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Noteworthy Newsletter - October 2015

Highlighting recent faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly activity
Oct 7, 2015

Awards, recognition and service

College of the Pacific

Qingwen Dong, Professor and Chair of Communication, has been selected to serve as a member of the editorial board for the academic journal Nursing Communication.

Ryan MoffetRyan Moffet, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, recently received confirmation of a three-year Department of Energy grant award in the amount of $334,000. The award will enable Moffet to continue his research into the effects of aerosols on the environment. The grant will pay for graduate students and personnel, microscopy experiments at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and data analysis at Pacific. Moffet is working with graduate students Matthew Fraund '19 and Don Pham '13, '16 and intern and alumnus Matthew Bonanno '15. Learn More>>

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Ana Arias, Instructor in Endodontics, won the Education Prize at the European Society of Endodontology biennial congress in Barcelona, Spain, for her submission "Innovations in Teaching Biostatistics to Residents in Endodontic Fellowship: A Pilot Study."

McGeorge School of Law

Raquel Aldana, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship, is a board member of the newly created AALS Section for Associate Deans for Academic Affairs and Research.

Supreme Court Justics Anthony KennedySupreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, Professor of Constitutional Law, was awarded the 2015 Bernard E. Witkin Medal, which will be presented at the California State Bar Annual Meeting on Saturday, Oct. 10. This honor is awarded annually to a member of the legal community who has helped shape the legal landscape through an extraordinary body of work. Read more>>

Lawrence LevineLawrence Levine, Professor of Law, received the 2015 Pride Award for Public Policy from the Sacramento LGBT Center on Aug.  18, 2015. These annual awards recognize individuals and organizations whose compassion, innovation, generosity and community service help create a safer, more welcoming, collaborative, socially just, culturally rich and stigma-free community

Michael P. Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, has been appointed as one of the U.S. representatives to the Real Estate Market Advisory Group (REM) of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The REM assists the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management and the Working Party on Land Administration to develop stronger housing real estate markets. Malloy will provide expert guidance to REM and the Committee particularly on the impact of regulatory policy on housing and development. He begins the new advisory role in October 2015 in Geneva.

Stephen McCaffrey participated in the second day of the "Informal Gathering of the Parties to the UN Watercourses Convention," held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris on September 15 and 16, 2015. McCaffrey was invited to attend by the organizing countries, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands. The "UN Watercourses Convention" is the 1997 Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses, a treaty that was negotiated on the basis of draft articles prepared by the International Law Commission, for which McCaffrey was the special rapporteur responsible for the ILC's work on the topic.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Pacific's Mobile Medicare Clinics Program, led by Rajul Patel '01, '06, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was selected to receive a $10,000 Community Impact Grant from United Way of San Joaquin County. The grant will support more than 10 outreach events hosted throughout the Central Valley and surrounding communities. Since 2007, these events have assisted nearly 4,000 Medicare beneficiaries. Learn more at

Xin GuoXin Guo, Professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, will receive an R15 National Institutes of Health grant for $316,000 for his research on "Lipid-coated, ph-sensitive Phosphate Particles for Intracellular Protein Delivery." His project will study a novel, expandable nano-system that delivers proteins into cells. Such a system would greatly facilitate the development of proteins into new medicines.  

Preeti OzaPreeti Deshpande Oza, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, was awarded a research grant for the proposal "Corticospinal Motor Excitability Following Ankle Manual Therapy: A Pilot Study" funded by the California Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Special Interest Group with support from Cardon Rehabilitation Product. The co-investigator on the grant is Todd Davenport, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy.

Cathy Peterson, Professor of Physical Therapy, was invited to serve the United States Department of State and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs for a second term as a regional reviewer of Core Fulbright US Scholar applications for Southern Africa.

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Scott MerryScott Merry, Professor of Civil Engineering, received the 2015 Jonathan B. Brown Education award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Sacramento Section. The Education Award recognizes outstanding educators and ASCE chapter faculty.

Pacific Technology

Joe Esposito, Network Engineer in Technology Services, is one of six winners of the Stockton Downtown Alliance 2015 art contest, Music of Dave Brubeck Inspires My Imagination, launched by the Alliance in support of Pacific's annual Brubeck Festival. Esposito's design along with the other winners will be featured on large street banners in downtown Stockton starting October 2015. 

Publications, presentations and artistic endeavor

College of the Pacific

Andreas Agocs, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, presented the paper "From Master of Europe to Mastering the Past: European Integration and German Cultural Politics" at the Biannual European Studies conference at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, September 24-26.

Peg Ciccolella, Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, published the peer-reviewed article "Language and Licensing: A Brief Review of Legal Issues Relevant to the Athletic Trainer" in the Journal of Athletic Training and Sports Health Care.

Qingwen Dong, Professor and Chair of Communication, co-presented the research paper "An Exploratory Study on Journalistic Professionalism and Journalism Education in Contemporary China" at the Annual Conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication held in San Francisco in August.

