Faculty

Earlier this month, Tamara Venit-Shelton wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times about racial profiling related to the coronavirus outbreak. Of the recent panic, Venit-Shelton said, “medical scapegoating and discriminatory policing of Asian-owned businesses and homes were routine in the 19th century. Unfortunately, it is all too easy for these attitudes to be reawakened, particularly during health crises.” Read her full piece here.
Jessamyn Schaller

New research by CMC Prof. Jessamyn Schaller suggests that hot weather due to climate change is causing shorter pregnancies, which poses risks to infant health and child development.

The research published in Nature Climate Change this month found that birth rates were 5 percent higher when temperatures topped 90 degrees. In addition, births on those days occurred up to two weeks earlier — or 6.1 days earlier on average — than they would have otherwise.

Mary Evans

A new report co-authored by Claremont McKenna College Prof. Mary Evans concludes that the EPA’s support for proposed changes to the Federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) relies on flawed benefit-cost analysis and outdated estimates.

In the report, Evans and five other economists find fault with the EPA’s removal of billions of dollars in co-benefits that result from reduced emissions of fine particulate air pollution under MATS.

The Asian American Psychological Association has honored Claremont McKenna College Prof. Wei-Chin Hwang with its 2019 Distinguished Contributions Award.

Hwang, a psychology professor, was recognized for bridging his scholarly work with practice, mentorship, and social activism, especially in Asian American communities.

Ben Gillen with a CMC student

Ben Gillen had worked with the best and brightest at Caltech. CMC students raised the bar.

Professor meets with students

Each academic year brings its own unique energy and excitement thanks to new faculty arriving to Claremont McKenna College. Here’s a brief introduction to the new faces you’ll see on campus.

Wendy Lower

Several CMC faculty members earned distinctions in recent months. Here are some of their notable accomplishments:

Henri Cole

Professor Henri Cole was installed as Josephine Olp Weeks Professor of Literature in a February 26 ceremony at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

Cole has published nine collections of poetry, including Middle Earth, which was a 2004 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. A memoir, Orphic Paris, was published by New York Review Books last spring.  

Daniel Krauss

Professor of psychology Daniel Krauss has won the Western Psychological Association’s 2019 Outstanding Teaching Award. The honor is given to a senior-level WPA member (minimum 10 years in the field) who has demonstrated leadership in teaching and mentoring.

Krauss said the award is special because the WPA includes teachers at schools ranging from community colleges to major research universities. Additionally, he was nominated by former CMC students.

Sharda Umanath

The spark: Teaching a cognitive psychology class in graduate school completely changed how Sharda Umanath viewed research. Staying in the lab to study memory was tempting, she said. But exploring both through the liberal arts proved to be the combination she was looking for. “Being at CMC puts a different emphasis on what I do. For my students here, I might be giving them the one research experience they’re ever going to have.

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