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Noteworthy faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly activity

Awards, conference presentations, publications and more
May 12, 2014

Justice Ronald RobieRonald B. Robie Receives National Award for
Distinguished Service

Justice Ronald B. Robie '67, the longest-serving adjunct professor at Pacific McGeorge, will receive the National Center for State Courts' Distinguished Service Award in June 2014. Robie has taught water law courses and Environmental Law at Pacific McGeorge since 1970 when he was a member of the California State Water Resources Board.

While a student at McGeorge in the 1960s, he drafted significant legislation as a consultant to the Assembly Committee on Water. He later became the director of the state Department of Water Resources. Robie has served on the Court of Appeal since January 2002. He had been a judge of both the Superior and Municipal Courts of Sacramento County since 1983 and was presiding judge of the Superior Court in 1994-1995.

Robie was named Judge of the Year by the Sacramento County Bar Association in 2002 and was a recipient of the Judicial Council of California's highest honor for a state jurist in 2011. Read the story from the California Bar May 2014 eJournal about Robie's award. 

College of the Pacific

Psychology faculty and students presented research at the 94th Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association in April in Portland, Ore.

Tyler Nighbor '14, Katrina Bettencourt '16, Audrey Campbell '16, Brittany Olisar '14 and Carolynn Kohn, Psychology, presented the poster "Investigating the effects of repeated measures on infant moral choices"  

Tyler Nighbor '14, Emily Metz '14, Audrey Campbell '16, Katrina Bettencourt '16, Katie Uhlhorn '13, Nicole Schultz '14, and Carolynn Kohn, Psychology, presented the poster "An Evaluation of Free-pour Training Procedures for College Students"

Chemistry faculty and undergraduate students presented research at the 26th Annual American Chemical Society Northern California Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of San Francisco, Calif.

Dilraj Sohal '14 and Brock Allen '15 presented the poster "Synthesis of crown ether-bearing pyrimidines and evaluation of their ability to complex with metal ions" coauthored by Anoopjit Singh '16, Advisor: Liang Xue. 

Alec Follmer'14 gave an oral presentation "Computational studies of the gas-phase acidity and basicity of organic molecules", coauthored by Bhupinder Padda'13, Advisor: Jianhua Ren

Justin Nguyen'15 and Jigar Patel'15 presented the poster "Manual synthesis of polypeptides", Advisor: Jianhua Ren

School of International Studies

Daniel C. O'Neill, Political Science, had his manuscript, "Risky Business: The Political Economy of Chinese Investment in Kazakhstan" accepted for publication by the Journal of Eurasian Studies.

Conservatory of Music

Ann Miller, Nina Flyer and Sonia Leong, Trio 180, performed as guest artists on May 4 for the Sundays at Three chamber music series at Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia, Md. Sundays At Three is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting chamber music played by the finest professional talent in the Baltimore-Washington area. 

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Steven Sadowsky and Peter Hansen had the article "Evidence-based Criteria for Differential Treatment Planning of Implant Restorations for the Mandibular Edentulous Patient" published in the Journal of Prosthodontics, Feb. 2014 Read more >>

Pacific Center for Special Care's Virtual Dental Home pilot project was featured in the Los Angeles Day News in an article highlighting the program's ability to deliver cost-effective preventative care and education to underserved populations and the state-wide expansion of the method that would be made possible by passage of AB 1174. Read article >>

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Dean Lynn BeckDean Lynn G. Beck was selected by the Association for California School Administrators (ACSA) Region VII to receive the 2014 Professor of Education of the Year award. ACSA is the umbrella organization for all school leaders in California. She was honored at the association's spring conference held May 2-4 at South Lake Tahoe.

Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Raquel Aldana, had her book chapter, "Immigration Federalism and Rights," published in Immigration Regulation in Federal States at 61 (Sasha Baglay and Delphine Nakache, eds., Springer 2014). Aldana spoke about her book project on transitional justice and the genocide trial in Guatemala as part of the UC Davis School of Law Faculty Intellectual Enrichment series on March 13.

