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Noteworthy | July 2016

Jul 14, 2016

Awards, recognition and service

College of the Pacific

Ethel Nicdao, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Sociology, was a selected applicant to attend the New Connections 10th Anniversary Annual Symposium: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming, held in Princeton, New Jersey, June 9-10. The symposium is a networking opportunity for scholars conducting research on health.

Tara Thiemann, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, was awarded a $55,000 grant from the Mosquito Research Foundation for her project "Insecticide Resistance in Culex tarsalis." This research will be completed with graduate students Eva Choi '16 and Bridgette Hughes '17 in collaboration with the Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Conservatory of Music

Patricia Shands, Professor of Clarinet and Program Director of Chamber Music, was the co-recipient of a grant from the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music as a member of the Trois Bois wind trio. The grant will fund the recording and release a CD of music written by French composers between the years 1945 to 1947, including one not previously recorded work, as a means to capture the remarkable connections that existed between the composers of this era and how the political and cultural landscape affected their style.

2014-15 BIJQThe Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet received top honors in the 2016 DownBeat magazine 39th annual Student Music Awards in the category for undergraduate college small jazz combos. This is the eighth time in the institute's 15-year history that the group has been so honored. The awards were announced in April for the work of the 2014-15 Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet and were published in the June 2016 issue. The Brubeck Fellows making up the winning group included Lucas Bere, tenor sax, of Roseville; Joel Ross, vibraphone, of Chicago, Illinois; Sean Britt, guitar, of Hingham, Massachusetts; Sarah Kuo, bass, of San Gabriel; and Jalon Archie, drums, of Houston, Texas. In addition to the group award, Jalon Archie was named best jazz soloist, undergraduate college einner, and Joel Ross was named best soloist in undergraduate college outstanding performances. The Pacific musicians won the prize while competing against older musicians from established jazz programs at universities around the country.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Gary Richards, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, and his students Robin Lambert '17 and Riddhima Suri '17 won third place at a table clinic competition held at CDA Presents in Anaheim in May for their research project, "A New Insertion Landmark and Modification of the 'Standard Technique' for Inferior Alveolar Nerve Block Injections." 

Allen WongAllen Wong, Director of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry and the Hospital Dentistry programs, was recently named as a global clinical advisor to the Healthy Athletes-Special Smiles program of Special Olympics International. An expert in the field of special care dentistry, Wong has more than 25 years of experience caring for with people with special needs. As an advisor, Wong will provide education on emerging trends in dentistry, help establish partnerships and provide insight on screening protocols. He has been a Special Smiles clinical director since 1999 and the North American regional clinical advisor since 2011 facilitating Special Smiles events in Northern California. He has also provided support during USA Games and World Games events. Read more>>

Ove PetersFaculty Development Day awards
Ove Peters
, co-chair of the Department of Endodontics, (pictured right) received the Distinguished Faculty Award from the school's Dental Faculty Council. Der Thor, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences, and Tori Xiao, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences, won the Helix Innovation Award for their "Student-Centered Review of Physiology by Presenting on Voicethread." The awards were part of Faculty Development Day held June 7.

EVOC volunteersArthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry staff members volunteered their time to help out at the San Francisco Food Bank as part of an event organized by the school's Employee Volunteer Opportunities Committee (EVOC). This committee gives faculty and staff various ways to volunteer to serve the community.

McGeorge School of Law

Michael P. Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, participated as a member of the advisory group assisting the UN Economic Commission for Europe in a May 2016 meeting of international experts seeking to develop a global framework for sustainable real estate markets. Malloy is the principal contributor to the current project to revise the UNECE Policy Framework for Sustainable Real Estate Markets.

Stephen McCaffrey, Distinguished Professor of Law, will represent the nation of Chile in its proceedings filed with the International Court of Justice against Bolivia concerning the status and use of the waters of the Silala River system.

Brian Slocum, Professor of Law, was an invited participant in the inaugural BYU Corpus Linguistics and Legal Interpretation Conference co-sponsored by the Georgetown Center for the Constitution and held in Provo, Utah, in April. The conference brought together more than two dozen scholars and judges with expertise in interpretation to examine theoretical and methodological issues relating to the emerging field of law and corpus linguistics.

