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Noteworthy faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly activity

Nov 5, 2014

Awards, Recognition and Service

College of the Pacific

SpiderCraig Vierra, professor and chair of biology, and the spider silk research program in the Department of Biological Sciences were highlighted on Nov. 1 on the National Science Foundation facebook site with a link to the NSF YouTube video about the research.  

Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Michael P. Malloy, distinguished professor of law of Law, has been appointed a member of the editorial board of the Athens Journal of Business and Economics.The establishment of this and other related online journals is part of an effort to expand the scope and impact of the interdisciplinary scholarly programs of the Athens Institute for Education and Research, where Malloy serves as a director.  

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Wade A. Russu, associate professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, has been selected as a peer reviewer for four scientific journals: Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, the Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, and the European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. Russu was awarded U.S. Patent #US 8,609,672 B2 for "Piperazinylpyrimidine Analogs as Potent Protein Kinase Inhibitors."  

Sachin A. Shah, associate professor of pharmacy practice, received a $4,000 Clinical Investigations Facility grant for studying the Impact of EECP on Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.  

Student Life

Sandy Mahoney, director of assessment and student development services, was awarded a 2014-15 NASPA Region VI Research & Assessment Grant for the following study: "The Development of Leadership for Social Change through a Community Involvement Program."  

University Administration

Jose HernandezRegent José Hernández '85 was honored by an east San Jose charter middle school with the dedication of a campus in his name. "José's story is a remarkable one," Alpha Public Schools CEO John Glover said at the dedication of the Alpha: José Hernández Middle School. "There are many kids who have the same humble beginnings and we want them to think big." View the NBC news story>>  

Regent Dianne Philibosian received the Extraordinary Service Award from California State University, Northridge. The Award recognizes outstanding contributions of service to the university and community. Philibosian has provided four decades of service to the CSU Northridge community and currently is director of the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing, which works to match campus expertise and community resources in response to regional needs. Read more>>  

Publications and Presentations

College of the Pacific

Food in Time and SpaceKen Albala, professor of history, had his 22nd book, Food in Time and Place: The American Historical Association Companion to Food History, published by the University of California Press (2014). He co-edited the book with Paul Freedman of Yale and Joyce E. Chaplin of Harvard. Albala also wrote chapter one, "Pre-Modern Europe."  

Zeljko Cipris, associate professor of modern languages and literature, had his translation of Living with Father, Inoue Hisashi's 1994 play on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, published in The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Drama (J. Thomas Rimer, Cody Poulton, and Mitsuya Mori, eds.; Columbia University Press, 2014). His translation of Infanticide, Yamamoto Yuzo's 1920 drama on the miseries of systemic poverty, has been published by the Asia-Pacific Journal Japan Focus.  

Melissa Davies, visiting assistant professor of health, exercise and sport sciences, presented "Information Source Preferences Among Older Adult Golfers" and "Socialized to extinction by retina displays: What do fans really want to experience in the stadium?" at the Sport Marketing Association Conference  in Philadelphia.  

Helene Flohic, assistant professor of physics, was a coauthor on the article, "Differences between CO- and calcium triplet-derived velocity dispersions in spiral galaxies: evidence for central star formation?," which was accepted for publication in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.  

Lydia Fox, director of undergraduate research and professor of earth and environmental sciences, led the workshop "Getting Started in Undergraduate Research" at the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Vancouver, BC.

Andreas Franz, professor of chemistry, had the article "Reversal of diastereoselectivity - catalyst and solvent effects on the stereochemical outcome in the acylation of several trans-1,2-substituted cyclohexanols" published in the Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research. Coauthors were Vyacheslav Samoshin, professor of chemistry, and students Amelia Watson '19 and Sven Hackbush '16.    

Elizabeth R. Graham, assistant pofessor of psychology, had her co-authored paper, "The face says it all: CEOs, gender, and predicting corporate performance," published in The Leadership Quarterly.  

Ruth Lewis, visiting assistant professor of sociology, had the coauthored article "Anal heterosex among young men and women and implications for health promotion: a qualitative study in the UK" published in BMJ Open. She also co-presented "Give and take? Reciprocity in young people's narratives of oral heterosex" at the American Sociological Association 2014 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Her coauthor on both was Cicely Marston, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.   

