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Noteworthy Newsletter | March 2016

A digest of recent faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly and artistic activities
Mar 4, 2016

Awards, recognition and service

College of the Pacific

Chris Goff, Professor of Mathematics, organized the conference of the Golden Section of the Mathematical Association of America, held this year at UC Davis on Feb. 27. The Golden Section serves Northern California, Nevada, Hawaii, and other Pacific islands. The conference included a series of plenary talks, the presentation of teaching awards, an undergraduate poster session, and an exhibit of mathematical art at which Goff showed a work he created with his niece. Serving as program chair has marked the end of Goff's three-year leadership position in the governance of the section.

McGeorge School of Law

Jennifer Harder, Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills, and her water law students hosted the 12th annual California Water Law Symposium, "Local Action and Global Perspective: Innovation for the New Normal in California Water," at McGeorge School of Law on Jan. 23. The all-day event is a collaborative effort of six California law schools. It featured distinguished panelists speaking on key water topics and drew nearly 230 students, attorneys, consultants, academics and other water professionals to the Sacramento Campus. Third-year students Jaclyn Shanahan and Kayla Cox were co-chairs of the conference, responsible for conceiving, organizing and managing the event from beginning to end. McGeorge hosted a panel reflecting the exciting work done by the its water program this past fall entitled "Local Paths to Water Justice, exploring California's journey down the twin paths of environmental justice and the human right to water," moderated by Stephen McCaffrey, Distinguished Professor of Law. Dean Francis J. Mootz III gave opening remarks, and Justice Ronald Robie '67 gave the luncheon keynote on the current state of California water law. 

Michael Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, organized the "UTOPIA500" interdisciplinary lecture series celebrating the quincentennial of the publication of Thomas More's Utopia being held at McGeorge throughout the spring. The presentations will be published in a special symposium issue of the Pacific Law Review in fall 2016.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Carl Fairburn '10, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, was elected to a three-year term as a member on the Nominating Committee of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.

Xiaoling LiXiaoling Li, Professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry and Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Research, will be inducted into the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows. This honor recognizes his outstanding contributions to novel drug delivery system and contemporary pedagogy in pharmaceutical sciences. Fellows are nominated each year by their peers and represent the top 2 percent of the medical and biological engineering community.

Eberhardt School of Business

Lewis Gale, Dean and Professor of Business, was appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Northern California World Trade Center (NCWTC). University of the Pacific was a founding institution of the NCWTC and has regained a seat on the board after a long absence.

Sacha Joseph-Mathews, Associate Professor of Marketing, testified on a panel at an Assembly Select Committee hearing on "Women of Color in Business: Conquering Challenges and Creating Opportunities." The hearing, hosted by Assemblymember Cheryl Brown, was held on Jan. 22 at the City Council Chambers in Fontana, California.

Publications, presentations and artistic endeavor

College of the Pacific

Christopher Buckels, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, had the article "Making Room for Particulars: Plato's Receptacle as Space not Substratum" accepted for publication in Apeiron: A Journal for Ancient Philosophy and Science. He is also scheduled to present "Tropes without Substance in Plato's Phaedo" at the conference of the International Plato Society in Brasilia in July.

Kurtis Burmeister, Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, and students Jessica Robinson '16 and Sara Warix '18 were invited to participate in a new short course being developed by Capital Science Communicators in Sacramento to help scientists clearly communicate their work to the public and to promote effective outreach efforts. This training represents the first step in Pacific's efforts to establish a successful Science Café forum for the Stockton community. The short course was co-hosted by the Powerhouse Science Center in Sacramento and the World of Wonders Science Museum in Lodi.

Marcia Hernandez, Associate Professor of Sociology and Associate Dean, co-authored the article "Fortitude in the Face of Adversity: DST's History of Racial Uplift," which was accepted for publication in the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal.

Jennifer Hoenig, Clinical Education Coordinator for the Athletic Training Program in Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, was invited to return to speak at the 10th Biennial Women in Sports Leadership Conference hosted by CIF Sac-Joaquin Section held in Lodi on Jan. 19. She spoke on the athletic training profession and specific topics that directly affect female athletes. Several high schools have since contacted Hoenig to  speak to their programs regarding issues related to female athletes.

Alan Lenzi, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, published "Scribal Hermeneutics and the Twelve Gates of Ludlul bēl nēmeqi" in Journal of the American Oriental Society (2015:135.4).