Eberhardt School of Business

Dan Wadhwani, Associate Professor of Management and Fletcher Jones Professor of Entrepreneurship, was elected chair of the Management History Division of the Academy of Management, the preeminent professional association for management and organization scholars.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Casey Nesbit, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Director of Clinical Education, received the 2015 Rupley-Church Grant for International Relations awarded by the Committee for Academic Planning and Development in the amount of $3,000 for the project "Malawi: International Community Partnership for Community Health Worker Training." This service learning project in Malawi, Africa, included implementing a training program for community health workers and providing physical therapy services for a rural 300-bed hospital. 

Rajul Patel '01, '06, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was invited to discuss Pacific's Mobile Medicare Clinics in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' National Training Program. The webinar reached thousands of users across the country.

Benjamin Reece '01, '08, Assistant Clinical Professor of Speech-Language Pathology, received the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association District 3 Outstanding Leadership Award.

Joseph Woelfel '70, '72, '78, Director of Patient Care Clinics and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, and Rajul Patel '01, '06, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, received a U. S. Health and Human Services Title III Aging and Adult Services Grant in the amount of $34,990 from the San Joaquin County Human Services Agency Healthy Seniors Program. The grant will support Mobile Medicare Clinics held throughout the year serving Medicare beneficiaries. The clinics provide Part D plan optimization, medication therapy management, immunizations and health screenings. More than 80 publications or presentations and two national awards have resulted from scholarly activity involving faculty and students associated with previous Healthy Seniors grants.

International Programs and Services

Ryan Griffith, Director, was appointed to a three-year term on the American International Recruitment Council Certification Commission by the AIRC Board of Directors. The AIRC Certification Commission makes the final determination on certification status for Agency Applicants for Certification.

Office of Internal Audit and Compliance 

Daniel Borba, Internal Auditor, and Heather Mariani, Senior Internal Auditor, have earned the CIA, Certified Internal Auditor, designation from the Institute of Internal Auditors. The CIA is earned via a three-part exam that tests a candidate's knowledge of current internal auditing practices and understanding of internal audit issues, risks and remedies. The CIA is the premier designation for excellence in the Internal Audit field.

Publications, presentations and artistic endeavor

College of the Pacific

Ken Albala, Professor of History and Chair of Food Studies, will have a 10th anniversary edition of his award-winning book, Beans, A History, published by Bloomsbury Press with a new introduction. The book won the 2008 Jane Grigson Award, issued by the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and the 2008 Cordon d' Or — Gold Ribbon Academy Award for Culinary Literature-History. 

Martín Camps, Professor of Modern Languages and Literature, published the book chapter "La voz colectiva de la ciudad: En octubre no hay milagros y las democracias simuladas" in En octubre no hay milagros: 50 años después. Edited by Gladys Flores Heredia, et. al. Universidad Nacional José María Arguedas, Andahuaylas, Peru / Ed. Cátedra Vallejo. (2016)

Melissa Davies, Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, coauthored the poster "Brand Management in a Niche Sport: A Case Study of an LPGA Golfer's Use of Instagram" presented at the North American Society for Sport Management  Conference in Orlando, Florida, June 2-5. She also presented "Live Tweeting Reactions to a Film" at the Teaching and Learning Fair hosted during the conference, where she talked about how to infuse technology into the classroom using Twitter.

Cosana Eram, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literature, presented the paper "Isidore Isou, la pornographie comme critique sociale" at Quest/ Investigation, the 5th biennial conference of the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Study (EAM) in Rennes, France, June 1-3.  She was an invited speaker at the "Speaking East: Lettrisme Now and Then" workshop held at the School of Advanced Studies of the University of London in Paris June 22. Eram presented the paper "'Exhilarating time of universal revel': Baroness Elsa Von Freytag-Loringhoven's Corporeal Readymades" at the international conference Dada Visual in Bucharest, Romania, June 24-25.

Gesine Gerhard, Professor of History and Associate Dean, gave a presentation on the image of the peasant in Nazi racial ideology entitled "Healthy, athletic and German: The body image in R. W. Darre's racial ideology" at the photo institute Bonartes in Vienna. She also published a chapter in the catalog accompanying the exhibition on Austrian photographer Anna Koppitz, who worked for the Nazis in the 1930s.

Carolynn Kohn, Associate Professor of Psychology, Audrey Campbell '16, Molly Hankla '16, Amir Cruz-Khalili '16 and Katrina Michele Ruiz Bettencourt '15 presented the poster "The Effect of Product Characteristics on Recycling Behavior" at the 42nd annual convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International held in Chicago, May 27-31. Kohn, Heather Dunn Carlton, Associate Dean of Students, Nicole Schmaltz '14 and Katrina Michele Ruiz Bettencourt '15 also presented the poster "Poor Correspondence Between Self-Report and Behavior: College Students' Definitions and Free-Pours of Standard Alcohol Servings."

