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Noteworthy Newsletter | Feb. 20, 2019

Faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly and artistica activity.
Feb 20, 2019

Awards, recognition and service

College of the Pacific

Pacific Forensics, coached by Director of Forensics Steven Farias, is ranked 4th in the nation in the National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) rankings following strong finishes in early spring competition. They started off the first week of the semester at the Great Salt Lake Invitational at the University of Utah Jan. 18–22 where Pacific finished as the top program in Parliamentary debate. The team of Kayla Gerdes '19 and Dominic Lesaca '19 finished as semi-finalists and 4th overall, while Alan Fishman '20 and Robert Torralva '20 took 5th. The following week they were off to the Gorlock Gala at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Pacific brought home nine awards from this tournament with Joslynn Howard '19 taking first in both Prose and Programmed Oral Interpretation, while George Cruz '19 placed 1st in Poetry and 3rd in Programmed Oral Interpretation. To cap off the weekend, Gerdes and Lesaca won their third tournament championship, capturing every possible NPDA debate ballot at the tournament with an overall record of 15 wins and no losses.

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Rod GithensRod Githens, associate professor and assistant dean, received the Elwood F. Holton III Research Excellence Award from the Academy of Human Resource Development for his co-authored article, "The Psychology of Diversity Resistance and Integration," published in Human Resource Development Review.

University Libraries

Michelle GibneyMichele Gibney, head of publishing and scholarly support, was awarded a Fulbright Specialist residency at the University for Business and Technology (UBT) in Pristina, Kosovo, for four weeks in January/February. During her residency, Gibney assisted UBT to launch and populate an institutional repository and trained staff to manage it moving forward. In addition, she offered Scholarly Communication workshops to faculty and students on repositories, journal publishing, writing conference proposals, data management, and Open Educational Resources at both UBT and the RIT American University in Kosovo.

Student Life

Mike BelcherMike Belcher, executive director of public safety, was named a finalist for Campus Safety Director of the Year by Campus Safety Magazine. The winners will be announced at the Campus Safety Conference West held June 17–19 in Las Vegas.  


College of the Pacific

Melissa Davies, assistant professor of health, exercise and sport sciences, had her case study, "Puck drop in the Pacific Northwest: Building brand equity for a new professional sport franchise" accepted for publication in the Case Studies in Sport Management Journal. Her book chapter, "Management of Professional Women's Golf in the United States," will be published in the "Handbook for the Business of Women's Sport."   

Carolyn Kohn, professor of psychology, Rutvi Patel '18 and Matthew Normand, professor of psychology, co-authored the paper, "Incentivizing physical activity using token reinforcement with preschool children," published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.     

Mark VanNess, professor of health, exercise and sport science, published the manuscript "Whole blood human transcriptome and virome analysis of ME/CFS patients experiencing post-exertional malaise following cardiopulmonary exercise testing," which was published in the journal PLOS One. The paper is the result of a two-year collaboration between VanNess and colleagues in the Complex Chronic Disease Study Group at the University of British Columbia.   

Krege Christison '19, David Sparkman, visiting lecturer in chemistry, and Liang Xue, associate professor of chemistry, co-authored the paper, "Exploring the Molecular Origin of Jet Fuel Thermal Oxidative Instability through Statistical Analysis of Mass Spectral Data," published in Energy & Fuels. 

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Steven J. Sadowsky, professor of preventive and restorative dentistry, co-authored the clinical report, "Treatment of peri-implant recession with a screw-retained, interim implant restoration: A clinical report," published in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Sadowsky also co-authored a letter to the editor, "A Call for Patient-Centered Implant Screening," published in the Journal of Prosthodontics. He also co-authored "Patient-Centered Risk Assessment in Implant Treatment Planning," published in the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants 2019.  

McGeorge School of Law

Michael P. Malloy, distinguished professor of law, had two short articles, "Everywhere a Cluck-Cluck: Frigaliment Importing Co. v. B.N.S. Int'l Sales Corp.," and "Mangled Metaphors: ProCD, Inc. v. Zeidenberg," which were previously published in the Florida State Law Revew, included as part of an anthology of articles edited by Val Ricks, "The Best and Worst of Contracts Decisions: An Anthology."  

Research handbook on international water lawStephen J. McCaffrey, distinguished professor of law, co-edited the "Research Handbook on International Water Law," (Edward Elgar, 2019).

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Robert Halliwell, professor of physiology and pharmacology, co-authored the research article, "Mechanisms underlying neuroprotection by the NSAID, mefenamic acid in an experimental model of stroke," published in the Frontiers in Neuroscience.   

Xiaoling Li, professor of pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry, Bhaskara Jasti, professor of pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry, and Jerry Tsai, professor of Chemistry in the College of the Pacific, co-authored the article "A Rational Approach for Creating Peptides Mimicking Antibody Binding" published in Nature Scientific Report. Other co-authors include graduate student Sameer Schdeva '15 and Hyun Joo, visiting assistant professor of chemistry.

Presentations and artistic activities

College of the Pacific

Dennis O. Flynn, emeritus professor of economics, published "Big History, Geological Accumulations, Physical Economics, and Wealth," in the journal Asian Review of World Histories Vol. 7, 2019; and the book chapter, "Six Monetary Functions over Five Millennia: A Price Theory of Monies," in van der Spek and van Leeuwen (eds.), "Money, Currency and Crisis: In Search of Trust, 2000 BC to AD 2000," (Routledge: 2018).   

Ingrid Saavedra '19, Sadaf Fakharzadeh '19, and Corey Stocco, assistant professor of psychology, presented the poster "Free operant comparison of interventions for off-topic speech using reinforcement with and without preferred topics" at the 37th Annual Convention of the California Association of Behavior Analysis in Long Beach, California. Stocco and Adam Moline '19 presented the poster "Modest, unreliable effects of a praise-based intervention on the honest reports of children" also at the convention.  

McGeorge School of Law

Mary Beth Moylan, professor of law, presented in the Discussion Group "Bridging the Divisions with Professional Identity Learning Outcomes that Encourage Cultural Competency in the Profession," at the Association of American Law Schools annual meeting in New Orleans, Jan. 2–6.  

Michael Vitiello, professor of law, delivered a paper on whether legalization of marijuana will help abate racial disparity in marijuana enforcement at Lewis and Clark Law School as part of a symposium he helped organize.    

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