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Noteworthy faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly activities

Sep 9, 2014

Grants, awards, recognition and service

College of the Pacific

Alan Lenzi, associate professor of religious and classical studies, has accepted an invitation to become the chair of the editorial board of the Ancient Near East Monograph series, an open-access, electronic series published by the Society of Biblical Literature. Founded in 1880, the Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest learned society devoted to the critical investigation of the Bible from a variety of academic disciplines. Lenzi has served on the editorial board for several years and will take up the new role in 2015.  

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry 
was recognized as a pioneer in dental education in "Preparing Endodontists for a Multidisciplinary World," the lead article in the American Association of Endodontists' August Communique newsletter. The article notes Pacific Dugoni was the first dental school to commit to a multidisciplinary philosophy through the implementation of an innovative, comprehensive curriculum in 2007 known as the Pacific Dental Helix Curriculum.  

The Pacific Center for Special Care's Virtual Dental Home program was the subject of the Huffington Post article "Innovations in Dentistry Bridging the Gap for California Kids," which focused on the success of VDH in reaching underserved populations with dental care. Since November 2013 nearly 200 patients have been seen in more than 45 sites throughout California. The author summarizes: "The Virtual Dental Home is a program that not only makes sense and helps solve a serious public health problem, but it also has proven to be valuable, safe, well-liked by consumers, and cost-effective."    

Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Stephen McCaffrey honored for his role in a groundbreaking multilateral treaty on international water cooperation
Stephen McCaffreyMore than a decade's work by Pacific McGeorge professor Stephen McCaffrey resulted in the UN Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses being entered into force on Aug. 17, 2014. The convention, which obliges member nations to consider the impact of their actions on others with shared interest in a water resource, was adopted by a 103-3 vote in the UN General Assembly back in 1997. The subsequent lengthy ratification process culminated with the convention officially going into effect 90 days after the 35th country approved the treaty this year. McCaffrey's significant role in bringing this project to completion was recognized at a recent celebratory event. Read more>>   An introduction to the Convention authored by McCaffrey with historical background can be found on the United Nations Audio Visual Library of International Law.>>

McGeorge to help train Russian law school faculty in experiential/interactive teaching methods
Thomas Jay LeachCary BrickerJay Leach, professor of law, will direct, with Cary Bricker, professor of lawyering skills, as co-faculty, Pacific McGeorge's participation in a two-year US-Russia Foundation "Legal Education Exchange" (LEX) program. Leach and Bricker attended an organizational conference for the program in Moscow in July 2014. Pacific McGeorge will collaborate with the Russian Foreign Trade Academy's law school in teacher training in experiential/interactive methods and development of curricular materials to support the RFTA's new courses using such methods, all as part of a new master's program at the Moscow campus. Other participating U.S. law schools - each collaborating with a different Russian school - are Denver (Moscow State University), Emory (Ekaterinburg), and Georgetown (Baltic States). The program will include Pacific McGeorge campus visits by faculty from the RFTA, and visits to Moscow by Pacific McGeorge faculty to do onsite training and curricular work.   

Raquel Aldana, professor of law and associate dean for faculty scholarship, was appointed to the American Bar Association (ABA) Latin America and Caribbean Council of the ABA's Rule of Law Initiative program for a one-year term that began in July 2014.  

Franklin Gevurtz, distinguished professor of law, was re-elected secretary of the American Society of Comparative Law at the 2014 annual meeting of the Society, which took place in July at the XIX International Congress of Comparative Law at the University of Vienna. Gevurtz served as one of three editors for the special volume of the American Journal of Comparative Law devoted to publishing the approximately 30 U.S. national reports prepared on various topics for the International Congress of Comparative Law.   

Mary-Beth Moylan, professor of lawyering skills, became the president of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) in August 2014. Moylan is the director of McGeorge's Global Lawyering Skills (GLS) program and has served as president-elect since August 2013. Read more>>   

Rachael Salcido, professor of law, was appointed to the executive committee for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation at the annual meeting on July 16, 2014.     

