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Noteworthy faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly activity

Dec 4, 2014

Awards, recognition and service


College of the Pacific

PenumbraMacelle Mahala, associate professor of Theatre Arts, attended the awards ceremony at the American Society of Theatre Research's national conference on Nov. 22, where her book, Penumbra: The Premier Stage for African American Drama, was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2014 Errol Hill Award for outstanding scholarship in African American theatre. The book was also featured in the panel session "Spotlight on New Works" at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education's national conference in August.

Ethel Nicdao, associate professor of Sociology, was selected from 300 applicants nationwide as one of 68 who will attend the New Connections Research & Coaching Clinic in New Orleans, La., Nov. 14-15, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Selected participants were awarded travel stipends.

Caroline Schroeder, associate professor of Religious and Classical Studies, is now a member of the steering committee for the Digital Humanities in Biblical Studies and Early Jewish and Christian Studies group in the Society of Biblical Literature.

School of International Studies

Bruce  La Brack, professor emeritus of anthropology, was an honored guest at the Centenary Celebration of the American Field Service (AFS), which was founded by American ambulance drivers at the beginning of World War I. Since 1947, AFS has become the largest international exchange organization for secondary school children and operates in more than 50 countries, with a network of over 400,000 alumni. The conference was sponsored by AFS International and UNESCO Nov. 7-9 in Paris, France. La Brack, a member of the AFS International Educational Advisory Council, was honored for past and continuing service to the organization.

Conservatory of Music

The Symphonic Wind Ensemble, led by director Eric Hammer '73, '74, was one of only two collegiate groups invited to perform at the Western International Band Clinic, an annual convention founded in 1979 for music directors and students of high school honors bands. The trip will include performances at two high schools on Friday and the headliner performance on Saturday evening. The 50-minute concert program features faculty soloist Nicolasa Kuster, associate professor of bassoon, a chamber trio, and a piece commissioned from music composition graduate Tyler Combs '11. Also scheduled is an alumni event, participation in a College Night event for 500 high school students, and a presentation by Hammer to 150 WIBC educators on "Beyond the Baton," an exploration of teaching strategies for comprehensive music learning in large ensemble. Read more>>

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry  

Chan Park, program director of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, received the honor of being named a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

McGeorge School of Law  

Tracy Simmons, assistant dean of Admissions, Diversity Initiatives and Financial Aid, has been named Chair-Elect for the AALS Section on PreLegal Education and Admission to Law School.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

The Record singles out two Pacific faculty as Unsung Heroes
Casey NesbitRajul PatelCasey Nesbit, assistant professor of Physical Therapy, was recognized for her heroic efforts in Malawi, Africa, and her work with the Doctor of Physical Therapy Healthy Children Program. Read more>>
Rajul Patel '01, '06, associate professor of Pharmacy Practice, was recognized for his innovative leadership in mobilizing the Medicare Part D community outreach program. Read more>>

Phi Kappa Phi

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, recently recognized University of the Pacific's chapter as a Chapter of Merit. The award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others. In addition to a letter of commendation and a $100 award, the chapter will receive special recognition at the biennial convention, on the website and in publications.

Pacific Athletics

Dan ChapmanPacificans recognized at Stockton 50th Annual Athletic Hall of Fame
Dan Chapman, associate director of Athletics for Marketing and Media, was inducted into the Stockton Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 18. A Stockton native, prior to coming to Pacific Chapman served as Team President of the Stockton Thunder for eight and a half years. Under his leadership, the team led the ECHL in attendance for four consecutive seasons and reached the playoffs in seven consecutive seasons. His previous accomplishments include President and CEO of Stockton Boys & Girls Club and a very successful 14 seasons with the Stockton Ports, 10 as general manager.  Several other Pacificans were recognized at the event. Cindy Spiro '76, former Pacific basketball player and senior associate athletic director, was also inducted into the hall of fame at this 50th anniversary of the event, as well as Bob Lee, former Pacific football player and athletic director who went on to a pro football career that included three Super Bowl appearances. The 1969 Edison High football team, coached by the late Charles Washington '54, was also inducted. The Jack O'Keefe athlete of the year award went to Pacific golfer Byron Meth '15.

