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Noteworthy Newsletter | November 2016

A digest of recent faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly and artistic activity
Nov 10, 2016

Awards, recognition and service

College of the Pacific

Kurtis Burmeister, Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Allison D. Jones '14 and Jessica Robinson '16 won the 2016 Sigma Gamma Epsilon Best Student Poster Presentation Award at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver, Colorado, for their research examining rock fabrics in the Sierra Nevada under Burmeister. This prestigious honor at a meeting of more than 8,000 geoscience students, academics and professionals is the third time students working in Burmeister's research group have won this award in the past five years. Past recipients include Brittany Klemm '12 and Nikki Mainwaring '13.   

Ethel Nicdao, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Sociology, has been appointed by the American Sociological Association governing council to serve a three-year term on the Minority Fellowship (MFP) Advisory Panel. The panel generally meets twice each year. Nicdao is an alumna of MFP cohort 29.   

Cynthia OstbergCynthia Ostberg, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Pacific Legal Scholars Program was honored with the 2017 Law Day Award from the San Joaquin County Bar Association at the annual Law Day Luncheon during the association's annual meeting on Nov. 2. The award is given to an individual or organization who has made a significant contribution to the local legal community. Ostberg was nominated by Judge Kristine Eagle for her work over the past 10 years directing the Pacific Legal Scholars Program, an accelerated honors pre-law program, which revitalized Pacific's pre-law program and brings outstanding pre-law students to Pacific. The program provides numerous experiential opportunities for the students that integrate members of the San Joaquin County legal community, many of whom have served on the program's advisory board.

Mark VanNess, Associate Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, served as a representative to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Technical Development Workgroup. The CDC is embarking on a collaborative process to assess and revise existing educational materials and create new materials to incorporate the recommendations of the 2015 Institute of Medicine report, Beyond Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Redefining an Illness.   

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Edmond Bedrossian, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, recently received an Honorary Membership to the American College of Prosthodontics at the group's meeting in San Diego.   

Dugoni School students, faculty and alumni volunteered at CDA Cares the weekend of Oct. 15-16 to help with cleanings, fillings, extractions, root canals and oral health education. On Saturday night, the Alumni Association hosted a reception to thank the Dugoni School volunteers and local alumni who had spent the whole day providing free dental care to underserved Californians. Read more >>  

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Eberhardt School of Business

Peter Hilsenrath, Joseph M. Long Chair of Health Care Management and Professor of Economics, was appointed to the editorial board of Hospital Topics, one of the oldest publications in the field.   

School of International Studies

Bruce La Brack, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, was recognized for his "Outstanding Contributions to Intercultural Development Through Study Abroad" and presented with the 2016 Intercultural Development Inventory Intercultural Competence Award at the 8th IDI Advanced Learning conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Oct. 21-22.   

SIS brings international scholars to Pacific for interdisciplinary conference
The School of International Studies hosted From Underground to End-Users: Global Monetary History in Scientific Context, an international, interdisciplinary conference held May 16-19 at the San Francisco and Stockton campuses. Bill Herrin, Director of the School of International Studies and Professor of Economics, welcomed leading international scholars from a variety of professional disciplines. Several Pacific faculty were among the presenters. Peter Hilsenrath, Joseph M. Long Chair of Health Care Management and Professor of Economics, and Thomas Pogue, Associate Director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, presented "South Africa's Natural Resource-Based Economy: Technology, Capabilities, and Path Dependency." Dennis O. Flynn, Emeritus Professor of Economics, presented "Pricing Individual Monies: From Commodity Monies to Credit Money Derivatives." Flynn co-edited the conference proceeds volume, From Underground to End-Users: Global Monetary History in Scientific Context, published by Moneta. The conference and publication were sponsored by the School of International Studies and Dan Cort '73 and Beth Cort. The conference, and the work contained in the volume, has spurred the participants to pursue grant funding to continue the work.

Publications, presentations and scholarly and artistic activity

College of the Pacific

Cynthia Dobbs, Associate Professor of English, will have her essay "Mapping Black Movement, Containing Black Laughter: Ralph Ellison's New York Essays" appear in the December 2016 issue of American Quarterly (68.4).  

Scott Jensen, Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology, co-authored the article "Engagement in Behavioral Parent Training: Review of the Literature and Implications for Practice" published in Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review (19:3).  

Joan Lin-Cereghino, Professor and Co-Chair of Biological Sciences, Geoff Lin-Cereghino, Professor of Biological Sciences, Jerry Tsai, Professor of Chemistry, and Liang Xue, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, had their research article "Structural Characterization of the α-Mating Factor Prepro-peptide for Secretion of Recombinant Proteins in Pichia pastoris" published in the journal Gene. The article features the work of Hyun Joo, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, and Pacific Biological Sciences Masters and undergraduate students Sabreen Chahal '14, '16, Peter Wei '15, Pachai Moua '12 '14, Sung Pil James Park '15, Janet Kwon, Arth Patel '15, Anthony T. Vu '15, Jason A. Catolico '15, Yu Fang Tina Tsai '15, Nadia Shaheen '13, Tiffany T. Chu '17, Vivian Tam '18, and Zill-E-Huma Khan '17.   

