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Noteworthy -- December 17, 2012

Dec 17, 2012

College of the Pacific

History professor Ken Albala, was notified in early December that his textbook, Three World Cuisines: Italian, Mexican, Chinese, won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the category of Best Foreign Cuisine Book in the English language. The book, which was published earlier this year, will now be considered for the award for best foreign cuisine book in the world during the week-long Paris Cookbook Fair, which will be held in February 2013. Read more...

Michelle Amaral and Bill Herrin, Economics, gave the Economic Outlook presentation at the Mayor's State of the City Luncheon in Lodi on November 27.  The talk focused on local health and housing issues and was attended by more than 200 local business people and residents.

Teresa Bergman, Communication, presented her research on "Disneyland as a Public Memory Site" at the 2012 National Communication Association conference in Orlando, Fla.   

Cynthia Dobbs, English, was guest co-editor of the Spring 2012 issue of Biography: An Interdisciplinary Journal (University of Hawaii Press). Dobbs co-authored the issue's introduction, "Between Catastrophe and Carnival: Creolized Identities, Cityspace, and Life Narratives" along with colleagues Daphne Lamothe of Smith College and Theresa Tensuan of Haverford College. 

Dennis O. Flynn, Economics, presented his paper "Economics as a Physical and Historical Science" at the Social Science History Seminar at Stanford University. The presentation was co-produced with Marie A. Lee, Visual Arts. 

Lydia Fox, Earth and Environmental Sciences, gave a presentation on faculty evaluation at a workshop for Heads and Chairs of Earth and Space Sciences Departments, sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco. She also led the workshop "Getting Started in Undergraduate Research" and was a co-author on the poster presentation "The Geosciences Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (GeoCUR): Supporting Faculty that Mentor Undergraduate Researchers" at the AGU fall meeting. 

Andreas Franz and Vyacheslav Samoshin, Chemistry; students Xin Liu '13 and Yu Zheng '13; and Nataliya Samoshina and Xin Guo, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, had their paper "Fliposomes: pH-triggered conformational flip of new trans-2-aminocyclohexanol-based amphiphiles causes instant cargo release in liposomes" published in the Journal of Liposome Research

Sharmila King and Simge Tarhan, Economics, coached students to participate in a Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) simulation at the San Francisco Federal Reserve on November 30. The FOMC sets interest rates and monetary policy for the US.  The Pacific team included the Economics students Nathan Chau '14, Derek Chu '13, Adam Falcon '14, Callahan Burnell '13, Jose Cuellar '14, Cody Rommel '13 and Anita Wang '13.  

Ethel Nicdao, Sociology, and her co-authors had their article "Post Disaster Resilience: Racially Different Correlates of Depression Symptoms among Hurricane Katrina-Rita Volunteers" accepted for publication in the journal Disaster Health

Tanya Storch, Religious and Classical Studies, presented the paper "Buddhist Universities in the United States of America" during the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Chicago. 

Zhou Xiaojing, English and Ethnic Studies, had her chapter "David Mura: 'Where am I, the missing third?' " from her book The Ethics and Poetics of Alterity in Asian American Poetry (Iowa University Press, 2006) published in Asian American Literature, Volume III: Poetry (Routledge, 2012.)

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

William Carpenter authored the chapter "Renal and Urinary Tract Disease" in the book Patients with Medical Condition, published by the American Dental Association as part of the ADA Practical Guide Book series.

Arthur A. Dugoni spoke on "Making a Difference on the Road of Life - Leadership Matters" to third- and fourth-year dental students at the Indiana University School of Dentistry.

Paul Glassman, Christine Miller and Allen Wong authored chapters in the book Treating the Dental Patient with a Developmental Disorder, K. Raposa and S. Perlman eds. (Wiley-Blackwell, August 2012). Glassman and Miller cowrote the chapter "Preventing oral health problems," dealing with prevention and obstacles to preventative care in patients with disabilities. Wong contributed the chapter on "Hospital dentistry/general anesthesia" to help dental professionals better understand when and why dental care is administered in a hospital setting. Glassman also wrote "Improving oral health through community-based interventions."

Navreet Randhawa '13 and Abhishek Ruparelia'13 were presented with the 7th Annual Dr. F. Gene and Rosemary Dixon Scholarship Award during a ceremony on Nov. 27. The scholarship recognized their achievements and awarded them each $3,000. Read more...

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry provided low-income and homeless patients with a free set of dentures through its Denture Block program, which has been running at the school since 2010. On Friday, Nov. 30 the Fall 2012 Denture Block culminated with the delivery of a new set of dentures to 30 pre-identified individuals. Peter Hansen, associate professor in the Department of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences, spearheaded the project and was joined by many of his faculty colleagues. The Denture Block program exists thanks to funding from private individuals and donors.

Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Raquel Aldana spoke about the political climate in Latin America that has spawned consideration of the legalization of drugs at the symposium "Exploding Prison Population and Drug Offenses" at Valparaiso University Law School in Valparaiso, Ind.

Linda Carter was a panelist on the subject of "Imagining Future Directions of the Court" at "The International Court at Ten" conference at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo.

