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Noteworthy Newsletter | October 2017

A digest of recent faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly and artistic activities
Oct 12, 2017

Awards, Recognition and Service

College of the Pacific

Martin CampsMartín Camps, Professor of Modern Languages and Literature, won an honorable mention for his poetry manuscript Los recuerdos del polvo (con un apéndice contra el muro) [Memories of the Dust: With an Appendix Against the Wall] at a poetry prize organized by the Hispanic Heritage Literature Organization in Miami, Florida. The manuscript was chosen from 200 books competing from 25 different Spanish-speaking countries.

Corey Stocco, Assistant Professor of Psychology, served as a subject matter expert for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board in Littleton, Colorado, helping to refine and write questions used on the international certification exam for behavior analysts.  

Mark VanNess, Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Science, is serving as a consultant on a $9.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will establish the Cornell Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Collaborative Research Center, which will span Cornell's Ithaca campus, Weill Cornell Medicine, the Boyce Thompson Institute, the Workwell Foundation, EVMED Research, the SOLVE ME/CFS Initiative and private ME/CFS medical practices.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Steven DugoniSteven A. Dugoni, Professor of Orthodontics, was honored as the "Annual Session Honoree," at the 2017 Annual Session of the Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists. The recognition is given to a PCSO member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and professional qualities and who has given unselfishly of his or her time and talent to promote the association and the orthodontic profession.  

Dental School's Employee Volunteer Opportunities Committee released a report summarizing their accomplishments of the past academic year. Staff and faculty members volunteered 377.5 hours of their time to help build homes, knit shawls, prepare meals, collect items for donation and more. Organizations supported include Project Open Hand and Habitat for Humanity. EVOC volunteers, along with Pacific ASDA Chapter's Penny Wars drive, combined to raise $1,090.27 in just four days to support hurricane relief efforts last week.  

McGeorge School of Law

Adrienne Brungess, Professor of Lawyering Skills, is a member of the Outreach Committee for the Legal Writing & Research section of Association of American Law Schools for the 2018 Annual Meeting in January 2018.   

Rachael Salcido, Professor of Lawyering Skills, became the Treasurer of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation for 2017-2018. 

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Mamoun AlhamadshehMamoun M. Alhamadsheh, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, received an award for Winning Moderated Poster Presentation for the Cardiac Amyloidosis session presentation "AG10, an orally available, novel transthyretin (TTR) stabilizer: integrated preclinical evaluation predicts a highly effective treatment for TTR amyloid cardiomyopathy" presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Barcelona, Aug. 26-30. ESC meeting is one of the largest cardiology meetings in the world (more than 30,000 scientists and clinicians). The opportunity to present is very competitive, with more than 10,000 abstracts submitted.  

Student Life

Jackie Long Gold Medal

Jackie Long, Director of the Sacramento Campus Department of Public Safety, brought home the Gold medal in the Men's Bodybuilding/Physique Masters class at the World Police and Fire Games held in Los Angeles in August. In June, Long competed in the World Natural Body Building Federation's 2017 California Natural Muscle Mayhem, winning two third-place finishes in the Men's Bodybuilding/Physique Masters class. The World Police and Fire Games are held bi-annually and are second to the Olympic Games in athletic attendance with over 8,000 law enforcement and fire personnel who compete in more than 45 sporting events. The World Natural Body Building Federation is a worldwide organization that promotes natural bodybuilding which requires drug testing and polygraph examinations as part of the competition qualifications. The 2017 California Natural Muscle Mayhem competition had competitors from around the United States.  

Dan Ocampo, Director of Residential Life and Student Engagement and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, has been elected to the Executive Board of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) for a two-year term as the Inclusion and Equity Director.  

University College

Kyle Harkness receives award on behalf of Pacific's Professional Education programKyle Harkness '05, '13, Executive Director for Professional Learning and Workforce Development, accepted the award for Outstanding Non-Credit Program on behalf of Pacific's online Animal Shelter Management Certificate Program during the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) West conference in Seattle on Sept. 26. The Animal Shelter Management Certificate provides students with the knowledge needed to assume a management or leadership role at an open-admission, no-kill animal shelter, including program management, community engagement and shelter operations, preparing them for a rewarding career. 

