Aimee Bahng, assistant professor of gender and women’s studies, gave a lecture at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California for an Octavia Butler Studies conference, presented alongside the special exhibit about the author and her work on June 23. The presentation, titled "Plasmodial Improprieties: Octavia E. Butler, Slime Molds, and Imagining a Femi-Queer Commons," characterizes Butler as a black feminist philosopher of science whose contributions include theorizing new ways of living in common.
Ralph Bolton '61 was an invited participant in a three-day conference held at Princeton University, Aug. 1-3. The conference, sponsored by the Kauffman Foundation, was titled “Expanding Understanding of Business Creation: Adding More Ethnography into the Research Mix.” Bolton discussed "Entrepreneurship and Ethnography in the Andes: The Chijnaya Experience."
Eleanor Brown, James Irvine Professor of Economics, is a founding board member of the Society of Economics of the Household (SEHO), and served as discussant, session chair and panelist in the closing plenary session on the future of household economics, as SEHO held its inaugural conference in San Diego, June 25-26.
Kim Bruce, Reuben C. and Eleanor Winslow Professor of Computer Science, presented a talk titled "Exploring the Inheritance Design Space with Grace" at the IFIPS WG2.16 meeting on Programming Language Design in Park City, Utah on Aug. 28.
Bruce co-authored the article "Grace's Inheritance" which appeared in Journal of Object Technology, Vol 16, No. 2, April 2017.
Virginie A. Duzer, associate professor of Romance languages and literatures, had her teaching module for advanced students in French, that focuses on literary creations from Charles Baudelaire and Amélie Nothomb and was co-developed with Vera A. Klekovkina, published in "Entre-textes: Dialogues littéraires et culturels,” co-edited by Oana Panaite and Vera A. Klekovkina, Routledge, 2017.
Jennifer Friedlander, Edgar E. and Elizabeth S. Pankey Professor of Media Studies, published the book, Real Deceptions: The Contemporary Reinvention of Realism, Oxford University Press, September 2017.
Robert Gaines, professor of geology, presented the keynote lecture "The Early Phanerozoic Taphonomic Window" at the International Workshop on Konservat-Lagerstatten in Cork, Ireland on July 15. He also presented the talk "Aliens in the Ooze?: The unfolding of complex life on Planet A" for Pomona College Classes of 1964-1966 gathered to watch the total solar eclipse in Alpine, Wyo. on Aug. 19.
Gaines and colleagues published the paper "Early Cambrian Oxygen-Minimum Zone-like Conditions at Chengjiang" in Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 475, p. 160-168.
Michael Greenberg, assistant professor in computer science, spoke at the IFIP 2.16 Working Group on Language Design about "Kleene algebra modulo theories," a powerful new framework for reasoning about computer programs. The work is with Eric Campbell '17 (now at Cornell University for a Ph.D.) and Ryan Beckett, a colleague from Princeton University.
Eric Grosfils, Minnie B. Cairns Memorial Professor, delivered the talk "Comparing Ring Fault and Caldera Formation Conditions on Earth and Mars Using Elastic Finite Element Models" at the Cordilleran Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America, which was held in Honolulu, Hawaii on May 23.
Grosfils presented the talk "Revisiting the Mechanics of Radial Dike Swarm Formation: Some Limitations of Past Approaches and an Overview of New Insights Derived from Recent Numerical Models" at the 2017 meeting of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI), held in Portland, OR on Aug. 14. The talk was co-authored by Pomona graduates Debra Hurwitz Needham ‘07 and Shelley Chestler ’12 and colleagues Patrick McGovern (USRA Houston), Gerald Galgana (USRA Houston) and Nicolas Le Corvec (University Clermont-Ferrand).
Gizem Karaali, associate professor of mathematics, was recently elected to serve as chair-elect of SIGMAA-QL, the Special Interest Group of the Mathematical Association of America on Quantitative Literacy. She will start her tenure as chair on Feb 1, 2018. Quantitative literacy (QL) can be described as the ability to adequately use elementary mathematical tools to interpret and manipulate quantitative data and ideas that arise in individuals’ private, civic and work lives. The purpose of SIGMAA-QL is to provide a structure within the mathematics community to focus, support and enhance mathematicians' efforts related to QL education.
Jordan Kirk, assistant professor of English, presented the paper "Boethius on vox quae nihil designat" at the American Comparative Literature Association annual conference, which met the second weekend of July at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.
