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Noteworthy Newsletter - Dec. 2015

Faculty and staff accomplishments, scholarly activity and artistic endeavors reported over the past month
Dec 10, 2015

Awards, recognition and service

College of the Pacific

Dennis Flynn, Emeritus Professor of Economics, was invited by Patrick Manning, director and president-elect of the Collaborative for Historical Information and Analysis (CHIA), to become a CHIA consultant beginning in 2016. The National Science Foundation funded development of infrastructure for CHIA in preparation for quantification of important trends over several centuries of global history. The first major focus involves quantification of global mining, processing, and transportation of silver to end-markets worldwide over the past 500 years (beginning with the 19th century). 

DeltaFusionCathie McClellan, Associate Professor and Chair of Theatre Arts, was awarded a $4,000 grant from the the Stockton Arts Commission for DeltaFusion 2016, the annual three-week workshop and pageant event celebrating puppets and the cultural, geographic and biological diversity of Stockton and the Delta region. DeltaFusion brings together artists and community members of all ages to create puppets (sometimes giant puppets!) and prepare a performance. The sixth annual pageant will be held Saturday, June 25, 2016. The event is led by McClellan; Lisa Cooperman, curator of education for the Haggin Museum; Joanna Albala, director of educational outreach for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories; and Ria and Rob Kroff and Dave Qualls, as well as community educators and artists. In addition to this grant from the Stockton Arts Commission, DeltaFusion is supported by University of the Pacific, the C.A. Webster Foundation, the City of Stockton, and the community. For more information, contact Cathie McClellan,

McGeorge School of Law

Larry Levine, Professor of Law and Director of the Salzburg Summer Program, was selected to receive the 2015 Founder's Award by SacLEGAL, the Sacramento LGBT Bar Association, for contributions to the LGBT community.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Todd Davenport, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, was appointed associate editor of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, which is one of the most prominent journals in the field of physical therapy.


Ted LelandTed Leland, Director of Athletics, was inducted into the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame at the annual induction banquet held at the Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium on Nov. 16. He was recognized for his total body of work at Pacific and his "powerful influence on the college and the local community," stated Pat Doyle, the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame co-executive director, in a Record interview. In addition to his previous leadership as a coach and athletic director and his current position as Pacific athletic director, during which he has overseen the move to the West Coast Conference and numerous facilities improvements and upgrades, the article cited his 14 years as athletic director at Stanford. While under his leadership, said the article, "the Cardinal won 57 national collegiate championships, making him the all-time winningest athletic director in NCAA history." 

Publications, presentations and artistic endeavors

College of the Pacific

Christopher Buckels, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, had his article, "The Ontology of the Secret Doctrine in Plato's Theaetetus," accepted for publication by the journal Phronesis. His article, "Motion and Rest as Genuinely Greatest Kinds in the Sophist," is also being published in the journal Ancient Philosophy. He also presented "Tropes without Substance in Plato's Phaedo" at the New England Consortium for Ancient Philosophy at Harvard University in October.

Kurtis Burmeister, Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, and undergraduate coauthors Alexis Lopez '15 and René Avalos '15 presented their paper "Petrofabric analysis of samples from the Cyclothem sequences of the Western Irish Namurian Basin that are deformed within the Variscan foreland fold-thrust belt" at the 2015 Geological Society of American annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, Nov. 1-4. Their work is part of a collaborative effort in western Ireland involving researchers and students from Rice University, SUNY-Geneseo and the University of Southern California. Burmeister also presented the invited lecture "Exploring the third dimension in compressional tectonic systems when data are limited; insights from geologic mapping & fabric analysis" in the College of Geoscience at the University of Tsukuba, Japan.

Martín Camps, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literature, published the article "Border Bestiaries: Chupacabras, Zonkeys and the Representations of the Fears of the North" in Desde el Sur: Revista de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales de la Universidad Científica del Sur, Lima, Perú, 2015.

Melissa Davies, Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, published the article "Other-Initiated Motivational Climate and Youth Hockey Players' Good and Poor Sport Behaviors" in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. The article explores the roles that parents, peers, and coaches play in youth hockey players' good and poor sport behaviors.

