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Noteworthy Newsletter - Sept. 3, 2015

Recent publications, presentations, artistic activity, awards and other accomplishments of Pacific faculty and staff
Sep 3, 2015

Awards, recognition and service

College of the Pacific and School of International Studies

The Department of Psychology is proud to announce that graduates of the Master of Arts in Psychology program for 2013 and 2014 had a 100% pass rate on the Board Certification in Behavioral Analysis (BCBA) exam, the major certification body in the field of applied behavior analysis. Comparatively, the national/international pass rates for 3,006 first-time candidates in 2013 was 58%. In 2014, the pass rate for 4,183 candidates was 60%. Pacific's MA in Psychology program was listed in the top 10 out of more than 100 schools offering the master's level course required for students to be eligible to take the exam.

Qingwen Dong, Professor and Chair of Communication, has been selected as one of the Think Tank experts for China's Internet and Future Society Research Center, sponsored by the China Internet Association and Communication University of China Internet and Information Research Institute. The key tasks of the Think Tank members will include offering ideas, suggestions and research findings on the Internet and its impacts.

Lydia Fox, Associate Professor and Director of Environmental Studies, participated in the Phi Kappa Phi "Partnering for Success" workshop for chapter leaders in August at Snowbird, Utah. Fox is President of the Pacific Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

Liang Xue, Associate Professor of Chemistry, was invited to participate in a training and discussion session on incorporation of mitochondria biochemistry into undergraduate teaching and research at the NSF-sponsored Mitochondrial Biochemistry, Genetics, and Molecular Biology workshop held at the University of Puerto Rico in July.

Professor Craig VierraCraig Vierra, Professor of Biology, is the principal investigator of a $579,135 grant awarded to the University of the Pacific from the National Science Foundation for Major Research Instrumentation (MRI). The NSF award will fund the purchase of a mass spectrometer to be used in classes and faculty research in programs ranging from biology and engineering to pharmacy and physics. This instrument will provide wonderful learning experience for undergraduate and graduate students, both for lab courses and research programs. It will also enhance faculty scholarship and stimulate collaborations across pharmacy, chemistry, engineering and physics.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Gretchen Bruce '99 MBA, Associate Professor of Periodontics, received an American Academy of Periodontology Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics. The award is given at each institution to the periodontal educator who has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in providing education in the full scope of clinical periodontics and relays that enthusiasm to students.

Darren Cox, Associate Professor of Pathology and Medicine, received the Pacific Dental Helix Innovation Award for his leadership and involvement in interprofessional education at the School's Faculty Development Day in June. Faculty voted to select the winner at the end of the presentations. Read more >>

Terry Hoover, Associate Professor of Dental Practice, has been appointed to serve on the Integrated National Board Dental Exam Test Construction Committee of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations for 2016. 

Allen Wong, Professor of Dental Practice, led a team of nine faculty members, 22 students and three other volunteers to conduct a volunteer outreach trip to Moala Village, Fiji, during spring break. On the five-day trip to the remote island, the team provided dental care and education, including removing non-restorable teeth, demonstrating proper brushing and flossing, teaching about the importance of baking soda as a neutralizing solution, and repairing and sealing teeth. They treated a total of 379 patients and completed 628 extractions, 751 operative surfaces and seven root canals, providing more than $70,000 worth of free health care. The outreach is spotlighted in the American Dental Education Association's recent Bulletin of Dental Education.

McGeorge School of Law

Raquel Aldana, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship, traveled to Lima, Peru from July 20-23, 2015, to meet with government officials implementing ABA rule of law projects in the country, as part of the Latin American Council on the Caribbean and Latin America Rule of Law Initiative.

Linda Carter, Distinguished Professor of Law, Christine Manolakas, Professor of Law, and John E.B. Meyers, Professor of Law, were honored as 2015 Julie Davies Professors of the Year by the McGeorge Student Bar Association (SBA) in May 2015.

Hether Macfarlane, Professor of Lawyering Skills, accepted an award "For Outstanding Contributions to International Legal Skills Education" on behalf of McGeorge School of Law at the Global Legal Skills Conference held in Chicago, Illinois, in May. The award recognized "innovations in its legal research and writing program that introduce students to cross-cultural awareness, comparative law and international law."

