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Noteworthy - November 18, 2013

Nov 18, 2013
Provost Maria Pallavicini, Professor Andreas Franz, Dean Rena Fraden

   Andreas Franz '97, '00, was selected as the Faculty Research Lecturer for 2013. He gave a lecture on "Music Resonance - Like Music to the Ear" at the Faculty Awards Recognition Dinner on Oct. 22 in the Regents Dining Room.
   The presentation provided an overview of the history of Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy (NMR) at University of the Pacific, of the spectroscopic principles of the NMR technique, and of the scientific projects that the Pacific NMR Facility supports.
   Franz is an associate professor and co-chair of Chemistry in the College of the Pacific and has been at Pacific since 2002. He has published more than 50 articles and has been awarded nearly $1 million in grants to support his research.  
   The award was established by the Faculty Research Committee to recognize faculty with a record of meritorious research or artistic contributions during their service at Pacific.  Nominated and selected by peers, recipients of this prestigious award also receive a monetary award.   
   Other faculty members recognized during the dinner who received awards during the 2012-13 school year, were:

  • Diane Borden, COP English, Distinguished Faculty Award
  • Cynthia Dobbs, COP English, Eberhardt Teacher/Scholar Award
  • Analiese Richard, School of International Studies, Eberhardt Teacher Scholar Award
  • Alan Lenzi, COP Religious and Classical Studies, University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church

College of Pacific

Martín Camps, Modern Language and Literature, had his chapter "Erótica verbal y heteronormatividad en 'Los inocentes de Oswaldo Reynoso'" published in Los universos narrativos de Oswaldo Reynoso (Academia Peruana de la Lengua, Lima, Perú). 

Jimmy Juge, Physics, gave the keynote talk "The Spectrum of Excited States from Lattice QCD Simulations" at the XV International Conference on Hadron Spectroscopy.

Courtney Lehmann, English, was appointed to the editorial board of Shakespeare Bulletin, one of the premier journals in the field, published by Johns Hopkins.  

Alan Lenzi, Religious and Classical Studies, presented "The Language of Akkadian Prayers in Ludlul Bēl Nēmeqi and its Significance within and beyond Mesopotamia" at the Seventh International Melammu Symposium in Obergurgl, Tyrol, Austria.

Gregory Rohlf, History, presented "Continuity and Change in Urban Forms in Kham" at the Spatial Transformations in China's Borderlands conference hosted by the Institute for Social Anthropology at the University of Bern, Switzerland. 

The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences had a strong showing at the national meeting of the Geological Society of America, in Denver, Colo.

  • Gene Pearson chaired the all-day topical session "Geoscience Education and Outreach: Fifty Years of Progress." His talk "National Association of Geoscience Teachers: Seventy-five Years of Teachers helping Teachers and Students" concluded the session.
  • Dai Wilson '14 presented a paper on the petrography of exposures of the Miocene Nerology Formation in California's Diablo Range that summarized the results of a research project. (advisor: Gene Pearson).
  • Lydia Fox presented a paper and led the faculty development workshop "Getting Started in Undergraduate Research" and presented "Undergraduate Research as Effective Pedagogy Supported by the Geosciences Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (GeoCUR)".
  • Katie Teague '15 and Laura Rademacher presented a paper exploring the relationship between microbe communities and the mental mobility in urban watershed of the eastern San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Brittany Klemm '14 and Kurt Burmeister presented a paper examining evidence for an unusual post-folding vertical flattening strain that they recently discovered while studying deformation in mechanically rigid rocks in the northern Appalachian foreland fold-thrust belt.
  • Kurt Burmeister presented a paper summarizing the results of a recent collaborative effort using "quick-look" techniques to balance a set of serial cross sections through the northern Appalachian fold-thrust belt, and a second paper summarizing the first 50 years of the Wasatch-Uinta field camp highlighting recent improvements to the program. Burmeister and colleague Phil Brown of the University of Wisconsin received the GSA-ExxonMobil Field Camp Excellence Award for their efforts at the Wasatch-Uinta Field Camp.
  • Brittany Klemm '14 received the prestigious 2013 Austin A. Sartin Best Poster Award for her research presentation during The 2013 Sigma Gamma Epsilon Undergraduate Research Poster Session. Selected from 100 student posters, her presentation showcased the results of her senior thesis research (advisor: Kurt Burmeister).