Joan S.M. Meyers, visiting assistant professor of sociology, recently signed a contract with Cornell University/ILR Press for her book, Working Democracies: Managing Inequality in Worker Cooperatives. The book focuses on two Northern California businesses entirely owned and controlled by their workers. The two worker cooperatives, a nationally-distributed bakery and a warehouse-sized grocery, developed different management strategies to deal with their growth in the 1990s, and produced different kinds and degrees of ethnoracial and gender inequality in the 21st century. Meyers' work shows how organizations' use of bureaucratic practices can be used to resist or reproduce workplace inequalities.  

Ethel Nicdao, associate professor of sociology, co-authored the encylopedia entry "Human Service Needs of Filipino Americans" in the Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity, L.H. Cousins & J.G. Golson (eds.), Sage Publications Inc. (2014).  

Traci Roberts-Camps, associate professor of modern languages and literature, presented "Animal and Youth Subjectivity in the Novels and Films of Lucía Puenzo" at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Conference in Boise, Idaho.  

Caroline T. Schroeder, associate professor of religious and classical studies, was a visiting scholar at the Brown University Department of Religious Studies, where she guest lectured in their doctoral and advanced undergraduate seminar on Education in Late Antiquity, presented the paper "DH Technologies for the Study of Coptic Language and Literature" at the Library's Digital Lab, and advised graduate and undergraduate students. Schroeder was interviewed by Marginalia, a Los Angeles Review of Books channel, for the "Directions in the Study of Religion" segment in October 2014. Listen to the audio interview>>  

Craig Vierra, professor and chair of the Department of Biology, had his coauthored manuscript, "Dragline Silk:  A Fiber Assembled with Low-Molecular-Weight Cysteine-Rich Proteins" published in the journal Biomacromolecules.Coauthors include Jerry Tsai, assistant professor of Chemistry; Qinliang Zhao, assistant professor of Chemistry; chemistry post-doc Hyun Joo; and students/alumni Thanh Pham '10, '13', Tyler Chuang '12, '14, Albert Lin '12, '14, '17, Liang Zhao '11; Taylor Crawford '12, Caroline Williams '14, and Yang Hsia '08, '11.     

Zhou Xiaojing, professor of English and ethnic studies, had her translations of two poems by Zheng Xiaoqiong, "An Iron Nail"/ 《铁钉》(21 lines) and  "A Child Migrant Worker from the Cold Mountain" / 《凉山童工》(22 lines) published in the poetry journal, The Bitter Oleander.  

Qinliang Zhao, assistant professor of chemistry, had the article "Convenient synthesis of 1,3-dithiolane-2-thiones: cyclic trithiocarbonates as conformational locks" published in the journal Archives of Organic Chemistry. Coauthors were Irina Dotsenko '14; Andreas Franz, professor of chemistry; Patrick Batoon '15; Nataliya Samoshina, adjunct professor of chemistry; and Vyacheslav Samoshin, professor of chemistry.  

School of International Studies

Bruce La Brack, professor emeritus, contributed the Introduction  to Section III,  'The Importance of Reentry Preparation', and two exercises: "Rentry Debriefing: The R2-A4 Model" and "Different Days - Different Ways", to the volume 52 Activities for International Transitions, Donna Stringer and Patricia A. Cassiday, eds. Yarmouth, Maine, Intercultural Press (2014). La Brack was a participant in the invitation-only inaugural Senior Summit created to acknowledge and support individuals who have been pioneering leaders in the intercultural field. The event was held in conjunction with the Fourteenth Annual Conference of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research, Portland, Ore.  

Analiese Richard, associate professor of anthropology and international studies, moderated a panel discussion on "Nuevas Economias" at the Fall 2014 Colloquium of the Center for North American Studies (CISAN), "El Efecto America: Practicas Culturales, Subjetividad, y Globalizacion," held at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City. She also presented the paper "La Violencia en/del Cambio de Paradigma," at the 7th Annual Meeting of the Continental Research Network on Informality in Metropolitan Spaces (RECIM) at the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales of the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City.

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education


Flying Tigers honoredElizabeth Keithcart '08
, assessment coordinator in Curriculum and Instruction, published an English-Mandarin study guide for the Flying Tiger Heritage Park Museum under construction in Guilin, China. The study guide for children was funded through a CAPD Rupley-Church Grant for International Relations and translated by Li Zhang '14. Keithcart presented the publication to Consul General Yuan Nansheng of the People's Republic of China during a reception honoring WWII Flying Tiger veterans and the Flying Tiger Historical Organization, held October 24 at the San Francisco Chinese Consulate.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Todd E. Davenport, associate professor of physical therapy, was a coauthor on the article "Passive Stretching and its Effect on Spasticity and Range of Motion in Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review," which appeared in the May 2012 edition of the Journal of Physical Therapy Student Research. Lead author Mallory (Groppe) Mertz '11 was recognized with an Outstanding Publication Award for the article.  Davenport presented the seminar "Get Case Writing Off Your Case: Writing Tips for the Peer Reviewed Literature" at the Annual Conference of the California Physical Therapy Association in Oakland, Calif. He co-authored the first revision to a clinical practice guideline in orthopedic physical therapy, "Heel Pain-Plantar Fasciitis: Revision 2014." The revised guideline was published in the November 2014 edition of the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy. Members of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Class of 2015 contributed to the manuscript.  

