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Noteworthy Newsletter | December 2017

Dec 14, 2017

Community and Professional Service

College of the Pacific

Kurtis Burmeister, Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, has been named the new executive secretary of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers-United States Geological Survey Cooperative Summer Field Training Program. The NAGT-USGS program is the longest continuously running earth science internship program. For more than 50 years, this prestigious program has connected more than 2,300 of the finest undergraduate earth science students with research-based internships with USGS scientists. An impressive number of these individuals become full-time employees of the USGS.  

McGeorge School of Law

Jarrod Wong, Professor of Law, has been nominated to serve on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) for a three-year term beginning at the 2018 ASIL Annual Meeting. ASIL was founded in 1906 and chartered by Congress in 1950, and holds Special Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and is a constituent society of the American Council of Learned Societies comprising nearly 4,000 members from over 100 nations.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Robert Halliwell, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, gave a lecture on '"How to Maintain a Healthy Brain Without Really Trying" at Somerford Place Alzheimer's Assisted Living facility in Stockton.  

International Programs and Services

Ryan Griffith, Director, was elected vice-chair of the American International Recruitment Council's Certification Commission. The AIRC Certification Commission makes the final determination on certification status for Agency Applicants for Certification. Griffith was nominated and selected for membership on the Association of International Education Administrators Strategic Issues Committee. The committee identifies, synthesizes, and analyzes current strategic issues facing senior international officers. Work conducted by the committee also informs session offerings during the annual AIEA conference. Griffith also was selected for participation in the 2017 Baden-Württemberg Seminar, an opportunity sponsored by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg, Germany, that focuses on the German educational system, German-American academic equivalencies, and student exchange between Germany and the United States.

Awards, Recognition

College of the Pacific

Guillermo Barro, Assistant Professor Physics, had his observing proposal for NASA's James Webb Space Telescope approved for the Cycle 1 Director's Discretionary Early Release Science (ERS) Program. Barro's team's proposal focused on the study of distant galaxies in the early Universe was one of only 13 proposals approved by the director. Barro's team will be one of the first groups in the world to use the new space telescope which is set to launch in March to June 2019. The James Webb telescope is Hubble's successor, and it is a much larger (~3x in mirror size) and advanced telescope which will enable science to make a leap forward in its quest of understanding our universe.   

Kurtis 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 2017 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Seattle. This award for his geologic interpretation of a photograph of an outcrop of channelized sandstone beds marks the third time Burmeister has received the first place prize in this highly competitive contest.  

VANITA movie poster

Kevin Pontuti, Director and Professor of Media X, received the Best Slow Cinema Film Award and the Audience Award for his film VANITÀ at the the Los Angeles Underground Film Forum. VANITÀ was partly inspired by the historical tradition of Vanitas painting and explores topics related to obsessive compulsive behavior, notions of self-image and destructive behaviors relating to vanity. VANITÀ is the third installment in our Poetry of Penance project. The Los Angeles Underground Film Forum (LAUFF) is Los Angeles's premier showcase of experimentation in film, video and audio-based mediums. It focus on avant-garde, art-house, independent and no/low budget filmmaking.   

Elisa Toloba, Assistant Professor of Physics, was awarded observing time in the Hubble Space Telescope in mid-cycle 25. The aim of these observations is to obtain images of globular clusters (small groups of stars that orbit around a galaxy) in the ultra-diffuse galaxy VLSB-B in the Virgo cluster (large collection of galaxies gravitational bound to M87, a very massive elliptical galaxy sitting in the cluster center). Toloba's team discovered VLSB-B last year and recently found that it may be one of the most dark matter dominated galaxies in the universe. These new observations will help to further understand the special properties of this galaxy.  

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Rajul A. Patel '01, '06, Professor of Pharmacy Practice, has been awarded a $45,000 grant by Kaiser Permanente's Northern California Benefits Program for the Medicare Part D Mobile Outreach Clinics.  

Student Life

Jennifer Low, Associate Director for Events and School Spirit, and the ASuop Arts & Entertainment Team received the Best 3-D Graphic Design Award at the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) West Regional Conference in Reno, Nevada, in November. The Award was given for a glass mug designed by ASuop Graphic Design Team led by their advisor Arlene Brown, Associate Director of Operations and Marketing in Student Leadership and Involvement. The team competed against submissions from colleges and universities in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, western New Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii and British Columbia.  

Ines Ruiz HustonInes Ruiz-Huston, Latino Community Outreach Coordinator, was selected to receive the 2017 Prestigious NAACP Freedom Fighter Award by the Stockton/San Joaquin Branch NAACP. The award was presented at a formal ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Brookside Country Club.  


