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Noteworthy Newsletter | September 2017

Faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly and artistic activities
Sep 5, 2017

Awards, recognition and service

College of the Pacific

Douglas WeiserDoug Weiser, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, is the principal investigator of a new three-year grant from the National Institutes of Health in the amount of $305,216 for the project "Regulation of the Unfolded Protein Response by eIF2 alpha phosphatases."

Conservatory of Music

The Conservatory of Music named as one of 10 Cutting Edge College Music Education Programs in College Magazine.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Nader Nadershahi, Dean, and Colin Wong, Professor of Diagnostic Sciences and Vice Dean of China/U.S. Relations, visited China in August to sign a memorandum of understanding between the Dugoni School and Guanghua School of Stomatology at Sun Yat-sen University to support efforts that foster collaboration among both schools' faculty, residents and students. While at the school, Nadershahi gave a special presentation about "Academic Dentistry in the United States" and Wong gave a presentation about the experience of being an international student.   

McGeorge School of Law

Michael Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, had his article "Nothing to Fear but FIRREA Itself," cited in Michael Patrick Wilt, "Evaluating 'Consumer Relief' Payments in Recent Bank Settlement Agreements," in the Journal of Business and Securities Law. Wilt cites the article to illustrate the "significant regulatory oversight changes and reorganization in the federal government" precipitated by the enactment of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Jeannene M. Ward-Lonergan, Professor and Chair of Speech-Language Pathology, and Jill Duthie, Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology, were awarded an external grant of $2,750 from the Library Literacy Foundation of San Joaquin County to support Pacific's Language-Literacy Center.

University Libraries

Mary M. Somerville, University Librarian, served as a Fulbright Specialist in July at the University for Business and Technology in Pristina, Kosovo, advancing the UBTKnowledge Center concept from planning to implementation.  

Publications, presentations and artistic activities

College of the Pacific

Antifascist Humanism book coverAndreas Agocs, Visiting Assistant Professor of History, had his book, Antifascist Humanism and the Politics of Cultural Renewal in Germany, published by Cambridge University Press.   

Melissa Davies, Assistant Professor of Sport Management, and Lara Killick, Associate Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, presented their project "Strategic Planning and Climate Change: A Case Study in the Ski Industry" at the European Sport Management Association Conference in Bern, Switzerland, on Sept. 6. The project was funded by the College Research Fund.

Qingwen Dong, Professor and Department Chair of Communication, working with the vice president of the National Communication Association (NCA), presented a research paper on "New Media in the Age of Alternative Facts" in a workshop on May 23 sponsored by the NCA for the International Department of the Chinese Communist Party. This is the first time the Chinese Communist Party has invited American communication scholars to conduct a workshop in its headquarters in Beijing. Dong also gave a research presentation on "China's Technology & Communication Innovations: A Case of WeChat" at China's Social Kaleidoscope 2017 Teachers Workshop, July 26-27, at the San Mateo County Office of Education.

Brian Klunk, Associate Professor of Political Science, participated in a "Teaching Cafe" on the topic "Reacting to the Past: Playing Games in a Student-Centered Classroom" on Sept. 2 at the annual meetings of the American Political Science Association. 

Ethel Nicdao, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Sociology, presented the paper "Participant Reflexivity in Community-Academic Partnerships: Findings from Two Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Projects in Central California" at the Society for the Study of Social Problems annual conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Aug. 12. She also was a presider for the roundtable "Race, Ethnicity and Health."     

Dari Sylvester Tran, Associate Professor of Political Science, presented her co-authored work "Beyond Turnout: The Effects of Voter ID Requirements on Partisan Vote Share" at the American Political Science Association's pre-conference workshop "Protecting Electoral Security and Voting Rights," hosted by Harvard University and University of Sydney.

Jillian Yelinek '17 and Jessica Grady, Assistant Professor of Psychology, co-authored the paper "'Show me your mad faces!' Preschool teachers' emotion talk in the classroom," which was published in the journal Early Child Development and Care. This project was funded by a 2016 Pacific Fund Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Xiaojing Zhou, Professor of English, had her article "'Slow Violence' in Migrant Landscapes: 'Hollow Villages' and Tourist River Towns in China" published in the journal ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment. This article is included in a special topic cluster of essays on "Migrant Ecologies in an (Un)bordered World" which she co-edited with colleagues from Hacettepe University in Turkey and the University of Turin in Italy.

