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Noteworthy faculty and staff accomplishments

Aug 26, 2014

Awards, Recognition and Service

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Nader NadershahiNader Nadershahi '94, '99, '11, executive associate dean and associate dean for Academic Affairs, has been named the newest member of the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE). The JCNDE is the agency responsible for the development and administration of the National Board of Dental Examinations. The 15-member commission includes representatives from dental schools, dental practice, state dental examining boards, dental hygiene, dental students and the public. The National Board Examinations assist state boards in determining qualifications of dentists and dental hygienists seeking licensure to practice.  Read more>>

Allen WongAllen Wong, professor of dental practice and director of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry program,  was selected by the California Dental Association (CDA) Foundation Board as the recipient of the 2014 Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award. The award is presented to an individual who displays exceptional leadership, innovation, collaboration, compassion, philanthropic spirit and integrity in dental education. Wong will be honored by the 2014 CDA House of Delegates and member dentists at a recognition event on Friday, Nov. 14, at The Westin San Diego Gaslamp in San Diego, Calif. He also will receive a monetary award, which will be used towards teaching caries risk management in special care dentistry, dental missions and interprofessional organizations.  Read more>>

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Todd Davenport

Todd Davenport, Physical Therapy, was appointed Chair of the California Physical Therapy Association's Research Council. In this role, Davenport will facilitate research abstract and grant reviews for the third largest physical therapy organization in the world. He also will serve as an advocate for expanding high quality pre-clinical and clinical research evidence for physical therapy practice. Davenport also was appointed editor of the Orthopedic and Sports Clinical Summary section of, which is a knowledge translation effort sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association. In his new role, Davenport aims to foster evidence-based practice in physical therapy.  

Business and Finance

Ann Rose, Controller's Office, was awarded the Professional Administrative Certificate of Excellence (PACE) from the American Society of Administrative Professionals (ASAP). Rose is the first staff member to complete Pacific's Administrative Excellence (AE) Program, designed to support administrative staff pursuing improved competencies and professional growth.   

University Recognition

College of the Pacific

Macelle MahalaSTEPHEN E. CORSON AWARD—Macelle Mahala, Theatre Arts, was selected to receive the Stephen E. Corson Award for Distinguished Teaching of Freshmen. The Corson Award goes to a College of the Pacific faculty member who has demonstrated extraordinary skill at and commitment toward teaching, mentoring, and advising first-year students. The selection committee noted the significant impact Professor Mahala has on her students, her home department, and her Pacific seminar courses. Read more>>

Caroline CoxFAYE AND ALEX SPANOS DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARD—The late Caroline Cox, History, was selected as the recipient of the Faye and Alex Spanos Distinguished Teaching Award. The Spanos Award is awarded for distinguished teaching, based on a career of teaching of at least 15 years, 10 of which were completed at the College of the Pacific. The committee wrote that Professor Cox's "outstanding accomplishments as a teacher and mentor (not just to students but for faculty as well)," accompanied by her wonderful scholarship and excellence in campus citizenship made her a perfect fit for the Spanos Award. Read more>>

Grants and Research Awards

Todd Davenport, Physical Therapy, is the University of the Pacific project lead for the Focus on Five project, a collaborative project with the San Joaquin County Office of Education's Office of Early Childhood Development, Pacific's Department of Physical Therapy, Creative Child Care Inc., Manteca Unified School District, Stockton Unified School District, and UC Davis Cooperative Extension.  It has been supported by a $375,000 grant to the San Joaquin County Office of Education by First Five San Joaquin. Now in its third year, the Focus on Five project aims to increase health literacy of preschool children, families, and teachers and create systems change in the early childhood setting that would reduce the rate of childhood obesity and improve health education practices by preschool teachers. During the first phase, the project involved creating a "Kinetic Curriculum," in which preschool students, teachers, and families learned ways to purposefully teach State of California Preschool Foundations using movement. Twenty students and alumni from the DPT classes of 2013 and 2014 helped develop a bank of teaching and learning activities that are still in use in county-administered preschools. During this third year, Davenport will be working with 10 DPT students from the class of 2015 to take the focus into the community and the household to reduce barriers and improve health choices within the family unit where household decisions are made. 

Publications and Presentations


College of the Pacific

Christopher Goff, Mathematics, has had the article "How To Improve a Math History Assignment" published in Convergence, a journal of the Mathematical Association of America. Convergence focuses on papers in the history of mathematics and its use in teaching.     

Lara Killick, Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences, and Todd Davenport, Physical Therapy, coauthored the article "Pain Worlds: towards the integration of a sociocultural perspective of pain in clinical physical therapy," which was published electronically by the journal Physiotherapy Research International.  

Illustration by Michael Leonard

Michael Leonard, College of the Pacific-Visual Arts, helped produce and illustrate the 4th edition of Mastery of Endoscopic and Laparoscopic Surgery, published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Now in its fourth edition, this text has achieved the stature of a "classic" in the canon of surgical literature and continues to serve as the "go to" reference for surgeons at every stage of training in minimally invasive surgery. Leonard's illustration of the ligation of the right adrenal vein using the da Vinci® Surgical System was chosen for the cover illustration. Leonard has helped develop all four editions, contributing to the concept, design and editing in addition to illustrating the majority of the surgical procedures.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Todd Davenport, Physical Therapy, co-authored the article, "Assessing function and endurance in adults with spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy: validity of the adult myopathy assessment tool," published in Rehabilitation Research and Practice. He was lead author on the article "Validity of the single limb heel raise test to predict lower extremity disablement in patients with sporadic inclusion body myositis," published in the March 2014 edition of Disability & Rehabilitation, and on the article "Measurement Properties of the Low Back Activity Confidence Scale (LoBACS)," published in the March 2014 edition of Evaluation and the Health Professions. He also co-authored the article "Within-day test-retest reliability of transcranial magnetic stimulation measurements of corticomotor excitability for gastrocnemius and tibialis anterior muscles," published in the Fall 2014 edition of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice.  

