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Noteworthy Newsletter | February 2016

A digest of recent faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly and artistic activity
Feb 4, 2016

Awards, recognition and service

Three Pacific outreach programs received grants totaling $69,999 from Kaiser Permanente Central Valley: Mobile Medicare Health Clinics, led by Rajul Patel '01, '06, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Healthy Children 2015, led by Casey Nesbit, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; and the Virtual Dental Home program, led by Paul Glassman, Professor of Dental Practice and Director of Community Oral Health at Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. These programs are all committed to increasing the number of children and adults who have access to health and preventive services, and are working to reduce obesity and diabetes among at-risk populations.

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Kurtis BurmeisterKurtis C. Burmeister, Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, received the First Place Award for his submission to the "What A Geologist Sees" contest at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Baltimore. The award for his geologic interpretation of a photograph of a southern California fault exposure marks the second year in a row Burmeister has received the first place prize in this highly competitive contest.

Christopher LudwigChristopher Ludwig '14, Clinical Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences and Director of the Athletic Training Program, received a mini-grant from the American Heart Association and the National Football League to facilitate the Back to Sports program. The mini-grant program supports athletic trainers educating adults about important habits and skills to help keep youth athletes safe. Ludwig will pilot the Back to Sports program at Edison High School in February targeted toward parents and guardians of students who participate or are considering participating in sports, and reach out to other upper-elementary, middle and high schools to expand the program throughout the year. Topics covered in the program include concussion awareness, heat and hydration, cardiac arrest and proper response, and the prevention of overuse injuries.

Pacific speech and debate teamPacific Speech and Debate Team ranks in top 10 in season rankings
Pacific's Forensics Team, led by Director of Forensics Marlin Bates '96, '99 and Associate Director Steven Farias '09, '11, completed the Mile High Swing, the most challenging invitational tournament of the season, on Jan. 7-11 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. The event includes two parliamentary debate tournaments in one weekend with more than 20 total rounds of competitive debate. Competing against 88 teams from across the nation, Pacific faced its stiffest competition so far and advanced three teams to the elimination round. In the second half of the swing, Evan Haynes '16 and Dallas Phillips '19 were semifinalists and were ranked 16th and 17th best debaters, respectively, for the tournaments. Pacific's success across both tournaments helped the team finish with a top 5 sweepstakes award, and fourth place overall. The success across the tournaments catapults Pacific into the top 10 of season-long rankings while also helping Pacific's individual teams stay ranked in the top 20 nationally. Read more>>

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Christine Miller, Associate Professor and Director of Community Health Programs, with other support provided by staff of the University of the Pacific Center and External Relations, facilitated a day-long seminar at the San Francisco Campus involving more than 80 business, government and community leaders from the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce's Leadership San Francisco program to discuss health services and solutions to homelessness.

Noelle Santucci, Associate Professor of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Science, was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Dentists on Nov. 5, 2015, in Washington D.C. The American College of Dentists is the oldest major honorary organization for dentists. Its members have exemplified excellence through outstanding leadership and exceptional contributions to dentistry and society.

Dan Soine, Director of Marketing and Communications, was named chair of the Marketing Committee of the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District (YBCBD). He also serves on the board of the YBCBD, which supports the quality of life in San Francisco's SoMa district through street cleanliness and safety services, community guides, greening, public art, community grants and special events such as the Yerba Buena Night festival.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Joseph Serra, Senior Lecturer in Physical Therapy, was inducted into the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 18, 2015. He was recognized for his work as an orthopedic surgeon in Stockton since 1966, including work with Tokay High School, the Stockton Ports and the entire Milwaukee Brewers farm system in addition to his teaching at Pacific. He was named  Stocktonian of the Year in 1987, and has held several roles within the city.

Office of the Provost

Tara Bunag, Senior Instructional Designer in the Center for Teaching and Learning, is now a certified Quality Matters (QM) Peer Reviewer. QM is an organization that recognizes experts in evaluating the quality of online or hybrid courses, certifies high-quality online or hybrid courses, and provides support for improving the quality of courses. Bunag will be using the experience from the certification process to help support the quality assurance process for online and hybrid courses at University of the Pacific.