Ruth Lewis, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, had her article "Oral sex, young people, and gendered narratives of reciprocity" published online by the Journal of Sex Research. This paper reports findings from a qualitative study of sexual practices among 16- to 18-year-olds in England, and is co-authored with a colleague at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Patti McCarthy, Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies, published the article "A force awakened: why so many find meaning in Star Wars" in the online academic journal The Conversation (Dec. 17 2015). The article was republished in the scholarly journal New Republic as "Why Do So Many People Find Meaning In Star Wars?" (Dec. 18, 2015).

Cynthia Ostberg, Professor of Political Science, co-authored the paper, "The Environmental Revolution and the Supreme Court of Canada: Empirical Analysis of Postmaterialist Value Change across Four Decades," which was accepted for publication in Social Science Quarterly.

J. Mark VanNess, Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, presented the symposium "Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? What's in the Name and Why it Matters for PTs" at the American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim on Feb. 18. Co-presenters included Todd Davenport, Professor of Physical Therapy, and Staci Stevens '91, '97. VanNess also gave the platform presentation "Chronotropic Incompetence in CFS/ME" on Feb. 19.

School of International Studies

Bruce La Brack, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, School of International Studies, delivered a webinar on Feb. 18 on "Intercultural Learning Courses Before and After Study Abroad: Four Decades of Preparing Students for International Education Experiences" as part of the series, Key Concepts for Intercultural Learning Through Study Abroad: Putting Theory into Action, sponsored by the Institute for Cross-Cultural Teaching and Learning of the University of Nebraska System in Lincoln.

Conservatory of Music

Feilin Hsiao, Associate Professor of Music Therapy, co-presented the research papers "Culturally-sensitive approaches for clients of Asian descent: How worldviews inform clinical practices" and "East meets West: Needs of Asian students in the classroom and clinic" at the 16th annual conference of the American Music Therapy Association in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ann Miller CDAnn Miller, Professor of Violin, released a new album of music for violin and piano, Perspectives On Light and Shadow: Sonatas By Beaser, Ysaÿe, Bartók, with fellow faculty member Sonia Leong, Lecturer in Piano. The album features works evocative of darkness and light, and it includes the world premiere recording of Robert Beaser's Sonata for Violin and Piano. Beaser is a well-known composer and the chair of the composition faculty at Juilliard. The album is available on CDBaby and iTunes.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Deborah Chau '14, Michael Yee '17, Research Associates Senait Gebremedhin and Jennifer Cheung, Takahiro Chino, Assistant Professor, and Nejat Düzgüneş, Professor, all in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, co-authored the paper "Mannose-specific lectins that inhibit HIV infection bind nonspecifically to HIV Env-expressing cells" published in the Journal of the California Dental Association, Vol. 43.

Medical Microbiology and Immunology for DentistsNejat Düzgüneş, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, was the editor of a special issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association, 43:2, on Dental Student Research. His textbook, "Medical Microbiology and Immunology for Dentistry," was published by Quintessence Publishing (November 2015.

JADA Journal coverDouglas Young, Professor of Dental Practice, presented "Managing Caries in the 21st Century" at the FDI Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, Sept. 22-25. The FDI World Dental Federation represents approximately 200 national dental associations and specialist groups. He co-authored the article "The American Dental Association Caries Classification System for Clinical Practice: A report of the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs," which was the cover story for the February 2015 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association [146(2)].

McGeorge School of Law

Franklin Gevurtz, Distinguished Professor of Law, served as a commentator at the American Society of Comparative Law Younger Comparativists Committee Second Workshop on Comparative Business and Financial Law at UC Davis on Feb. 5-6.

Brian Landsberg, Distinguished Professor of Law, appeared on a panel on the topic of Muslim/Jewish relations at the Milton L. Schwartz/David F. Levi American Inn of Court in Davis on Feb. 10. 

Courtney Lee, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills, had the article "The Animal Welfare Act at Fifty: Problems and Possibilities in Animal Testing Regulation," accepted for publication in the Nebraska Law Review [95:1].

Larry Levine, Professor of Law, presented a talk in Spanish at a University of Buenos Aires conference in November regarding tort damage issues that is being published by the University of Buenos Aires.

Michael Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, had his article "Nothing to Fear but FIRREA Itself" cited in the article by Nan S. Ellis, Steven B. Dow, and David Safavian, "Use of Firrea to Impose Liability in the Wake of the Global Financial Crisis: A New Weapon in the Arsenal to Prevent Financial Fraud," published in the University of  Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law. The article considers the procedural and fairness issues involved in applying the provisions of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989. Malloy's article was one of the first to analyze FIRREA in depth and to recognize its broad impact on enforcement and compliance practice.

