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Noteworthy Newsletter | July 2017

A digest of recent faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly and artistic activity
Jul 10, 2017

Awards, recognition and service

Conservatory of Music

Pacific Music Camps, led by director Steve Perdicaris, received a $10,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the Pacific Music Camp summer program, which provides week-long summer music programs for upwards of 400 young musicians in elementary grades through high school.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Nader Nadershahi, deanNader A. Nadershahi, Dean, accepted an invitation to become a member of the influential Santa Fe Group, a group of internationally renowned scholars and leaders from business and the professions bound by a common interest to improve oral health. The mission of the Santa Fe Group is to foster policy and initiate actions to improve the health and wellbeing of the public. The Dugoni School has a long history of involvement in the Santa Fe Group. Elisa Chavez, Associate Professor of Dental Practice, is a Senior Founders Fellow, and Dean Emeritus Arthur A. Dugoni is a co-founder and emeritus member of the organization. Read more>>  

Ana Morandini, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences, received a Research Enhancement Award for 2017 presented by the Research Committee for her research on "Purinergic signaling in human gingival fibroblasts and dental pulp cells: from immune response to osteoblast differentiation."  

McGeorge School of Law

Michael P. Malloy was an invited participant in the informal meeting of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Committee on Housing and Land Management, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on June 27. Malloy has been working with the UNECE since 2009, first as an expert on bank regulatory policy and currently as a member of the committee's Real Estate Market Advisory Group.  

Jarrod Wong, Professor of Law, co-chaired the 2017 Institute for Transnational Arbitration annual workshop held June 14-16 in Dallas, Texas, and organized the conference in that capacity. He also moderated the two opening panels at the conference.  

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Robert F. Halliwell, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, with Edward L. Rogan, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, received a San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services Mini-Grant in 2016 for "Partnering Pharmacists and Those with Lived Experience of Mental Illness to Enhance Recognition, Early Intervention and Care Capacity in the Wellness Center of San Joaquin."  

The Medicare Part D Mobile Outreach Clinics, co-directed by Rajul A. Patel '01, '06, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, and Mark P. Walberg '06, '09, Regional Coordinator for San Fernando/Los Angeles and Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was awarded a $35,059 grant from the County of San Joaquin to promote health. Professor Patel and Joseph A. Woelfel '70, '72, '78, Emeritus Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, crafted the proposal.   

Cynthia S. Valle-Oseguera '12, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, has obtained the Advanced Practice Pharmacist designation and earned the certification of Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist.  

Raj PatelRajul A. Patel '01, '06, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, has been recognized by the San Francisco region of the Consortium for Medicare Health Plans Operations for the Medicare Part D Mobile Outreach Clinics. Over the past decade, Pacific students, faculty and preceptors have served 5,555 beneficiaries, saving them a total of $5.7 million on their prescription drug costs.  

Jeannene Ward-LonerganJeannene Ward-Lonergan, Professor and Chair of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, received the  California Speech-Language-Hearing Association District 3 Award for Outstanding Service to the Profession. The award was presented at the 2017 CSHA Convention.  

Eberhardt School of Business

Lewis Gale, Professor of Business, was sworn in as vice president of the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce for 2017-18 at the chamber's annual meeting on June 22.

Publications, presentations and artistic activity

College of the Pacific

Andreas Agocs, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, presented the paper "Modernist Empire: Hermann Bahr's and Béla Zombory-Moldován' Journeys to the Habsburg Borderlands" and chaired the panel "Cold War Journeys in Central Europe" at the Irish Association for Russian, Central and Eastern European Studies in Galway, Ireland, on May 5.  

Michelle Amaral, Associate Professor of Economics, and Bill Herrin, Director of the School of International Studies and Professor of Economics, co-authored the paper, "Using the Uganda National Panel Survey to Analyze the Effect of Staple Food Consumption on Undernourishment in Ugandan Children," which was accepted for publication in BMC Public Health.   

Melissa Davies, Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences, co-authored two studies presented at the North American Society for Sport Management's annual conference in Denver, Colorado, May 30 to June 3: "The Relationship between Runners' Environmental Paradigm and Their Motives to Participate in an Urban or Rural Marathon" and "The Adoption and Preferences Among Sport Fans for In-Stadium Sport Team Apps."   

Qingwen Dong, Professor of Communication, presented a lecture series on "An Analysis of Trump's Twitter Messages and His Inaugural Speech" to the School of Translation Studies in Shandong University, China, June 13-14.  

Christopher Goff, Professor of Mathematics, has translated L. Euler's paper, "A solution of a most difficult problem, in which the two formulas: aaxx + bbyy & aayy + bbxx must be rendered as squares" from Latin into English. His translation can be found online at the Euler Archive, hosted by the Mathematical Association of America.   