Terry Liskevych, former Pacific volleyball coach, was inducted into the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame Nov. 15. A 69-year-old native of Munich, Germany, Liskevych spent nine seasons (1976-84) as the volleyball coach at Pacific, accumulating a record of 267-85 (.759 winning percentage) with six conference titles and five NCAA Final Four appearances. "I have great memories of Stockton; University of the Pacific is an important part of my life," Liskevych said. "I met a lot of great coaches, and teachers, and administrators there that helped impact my life." Liskevych moved on to Team USA for 12 seasons, winning the bronze medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Now retired, he lives in San Diego and owns Art of Coaching, an online teaching platform he founded with his Pacific successor, John Dunning.


College of the Pacific

Noodle Soup book coverKen Albala, Professor of History, will have his 25th book, Noodle Soup: Recipes, Techniques, Obsession, published in January by the University of Illinois Press.  

Martín Camps, Professor of Modern Languages and Literature and Latin American Studies, published the article "Globalón: crónicas del balompié en 'Dios es redondo' y 'Balón dividido' de Juan Villoro" [Glo-ball: Chronicles of Soccer in Two Books by Juan Villoro] in the book Literaturas a través de las culturas de las Américas, G. Ponce de Léon ed., published by Fresno Pacific University.   

Melissa Davies, Professor of Health Exercise and Sport Sciences, had her review of Global Sport Management: Contemporary Issues and Inquiries (B. Pitts and J. Zhang eds.) published in The International Journal of Sport Communication, (10:4).   

Carolynn Kohn, Associate Professor of Psychology, Nicole Schultz '14, Katrina Bettencourt '15, and Heather Dunn Carlton, Associate Dean of Students in Student Life, co-authored the research paper "Poor Convergence: College Students' Definitions and Free-Poured Volumes of Standard Alcohol Servings," published in the Journal of Drug Education: Substance Abuse Research and Prevention.  

Molly Hankla '16, Carolynn Kohn, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Matthew Normand, Professor of Psychology, co-authored the study "Teaching college students to pour accurately using behavioral skills training: Evaluation of the effects of peer modeling" published in the journal Behavioral Interventions. The work was based on Hankla's master's thesis.  

McGeorge School of Law

Stephen Cody, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, co-authored the chapter "The role of victims: emerging rights to participation and reparation in international criminal courts," published in International Law in Context, Philipp Kastner (ed.), by Routledge Press, 2018.  

Franklin Gevurtz, Distinguished Professor of Law, had the chapter "Globalizing Up Corporate Law," published as the lead chapter in the book Innovations in Corporate Governance: Global Perspectives (Watson & Vasudev eds, Edward Elgar 2017). The chapter looks at increasing protections of minority shareholders as a result of foreigners purchasing large interests in corporations subject to more protective laws as opposed to nations importing more protective rules into their domestic corporate laws.

University College

Tara Buñag, Senior Instructional Designer in the Center for Teaching and Learning, co-authored "Leading faculty through a paradigm shift: Creating and sustaining a needs-based approach to e-learning faculty development programs," which is a chapter in Leading and managing e-learning: What the e-learning leader needs to know, with editors Piña, Lowell, & Harris, published by Springer (2017).

Development and Alumni Relations

Lost Season of Love and Snow book coverJennifer Laam '94, Director of Advancement Services, is publishing her third historical novel with St. Martin's Press/Griffin. Scheduled for release Jan. 2, The Lost Season of Love and Snow tells the story of Natalya Goncharova's tumultuous marriage to poet Alexander Pushkin, who died after defending Natalya's honor in a duel.  

Presentations and artistic activity

College of the Pacific

Kurtis Burmeister, Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, delivered an invited lecture on "Exploring the third dimension in compressional tectonic systems when data are limited; insights from geologic mapping & fabric analysis" to the faculty of the Institute for Rock Magnetism & the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Minnesota.

Kurtis Burmeister and Lauren Herbert '19 co-presented a lecture on "Landslide potential in areas of active magmatism: constraints on minimum rates of emplacement from paleomagnetic data, Trachyte Mesa laccolith, Henry Mountains, UT" with colleagues from SUNY Geneseo and Eastern Carolina University at the Geological Society of America Thompson Field Forum on Catastrophic Mega-Scale Landslide Failure of Large Volcanic Fields in Bryce Canyon City, Utah.   

Gesine Gerhard, Associate Dean and Professor of History, was the historical consultant for an exhibit on propaganda photography in Nazi Germany, which opened Nov. 28 in the museum of the Topography of Terror in Berlin, Germany. At the museum, Gerhard gave a presentation on the the body image in Nazi racial ideology. She also published an article on the same topic in the book Serving Racial Politics: Anna Koppitz's Photographs for Reich Minister R. Walther Darré, M. Vukovic ed. (2017) published by the topography of Terror Nazi Forced Labour Documentation Centre.  