Greg GibbonsGibbons nabs WCC Co-Coach of the Year
Greg Gibbons,
head coach of women's volleyball, was named WCC Co-Coach of the Year, sharing the honor with BYU's Shawn Olmstead. The honor marks the first conference coach of the year award for a Tiger volleyball coach since 2000. Finishing his fifth year with Pacific, Gibbons led his team to its best record since the 2001 season, posting 24-7 overall and 13-5 in conference play to secure 2nd place in the WCC.



Publications and presentations


College of the Pacific

Roman Altshuler, visiting assistant professor of Philospophy, presented the paper "Immortality, Identity, and Desirability" at the inaugural conference of the International Association for the Philosophy of Death and Dying at Cal Poly Pomona.

Kurtis Burmeister, associate professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, presented an invited lecture in the School of Geoscience at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. His lecture, "What's beneath W. M. Davis' Little Mountains: the interplay between fold-thrust belt structures and landscape," highlighted the results of his research in the northern Appalachian Mountains of New York State and was delivered to the members of the prestigious Hutton Club, a society that honors the memory of James Hutton, the founder of modern geological sciences.

Kurtis Burmeister, Dennis Flynn, professor emeritus of Economics, and Arturo Giraldez, professor of Modern Languages and Literature, presented their paper, "A Big History Perspective on Silver," at the International Big History Association's 2014 Conference in San Rafael, Calif.

Martín Camps, associate professor of Modern Languages and Literature, published the book chapter: "The Plague of Modernity: Macondo Inc. and the Branding of 'Magical' Latin America" in Critical Insights: Magical Realism (Massachussetts: Salem Press, 2014) edited by Ignacio López-Calvo. 

Qingwen Dong, professor of Communication, made a poster presentation of "Intercultural Willingness to Communicate, Self-esteem, & Ethnocentrism" at the Annual National Communication Association Convention on Nov. 22, in Chicago. The study found that a willingness to communicate online, specifically in a context of intercultural communication, had a significant predicting power for a reduction of ethnocentrism. Coauthors on the research were class of 2015 graduate students Josh Harzman, Megan Allen, Michael Contreras, Ki-Shawna Moore, Xochitl Paderes, Sonia Silveira, Noah Zepponi and Wei Zhang.

Marcos Gridi-Papp, assistant professor of Biological Sciences, presented "Frequency tuning in the communication system of túngara frogs (Engystomops "Physalaemus" pustulosus)" at the symposium "Contemporary Research on Anuran Communication" at the 15th Conference of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology in New York. Student co-authors were Mary E. Paduano '12, '14, and Jesse Herche '15

Camille Norton, professor of English, had her poem, "Thomas Jefferson," published in the Water~Stone Review and had her paper "Anne Carson's NOX and the Trauma of 'The Letter'" accepted for presentation at the 2015 American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting in Seattle, Wash.

Ajna Rivera, assistant professor of Biological Sciences, coauthored the article "Using phylogenetically-informed annotation (PIA) to search for light-interacting genes in transcriptomes from non-model organisms," which was published in BMC Bioinformatics. 

Caroline Schroeder, associate professor of Religious and Classical Studies, presented the paper, "The Digital Humanities as Cultural Capital: Implications for Biblical and Religious Studies" at the annual Society of Biblical Literature meeting in San Diego.

Paul Turpin, associate professor of Communication, was a multiple panelist at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association in Chicago, Nov. 20-23. He participated in an all-day preconference seminar, "Demanding Times and Risky Subjects: Economic Populisms in the Age of (Il)liquid Capital"; presenting a paper, "Stories & Characters: The Rhetorical Invention of Values"; and chairing a roundtable panel on which he was also a discussant, "The Rhetoric of Economics at 30, Part I: The Influence of Deirdre McCloskey's Rhetoric of Economics."

