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Noteworthy Newsletter | November 2017

Recent faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly and artistic activities
Nov 9, 2017

Professional Service    

Carsen Bentley '11, Instructor in the Department of Clinical Oral Health in the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, was elected to serve as an at-large director on the California Dental Association Foundation Board of Directors.  

Dave Crafts, Director of Student Leadership and Involvement in Student Life, has been appointed to the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Educational Advisory Group. The group of student affairs professional are charged with developing a comprehensive competencies model for professionals working in student government advising, student activities and student union facility operations.  

Franklin Gevurtz, Distinguished Professor of Law in the McGeorge School of Law, serves as Secretary of the American Society of Comparative Law.   

Community Service and Outreach

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Jamaica outreach trip
Dental Jamaica outreachMore than 50 Dugoni School students, faculty and staff traveled to Jamaica during the school's fall break for an oral health mission. The volunteers treated underserved patients in three rural clinics and one small clinic set up at their hotel to serve hotel employees. Over the course of the week, volunteers treated 950 patients, providing extractions, cleanings and restorative treatment. Volunteers also visited local schools to provide children with oral hygiene instruction.  

Project Homeless Connect
Project Homeless ConnectStudents, faculty and staff volunteered at a recent Project Homeless Connect (PHC) event providing oral health screenings and oral health education at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The Dugoni School has a history of service with PHC that goes back to 2007. PHC helps the most vulnerable San Franciscans to vital resources such as dental care, eyeglasses, housing resources, food, employment assistant, hygiene products and other services.  

Kids in the Klinic Golf Tournament
Local golfers, alumni, volunteers, celebrities and corporate sponsors all joined forces for an amazing day at The Olympic Club on Oct. 16 for the 20th Annual Kids in the Klinic Golf Classic to benefit the Kids in the Klinic Endowment. Notable names and faces included famed quarterback Jim Plunkett, KTVU's Mark Ibanez, sax star Mike Phillips with Yoshi's house band, Golden State Warrior's hype man Franco Finn and former Warriors star Adonal Foyle, among others. Thanks to all who participated to make the event a tremendous success to support underserved children through our pediatric and orthodontic clinics. More than $2.5 million has been raised for the endowment over the last 20 years. View photos.  

CDA Cares Bakersfield outreachCDA Cares-Bakersfield
Dental hygiene students answered the California Dental Association's call for volunteers at the CDA Cares community oral health event in Bakersfield, Oct. 6-7. Thank you to our dental hygiene students for your dedication to caring for underserved Californians.  

Awards, Grants and other recognition

Institutional and Unit Recognition

Melanie Mai

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Melanie Mai
, Administrative Assistant in Academic Affairs, was recognized as Employee of the Quarter. Her commitment to the school community, professionalism, outstanding customer service skills and other qualities helped her achieve the recognition.

Budget and Financial Services 
Employee Recognition Awards 
Budget and Financial Services (BFS) held their semi-annual employee recognition award ceremony Sept. 29 at the Vereschagin Alumni House. BFS employees nominated colleagues who exemplify four key attributes: leadership, collaboration, initiative, and innovation. The winners of the fall 2017 Summit Awards are:  

Top Tiger: Matt Camino, director, Ecommerce, Pacific Card Office
Member of the Pack: Jonallie Parra, university budget director
Member of the Pack: Shelby Slaugenhaupt, assistant director, procurement services
Member of the Pack: Group - Procurement Services Department 

Previous Summit Award winners:
Fall 2016:
Top Tiger: Accounts Payable Department
Members of the Pack: Jessica Melchor, budget analyst; Amanda Chow, senior financial reporting analyst  

Spring 2017:
Top Tiger: Julie Ness, senior financial reporting analyst
Members of the Pack: Wendy Meeks, senior payroll specialist (at the time of award); Amanda Chow, senior financial reporting analyst; Betty Flores, financial reporting analyst
Member of the Pack - Group: (1) Amanda Chow, senior financial reporting analyst; Betty Flores, Financial Reporting Manager; and (2) Student Accounts Department

College of the Pacific

Qingwen DongQingwen Dong professor of communication, received a grant of $5,000 from National Communication Association for his international collaboration project, "The 2018 Conference on Communication, Media, and Governance in the Age of Globalization" in Beijing, China.  

Eugene PearsonGene Pearson, Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, is the 2017 recipient of the National Association of Geoscience Teacher's Robert Christman Distinguished Service Award. The Award was established by the Executive Committee in 2008 to recognize individuals who have provided long, distinguished service to the Association at the national and/or section level. 

