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Faculty present their work at annual showcase and awards reception

Nov 18, 2019

Faculty Showcase and Awards Reception 2019

Over 100 staff, faculty, regents and students attended the Nov. 7 Faculty Showcase highlighting the impressive scholarship from recent faculty developmental leaves and innovative projects funded by the Faculty Research Committee (FRC), the Technology in Education Committee (TEC) and the Committee for Academic Planning and Development (CAPD).

The Faculty Showcase, which was previously held in the spring, was sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Professors who participated included:

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry: Mustafa Radif.

College of the Pacific: Andreas Franz, Lydia Fox, Chris Goff, Joseph Harrison, Bill Herrin, Ryan Hill, Laura Rademacher, Jianhua Ren, Ajna Rivera, Dari Tran, Jerry Tsai and Xiaojing Zhou.

Conservatory of Music: Keith Hatschek

Eberhardt School of Business: Stefanie Naumann, Chris Sablynski and Dara Szyliowicz.

School of Engineering and Computer Science: Cherian Mathews, Luke Lee, Jiancheng Liu, Josh Steimel.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy: David Gillette and Jenana Maker.

University Libraries: Mike Wurtz.

In addition to the faculty presentations, Professor William Chan, chair of the Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry Department in the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy, was recognized by Associate Provost for Research Jim Uchizono and Interim Provost Michael Hunter Schwartz as the 2019 Faculty Research Lecturer.

The annual Faculty Research Lecturer award was established by the Faculty Research Committee to recognize faculty with a record of meritorious research or artistic contributions during their service at Pacific. Recipients are nominated and selected by their peers.

Chan earned his doctorate in pharmacy and Ph.D. from UC San Francisco. He went on to serve as a postdoctoral fellow at UC Davis and Northwestern before joining Pacific in 1996.

Since his arrival at the university, Chan has been both a respected research scientist and an exemplary professor. In 2009, Chan was selected as the recipient of Pacific’s Distinguished Faculty Award and the PharmD students have selected him as Teacher of the Year multiple times.

Chan’s research focuses on the aryl hydrocarbon receptor, an important signaling molecule in response to human exposure of numerous environmental contaminants, and designing and generating protein therapeutics for disease treatment. His research laboratory has been funded by the  National Institutes of Health since 1999 and remains highly active with undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and visiting scholars.

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