Jade Star Lackey, associate professor of geology, co-edited the 45th field trip guidebook of the Geological Society of America, titled Field Excursions in Southern California: Field Guides to the 2016 GSA Cordilleran Section Meeting, published in July.
Lackey co-authored the presentation "Modeling fluid flow in low-d18O skarns: insights from Empire Mountain, Mineral King, Sierra Nevada, California, USA", which was presented at the 27th Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in Paris held from Aug. 13–18.
Thomas Leabhart, professor of art and resident artist, taught workshops at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RESAD, Madrid) from June 12- 23; for Association Hippocampe (Paris) from July 3-7; for La Montade (Aurillac) July 10- 21; and for La Colombier Theatre (Corde-Sur-Ciel) from Aug. 3-15. In each of these locations he also presented his solo lecture-performance, "Doing, Not Pretending."
Sally Leabhart and Thomas Leabhart's review of Marco De Marinis's book Etienne Decroux and his Theatre Laboratory appeared in summer 2017 (61:2 T234) issue of TDR (The Drama Review).
Genevieve Lee, Everett S. Olive Professor of Music, was invited to give a masterclass to piano students at Cal Poly Pomona in February. In April, her trio, The Mojave Trio presented a program of works by Hannah Lash, Dmitri Shostakovich and Robert Schumann that was featured on the Restoration Music Series 20th Celebration Season in South Pasadena. In May, she performed a solo recital in Krakow, Poland, as part of a weeklong Felix Mendelssohn Music Days Festival. The concert included a major work of Tom Flaherty called “Gleeful Variants,” a solo piece she commissioned and recorded. She also taught a masterclass to high school music conservatory students in Krakow.
In July, Lee was invited to the Bennington College Chamber Music Conference in Vermont where she performed Mendelssohn's “Trio in C Minor” with fellow faculty members and coached several chamber groups. In August, she returned to the Garth Newel Chamber Music Center, Hot Springs, VA, to perform solo, 4-hand, and 2-piano works on the keyboard (two concerts) for the weekend of their 2017 Summer Festival.
Kayla McCulley '09, director of alumni learning and career programs, was elected to the leadership board of the Alumni Career Services Network for a three-year term.
McCulley and Natalie Campbell, assistant director of alumni learning and career programs, hosted the 2017 Small College Alumni Directors Conference at Pomona on Aug. 2-4.
Rebecca McGrew '85, senior curator of the Pomona College Museum of Art, curated the recently opened “Prometheus 2017: Four Artists from Mexicio Revisit Orozco” exhibition and published the accompanying catalog. On view until Dec. 16, “Prometheus 2017” examines José Clemente Orozco’s 1930 mural on campus and the multiple ways his vision resonates with four artists—Isa Carrillo, Adela Goldbard, Rita Ponce de León and Naomi Rincón-Gallardo—working in Mexico today. McGrew edited the book (along with former curator of academic programs Terri Geis) and contributed two essays to it. The exhibition is attracting national and international press including TV spots on Univision and LA Weekly. “Prometheus 2017” is part of the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative. McGrew is PI for the major grants from the Getty Foundation for exhibition and publication.
Wallace Meyer, director of the Bernard Field Station and assistant professor of biology, with student authors Alondra Soto ’19, Anne Berhe ’20, Maria Pettis ‘17, Ivan Langesfeld ’19, Joanna Chang ’19, Tali Caspi (Scripps), Lauren Hartz (Scripps), Jenna Loesberg (Pitzer), Eliana Goehring (HMC) and Taylor Hass (Scripps) presented a poster titled "Carbon storage in native sage scrub and non-native grassland soils along a coast to inland gradient in Southern California" at the 102nd Ecological Society of America Meeting in Portland, Oregon on Aug. 7.
Jorge Moreno, assistant professor in physics and astronomy, gave an invited seminar titled “Galaxy Mergers on FIRE-2” at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy, in Sydney, Australia. This visit is timely because Moreno is establishing collaborations with the two most important integral-field spectroscopic surveys in the world: SAMI and HECTOR. Both principal investigators are based in Sydney and the goal is for Moreno and his students to run all numerical-simulation related aspects of this collaboration, which will lead to a wide array of projects for exciting projects for undergraduate students at Pomona College.
