November 2018

Lise Abrams, Peter W. Stanley Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, presented the following four co-authored posters at the 59th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society in New Orleans from November 15-18: "When Molly is Gracie: Wrong Name Retrieval Influences Face-Name Learning and Recall," "Perception of Sound Symbolism in Monolinguals and Bilinguals," "The Effect of Emotional Responsivity on Name Retrieval Varies Across the Lifespan" and "Taboo Congruency Sequence and Carryover Effects Influence Speech Production."

At the same meeting, Abrams was an invited panelist for a career development panel titled "Encouraging Future Scientists: Supporting Undergraduates at Psychonomics," whose goals were to help undergraduates navigate the conference, think about career and funding opportunities, and network with one another and senior scientists. Abrams also served as a mentor in the Women in Cognitive Science's affiliate meeting speed mentoring event, which was designed to link junior scientists with senior scientists in brief one-on-one meetings.

Aimee Bahng, assistant professor of gender and women’s studies, was invited to present her work as well as serve as respondent to a panel titled "Emerging Work in Speculative Futures" at UC Davis's Speculative Futures Symposium on October 31, as part of HATCH: The Feminist Art & Science Shop (a Mellon Research Initiative).

Bahng participated on a roundtable titled "Doing Justice to Octavia E. Butler's HistoFuturist Imagination: The Archive and Beyond" at the National Women's Studies Association annual meeting in Atlanta on November 10. She also presented new work from her current book project on a panel "Trans-Pacific Studies after the TPP: Political Response and New Coordinates" at the American Studies Association annual meeting, also in Atlanta.

On November 16, Bahng was invited by the CalArts School of Critical Studies to present on November 16 a public lecture at the West Hollywood Public Library as well as lead a graduate seminar on her recent book, Migrant Futures: Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times.

Allan Barr, professor of Chinese, translated a collection of short stories by Yu Hua, The April 3rd Incident, which was published by Pantheon on November 13.

Barr translated the keynote speech on human rights that Ai Weiwei delivered at the European Parliament’s Interparliamentary Committee Meeting on Human Rights, Brussels, November 20.

Colin Beck, associate professor of sociology, and Eric W. Schoon published “Terrorism and Social Movements” in Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Social Movements, second edition, edited by David A. Snow, Sarah Soule, Hanspeter Kriesi and Holly J. McCammon, New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Graydon Beeks, director of music programming and facilities and professor of music, presented a paper on "Some Overtures to Be Played Before the First Lesson" at the conference "Handel and Music for His Patrons" sponsored by the Handel Institute in London, England, on November 24-25. He also co-wrote the program notes for the companion concert by the London Handel Players, which featured a performance of his new edition of Handel's Te Deum in B-flat Major, HWV 281, given in the Church of St. Lawrence, Little Stanmore, where it was first performed in 1718. The concert marked the release of their CD recording of the work, which was funded in part by a grant from the Research Committee of Pomona College.

Ralph Bolton '61, emeritus professor of anthropology, presented a paper at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Jose, California on November 16. As part of a session sponsored by the Association of Senior Anthropologists titled "Technological Innovations in Anthropology at the Dawn of the Digital Era," Bolton spoke on "Anthropology in the Digital Age: A Personal Chronicle, 1962-2018." His talk included a discussion of computing at Pomona College from the 1950s through the 1970s.

Paul Cahill, associate professor of Spanish, presented a paper titled "'Spanish' Holocaust Memory in the Poetry of Antonio Crespo Massieu (2005-2015)" at the 15th biennial Lessons and Legacies Conference: The Holocaust: Global Perspectives and National Narratives, held at Washington University in St. Louis from November 1-4.

Charlotte D'Evelyn, visiting assistant professor of music, made a debut performance on Mongolian music (the subject of her research for the past decade) at the 31st Annual Chinggis Khaan Memorial Ceremony in Princeton, New Jersey on November 10. This event is one of the most important gatherings of Mongolian and Siberian people living in the United States and honors the birthday of the great Mongol culture hero Chinggis Khaan (Genghis Khan). D’Evelyn sang and performed on the tovshuur (two-string Mongolian plucked lute) for the piece "Altain Magtaal" together with a four-piece ensemble. Included in the ensemble was her friend and research collaborator, Tamir Hargana, a Mongolian instrumentalist and throat singer who will be performing a solo concert at Pomona on February 6 in Lyman Hall.


Jennifer Friedlander, Edgar E. and Elizabeth S. Pankey Professor of Media Studies and chair of media studies, presented the talk "Home: Referent and Return” at Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme in Paris on November 21.

Stephan Garcia, W.M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor and Professor of Mathematics, presented a talk titled "Prime numbers and their biases" at the Reed College Mathematics Colloquium on November 15.

The first Mary P. Dolciani Prize for Excellence in Research from the American Mathematical Society (AMS) will be awarded to Garcia. He is being recognized for his outstanding record of research in operator theory, complex analysis, matrix theory and number theory, for high-quality scholarship with a diverse set of undergraduates and for his service to the profession.