Eberhardt School of Business

Margaret Roberts, Director of the Eberhardt Career Management Center, served as co-chair of the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance Global Conference to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, in June. Roberts served on the board of directors of MBA CSEA from 2012-2015, including two years as the association vice president. The 2016 Global Conference was her second appointment as a conference co-chair for the association.

Latino Community Outreach

LULAC grant announcement

Pictured left to right: Rolando Godinez, Member, LULAC Council #2060; Jesus Margarito, Member, LULAC Council #2060 and Latino Community Outreach Program Services Assistant; Joe Avila, Community Outreach Manager, Ford Motor Company Fund; and Dr. Ines Ruiz Huston, Member, LULAC Council #2060. Photo by Cory Steffen.

University of the Pacific's Latino Community Outreach Program, in partnership with Stockton chapter no. 2060 of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the University of the Pacific Collegiate LULAC Chapter no. 3145, received a two-year $20,000 grant from Ford Motor Company's 2015 Driving Dreams Through Education program to support the Vamos con Todo program. The program will target 20 high school students who consult with Stockton Unified School District and Edison High School on the curriculum of Latino/a history and culture in the program; coordinate with resources to help students increase their English language skills; and provide activities for the students and their families to be involved in the campus community through various activities and events. Pacific's Latino Community Outreach Office will be directing the daily involvement and operation of the program at Edison High School with both LULAC chapters. Jesus Margarito, Latino Community Outreach Program Services Assistant, will be the coordinator of the Vamos Con Todo program. Two Pacific students will also be working with the high school program.

Publications and presentations

College of the Pacific and School of International Studies

Michelle Amaral, Associate Professor of Economics, and Bill Herrin, Professor of Economics and Director of the School of International Studies, presented two new research projects at the 2015 International Health Economics Association meeting in July. One analyzes the incidence and intensity of catastrophic health spending. The other shows how consumption of staple foods affects undernutrition in children under age 5. Both use the Uganda Living Standards Measurement Survey from 2009 through 2012.

Martín Camps, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literature, published "Pasajero 21: Evidencia del viaje de Tablada a Japón en 1900" in El cultural, cultural supplement for the newspaper La razón in Mexico City (August 1, 2015). The issue commemorates the 70th anniversary of the death of José Juan Tablada, a Mexican poet credited with introducing Haiku to Spanish language readers.

Melissa Davies, Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences, published the column "Modernized Rules could remove hurdles for millennial fans," discussing the gaps between the PGA Tour's event policies and their goals to broaden their audience and grow the game among millennials, in the Sport Business Journal.

Qingwen Dong, Professor and Chair of Communication, gave a keynote speech on Big Data and Governance: Challenges and Developments Facing Journalists at the International Conference on Big Data and Global Communication Transformation on June 27 in Baoding, China.

Helene Flohic, Assistant Professor of Physics, presented two posters at the 29th General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union in Honolulu, Hawaii: "The impact of different college science courses on students' attitude towards science," and "Probing the accretion structure of weak AGNs: sub-mm observations of LINERs." Student coauthors on the second include Gerold Curell '16 and Vaughn Petersen '17.

Dennis Flynn, Emeritus Professor of Economics, gave a seminar presentation on "Hinterlands-Regional-Global Trade Connections: Visualization via Laws of Supplies and Demands" at the University of Tokyo, and served as chair/discussant for a session on "GIS Approaches to Land Development and Social Change in Asia and Africa," at the World Economic History Congress in Kyoto, Japan.

Chris Goff, Associate Professor of Mathematics, gave a presentation at Mathfest, the summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America, in Washington, D.C. His talk described the San Joaquin Math Teachers' Circle, founded in 2013 with involvement of Jialing Dai, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, and Dennis Parker, Associate Professor and Chair of Mathematics, as well as teaching postdoc Sara Malec, and with participation by middle school teachers from the county and the San Joaquin County Office of Education. In particular, the session focused on math problems involving the number 100, in honor of the MAA's 100th anniversary. Math Teachers' Circles across the country were developed to help middle school teachers experience open-ended problem solving alongside university faculty.

