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Noteworthy Newsletter | January 2018

A digest of recent faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly and artistic activities
Jan 18, 2018

Community outreach    

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

EVOC Christmas drives 2017The School's Employee Volunteer Opportunities Committee (EVOC) and Pedo Study Club carried out several successful holiday drives to support the community. Members of the Dugoni School family raised $702.45 for San Francisco Animal Care and Control, donated $182 and 69 coats, sweaters or scarves to One Warm Coat, and donated bins of numerous food items to the SF-Marin Food Bank. The Pedo Study Club also collected many toys for the San Francisco Fire Fighters Toy Program. 

Office of the President

Holiday ROAR BooksThe Pacific Community contributed 401 books during the Holiday ROAR Reach Out And Read book drive in November. The books were distributed to two groups, with 250 going to Pacific's Community Involvement Program to be used in their literacy outreach efforts and the remainder to Reach Out and Read, a local nonprofit that works with pediatricians to distribute books to children and talk with parents during routine check-ups about the importance of early reading.

Professional service

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Polly Adema, Director and Associate Professor of Food Studies, served on a panel of judges composed of industry experts and influencers to select recipients of the Specialty Food Association's 2018 Leadership Awards, which honor food industry frontrunners who go above and beyond by creating positive social, economic, and/or environmental impact through their innovation and vision. Awards in Business Leadership, Citizenship, and Vision are presented during the association's Winter Fancy Food Show in January.  

McGeorge School of Law

Courtney Lee, Professor of Lawyering Skills, was elected as Chair Elect of both the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Animal Law and the Section on Academic Support. She will assume both positions in January 2019.  

Michael P. Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, has been appointed chair of the Nominations Committee of the AALS Section on Socio-Economics. He will be coordinating the committee's work in nominating three members to serve three-year terms on the executive committee of the Section, and in arranging the orderly succession of Section officers for 2018.  

Mary Beth MoylanMary-Beth Moylan, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning, began serving a two-year term as one of the first commissioners on the newly created Sacramento Ethics Commission as of Jan. 1, 2018. Moylan's nomination to serve as one of three members of the general public with a background in law, ethics, local government or similar experience was confirmed on Dec. 5, 2017, by the Sacramento City Council. The purpose of the Sacramento Ethics Commission is to review and consider complaints against elected and appointed city officials to ensure those city officials are conforming their conduct to the city's laws and policies. Read more...  

Michael Schwartz, Dean, was elected chair-elect for the AALS Section on Socio-Economics and was elected chair of the Section for Deans at the AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego, Jan. 4-6  



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Biology Professor Doug RisserDoug Risser, Assistant Professor of Biology, was awarded a grant of $298,776 from the National Science Foundation to support his research project "RUI: Characterization of the gene regulatory network promoting hormogonium development in the filamentous cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme." Risser's research, which could help develop biofuel production and fertilizer replacement, involves the study of filamentous  cyanobacteria, some of the oldest multicellular organisms on Earth. The three-year grant also funds a second component, aimed at supporting science education in the community. The grant will pay for stipends for two summer research undergraduate students who will be recruited specifically from Pacific's Community Involvement Program. In addition to laboratory research, those students will take mobile equipment to middle schools in San Joaquin County to demonstrate experiments. Read more...

Awards and recognition

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Hilary Djeng and Dean NadershahiHilary Djeng, Group Practice Manager, was selected to receive the 2017 Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award for the San Francisco Campus. Her caring and thoughtfulness with students and patients, as well as her attention to detail and innovation, were just some qualities noted by colleagues who nominated her. The award recognizes an outstanding staff member who has contributed to the University's vision, mission and values.   

Dr. Richard Fredekind

Richard Fredekind, Executive Associate Dean, is the winner of the California Dental Association's 2017 Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award. The award is presented to a faculty member affiliated with any of the six California dental schools who shows exceptional leadership, innovation, collaboration, compassion, philanthropic spirit and integrity in dental education. Fredekind, has served more than 33 years at the Dugoni School of Dentistry. Among his many accomplishments, the announcement noted he has spearheaded key school initiatives, led 11 student group practices composed of 75 students each, and led the school's transition to an electronic health record and centralized sterilization.

Cindy Lyon, Professor of Diagnostic Sciences, Lisa Itaya, Associate Professor of Clinical Oral Health, Terry Hoover, Associate Professor of Diagnostic Sciences, Mark Booth, Assistant Professor of Clinical Oral Health, and Nader Nadershahi, Dean, recently had their co-authored the article "Humanism in Dental Education: A Comparison of Theory, Intention, and Stakeholder Perceptions at a North American Dental School," listed in the American Dental Education Association Journal of Dental Education list of the journal's "10 Most Notable Articles for 2017."  


Presentations and artistic activity

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Teresa Bergman, Professor of Communication, was a presenter for "Archiving History, Archiving Identity: Visual Culture and the Rhetorical Construction of History, Politics, and Subjects" and "The Soul of the Nation: U.S. Public Memory and the National Mall," and chaired the "Qualitative Studies of Gender Communication Roundtable" at the 2017 National Communication Association 103rd annual convention, held Nov. 16-19 in Dallas, Texas.  

Christine Collaco, Visiting Professor of Communication, presented her research paper, "The Relationship Between Interest, Self-Efficacy and Grit" at the 16th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education.  

Helene Flohic, Assistant Professor of Physics, co-authored the poster "A new, sophisticated test of the Binary Black Hole Hypothesis for Quasars with Double-peaked Broad Balmer Lines," presented at the 231st meeting of the American Astronomical Society in National Harbor, Maryland, Jan 8-12.  

Marie Lee, Associate Professor of Art, will have her sabbatical exhibition "Dawn of the Butterflies: Kam Women Artisans of China" which focuses on the content her newly released book, on view in the Reynolds Gallery June 16 to Feb. 16.  

