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Noteworthy Newsletter | January 2017

A digest of faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly and artistic activity
Jan 12, 2017

Awards, recognition and service

College of the Pacific

Qingwen Dong, Professor/Chair of Communication, was selected as a member of the National Communication Association (NCA) Golden Anniversary Monograph Award Selection Committee by the NCA 2016 Committee on Committees and Legislative Assembly. The two-year appointment began Jan. 1, 2017. The NCA is the largest and most authoritative organization in the communication discipline. 

John Mayberry, Associate Professor of Mathematics, and James Graham, Head Water Polo Coach, collaborated on a podcast for Academic Minute podcast series on the topic of "Math and Sports," which was recognized among the "Academic Minute Best-Of for 2016." Hear more Pacific entries to Academic Minute >>

Brandon Miller, Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication, was re-elected as secretary for the National Communication Association's Caucus on LGBT Concerns. This will mark his second two-year term as secretary.  

Paul Turpin, Associate Professor of Communication, is part of a group that has successfully launched the new interdisciplinary international journal Moral Cognition and Communication to appear in 2018. The proposal for the new journal was accepted by the John Benjamins Publishing Company of Amsterdam, an academic press with a strong concentration in language and linguistics research. Turpin participated in drafting the proposal and will serve on the journal's editorial board.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Andrea Price and Dean Nader NadershahiAndrea Price receives Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award
Andrea Price, Sterilization and Dispensing Technician, was honored with this year's Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award. Her caring, hard work, integrity and thoughtfulness with students, faculty, staff and patients were just some of the qualities noted by colleagues who nominated her. The award recognizes an outstanding staff member who has contributed to the school's vision, mission and values. Read more >>  

SCOPE volunteers brightened the lives of schoolchildren during the Children's Toy and Book Festival held Dec. 7 at San Francisco City Hall. The event was supported by Mayor Edwin Lee, the San Francisco Department of Child Support Services, San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798, San Francisco Public Library and San Francisco Unified School District. Pacific students provided oral health education, tips on oral hygiene and preventative care, and passed out health gift bags to the children. Read more >>  

Debbie Keatley, Clinic Operations Director, and Lisa Itaya, Group Practice Leader, came up with an innovative plan to recycle clean plastic containers no longer needed in the dental clinics. The containers are now being used as pencil boxes by students at Second Street Elementary School in East Los Angeles. The appreciative children sent 22 thank-you notes with hand-drawn pictures to express their thanks, along with T-shirts from the school.

McGeorge School of Law

Jarrod Wong, Professor of Law, has been elected co-chair of the International Economic Law Interest Group of the American Society of International Law for a two-year term that begins in April 2017.  

Courtney Lee, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills, was elected 2017 Secretary of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Academic Support at the 2017 AALS Annual Meeting.

Center for Professional and Continuing Education

LERN Award presentationThe Center for Professional and Continuing Education was recognized with the award for Excellence in UGotClass Marketing at the Learning Resources Network (LERN) annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland, Nov. 16-18. LERN is a leading organization in the field of continuing education. The award recognized CPCE's marketing efforts resulting in more than 24% of UGotClass course enrollments originating from outside of California. Pictured are Jared Gaynor, Chief of Staff and Interim Assistant Provost (left), and Macie Luallen, Coordinator for Program Development and Management (right), accepting the award on behalf of the CPCE from LERN President William Draves (center).

Publications, presentations and artistic activity

Cross-disciplinary presentations and publications

John Mayberry, Associate Professor of Mathematics, and James Graham, Head Water Polo Coach, had their paper "The Ebb and Flow of Official Calls in Water Polo" published in the Journal of Sports Analytics. The paper examines foul-calling biases in elite men's water polo, suggesting that calls are generally biased in favor of losing teams. Other factors which affect foul-calling rates include recent calls, goals and game-time. 

Tchobanoglous Water Lecture Series
Mary Kay Camarillo, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Jennifer Harder, Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills, hosted the second installment of the Tchobanoglous Water Lecture Series on the Stockton Campus on Nov. 10. The biannual lecture series is sponsored by Pacific engineering alumni George and Rosemary Tchobanoglous, and is organized as an ongoing collaboration between the McGeorge School of Law and the School of Engineering and Computer Science. The purpose of the series is to promote a cross-campus interdisciplinary discussion about issues related to water. The title of this lecture was "Groundwater Banking in California: Exploring Law, Science, and Policy." The speakers were Dan Dooley '76, a principal of New Current Water and Land LLC, Dale Melville, principal engineer and chairman of the board of Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group, and Jennifer Harder. The lecture was attended by a substantial cross-disciplinary group of students from engineering and law, as well as Pacific faculty and staff, and members of the water law and engineering communities.