Patty Gray, Garden Program Director, was a featured speaker in the plenary round table "De-Centering Europe," which opened the conference "The Global South on the Move: Transforming Capitalism, Knowledge and Economies" at the Global South Studies Center at the University of Cologne, Germany, June 7.  

Kieran Holland, Associate Professor and Chair of Physics, gave the talk "A new method for the beta function in the chiralsymmetry broken phase" at Lattice 2017, the 35th International Symposium on Lattice Field Theory, held in Granada, Spain. In his talk he described a new method to measure via computer simulations some of the properties of particle physics models, which is the focus of his research with colleagues in the Lattice Higgs Collaboration, particularly models that might explain the properties of the recently discovered Higgs boson.   

Brian E. Klunk, Associate Professor of Political Science, was a presenter in the panel "Keep 'em Talking (and More) with Slack." The panel was part of Barnard College's 17th annual Faculty Institute, Reacting to the Past, held in New York City, June 8-11.  

Camille Norton, Professor of English, will have her poetry collection, A Folio for the Dark, published in 2019 by Sixteen Rivers Press. Norton's manuscript was chosen in the publisher's 2016-17 open-submission call for full-length manuscripts from Northern California poets.  

Caroline Schroeder, Professor of Religious Studies, published the essay "Gender and the Academy Online: The Authentic Revelations of the Gospel of Jesus's Wife" about the role of online scholarly communication (including digital publishing, blogging, and social media) in the controversy over the so-called Gospel of Jesus's Wife in Fakes, Forgeries, and Fictions: Writing Ancient and Modern Christian Apocrypha, Proceedings from the 2015 York Christian Apocrypha Symposium, Tony Burke ed. (Cascade Books, 2017). The article examines the roles of scholarly methodologies as well as issues of religious and gender identities in the controversy. 

Corey Stocco, Assistant Professor of Psychology, co-authored the paper "Using rules to improve the honest reports of children in environments with conflicting reinforcement contingencies" at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, held May 25-29 in Denver.  

Lisa Tromovitch, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, is directing the premier of a new adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand at the Livermore Shakespeare Festival, July 13-30. Gary Armagnac, Professor of Theatre Arts, will direct Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, June 29 - July 16. Pacific senior Luke Bolle performs in both productions.  

Food studies faculty and master's students presented research at ASFS 2017: Migrating Food Cultures: Engaging Pacific Perspectives on Food and Agriculture, the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society, held June 14-17 at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

  • Polly Adema, Director of Food Studies, was the moderator and a discussant on the roundtable Migration Stories: Voice, Representation, and Community Relations in Public History.
  • Ken Albala, Professor of History and Food Studies, was a discussant on the roundtable discussions "Navigating Academia as an Early Food Studies or Food Systems Scholar," "What Do Book Publishers Want?" and "Food and the City: Future Directions in Research, Teaching and Advocacy."
  • Alison Alkon, Associate Professor of Sociology and Food Studies, presented on "Sowing Seeds of Displacement: Gentrification and Food Justice in Oakland, CA" on the panel Gentrification and Food Justice.
  • Dawnie Andrak '17 presented "The Impact of 'Local' in America's Farm-to-Fork Capital" on the panel Farmer to Consumer, and presented "The Business of Walking, Talking, Eating and Drinking" on the panel Culinary Diplomacy in Northern California.
  • Sally Baho '18 presented "Adapting Syrian Cuisine in California-A Culinary Ethnography of Syrian Refugees" on the session on Culinary Diplomacy in Northern California.
  • April Chan '17 presented "Johnny Kan: Pioneer of Cantonese Haute Cuisine in San Francisco" on the panel Global Flows and Local Cuisines.
  • Jennifer Dobrowolski presented "Strength in Numbers: The Role of the 'Kitchen Incubator' in the Bay Area Food System" on the session on Generating Wealth Through Food System-Led Development.
  • Stephanie Galinson '18 presented "Sweet Charity in San Francisco: Food Runners Impact on the Emergency Food Safety Net" on the panel Sustainability and Waste.
  • Jason Jay '17 presented "Traversing the Blind Kitchen" on the panel Sense and Taste.
  • Katlyn Marchini '17 presented "Free Lunch: An Ethnography of Free Meals in the Tech Workplace" on the panel Food at Work.
  • Susan Miller-Davis spoke on "A Unicorn in Oz: Reading the Modern Food Landscape through Tales from Blue Apron" on the panel on Big Food Business.
  • Erica Peters,  Instructor of Food Studies, was a discussant on the roundtable discussions, "Pho Noodle Soup: An Examination of Transnational Identity and Foodways" and "Teaching Food History."
  • Brandie Roberts '18 received the Alex McIntosh Graduate Prize for "Becoming American: Anxiety, Food, and Identity in Sendak's In the Night Kitchen." His supervising professor on the research was Ken Albala, Professor of History and Food Studies.
  • Miranda Rosso '17 presented "Popcorn Victory! The story of popcorn's popularity in American snack culture as a result of federal wartime rationing in America during WWII" on the panel Food Histories.
  • Delia Sarich '17 presented "Sanctuary Supper: The Immigrant Restaurateur in the San Francisco Bay Area" on the panel Identity and Migration I.  

