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Noteworthy faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly activities

Saroyan receives leadership award, faculty books hot off the presses and more
Apr 28, 2014

Ralph SaroyanRalph Saroyan
receives national award
for leadership and mentoring


Ralph L. Saroyan '64, emeritus, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, was selected by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) as the 2014 recipient of the APhA Gloria Niemeyer Francke Leadership Mentor Award. The award recognizes Saroyan's exceptional leadership and mentorship throughout his fifty-year career. Named for the noted pharmacy leader and former APhA staff member Gloria Niemeyer Francke, the award was established in 1993 to recognize an individual who has promoted and encouraged pharmacists to attain leadership positions through example, acting as a role model and mentor. Saroyan was officially recognized during the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando, Fla., March 28-31. Saroyan, who retired in 2002, was assistant to the dean and director of pre-health programs. He taught, advised and mentored more than 3,000 Pacific students during his tenure. He was also very active in professional organizations, serving as grand president of the Phi Delta Chi Professional Pharmacy Fraternity for eight years and was the inaugural chairman of the board for its foundation. He is a recipient of the Linwood F. Tice Friend of APhA-ASP Award and the California Pharmacist of the Year Award and was inducted into the California Pharmacists Association Hall of Fame. Read more>>

College of the Pacific

Food History ReaderMost Excellent Book of CookeryKen Albala was the editor of The Food History Reader: Primary Sources, a compendium of historical documents that form a handbook of food through the ages (Bloomsbury Academic, August 2014).  Albala was co-author of The Most Excellent Book of Cookery: a translation of the 16th century French Livre Fort Excellent de Cuysine (Prospect Books, April 2014). 

The Athletic Training Program in the Department of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences received approval by the Board of Certification to provide continuing education units for Athletic Training professionals. The department will host monthly CEU events for preceptors and alumni. Pacific's Gamma Pi chapter of Iota Tau Alpha was chartered on March 26. Iota Tau Alpha is an Athletic Training Education Honor Society. Twelve students will be inducted as charter members along with twelve alumni, graduates, and honorary members in an April 30 ceremony. 

Kurtis C. Burmeister, Earth and Environmental Sciences, had his paper "Deformation and magnetic fabrics in ductile shear zones: a review" in the journal Tectonophysics.

Gesine Gerhard, History, will have her chapter, "The Modernization Dilemma: Agrarian Policies in Nazi Germany," published in Agriculture in the Age of Fascism: Authoritarian Technocracy and Rural Modernization, 1922-1945, M. Cabo, L. Fernández Prieto and J. Pan-Montojo (Brepols Publishers, June 2014).  She presented the paper "Changing Colors:  The Green Law of 1955 and the Integration of German Peasants," at the biennial 2013 Rural History Conference of the European Rural History Organization in Bern, Switzerland.

Ethel Nicdao, Sociology, served as faculty mentor/advisor to Pacific Sociology students who presented their research at undergraduate roundtables at the Pacific Sociological Association conference in Portland, Ore. on March 28, 2014:

Katelyn Docherty '15 presented "Clinical Social Work in a Hospital Setting: Examining what Clinical Social Workers Provide that other Medical Staff Cannot"
Deyanire Del Toro '14 presented "Cultural Competence among White Social Workers: Detrimental Effects on Culturally Diverse Clientele"

Chinese Buddhist BibliographyTanya Storch, Religious and Classical Studies, is the author of, The History of Chinese Buddhist Bibliography: Censorship and Transformation of the Tripitaka (Cambria Press, March 2014). The book is a thorough examination of the entire historical scope of the Chinese Buddhist bibliography, including its historical foundations, textual classifications, criteria of authenticity, and collections made by individual catalogers. She also gave a presentation about the book at the Association for Asian Studies 2014 Annual Conference in Philadelphia. Her paper, "Buddhist Universities in the United States of America," was published in The International Journal of Dharma Studies. Her chapter, "Fei Changfang's Records of the Three Treasures throughout the Successive Dynasties and its Role in the Formation of the Chinese Buddhist Canon," will be published in Spreading Buddha's Word in China: Formation and Transformation of the Chinese Buddhist Canon, Jiang Wu and Lucille Chia eds. (Columbia University Press, 2014).

