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Noteworthy newsletter | October 2016

A digest of recent faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly and artistic activities
Oct 13, 2016

Awards, recognition and service

College of the Pacific

Lydia Fox, Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, was recognized for her election as a fellow of the Geological Society of America at the President's Award Ceremony in Denver on Sept. 25 during the society's annual meeting.

sample graphKieran Holland, Associate Professor of Physics, and James Hetrick, Professor of Physics and Analytics, have been awarded a three-year grant of $210,000 by the National Science Foundation to support their research in lattice gauge theory from 2016 to 2019. This is a continuation of the NSF funding they've had since 2007, along with their late colleague Keisuke Jimmy Juge, Associate Professor of Physics, for research specializing in studying particle physics using supercomputers. Hetrick will be testing models where hidden extra dimensions in space-time could be revealed by collider experiments, as well as maintaining and updating supercomputer resources in the U.S. Holland will be studying particle physics models with a new force to explain the properties of the Higgs boson particle, and will also be examining the strong dynamics that bind particles like quarks and gluons together to form atomic nuclei. Part of their research grant allows them to support students who are interested in research in computational physics. 

Encounters with the People coverWilliam Swagerty, Professor of History and Director of the John Muir Center, had his book, Encounters with the People: Written and Oral Accounts of Nez Perce Life to 1858, selected as this year's winner of the Western History Association's Dwight L. Smith (ABC-CLIO) Award for the most important bibliographic or research tool in Western Americana. Published by Washington State University Press in 2015, this is volume 1 of the three-volume series Voices from Nez Perce Country.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Eve Cuny, Associate Professor of Dental Practice, was appointed for a second term to the National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) council on healthcare and social services.

Paul GlassmanDesmond GallagherPaul Glassman, Professor of Dental Practice, and Desmond Gallagher, Assistant Professor of Dental Practice, were recognized by the Pierre Fauchard Academy during an awards ceremony held Sept. 10 at in San Francisco. The event was hosted by the Academy's Northern California Section and recognizes the achievements of dental professionals throughout the region. Glassman was awarded the Dental Faculty Recognition Award, which recognizes a faculty member who has made a significant contribution to dentistry through education or research. Gallagher received the Dental Faculty Development Grant, which is a monetary grant given to someone who enhances their educational knowledge. Read more>>

A. Thomas Indresano, the T. Galt and Lyn DeHaven Atwood Endowed Professor and Chair of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, was elected vice president of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) during the association's 98th annual meeting. Indresano had previously held the position as District VI trustee on the Board of Trustees and was honored by the AAOMS in 2005 with the Donald B. Osbon Outstanding Educator Award. Read more >>

Steven SadowskySteven J. Sadowsky, Professor and Director of Implant Education, was honored by the American College of Prosthodontists with a Presidential Citation for meritorious service to the specialty of prosthodontics. He was recognized at the 46th Annual Session of the ACP held in San Diego Oct. 5-8. Among his many contributions to the profession, he has directed the ACP Annual Review Course the past six years, served on the first ACP Board of Directors overseeing the Private Practice and Patient Care Division, served on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants and the International Journal of Prosthodontics, and is editor of the text Evidence-based Implant Treatment Planning and Clinical Protocols, which will be published by the end of the 2016. Read more>>

Jamaica outreachVolunteers provide care in Jamaica
A group of more than 50 Dugoni School students and faculty traveled to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, during the school's fall break for an oral health mission. The volunteers treated 997 underserved patients in the community during visits to several rural health clinics. They were involved with approximately 200 restorative cases and provided 900 extractions.   

