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Noteworthy Newsletter | Nov. 26, 2019

Nov 26, 2019

Awards, recognition and service

College of the Pacific

Jane Khudyakov, assistant professor of biological sciences, received a grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled "Collaborative Research: Role of endogenous carbon monoxide (CO) in hypoxia tolerant species." The project is in collaboration with researchers at University of North Carolina–Wilmington; Sonoma State University; University of California, San Diego; San Diego State University; and University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

McGeorge School of Law

Adrienne Brungess, professor of lawyering skills, is the co-chair of the Outreach Committee for the Legal Writing, Research and Rhetoric section of the Association of American Law Schools conference in early January.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Derek Isetti, assistant professor of speech-language pathology, served on the Academic and Models of Clinical Education 2019 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention program committee.


Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Steven J. Sadowsky, professor of preventive and restorative dentistry, co-authored the editorial " How should we communicate implant treatment risk to a patient?" published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

College of the Pacific

Ken Albala, professor of history, had his article "A Katsuobushi Story" published in Gastronomica’s winter issue. It recounts his appearance on Japanese TV learning how to make the dried skipjack tuna flakes used in traditional Japanese cuisine.

Martin Camps, professor of modern languages and literatures and Latin American studies, had seven poems published in the Journal "Arquetipos" published by the "Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior Universidad" (Center for Technical and Higher Education). Camps also had his review of Enrique Serna's latest book appear in the cultural newspaper “La Jornada Semanal” in Mexico City.

Cosana Eram, associate professor of French, uncovered a previously unknown youth journal in Romanian language by Benjamin Fondane, a modernist French writer of Romanian origin who died at Auschwitz in 1943. Her translation of the 1915 "Herta Journal" and the accompanying critical article titled "À la recherche de la femme lumineuse" were published in French in "Titanic–Bulletin international de l'association Benjamin Fondane" in October.

Marcos Gridi-Papp, associate professor of biological sciences, published the paper "Laryngeal demasculinization in wild cane toads varies with land use" in the journal EcoHealth (doi: 10.1007/s10393-019-01447-x). The study was co-authored by Sara Zlotnik and Ximena Bernal of Purdue University.

Gridi-Papp, Amy D. Lagorio ’15, Kiran Grewal ’15, ’18, Shanise Djuhari ’16, Kevin Le ’14 and Ramson Mulhim ’15 authored the paper "The arylabialis muscle of the túngara frog (Engystomops pustulosus)" published in the Anatomical Record (doi: 10.1002/ar.24267). The study was partly funded by a Pacific Fund grant awarded to Gridi-Papp and by a Hunter Nahhas Summer Research Fellowship awarded to Lagorio.

Jennifer Helgren, associate professor and co-chair of the history department, published a chapter entitled "Gender, Civic Fitness, and Disability in Post–World War II American Youth Organizations" in “Growing Up America: Youth and Politics since 1945.”

Ryan Hill, associate professor of biological sciences, graduate student Karina Torres and collaborators from University of Florida had their paper "Life history descriptions of Adelpha attica attica, Adelpha epione agilla, and Adelpha jordani from an eastern Ecuador lowland forest" published in the journal Tropical Lepidoptera Research.

Hill, Erin Thompson ’18 and Jason Baumsteiger, visiting professor 2017-2018, had their paper entitled "Phylogenomic analyses clarify true species within the butterfly genus Speyeria despite evidence of a recent adaptive radiation" published in the journal Insects.

Zach Stahlschmidt, assistant professor of biological sciences, along with Narin Jeong ’18, Dustin Johnso ’17, ’19 and Nick Meckfessel ’18, had their article “From phenoloxidase to fecundity: Food availability does not influence the costs of oxidative challenge in a wing-dimorphic cricket" accepted for publication by the Journal of Comparative Biology–B.

Presentations and artistic activity

College of the Pacific

    Qingwen Dong, professor of communication, chaired a panel on “Intercultural Communication Theories and Principles as Guides in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Teaching: The Graduate Teaching Assistant Perspective” at the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Teaching Symposium in UC Merced on Oct. 5. Three communication graduate presenters were Kelly Hutchison, Megan Chatelain and Alissa Pellegri.

    Dong gave a keynote speech on digital journalism challenges and social responsibility of professional journalists at the 2019 Sino-American Journalism Communication Research Summit in Nanchang, China, on Oct. 18–19.

    Dong, along with three visiting professors, Ziwen Luo, Jinlong Zhang and Ying Yang, also presented three research papers at the Union for Democratic Communications Conference at California State University, East Bay on Nov. 1.

    Alan Lenzi, professor of religious studies, presented his paper "Signs and Signifying in Ludlul Bel Nemeqi" at the national meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature on Nov. 24.

