Faculty Focus

Thierry Boucquey

Scripps College faculty continues to actively research, write, curate, and publish. Here is a sampling of their many recent accomplishments.

  • Gail Abrams, professor of dance, debuted a workshop on her new course, Somatics of Yoga: An Integrated Approach, at the Moving Mind Symposium at Pomona College last October, and presented Somatic Awareness Through Partner Work in Tampa, Florida.
  • Associate Professor of Biology Jennifer Armstrong received a $450,000 three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research chromosome structure and gene expression.
  • Professor of French Thierry Boucquey recently wrote “Saving the Tinrin Language” for Annals of the Institute for Comparative Studies of Culture; reviewed Jody Enders’ The Farce of the Fart and Other Ribaldries—Twelve Medieval French Plays in Modern English and Caroline Huey’s Hans Folz and Print Culture in Late Medieval Germany: The Creation of Popular Discourse; and completed a new book manuscript, La Grammaire du Tinrin. Tinrin Grammar de Midori Osumi Traduit par Thierry Boucquey.
  • Choreographing Women’s Lives was performed and presented by Suchi Branfman, lecturer in dance, at the Alternate ROOTS Conference in August 2013. Branfman also presented a solo performance of 21 Daily Dances at the Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica in January 2013.
  • The Association of American Colleges and Universities recently awarded a $7,500 grant to Backstrand Chair of Feminist Gender and Sexuality Studies Piya Chatterjee for Bridge/Action, her initiative that promotes civic engagement through critical, antiracist, feminist perspectives and by allying with grassroots organizations.
  • Latika ChaudharyLatika Chaudhary, assistant professor of economics, joyfully celebrates the birth of her son alongside her obstetrician, Jagdip S. Powar, MD. Coincidentally, Dr. Powar also has a connection to Scripps, as he is the proud parent of a recent Scripps alumna, Olivia Powar ’11. “Dr. Powar especially wore his Scripps College t-shirt for this picture with my son, whom he delivered in August,” says Professor Chaudhary.
  • Melissa Coleman, associate professor of biology, was invited to be a discussion leader at the 2013 “Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution and Neurobiology” Gordon Research Conference.
  • Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi’ite South Beirut (Princeton University Press, 2013) was coauthored by Associate Professor of Anthropology Lara Deeb.
  • Kimberly Drake, assistant professor of writing, presented two papers last fall: “Gender- Neutral Pronouns and the Student Body,” at Stanford University in September 2013, and “The Perfect Crime,” at the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association in San Diego in November 2013.
  • Professor of Art Ken Gonzales-Day contributed an essay on Edward S. Curtis for the digital book, Performing Archive: Edward S. Curtis + “the Vanishing Race,” and curated an exhibition of the artist’s photographs at The Claremont Colleges’ Honnold/Mudd Library. Gonzales-Day’s artwork was also exhibited at venues across the U.S. and abroad, including Pulse New York, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, the University of Nevada, Reno, the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain, and Scripps’ Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery.
  • The highly competitive Dean’s Medal from Washington University was awarded to Martha Gonzalez, assistant professor of Chicana/o, Latina/o studies, for her dissertation “Chican@ Artivistas: East Los Angeles Trenches Transborder Tactics.”
  • Assistant Professor of Music Anne Harley was invited to perform a concert of early-American songs at the American Antiquarian Society in Massachusetts this year. Last spring, Harley completed a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) visiting professorship in Hanover, Germany, performed world and European premieres of a new song cycle by Professor Ralf Gawlick of Boston College, and recorded the soundtrack for the independent Canadian art film A Chair for an Angel. Harley was awarded a Canada Council for the Arts competitive grant to commission Guggenheim fellow Kati Agócs to write a piece Harley will premiere at Scripps College this spring.
  • Professor of Religious Studies Andrew Jacobs’ essay, “Epiphanius of Salamis and the Antiquarian’s Bible,” was published in the fall issue of Journal of Early Christian Studies. “Sordid Bodies: Christ’s Circumcision and Sacrifice in Origen’s Fourteenth Homily on Luke,” is included in the international collection of essays Asceticism and Exegesis in Early Christianity.
  • Chuck KammAssociate Professor of Music and Director of Choirs Charles Kamm leads a rehearsal last fall with members of The Claremont Chamber Choir in the MaryLou and George Boone Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center of Scripps College.
  • Juliet Koss, associate professor of art history, spent April to July 2013 as a Humboldt Foundation Research Fellow at the Institut für Kunst in Berlin, Germany. While there, Koss presented her lecture Model Vision at the Kolleg- Forschergruppe Bildakt und Verkörperung. Koss’ essay, “Wagnerska Beroenden,” was published in both English and Swedish.
  • The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Fellowship at the American Jewish Archives at Hebrew Union College was awarded to Professor of History Julie Liss.
  • A new photo work of Nancy Macko, professor of art, was exhibited in “Encore” at the Palos Verdes Art Center; Macko also displayed a collection of her work at the Museum of Art & History in Lancaster, California.
  • Mary MacNaughton, professor of art history and director of the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, penned two articles: “Genji’s World: The Shining Prince in Prints” was published in the May-June 2013 issue of Art in Print; “A Legacy of Gifts: Donors to the Scripps Photography Collection” was included in the catalog Focus on Photographs: Building A Collection at Scripps College, which she also edited.
  • Associate Professor of Math Winston Ou participated in the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) New Directions Short Course on Applied Statistics and Machine Learning.
  • Econometrics for Dummies, authored by Roberto Pedace, associate professor of economics, was published in June 2013 (Wiley, John & Sons, Inc.).
  • The prestigious Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award is given to only seven professors, and Katie Purvis-Roberts, associate professor of chemistry, is one of those chosen few. The award includes an unrestricted grant of $60,000 to fund her research on air pollution and the formation of particulate matter. Purvis-Roberts, along with some Scripps students, collaborated on “NO3 radical, OH radical and O3- initiated Secondary Aerosol Formation from Aliphatic Amines Salt Formation and the Effect of Water Vapor,” published in the 2013 issue of Atmospheric Environment.
  • Marvel, a 1986 artwork by Fletcher Jones Chair in Studio Art Susan Rankaitis, was included in the exhibition “A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum” in Washington, D.C.
  • Assistant Professor of English Jacqueline Wernimont oversaw the compilation of an extensive online archive of photographer Edward Curtis’ work. Launched as a free digital book, Performing Archive: Edward S. Curtis + “the Vanishing Race” was created for use in classrooms. Wernimont’s efforts were part of a Mellon Foundation grant supporting a digital humanities initiative at the Colleges.
  • A $136,290 grant from the Department of Justice was awarded to Stacey Wood, associate professor of psychology. The grant, “Identification of Risk and Protective Factors for Financial Elder Exploitation,” will allow Wood to further her research on elders at high risk for fraud.
  • Liat Yossifor, assistant professor of art, was featured in a solo exhibition at Galerie Anita Beckers in Frankfurt, Germany, in November 2013, and exhibited “Stolen Gestures” in Nuremberg, Germany, last summer.


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