Linda Carter codirected the Brandeis Institute for International Judges (BIIJ) 2013. BIIJ provides members of the international judiciary with the opportunity to meet and discuss critical issues concerning the theory and practice of international justice. She also edited the BIIJ 2013 report. Carter taught a week-long course in international criminal procedure in the LLM program in International Criminal Justice that is offered jointly by the University of Turin and the U.N. Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) in Turin, Italy, in March.

Michael Colatrella had his article, "Informed Consent in Mediation: Promoting Pro Se Parties' Informed Settlement Choice While Honoring the Mediator's Ethical Duties," Published in the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City.

Michele FinertyMichele Finerty, assistant director for Technical Services, is the 2014 recipient of the Northern California Association of Law Libraries (NOCALL) Advocacy Award, for her work in lobbying for the enactment of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act. The Advocacy Award is given to individuals whose work directly impacts access to legal information.

Amy Landers was a panelist on the subject "Targeting litigation abuse (fee shifting, discovery limits, Rule 18)" at the Patent Trolls and Patent Reform Reforms Conference at Stanford Law School on March 21. Landers presented "Exploring Patent Immunity for Start-ups" at PatCon 4: The Annual Patent Conference, held at University of San Diego Law School on April 5.

Brian Landsberg spoke on "Public Accommodations and the Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Surprising Success?" at The Civil Rights Act: 50 Year of Success, Development, and Transformation conference sponsored by Hamline University School of Law's Journal of Public Law and Policy, on March 25.

Lawrence Levine had the article "The Restatement of Gay(?)," coauthored with Courtney G. Joslin '79 published in the Brooklyn Law Review, p. 621 (2014). Levine taught two classes that were part of the human rights curriculum and focused on marriage equality in the U.S. and in the European Union at the Universidad Europea in Madrid on March 26.

Hether Macfarlane presented "Maybe They Are Telling Us Something: the Choice of a Pseudonym for Writing Assignments," at the 14th Annual Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference held at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law in Las Vegas, Nev., on March 29.

Stephen McCaffrey was invited by the Centre for International Law (CIL) at the National University of Singapore to participate in an International Conference on Transboundary Pollution that the Centre organized in February in Singapore. McCaffrey spoke on "Pollution of Shared Freshwater Resources in International Law," on the basis of a paper with the same title which will be published together with the other papers presented at the conference in the Review of European Community and International Environmental Law.

John Myers gave the keynote address, "A History of Child Protection in the United States: Areas of Success and Opportunities for Growth," at the National Symposium on Child Abuse in Huntsville, Ala. on March 25.

Pauline Nguyen presented the workshop "Doors and Keys: Mediation and Access to Justice" at the 2014 Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California (ADRNC) Annual Conference in Oakland, Calif., on March 15.

Paul Paton had his article on innovation in the legal profession in North America, "The Ball is Rolling," published on Lexpert, Feb. 2014. John Sprankling had the article "The Global Right to Property," published in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law.

Jarrod Wong taught a class on "Ethics in investor-state arbitration" at the Singapore Management University School of Law in March.

Michael Vitiello moderated the panel "Psychology in the Courtroom: Witness Testimony," at the Conference on Psychology and Lawyering: Coalescing the Field, held in February at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law in Las Vegas.

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Wilson Zhu '15, Deanne Zhao '15, J.P. Loomis '15, and Kevin Chan '14 received Alfred R. Golze Scholarships from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Sacramento Section in recognition of their academic achievement and active involvement in the Pacific ASCE Student Chapter. The scholarship was established in honor of Alfred R. Golze, past President of the ASCE Sacramento Section. It is open to students from University of the Pacific, CSU Chico, CSU Sacramento and UC Davis. Students are selected based on an application and two letters of recommendation from professors. Read full story>>

University Library

Michael Wurtz, University Archivist, spoke to a group of nearly 100 gathered in Jack Knight Hall at the Calaveras Big Trees Sate Park on the topic of the three known visits that John Muir made to the Sequoia groves now known as the Calaveras Big Trees.

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