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Noteworthy Newsletter | May 2016

A digest of faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly and artistic activities
May 5, 2016

Awards, recognition and service

College of the Pacific

Ethel Nicdao, Associate Professor of Sociology, and her community partner, Ger Vang of Lao Family Community Empowerment Inc. in Stockton, were among 12 community-academic teams selected nationwide from a competitive pool of applicants for the Detroit URC CBPR Partnership Academy. They will participate in an integrated one-year research education program facilitated by the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center. Additionally, they will engage in an intensive week-long Community-Based Participatory Research course in Detroit in July. Nicdao also was recently voted as co-chair elect for the Health, Health Policy, and Health Services Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems for 2016-2018.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Spring outreach events touch lives locally and abroad
Dental school Fiji outreachDuring the spring break, 22 dental school volunteers traveled to Moala Village in Fiji to provide free health care and education. The team treated more than 300 individuals, which included treating and/or restoring almost 1,100 tooth surfaces, extracting 259 teeth and performing one root canal. They also instructed hundreds of people in tooth brushing and flossing, and educated Fijians on some elements of caries management by risk assessment. Faculty pictured above, front row seated: (l. to r.) Ulf Temnitzer, Assistant Professor of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences, Allen Wong, Professor of Dental Practice, and Doug Young, Professor of Dental Practice.

On March 23, dental school volunteers provided care to nearly 150 homeless individuals in San Francisco during the Project Homeless Connect event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Throughout the day, more than 25 volunteers conducted free dental screenings and basic oral healthcare, provided oral health information and answered health questions. Thirty individuals were brought to the school's Oral Surgery Clinic for additional same-day care. Read more about Project Homeless Connect >

Alan H. Gluskin '72, Professor and Co-chair of Endodontics, was elected 2016-2017 Secretary of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) at the organization's annual meeting held in San Francisco. Read more>>

McGeorge School of Law

Jarrod Wong, Professor of Law, organized and directed an on-campus symposium "Grappling With Investor-State Dispute Settlement In and Beyond the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership," an investment treaty dispute settlement symposium, on Feb. 19. Wong began the conference with a presentation on "The TPP, T-TIP and Forum non Concurrence in ISDS. Stephen McCaffrey, Distinguished Professor of Law, moderated the panel "A Brave New World Beyond Investor-State Arbitration?" during the Symposium. 

Jarrod Wong, Professor of Law, Omar Dajani, Professor of Law, and Raquel Aldana, Professor of Law, organized and directed an on-campus Global Center symposium,"Crimes Across Borders:  In Search of an International Justice System," held March 4, 2016. The Symposium celebrated the scholarship and work of McGeorge Distinguished Professor Linda Carter. Stephen McCaffrey, Distinguished Professor of Law, presented in the roundtable "International Criminal Justice: More than the Sum of Its Parts?," which John Sims, Professor of Law, and Dajani moderated. Student Sarah Kanbar '16, Chief Articles Editor of The University of the Pacific Law Review, interviewed Carter during a lunch presentation. Cary Bricker, Professor of Lawyering Skills, and Mike Vitiello,  Distinguished Professor of Law, presented in the panel "Negotiating Justice:  The Role of Plea Bargaining in an International Justice System," with moderator Emily Garcia Uhrig, Professor of Law. Aldana moderated the panel "Transitional Justice in National Justice Systems as part of an International Justice System."

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Peter Hilsenrath, chair of the Joseph M. Long Healthcare Management program, accompanied pharmacy and health sciences students Brandon Le '19, Amin Nabati '19 and Ruth Ryu '19 to participate in the American College of Healthcare Executives College Bowl Mixer in Los Angeles, where they earned fifth place. 

Mickel Paris, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences Librarian and Coordinator of Library resources for three-campus evidence-based practice learning of the University Libraries, Jiong Hu, Assistant Professor of Audiology, Veronica Koo '18, Susanna Marshall '18 and Gabriella Musacchia, Assistant Professor of Audiology, won the American Academy of Audiology Best Poster Award in the classroom and clinical teaching category for their project "Increasing Confidence in Evidence-Based Information Gathering for First-Year AuD Students."

