Faculty Achievements 2003-2004
Grants, Awards and Honors
Jennifer Armstrong (Biology)
2003 Pitzer Faculty Research Award for “Chromatin Remodeling and the Histone Code”
Cheryl Baduini (Biology)
Keck Faculty Research Grant, Joint Science Department, $15,000, 2003; Mellon Foundation Research Grant, $5,000, 2003
Nigel Boyle (Political Studies)
Visiting Research Fellow at The Policy Institute, Trinity College, Dublin, December 2003 to June 2004
European Commission Grant, “Teaching the EU in California,” comprehensive plan to improve the ability of California High School Social Studies teachers to teach about the EU, August 2003
Avery Foundation Fellow 2002 (six weeks in China “watching the Chinese watch the World Cup”)
As Academic Director of the Claremont International Studies Education Project (CISEP), Boyle organized institutes for Southern California social studies teachers on, “World Religions in History and the Contemporary World,” in January and, “Teaching East Asia,” from January to May. Through CISEP, Boyle also has helped to create an “International Trade Academy” within Chaffey High School in Ontario, CA. This “school within a school” started in September 2002, and will connect a range of Pitzer faculty and students to innovative international studies curriculum at Chaffey High.
Carol Brandt (External Studies)
Authored or co-authored the following grants:
The California Postsecondary Education Commission, $594,294 for the Claremont International Studies Education Project (CISEP), 2003
Department of Housing and Urban Development, $350,000 for a HUD-COPC with the Ontario Community University Partnership, CGU, and Pitzer in Ontario, CA, 2002
Institute for Turkish Studies at Georgetown University, $6,000 in travel stipends for Claremont science students who join the Pitzer in Turkey program
The Freeman Foundation, $30,000 for the Asian Political Economy Institute for Claremont International Studies Education Project (CISEP), 2002
Claremont International Studies Education Project: CISEP Renewal $134,000, 2002
José Calderon (Sociology)
Recipient of 2004 Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence and Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education, presented by the California Campus Compact (CACC) to individuals who demonstrate excellence in building partnerships between communities and higher education
Michi and Walter Weglyn Endowed Chair in Multicultural Studies, California Polytechnic University, 2004
Appointed member of the National Advisory Council of the New Institute on Liberal Education and Civic Engagement, American Association of Colleges and Universities, Campus Compact, 2004
Appointed to three-year position, Distinguished Career Award Committee, American Sociological Association
Third-year council member and head of Research and Teaching Awards Committee of Latina/o Section of the American Sociological Association, 2002
“La Paz de Cesar Chavez: The Farmworkers’ Social Movement, Cesar Chavez Day of Service Learning, Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism,” funded for $19,000, 2003
Pomona Day Labor Center Health Project, funded by California Endowment, $10,000, 2003
City of Pomona grant for Pomona Economic Opportunity Center, funded for $160,000, 2003
Grant proposal, City of Pomona for Day Labor Center CDBG grant, funded for $38,000, 2002
Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert (Biology)
CMC summer research grant, “Analysis of protein interactions in the yeast spliceosome,” 2003
Halford Fairchild (Psychology/Black Studies)
He has been appointed to the State of California Commission on Access to Justice.
He has served as Editor of Psych Discourse since 1990.
Paul Faulstich (Environmental Studies)
Professor Faulstich received the prestigious Fulbright Senior Scholar Award and was a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University. He lectured around the country, and in the Outback he conducted field research on “The Natural History of Place-Making,” among Warlpiri Aborigines with whom he has worked over the past 23 years.
He has joined the Advisory Board of Education for Sustainability, West Coast Network. The Network encourages environmentally sound practices within colleges and universities.
David Furman (Art)
In 2003, Professor Furman was chosen as Pitzer's Peter and Gloria Gold professor. The Gold Award is given to a faculty member who is internationally distinguished in his or her field.
His exhibited erotic teapot, “The Gardener,” won a special award given by the World Ceramic Exposition Foundation in September 2003, at the 2nd International Biennale of Ceramics, Icheon, Korea.
Furman also won a Getty Foundation Award for Service Learning and the Arts Lecturer California State Universities: Northridge, Los Angeles, Long Beach, 2002.
Gail Gottfried (Psychology)
National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education; Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Implementation grant, “Interactive video assignments for in-class experimentation in developmental cognition”
Appointed as book review editor, The Child, Youth & Family Services Advocate, Division 37, American Psychological Association
Nominated for the Robert S. Daniel national teaching award, APA Division 2
Judith V. Grabiner (Mathematics)
Professor Grabiner won one of the most prestigious math awards in the country. Grabiner, the Flora Sanborn Pitzer Professor of Mathematics, has been awarded the Mathematical Association of America’s (MAA) Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics. The award was given at the National Mathematics meetings in Baltimore, MD, in January 2003.
Laura Alexandra Harris (English and World Literature)
Notes from a Welfare Queen in The Ivory Tower: poetry, fiction, letters, and essays, was nominated for the American Library Association Stonewall Book Award, 2002.
Outstanding Queer Faculty Award, First Annual Lavender Graduation, Scripps College, Spring 2002
Melinda Herrold-Menzies (Environmental Studies)
Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program for the establishment of the Guizhou Biodiversity Group, Community-based Conservation & Development Research Center, Guizhou, China, 2004
Carina L. Johnson (History)
Carina Johnson received a Graves Award for 2003-04. The Graves Awards, administered at Pomona College under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies, honor “outstanding accomplishment in actual teaching in the humanities by younger faculty members.” The award allows faculty to undertake research to develop new courses. Professor Johnson proposes to expand her course offerings by developing two courses that explore early modern Christian-Muslim interactions in the Mediterranean world through study of material not available to her in the U.S.
