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Noteworthy - May 6, 2013

May 6, 2013

College of the Pacific

Alison Hope Alkon, Sociology, co-authored "Foodways of the Urban Poor," which was accepted for publication in Geoforum.

Jennifer Helgren, History, presented "Youth, Pen Pals, and Peace, 1945-1959" at the annual meeting of the Organization of American Historians in San Francisco.

John Langdon '13, History, won first prize for the best undergraduate research paper for "Iola Brubeck: Social Justice Advocacy through Jazz and Sacred Choral Music" at the Northern California Regional Meeting of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society.  

Caroline Schroeder, Religious and Classical Studies, was one of the lead organizers on the planning committee for the symposium "Late Antiquity Made New:  A Celebration of the Work of Elizabeth A. Clark" held at Duke University.  The symposium brought together more than 100 international scholars in religious studies, especially in the fields of history of Christianity, New Testament, and theory.  Schroeder also presented the paper "Like Father, Like Son: Monastic Genealogies and Cultural Reproduction" at the U.C. Berkeley, conference "The New Patristics: Studying the Church Fathers after the Linguistic Turn," sponsored by the Townsend Humanities Center and various departments.

Nadia Shaheen '13, Biological Sciences, an undergraduate researcher in the lab of Joan and Geoff Lin-Cereghino, Biological Sciences, received a "Best Poster" Award at the West Coast Biological Science Undergraduate Research Conference in San Diego for her research on the production of spider silk protein in the yeast Pichia pastoris. Shaheen's research was supported by a National Science Foundation grant to principal investigator, Craig Vierra, Biological Sciences, and co-principal investigators professors Lin-Cereghino and by a Powell Scholars Fellowship. Co-author on the poster was Pachai Moua '14.

Amelia Watson '14, Sven Hackbusch '19, Vyacheslav V. Samoshin and Andreas Franz, Chemistry, presented a poster "New Examples of Amine-Induced Reversal of Diastereoselectivity during Acylation of trans-1,2-Substituted Cyclohexanols" at the 27th National Conference for Undergraduate Research in Lacrosse, Wisc.

Sociology undergraduate students presented their research at the 40th Annual Western Undergraduate Research Conference, Santa Clara University. Ethel Nicdao served as their faculty mentor/advisor. 

Katelyn Docherty '15 presented "A Literary Review on the Effect of Socio-Economic Status on Childhood Obesity in the United States"

Alixandria Henley '13 and Deyanire Del Toro '14 presented "The Influences of Television and Movies on Masculinity: The Development of Eating Disorders among Men"

Brenda Cordero '15 presented "Observing Potential Uses of Community Resources towards the Promotion of Racial Integration within Chevy Chase, Md."

Chemistry faculty and students presented research at the 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, La., which was attended by more than 10,000 scientists from the U.S. and abroad.

Manali Aggrawal '13 and Liang Xue, Chemistry, presented the poster "Modified adenosines affect the conformation and stability of G-quadruplex DNA".

Irina Dotsenko '14 and Vyacheslav V. Samoshin, Chemistry, presented a poster "Convenient synthesis of 1,3-dithiolane-2-thiones." Dotsenko also presented two posters: "Green Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling for the synthesis of chiral biaryls" and "Domino" reactions in the condensation of ortho-lithiated (1S)-N,N-dimethyl-1-phenylethanamine with carbonic acid esters," coauthored with colleagues from Moscow State University, Russia.

Ilona Serebnitskaya '13 and Andreas Franz, Chemistry, presented the poster "Long-range NMR 1H,13C-coupling and conformational analysis of polyphenolic glycosides".

Qinliang Zhao, Chemistry, presented "Activation of C-F Bonds through Secondary Interaction;" Zhao and Yi-Ju Tsai, Chemistry, presented the poster "Synthesis, Characterization and Reactivities of Magnesium and Zinc Complexes Supported by Formamidinates."