Publications, presentations and artistic endeavor

College of the Pacific

Guillermo Barro, Assistant Professor of Physics, co-authored the article "CANDELS: Elevated Black Hole Growth in the Progenitors of Compact Quiescent Galaxies at z ∼ 2" published in the The Astrophysical Journal. The research studied a population of very distant galaxies thought to be about to die (stop forming new stars). Understanding the mechanisms that cause the cease of activity in these galaxies can help us understand the pace at which galaxies grow and how long it takes for them to reach a "mature" stage.   

Qingwen Dong, Professor and Department Chair of Communication, presented a keynote speech on "Looking at the One Belt and One Road Initiative: An Intercultural Communication Perspective" at an international conference on China's One Belt and One Road at Hebei University, Beijing, China.  

Courtney Lehmann, Professor of English and Media X and Director of the Powell Scholars Program, has been chosen as the keynote speaker for the British Shakespeare Association meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in June 2018. The association has a constituency of more than 400 delegates from around the world. As a scholar of media studies, Lehmann has been asked to deliver an address on "Shakespeare Today."  

Caroline Schroeder, Professor of Religious Studies, published the article "The Perfect Monk: Ideals of Masculinity in the Monastery of Shenoute" in the book Copts in Context: Negotiating Identity, Tradition, and Modernity, published by University of South Carolina Press, N. van Doorn-Harder ed.  

Xiaojing Zhou, Professor of English, has her translations of eight poems and one creative nonfiction prose, "The Woolen Mill" by Zheng Xiaoqiong, published in the journal CLT: Chinese Literature Today.  

Conservatory of Music

Feilin Hsiao, Associate Professor of Music Therapy, co-authored the paper "Developing effective academic accommodations in higher education: A collaborative decision-making process" published in the International Journal of Music Education. Co-authors are Shelly Zeiser '14, Daniel Nuss, Director of Services for Students with Disabilities, and Keith Hatschek, Program Director for Music Management and Music Industry Studies.  

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Edmond Bedrossian, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Allen Wong, Professor of Diagnostic Sciences, Douglas Farrell, Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Sciences, Chan Park, Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Thomas Indresano, Emeritus Professor of Oral and Maxilofacial Surgery, and Fawaz Alzoubi '11, published the study "Outcomes Assessment of Treating Completely Edentulous Patients with a Fixed Implant-Supported Profile Prosthesis Utilizing a Graftless Approach, Part 2: Patient-Related Outcomes" in the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Implants 32(5).  

Daniel Castagna, Associate Professor of Preventive and Restorative Dentistry, co-authored the poster presentation, "Analog and Digital Transparent Dental Casts for Dental Occlusion Instruction" during the Poster and TechExpos at the American Dental Education Association Annual Session in Long Beach, California, in March. He co-authored the abstract "Analog and Digital Transparent Dental Casts for Dental Occlusion Instruction" published in the Journal of the American Dental Education Association; 2nd ed., Vol. 81.

Meixun Sinky Zheng, Assistant Professor, Senior Faculty Developer an Instructional Designer, and her collaborators at the Colleges of Education at North Carolina State University and Purdue University co-authored the book chapter "Community of Inquiry as Teacher Professional Development in China: New Literacies, New Complexities" about teacher professional development with Chinese teachers, published in Digital Transformation and Innovation in Chinese Education (IGI Global).   

McGeorge School of Law

Michael Colatrella, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law, was a co-presenter of "Professional Identity Development Tools to Help Law Students Meet the Needs of Today's Clients" on Jan. 5 at the Association of American Law Schools' Annual Meeting.

Mariam El-Menshawi '11, director and principal attorney at the Victims of Crime Resource Center, presented a session on "Victim's Rights and Services in California" at the Statewide Supported Life Institute Conference on Oct. 5 and was a panelist on "Working Together to Reduce Abuse of People with Disabilities."    