Helene Flohic, Assistant Professor of Physics, co-authored the article "The complex, dusty narrow-line region of NGC 4388: Gas-jet interactions, outflows, and extinction revealed by near-IR spectroscopy," which was accepted for publication in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.  

Alan Lenzi, Associate Professor and Chair of Religious Studies, gave the lecture "The Book of Job: Your Literary Theophany" and a graduate seminar on the topography of Ezekiel 8 and its ritual significance according to the Greek and Hebrew texts at University of Texas-Austin on Oct. 13-14. 

Sarah Merz, Professor of Mathematics, had her paper, "The competition graph of a connected nonstrong local tournament," accepted for publication in Congressus Numerantium.  

Matt Normand, Associate Professor of Psychology, delivered the invited address "The Language of Science" at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association for Behavior Analysis in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  

Melania book cover artCaroline Schroeder, Professor of Religious Studies, co-edited the book Melania: Early Christianity Through the Life of One Family, published by the University of California Press. The book brings together 16 prominent scholars in religious studies to examine the history of early Christianity through the lives, networks and legacies of two prominent and influential Roman women: Melania the Elder and her granddaughter Melania the Younger. Shroeder also was the photographer for the cover photo.  

Mark VanNess, Associate Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, and Chris Snell, Emeritus Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, conducted the professional workshop "How Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Informs Pathology" at the International Association for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome annual meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. VanNess and Haylee Bettencourt '14, '16 also presented the talk "Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing Demonstrates Post-Exertional Chronotropic Incompetence" at the meeting. VanNess also gave an invited presentation highlighting the importance of using a two-day cardiopulmonary exercise test in ME/CFS to objectively characterize the magnitude of post-exertional malaise to the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) ME/CFS special interest group on Sept. 21. Many of those in attendance will be involved in the upcoming NIH intramural ME/CFS study.  

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Bernadette Fa, Assistant Professor of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences, Allen Wong, Professor of Dental Practice, and Douglas Young, Professor of Dental Practice, co-authored the article "Caries Arrest with Silver Diamine Fluoride" published in Decisions in Dentistry.  

Shika Gupta, Assistant Professor of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences, Bernadette Fa, Assistant Professor of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences, and Warden Noble, Professor of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences, co-authored "Severe Tooth Wear: A Case Report" published in Dimensions of Dental Hygiene.

McGeorge School of Law

Omar Dajani, Professor of Law and Co-director of the Global Center for Business and Development, presented the paper "Minimizing Decentralization's Divisive Potential: A Survey of National Unity Mechanisms" at the conference Decentralisation and the State in the Arab Region, sponsored by International IDEA, The Arab Association of Constitutional Law, and the Laboratory for Constitutional, Financial and Developmental Studies of Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdallah University (Fez University) in Fez, Morocco, in November.   

Jennifer Harder, Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills, led and moderated the panel "The Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan: Lodestar or Overload?" for the 25th annual State Bar Environmental Law Conference at Yosemite, Oct. 20-23. Harder presented "California Water Law: Federal-State Framework" as part of the panel "Dividing the Water: Western Water Law and Policy Challenges for an Uncertain Future" to federal judges and attorneys at the California Eastern District Conference held Oct. 14-16 at Tenaya Lodge, in Fish Camp, California. The panelists have been invited to reprise their presentations at an educational conference for the Ninth Circuit next year.   

Brian Landsberg, Emeritus Professor of Law, had his article "Lee v. Macon County Board of Education: The Possibilities of Federal Enforcement of Equal Educational Opportunity," published in the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy.   

Contemporary Payment SystemsMichael P. Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, had his new casebook, Contemporary Payment Systems, published by West Academic as part of The American Casebook Series (July 2016).   

Stephen McCaffrey, Distinguished Professor of Law, recorded the video presentation "Water under Occupation in International Water Law" which was shown at the conference on Arab Water Under Occupation in Cairo, Egypt, Oct. 26-28, organized by the League of Arab States.

Rachael Salcido, Professor of Law, was an invited speaker on the issue of centralized government response to climate change at a debate on the U.S. response to climate change hosted by the Environmental Law Student Society and Federalist Society at the University of Idaho School of Law on Nov. 3.  

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Thomas Nelson, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, and John A. Cassell '14 co-authored the chapter, "Re-Imagining Education for Eco-Justice: Through the Lens of Systems Thinking, Collective Intelligence, and Cross-Cultural Wisdom" in the book Eco-Justice: Essays on Theory and Practice, published by Eco-Justice Press.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Eric Boyce, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Pharmacy Practice, is a co-author on the article "The 2016 ACCP Pharmacotherapy Didactic Curriculum Toolkit" published in Pharmacotherapy in 2016 and its accompanying resource guide. This article provides guidance to colleges and schools of pharmacy across the U.S. and beyond on the selection and coverage of pharmacotherapy topics in a Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum.

Robert Halliwell, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, was an invited speaker and chair of the symposium on Cells for Therapeutic Development, Disease Modeling, and Drug Discovery at Stem Cell Summit 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts, April 25-27.  