EVOC projects making a difference
EVOC habitat for humanity projectThe Employee Volunteer Opportunities Committee (EVOC) assisted Habitat for Humanity with construction of affordable units for San Francisco families during the recent school break. A group of 20 Dugoni School faculty and staff members helped with the construction process over two days at Habitat Terrace, a development of 28 new homes in the Ocean View neighborhood of the city. Read more >>

Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Chet NewlandChester "Chet" Newland, Senior Professor of Public Administration, was selected to receive the Local Government Excellence Academic Award from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). He was honored for the award during ICMA's 102nd Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sept. 28. The award recognizes Newland's contribution over six decades to the formal education of students pursuing careers in local government. Read more>>

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Cathy Peterson, Professor of Physical Therapy, served on the three-member U.S. regional peer review committee for 2017-18 Fulbright U.S. Scholar applications to Southern Africa. She also served as a seating and mobility specialist for Hope Haven Seating Clinics in Vietnam in July, in Peru in September, and in Ecuador in October.

Roshanak Rahimian, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, served as ad-hoc reviewer for the Center for Scientific Review, Vascular Cellular and Molecular Biology study section, of the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., June 13-14.

Roshanak RahimianRoshanak Rahimian, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, was awarded an R15 grant in the amount of $302,428 from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NHLBI, NIH). The study "Diabetes, Estrogen and Endothelial Dysfunction" investigates the sexual dimorphism in vascular complications in type 2 diabetes. The collaborators are Leigh Anderson, Professor of Biomedical Sciences in Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, and Professor Peter Havel of University of California, Davis.

Joseph A. Woelfel '70, '72, '78, Associate Professor and Director of Patient Care Clinics, received Geriatric Board Certification in May from the Commission for Certification in Geriatric Pharmacy.

Student Life

Dan OcampoDan Ocampo, Associate Director for Residential Life, received the Dr. Ken Stoner Distinguished Services Award, which is presented at the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) annual conference. The award recognizes distinguished service and dedication to the NACURH organization. The award is not given annually, but is presented only for those who have gone above and beyond with the NACURH organization. Considered to be the largest student-run organization in the world, NACURH brings together more than 400 schools from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Qatar.

Publications, presentations and artistic endeavor

College of the Pacific

Ken Albala, Professor of History and Chair of Food Studies, co-wrote the introductory chapter "Cuisine and Architecture: Beams and Bones — Exposure and Concealment of Raw Ingredients, Structure and Processing Techniques in Two Sister Arts" for Food and Architecture at the Table, (Bloomsbury, September 2016).

Jeffrey Becker, Associate Professor of Political Science, presented "Counter-Revolutions: Reactive Politics in Theory and Practice" at the national meeting of the American Political Science Association in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sept. 1-4.

Kurtis Burmeister, Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, was invited by the faculty, staff and students at San Francisco State University to lead a one day workshop on Field Safety Leadership to help them improve their strategies for planning, conducting and evaluating safe and effective field-based activities. Based on a similar course developed by ExxonMobil, Burmeister used his nearly two decades of experience leading large field-based activities at Pacific, the University of Illinois, and the Wasatch-Uinta Field Camp to tailor this workshop to address the needs of campus communities.

Parque Industrial

Martín Camps, Professor of Modern Languages and Literature and Latin American Studies, published the book translation and introduction to the novel Parque Industrial: Novela proletaria by Brazilian author Patrícia Galvão (Mexico City: Samsara, 2016). 

Qingwen Dong, Professor and Chair of Communication, was a co-author of the article "Civic Engagement and a Communication Research Agenda" in the Journal of Communication Education. This is one of the end products of the National Communication Association Learning Outcomes Project in which he has participated for the past three years. The project drew 24 leading communication experts across the country to develop learning outcomes for communication studies. Dong also co-authored the article "An Exploratory Study on Journalistic Professionalism and Journalism Education in Contemporary China" published in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Lydia Fox, Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, gave a lecture on "The Geology and Hydrology of the Delta" for the Renaissance Society at CSU Sacramento on Sept. 30. The lecture was part of a semester-long "Delta Narratives" seminar organized by Robert Benedetti, Emeritus Professor of Political Science. She also presented "Writing to Learn: Use of Informal Writing Assignments to Deepen Comprehension (and Improve Writing Skills) in Geology and Environmental Science Courses" at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver, Sept. 25-28.

