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Noteworthy - November 5, 2012

Nov 5, 2012

College of the Pacific

Dennis O. Flynn, Economics, has been named a member of the Advisory Board for the International Big History Association, a newly formed organization that promotes integration of research from the physical sciences (Big Bang onward), social sciences and humanities. Aside from normal association tasks, the IBHA plays a key role in two initiatives funded by the Gates Foundation and Bill Gates personally: ChronoZoom, an interactive Big History website supervised by UC Berkeley Geology Professor, Walter Alvarez (in conjunction with Moscow State University) and The Big History Project, headquartered at the University of Michigan, which is committed to (free) on-line teaching of Big History to 9th-grade students throughout the USA and the world (programs are currently underway in Australia, China, Korea, and the Netherlands).

Ryan Hill, Biology, jointly published a peer-reviewed paper, "Diversification of complex butterfly wing patterns by repeated regulatory evolution of a Wnt ligand," in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A.

Alan Lenzi, Religious and Classical Studies, had his article, "A New Akkadian Shuila-Prayer to the Three Paths of Heaven and the Third Tablet of Bit sala' me," accepted for publication in the journal Orientalia (Biblical Pontifical Institute, Rome).

Paul Turpin, Communications, gave a presentation on the two presidential candidates' views' and respective programs focusing on the influence of differing economic philosophies on the likely foreign policy stances of Obama and Romney, and led a Q&A session at the American Graduate School in Paris.

Conservatory of Music

Robert Coburn, Music Composition, was invited to serve on the Peer Review Panel for 2012-13 Fulbright Awards to Japan, Korea, and Mongolia. He spent four days in Washington, D.C., meeting with the three other panel members and reviewing proposals. Applications recommended by the panel for approval now go to the host countries for review.

Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Michael P. Malloy spoke on a panel focusing on The UNECE Policy Framework for Sustainable Real Estate Markets during a UN Symposium organized by the International Real Estate Federation, U.S. Chapter ("FIABCI-USA"). He discussed new approaches to risk management for financial services institutions and their implications for the UNECE Policy Framework.

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Thomas Nelson, Curriculum and Instruction, and John Cassell, doctoral candidate, presented papers at two sessions at the recent California Council on Teacher Education conference in San Diego: "Prometheus Through the Looking Glass: California Teacher Educators and Clinical Practice Considerations for the 21st Century" and "Pedagogy for Survival: A 21st Century Construct for Teacher Education." 

School of Engineering and Computer Science

William T. Stringfellow, Ecological Engineering Research Program, presented the talk "Detection of Chemical and Biological Contaminants in Water Systems" and Mary Kay Camarillo, Civil Engineering, presented the talk "A Review of Major Issues Concerning Drinking Water Security" at An Integrated Water Security Summit Dedicated to Defense-in-Depth: Innovation and Technology Implementation, a conference cosponsored by the School of Engineering and Computer Science and the U.S. Army, Engineering Research and Development Center-Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in San Francisco.

Chelsea Spier '06, '12, Ecological Engineering Research Program, had her paper "Distribution of hydrocarbons released during the 2010 MC252 oil spill in deep offshore waters," accepted for publication in Environmental Pollution.

School of International Studies

Bruce La Brack, Emeritus, delivered a pre-reentry workshop for Saudi Arabian scholarship students who have completed American undergraduate degrees in science and engineering and are returning home after studying four to five years in North America. The program was sponsored by SABIC (Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation) Educational Foundation and held in Houston, Texas.

Janet Bennett, MAIR faculty, is editing the Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence, a new reference book that will cover the range of topics related to intercultural competence, to be published by SAGE in 2014.

Faculty, alumnae, and students in the School of International Studies' M. A. in Intercultural Relations (MAIR) program, offered in partnership with the Intercultural Communication Institute, presented research and workshops at the Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research-USA (SIETAR-USA) 12th Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minn., in October:

Laura Bathurst  presented a workshop on "Navigating Cross-cultural Complexity: Blending Anthropological and Intercultural Approaches."

Janet Bennett, MAIR faculty, presented a master workshop on "Teaching Others to Navigate Cultural Complexity."

Christopher Deal, MAIR faculty, presented a master workshop on "Navigating Intercultural Complexity with a Story Compass: Tools for Crafting Oral Narrative," a workshop on "Understanding the Effects of Rapid Growth on Chinese Society and Culture," and was a member of the panel, "SIETAR-USA Coming of Age: The Call for Common Ethical Standards."

George Renwick, MAIR faculty, presented a master workshop on "India and China: Our New Frontier."

Donna M. Stringer, MAIR faculty, presented a master workshop called, "Can We Talk? Using Dialogue to Reduce Bias and Increase Intercultural Competence" and a workshop on "Diversafari: The Learning Map as a Training Tool."

Karen Haggerty '13 was a member of the panel on "SIETAR-USA Coming of Age: The Call for Common Ethical Standards."

Nicola Kille '12 presented a workshop based on her thesis, "Achieving Intercultural Knowledge Through Global Awareness Programming at a Liberal Arts College."

Shelley Morrison '14 presented a workshop on "Making the Virtual Switch: When Your Client Now Wants Your Program Delivered Online."

Valli Murphy '14 facilitated the "SIETAR-USA Local Groups Roundtable" panel.

Anna Collier Recabarren '12 presented "A Global Curriculum for Intercultural Competence Development."

Nancy E. Young '09 presented on "Sustain-Ability: Self-Care for the Interculturalist."

Library

Lorrie KnightLorrie Knight, Reference Librarian, had her co-authored paper "Problem-Based Learning for Engineering Students:  An Evidence-Based Comparative Study," recently recognized as one of the Top-10 most-cited articles during the period 2007-2011 published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship, a leading peer-reviewed professional journal.

Pacific's Library was recently awarded the EBSCO Publishing Customer Success Award in recognition of itsLibrary exterior notable commitment to technology innovation for introducing POUNCE, a powerful library search engine.  The University Library was also cited for its demonstrated efforts to share successful initiatives with the community.

Athletics

Pacific Women's Soccer players Brittni Beeman '14 and Maricela Padilla '14 were both selected to the All-Big West Conference Second Team. Beeman is being honored by the league's coaches for the third straight year, after being named Big West Freshman of the Year two years ago and Honorable Mention All-Big West in each of her first two years. Padilla ranks 11th in the league in points per game and is tied for ninth in the league in goals scored, finishing the year sixth among active career leaders. It is her second Big West award, after earning All-Big West Honorable Mention honors in 2009.

 

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