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Noteworthy - September 10, 2012

Sep 6, 2012

College of the Pacific

Ken Albala, History, gave the keynote talk on Italian food in the U.S. at a food conference at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. He also appeared in a film on composer Claudio Monteverdi in which Albala was featured cooking 17th century Italian recipes using original equipment in a castle in Nideggen, Germany. 

Alison Hope Alkon, Sociology, had her article, "The Socio-nature of Local Organic Food," accepted for publication in the journal Antipode. She also presented the paper "Environmental Privilege in the Food Justice Movement" at the American Sociology Association's annual conference in Denver, Colo.

VotersRobert Benedetti, Political Science, edited More Votes That Count: A Case Study in Voter Mobilization (Institute of Governmental Studies Press). Dari Sylvester and Keith Smith, Political Science; Brett deBoer, Visual Arts; Lisa Tromovitch, Theatre Arts; Paul Turpin, Qingwen Dong, Jon Schamber, and Alan Ray, Communication, were contributing authors. The underlying research involved Pacific graduate and undergraduate students. The book was organized by the Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership.  

Dennis O. Flynn, Economics, co-organized and participated in the session "Agricultural Production in Monsoon Asia and Global Markets, 1700-1945: International Trade, Merchants and Roots of Development," at the XVI World Economic History Congress in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Andreas Franz, Nataliya Samoshina and Vyacheslav Samoshin, Chemistry, made an oral presentation during the 244th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. See entry below under Xin Guo, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Ryan Hill, Biology, had his co-authored paper "Ecologically relevant cryptic species in the highly polymorphic Amazonian butterfly Mechanitis mazaeus s. l. (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae; Ithomiini)" published in the Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.

Gary N. Howells, Psychology, and his students presented the poster "Informing Jurors of Determinate Sentencing: Changing the Judicial Process" at the 2012 Association for Psychological Science national meeting in Chicago. Student co-authors were Michael Quan '12, Roxanna Duran '12, Alixandria Henley '13, Brian Ng '12 and Amir Cruz-Khalili '13.

Alan Lenzi, Religious and Classical Studies, had his article "Invoking the God: Interpreting Invocations in Mesopotamian Prayers and Biblical Laments of the Individual," translated into Korean and re-published in the journal Theological Studies.

Ethel Nicdao, Sociology, presented "Contextualizing Support from Family and Friends of Women Released from Prison" at the Annual Meeting of The Society for the Study of Social Problems in Denver, Colo.

Matt Normand, Psychology, had his article "Functional analysis of verbal behavior: A brief review" accepted for publication in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.  It was co-authored with Joshua Plavnick from Michigan State University.

Amy E. Smith, English, had her book All Roads Lead to Austen published by Sourcebooks. It was chosen as a "summer pick" by both USA Today and Publishers Weekly. In conjunction with the book's release, she also published "Literary Politics: Who Would Jane Austen Vote For?" in the Huffington Post online and "The Jane Austen Novels Ranked" in Publishers Weekly online.

 Zhou Xiaojing, English and Ethnic Studies, had her article "Migration, Displacement, and Movements in the Global Space: Ming-Yuen S. Ma's Multi-Media Project Xin Lu: Travelogue in Four Parts" published in JTAS: Journal of Transnational American Studies. Her chapter, "'I Want to Go Where the Hysteric Resides':  Kimiko Hahn's Re-articulation of the Feminine in Poetry" was published in North American Women Poets in the 21st Century, Volume 2 (Wesleyan University Press, 2012). She presented the paper "Wilderness as a 'Contact Zone' in The Holder of the World by Bharati Mukherjee" on the panel "Environmental Justice and Asian American Activism" at the Annual Conference of the Association for Asian American Studies in Washington, D. C., and "The Politics of Everyday Practice of Chinese/American Culture in Chinatown: Donald Duk by Franck Chin," on a plenary panel at the 8th Congress and International Conference of the Sino-US Cultural Studies Association in Hangzhou, China.

Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Michael Malloy had his article "Stressing Out: New Guidance on Stress Testing for Large Banking Organizations" published in the journal Banking & Financial Services Policy Report. Malloy also has accepted an invitation to join the board of editors of the new journal Frontiers of Legal Research (FLR), to be published bimonthly by the Canadian Academy of Oriental and Occidental Culture. He is the first U.S. academic to join the international editorial team of law scholars. FLR will publish articles relating to international law, comparative law and legal theory. It aims at becoming a platform for advancing legal developments in Canadian, European and international jurisprudence.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Rajul Patel '01, '06, Department of Pharmacy Practice, and his team secured a grant of $5,000 from United Way of San Joaquin for the project Medicare Part D Community Service Program. Each year the Medicare Part D outreach events assist more than 1,600 Medicare beneficiaries with their Medicare Part D plans, helping them save thousands of dollars each year in prescription drug costs.

Xin Guo, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Andreas Franz, Yu Zheng'13, Xin Liu '13, Nataliya Samoshina, and Vyacheslav Samoshin, Chemistry, made an oral report on "trans-2-Aminocyclohexanol-based lipids as pH-sensitive conformational switches in liposomes for drug delivery" at the Teva Pharmaceuticals Scholars Inaugural Grant Symposium during the 244th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia, Penn. This research was supported by three-year long grant from Teva Pharmaceuticals.

The Speech-Language Pathology graduate education program received full reaccreditation from The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) for a period of 8 years (a full accreditation cycle) beginning Nov. 1, 2011 through Oct. 31, 2019. The Department would like to thank the administration of the University and the School for their support and all of the individuals involved in helping meet accreditation standards.

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Mary Kay Camarillo, Civil Engineering, had her co-authored article, "Economic sustainability of a biomass energy project located at a dairy in California, USA" published in the journal Energy Policy.

Henghu Sun, Pacific Resources Research Center (PRRC) and PhD student Yuan Yao completed an 18-month research project "Research and Development of a New Silica-Alumina Based Cementitious Material Largely Using Coal Refuse for Mine  Backfill, Mine Sealing and Waste Disposal Stabilization," funded by a $300,000 grant from the Department of Energy. The research was the foundation for Yao's doctoral dissertation, "Performance and mechanism on a high durable Silica alumina based cementitious material composed of coal refuse and coal combustion byproducts." Yao and Sun also published six research papers based on this project: "A novel silica alumina-based backfill material composed of coal refuse and fly ash" in the Journal of Hazardous Materials; "Characterization of a new silica alumina-based backfill material utilizing large quantities of coal combustion byproducts" in Fuel; "Durability and leaching analysis of a cementitious material composed of high volume coal combustion byproducts" in Construction and Building Materials; "Improvements on Pozzolanic Reactivity of Coal refuse by thermal activation" in Environment & Pollution; "Performance and microanalysis of cement asphalt mortar with admixture of coal fly ash" in the Journal of Material Science Research; "Characterization of a silica alumina based backfill material composed of coal combustion and byproducts and coal refuse" in the Proceedings of 27th International Conference of Solid Waste Technology and Management.

Library

Robin Imhof presented the paper "Hidden from History: The Vagabond Papers of Renée Vivien" at the Congrès International de Recherche en Sciences Humaines et Sociales in Paris, France.

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