Cities of OthersXiaojing Zhou, professor of English and Ethnic Studies, had her book, Cities of Others: Reimagining Urban Spaces in Asian American Literature, published as part of the Scott and Laurie Oki Series in Asian American Studies by University of Washington Press (Nov. 2014).

School of International Studies

Bruce  La Brack  professor emeritius anthropology¸ co-presented the session "Culture in the Lab: A Model for Undergraduate STEM Research Abroad," focusing upon the development and structure of a cultural competency training component designed to support summer research by U.S. undergraduates in eight Asian universities, sponsored by the School of Engineering, UC-San Diego, at the Bi-Regional Conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Nov. 5 in Portland, Ore. 

Conservatory of Music

Keith Hatschek, professor of Music Management, and Veronica Wells, assistant professor in the University Library, published the essay "Developing Information Literacy Skills for Tomorrow's Music Industry Leaders" in the December 2014 edition of the Journal of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association. The publication followed on the presentation by Wells and Hatschek of their research at the Spring 2014 MEIEA Educator's Summit in Nashville and the Fall Music Library Association's California Chapter Conference held at Pacific this October. The work draws on their collaborative efforts to advance student information literacy skills by embedding activities and assignments designed to build such skills through all four years of the Music Management curriculum.

Feilin Hsiao, associate professor of Music Therapy, had the article "Gatekeeping practices of music therapy academic programs and internships: A national survey," published in the Journal of Music Therapy. Her co-authored paper, "Minority supervisors with intersecting identities: Power dynamics and supervisory dyads," was published in the Proceedings of the Fourteenth World Congress of Music Therapy, Vienna/Krems, Austria. She also presented her research paper, "Music perception and production of pediatric cochlear implant recipients?" at the 62nd California Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention in San Francisco. 

Nicolasa Kuster, associate professor of Bassoon, was a featured soloist with the New Hampshire Music Festival, July 17 and 19. Kuster performed Antonio Vivaldi's Bassoon Concerto in E Minor, RV 484. This six-week music festival presents weekly pairs of orchestral concerts, pops and chamber music. Kuster is the principal bassoonist of the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, which includes musicians from the San Francisco Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, and faculty from schools such as Berklee College of Music, the Eastman School of Music, and Hart Conservatory.

Eric Waldon '00, '07, assistant professor of Music Therapy, and undergraduate students Jerwin Monje and Angela Powell presented "Music Therapy Tests and Measures: A Review of AMTA Journals (1981 - 2014)" at the American Music Therapy Association National Conference in Louisville, Ky, on Nov. 8. This study is part of a larger-scale project on music therapy assessment, the first phase of which was presented by Waldon at the World Congress of Music Therapy in Krems, Austria, in July. Waldon and graduate student Alexander Lesser presented "The Music Attentiveness Screening Assessment, Revised (MASA-R): A Study of Technical Adequacy" at the American Music Therapy Association National Conference in Louisville, KY. This study is a follow-up investigation to one published by Waldon in the Journal of Music Therapy.

Frank  Wiens, professor of Piano, gave solo piano recitals at the University of Louisiana, Monroe, and at LSU in September. He was also a soloist with the Folsom Symphony in a performance of the Beethoven Emperor Concerto on October 25 at the Harris Center for the Arts in Folsom.

Trio 180, made up of Ann Miller, associate professor of violin, Nina Flyer, visiting lecturer in cello, and Sonia Leong, lecturer in piano, gave an invited concert at the Maple Ridge Music Society's concert venue, Westacres, in Maple Ridge, B.C., as part of their 2014-15 concert series. 

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Nejat Duzgunes, professor of microbiology, coauthored the article, "Gene delivery to carcinoma cells with novel non-viral vectors: Nanoparticle tracking analysis and suicide gene therapy," published in the European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Coauthors were Microbiology Lab research associate Senait Gebremedhin, Aruna Singh '14, associate professor Stephen Koons, adjunct professor Krystyna Konopka, and William Bernt of Particle Characterization Laboratories.

Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo Jr. gave a keynote presentation about trends in interprofessional education (IPE) at the UNLV-UNSOM Interprofessional Health Equity Symposium held at the School of Dental Medicine at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on Oct. 10, and gave a keynote at the 12th Annual UC Davis Pre-Medical and Pre-Health Professions National Conference - "Empowering the Next Generation of Health Care Professionals" - held Oct. 11-12. The annual event is billed as the largest pre-health conference in the country. Read more>>

Allen Wong '83, '86, '10, professor of dental practice, co-led a presentation on "Telemedicine Assessment Consultation Team (TACT): Caring for Individuals with Complex Developmental Disabilities in Rural Northern California." The class was part of a course at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine's Mini Medical School for the Public. 

McGeorge School of Law 

Raquel Aldana, professor of law, was a co-organizer and panelist for the track "Curricular Innovations in a Time of Crisis: How to Move Law Schools to Embrace the Intercultural," at the 2014 SALT Teaching Conference at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Oct. 10-11, 2014. 

Melissa  Brown, professor of lawyering skills, spoke at the Renaissance Society's Mini-Seminar on Estate Planning at California State University, Sacramento, on Oct. 10. Brown and Dorothy Landsberg, distinguished professor of law, participated as law school faculty facilitators in a joint Doctoring III class with the UC Davis School of Medicine on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 2014. Alumni Donald Fraulob '69, Lauren Foust '13, Ian Scharg '12, Jacob Smith '14, and Vincent Wiraatmadja '14, also participated as faculty facilitators.

Adrienne Brungness, professor of lawyering skills, presented "More Than Just Comments — Using E-Comments to Give Students Instant Access to Resources and Tools for Improvement," at the Fourth Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference at Stanford Law School Sept. 19-20.

Omar Dajani, professor of law, had his co-authored report, "Past the Point of No Return? A Rights-Based Framework for International Engagement in Israel/Palestine" (2014) published on the website of the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Center (NOREF).

Franklin  Gevurtz, distinguished professor of law, served as a discussant to comment on papers at the Northern California International Law Scholars workshop held at Hastings Law School in San Francisco Sept. 5-6. Gevurtz also led a discussion on "Whither International Law? Congo, Gaza, Israel, Syria, and Ukraine."

Leslie Gielow Jacobs, professor of law, had her article, "Compelled Commercial Speech as Compelled Consent Speech," published in the Journal of Law and Politics

Brian  Landsberg, distinguished professor of law, had his article, "Enforcing Desegregation: A Case Study of Federal District Court Power and Social Change in Macon County Alabama," published in the Law and Society Review. The article demonstrates that a federal district court brought about significant social change despite constraints on the courts, playing a decisive role in ending the racial caste system in this Alabama Black Belt county. Landsberg also spoke to the Adventist Attorneys of California about the Voting Rights Act on Sept. 12 and spoke on the Civil Rights Laws and his experience enforcing them at a Congregation B'nai Israel brunch on Oct. 19.

Courtney Lee, associate professor lawyering skills, had her article, "Changing Gears to Meet the New Normal in Legal Education," accepted for publication in the Duquesne Law Review.

Lawrence Levine, professor of law, moderated and organized the plenary session "Beyond Marriage Equality," at the 2014 SALT Teaching Conference at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Oct. 10-11. Levine also participated in and organized a panel session on "Injecting Social Justice Issues in First Year Courses."

Hether Macfarlane, professor of lawyering skills, presented "Helping Students Assess Their Own Progress," at the Fourth Annual Western Regional Legal Writing Conference at Stanford Law School Sept. 19-20.

