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Noteworthy Newsletter | Oct. 2, 2018

Oct 1, 2018

Awards, recognition and service

McGeorge School of Law

Meritorious Service Award
Rebekah GrodskyRebekah Grodsky '10, director of academic and student affairs, was awarded the Meritorious Service Award for Law Student Wellness at the 2018 Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. The award was presented by David Jaffe, associate dean of student affairs at the American University Washington College of Law, at the annual CoLAP Conference Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 27. The award acknowledges the work of law schools, students, staff or faculty members who have made a significant contribution toward law student mental and physical wellness through prevention, education, intervention and treatment of substance use disorders, addiction and mental illness.

Joanne SpearsLifetime Achievement Award
JoAnne Speers,
adjunct professor of public policy, received the League of California Cities' Lifetime Achievement Award. Speers received her honor Sept. 12 during the opening General Session of the League's 2018 Annual Conference & Expo in Long Beach. In presenting the award, she was honored for her work for 25 years with the League as staff attorney and general counsel. 


College of the Pacific

Dennis O. Flynn, emeritus professor of economics, published the chapter "Six monetary functions over five millennia: A price theory of monies," in R.J. van der Spek and Bas van Leeuwen (eds.), "Money, Currency and Crisis: In Search of Trust, 2000 BC to AD 2000," which was published by Routledge, 2018.

Conservatory of Music

History of American Music Industry cover

Keith Hatschek, professor and program director of Music Management and Music Industry Studies, and Veronica Wells, associate professor and head of library academic support in the University Libraries, co-authored the book, "Historical Dictionary of the American Music Industry," which has been published by Rowman & Littlefield as part of their Historical Dictionaries of Professions and Industries Series. This reference book traces the history of the music industry from the Colonial era to the present day, identifying trends and the innovative leaders who have shaped its course. The volume embraces the diversity of the American music industry, spanning classical to country and hip-hop to heavy metal. and is available in hardcover, as well as an ebook.  

McGeorge School of Law

Expert learning for law students cover artMichael Hunter Schwartz, dean and professor of law, had the third edition of his "Expert Learning for Law Students" published by Carolina Academic Press. The new edition retains the core insights and lessons from prior editions while updating the materials to reflect recent insights such as mindset theory, attribution theory, chunking for use and interleaving learning. The text includes exercises and step-by-step guides to engage readers in the process of becoming expert learners-including specific strategies for succeeding in law school.   

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Said Shakerin, professor of mechanical engineering, and Edwin Pejack, emeritus professor of mechanical engineering, published the short article, "Mysterious Soda Can" as a letter to the editor in the October 2018 issue of The Physics Teacher.

University Libraries

Mary Somerville, university librarian, and Niraj Chaudhary, associate university librarian, along with colleagues from Purdue University, University of New Mexico and Queensland University of Technology, co-authored the paper, " The role of the university library in supporting international student transition: Insights from an Australian-American case study," which was published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship in September 2018.  

Presentations and artist activity

McGeorge School of Law

Omar Dajani, professor of law, will be presenting the paper, "An Emerging Constitutionalism in Israel/Palestine?" on the panel Constitutions in the Contemporary Middle East: (How) Do They Still Matter? during the Middle East Studies Association annual meeting. Drawing on experience elsewhere, the paper identifies potential means of coordinating international conflict resolution and internal constitutional transformation processes in the context of the formation of a Palestinian-Israeli confederation. The paper also identifies the kinds of challenges that must be overcome if such an enterprise is to be successful.    

Clark Kelso, professor of law, spoke on the topic of "Disrupting Large Organizations: Strategic Innovation in Bureaucracies" at the Disruptive Strategies Summit in San Francisco on Sept. 14.   

Jarrod Wong, professor of law, co-organized the biennial meeting as co-chair of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) Int'l Economic Law Interest Group, which was part of the Joint North American Conference on International Economic Law, held Sept. 21–22 at McGill University Law School in Montreal, in collaboration with the Canadian Council of International Law and the Center for International Governance Innovation. The two-day conference featured over 80 panelists on a broad range of international economic law issues. Wong also moderated a panel on "contract-treaties," extra-territorial value considerations in trade, and Turkey's shift from the Customs Union to an FTA model.  

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

William K. Chan, professor and chair of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, along with Jinyun Chen '19 and Poonam Yakkundi '18, published the article "Down-regulation of p23 in normal lung epithelial cells reduces toxicities from exposure to benzo[a]pyrene and cigarette smoke condensate via an aryl hydrocarbon receptor-dependent mechanism" in Toxicological Sciences, Sept. 10, 2018.  

William K. Chan, professor and chair of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, along with Beverly Pappas '18, Yujie Yang '19, Yu Wang '13, Kyung Kim '16, Hee Jae Chung '16, Michael Cheung '16, Katherine "Katie" Ngo '13, '16, and Annie (Shinn) Patel '01, '04, published the article "p23 protects the human aryl hydrocarbon receptor from degradation via a heat shock protein 90-independent mechanism" in Biochemical Pharmacology, June 2018.  

University Libraries

Mary Somerville, university librarian, co-authored the presentation, "From global theories to local practice and original knowledge: Learning the way through systems co-design," presented at the Information Literacy: From Practice to Research and Back Again-Library Theory and Research Section joint session with Information Literacy Section during the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA2018), World Library and Information Congress, themed "Transform Libraries, Transform Societies," held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Aug. 24–30. Somerville also presented the Elsevier Gala Dinner keynote address, "More than a repository: Learning the way to making knowledge visible," at the IFLA WLIC 2018. 

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