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Noteworthy newsletter - April 2, 2015

Recent faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly activity
Apr 2, 2015

Awards, recognition and service

College of the Pacific

Jennifer Helgren, associate professor of History, was awarded a travel grant through the Eisenhower Foundation to conduct research at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library. Helgren is researching how civilian agencies such as girls' organizations and the Eisenhower Administration, through its People to People Ambassador Programs, participated in overlapping efforts to create peace through global exchange.  

Qingwen Dong, professor of Communication, has been appointed by the National Communication Association Executive Committee to co-chair a Task Force on Facilitating International Collaborations. The purpose of the task force is to lead the NCA's efforts in supporting the members' pursuits of international collaborations in research, teaching and service. The task force will survey existing research, summarize best pedagogical practices, and organize international communication conferences. The 8,000-member National Communication Association advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry.

Pacific Speech and Debate achieves early success in national tournaments
    Pacific debaters, led by Marlin Bates IV '96, '99, director of Forensics, and Steven Kalani Farias '09, '11, assistant director, capped off their spring break with competition in two national tournaments.  The National Parliamentary Debate Association's National Tournament on March 14 was an open invitational hosting 150 teams from 47 schools. Katherine Earley '15 and Reed Ramsey '16 finished in the top 25 teams in elimination rounds and Earley was named an All-American.
     The team had to qualify for the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence on March 20, which included the top 68 teams based on national rankings before the tournament. Entering the tournament, Earley and Ramsey were ranked 27th and Jonathan Bruce '15 and Evan Haynes '16 were ranked 24th. These were the highest rankings achieved in the regular season by any two teams from Pacific since 2012. Earley and Ramsey ended the tournament ranked 23rd in the nation. Bruce and Haynes were ranked 18th in the nation and Bruce was named the 12th best debater in the nation following his performance at the tournament. These were the best results for a Pacific Forensics squad at the national tournament since 2010.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

ADEA awardThe ADEA student chapter received the award for "Outstanding Advocacy and Ethics" at the ADEA Annual Session in Boston, March 7-10. Pacific representatives were involved in poster presentations, educational sessions and many other activities at the American Dental Education Association's national gathering.

McGeorge School of Law

Tracy Simmons, assistant dean of Admissions, Diversity Initiatives and Financial Aid, has been appointed to serve a two-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) as an Appointee-at-Large, effective after the May 2015 LSAC Annual Meeting.  
Publications and Presentations

Publications and Presentations

College of the Pacific

Ken  Albala, professor of History and director of Food Studies, lectured on the topic of food as art at the International Cultural Center at Texas Tech University sponsored by the Lambda of Texas chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico, the Department of Restaurant, Hotel and Institutional Management (RHIM) and the Institute for the Study of Western. Albala also will conducted a cooking demonstration for Texas Tech's RHIM students. Albala also spoke on "The Physiology of Taste" at a Science on Screen event on March 16 at the State Theatre in Modesto. The Science on Screen program combines expert speakers on science-based subjects with related popular films and is geared to middle school, high school and college students.

Martín Camps, associate professor of  Modern Languages and Literature published the essay "Passenger 21: Evidence of José Juan Tablada's Trip to Japan in 1900" in Revista de Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana (Tufts University) XL.80 (2014). This article presents proof of a controversial trip by one of Mexico's most important poets. For 115 years there was no concrete evidence to prove his travel, a recent book actually says that he never went. As a result of research in the National Archives of San Francisco, Professor Camps found a record with his signature when he arrived to San Francisco on December 5, 1900 aboard the "America Maru," a crucial trip to a poet that introduced the poetic form of haiku into Spanish language.

Melissa Davies, visiting assistant professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, coauthored the article "A Qualitative Analysis of Athletic Apparel and Equipment Sponsorship Related to Student-Athlete Recruitment" in The Qualitative Report. This study explores the role that apparel and equipment sponsorship played in student-athlete recruitment.

Jennifer Helgren, associate professor of History, will moderate a roundtable, "Teaching Public History to Graduate and Undergraduate Students," at the 2015 annual conference of the Western Association of Women Historians in Sacramento in May.

