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Noteworthy Newsletter | January 2016

Highlighting recent faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly activities
Jan 13, 2016

Awards, Recognition and Service

College of the Pacific

Robert Botto, Program Coordinator in the Jacoby Center for Public Service and Civic Leadership, was recognized with a San Joaquin A+ Award for extraordinary tutoring at a San Joaquin A+ special event in November. Botto's Language Arts Tutorial Program has employed more than 30 college-level tutors for nearly 3,500 K-3 students in 11 schools in Stockton and Lincoln unified school districts. A most recent assessment showed virtually all tutored students improved either in recognition, sentence reading or reading comprehension.

Caroline SchroederCaroline Schroeder, Associate Professor of Religious and Classical Studies, was awarded the American Society of Church History's Jane Dempsey Douglass Prize for her article "Women in Anchoritic and Semi-Anchoritic Monasticism in Egypt: Rethinking the Landscape," which was published in Church History (2014). The prize is awarded to the best article published in the previous year by an ASCH member on women's roles in the history of Christianity.

McGeorge School of Law

Stephen McCaffrey, Distinguished Professor of Law, traveled to The Hague on Dec. 16, 2015, as part of the delegation of Nicaragua for the reading by the President of the International Court of Justice's judgment in the joined cases: Certain Activities Carried Out by Nicaragua in the Border Area (Costa Rica v. Nicaragua) and Construction of a Road in Costa Rica Along the San Juan River (Nicaragua v. Costa Rica). McCaffrey participated in a meeting of Nicaragua's legal team following the reading of the judgment. The reading of the judgment was streamed live and archived on the Court's website, www.icj-cij.org.

Gabriella MusacchiaThomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Gabriella Musacchia, Assistant Professor of Audiology, is the co-principal investigator on a three-year, $750,000 National Science Foundation research grant: NSF15-532 "Group Brain Dynamics in Learning Network."

Eberhardt School of Business

Sandy Miller, Assistant to the Dean, has earned a Professional Administrative Certificate of Excellence (PACE) from the American Society of Administrative Professionals. The PACE certificate is recognized among private and public organizations as documenting current, practical learning in key competencies that executives and managers view as critical for today's administrative professionals.

External Relations

Jennifer Torres Siders, Director of Community Relations, was recognized with a Literacy Hero Award by the nonprofit Great Valley Bookfest for her efforts to promote literacy in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

Publications, Presentations and Artistic Endeavor

College of the Pacific

Kurtis Burmeister, Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, was invited by the faculty of the California State University, Chico, to lead a one-day workshop on Field Safety Leadership to help them develop strategies for planning, conducting and evaluating safe and effective field-based activities. Burmeister was invited to highlight aspects of his undergraduate-centered research program in the Science Night Live lecture series at the World of Wonder Science Museum in Lodi. His lecture, "Welcome to Jurassic Arc - Reconstructing the Ancient History of the Sierra Nevada," featured research by several Pacificans, including Brittany Klemm '14, Jessica Robinson '16, and Allison Jones '14. Burmeister was interviewed about his research and the public lecture by Beth Ruyak on Dec. 2 for the Capital Public Radio show Insight and the interview was listed among the Best of Insight-Science Interviews for 2015. Hear interview>>

Martín Camps, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literature, published four poems translated by Anthony Seidman in Modern Poetry in Translation (Oxford, UK).

Helene Flohic, Assistant Professor of Physics, co-authored the posters "Determining the Shape of an Asteroid," "Filling The Gap of LINERs' SED," "Modeling the SED of LLAGNs," and "Characteristics of the Optical Variability of Active Galactic Nuclei" presented at the 227th meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Kissimmee, Florida, in January. These posters were presented by Krista Hibert '17, Gerold Curell '17, Vaughn Petersen '17, and Alexander Romelfanger '17, respectively.

Dennis O. Flynn, Emeritus Professor of Economics, presented the Fall 2015 general education Big History lecture at Dominican University in San Rafael, California: "Anthropocene: Silver and the Sixteenth-Century Birth of Globalization" is based upon co-authored work with Arturo Giráldez, Professor of Modern Languages and Literature and School of International Studies.

Alan Lenzi, Associate Professor of Religious and Classical Studies, published a translation note on a 3,600 year old Babylonian prayer entitled "An Alternate Ending to an Akkadian Letter-Prayer to Amurrum (AbB 12, no. 99)" in Nouvelles Assyriologiques Brèves et Utilitaires 2015/4. View images of the tablets>>

Traci Roberts-Camps, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literature, published the book chapter "'El otro' en Madeinusa y La teta asustada" [The Other in Madeinusa and The Milk of Sorrow] in Cine andino: Estudios y testimonios, J. Noriega and J. Morales eds. (Lima: Pakarina Ediciones, 2015).

Caroline Schroeder, Associate Professor of Religious and Classical Studies, co-authored "Computational Methods for Coptic: Developing and Using Part-of-Speech Tagging for Digital Scholarship in the Humanities" in Digital Scholarship in the Humanities.

Conservatory of Music

Trio 180 CDTrio 180, Pacific's piano trio-in-residence at the Conservatory of Music, which includes Ann Miller, Associate Professor of Violin; Nina Flyer, Visiting Lecturer in Cello; and Sonia Leong, Lecturer in Piano, released its debut CD featuring works by Antonin Dvorak, Josef Suk, and Robert Schumann. 

McGeorge School of Law

Raquel Aldana, Professor of Law, was a small group discussion facilitator for the session "Associate Deans for Academic Affairs and Research" at the 2016 Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting in New York City on Jan. 7.

