May and June 2019

Lise Abrams, Peter W. Stanley Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, presented a co-authored poster titled “Does Recalling Emotional Memories Change Older Adults' Speech?” at the 13th biennial meeting of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC) in Cape Cod from June 6-9.

Lisa Anne Auerbach, associate professor of art, was part of TRANS WORLD, a group show at Nicodim Gallery in two locations, Los Angeles from June 8-10 and Bucharest from June 15-17. 

Colin Beck, associate professor of sociology, was a participant in an invited panel discussion at Stockholm University in Sweden, entitled "Rethinking Revolutions" on May 22.

Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies Aimee Bahng’s book Migrant Futures: Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times has been awarded the 2018 Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Book Prize. The prize was announced during the gala banquet at this year’s Science Fiction Research Association conference in Honolulu held from June 21-24.

Gayle Blankenburg, lecturer in music, spent three weeks performing piano in Christchurch, New Zealand in May, both on a community concert series and also at Canterbury University, where she gives master classes.                                         

Patricia Blessing, assistant professor of art history, received funding on June 20 from the Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC) to organize with colleagues from other liberal arts colleges the workshop “Creating the Global: Islamic and Asian Art History at Liberal Arts Colleges” to be held in spring 2020 at Pomona College.

Ralph Bolton ’61, professor emeritus of anthropology, was awarded an honorary doctorate (doctor honoris causa) by the Universidad Nacional San Cristobal de Huamanga, celebrating its 479th anniversary, in Ayacucho, Peru on May 17. This is Bolton's second honorary doctorate from a Peruvian national university in recognition of his contributions to understanding Andean cultures and his humanitarian work as an applied anthropologist (president and founder of The Chijnaya Foundation) in the southern Peruvian highlands among Quechua-speaking peoples. In addition to his acceptance remarks, during his stay in Ayacucho, Bolton gave a talk about his work to an audience of students, faculty and professionals from various disciplines who work in Andean communities.

On May 22, Bolton presented an invited lecture and moderated conversation on intercultural communication at the University of Applied Sciences, UPC, in Lima, Peru, as part of the university's third annual Intercultural Communication and Business Imaging Week. On June 6, Bolton served as president of a doctoral tribunal in Seville, Spain at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide. The doctoral candidate defending his dissertation was Jorge Apaza Ticona from Puno, Peru. His research dealt with agricultural biodiversity and traditional knowledge among Aymara farmers of the Altiplano.

Tzu-Yi Chen, professor of computer science, received an National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award on May 14.

Eileen J. Cheng, associate professor of Chinese, was an invited speaker for a conference on “May Fourth at 100: Reflections on a Movement that Changed China” held at the University of California, Irvine on May 3.

Nicole Desjardins Gowdy, director of study abroad, was selected to participate in Diversity Abroad's First Generation College/First Abroad & High Financial Need Task Force for the 2019-2020 academic year. Diversity Abroad is the leading organization advancing diversity and inclusive policies and practices in the field of international education and cultural exchange.

Donna M. Di Grazia, David J. Baldwin Professor of Music, can be heard leading the Pomona College Glee Club singing Hail, Pomona, Hail in the PBS documentary, Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices. Part of PBS’s American Experience series (season 33, episode 7), the documentary aired nationally on June 21, and was repeated thereafter. The recording, featuring the Glee Club from the year 2000, provides the background for the documentary’s section on Shaw’s years at Pomona (class of 1938), when he was “discovered” by Fred Waring. (The Glee Club's singing occurs from 4:21 to 5:11).

Di Grazia also led the 2019 Glee Club on an eight-day concert tour to the East Coast in May, including performances in New York City, Philadelphia, Colonial Williamsburg (Virginia), as well as at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The ensemble’s appearance at the National Cathedral was its second invited public performance there, the first being in 2015.

Anne Dwyer, associate professor of Russian, gave an invited paper, "(Auto-)biographical Perversions: Shklovsky and Tolstoy,” at Perversions: Eighth Annual Workshop on Russian Modernism at the University of Illinois, Chicago on May 3.

Virginie A. Duzer, associate professor of Romance languages and literatures, was invited by the research group Équipe GONCOURT-ITEM/CRP19 to participate in the journée d'étude Les frères Goncourt et le détail at the Sorbonne's 'maison de la Recherche' in Paris. There, she presented the paper "La couleur comme détail dans le ‘Journal’ des Goncourt."

Tom Flaherty, professor of music, had a performance of “A Cellist’s Variations on ‘Home on the Range’” by Amit Peled and his students at Peabody Conservatory. A different performance of the same piece can be viewed online. He also had a performance of "Igor to Please" by the University of Hawaii Contemporary Music Ensemble. A different performance of the same piece can be viewed online.

Senior Director of Advancement Services and Information Systems Nadine Francis, Business Process and Reporting Specialist Tracey Siepser, Business Intelligence and Reporting Analyst Jonathan Danao, and the rest of the Advancement Services and Information System team were awarded a CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Circle of Excellence-Silver level award for "ConnectTo." ConnectTo is an innovative business intelligence platform that builds upon traditional intranet concepts by not only providing a one-stop shop for policies, procedures, training videos and other materials needed by Advancement staff, but also by deploying reports using a variety of business intelligence tools—including Tableau, Cognos, Microsoft SQL Reporting Services, and Power BI—via a comprehensive and unified portal.

Stephan Ramon Garcia, W.M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Mathematics wrote two short book reviews for the “Bookshelf” column in the April 2019 issue of the Notices of the American Mathematical Society including "What is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics" by Adam Becker and "Unsolved! The History and Mystery of the World's Greatest Ciphers from Ancient Egypt to Online Secret Societies" by Craig P. Bauer.

Garcia gave a plenary talk titled "Prime Numbers and Their Biases" at the Southern California Discrete Mathematics Symposium at Claremont McKenna College on May 4.

On May 9, Garcia wrote short book reviews of two books for the May 2019 issue of Notices of the American Mathematical Society: "Closing the Gap: The Quest to Understand Prime Numbers" by Vicky Neale and "Heretics! The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy" by Steven Nadler & Ben Nadler.                 

Garcia gave the talk "Prime Time Math: Little Green Men, Locust Hordes, and Cybersecurity" at the Oregon Distinguished Mathematics Lectures for Students at the University of Oregon on May 15. 

On May 28, Garcia published "Supercharacters, Elliptic Curves, and the Sixth Moment of Kloosterman Sums" (with George Todd) in the Journal of Number Theory 202 pages 316–331 (2019). He also published “Primitive Root Bias for Twin Primes” (with Elvis Kahoro '20 and mathematician Florian Luca) in Experimental Mathematics 28,  no.2, pages 151-160 (2019).

Garcia’s book "A Second Course in Linear Algebra" (with Roger A. Horn), was reviewed by Rajesh Pereira for IMAGE (The Bulletin of the International Linear Algebra Society), issue 62, page 31, spring 2019.

In June, Garcia presented "Prime Time Math: Little Green Men, Locust Hordes, and Cybersecurity" at Pomona Research in Mathematics Experience (PRiME) REU on June 13. He also published two short book reviews in the Notices of the American Mathematical Society’s June/July issue: "Power-Up: Unlocking the Hidden Mathematics in Video Games" by Matthew Lane and "The Paper Puzzle Book" by Ilan Garibi, David Goodman and Yossi Elran.

Garcia published a new book, "100 Years of Math Milestones: The Pi Mu Epsilon Centennial Collection," with Steven J. Miller, American Mathematical Society Press, 2019, 581 pages.

Terri Geis, curator of academic engagement, co-curated with Manthia Diawara the exhibition "David Hammons: Exquisite Corpse: Ted Joans" at the Lumiar Cite in Lisbon, Portugal, and participated in a roundtable panel at the opening. The exhibition and film project ran at the art center until May 26.

Geis published five essays on Alberto Gironella, Kati Horna, María Izquierdo, Frida Kahlo, and Haitian Vodou in the peer-reviewed, three-volume International Encyclopedia of Surrealism edited by Michael Richardson and Dawn Ades (London: Bloomsbury Academic).

Geis also published the essay “The Fireplace of My Thoughts: Gordon Onslow Ford and Jacqueline Johnson,” in the new monograph, Gordon Onslow Ford: A Man on a Green Island (Lucid Art Foundation, 2019).

Dean Gerstein, director of sponsored research, served on a National Science Foundation merit review panel on June 25, submitting detailed reviews of roughly 20 applications for NSF funding.

Elizabeth Glater, associate professor of neuroscience, co-chaired the session, “Food on the Mind” and presented a talk entitled “How C. elegans Recognizes Odor Bouquets Released by Bacterial Food” at the International C. elegans Meeting in Los Angeles in June. The presented research was done in collaboration with Chuck Taylor, associate professor of chemistry; Soleil Worthy ’18 and German Rojas ’18. Several people with ties to Pomona, including three faculty, four alumni and several current students, attended the meeting.

Michael Greenberg, assistant professor of computer science, had his paper "The Dynamic Practice and Static Theory of Gradual Typing" accepted to SNAPL 2019; he presented the paper at Brown University.

Heidi Haddad, associate professor of politics, presented the paper, “Municipal Rights: Cities Re-Purposing International Human Rights Law,” at the Meeting of the Law & Society Association in Washington D.C. on June 1.

Eric Hurley, associate professor of Africana studies and psychology, co-authored “Cultural Group Membership Versus (Self-Reported) Group Orientation: Which Predicts Student Performance in Cooperative & Competitive Math Learning? For Whom?” in Urban Education. One of the co-authors is Seanna Cade Leath ’13.

Gizem Karaali, associate professor of mathematics, published her short book review of Rehumanizing Mathematics for Black, Indigenous and Latinx Students edited by Imani Goffney and Rochelle Gutierrez in Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, volume 24, number 7, May 2019, page 446.

Karaali, together with co-author Lily S. Khadjavi, published the article "Unnatural Disasters: Two Calculus Projects for Instructors Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice" in PRIMUS (Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies), volume 29, issue 3-4: Mathematics for Social Justice, pages 312-327. In addition, with Khadjavi, Karaali published an edited volume titled Mathematics and Social Justice: Resources for the College Classroom, MAA Classroom Resources 60.

Karaali led a professional development workshop session titled "Teaching Math with a Conscience?" for K-12 teachers, as part of the California Mathematics Project's Summer Mathematics Institute: Engaging Students Through Equity-based Practices and Issues of Social Justice, held June 10-12 at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Nina Karnovsky, Willard George Halstead Zoology Professor of Biology, and Clare Flynn '19 presented results of their seabird research to the Pomona Valley Audubon Society on May 2. Karnovsky gave an update on her search on Japanese Crested Murrelets in Japan using acoustic signals collected by song meters deployed on several islands in the Seto Sea. Flynn presented on her summer research studying puffins and other seabirds on Seal Island off the coast of Maine.

Jade Star Lackey, associate professor of geology, gave the invited talk "Andradite Skarn Garnet: Unusual Insight Into the Hydrothermal Realm & World Above" at the University of Utah.

Genevieve Lee, Everett S. Olive Professor of Music, gave the world premiere performance of nine works by UC Riverside composers at the Performance Lab on the UCR campus as a member of the Mojave Trio on May 14. The Mojave Trio also worked with UCR students in a reading session with six other new works.

Lee accompanied Assistant Professor of Music Melissa Givens in a recital program for soprano and piano for the Foothill Philharmonic Committee on May 15.

Sara Masland, assistant professor of psychological science, gave a talk titled, "Borderlines or People with Borderline Personality Disorder? Stigma and the Importance of Labels" at the biennial conference of the Association for Research in Personality on June 28 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kaylee Null '20 is a co-author on the associated paper in preparation.

Robin Melnick, assistant professor of linguistics and cognitive science, presented a paper, "Priming vs. Inhibition of Optional Infinitival 'to'," coauthored with Tom Wasow of Stanford, at the workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics at the annual conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics in Minneapolis on June 7.

Char Miller, W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis and History, presented “Crisis Management: Conflict and Controversy in Forest Service History,” at the Cleveland National Forest: USDA Forest Service on May 16.

During the Claremont Alumni Trip to the Galapagos Islands, Miller presented “Preservation, National Parks, and Tourism in a Climate-Changed Planet” on June 17,  “Biographical Projections: Darwin, Melville, and Vonnegut in the Galapagos” on June 18 and “Adaptation in the Anthropocene: What the Galapagos Can Tell Us About Us” on June 20.

Jonathan Moore, assistant professor of biology and lab coordinator, presented "Lab Notebooks: Efficient Grading and Effective Learning" at the 41st annual conference of the Association for Biological Laboratory Education on June 21 in Ottawa, Canada.

Joanne Nucho, assistant professor of anthropology, participated in a roundtable for Jadaliyya, an e-magazine produced by the Arab Studies Institute. The two-part roundtable titled "Past and Present of Electricity in Lebanon" brought together five scholars for a conversation on the topic on May 2.

Gilda Ochoa, professor of Chicana/o-Latina/o studies, facilitated a half-day teaching workshop on "Building Affirming Spaces and Abolishing Academic Profiling" as part of Cerritos College's three-day Summer Institute for faculty through their Teaching Excellence Center on June 21.

Giovanni Ortega, assistant professor of theatre and dance, is a member of the artistic team for DNAWorks that received a $45,000 MAP grant to adapt Joseph Conrad’s “The Secret Sharer” into a mixed-media performance work Considered an early queer text, it will be performed in an open-concept space with audiences co-creating the environment and the narrative.

Ortega was also invited to participate in KULARTS' 4th annual edition of Art Dialogue in the Diaspora, a full-day convening of diasporic Pilipinx artists and culture bearers to discuss and engage the ongoing development of Pilipino arts across the globe. Ortega was on a panel that discussed a variety of methodologies to receive funding for performance and engage with cultural community organizing. He also moderated a discussion on postcolonial survival tactics and performed his original music during the Kamayan Kabaret.

Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta presented Canvas of My Body (COMB) led by Ortega. COMB is a two-day workshop where artists deepened their understanding and use of acting techniques in representational and devised theatre to instill depth and breadth in the portrayal of believable characters whether they are based on reality or imagination. The artists created their own theatrical pieces, utilizing personal and artistic narratives as a thematic backdrop through movement and learning to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.

In an interview with SBS Australia on June 9, Ortega revealed that he would be visiting the Philippines after 12 years and the reason why he stayed away for so long. He also discussed that as a person of color, one has to be a multidisciplinary artist (director, actor and writer) to emphasize the importance of creating visibility for marginalized communities. Cebu Literary Festival invited him to take part in readings and conversations on the Pilipinx-Asian diaspora.

Lastly, Ortega received funding from EnviroLab Asia for research for “This is a River: Theatricalizing Environmental Challenges Facing Indigenous Communities in Borneo” to further develop a full-length eco-drama inspired by the Baram River region of Sarawak Borneo, Malaysia. The expedition also included Professor of Theatre James Taylor and other Claremont Colleges students. Additional funding came from the Pacific Basin Institute.

Alexandra Papoutsaki, assistant professor of computer science, published a peer-reviewed article, "Eye-Write: Gaze Sharing for Collaborative Writing," in the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). The article was co-authored with students Grete Helena Kütt '20, Kevin Lee '20 and Ethan Hardacre '20. Papoutsaki and Kütt attended CHI in Glasgow, Scotland and Kütt presented their work on May 9. Papoutsaki also participated in the Early Career Symposium of the conference and served as a session chair.

Papoutsaki served on the ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval and the ACM Symposium on Eye Tracking Research and Applications (Eye Tracking for the Web track) program committees, reviewing and selecting papers to appear in the SIGIR 2019 conference in Paris, France, on July 21 and the ETRA conference (ETWEB track) in Denver, Colorado on June 25, respectively. She also served as a reviewer for the Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing which will be held on September 18 in San Diego, California.

Mary Paster, professor of linguistics and cognitive science, presented a paper, "Comparing Analyses of Yoruba Vowel Harmony," at the 50th Annual Conference on African Linguistics at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada on May 23.

Adam Pearson, associate professor of psychology, was invited to join an international expert panel on the role of behavioral science in sustainable design, modeled after recent multilateral initiatives, such as the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda launched in 2015 by the United Nations. The Nature Sustainability Expert Panel will assess the state of the behavioral science–policy interface for global sustainability and propose more effective ways to develop policy-engaged scholarship. The panel consists of 40 leading international scholars on sustainability issues covering a wide variety of natural and social science disciplines in addition to humanities, architecture and planning, engineering, computer science and environmental science, and includes representatives from the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the National Academies. The panel will issue a synthesis report in 2020.

John Pennington, associate professor of theatre and dance, produced and presented the inaugural performances of Foothills Dancemakers on June 16 and 17 at ARC Pasadena. His company, Pennington Dance Group, was one of four founding professional dance ensembles that performed as part of the newly formed collective established to bring visibility to dancemakers in Los Angeles county.

Pennington was the reconstructor for an evening of excerpts from Bella Lewitzky’s iconic masterworks, INSCAPE and TURF, at the Skirball Cultural Center and Museum on June 23. He also served as the evening’s host and participated on a panel discussing costume design and dance. The performance was in conjunction with Fearless Fashion, a retrospective on designer Rudi Gernreich who collaborated with Lewitzky Dance Company, where Pennington was master teacher and performer for 15 years.

Hans J. Rindisbacher, professor of German, published a book review of Karl Schlögel’s Das sowjetische Jahrhundert: Archäologie einer untergegangenen Welt in Slavic Review 78:1, pages 272-274.

