Regent José M. Hernández '85 had his memoir "Reaching for the Stars: The Inspiring Story of a Migrant Farmworker Turned Astronaut" published by Center Street, September 2012. The book also is available in a Spanish language version, "El Cosechador De Estrellas: La inspiradora historia de un labrador itinerante convertido en astronauta."

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Noteworthy - January 14, 2013

Jan 14, 2013

College of the Pacific

Alan Lenzi, Religious and Classical Studies, had his article "Advertising Secrecy, Creating Power in Ancient Mesopotamia: How Scholars Used Secrecy in Scribal Education to Build and Perpetuate Their Social Prestige," accepted for publication in the journal IRAQ.

Michelle Amaral, Economics, and Bill Herrin, School of International Studies and Economics, had their manuscript, "The Relationships Between Housing Quality and Occupant Health in Uganda" accepted for publication in Social Science & Medicine, named one of the top third most cited journals in 2011.

Cynthia Dobbs, English, had her review of Pegalgia Goulimari's Toni Morrison published in College Literature.

Andrey Samoshin '11, Hyun Joo and Vyacheslav Samoshin, Chemistry, had their paper, "trans-3-Hydroxy-4-morpholinopiperidine - the pH-triggered conformational switch with a double flip," which was coauthored with colleagues from Moscow State University, Russia, published in the journal Tetrahedron Letters.

Xin Liu '13, Yu Zheng '13, Andreas Franz, Vyacheslav Samoshin and Nataliya Samoshina, Chemistry, and and Xin Guo, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, had their paper "Fliposomes: pH-triggered conformational flip of new trans-2-aminocyclohexanol-based amphiphiles causes instant cargo release in liposomes" published in Journal of Liposome Research.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Raybel Ramos, director of the Information Technology (IT) Department, was recently named the 2012 Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award winner. During a ceremony on Dec. 14, the dental school community gathered to honor Ramos and celebrate his accomplishments and efforts. He received a check for $500 and an award plaque.

As director of the dental school's IT Department, Ramos leads a team of 10 employees and is responsible for overseeing all areas of IT activity, including help-desk support; software and hardware implementation; electronic database management and web-based programs. In his years as director. Ramos has overseen many projects, including the implementation of the school's clinic management system, axiUm. He is also playing an integral role in establishing technology priorities at the school's new campus in the South of Market neighborhood. He's currently spearheading experimentation with software and hardware options to serve student, faculty and staff needs in advance of the school's move to the new campus in the summer of 2014. Colleagues who nominated Ramos say he is approachable and easy to work with, has a positive and courteous attitude of service and brings new ideas and options for technology programs and initiatives to the table.

The Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award, funded by Pacific Vice President for Finance Patrick Cavanaugh and his wife Janita, recognizes staff members from Pacific's Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco campuses for exceptional accomplishments, leadership, innovation and service to the university community.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Xin Guo co-authored a paper published in Journal of Liposome Research with chemistry faculty from College the Pacific (see above entry).

Adam M. Kaye, had his article "What are the Normal Consequences of Aging" published in the journal Drug Intoxication & Detoxification: Novel Approaches (DIDNA).

School of International Studies 

Bill Herrin, School of International Studies and Economics, coauthored the manuscript, "The Relationships Between Housing Quality and Occupant Health in Uganda" which was accepted for publication in Social Science & Medicine (see entry under Michele Amaral above). 

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