    Chemistry faculty and students presented research at the 67th American Society of Mass Spectrometry Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics held in Atlanta, Georgia on June 2-6:

    • Jianhua Ren, professor of chemistry, Yuntao Zhang ’21 and Joshua S. Ho’ 19 co-authored the poster presentation “Systematic Alteration of Gas-Phase Acidities and Conformations with Insertion of a D-Amino Acid in Oligopeptides” and “Conformations and Energetics of B- and Y-Ions in Peptoid Fragmentation.
    • Ren, Yadwinder Singh Mann ’21 and Zhang co-authored the poster presentation, “Understanding the Perplexing and Interesting Pathways of Peptoid Fragmentation.”
    • David Sparkman, adjunct professor of chemistry, Michael Browne ’21, Tommy Nguyen ’20 and Krege Christison ’19, along with Diablo Analytical’s Itsuko Iwai, co-authored the poster presentation “Rapid Quantitative Analysis of Melamine in Semi-solid Food.”
    • Sparkman, Christison, Browne and Nguyen also co-authored the poster presentation “TP 151 Analysis of Jet Fuel Thermal Oxidative Deposits by Pyrolysis Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry.”
    • Liang Xue, associate professor of chemistry, Craig Vierra, professor of biological sciences, Mandeep Singh ’20, Vanessa Rangel ’23 and Ryan Hekman ’16 co-authored the poster presentation “Binding of Phenanthroline-Neomycin Conjugates with Different G-Quadruplex DNA Investigated by ESI Mass Spectrometry and Isothermal Titration Calorimetry.”

    McGeorge School of Law

    Daniel Croxall, assistant professor of lawyering skills, will be presenting at the Association of American Law Schools conference in January.

    Omar Dajani, professor of law and co-director of the McGeorge Global Center for Business and Development, along with Asli Bali of UCLA, convened a panel to present chapters from their volume on Federalism and Decentralization in the Modern Middle East during the Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting on Nov. 14 in New Orleans. He also presented his own chapter, which explores a two-state confederation as a framework for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Mindy Danovaro, assistant dean for development, will speak on the “Culture of Philanthropy in Advancement” in the Advancement Track of the Association of American Law Schools Conference in January in Washington, D.C.

    Mary-Beth Moylan, associate dean for experiential learning and professor of lawyering skills, will have a presentation during the Associate Deans for Academic Affairs and Research session entitled "Building and Sustaining Alliances as an Associate Dean" in January at the Association of American Law Schools annual meeting. Moylan also will conduct an interview for the Women's Oral History Project of the Women in Legal Education Section.

    Brian Slocum, professor of law, gave the presentation "The Potential of Corpus Linguistics for Legal Interpretation" to 150 law students at Yale Law School in early November. Slocum also gave a presentation titled "The Ordinary Meaning of International Law” at the American Society of International Law Midyear Meeting held at Brooklyn Law School in New York.

    Michael Vitiello, distinguished professor of law, will present a paper on California's efforts to legalize marijuana and how that may impact a change in federal law during the conference, “The Controlled Substances Act at 50 Years” in February at Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in Phoenix.

    Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

    David Gillette, assistant professor of physical therapy, presented a poster at the October Tri-State PT Conference in Las Vegas entitled "Screening of Physical Activity Levels in Older Adults at a Community-Based Health Fair." Co-authors were Preeti Oza, associate professor physical therapy, and Todd Davenport, program director and professor of physical therapy.

    Alicia Rabena-Amen, assistant professor and director of clinical education, presented her poster “Students’ Perceptions of Critical Thinking Before and After Instructional Strategies for Critical Thinking” at the American Physical Therapy Association's Educational Leadership Conference in Bellevue, Washington, in October 2019. Co-authors are Mauriana Wilcox ’15 and Oza.

    Benjamin Reece, assistant clinical professor of speech-language pathology and director of clinical education, along with Jill Duthie, associate professor emerita of speech-language pathology, and Nicholaus Brock, assistant clinical professor of speech-language pathology and director of the RiteCare Childhood Language Center of Stockton, presented “An Effective & Logical Approach to Clinical Education: Using a Hierarchy” at the 2019 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention Nov. 21–23 in Orlando.

    Madhu Sundarrajan, assistant professor of speech-language pathology, along with Jessica H. Franco of the University of Texas at Austin, presented “Parent Directed Treatment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders” at the 2019 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention Nov. 21–23 in Orlando. Sundarrajan, Franco and Matt Zellner of the University of Texas at Austin, also presented “Including Parents in IPP: Evaluating a Parent-Training Program for Language Intervention in Children with ASD.”

    Jeannene M. Ward-Lonergan, professor and chair of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, and Duthie presented the poster “State of Dyslexia: Recent Legislation & Guidelines for Serving School-Age Children & Adolescents With Dyslexia” at the 2019 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention Nov. 21–23 in Orlando.

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