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Noteworthy Newsletter | June 2017

A digest of recent faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly and artistic activities
Jun 6, 2017

Awards, recognition and service

College of the Pacific

Laura D. Gutiérrez, Assistant Professor of History, was awarded an Albert J. Beveridge Grant from the American Historical Association to complete research on her book manuscript, "A Constant Threat: Deportation and Return Migration to Mexico in the 20th Century." The grants support research in the history of the Western hemisphere (United States, Canada and Latin America).

Conservatory of Music

Steve Perdicaris, Lecturer In Trombone and Director of Operations, was selected by the California Arts Council through a statewide application process to serve on a five-person review panel for the Artists In Schools grants program of the California Arts Council. In March the panel reviewed approximately 60 grant applications.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Darren Cox, Professor of Dental Practice, was elected as a two-year councilor for the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology during the group's annual meeting in Newport, Rhode Island.   

Lory Laughter, Assistant Professor of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene first-year clinic coordinator, was installed as president of the California Dental Hygiene Association on June 4 during its House of Delegates meeting in San Diego.   

Ana Morandini, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences, has been awarded a Research Enhancement Award. This one-year, $25,000 award from the school will be used to investigate "Purinergic signaling in human gingival fibroblasts and dental pulp cells: from immune response to osteoblast differentiation."  

Gary Richards, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, has obtained a grant from the Department of Energy to work at the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory for the research project "Imaging Tooth Developmental Features and Impacts of Ionizing Radiation on Tooth and Bone Samples during Synchrotron Microtomography (SRµXCT)."  

Miroslav Tolar, Associate Professor of Orthodontics, was one of 12 recipients worldwide and one of only four in North America to receive one of the Align Technology Global Funding Research Grants awarded toward advancing orthodontic and dental research. The project, "Phase II study on gingival crevicular fluid biomarkers of tooth movement by Invisalign," will include co-researchers Robert Boyd, Professor of Orthodontics, Mohammed Fallah, Associate Professor of Orthodontics, Marie Tolarova, Professor of Orthodontics, and Hee Soo Oh '05, Professor of Orthodontics.

Debra Woo and Nader NadershahiDebra Woo '86,  Clinical Instructor of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry, was honored with a Distinguished Faculty Award from the Northern California Section of the American College of Dentists. Dugoni ASB President Michael Stout '17 also was honored with the Outstanding Student Award. Both honors were presented during the American College of Dentists Northern California Section awards dinner at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. Read story >>  

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Bhaskara R. Jasti '95, Professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, and Xiaoling Li, Professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, were awarded a two-year grant of $93,655 by Antiva Biosciences Inc. for the technical development of semisolid dosage forms to blocking HPV replication and inducing apoptosis in HPV-infected lesions.  

Jeannene M. Ward-Lonergan, Professor of Speech-Language Pathology, was recognized for her contributions to the position paper and resource guide released by the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association, "Roles and Responsibilities of Speech-Language Pathologists with Respect to Literacy in Children and Adolescents in California." Read more>>  

Collaborative efforts

More than 110 seniors served during Senior Smiles
During the Senior Smiles and Wellness Health Fair on April 29 in San Francisco, more than 110 seniors benefited from the collective efforts of Pacific's dental, pharmacy, physical therapy and audiology students. Attendees received many screening and prevention services from students, including members of SCOPE. For the first time, students from four of Pacific health sciences programs gathered to participate in the event, which included the launch of the new IEP/IPP Health and Wellness Program Model. View photos >>  

Carlos A. Villalba-Galea, Assistant Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Shelly Gulati, Assistant Professor of Biogengineering in the School of Engineering and Computer Sciences, jointly received a CAPD grant for the S3@Pacific interdisciplinary science lecture program. The series promotes interaction between science departments across the university, fostering cross-disciplinary collaborative work within the university and with other institutions.  

Publications, presentations and artistic endeavors

College of the Pacific

Ken Albala, Professor of History, presented his current research project on Aphrodisiacs to the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbertide, Umbria, on May 25. He also taught a week-long hands-on historic cooking workshop in a 17th-century Palladian villa in Valpolicella.   