Mark Walberg '06, '09, Assistant Professor Pharmacy Practice and Regional Coordinator, was elected to the Leadership Council of the Pharmacy Professional Group of the International Society of Travel Medicine.

Center for Teaching and Learning

Leslie Bayers, Assistant Director, Erica Peppers, Instructional Designer, Hsin Han "David" Yu, Instructional Designer, and Tenisha Tevis, Assistant Professor of Educational Administration and Leadership in the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, have all successfully completed the Peer Reviewer Course through Quality Matters, and are able to complete unofficial internal course reviews. QM is an organization that recognizes experts in evaluating the quality of online or hybrid courses, certifies high-quality online or hybrid courses, and provides support for improving the quality of courses. 

Publications, presentations and artistic endeavor

College of the Pacific

At the TableKen Albala, Professor of History and Chair of Food Studies, had his 24th book, At the Table: Food and Family Around the World, published by Greenwood/ABC-CLIO. It includes ethnographic descriptions of the dinner table in 39 countries: who cooks, cleans, how people eat, what they eat and why. 

Sayandeb Basu, Visiting Lecturer in Physics, co-authored the article "Asymptotically Lifshitz Spacetime with Universal Horizon in 1+2 dimensions" in the Physical Review Part D.   


Kurtis Burmeister
, Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, and co-author Nicole Mainwaring '13 presented the paper "Petrography and provenance of the northernmost Shawangunk Formation: Hudson Valley, New York" at the Northeastern Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America. This work is part of an ongoing collaborative effort involving faculty and student researchers from the Colorado School of Mines, the University of Tsukuba, Japan, and the University of Tokyo, Japan.

Cosana Eram, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literature, was an invited participant in the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) "Data Centennial Pseudo-Symposium" held at Stanford University on April 13. The event honored the 100-year anniversary of the avant-garde movement known as Dadaism. LASER events bring together artists, scientists, thinkers, inventors and scholars who are working on paradigm shifts. She also spoke on "What to Learn from the Half-staged Conflicts of the Avant-garde?" at the LASER event at UC Berkeley on April 14. View video of her talk>>  

Jennifer Helgren, Associate Professor of History, moderated the panel "Race Issues in U.S. History" at the 2016 Southern California Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference at California Lutheran University. She is the faculty adviser and for Pacific's Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and accompanied two of its members presenting their research at the conference. Kyle Shin '15 presented the research paper "Human Again: Howard Ashman, Secrecy, Normalcy, and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in the United States." His faculty mentor was Edie Sparks, Associate Professor of History. Tyler Reardon '17 presented the research paper "The Impact of Women in the California Gold Rush." His faculty mentor was Bill Swagerty, Professor of History. 

Kieran Holland, Associate Professor of Physics, was invited to participate in the workshop "Composite Dynamics: from Lattice to the LHC Run II" which was held in April at the Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics in Germany. The goal of the meeting was to discuss particle physics models that could explain new experimental results from the Large Hadron Collider experiment in Switzerland, where there are hints of new particles and forces. Some of these models require supercomputer calculations, which is Holland's area of expertise. 

Carolynn Kohn, Associate Professor of Psychology, gave the invited presentations "Ineffective and potentially harmful treatments for children and adolescents diagnosed with autism" and "Good behavior, good ethics: The ethics of gifts and multiple roles" at the International Congress on Applied Behavior Analysis in the Treatment of Autism in Naples, Italy, in April. 

Larry Langley, Associate Professor of Mathematics, co-authored "Kings and Heirs: A Characterization of the (2,2)-Domination Graphs of Tournaments," published in Discrete Applied Mathematics (2016).  