Elizabeth Glater, assistant professor of neuroscience, co-authored work that was presented in a poster by Lauren English ’19. The poster titled “The evolution of food preferences in the nematode C. elegans” was presented at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in San Diego on November 4. Other co-authors include Professor of Chemistry Charles Taylor, Sophia Bax ’20, Nathalie Hong ’21 and Cynthia Cuellar ’21.

Michelle Gonzalez, senior assistant dean of admissions, published “Tips for Recruiting Latinx Students” in The Journal of College Admission’s fall issue on marginalized students.

J.P. Gowdy, assistant professor of physical education and head coach of men’s and women’s swim and dive, was inducted into the Middlebury College Athletics Hall of Fame on November 3. He is the first male swimmer from Middlebury College to receive this honor. A member of the class of 1999, he earned All-American honors on 17 different occasions in the pool, while earning honorable mention honors seven times. In 1997, he captured the NCAA championship in the 400-individual medley (IM), completing the race with a time of 3:59.85. Gowdy set program records in the 100 freestyle (45.22), 200 IM (1:51.20), and 400 IM (3:59.83), which stood at the time of his induction. Gowdy also set the school mark in the 200 butterfly, which has since been broken. He was part of the 200, 400 and 800 free relay teams, as well as the 400-medley relay group that owned school records at the time of his graduation. He and his teammates raced to a school-best fifth-place finish at the 1999 NCAA Championships. Gowdy was the recipient of the Robert Muir Award in 1999, an award for most points scored by a senior in four years of competition at the New England Championships.

Michael Greenberg, associate professor of computer science, spoke at DSLDI 2018 at OOPSLA in a talk titled "The POSIX Shell is an Interactive DSL for Concurrency."

Greenberg was invited to speak at UMass Amherst, where he gave a talk on "Kleene algebra modulo theories" on November 28. He had a paper accepted, with Professor Joseph C. Osborn, to CoqPL 2019, titled "Teaching Discrete Mathematics to Early Undergraduates with Software Foundations."

Heidi Haddad, assistant professor of politics, participated in the invited workshop, “Activists in International Courts (ActInCourts),” sponsored by the Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia on November 18.

Ssu-Fang Jessie, lecturer in Asian languages and literatures, published the article “Science as a Sorting Hat: Do Not Use Science to Endorse Biological Sexuality” in Womany. This article is a reflection of a Women’s Union lunch conversation between Professor Rachel Levin and Professor Nancy Williams. Jessie felt the urgency to introduce some important concepts in this talk to a Taiwanese audience, as the current gender equality education was recently rejected through referenda by conservative groups.  

Jade Star Lackey, associate professor of geology, co-authored the publication "Re-evaluating Fluid Sources During Skarn Formation: An Assessment of the Empire Mountain Skarn, Sierra Nevada, USA" in Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems "G-Cubed," volume 19.

Sara Masland, assistant professor of psychology, published a paper titled "Enduring Effects of One-day Training in Good Psychiatric Management on Clinician Attitudes About Borderline Personality Disorder" in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. Co-authors include collaborators at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Maine Medical Center.

Wallace Meyer, director of the Bernard Field Station, gave an oral presentation titled "Understanding Distributions of Non-Native Arthropods in Urban Southern California: Aridity as a Key Component of Ecological Resistance" at the American Society of Entomology Meeting on November 14.

Ashley Pallie, associate dean of admissions, was interviewed for and quoted in “Guiding Marginalized Students” in The Journal of College Admission’s fall issue.

William Peterson, Harry S. and Madge Rice Thatcher Emeritus Professor of Music and College Organist, and James Peterson, professor emeritus of Valdosta State University, have published an article, “Remembering the Czech Legion and the 1917 Battle of Zborov in the Poetry of Rudolf Medek Set to Music," in Kosmas, New Series, volume 1, number 1, spring 2018.

In November, Loft Recordings released a recording of Peterson on the Hill Memorial Organ, built by C.B. Fisk, in Bridges Hall of Music. The CD, “Recital at Bridges Hall / Pomona College / William J. Peterson,” includes works composed between 1739 and 2008 by J. S. Bach, Alexandre Guilmant, Joseph Jongen, Henri Defossé, Jacques Ibert, John Cage, Karl Kohn and Tom Flaherty.  The program notes, written by Peterson, are accessible at The Gothic Catalog website (LRCD-1140).

Gilda Ochoa, professor of Chicana/o-Latina/o studies, presented "Cooling Out a Moment: The Struggle for Sanctuary in a Latina/o Community" and was the panel discussant for "Migration, Schooling, and Community Organizing in Latinx Communities" at the California Sociological Association Annual Conference on November 9.                         

Ochoa published the poem “‘Walls Work:’ Says Not My President” in Latino Rebels on November 26.