Nazi Hunger PoliticsGesine Gerhard, Associate Dean and Professor of History, had her book "Nazi Hunger Politics. A History of Food in the Third Reich" published by Rowman & Littlefield (August 2015). The book has already received praise from readers in the U.S. and Europe. "This is more than another book on the Third Reich. It regards the Third Reich through the lens of food, thereby gaining new insights into the Nazis' efforts to build the 'German people' and fight their enemies." (Ernst Langthaler, University of Vienna)

Marcos Gridi-Papp, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, gave the invited presentation "Laryngeal muscles and vocal control in amphibians and reptiles" at the symposium Control of vocal production: a comparative view of vocal organs and brains at the 25th Annual Meeting of the International Bioacoustics Council at the Kultur- und Tagungszentrum Murnau in Murnau, Germany. 

Ryan Hill, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, had his co-authored paper "Population ecology of a California endemic: Speyeria adiaste clemencei" published in the Journal of Insect Conservation. His co-authors are Khuram Zaman '14 and Cassidi Rush '14.

Kieran Holland, Associate Professor of Physics, presented the poster "A new method to calculate the Dirac operator spectral density" at Lattice 2015, the 33rd International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory, held this summer in Kobe, Japan. This work in computational physics was done with colleagues in the Lattice Higgs Collaboration, based at UC San Diego, Germany and Hungary, where they developed a new numerical technique for use in supercomputer simulations.

Holland coauthored the paper "The running coupling of the minimal sextet composite Higgs model" with collaborators at UC San Diego, the University of Wuppertal and Eotvos University, which was published in the Journal of High Energy Physics. The paper discusses the use of supercomputer simulations to study a particle physics model, which might explain the properties of the newly discovered Higgs boson, and would predict new phenomena to be discovered in future experiments.

Yong Kyun Kim, Assistant Professor of Political Science in the School of International Studies, had his paper, "States Sued: Democracy, the Rule of Law, and Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)," accepted for publication in the journal International Interactions.

Ethel Nicdao, Associate Professor of Sociology, was an invited organizer and presider of a policy and research workshop at the American Sociological Association annual meeting in Chicago. She also presented her research as part of the Policy and Research Workshop: Conducting Community-Based Participatory Research to Address Health Inequities.

Nicdao co-authored an article published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. The paper, "Ethnic Identity and Major Depression in Asian American Subgroups Nationwide: Differential Findings in Relation to Subcultural Contexts," examined the role of racial and ethnic identity in buffering against major depressive disorders and discrimination.

Caroline Schroeder, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, was contracted with Cambridge University Press for her book, Children and Family in Late Antique Egyptian Monasticism. It will be the first monograph on children in the earliest Christian monasteries.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

David Chambers, Professor of Dental Practice, published the report on the Gies Ethics Project, "Do Patients and Dentists See Ethics the Same Way?," in the spring 2015 issue of the Journal of the American College of Dentists, for which he also was the editor. Phil Buchanan, Assistant Professor of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences, is featured on the cover.

Darren Cox, Associate Professor of Dental Practice, published "Squamous cell carcinoma of the oral tongue: histopathological parameters associated with outcome" in the International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

Leticia Ferreira, Assistant Professor of Dental Practice, published "Oral Melanocytic Nevi: a clinicopathologic study of 100 cases" in the journal Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology.

Len Tolstunov '92 DDS
, Assistant Clinical Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, was the lead editor of the text Horizontal Alveolar Ridge Augmentation in Implant Dentistry: a Surgical Manual. Several faculty members of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department and Department of Periodontics also contributed expertise. Read more>>

McGeorge School of Law

Understanding Immigration LawRaquel Aldana, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship, co-authored the book Understanding Immigration Law, 2nd ed. (LexisNexis, 2015) and contributed a new chapter on crimmigration and substantially updated her chapters on immigration federalism and citizenship.

Aldana presented "Sustainable Extraction of Precious Metals in Guatemala?" in a panel to report on the Guatemala Study Space project at LatCrit 2015: Twentieth Anniversary Conference on Oct. 2. Aldana also organized the panel.

Franklin Gevurtz, Distinguished Professor of Law, served as commentator on a draft article by Bill Dodge entitled "Focusing the Presumption Against Extraterritoriality" at the Northern California International Law Scholars Works-in-Progress, held at UC Davis in August. 

Gevurtz published the chapter "Attacking Asset Protection LLCs," in Research Handbook on Partnerships, LLCs and Alternative forms of Business Organizations, edited by Hillman and Loewenstein (Edward Elgar 2015). 

Courtney Lee, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills, had her article "Changing Gears to Meet the 'New Normal' in Legal Education," published as the featured article for August 2015 on the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning website. Read

Lawrence Levine, Professor of Law, had his essay published in the forthcoming book Out and About: The LGBT Experience in the Legal Profession, a compilation of stories about the experiences of LGBT attorneys, academics and jurists in the profession in their own words (American Bar Association, April 2016). 

