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Noteworthy faculty and staff accomplishments

May 19, 2014
Cindy LyonCindy Lyon chosen as a 2014-15 Fellow
for the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program

Cindy Lyon, RDH, DDS, Ed.D. has been chosen for an intensive one-year program of leadership training for women candidates for leadership in academic medicine, dentistry and public health. The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM®) program develops the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today's complex healthcare environment.

Throughout the year, Lyon will work on an action project addressing a specific need of the dental school. She will also participate in a national forum at the end of the program in 2015 to share her project. Established in 1995, ELAM aims to expand the national pool of qualified women candidates for leadership. It is part of the International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Lyon is the chair of the Department of Dental Practice and Community Service at Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. She came to Pacific in 2001 when she launched the dental hygiene program. She was instrumental in developing the innovative curriculum and obtaining accreditation for the nation's first three-year baccalaureate dental hygiene program.  Read more>>

College of the Pacific

Balint Sztáray, Chemistry, and Sampada Borkar '14 had their article, "On the Protonation of Water" in Chemical Science, the new flagship journal of the Royal Society of Chemistry. In this work, a floating thermochemical cycle constructed from five spectroscopic quantities is used to establish a benchmark value for the water proton affinity as 688.81 ± 0.25 kJ/mol (at room temperature). Co-authors included colleagues from the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary.   

School of International Studies

Bruce La Brack, Emeritus, chaired a session on Early Migrants and Institution Building at the Sikh Studies in the 21st Century Conference, sponsored by the Center for Sikh and Punjab Studies and the Global and International Studies Program, at UC Santa Barbara.

Conservatory of Music

Robert Coburn had his work, "Interstitial Traces" for alto and baritone saxophone, computer soundscape, and animation, featured as part of the opening event of the Oodaaq Festival in Rennes, France. (http://www.loeildoodaaq.fr/festival-2014.php) Created in 2013 in collaboration with French animation artist Celia Eid, the work has been presented at festivals throughout Europe. At the conclusion of the Oodaaq Festival it will be featured on the Best of Oodaaq 2014 DVD that will be circulated widely to festivals around the world. "Interstitial Traces" was composed in Japan during Coburn's year as a Fulbright Scholar. L'Œil d'Oodaaq is a nonprofit organization that stimulates research on video art, as well as other art forms that question contemporary imagery: photography, installation, drawing, painting, performance and new media. The Festival Oodaaq is the result of research and activities led throughout the whole year and constitutes the organization's main annual event.

Ann Miller, Nina Flyer and Sonia Leong, Trio 180, performed on April 22 for the Berkeley Chamber Concerts at the Berkeley City Club. The trio also is continuing its residency at Old First Church in San Francisco.  

Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Michael P. Malloy had the article "Human Rights and Unintended Consequences: Empirical Analysis of International Economic Sanctions in Contemporary Practice" published in volume 31 of the Boston University International Law Journal. The article focuses on the use of sanctions in response to pervasive human rights violations, such as the former Southern Rhodesian (and now in Zimbabwe itself), South Africa, Myanmar and Belarus.  

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Pacific MESA program wins state engineering design championship
The Stagg High MESA team, part of Pacific's MESA program, took first place in the state MESA Engineering Design Challenge held at University of the Pacific. The team now heads to Portland, Oregon, for the national competition in June. It's the second time in three years that Stagg will represent the state in national competition. The team won the national contest in 2012. It's the ninth time in 10 years that the team made the state competition. In 2012, the team won the national title with a wind power device. It also won a national title in 2006. In this year's trek for a third national championship, the challenge was to build a prosthetic arm out of household or hardware store items for less than $40. The arm has to be able to screw bolts into wood and grip and throw balls into buckets from different distances. The state-winning team built its prosthetic arm out of bamboo, Texliner, PVC pipe, rubber bands and some other small pieces, such as a chunk of a couch cushion and a football helmet liner. The MESA competition requires not only building a functional arm, but also writing a 15-page technical paper on the project and putting together a display piece.  

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