Faculty Achievements 2005-2006
Grants, Awards and Honors
Kersey Black (Chemistry), Newton H. Copp (Biology), Gretchen Edwalds-Gilbert (Biology), Scot A. Gould (Physics), Katie Purvis-Roberts (Chemistry)
Co-PIs on National Science Foundation Grant, "Increasing Science Graduates Through Interdisciplinary Teaching and Research." September 2005-August 2009 ($498,700).
G. Edwalds-Gilbert (Biology), J. Higdon (Physics), K. Purvis-Roberts (Chemistry)
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, "Enhancement of Environmental Science at the Joint Science Department." Spring 2005-08 ($285,000).
Paul Faulstich (Environmental Studies)
Professor Faulstich appeared on CNN/Comcast, being interviewed about Pitzer’s Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology in Costa Rica.
He was selected to serve a three-year term on the National Screening Committee for the Institute of International Education.
David Furman (Art)
Professor Furman is featured in Who’s Who in American Art, 2006. New Providence, NJ: Marquis Publications, 2006.
Judith V. Grabiner (Mathematics)
Professor Grabiner received the prestigious Lester R. Ford Award from the Mathematical Association of America, for best article(s) in the American Mathematical Monthly in 2005. The article was "Newton, Maclaurin, and the Authority of Mathematics," American Mathematical Monthly (December 2004).
Dan Guthrie (Biology)
Professor Guthrie was elected to the Los Angeles Chapter hall of fame of U.S. Lacrosse. He was also elected a fellow of AAAS, general science and education (section Y).
Mary Hatcher-Skeers (Chemistry)
Professor Hatcher-Skeers received an NIH Academic Research Enhancement Award for $170,000. The title of the grant is "Dynamic 31P NMR of Backbone Dynamics in DNA."
Melinda Herrold-Menzies (Environmental Studies)
In August 2005, her research and work in the Russian Far East were the subject of a two-page article by Tatiana Kholina in the Amurskaya Pravda, the major newspaper for Amur Province in eastern Russia. In November 2005, she was extensively quoted in a front-page story on global warming in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
Jim Hoste (Mathematics)
Professor Hoste was appointed Chair of the Committee on the Profession, American Mathematical Society, 2006-07.
Alexandra Juhasz (Media Studies)
Professor Juhasz was appointed Chair of the Cultural Studies Department at CGU, 2005-07. She continues to serve on the Editorial Board of Cinema Journal: 2003-8.
Brian Keeley (Philosophy)
Professor Keeley was a visiting scholar in the Department of Philosophy at UC Berkeley in Fall 2005, finishing up the second half of his Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.
Jesse Lerner (Media Studies)
Professor Lerner received a Director’s Choice award at the Black Maria Film Festival, February 2006, for his work "T.S.H."
Leah Light (Psychology)
American Psychological Association, Division 20, Adulthood and Aging: Immediate Past President (Member of Executive Committee)
American Psychological Association, Member of the Publications & Communications Board
Member of the Committee on Assessing Behavioral and Social Science Research on Aging, National Research Council
Ming-Yuen S. Ma (Media Studies)
Professor Ma joined the Board of Directors for "Highways" Performance Space in Santa Monica, California.
John Norvell (Anthropology)
Professor Norvell received a Fulbright faculty grant, for teaching and research in Boa Vista, Brazil, Fall 2006. Project title: "Urban Indians and Caboclo Whites: Social Identity in the Brazilian Amazon."
Thomas Poon (Chemistry)
Professor Poon received a Camille & 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).
Out of 11,000 papers given at the American Chemical Society meeting in March 2006 in Atlanta, Professor Poon’s research on sweet gum balls and bird flu was the only one featured in the local newspaper, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In April 12, 2006, this research was also profiled on the front page of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
Katie Purvis-Roberts (Chemistry)
Professor Purvis-Roberts was PI on Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) grant from the Department of Commerce, June-July 2006 ($5,655). Also see first entry.
Dan Segal (Anthropology and History)
Professor Segal was the honored lecturer at The Page-Barbour Lectures at the University of Virginia. The lectures are to present "some fresh aspect or aspects of the department of thought" in which the lecturer is a specialist, and are to possess such unity as to be published in book form by the University. Past Page-Barbour Lecturers include President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft; poets T.S. Eliot and W.H. Auden; philosophers Walter Lippman and John Dewey; and psychologists B.F. Skinner and Robert Coles. See also Invited Talks.
Professor Segal was re-elected as Convenor of the Section Assembly of the American Anthropological Association in December 2005.
John D. (Jack) Sullivan (Political and Environmental Studies)
In May 2005, Professor Sullivan ended a two-year term as Natural Resources Director for the League of Women Voters of California. In the same month, he was elected to the position of Legislation Director for the state League. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing analyses of legislation before the California legislature and chairing the League’s Legislation Committee, which recommends to the League of Women Voters State Board positions on legislation.
Zhaohua Irene Tang (Biology)
NSF-RUI grant, "Cell-cycle Regulation of LAMMER-related Kinases" from the NSF Program of Signal Transduction/Cell Regulation. 2005-08 ($340,000).
NIH AREA grant. 2005-07 ($197,154). Since there were partial overlaps between the NSF and NIH projects, Professor Tang was obliged to give up the NIH grant.
Laura Skandera Trombley (President)
President Trombley was featured in a Los Angeles Times cover story in November 2005, "Her New Take on Twain: Pitzer College chief Laura Skandera Trombley argues that the women in the author’s life had a deep impact on his writing."
Diane Thomson (Biology)
Professor Thomson received a grant from the U.S. Geological Survey for a new collaborative project to analyze a long-term monitoring data-set for rare plant populations on the Channel Islands. 2006 ($5000).
Andre Wakefield (History)
Professor Wakefield received the Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award in the Humanities (ACLS), for "The Edinburgh Synergy." Edinburgh, Scotland (2006). He also received the Thyssen Foundation’s Herzog Ernst Fellowship for "Leibniz in the Mines." Gotha, Germany (2006).
Emily Wiley (Biology)
Professor Wiley received a National Science Foundation CAREER grant for "Investigating heterochromatin assembly through histone deactylases." ($652,630).
Phil Zuckerman (Sociology)
Professor Zuckerman has become an associate editor for the journal Sociology of Religion.