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December 20, 2019

Martha Barcenas-Mooradian – Spanish, Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures

Professor Barcenas-Mooradian’s Advanced-Seminar class “Cultural Competence in the Health Professions” received a Mellon Interdisciplinary Humanities Initiative award for the integration of a community engaged pedagogy working with local organizations, including the Pomona Economic Opportunity Center and the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. She gave a presentation on cultural and religious topics titled “Guadalupe: A Dialogue” […]

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Suchi Branfman – Dance

Professor Branfman, in collaboration with Scripps Presents performed her work “Dancing Through Prison Walls,” a piece which is the result of her five-year artist residency at the California Rehabilitation Center, a men’s medium-security state prison in Norco, CA. She presented “Dancing Through Prison Walls, An Embodied Lecture on Choreographic Collaborations with Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated […]

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Susan Castagnetto – Philosophy

Professor Castagnetto published the essay “Women’s Writing Groups Inside:  Resistance, Healing and Change,” co-authored with Molly Stanley (Professor Emerita, Political Science, Vassar), in Critical Perspectives on Teaching in Prison: Students and Instructors on Teaching Behind the Wall (Routledge, 2019). She was a speaker on the panel, “Intergenerational Mentoring:  Elders and Youth Seeking Social Justice,” which […]

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Wendy Cheng – American Studies

Professor Cheng published the article “The Taiwan Revolutionary Party and Sinophone Political Praxis in New York,” in Amerasia Journal, in a special issue on Asian American activism coedited by Diane Fujino and Robyn Rodriguez, Fall 2019, DOI: 10.1080/00447471.2019.1665962.

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Christina Edholm – Mathematics

Professor Edholm gave a contributed talk, “Modeling the role of superspreaders in infectious disease outbreaks,” at the 12th Annual Women in Mathematics in Southern California (WimSoCal), September 2019. https://math.csuci.edu/about/wimsocal2019-csuci.htm  

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Julin Everett – French

Professor Everett presented the talk “The Apparel of Others: Used Clothing in Colonial Contexts,” as invited speaker for the Fashion and Justice Workshop at Bard Graduate Center, New York, NY, November 2019. https://www.bgc.bard.edu/events/1095/09-nov-2019-fashion-and

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Cindy Forster – History

Professor Forster’s article “Bolivia: ‘We’ll Launch a Coup if Evo Wins’” was published in several Latin American newspapers including Amandala, a leading newspaper of Belize. https://www.resumen-english.org/2019/10/bolivia-well-launch-a-coup-if-evo-wins/#more-10932

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Martha Gonzalez – Chicanx-Latinx Studies

Professor Gonzalez performed two of her compositions which were specially orchestrated for her and the Arizona State University symphony, for “Towards A More Perfect Union,” a theatrical, symphonic concert with film, song, and spoken word, at the ASU Gammage, Tempe, AZ, October 2019.

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Ken Gonzales-Day – Art

Professor Gonzales-Day’s work was featured in the following exhibits: “Photography For Social Justice” at the Society for Photographic Education Regional Conference & Exhibition, co-hosted by the West and Southwest Chapters of SPE and the Department of Art and Art History at Santa Clara University, November 1, 2019 through January 24, 2020; https://kengonzalesday.com/7841-2/ SF Camerawork’s 2019 […]

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Anne Harley – Music

Professor Harley performed “Women Awake: Four Musical Premieres,” newly commissioned pieces of vocal chamber music by composers Richard Cornell, Ping Gao, Pablo Ortiz, and Marjorie Merryman ’72, setting texts by and about female spiritual practitioners from several world traditions. Performances were at the Tsai Theatre, Boston University, Boston, MA, October 2019, and at Garrison Theatre […]

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Hao Huang – Music

Professor Huang wrote, produced, and performed “LA Chinatown Massacre of 1871 Commemoration,” a multimedia-performance event with narration, videoscape, soundscape, and improvisations on Chinese and Western instruments, at Scripps College Boone Recital Hall, October, 2019. A second performance sponsored by the Chinese American Museum and co-sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) […]

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Aaron Leconte – Chemistry

Professor Leconte received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop new faster methods to understand and modify luciferase, an important protein used in biomedical imaging. Over three years, the $362,752 award will fund twelve summer research-internships for Keck students, materials for the research, and a high-powered macroscope for imaging live cells.

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Nancy Macko – Art

Professor Macko’s work “The Fragile Bee” was on view in two exhibitions: Chicago Academy of Science in Chicago, IL, through January 2020; Memorial Union, University of Wisconsin-Madison, through November 15, 2019.

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Sarah Marzen – Physics

Professor Marzen gave two colloquium talks, both titled “How can we predict efficiently?” at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, and at Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA, October 2019. She was awarded, a three-year $600,000 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research for studying sensory prediction and bio-inspired machine learnings. As lead […]

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Nancy Neiman – Politics

Professor Neiman’s article titled “Plant Justice: A Case Study in Radical Pedagogy and Food Justice in an Alternative Education Setting” was published in Creative Education (CE), Vol.10 No.8 2019. http://www.scirp.org/journal/CE/ She secured a book contract for her manuscript tentatively titled Markets, Community and Just Infrastructures. It will be published with Routledge Press under their heterodox […]

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Roberto Pedace – Economics

Professor Pedace presented “THC and the FDIC: Implications of Cannabis Legalization for the Banking System” at the 94th Annual Conference of the Western Economic Association, San Francisco, CA, summer 2019.

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Susan Rankaitis – Art

Professor Rankaitis’ work is currently in three group exhibitions: The Museum of Photographic Arts, “The Stories They Tell: A Hundred Years of Photography,” Balboa Park, San Diego CA, October 2019-February 2020; Princeton University Art Museum, “Landscapes of the Mind,” Princeton, New Jersey, October 2019 – ongoing; West Los Angeles College Art Gallery, “Fear in the […]

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Babak Sanii – Chemistry

Professor Sanii gave the following invited talks: “Scalable biomembrane manufacturing” as part of the Center for Minimally Invasive Therapeutics seminars, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA.                         https://www.chemeng.ucla.edu/upcoming-events/c-mit-seminar-series-dr-babak-sanii/ “Engineering Self-assembly: Lipid Films and Silicone Filaments” for the Polymer Science and Engineering Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, […]

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Michael Spezio – Psychology

He presented his research at the following: “Investigating Dyadic Cooperation and Competition Using I-POMDP Models,” at the National Science Foundation-sponsored meeting of Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience, at the University of Texas, Austin, TX, September 2019; “A Neuro-Computational Characterization of Theory of Mind Processes during Cooperative Interaction, and Modeling Cooperation and Competition in the Tiger […]

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Kevin Vennemann – German

Professor Vennemann published two translations to German: Franco “Bifo” Berardi’s seminal study The Soul at Work. From Automation to Autonomy, published by Matthes & Seitz, Berlin, Germany, October 2019; Donald Richie’s A Tractate on Japanese Aesthetics published by Matthes & Seitz, November 2019. This volume contains Professor Vennemann’s afterword, “’Invisible and Inaudible.’ Donald Richie on […]

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