Faculty Notes

Professor Leah Light Receives Prestigious Research Award

Professor of Psychology Leah Light received the 2007 Baltes Distinguished Research Achievement Award from Division 20 (Adulthood and Aging) of the American Psychological Association (APA). A Pitzer College faculty member since 1970, her areas of expertise include human memory and cognition with a specialization in memory and aging.

The Baltes Distinguished Research Achievement (DRA) Award, sponsored by the Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation, is Division 20's most prestigious award. It has been established to honor researchers who have made exceptional theoretical and empirical contributions to the psychological science of aging. Light was presented with a plaque and a monetary award at the annual APA convention in August and will deliver the Baltes DRA Award Address at next year's convention.

“The Pitzer faculty are justifiably proud of the life achievements of their colleague Leah Light and wish to extend to her their congratulations on the occasion of her winning the prestigious Baltes award,” Dean of Faculty Alan Jones said. “Her ongoing contributions to the study of human memory in the context of aging are significant and noteworthy and her commitment to productively engaging undergraduates in her research program has been an inspiration to all of us,” he continued.

Light has previously served Division 20 of the American Psychological Association as president (2004-05), secretary, member-at-large and chair of student awards. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 1, 3, 20), the Association for Psychological Science and the Gerontological Society of America. She served as editor of Psychology and Aging, a journal of the American Psychological Association, from 1998 to 2002, and is currently a member of the APA Publications and Communications Board.

Advanced Calculus Demystified

by Professor David Bachman

David Bachman, assistant professor of mathematics, published Advanced Calculus Demystified with McGraw- Hill in June 2007. Beginning with an overview of functions of multiple variables and their graphs, this book covers the fundamentals without spending too much time on rigorous proofs. Next, the text moves through more complex topics including partial derivatives, multiple integrals, parameterizations, vectors and gradients, so students will be able to solve difficult problems with ease. They can also test themselves at the end of every chapter for calculated proof that they’re mastering this subject.

Bill Anthes, assistant professor of art history, was an invited lecturer for the 18th Annual Oscar Howe Memorial Lecture on American Indian Art at the University of South Dakota. He also gave a lecture and graduate seminar as a visiting scholar at the University of Arizona School of Art. Anthes was an organizer and presenter for a session titled “Keywords for Native American Art History/Criticism” at the Native American Art Studies Association Conference. He presented a paper titled “Acee Blue Eagle, Traveler” at the Southwest Art History Conference XIX.

Jennifer Armstrong, assistant professor of biology, has published articles in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Current Protocols in Essential Laboratory and PloS Biology. Armstrong also received a National Science Foundation RUI grant for her project titled “Analysis of the role of CHD1 in chromatin structure and transcription.”

Sumangala Bhattacharya, assistant professor of English and World Literature, participated in the National Endowment for the Humanities onemonth summer seminar titled “Adaptation and Revision: The Example of Great Expectations” held at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Nigel Boyle was named Peter and Gloria Gold Professor of Political Studies. He also gave a presentation titled “The Institutional Capacity of the Irish State: Development Planning, Infrastructural Planning and Training Policy 1987-2007” at the Political Studies Association of Ireland conference.

José Calderón, professor of sociology and Chicano Studies, published an article titled “Operation Return to Sender: A Historical Pattern of Immigration Raids” in the July-August issue of Relay: A Socialist Project Review published in Toronto, Canada. He gave a presentation for the Leadership Sin Limites program at the University of Georgia. Calderón was the keynote speaker at a banquet sponsored by the Pueblo United for Economic Justice Building Leadership through Organizing. He was also a panelist for two sessions titled “The Politics of Immigration Raids” and “Teaching Connections: Critical Pedagogy, Multiculturalism and Service Learning in Diverse Communities” at the American Sociological Association conference. He has been appointed a member of the program committee for the association's 2009 conference. Calderón was interviewed about the immigration rights movement for the program Enfoque Latino on KPFK.

Scot Gould, professor of physics, published an article titled “Tensile Properties of Silk from Endemic New Zealand Spiders” in Textile Research Journal.

Judith V. Grabiner, Flora Sanborn Professor of Mathematics, gave two talks titled “Mathematics for the Liberal Arts” and “Why Did Lagrange ‘Prove’ the Parallel Postulate?” at the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) annual meeting. She is also serving on a MAA committee to prepare an official poster on women in mathematics.

Ethel Jorge, associate professor of Spanish, published an article titled “Community-based Spanish Language and Culture Program” in the edited volume First-Year Civic Engagement: Sound Foundations for College, Citizenship and Democracy (New York Times and The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, 2007).

Brian Keeley, associate professor of philosophy, presented invited commentary on Casey O'Callaghan, “Crossmodal Illusions and Perceptual Content,” for the Society for Philosophy and Psychology Annual Meeting.

Milton Machuca, assistant professor of Spanish, gave a presentation titled “A Conversation about Language Teaching and Social Justice” at the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese Annual Meeting.

Jessica McCoy, assistant professor of art, had an art exhibition this fall titled “Dreams” at the Fanny Garver Gallery in Madison, Wisconsin. She was also a finalist to present her design proposal for the Metro Expo Line in Los Angeles.

Peter Nardi, professor of sociology, was interviewed as part of a panel discussion on the recent Senator Larry Craig scandal for KNPR's show State of Nevada.

Adrian Pantoja, associate professor of Political Studies and Chicano Studies, published an article with Louis DeSipio titled “Puerto Rican Exceptionalism?: A Comparative Analysis of Transnational Ties Among Puerto Rican, Mexican, Salvadoran and Dominican Migrants” in the August 2007 issue of Latino Politics: Identity, Mobilization and Representation. He gave a talk titled “Patterns in Authorized and Unauthorized Latin American Immigration to the United States” for the League of Women Voters in Pasadena and Claremont.

Claudia Strauss, professor of anthropology, published an article titled “Blaming for Columbine: Conceptions of Agency in the Contemporary U.S.” in Current Anthropology.

Andre Wakefield, assistant professor of history, published two articles in edited volumes: “The Fiscal Logic of Enlightened German Science” in Knowledge and Its Making in Early Modern Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2007), and “The Practical Enlightenment: German Cameralists and Yankee Economists” in Jenseits der Diskurse (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2007). Wakefield presented papers at the annual meetings of the History of Science Society, the German Studies Association and the American Historical Association. He has also been invited to present a series of lectures next summer on “Science and State in Early Modern Germany” at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris.

Rudi Volti, professor emeritus of sociology, published a review of the movie Cars in the spring issue of the Journal of Transport Studies.

Michael Woodcock, professor emeritus of art and Creative Studies, exhibited his artwork at three shows: “Locus One” at the Claremont Museum of Art, “The 19th Los Angeles Printmakers Society Exhibition” and “East in Eden” at Cal Poly Pomona. Woodcock's work has also been recently added to the permanent collection of the Claremont Museum of Art.

Kathleen S. Yep, assistant professor of sociology and Asian American Studies, published an article titled “Intellectual Praxes and the Politics of Analyzing Sport” in Sociology of Sport Journal.