Joan Lin-Cereghino, Professor of Biological Sciences, and Geoff Lin-Cereghino, Professor of Biological Sciences, published the research article "Differential Secretion Pathways of Proteins Fused to the E. coli Maltose Binding Protein (MBP) in Pichia pastoris" in the journal Protein Expression and Purification. The article featured the following students as co-authors: Pachai S. Moua '12, Alfonso Gonzalez '15, Kristin T. Oshiro '12, Vivian Tam '17, Zhiguo Harry Li '10, Jennifer Chang '09, Wilson Leung, and Amy Yon '08. The manuscript also contained contributions from the laboratories of Doug Risser, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Andreas Franz, Professor of Chemistry, and Der Thor, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.   

Susan Mannon, Associate Professor of Sociology, presented the paper "Student-Parents' Pathways to Success" at the annual meetings of the Pacific Sociological Association in Oakland in March. The paper is based on her preliminary research on undergraduate student-parents at University of the Pacific. She also presented the paper at the annual meetings of the Pacific Sociological Association. The presentation focused on the growing population of undergraduate students who are attending school while caring for children under the age of 18.  

Patti McCarthy, Visiting Assistant Professor of English/Film Studies, was selected to present her work on The Heroine's Journey at Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's inaugural Silicon Valley Comic Con, March 18-20 in San Jose. McCarthy's research on "The Heroine's Journey: Claire Beauchamp Reclaims the Feminine" is published in V. Frankel's Adoring Outlander: Essays in Fandom, Genre and the Female Audience and will be included in McCarthy's forthcoming book, Outlander and The Heroine's Journey (McFarland 2017).  

Ethel Nicdao, Associate Professor of Sociology, was one of 30 international scholars invited from the U.S., South America, and Europe to present their research at the First Ecuadorian Congress on Health and Migration. The Congress was held in Loja, Ecuador, Feb. 26-27. Nicdao presented "Contributing factors to Health Disparities among Asians and Latinos in the United States." 

Traci Roberts-Camps, Modern Languages and Literature, published the book chapter "'El otro' en Madeinusa y La teta asustada de Claudia Llosa" ['The Other' in Madeinusa and The Milk of Sorrow by Claudia Llosa] in Cine andino: Estudios y testimonios [Andean Cinema: Analyses and Testimonies], Lima, Peru. 

Keith Smith, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Dari Sylvester Tran, Associate Professor of Political Science, co-authored the chapter "It's Not Convenient: Early and Weekend Voting," in the forthcoming book Why Don't Americans Vote, B. King and K. Hale eds., to be published in July by ABC-CLIO. Smith also presented the chapter on a panel "Meet the Authors: Why Don't American's Vote?" at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago. Also at the annual meeting, Smith presented the paper "Top Two and Candidate Ideologies." He coauthored the article "The Effects of Majoring in Political Science on Political Efficacy," which was accepted for publication in the Journal of Political Science Education.  

Edie Sparks, Associate Professor and Chair of History, presented "Leveraging Gender, Un-gendering Leadership: The Paradoxes of Female Entrepreneurs as Leaders in Mid-Twentieth-Century Big Business," at the Organization of American Historians conference in Providence, Rhode Island, April 7-10. 

Mark VanNess, Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, and Jafra Thomas '12, '14, co-authored the article "Physical Fitness and Self-Image: An Evaluation of the Exercise Self-Schema Questionnaire Using Direct Measures of Physical Fitness" accepted for publication in the International Journal of Exercise Science.

School of International Studies

Bruce La Brack, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, published a book review of Hugh Johnson's, Jewels of the Quila: The Remarkable Story of an Into-Canadian Family, University of British Columbia Press, 2011, for the Punjab Studies Journal (21:1).  

Daniel O'Neill, Assistant Professor of Political Science, was invited to write "Cambodia in 2015: From Cooperation to Conflict," for the Asian Survey (56:1) issue themed Asia in 2015: The Year in Review.  