Michael Colatrella, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, and Jeffrey Proskey, Professor of Lawyering Skills, were co-presenters on the discussion panel  "Introducing Professional Identity Development into the Law School Curriculum" at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York City on Jan. 7.

Emily Garcia Uhrig, Professor of Law, presented the paper "The Emerging Equitable Right to Counsel in Habeas Corpus" at the Loyola University School of Law Constitutional Law Colloquium held in Chicago Nov. 5-7.

Hether Macfarlane, Professor of Lawyering Skills, presented "Choosing Among Specialized Texts for LL.M. Students" on a panel on pedagogy for teachers of legal research and writing courses for international LLM students presented by the section on Graduate Programs for Non-U.S. Lawyers at the AALS Annual Meeting Jan. 5-10.

Michael P. Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, was a U.S. representative to the Real Estate Markets Advisory Group of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), for negotiations at the 76th plenary session of the Committee for Housing and Land Management in Geneva, Switzerland, Dec. 14-15. He has been working with the UNECE since 2009, first as an expert on bank regulatory policy and now as a member of the Advisory Group. Malloy delivered an invited lecture on "Institutional Organization of Supervision: Reform in the U.S." at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London on Dec. 18. His hornbook, Principles of Bank Regulation, was cited in the Brief of Petitioners for a Writ of Certiorari in Angino & Rovner, P.C. v. Santander Bank, N.A. (2015 WL 8765976) concerning the impact of the 2008 financial crisis and the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act in response. His book, Economic Santions and U.S. Trade, was cited and quoted in Mergen Doraev's comment, "The 'Memory Effect' of Economic Sanctions Against Russia: Opposing Approaches to the Legality of Unilateral Sanctions Clash Again" published in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law (37:1). His original treatise, The Corporate Law of Banks, was quoted and cited in Robert F. Weber, "The Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review and the New Contingency of Bank Dividends," published in the Seton Hall Law Rev. (46:43). Malloy published the first of three 2016 supplements to his three-volume treatise Banking Law and Regulation, 2nd Ed. (Wolters Kluwer Law and Business, December 2015).

International Law for the EnvironmentStephen McCaffrey, Distinguished Professor of Law, co-authored a new coursebook, International Law for the Environment (West Academic, 2016). The companion, Documents Supplement to International Law for the Environment, is in the process of publication by West.

Francis J. Mootz, Dean, published the chapter "Hermeneutics and Law" in The Blackwell Companion to Hermeneutics, Keane and Lawn, eds. (Wiley-Blackwell 2016). The volume is a collection of 76 original essays from leading international scholars on philosophical hermeneutics. Mootz's chapter explores the role of historical understanding in legal practice, hermeneutics and natural law, and hermeneutics and critical legal theory surveys.

Mental Health Law in a NutshellCalifornia and Federal EvidenceJohn E.B. Myers, Professor of Law, published the books Myers' Mental Health Law in a Nutshell (West Academic Publishing, 2016) and California and Federal Evidence: Cases and Materials (Esquire Books, 2015). His article "Ohio v. Clark: A Real-Life Whodunit" was published in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, vol. 21, a journal of the American Psychological Association.

Michael Vitiello, Distinguished Professor of Law, had his article "Teaching Oral Advocacy: Creating More Opportunities for an Essential Skill," published in the Seton Hall Law Review (2015,45:1031).

Jarrod Wong, Professor of Law, was one of the conference organizers and also chair of a panel on the investment law regime in December at the Joint American Society of International Law-European Society of International Law-Max Planck Scholarship Workshop, "The Future of Transatlantic Economic Governance in the Age of the BRICS," at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law in Heidelberg, Germany. Wong and Linda Carter, Distinguished Professor of Law, co-facilitated the International Law Breakfast on the topic of rule of law programs: the role of academics, the effect of the programs, and the ethics and other challenges of the programs at the AALS Annual Meeting.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Gabriella Musacchia, Assistant Professor of Audiology, co-authored the research article "Complementary fMRI and EEG evidence for more efficient neural processing of rhythmic vs. unpredictably timed sounds," published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology (2015, October). 

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Scott Larwood, had his manuscript ,"Flutter of Variations on a 5 MW Swept Wind Turbine Blade," accepted for publication in the Journal of Solar Energy Engineering: Including Wind Energy and Building Energy Conservation.

Office of the President

Bett Schumacher, Chief of Staff, was a co-curator of the exhibition Picasso, Miró & Hawaii Five-0: Prints from the Jack Lord Collection on exhibit at the Haggin Museum from Oct. 10 - Jan. 10 and gave a gallery talk on Jan. 7 about the exhibit and its collector, American actor Jack Lord. The exhibit was co-curated by Monika Meler, Assistant Professor of Art and Graphic Design, and featured works from some of the most prominent names in 20th century art.

Office of the Provost

Eileen Camfield, Director of Writing Programs, had her article "Fast and Fruitful: Effective Writing Assessment for Determining the Success of New Initiatives" published in the journal Assessment Update (27:6).

Student Life

Steve Jacobson, Senior Associate Vice President, co-authored the chapter "A Small College Perspective" on reducing and preventing gun related violence on college campuses in the book College in the Crosshairs: An Administrative Perspective on Prevention of Gun Violence, LaBanc and Hemhill, eds. (Stylus Publishing, 2015). The aim was to further understand the issue and offer student affairs administrators at small- to mid-size institutions tools and program ideas they could use and implement on their campuses.

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