Rex Hamilton, Visiting Lecturer in General Education, presented the paper "Shifting Parameters of Religious Transgression" at the fall meeting of the Victorian Interdisciplinary Studies Association of the Western United States in Austin, Texas, Sept. 29-30.

Alan Lenzi, Associate Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, will present two invited lectures, "The Book of Job: Your Literary Theophany" and "The Topography of Ezekiel 8 and Its Significance," to the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at University of Texas-Austin on Oct. 13 and 14.

Cancer of the head and neckMichael Leonard, Visiting Lecturer of Art, collaborated with leading head and neck cancer surgeons and specialists from across the globe to illustrate chapters and provide cover art for the textbook Cancer of the Head and Neck, 5th Ed., published by Wolters Kluwer (October 2016). 

Patti McCarthy, Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies, presented the paper "The Heroine's Journey: Crafting the Feminine (Content, Structure, and Practical Application)" at the University Film and Video Association national conference in Las Vegas in August. Her work updates current myth-inspired storytelling paradigms for writers, which, until now, have focused primarily on the masculine hero and his journey, rather than that of the heroine.

Ethel Nicdao, Associate Professor of Sociology, co-authored the chapter "Your Blood is Sweet: The Illness Experience of Southeast Asian Refugees with Type 2 Diabetes," published in the book Special Social Groups, Social Factors and Disparities in Health and Health Care, Vol. 34 in the series Research in the Sociology of Health Care.

Matthew Normand, Associate Professor of Psychology, gave the invited address "Breeding ground: Pseudoscience, voodoo science, and junk science in autism research and treatment" on Oct. 1 at the New Hampshire Association for Behavior Analysis conference in Bedford, New Hampshire. On Aug. 1, he gave the invited address "B. F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior: History, controversy, implications, and applications" at the National Autism Conference at Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania.

Camille Norton, Professor of English, had her review of Robin Coste Lewis's The Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems published in the October issue of Dark Matter: Women Witnessing, an online journal devoted to ecological crisis. Norton is also the featured presenter at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California on Nov. 11 as part of a series of artists presenting material on art to psychoanalysts. Her presentation is "Anne Carson's NOX: The Trauma of the Letter."

J. Mark VanNess, Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, and Jafra Thomas '12, '14 published the article "Physical Fitness and Self-Image: An Evaluation of the Exercise Self-Schema Questionnaire Using Direct Measures of Physical Fitness" in the International Journal of Exercise Science.

Conservatory of Music

Eric Waldon '00, '07, Assistant Professor of Music Therapy, authored the chapter "Measurement Issues in Objectivist Research," in Music Therapy Research, 3rd ed. The chapter focuses on levels of measurement, validity, reliability and quantitative approaches to data collection in music therapy research. His chapter also appears in an abridged version of the text, An Introduction to Music Therapy Research, 3rd Ed. Both are published by Barcelona Publishers.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Ed Bedrossian, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Allen Wong, Professor of Dental Practice, published "Oral rehabilitation of patients with Chédiak-Higashi syndrome using zygoma and root form implant-supported fixed prostheses: A report of two patients" in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

Eve Cuny, Associate Professor of Dental Practice, was the keynote speaker at the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention and the International College of Dentists' two-day seminar on dental safety held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Sept. 6-7.   

Bernadette Alvear Fa, Assistant Professor of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences, co-authored the article "The use of silver diamine fluoride offers many benefits in arresting caries lesions, especially among underserved and low-income populations," published in Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. Co-authors include Allen Wong, Professor of Dental Practice, and Douglas Young, Professor of Dental Practice.

Len Tolstunov, Assistant Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, published "Is Mandibular Third Molar's Angulation Associated with the Lingual Bone Thickness?" in the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Meixun Sinky Zheng, Assistant Professor of Dental Education and Instructional Designer, conducted a one-hour webinar for Magna Publications, a national organization dedicated to teaching and learning in higher education and faculty professional development in pedagogy. The webinar focused on how to design and facilitate online discussions to engage students, support meaningful peer interaction, and build an online learning community for knowledge co-construction.