Alan Lenzi, Associate Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, presented a talk on Dec. 1 on "Ancient Mesopotamian Prayer," which was part of the series "Calling on the Gods: Prayer in the Ancient World" at Pennsylvania State University, Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies. Lenzi presented the paper, "To Do: The Varied Instructions of the Lilissu-Drum Ritual and Textual Pluriformity," at the national meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Boston on Nov. 20.  The presentation was part of a panel discussion of the book Empirical Models Challenging Biblical Criticism (2016), to which Lenzi contributed a chapter.

Geoff Lin-Cereghino, Professor of Biological Sciences, presented the poster "Characterization of the Bgs13 Protein's Role in the Super-Secretion of Recombinant Peptides in the yeast Pichia pastoris" at the Third International Conference on Genetic and Protein Engineering on November 8-9 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was the winner of "Best Poster" Award. Co-authors are Anita Jivan '17, Maria Vo '17, Michelle Fong '18, Douglas Risser, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, and Joan Lin-Cereghino, Professor of Biological Sciences.  

Kevin Pontuti, Professor and Director of Media X screened the three films of his Poetry of Penance series at the Pi Greco Zen Film Festival and presented a three-hour master class on the creative process.   

Caroline Schroeder, Professor of Religious Studies, participated in a review panel for the book Liquid Scriptures (the first book about digital bibles) at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Boston. She also presented a paper in a panel on Public Humanities, Archaeology, and New Media, and participated in a roundtable on the grantwriting process.  

Xiaojing Zhou, Professor of English, presented the paper "Race, Gender, and Environmental Illness: Nuclear Contamination on the Marshall Islands" at the 2017 International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Human Health held in Chengdu, China.  

Faculty and students presented research at the 2017 annual meeting of the Geological Society of America held in Seattle, Washington Oct. 22-25:

Conservatory of Music

Patricia Shands, Professor of Clarinet and Director of Chamber Music, was the featured guest artist in clarinet and piano recitals at the Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College and Williams College Nov. 8 and 10. The performances included the world premiere of a work commissioned by Dartmouth College for clarinet and piano and written by Williams College Professor Ileana Perez Velazquez. Shands also taught master classes in clarinet performance and chamber music at both institutions. Shands and Dartmouth College Artist in Residence, pianist Sally Pinkas, were invited to perform the work at the International Contemporary Music Festival in Havana, Cuba, in November, 2018.  

McGeorge School of Law

Adrienne Brungess, Professor of Lawyering Skills, presented "Research and Writing in the Real World: LRW Skills For Successful Negotiation" on using upper division courses to prepare students for writing and research in practice at the Legal Writing Institute One-Day Workshop held at Golden Gate University on Dec. 1.   

Stephen Cody, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, presented as a panelist on the first systematic data gathered on victims' perceptions of the work of the International Criminal Court as one of four selected Emerging Voices during the International Law Weekend at Fordham Law School in New York City in October. Cody presented the working paper "The Patron Court: Legalism, Clientelism, and Cultural Contingency at the International Criminal Court" at the Northern California International Law Scholars Workshop, at UC Berkeley Law School on  Sept. 22. The paper drew on 302 interviews with atrocity crime victims and 27 interviews with ICC officials to show how cultural belief systems condition outlooks and practices in both groups.  

Omar Dajani, Professor of Law, gave an invited presentation on "Touching the Holy: How Palestinians approached the Haram al-Sharif in peace talks with Israel" on Nov. 28 at the "Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif: Conflict, Culture, Law" conference, sponsored by Harvard Law School involving the Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law and the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  

Michael Mireles, Professor of Law, presented the paper "Monitoring Behaviour: Universities, Nonprofits, Patents and Litigation" at the University of Kentucky Law School on Sept. 30. Mireles will be presenting a paper at International and National Perspectives on the Right to Privacy conference at the VIT University School of Law in Chennai, India, in January.   

Francis J. Mootz III, Professor of Law, served as a faculty member for The National Judicial College in Austin, Texas, Dec, 4-7, where he co-taught a four-day course on Philosophy in American Law. The judges attending the course included trial judges, appellate judges and several foreign judges. Mootz explored the philosophies of law that support the different approaches to statutory interpretation in contemporary lawmaking.  

Brian Slocum, Professor of Law, gave a talk on "What Legislation Students Should Know About Language" at Latrobe University in Melbourne, Australia, during a symposium sponsored by the Research Centre for Legislation, its Interpretation and Drafting. The title of the symposium is "The Teaching of Legislation."  