Jeffrey Hole, assistant professor of English, has had his essay, "Correlatives of Liberalism: Melville's Managers and the Microphysics of Security," published in a special issue on "Security and Liberalism" in the critical theory journal Telos.

Alan Lenzi, associate professor of Religious and Classical Studies, published an edition with introduction and translation of the ancient commentary to the Babylonian poem Ludlul Bēl Nēmeqi on the Cuneiform Commentaries Project, sponsored by Yale University. This is the first stand-alone edition of the commentary ever published.

Ruth Lewis, visiting assistant professor of Sociology, co-authored two papers in the latest issue of BMJ Open: "Patterns and trends in sources of information about sex among young people in Britain: evidence from three National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles," and "Associations between source of information about sex and sexual health outcomes in Britain: findings from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3)." Both papers were written as part of a collaboration between University College London, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the National Centre for Social Research (UK).

The Lucas EffectPatti McCarthy, visiting assistant professor of Film Studies and English, had her book, The Lucas Effect: George Lucas and the New Hollywood, published by Teneo Press, NY. (2014). A filmmaker, visionary and entrepreneur, George Lucas has not only changed the way we experience film and filmmaking, but also revolutionized film industry practices and standards. McCarthy defines his contribution to the film industry and his influence on our culture as the "Lucas Effect."

Monika Meler, assistant professor of Art and Graphic Design, had a solo exhibit and delivered an artist lecture at the 1078 Gallery in Chico, California. Fragile Structures was on display from February 5 to March 7.

Ethel Nicdao, associate professor of Sociology, coauthored the manuscript "Psychological Distress, Nativity and Help-seeking among Filipino Americans" which has been accepted for publication in the book series Research in the Sociology of Health Care.

Camille Norton, professor of English, will be a Visiting Scholar in the Department of English and American Literature and Language in fall 2015. She presented a seminar paper, "Anne Carson and the Tyranny of the Letter" at the American Comparative Literature Association Conference in Seattle, Washington, held March 26-28.

Merrill Schleier, emerita professor of Art and Graphic Design, had her book chapter, "A Place of No Return: Frank Lloyd Wright's Undomestic Ennis House in Film," published in Archi.Pop: Mediating Architecture in Popular Culture, Medina Lasansky, ed. (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014). Her book chapter, "Postwar Hollywood, 1947-1967," was published in Art Direction and Production Design, Lucy Fischer, ed. (Rutgers University Press, 2015).

Caroline Schroeder, associate professor of Religious and Classical Studies, directed a one-day workshop on Children and Education in Late Antiquity for the Dickinson College Latin Workshops. The workshops are professional development opportunities for elementary and secondary school Latin teachers in the mid-Atlantic region.

Paul Turpin, associate professor of Communication, was one of nine invited presenters at "Humanism Challenges Materialism: The Work of D. N. McCloskey," a Festschrift Conference honoring the work of Deirdre McCloskey at the University of Illinois, Chicago, held March 20-22. He presented "Rhetoric and Public Policy: The Specter of Health Care." A conference volume is being planned with the University of Chicago Press.

Xiaojing Zhou professor of English had her English translation of the short story, "Our Life of Combat Is Like Poetry" by Fan Xiaoqing published in the journal CLT: Chinese Literature Today by Oklahoma University Press.

School of International Studies

Bruce La Brack, emeritus professor of Anthropology, presented two invited sessions at the Forum on Education Abroad's Eleventh Annual Conference on "It Takes a Campus and More: The Faces of Education Abroad." He was Chair of the panel on "Meaningful Reflection: Adding Structure and Integrity to Reflective Learning" and reviewed "What Have We Learned from Recent Research" as part of a panel on "The Research, Development and Implementation of Pre-International Experience Courses for Study and Intern Abroad Participants," March 25-27 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Conservatory of Music

Robert Coburn, professor of Composition and Music Theory, had his collaborative Interstitial Traces featured and was interviewed along with collaborator Celia Eid in the fall 2014 VideoFocus. Interstitial Traces has received performances at festivals throughout Europe including the Transverse Video Festival, Oodaq Festival of Music and Video, and Festival du Film Européen de Houlgate in France, as well as in Bulgaria, Romania and Spain. View interview>> View video of Interstitial Traces>>