Chemistry faculty and students presented research at the 65th American Society for Mass Spectrometry Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied topics in Indianapolis, Indiana, June 4-8. This annual conference was attended by over 7,000 researchers from U.S. and abroad.

  • Michael D. Browne '20, Ekram Hossain, postdoctoral fellow, and Jianhua Ren, Professor of Chemistry, co-authored the poster presentation, "Trends in Disulfide Bond Formation in Cysteine Containing Small Peptides."
  • Yuntao Zhang '20, Zachary Buen '16, and Jianhua Ren, Professor of Chemistry, co-authored the poster presentation, "Gas-Phase Acidities and Conformations of Oligopeptide Epimers with D‑ and L-Cysteine."
  • Brock Allen '18 and Liang Xue, Professor of Chemistry, co-authored the poster presentation, "Photochemical Degradation of Phenols in Water Using Flavin-Based Photosensitizers." This research project was a collaboration with Central South University, China. 
  • Michael Pastor '18, Qinliang Zhao, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, and O. David Sparkman, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, co-authored the poster presentation, "Analysis of Weakly Interacting Dicopper Formamidinate Complexes by Direct Analysis in Real Time (DART) Mass Spectrometry."
  • Krege Christison '20 gave the poster presentation, "Comparison and Evaluation of Electron Ionization, Photoionization, and Field Ionization for the Analysis of Heteroatom Compounds in Petroleum Derived Fuels."

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Krystyna Konopka, Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Sciences, and Nejat Düzgüneş, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, were co-authors with colleagues from the Poznan University of Medical Sciences and the Polish Academy of Sciences on the article "Antimicrobial and anticancer photodynamic activity of a phthalocyanine photosensitizer with N-methyl morpholiniumethoxy substituents in non-peripheral positions" published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, Vol.172 (2017). 

McGeorge School of Law

Franklin Gevurtz, Distinguished Professor of Law, was a panelist on "Mergers and Acquisitions as Complex Contract" at the Law and Society Association annual meeting  in Mexico City on June 22.   

Mary-Beth Moylan, Professor of Law, will co-present "Retaining LRW Community in the Midst of Transformation?" at the Association of Legal Writing Directors 2017 Biennial Conference on July 19.   

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Thomas Nelson, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, served as associate editor and chapter contributor to The CCTE Reader on Social Justice (2017), published by the California Council on Teacher Education, Caddo Gap Press, San Francisco.  

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Jill Bennett, Adjunct faculty, presented the co-authored poster "Identifying Risk Factors and Patients at Risk for Clostridium Difficile Infections at Antelope Valley Hospital" at the 2016 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Midyear Clinical Meeting. Bennett also presented the poster "Appropriate Fentanyl Monitoring at Antelope Valley Hospital" at the meeting.  

Eric Boyce, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Pharmacy Practice, published the commentary "The Pharmacists' Patient Care Process and More" in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (81:4).   

Carl L. Fairburn III '10, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, gave a podium presentation as the lead investigator on "Essential Knowledge and Patient Care Skills for the Student Physical Therapist in the Acute Care Setting" at the California Physical Therapy Association Annual Conference in Santa Clara, California, in October 2016. Co-investigators were Casey Nesbit, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Director of Clinical Education, Anna Barrett '16 and Sarah Haga '16.  

Melanie Felmlee, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, co-authored the article "Effect of chronic γ-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) administration on GHB toxicokinetics and GHB-induced respiratory depression," published in The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse.   

Robert F. Halliwell, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, gave the invited research presentation "Evaluating Human Stem Cell-derived Neurons for Neuropharmacology & Neurotoxicology Studies" at GTCbio's Stem Cell Summit in Boston, Massachusetts, in April 2016. Halliwell was a guest editor for a special issue of Neurochemistry International, Vol. 106 on The Potential of Stem Cells for 21st Century Neuroscience, II. He co-authored the introductory editorial and wrote the article, "Electrophysiological properties of neurons derived from human stem cells and iNeurons in vitro." Halliwell presented "Electrophysiological properties of neurons derived from human stem cells in vitro" at the SelectBio Conference on Stem Cells for Drug Discovery & Toxicity Screening in Boston, Massachusetts, July 10-11. He gave a talk on "How to Slow Brain Aging Without Really Trying" at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco on June 11.  

