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Noteworthy Newsletter | September 2016

Recent faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly and artistic activities
Sep 8, 2016

Awards, recognition and service

College of the Pacific

Mark Brunell, Professor of Biology, is president of the California Botanical Society.

Lydia Fox, Director of Undergraduate Research and Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, represented the Pacific chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi-the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines-at the 44th Biennial Convention held July 28-30 in Atlanta, Ga. Fox is the past president of the University of the Pacific chapter and attended the convention as the chapter's voting delegate. 

Ethel Nicdao, Associate Professor of Sociology, was invited to participate as a member of the founding board of the World Federation for Health and Migration. This international federation will serve as a global platform focused on health and migration. She also served as presider and discussant for the roundtable session "Health: Minority Status, Culture and Identity" at the Society for the Study of Social Problems annual meeting in Seattle, Aug. 19-21.

Caroline Schroeder, Professor of Religious Studies, has been elected a Member at Large to the Board of the International Association of Coptic Studies.

Conservatory of Music

Trio 180 CD coverTrio 180, the faculty piano trio in residence, had their debut album reviewed in Strings magazine. Among the comments, the reviewer said, "the trio's pleasing musicality and deft, splendid playing is overall transporting. As the ensemble's name may imply, it's worth turning back for another listen." Members of the ensemble are Nina Flyer, Lecturer in Cello; Sonia Leong, Lecturer in Piano; and Ann Miller, Assistant Professor of Violin and Program Director for Strings. Read the full review.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Paul Subar, Associate Professor of Dental Practice, Alan Budenz, Professor of  Biomedical Sciences, and Cindy Lyon, Carolyn L. Pride Endowed Chair for Practice Management, received third place among 32 dental schools for their poster presentation, a "Innovation Through Collaboration-An Overview of the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Virtual Dental Home Program"  during ADEA Commission on Change and Innovation Summer Meeting. Their presentation of the innovative Virtual Dental Home system was recently covered in the ADEA CCI's "Spotlight on Innovation." Read more >>  

McGeorge School of Law

Michael P. Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, will participate in discussions and negotiations at the 77th plenary session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe Committee on Housing and Land Management, which will be held at the headquarters of the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland, Sept. 13-16. As a U.S. representative to the Real Estate Markets Advisory Group of the UNECE, Malloy's principal concern is the planning of a major revision of the Policy Framework for Sustainable Real Estate Markets, first published in 2010. 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.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Elaine LawElaine Law, Assistant Clinical Professor and regional coordinator, San Jose, was named a Fellow of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP) in recognition of her excellence in pharmacy practice. She will be formally recognized at CSHP's annual meeting in October in Anaheim, California.

Jim Mansoor, Professor of Physical Therapy, and co-researchers at UC Berkeley and UC Davis have been awarded an NIH grant (R29) in the amount of $375,000 over two years for the project, "Using Exhaled Breath to Evaluate the Long-term Mechanisms of Early-life Arsenic Exposure."

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Said Shakerin, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, was awarded First Place, which carried a $1,000 cash award, and two honorable mention awards for his entries of flow visualization demonstration devices in the Apparatus Competition during the 2016 Summer Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers in Sacramento July 16-20. His winning entry, "Trailing Vortices in a Tube Filled with Water," was a self-contained, low-cost flow visualization device for demonstration in classroom or outreach. He also entered "Flow Instability in Thin Enclosure," and received honorable mention for "Soap Bubbles in Thin Enclosure" and "Angle of Repose in Thin Enclosure." His participation at the competition was sponsored by Dave Maiullo, a member of AAPT. The annual Apparatus Competition was established to recognize, reward, and publicize worthwhile contributions to physics teaching through demonstration and experiment, and entries are either new in design or a modification of an existing design that are not commercially available and specifics of it have not been published. Development of these devices was part of a research project funded by a 2013 SAAG.

Analiese Richard group photo MexicoSchool of International Studies

Analiese Richard, Associate Professor of Anthropology, represented Pacific's master's program in Food Studies at the National Institute for Anthropology and History (INAH) in Mexico City, where she served as a juror and discussant during the presentation of theses by students in the INAH's Diploma in Cuisines and Foodways of Mexico. She is currently collaborating with colleagues at INAH to publish English versions of key ethnographic studies of Mexican foodways. (Dr. Richard, Diploma program faculty, students and research collaborators pictured at right.)