Michael  Malloy, distinguished professor of law, was invited to participate as an academic observer for the fifth time in six years at the plenary session of the Committee on Housing and Land Management-UN Economic Commission for Europe in October. The 75th Plenary Session took place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and provided an opportunity for representatives of UN member states and experts to discuss future cooperation in the UNECE region on issues related to sustainable housing and urban development, land administration and management, spatial planning and real estate market stability. Dr. Malloy's principal contribution to this session is an analysis and critique of structural problems impeding recovery in the U.S. housing market. His third 2014 Supplement to his three-volume treatise, Banking Law and Regulation (2d ed.), has been published by Wolters-Kluwer Law and Business. Malloy served as the commentator for a paper about the functions and effectiveness of the Financial Stability Oversight Council by Professor Hilary J. Allen of Suffolk University Law School at the Younger Comparativists Committee (YCC) of the American Society of Comparative Law (ASCL) held on Nov. 7-8 at UC Davis School of Law. 

Stephen McCaffrey, distinguished professor of law, presented a panel on "Litigating International Environmental Disputes," by invitation at the Canadian Council on International Law's (CCIL) 43rd Annual Conference on "Combustion: Energy, Resources and Environmental Issues Igniting International Law," held Nov. 13-15 in Ottawa, Canada.

Mary-Beth Moylan, professor of lawyering skills, was a panelist for the track "Curricular Innovations in a Time of Crisis: How to Move Law Schools to Embrace the Intercultural," at the 2014 SALT Teaching Conference at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law Oct. 10-11. Moylan also gave a presentation at the plenary session, "Coalition Building: The Importance of Sister Organizations in a Time of Challenge and Opportunity," from the perspective of her role as president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD).

John E.B. Myers, professor of law, gave an invited workshop on allegations of child abuse that arise in family law proceedings at the 19th International Conference on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma at Alliant International University, San Diego, Sept. 7-10.

Rachel Salcido, professor of law, had her article, "Rationing Environmental Law in a Time of Climate Change," accepted for publication by the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal.

Michael  Vitiello, distinguished professor of law, had his article, "Limiting Access to US Courts: The Supreme Court's New Personal Jurisdiction Case Law," accepted for publication in the UC Davis Journal of International Law and Policy. He also presented a paper on personal jurisdiction at the Northern California International Law Scholars workshop held at Hastings Law School in San Francisco, Sept. 5-6.

Jarrod Wong, professor of law, presented the paper "BG Group v. Argentina: The Ill-Rooted Decision of the U.S. Supreme Court on Investment Treaty Awards," at the AALS ADR Section Annual Workshop at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles on Nov. 8.  He also presented the paper "The Subversion of State-to-State Investment Treaty Arbitration" at the 2014 ASIL International Economic Law Interest Group Biennial Research Forum at Denver Law School on Nov. 14. 

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Jaci Griffen '12, coordinator of credential services in Educational Administration and Leadership, co-authored with Tenisha Tevis, assistant professor of Educational Administration and Leadership, the article "Absent voices: The Intersections of Academic Success and Students with Physical Disabilities: A Qualitative Case Study," which was accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed Journal of Progressive Policy and Practice. The article will appear in a special issue, themed "Informing Higher Education Policy and Practice through Intersectionality." Griffen and Tevis also presented the paper at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education in Washington, D.C.

Ronald Hallett, associate professor of Educational Administration and Leadership, and Jaci Griffen '12 had their paper "Empowering Parents in the College Planning Process: An Action Inquiry Case Study" accepted for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR). The journal editors selected 10 manuscripts for this special double issue which will be published in early 2015. 

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Adam Kaye, clinical professor pharmacy practice, will have his articles "Rhabdomyolysis: Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Treatment" and "Drug-Induced Acute Pancreatitis: A Review," published in the spring 2015 edition of The Ochsner Journal.

School of Engineering and Computer Science 

Said Shakerin, professor of mechanical engineering, presented the posters "Soap Bubbles in Thin Enclosure," "Patterns in Sand Box," "Corn Starch as Canvas," and "Drops and Tilt Painting," representing his Photogenic Fluids I-IV series, at the Gallery of Fluid Motion at the annual meeting of the Division of Fluid Dynamics of the American Physical Society in San Francisco, Nov. 23-25. The work presented at the meeting was made possible by a Scholarly/Artistic Activity Grant.

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