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Freshman Honors Program
John Ballantyne Hall

University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA 95211

Monthly Honor Seminars 2014-2015

2014-2015 Honors Seminars


Dr. Cynthia Wagner WeickIn September of 2014, Cynthia Wagner Weick, a professor for Eberhardt School of Business and the School of Engineering and Computer Science, discussed Rethinking Industrial Research, Development, and Innovation in the 21st Century. This talk focused on the way Google, Edwards Lifesciences, Tesla Motors, and Space X made investment in far-sighted research a priority, and how they have developed processes that ensure scientists and engineers remain central to the organization. Their leaders demonstrate a passion for using science and technology to solve major problems, and view companies as vehicles for inventing the future. 



Kieran HollandIn October of 2014, Kieran Holland, professor for the Department of Physics discussed Big Physics and Big Computers. In this talk he discusses how some basic building blocks of Nature (like quarks and electrons), and some essential symmetries give a complete description of the world and the cosmos. Also discussed is the Higgs boson, which was first discovered in 2012. Dr. Holland explains how ideas and hypotheses about particles can be tested on some of the world's fastest supercomputers. 




Arthur A. Dugoni

 Craig S. YarboroughIn November of 2014, Arthur A. Dugoni (left) and Craig S. Yarborough (right), from our sister school Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, discussed Slings and Arrows of Cutting Edge Technology and Research - a Case Study of Invisalign. In this seminar, Dr. Dugoni and Dr. Yarborough discuss the challenges faced by academic institutions and their leaders as they collaborated with industry on cutting edge technology and patient care within a healthcare profession. Dr. Dugoni also discussed how invisalign changed the practice of orthodontics internationally. 



Dr. Courtney LehmannIn December of 2014, Courtney Lehmann, professor for the Department of English, discussed Shakespeare the Revolutionary. Even though Shakespeare lived 400 years ago, his works remain contemporary in many ways. In this seminar, Dr. Lehmann discussed how relevant Shakespeare's works continue to be by considering the ways in which his plays anticipate the ongoing struggles over human rights that have defined the late 20th and early 21st century. 




Patrick LanghamIn January of 2015, Patrick Langham, professor for the Conservatory of Music, discussed Talking Jazz. In this seminar, he discussed the tradition of jazz improvisation. He covered many eras of music, and discussed jazz from the swing era to the current day. He also introduced the audience to the framework which jazz musicians use to improvise and some of the parameters for creating interesting colors that tell a story, yet remain creative and personal in nature. 





Lou MatzIn February of 2015, Lou Matz, professor for the Department of Philosophy, discussed Reason and Religious BeliefIn this seminar, Dr. Lou Matz discusses the philosophy of religion of John Stuart Mill, who was a famous 19th century philosopher and social reformer. Mill's view on the nature of true religion and its role in morality can be summed up in one sentence: Improve yourself and society and, if it is psychologically necessary to commit yourself to these ends, it is legitimate to hope in supernatural realities as long as they are consistent with reason and moral feelings. 




Mamoun AlhamadshehIn March of 2015, Mamoun Alhamadsheh, from our sister school, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, discussed Empowering Therapeutic Peptides by Enhancing its in vivo Half-Life. In this seminar, Dr. Mamoun Alhamadsheh discussed the therapeutic potential of peptides, and the main major challenges impeding the more widespread use of peptides as therapeutics. He also discusses the problem of short in vivo half-life, which causes patients to need high doses and frequent administration. His group is working to enhance the pharmacokinetic properties of therapeutic peptides, which has the potential for decreasing dosing frequency and improving patient convenience and compliance. 



Rachael SalcidoIn April of 2015, Rachael Salcido, from our sister school, Pacific McGeorge School of Law, discussed Property and Sovereignty on the Outer Continental Shelf and in the Exclusive Economic Zone. In this seminar, Professor Salcido discusses the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which was created 30 years ago by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. She also discusses the tension between public trust and public interest in the U.S. developments offshore. She explores the merits and fleshes out the downsides of adopting a particular governance structure based on its ability to facilitate emerging uses in a sustainable development framework.