Kris Alexanderson, Assistant Professor of History, has contributed seven entries to the book, The Sea in World History: Exploration, Travel, and Trade, published by ABC-CLIO, April 2017. Her entries include the chapters "Java-China-Japan Line," "Johan van Oldenbarnevelt," "Kinai Maru," "Koninklijke Paketvaart Maatschappij," "The Netherlands (1900-1945)," "Nippon Yusen Kaisha," and "Scheepvaarthuis."  This two-volume set documents the essential role of the sea and maritime activity across history, from travel and food production to commerce and conquest.   

Jeffrey Becker, Associate Professor of Political Science, presented "All the King's Men and the Politics of American Demagoguery" at the annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association in Vancouver, British Columbia, April 13-15.  

Melissa Davies, Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, co-authored the article "Brand Management in a Niche Sport: A Case Study of An LPGA Golfer's Use of Instagram" published in the Global Sport Business Journal. This paper explores the ways a low ranked golfer is maintaining her brand equity through Instagram.  

Lydia K. Fox, Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, co-authored the paper "Regional and temporal variability of melts during a Cordilleran magma pulse: Age and chemical evolution of the Jurassic arc, eastern Mojave Desert, California" published in the Geological Society of America Bulletin, a leading international journal for earth sciences.   

Laura D. Gutiérrez, Assistant Professor of History, presented the paper "The Bloody Scourge: The Bracero Program, Return Migration and Polio Epidemics in Mexico" at the Latin American Studies Association Annual Congress in Lima, Peru. Gutiérrez delivered the lecture "The Cross-Border Consequences of U.S. Deportation Policy and Immigration Enforcement" at McGeorge School of Law in February as part of their Distinguished Speaker Series. She also presented an article on corruption among border authorities in the 1930s at the Newberry Seminar in Borderlands and Latino/a Studies, held at the Newberry Independent Research Library in Chicago.  

Ryan Hill, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, co-authored the paper "Interrelationships and diversification of Argynnis Fabricius and Speyeria Scudder butterflies" published in the journal Systematic Entomology (DOI: 10.1111/syen.12236). Robert de Moya '16 and Xiaoshan Bao '16 are co-authors.  

Kieran Holland, Associate Professor and Chair of Physics, gave a seminar May 18 on "Near conformal gauge theories" at the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Bern, Switzerland. The seminar covered his research on the Lattice Higgs Collaboration using supercomputers to study particle physics models that may be connected to the properties of the recently discovered Higgs boson.   

Carolynn Kohn, Associate Professor of Psychology, co-authored the paper "Stability of infants' preference for prosocial others: Implications for research based on single-choice paradigms" in the open source journal PLoS One. Tyler Nighbor '13 and Matt Normand, Associate Professor of Psychology, were co-authors.

Cancer textbookMichael Leonard, Visiting Lecturer of Visual Art, created medical, surgical and anatomical illustrations and provided the cover illustration for the 5th edition of the textbook "Cancer of the Head and Neck," published by Wolters Kluwer, fall 2016.   

Christopher Ludwig, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Athletic Training Program, co-presented a peer-reviewed professional presentation on "Critical Care: Evaluation and Emergent Treatment of Shock in the Athletic Population" at the Far West Athletic Trainers Association Annual Symposium in Las Vegas on April 30.   

Ethel Nicdao, Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology, was the faculty advisor to Mina Afnan '19 on her research paper, "Suicide Clusters among Adolescents in Santa Clara County," which she presented at the 44th Annual Western Departments of Anthropology and Sociology Undergraduate Research Conference, held at Santa Clara University on April 29. The research paper originated from Nicdao's fall 2016 Sociology of Health and Illness course.  

Matt Normand, Associate Professor of Psychology, gave the talk "The Language of Science: A Brief Sketch of a Radical Epistemology" and participated as an invited member of the panel "Behavioral Economics and the Obesity Crisis: A Panel With Discussion" at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International in Denver.  

Latin American Women Film MakersTraci Roberts-Camps, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literature, published the book Latin American Women Filmmakers: Social and Cultural Perspectives with the University of New Mexico Press (June 2017). 

