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Noteworthy Newsletter - June 4, 2015

Faculty and staff accomplishments, artistic endeavors and scholarly activity
Jun 26, 2015

Awards, Recognition and Service

College of the Pacific

Chris GoffChristopher Goff, Associate Professor of Mathematics, is the principal investigator on a California Math and Science Partnership grant of $600,000 per year for three years for Mathematics with Added Science, Technology, and Engineering for Relevance (MASTER), a partnership between University of the Pacific, Lincoln Unified School District, and Teachers' College of San Joaquin. The grant provides for three years of professional development in STEM disciplines for more than 65 participating K-8 teachers from the district.  

Ethel Nicdao, Associate Professor of  Sociology, was a selected applicant to attend the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Ninth Annual Symposium to be held in Princeton, New Jersey, in June. The Symposium will serve as a forum for researchers to network, share research ideas and hear from senior researchers and mentors. 

Gene Pearson, Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, was appointed Acting Secretary/Treasurer of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers in April.  

School of International Studies

Bruce LaBrack, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award "for his distinguished contributions to the Study of Sikhs and Punjabis in North America." The award was presented by the Chair of the Sikh Studies Program at UC Riverside at the annual Sikh Studies Conference May 8-10, themed "Living and Making Sikhi in the Diaspora: The Millennial Generation Comes of Age."   

Conservatory of Music

Patrick Langham, Professor and Director of Jazz Studies, led the Pacific Jazz Ensemble to first place at the annual Next Generation Jazz Festival in the College Combo Division, winning for the first time in the division. As a result, the group will perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival in the fall. Read more>>  

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Robert BoydRobert L.  Boyd, Frederick T. West Endowed Chair of the Department of Orthodontics, was recognized by the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation (AAOF) with the establishing of the Robert L. Boyd Biomedical Research Award, which will support new industry research. The award recognizes Boyd's contributions to research in the field of orthodontia. Boyd was the principal investigator for the first clinical study of the orthodontic appliance Invisalign® which led to the first published paper on Invisalign in the year 2000. The initial research for this study was done at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Since that first publication, Dr. Boyd has been the principal author on nine other published papers on Invisalign. Boyd was given the Foundation's Blair Award in 2014, the organization's highest award for meritorious service. Read more>> 

Miroslav Tolar, Associate Professor of Orthodontics, recently received a $25,000 research award to support the study of orthodontic treatment in patients. Align Technology Inc. announced awards totaling $310,000 in new funding to four universities in North America and eight international universities for research projects seeking to better understand the impact of orthodontic treatment and the use of intraoral scanners. Robert Boyd, Professor of Orthodontics, Mohammed Fallah, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, HeeSoo Oh '01, '05, Associate Professor of Orthodontics, and Marie Tolarova, Professor of Orthodontics, are co-investigators on the project. The award will support clinical research on underlying biological mechanisms to improve clinical outcomes of the Invisalign therapy.

McGeorge School of Law

Melissa Brown, Director of Legal Clinics and Professor of Lawyering Skills, co-developed an Elder Abuse/Self-Neglect class as part of the UC Davis School of Medicine's Doctoring course, which was taught Feb. 3-19.  UC Davis third-year medical students, McGeorge Elder & Health Law students and Master of Science in Law students participated in an interdisciplinary approach toward understanding and meeting the medical, legal and social needs of elderly patients with complex issues. UC Davis Medical School faculty, together with McGeorge alumni and faculty, jointly facilitated the four classes. The McGeorge team was represented by: faculty members Leslie Gielow Jacobs, Professor of Law, Lawrence Levine, Professor of Law, Colleen Truden, Lecturer in Law, Jennifer Gibson, Supervising Attorney, Pauline Nguyen, Supervising Attorney, along with alumni Emma Siverson '14  Matt Fisher '13, Don Fraulob '69, Steve Hansen '11, Leslie Murphy '03, Megan Beaver '13, Ian Scharg '12, Lauren Foust '13, and Naresh Birdi '13.  