Marcos Gridi-Papp, Assistant Professor in Biological Sciences, had the book chapter "Vocal sound production and acoustic communication in amphibians and reptiles" accepted for publication in the volume Vertebrate Sound Production and Acoustic Communication of the series Springer Handbook of Auditory Research. Kaitlen Colafrancesco '10, '12 was a co-author.

Jennifer Helgren, Associate Professor of History, presented "Girlhood, Pen-Pal Relationships, and Reconciliation after World War II" at the Society for the History of Children and Youth Conference at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, in June.

Ryan Hill, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, coauthored the paper "Ecological specialization drives rapid diversification in neotropical Adelpha butterflies," which was published in the journal Molecular Ecology.

Alan Lenzi, Associate Professor of Religious and Classical Studies, has had his long-term digital project to edit and translate all Babylonian tablets bearing the text of a shu-ila or "lifted-hand" prayer (similar to biblical psalms) accepted for inclusion in the Open Richly-Annotated Cuneiform Corpus. ORACC is an international digital portal for cuneiform studies hosted at University of Pennsylvania. Initial work on nine tablets (3% of the corpus) may be found on the ORACC website.

Patti McCarthy, Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies, was invited to lead the panel, "George Lucas: From Padawan to Jedi Master" and screen three short biographical films she produced with students from Pacific and USC: "George Lucas: The Early Years," "George Lucas: Visionary Filmmaker," and "Local Lucas History" at Wizard World ComicCon in Sacramento. More than 30,000 people attended the three-day event. She served as a judge for the Wizard World ComicCon International Film Festival Contest and moderated Q & A sessions with filmmakers. McCarthy also presented the paper "The Heroine's Journey," which maps out a new approach to Campbell's "Journey of the Hero" paradigm by reclaiming the mythic feminine narrative and structure in popular literature, television and film. Her presentation was taped live and can be viewed on

Ethel Nicdao, Associate Professor of Sociology, co-authored the manuscript "Structural Inequality and Social Support for Women Prisoners Released to Rural Communities," which has been accepted for publication by the journal Women & Criminal Justice.

Analiese Richard, Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Studies, gave the keynote speech "La Ciudadania Ambiental y Las Megalopolis" at the International Colloquium Las Paradojas de la Megalopolis on July 9 in the Mexican Congress, House of Representatives (Camara de Diputados). View video>>

Gregory Rohlf, Associate Professor of History, published the article "How to Make Field Trips Fun, Educational, and Memorable: Balancing Self-Directed Inquiry with Structured Learning" in a special issue on The Craft of Teaching (May 2015) in the journal The History Teacher. The journal is an affiliated publication of the American Historical Association.

Vyacheslav Samoshin, Professor of Chemistry, Vincent A. DiMassa '15, Irina A. Dotsenko '14, Yu Zheng '13 and Patrick Batoon '16 had the article "Exploration of trans-2-(1,2,3-triazolyl)-cyclohexanol derivatives as possible pH-triggered molecular switches" published in Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research.

Caroline Schroeder, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, presented the paper, "Preserving Coptic Cultural Heritage for the Digital Future" at the annual St. Shenouda Society-UCLA Coptic Conference at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Eleanor Wittrup, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, presented the paper "Emotion Makes the Person" at the 13th International Conference on Persons held at Boston University.

Conservatory of Music

Daniel Ebbers, Interim Dean and Professor of Voice, performed in the role of Eisenstein in the Stockton Opera Association production of Johann Strauss Jr.'s comic operetta Die Fledermaus in May. James Haffner, Professor of Opera, directed the performance and Jessica (Siena) Ebbers, Coordinator of Student Recruitment and Marketing for the Food Studies Program, performed in the role of Rosalinde.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Arthur A. Dugoni, Dean Emeritus, gave the presentation "Living a Life that Matters" to new dental students during a Matriculation Day Welcome event held Aug. 19 at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Glendale, Arizona.