Conservatory of Music

Ruth Brittin, Professor and Director of the Music Education Program, served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at Pennsylvania State University in April 2016. Mentoring doctoral students and teaching undergraduates, her presentations focused on innovative curricula in music education, improvisation and composition, and university teacher development.  

Trio 180,  featuring Ann Miller, Associate Professor of Violin, Nina Flyer, Visiting Lecturer in Cello, and Sonia Leong, Visiting Lecturer in Piano, gave a concert in the St. James Concert Series on April 24 in Sonora, California. 

Eric Waldon '00, '07, Assistant Professor of Music Therapy, and Alexander Lesser '15, Emily Messick '16 and music therapy equivalency student Lydia Weeden '15 published the paper "The Music Attentiveness Screening Assessment, Revised (MASA-R): A Study of Technical Adequacy." in the Spring 2016 issue of the Journal of Music Therapy. The paper describes the further development and refinement of an assessment tool used to design music-based interventions for children undergoing invasive medical procedures. 

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Chi Dinh Tran, Assistant Professor of Integrative and Reconstructive Dental Sciences and Dental Practice, and Lola Giusti, Associate Professor of Dental Practice, co-authored the article "Solving the Mystery" published in Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, (13:12).

Chi Dinh Tran, Mark Booth, Assistant Professor of Dental Practice, Daniel Castagna, Assistant Professor of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences, and Richard White, Associate Professor of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences, co-authored: "Animation Creation to Illustrate Mandibular Movement for Predoctoral Instruction in Dental Anatomy and Occlusion" in the Journal of Dental Education (80:2).  

Chi Dinh Tran, Mark Booth, W. Peter Hansen, Associate Professor of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences, and Parvati Iyer, Assistant Professor of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences, co-authored "Demonstration of Overlay Multiple Exposure Digital Illustration Technique in Series of Motion Generation" in the Journal of Dental Education (80:2).

McGeorge School of Law

Franklin Gevurtz, Distinguished Professor of Law, had his article, "Saying Yes: Reviewing Board Decisions to Sell or Merge the Corporation." accepted for publication in the Florida State University Law Review.  

Michael Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, has his article "Risk Management in Financial Services" published as the lead article in Business, Economics and Mercantile Law: Selected Issues, Frenkel and Chronopoulou eds. (Athens Institute for Education and Research, 2016). The article was based on his presentation at the Annual International Conference on Law that took place in Athens, Greece, in July 2015, which assesses the extent to which Federal Reserve revisions to its Policy on Payment System Risk adequately conform to prevailing international standards and the supervisory framework established in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. Malloy's treatise Banking Law and Regulation, Vol. 3, is cited and discussed in Kathryn Judge, "The First Year: The Role of a Modern Lender of Last Resort," in the Columbia Law Review.  

Stephen McCaffrey, Distinguished Professor of Law, published "UN Watercourses Convention: Implementation and Relationship to the UNECE Water Convention," in Environmental Policy and Law (46:1). 

Mary-Beth Moylan, Professor of Lawyering Skills, will be presenting on a panel relating to making practical skills real by demonstrating how students can use skills for social justice at the 2016 Legal Writing Institute Conference in July in Portland, Oregon. She is presenting on a panel on using mediation as a skill to teach substantive law to foreign students at the Global Legal Skills Conference this month in Verona, Italy. 

Brian Slocum, had his paper, "Conversational Implicatures and Legal Texts," 29 published in Ratio Juris 23 (2016). 

Jarrod Wong, Professor of Law, presented on the EU proposal on creating an investment court for T-TIP at the Stanford Journal of International Law symposium "Adjudicating Across Borders and Domains: Contemporary Challenges in International Arbitration," on April 30 at Stanford Law School.

