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Noteworthy - October 14, 2013

Oct 14, 2013

Pacific Professor reflects on his work with Nobel Prize-winning Chemist

Professor Jerry Tsai

     Pacific Chemistry Professor Jerry Tsai was delighted to hear this past week that his former PhD advisor and longtime friend, Stanford Professor Michael Levitt, was among a trio of scientists awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
     Tsai worked in Levitt's lab at Stanford between 1993 and 1997, after earning his B.S. in microbiology and molecular genetics at UCLA. It was a coveted spot, shared by only three other young scientists at the time. He completed his dissertation, "Proteins and their Environments: a Molecular Dynamics Study," employing methods that Levitt pioneered and that the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences honored last week. Tsai also continued an additional year as a post-doctoral student working with Levitt.
    Today they continue as friends and colleagues.
    "He taught me how to live a really full life in science," Tsai said. "You can be a slave to science. Science will take you, if you let it."
     Levitt set an example by making his wife and three children a priority, balancing academic leadership roles with research, said Tsai, as he reflected on the importance of mentors and the example Levitt set that continues to influence his life and teaching at Pacific.

Tsai reflects further on Levitt's work, their relationship and the impact of faculty mentors in this recent interview.

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Pacific Speech and Debate Takes First Place at Golden Gate Tournament
At the second tournament of its season and the regional season opener, Pacific Speech and Debate nabbed first in Lincoln-Douglas Debate (Ben Jamison '14)  and first in Impromptu Speaking (Nick Brummel '15) on the way to a first overall finish at the Golden Gate Invitational, hosted by San Francisco State University.The Twenty-three schools from across the Western United States participated, including Pepperdine, UC Berkeley, Santa Clara and St. Mary's. Tazeen Hussain '17 also earned a first place award in novice impromptu at her first ever tournament.

School of  International Studies

Bruce La Brack, emeritus, was a guest of the City of Astoria, Ore., in recognition of his role in initiating and acting as a cultural consultant for their Ghadar Party Centennial Celebration Oct. 4-5, marking the founding, in Astoria, of an international revolutionary political movement by South Asian immigrants, predominantly Sikhs, which was dedicated to the overthrow of British rule in then-Colonial India.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Nejat Duzgunes, had two volumes on nanomedicine published in the textbook series, Methods in Enzymology, by Academic Press:  Nanomedicine, Volume 508: Cancer, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular, Central Nervous System, Pulmonary and Inflammatory Diseases (April 2012) and Nanomedicine, Volume 509: Infectious Diseases, Immunotherapy, Diagnostics, Antifibrotics, Toxicology and Gene Medicine (June 2012)


Jerry Hildebrand, Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship, will co-lead a discussion with Shahed Amanulla, senior advisor for technology at the U.S. Department of state, at "Generation Change," a youth-driven dialog hosted by the Cesar Chavez Central Library in Stockton on October 21. The program is part of the Live from Cesar Chavez! series sponsored by the Library & Literacy Foundation for San Joaquin County made possible through a grant from the United States Institute of Peace.


Tiger Softball Named NFCA Division I All-Academic Team
With the release of the 2013 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar-Athlete awards on Monday, October 7, the Pacific softball team was one of the most well represented in the country. Nine student-athletes garnered the top academic award for the 2012-13 academic year: Megan Allen '14, Sara Anderson '17, Nikki Armagost '14, Megan Foglesong '15, Gabby Goyette '15, Melanie Habib '17, Megan Hom '14, Alexi Johnson '16, and Amy Moore '14. Pacific's representation made up 50 percent of the athletes named to the team in the Big West. In addition to individual honors, the Tigers, who posted an average GPA of 3.25, garnered NFCA Division I All-Academic Team honors.  

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