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Noteworthy Newsletter | July 31, 2018

Recent faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly and artistic activity
Jul 30, 2018

Awards, recognition and service

College of the Pacific

Elisa Toloba, assistant professor of physics, had her recent research on dark matter reviewed in the Scientific American article "Oddball Galaxy Puts Dark Matter Theory to the Test." Toloba's observations are being used to settle a dispute in the astronomy community over the amount of dark matter contained in a distant galaxy.  

McGeorge School of Law

Michael P. Malloy, distinguished professor of law, participated in a working session of the Real Estate Markets Advisory Group of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), drafting a newly revised version of the UN Policy Framework for Sustainable Real Estate Markets. Based at the UN Offices in Geneva, the UNECE, its Committee on Housing and Land Management, and the Committee's Real Estate Markets Advisory Group have been working on the revision of the Policy Framework since June 2017. Known internationally as an expert on financial services regulation, Malloy has been working with the UNECE since 2009, first as an expert on bank regulatory policy and now as a U.S. Representative to the Advisory Group.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Todd Davenport

Todd Davenport, program director and associate professor of physical therapy, was named University of Southern California's Distinguished Doctor of Physical Therapy Alumnus of the Year. This award recognizes his contributions to improving access to physical therapy services and information, as well as bettering the lives of individuals through clinical practice and education. He has been invited to give the keynote address at the USC white coat ceremony.   

Jeannene M. Ward-Lonergan, department chair and professor of speech-language pathology, was invited by the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association to participate in public service announcement (PSA) videos about interprofessional practice related to literacy and dyslexia as part of a project funded by a 2017 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association grant. The PSA videos will be used at the state level across three states: California, Michigan and South Carolina.  

Pacific Technology

David Lundy, assistant security officer, passed the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam in June. This certification demonstrates a thorough knowledge of persistent and emerging IT threats and the ability to perform risk management and software development security. The CISSP is an independent information security certification granted by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium. It is an objective measure of excellence and globally recognized as the standard of achievement in the field of IT security.  


College of the Pacific

Jane Khudyakov, assistant professor of biological sciences, co-authored the paper "Repeated adrenocorticotropic hormone administration alters adrenal and thyroid hormones in free-ranging elephant seals" published in the journal Conservation Physiology (6:1) in July 2018. Her co-authors included Pacific graduate students Molly McCormley '18 and Jared Deyarmin '19, and undergraduate student Alicia Stephan '18. This paper describes hormone responses of marine mammals to repeated simulated stress challenges.

Caroline Schroeder, professor of religious studies, co-authored the article, "A Linked Coptic Dictionary Online," which was accepted for publication in the proceedings of Language and Technology for Cultural Heritage (LaTeCH) 2018 conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The article describes the new online, open-access, open-source, linked, data-friendly dictionary for the Coptic language (the language of Egypt during the Roman and Byzantine periods).  

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Lola Giusti, associate professor of diagnostic sciences, co-authored the article, "Use of silver diamine fluoride for the maintenance of dental prostheses in a high caries-risk patient: A medical management approach," published in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry (119:5).    

Ove Peters, professor of endodontics, co-authored the paper, "Methodological and reporting quality of systematic reviews and meta-analyses in endodontics," published in the Journal of Endodontics (44:6).

McGeorge School of Law

Franklin Gevurtz, distinguished professor of law, had his article, "U.S. National Report to the XX International Congress of Comparative Law: Groups of Companies," published in the 66 (supp.) American Journal of Comparative Law 181 (2018).  

School of International Studies

Bruce La Brack, professor emeritus of anthropology, co-authored the article, "Why Is The Missing Link Still Largely Missing In Education Abroad Preparation?: The Case For On-Going Orientation," which will be published as Chapter 11 in Brewer, Elizabeth and Anthony Ogden (Eds.), "Critical Perspectives On Education Abroad: Leveraging The Educational Continuum," published by Stylus Publishing, 2018.                  

Presentations and artistic activity

College of the Pacific

Helene Flohic, assistant professor of physics, gave the talk, "Asteroid Photometry in an Upper-Division Astrophysics Course," at the Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education Conference in Hilo, Hawaii.  

Alan Lenzi, chair and professor of religious studies, presented the paper, "Learn from My Example: The Reception of Ludlul Bel Nemeqi," at the international meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Helsinki, Finland, on Aug. 3.  

Caroline Schroeder, professor of religious studies, presented the paper, "More than Access: The Politics and Possibility of Early Christian Digital Text Corpora," at the Pacific Partnership in Late Antiquity Conference, held at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, July 11–13. She presented the paper, "Coptic Studies in the Digital Age," at the Macquarie University Department of Ancient History in Sydney, Australia, on July 16.   

Liang Xue, associate professor of chemistry, was invited to present his research, "Targeting human telomeric DNA via G-quadruplex formation," at the 14th Sino–U.S. Chemistry Professors Conference held in Wuhan, China, June 20–23.  

Conservatory of Music

Frank Wiens, program director and professor of piano, will be the featured guest artist with the Stockton Symphony for their Classics 4 concert as part of the 2018–19 season on March 23, 2019. He will be performing Schumann's "Piano Concerto in A minor."

McGeorge School of Law

Michael P. Malloy, distinguished professor of law, served as a member of the organizing committee for the 15th Annual International Conference on Law sponsored by the Athens Institute for Education and Research (AIER), July 16–19. Malloy also gave a talk on "Experiential Learning in the Law School Classroom," encouraging a more interactive approach in traditional law school courses, and chaired a panel on Emerging Issues in Human Rights, Intellectual Property, and Environment. He also presented the paper "Interdisciplinarity: Classic Crossover Cases and Effective Law Pedagogy," which will be published in the official Proceedings of the Athens Institute. Malloy is the director of the Business and Law Research Division of the AIER.   

Jeffrey Proske, professor of lawyering skills, presented on the panel, "Understanding Cultural Competency as a Core Lawyering 'Skill,'" at the Legal Writing Institutes Biennial Conference held at Marquette Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 11–14.      


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