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Noteworthy Newsletter | Sept. 18, 2018

Sep 18, 2018

Awards, recognition and service

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

The Special Care Clinic and Hospital Dentistry Program was awarded a $50,000 Access to Care Grant from the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation. The grant will provide funding for screenings and treatment services for approximately 1,000 patients. Funds also support medically-compromised patients in hospitals who require dental services and/or clearance before physicians can begin treatment.  

McGeorge School of Law

Tracy SimmonsTracy Simmons, dean of admissions and financial aid, was selected as a recipient of the inaugural Council on Legal Education Opportunity Inc. CLEO EDGE Award in Diversity. She was one of 50 honorees chosen for their accomplishments from a pool of more than 200 prominent nominees. CLEO recognized Dean Simmons' passionate and tireless commitment to diversity in legal education and the legal profession.    

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Rajul A. Patel '01, '06, professor of pharmacy practice, received a $35,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente's Northern California Community Benefit Programs to support the Medicare Part D Mobile Outreach Clinics.    

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Said Shakerin, professor of mechanical engineering, was awarded four prizes in the low-cost category of the Apparatus Competition at the 2018 Summer Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers, held in Washington, D.C. in July. He had a total of five entries, each a self-contained, portable flow visualization device suitable for use in classroom or outreach. The winning entries were: "Granular Flow: Angle of Repose and Clumping," Granular Flow: Landslide and Eruption," "Rotational Flow Instability," and "Wake Vortices." The devices were developed as part of a 2013 Sholarly/Artistic Activities Grant. Shakerin's participation at the competition was sponsored by David Kardelis, a member of AAPT. The annual Apparatus Competition was established to recognize, reward and publicize worthwhile contributions to physics teaching through demonstration and experiment.  

Sustaining Pacific

Jessica Bilecki, sustainability director, was named "Sustainability Champion" at the 17th annual California Higher Education Sustainability Conference hosted by UC Santa Barbara. The award recognized Bilecki's efforts in support of Pacific's commitment to sustainability.


College of the Pacific

American New Media (Chinese)Qingwen Dong, professor of communication, and Chinese colleagues published a book on "American New Media Education and Research Advances" in Chinese. The book introduces innovative efforts of five leading American universities in teaching new media and trends in new media research including University of the Pacific.  

J. Mark VanNess, professor of health, exercise and sport sciences, co-authored the article "Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test Methodology for Assessing Exertion Intolerance in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" in the journal Frontiers in Pediatrics, Pediatric Neurology. Christopher Snell, emeritus professor of health, exercise and sport sciences, Staci Stevens '91, '97, and Jared Stevens '13 were co-authors on the paper.     

Xiaojing Zhou, professor of English, had her translation of the poem "An Insane Girl" /《疯女》by Zheng Xiaoqiong published in the journal Pratik: British Poetry Edition (25:1).    

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, professor of computer science, are co-authors.  

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Ove Peters, professor of orthodontics, collaborated with researchers at International Medical University in Kuala Lumpur on the article, "Methodological and reporting quality of systematic reviews and meta-analyses in endodontics," which was published by the Journal of Endodontics.     

McGeorge School of Law

John Sprankling, distinguished professor of law, authored the article, "Owning Marijuana" which has been accepted for publication in the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy.  

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Mamoun M. Alhamadsheh, associate professor of pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry, Mark Miller '18, Arindom Pal '19, Wabel Albusairi '17, Hyun Joo, visiting assistant professor of chemistry, Beverly Pappas '18Md Tariqul Haque Tuhin '21Dengpan Liang '19, Raghavendra Jampala '18, Fang Liu '20Miki Susanto Park, professor of pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry, and William K. Chan, professor of pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry, co-authored the article "Enthalpy-Driven Stabilization of Transthyretin by AG10 Mimics a Naturally Occurring Genetic Variant That Protects from Transthyretin Amyloidosis" published in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Sept. 13, 2018. The article was also selected for the supplementary cover art.

Preeti Deshpande Oza, assistant professor of physical therapy, co-authored the article, "Is Prior Inter-Professional Experience Associated with Attitudes of Graduate Healthcare Students Toward Inter-Professional Education?" which was accepted for publication by the Journal of Research in Interprofessional Practice and Education in July 2018.     

Presentations and artistic activity

College of the Pacific

Qingwen Dong, professor of communication, presented a talk on "Intercultural Communication and International Collaboration" at the National Communication Association's (NCA) Pre-Conference Workshop, held in conjunction with the Second Biennial NCA-CUC (Communication University of China) Conference on Communication, Media, and Governance in the Age of Communication, in Beijing, China, June 21–24. Dong was one of the organizers for the conference and received a grant of $5,000 from NCA to support the conference.     

Jeffrey Hole, Associate Professor of English, gave a lecture titled "Herman Melville's Moby-Dick and the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850" at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Research Center.  

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, themed Preparing Students for Modern Law Practice, hosted by the Lawyering Skills program at UC Irvine School of Law Sept. 28-29. The presentation will offer examples where math is a critical component of practice (e.g., to calculate monetary damages; to understand basic tax implications of civil awards, asset divisions, alimony/spousal support, or inheritance; to draft regulations or ordinances that require consideration of costs or budgets; etc.) and offer tools to incorporate math into lawyering skills simulations.     

Franklin Gevurtz, distinguished professor of law, will present the paper "Cracking the Corwin Conundrum and other Mysteries of Shareholder Approval of Mergers and Acquisitions" at the Corporate and Securities Law Workshop, held at Richmond University Law School in Richmond, Virginia, in October. He will also serve as a commentator on a paper at the Northern California International Law Scholars Workshop at Golden Gate Law School in San Francisco on Sept. 21.    

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Jacque Georgeson, director of clinical education and training for the Department of Audiology, presented "The Wave of the Future: California AuD Training" at the California Academy of Audiology Conference on Sept. 14, 2018, in Anaheim.  


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