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Noteworthy Newsletter | June 30, 2020

Jun 30, 2020

Awards, recognition and service

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy
Mamoun M. Alhamadsheh, associate professor of pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry, was named the 2020 recipient of Pacific’s Faculty Research Lecturer Award.

Rajul Patel, professor of pharmacy practice, and Raj Sevak, assistant professor of pharmacy practice, received a $9,300 grant from the Technology in Education Committee to use telehealth modalities in Medicare didactic and experiential education. The funding will help purchase tablets that can be provided to partner sites during the pharmacy school’s fall Medicare health fairs.


Benerd College
Rod Githens, Alexandra Greene Ottesen endowed chair and associate professor, and Nileen Verbeten, adjunct professor of organizational learning and effectiveness, had their article “Designing Powerful Online Meeting Experiences” published in The Startup,'s largest publication.

College of the Pacific
Cynthia Dobbs, professor of English, had her article “Diagnosis Race: Troubling Etiologies in Claudia Rankine's American Lyrics” published in the Spring 2020 edition of the journal Literature and Medicine (Johns Hopkins University Press).

Traci Roberts-Camps, professor and chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature, had her article “El género y la interseccionalidad en las cineastas ecuatorianas Viviana Cordero y Tania Hermida” (Gender and Intersectionality in Ecuadorian Filmmakers Viviana Cordero and Tania Hermida) accepted for publication in Kipus: Andean Journal of Literature and Cultural Studies. 

Zach Stahlschmidt, assistant professor of biological sciences, and Jordan Glass ’18 published the article “Life History and Immune Challenge Influence Metabolic Plasticity to Food Availability and Acclimation Temperature” in the peer-reviewed journal of Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 

Liang Xue, professor of chemistry, and Hyun Joo, visiting assisting professor of chemistry, along with Mandeep Singh ’20, Dr. Siwen Wang ’18, Zhihan Ye ’18 and Krege Christison ’19, had their paper “Use of neomycin as a structured amino-containing side chain motif for phenanthroline-based G-quadruplex ligands and telomerase inhibitors” published in Chemical Biology and Drug Design. The paper was co-authored with Ryan Hekman ’17 and Craig Vierra, professor of biology.

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William Chan, professor and chair of the pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry department, and Yujie Yang, a PhD candidate, had their article “Selective autophagy maintains the aryl hydrocarbon receptor levels in HeLa cell: a mechanism that is dependent on the p23 co-chaperone” published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

Robert Halliwell, professor of physiology and pharmacology, and Hamed Salmanzadeh ’22, together with faculty in the Department of Medical Sciences at Tarbiat Modares University and the Department of Biotechnology and Life Sciences at University of Insubria, had their paper “Adolescent drug exposure: A review of evidence for the development of persistent changes in brain function” published in the Brain Research Bulletin. 

Yvonne Mai, assistant professor of pharmacy practice and regional coordinator, and Roy Choi ’20, along with colleagues from St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton, published the article “Evaluation of pharmacist-led strategy to reduce outpatient fluoroquinolone prescribing from the emergency department” in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. 

Roshanak Rahimian, professor of physiology and pharmacology, and her graduate students, Sonali Shaligram ’18, Farjana Akther ’19 and Rahatullah Razan, along with their collaborators from UC Davis and University of Barcelona, published the paper “Mesenteric arterial dysfunction in the UC Davis Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus model is dependent on pre-diabetic versus diabetic status and is sexually dimorphic” in the European Journal of Pharmacology. 

David Thomas, associate professor of physiology and pharmacology, along with seven co-authors from universities in the U.S., China and Chile, had their article “The polyphenol ellagic acid exerts anti-inflammatory actions via disruption of store-operated calcium entry (SOCE) pathway activators and coupling mediators” published in the Diptiman Bose European Journal of Pharmacology. 

Carlos Villalba-Galea, assistant professor of physiology and pharmacology, had his article “Modulation of KV7 Channel Deactivation by PI(4,5)P2” accepted for publication.
Villalba-Galea, in collaboration with the laboratory of Dr. Maria Isabel Rodriguez-Franco in Madrid, Spain, published the paper “Optical Control of Muscular Nicotinic Channels With Azocuroniums, Photoswitchable Azobenzenes Bearing Two N-methyl-N-carbocyclic Quaternary Ammonium Groups.”

Deepti Vyas, associate professor pharmacy practice and director of Interprofessional Education; May Chen, assistant professor of pharmacy practice; Eric Boyce, professor of pharmacy practice and associate dean for academic affairs; Suzanne Galal, associate professor of pharmacy practice; Edward Rogan, assistant professor of pharmacy practice; and Jenana Maker, professor of pharmacy practice, published the article “Training Students on the Pharmacist Patient Care Process using an Electronic Health Record and Simulations” in Pharmacy Education.

Presentations and artistic activity

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy
Robert Halliwell, professor of physiology and pharmacology, presented “How to Maintain a Healthy Brain Without Really Trying” at the Northern California Oromo Community Association in San Leandro on Sept. 29, 2019.
Halliwell and Hamed Salmanzadeh ’22 presented “Exploring Human Stem Cell-derived Neurons to Evaluate Risk of Developmental Neurotoxicity from Psychotropic Drugs” at the International Society for Stem Cell Research virtual meeting on June 25. 

Adam Kaye, professor of pharmacy practice, presented “Role of Antipyretics, Analgesics, Antidepressants, and Anticonvulsants in Pain Medicine” at the Controlled Substance Management Comprehensive Review Course virtual meeting on June 27.

Deepti Vyas, associate professor pharmacy practice and director of Interprofessional Education, and Tracey DelNero, associate director of the physician assistant program, had their presentations “A Longitudinal Interprofessional Education Program Mapped to the IPEC Competencies” and “Addressing Risk Management through Scope of Practice with Interprofessional Education” accepted for presentation at the 2020 Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Educational Forum in October.
Vyas presented the poster “Student Connections for Whole Health Care: Telehealth as a Tool for Interprofessional Mental Health Care” at the American Psychiatric Nurses Association in October 2019 in New Orleans. Vyas also presented “Reaching Across State Borders: A Telehealth Simulation to Deliver IPE” at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare in San Diego in January, during the “Interprofessional Teaching and Collaborative Practice During COVID-19: A Community Conversation” webinar for the Interprofessional Education Collaborative on April 23 and during the “Transitioning to Remote Learning: A Telehealth Based IPE Model” webinar for the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy on April 22.

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