titled, "Language as a Window to the Mind: Reflective Functioning and Borderline PD," at the annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Personality Disorders (NASSPD) in New York on April 13. Callison Kernick ’18 also attended the conference and presented a poster titled, "Disorganized Attachment and Hypermentalizing: Implications for Development and Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder."

Char Miller, W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis, presented “Leading into the Future,” at the USDA-Forest Service Middle Leadership Program in Sacramento on April 12.

Miller published “Essential Landscape: An Environmental History of Chaparral Ecosystems in California,” in Valuing Chaparral: Ecological, Social, and Management Perspectives, Springer Series on Environmental Management, Springer, 2018, pp. 123-40.

Lastly, Miller discussed his new book, Where There's Smoke: The Environmental Science, Public Policy, and Politics of Marijuana, on "The Cannabis Hour" on KZYX (Mendocino Public Radio) on April 19.

Claire Nettleton, visiting professor of Romance languages and literatures, gave an invited talk at the Artificial Life: Debating Medical Modernities conference at UC Riverside. She also co-organized the symposium Viral Culture: How CRISPR Genome Editing and the Microbiome are Reshaping Humanity and the Humanities on April 27, where she gave a talk titled "Resurrecting the Woolly Mammoth and Muybridge's Horse: The Power of CRISPR to Revive Lost Species and Lost Art." Other speakers discussing the intersection of biotechnological, artistic and literary innovation included co-organizer Rachel Mayeri, microbiologist and artist François-Joseph Lapointe, Cal Tech Researcher Ashwin Gopinah, Spanish Professor Paul Cahill, several students, and keynote Charissa Terranova.

Gilda L. Ochoa, professor of Chicana/o-Latina/o studies, presented “‘Where the Past Meets the Present’: The Struggle for Sanctuary is Decades in the Making” at the annual Cultural and Critical Studies Conference at Bowling Green State University on April 7.

Ochoa published “‘That’s Just Like Here, at Our College’: Tracking Latina/o Inequality from High School Programs to Honors Colleges” in New Directions: Assessment and Preparation of Hispanic College Students, pp. 123-139 and published by Bilingual Press, Tempe, Arizona.

Dan O’Leary, Carnegie Professor of Chemistry; O. Maduka Ogba, Robbins Post-Doctoral Fellow in Chemistry; and John Thoburn (Randolph-Macon College) co-authored a chapter titled “Spreadsheet-Based Computational Predictions of Isotope Effects” in Applied Theoretical Organic Chemistry, World Scientific, 2018.

Giovanni Ortega, assistant professor of theatre and dance, was invited to be a part of the Philippines Expressions Bookshop's Poetry Month event where he read from his latest book Ang Gitano - The Gypsy on April 14. Ortega was also part of a celebration of National Poetry Month with Filipinx American poets organized by the San Francisco Public Library Filipino American Center and Philippine American Writers and Artists, Inc. (PAWA) on April 29.

Ortega was invited to present at the Earth Matters Onstage Symposium (EMOS) held at the University of Alaska in Anchorage on April 21. Ortega participated in the panel “Climate Change Theatre Action.” It consisted of a session that featured a short presentation discussing the highlights of the project, followed by a conversation with CCTA playwrights and organizers to share their experiences and relate the impact of the networked event. Ortega talked about the importance of including marginalized communities into climate change issues and his experience as a playwright and a producer since the inception of the project in 2015. He also directed the closing number for the presentation. In addition, the book launch of Where is the Hope? An Anthology of Short Climate Change Plays which includes his play “Fugaz de la Piel Canela - Fleeting Cinnamon Skin” was held at the symposium.

He was a speaker, alongside Marilyn Tokuda, at this year's East West Players gala on April 30 where they discussed the importance of theatre education and its impact on students in the Los Angeles area. Lastly, Ortega’s “Criers for Hire” will be staged by Circa Pintig Theatre Company in partnership with Halcyon Theater in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood. The comedy is about Filipino American women who are hired to cry at funerals and problems arise when their newest member has the opposite effect on people, making them laugh instead. The play will run spring 2019.

Adam Pearson, associate professor of psychology, co-edited, with Jonathon Schuldt of Cornell, a special issue on the psychology of climate change published in the journal Group Processes & Intergroup Relations. The issue is the first to focus on how group psychology influences how people respond to climate change and has received coverage by Nature and Pacific Standard. Pearson also co-authored the article “Climate change and intergroup relations: Psychological insights, synergies, and future prospects” which introduces the special issue.

Lastly, Pearson co-authored an article titled “Illuminating the link between perceived threat and control over climate change: The role of attributions for causation and mitigation” in Climatic Change, pp. 1-15.

Hans Rindisbacher, professor of German, published a review essay on Efraim Sicher's study, The Jew's Daughter: A Cultural History of a Conversion Narrative, Lexington Books, 2017. The essay is titled “The Dangerous Belle Juive” published in The European Legacy on April 30.

Alex Rodriguez, associate professor of physical education, and his staff, were named SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year for women’s water polo. Rodriguez was given Coaching Staff of the Year after helping the Hens to a first place finish in the SCIAC regular season, going undefeated with a 14-0 record.

Monique Saigal-Escudero, professor of French emerita, presented "Memories of a Hidden Child and Women in the French Resistance in WWII" at a Claremont McKenna College history class taught by Prof. Jonathan Petropoulos on April 17.

Gibb Schreffler, assistant professor of music, published his book Boxing the Compass: A Century and a Half of Discourse About Sailor's Chanties (Loomis House Press). The book is a critique of the writing about "sea chanties" since its inception, and the way that writing has shaped current perceptions and worked to obscure the accurate history of these maritime work-songs.

Schreffler also published the article “'The Execrable Term': A Contentious History of Chanty,” in American Speech 92.4 (2017), pp. 429-458. It is a comprehensive historical review of the word "chanty," exploring its etymology, orthography and cultural resonances.

Asya Shklyar, director of high performance computing in the office of Information Technology Services, gave a talk at ScaleConf conference in Medellin, Colombia, to a group of 350 professionals in distributed computing about Pomona College’s research infrastructure design and build process on April 27. She engaged with the University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia to help them build something similar.

Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics, gave a talk on “The AI Delusion” to more than 200 members of the American Association of Individual Investors at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on April 21.

Marquisha Spencer, case manager for academic success and wellness in the Dean of Students Office, successfully defended her dissertation titled “Dedicated! Diapers and Degrees: Single Student Mother, Higher Education Support and Success” at Claremont Graduate University on April 5. She is scheduled to participate in CGU's May commencement.

James Taylor, professor of theatre, attended the triennial Earth Matters Onstage Ecodrama Festival and Symposium at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, from April 20-22.