Tom Ilgen (Political Studies)
Scholar-in-Residence, Pitzer College, Fall 2002
Brian Keeley (Philosophy)
Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, awarded by the American Council of Learned Societies; Project title: “Making sense of the senses: Philosophical traditions and the nature of perception”
Program Chair, 29th Society for Philosophy & Psychology Annual Meeting, Pasadena, CA, June 2003
Visiting Fellow, Center for the Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, Fall 2003
Jesse Lerner (Media Studies)
U.S.-Mexico Fund for Culture, visual arts program, 2003
Getty/California Community Foundation Visual Arts fellowship, 2002
Leah Light (Psychology)
Currently serves on the editorial boards of both Psychology and Aging and Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.
She recently completed a six-year term (1998-2003) as editor of Psychology and Aging, a journal of the American Psychological Association.
She is President-Elect of Division 20, Adulthood and Aging, of the American Psychological Association and will take office at the Annual Meeting of APA in July 2004 for a one-year term as president.
She is currently serving on National Research Council committee: Committee on Assessing Behavioral and Social Science Research on Aging (Research Vitality).
Grants include “ Direct and Indirect Measures of Memory in Old Age,” NIA, 2 R01 AG02452, September 1999-August 2004
Mario Maldonado (Brain, Mind and Medicine)
Nominated co-chair with Professor Goffredo Bartocci, M.D. (Italy) of the upcoming 2005 World Psychiatric Association, Transcultural Psychiatry Section Symposium to be held in Quito, Ecuador. Traditional Quichua Healers will participate in this international congress. This is a first-time official encounter of indigenous healers and psychiatrists from around the world.
Kathryn Miller (Art)
Received a National Endowment for the Arts grant to be artist-in-residence with the National Park Service, Rivers and Trails Division of Los Angeles to work on three sites in the Los Angeles area, 2002
Thomas Poon (Chemistry)
Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences, “Active Learning Through Instructional Technology: Integration of Quicktime Tutorials in the Organic Chemistry Curriculum,” $18,741, 2004
Marion Preest (Biology)
Mary W. Johnson Faculty Achievement Award in Scholarship, Scripps College, 2004
Katie Purvis-Roberts (Chemistry)
Co-PI on National Science Foundation grant, “Collaborative Proposal: Perceptions of Risk from Nuclear Testing in Kazakhstan: A Comparative Study of Kazakh Villagers, Health Care Workers and Research Scientists,” $144,400, July 2002-December 2004
Co-PI on National Council for Eurasian and East European Research grant, “Perceptions of Risk from Nuclear Testing in Kazakhstan: A Comparative Study of Kazakh Villagers, Health Care Workers, and Research Scientists,” $30,000, January 2002-December 2004
Kathryn S. Rogers (Organizational Studies)
Professor Rogers is a member and Chair (2002 and 2004) of Social Issues in Management Division Annual Book Award committee. She worked with the committee to revise criteria for review of eligible scholarly books and presented the award for the winning book in 2002 and 2004.
Barry Sanders (History of Ideas)
Alienable Rights: The Exclusion of African Americans in a White Man’s Land, 1619-2000, co-written by independent scholar Francis Adams, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, December 2003; nominated for Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, January 2003; Notable Book of the Year, Detroit Free Press.
His short story, “Webelos,” Rivendell Magazine, Fall 2002, was nominated for Best Mystery Story of the Year, Magazine Association of America.
Daniel Segal (Anthropology and History)
Professor Segal was awarded the Jean Pitzer Chair in Anthropology in 2003. The chair, established in 1998 by members of the founding family of Pitzer College, is awarded to a senior faculty person who inspires in students and colleagues an interest in the field of anthropology.
He was elected Convener, AAA Section Assembly and ex-officio member of the AAA Executive Board, 2003-2004.
He completed his term in 2003 as President, Society for Cultural Anthropology, 2001-2003.
Laura Skandera Trombley (President)
Pepperdine University Distinguished Alumna Award, December 14, 2002
Reader, College Literature, 2002-2003; Member, International Association of University Professors of English, 2001-2007; President, Mark Twain Circle of America, 2000-2002; Executive Committee, Mark Twain Circle of America, 1996-2004
Claudia Strauss (Anthropology)
Russell Sage Foundation Fellowship, Fall 2003
John D. (Jack) Sullivan (Political and Environmental Studies)
He has been involved in the League of Women Voters and currently serves as Natural Resource Person for the League of Women Voters of the Claremont Area and the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County. He also serves as Natural Resources Director for the League of Women Voters of California. He is one of two League of Women Voters representatives to the California Department of Water Resources Advisory Committee on the California Water Plan Update.
Andre Wakefield (History)
Maria Sibylla Merian Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Erfurt, Germany, 2004
Scholar in Residence, Pitzer College, Claremont, 2003
Director, National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Collaborative Research Grant, “The First English Edition of Leibniz’s Protogaea,” 2001-2003
Dan Ward (Political Studies)
Professor Ward has served as Executive Director of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP) since 1998.
Burke Scott Williams (Chemistry)
Received a Faculty Startup Grant for Undergraduate Institutions from the Dreyfus Foundation. These are awarded in the field of chemistry to new faculty on the basis of their proposals for course development and undergraduate research.
Received $20,000 grant from the Dreyfus Foundation and $35,000 from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund to start up our research program. The title of both grants is, “The Impact of Cis/Trans Ligand Geometry on C-H and C-C Elimination and Addition at Platinum and Iridium.