Donald Y. Shirachi, emeritus, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, had his coauthored a research paper, "Reduced antinociceptive responsiness to hyperbaric oxygen in opiate-tolerant mice," published in the European Journal of Pain.    


College of the Pacific

Andreea Boboc, English, presented the paper "Genius as a Moral Advocate in John Gower's Confessio Amantis" at the Third International Gower Congress in Rochester, N.Y. 

Liang Xue, Chemistry, presented "The chemistry of G-quadruplex DNA" at the 10th SINO-U.S. Chemistry Professors Conference at Shandong University, China.  

Chemistry faculty and students presented research at the 248th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco, Calif. ACS is the world's largest scientific society, and the meeting was attended by more than 15,000 chemists from U.S. and abroad.  

-- Vyacheslav Samoshin presented a talk on "Design of ligands based on 5,6-dihydro-1,10-phenanthroline for catalysts with dual enantioselectivity," co-authored by Irina Dotsenko '14, and on "Fliposomes: Stimuli-triggered conformational flip of novel amphiphiles causes an instant cargo release from liposomes," co-authored by Nataliya Samoshina, Xin Liu '13, Yu Zheng '13, Andreas Franz, and Xin Guo. Samoshin also chaired a session on Metal-Mediated Reactions and Syntheses.  

-- Jianhua Ren gave a report on "Determination of the gas-phase acidity and basicity of oligopeptides by mass spectrometry," co-authored by Patrick Batoon '15.

-- Ryan Moffet presented a talk on "Spectromicroscopic observation of sea spray composition and aging," co-authored by Don Pham '15, and colleagues from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, UC San Diego, University of Iowa, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  

-- Poster presentations:

  • Wanbo Liu '13, Irina A. Dotsenko '14, Siwen Wang '18, Jinghang Xie '14, William K. Chan (Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), Vyacheslav V. Samoshin and Liang Xue presented "Phenanthroline based metal complexes as G-quadruplex ligands"
  • Yi-Ju Tsai '14, Michael B. Pastor '18 and Qinliang Zhao presented "Synthesis and characterization of formamidines and their Zn and Mg complexes"
  • Irina Dotsenko '14, Nataliya Samoshina  and Vyacheslav Samoshin presented "5,6-Dihydro-1,10-phenanthrolines and 1,10-phenanthrolines as new inhibitors and activators of fungal glycosidases"
  • Anthony Dutoi and Stephen Leone presented "Simulating transient absorption spectra using extremely broad X-ray pulses"
  • Nataliya Samoshina, Andrey Samoshin '11, Irina Dotsenko '14, Andreas Franz and Vyacheslav Samoshin presented "Thio-β-D-glucosides: Synthesis and evaluation as glycosidase inhibitors and activators"
  • Yuhong Liu '17 and Anthony Dutoi presented "Separating electron correlations by energy scale: A systemically improvable fragment-based approach"
  • Irina Dotsenko '14, Qinliang Zhao and Vyacheslav Samoshin presented "Stereoselective synthesis of conformationally constrained 5,6-dihydro-1,10-phenanthrolines with axial chirality" 
  • Irina Dotsenko '14 and Vyacheslav Samoshin presented "New 5,6-dihydro-1,10-phenanthroline-based ligands with controlled axial chirality"
  • Nhi Nguyen '15, Carolyn Tran-Math '14, Noemi Santiago '13 and Qinliang Zhao presented " Design and synthesis of a water-soluble ligand for detection and extraction of metal ions"
  • Angelique Cao Minh '15 and Qinliang Zhao presented "Synthesis and characterization of two derivatized cyclams and their metallation reactions"
  • Sven Hackbusch '17, Amelia Watson '19 and Andreas Franz presented "Acylation of trans-2-substituted cyclohexanols: Reversal of diastereoselectivity depends on scaffold substitution and achiral amine catalyst.
  • Michael Pastor '18 and Qinliang Zhao presented "Theoretical elucidation of the electronic structure of the [M2X8]n- (n=2-4) anions"    

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Todd Davenport, Physical Therapy, co-presented the session "Exercise Intolerance in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: Guide to Management and Treatment," at the 2014 Biennial Meeting of the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis in San Francisco, Calif. Copresenters were Staci Stevens '91, '97, Mark Van Ness and Chris Snell (emeritus), Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences.  

Ben Larson '14, physical therapy graduate, presented the poster "Reproducibility of measurements obtained during cardiopulmonary exercise testing in individuals with and without fatiguing health conditions: a case series" at the 2014 Biennial Meeting of the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis in San Francisco. Coauthors included Todd Davenport, Physical Therapy, Staci Stevens '91, '97, and Mark Van Ness and Chris Snell (emeritus), Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences.   

Abigail Ogilbee '13, physical therapy graduate, presented the poster "Validity and reliability of clinical tests for trunk muscle function" at the American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev. Co-authors included Todd Davenport  and Jim Mansoor, Physical Therapy.   

Jessica Tribbey '13, physical therapy graduate, presented the poster "Exercise for post-traumatic stress disorder: systematic review and critical synthesis of the literature" at the American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev. Co-authors included Todd Davenport and Jim Mansoor, Physical Therapy.  

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Shelly Gulati, Bioengineering, presented the paper "Quantifying Elastic Vortex Growth of DNA Solutions in Planar Micro-Bends," co-authored with colleagues at UC Berkeley, at the 12th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels in Chicago, Ill.      

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