Caroline Schroeder, Professor of Religious Studies, led the three-hour professional development workshop on Digital Humanities, "Digital Editions and Text Analysis: Coptic as a Case Study," at the North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting. All workshop materials are open source and freely available>> Schroeder presented the paper "Family Ties in Egyptian Monasticism" at the Pacific Partnership in Late Antiquity conference at the University of California, San Diego, April 21-22. The Pacific Partnership brings together scholars from across the Pacific Rim, including the U.S., Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand.  

Vyacheslav Samoshin, Profesor of Chemistry, and Liang Xue, Associate Professor of Chemistry, co-authored the research article "Arylsulfanyl groups - Suitable side chains for 5-substituted 1,10-phenanthroline and nickel complexes as G4 ligands and telomerase inhibitors" published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry. Student co-authors were Wanbo Liu '13, Siwen Wang '18 and Irina Dotsenko '14.  

Faculty and students of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences presented research at the American College of Sports Medicine national conference in Denver, May 30 - June 3.

  • Voon Chi Chia '17,  and Angie Wei '18 presented the abstract "The Relationship Between Academic Stress and Skeletal Muscle Performance." Co-authors were Courtney D. Jensen, Assistant Professor of Health Exercise and Sport Sciences, Nicole A. Laskosky '16 and Cynthia Villalobos '17.
  • Ifeoma C. Agwuenu '17 presented the abstract "Multicomponent Training Distress Scale (MTDS) Questionnaire to Detect Training Distress in Collegiate Soccer Players." Co-authors were Courtney D. Jensen, Assistant Professor of Health Exercise and Sport Sciences, and J. Mark VanNess, Professor of Health Exercise and Sport Sciences.
  • Haylee A. Bettencourt '13, '15 presented the abstract "Physiological Variables to Detect Training Distress in Collegiate Soccer Players." Co-authors were Courtney D. Jensen, Assistant Professor of Health Exercise and Sport Sciences, Ryan Jorden, Men's Soccer Head Coach, and J. Mark VanNess, Professor of Health Exercise and Sport Sciences.
  • Jeremy McConnell '18 presented the abstract "Training Unloading During Winter Break Improves Fitness in Male Rugby Players." Co-authors include J. Mark VanNess, Professor of Health Exercise and Sport Sciences, and Courtney D. Jensen, Assistant Professor of Health Exercise and Sport Sciences.
  • Francisco Guiao '18 presented the abstract "Diminished Ventilatory Responses During Post-Exertional Malaise Contributes to Exercise Intolerance in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome," Co-authors were Staci Stevens '91, '97, Todd Davenport, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Christopher R. Snell, Emeritus Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, Jared Stevens '13, and J. Mark VanNess, Professor of Health Exercise and Sport Sciences.
  • Nick Diaz '16 presented the abstract "Acute Effects of the Power Snatch on Vertical Jump Performance." Co-authors were Courtney D. Jensen, Assistant Professor of Health Exercise and Sport Sciences, and J. Mark VanNess, Professor of Health Exercise and Sport Sciences.
  • Jessica Lopez '17 presented the abstract "Statin Use Predicts Fall Risk Among Older Adults." Courtney D. Jensen, Assistant Professor of Health Exercise and Sport Sciences, was a co-author. The abstract was published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 45(9).
  • Alexis C. King '15, '17 presented the abstract "The Financial Cost of Obesity in Thoracic Trauma." Courtney D. Jensen, Assistant Professor of Health Exercise and Sport Sciences, was a co-author. The abstract was published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 45(9).  

Four Communication undergraduate students presented research at the 9th Bay Area Undergraduate Communication Research Conference on April 29. These four research papers were supervised by Qingwen Dong, Professor and Chair of Communication.

