Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

November 2023

Lise Abrams, Peter W. Stanley Chair of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, co-authored four poster presentations at the 64th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, which was held November 16-19 in San Francisco. Three Pomona cognitive science majors who are research assistants in Abram’s PRIME (Psycholinguistic Research in Memory) laboratory were the primary presenters of their posters: Emma Constable ’26: “A face without a name: How COVID-19 and facial characteristics affect name retrieval”; Aysha Gsibat ’24 and Majo Najas ’24: “Hands in Motion: The Role of Gestures and Self-Adaptors in Emotional Storytelling”; and her two other posters were titled “Laughter is the Best Medicine: The Relationships between Humor, Anxiety, and Working Memory” and “The Communicative Function of Gestures During Emotional Storytelling,” and these were collaborations with colleagues at the University of Florida and Rhodes College, respectively.

Seth Allen, vice president for strategy and dean of admissions and financial aid, served as a panelist for “鶹Ů Essays in the Age of AI” at the Council of International Schools Global Forum in Dublin on November 17.

Ellie Anderson, assistant professor of philosophy, delivered a keynote address titled “In Defense of Sartre’s ‘Woman on a Date’: Erotic Ambivalence and Bad Faith” at the conference on Love and Sexuality at the Center for Subjectivity Research at the University of Copenhagen on November 13. She also gave a talk at Freie Universität, Berlin, on November 1 as part of the Practical Philosophy Colloquium series.

Nicholas Ball, associate professor of chemistry, gave a Faculty Lecture to the Pomona community titled “Activating Excellence Through Chemistry.” In this talk, Ball highlighted how his personal and family history has enabled him to facilitate a training ground that leverages students’ strengths and cultivates their identity as scientists.

Ball gave a talk titled “Synthetic Strategies toward Fluorosulfurylation of Organic Molecules and Sulfur-Fluoride Exchange (SuFEx)” at Cal Poly Pomona.

Ball received the Downing/Pomona Faculty Exchange Fellowship at Cambridge University, UK. At Cambridge, Ball will work with Matthew Gaunt to understand high-throughput reaction development.

Malachai Komanoff Bandy, assistant professor of music, played Baroque double bass in Con Gioia Early Music Ensemble’s program “,” directed by Preethi de Silva. The performance, held on November 4 at the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church in Pasadena, California, and co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Consulate General of Germany, marked the 300th anniversary of J. S. Bach’s appointment as Cantor at St. Thomas in Leipzig and featured works by Bach, Telemann and Graupner.

Bandy facilitated, participated in and provided coaching for two Viola de Gamba Society of America events serving the local and national viola da gamba scholarly community: a play-in hosted by musicologists Lindsey Macchiarella (University of Texas at El Paso) and Zoe Weiss (University of Denver) held on November 10 at the (Denver, Colorado) and a day-long workshop with Lisa Terry (Parthenia Consort of Viols, New York) on November 18 (South Pasadena, California) and sponsored by SoCal Viols.

Allan Barr, professor of Chinese, delivered a lecture in Chinese on the topic “Wild Grass or Weeds? Remarks on Matt Turner’s Translation of Lu Xun’s Yecao” at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou on November 8, Hangzhou Normal University on November 10 and Zhejiang Normal University in Jinhua on November 13. He also gave a talk at Yulin Normal University in Yulin, Guangxi, on the translation of Chinese literature in the United States on November 25.

Graydon Beeks, professor emeritus of music, presented the paper “Sir Watkin Williams Wynn (1749-1789), 4th Bart., as a collector of Handel's music” at the Thirteenth Handel Institute Conference held November 17-19 in London.

Mietek Boduszyński, associate professor of politics and international relations, was the main guest on the Polish CNN-equivalent news channel Polsat’s on November 2 where he offered context and insights on U.S. foreign policy challenges including the Israel-Gaza and Ukraine wars.

Ralph Bolton ’61, professor emeritus of anthropology, co-authored a publication with Daniel E. Torres, Ines Contreras, Daphne Braden, Leah Dembinski and Maren Vouga. The last three were students at Bates College when they participated in the 鶹Ů Study Abroad Program in Peru in 1973. The paper, in the Revista Peruana de Antropología, is titled “La antropologia aplicada en Puno – El Proyecto Taraco-Chijnaya (1963): Una entrevista con el Ing. Hugo Contreras Quevedo” (“Applied Anthropology in Peru - The Taraco-Chijnaya Project (1963): An Interview with Engineer Hugo Contreras Quevedo”).

Paul Cahill, associate professor of Spanish, presented a paper titled “Tracing Temperature in Ana Merino’s ܰó (2010)” at the fall meeting of the Southern California Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), held at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Los Angeles on November 4.