Peter Hilsenrath, Joseph M. Long Chair of Healthcare Management in the Department of Pharmacy Practice, had his perspective article "Propsition 45: A Health Economist's Perspective" published in the opinion section of The Record.  

Wade A. Russu, associate professor of pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry, presented "Design and Optimization of Mutant Selective Platelet Derived Growth Factor Receptor (PDGFR) Family Kinase Inhibitors" at the Cambridge Health Institute's 9th Annual Drug Discovery Chemistry conference in San Diego, Calif. Russu also presented "Design of Mutant Selective Platelet Derived Growth Factor Receptor (PDGFR) Family Kinase Inhibitors for Cancer" at California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, Calif.  

Sachin A. Shah, associate professor of pharmacy practice, presented "Impact of High Volume Energy Drink Consumption on ECG and BP Parameters" at the American Heart Association Scientific Session, in Chicago, Ill.  He presented the article "Impact of EECP on exercise duration in patients with chronic stable angina," at EPI/NPAM (Epidemiology and Prevention and Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism) Spring 2014 Scientific Sessions in San Francisco. Colleagues from the David Grant Medical Center contributed to the research. He was a co-author and advisor on the article, "Effect of caffeinated versus noncaffeinated energy drinks on central blood pressures," published in Pharmacotherapy. Jennifer Phan '13, lead author on the article, has been selected as the recipient of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Foundation Student Research Award. She will be recognized at the ASHP Midyear Meeting in December. Shah's articles, "QTc interval prolongation with high dose energy drink consumption in a healthy volunteer," coauthored with colleagues from the David Grant Medical Center, and "Combination use of ranolazine with dofetilide for the maintenance of atrial fibrillation," coauthored with Gregory Koyama '14, Daniel Da Costa '14 and colleagues from the David Grant Medical Center, were published in the International Journal of Cardiology.  

Speech-Language Pathology students gave a series of poster presentations at the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention in San Francisco. Professor Jeannene Ward-Lonergan was the faculty advisor.

  • "Treating Functional Communication Skills with a Survivor of Anoxic Brain Injury" by A. Cruz '13 and L. Wardrip '13
  • "Effects of Early Literacy Exposure in Kindergarten Children's Expressive Vocabulary" by M. Driscoll '13 and C. Ruiz '13
  • "Selective Mutism: Current Practices in California Public Schools" by M. Larsen '13 and A. Lindstrom '13
  • "Improving Quality of Communication Between Caregivers and the Speech-Language Pathologist" by J. Trujillo '13 and K. Negrete '13
  • "Comparative Evaluation of Speaking Voice Quality in Classically Voice-Trained and Non-Musical College Students" by C. Weisker '14  

Speech-Language Pathology students gave a series of poster presentations at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention in Orlando, Fla. Professor Jeannene Ward-Lonergan was the faculty advisor.

  • "Treating Functional Communication Skills with a Survivor of Anoxic Brain Injury" by A. Cruz '13 and L. Wardrip '13  
  • "Effects of Early Literacy Exposure in Kindergarten Children's Expressive Vocabulary" by M. Driscoll '13 and C. Ruiz '13
  • "Selective Mutism: Current Practices in California Public Schools" by A. Joseph '13 and M. Larsen '13
  • "Comparing the Speaking Voice Qualities of Classically Voice-Trained & Non-Musical College Students" by C. Weisker '14  

Eberhardt School of Business

Peter Hilsenrath, Professor of economics, had the article "Mergers and Acquisitions in U.S. Retail Pharmacy" published in the Journal of Health Care Finance. It was coauthored with former business professor Phil Zhu. Hilsenrath's article, "Triple Aim Program: Assessing its Effectiveness as a Hospital Management Tool," also coauthored with Zhu, was published in Hospital Topics

University Development

Scott Biederman, executive director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, was selected to be profiled in San Joaquin Lifestyle's special issue "More than 40 under 40" for August/September 2014. View the issue (p. 50)>>