Zhou Xiaojing presented the paper "Students as Active Participants in Interventional Knowledge Production through Ethnic Studies Courses and Events" on the panel "Creating Transformative Learning Communities through Interdisciplinary Studies and Campus Events" at the 42nd Annual Conference of the National Association of Ethnic Studies held at Mills College in Oakland, Calif., April 3 -5. Pacific students Anise Abraham '14, English and Ethnic Studies; Lorena Campos '16, Policital Science; and Chanthou Thoeun '05, '16, Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, also presented papers on the panel. The students' participation in the conference was made possible by the Pacific Fund and the Student Research Fund.

Qinliang Zhao, Chemistry, had his coauthored paper, "A Strong Metal-to-Metal Interaction in an Edge-Sharing Bioctahedral Compound that Leads to a Very Short Tungsten-Tungsten Double Bond," published in Inorganic Chemistry. Zhao was also the research advisor for Carolyn Tran-Math '11, '14, who gave two poster presentations at the 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting, March 16-20 in Dallas, Texas: "Light on the Horizon: Polypyridyl Metal Complexes for Use as Optically Active Monomers" and "Elliciting Tunable Mechanical Properties in Polymers Grafted to Optically-Active Metal Complexes." 

Scott Jensen, Psychology, and several psychology students gave poster presentations at the Western Psychological Association conference in Portland, Ore.

Scott Jensen, Samantha Corralejo '15 and Kristina Meyer '15 presented the poster "Variability of individual outcomes in BPT masked by group analysis"
Samantha Corralejo '15, Lubna Skafi '13, Elise Martin '14, Sarah Attal '13, and Scott Jensen presented the poster "Statistical group differences mask divergent individual outcomes in ECBI scores among parents"
Tyler Nighbor '14, Samantha Corralejo '15, Melissa Myers, and Scott Jensen presented the poster "Assessment of parent report of differentially attending to behavior"
Sean M. Blumberg '14, Megan J. Doerr '14, and Scott Jensen presented the poster "Assessing group instruction and structured feedback across parent training skills"

Scott Jensen, Psychology, was the faculty/research advisor for students who presented research at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapists conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Megan J. Doerr '14, Sean M. Blumberg '14, Elizabeth A. Herrera '14, Sarah C. Attal '13, Cassandra L. Carsten '13, Andrew A. Garcia '13, Ashley M. Waldera '14 and Scott A. Jensen presented the poster "Comparing time out teaching strategies: group instruction vs. structured feedback"
Sean M. Blumberg '14, Megan J. Doerr '14, Elizabeth A. Herrera '14, Sarah C. Attal '13, Cassandra L. Carsten '13, Andrew A. Garcia '13, Ashley M. Waldera '14 and Scott A. Jensen presented the poster "Evaluation of structured parent training package for time out"

School of International Studies

Yong Kyun Kim, Political Science, had his article, "Inequality and Sovereign Default under Democracy," accepted for publication in the European Journal of Economic and Political Studies. Kim and Daniel O'Neill, Political Science, will have their coauthored paper, "Transparent Motives: The Democratic Advantage in International Credit Markets," published in the Journal of International Relations and Development.

Daniel O'Neill, Political Science, had his paper, "Playing Risk: Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in Cambodia," accepted for publication by the journal Contemporary Southeast Asia.

Analiese Richard, Anthropology, was invited as a visiting research professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM) in Mexico City. While there, she gave an invited lecture, "La Delta de California como objeto de análisis: Renovación de un programa de Estudios Ambientales," to graduate students and faculty from the joint Environmental Colloquium of the UAM and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She also presented the paper "(In)formalización de la ciudadanía: Las ONG y la transformación de la política," at the 6th Annual International Meetings of the Continental Research Network on Informality in the Metropolis (RECIM) in Mexico City. Together with colleague Felipe De Alba of UAM, she was charged by the members of RECIM with co-authoring a theoretical monograph on state fragmentation and uneven formalization to be jointly published in Spanish by UNAM, UAM, and Harvard University.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Marie M. Tolarova, Orthodontics, presented the keynote speech, "Prevention of cleft lip and palate and craniofacial anomalies," at the OMICS Group's 2nd International Conference on Dental and Oral Health in Dubai, UAE. OMICS Publishing Group organizes more than 100 International Conferences across the world and manages 350 peer-reviewed open access journals in science, health, and technology.