Cosana Eram, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Literature, published the article "'Lost in Translation?': Tristan Tzara's Non-European Side" in the online peer-reviewed journal Dada/ Surrealism (No. 20:2015), themed "From Dada to Infra-noir: Dada, Surrealism, and Romania."

Dennis Flynn, emeritus Professor of Economics, gave a general lecture and a research lecture to faculty and graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh, home of the Collaborative for Historical Information and Analysis (CHIA).

Lydia Fox, Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, presented "Putting research in context: An environmental policy project in a writing-intensive capstone course" at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Baltimore, Maryland, on Nov. 3. This presentation was part of a session on "Intentional Integration of Research into the Curriculum: Undergraduate Research as a Teaching Practice."

Dan Kasser, Professor of Art and Graphic Design, curated the exhibition "Ishi and the River of Time" photographs by Byron Wolfe, at the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in Sacramento from Oct. 7 to Nov. 7. Kasser presented the exhibit as part of the second Saturday events on Oct. 10.  

Sharmila King, Associate Professor of Economics, had her co-authored article, "Income Inequality and Election Outcomes in OECD Countries: New Evidence Following the Great Recession of 2008-2009" accepted for publication in the journal, Electoral Studies.

Alan Lenzi, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, presented two papers at the national meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. "Ludlul Bel Nemeqi and/as Revelation," was presented in the Wisdom in Israelite and Cognate Traditions section. "Akkadian Prayer in Ancient Mesopotamia: Evidence and Methodological Issues," was an invited paper for a panel on prayer in antiquity. View abstracts>>

Ruth Lewis, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, co-authored the paper "Patient and public views about the security and privacy of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) in the UK: results from a mixed methods study" in BMC Medical Informatics & Decision Making. 

Macelle Mahala, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, presented the paper "Performing Civil Rights: Theatre(s) of Protest in the Wake of Ferguson" at the American Society for Theatre Research national conference in November.

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 San Jose on Sept. 5. More than 20,000 people attended the three-day event. McCarthy also presented the paper "The Heroine's Journey," at the Con on Sept. 6, 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 of "The Heroine's Journey" was taped live.

Cathie McClellan, Associate Professor and Chair of Theatre Arts, will have her paper, "Teamwork, Collaboration, and Cooperation as a Student Learning Outcome for Undergraduates," published in the February issue of Assessment Update, published by Wiley Periodicals through its Jossey-Bass imprint. The article looks at the conceptual differences between collaboration and cooperation in practice and recommends an approach to improving student skills in this area.

Monika Meler, Assistant Professor of Art, is the co-curator of the exhibition "Picasso, Miro & Hawaii Five-O: Prints from the Jack Lord Collection" at the Haggin Museum in Stockton.

Ethel Nicdao, Associate Professor of Sociology, was selected to attend the 9th annual New Connections Research & Coaching Clinic in Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 30-31, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Selected participants were awarded travel stipends.

Ajna Rivera, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, published the co-authored article "Sexually dimorphic gene expression in the lateral eyes of Euphilomedes carcharodonta (Ostracoda, Pancrustacea)" in EvoDevo 2015 (6:34) This paper looks at differences in gene expression (the pattern of genes turning on and off) in large-eyed male ostracods compared to nearly eyeless female ostracods and showed how the organisms can use old genes in new ways to build new structures. Co-authors are John Mayberry, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Brenna Carrillo-Zazueta '12, '14, Briana Hu '12, Andrea Sajuthi  '13, Brian Chang '15 and Anita Wang '13.

Traci Roberts-Camps, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literature, published the book chapter "Liminal Spaces in Roberto Bolaño's Una novelita lumpen and Alicia Scherson's Film Adaptation Il futuro" in Critical Insights: Roberto Bolaño, Ed. Ignacio López-Calvo (Salem Press).

William R. Swagerty, Professor of History and Co-Director of the John Muir Center, and Reuben Smith, emeritus Professor of History and former Dean of the Graduate School, gave a seminar on Nov. 3 on "California's Delta: 1850-2015." The research was sponsored by the Delta Stewardship Council Delta Science Program as part of the Delta Narratives Project. View presentation>>

Lisa Tromovitch, Professor of Theatre Arts, directed the first Northern California production of a musical version of Love's Labour's Lost that was commissioned in 2013 by New York's Public Theater. The production ran Nov. 5-29 at the Douglas Morrisson Theatre in Hayward.