Alan Lenzi, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, published "Scribal Revision and Textual Variation in Akkadian Šuila-Prayers: Two Case Studies in Ritual Adaptation" in the book Empirical Models Challenging Biblical Criticism, R. Person Jr. and R. Rezetko eds. Lenzi also has published a synthetic treatment of Mesopotamian scribal epistemology, "Mesopotamian Scholarship: Kassite to Late Babylonian Periods," in a special edition of the Journal of Ancient Near Eastern History (2.2 [2015]: 145-201) focused on scholarship and inquiry in the Ancient Near East.

Macelle Mahala, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, had her article "Neoliberalism, Gentrification, and Black Theatre in San Francisco and St. Paul" published in Continuum: The Journal of African Diaspora Drama, Theatre, and Performance (3:1).

Ethel Nicdao Associate Professor and Department Chair of Sociology, co-authored the manuscript "Differential Associations of Religious Involvement with the Mental Health of Asian-American Subgroups: A Cultural Perspective" which has been published in the Journal of Religion and Health.

Matt Normand, Associate Professor Psychology, published the article, "Less is more: Psychologists can learn more by studying fewer people" in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, currently the largest and second-most cited psychology journal.

Caroline Schroeder, Professor of Religious Studies, co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Religion, Media, and Digital Culture themed Digital Humanities in Ancient Jewish, Christian and Arabic Traditions, which contains eight articles on digital and computational study of Syriac, Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic and Coptic texts.  She also co-authored the article "Raiders of the Lost Corpus," which was published in the most recent issue of the journal Digital Humanities Quarterly (10:2).

Lisa Tromovitch, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, will direct the Livermore Shakespeare Festival production of William Shakespeare's The Tempest July 21-Aug. 7. Tromovitch is the founder and producing artistic director of the Livermore Shakespeare Festival, which also will feature a production of Jane Austen's Persuasion July 7-24. The shows include among the cast: recent alumnae Wenona Truong '16, current student Maya Sritharan '19, and Theatre Arts Professor Emeritus William Wolak. Gary Scheiding. Theatre Arts Technical Director and Sound Designer, is the festival technical director. www.LivermoreShakes.org

Conservatory of Music

Eric Waldon '00, '07, Assistant Professor of Music Therapy, published the paper "Clinical Documentation in Music Therapy: Standards, Guidelines, and Laws" in Music Therapy Perspectives, spring 2016. Because this journal is geared towards the practicing clinician, the paper focuses on general and specific issues related to documentation and record keeping in music therapy clinical practice. This will be the first in a series of articles on the topic refereed, in part, by Waldon and the journal's editor focusing on documentation in specific clinical settings (e.g., schools, hospice, medical facilities) and using various methods.

McGeorge School of Law

Adrienne Brungess, Professor of Lawyering Skills, presented "Interactive Teaching in the Context of International Transactions - Bridging Experiential and Theoretical Coursework" at the Igniting Innovation in Legal Education Conference at Georgetown University Law Center July 6-10.

Jennifer Harder, Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills, presented the opening remarks "To The Fullest Extent of Which They Are Capable: The California Constitution and Water in the 21st Century," at the 31st annual California Water Law & Policy Conference in San Francisco, June 13-14. Harder's remarks initiated a two-day program exploring "California's Water Law, Policy and Regulation: Coping with the Challenges of Unpredictable Supply." She also presented "When You Drink the Water, Remember the Spring--Maintaining Municipal Drinking Water Service During the Drought" for the Association of Women in Water, Energy & the Environment in Sacramento on June 7.

Hether Macfarlane, Professor of Lawyering Skills, presented "Mental Flexibility and Success in U.S. LL.M. Programs" at the Global Legal Skills Conference (GLS 11), the leading international gathering for global skills education, sponsored by the Chicago-based John Marshall Law School and held in Verona, Italy, May 22-27..

Michael P. Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, gave a lecture at Oxford University as part of the UTOPIA500 Project on "More's UTOPIA and Socio-Economics" at the Oxford Conference on Business, Economics, Poverty and Inclusive Capitalism at the Saïd School of Business July 2-7. He also delivered remarks on "Current Challenges in post-Meltdown Banking Regulation" at the Society of Socio-Economists 2016 London Conference on Socio-Economics held at Faraday House, the London Offices of Syracuse University July 8-10. His book United States Economic Sanctions: Theory and Practice was cited by Amanda Tuninetti in her article, "Limiting the Scope of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act after Zivotofsky II", 57 Harvard International Law Journal, (57:1).