Pacific Pipeline Program Garners National Recognition
Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep (NP3), an educational pipeline school and partner with Pacific McGeorge School of Law and the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, was recognized with a silver medal in the U.S. News Best High Schools rankings released on April 23. NP3 ranked No. 148 out of 1,799 public high schools in California and No. 761 out of more than 21,000 schools nationwide. The 6-year-old law-themed charter school was ranked No. 93 among the nation's public charter high schools. Rankings were based on school scores for overall student performance on state-mandated assessments along with how effectively schools educated their black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students. Scores on Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams were also used to evaluate which schools better prepare their students for college-level work. The rankings reflect data from 2011-12 school year collected from more than 21,000 public high schools from 49 states and the District of Columbia.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Sian Carr-Lopez '85, Pharmacy Practice, was named a Fellow of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). She will be formally recognized at the ASHP Summer Meeting in Minneapolis, Minn., in June. The ASHP Practitioner Recognition Program is intended to recognize excellence in pharmacy practice and promote public awareness of pharmacists who have distinguished themselves in practice.

Peter Hilsenrath, Joseph M. Long Chair of Healthcare Management and Professor of Economics, and Katrina Fischer '13 had the paper "Economic Transformation in Health Care: Implications for Rural Communities" published in the Journal of Rural Health.

Myo-Kyoung Kim and Rajul Patel '01, '06, Pharmacy Practice, had their co-authored article "The Effects of Pig's Feet Consumption on Lactation" published in Ecology of Food and Nutrition.

Rajul Patel '01, '06, Mark Walberg '06, '09 and Joseph Woelfel '70, '72, '78, Pharmacy Practice, had the article "Medicare Part D Roulette: Potential Implications of Random Assignment and Plan Restrictions" published in the journal Medicare & Medicaid Research Review.

Sachin Shah, Pharmacy Practice, received a $2,500 grant from the Hass Avocado Board to present his research, "Energy drinks may prolong QT interval, raise BP," at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions.

Kim Stefan Ta Duc '15 was selected as a 2013 Paul Ambrose Scholar by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Ta Duc is among 40 health professions students from across the country with similar interests in prevention and public health who were selected for the Paul Ambrose Scholars Program Symposium in Washington, D.C.

Deepti Vyas, Pharmacy Practice, had the article "Use of Simulation-based Teaching Methodologies in U.S. Schools and Colleges of Pharmacy" published in the American Journal of Pharmacy Education. Vyas also had the co-authored article "A Multidisciplinary Quality Improvement Educational Initiative to Improve the Rate of Deep Vein Thrombosis Prophylaxis" published in the nternational Journal of Pharmacy Practice.

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Pacific civil engineering students won first place in the GeoChallenge at the 2013 Mid-Pacific Civil Engineering Competition. They won first place in Mini Games, and second place in the Water Treatment competition on their way to a first place overall prize. Pacific beat out University of California, Davis, for the overall prize by one point and University of California, Berkeley by five points. Scott Merry, Civil Engineering, is the American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter adviser. Pacific was represented by 46 undergraduate students, five faculty members, and eight alumni at the April 18-20 competition hosted by San Jose State University and Santa Clara University. Read more

Team from Pacific's MESA Center to Compete in Statewide Competition

The Stagg High School MESA team will represent Northern California in the MESA Statewide Prosthetic Arm Championship on May 11 at University of the Pacific. The teams are required to develop a prosthetic device that can complete pre-defined tasks. The Stagg team is part of the Pacific Mesa Center housed in the School of Engineering and Computer Science under the direction of Maria Garcia-Sheets, which serves more than 1,500 elementary, middle and high school students in the Stockton, Lodi and French Camp areas. The competition is part of MESA Days, an annual showcase of students’ math and science know-how. Through MESA and MESA Day competitions, students explore future careers in science, engineering and other technical fields. The four middle school and four high school teams will compete to represent California at the National Championships in Portland, Oregon, in June.


Michele Relton '14, Women's Water Polo goalkeeper, earned Second Team All-Big West honors after setting new records for career saves and single-season saves this past season. The Quebec native finished the year with 371 saves, breaking the school record for single-season blocks that she herself set during her first year at Pacific. She also became the school's all-time saves leader and now owns 1,013 career blocks. Relton averaged 11.79 saves per game, upping her average to 12.86 blocks per game in Big West play.


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