September 2019

Lise Abrams, Peter W. Stanley Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, was selected as a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Fellow status is awarded to APS members who have made sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology in the areas of research, teaching, service and/or application. Recent fellows were named in the September issue of the APS Observer.

Tahir Andrabi, Stedman-Sumner Professor of Economics, and Sheetal Bharat, co-authored the article "Post Offices and British Indian Grain Price Convergence," that was published in the journal Economic History of Developing Regions, on August 29.

Aimee Bahng, assistant professor of gender and women’s studies, was invited to kick off the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Americanist Lecture Series on September 19 with a talk from her current book project "Transpacific Ecologies: Gentrification of the Sea."

Allan Barr, professor of Chinese, conducted an interview with Chinese scholar, Chengping Sun, that was published as “A Conversation with Sinologist Allan Barr on His Translations of Yu Hua and Han Han,” in Translation Review, volume 104:1, pages 1-7.

Patricia Blessing, assistant professor of art history, is part of the editorial team for The International Journal of Islamic Architecture (IJIA), which won the Mohamed Makiya Prize 2019, awarded by the Tamayouz Excellence Awards, on September 11. IJIA, founded in 2012, is a U.S.-based, bi-annual title that publishes peer-reviewed articles on the urban design, architecture and landscape architecture of the historic Islamic world, encompassing the Middle East, parts of Africa and Asia, as well as more recent geographies of Islam in its global dimensions.

Lauren Cardenas, assistant director of experiential learning and career advising, was invited to be a guest blogger for Empower Work, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that provides free, anonymous support for challenging work situations through trained peer counselors, accessible via web chat or text. Cardenas has volunteered as a peer advisor since January 2019.

JoAnne Ferguson, associate professor of physical education, received a certification in sports life coaching from Patterson Sports Ventures on September 12. The 60-hour certification course develops skills and tools to assist coaches and athletes with the management of their life. The course focuses on training in achieving success professionally, significance personally, and service philanthropically through time, energy and emotional management.

Peter Flueckiger, professor of Japanese, published a book chapter titled "National Learning: Poetic Emotionalism and Nostalgic Nationalism" in The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Philosophy, pages 111–126.

Robert Gaines, interim dean of the college, was elected as a fellow of the Geological Society of America at the society's annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona on September 22, where he also presented the talk "Preservation of the Burgess Shale biota from Marble Canyon."

Gaines and colleagues published the paper "A Paleosol Record Of The Evolution Of Cr Redox Cycling And Evidence For An Increase In Atmospheric Oxygen During The Neoproterozoic" in the journal Geobiology on September 2.

Stephan Ramon Garcia, W.M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor and professor of mathematics, wrote an introduction for, and co-edited, the September 2019 issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

In September, Garcia was inducted into Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society.

Garcia wrote two short book reviews, “Do Colors Exist? And Other Profound Physics Questions” by Seth Stannard Cottrell and “The Calculus of Happiness” by Oscar E. Fernandez, for the “Bookshelf” column in Notices of the American Mathematical Society in September 2019.

Heidi Haddad, associate professor of politics, gave an invited talk, "Nested Cosmopolitanism: Bringing in Cities," at the Cross-Cutting Global Conversations on Human Rights: Interdisciplinary, Intersectionality and Indivisibility workshop at Occidental College on September 26.

Gizem Karaali, professor of mathematics, published a chapter titled “Emotional Labor in Mathematics: Reflections on Mathematical Communities, Mentoring Structures and EDGE” in A Celebration of the EDGE Program’s Impact on the Mathematics Community and Beyond, in the Association for Women in Mathematics Series book series, volume 18, pages 129-145 on September 1.

Tom Le, assistant professor of politics, published an op-ed with two students, Lucy Gold and Ryan Levy in The National Interest on the US-China trade war on September 2.

Joyce Lu, associate professor of theatre and dance, performed playback theatre, a form of improvisational theatre, with Oakland Freedom Theater in an equity, diversity and inclusivity training for VMWare in Silicon Valley.

Chair and Professor of Politics Susan McWilliams Barndt's book, The American Road Trip and American Political Thought, was the subject of a panel at the 2019 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. The book, which has been awarded a "highly recommended" ranking by CHOICE reviews, will be coming out in a paperback edition later this year.

Stephen Marks, Elden Smith Professor of Economics, along with Cheryl Yau '19, contributed a chapter on "China and the ASEAN Economies: Interdependence and Rivalry" to the book Southeast Asia and the ASEAN Economic Community published September 20.

Gilda Ochoa, professor of Chicana/o-Latina/o studies, co-authored two opinion pieces: "Stopping Homophobic Violence in Schools" for LA Progressive on September 15 and reprinted in Latino Rebels on September 19 and "Class Lines Remain Drawn in Hacienda La Puente" for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on September 20.

Giovanni Ortega, assistant professor of theatre and dance, is currently working as a creative collaborator with Velina Hasu Houston, the director of M.F.A. Dramatic Writing and head of undergraduate playwriting at the University of Southern California, on cultivating a play entitled “Pára-sol.” The theatrical piece will investigate Japanese Brazilian (ethnic Japanese born and reared in Brazil) culture and identity in Brazil and in Japan, as well as in the Japanese-Brazilian diaspora. “Pára-sol” is part of a grant from Theatre Communications Group (TCG), an organization that exists to strengthen, nurture and promote professional theatre in the U.S. and globally.

He was also a performer for two plays presented at the Geffen Playhouse Annex as part of First Fifteen Reading Series: “Reggie and Jackson Save The World” by Jackson McQueen and Reggie Watkins as well as “Cinderellas of America” by Kemiyondo Coutinho. This presentation, held on September 7.