College of the Pacific

Ken Albala, Professor of History and Chair of Food Studies, presented the keynote address on "Eating in the Digital Age" at the 8th Brazilian Conference on Consumption Studies in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, on Nov. 9.  

Teresa Bergman, Professor of Communication, presented the paper "Patriotism Carved in Stone: Mt. Rushmore's Evolution as National Symbol" at the Capital Normal University Communication conference in Beijing, China, on Dec. 12.  

Melissa Davies, Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences, gave the oral presentation "Understanding the Adventure Sportscape's Impact on Consumers' Destination Image and Behavioral Intentions" and the poster presentation "An Examination of NCAA Conference Change, Fan Identification, and Consumer Behavior" at the Sport Marketing Association Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, Nov. 2-4.   

Qingwen Dong, Professor and Chair of Communication, presented a study on "A Ten-Year Analysis of the State of the Art of Intercultural Communication" at the annual National Communication Association Convention in Philadelphia, Nov. 12. He also co-chaired the International Collaboration Task Force at the convention, coordinating a planning committee for the 2018 Beijing summer conference sponsored by National Communication Association and Communication University of China.   

Lydia Fox, Director of Undergraduate Research and Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, organized and presented at the workshop "Establishing and Sustaining an Undergraduate Research Program" at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union held in San Francisco on Dec. 12.   

Christopher Goff, Professor of Mathematics, presented "What's In a Logo?" at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, in early January. The presentation described how the logo for the San Joaquin Math Teachers' Circle incorporated over 2,000 years of mathematics history, beginning with a lost work of Apollonius, moving to a letter from Descartes to a princess, and ending up in the world of fractals.  

Carolynn Kohn, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Graduate Studies, co-authored an article "Evaluation of Pour Training Procedures for College Students" in the journal Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, April 21, 2016. Co-authors are Emily Metz '14, Nicole Schultz '14 and Katrina Bettencourt '15.  

Cathie McClellan, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts, was one of three panelists invited to present at the campaign kick-off event on Nov. 5 for the Draw It Out/Art Against Violence 2017 art exhibit, Our Anguish, Our Resolve, which will be displayed March 1 - April 2, 2017. Panelists discussed their own efforts and projects relating to art and activism in the Stockton area. As founding producer and artistic director of DeltaFusion since 2011, McClellan spoke to the capacity of art to connect people of all ages across cultural, economic and racial boundaries, as well as the mission to celebrate community that is the root of the DeltaFusion experience. Draw It Out/Art Against Violence is a program of Cleveland School Remembers, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence Chapter.   

Monika Meler, Associate Professor of Art and Graphic Design, will exhibit work in the following exhibitions in January: On and Off/Off and On, a juried exhibition in the UC Blue Ash College Art Gallery at the University of Cincinnati; Instar, a two-person exhibition in the CityArts Gallery in Wichita, Kansas; and Monika Meler + Karen Kunc, an invitational exhibition at Gallery Shoal Creek in Austin, Texas, which is a part of the printmaking conference Print Austin.   

Brandon Miller, Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication, presented the study, "YouTube as Educator: A Content Analysis of Issues, Themes, and the Educational Value of Transgender-Created Online Videos" at the annual convention of the National Communication Association in Philadelphia. He also co-authored two articles recently accepted for publication: "From Screen to Self: The Relationship Between Television Exposure and Self-complexity Among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youth" to be published in the International Journal of Communication, and "Exploring Social Television, Opinion Leaders, and Audience Reactions to Diane Sawyer's Coming Out Interview with Caitlyn Jenner" to be published in the International Journal of Transgenderism.   

Jianhua Ren, Professor of Chemistry, and former graduate student Patrick Batoon'15, had their paper, "Proton affinity of isomeric dipeptides containing lysine and non-proteinogenic lysine-homologues," published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry.  

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Nejat Düzgüneş, Professor of Microbiology, published the editorial "Non-viral vectors for gene therapy" in Cell & Gene Therapy Insights 2016:2. 