McGeorge School of Law

Raquel Aldana, Professor of Law, Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship and Director of the Inter-American Program, presented "Stories from the La Puya Resistance Movement" in the program themed "From Extraction to Emancipation: Development Reimagined" at the 2016 SALT (Society of American Law Teachers) Teaching Conference, Sept. 30 - Oct.1 at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Aldana was a commentator on Naomi Roht-Arriaza's paper, "Safeguarding Development: U.S. Foreign Assistance and Environmental and Human Rights Safeguards," at the Northern California International Law Professor Conference at Stanford University School of Law in Palo Alto on Oct. 7.

Franklin Gevurtz, Distinguished Professor of Law, had his article, "Building a Wall against Private Actions for Overseas Injuries: The Impact of RJR Nabisco v. European Community," accepted for publication by the UC Davis Journal of International Law and Policy. His post "Globalizing Up Corporate Law," discussing his forthcoming book chapter in Innovations in Corporate Governance: Global Perspectives (Edward Elgar 2017), was published on the Oxford Business Law Blog published by the University of Oxford Faculty of Law.

Courtney Lee, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills, had the article "The Animal Welfare Act at Fifty: Problems and Possibilities in Animal Testing Regulation" published in the Nebraska Law Review.

Michael Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, had the third of three 2016 supplements to his three-volume treatise Banking Law and Regulation (2d ed.) published by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business (September 2016). The supplement offers extensive coverage of current developments in U.S. regulation of depository institutions.

Brian Slocum, Professor of Law, presented the paper "Language and Judicial Review of Agency Statutory Interpretations" at the Society of Legal Scholars 107th annual conference, Legislation and the Role of the Judiciary at Oxford University, held in Oxford, England, Sept. 6-9. Slocum participated in the workshop "Inference and representation in legal interpretation" at the University of Oslo Faculty of Humanities — Center for the Study of Mind and Nature in Oslo, Norway, Oct. 7-8. His presentation was "Language and Judicial Review of Agency Statutory Interpretations."

Rachael Salcido, Professor of Law, had the paper "Rethinking Environmental Impact Assessment for Guatemala Mining," chosen for a workshop at the Northern California International Law Scholars Roundtable at Stanford Law School, Oct. 7.

Michael Vitiello, Distinguished Professor of Law, presented and moderated a panel focusing on Proposition 64 on Sept. 27 at an event for the American Heritage Scholarship Fund.

Jarrod Wong, Professor of Law, moderated a panel on developments in international investment law on Sept. 30 at the 2016 Biennial of the American Society of International Law International Economic Law Interest Group at Georgetown Law.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Carl L. Fairburn III '10, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, gave the podium presentation "Essential Knowledge and Patient Care Skills for Student Physical Therapists in the Acute Care Setting" at the California Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference in Santa Clara, California, in October. Other contributors were Casey Nesbit, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, A. Barrett '16 and S. Haga '16. 

Preeti Oza, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, co-authored the article "Mechanomyographic responses during recruitment curves in the soleus muscle" published in the journal Muscle & Nerve.

Cathy Peterson, Professor of Physical Therapy, was a presenter and panelist at "A Forum on Stroke Awareness: Stroke's Economic Impact in the Central Valley" as part of the iHub San Joaquin Leadership Series held in Stockton in September. She presented "Stroke: From Recognition to Recovery" for Diamond Care Inc. in Stockton in August and presented "The anatomy of a stroke" for Central Valley Recovery, Awareness, Preventing Strokes (CV-RAPS) 2016 presented by Healings in Motion in Stockton in June. In May, she presented "Optimizing Exercise Effects on Neuroplasticity to Promote Motor Recovery: A Synopsis of a CSM Presentation by Boyd and Mang" and "The Unrelenting Misperceptions of Spasticity and Hypertonicity: A Synopsis of a CSM Presentation by Fisher, Frendewey and Robinson" at a meeting of the Redwood Empire District of the California Physical Therapy Association in Santa Rosa, California.