Stephen McCaffrey, Distinguished Professor of Law, appeared for Nicaragua before the International Court of Justice in hearings on Certain Activities carried out by Nicaragua in the Border Area (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua) and Construction of a Road in Costa Rica along the San Juan River (Nicaragua v. Costa Rica), Read the press release>>. 

Jarrod Wong, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Pacific McGeorge Global Center for Business and Development, formally assumed his position as Co-Vice Chair of the American Society of International Law's International Economic Law Interest Group in April.  

Publications and presentations 

College of the Pacific

Andreas Agocs, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, presented the paper "Reformation and Renewal: Cultural Nationalism and Antifascism in the East German Kulturbund, 1945-1946" and chaired a panel on "Religion, Politics, and Ethics in 20th-Century Germany" at the Annual German Studies Association Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  

Kris Alexanderson, Assistant Professor of History, presented the paper "Japanese Penetration and Dutch Conciliation in Maritime Asia during the 1930s" at the Institute for Humanities Research at UC Santa Cruz as part of their Center for Cultural Studies Colloquium Series in February. The paper is part of Alexanderson's larger book manuscript on global maritime networks and the modern Dutch empire, which she is currently completing. The Institute for Humanities Research is a laboratory for theorizing and implementing new visions of the humanities and the Center for Cultural Studies hosts an interdisciplinary colloquium, featuring work by UC Santa Cruz faculty and visiting scholars.  

Cosana Eram, Assistant Professor of  Modern Languages and Literature, published the article "Isidore Isou's Awry Messianism" in The Messianic Idea in Judaism Revisited, ed. Michael Morgan and Steve Weitzman, Indiana University Press (December 2014). Her article, "Cherchez... le bruit! Marcel Proust in Service of Modern Communication," was published in Inmediaciones de la Comunicación y las Humanidades, No. 9, Montevideo, Uruguay (September 2014). Her blogposts, "Bonsoir, Monsieur Antipyrine," and "In Search of Lost Soundscapes" were published on the Stanford University Humanities blog, Arcade.

Marcos Gridi-Papp, Assistant Professor of  Biological Sciences, had the paper "Reinterpreting features of the advertisement call of Dermatonotus muelleri (Boettger, 1885; Anura, Microhylidae)" accepted for publication in the journal Zootaxa. The study is an international collaboration with Ariovaldo A. Giaretta at the Universidade Federal de Uberlandia in Brazil. Pacific Vo '15, Jesse Herche '16 and Justine Tang '14, '16 were coauthors. 

Christopher Ludwig, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Athletic Training Program in Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, had his co-authored article "Our Profession Is A Reflection Of Us: Examining Ethics Principle #4," published in the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) News (May 2015). The article offered a brief review on one of the four ethical principles of the NATA's Code of Ethics, which has been a central focus of Dr. Ludwig's scholarship this year. 

Susan Mannon, Associate Professor of Sociology, published the co-authored article "Good Mothers as Guest Workers: Constructing the Trope of Compliant Maternity in Spain's Guest Worker Program" in the International Journal of Sociology (volume 44, 2014). She also presented the paper "Costa Rica: Still An Exception?" at the 2015 annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. 

Matt Normand, Associate Professor of Psychology, and graduate student co-authors Anthony Oliver '15 and Leigh Pratt '15, had the article, "A survey of functional behavior assessment methods used by behavior analysts in practice" accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. 

Jianhua Ren, Associate Professor of Chemistry, and graduate student Patrick Batoon'16, had their invited paper, "Proton affinity of dipeptides containing alanine and diaminobutyric acid," published in International Journal of Mass Spectrometry.  Ren, former adjunct faculty Bogdan Bogdanov, and former graduate student Xiaoning Zhao'12 had their co-authored paper, "Electron capture dissociation studies of the fragmentation patterns of doubly protonated and mixed protonated-sodiated peptoids," published in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry

Encounters with the PeopleWilliam Swagerty, Professor of History and Director of the John Muir Center, co-edited the book Encounters with the People: Written and Oral Account of Nez Perce Life to 1858, published by Washington State University Press (June 2015). The book is an annotated compilation of unique primary sources related to Nez Perce history, Native American oral histories, diary excerpts, military reports, maps, and more. Generous elders shared their collective memory of carefully-guarded stories passed down through multiple generations.