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

David ChambersDavid Chambers, Professor of Orthodontics, will be honored with the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Gies Award for Achievement - Dental Educator at the ADEA Annual Session in March 2018. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership. 

The Pacific Center for Special Care  has received $3,578,239 in new grants to support expansion of the Virtual Dental Home System. The funding will support work with the California Regional Center system to improve oral health for people with disabilities and expand activities with partners across the West Coast and Hawaii. Read more >>  

Pogo by Jaslyn Gilbert

President's Division

Jaslyn Gilbert, University Photographer in the Office of Marketing and Communications, received second place in the University Photographer's Association of America monthly image competition in the Science and Research category for her photo of Pogo, a dog for whom a team of Pacific engineering students created a prosthetic device. Read about Pogo and the project in the upcoming Fall 2017 issue of The Rock.    

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Kate O'DellKate M. O'Dell, Director of Experiential Programs and Vice Chair and Professor of Pharmacy Practice, has been named a Fellow of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists (CSHP). The 2017 Class of Fellows were presented at CSHP annual meeting Oct. 26-29 in Las Vegas.  

Phillip R. Oppenheimer, Dean, accepted an award on behalf of the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences from the Pharmacy and Health Sciences Foundation, a nonprofit organization promoting affordable, quality, patient-centered health care. The award was presented by foundation Executive Director and CEO Gerald Mazzucca and Board Member Greg Matzen. Award funds will be used to assist student pharmacists in promoting health literacy and health communication training for patients in the greater Northern California communities that we serve. 

The Department of Physical Therapy was awarded a Healthy Children 2017 grant by Kaiser Permanente's Community Benefit Grant Program. Over the past seven years, this grant has supported what has become a signature community service learning opportunity for the department's Healthy Children program. Through the Healthy Children program, Pacific's doctor of physical therapy (DPT) students go "Beyond Our Gates" to serve approximately 3,000 school-age children each year who are at elevated risk for childhood obesity. DPT students provide evidence-based physical education, nutrition and ergonomic activities and information to afterschool programs. Through this experience they gain a practical appreciation for how to care for our community's health. The Healthy Children grant also underwrites the DPT White Coat Ceremony, during which the incoming Class of 2020 will be inducted to the program's culture of service-oriented professionalism. The Department of Physical Therapy looks forward to continuing their partnerships with Kaiser Permanente, San Joaquin County Office of Education and Stockton Unified School District to continue this successful program.   


College of the Pacific

Eileen Camfield, Director of University Writing Programs, Lara Killick, Associate Professor of Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, and Ruth Lewis, former Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, co-authored "Activating the 'Fund of Attention' to Empower Student Peer Review," which will be published in the spring issue of The Journal of Teaching Writing.   

Matt Normand, Professor of Psychology, and Leslie Galbraith '16 published the paper, "Step it up! Using the good behavior game to increase physical activity with elementary school students at recess" in the fall 2017 issue of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis.  

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Alia Said Aljabeiti '08, Reem Salahuddin '08, Miroslav Tolar, Associate Professor of Orthodontics, and Marie Tolarova, Professor of Orthodontics, co-authored the article "Association of TGFβ3 variants with Nonsyndromic Cleft Lip and Palate in Guatemalan Population" published in the Journal of Dental and Craniofacial Research.  

Meixun Sinky Zheng, Assistant Professor and Senior Faculty Developer and Instructional Designer, co-authored "Community of Inquiry as Teacher Professional Development in China: New Literacies, New Complexities," on teacher professional development with Chinese teachers, which appears as chapter six in Digital Transformation and Innovation in Chinese Education published by IGI Global (2017), H.A. Spires ed.

Keivan Zoufan, Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Sciences, co-authored Chapter 3, "Diagnostic Case (Dental or Systemic)," and Chapter 25, "External/internal Resorption," in the textbook Clinical Cases in Endodontics, published by Wiley (January 2018), T. Komabayashi ed.  

McGeorge School of Law

Stephen Cody, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, published the chapter "Procedural Justice, Legitimacy, and Victim Participation in Uganda," in The Legitimacy of International Criminal Tribunals, published by Cambridge University Press (2017), Nobuo Hayashi and Cecilia Bailliet eds. 

John Sprankling, Distinguished Professor of Law, had his article, "Property Law for the Anthropocene Era," published in the Arizona Law Review, Vol. 59.   