Stephen McCaffrey, Distinguished Professor of Law, gave an interdisciplinary faculty seminar on "River Science and International Dispute Resolution: Recent Intersections" on Feb. 24 at UC Berkeley under the auspices of the Institute for International Studies. The talk focused on three recent cases decided by the International Court of Justice and by a tribunal under the auspices of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Brian Slocum, Professor of Law, published the paper "Conversational Implicatures in Legal Texts" in Ratio Juris (A peer reviewed international journal of jurisprudence and philosophy of law). 

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Adam M. Kaye '95, Clinical Professor of Pharmacy, co-authored the article "A Synopsis: Epinephrine Use & Available Dosage Forms" published on the website of the San Mateo County Dental Society.

Sachin Shah, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Regional Coordinator-Travis AFB, and his research team, in collaboration with colleagues at David Grant Medical Center, presented findings of their clinical trial, "Electrocardiographic and Blood Pressure Effects of Energy Drinks and Panax Ginseng in Healthy Volunteers: A Randomized Clinical Trial," at the American Heart Association EPI|Lifestyle 2016 Scientific Sessions (Epidemiology and Prevention | Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health) held in Phoenix, Arizona, March 1-4. Pacific co-researchers are faculty members Allen Shek, Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Associate Dean of Professional Programs, Nancy N. Nguyen, Clinical Professor and Regional Coordinator-Palo Alto, Kate M. O'Dell, Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Director of Experiential Programs, Mouchumi Bhattacharyya, Professor of Mathematics (College of the Pacific), and students Tinh An Nguyen '16, Andrew Occiano '16, and Amanda Chan '16. Read more>>

Michael Susca, Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, presented the three-hour workshop "Intervention Strategies for School Children Who Stutter" for speech-language pathologists at the first annual Northern California Learning Summit presented by the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association on Jan. 30 at the South San Francisco Convention Center.
Deepti Vyas, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, co-authored the article "Practical Team-Based Learning from Planning to Implementation" published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education.

Physical Therapy students and faculty shine at American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting
Held in Anaheim, California, Feb. 17-20, the conference brought more than 11,000 professionals from around the nation.

  • Dinah Compton '16 and Todd Davenport, Associate Professor, presented the poster "Hand Hygiene Compliance Among Visitors to Acute Health Care Settings: A Systematic Review."
  • Todd Davenport, Associate Professor, also co-authored the platform talk "Chronotropic Incompetence in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/myalgic Encephalomyelitis," the educational session "Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? What's In the Name and Why It Matters for PTs" and the orthopaedic section poster "Validity of Functional Screening Tests to Predict Lost-Time Lower Extremity Injury in a Small Cohort of Female Collegiate Athletes."
  • Casey Nesbit, Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Education, was the lead author on the poster "The Development of Narrative Reasoning: Novice Clinicians' Perceptions of Patient Stories."
  • Preeti Oza, Assistant Professor, and Casey Nesbit, Assistant Professor, co-authored the poster "Attitudes of Physical Therapy Students towards Interprofessional Education."
  • Kylie Rowe, Assistant Professor, presented the platform talk "Trigger Point Dry Needling for Musculoskeletal Pain and Disability: A Systematic Review of Comparative Effectiveness Research." Co-authors on the presentation included Megan Jackson '16 and Todd Davenport, Assistant Professor.

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Shelly Gulati, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, published the co-authored article "Microdroplet formation in rounded flow‑focusing junctions" in the journal Microfluidics and Nanofluidics (2016, 20:2). Among the co-authors are undergraduate researchers Wilson Good '14, Warren Tamayo '15 and Akhil Patel '16.

angle of repose by ShakerinSaid Shakerin, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, had a photograph of his photogenic fluid motion series titled "Angle of Repose" published in the Visual Physics Column of The Physics Teacher, March 2016. The work that included creation of the photograph series was supported by a 2013 SAAG.

Center for Professional and Continuing Education

The Struggle for North AmericaGeorge Yagi Jr., Adjunct Professor of History, published the book, The Struggle for North America, 1754-1758: Britannia's Tarnished Laurels (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016).

Student Life

Stone FieldChristy Lenzi, Administrative Assistant II in Residential Life and Housing, had her debut young adult novel, Stone Field, published by Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan (March 2016). She will have a book launch party from 4-6 p.m. in the University Book Store on March 29.

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