School of International Studies

Laura Bathurst, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, presented the paper "Teaching 'Culture' in Anthropology and Intercultural Communication' as part of an invited session "Playing (With) the Culture Card" at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Nov. 18-22, in Denver, Colorado.

Conservatory of Music

Robert Coburn, Professor of Music Composition and Theory, had his composition, Interstitial Traces for saxophones, computer soundscape, and video, presented at the FILE Anima+ Games Rio Festival held in November in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. FILE is the International Festival of Electronic Language. FILE Games Rio is the largest art and technology festival in Latin America.  Interstitial Traces was also featured at the FILE Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last June. Over the last two years, it has been performed at festivals in 11 countries, including France, Spain, Romania, China and the United States. It is a collaboration between Coburn and French visual artist Celia Eid. 

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry 

Hilda Anderson, Contracts and Information Systems Manager in Dental Practice, presented "Managing the fiscal and contractual aspects of your grant project(s) using a web-based system toolkit" at the Health Administration Session during the American Public Health Administration 143rd Annual Meeting and Expo on Nov. 3 in Chicago. The presentation was co-authored by Paul Glassman, Professor of Dental Practice and Director of the Pacific Center for Special Care.

Horizontal Alveolar Ridge AugmentationVertical Alveolar Ridge AugmentationLen Tolstunov, Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, edited Horizontal Alveolar Ridge Augmentation in Implant Dentistry: A Surgical Manual (Wiley, February 2016) and Vertical Alveolar Ridge Augmentation in Implant Dentistry: A Surgical Manual  (Wiley, April 2016). The second and newest book includes contributions from faculty members in the school's departments of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Periodontics.

McGeorge School of Law

Raquel Aldana, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship, and Emily Garcia Uhrig, Professor of Law, conducted a week-long training on client interviewing, counseling and negotiation for about 35 public defenders, social workers, and psychologists working with public defenders at Chile's Public Defender's Office. This is their third year conducting this training. This year, McGeorge students Melissa Aristizabal and Jose Orta also participated.

Leslie Gielow Jacobs, Professor of Law and Director of the Capital Center for Public Law and Policy, was a featured speaker on the topic "The Magna Carta, the Constitution and Interpretation of Individual Rights Guarantees" for the Nevada County Bar Association dinner in Grass Valley.

Clark Kelso, Professor of Law, delivered a presentation on "Standards of Medical Care" at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal's Corrections Summit 2015 in Sacramento. The summit was attended by several hundred lawyers and judges from the West Coast with an interest in legal issues involving prisons and jails.

Brian Landsberg, Distinguished Professor of Law, was a panel member at the Conference on Civil Rights in the 21st Century at Duke University Law School in Durham, North Carolina.

Courtney Lee, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills, presented "A Practice-Ready Law Student is a Mindful Law Student" on Nov. 6 at the West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals conference themed Practice-Ready Programs, held at California Western School of Law.

Stephen McCaffrey, Distinguished Professor of Law, delivered a series of five lectures on "General Normative Frameworks for Shared Water Resources" at the 41st Session of the External Programme of the Hague Academy of International Law held in Montevideo, Uruguay, Oct. 30-Nov. 6. McCaffrey lectured on "Water in the Middle East, with a Special Focus on Freshwater Issues between Israel and Palestine."

Brian Slocum, Professor of Law, presented the paper "A Linguistic Approach to the Review of Agency Statutory Interpretations" at the NORCAL Administrative Law Conference at Stanford Law School on Oct. 19.

Jarrod Wong, Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Global Center for Business and Development, will participate in the Academic Council Work-in-Progress Workshop and executive committee meeting for the Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) as a commentator for a work-in-progress to be discussed at the workshop on Jan. 28, 2016. Wong was a conference organizer and chair of a panel for the Joint ASIL-ESIL-Max Planck Scholarship Workshop, 'The Future of Transatlantic Economic Governance in the Age of the BRICS', at Max Planck Institute in Heidelberg, Germany, Dec. 10-11. 

