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Noteworthy Newsletter | November 2015

A digest of recent accomplishments and scholarly activity of faculty and staff
Nov 4, 2015

Awards, recognition and service  

College of the Pacific   

Laura RademacherLaura Rademacher, Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, was awarded a $304,589 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate groundwater flow in the Great Basin. Rademacher will work with other hydrologists, geologists and ecologists to investigate regional tectonic and paleohydrological histories in the context of aquatic biogeography and species evolution in arid-region spring ecosystems. The project will develop new methodologies for assessing the vulnerability of springs and endangered species in arid regions to global climate change. Rademacher is collaborating on this $2.8 million project with scientists from NM-Tech, UNLV, CSU-Fullerton, Purdue, and UN-Desert Research Institute.   

Zach StahlschmidtZach Stahlschmidt, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, was awarded a $398,304 grant from the National Science Foundation for the project "(RUI) From Complex Environments to Underlying Mechanisms: A Network Approach to Multi-trait Tradeoffs." This work will support several undergraduate and graduate researchers, and is in collaboration with colleagues at the Animal Disease Center at the USDA. Funding will also support the development of a citizen science outreach program associated with urban ecology. Read more>>  

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Natasha Lee '00, Assistant Professor/Course Director of Dental Practice, has been elected and installed to serve as the vice-president of the California Dental Association.  

Dental students and faculty in JamaicaVolunteer faculty and students traveled to Ocho Rios, Jamaica, during the school's fall break for an oral health mission. The group helped treat 1,163 underserved people in the community during visits to several rural health clinics.  

Arthur A. Dugoni and son Jim in ItalyArthur A. Dugoni, dean emeritus, was named an honorary citizen of Rio Saliceto, Italy, in honor of his Italian heritage and professional legacy in dentistry. Leaders of the town (and the local news media!) turned out to celebrate Dr. Dugoni and family during the trip he made to explore the birthplace of his grandfather.

McGeorge School of Law   

Michael Malloy, Distinguished Professor of Law, participated as a U.S. representative at a meeting of the Real Estate Market (REM) Advisory Group of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in October. The REM convened to formulate the research agenda that it would present at the next plenary session of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management. As a result of this meeting, Malloy will be contributing to a planned revision of the "Policy Framework for Sustainable Real Estate Markets," and he will also be working on a new REM-sponsored study of national responses to the financial crisis of 2008.  

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences   

Professor Xiaoling Li honored by AAPSXiaoling Li, Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research and Professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, was selected as the recipient of the 2015 AAPS (American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists) Outstanding Educator Award, sponsored by Biogen Idec. The honor is bestowed on individuals who have made extensive contributions to teaching in the pharmaceutical sciences. The award, which includes an honorarium of $2,500, was presented on Oct. 25 at the opening session of the AAPS Annual Meeting at the Orange County Convention Center. The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is a nonprofit organization supporting interaction, knowledge exchange and career growth opportunities for approximately 11,000 scientific professionals within industry, government and academia.

Publications, presentations and artistic endeavor

College of the Pacific

Ken Albala, Professor of History and Director of Food Studies, spoke on the "Kitchen as Historical Research Laboratory" at the Making and Knowing Symposium at the Chemical Heritage Society in Philadelphia and on "Aphrodisiacs in Renaissance Medicine" at the New York Academy of Medicine, both in October. He will also speak on "Japanese Food in the Western Imagination" at Stanford, and on "Food and Religion" at the University of Alabama in coming weeks.   

Martín Camps, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literature, published the poetry book: Los días baldíos (The Barren Days) in Tinta Nueva Editions in Mexico City. The first section of the book was among the five finalists of 359 manuscripts submitted to the Rogelio Treviño poetry prize.   

Melissa Davies, Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, presented "EconFantasy: A General Manager Fantasy Sport Simulation," about an activity that enables students act as a general manager of a selected sports team and use a simulation software to set ticket, concession and merchandise pricing, negotiate sponsorship, and vote on league operations, at the Sport Marketing Association Conference Teaching and Learning Fair in Atlanta, Georgia, on Oct. 29.   Davies gave the poster presentation "Technology Preparation for Future Sport Management Professionals," at the Sport Marketing Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, on Oct. 30. This research was conducted in collaboration with James Wyant, Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences.

Kieran Holland, Associate Professor of Physics, gave a talk on "Life in physics" at the Scientists in Residence Day at Delta College on Oct. 9, about what motivated him to have a career in science, what his research in particle physics is trying to show, what a typical day in the life of a scientist is like, and what challenges he's faced in his career.   

Sarah Merz, Professor of Mathematics, co-authored the paper "A class of local tournaments with interval (1,2)-step competition graph," which was accepted for publication in Congressus Numerantium. This work was presented at the Southeastern International Conference on Combinatorics, Graph Theory, and Computing.   

Joan Meyers, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, had her co-authored article, "Diversity Regimes in Worker Cooperatives: Workplace Inequality under Conditions of Worker Control," accepted for publication in the January 2016 special issue of The Sociological Quarterly, "Democracy 2.0," (57:1). It is currently available in early view.  