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Cathy Peterson, professor of physical therapy, has accepted an invitation to serve on the U.S. regional peer review committee for 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Scholar applications to Southern Africa. She also led an accreditation site visit team for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education in the Midwest. While there, she was invited to share with faculty, staff and students at her alma mater, Des Moines University, about her experiences living and learning in Malawi while serving as a Fulbright Scholar.

Marcus Ravnan '94, professor of pharmacy practice, received the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Alpha Psi Chapter alumni association of the Phi Delta Chi national pharmacy fraternity. He was recognized at the annual Tom Stout Thousand Dinner. Ravnan is very active with the organization and has served as faculty advisor for Pacific's Alpha Psi Chapter since 2009. The award recognizes a leader in pharmacy exemplified by outstanding contribution to the pharmacy profession combined with commitment and contribution to the Alpha Psi Chapter.

Katerina Venderova, assistant professor of physiology and pharmacology, received a two-year $129,138 grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH/NINDS), for the research project "New Drosophila Model of VPS35 Parkinsonism." The funding will facilitate developing the first transgenic model of Parkinson's disease caused by a mutation in VPS35, the latest discovered causative gene of the disease. This will subsequently make it feasible to study in vivo which cellular processes are disrupted by this mutation and  learn which cellular pathways a potential new drug should target in order to stop or slow down the progression of the disease. Undergraduate students Judy Ho, Emily Hou, Ariel Tsang, Davin Kaing '15, Joseph Rosales and Rubeenah Eismati, and doctor of pharmacy students Dilraj Sohal '17, Ryan Fedrizzi  '16, Derek Fong '16, Claire Kim '17, April Nguyen '16 and Jason Ly '16

Publications and presentations  


College of the Pacific

Caroline T. Schroeder, associate professor of religious and classical studies, published the article "An Early Monastic Rule Fragment from the Monastery of Shenoute," in Le Muséon: 127(2014): 19-39.   

Zhou Xiaojing, professor of English and ethnic studies, had her translation of the poem, My Father's House," by Li-Young Lee (74 lines) from Lee's collection Book of My Night (2001) published in 《作品》/Literary Writings, journal of the Association of Writers of Guangdong Province, in Guangzhou, China.   

Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Cary Bricker, professor of lawyering skills, had her article, "Teaching the Power of Empathy in Domestic and Transnational Experiential Public Defender Courses," published in the Buffalo Public Interest Law Journal: 32:1 (2014), a publication of the SUNY Buffalo Law School.  

Franklin Gevurtz, distinguished professor of law, had his report, "The Protection of Minority Investors and Compensation of Their Losses," published in the American Journal of Comparative Law: 62 (Supp.): 303 (2014). The report was prepared for the XIX International Congress of Comparative Law.  

Michael Malloy, distinguished professor of law, had his second 2014 Supplement to his three-volume treatise Banking Law and Regulation (2d ed.) published by Wolters-Kluwer Law and Business.  

California and Federal EvidenceJohn E.B. Myers, professor of law, had his casebook, California and Federal Evidence: Cases and Materials, published by Esquire Books Inc. (2014). Myers' article "'I Won't Pay Child Support, But I Insist on Visitation.' Should Visitation and Child Support Be Linked?" has been published in the McGeorge Law Review 45:695 (2014).  

John Sprankling, distinguished professor of law, was one of 80 law professors who served on the Panel of Academic Contributors for the 10th edition of Black's Law Dictionary, published by Thomson West (2014).   

Michael Vitiello, distinguished professor of law, had his article, "The Expanding Use of Genetic and Psychological Evidence: Finding Coherence in the Criminal Law?" published in the Nevada Law Journal: 14:897 (2014), of the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV.  

