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Submission Date Oct. 29, 2015
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Pomona College
AC-9: Academic Research

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Complete 10.84 / 12.00 Wesley Quevedo
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:
+ Date Revised: Dec. 4, 2015

A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Andrabi, Tahir Economics
Auerbach, Lisa Art
Beck, Colin Sociology
Becker, David Biology
Bernhard, Betty Theatre
Brown, Eleanor Economics
Buriel, Raymond Psychology/Chicano Studies
Cartagena-Calderon, Jose Romance Languages
Chandler, Gabe Mathematics
Chavez-Silverman, Suzanne Romance Languages
Cheng, Eileen Asian Languages
Chin, Angelina History
Chinn, Christopher Classics
Crane, Edward Chemistry
Crighton, Elizabeth Politics
Cutter, Bowman Economics
Davis, Ann Philosophy
Eisenstadt, Oona Religious Studies
Englebert, Pierre Politics
Feldblum, Miriam Politics
Foster, Lorn Politics
Friedlander, Jennifer Art
Gaines, Robert Geology
Gladney, Dru Anthropology
Gorse, George Art
Goto, Sharon Asian American Studies
Gravendyk Burial, Hillary English
Green, Michael Philosophy
Grigsby, Jill Sociology
Grosfils, Eric Geology
Hall, Jonathan Media Studies
Hanzawa, Frances Biology
Hazlett, Richard Geology
Hoopes, Laura Biology
Howe, Kathleen Art
Hurley, Eric Psychology/Africana Studies
Irish, Jerry Religious Studies
Jackson, Phyllis Art
Jolley, Meg Dance
Jurewitz, John Economics
Karnovsky, Nina Biology
Kassam, Zayn Religious Studies
Khazeni, Arash History
Kim, Anna Environmental Analysis
Kuehlwein, Michael Economics
Kwok, Alfred Physics
Lackey, Jade Star Geology
Lemelle, Sidney History
Levin, Rachel Biology
Likens, James Economics
Lozano, Fernando Economics
Lu, Joyce Theatre
Mahdavi, Pardis Anthropology
Marks, Stephen Economics
Martinez, Daniel Biology
Mayes, April History
Menefee-Libey, David Politics
Miller, Char Environmental Analysis
Miyake, Lynne Asian Languages
Montenegro, Nivia Romance Languages
Moore, Jonathan Biology
Moore, Thomas Physics
Ng, Zhiru Biology
Ochoa, Gilda Sociology/Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies
Olson, Sara Biology
O'Malley, Michael Art
Oxtoby, David Chemistry
Paster, Mary Linguistics and Cognitive Science
Perini, Laura Philosophy
Pohl, Francis Art
Portillo, Rose Theatre
Rapaport, Jill Sociology
Reinen, Linda Geology
Rindisbacher, Hans German
Runions, Erin Religious Studies
Seery, John Politics
Shay, Anthony Theatre and Dance
Smith, Darryl Religious Studies
Steinberger, Michael Economics
Summers Sandoval, Tomas History/Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies
Tanenbaum, David Physics
Taylor, Charles Chemistry
Thai, Hung Asian American Studies
Thomas, Valorie English/Africana Studies
Thompson, Suzanne Psychology
Tinker Salas, Miguel History/Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies
Tompkins, Kyla English
Whitaker, Dwight Physics
Williams, Heather Politics
Wolf, Kenneth History
Worthington, Richard Politics
Wright, Jonathan Biology
Yamashita, Samuel History

A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

The Sustainability Integration Office searched all Faculty Profiles for information about sustainability-related research, which is defined as focusing on analytical, empirical, theoretical, and creative frameworks within which exist past, current, and future environmental issues. This research establishes relationships between diverse environmental, economic, and social factors.

A brief description of notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

Rick Worthington, Department of Politics, with Rose Egelhoff ’14 and Steven Sander ’13, helped plan, implement and research World Wide Views on Biodiversity, a day of citizen deliberations in 25 countries around the world on September 15, 2012 involving 3000 people who discussed policy issues for the October 2012 UN Convention on Biodiversity meetings. Worthington and colleagues from other sites around the world presented the results showing citizen views on ways to preserve biodiversity at the biodiversity convention, where authorities requested that this form of citizen input continue at its biennial meetings and be integrated with its decision-making processes. A report on the project was presented at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in December 2012.

Heather Williams, Department of Politics, co-founded the Suma Quta Watershed Defense Project in the Lake Titicaca basin with her counterpart Javier Bojorquez, of Puno, Peru. This project, meaning "Beautiful Lake" in the Aymara language, focuses on improving aquatic ecosystems and public health by monitoring water quality and working with communities on strategies for purifying water and eliminating point sources of pollution. Williams has taken three students to the Altiplano to conduct feasibility studies on monitoring methods, evaluate effectiveness of monitor training by the network, and evaluate point sources of pollution, work that has morphed into the local project that current Environmental Analysis major seniors are conducting on the Santa Ana River for the basin's waterkeepers.

David Tanenbaum, Department of Physics, with Scott Berkeley '09, Jenna deBoisblanc '11, Leo Rosetti '12, Gretta Mae Ferguson '13, Robert McElwaine, '14, and Emily Yang '14, has since 2008 been working in Tanenbaum's research lab exploring fabrication and characterization of low-cost, high-stability polymer solar cells. Much of this work is in collaboration with Professor Fredrik Krebs from Denmark. Tanenbaum spent academic year 2010-2011 with Krebs while on sabbatical leave from Pomona. Also, since 2009, Tanenbaum, with Ben Pollard '11, Matthew Hasling '12, and Eric Puma '14, has been exploring fabrication of graphene sheets via chemical vapor deposition, which could be used as transparent electrodes in low cost solar cells based on a long standing collaboration with Professor Paul McEuen from Cornell University.

Char Miller, the W.M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis, has published the books:
• Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 2013),
• Death valley National Park: A History (with Hal K. Rothman, Univ. of Nevada Reno Press, 2013);
• On the Edge: Water, Immigration, and Politics in the Southwest); and
• Public Lands, Public Debates: A Century of Controversy (Oregon University Press, 2012). He also co-edited Between Ruin and Restoration: An Environmental History of Israel (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 2013). His blog for KCET.org, Golden Green, is being recognized with the American Society for Environmental History "Outreach Project Award" in March 2014.

Charles Taylor, associate professor of chemistry, part of a research team awarded a 2013 $599,858 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for Innovation program for the project “Raman Spectroscopic Platform for Analysis of Volatile Organic Compound Biomarkers.” The project aims to establish the key technical innovations for a compact, cost-effective, and user-friendly Raman-based platform to analyze organic compounds in the gas phase or in aqueous solution at the point-of-care or point-of-use for medical, industrial, emergency response and defense related applications.

The website URL where information about sustainability research is available:

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