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Noteworthy - August 12, 2013

Aug 12, 2013

College of the Pacific

Professor Cary Bricker
McGeorge Professor Cary Bricker Featured in Study of Best Law Teachers
Bricker was one of 26 exceptional law professors featured in What the Best Law Teachers Do, (published by Harvard University Press, 2013). The book is the culmination of a four-year study that sought to identify extraordinary law teachers and detail their attributes and practices that have a significant, positive and longterm effect on their students. Read More >>

Rand Enlow, Theatre Arts, is serving as a guest artist for Sierra Repertory Theatre in Sonora, Calif., where he is the set designer for their musical production "Respect: A Musical Journey of Women," playing through September 1.

Shiloh Gastello '11 is the Stockton Art League Feature Artist of the Month for August at the Elsie May Goodwin Gallery in Stockton. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Pacific focusing on ceramics, studying with Professor Trent Burkett. Gastello recently returned from a five-month assistantship at Terra Cottage, a ceramics production studio in Paducah, KY.  

Ajna S. Rivera, Biological Sciences, and Andrea Sajuthi '13 authored "The Evolution of Gene Regulatory Networks published in Molecular Life Sciences: An Encyclopedic Reference, Volume 11, (Springer 2012). Rivera also co-authored four articles: "Why build an eye? Predator evasion and visual ecology in sexually dimorphic ostracod crustaceans"; "The evolution and function of the Pax/Six regulatory network in sponges," published in Evolution and Development 2013; and "Structure, Development and Evolution of Crustacean Eyes" in Crustaceans: Structure, Ecology and Life Cycle 2013.  

Susan Sample, Political Science, presented "From Territorial Claim to War:  Dealing with the Question of Endogeneity in the Steps-to-War," at the Peace Science Society-International Studies Association Joint International Conference in Budapest, Hungary, in June 2013. She also had the paper "From Territorial Dispute to War: Timing, Causation, and the Steps-to-War," accepted for publication in International Interactions.

Chris Snell, Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, published the paper "Discriminative Validity of Metabolic and Workload Measurements to Identify Individuals with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" in the journal Physical Therapy. Co-authors on the paper were Todd Davenport, Physical Therapy, Staci Stevens '91, '97, and J. Mark VanNess, Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences.  


Graphic Design students Anastasya Uskov '11 and Joanne Kwan '13, led by Marie Lee, Visual Arts, participated in a unique student-faculty collaboration through the Kam Minority Heritage Project. The project to help preserve the culture and traditions of the Kam people of Dimen deep in the mountains of China's Guizhou province took place in the summers of 2010 and 2011. During two summer trips, the team learned and meticulously documented the intricate craft traditions of the Dimen matriarchs. Their efforts earned a 2013 SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) Honorable Mention Award for Excellence in Public Interest Design. Selected by DesignCorps and the SEED Network®, the awards recognize projects that best incorporate social consciousness, community outreach and sustainability into their designs. Read the full story>>  


Chemistry graduate and undergraduate students, post doctoral fellows, and faculty presented their research at the 61st American Society for Mass Spectrometry annual conference in Minneapolis, Minn.  

Patrick Batoon '15 presented the poster "Proton affinity of short oligopeptides containing lysine and lysine homologs," coauthored by Robert Harper '07 and Jianhua Ren, Chemistry (research advisor). Batoon received funding for the conference from the PCSP College of the Pacific Dean's Travel Award.

Sampada Borkar '13 presented the poster "Dissociative Photoionization of Dimethyl Disulfide and dimethyl diselenide using the Imaging PePIcO (iPEPICO): Structure and Energetics," coauthored by Andras Bodi and Balint Sztaray, Chemistry. 

Mathew Curtis '07, '12, post doctoral fellow, presented the poster "Determination of the Silylation of Molecules when using TMS Derivatization Agents in the Sample Gap of the DART Ion Source," coauthored by Patrick Batoon '15, Patrick Jones, Emeritus Chemistry, and O. David Sparkman, Chemistry.

