Collaboration with Students

Professor Jennifer Armstrong (Biology, W.M. Keck Science Department) and students Liana Engie (PZ ’11) and Ivy McDaniel (SC ’11) published “The Drosophila Melanogaster CHD1 Chromatin Remodeling Factor Modulates Global Chromosome Structure and Counteracts HP1a and H3K9me2” in PLoS ONE (March 2013). With Lakshimi Bugga.

Professor Armstrong and student Laura Lee (SC ’09) published “A Key Role for Chd1 in Histone H3 Dynamics at the 3′ Ends of Long Genes in Yeast” in PLoS Genet (July 2012). With S. Buratowski, F. van Leeuwen, O.J. Rando, G.A. Hartzog, M. Radman-Livaja, T.K. Quan, L. Valenzuela, T. van Welsem and T. Kim.

Professor Armstrong and students Reed Stein (PZ ’13), Shawn Ali (CMC ’13), Michael Erb (CMC ’14), Nikhila Janakiram (SC ’14), Alison Lerner (CMC ’13) and Kelsey Schmidt (SC ’11) presented their poster, “Investigations into the CHD1 Chromatin Remodeling Factor,” at the Annual Drosophila Research Conference, Washington DC, April 2013. With Lakshmi Bugga.

Nigel BoyleIn June-July 2013, Professor Nigel Boyle (Political Studies; Institute for Global/Local Action & Study), Pitzer students Lillian Barrett-O’Keefe ’15, Elizabeth Bartolini ’12, Morgan Beazley ’15, Keiko Budech ’14, Tara Rothe ’13 and nine local school teachers participated in a five-week study-tour of Nepal, funded by a Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad grant.

Jose CalderónProfessor Jose Zapata Calderón (Sociology; Chicana/o-Latina/o Transnational Studies, Emeritus), students in Rural and Urban Social Movements (SOC/CH155) and Pitzer alumni joined the United Farm Workers in a 20th anniversary celebration of the annual La Paz Alternative Spring Break in Keene, CA, March 2013.

Todd HonmaProfessor Todd Honma (Asian American Studies) and students in Asian American and Queer Zines (ASAM75) held the first Claremont Zine Fest in spring 2013 on the Pitzer campus. They also worked with Heart and Soul Arts Collective, Equal Action and Los Angeles Public Library to present zine workshops. Students worked with Bridgetown DIY, a start-up not-for-profit all-ages art and music community space in La Puente, CA.

Professor Honma and students in Filipin@ American Experiences (ASAM135) worked with the Pilipino Workers Center on a variety of training modules for the organization’s membership during fall 2012.

Tessa Hicks-PetersonIn fall 2012 and spring 2013, Professors Tessa Hicks Peterson (Community Engagement Center) and Erich Steinman (Sociology), students from Indigenous Peoples of the Americas: Colonization, Identity, Resistance (SOC78) and Native American Program Coordinator Scott Scoggins extended community-based learning projects linking Pitzer with members of local Tribal Nations and American Indian communities. Projects involved the Upland Regional History Museum’s Living History Garden, the Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, CA and Tongva Elder Julia Bogany.

Professor Hicks Peterson and students in Healing Ourselves and Healing Our Communities (ONT 110) developed community-based learning partnerships in spring 2013 with the Center for Engaged Compassion at the Claremont School of Theology and Resources for Human Development California at the Watts Wellness Center.

Professor Katie Purvis-Roberts (Chemistry, W.M. Keck Science Department) and students Eric Praske (PZ ’13), Su Anne Lee (SC ’14) and Morgan Shattuck (CMC ’12) published “NO3 Radical, OH Radical and O3- initiated Secondary Aerosol Formation from Aliphatic Amines ̶ Salt Formation and the Effect of Water Vapor” in Atmospheric Environment (June 2013). With Xiaochen Tang, Derek Price, Philip Silva, Akua Asa-Awuku and David Cocker III.

In April 2013, Professor Purvis-Roberts and students Su Anne Lee (SC ’14) and Kopano Ramsay (SC ’13) presented a poster, “Correlation between Formation of Alkylaminium Salts in Particulate Matter on Dairies,” at the American Chemical Society Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference in Claremont, CA and at the American Chemical Society National Meeting, New Orleans, LA.  They also presented a poster, “Amine Incorporation into Particulate Matter at a California Dairy,” at the American Chemical Society Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference. With David Cocker III, Philip Silva, Alam Hasson, and Shawn Ashkan.

Also at the American Chemical Society Southern California Undergraduate Research Conference, Professor Purvis-Roberts presented posters with students Eric Praske (PZ ’13) and Su Anne Lee (SC ’14) (and Xiaochen Tang, David Cocker III, Philip Silva and Robert Brown) on “Formation of Alkylammonium Salts in Particulate Matter” and Julia Ritchie (SC ’13) on “The Establishment and Calibration of a Method to Analyze Heavy Metals in the Air using Wavelength-Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescent Spectrometry.”

Professor Zhaohua Irene Tang (Biology, W.M. Keck Science Department) and students Maria Luca (SC ’10), Laura Taggart-Murphy (SC ’11) and Jessica Portillio (SC ’08) published “Interacting Factors and Cellular Localization of SR Protein-specific Kinase Dsk1,” in the journal Experimental Cell Research (October 2012). With Cathey Chang, Ayse Guven, Ren-Jang Lin, Johanne Murray and Antony Carr.

Kathy YepIn February-June 2013 Professors Kathleen Yep (Asian American Studies) and Carina Johnson (History) and students in Globalization and Oceania: Hawai’i and Tonga (ASAM189) collaborated with the Director of the Asian American Resource Center at Pomona College Sefa Aina, student staff, the Soakai family and the Koloa family to expand the Saturday Tongan Education Program, a weekly culturally-relevant academic program with Tongan American youth from the Inland Empire.

Professor Yep, Linda Lam (Community Engagement Coordinator at the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies) and students in Asian American Fieldwork (ASAM102) taught naturalization preparation and English-as-a-Second Language with adult immigrants at Literacy for All Monterey ParkMonterey Park, CA, September 2012-May 2013.