Monika Meler, Associate Professor of Art, has her print exhibition "How the Present Rearranges the Past" on display from Jan. 5 to Feb. 4 at the Hugh N. Ronald Arts Gallery at Arts Place in Portland, Indiana.   

Caroline Schroeder, Professor of Religious Studies, directed and taught a week-long "bootcamp" in digital methods for the study of antiquity at the Institute of Ancient History at the University of Basel in Switzerland, Dec. 11-15, 2017.  

McGeorge School of Law

Emily Garcia Uhrig, Professor of Law, presented a work-in-progress, "Reconceiving 'New Evidence' in Actual Innocence Doctrine," in which she argued for expansion of the parameters of "new evidence" in actual innocence review to allow for more meaningful review of actual innocence claims, at an AALS Criminal Justice Section academic roundtable at the American Bar Association 10th Annual CJS Fall Institute on Nov. 2-5.

Michael P. Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, was the moderator and presenter at a panel of the Section on Socio-Economics at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools on Jan. 6. Malloy identified seven horrible moments in the 21st Century financial services sector, including the stall-out of effective banking supervision under the current administration. He also was the commentator at a Works-in-Progress session of the Section on Securities Regulation where he offered comments on works in progress regarding transnational cases and urged academic scholars to expand empirical research to enhance the analysis of trends in SEC enforcement policy and techniques.  

Michael Schwartz, Dean, was a panelist on "Email, Social Media, and Online Student Interactions"; a plenary panelist for the "Dean's Panel on Advancement"; a co-facilitator for the small group discussion "Community Across Difference: The Changing Nature of the Student Body" at the Dean's Forum; a panelist at the Section on Socio-Economics on "The Changing Legal Profession and the Challenge for the Academy: A Deans' Roundtable"; and a co-moderator on "Crisis Communication: You Need a Plan" at the Section for Deans during the AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego on Jan 4-6.   



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Martín Camps, Professor of Modern Languages and Literature, published the article, "An Oasis of Horror in a Desert of Boredom: Roberto Bolaño's 2666 and the Upside Down Border" in the book The Humanities in an Upside-Down World, I. López-Calvo ed., published by Cambridge Scholars Press.  

Dennis O. Flynn, Emeritus Professor of Economics, co-authored "Silver Circulation Worldwide: Initial Steps in Comprehensive Research," published in the Journal of World Historical Information (4:1). The article stems from an international monetary history conference held in May 2016 (San Francisco, Stockton and Virginia City), sponsored by the School of International Studies and the Pacific World History Institute. Flynn and one of his co-authors are co-organizers of a follow-up meeting, "Global Production and Distribution of Silver, 1530-1900," World Economic History Congress, which will be held in Boston, July 29 - Aug. 3, 2018.  

Courtney Jensen, Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Science, Michelle Amaral, Associate Professor of Economics, and Bill Herrin, Director of the School of International Studies and Professor of Economics, co-authored a letter to the editor, "The Use of Coarsened Exact Matching to Evaluate Treatment Mode in the Rib Fracture Patient," which was published in the Journal of Surgical Research. The article sparked an ongoing debate in the journal regarding the proper analytical methods in trauma care.  

Kam Women of China book cover

Marie Lee, Associate Professor of Art, had her book Kam Women Artisans of China: Dawn of the Butterflies published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, scheduled for release Feb. 1.  

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Daniel Bender, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, contributed the chapter "It's a Big Job, but We Have to Do It" to the new book, Mentorship in Higher Education: Practical Advice and Leadership Theories, published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Originally drawn from a series of articles in the AACRAO Journal, the antholoy brings advice from leaders in higher education to readers interested in developing a mentoring relationship.   

David Chambers, Professor of Orthodontics, and Cindy Lyon, Professor of Diagnostic Sciences, co-authored the article "How Dentists Read a Technique Article: A Grounded Theory Investigation" in the the December 2017 issue of the Journal of Prosthodontics.  

Der Thor, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences; Nan Tori Xiao, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Meixun Sinky Zheng, Senior Instructional Designer and Faculty Developer, and DDS students Ruidan Ma '17 and Xiao Xi Yu '17, published a manuscript "An interactive online approach to small-group student presentations and discussions" in the Advances in Physiology Education journal.    

McGeorge School of Law

Courtney Lee, Professor of Lawyering Skills, had the article "Never Enough: Animal Hoarding Law"  published in the University of Baltimore Law Review.   

Michael P. Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, had the first of four 2018 supplements to his three-volume treatise, Banking Law and Regulation, released by law publisher Wolters Kluwer. The supplements offer up-to-date coverage of current developments in the regulation of depository institutions.  

Stephen McCaffrey, Distinguished Professor of Law, published the chapter "Environmental Law and Freshwater Ecosystems," in Nicaragua Before the International Court of Justice: Impacts on International Law, E. Sobenes Obregon & B. Samson eds., published by Springer 2018. 

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Melanie A. Felmlee, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, co-authored the article "The Drug of Abuse Gamma-Hydroxybutyric Acid Exhibits Tissue-Specific Nonlinear Distribution" published in the AAPS Journal, an official journal of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists 20(21).  

Jieyun Cao '18, Michael Ng '20, and Melanie A. Felmlee, Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, published the article "Sex Hormones Regulate Rat Hepatic Monocarboxylate Transporter Expression and Membrane Trafficking" in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol. 20.  

Enrollment Management

Margo Landy, University Registrar, contributed the chapter "Mentoring Opportunities" to the new book, Mentorship in Higher Education: Practical Advice and Leadership Theories, published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. Originally drawn from a series of articles in the AACRAO Journal, the antholoy brings advice from leaders in higher education to readers interested in developing a mentoring relationship.

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