Dan O’Leary, Carnegie Professor of Chemistry; O. Maduka Ogba, Robbins Post-Doctoral Fellow in Chemistry; and Kavoos Kolahdouzan ’18, co-authored an article 1H and 13C NMR Assignments for (N-methyl)-(−)-(α)-Isosparteinium Iodide and (N-methyl)-(−)-Sparteinium Iodide” in Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, volume 57, 2019.

Giovanni Ortega, assistant professor of theatre, was invited to lead several writing intensive workshops on poetry and individuality for students at Farrington High School, specifically students in their English as a Second Language program. This is the third year that he has visited and presented at the school located in Kalihi, Honolulu, which is a densely-populated area comprised of Hawaiian students and students from Chuuk, Samoa, Guam and the Philippines.

He also read excerpts from his second book Ang Gitano - The Gypsy for the seniors of the AP English literature and composition class, followed by an discussion about the complexities and challenges of being an artist and a writer of color dealing with familial expectations as well as navigating cultural appropriation. The school’s Film Club hosted a conversation and presentation of his body of work where he discussed the importance of higher education for marginalized communities and the necessity of creating content that eliminates perpetuating stereotypes and new voices in theatre and film industry.

In addition, he led an hour-long workshop with students from David Kalākaua Middle School where they wrote their first poem with topics that ranged from memories of home and the effects of bullying.

Lastly, he was commissioned by Poetry Festival Singapore to write a poetic drama for the second year in a row on the theme of metamorphoses This new dramatic play entitled 'Palindromes' is about varying ideologies through a series of encounters between two characters. He will be co-writing the play with Singaporean poet Christopher Fok. Poetry Festival Singapore is community organization that works with local and global poets and artists to create literary works and promote the Singapore poetry scene and is held yearly during the summer.

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 (Princeton University Press, 2017) in The European Legacy, November 2018.

Larissa Rudova, Yale B. and Lucille D. Griffith Professor in Modern Languages and Professor of Russian, gave a presentation titled “An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: Count Rostov at the ‘Metropol,’” followed by a discussion of "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles at the Upland Public Library on November 3.

Rudova published "The Second Congress of Soviet Writers and Boris Pasternak's Lyrical Poetry" in The Second Congress of Soviet Writers. The Ideology of the Historical Transition and Transformation of Soviet Literature, 1954. (Vtoroi s''ezd sovetskikh pisatelei. Ideologiia istoricheskogo perekhoda i transformatsiia sovetskoi literatury. 1954). Edited by Konstantin Bogdanov and Valery Viugin. St. Petersburg: Aleteia, 2018.

Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics, signed a contract with Oxford University Press for The 9 Pitfalls of Data Science, co-authored with Jay Cordes '93, appearing summer 2019.

Smith’s "Be Wary of Black Box Trading Algorithms" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Investing. On November 5, Smith was interviewed by Jane Wollman Rusoff for "Don’t Trust Computers to Pick Stocks," published in ThinkAdvisor. He was interviewed by Moira Gunn on NPR TechNation on November 8. Smith’s MarketWatch column, "Bitcoin Still Fooling Buyers into Believing Those 200%-Plus Gains are Coming Back," was reprinted by Morningstar and several other outlets on November 16. He was quoted in the cover story in the Chinese-language publication, Vista Magazine, on November 18.

He published in Ozy, “Don't Rely on Facebook Data to Predict Crime,” which was also selected in the weekend newsletter roundup as one of the 10 stories you must read this week, reprinted in several places, including MSN, on November 19. On November 20, Smith published "High-Tech Redlining: AI is Quietly Upgrading Institutional Racism" in Fast Company. He was quoted in a Daily Star story about killer robots on November 24.

Rolondo Talbott, director of project management in ITS, was recently published in CIO Review Magazine, for a piece entitled, "The Key to Project Success." In this article, Talbott laid out his position that project managers are in the customer service business and that their success directly correlates to the perceived value of those they serve and that becoming a partner and trusted advisor should be the goal of every project manager.

Talbott was a featured speaker at the 2018 Project Management Office National Symposium, in Washington D.C. The conference on November 14, attended by project managers from around the world, is the only conference for senior-level project managers, who are recognized for their contributions to the profession. Talbott’s talk titled, "Own Your Own Success: The Entrepreneurial Project Management Office," transported conference attendees to the Middle East, at a time when Talbott was just a young Air Force officer, charged with commanding a mission that changed both his military career and the lives of those he commanded and also served as the origin story of the "Entrepreneurial Project Management Office."

Miguel Tinker Salas, Farmer Professor of Latin American Studies and Professor of History and Chicana/o Latina/o Studies, presented a talk at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) conference. The international conference held on November 7 was titled "La Transformacion Historica del Regimen Mexicano en el Contexto Global, Los Retos para el Proximo Sexenio," focused on Mexico within a global context.

Dylan James Worcester, assistant director of The Quantitative Skills Center, presented on "The Quantitative Skills Center and Academic Cohorts at Pomona College" at the Association of American Colleges & Universities 2018 Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on November 8.