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and College of the Pacific

Todd Davenport, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, presented the podium talk "Derivation of a clinical prediction rule to identify individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome based on cardiopulmonary exercise testing" at the 2015 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Indianapolis. Co-authors of the presentation were Christopher R. Snell, emeritus Professor of Health Exercise and Sport Sciences, J. Mark Van Ness, Professor of Health Exercise and Sport Sciences, Staci R. Stevens '91, '97, Jared Stevens '13.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Yvonne Mai '13, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, presented "Frequency and Severity of Medication Related Problems Identified in Community-Dwelling Medicare Beneficiaries: Three Year Analyses of Mobile Clinic Data" at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, on Nov. 2. Co-authors were Christine Cao '16, Tina Kwan '16, Patrick Lee '16, Joshua Tai '16, Cynthia S. Valle-Oseguera, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, and Rajul A. Patel '01, '06, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice.

Todd Davenport, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, co-authored the first clinical practice guideline revision sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association, "Heel pain-plantar fasciitis: revision 2014," which appeared in the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy. He co-authored a letter to the editor entitled "First, do no harm: graded exercise therapy and myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome," which was accepted for publication in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The letter was a response to the United Kingdom's controversial PACE trial. Davenport's chapter "Lateral Ankle Sprains" was published in the textbook Physical Therapy Case Files: Sports, McGraw-Hill (2015), J. Brummitt, ed.

Davenport co-authored the following articles: "Assessing Function and Endurance in Adults with Spinal and Bulbar Muscular Atrophy: Validity of the Adult Myopathy Assessment Tool," published in the journal Rehabilitation Research and Practice; "Validity of the single limb heel raise test to predict lower extremity disablement in patients with sporadic inclusion body myositis," published in the journal Disability & Rehabilitation; "Measurement properties of the Low Back Activity Confidence Scale," published in the journal Evaluation & the Health Professions; "Lower extremity peak force and temporal characteristics of gait in individuals with inclusion body myositis," published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research; and "Injuries: Preventable, Not Accidental," published in the fall 2015 edition of San Joaquin County Physician.  

Davenport was senior author on the article "Reliability of posterolateral acromion process to examination table measurement to estimate shoulder protraction contracture," published in the journal Orthopedic Physical Therapy Practice. Lead authors on the project were Bart D. Taylor '13, Antonia M. Norris '11, and Zachary J. Mertz '11

Doctor of Physical Therapy students Mitch Holtkamp '15, Scott Warner '15, and Brianna Hitman '14 co-authored the poster presentation "Exercise-based work injury prevention programs: what's the evidence?" which they presented at the 2015 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Indianapolis. Co-author on the project was Todd Davenport, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy.

Faculty and students in the Department of Physical Therapy presented research at the 2015 Annual Conference of the California Physical Therapy Association in Pasadena, California.

Michelle Feige '16, Teresa Li '16 and John Heller '16 presented the poster "Center-edge angle and hip range of motion limitation in simulated pincer-type femoroacetabular impingement: pilot study." Faculty co-authors were Todd Davenport, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, and Jim Mansoor, Professor of Physical Therapy.

Todd Davenport, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, co-presented the educational session "Clinical Practice Guidelines: Why, Who, What, How." At the conference, Davenport received three outstanding publication awards, including one as a lead author of "Clinical Case Reporting in the Peer-Reviewed Physical Therapy Literature: Time to Move Toward Functioning" and two as a co-author.

Bart D. Taylor '13, Antonia M. Norris '11, and Zachary J. Mertz '11 received an outstanding research publication award for their article "Reliability of Posterolateral Acromion Process to Examination Table Measurement to Estimate Shoulder Protraction Contracture." Faculty advisor was Todd Davenport.

Meiying Lam '15, Rachel Eng '15 and Megan Jackson '15 presented the poster "Do institutional characteristics predict achievement on the National Physical Therapy Examination?" at the 2015 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in Indianapolis. Todd Davenport was a co-author on the project. 

Student Life

Sandy Mahoney, Director of Assessment and Student Development Services, co-presented "Feeding Forward: Growth of an Assessment Culture" at the 2015 Assessment Institute at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis Oct. 25-27 with colleagues from Fresno State University and University of Pheonix.

International Programs and Services

Rebekah McCormack, Assistant Director, presented "'Just the Word': A Student-friendly Corpus to Aid Vocabulary Acquisition" at CATESOL's annual 2015 conference, themed "Technology Through the Ages."

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