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Katerina Venderova, assistant professor of physiology and pharmacology, had her article "Vacuolar protein sorting 35 (Vps35) rescues locomotor deficits and shortened lifespan in Drosophila expressing a Parkinson's disease mutant of Leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2)" published in Molecular Neurodegeneration: 9(1):23; 2014. Coauthors were Radek Linhart, Jieyun Cao, Sarah Anne Wong '14, Melody Tran '14, Anne Huynh '14, Casey Ardrey '15, Jong Min Park '14, Christine Hsu '15, Saher Taha '15, Rrentia Peterson '15, Shannon Shea '15 and Jason  Kurian '15.  

Adam M. Kaye '95, professor of pharmacy practice, had the article "Opioid Antagonists: Will they Solve all of the Problems Associated with Opioid Agonists?" published in the Global Journal of Anesthesiology: 1(1): 102. His coauthored article "Perioperative analgesia and the effects of dietary supplements" was published in Best Practice & Research Clinical Anaesthesiology: 2014 Jun; 28(2):183-9    


College of the Pacific

Andreas Agocs, visiting assistant professor of history, presented the paper "The Cold War at the Congress: Germany Cultural Unity and International Conflict in Postwar Berlin" at the New Narratives of the Cold War Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland. He also chaired the panel "Peace and Human Rights during the Cold War."  

Andreea Boboc, associate professor of English, presented the paper "The Positive Use of Emotions in Henry Lovelich's Merlin" at the International Congress of the Arthurian Society in Bucharest, Romania.   

Dan Kasser, professor of visual arts, is having his photographic works of the Delta being exhibited at the Knowlton Gallery as part of "Deltalands: Converging Visions" on display through Sept. 28.         

School of International Studies

Daniel O'Neill, assistant professor of political science, presented two lectures "A Rising China and ASEAN: Economic Cooperation and Territorial Conflict" and "Playing Risk: Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in Cambodia" for faculty and students at De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines, where he was a visiting scholar in the Political Science Department. He also presented the invited lecture "Rising Tiger, Demanding Dragon: The Comparative Rise of India and China" at The Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies at Ateneo de Manila University. In addition to students and faculty, special guests at the lecture included former Philippines Secretary of Foreign Affairs Delia Albert.

Pacific McGeorge School of Law  

Raquel Aldana, professor of law and associate dean for faculty scholarship, taught the course "Transitional Justice in Latin America," in Spanish in the Pacific McGeorge Summer Inter-American Program in Guatemala from May 31 to June 20, 2014. Aldana also supervised the Inter-American Program externships in Latin America. Aldana's proposal, "Congressional Dysfunction and Executive Lawmaking during the Obama Administration," was selected as the second Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting Symposium at the January 2015 meeting by the AALS Committee on Special Programs at the Annual Meeting. Aldana collaborated with Alina Das of the New York University School of Law on the successful proposal.  

Cary Bricker, professor of lawyering skills, presented, "Experiential Teaching in Podium and Skills Based Courses: Making Students Comfortable When Taking Them Out of Their Comfort Zones," at the What the Best Law Teachers Do: Educators in Action conference at Northwestern University School of Law.  

Melissa Brown, professor of lawyering skills, presented "Women and Work Place Injuries," at the California Society of Industrial Medicine and Surgery 29th Annual Mid-Summer Seminar. Brown addressed the evolution of California law regarding cumulative trauma injuries, compensation statutes and judicial interpretation and resulting disparate impact on women, particularly as they age. Brown co-taught a course at the UC Davis School of Medicine, "Foundations of Bioethics" in August.  

Adrienne Brungess, professor of lawyering skills, presented the poster "Evaluation to Advocacy - Transitioning from Objective to Persuasive Writing," at the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) Bi-Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Penn.  

Julie Davies, professor of law, taught the course, "Lawyering Across Borders," in the Pacific McGeorge Summer Inter-American Program in Guatemala from May 31 to June 20.  