School of International Studies

Analiese Richard, Anthropology, presented "Interdisciplinary Pedagogy: Lessons from Pacific's School of International Studies" at the Indiana University Sawyer Seminar Workshop on The Future of Food Studies workshop in Bloomington, Ind. The workshop was organized to formulate and advance a common vision for the future of graduate and undergraduate interdisciplinary Food Studies programs in the U.S. and abroad. She also presented the preliminary results of her research project on GMOs, science activism, and public policy in Latin America at the annual meeting of the Royal Geographical Society in London. Her paper, "Maize and Sovereignty: Environmental Citizenship and Food Politics in Mexico," will be published in Ecological Citizenships in the Global South, by Zed Press. Richard has been invited as a visiting researcher at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (UAM) in Mexico City during her sabbatical in spring 2014, where she will conduct ethnographic research into science activism and food politics in Mexico and present her research to colleagues and students at the UAM Cuajimalpa campus.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Dental Jamaica outreachFall Break Outreach to Jamaica
A group of 48 students, faculty and staff travelled to Jamaica during the school's fall break to participate in a humanitarian dentistry mission trip. The group spent seven days in Jamaica where they provided free dental care and education at four local clinics. Over the course of five days of clinic, several thousand adults and children in the rural communities received oral health education and dental care. Triage, cleanings, restorative treatments and extractions were common procedures performed by the dental students.

Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Raquel Aldana was a panelist on "Overcoming Isolation and Exclusion: Promoting Access to Justice for Language Minorities" at the LatCrit 2013 Biennial Conference (pdf) in Chicago, Ill. Aldana also was the commentator for a discussion about the work in progress "Homeless & Human: A Homeless Bill of Rights," by E. Sara Rankin of Seattle University School of Law.

Anne Bloom chaired a panel and presented "Law and Concepts of Self: Bodies, Minds, Images, Identities," at the West Coast Law and Society Retreat at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Melissa Brown and Dorothy Landsberg participated as law school faculty facilitators in a joint Doctoring III class with the UC Davis School of Medicine. Clinical fellow Katherine Roe '12, and alumni Donald Fraulob '69, Brett Gowen '11 and Megan Beaver '13 also participated. Brown testified before the California Senate Judiciary Committee on July 3 in support of AB 477, a bill that amends the civil code, government code and welfare and institution code by including notaries public as mandatory reporters for elder abuse.

Gerald Caplan was named to the Governance Committee of the Children's Legal Center of California.

Linda Carter was a panelist on "Justice for Rwanda: did the International Criminal Tribunal achieve its aims?" at the 2013 Annual Conference for the International Bar Association (pdf) in Boston, Mass. Carter presented "The Turbulent Relationships of the International Criminal Court and National Jurisdictions: The Libya Tempest and the Kenya Mutiny" to students at Brandeis University in Boston, Mass.

Omar Dajani was a panelist on "UN-ilateralism? Palestinians in International Organizations and the Implications for Israel," at the J Street Conference in Washington, D.C.

Franklin Gevurtz was a discussant for two papers at the Pacific West Business Law Scholars Colloquium in Portland, Ore. His article, "United States: Corporate Governance for Publicly Traded Corporations," has been published as the chapter on the United States in Comparative Corporate Governance: A Functional and International Analysis (Andreas M. Fleckner & Klaus J. Hopt, eds, Cambridge 2013). Gevurtz co-authored the article with Arthur Pinto for the XVIII International Congress of Comparative Law.

Leslie Gielow Jacobs and Emily Garcia Uhrig gave the annual Supreme Court in Review lunch presentation for the Sacramento Federal Bar Association.

Clark Kelso served on a panel sponsored by the Constitution Law Center and Berkeley Law, where they reviewed important and interesting cases decided by the California Supreme Court during the 2012-13 term.

