Regent José M. Hernández ’85 was the keynote speaker for the graduation exercises for the University of LaVerne’s College of Arts and Sciences and its College of Education and Organizational Leadership and the later commencement ceremony for ULV’s College of Business and Public Management. The ceremonies were held at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario on May 31.
Noteworthy faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly activity
College of the Pacific
Ken Albala, History, had his 21st book, an encyclopedia, From Famine to Fast Food: Nutrition, Diet, and Concepts of Health Around the World, published by ABC-CLIO. The book presents country-specific information on how diet, food security, and concepts of health critically impact the well-being of the world's population.
Alison Alkon, Sociology, had her article "Food Justice and the Challenge to Neoliberalism" published out in Gastronomica: the Journal of Critical Food Studies.
Robert Benedetti, emeritus, Political Science, will present "Avoiding the Cliff: Bankruptcies in California," at the CSAC Conference Center in Sacramento. The presentation is sponsored by the Center for California Studies at CSU Sacramento. Benedetti's presentation centers on his research on municipal bankruptcies, which examines underlying factors that can contribute to a decision to declare bankruptcy.
Andreea Boboc, English, presented her paper, "Images of Legal Authority in James Le Palmer' Omne Bonum" at the Medieval Academy Congress held at UCLA.
Anthony Dutoi, Chemistry, had a graphic from his article "Visualising many-body electron dynamics using one-body densities and orbitals" in Molectular Physics featured and cited in the June "back scatter" section in Physics Today, a publication of the American Institute of Physics. The "back scatter" is the inside back cover image accompanied by brief description, chosen for a combination of aesthetic appeal and scientific impact.
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Noelle M. Santucci, Eugene T. Santucci and Marc Geissberger, Integrated Reconstructive Dental Science, had their article "A Simplified Clinical Technique for a Routine Indirect Restoration Impression on a Challenging Patient Using a Dry Field Illuminator" published in Operative Dentistry. Read more >>
Nava Fathi, Endodontics, has been appointed to the Board of Directors at the American Association of Endodontists as District VII Director, representing California. Alan H. Gluskin completed his service on the AAE Board of Directors from 2011 to 2014.
Steven Dugoni, Orthodontics, was installed as secretary-treasurer of the American Board of Orthodontics on April 29, 2014, during the ABO President's Dinner, held in conjunction with the 2014 Annual Session of the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO) in New Orleans, La. Read more >>
McGeorge School of Law
Raquel Aldana has been named to the Association of American Law Schools 2015 Planning Committee on Measuring Learning Gains Workshop. She was a panelist on the topic "Globalization Meets Experiential Legal Education," at the 2014 International Legal Education Abroad Conference (ILEAC) held at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C.
Linda Carter moderated a panel on sentencing theory and practices in the international criminal tribunals at the American Society of Law conference meeting in Washington, D.C. She was a panelist and moderator on the topic "Globalization Meets Experiential Legal Education," at the 2014 ILEAC.
Julie Davies had her essay, "Sentencias Trascendentales del Tribunal Supremo de los Estados Unidos. Pasos Hacia la Igualdad del Matrimonio Para Parejas del Mismo Sexo," published in Revista de Derecho Escuela de Postgrado (Universidad de Chile).
Amy Landers had her article, "The Anti-Economy of Fashion; An Openwork Approach to Intellectual Property Protection," published in the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal.
Stephen McCaffrey presented "Water Scarcity and Security Issues in the Middle East," and was a panelist on the subject "Water: Challenges for International Law and Policy" at the Annual Meeting of American Society of International Law in Washington, D.C. His article, "International Water Cooperation in the 21st Century: Recent Developments in the Law of International Watercourses," was published in the Review of European, Comparative & International Environmental Law.
Michael Malloy hosted and helped organize the first Annual International Conference on Business, Law & Economics (BLE Conference), in Athens, Greece, as the newly appointed Director of the Business and Law Research Division of the Athens Institute for Education and Research. At the conference, Malloy also chaired two sessions, one on Business and Public Policy and another on Law, Economics, and Technology.
Rachael Salcido presented, as part of the Professor's Roundtable, on the most important recent cases/legal developments from 2013-2014, at the California Bar Real Property Retreat.
John Sprankling had his book, The International Law of Property, published by Oxford University Press. Sprankling's groundbreaking new work focuses on the various ways international law intersects with private property, drawing on international human rights law, indigenous rights, foreign investment law, intellectual property, the law of the sea and airspace law to identify an emerging international law of property.
Molly Stafford co-presented "From Seattle to Secaucus: State Court Clerkships Today," at the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Annual Education Conference in Seattle, Wash. Stafford is the Vice Chair of the NALP State Judicial Clerkship Section.
Joseph Taylor and Warren Jones had their casefile, Huntington v. Aster (2013), selected for the 2014 Rocky Mountain Building Trial Skills Program for trial lawyers around the nation, held at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Education Center in Boulder, Colo.