  • Katie Vandergurg '17 presented "Travelocity in the minds of college students"
  • Paul Villa '17 presented "Video Games Discord: How games genre influence player-to-player communication"
  • Man Bao '18 presented "What are the factors that shape online dating?"
  • Diana Duno '18 presented "Emotional intelligence and interpersonal communication"  

Conservatory of Music

Robert Coburn, Professor of Music Theory and Composition, had five of his recent compositions performed in Tokyo, Japan, on April 22. Performers included Satoko Inoue, piano, and Ko Ishikawa, sho. Two of the compositions, Distant Light... Quiet Stream and A Soft Breath of Winter Light, were composed for these performers and were featured as world premieres.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Lory Laughter, Assistant Professor of Periodontics and Dental Hygiene first-year clinic coordinator, co-authored the article "Challenges of Dental Assisting Students in Their Pursuit of Academic Success" in the Journal of Dental Education (Vol. 81)  

Darren Cox, Professor of Dental Practice, and Leticia Ferreira, Assistant Professor of Dental Practice, have published the review article "The Oral Effects of Inhalation Corticosteroid Therapy: An Update" in the Journal of the California Dental Association (Vol. 45). The article was also featured on the cover.

Gwen Essex, Instructor of Periodontics in Dental Hygiene, co-authored "Senior dental students' knowledge and attitudes toward dental hygienists' contributions to comprehensive patient care," published in the Journal of Dental Hygiene (Vol. 90) (pdf in folder) Essex co-authored "Effects of mandatory continuing education related to infection control on the infection control practices of dental hygienists," published in the American Journal of Infection Control (2017).  

Nejat Duzgunes, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, and Krystyna Konopka, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, were co-authors of the article "Dendrimeric Sulfanyl Porphyrazines: Synthesis, Physico-Chemical Characterization and Biological Activity for Potential Applications in Anticancer Photodynamic Therapy," published in the peer-reviewed journal, ChemPlusChem (Vol. 81)  

McGeorge School of Law

Omar Dajani, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Global Center for Business and Development, gave the lecture "Finding Peace in the Shade of the Law: Roles of International Law in Palestinian-Israeli Peace Talks" as part of the Fried-Gal Colloquium on Transitional Justice at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on May 18. Dajani presented the paper, "Tantamout to De Facto Annexation? Israel's Settlement Enterprise at Fifty," at the ICRC/Minerva Center for Human Rights conference, 50 Years After 1967: Evaluating the Past, Present, and Future of the Law of Belligerent Occupation, held at Tel Aviv University on May 22. He appeared on a panel chaired by Professor Ruti Teitel and also featuring Luis Moreno Ocampo, Former Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court.   

Franklin Gevurtz, Distinguished Professor of Law, will be a participant in a workshop roundtable session on "Mergers & Acquisitions as a Complex Contract" at the Law & Society Association annual meeting in Mexico City, June 20-23.

Leslie Gielow Jacobs, Professor of Law and Director of the Capital Center for Law and Policy, provided commentary and quotes for an ABA Journal article on the application of the government speech doctrine since the Court's decision in Walker v. Sons of Confederate Veterans (specialty license plate designs).  

Brian K. Landsberg, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Law, had his book, Free at Last to Vote: The Alabama Origins of the Voting Rights Act, translated into Chinese and published in China. The translator was Li Lifeng, a professor at the Law School of Jilin University in China, who received a Teaching of Advocacy LL.M. degree from McGeorge in 2010.  

Courtney Lee, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills, co-presented the first plenary session on the topic of "Bridging the Gap: Practical Ways to Help Improve Academic Achievement for Minority Law Students," at the 2017 Association of Academic Support Educators Conference at Texas A&M University School of Law.   

Larry Levine, Professor of Law, taught a two-week course on Comparative Torts in a teacher exchange with the University of Salzburg, Austria, April 23 – May 7.  

Michael P. Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, had his hornbook, Principles of Bank Regulation, cited in Cary Martin Shelby's, "Closing the Hedge Fund Loophole: The SEC as the Primary Regulator of Systemic Risk," in the Boston College Law Review (Vol. 58). As Director of the Business and Law Research Division at the Athens Institute for Education and Research, Malloy co-hosted the fourth Annual Conference on Business, Law, and Economics in Athens in May. He delivered welcoming remarks and chaired a session dealing with a range of multidisciplinary research issues. Malloy will be editing conference papers approved by a peer-review process to be published as part of the Institute's publication series.   