Stephen McCaffrey, Distinguished Professor of Law, published "The Human Right to Water: A False Promise?" in the University of the Pacific Law Review (Vol. 47).

Mary-Beth Moylan, Professor of Lawyering Skills, presented "Building an Identity as a Social-Justice Lawyer: Student Engagement for Community Benefit" on a Social Justice Panel on Teaching Writing Students to Be Justice Advocates at the Legal Writing Institute Biennial Conference in Portland, Oregon, July 10-13. The presentation explores how legal writing professors build a community identity of "social justice attorney" through the work they accomplish in tandem with students inside and outside the legal writing classroom. Moylan will discuss her work with students as co-counsel in a 1983 action and involving students in a habeas corpus petition.

John E.B. Myers, Professor of Law, presented three workshops at the 24th Annual Children's Justice Conference sponsored by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services in Spokane, Washington, May 2-3. The workshops were: "A History of Child Protection in America," "Recent Developments in Case Law, Medical Research, and Psychological Research Relevant to Investigation and Litigation of Intimate Partner Violence," and "Testifying as an Expert Witness, and Coping with Cross-Examination."

Emily Parento, Associate Professor and Gordon D. Schaber Health Law Scholar, presented her work regarding Medicaid expansion waivers at the American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics 39th Annual Health Law Professors Conference in Washington, D.C., in June.

Jarrod Wong, Professor of Law, presented on the EU proposals for an international investment court at the Asian Society of International Law's Regional meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, on June 14.

Eberhardt School of Business and Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Peter Hilsenrath, Joseph M. Long Chair of Healthcare Management and Professor of Economics, presented "Evolution of Public-Private Partnership in China's Health Sector" at the Global Symposium of the Annual Meeting of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration held in Kansas City, Missouri, June 22-24.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Todd Davenport, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, co-authored the article, "The Effect of Velocity of Joint Mobilization on Corticospinal Excitability in Individuals With History of Ankle Sprain," which was published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. He worked with investigators from National Taiwan University, University of Southern California and Chapman University on this project, which was funded by his clinical research grant from the Orthopaedic Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Casey Nesbit, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Director of Clinical Education, co-authored the poster "Narrative Reasoning in the Novice Physical Therapist," presented at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim, California, in February. Nesbit co-authored the poster "A Model of Environmental Correlates of Adolescent Obesity in the United States" presented at the National Conference of Health Statistics in Bethesda, Maryland in August 2015.

Casey Nesbit, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, and Preeti Oza, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, co-authored the poster "Attitudes of Physical Therapy Students towards Interprofessional Education" presented at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim in February.

Cathy Peterson, Professor of Physical Therapy, co-authored the study "The expression of tenascin-C and tenascin-W in human ossicles" published in the Journal of Anatomy.

Sachin A. Shah, Associate Professor of PHarmacy Practice and Regional Coordinator-Travis AFB, and his research team, in collaboration with colleagues at David Grant Medical Center, had their manuscript  "Electrocardiographic and Blood Pressure Effects of Energy Drinks and Panax Ginseng in Healthy Volunteers: A Randomized Clinical Trial," published in the International Journal of Cardiology. Shah's co-researchers are Allen Shek, Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Associate Dean of Professional Programs, Nancy N. Nguyen, Clinical Professor and Regional Coordinator-Palo Alto, Kate M. O'Dell, Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director of experiential programs, Mouchumi Bhattacharyya, College of the Pacific Professor of Mathematics, and recent grads Tinh An (April) Nguyen '16, Andrew Occiano '16 and Amanda Chan '16.

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Ashland Brown, Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering, presented a summary paper and poster session of recent research work conducted under an NSF Grant at the Annual American Society of Engineering Educators Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 27. The title of the paper and poster session was "Active Engineering Education Modules: Summary Paper of Five Years of Incremental Improvement to the Modules." Co-researchers with Brown on the NSF grant research team were Kyle Watson, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Jiancheng Liu, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Mouchumi Bhattacharyya, College of the Pacific Professor of Mathematics, and graduate students George Turvey '15 and Kevin Leigh Webster Jr. '15.



 

 

 

 

 

 

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