Publications, presentations and artistic endeavor

College of the Pacific

Andreea Boboc, associate professor of English, presented her paper, "Doubilness, Prudence and Sovereign Personhood in John Lydgate's Troy Book" in July at the New Chaucer Society Congress in London, England.

Melissa Davies, Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, published a study about the motivation of CrossFit participants in an article entitled "The Relationship between Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction, Behavioral Regulation, and Participation in CrossFit" in the Journal of Sport Behavior.

Lydia Fox, Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences and Director of Undergraduate Research, led the workshop "Making Undergraduate Research a Key Part of Your Class or Curriculum" at the 2016 Earth Educators Rendezvous in Madison, Wisconsin, on July 22.

Jessica Grady, Assistant Professor of Psychology, co-authored the paper "Mother and Child Temperament as Interacting Correlates of Parental Sense of Competence in Toddlerhood," published in Infant and Child Development.

Kieran Holland, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Physics, co-authored the article "Electroweak interactions and dark baryons in the sextet BSM model with a composite Higgs particle" published in the Physical Review, D series. The team studied particle physics models related to the Higgs boson, which could be a tightly bound combination of more fundamental particles, analogous to how atoms are composed of neutrons, protons and electrons, and used supercomputer simulations to test what kinds of bound combinations are possible and whether they could be connected to dark matter.

Courtney Jensen, Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences, published "Improved Outcomes Associated with the Liberal Use of Thoracic Epidural Analgesia in Patients with Rib Fractures" in the journal Pain Medicine (August 2016).

Courtney Lehmann, Professor of English and Tully Knoles Professor of the Humanities, was selected as a U.S. delegate to the World Shakespeare Congress in Stratford-upon-Avon and London, England, this August, where she presented the paper "Playing the Trump Card: Exceptionalism, Vigilante Justice, and the War on Women in 21st Century Film Adaptations of King Lear." Her work has been accepted for publication in the Cambridge University Press series Shakespeare on Screen.

Ruth Lewis, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, co-authored two articles with colleagues from the British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles: "Sexual function in 16-21-year-olds in Britain" has been published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, and "How can we objectively categorise partnership type? A novel classification of population survey data to inform epidemiological research and clinical practice" has been published in Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Ethel Nicdao, Associate Professor of Sociology, was invited to speak to new cohort of fellows at the Minority Fellowship Program orientation held during the American Sociological Association conference in Seattle, Aug. 19. Her talk focused on professional development, career trajectories, and current sociological research on health. She also co-presented "Using the Stress Paradigm and Hispanic Health Paradox to Examine Psychological Distress among Different Latino Subgroups" on Aug. 20.

Vyacheslav Samoshin, Professor of Chemistry, co-authored the article "Effects of the electrostatic complexation between anionic pH-sensitive liposomes and star-shaped polycations on the release of the liposomal content," which was published in the journal Mendeleev Communications in collaboration with colleagues from Russia and Germany.

Zach Stahlschmidt, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, started Backyard ANTology, a citizen science outreach program focused on understanding the understudied ecology of the Central Valley. Backyard ANTology allows non-scientists of all ages and backgrounds to help generate data ants. Participants request ant-collecting kits through a user-friendly web interface, easily collect ants they find, fill out information cards about their collections (e.g., time of day, type of habitat, etc.), and mail in their collected ants via pre-paid return envelopes. Ants are identified in Stahlschmidt's lab, and results are posted on the website, which also contains general information about frequently encountered ant species found in the Central Valley. To date, participants ranging from 3-71 years old have collected at least a dozen species of ants, and undergraduate co-researchers in Stahlschmidt's lab will be presenting results from the data in the poster presentation "Backyard ANTology: Using citizen science to open an ecological black box in California's Central Valley" at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting in January 2017 in New Orleans.

Xiaojing Zhou, Professor of English and Ethnic Studies, presented the paper "The Agency of Narrative Strategies in Through the Arc of the Rain Forest by Karen Tei Yamashita" at an international conference on Literary Form and Reform held at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, May 16-18.

