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Noteworthy - April 8, 2013

Faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly activity
Apr 8, 2013

College of the Pacific

Jerry Tsai, associate professor of chemistry in the College, was recognized by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies during Pacific's Research Day event on March 25 for his achievement in bringing in more than $1 million in external funding for research since coming to Pacific in 2008.

Jennifer Helgren, History, will present her research, "Youth, Pen Pals, and Peace, 1945-1959," at the Annual Conference of the Organization of American Historians.

Marcia Hernandez, Sociology, presented "I guess you just don't care about teaching or research: An Autoethnographic Account of a New Academic Administrator" at the Pacific Sociological Association Conference in Reno, Nev.  

Ryan Hill, Biology, will have his article "Cryptic genetic and wing pattern diversity in a mimetic Heliconius butterfly" published in Molecular Ecology.

Courtney Lehmann, English, was selected as one of 15 film scholars from around the world to present work at the Paris Shakespeare Congress 450 in 2014, celebrating Shakespeare's 450th birthday.  

Alan Lenzi, Religious and Classical Studies, presented "The Commentary to Ludlul Bel Nemeqi: A Closer Look," at the national meeting of the American Oriental Society in Portland, Ore.  

Sebastian M. Marotta, Mathematics, was awarded an Eberhardt grant for the summer research project "Chaotic Dynamics, Fractals and Generalized Fibonacci Sequences. The Final Chapter." This project involves ongoing research in chaos theory - the mathematical theory to study unpredictable phenomena like the weather, the stock market and cardiac fibrillation. The project is a collaboration that brings together researchers from Boston University, Ball State University and University of the Pacific.  

Ethel Nicdao, Sociology, co-presented "Female Inmates and Social Support Systems: Is There Congruence between Qualitative and Quantitative Results" at the Annual Meeting of The Society for Applied Anthropology conference in Denver, Colo.  

Gregory Rohlf, History, chaired the panel "Field Trips and Asian Studies: Best Practices and Outcomes" at the Association for Asian Studies conference in San Diego. His paper was entitled "Seven Years of Field Trips to San Francisco Asian Art Museum: What Are Students Learning?"

Merrill Schleier, Visual Arts, presented the paper "Ken Adams' Boy Toys: Location and Production Design in Early James Bonds Films" at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference in Chicago. Schleier has also been invited to serve on the editorial board of the British journal Architecture and Culture.  

Tanya Storch, Religious and Classical Studies, signed a contract with Lexington Books to write about research conducted during her recent sabbatical travelling to Buddhist universities in the United States. She presented on the topic in November 2012 at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting and wrote an article which was accepted for publication by the Journal of Dharma Studies.  

Lisa Tromovitch, Theatre Arts, spoke on mentoring and leadership in the nonprofit arts sector at the Sandia National Labs Women's Leadership Group in March.  

Pacific Speech and Debate finished 10th in the country following the NPDA (National Parliamentary Debate Association) Championships on March 25, which was hosted at University of the Pacific. More than 500 students and coaches from more than 50 schools participated in this national tournament that climaxes the debate season. On March 16, the team of Richard Birlew '13 and Robert Birlew '13 competed in the prestigious National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence, finishing 14th in the nation against 56 of the best teams in the country.  

Sociology undergraduate students presented their research during undergraduate roundtables and poster sessions at the Pacific Sociological Association conference in Reno, Nevada, in March. Professors Alison Hope Alkon and Ethel Nicdao, were faculty mentors/advisors.  

Chad Fraga '14 and Naveed Ahmed '13 presented "Stockton's Mirror: Stockton Investigates Their Own Why" 
Rosa Montes '13 and Jacqueline Preciado '13 presented "Gender Roles: Gender Division within Japanese Internment Relocation Camps" 
Iliana Carranza '13 presented  "Japanese-American Families' Adjustment to Relocation Centers: Letters from Children of the Camps"
Chynna Brittany Andeola '13 presented "The Impact of the Japanese American Internment on the Racial Identities of Japanese American Youth" 
TyaCamellia Allred '13 presented a sociological commentary on "Japanese Values to Overcome an American Injustice: Japanese Internment in the United States 1941-1943" 
Mekleet Aytenfsu '13 presented the poster "The Black Man Can Be The Rich Man"  

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Student Chapter received two awards at the ADEA Annual Session held March 16-19 in Seattle. Pacific earned a Distinguished Chapter Award (given to only five student chapters) and the Outstanding Advocacy & Ethics Award (given to one student chapter). In addition, faculty member Alan W. Budenz received an ADEA Presidential Citation, and the school's Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) Chapter was recognized with the annual Chapter Award.  

Deborah Chau' 14 was one of 20 recipients of the AADR Student Research Fellowships announced at a recent American Association for Dental Research (AADR/IADR) Meeting in Seattle.  Her project is "Lectins as Ligands for Liposome Targeting to HIV Envelope Protein (Env)-Expressing Cells: An Approach to Eliminating HIV-Infected Cells."  

Dr. Ove Peters, co-chair of the Department of Endodontics, gave a presentation and served as the local liaison on the organizing committee for a satellite symposium of the International Association of Dental Research (IADR) Pulp Biology and Regeneration Group. Representatives from dental schools and organizations around the world gathered for the three-day symposium hosted at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

Sinky Zheng, instructional designer, was honored by the Middle Level Education Research (MLER) Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Her dissertation, "Fifth Graders' Flow Experience in a Digital Game-Based Science Learning Environment," received the dissertation research award for 2013 - the only award of its kind in the country. Zheng will give a presentation about her dissertation at the AERA Annual Conference in San Francisco.  

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Tamara Phelan, Physical Therapy, was awarded a University of the Pacific Technology in Education grant for $25,547 for her proposal "Integrating Ultrasound Imaging into Physical Therapist Education and Practice."  The grant funds will purchase a diagnostic ultrasonic imaging unit, bringing "cutting edge" technology to the physical therapy curriculum.


School of International Studies

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


Bob Thomason, who retires this year as Pacific men's basketball head coach, is the recipient of the Gene Bartow award from CollegeInsider.com. The Gene Bartow award recognizes outstanding achievement and contributions to the game. Coach Thomason, the winningest coach in Pacific and Big West Conference history, has 437 victories after his 25th and final season at the school. Bob's accolades are nearly as numerous as his victories with Big West Conference Coach of the Year honors coming in 1992-93, 1996-97, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06. After setting a school mark by leading the Tigers to a 27-4 record in 2004-05, Thomason was named as a finalist for the CollegeInsider.com Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year award and received USBWA District 9 Coach of the Year honors. He was also named CollegeInsider.com Big West Conference Coach of the Year in 2009-10. Entering the 2012-13 season, he was the 25th winningest active coach and eighth on the list of Most Seasons With Current School.   

2013 Alpha Sigma Lambda Inductees

The following students were inducted in to University of the Pacific's Iota Gamma Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda.  Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society is a nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of scholarship and to the recognition of nontraditional students continuing their higher education.  

College of the Pacific
Eugenia Hernandez '13
John Langdon '14
Veronica Lerma '13
Scott Lusher '13 
Conservatory of Music
Connie Leung '14
Eberhardt School of Business 
Jackie Thy '13
University College
Lynette Barrington '13
Sheryl Beverett '13     
Gladys L. Benerd School of Education 
Sar Chhin '13
Kelsey Dibner '13
Sheri Middleton '13
Suelynn Silva '13
Lynne Vorst Hogan '13
Stacee Wescott '12    
School of Engineering & Computer Science 
Alejandro Dominguez '13
Robin Senger '14
William Shocknesse '13                                      







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