Moreno gave the keynote talk at the “From Black Hole to Environment: Galaxy Evolution across Multiple Wavelengths,” in Canberra, Australia. In addition to broadly reviewing the field of galaxy mergers and interaction, he made sure that original research work by his group of undergraduates was properly advertised. In addition to presenting his latest science results on galaxy merger simulations, he spoke of the need of challenging the use of violent/patriarchal language in the field of galaxy evolution, which is a reflection of societal problem in this scientific community.
He gave a talk for the Summer App Space at Caltech. Summer App Space hosted a speaker series and student driven Q&A open to the entire Caltech community. He spoke about his research on numerical simulations of galaxy mergers and interactions and his activism as chair of the Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy.
Lastly, he published a statement, with other members of the Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy as co-authors, on the executive decision to end Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. The goal is to provide undocumented astronomers and their mentors with tools to confront this situation and to ignite a conversation in the field of astronomy to best protect our members, especially those affected directly by this decision.
Gilda L. Ochoa, professor of Chicana/o-Latina/o studies, was the session organizer and discussant, "Competing Debates on Latinas/os and Radicalization" and presider for the Minority Fellowship Program Research Session on "Issues in Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Family" at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in Montréal, Canada on Aug. 13.
O. Maduka Ogba, Robbins postdoctoral fellow in chemistry, gave a research talk titled "Toward the Origin of Small Proton Chemical Shift Differences in Diastereotopic X-CH2D Groups,” at the 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting in Washington, D.C. from held from Aug. 20-24.
Dan O’Leary, Carnegie Professor of Chemistry, gave an invited lecture titled "NMR Methodology for Hydrogen Bond Detection: Diols, Networks, and Stereochemical Assignments" on Aug. 23 at the 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C. The talk was part of a two-day symposium on glycan structure and dynamics, sponsored by the ACS Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry.
Giovanni Ortega, assistant professor of theatre and dance, led a leadership workshop for QuestBridge Scholars, followed by an art and activism intensive with the Asian American Mentor Program and finished off with a community building workshop with all the student leaders for Orientation on Aug. 24.
He also premiered a new one-person musical for ATHE After Dark Cabaret titled “Fugaz de la Piel Canela - Fleeting Cinnamon Skin” at the Gallery Nightclub of Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas for The Association for Theatre in Higher Education: Performance in Theory and Practice on Aug. 4.
In addition, he was commissioned by Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts to write TAO PO - WE ARE HERE, a multi-disciplinary production that will cover the breadth of Philippine folk-based dance, music and song, juxtaposed with contemporary dance forms and musical stylings with underlying positive social messages, especially relevant in today's society.
Lastly, on Aug. 12 he went to northern California to do a staged reading, as well as record the album, for ASWANG, an operetta about mythical creatures that debunks their common lore. It featured original music and libretto by Florante Aguilar.
John Pennington, associate professor of theatre and dance and dance program director, and his company, Pennington Dance Group (PDG), were in residence at the Taipei American School Aug. 5-12. The week-long residency consisted of master classes and lectures that culminated in a free PDG performance for the community at large. John performed his award-winning historical reconstructions of “On The Brink of Time” choreographed by Bella Lewitzky, and “The Beloved,” choreographed by Lester Horton and Bella Lewitzky. Pennington's choreography, “Out Of,” “Skins,” “Hearing Change,” and “Company of Orbs,” completed the program. The company was also delighted to meet Dante Benson ’10, who is now on faculty at the Taipei American School.
Frances Pohl, Dr. Mary Ann Vanderzyl Reynolds '56 Professor of Humanities and Professor of Art History, had the fourth extensively revised edition of her book, Framing America: A Social History of American Art (previous editions 2002, 2008, 2012) recently released by Thames and Hudson. For the first time this popular textbook on American art will be available in two volumes, the first covering the period c. 200 BCE - 1900, and the second c. 1865 - 2016. Pohl's treatment of American art is unique among current textbooks for its continental approach, which foregrounds the interconnections (economic, aesthetic, political, religious) between the major European colonial empires (Spanish, French and English) established on the North American continent in the 16th and 17th centuries and the impact of these colonial projects in the 18th through 21st centuries. It also engages with the significance of race, class, gender, sexuality, religion and ethnic identity for the creation and distribution of works of art. The book crosses categorical, as well as political, borders, and includes a broad range of objects--e.g. needlework, metalwork, painting, prints, sculpture, furniture--as well as the built and natural environments within which these objects circulate. It is accompanied by extensive online teaching resources compiled by the author.