Ortega was the host and emcee for this year's Climate Change Theatre Action (CCTA) entitled “Setting the Stage for a Better Planet.” The evening included short plays by writers from around the world as well as spoken word poetry and original music. The event, co-produced by The Arctic Cycle and Poetic People Power, took place at the Lower East Side's Caveat in New York City on September 15.

In addition, he was commissioned by FILAM Arts and Pilipino Workers Center (PWC) to workshop and direct “Journey to Justice: The Larry Itliong Story” which centers on Larry Itliong, a Filipino American labor organizer who organized the West Coast agricultural workers in the 1930s into the 60s.

Ortega was cast in a short film as part of Kularts production of “In the Belly of the Eagle: Man@ng as Deity.” Immortalizing the 8,000-mile migration, the triumphs sought and achieved in America, and the unspoken reclusive contempts, “Man@ng Is Deity” is inspired by real-life accounts of Pilipina/o Americans from the 1920s-1960s. Ortega plays the young father of the protagonist Valentino Pablo.

Lastly, Ortega led his third consecutive workshop and sixth formal visit at Fordham University's London Dramatic Academy in the United Kingdom on September 26. The Movement Intensive workshop was a combination of Meisner's Method, Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed and Meyerhold's Biomechanics Technique. Theatre majors from The Claremont Colleges included Vanessa Dalpiaz ’21, Sara Acevedo ’22, Owen Halstad ’21 and Scripps student Olivia Silva.

Mary Paster, professor of linguistics and cognitive science, published "Phonology Counts" in Radical: A Journal of Phonology, volume 1, pages 1-62 on September 25.

Frank Pericolosi, head baseball coach and professor of physical education, was elected chair of the NCAA Division III Baseball National Committee on September 1. For the past two years, Pericolosi has served as the chair of the West Region and as a member of the National Committee.

Carolyn Ratteray, assistant professor of theatre and dance, is performing in August Wilson's “Gem of the Ocean” at A Noise Within Theatre, running now through November 16.

Ratteray directed a staged reading of Leviticus Jelk's play, “Hydra,” for Ammo Theatre Company in honor of the Play LA Theatre Festival Weekend on September 9.

Hans Rindisbacher, professor of German, published a book review of Allan McRobie’s The Seduction of Curves: The Lines of Beauty that Connect Mathematics, Art, and the Nude, in the Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, volume 9.2 on September 25.

He also published a book review of Catherine Maxwell’s Scents and Sensibility: Perfume in Victorian Literary Culture in Victorian Studies, volume 61.3, pages 517-520.

Larissa Rudova, Yale B. and Lucille D. Griffith Professor in Modern Languages and professor of German and Russian, published “Erich Kästner’s Playful Characters in the Cultural Space of Stagnation” in Children’s Readings: Studies in Children’s Literature published by the Research Institute of Russian Literature and the Russian Academy of Sciences, volume 15, pages 127-144, on September 6.

Rudova published a book review on An Ecology of the Russian Avant-Garde Picturebook by Sara Pankenier Weld in The Lion and the Unicorn, volume 43, number 1, pages 136-139.

Monique Saigal-Escudero, professor emerita of French, presented “My Hidden Childhood in WWII Occupied France” at the following locations and dates: Rotary Club in Falls Church, Virginia on September 6; Shirlington Library in Shirlington, Virginia on September 9; Club Amitié at Collonades in Washington, D.C. on September 11; the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. on September 12; the Jackie Abrams group in Arlington, Virginia on September 13; the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. on September 15 and 16; Pasadena City College in Pasadena, California on September 19; the Claremont Presbyterian Church in Claremont on September 22; and the Episcopalian Church in Ontario, California on September 29.

Henry G. Lee Professor of English Prageeta Sharma’s poem, “On Immigration,” is currently being featured in the exhibition Getting There at the Schmucker Art Gallery in Gettsyburg College from September 4 to December 6.

Sharma’s new book Grief Sequence was reviewed by The New York Times on September 17. Grief Sequence, her fifth book of poetry, is coming out this month.

Sharma presented a paper at the conference &Now2019: Points of Convergence at the University of Washington, Bothell from September 19-22. As a panelist, Sharma investigated how text could become a site of convergence for multiple languages and realms of thought, and asked how these convergences of languages could challenges the limits of structural thinking.

Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics Gary Smith, Naomi Baer ’19 and Erica Barry ’19 published “The Name Game: The Importance of Resourcefulness, Ruses, and Recall” in Stock Ticker Symbols, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, on September 14.

City Journal published “Computer Pseudoscince,” a review of Smith’s The AI Delusion on September 6.

Smith’s book Standard Deviations: Flawed Assumptions, Tortured Data, and Other Ways to Lie With Statistics was translated to Chinese and published in Taiwan.

David Tanenbaum, associate dean of the college and professor of physics and astronomy, with Seeley W. Mudd Professor of Physics Janice Hudgings and Harvey Mudd Professor Hal Van Ryswyk, were awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation Grant of $442,960 for new lab equipment to support research and development of next generation solar cells.

Wyeth Watnik, manager of marketing and information technology, published an article titled “The Donor Decision Journey” in the August 2019 issue of Giving Tomorrow, a planned giving industry magazine, published on September 4.

Watnik completed his Master of Science in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University on August 30.

Kyle Wilson, assistant professor of economics, presented a paper entitled "Does Public Competition Crowd Out Private Investment? Evidence from Municipal Provision of Internet Access" at the 46th Annual Conference of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE) at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain.