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Faculty & Staff Accomplishments

December 2021

Malte Dold, assistant professor of economics, presented the paper “Agentic Preferences: A Foundation for Nudging when Preferences are Endogenous” at the workshop “Economic Theories, Models, and Policies: Historical and Methodological Perspectives” in Nijmegen, Netherlands, on Dec. 9.

Dold presented another paper (online) titled “Menger’s Exact Laws and Welfare Economics” at the annual meeting of the History of Economics Society (HES) on Dec. 9.

Judson Emerick, professor of art history emeritus, published the article “Three Quaker Meeting Houses in Pasadena, California: An Architectural Study” in Quaker History 110, no. 2 (2021): 66-120.

J Finley, assistant professor of Africana studies, was featured on the Slate podcast Decoder Ring hosted by Willa Paskin, airing on Dec. 7. The episode is titled “Truly Tasteless Jokes.”

Esther Hernández-Medina, visiting assistant professor of sociology, co-organized and moderated on Dec. 22 the monthly meeting of Tertulia Feminista Magaly Pineda, the feminist group she co-founded with Yildalina Tatem Brache in the Dominican Republic. Feminist yoga teacher and aromatherapy and wellness expert Carmen Julia Gómez Carrasco facilitated a self-care workshop teaching yoga, breathing and other health-related techniques to Tertulia members. Originally planned to be in person, the meeting took place on Zoom given the spike in COVID cases in the country. It followed the Tertulia tradition of focusing the last encounter of every year on health and spirituality-related themes.

Nina Karnovsky, Willard George Halstead Zoology Professor of Biology, was quoted in The Atlantic in the article “It’s not you, it’s climate change” by Katherine Wu about divorce in seabirds.

Karnovsky presented the paper “The influence of prey biomass on the diving behavior of Cassin's auklets during a decade of variable reproductive success” at the World Seabird Conference. Co-authors included Clare Flynn ’19.

In collaboration with Tina Stoner of Pomona Valley Audubon, Karnovsky gave the talk “Birds in our midst: global impacts and local stewardship” as part of Sustainable Claremont’s dialog series.

Marja Liisa Kay, program administrator for the department of theatre and dance, performed a concert at a Finnish Independence Day celebration on Dec. 6 in Portland. The event was held at Nordia House and was hosted by Finlandia Foundation's Columbia-Pacific Chapter. The concert included musicians local to the Portland area and consisted of Finnish contemporary classical works, traditional folk songs, and Finnish tangos and polkas. Honorary Consul Veikko Valli gave a keynote address to attendees.

Susan McWilliams Barndt, professor of politics, wrote the introduction to the 30th-anniversary edition of The Dance with Community: The Contemporary Debate in American Political Thought by Robert Booth Fowler (first published in 1991, reissued by University of Kansas Press, 2021).

McWilliams Barndt's review of “Why Moralize Upon It?: Democratic Education through American Literature and Film” by Brian Danoff appeared in the Fall 2021 issue of The Review of Politics.

Dan O’Leary, Carnegie Professor of Chemistry, published an article titled “Following Molecular Mobility During Chemical Reactions: No Evidence for Active Propulsion” in the Journal of the American Chemical Society (vol. 143, 2021, pp. 20884-20890). The work calls into question recent claims, published in Science, that molecules undergo “boosted diffusion” during chemical reactions and establishes a reliable protocol for time-resolved diffusion measurements using nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Furthermore, the formation of a key reactive intermediate in the widely used copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne “click” reaction was confirmed with complementary NMR techniques and quantum chemistry calculations using Pomona’s high-performance computing facility. The investigation was initiated by researchers at the University of New South Wales in Sydney and included Professor Hal Van Ryswyk at Harvey Mudd College and chemists at Western Sydney University and the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart.

Working with Daniel Hickstein ’07, Professor Adam Johnson of Harvey Mudd College and Professor Eric Reinheimer of Cal State San Marcos, O’Leary published an x-ray crystallographic study of Dimethyl 4,5-dichlorophthalate in International Union of Crystallography Data (vol. 6, 2021, 211043). The title compound served as an intermediate in the synthesis of ligands used to probe the mechanism of the ruthenium-catalyzed olefin metathesis reaction.

Sara Olson, associate professor of biology and molecular biology, co-hosted a conference session titled “CRISPR in the Classroom: Strategies for Engaging Your Students with CRISPR Technology” at the American Society for Cell Biology Meeting on Dec. 1. The networking session introduced a team, which includes Olson, that received a 5-year NSF Research Coordination Network grant to develop workshops that train undergraduate instructors how to incorporate CRISPR into laboratory curricula. During the panel, Olson shared how her advanced cell biology students used CRISPR in their investigative research projects and fielded questions from participants. Pomona College is scheduled to host the CRISPR workshop in the summer of 2024.

Hans J. Rindisbacher, professor of German, published a commemorative essay in the LA Review of Books on the centennial of the Swiss author Friederich Dürrenmatt’s birthday, titled “The Minotaur in the Labyrinth, or the Theatricality of Power.” It is a tongue-in-cheek critique of the Jan. 6 events in Washington, DC.

Gibb Schreffler, associate professor of music, published a new book, Dhol: Drummers, Identities, and Modern Punjab (University of Illinois Press), on how a traditional South Asian drum has become a site of struggle for ethnic and transnational identity formations.

Anthony Shay, professor of dance, participated in a panel on “Constructing Modern Egypt” for the Middle Eastern Studies Association and gave a paper “Staging the Folk: Egypt and Mahmoud Read” on Dec. 1.

Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics, published two Mind Matters pieces: Zillow’s House-Flipping Misadventure (Dec. 1) and The Cult of Statistical Significance—and the Neglect of Oomph (Dec. 21).

Smith published his final research papers with students: Jung, James H.; Smith, Gary (2021), Earthquakes and Home Prices: The Napa and Ridgecrest Quakes, Journal of Housing Research; and Sen, Ananya; Smith, Gary; Van Note, Claire (2021), Statistical Significance Versus Practical Importance in Information Systems Research, Journal of Information Technology.

David Tanenbaum, associate dean of the college and professor of physics and astronomy, co-authored the chapter “Metal Oxides in Stable and Flexible Halide Perovskite Solar Cells: Toward Self‐Powered Internet of Things” in the book Perovskite Solar Cells published by the Wiley Online Library in December.

Kyla Tompkins, associate professor of gender and women’s studies and English, and Aimee Bahng, associate professor of gender and women’s studies, celebrated the publication of Keywords in Gender and Sexuality Studies with NYU Press. Bahng and Tompkins were both editorial collective members, and Tompkins served as the managing editor. The book will serve as a foundational teaching textbook in gender and women’s studies.

Feng Xiao, associate professor of Asian languages and literatures, gave two workshops for the directors of the Chinese Language Flagship Program: “Pragmatics from Theory to Practice” on Dec. 4 and “Pragmatic Development in Study Abroad” on Dec. 5.