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Noteworthy Newsletter | Sept. 4, 2018

Sep 4, 2018

Awards, recognition and service

College of the Pacific

Caroline SchroederCaroline Schroeder, professor of religious studies, and University of the Pacific, jointly with Georgetown University, have been awarded a grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) in the amount of $323,767 to expand their joint project Coptic Scriptorium, a suite of language processing tools for better analyzing documents written in Coptic - the language of first millennium Egypt. Schroeder is the co-principal investigator with Amir Zeldes of Georgetown University. This is the fourth grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities supporting Coptic Scriptorium, and Dr. Schroeder's fifth grant overall from the NEH.

McGeorge School of Law

Julie Davies, professor of law, was invited by Universidad de La Salle in Colombia to participate in a project called Enlazados por La Paz, Aug. 22–23. Nine universities in Colombia sponsored programs to discuss issues anticipated to arise as the implementation of the peace accords begins. The program focused discussions on Guatemala 25 years after peace accords. Professor Davies' focus was on indigenous people's rights. She was hosted by Dean Hernando Arturo Estevez Cuervo of the Facultad de Filosofía y Humanidades.  

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Mamoun AlhamadshehMamoun Alhamadsheh, associate professor of pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry, has been awarded a $372,731 National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for the project, "A new and improved drug delivery system for targeting cancer." Alhamadsheh is the principal investigator. Other collaborators on this project are Miki Susanto Park, professor of pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry, and Jesika S. Faridi, professor of physiology and pharmacology. Wabel Albusairi '17, who is now an assistant professor at Kuwait University, and Arindom Pal '19 were instrumental in generating the preliminary data that allowed them to obtain the NIH funding.


Conservatory of Music

Feilin Hsiao, Associate Professor of Music Therapy, co-authored the paper "Promoting an accessible learning environment for students with disabilities via faculty development," which was accepted for publication in the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability. Daniel Nuss, director of Services for Students with Disabilities, and Michael Doherty, associate professor of computer science, are co-authors.

McGeorge School of Law

Frank Gevurtz, distinguished professor of law, had his article, "Saying Yes: Reviewing Board Decisions to Sell or Merge the Corporation," published in the Florida State Law Review, Vol. 44.    

John Sprankling, distinguished professor of law, had his article, Owning Marijuana," accepted for publication in the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Policy.

Presentations and artistic activities

College of the Pacific

Courtney Lehmann, professor of English and director of the Powell Scholars program, was honored to offer a plenary address for the British Shakespeare Association Conference: Shakespeare Studies Today, held June 14-17 at Queens University in Belfast, Ireland, where she presented her most recent work on Shakespeare, cinema and feminism, "An 'élan of the soul?' Toward a Feminist Counter-Cinema in Deepa Mehta's Water."

Caroline Schroeder, professor of religious studies, presented "A Homily is a Homily is a Corpus: Digital Approaches to Shenoute of Atripe" at a conference on "The Transmission of Early Christian Homilies from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages" hosted by the Goethe University and the Humanities Research Institute in Frankfurt, Germany.  

McGeorge School of Law

Adrienne Brungess, professor of lawyering skills, will present "'Math is Hard' - Dispelling the Myth that Lawyers Don't Do Math" at the 2018 Western Regional Legal Writing Conference on the theme, Preparing Students for Modern Law Practice, hosted by the Lawyering Skills program at University of California, Irvine, School of Law, Sept. 28-29. The presentation will offer examples where math is a critical component of practice, such as calculating monetary damages; understanding tax implications of civil awards, asset divisions, alimony/spousal support, or inheritance; and other applications. In addition, the presentation will offer tools to incorporate math into lawyering skills simulations.  

Michael Hunter Schwartz, dean, served as a panelist for "Career Choice Series: Academia and Becoming a Dean" on Aug. 24, on an American Bar Association (ABA) Career Choice series/ABA Young Lawyers Division Webcast.  

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). Malloy is the director of the Business and Law Research Division of AIER. He also gave a talk on "Experiential Learning in the Law School Classroom;" chaired a panel on Emerging Issues in Human Rights, Intellectual Property, and Environment, each driven by technological developments; and presented the paper, "Interdisciplinarity: Classic Crossover Cases and Effective Law Pedagogy," that examined the justifications and rationales that have been offered in support of interdisciplinary study, and then considered interdisciplinarity within the law school curriculum. The paper will be published in the official Proceedings of the Athens Institute.  

Eberhardt School of Business 

Peter Hilsenrath, Joseph M. Long Chair of Healthcare Management and professor of economics, and Thomas Pogue, associate director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, presented "Pathway Dependence and Distributed Dynamic Capabilities in South Africa's Mining-Finance Network" at the Tshwane Institute of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa, and at the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA), Woodmead, Johannesburg, South Africa, in June 2018.      

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