Jarrod Wong had his coauthored paper, "Die Geister die Ich Rief: Uncommon Remedies in International Dispute Resolution," published in the chapter "Uncommon Remedies in International Dispute Resolution," of the Annual Meeting Proceedings of the America Society of International Law.
Pacific McGeorge School of Law recognized for diversity programming
Pacific McGeorge was recognized for its law school programming that encourages racially and ethnically diverse students to consider law as a career at the Diversity Matters Awards ceremony sponsored by the Law School Admission Council. The school received the third place award at LSAC's Annual Meeting and Educational Conference in Asheville, N.C., on May 31. The Diversity Matters Award is part of LSAC's DiscoverLaw.org initiative, which supports programs aimed at increasing diversity in law school and the legal profession, where ethnic and racial minorities are often underrepresented.
Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
William Chan, Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, was awarded a three-year, $367,058 research grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a division of the National Institutes of Health, for his project "Investigating the molecular mechanisms in controlling the aryl hydrocarbon receptor protein levels." The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) is an important signaling molecule in response to human exposure of numerous environmental contaminants that are unavoidable in our daily diet and living. Understanding of how the body controls the AhR cellular levels is a fundamental knowledge of this receptor that affects bodily response to toxins in the environment. If successful, the research will provide a better understanding of how the AhR protein levels are maintained and regulated which will uncover mechanisms to modulate its functions for better drug design to treat problems in cancer, aberrant immune response, stem cell development and more. Chan will be working closely with graduate students, doctor of pharmacy students, and possible pre-pharmacy students to conduct the research. Read more>>
Jim Mansoor, Physical Therapy, has learned that his 1997 research project, conducted along with colleagues from UC Davis, has contributed to a new treatment for patients who suffer from a deadly lung disease, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Their research project studied the effects of pirfenidone on IPF in animal models. The cause of IPF is often unknown and early screenings are not available. Currently, there are no successful treatments for the disease. The only other option is a lung transplant. Pirfenidone now offers hope. The drug has been found to slow down the deterioration of lung functions in recent human clinical trials potentially increasing life expectancy. The group's paper "Pirfenidone attenuates bleomycin-induced changes in pulmonary mechanics in hamsters" was published in the Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine journal in 1997. Read more>>
Roshanak Rahimian, Physiology and Pharmacology, has been named to the editorial board of the Austin Journal of Vascular Medicine. She also served as committee member and reviewer for the American Heart Association's Peer Review Study Group committee (Vasc Endo Bio Bsc4). She presented "Mechanisms responsible for the impairment of sex-based cardiovascular protection in premenopausal diabetic females" as an invited speaker for the faculty of pharmacy at the University of Sydney, Australia. Additional contributors to the research included Xiaoyuan Han '14 and Rui Zhang '14. She also presented "Shifts in Rat Aortic and Mesenteric Endothelial Responses to Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetes with Respect to Sex" at the World Congress of Cardiology in Melbourne, Australia. Additional contributors to the research were Xiaoyuan Han '14 and Rui Zhang '14. Rahmimian published two articles in the in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology: "Sexual dimorphism in aortic endothelial function of Zucker diabetic fatty rats: possible involvement of superoxide production" and "Sex-Based Alteration of Relative Importance of EDRFs in Modulating Vascular Reactivity in Zucker Diabetic Fatty (ZDF) Rats" Co-authors on both articles were Sonali Shaligram '16, Xiaoyuan Han '14 and Rui Zhang '14; and Leigh Anderson, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. She also had the article "Shifts in Rat Aortic and Mesenteric Endothelial Responses to Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetes with Respect to Sex: the Role of EDRFs and Superoxide" published in Global Heart. Co-authors include Rui Zhang '14 and Xiaoyuan Han '14, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences; and Leigh Anderson, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.
Jeremiah (Jay) Joson '03, Pharmacy Practice, was named a Fellow for the Donald W. Reynolds FD~AGE Mini-Fellowship at UCLA. The fellowship is a three-day faculty development course designed to strengthen clinician-educators' knowledge and skills to teach contemporary issues in geriatrics education. Joson's co-authored article, "Fatal dabigatran-associated bleeding," was published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.
School of Engineering and Computer Science
Scott Larwood, Mechanical Engineering, along with a UC Davis co-author, had their manuscript "Wind turbine rotor fragments: impact probability and setback evaluation" accepted for publication in the journal Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy.
Jennifer Torres Siders, Community Relations Manager, collaborated with the National Association for Summer Learning to present training on summer learning initiatives for schools and nonprofit agencies from San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Fresno counties as part of Pacific's Beyond Our Gates early literacy initiative. Forty people have attended the series of events, held at Gladys L. Bernerd School of Education from late April through May 30 and funded by the Weikart Foundation/Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality as part of the Reading by Third campaign. Representatives of organizations that offer summer enrichment programs have learned about research and evidence-based strategies for improving early literacy.