Conservatory of Music

Eric Waldon '00, '07, Assistant Professor of Music Therapy, co-presented "Perceived Research Relevance: A Survey of Music Therapists," which drew from an international sample of over 1,500 music therapists to assess music therapists' attitudes about the profession's research base and whether perceived relevance varies with regard to education, occupational role or region of the world, at the European Music Therapy Conference in Vienna, Austria. He also participated as a member of the International Music Therapy Assessment Consortium (IMTAC) in the roundtable "Music Therapy Assessment: Bridging Gaps," which focused on describing the purpose of IMTAC and the current state of assessment in music therapy.

McGeorge School of Law

Michael Colatrella, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will present on "Assisting the Self-Represented in Mediation" at the 10th Annual AALS Alternative Dispute Resolution Section's Works-in-Progress Conference at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sept. 23-24.

Courtney Lee, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills, had her short article, "The Animal Welfare Act and Alternatives to Animal Testing," published in the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Animal Law Committee Summer 2016 Newsletter. She presented on the topic of "Incorporating Mindfulness into Legal Education" on a panel at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Annual Conference in Florida and gave the presentation "Creating a Mindful Identity" at the Sixth Annual Western Region Legal Writing Conference, held at McGeorge School of Law. Her article, "Finding Your Voice: Professional Development Tips for New ASPers," was published in the Summer 2016 edition of The Learning Curve, the publication of the AALS Section on Academic Support.

Tort Law and Practice coverLarry Levine, Professor of Law, co-authored the reference work Tort Law and Practice, 5th ed, which was published by Carolina Academic Press in June 2016.

California Legal Research CoverHether Macfarlane, Professor of Lawyering Skills, presented at the Global Legal Skills Conference in Verona, Italy in May. She was the co-author of California Legal Research, 3d ed., published by Carolina Academic Press (August 2016).

Michael P. Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, gave a presentation at the Global Tectonics Seminar on Sept. 7 at Santa Clara University School of Law that analyzed and assessed the current state of the Bank for International Settlements' capital adequacy rules and argues that the work of the Bank represents an emerging source of international law applicable to financial services providers operating in international markets.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Peter Hilsenrath, Joseph M. Long Chair of Healthcare Management and Professor of Economics in the Eberhardt School of Business , co-authored "Organization and Finance of China's Health Sector: Historical Antecedents for Macroeconomic Structural Adjustment," which was published in Inquiry: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing (Vol. 53). He presented "Precautionary Savings, Health Insurance & Macroeconomic Structural Adjustment in China" at the 6th International Jerusalem Conference on Health Policy in Jerusalem, Israel, and presented "South Africa's Natural Resource-Based Economy: Technology, Capabilities, and Path Dependency" at the Pacific World History Institute meeting in San Francisco in May. He presented "A Fraught Public-Private Partnership and the Evolution of Health Services in China" at the Association of University Programs in Health Administration Global Health Pre-Conference Symposium in Kansas City, Missouri, in June and presents "Reflections on Samuel Levey: Scholar, Mentor and Pioneer" at the 38th Annual Samuel Levey Healthcare Leadership Symposium reception in Iowa City, Iowa, in September.

Preeti Oza, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, taught two continuing education courses, "Neuro-imagining for Physical Therapists" and "Compassion Inspired Physical Therapy" for Kaiser Permanente in Redwood City, California, in August. She will teach the continuing education course "Therapeutic interventions for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and dementia" at the Kaiser Permanente Home Health Conference held in Martinez, California, in October.

Preeti Oza, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, and Casey Nesbit, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Director of Clinical Education, presented "Attitudes of Physical Therapy Students towards Interprofessional Education" at the  APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Anaheim, California, in February.

Preeti Oza, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, and Jessica Tom '18 will present "Functional Improvements in a Patient with Spinocerebellar Ataxia after a Year-long phased Treatment Program" at the CPTA Annual Conference in Santa Clara, California, in October.

Eberhardt School of Business

Jeffrey Miles and Stefanie Naumann, Professors of Management and Organizational Behavior, presented the paper "Writing One of the Most Successful Academy of Management Articles of All Time" at a symposium chaired by Miles at the national Academy of Management conference in Anaheim, California.

Student Life

Sandy Mahoney, Executive Director of Planning and Assessment, Allison Dumas, Director of the Community Involvement Program, and CIP student Kori Jones '17, co-presented "Leadership Development for Social Change in Students in a Community Involvement Program" at the 2016 Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference in College Park, Maryland.                  

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