Joe Taylor, Professor of Law Emeritus, had four of his case files published by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy: State v. Delaney, 3rd Edition, (2017) and State v. Bloodworth, 2d Edition (2016), co-authored with A. J. Griffith-Reed; State v. Gray (2016), with co-author A. J. Bellido de Luna; and State v. Chambers, 2d Edition (2015).    

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Sharla Berry, Assistant Professor of Educational Innovation, co-authored the article "Using Data to Support Online Student Communities," published in New Directions for Student Services.  

Joel N. Lohr, Associate Professor of Practice in Educational Administration and Leadership and Dean of Religious Life, co-authored Election in the Bible, published online in the Oxford Bibliographies in Biblical Studies series by Oxford University Press, New York (2017), Christopher Mathews, ed.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

James A. Uchizono, Professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry and Associate Provost for Research, co-authored the chapter "Linking drug or phytochemical exposure to toxicity" in Computational Systems Pharmacology and Toxicology, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK (2017), Rudy Richardson and Dale E. Johnson Eds.   

Presentations and artistic activity

College of the Pacific

Ken Albala, Professor of History, will appear on the Japanese TV show "Who Wants to Come to Japan?" He is featured in an hour-long show making katsuobushi (smoked, dried skipjack tuna for dashi stock) both at his home and at various sites throughout Japan. The show will air at the end of November (in Japanese).  

Alison Hope Alkon, Associate Professor of Sociology, gave the plenary address at the Graduate Association of Food Studies conference Oct. 19-21 in St. Louis Missouri. The Graduate Association for Food Studies (GAFS) is the official graduate student caucus of the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS). 

Melissa Davies, Assistant Professor of Health, Exercise, & Sport Sciences, presented an Ignite Presentation on "Design Thinking in the Classroom" at the Sport Marketing Association Conference in Boston on Nov. 3. An Ignite presentation is a 5-minute timed talk meant to be engaging and thought provoking, similar to a TED talk.  

Jules piano sculpture by Brett DeBoer

Brett DeBoer, Associate Professor and Co-chair of Art and Graphic Design, designed and created "Jules", a Steam Punk inspired piano. The sculptural art piano was created in the fall of 2017 and was installed in October at The Courtyard Plaza in downtown Stockton. Jules is a functional musical instrument and is one of the "Music to Our Ears" pianos program sponsored by the Downtown Stockton Alliance. Jules takes its name from Jules Verne, the 19th-century French author of Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864), Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (1870), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873). 

Lydia Fox, Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, gave the presentation "Less is More: The Transformative Impact of the 2003 'Teaching Petrology in the 21st Century' On the Cutting Edge Workshop" at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Seattle on Oct. 23.  

image from Color of Dance and Desire exhibitMonika Meler, Associate Professor Art and Graphic Design, has a solo exhibit at the Western Colorado Center For the Arts in Grand Junction. "The Color of Distance and Desire" on view until Nov. 11. As part of the exhibit, Meler delivered an artist lecture and taught a workshop on abstraction, stencil art and printmaking.  

Matt Normand, Professor of Psychology, presented an invited address, "The Language of Science," at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Conservatory of Music

Eric Waldon '00, '07, Associate Professor of Music Therapy, presented the paper, "Development and Refinement of the Music Attentiveness Screening Assessment, Revised (MASA-R)" at the World Congress of Music Therapy in Tsukuba, Japan, in July. The paper summarized many years of work on MASA-R, an assessment tool used by music therapists to design interventions for hospitalized children undergoing medical procedures.

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Marie Tolarova, Professor of Orthodontics, and Miroslav Tolar, Associate Professor of Orthodontics, participated in the 11th IADR World Congress on Preventive Dentistry in New Delhi, India. While there, Tolarova was part of a symposium, "Understanding the Complex Etiology of Craniofacial Malformations: New Insights for Prevention and Treatment Strategies," and also gave the presentation, "The Global Burden of Orofacial Clefting: Environmental and Genetic Factors in the Design of Preventive and Treatment Strategies." The IADR event also featured four poster presentations by Tolar and visiting scholars. Prior to the congress in Delhi, Tolarova and Tolar were invited to Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospitals (SBMCH) in Chennai, India to give lectures at the International Conference on Otorhinolaryngology - Recent Advances In ENT 2017.  

McGeorge School of Law

Stephen Cody, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, presented "The Patron Court: Legalism, Clientelism, and Cultural Contingency at the International Criminal Court" at the Northern California International Law Scholars' Workshop at UC Berkeley Law School.  