Franklin Gevurtz, distinguished professor of law, chaired the session "The Law of Succession and Company Law" at the XIX International Congress of Comparative Law in July at the University of Vienna. Gevurtz gave a presentation at the session "The Protection of Investors and Compensation of their Losses" regarding the U.S. law recognizing the fraud-on-the-market presumption as reaffirmed by the recent Halliburton decision. Gevurtz presented his work in progress, "Shotgun Corporate Marriages," at the National Business Law Scholars Conference at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles in June.  

Jay Leach, professor of law, taught a one-week course in Trial Advocacy at China University of Political Science & Law in Beijing, China, in August. He will teach a similar course at Zhejiang Gongshang University in Hangzhou, China, in December 2014.  

Michael P. Malloy, distinguished professor of law, delivered the opening remarks at the 11th Annual Conference on Law, sponsored by the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) in Athens, Greece, in July. He also chaired the first plenary session on Law and History and presented his paper, "There are no Bitcoins, only Bit Payers," during the Economy and Commerce panel.  

Stephen McCaffrey, distinguished professor of law, held a training workshop, along with a professor from Dundee, Scotland, on International Water Law for officials from the Palestinian Water Authority and other line ministries in Ramallah, Palestine in May.  

Mary-Beth Moylan, professor of lawyering skills, presented the poster "The Second Draft: The Official Magazine of the Legal Writing Institute" at the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) Bi-Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Penn. in June.  

Brian Slocum, professor of law, presented the paper, "Conversational Implicatures and Legal Texts," at the conference The Pragmatic Turn: Interpretation and Inference in Legal Discourse at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in July.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Carl L. Fairburn III '11, assistant professor of physical therapy, will present the session "Significant Musculoskeletal and Neurological Impairments: Can these patients be integrated into Pulmonary Rehabilitation?" at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation in Denver, Colo.  

Robert Hanyak '79, associate professor of audiology, will present the co-authored paper "Addressing Issues in Quality Graduate Education" at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association National Convention in Orlando, Fla., in Nov.

Adam M. Kaye '95, professor of pharmacy practice, will speak on "Legalized Addiction: The Abuse and Misuse of Prescription Drugs" at the Stockton Women's Network luncheon at Stockton Golf and Country Club.  

School of Engineering and Computer Science

William Stringfellow, professor and director of the Ecological Engineering Research Program (EERP), presented the research paper "Characterizing Compounds Used in Hydraulic Fracturing: a Necessary Step for Understanding Environmental Impacts" at the Evolving Science and Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing symposium during the American Chemical Society's (ACS) 248th National Meeting & Exposition held in San Francisco in August. The research was coauthored with Mary Kay Camarillo, assistant professor civil engineering, Jeremy Domen '13 and Whitney Sandelin '13, who are research assistants at EERP, and colleagues from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. Pacific students have been involved in data collection during the course of the research and are now conducting investigations of how to treat hydraulic fracturing wastewaters. The research presented at the ACS meeting focused on the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," and related waste processes, specifically in California. Results so far show that, though many chemicals used are nontoxic and biodegradable, they still may require some treatment to prevent negative environmental impact, that toxicity information is still unavailable for nearly a third of the commonly used chemicals, and that eight of the chemicals examined are toxic to mammals. The research has garnered wide-ranging media attention, including articles in Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Scientific American, and Science 2.0. In addition to the research presented at the ACS conference, Stringfellow, Camarillo, Sandlin, Domen and a colleague from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories published the paper "Physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of compounds used in hydraulic fracturing" in the Journal of Hazardous Materials 275: 37-54. 

The Ecological Engineering Research Program (EERP), directed by William Stringfellow, was asked by the International Water Association (IWA) to organize a specialist conference on water-basin science and management. The Specialist Conference on River Basins and Watershed Management will be held in San Francisco, Sept. 9-12. At this conference, water specialists from 34 countries will present their work and engage in discussion and analysis of the challenges facing water managers. Stringfellow is the conference chair, Chelsea Spier '06, '12, is the conference organizer and Camarillo served on the program committee.

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