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Noteworthy - December 3, 2012

Faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly activity
Dec 3, 2012

College of the Pacific

 Pacific Earth and Environmental Sciences faculty and students participated and presented research at the 2012 annual meeting of the Geology Society of America (GSA) in Charlotte, N.C. 

  • Kurt Burmeister was invited to become a Member of the Management Board and Committee Chair in the Structural Geology & Tectonics Division of the GSA. He presented "Nucleation of growth faults along dewatering structures within the Namurian Tullig Formation; Killard Bay, western County Clare, Ireland" co-authored with J.A. Nittrouer, A.C.Phillips and A.B. Bryk, and "Compiling digital geo-referenced geologic map: a method for the non-specialist" co-authored with P. Sen, J.E. Carrell and S.Marshak. 
  • Lydia Fox led the workshop "Getting Started in Undergraduate Research" and gave a presentation on "Water is for Fighting Over: Water and the California Delta as a Theme for a Capstone Seminar." 
  • Nikki Mainwaring '13 and Kurt Burmeister presented "Kinematic analysis of the Rosendale thrust fault, northernmost central Appalachian fold-thrust belt, New York," co-authored with M. Gundersen, F.W. Vollmer, J.R. Walker, and Y.D. Kuiper.   
  • Brittany Klemm '14 and Kurt Burmeister presented "Preliminary finite strain and fabric analysis of conglomerate from the Shawangunk Formation; northern Appalachian fold-thrust belt, Hudson Valley, New York," co-authored with F.W. Vollmer. 
  • Laura Rademacher and Kurt Burmeister presented "Using informal collaborations between residential learning communities and k-12 schools to foster student learning and support earth science curriculum," co-authored with P.J. McIntosh, C.J. Brown and K.L. Hargrave.
  • Laura Rademacher presented "Microbial assemblages in a small, urban reservoir impacted by acid mine drainage, Oakland, CA," co-authored with C. Wu and K.L. Faul, and "Metal cycling through an ephemeral acid mine drainage impacted urban reservoir in Oakland, CA," co-authored with C.R. Stitt and K.L. Faul. 

Qingwen Dong, Communication, Taylor Blackburn '10 and Diane Farrell, former director of Pacific's Career Resource Center, presented a research paper on "The Impact of Internships on College Students' Social Emotional Competence" at the Annual National Communication Association conference in Orlando, Fla. The paper won the Top Paper Award in the Experiential Learning Division at the conference.

Carrie Schroeder, Religious and Classical Studies, presented the paper "Coptic Studies on the Digital Frontier: Creative Approaches to Manuscript Publication" at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Chicago.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry announced it will be conducting a new one-year study, "Evaluation of Effectiveness of a High Definition Webcam in Preclinical Dental Training," beginning in November 2012. The purpose of the study is to gather research on the use of high-definition web cameras to teach students preclinical dental skills. Students participating in the study will be exposed to both traditional instruction methods and webcam instruction. Participants will evaluate the effectiveness of each method. Webcam technology will also be incorporated into the school's dental Simulation Laboratory. First-year students use the lab to practice their technical skills in preparation for treating live patients in their second year. The study is being conducted under the investigation of Nader Nadershahi, Executive Associate Dean and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and faculty members Anders Nattestad, Parag Kachalia and Shika Gupta. Another investigator in the study is Dr. Mark Genuis, CEO of ICE Health Systems, which is providing technological support for the duration of the study.

Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Michael P. Malloy has had his 2012 Cumulative Supplement No. 1 to his three-volume treatise, Banking Law and Regulation published by Aspen Publishers and Wolters Kluwer. It offers up-to-date coverage of current developments concerning the regulation of depository.

Moot Court Team Takes First Place
The team of Marianna Dietrich, Lauren Noland and John Ziegler won the Northern California regional of the 64th Annual New York National Moot Court Competition, which was held Nov. 14-15, at the U.S. Courthouse in Sacramento and UC Davis. Ziegler was named the regional's top oralist, and the winning team also received an award for the third best brief at the Region 13 event. The win qualified the team for the 30-team national finals to be held Jan. 28-31, 2013, in New York City.


School of Engineering and Computer Science

Said Shakerin, Mechanical Engineering, presented four posters at the 2012 Gallery of Fluid Motion sponsored by the American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics.  The titles were "Splatter Pattern," "Water Flower," "Rotating Water Sheet," and "Bubbles, Drops, and Streams: A Flow Visualization Cell for Informal Science Education." Adrian Avila collaborated on the third poster. One of the images of fluid motion shown in Rotating Water Sheet was selected by the editors for the APS-DFD Press Room and can be viewed at http://www.aps.org/units/dfd/pressroom/gallery/2012/shakerin12.cfm. A Pacific Scholarly and Artistic Activities Grant provided funds for the work reported in the fourth poster.

Eberhardt School of Business

Daniel Wadhwani received the Henrietta Larson Award for the best article published in the Business History Review in 2011 for his article, "Institutional Foundations of Personal Finance: Innovation in U.S. Savings Banks, 1880s-1920s."



School of International Studies

Bruce La Brack, Emeritus, School of International Studies, co-presented a public forum on "From the "Dalles to Astoria: Re-Remembering the Punjabis of Early 1900's Oregon" as part of McMenamins History Pub Monday series sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society in Portland, Ore.

Center for Professional and Continuing Education

Kyle Harkness '05, '13, co-presented the "Top Ten List of Effectively Managing Online Programs Including Best practices for Transitioning Face to Face Programs to Online," at the inaugural University Professional and Continuing Education Association's (UPCEA) Seminar on the Management of Online Programs in New Orleans, La.


Men's water polo player Balazs Erdelyi '14 was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year for 2012, the conference office announced on November 27. Erdelyi is the first student-athlete in Pacific's history to garner the award and posted one of the greatest seasons in the school's history in 2012. He led the MPSF with 83 goals on the year. His 3.46 goals-per-game average also topped the conference. Teammate Alex Obert '15 earned Second Team All-MPSF honors while Aleksandar Petrovic '16 and Alex Malkis '14 were honorable mention selections. In just his sophomore season, Obert established himself as one of the more dominant two-meter players in the conference, racking up 51 goals on the year and his 2.32 goals-per-game average ranked eighth in the league. Malkis had a stellar year in the cage for Pacific, finishing the season with 273 saves. His average of 12.07 saves per game led the conference and was the only average over 12.00.

Women's volleyball player Gillian Howard '15 was named to the 2012 All-Big West First Team, her first career postseason award. Joining her on the all-conference team was Kat Schulz '16 receiving both honorable mention honors and all-freshman honors.

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