Chemistry faculty and students presented research at the American Chemical Society's 254th ACS National Meetings & Exposition held in Washington, D.C., Aug. 20-24. The conference was attended by over 10,000 researchers from the U.S. and abroad.  

  • Siwen Wang '18, Wanbo Liu '13, Irina A. Dotsenko '14, Vyacheslav V. Samoshin, Professor of Chemistry, and Liang Xue, Professor of Chemistry, presented the poster "Evaluation of 5-Substituted 1,10-Phenanthroline and Nickel complexes as G4 Ligands and Telomerase Inhibitors"   
  • Yuhong Liu '17 and Anthony Dutoi, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, presented the poster "Exciton Coupled-cluster Theory for Large-scale Electronic Structure Calculations: Test Application on Ben Clusters"  

Conservatory of Music

Daniel Ebbers, Professor of Voice, appeared as a soloist with the Cheong-Ju City Chorale under the direction of conductor Keetae Gong in a world premiere performance of "Dara Dara," a choral work by Hojun Lee, in Cheong-Ju City, Korea, on Sept. 7. Ebbers also performed several solo works at the same concert and taught a series of master classes during a week in residency.  

Dancing at the Pink House CD coverPatricia Shands, Professor of Clarinet, had a recording of her work,"Dancing at the Pink House" for clarinet and piano, featured on the Classical Discoveries Festival of New American Music hosted by Marvin Rosen on WPRB 103.3 FM in Princeton, New Jersey. The live broadcast was aired on Wednesday, Sept. 6, and the MP3 file will be available until Sept. 20. The work also is the title song on a new CD released by Snow Leopard Music. This recording was supported by a University of the Pacific SAAG grant. Shands also taught a clarinet master class for the Music Teacher's Association of California (MTAC) Annual Convention in Santa Clara, California, on July 3. MTAC hosts the annual State Convention where world-renowned artists and teachers give recitals, lectures, presentations and master classes. More than 2,000 members, guests, student performers and their families attend the event.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Fred Fendler, Associate Professor of Diagnostic Sciences, and Cindy Lyon, Professor of Diagnostic Sciences, published the paper "Immune Response in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes or Human Immunodeficiency Virus" in Decisions in Dentistry (3:6).  

Marc Geissberger, Professor of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry, published the article "The Evolution of Adhesive Dentistry: Bonding to enamel and dentin is more predictable than ever" in Inside Dentistry (13:8).  

Andrew Young, Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Sciences, co-authored the article "Orofacial pain and headaches associated with exfoliation glaucoma," which will be published in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

McGeorge School of Law

Omar Dajani, Professor of Law, is speaking on a panel on "The Israeli Occupation of Palestine at 50: Challenges to the Law of Occupation and Its Relevance" at the International Law Weekend conference of the International Law Students Association in October. 

Jeffrey Proske, Professor of Lawyering Skills, will be the discussion group co-host for "Professional Identity Development Tools to Help Law Students Meet the Needs of Today's Clients" at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) 2018 Annual Meeting in San Diego in January.  

Michael Vitiello, Distinguished Professor of Law, will give a presentation on "Why A National Solution to the Cannabis Question is at Hand, and What the Solution Will Look Like" to the Sacramento County Bar Association on Oct. 12.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Jason Bandy '00, Associate Clinical Professor and Sacramento Regional Coordinator, co-authored the article "Efficient and effective precepting of pharmacy students in acute and ambulatory care rotations: A Delphi expert panel study," published in the American Journal of Health System Pharmacists.

Rajul Patel '01, '06, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, was invited as a featured speaker on the Medicare Plan Finder Tool at the National Medicare Training Program in San Francisco, Aug. 29-30.

Eberhardt School of Business

Stefanie Naumann, Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior, had the paper "How can R&D employees access team diversified knowledge and facilitate their radical creativity?" accepted for publication in R&D Management.

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Earthquake Engineering coverHector Estrada, Professor of Civil Engineering, and Luke Lee, Professor of Civil Engineering, had their book "Introduction to Earthquake Engineering" published with CRC Press. The book covers three main areas in the analysis and design of structural systems subjected to seismic loading: basic seismology, structural dynamics, and code-based calculations used to determine seismic loads. 

President's Division

Lisa Cooperman, University Curator, opened her solo exhibition Baize at the A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, in August. Ten textile sculptures made of found and recycled material explored ideas of labor, leisure and land.

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