Rindisbacher gave an invited guest lecture titled “Women in Search of Their Scent: A Literary Exploration” at the Institute of English Studies at the University of Wrocław in Poland on June 6. He gave a second invited guest lecture at the Institute of German Philology at the University of Wrocław on the same day titled “Parfum, Literatur und Sozial Medien: neue Möglichkeiten weiblicher Selbstdarstellung" (in German).

Larissa Rudova, Yale B. and Lucille D. Griffith Professor in Modern Languages and Professor of Russian, presented a plenary lecture titled "From Socialist Realism to Mash-up Fiction: The Evolution of Arkadii Gaidar’s Timur and His Team" at the Heroes of Children's Imagination: Theory and Practice of Reception Conference at the University of Wrocław in Poland on June1.

Monique Saigal-Escudero, professor emerita of French, presented "Memories of a Hidden Child During WWII in France” at Kadima Jewish School in West Hills on May 2. Later that day, she led a discussion of her time during WWII to groups of high school students and answered their many questions at the Jewish Center in Pasadena.

On June 13, Saigal-Escudero presented “Hidden from the Nazis, A Child’s Memories" in relation to the film "Au Revoir les Enfants" ("Good Bye Children") about Jewish children hidden during WWII in France, at the Holocaust Museum in Los Angeles.

Saigal-Escudero held a book signing of "French Heroines, 1940-1945. Courage, Strength and Ingenuity" during the annual Pomona College Alumni Weekend.

Gibb Schreffler, assistant professor of music, presented the paper "'Screwing Cotton by the Day': Multiracial Labor and Musicking on the 19th-Century American Waterfront" at the Music of the Sea Symposium at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut on June 8. In the same symposium, he participated as a discussant in a roundtable on "The Past, Present, and Future of Sea Music Research."

Asya Shklyar, director of high performance computing, was selected as a mentor to guide ITS student worker Lindsey Tam ’20 in “Researching More Effective Ways to Train Research and HPC Support Specialists,”​ a student project that has been selected for the XSEDE EMPOWER Program (​E​xpert ​M​entoring P​roducing ​Opportunities for ​W​ork, ​E​ducation and ​R​esearch). The project takes place between ​June 3 ​and ​August 9. The result of the project will be a subsection for the training app ITS is developing in collaboration with the student workers with specific content about XSEDE. The project overall aims to develop an application for iOS, Android and browser-based training and Research Support onboarding.

As one of XSEDE's Campus Champions, Shklyar was a co-chair for two upcoming XSEDE-related conferences. She co-chaired the inclusion and diversity in workforce development track in the Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing conference that will take place July 28-August 1 in Chicago. The second conference focuses on science gateways which allow academic research or education communities to access shared data, software, computing services, instruments, educational materials and other resources specific to their disciplines–typically a web portal or a suite of desktop applications. The conference provides an opportunity for gateway creators and enthusiasts to learn, share, connect and shape the future of gateways as part of a vibrant community with common interests and is being held on September 23–25 in San Diego.

Patricia Smiley, professor of psychological science, was a discussant at the "When Cool Moms Turn Cold: Understanding Parental Emotion Coaching in Context" symposium at the Western Psychological Association (WPA) in Pasadena on April 26. Four papers were delivered by students from Claremont McKenna, Claremont Graduate University and University of Bath.

Also, at WPA, Smiley was co-author on four poster presentations reporting on the work of the AMH-CARE lab. First authors on these presentations were Anna Beth Burniston CMC '20 ("Effect of Maternal Emotion Coaching on Child Behavioral Problems, Moderated by Child Gender"), Yutong Zhou CMC '18 ("The Influence of Socioeconomic Status on Spontaneous Helping Behaviors in Preschoolers"), Ashley Ahn CMC '19 ("Effects of Relational Savoring on Maternal Sensitivity"), and Cally Cochran '18 ("Cardiac Vagal Function and its Association with Mental Health: The Importance of Considering Race").

Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics, was invited to a debate with Ilona Budapesti titled Will AI Rule the World at Brain Bar 2019 in Budapest on May 30. He also gave an invited talk on The AI Delusion for Deloitte Hungary on the same day.

On May 31, he did an interview with Vodafone on income inequality.

Smith and Heide Margaret Artigue ’19 published “The Principal Problem with Principal Components Regression,” in Cogent Mathematics & Statistics, volume 6, issue 1.

On June 9, Smith’s article “Stock Splits: A Re-Evaluation,” was published in Journal of Investing, volume 28, issue 4, pages 21-29.

Smith was interviewed by Robert J. Marks, director of the Walter Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence, for the Mind Matters podcast about his book The AI Delusion on June 9, and about The Texas Sharpshooter Fallacies on June 20.