Mark VanNess, Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, presented the co-authored paper "Exerciser Self-Image and Indices of Health-Related Physical Fitness" at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting in San Diego, May 26-30. A co-author on the paper is a former Pacific graduate student Jafra Thomas '12, '14, currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Oregon State University.   

School of International Studies

Bruce LaBrack, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, chaired a panel on "Sikh Environmental Activism" at the Fourth Sikh Studies conference on Living and Making Sikhi in the Diaspora: The Millennial Generation Comes of Age, sponsored by Sikh and Punjabi Studies Program of the Religious Studies Department, University of California, Riverside.   

Conservatory of Music

Jeffrey Crawford, Visiting Lecturer in Music Technology, had his original audio and video composition "The Mus Media" featured in its premier performance during the Modesto Junior College Department of Music's 38th annual New Music Concert on April 10.  

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Arthur A. Dugoni, Dean Emeritus, wrote the guest editorial "The Decade Ahead: Finding a Better Way," which was published in the centennial anniversary supplement celebrating 100 years of the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (May 2015). 

McGeorge School of Law

Melissa Brown, Director of Legal Clinics and Professor of Lawyering Skills,  organized and moderated a discussion on the topic "End of Life Options Act - SB-128," as part of the Capital Center Lecture Series, at Pacific McGeorge in April.  

Adrienne Brungess, Professor of Lawyering Skills, presented "Inward and Outward - Internationalizing Legal Writing" at the Southeast Regional Legal Writing Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee, in April.   

Michael T. Colatrella Jr., Associate Professor of Law, presented "What I Learned About Teaching from Being an Art Student" at the LegalED Igniting Law Teaching Conference at American University Washington College of Law in March.  

Leslie Gielow Jacobs, Professor of Law and Director of the Capital Center for Public Law and Policy, contributed a guest post, "License Plates are Back in Court in Walker v. Texas Sons of Confederate Veterans," to the Hamilton and Griffin on Rights blog on March 24, 2015.   

Brian Landsberg, Distinguished Professor of Law, had his article, "Public Accommodations and the Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Surprising Success?" published in the Hamline Journal of Public Law & Policy, Vol. 36, No. 1.  

Lawrence Levine, Professor of Law, presented his work-in-progress on aspirational standards in tort law to the University of Oregon School of Law Lectures and Awards Committee in April. He also presented about the marriage equality cases before the U.S. Supreme Court to the law school's LGBTQ organization, the Outlaws.  

Economic SanctionsMichael Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, edited the book Economic Sanctions, which was just published by Edward Elgar Publishing, a UK publisher. The anthology in two volumes presents the leading legal scholarship of the past 12 years on the theory and practice of international economic sanctions. Edited with an original introductory essay by Malloy, the book includes contributions from scholars and practitioners from around the globe. It covers current challenges concerning the use of sanctions as tools of anti-terrorism policy and human rights enforcement, as well as the ongoing controversy over the effectiveness of sanctions. It also explores horizon issues like the use of sanctions in support of environmental policy, health and safety, and cyber-safety.    

Stephen McCaffrey, Distinguished Professor of Law, had his book chapter, "The 1997 UN Convention: Compatibility and Complementarity," published in The UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes: Its Contribution to International Water Cooperation, A. Tanzi, O. McIntyre, A. Kolliopoulos, A. Rieu-Clarke, R. Kinna, eds., (Brill 2015). 

John E.B. Myers, Professor of Law, presented "California's Juvenile Courts: Past and Present" at a Training for Professionals Seeking to Become Visitation Supervisors event sponsored by Empower Yolo in Woodland, California. He presented "Recent Developments in Family Law" at the Family Law Section of the Sacramento County Bar Association. 

