Spring 2013 /Lost Worlds/

Quick Looks


The second floor of Millikan Laboratory is home to “Seeing Symmetry” an exhibition of mathematical art by Frank Farris ’77 that will be on display until summer. Farris, a math professor at Santa Clara University, says his interest in the intersection of art and mathematics began at Pomona. More recently Farris reconnected with Pomona people at a national conference, leading to the on-campus exhibition.

 Claudia Rankine, the Henry G. Lee Professor of English, has been elected a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, a distinguished position that in the past has been held by such poets as W.H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop and Adrienne Rich. At Pomona since 2006, Rankine is the author of four collections of poetry: Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, Plot, The End of the Alphabet and Nothing in Nature is Private.

 Bertil Lindblad ’78, leaving his role as director of the UNAIDS New York office, is the College’s new senior advisor for international initiatives, bringing more than 30 years of experience in large and complex organizations focused on international cooperation and development. In the newly created position, Lindblad will work to coordinate and expand Pomona’s global connections and international activities through collaborative relationships.

 The latest translation project by Professor of Chinese Allan Barr has brought him into the world of Chinese pop culture, political criticism and blogging. This Generation: Dispatches from China’s Most Popular Literary Star (and Race Car Driver) is a collection of blog posts by Han Han, a national celebrity in China who is both controversial and celebrated as a blogger, race-car driver and best-selling author.

 Erica Flapan, the Lingurn H. Burkhead Professor of Mathematics, has been selected as one of the inaugural fellows of the American Mathematical Society, which recognizes “members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics.” She has been at Pomona since 1986.