Bhupinder Padda '13 presented the poster "Gas-Phase Acidity and Proton Affinity of ESI Sensitive Organic Compounds," coauthored by Jianhua Ren, Chemistry (research advisor), and Christine Hughey of James Madison University. Padda received funding for the conference from the Fred & Marguerite Early Undergraduate Research Award, the Pacific Fund undergraduate travel award, and the COP undergraduate travel fund.

Jianhua Ren, Chemistry, co-organized a workshop on Current Topics in Metal Ion Chemistry.

Ashish Sawhney '12 presented the poster "Understanding the effect of chirality on gas-phase acidity of oligopeptides," coauthored by Jianhua Ren, Chemistry (research advisor).

O. David Sparkman, Chemistry and director of the Pacific Mass Spectrometry Facility, presented the poster "Identification of Errors in EI Mass Spectral Databases and Their Potential Impact on the Identification of Unknowns Using Mass Spectrometry," coauthored with Ryan Moffett, Chemistry, Mathew Curtis '07, '12, and Patrick Batoon '15.    

"Dihydro Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons: Ionic Dissociation Mechanisms and Energetics", coauthored by Paul Michael Mayer; Brandi West; Valerie Blanchet; Christine Joblin; Andras Bodi; Balint Sztaray  

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Eve Cuny, director of environmental health and safety, was profiled and featured on the cover of Inside Dental Assisting. The article highlighted her work in infection control, citing her as one of the leading infection control experts for dentistry in the country.

Several dental school faculty contributed guest articles to the July issue of the California Dental Association Journal themed "Dental Ethics: Professional challenges in a Changing World." David Chambers wrote "Would Someone Please Explain What it Means to be Ethical?" Bruce Peltier wrote "The Ethics of Social Media in Dental Practice: Challenges" and "The Ethics of Social Media in Dental Practice: Ethical Tools and Professional Responses." Arthur A. Dugoni wrote "Road Signs on the Road of Life."  

Kimi Kan '06, Dental Hygiene, was awarded the California Dental Hygienists' Association Outstanding Component Member Award, which was presented during the CDHA House of Delegates meeting in Long Beach, Calif. Kan has been a part-time faculty member on the Stockton campus since 2009, works in private practice in both Davis and Sacramento, sees homebound patients as a Registered Dental Hygienist in Private Practice, and is in the middle of a two-year term as president of the Sacramento Valley Dental Hygienists' Association.  

Debra Woo '86, Integrated Reconstructive Sciences, contributed the article " A Special Piece of the Pie" on the importance of giving back to the profession to SmileLine, the newsletter of the Monterey Bay Dental Society.

Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Cary Bricker and Michael Vitiello had their article, "Chinese Homicide Law, Irrationality and Incremental Change" published in the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal. Bricker presented "Active Listening for Improved Direct Examination at Trial" at the Stetson Education Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills conference in Gulfport, Fla.

Fred Galves and Thomas J. Leach had their exercise book, Evidence Simulations in the Bridge to Practice series (2013), coauthored with Edward J. Imwinkelried, published by West.

Brian and Dorothy Landsberg attended a White House reception in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on Aug. 1. Brian Landsberg serves on the Board of Trustees for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Civil rights leaders, members of Congress and the Obama Administration joined President Obama at the event recognizing the great work the Lawyers' Committee has done over the past 50 years as a leader in the fight for civil rights, social and economic justice. The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization formed in 1963 by President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination.

Thomas J. Leach taught Trial Advocacy to Chinese law students as a guest professor at Wuhan Law School in China.

Michael P. Malloy has been appointed Director of the Business and Law Research Division of the Athens Institute for Education and Research. As director, he will help coordinate the activities of the Accounting & Finance Research Unit, the Law Research Unit, the Management Research Unit, and the Marketing Research Unit in an effort to advance the interdisciplinary objectives of the Institute. Established in 1995, the Institute, is an independent world association of academics and researchers that provdes a forum to meet and exchange ideas on research and future developments of their discipline. In July, Malloy participated as a member of the organizing committee for the 10th Annual Conference on Law sponsored by the Institute, where he delivered the opening paper, "Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision: New Concepts and Challenges," and chaired a panel on developments in labor law and policy.