Brian Landsberg spoke about the Federal Government's Role in Lee v. Macon County Board of Education, the case that led to the desegregation of Tuskegee High School in Macon County, at the Tuskegee Human & Civil Rights Multicultural Center. The Center and Auburn University co-sponsored a Symposium on Tuskegee 1963, commemorating the 50th anniversary of school desegregation in Tuskegee, Ala.

Michael P. Malloy was invited as an academic observer at the 74th Plenary Session of the Committee on Housing and Land Management of the UN Economic Commission for Europe. Malloy's principal contribution at this session was an analysis of the implications of the revised Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision for housing markets worldwide. Malloy's third 2013 Supplement to his three-volume treatise Banking Law and Regulation, now in its second edition, has been published by Wolters-Kluwer.

Stephen McCaffrey appeared for Nicaragua before the International Court of Justice in hearings on Costa Rica's request for new provisional measures, in two cases before the Court involving the San Juan River. Read the cases and watch the hearings.

John Myers gave the keynote address about the prosecution of child sex abuse at the IV International Seminary about Child Sexual Assault: Victim Child Human Rights in the Criminal Process, sponsored by the Fundación Amparo y Justicia (Foundation for Care and Justice) in Santiago, Chile. Myers also held a workshop during the seminary on the same topic.

Paul Paton presented the symposium paper "Core Values Redux: The ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission and the Tortured Tale of Alternative Business Structures" at the Fordham Law Review and the Stein Center for Law and Ethics Symposium and also at the featured ethics scholarship section of the Canadian Association of Legal Ethics Annual Meeting, held at the University of Saskatchewan School of Law, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He presented "The Legal Profession's Monopoly on the Practice of Law" at Fordham Law School in New York. Paton was a panelist on the keynote panel "Survey of the ABS Landscape in England and Wales, Australia, the U.S. and Canada" at the Law Society of Upper Canada Symposium on Alternative Business Structures for the Delivery of Legal Services in Toronto, Canada. He also was a symposium workshop facilitator on ABS structural issues analysis.

Rachael Salcido presented "The Rocky Mountain Arsenal: On a Rocky Road to Building a Community Asset," at the Mile High Empire: Private & Public Lands in the Post-Colonial, Metropolitan U.S. panel at the LatCrit 2013 Biennial Conference (pdf) in Chicago, Ill.

Monica Sharum was invited by Thomson Reuters to join their Westlaw Fall 2013 Advisory Board, which is composed of members from law schools and large law firms across the country.

Brian Slocum presented the paper, "The Ordinary Meaning of Rules," at the Rules 2013 conference held at Jagellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

Michael Vitiello spoke about "Are We on the Road to Legalizing Marijuana" at a Northern California Association of Law Librarians meeting.

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Said Shakerin, Mechanical Engineering, had his short article "Balanced Can" published in The Physics Teacher in its Trick of the Trade column.

Student Life

Steve JacobsonSteve Jacobson '07, Housing and Greek Life, received the Education Champion Award from the San Joaquin Pride Center during a reception held at the Vereschagin Alumni House on Nov. 14 honoring local heroes of the LGBT community. Pride Center Executive Director Nicholas Hatten noted that Jacobson has been instrumental in helping the Pride Center with its Youth Empowerment Summit and in bringing the University and the community together on LGBT issues.


Danield Alameh '15, golf, won the Flight A Singles Title at the Pacific Tiger Invitational, where he defeated No. 1 seed Sam MacNeil of Fresno State. The tournament was held on Nov. 3 at the Hal Nelson Tennis Courts.

Kat Schulz '16, volleyball, was named to the 2013-14 Capital One Academic All-District® Women's Volleyball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The selection makes her eligible for consideration for the Academic All-America® Team. The tiger's top offensive threat in her second year as an opposite, Schulz has started all 23 matches for Pacific in 2013 and leads the team 238 kills. Off the court, the sports medicine major has a 4.0 GPA. 

Emily Tregoning '14, field hockey, was named to the All-NorPac West Division team for the third consecutive season at the NorPac Field Hockey conference on Nov. 6. Hannah Bettencourt '16 was named to the NorPac All-Academic team.

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