Omar Dajani had his article "Arafat's Ghost" published online on Nov. 28, 2012, on the website newsletter of foreignpolicy.com.

Julie Davies and Larry Levine presented papers on the U.S. Civil Justice system at an international conference on tort law at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. Levine also spoke on the American torts system at a meeting of the Buenos Aires Bar Association.

Leslie Jacobs and Vice Provost Paul Paton took part in the Seventh Annual Fall Ethics Symposium, "Ethics in Biology and Medicine," sponsored by the Center for Practical and Professional Ethics at California State University, Sacramento. Jacobs was a panelist and Paton served as a co-moderator in a discussion of the "Ethical Dimensions of the Affordable Care Act/Health and Human Services Contraception Controversy."

Amy Landers was a commentator on a panel discussing agency reform at a conference on "Solutions to the Software Patent Problem" at the Santa Clara Law High Tech Law Institute.

Brian Landsberg and Mary-Beth Moylan presented on the Global Lawyering Skills program and other Pacific McGeorge experiential programs at the first National Symposium on Experiential Education in Law on Oct. 27, 2012, at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston.

Courtney Lee was a co-organizer and speaker at the inaugural conference of the West Coast Consortium of Academic Support Professionals hosted at Pacific McGeorge. She spoke on "Best Practices: Drafting Proposals and Making Scholarly Presentations."

Steve McCaffrey gave the luncheon keynote on "Sustainability and Sovereignty in the 21st Century" at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law's 45th Annual Sutton Colloquium in International Law, "Approaching the Limits of Growth in the 21st Century: Sustainable Development vs. Sustainability."  He also gave two, full-day lectures on International Environmental Law in the United Nations Regional Course on International Law for the Asia Region in Bangkok, Thailand, to officials from the foreign and justice ministries of more than a dozen countries.

Dean Jay Mootz had his article "Even Moe Dalitz Would Blush: Why the District Attorney Has No Business Collecting Unpaid Casino Markers" published in a symposium issue of the UNLV Gaming Law Journal, 3 U.N.L.V. Gaming L. J. 59 (2012).

Mary-Beth Moylan spoke about the November general election ballot questions and the law school's California Initiative Review to the Downtown Sacramento Rotary in October. Moylan also organized and participated in a CIR student author presentation to the Citrus Heights Chapter of the American Association of University Women in Orangevale.

John Myers spoke on "Making and Meeting Objections" at a conference sponsored by the Northern California Chapter of the National Association of Counsel for Children in San Francisco.

Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker chaired a panel on "Translating Legal Advice into Policy - How It Actually Happens" at the 3rd Annual Seminar on Teaching Law and National Security at Syracuse University. Parker was one of two committee members who spoke at the annual conference of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security which celebrated its 50th anniversary at a formal dinner at the Supreme Court of the United States in Washington, D.C.

Joe Taylor was honored and recognized by the Supreme Court of California and the State Bar of California on Oct. 1, 2012, for 50 years of service as an active member of the State Bar.

Gregory Weber spoke about changes to California water laws in the past year at a CLE state water law conference in San Francisco. 

 

Athletics

Men's water polo player Balazs Erdelyi '14 has been named one of three finalists for the 2012 Cutino Award, announced by The Olympic Club of San Francisco on Thursday, Dec. 13. This award is presented annually to the most outstanding collegiate water polo player in the nation as voted by the coaches of NCAA Division I institutions. Erdelyi, a junior attacker from Eger, Hungary, had one of the greatest seasons in Pacific history this past year. He led the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with 83 goals and his 3.46 goals-per-game average also topped the conference. He finished the year with 21 multi-goal games, including five four-goal outings, four five-goal showings and a pair of six-goal performances. He went for a career-high nine goals in the Tigers' rout of Santa Clara on Oct. 21, the most in a single game at Pacific since at least 1997. 

Pacific women's soccer players Brittni Beeman '14 and Maricela Padilla '14 were both selected among the top 20 players in the Big West Conference by TopDrawerSoccer.com. The three-time Big West honoree was Big West Freshman of the Year two years ago and received Honorable Mention All-Big West honors in each of her first two years. She earned All-Big West Second Team honors in 2012. Beeman is eighth on the Big West active career leaders list with nine assists. Padilla led the Tigers with five goals on the year and was also the team leader with 54 shots. She added two assists for 12 points on the year, ranking 11th in the league in points per game. She was tied for ninth in the league in goals scored and finished the year sixth among active career leaders with 14 goals in her time at Pacific. She earned  All-Big West Honorable Mention honors in 2009 and Second Team honors in 2012. 

Alumni

Four Pacific alumni were recently inducted into the 2012 Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame. During the 48th Annual Banquet alumna Patty Berg Burnett '80 and alumni Carl Kammerer '61, Gene Nyquist '52, and the late John Nisby '71 were honored for their sportsmanship, citizenship and continuing contribution to athletics.

Matthew Hashimoto '08 recently won first place in the Apollo Live talent contest broadcast nationally on BET. This comes on the heels of a first-place showing in the Apollo Super Top Dog amateur singing competition in New York in November. Hashimoto also appeared as a contestant on Oprah's Karaoke Challenge several years ago.

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