Adam M. Kaye '95, Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice, co-authored "Medication-Induced Tardive Dyskinesia: A Review and Update" in the Ochsner Journal, Vol. 17.  

Parto Khansari '07, Sonali Shaligram '17, and Robert F. Halliwell, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, presented "Neuroprotective Mechanisms of Mefenamic Acid in an In Vitro Model of Stroke," at the 2016 American Heart Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Abstract # 11673.   

R. Van Klaveren '17 and Todd Davenport, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, and Carl L. Fairburn III '10, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, co-authored the podium presentation "Gender distribution of authors in the Journal of Orthopaedic Sports Physical Therapy, 2010-2014" presented at the American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in February. The article was also published in the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (47:1).   

Cathy Peterson, Professor of Physical Therapy, co-authored the poster she presented on "Developing Best Practice Guidelines for International Learning Opportunities in Physical Therapy: Initial Recommendations" at the 2017 World Confederation for Physical Therapy 2017 Congress in Cape Town, South Africa in July. She also co-authored the poster "Developing Clinical Physiotherapists as Exemplary Clinical Instructors.' Peterson co-authored the platform presentation "Disability and Accommodation Needs Among Physical Therapies and Physical Therapist Assistant Students in the United States." She also co-authored the poster presentation on "Developing Best Practice Guidelines for international Learning Opportunities in Physical Therapy: Initial Recommendations." She also co-authored the poster presentation "Developing clinical physiotherapists as exemplary clinical instructors."  

The Professor's Tumor book coverMichael Susca, Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, had his book, The Professor's Tumor: A Journey Out of Aphasia and More (December 2016), which documents his personal journey with Aphasia, highlighted in the June 2017 issue of The ASHA Leader, the monthly publication of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.   

Jeannene Ward-Lonergan, Professor and Chair of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, presented "Intervention to Improve Expository Reading Comprehension Skills in Older Children and Adolescents with Language Disorders" at the National RiteCare Conference in Denver, Colorado, in October 2016. The presentation was co-authored with Jill K. Duthie, Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. She co-presented "Discourse Intervention: Improving Spoken and Written Discourse in School-Age Children and Adults" at the American Speech Language-Hearing Association Convention in Philadelphia in November 2016. Ward-Lonergan co-authored "Language sampling with adolescents: Building a normative database with fables," which will be published in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.  

Zhu Zhou '14, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pharmaceuticals and Medicinal Chemistry, co-authored the article "Intestinal Drug Interactions Mediated by Organic Anion Transporting Polypeptides (OATPs): A Systematic Review of Pre-clinical and Clinical Findings," published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Zhou also co-authored the article "What can be learned from recent NDA/BLA Reviews? A systemic review of drug interaction data for drugs approved by the US FDA in 2015," published in Drug Metabolism & Disposition. Zhou co-authored the article "Detailed evaluation of PK-based drug-drug interaction data contained in new drug and biologic license applications of drugs approved by the US food and drug administration in 2015," published in Clinical Pharmacology &Therapeutics (Vol. 101, Supplement 1). Zhou also served as a reviewer of the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.    

School of International Studies

Daniel O'Neill, Associate Professor of Political Science, presented his paper, "One Belt, One Road, One Regime Type: The Limits of Chinese Influence in Developing States," at the International Studies Association (ISA) International Conference at Hong Kong University in June.  

University Libraries                               

Niraj Chaudhary, Director of Library Technology and Digital Initiatives, and Mary Somerville, University Librarian, co-presented on "Collaborative Academic Partnerships: Support for International Students' Library Research Success" at the NAFSA annual conference in Los Angeles on June 2. NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange with 10,000 members located in more than 150 countries. The presentation highlighted the findings of a study by an international research team of experiences in academic libraries located in home countries and host institutions. The research findings frame design activities for collaborative orientation programs involving campus academic libraries, international student offices, and academic support services that foster successful transitions.  

Mary M. Somerville, University Librarian, co-authored the conference paper "University for Business and Technology University Libraries and Knowledge Center: A concept paper" which was published in Fostering the as-a-service economy: International Conference Proceedings -Information Systems and Technology Innovations 2017 (ISTI 2017), held in Tirana, Albania. Somerville co-authored the journal article "Information literacy and informed learning: Conceptual innovations for IL research and practice futures," published in The Journal of Information Literacy (11:1).  

Business and Finance

Jessica Bilecki, Sustainability Director, co-authored the article "Are Beliefs in the Importance of Pro-Environmental Behaviors Correlated with Pro-Environmental Behaviors at a College Campus?" published in the June 2017 issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record.  

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