Feilin Hsiao, associate professor of Music Therapy, presented her research paper, "Beyond Repertoire: Adopting a Culturally-Sensitive Approach for Clients of Asian Descent," at the 2015 Western Regional conference of the American Music Therapy Association in San Jose.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Lola Giusti, associate professor of Dental Practice, coauthored the article, "Impact of Attitudes and Behaviors on Tooth Loss" in Stomatology Edu Journal. Coauthors were Eric Salmon '99, assistant professor of Dental Practice, and Richard White, associate professor of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences.

Paul Glassman '94, '99, professor of Dental Practice and director of Community Oral Health, was the keynote speaker for Vignia Garcia's 7th Annual Health Care Symposium: "Putting the Mouth Back in the Body." The symposium, sponsored by the Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation, was held April 2 in Portland, Oregon.  

Douglas A. Young '99, '10, professor of Dental Practice, coauthored the article "The American Dental Association Caries Classification System for Clinical Practice" in the February 2015 issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association.

McGeorge School of Law

Cary Bricker, professor of lawyering skills, was a panelist at "Honing Your Trial Skills: Effective Litigation of a Civil Rights Case" at the Robert T. Matsui Federal Courthouse on Feb. 26.

Linda Carter, distinguished professor of law, and Brian Landsberg, distinguished professor of law, were panel members discussing Plyler v. Doe as part of the UC Davis, King Hall, Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies workshop series on Feb. 10.  Carter worked on the case at the trial level and Landsberg worked on the case at the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court levels.

Franklin Gevurtz, distinguished professor of law, had his essay, "Globalizing Up Corporate Law," published in the SMU Law Review as part of a symposium in honor of the late Professor Alan Bromberg.

Brian Landsberg, distinguished professor of law, spoke to employees of the State Department of Education on "The Untold Story Behind Selma" on Feb. 24.

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Joel N. Lohr, associate professor of practice in Educational Administration and Leadership, had the article "Theology of Law: Hebrew Bible" published in The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law, Brent A. Strawn ed., (Oxford University Press, 2015). 

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Said Shakerin, professor of  Mechanical Engineering, had an invited presentation, "Soap Bubble Clusters in Thin Enclosures," at the 2015 Mathematics and Culture Conference held in Venice, Italy, in March. Professor Michele Emmer, conference chair, delivered the presentation on behalf of Shakerin, who could not travel due to health issues. The presented work was supported by a 2013 SAAG.

Huihui Xu, assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, coauthored the article "The e-Incubator: A Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Compatible Mini Incubator," published in the journal Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods. The e-incubator, an innovative miniature incubator that is compatible with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), enables scientists to grow tissue-engineered constructs under controlled conditions and to study their growth and development in real time without the risk of contamination or damage. 

The Powell Scholars Program

Cynthia Wagner Weick, program director, together with eleven of the Powell Scholars, published the article "Setting the Standard for Challenge: Teaching English in Dimen, China," in the academic journal Honors in Practice (2015, Vol. 11). The article is based on a multi-year project in which the Powell Scholars developed original curriculum for teaching English and taught the curriculum in a village in China. Powell Scholars contributing to the article were: Samuel J. Costigan '15, mechanical engineering; Lindsey J. Cunningham '15, mathematics and education; Shelly R. Zeiser '14, music therapy: Jackson A. Campbell '15, biology; Michael C. Feliz '15, computer science; Jennifer. M. Iversen '17, education; Alison L. Kobayashi '15, athletic training; Madelaine A. Matej '16, voice; Colleen T. Motoyasu '17, bioengineering; Kathryn E. Teague '15, environmental sciences; and Sarah A. Wong '14, biology. Learn more about the project>>

Student Life

Patrick Day, vice president for Student Life, served on a panel at a public event sponsored by the American Association of University Women on taking a stand in ending the culture of violence on school and college campuses. The event was held March 19 at the Martin G. Petersen Event Center in Modesto.

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