Mariam El-Menshawi '11, Director of the Victims of Crime Resource Center (VCRC), presented "Victims' Rights and Resources in California" at the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Fall 2017 Training Conference for Coordinators in Folsom, California, on Oct. 17. 

Jay Leach, Emeritus Professor of Law, presented a National Institute for Trial Advocacy webinar on "Taking the fear out of character evidence" on Oct. 26.   

John E.B. Myers, Professor of Law, was Master of Ceremonies and presented on "History of Child Protection in America" at the conference "International Youth Protection Symposium," sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America and Kiwanis International in Indianapolis, Indiana, Oct. 17-18.  

Michael Hunter Schwartz, Dean, delivered the conference keynote address, "Inspiring Stories: Legal Education in the Second Decade of the 21st Century," for the Annual Conference of the Central States Law Schools Association on Friday, Oct. 6.

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Thomas Nelson, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, co-chaired a research session at the California Council on Teacher Education conference in San Diego, on the theme of Social Justice and Equity in Teacher Education. Panelists included BSE doctoral students, Benjamin Reece, Amanda Johnson, Angie Saldana, and Sandra Castanon who were part of a group of doctoral students who piloted this past summer the CCTE Reader on Social Justice and Equity (Caddo Gap Press), which Nelson co-edited and contributed a chapter (see entry in July Noteworthy).  

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Poster presentations at the CSHP Seminar in October in Las Vegas, Nevada:
Yvonne Mai '13, Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, and Andy Au '18 co-authored the poster presentation "Optimizing glucose management in non-ICU patients with type 2 Diabetes."
Yvonne Mai '13, M. Chen '16, Mailani Puli '18, co-authored the poster presentation "Impact of pharmacist driven transitions of care for post-percutaneous coronary intervention patients with cardiac stent."
Yvonne Mai '13, Tiffany Lee '18, co-authored the poster presentation "Evaluating the impact of antibiotic use on Clostridium difficile infections,"Poster Presentation."
Yvonne Mai '13 co-authored the poster presentation "Pharmacist Interventions in a County Family Medicine Clinic."  This research will also be presented at the ASHP Midyear meeting in December, Orlando, Florida.

Preeti Oza, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy co-authored the article "Modulation of H-reflex depression with paired-pulse stimulation in healthy active humans," published in Rehabilitation Research and Practice.    

University Libraries

Niraj Chaudhary, Director of Library Technology and Digital Initiatives, presented on "Integrating Large-Scale Digital Displays in Academic Libraries" for Academic Impressions on Oct. 24. His presentation covered topics such as how to engage the campus, showcase special collections and research, and support digital scholarship using a large-scale digital display.  

Michelle Maloney, Associate Professor and Academic Support Librarian, presented the poster, "Together We Can! Academic Libraries and First-Generation Student Success," at the Library Association of the City University of New York 2017 Institute, The Future of Librarianship: Exploring What's Next for the Academic Librarian, held in New York City.  

Mary M. Somerville, University Librarian, co-authored the panel presentation and served on the panel "Planning the learning spaces for tomorrow" representing academic librarians' perspectives at the 2017 Association of American Colleges & Universities/Project Kaleidoscope (AAC&U/PKAL) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Conference in San Francisco. This conference, themed "Transforming STEM Higher Education - Discovery, Innovation, and the Value of Evidence," was part of the Association of American Colleges & Universities Network for Academic Renewal working conference series. Somerville co-authored the conference presentation "The UBT Knowledge Center: A collaborative design approach" with the president of the university where she served this past summer as a Fulbright Specialist Program recipient, which was presented at the University for Business and Technology 6th International Conference on Education and Development, in Durrës, Albania.

Mary M. Somerville, University Librarian, and Robin Imhof, Academic Support Librarian, presented the paper "Workplace Information Literacy: Co-designed Information Experience-Centered Systems and Practices" at the 2017 European Conference on Information Literacy in St. Malo, France. The paper was selected for publication in the forthcoming series Communications in Computer and Information Science by Springer International Publishing.  

Student Life

Jason Fitzer, Associate Director for Student Organizations and Fraternity and Sorority Life, will present his research, "Places, Spaces, and Awareness: The Physical Environment and Students of Color," which provides findings from his dissertation study about how students of color interacted and understood physical environments, at the NASPA (Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education) National Convention in Philadelphia in March 2018.    

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