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Noteworthy - December 16, 2013

Dec 16, 2013

College of the Pacific

Robert Benedetti, Emeritus, Political Science, participated in the Forum on Contemporary Issues in Society (FOCUS) at Wayne State University in Detroit, Mich., in November. His presentation was " Bankruptcy in California: The Tale of Three Cities, Vallejo, Stockton, and San Bernardino." The program included elected officials from cities that have experienced bankruptcies as well as attorneys who specialize in municipal bankruptcies.  

Dennis O. Flynn, Economics, published the article, "Globalization's Birth and the Anthropocene," in the International Big History Association Members' Newsletter, (December 2013).  The article is based upon theoretical, historical and artistic collaborations with Pacific professors Arturo Giráldez, Modern Languages and Literature, Marie A. Lee, Visual Arts, and the late Kerry Doherty. An unconventional theory - "Laws of Supplies and Demands" in the form of a Hydraulic Metaphor - reveals economics as a physical science based upon history and applicable in all disciplines.  

Jimmy Juge, Physics, gave the seminar "Probe Operators in Lattice Simulations" at K.E.K. in Japan in December. The High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Kō Enerugī Kasokuki Kenkyū Kikō?), known as KEK, is a national organization whose purpose is to operate the largest particle physics laboratory in Japan.  

Alan Lenzi, Religious and Classical Studies, presented two papers at the national Society of Biblical Literature meeting in Baltimore: "The Intellectual Context of Ludlul Bēl Nēmeqi (Medical Perspectives) and the Interpretation of Ludlul II 68-85 as Sleep Paralysis" and "Akkadian Incantation-Prayers and Shuila-Prayers: Existential Exile and Ritual Banishment."  

Caroline T. Schroeder, Religious and Classical Studies, presented "Searching for Scriptures: Digital Tools for Detecting and Studying the Re-use of Biblical Texts in Coptic Literature" at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. 

Dari E. Sylvester, Political Science and Harold S. Jacoby Center, was nominated for Phi Beta Kappa's Northern CA Association Teaching Excellence Award.  These awards honor those who have been outstanding teachers and mentors who are nominated by members of Phi Beta Kappa. Final award decisions will be made in April 2014. 

Paul Turpin, Communication, organized and participated in a roundtable, "Connection as Relationship: How Is Recognition an Ethical Imperative?" at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association, Washington, D.C. in November. 

School of International Studies

Analiese Richard, School of International Studies, and Arturo Giráldez, Modern Languages and Literature and School of International Studies, presented the paper " Small Change: Cacao Beans, Tlacos, and Pieces of Eight in 18th Century Mexico" as part of the panel "Heads and Tails Revisited: New Keywords for the Continuing Study of Money as a Double-sided Phenomenon" at the American Anthropological Association Meetings in Chicago. The papers will be published as a special issue of HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Nader Nadershahi and Anders Nattestad discussed trends shaping the future of dental education with European colleagues at the Association for Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) meeting held in Birmingham, England. The event was attended by more than 300 dental educators and students. The focus of the meeting was electronic learning.

Anders Nattestad spoke at a session about new and emerging technologies for health promotion at the World Congress on Preventive Dentistry (WCPD) of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). Themed "Effective Integration of Oral Health into Health Systems," IADR's 10th WCPD was held in Budapest, Hungary in Oct. His talk included the use of social media to promote oral health and engage dental educators and dental students to interact and exchange information and experience. More than 400 scientists convened in Budapest for the event. 

Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Omar Dajani had the article "Ethnic and Religious Conflict in the Emerging Arab Order: The Promise and Limits of Rights" published in the UCLA Journal of International Law & Foreign Affairs.

Franklin Gevurtz had the article "Removing Revlon" published in the Washington & Lee Law Review.

Stephen McCaffrey had his chapter, "The Progressive Development of International Water Law," published in The UN Watercourses Convention in Force: Strengthening International Law for Transboundary Water Management (Flavia Rocha Loures & Alistair Rieu-Clarke, eds., Routledge 2013).

Paul Paton had the article "Privileges Can Be Taken Away," about efforts by the Canadian government to encroach on attorney-client privilege as part of anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing legislation, published in the October 2013 Lexpert. His article, "New Lawyers and the New Normal," about mentoring new students at the start of careers in law firms in the new market for legal services, has been published in the September 2013 Lexpert.

Joseph Taylor and Warren Jones had their casefile, Huntington v. Aster (2013), published by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

The Pacific McGeorge Mock Trial teams had their strongest finish ever, capturing second-place finishes in two major national invitational tournaments and walking off with best individual advocate awards in both events.

Mock Trial TeamAmanda Iler '14, Andrea Morris '14, Danny Jensen '14 and Greg Hayes '14 advanced to the championship finals after a semifinal-round win over Pepperdine at the 12th Annual National Civil Trial Competition Nov. 8-10. In the final round they battled evenly with Samford University's Cumberland School of Law, three judges for each side, but lost based on tie-breaking tournament rules. The team won the Ethical Advocacy Award and Hayes won the Best Advocate in the Final Rounds Award. Preliminary rounds of the invitation-only, 16-team tourney were held at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Santa Monica with the finals rounds argued on the downtown campus of the Loyola of Los Angeles Law School. Coach Keith Hill '96 accompanied the team.

Mock Trial TeamDaphne Copenhaver '14, Selena Farnesi '15, Teal Ericson '14 and Best Advocate winner Jake Weaver '14 weaved their way through a 36-team field with seven consecutive victories to make the championship round in the 10th Annual Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition, where they were outpointed 4-3 by Florida Coastal. McGeorge was the only West Coast team participating. Leland Washington '01 and Jason Schaff '06 coached the team. The competition is sponsored by the SUNY Buffalo Law School, the New York State 8th Judicial District, and the Bar Association of Erie County and was held Nov. 8-11. Cary Bricker is the director of the Mock Trial program

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Adam Kaye, Pharmacy Practice, had two articles, "Basic Concepts in Opioid Prescribing and Current Concepts of Opioid-Mediated Effects on Driving" and "Serotonin Syndrome," published in The Ochner Journal, a publication of the Ochsner Clinic Foundation.

Student Life

Ted K Miller AwardThe Division of Student Life was awarded the Ted K. Miller Achievement of Excellence Award by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS). The award also carries a $1,000 prize. The Miller Award selection committee cited the pervasive commitment to meaningful  assessment of programs, services and outcomes by University of the Pacific's Division of Student Life as evidenced by the application materials, which demonstrated a culture of assessment oriented on student  learning.

Founded in 1979, CAS is the pre-eminent force for promoting standards in student affairs, student services, and student development programs. The Ted K. Miller Achievement of Excellence Award was established to be given to an individual, higher education institution, or professional association in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in advancing standards of practice and quality assurance in educational programs and services in higher education. It is named in honor of CAS's first president from 1979-1989.

 

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