Gabe Chandler, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, published “” (with Alyssa Burns, Kira Dunham and Ann Marie Carlton) in Environmental Science and Technology. The article was highlighted as the ACS (American Chemical Society) Editors’ Choice on November 30.

David Divita, professor of Romance languages and literatures, gave a paper titled “Unmaking a mausoleum: Resignification and the material remains of Spain’s authoritarian past” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Toronto on November 18.

Erica Dobbs, assistant professor of politics, was an invited speaker at the Harvard University Migration and Immigrant Incorporation Workshop on November 28. She and gave a talk on their recently published book (Oxford University Press).

Malte Dold, assistant professor of economics, and for the 2021 conference of the International Network of Economic Method (INEM).

Guillermo Douglass-Jaimes, assistant professor of environmental analysis, served as a panelist for “GIS in Education: A Tool to Increase Social Justice,” as part of the GIS Day Bridges to the Future conference held at Cal Poly Pomona on November 15.

Kouross Esmaeli, visiting assistant professor of media studies, who was a founding board member of , the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association, rejoined the association in the past month to help work on the various projects related to the war in Palestine/Israel. These include AMEJA’s and the ongoing work with the to document the killing of (so far 57) journalists in the region.

Robert Gaines, Edwin F. and Martha Hahn Professor of Geology, with colleagues from Northwest University (Xi’an) published the article “Thermal history of Burgess Shale-type deposits: new insights from the early Cambrian Chengjiang and Qingjiang biotas of South China” in the Journal of Earth Sciences.

Stephan Ramon Garcia, W.M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, published the book chapter “Model Spaces” in the edited volume .

Garcia gave a talk, “What can chicken nuggets tell us about symmetric functions, positive polynomials, random norms, and AF algebras?” at the CSU Fullerton Mathematics Colloquium on November 17 and at the Claremont Colleges Algebra / Number Theory / Combinatorics Seminar on November 28.

Dean Gerstein, director of sponsored research, delivered three presentations at two virtual national conferences. On November 2, at the fall meeting of the (NORDP), he presented “The Landscape of Research Development at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs): Results from a Pilot Study” with coauthor Jennifer Glass (UMassD), based on a 2021 survey of 87 PUIs. At the 2023 Colleges of Liberal Arts Sponsored Programs () conference on November 8 and 9, he presented the “CLASP 2023 Grants Review” with Krista Campbell (Hamilton), analyzing a new database of 1800 external grants received during FY22-23 by CLASP member institutions; and “Research Development and Sponsored Programs at LACs and other PUIs,” a panel overview of research support contexts and challenges, with Susan Ferrari (Grinnell) and Amy Cuhel-Schuckers (TCNJ).

On November 7, with Pomona staff members Ha Phan and Andy Schuster, Gerstein gave a workshop on post-award grants administration to visiting staff from the , led by Talitha Washington (Clark Atlanta.)

Gerstein was selected to join NORDP Consultants, a collective delivering research infrastructure assistance to minority serving institutions. This initiative is funded by a from the National Science Foundation to Kimberly Eck (Emory). Gerstein also began membership in the CLASP List Advisory Group, where he joins Claremont McKenna College’s Beth Jager.

Elizabeth Glater, associate professor of neuroscience, and her research students presented two posters at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in Washington DC from November 10-13. Sokhna Lo ’25 and Tymmaa Asaed ’25 presented “The AWC neuron is required for attraction to 1-butanol in Caenorhabditis 𲵲Բ.” Jeremy Callaway ’24, Taryn Kaneko ’24 and Catie Kaneshiro ’24 presented Modeling a rare genetic disease in Caenorhabditis 𲵲Բ.”

Edray Herber Goins, professor of mathematics and statistics, gave a colloquium talk at the Department of Mathematics at the University of California at Irvine on November 30. The talk was titled “.”

Esther Hernández-Medina, assistant professor of Latin American studies and gender and women’s studies, published the chapter “The Right to a Complete Life: Struggles of the Dominican Feminist Movement” in the edited volume (Springer, editors Inés M. Pousadela and Simone R. Bohn) in November.

Hernández-Medina chaired the session “La crisis identitaria en República Dominicana y sus consecuencias sociopolíticas en la actualidad” (“Identity Crisis in the Dominican Republic and its Socio-political Consequences Today”) with Ruth Pión, co-founder of Junta de Prietas, the most important decolonial feminist collective in the Dominican Republic. The session took place virtually on November 18 at the conference .