Teresa Sabol Spezio, lecturer in environmental analysis, was a Rachel Carson Fellow at Ludwig-Maximilians Universität in Munich for summer 2017. During her time, she completed her forthcoming manuscript from University of Pittsburgh Press titled: Slick Policy: Environmental and Scientific Policy in the Aftermath of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill. She also began work on her new project, "How Clean is Clean? Risk Assessment, Environmental Justice and Environmental Contamination."
Monique Saigal-Escudero, emerita professor of French, was interviewed by Robert Cross for www.Redstate.com for the article “Monique Saigal: Amazing Story of a Holocaust Survivor” on June 21.
Shahriar Shahriari, William Polk Russell Professor of Mathematics, has a new book recently released, titled Algebra in Action, A Course in Groups, Rings, and Fields published by the American Mathematical Society on Aug. 16.
Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics, published the following articles: “Don’t Be Silly, You're Not Investing When You Buy Collectibles” in RealClearMarkets on Aug. 3; “Gold Is No More Of An Investment Than Beanie Babies,” in RealClearMarkets on Aug. 21; “Buy stocks because you believe in the U.S., not a ‘Trump bump’” in MarketWatch on Aug. 15; and “Stock prices look attractive now — compared to bonds,” in MarketWatch on Aug. 21.
Smith also signed a contract for the translation of Standard Deviations: Flawed Assumptions, Tortured Data, and Other Ways to Lie With Statistics into Turkish. It has already been translated into Japanese and Chinese.
Rolondo Talbott, director of project management in ITS, has been appointed as an alumni member, to the executive council of the UCLA communication board for the 2017-2018 school year. In this capacity, Talbott provides fiduciary guidance, media industry training and mentorship for all UCLA student-run media. He aims to develop processes and make improvements in an effort to manage the college newspaper, yearbook, radio station and 10 media titles (student magazines) and several websites that involve over 600 students, throughout the course of the school year. He is excited to play a small part in the future of student-run media at UCLA and hopes to bring back insight and experience to Pomona College.
David Tanenbaum, professor of physics and astronomy, with colleagues from the department and the office of communications at Pomona, organized and ran an event on campus for the Great American Eclipse with over 400 people in attendance. It was a great celebratory event for Pomona students, faculty and staff.
Chuck Taylor, associate professor of chemistry, gave a talk titled "Introducing Undergraduates to TIR-Raman Spectroscopy for Volatile Organic Compound Analysis" at the 254th Annual Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington D.C. on Aug. 21. It was part of a symposium titled Engaging Undergraduates with Raman Spectroscopy. Student co-authors included Peter Rentzepis ’18, Constance Wu ’14, Alison Mercer-Smith ’14 and Ryan Dodson ’15. Peter Rentzepis ’18 also gave an oral presentation on his work titled "Building and Optimizing a TIR-Raman Spectroscopy System for Volatile Organic Chemical Analysis.”
Miguel Tinker Salas, Leslie Farmer Professor of Latin American studies and professor of history and Chicana/o Latina/o studies, was interviewed about Venezuela on CBC TV News on Aug. 1, TRT World and Sonali show on Aug. 3, BBC World News radio on Aug. 9. He discussed Trump and Latinos with a Univision radio show on Aug. 9, 15, 16 and 18. He was interviewed about Venezuela by Panorama on Aug. 22, LA Times on Aug. 22, and Al Jazeera and VOX on Aug. 23
Tinker Salas published an op-ed on NAFTA in La Jornada titled “TLCAN, mejor solo que mal acompanado” on Aug. 29, and he discussed U.S. foreign policy under Trump with Univision radio and Telesur on Aug. 31.
More recently, Tinker Salas discussed DACA with two Univision radio shows and Colombian TV news Cablenoticias on Sept. 5. On the same day, he was also part of an expert roundtable on DACA on Univision 34 for the 11 p.m. broadcast.
Heather Williams, associate professor of politics, published the peer-reviewed article, “Agricultural Subsidies and the Environment,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia, Environmental Science.
Yuqing Melanie Wu, associate professor of computer science, published a research article titled "From Relation Algebra to Semi-Join Algebra: An Approach for Graph Query Optimization,” co-authored with Jelle Hellings, Catherine L. Pilachowski, Dirk Van Gucht and Marc Gyssens, in the 16th International Symposium on Database Programming Languages.
Wu was a panelist at the "Women in CG" panel at the SIGGRAPH conference. The panel celebrated the accomplishments of women in academia and industry and addresses the issues faced by women and other minority groups in the tech industry.