Jarrod Wong, Professor of Law, spoke on a panel on "Recent developments in investment arbitration in Asia Pacific" at the International Bar Association conference on Investing in Asia held in New York Dec. 6-9.  

Several McGeorge faculty will be participating in various ways at the American Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting in San Diego, Jan. 3-6, 2018:

  • Melissa Brown, Professor of Lawyering Skills and Director of Legal Clinics, will be a speaker for the workshop for Part Time Division Programs on "ABA Standards 3013 and 304: How to Effectively Offer Clinical Education to Evening Students."
  • Franklin Gevurtz, Distinguished Professor of Law, will be moderating the Discussion Group on Foreign Interference with Elections.
  • Michael Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, will be a panelist for the "Roundtable on Pedagogy for New Law Teachers: Teaching and Scholarship in a Polarized Society," is a panel organizer, moderator and panelist on "Current State of Play in Financial Services Regulation," and a commentator on "Emerging Voices in Securities Regulation," and will participate in a section business meeting as a member of the Executive Committee for the Section on Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services, and will participate in a section business meeting as a member of the Executive Committee for the Section on Socio-Economics.
  • Emily Whelan Parento, Associate Professor and Gordon D. Schaber Health Law Scholar, gave a presentation at the Junior Scholars Workshop sponsored by AALS Section on Law, Medicine and Health Care.
  • Michael Vitiello, Distinguished Professor of Law, will be presenting at a luncheon on animating civil procedure in the classroom.  

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Sharla Berry, Assistant Professor of Educational Innovation, presented the paper "How Do Online Students Connect? Exploring Learning Communities in Distance Programs" at the Association for the Study of Higher Education in Houston, Texas.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Carl L. Fairburn III '10, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, co-presented "Musculoskeletal and Neurological Patient Impairments: Successfully Integrating Them into Your Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Program" at the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation 32nd Annual Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, in October 2017.   

Elaine Law, along with Aileen Thai '18, Christopher Lee '18, Tina Truong '17, and Katherine Yep '05, will present the poster "Evaluation of adverse effects and protocol compliance barriers for a hospital-wide subcutaneous insulin protocol at a small community hospital: A retrospective chart review" at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists 52nd Annual Midyear Meeting, Dec. 3-7 in Orlando, Florida.  

Several faculty and students presented research at the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) Seminar in October 2017 in Las Vegas.

  • Jason Bandy '00, Associate Clinical Professor and Regional Coordinator - Sacramento, and Veronica T. Bandy '00, '08, Clinical Professor, co-authored the poster presentation "Retrospective Review of Peri-Procedural Instructions by the UCDMC Anticoagulation Clinic."
  • Jason Bandy '00, and Teresa Kwong-Wakumoto '05, co-authored the poster presentation "Does Pharmacist Care Improve Medication Adherence in Patients Taking Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs)?" 
  • Elaine Law, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Regional Coordinator for San Jose, presented the continuing education program "Identifying and Giving Feedback to High Performers."  

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Said Shakerin, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, exhibited seven fluids-based demonstration devices grouped in four poster entries (Visual Delights I: Interactive Flow Instability; Visual Delights II: Interactive Bubbles in a Mondrian's Painting; Visual Delights III: Interactive Trailing Vortices; and Visual Delights IV: Interactive Granular Flow at the Gallery of Fluid Motion) at the 70th Meeting of the American Physical Society-Division of Fluid Dynamics, in Denver, Colorado, Nov. 19-21.

University College

Tara Buñag, Senior Instructional Designer in the Center for Teaching and Learning, co-authored and presented on the panel, "The rapidly changing world of accessible online learning," conducted the workshop, "Designing instructional media for accessibility," and mentored a team of finalists in the Design and Development Instructional Design Competition at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International conference in Jacksonville.   

Erica Peppers, Instructional Designer in the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Tara Buñag co-presented "How to evaluate your instructional design process and make an impact on your institution" at the OLC Accelerate conference in Orlando.  

University Libraries

Niraj Chaudhary, Director of Library Technology and Digital Initiatives, gave the virtual presentation "Creating a technologically rich library that fosters learning experiences," focused on Virtual Reality use cases at University of the Pacific at the Expert Network for Library Learning Environment Conference organized by Swedish Library Association on Dec. 7.  

Office of the Provost

Cyd Jenefsky, Vice Provost for Strategy and Educational Effectiveness, co-facilitated a workshop on Nov. 16, for the WASC Senior College & University Commission on "Program Review: Comprehensive and Sustainable Approaches for Educational Effectiveness." Nearly 100 attendees participated in the workshop, from universities in California, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador and Fiji.      

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