On November 28, Hernández-Medina was one of the keynote speakers at the convened by the Gender Studies Center at the Technological Institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC) in the Dominican Republic. She presented virtually on “El Derecho a una Vida Completa: La Lucha del Movimiento Feminista Dominicano” (“The Right to a Complete Life: Struggles of the Dominican Feminist Movement”) based on the book chapter mentioned above.

Jeff Hing, assistant director for communications multimedia, and Eric Melgosa, director of creative content, collaborated on a 鶹Ů Magazine cover that was selected by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for the 2022-23 Best of District VII, which includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah. The featured Hing’s photograph of Ron Nemo, Pomona’s longtime manager of grounds and landscaping, holding coast live oak acorns in the wake of the 2022 storm that felled numerous old campus trees. In addition, Melgosa and editor Robyn Norwood led an Office of Communications effort that was recognized among the Best of District VII for alumni/general interest magazines printed twice a year by a four-year college or university (PCM typically publishes three times a year but printed two issues in 2022). The magazine earlier received a 2023 CASE Circle of Excellence Gold Award in the category of writing/profile (less than 1,000 words) for the comic “Our Bird’s Beginnings,” which also earned district honors.

Gizem Karaali, professor of mathematics and statistics, published a joint book review of Proving It Her Way: Emmy Noether, a Life in Mathematics, by David E. Rowe and Mechthild Koreuber, and Emmy Noether: Mathematician Extraordinaire, by David E. Rowe, in the newsletter of Association for Women in Mathematics.

Karaali gave the 23rd Annual Kenneth C. Schraut Memorial Lecture on November 4 during the at the University of Dayton, in Dayton, Ohio. Her talk was titled “Languages, Alphabets, and Group Theory.”

Karaali ran a session titled “Developing a Social Justice STEM Curriculum: The First Steps” on November 3 at the 2023 American Association of Colleges and Universities in Virginia. She also facilitated a workshop, together with Ileana Vasu of Holyoke Community College, Geillan Aly of Compassionate Math, and Jonas D’Andrea of Westminster University titled “Equity in the Moment” that same day.

Nina J. Karnovsky, Willard George Halstead Zoology Professor of Biology, participated in the California Islands Symposium in Ventura, California. She was moderator of the session on education and presented the paper “Sowing Seeds of Futures in Conservation Through Participation in Restoration Work on Anacapa Island.” In this study Karnovsky evaluated the legacy of a field trip in the lives of students in her advanced animal ecology classes from 2017 and 2021.

Jun Lang, assistant professor of Chinese, organized a panel presentation titled “A usage-based constructionist approach to CSL acquisition and pedagogy” at the 2023 ACTFL Annual Convention in November. Lang delivered a talk titled “Beyond the textbook: Corpus-informed pedagogy across proficiency levels.” Feng Xiao, associate professor of Chinese, also contributed to the panel by delivering a presentation.

Բ’s co-authored article, titled “Gendered social address in China’s convergence culture: The case of ĕǚ (beautiful woman),” was published in the latest in China Information.

Genevieve Lee, Everett S. Olive Professor of Music, and Aron Kallay, lecturer in music, are featured on the album “” that dropped November 3 on Microfest Records. They present the premiere recording of Kurt Rohde’s Altromondo at one piano and play melodicas, harmonicas, triangle, Chinese paper accordions and antique cymbals.

Alexandra Lippman, visiting assistant professor of anthropology, co-curated and organized a sound works installation and performance, “,” at the American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) annual meeting in Toronto from November 15-19. She exhibited her radio documentary “Cumbia on Broadway: Mexican Popular Music Industry in Los Angeles” and deejayed the post-installation reception which also featured performances by Farzaneh Hemmasi, Jay Hammond, Stefan Helmreich, Carmen Jarrín, David Novak, and the Sound Braid Collective. Lippman participated in a roundtable, “Chatting About Chat GPT,” at the AAA’s annual meeting where she spoke about the surprising uses of paper generator software in the 1990s and 2000s and the need to historicize Chat GPT and AI more broadly.

Sara Masland, associate professor of psychological science, published a paper titled “” in Journal of Personality Disorders. Co-authors included Dr. Lois Choi-Kain of Harvard Medical School (first author) and Dr. Ellen Finch of Harvard University.

Susan McWilliams Barndt, professor of politics, delivered the 2023 Vik-Bailey Lecture in American Politics at Harvard University on November 9. The title of her lecture was “A Tale of Two Liberalisms: Desegregating American Political Thought.” Earlier in the month, McWilliams delivered this lecture at Mercer University's McDonald Center for America's Founding Principles, where she also led a seminar on Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America.