Student Life

Judith Chambers '58, '60Judith Chambers '58, '60, Emerita Vice President for Student Life, was named a 2016 recipient of a NASPA Foundation Pillars of the Profession Award, honoring outstanding members of the student affairs community. Chambers will receive the John L. Blackburn Distinguished Pillar Award, their highest honor, at the 2016 NASPA Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 12-16. NASPA is the national organization for student affairs professionals with 15,000 members from 2,100 institutions across all 50 states. Read more>>

Publications, presentations and artistic endeavor

Office of the President

Pamela A. Eibeck, President, will be a keynote speaker at the Conference for Women Leaders in Higher Education sponsored by the Pepperdine Center for Women in Leadership on March 7. The conference is designed for all women—particularly faculty, staff and students who aspire to higher levels of influence and professional development—to learn from top women leaders in the field of higher education.

College of the Pacific

Zeljko Cipris, Professor of Modern Languages and Literature, had his two translations of Kuroshima Denji's "To Qiqihar" and "On Antiwar Literature" published in For Dignity, Justice, and Revolution: An Anthology of Japanese Proletarian Literature, H. Bowen-Struyk and N. Field eds. (The University of Chicago Press, 2016).

Larry Langley, Associate Professor of Mathematics, and Sara Merz, Professor of Mathematics, had their paper, "The Set Chromatic Number of a Digraph," accepted for publication in The Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing.

Ruth Lewis, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, co-authored the paper "Our flesh is here but our soul stayed there: A qualitative study on resource loss due to war and displacement among internally-displaced women in the Republic of Georgia" published in Social Science & Medicine.

Macelle Mahala, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, had her article, "Against Order[s]: Dictatorship, Absurdism, and the Plays of Sony Labou Tansi," published in the anthology Performing (for) Survival: Theatre, Crisis, Extremity, Duggan and Pschel eds. (Palgrave Macmillian Press, January 2016).

Patti McCarthy, Visiting Assistant Professor of English, had her essay, "The Heroine's Journey: Claire Beauchamp Reclaims the Feminine," accepted for publication in the anthology, Adoring Outlander: Essays on Fandom, Genre and the Female Audience (McFarland 2016). Her essay proposes The Heroine's Journey, an alternate story structure she argues has been historically marginalized in lieu of Joseph Campbell's Journey of the Hero model, which serves as the basis of many Western narratives. She considers the far reaching appeal of the Outlander STARZ series and how the Heroine's Journey serves as a way to express meaning both on the screen and in our culture and daily lives. McCarthy recently signed a contract with McFarland for a book that further expands on this essay.

Joan Meyers, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, co-authored "Diversity Regimes in Worker Cooperatives: Workplace Inequality under Conditions of Worker Control" published in "Democracy 2.0," a special issue of The Sociological Quarterly (57:1), J. Rothschild ed. The qualitative study examines how the interaction of two of the major trends in management theory—"employee participation" and "diversity management"—has affected the pursuit of workplace democracy at two worker cooperatives in Northern California. Their results suggest the way in which sociodemographic differences are managed has material consequences for the development of egalitarian structures at work.

Laura Rademacher,
Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, co-presented "An Analysis of the Effectiveness of Various Management Strategies of Small Urban Reservoirs for Improving Water Quality" at the American Geophysical Union national meeting in San Francisco in December. This presentation reflects the results of an ongoing research project funded by USC Sea Grant. 

Caroline Schroeder, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, presented "Monks and their Children: Family and Familial Renunciation in Late Antique Egypt" at the Center for Historical Research at The Ohio State University on Jan. 15, 2016. View video>>

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Douglas Kendrick, Instructor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Chan Park, Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Jesse Fa, Instructor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Jacob Barber '10, '14, and A. Thomas Indresano, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, had their article "Stryker SMARTLock Hybrid Maxillomandibular Fixation System: Clinical Application, Complications, and Radiographic Findings" published in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Meixun Sinky Zheng, Instructional Designer and Assistant Professor of Dental Education, Daniel Bender, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, and Nader Nadershahi, Interim Dean, had their research article "Faculty professional development in emergent pedagogies for instructional innovation in dental education," published in the European Journal of Dental Education (December 2015).