Roshanak Rahimian, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, had two abstracts published in The FASEB Journal (30:1): "Sex-based Differences in the Aortic Function of UCD-T2DM Rats: A Novel Rat Model of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus" and "Sexual dimorphism in mesenteric arterial function of a novel rat model of type 2 diabetes, UC Davis-Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (UCD-T2DM)." Co-authors on both projects included Sonali Shaligram '17, Farjana Akther '18. She also co-authored the editorial Sex/Gender Differences in Metabolism and Behavior: Influence of Sex Chromosomes and Hormones published in the International Journal of Endocrinology (2015:245949). Her research group published "Sex-specific vascular responses of the rat aorta: Effects of moderate term (intermediate stage) streptozotocin-induced diabetes" in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology (94:4). Co-researchers are Xiaoyuan Han '14, Sonali Shaligram '17, Rui Zhang '13 and Leigh Anderson, Professor of Biomedical Sciences in Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

Sachin A. Shah, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Regional Coordinator, Travis AFB region, presented his research, "Use of aloe vera on diabetes and dyslipidemia" on a panel at the American Herbal Products Association 2016 AHPA Botanical Congress in Las Vegas on Oct. 8.

Donald Shirachi '90, Professor Emeritus of Physiology and Pharmacology, co-authored the article "Hyperbaric oxygen treatment suppresses withdrawal signs in morphine-dependent mice" published in Brain Research.

Joseph A. Woelfel '70, '72, '78, Associate Professor and Director of Patient Care Clinics, presented "Mobile Medicare Clinics; An ECHO Service Model," to the American Geriatrics Society 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting on May 20 in Long Beach, California. Rajul A. Patel '01, '06, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was a co-author on the presentation.

Pharmacy faculty and students presented several research posters at California Society of Health-System Pharmacists Seminar in Anaheim, California, in October:

  • Megan Shimada '15, Jennifer Foster '17, Hao Nguyen '17, William Yee '83 and Yvonne Mai '13, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, were co-authors of the poster presentation "Impact of Pharmacist-driven Transitions of Care: A Pilot Study."
  • Amy Pham '15, Nina Doan, '17, William Yee '83 and Yvonne Mai '13, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, were co-authors of the poster presentation "Evaluating the Impact of Pharmacy Services in the Operating Room."
  • Kerina Chiu '15, Nina Doan '17, William Yee '83 and Yvonne Mai '13, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, were co-authors of the poster presentation "Pharmacist Impact on Reducing Days of Therapy of Piperacillin/Tazobactam."

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Scott Larwood, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, presented the paper and poster "Comparison of upwind and downwind operation of the NREL Phase VI Experiment" at the October TORQUE 2016 wind energy conference in Munich, Germany, Oct. 5-7.

School of International Studies

Ahmed Kanna, Professor of Anthropology, was featured in a conversation with internationally acclaimed artist Julie Mehretu on Sept. 26 at the Hagop Kevorkian Center at New York University. "Julie Mehretu in Conversation with Ahmed Kanna: Beyond the Square: Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings," focused on the recent publication by the Terreform Center for Advanced Urban Research, which includes a special section featuring Mehretu's work.

Center for Professional and Continuing Education

Cornelius Brown, Instructor, co-authored the poster presentation "Distance-Learning Faculty Perceptions and Recommendations to Counter Grade Inflation" presented at the Distance Teaching & Learning Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, on Aug. 10.

Kyle Harkness '05, '13, Associate Director of Programs, presented "Professional Development for the 21st Century: Digital Badges for Educators" at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association UPCEA West regional conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in September. This presentation highlighted the collaboration between CPCE and PD Learning Network LLC in creating an innovative professional development program offering digital badges for educators.

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