On November 15, McWilliams gave a talk titled “Party at Kesey's: The Merry Pranksters, The Hells Angels, and the Degeneration of American Politics” as part of the Special Collections Research Fellows Speaker Series at the University of Oregon.

On November 28, McWilliams led a seminar on Chita Banerjee Divakaruni’s “The Word Love” at Claremont McKenna College.

McWilliams chaired a panel at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association. The panel was held in celebration of the publication of the 50th anniversary edition of The Idea of Fraternity in America, which was written by her father, Wilson Carey McWilliams. McWilliams wrote the introduction to the book’s new edition.

Jorge Moreno, associate professor of physics and astronomy, published an article titled ” in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Moreno also published an article titled “” in the same journal.

Zvezdana Ostojic, visiting assistant professor of French, presented a paper titled “Passages de l’auteur: Victor Hugo et la (pi)œuvre destructrice” at the 48th Annual Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference in Baltimore on November 10.

Mary Paster, professor of linguistics and cognitive science, published an article titled “Akan morphological 'reversal' in historical context” in The Life Cycle of Language: Past, Present, and Future (Oxford University Press,editors Darya Kavitskaya and Alan C.L. Yu).

Lina Patel, lecturer in theatre, received a workshop of her new play Sick Girl or, Don’t Hate Me ’Cuz I’m Pretty at on November 4. Her short play Karma opened at in Atwater Village on November 30.

William Peterson, professor emeritus of music and College organist, is a co-author of a book, Political Dreams and Musical Themes in the 1848-1922 Formation of Czechoslovakia: Interaction of National and Global Forces, by James W. Peterson and William J. Peterson, published by Lexington Books.

Sheila Pinkel, professor emerita of art and art history, currently has large artwork on prominent display at MoMA New York City.

Frances Pohl, professor emerita of art history, published the fifth edition of her textbook . This edition has been thoroughly revised and contains a greater percentage of color plates than earlier editions.

Meranda Roberts (citizen of the Yerington Paiute Tribe), visiting professor of art history and guest curator at the Benton Museum of Art, has been appointed to the inaugural committee of scholars.

Sara Sadhwani, assistant professor of politics, gave three community talks on redistricting and good governance recommendations for the Los Angeles City Council related to her work with the . These include a panel discussion at the Los Angeles Jewish Federation, a presentation at Mt. San Antonio Gardens, and a conversation with City Council President Paul Krekorian for the LA Business Council.

Sadhwani provided commentary to and on the prevalence of Indian American candidates running for president and to and on the impact of the Israel-Gaza conflict on the California Senate race.

Gibb Schreffler, associate professor of music, published the article “” in the Journal of the Society for American Music.

Prageeta Sharma, Henry G. Lee ’37 Professor of English, was featured on the cover and had five poems in the November/December issue of American Poetry Review.

Gary Smith, Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics, wrote four opinion pieces: “” (MindMatters, November 6), “” (MindMatters, November 8), “” (MindMatters, November 10) and “” (Marketwatch, November 28).

Smith’s book, , was the lead review in “” in Notices of the American Mathematical Society: “Through the lenses of disinformation, data torturing, and data mining, this book leads the reader through a history of instances where the public doubts the facts….Distrust is filled to the brim with examples of those who reject scientific evidence.”

Keri Wilson, assistant professor of biology, organized the 2023 Southwestern Organismal Biology conference held at Harvey Mudd College on November 4. Participants represented over 25 colleges and universities from the southwestern region of the United States.

Kyle Wilson, assistant professor of economics, published the article “” in the Review of Industrial Organization on November 17.

Feng Xiao, associate professor of Chinese, delivered a presentation titled “N-gram for Chinese Teaching” at the 2023 conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The presentation utilized Chinese as an example to illustrate the creation of a systematic, data-driven foreign language pedagogy based on N-gram language models.

Samuel Yamashita, Henry E. Sheffield Professor of History, published “Understanding World War II Japan, 1940–1945” in the fall 2023 issue of Education About Asia. Based on his three decades of research on this topic, this article offers what the editors of this journal describe as “an accessible and fascinating article for instructors and students that draws heavily on a wide range of sources including government propaganda efforts and diaries of Japanese civilians.”

Megan Zirnstein, assistant professor of linguistics and cognitive science, co-authored a poster presentation at the 64th annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, along with Sarah Wang ’23 and Feiya Suo, a past 鶹Ů language resident. The poster, titled “Brewing bilingualism: Inducing bilingual language regulation changes via sound immersion during reading,” was an extension of Wang’s senior thesis and Suo’s independent study project in the Cognitive Science program, both aimed at understanding the effects of naturalistic language immersion on Mandarin reading in Southern California.