Rex Frazier '00, Supervising Attorney of McGeorge's Legislative and Public Policy Clinic, had his article, "Drafting Statutes and Rules: Pedagogy, Practice and Politics," published in the 2017 symposium issue of the Duquesne Law Review.   

Franklin Gevurtz, Distinguished Professor of Law, served as a commentator on a paper at the Northern California International Law Scholars Workshop held at UC Berkeley Law School on Sept. 22. His essay, "The Road not Taken: A Comparison of the E.U. and U.S. Insider Trading Prohibitions," has been submitted for publication in the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy. This essay is an invited contribution to a symposium on insider trading.  

Leslie Gielow Jacobs, Professor of Law and Director of the Capital Center for Law and Policy, gave a talk on "The New Supreme Court Term." to the Sacramento State University Renaissance Society Forum on Sept. 29.   

Brian Landsberg, Emeritus Professor of Law, and Dorothy Landsberg, Associate Professor of Lawyering Skills, were panelists at the celebration of the opening of the John Doar History Trial on Aug. 25 at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College conference center. John Doar was special counsel to the House Judiciary Committee during its 1974 impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Richard Nixon. Brian Landsberg was an attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice during the 1960s, and Dorothy was a member of the legal team that worked on the impeachment inquiry into the conduct of President Richard Nixon. 

Hether Macfarlane, Professor of Lawyering Skills, was a presenter at a panel on "Focus on the Facts: Teaching Civil-Law Trained Lawyers to Work with Facts in U.S. Legal Writing" sponsored by the AALS Section on International Legal Exchange and North American Cooperation at the Association of American Law Schools' Annual Meeting.  

Michael P. Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, had his fourth of four 2017 supplements to his three-volume treatise, Banking Law and Regulation released by Wolters Kluwer. Malloy offers up-to-date coverage of current developments in the regulation of depository institutions.  

Francis J. Mootz III, Professor of Law, published the article "Vico, Llewellyn and the Task of Legal Education," in chapter four of The Doctrine-Skills Divide: Legal Education's Self-Inflicted Wound, L. Edwards ed., published by Carolina Academic Press. Mootz presented a paper on insurance issues for the cannabis industry on a panel at the California Cannabis Industry Association annual meeting in Anaheim, California. He is a member of the California Cannabis Industry Association Subcommittee on Insurance and joined other subcommittee executive members in an Aug. 14 meeting with Commissioner of Insurance Dave Jones to discuss how to ensure that the cannabis industry can be insured so as to effectively protect the public.   

Michael Hunter Schwartz, Dean, published the article "Teaching Law by Design: How Learning Theory and Instructional Design Can Inform and Reform" in chapter five of The Doctrine-Skills Divide: Legal Education's Self-Inflicted Wound, L. Edwards ed., published by Carolina Academic Press. Schwartz co-authored the article "50 Ways to Promote Learning and Teaching," which will be published in the Journal of Legal Education.  

Mike Vitiello, Distinguished Professor of Law, will have his article "Katz v. United States: Back to the Future?" published in Vol. 52 of the University of Richmond Law Review.  

Jarrod Wong,  Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Global Center for Business and Development, gave commentary on five papers selected for review at the Annual Roundtable of the Northern California International Law Scholars at UC Berkeley Law School.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Todd Davenport, Program director and Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, gave the presentation "Mechanisms of Manual Therapy: What Happens Under Your Hands and Why Does It Matter?" at the 2017 California Orthopedic and Manual Physical Therapy Special Interest Group, Richard E. Erhard, PT, DC Memorial Lecture.  

Zhu Zhou '14, Assistant Clinical Professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, gave the presentation "Clinically Significant Intestinal Drug-Drug and Food-Drug interactions" on Sept. 11 and "Identify Possible Clinical Substrates and Inhibitors of Intestinal OATPs" on Sept. 14 at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C.  

Development and Alumni Relations

Matthew Schueller, Donor Relations Manager in the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, presented "Engagement and Stewardship for Professional Schools," focused on case study and peer discussion regarding philanthropic engagement for professional programs, at the 2017 Association for Donor Relations Professionals International Conference in September.