Promoting Equity, Cooperation and Innovation...Stephen McCaffrey, Distinguished Professor of Law, presented at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Water Convention Seminar in Haparanda, Sweden, on May 24. He is a member of the UNECE Water Convention Implementation Committee. McCaffrey co-edited the volume: Promoting Equity, Cooperation and Innovation in the Fields of Transboundary Waters and Natural Resources Management: The Legacy of Dr. David J.H. Phillips, published by Brill-Nijhoff, March 2017. McCaffrey presented a talk on the Columbia River Treaty, participated in discussions and break-out groups, and will contribute to a paper on results of the workshop at the Columbia River Treaty Workshop (U.S. and Canadian participants) held at UC Berkeley in April.   

Blake Nordahl, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills and Supervising Attorney for the Immigration Clinic, will be speaking about McGeorge's clinic work with Central American clients and economic factors leading to forced migration as part of the panel on "Rights, Politics and Protection: Global Forced Displacement" at the 2017 Law and Society Association Conference, held in Mexico City on June 20.  

Rachel Salcido, Professor of Law, was on the planning committee for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation - Natural Resources Law Teacher's Institute in Banff, Alberta, Canada, May 31-June 2. She also organized panels on "Corporate Social Responsibility and License to Operate in the Natural Resources Industry, Environmental Governance" at the Institute.  

Nature of Legal InterpretationBrian Slocum, Professor of Law, had his paper "Pragmatics and Legal Texts: How Best to Account for the Gaps between Literal Meaning and Communicative Meaning," in The Pragmatic Turn in Law: Inference and Interpretation in Legal Discourse (Mouton Series of Pragmatics, forthcoming 2017), reviewed in Jurisprudence Jotwell (May 29, 2017) by Brian Bix, the Frederick W. Thomas Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Minnesota Law School. Slocum edited the new book The Nature of Legal Interpretation: What Jurists Can Learn about Legal Interpretation from Linguistics and Philosophy, which was published by the University of Chicago Press (May 2017). Slocum spoke on "Corpus Linguistics and Ordinary Meaning" at the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago. The program was entitled Historical Semantics and Legal Interpretation.

Edward H. Telfeyan, Professor of Lawyering Skills, presented "Bringing Moot Court into the Classroom: The McGeorge Approach" at the Conference of Moot Court Directors held at John Marshall Law School in Chicago on April 29.    

Michael Vitiello, Distinguished Professor of Law, presented a lecture on legalizing marijuana to faculty and students at the law school at the University of Bergamo, Italy, on June 7. Vitiello also testified before the Parliament in Rome on issues surrounding legalization of marijuana, June 8-9.  

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Sharla Berry, Assistant Professor of Educational Innovation, authored the paper "Student Support Networks in Online Doctoral Programs: Exploring Nested Communities," published in the International Journal of Doctoral Studies.    

Eberhardt School of Business

Peter Hilsenrath, Joseph M. Long Chair of Health Care Management and Professor of Economics, and Wenjing Ouyang, Assistant Professor of Finance, published the article "Merger & Acquisition and Capital Expenditure in Health Care: Information Gleaned From Stock Price Variation," in Inquiry: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing (Vol. 54).  

Peter Hilsenrath, Joseph M. Long Chair of Health Care Management and Professor of Economics, and Thomas Pogue, Associate Director of the Pacific Center for Business and Policy Research, published the article "Distributed dynamic capabilities in South Africa's mineral resource-finance network," in Technology in Society, (Vol. 49).  

School of International Studies

Bruce La Brack, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, delivered a webinar on "Reentry: Creating Opportunities for Reflection, Growth and Applications after Study Abroad" as part of the series Key Concepts for Intercultural Learning Through Study Abroad: Putting Theory into Action, which was sponsored by the Institute for Cross-Cultural Teaching and Learning of the University of Nebraska System in Lincoln, Nebraska, on May 19.  

University Libraries

Mary Somerville, University Librarian, presented three guest lectures in the graduate course, Information Systems Analysis, Design, and Modeling, at the University for Business and Technology, in Pristina, Kosovo, in April. She co-authored the book chapter "From transaction to transformation: Organizational learning and knowledge creation experience within Informed Systems," published in Information Literacy in the Workplace, M. Forster, ed., Facet Publishing, (London 2017).