David M. Ojcius, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, coauthored the article "Ganoderma lucidum reduces obesity in mice by modulating the composition of the gut microbiota" published in the journal Nature Communications (7489: June 2015).  The research was featured on the PBS Newshour online blog.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Adam M. Kaye '95 PharmD, Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice, taught four sessions at the Comprehensive Pain Medicine and Interventional Pain Management 2015 Board Review Course in Chicago, Illinois, in July. He taught "Miscellaneous Pharmacology Agents in Pain Medicine," "Antipyretic Analgesics, Antidepressants, and Anticonvulsants," "Controlled Substances: Use, Abuse, and Pain Relief in Substance Abusers," and "Effectiveness and Practical Applications of Current Non-Opioid Drug Therapy: Facts and Fiction." The course is a comprehensive review offered every two years for certification in ABMS pain medicine and ABIPP examinations sponsored by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians.

Kaye coauthored the article "Tramadol, Pharmacology, Side Effects, and Serotonin Syndrome: A Review," published in Pain Physician. 2015 Jul-Aug;18(4).

Kaye coauthored the article "Hydrocodone bitartrate for chronic pain" published in Drugs of Today, 51(7), 2015.

McGeorge School of Law

Raquel Aldana, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship, co-organized with Luis Mogollón, Adjunct Professor, a LatCrit Study Space project, a series of intensive workshops held at diverse locations throughout the world. This project involved an eight-day field visit to Guatemala June 27 to July 5 to study the topic of social corporate responsibility in the context of extractive industries, indigenous peoples, the maquila sector and other natural resources being exploited in the country. Julie Davies, Professor of Law, Blake Nordahl, Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills, Rachael Salcido, Professor of Law, and McGeorge law student Sylvia La Rosa also participated. Read more>>

Aldana served as a moderator and a presenter on a panel on "Assessing Intercultural Legal Competencies" at the Workshop on Measuring Learning Gains; Institutional Effectiveness for the New Era in Orlando, Florida, in June. Aldana also served on the organizing committee for the conference.  

Mariam El-Menshawi, Director of the Victims of Crime Resource Center, gave a presentation about Marsy's Law at the Sacramento Refugee Forum at the UC Davis Medical School on July 14, 2015.

Leslie Gielow Jacobs, Professor of Law and Director of the Capital Center for Public Law and Policy, contributed a guest post, "The Court Decides, 5-4, Specialty License Plates are Government Speech," to the Hamilton and Griffin on Rights blog on June 18, 2015. Read.

Michael Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, presented the paper "Risk Management in Financial Services" at the 12th Annual International Conference on Law sponsored by the Athens Institute for Education and Research in July. Malloy chaired a panel on emerging issues in public policy and law and participated as a member of the organizing committee for the conference.

Mary-Beth Moylan, Professor of Lawyering Skills, participated in two panels at the Fifth Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles on Aug. 7, 2015. The first was the "State of LWI and ALWD" with Linda Berger. The second was "Complying with the New ABA and California State Bar Skills Requirements" with Daniel Bogart and Jean Boylan.

Jeffrey Proske, Professor of Lawyering Skills, presented "The Pacific McGeorge Legal Profession Course," at the Fifth Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles on Aug. 7, 2015.

Property: A Contemporary ApproachJohn Sprankling, Distinguished Professor of Law, and Ray Coletta, Professor of Law, had the third edition of their interactive casebook, Property: A Contemporary Approach (2015) published by West.

Michael Vitiello, Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, served as a discussant on the topic of "Reversing Mass Incarceration: What Reforms Are Working (or Could Work) and Why?" and participated on a panel about "The New Civil Procedure: Paradox and Peril" at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Meeting in Boca Raton, Florida, held July 29 to Aug. 1, 2015.

Office of the Provost

Laura Merry '14, Project Manager for Distributed Learning, co-authored the chapter "Looking to the Future - Exploring the Need to Address Bullying in Higher Education" in the book "Students, Teachers, and Leaders Addressing Bullying in Schools" (Sense Publishers, 2015), now in publication. The research was part of her master's thesis project and was coauthored with former Dean of Students Joanna Royce Davis. Merry also presented the research in a poster session at the American College Personnel Association Conference (2014) in Indianapolis, Indiana.


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