Ben Zeitlin, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences, and Homer Asadi, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, had their article "Concept Mapping for Enhanced Comprehension in Pharmacology" published in MedEdPORTAL Publications.

Lisa Harpenau, Professor of Periodontics, and William Lundergan, Professor of Periodontics, had the Mandarin edition of their Hall's Critical Decisions in Periodontology & Dental Implantology published.

McGeorge School of Law

Raquel Aldana, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship, was the symposium editor and wrote the introduction for a publication based on papers presented at the 2015 Association of Amerian Law Schools academic program "Congressional Dysfunction and Executive Lawmaking during the Obama Administration," which was published by the Chicago-Kent Law Review. Aldana also was a co-organizer of the symposium.

Michael Malloy
, Distinguished Professor of Law, had his book Principles of Bank Regulation cited in Erik F. Gerding, "Bank Regulation and Securitization: How the Law Improved Transmission Lines Between Real Estate and Banking Crises," in the Georgia Law Review (citing and quoting book in text and notes).

Courtney Lee, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills, published the short article, "The Mindful Path to Success," in the Clinical Legal Education Association Newsletter, Winter 2015-16.

John E. B. Myers, Professor of Law, co-presented the all-day seminar "The Law and Psychology of Introducing Children's Statements in Court" at the 30th Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment on Jan. 23. The conference was sponsored by the Chadwick Center on Children and Families at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego.

Jarrod Wong, Professor of Law, organized and chaired the panel "Forum non Concurrence in the Resolution of Investment Treaty Disputes" at the American Society of International Law 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Wong also served as a commentator at the Work-in-Progress Workshop of the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration on Jan. 30.

Michael Vitiello, Distinguished Professor of Law, presented a paper on legalizing marijuana and abating environmental harm as part of the UC Davis Law Review Symposium.

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Robert Oprandy, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, had the article "Refashioning the Practicum by Emphasizing Attending and Reflective Skills" published in a special 2015 issue of The CATESOL Journal (27:2).

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Eric Boyce, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Deepti Vyas, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Ed Rogan, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Cynthia Valle-Oseguerra '12, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, and Kate O'Dell, Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Pharmacy Practice and Director of Experiential Programs, published the article "Impact of tofacitinib on patient outcomes in rheumatoid arthritis - review of clinical studies" in Patient Related Outcome Measures (2016:7)

Audrey Jade Lee, Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Regional Coordinator for the San Francisco Region, co-authored the poster presentation "Thromboembolic and bleeding outcomes of Veterans from the San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS) treated with target-specific oral anticoagulants (TSOACs)," which was presented at the American Society of Health System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting in December in New Orleans. Lee also co-authored the poster presentation "Impact of a Geriatric Pharmacist-Conducted Hospital Discharge Follow-up Program—Focus on Medication Error Management and Prevention A174" presented at the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society in May in National Harbor, Maryland. 

Ed Rogan, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, presented "How do we find the time? Strategically Implementing Pharmacy Students and Technicians into Programs in Relation to SP493" at the California Pharmacists Association Annual Meeting Continuing Education presentation in April 2015. Additional contributors are Veronica Bandy '00, '08, Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice, and Cynthia Valle-Oseguerra '12, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Eberhardt School of Business

Peter Hilsenrath, Joseph M. Long Chair of Healthcare Management and Professor of Economics, co-authored the article "Organization and Finance of China's Health Sector: Historical Antecedents for Macroeconomic Structural Adjustment," published in Inquiry: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing (53: 1-8, 2016).

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Drops in 2DSaid Shakerin, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, published his photograph, "Drops in 2D," in the Visual Physics Column of The Physics Teacher. The photo appeared in the January and February 2016 issues of the journal. A 2013 SAAG supported the work from which the photo was created.

Business and Finance

Sondra Roeuny, Assistant Vice President for Assessment, Training and Technology, delivered a presentation to the College and University Work-Life and Family Association about Pacific Flex, our university's flexible work time arrangement policies and programs.


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