Miroslav Tolar, Orthodontics, presented the keynote speech, "Bone tissue engineering in the oral and craniofacial regions," at the OMICS Group's 2nd International Conference on Dental and Oral Health in Dubai, UAE.

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Shelly Gulati, Bioengineering, and William Stringfellow, director of the Ecological Engineering Research Program (EERP), had their article, "Use of continuous and grab sample data for calculating total maximum daily load (TMDL) in agricultural watersheds," published in Chemosphere. Co-authors include EERP research staff, Ashley Stubblefield '10, '11, Chelsea Spier '06, '12, and Jeremy Hanlon. 

Said Shakerin, Mechanical Engineering, gave the talk "Rube Goldberg and His Impact" to Armchair Traveler Program at Delta College. Included in his presentation was a cartoon drawn by Patrick Cabebe '93, an alumnus of the mechanical engineering program at Pacific.

Eberhardt School of Business

New Directions in Management TheoryPrinces and the TreasureJeffrey Miles, Management and Organizational Behavior, has had two books published recently. He edited New Directions in Management and Organization Theory (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, March 2014), which includes 17 of the best research papers from Pacific's first Management Theory Conference organized by Miles in September. More than 100 management faculty from 85 universities and 16 countries attended the conference, which was held at Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Contributing authors include some of the best management researchers in the world. Miles also self-published (February 2014) a groundbreaking gay fairy tale, The Princes and the Treasure, which tells the story of two princes who meet for a quest, work together, and ultimately fall in love. Read about the book in this Advocate.com interview with Miles>>

Athletics

Men's volleyball players receive national honors
Tommy CarmodyTommy Carmody '15 was named Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. National Blocker of the Year by a nationwide voting committee. Carmody led the nation in blocks per set, with 1.60 and earned All-MPSF Honorable Mention honors. His 30 solo blocks ranks third in the NCAA, while his 144 total blocks ranks second. Both marks led the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation this season. The voting committee for this award was comprised of more than 20 college men's volleyball head coaches and volleyball reporters from around the nation. Carmody tallied 48 points, six ahead of the runner up.

Thomas Hodges

Thomas Hodges '17 was named an Off the Block Freshman All-American. Hodges ranked 13th in the NCAA in the regular season in blocks per set, with 1.12 while adding 3.26 kills per set. His kills mark ranked 34th in the NCAA this season, while his blocks per set mark was the highest in the country among non-middle blockers. Combined with teammate Tommy Carmody (1.60), he helped Pacific lead the country in blocks per set as a team this season (3.05).

Tennis players receive West Coast Conference honors
Miguel Diaz '17 was named the West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, along with All-WCC Honorable Mention honors, while Sem Verbeek '16 picked up All-WCC Second Team honors. The doubles team of Daniel Alameh '16 and Marlon Brand '16 were named to the All-WCC Second Team. 

Iveta Masarova '15 and Hana Ritterova '15 each earned All-WCC Honorable Mention honors. The doubles teams of Hana Ritterova '15 and Regina Suarez '16 both earned All-WCC Honorable Mention honors.

Women's Water Polo players receive Gold Coast Conference honors
Taylor Adair '15 was named to the All-Golden Coast Conference First Team after finishing third in the regular season in goals, with 2.14 per game. She scored in 25 of 28 games, with 21 multi-goal games. 

Gracie Smith '16 was named to the All-GCC Second Team, placing fifth in the GCC with 1.96 goals per game, Smith tallied 55 goals in 28 games, and scored in 20 contests and posted 15 multi-goal games.

 

 

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