Nejat Düzgüneş, Professor of Microbiology, Jennifer Cheung, Research Associate in Biomedical Sciences, Takahiro Chino, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Cynthia Co '15, and Krystina Konopka, Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Sciences, co-authored "A nonviral vector with transfection activity comparable with adenoviral transduction" in Therapeutic Delivery 2016:7.  

Nejat Düzgüneş, Professor of Microbiology, Jason Young '15, Michael Yee '17, Hayoung Kim '14, Jennifer Cheung, Research Associate in Biomedical Sciences, Takahiro Chino, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences, and Krystina Konopka, Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Sciences, co-authored "Phototoxicity of liposomal Zn- and Al-phthalocyanine against cervical and oral squamous cell carcinoma cells in vitro" published in Medical Science Monitor Basic Research 2016:22.  

Nejat Düzgüneş, Professor of Microbiology, Austin Davies '13, Senait Gebremedhin, former research associate, Michael Yee '17, and Krystina Konopka, Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Sciences, co-authored the article "Cationic Porphyrin-Mediated Photodynamic Inactivation of Candida Biofilms and the Effect of Miconazole" published in the Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, Vol. 67.   

Lola Giusti, Associate Professor of Dental Practice, Alan Budenz, Professor of Dental Practice, and Cathrine Steinborn, Instructor of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences, co-authored the article "Managing Cavitated Lesions in Patients Who Abuse Methamphetamine" published in Decisions in Dentistry (November 2016).   

Guidebook to Molar EndodonticsOve Peters, Professor of Endodontics, edited The Guidebook to Molar Endodontics (2017) published by Springer. The volume provides a pragmatic approach to endodontic therapy for permanent molars, based on up-to-date evidence.

Ove Peters, Professor of Endodontics, and Johnah Galicia, Assistant Professor of Endodontics, were co-authors of the article "Biological Markers for Pulpal Inflammation: A Systematic Review" published in in PLOS ONE.  

Evidence-based Implant Treatment PlanningSteven Sadowsky, Professor of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences, was the general editor of Evidence-based Implant Treatment Planning and Clinical Protocols (Wiley 2017). He also authored or co-authored four chapters. Sadowsky and W. Peter Hansen, Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences, were co-authors of the chapter "Implant Dentistry: Challenges in the Treatment of the Edentulous Patient." Parag Kachalia, Associate Professor of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences, contributed the chapter "Ceramic Materials in Implant Dentistry." Anders Nattestad, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, contributed the chapter "Three-Dimensional Radiographic Imaging for Implant Positioning."  

Steven Sadowsky, Professor of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences, published "The Case for Unlearning" in The International Journal of Prosthodontics.  

Andrew Young, Assistant Professor of Dental Practice, published "Orofacial Pain Overview: Getting Rid of the Riddles" in the Journal of the California Dental Association.  

Meixun Sinky Zheng, Instructional Designer and Assistant Professor of Dental Education, delivered an online presentation to medical faculty at Southern Medical University in China at the Online Learning Design Institute facilitated by the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research, an organization established by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates to promote medical education in developing countries.

McGeorge School of Law

Stephen Cody, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, co-authored the chapter "Witness Testimony, Support, and Protection at the International Criminal Court" in the new book: Africa and the International Criminal Court (Cambridge University Press, 2016).  

Lawrence C. Levine, Professor of Law, participated on the panel "Reconocimiento del Matrimonio Igualitario en el Derecho Comparado," which focused on comparative law perspectives on marriage equality at a conference held at the Universidad of Chile School of Law in Santiago, Chili, on Nov. 28. More than 100 Chilean law professors and students, government officials and community advocates for LGBT rights attended. Levine's 40-minute presentation focused on marriage equality in the United States. On Dec. 2, he spoke at the Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia international seminar "Matrimonio Igualitario. Hacia la igualdad de derechos en Chile." He gave both talks in Spanish. Read more >>  

Michael P. Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, had his hornbook Principles of Bank Regulation quoted in Paul L. Lee, "Directors' Duty to Monitor: Experience in the Banking Sector--Part II," in The Banking Law Journal, October 2016. Malloy delivered a presentation at the Global Tectonics Seminar at Santa Clara University Law School in September. In December, Malloy was invited to participate in discussions and negotiations at the 77th plenary session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee for Housing and Land Management as a U.S. representative to the Real Estate Markets Advisory Group of the UNECE at the headquarters of the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland. 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. The first of four 2017 supplements to Malloy's three-volume treatise, Banking Law and Regulation were also published by Wolters Kluwer.  

