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Noteworthy - February 11, 2013

Feb 7, 2013

College of the Pacific

Jerry Tsai and Hyun Joo, Chemistry, along with Archana Chavan '13 and Jamie Phan '13 presented their work in the poster "Hand Building Predictive Models Using An Amino Acid Structural Code" at the 10th International Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction meeting held in Gaeta, Italy. While there, the team were also awarded travel grants from the meeting's organizers and acknowledged as having two top predictions in protein structure. Chavan was also awarded a sponsorship from the International Union of Crystallography to present her poster "Amino Acid Structural Code Applied to Protein Structure Prediction and Design" with Professor Tsai at the International Conference on Biomolecular Forms and Functions in Bangalore, India, where she earned best poster honors.

Pacific Speech and Debate Coach Marlin Bates received the Quintillian Award at the Speech and Debate Tournament at Point Loma Nazarene University Jan. 31 - Feb. 4. The award recognizes coaches for their dedication and success in speech and debate and is given only to one coach in all of forensics each year. Pacific's debate team took 2nd place overall at the tournement and individually closed out the competition at the seminfinals taking 1st through 6th place. Emma Henry '13 won her second tournament in a row in NFA Lincoln-Douglas Debate, followed by Robert Birlew '13 in 2nd, Reed Ramsey '16 and J.R. Birlew  '13 tied for 3rd, Ben Jamison '17 at 5th and Richard Birlew '13 at 6th.  Henry also placed first at the Webster University Gorlok Invitational in St. Louis the previous weekend, and the team of Richard Birlew and Robert Birlew placed 3rd. Robert Birlew placed 3rd in NPDA Debate at the Mile High Swing Tournament at Colorado College in Denver on January 17. Pacific is hosting the National Parliamentary Debate Association Championships on March 22-25. 

Joy Clark '14, Theatre Arts, as the Miss California American Coed, competed at the 2013 Miss American Coed Pageant competition late last year where she earned the following awards: National Miss American Coed Actress Winner, National Miss American Coed Talent Winner, Miss Personality Award, and People's Choice Award. The Pageant offers education scholarships for young women as well as opportunities to gain self-confidence and develop skills for onstage work and presentations.


The following Chemistry undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty presented their research at the 2013 Conference on Ion Chemistry and Mass Spectrometry in Lake Arrowhead in January:

Patrick Batoon '13, PCSP graduate student, presented the poster "Proton affinity of oligopeptides containing natural and unnatural amino acids", coauthored by Robert Harper '07. Research advisor: Jianhua Ren.

Sampada Borkar '13, PCSP graduate student, presented the poster "Multiplexed Photoionization Mass Spectrometry Investigation of the O(3P) + Propyne Reaction", co-authored by John Savee, Oliver Welz, Craig Taatjes and David Osborn from Sandia National Laboratories. Borker was also the recipient of the 2012 College of the Pacific Dean's Travel Award. Research advisor: Bálint Sztáray.

Bhupinder Padda '13, presented the poster "Computational studies of the gas phase acidity and proton affinity of organic compounds," coauthored by Christine Hughey from James Madison University. Padda was also the recipient of the 2012 Fred & Marguerite Early Undergraduate Research Award and received a Pacific Fund undergraduate travel award. Research advisor: Jianhua Ren.

Tyson Rowland '12, PCSP graduate student, authored the poster "Metal-Cyclopentadienyl Bond Energies in Metallocene Cations Measured Using Threshold Collision-Induced Dissociation Mass Spectrometry," coauthored by Peter Armentrout from University of Utah, and presented by his research advisor Bálint Sztáray.

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Michael Elium, Curriculum and Instruction, designed and led a team of trainers in conducting a series of institutes on School-wide Positive Behavior Support from November to January, training 300 members of school leadership teams from approximately 50 schools in the Central Valley. The training focused on improving school disciplinary practices and school climate.  The Institutes were supported by funding from the California Services for Technical Assistance and Training, a special project of the California Department of Education, Special Education Division.

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