Stephen McCaffrey presented "An Introduction to Transboundary Water Law" at a conference on Boundaries and Water in Washington, D.C.

Mary-Beth Moylan and Stephanie Thompson coauthored Global Lawyering Skills (2013), published by West. Other faculty contributors include Adrienne Brungess, Gretchen Franz, Hether Macfarlane, Jeff Proske, Ed Telfeyan and Maureen Watkins. Moylan also served as a co-chair of the conference planning committee for the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) biennial conference in Milwaukie, Wisc. Moylan will begin service as ALWD's president-elect in August 2013.

Rachael Salcido presented "Land Use and Climate Change" at the ABA Young Lawyers Division Meeting in Minneapolis, Minn.

Brian Slocum presented "Pragmatics and Ordinary Meaning" at the 11th Biennial Conference on Forensic Linguistics/Language and Law of the International Association of Forensic Linguists in Mexico City.

John Sprankling had his exercise book Property Law Simulations in the Bridge to Practice series (2013), published by West.

Michael Vitiello had the article "Still Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Sentencing Reform in California," published in the Federal Sentencing Reporter. Vitiello presented "Integrating Experiential Learning in Traditional Classrooms" at the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning Topeka, Kan.

Several McGeorge faculty presented at the 2013 Law & Society Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass.

Anne Bloom presented "Pragmatic Realism and the Conceptualization of International Disability Rights" and served on the Law & Society Association's Annual Mentor Award Committee.
Omar Dajani presented "Minoritarian Regimes & Humanitarian Intervention"
Ruth Jones presented "Higher, Faster, Stronger, Prettier: Equality and Femininity within the Masculine Paradigm of Olympic Competition"

2012-13 Mock Trial and Moot Court Season Highlights
Courtney Martin '13 received Pacific McGeorge's Barrister of the Year Award for her many accomplishments on the mock trial team. David Norton '13 was named the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Student Trial Advocate of the Year. John Ziegler '13 collected Appellate Advocate of the Year honors. Amanda Iler '14 received the inaugural ABOTA Sacramento Valley Chapter's Joe Ramsay Scholarship as the Outstanding Trial Advocate Award last fall.

Theresa Schriever '14 and Cole Sherman '13 took third in the Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition. Norton and Martin, coached by alumni Keith Hill '98 and Thien Ho '98, were finalists in the National Trial Competition Regional. Alisha Heilman '13 and Peter Patrick Handy '13 were second in 22nd Annual Saul Lefkowitz IP regional tournament. The team of Megan Beaver '13, Justin Giovannattone '13, Madison Simmons '13 and Cole Sherman '13 was the runner-up in the San Diego National Criminal Procedure Moot.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Kim Stefan Ta Duc '15 received a highly competitive scholarship to attend the 12th annual Paul Ambrose Scholars Program Symposium in Washington, DC. He joined 45 other medical, physician assistant, dental, pharmacy, physical therapy, and graduate nursing students dedicated to bringing health promotion and preventive approaches to health professions education and their communities. The students were selected from a pool of applicants from more than 80 health professions schools across the country.

Athletics  

Jim Dugoni, associate director of athletics for development, will serve as president-elect of North Stockton Rotary for 2013-14.  

Alex Obert '15 earned a spot on the USA Water Polo Men's Senior National Team roster for the 2013 FINA World Championship.  The 13-man roster is made up entirely of former and current MPSF players and features six Olympians. Obert and his teammates opened competition in a Four Nations tournament in Belgrade, Serbia before traveling to Barcelona, Spain for the FINA World Championship. Obert has prior national team experience, having competed in his first major event with the Senior National Team at the 2013 FINA World League Super Final in Chelyabinsk, Russia, scoring two goals as the United States attained a fourth place finish.  

Balazs Erdelyi '14 helped lead Hungary to a 5-4 win against Russia to take the gold medal at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. The World University Games also known as 'Universiade' is an International multi-sports event for university athletes organized by the International University Sports Federation.            

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