Francis J. Mootz III, Dean, was a co-presenter on the topic of "From Hermeneutics to Rhetoric, and Back Again"  for the Plenary Talk at the Fourth Annual West Coast Rhetoric Conference at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law, Nov. 17-18.

Family Law in a NutshellLegal Issues in Clinical PracticeJohn E.B. Myers, Professor of Law, co-authored Family Law in a Nutshell, 7th ed., published by West Academic. His book Legal Issues in Clinical Practice with Victims of Violence, written for mental health, medical and social work professionals who work with victims of violence, was published by Guilford Press, November 2016.  

McGeorge faculty were actively involved at the American Association of Law Schools annual meeting in San Francisco, Jan. 3-7:

  • Michael P. Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, participated in a Roundtable on Financial Services during the Annual Meeting of the Society of Socio-Economics and was a moderator and speaker at the "Socio-Economics of Law School Pedagogy," AALS Section on Socio-Economics Extended Program. He also was a speaker in the Section Program for New Law Teachers on "Principles of Socio-Economics in Teaching, Scholarship, and Service."
  • Raquel Aldana, Professor of Law, was a discussant in "The Central American Refugee Crisis: A Discussion of the Current Response and Evaluation of U.S. Legal Obligations under Domestic and International Law."
  • Rebekah Grodsky, Director of Academic and Student Affairs, was a moderator for "Student Development Theories and Student Conduct Models" and led a small discussion group for law student affairs professionals regarding wellness.
  • Michael Vitiello, Distinguished Professor of Law, presented the paper "The False Dichotomy Between Theory and Skills Training: Why Good Lawyers Need to Pay Attention to Theory" as part of a panel on "Socio-Economics of Law School Pedagogy." 
  • Tracy Simmons, Assistant Dean for Admissions, was a panelist for "Creating a Unified Social Media Campaign for Your Law School" in the section on Prelegal Education and Admission to Law School.
  • Francis J. Mootz III, Dean, spoke on "So...You Want to Be a Dean? Why Considering a Deanship Matters" and was a moderator for a deans' session "Bar Passage Discussion."
  • Jarrod Wong, Professor of Law, and Raquel Aldana, Professor of Law, co-hosted the AALS International Programs Breakfast 2017 on the theme "Going Glocal: Linking the Two Worlds in Legal Education, Scholarship and Faculty Initiatives."
  • Franklin Gevurtz, Distinguished Professor of Law, was a discussant for "Salman v. United States and the Future of Insider Trading Law."

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Robert Halliwell, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, Roshanak Rahimian, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, and Sonali Shaligram '17 co-presented a study of the mechanisms underlying neuroprotection with the NSAID, mefenamic acid, in an experimental model of stroke at the American Heart Association conference in New Orleans, Nov. 12-16.  

Adam Kaye '95, Clinical Professor Pharmacy Practice, co-authored the comment article "Intravenous Acetaminophen for Postoperative Pain Management in Patients Undergoing Living Laparoscopic Living-Donor Nephrectomy," published in the Annals of Pharmacotherapy (October 2016).

University Libraries

Mary Somerville, University Librarian, delivered an invited lecture at Linnaeus University in Växjö, Sweden, on highlights of her book, Informed Systems: Organizational Design for Learning in Action (Chandos Publishing, 2015). She also facilitated seminar discussions with second-year social informatics graduate students on the topic of technology, information and design.

Center for Teaching and Learning

Tara Bunag, Senior Instructional Designer, and Leslie Bayers, Assistant Director, co-presented the talk, "LMS Migration and You: How College of the Canyons and University of the Pacific Transitioned LMS" at the DETCHE (Directors of Educational Technology in California Higher Education) 2016 conference in December.  

Lott Hill, Director, presented a workshop on "The Ripple Effect: Cultivating Faculty Leadership through Collaboration" to the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities on Jan. 27.

Student Life

Tom Conner, Janet Leigh Theatre, published his debut novel, Goodbye, Saturday Night, (CreateSpace, October 2016). The book was reviewed in The Record.   

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