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Faculty News

Winter 2016

Professor of Literature Henri Cole published a Jan. 5 essay in The New Yorker titled “Swimming with Oliver Sacks” about his friendship with the famed neurologist, naturalist and author, who passed away last summer. Read the article at

Podlich Family Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow Hilary Appel published an Op-Ed on Russia’s geopolitics and its impact on the country’s economy for, one of Russia’s most widely-read business and economics sites. To read the English version of her piece, visit the PONARS Eurasia site at 

Associate Professor of Economics David Bjerk was interviewed for a WalletHub article on poverty in the United States. Read the article at

​Assistant Professor of Psychology Piercarlo Valdesolo wrote on nomophonia—fear of being without a mobile phone—for Scientific American. Read the article at

​An area of expertise for Professor of Clinical Psychology Wei-Chin Hwang is giving expert testimony in court cases. He discusses his experiences in this area in a recent article at

Keck Science Professor of Biology Donald McFarlane was “Flooded by Cockroaches” in a National Geographic video. See the video at

​Professor of Literature Audrey Bilger will join Pomona College as the new vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college, starting July 1, 2016. Bilger is former chair of CMC’s literature department, coordinator of gender studies and founding faculty director of the Center for Writing and Public Discourse.

EnviroLab Asia (a five-college initiative) held a series of events, workshops, and a concert on campus in November, focusing attention on grave environmental issues currently facing the Asian continent. EnviroLab Asia is an outgrowth of an exploratory grant that CMC received this year from The Henry Luce Foundation. CMC Associate Professor of History Albert L. Park serves as a co-principal investigator for the project. Awardwinning Malaysian-Chinese composer and environmental activist Yii Kah Hoe was invited to share his music and perspectives on the connections between music and environmentalism at the event.