Brian Slocum, Professor of Law, organized the conference on "Inference, Intention and Ordinary Meaning: What Jurists can Learn about Legal Interpretation from Linguistics and Philosophy" on May 1 at Pacific McGeorge. Slocum also was a panelist on the topic of "Linguistics and Ordinary Meaning" at the conference.  Francis J. Mootz III, Dean, presented the paper "Getting Over the Originalist Fixation" at the conference. In his paper, Mootz challenged the "Fixation Thesis" as argued by the new originalists such as Professor Larry Solum, which holds that meaning is fixed at the time of its adoption. Read more>> 

Molly Stafford, Director of Career Development, and Sarra Ziari, Major Gifts Officer, co-presented "Modern Mentoring: Innovative Ways to Connect Your Students with Alumni," at the NALP (National Association for Law Placement) Annual Education Conference in Chicago, Illinois, in April. 

Michael Vitiello, Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, served as Advocate in Residence at Washburn University Law School in Topeka, Kansas, April 9-10, and gave a presentation to the faculty on the topic of "Oral Advocacy in the Classroom."  

Jarrod Wong, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Pacific McGeorge Global Center for Business and Development, presented "BG Group v. Argentina: A Supreme Misunderstanding of Investment Treaty Arbitration" at the 2015 Pepperdine Law Review Symposium in April. The paper will be published in Vol. XLIII of the Pepperdine Law Review. Wong moderated a panel on "Transparency and Procedural Due Process in International Economic Law" at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law (ASIL).

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Harriett Arnold, Emeritus Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, was a co-presenter with Heather Maloy '14 on "Creating and Leading Motivational Change" at the 70th Annual ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) Convention in Houston, Texas, in March. The presentation was based on Maloy's dissertation.  

Joel N. Lohr, Associate Professor of Practice Educational Administration and Leadership, had the second edition of his co-authored book, Making Sense in Religious Studies: A Student's Guide to Research and Writing, published by Oxford University Press (2015).

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Jesika Faridi, Associate Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, and her colleagues presented "Anti-endocrine therapy in breast cancer resistance can be circumvented by targeting ribonucleotide reductase M2 using the pharmaceutical agent Didox" at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2015 in Philadelphia. Khyati N. Shah '14, Ritu Malla '16 and Elizabeth Wilson '16 were co-presenters. Faridi and her colleagues published the research article, "Genetic ablation of PRAS40 improves glucose homeostasis via linking the AKT and mTOR pathways" in the journal of Biochemical Pharmacology. The article examines the role of PRAS40 in glucose homeostasis. Co-authors include William K. Chan, Professor and Chair of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, Ritu Malla '16 and Yu Wang '13. 

Sachin Shah, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, co-authored the article "Recurrent deep vein thrombosis with rivaroxaban in a patient with metastatic testicular cancer," which is published in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice (June 2015).

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Jiancheng Liu, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, co-authored the paper "Machinability experimental study of sintered alumina (Al2O3) ceramics material by chemical vapor deposition diamond coating milling tools" published in the Journal of Engineering Manufacture,  2014. He also had his co-authored paper, "Study on Volumetric Tool Wear Measurement Using Image Processing," published in the Journal of Applied Mechanics and Materials, 2014. 

Camilla Saviz, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, and Said Shakerin, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, published "Serious Fun: Using Toys to Demonstrate Fluid Mechanics Principles" in The Physics Teacher, September 2014. 

Student Life

Patrick Day, Vice President, spoke on the importance of building cross-cultural and diverse communities to about 170 Resident Assistants and Residential Services Administrators at the sixth annual Gregg A. Kindle Distinguished Lecture on Community, presented by Residential Services at Northwestern University.  


Hector Escalante '97, University Ombudsperson, had his book review of Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice by S.B. Merriam and L.L. Bierema published in the May edition of Adult Education Quarterly




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