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Noteworthy - March 3, 2014

Mar 3, 2014

College of the Pacific

Martín Camps, Modern Languages and Literatures, published the chronicle "Estampas de Juárez" in the book Road to Ciudad Juárez: Crónicas y relatos de frontera, published by Samsara in Mexico City.  

Crab Cannery ShipZeljko (Jake) Cipris, Mondern Languages and Literature had his translation of Takiji Kobayashi's The Crab Cannery Ship and Other Novels of Struggle, chosen by World Literature Today as one of the 75 notable translations of 2013. Cipris' translation was published by the University of Hawaii Press (March 2013). This collection introduces the work of Japan's foremost Marxist writer, Kobayashi Takiji (1903-33), to an English-speaking audience, providing access to a side of Japanese literature seldom seen outside Japan. The volume presents a new translation of Takiji's fiercely anticapitalist Kani kōsen — a classic that became a runaway bestseller in Japan in 2008, nearly eight decades after its 1929 publication. It also offers the first-ever translations of Yasuko and Life of a Party Member.

Joel N. Lohr, Religious and Classical Studies, presented the paper at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md., "Making Abraham a Missionary: Christian Readings of Genesis 12:1-3." The paper was selected to be published in the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, subsequently titled "Abraham the Missionary? The Call of Abraham in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam." At the same conference, Lohr also presented the paper "What is Biblical Theology? A Response" as part of a panel, in conjunction with the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting.

Sebastian M. Marotta, Mathematics, passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam toward certification as an Engineer-in-Training in California. He is working toward becoming certified as a Professional Engineer (PE).  

Brian Moore, Health, Exercise and Sport Sciences, had his paper, "Persistence of Serotonergic Enhancement of Airway Response in a Model of Childhood Asthma," coauthored with colleagues from UC Davis, accepted for publication in the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. The research revealed that exposure to environmental pollutants, such as ozone and common allergens, induces asthma symptoms and reduces lung function in a model of childhood asthma that remains even after the environmental pollutants are no longer present. The research also identified a probable mechanism responsible for the asthma symptoms related to disrupted serotonin signaling in the airway. The discovery of a persistent serotonin-mediated pathway may identify novel therapeutic targets for pharmacological intervention in the treatment of childhood asthma.

Pacific Speech and Debate are Tournament Champions at the Keeling Invitational
Pacific Speech and Debate competed in the Keeling Invitational Tournament hosted by Chabot College in Hayward, Calif., Feb. 21-22, with more than 13 schools participating from all over the region. Pacific completely dominated Parliamentary Debate securing the top four seeds-1st, Jonathan Bruce '15 and Kate Schmits-Earley '15; 2nd, Even Haynes '15 and Reed Ramsey '16; 3rd, J.R. Birlew '14 and Ben Jamison '16; 4th, Daniel Enas '15 and Nick Brummel '15. Pacific went on to close out the tournament in semifinals with Bruce and Schmits-Earley winning the tournament without dropping a single ballot.   

School of International Studies

Ahmed Kanna, Anthropology, was invited by New York University's Abu Dhabi "Arab Crossroads" research program to give two talks: "Gulf Urbanism: The Semantic Field of a Category of Space" and "Empire, Race, and the Production of Dubai Leisure Space." Approximately 100 people attended the first talk, which was featured in the Abu Dhabi daily, The UAE National. The latter talk was based on Kanna's refereed article, "A Group of Like-Minded Lads In Heaven," which was published in the Journal of Urban Affairs. Kanna has also co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Urban Affairs on neoliberal Arab urbanism. In response to the themed issue, Kanna has been invited by the Urban Affairs Association to present his research paper, "Speaking of the City: Establishing Urban Expertise in the Persian/Arab Gulf," on neoliberal Arab urbanism at the Urban Affairs annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. He also has been invited by Georgetown University's Center for International and Regional Studies in Doha, Qatar, to present "Gulf Urbanism: The Semantic Field of a Category of Space." 

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Several faculty members contributed to the March issue of the CDA Journal, which includes "Understanding Root Resorption With Diagnostic Imaging" by Drs. Kalid Aziz, Terry Hoover and Gurminder Sidhu, and "The Proximal Surface of Morality" by Dr. David Chambers. Read issue >>

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry won a CASE Circle of Excellence Bronze Award in the category of Design and Photography - Design - Invitations for the design of The America's Cup invitation, which was created for a special Development event last summer that included an opportunity to view the races by boat.

Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Michael P. Malloy had his article, "Housing Policy and the Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision" published in Vital Spaces, the newsletter of the Committee on Housing and Land Management, UN Economic Commission for Europe. The article was based upon his contributions at the Seventy-Fourth Plenary Session of the Committee at the UN Offices in Geneva last October.

McGeorge Mock Trial Teams
From left, coach Keith Hill '96, Danny Jensen '14, Amanda Iler '14, Andrea Morris '14 and Gregory Hayes '14

McGeorge Trial Competition Team Sweeps Regional to Advance to National Finals
Amanda Iler '14 and Danny Jensen '14 won a trip to the championship finals of the 39th Annual National Trial Competitio, besting host Santa Clara University with a flawless performance in the final round of the NTC Region 13 tournament, held Feb. 21-22. In their four regional rounds, Iler and Jensen received 12 out of 12 votes from the three-member judicial panels. Their success marks the sixth time in the last nine years that a McGeorge team has qualified for the national championship.

The McGeorge team of Andrea Morris '14 and Greg Hayes '14 also excelled at the region 13 tournament. They won on points in their final round but lost in a 2-1 split-judicial vote to Stanford. Coached by Keith Hill, '96, and Thienvu Ho, McGeorge was the only school to advance both of its teams to the finals at the Region 13 tournament. 
The 28-team nationals will be held March 27-28 in Austin, Texas. The NTC event, which is sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, is the preeminent mock trial competition in the country. More than 160 law schools with 302 mock trial teams competed in 14 regional mock trial competitions held across the country last weekend.

Student Life

Joel N. Lohr, director of Religous and Spritual Life, presented the paper at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md., "Making Abraham a Missionary: Christian Readings of Genesis 12:1-3." (see above under College of the Pacific.) 


Pacific Swimmers earn eight First Team All-MPSF bids
The Tigers' women's side came away with four first team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation awards while the men took home four. Overall the men grabbed 25 total honors after picking up 21 second team awards while the women finished with 11 total awards including seven second team awards.

For the full list: women's honoreesmen's honorees

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