Peter Hilsenrath, Joseph M. Long Chair of Healthcare Management and Professor of Economics in the Eberhardt School of Business, spoke at a reception on the passing of Samuel Levey, longtime chair and leader in the field of health care management, at the 38th Annual Samuel Levey Healthcare Leadership Symposium, held Sept. 29 at the University of Iowa Department of Health Management and Policy.  

Preeti Oza, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, co-authored "Dynamic fatigue does not alter Soleus H-reflexes conditioned by homonymous or heteronymous pathways" published in Motor Control.  

Sachin A. Shah, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, co-authored the article "Reduction of Fasting Blood Glucose and Hemoglobin A1c Using Oral Aloe Vera: A Meta-Analysis" published in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine (22:6). Shah co-authored the article "Effects of Single and Multiple Energy Shots on Blood Pressure and Electrocardiographic Parameters" published in the Journal of Cardiology (117:3). Shah co-authored the article "Assessment of the effeCt of lIfestyle iNtervention plus water-soluble ciNnAMon extract On loweriNg blood glucose in pre-diabetics, a randomized, double-blind, multicenter, placebo controlled trial: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial" in Trials (17:9). Shah gave an oral presentation at the American Herbal Products Association on "Oral Aloe Vera for Diabetes and Dyslipidemia." 

Sachin Shah, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, A. Occiano '16, T.A. Nguyen '16, Mouchumi Bhattacharyya, Professor of Mathematics in College of the Pacific, Kate O'Dell, Professor and Vice Chair of Pharmacy Practice, Allen Shek, Professor and Associate Dean of Professional Programs, and Nancy Nguyen, Clinical Professor and Regional Coordinator-Palo Alto, presented their research project "Electrocardiographic and blood pressure effects of energy drinks and Panax ginseng in healthy volunteers: A randomized clinical trial" at the American Heart Association-EPI/NPAM in March 2016 and AHA - Scientific Sessions in Nov 2016 and had the article published in the International Journal of Cardiology.  

Sachin Shah, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, M. Cheung '16, J. Quach '15, A. Chan '16, and Nancy Nguyen, Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Regional Coordinator-Palo Alto, had the article "Effects of Energy Shots on Blood Pressure in Caffeine-Naïve versus Caffeine-Consuming Healthy Volunteers" published in the Journal of Caffeine Research.

Sachin Shah, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practiceand Mouchumi Bhattacharyya, Professor of Mathematics in College of the Pacific, co-authored the article "Cardiovascular responses to energy drinks in a healthy population: The C-energy study" published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2016 (34:7).

Sachin Shah, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Ji Hyun Jamie Lee '15 and Frank Son '16 co-authored the article "Impact of a Novel Plant-based Treatment Option in Improving Pulmonary Function Markers in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Asthma" in Alternative & Integrative Medicine (2: 215).

Sachin Shah, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, and B.W. Chu '15 were co-authors of the article  "The Impact of Acute Energy Drink Consumption on Blood Pressure Parameters: A Meta-analysis" published in Annals of Pharmacotherapy.  

Jeannene Ward-Lonergan, Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and Jill K. Duthie, Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, co-authored "Intervention to improve expository reading comprehension skills in older children and adolescents with language disorders" in Topics in Language Disorders. Ward-Lonergan will be a panelist and is a co-author on the presentation "Discourse Intervention: Improving Spoken and Written Discourse in School-Age Children and Adults" at the American Speech Language-Hearing Association Convention in Philadelphia in Nov. 18. Jill K. Duthie, Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, also is a co-author on the presentation. Ward-Lonergan was a panelist on the panel "Dyslexia Legislation - Implications for SLPs in CA" presented at the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention in Anaheim, California in April.

Carlos Villalba-Galea, Assistant Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, published the article "Hysteresis in voltage-gated channels" in the journal Channels. The article discusses how proteins underlying electrical activity in cells of excitable tissues (e.g., the brain or the heart) display hysteresis and how this can have a strong impact in their activity and pharmacology.

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Said Shakerin, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, published the article "25+ Years of the Hubble Space Telescope and a Simple Error that Cost Millions," in the November issue of The Physics Teacher.

School of International Studies

Bruce La Brack, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology,  presented an invited workshop on "The Engineering of Intercultural Competence in Study Abroad: The SABIC (Saudi Arabian Basic Industries Corporation-Educational Foundation) Experiment" at the 8th Intercultural Development Inventory Advanced Learning conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Oct. 21-22.

University Libraries

Mary Somerville, University Librarian, co-authored the invited book chapter, "Academic Libraries," in A. Brettle and D. Koufogiannakis (Eds.), Being Evidence Based in Library and Information Practice, published by Facet Publishing, the publishing arm of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals in the United Kingdom.

Center for Teaching and Learning

Tara Buñag, Senior Instructional Designer, presented "Lessons Learned in Introducing Instructional Design Across Multiple Campuses of a University" at the international convention of the Association for Educational Communication and Technology on Oct. 19.

Student Life

Sandra Mahoney, Executive Director of Planning and Assessment, co-presented "Alignment Matters: Connecting Outcomes, Objectives, Measures, and Services" at the 2016 Assessment Institute at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Oct.18.                                              

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