Matt Normand, Associate Professor of Psychology, and graduate student Triton Ong '15, co-authored the chapter, "Applied behavior analysis for health and fitness," which was published in the book Clinical and Organizational Applications of Applied Behavior Analysis (Elsevier, June 2015). Normand and graduate students Anthony Oliver '15 and Leigh Pratt '15 had the article "A survey of functional behavior assessment methods used by behavior analysts in practice" published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.  

Laura Rademacher, Associate Professor Geological and Environmental Sciences, is a co-author on "Climatic and landscape controls on water transit times and silicate mineral weathering in the critical zone" published in the journal Water Resources Research. The study focuses on results from the Jemez Critical Zone Observatory in New Mexico and highlights the important connections between landscape, hydrological and biogeochemical processes.  

Traci Roberts-Camps, Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literature, had her monograph on Latin American Women Filmmakers accepted for publication at the University of New Mexico Press.   

Vyacheslav Samoshin, Professor of Chemistry, Nataliya Samoshina, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, Xin Guo, Professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, Andreas Franz, Professor of Chemistry, Yu Zheng'13, and Xin Liu '13 co-authored the article "trans-2-Aminocyclohexanol-based amphiphiles as highly efficient helper lipids for gene delivery by lipoplexes" published in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Biomembranes

Caroline Schroeder, Associate Professor Religious Studies, had her co-edited volume Melania: Early Christianity Through the Life of One Family accepted for publication under contract with the University of California Press, Christianity in Late Antiquity series. In this book, sixteen prominent scholars in Religious Studies come together to examine the history of early Christianity through the lives and networks of the two prominent Roman women: Melania the Elder and her granddaughter Melania the Younger. Schroeder's review essay "In the Footsteps of Shenoute" was recently published in Marginalia: a Los Angeles Review of Books channel.   

Conservatory of Music

Eric Waldon, Assistant Professor of Music Therapy, had his co-authored article "Recorded music in the mental health waiting room: A music medicine investigation" published in the journal The Arts in Psychotherapy (Vol. 46). The research shows that the kind of music played in the waiting room of the psychotherapist's office can impact patient satisfaction on their first visit to the psychotherapist. Read more>>  

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry  

Steven Sadowsky, Associate Professor of Integrated Reconstructive Dental Sciences, had his article "Evidence-based criteria for differential treatment planning of implant restorations for the maxillary edentulous patient" published in the American College of Prosthodontics.  

Lisa Harpenau and William Lundergan, Professors of Periodontics, had Spanish and Turkish editions published of their text Hall's Critical Decisions in Periodontology and Dental Implantology, which they helped edit. Learn more about the book >>   

Hebrew Bible for Beginners coverGladys L. Benerd School of Education   

Joel N. Lohr, Associate Professor of Practice in Educational Administration and Leadership, had his co-authored book The Hebrew Bible for Beginners: A Jewish and Christian Introduction published by Abingdon (September 2015). The book has already received praise from readers in the U.S. and Europe. "[This] volume discusses the complications of a difficult book with exceptional clarity and fairness. The balance it strikes between what the biblical texts meant in their own times and how they have been taken in the Jewish and Christian traditions is refreshing," Jon Levenson, Harvard University.  

McGeorge School of Law

Jennifer Harder, Assistant Professor of Lawyering Skills, presented "Overview of California Water Law: Case Law and Legislative Update" at the California Water Law Conference in San Francisco on Oct. 8   

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Todd Davenport, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, was the co-author and faculty advisor on the article "Reliability of Posterolateral Acromion Process to Examination Table Measurement to Estimate Shoulder Protraction Contracture" published in April's Orthopaedic Physical Therapy Practice journal. Student/alumni co-authors Bart Taylor '13, DPT, Antonia Vega Norris '11, DPT, and Zack Mertz '11, DPT were recognized with an Outstanding Research Publication Award by the California Physical Therapy Association.  

Robert Halliwell, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, was the supervisor and co-investigator with Kathleen L. Metz 'XX on the project "Exploiting Human Stem Cells from Discarded Teeth to Make Nerve Cells," for which she has been awarded an International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) Graduate Student Fellowship.   

Cynthia Samantha Valle-Oseguera '12, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, and Eric Boyce, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Pharmacy Practice, published  "Dentists and pharmacists: paradigm shifts and interprofessional collaborative practice models" in the Journal of the California Dental Association (43:10).  

Mark P. Walberg '06, '09, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Regional Coordinator, presented "A Guide to Learning Travel Health     " at the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists Seminar 2015 in San Diego. Co-authors are Jennifer Novak '14, Tiffany Tou '15 and Elise Hara '16.  

Eberhardt School of Business

Lewis Gale, Dean and Professor of Business, presented "Opportunities for Academic Exchange between Business Schools in Mexico and the United States," at the 9th International Congress on Economic and Administrative Sciences hosted by Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico.  

Peter Hilsenrath, Professor of Economics and Joseph M. Long Chair in Healthcare Management (Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), published the article "Rising Gasoline Prices Increase New Motorcycle Sales and Fatalities" in Injury Epidemiology with He Zhu, Fernando Wilson and Jim Stimpson.  Hilsenrath and Cynthia Eakin, Associate Professor of Accounting, coauthored the article "Price Transparency and Cost Accounting: Challenges for Health Care Organizations in the Consumer-Driven Era" published in Inquiry: The Journal of Health Care Organization Provision and Financing.             

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