Michael Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, had the third 2015 Supplement to his three-volume treatise Banking Law and Regulation (2d ed.) published by Wolters-Kluwer Law and Business.

John Myers, Professor of Law, presented "Latest Case Law and Medical and Psychological Research on Child Abuse and Neglect," on the National Webinar for the California District Attorneys Association and the California Clinical Forensic Medical Training Center in September.

Myers presented "Children in Court: Four Questions," at a CLE sponsored by the Sacramento County Bar Association, Family Law Section, on Sept. 20.

Rachael Salcido, Professor of Law, presented "Rethinking Environmental Impact Assessment in Guatemala," on a panel to report on the Guatemala Study Space project at the LatCrit 2015: Twentieth Anniversary Conference on Oct. 2.

Salcido presented "All Talk and Little Action on Renewable Energy," at the John Marshall School of Law, 14th Kratoval Conference - Fracking, Energy Sources, Climate Change and Real Estate on Sept. 29.

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Joel N. Lohr
, Associate Professor of Practice in Educational Administration and Leadership, coedited the book I (Still) Believe: Leading Bible Scholars Share Their Stories of Faith and Scholarship (Zondervan 2015), a collection of 18 autobiographical essays by prominent senior Bible scholars about how critical scholarship affected their faith, and how their faith contributed to their scholarship.

Jacalyn Griffen '12 '15, Coordinator of Credential Services, and Ronald Hallett, Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Leadership, are presenting a paper "Bridging Barriers to Build a Partnership of Trust: Exploration of an Undocumented Latino Parent's Journey" at the annual Association for the Study of Higher Education conference in Denver, Colorado, in November. Their study employed a qualitative life history to explore how one undocumented Latino family crossed cultural and language barriers to build trust within the K-12 educational system to emerge as respected and transformative school and community leaders.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Mamoun Alhamadsheh, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, had his co-authored paper, "A biomimetic approach for enhancing the in vivo half-life of peptides," published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology. Co-authors are Sravan C. Penchala '16, Mark R. Miller '17, Arindom Pal '19, Jin Dong '16, Nikhil R. Madadi '15, Jinghang Xie '14, Hyun Joo, Visiting Scholar in Chemistry, Jerry Tsai, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Patrick Batoon '16, Vyacheslav Samoshin, Professor of Chemistry, Andreas Franz, Professor of Chemistry, Trever Cox '14, Jesse Miles '15, William K. Chan, Professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, and Miki S. Park, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry. 

Eric Boyce, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Pharmacy Practice, moderated the session " Pricing Decisions for Pharmaceuticals" as part of the conference University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law Presents Ethical Pricing Decisions in Health Care, hosted at McGeorge School of Law in September.

Jesika Faridi, Associate Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, had her manuscript "Targeting ribonucleotide reductase M2 and NF-kB activation with Didox to circumvent tamoxifen resistance in breast cancer" published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. Co-authors are Khyati N. Shah '15, Elizabeth A. Wilson '15 and Ritu Malla '15. Their research has identified that a combination therapy that includes RRM2 inhibition may delay or abrogate tamoxifen resistance in ER positive breast cancers.

Cathy Peterson, Professor of Physical Therapy, co-authored the manuscript, "Prevalence of Physical Disability and Accommodation Needs Among Students in Physical Therapy Education Programs," published in the 2015 Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability 28:3. Additional Contributors Hinman, Martha R.; Gibbs, Karen A.

Sachin A. Shah, Associate Professor of Pharmacy, Nancy N. Nguyen, Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy, and Mouchumi Bhattacharyya, Associate Professor of Mathematics, published a report titled "Energy Implications of Consuming Caffeinated Versus Decaffeinated Energy Drinks" in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice

Shah, along with adjunct faculty members Capt. Tracey J. McGaughey and Maj. Emily A Fletcher, coauthored the paper "Impact of Antihypertensive Agents on Central Systolic Blood Pressure and Augmentation Index: A Meta-Analysis" published in the American Journal of Hypertension. Sachin Shah Ted TalkThe research was geared to understand the clinical impact of anti-hypertensive medications on central blood pressure and involved a meta-analysis incorporating more than 4,000 patients. The results indicated that a class of medications known as beta-blockers does not reduce central blood pressure parameter and augmentation index as well as the other available classes.

Shah was an invited speaker for TEDxUCDavisSF "Redefining Normal" held in San Francisco in May, where he gave the talk "The Power of the Mind."

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Chadi El Kari, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, co-authored the paper "Work-Competitive Scheduling on Task Dependency Graphs" published in the journal Parallel Processing Letters 25:02.

Shelly Gulati, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, coauthored the paper "Flow of DNA solutions in a microfluidic gradual contraction," published in the journal Biomicrofluidics.

Eberhardt School of Business

Dan Wadhwani, Associate Professor of Management and Fletcher Jones Chair in Entrepreneurship, discussed his research at the Symposium on Corporate Reputation at University of Oxford and co-organized a workshop on "Historical Approaches to Management and Organizational Research" at Oxford's Saïd Business School.

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