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Jacalyn Griffen, Visiting Assistant Professor of Educational Administration and Leadership, gave two presentations at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., April 8-12. She presented the symposium "Research and the nature of the collaborative partnership: Insight on what was learned" and presented the paper "Reframing professional development: An actionable case study of a collaborative urban school counselor network," which was co-authored with Ronald Hallett, Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Leadership.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Derek Isetti '08, Assistant Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, presented his co-authored poster, "Employer Detection of Spasmodic Dysphonia Across Varying Severity Levels," at the 45th Annual Voice Foundation Symposium in Philadelphia. He also gave the poster presentation "The ADA and Voice Disorders: Practical Guidelines for Clinicians," at the California Speech Hearing Association Conference in Anaheim, California. He co-presented a seminar on "Selecting a Doctoral Program: Returning to School After Clinical Work," and co-authored and presented the technical session "Employer Perceptions of a Speaker with Spasmodic Dysphonia During a Simulated Telephone Interview" at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Denver.  

Adam M. Kaye '95, Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice, co-authored the article "Current State of Opioid Therapy and Abuse" published in Current Pain and Headache Reports (2016 May, 20:5). 

Undergraduate Research

Lydia Fox, Director of Undergraduate Research, and Tara Theimann, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, accompanied 18 students to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, April 6-9. The students gave 13 presentations: 

  • Kevan Shergill '16 presented "Bloodfeeding Patterns of Culex Tarsalis and Culex Pipiens Mosquitoes in San Joaquin Valley." Faculty mentor: Tara Thiemann, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences  
  • Nicole Laskosky '16, Angie Wei '18, Stephanie Gee '18, Voon Chi Chia '17 presented "The Effects of Academic Stress on Force Output." Faculty mentor: Courtney Jensen, Visiting Assistant Professor of Health Exercise and Sport Sciences  
  • Colleen Motoyasu '18 and Brad Hirayama '16 presented "A Microfluidic Device for Marking Small Tissues." Faculty mentor: Shelly Gulati, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
  • Kylee Schesser '16 presented "Characterization of thin film application parameters for drug dissolution testing using a quartz crystal microbalance." Faculty mentor: Shelly Gulati, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering 
  • Madelaine Matej '16 presented "Don't Look Back! A Eurydice Retrospective." Faculty mentor: James Haffner, Professor of Voice 
  • Xiaoshan (Vida) Bao '16 presented "Memoirs from Women in the 1960s-1970s: Collective Yet Fractured and Ignored." Faculty mentor: Edie Sparks, Associate Professor of History 
  • Nathaniel Van Ryn '16 presented "Do Mosquitoes Feed on Individual Chickens Equally, and Why Does it Matter?" Faculty mentor: Tara Thiemann, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences 
  • Marissa Lewis '16 presented "Got a Taste for Something Sweet?" Faculty mentor: Brett DeBoer, Associate Professor of Art 
  • David Carranza '16 presented "The Next Frontier of American Health Insurance: A Panel Analysis Estimating the Demand for Long Term Care Insurance in the United States between 1992 and 2012." Faculty mentor: Michelle Amaral, Associate Professor of Economics 
  • Celja Uebel '16 presented "Examining the Transcriptional Upregulation of Rad51 and Dmc1 in Trichomonas vaginalis." Faculty mentor: Lisa Wrischnik, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences 
  • David Agorastos '16 presented "Investigating Military Expenditure Growth and Economic Growth using an Augmented Slow Growth Model." Faculty mentor: Sharmila King, Associate Professor of Economics 
  • Kiran Mazloom '16 presented "Characterizing Organophosphate Resistance in the Mosquito Culex tarsalis." Faculty mentor: Tara Thiemann, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences 
  • Alexander Murray '16 and Parth Italia '17, Computer Science, presented "Make it Big, Make it Fast: A Parallel Image Amplification Technique for Producing High-Resolution Images." Faculty mentor: Vivek Pallipuram, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Center for Teaching and Learning

Erica Peppers, Instructional Designer, and Hsin Han "David" Yu, Instructional Designer, had their proposal, A Learner-Centered Online Assessment to Foster Creativity in Higher Education, accepted as a Roundtable for the 2016 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, in October 2016. 

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