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Noteworthy faculty and staff accomplishments and scholarly activity

Oct 7, 2014

Grants, awards, recognition and service

Ray Sylvester

Phi Kappa Phi Award Named for
former Associate Dean Ray Sylvester

At the time of his death in February of this year, Eberhardt School of Business Associate Dean and Professor of Marketing Ray Sylvester was scheduled to be sworn in as the next president of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society. At the organization's biennial meeting in August, members of the organization honored his work and memory in a moving video tribute, and in recognition for his commitment to service, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society established and presented the first biennial Ray Sylvester Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Service Award, named in his honor. The award recognizes an individual who has provided sustained, non-compensated volunteer service to others beyond the realm of academia. View the video tribute>>

College of the Pacific

Bob Benedetti, emeritus professor of political science, received funding from the Delta Protection Commission for the project Delta Narratives, which involves coordinated exhibitions at several venues that tell Delta stories organized around several themes with a goal to help Californians get a better grasp of the rich history of this neglected region. In addition to Pacific faculty members William Swagerty, professor of history, and Michael Wurtz, head of Special Collections and University Archivist, the project will involve a number of scholars, archivists, museum directors and more than 30 Delta cultural institutions. The contract with the Delta Protection Commission runs for a year; Margit Aramburu, former director of Pacific's Natural Resource Institute, will codirect the project with Benedetti.   

George RandelsGeorge Randels, professor of religious and classical studies, was elected to serve as vice president for the west region at the 2014 Phi Kappa Phi biennial convention.  

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Craig Yarborough '80, associate dean for institutional advancement, was nominated for speaker of the house of the California Dental Association by the CDA Board of Trustees. Natasha Lee '00, instructor of dental practice, was nominated for secretary. Read more>>  

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education

Charlane Starks '14 is the recipient of the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the California Council on Teacher Education (CCTE) for her dissertation, "Perceptions and Understandings of Teachers Working in MLK Street Neighborhood Schools." The award recognizes the authors of dissertations that make a significant contribution to the knowledge base of teacher education. She will be recognized at the Fall Awards Conference luncheon in San Diego, Calif., and will be offered the opportunity to make a research presentation at the conference. She currently works for Teach Now, based in Washington, D.C., coordinating interns and student teachers. Thomas Nelson, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, was her dissertation advisor.   

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Mamoun Alhamadsheh, assistant professor of pharmaceutics and medicinal chemistry, was awarded a three-year National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant of $300,000. The grant is related to the development of a novel approach to enhance the in vivo half-life of therapeutic agents.  

Peter HilsenrathPeter Hilsenrath, Joseph M. Long Chair of Healthcare Management and professor of economics, is a Reviewer on the Objective Review Committee for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, for the Cooperative Agreements to Support Establishment of State-Operated Health Insurance Exchanges, Virginia, August-September 2014 (proposal of approximately $10 million).  

Jeremiah (Jay) Joson '03, regional preceptor in pharmacy practice, received a fellowship to attend the Donald W. Reynolds FD~AGE Mini-Fellowship at UCLA in February 2015. He also obtained Board Certification in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM) from the American Association of Diabetes Educators. He was named a regional Preceptor of the Year by the students of Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and was selected Pharmacy Department Faculty Member of the Year at Kern Medical Center.

Rajul Patel '01, '06, associate professor of pharmacy practice, has received a United Way grant for the Mobile Medicare Clinics in the amount of $5,000. The grant will serve to upgrade the technology used to provide Medicare Part D prescription drug assistance and medication therapy management services, and to support the provision of health care screenings and services such as vaccinations, cholesterol testing, diabetes screening and more.  

Publications and presentations

College of the Pacific

Cosana Eram, assistant professor of French studies, chaired a panel and presented the papers "Victor Brauner's Picto-Poetic Utopia" and "Writing Of(f) Dada History" at the fourth biennial conference of the European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (EAM) in Helsinki, Finland. 

Qingwen Dong, professor of communication, Yinghu Liu, Pei Zhao, and Dale Dong '16 published a book chapter on "Shyness, Self-esteem and Intercultural Communication Competence" in Intercultural Communication Competence: Conceptualization and Its Development in Cultural Contexts and Interactions, Xiaodong Dai and Guo-Ming Chen eds., published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2014).  

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

Andreas Franz, Amelia Watson '19, Sven Hackbush '16, and Vyacheslav Samoshin, 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 Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research.  

Ryan Hill, assistant professor of biological sciences, had the paper "Life history and ecology of Speyeria adiaste clemencei (Comstock, 1925) (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae)" accepted for publication in the Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera. His master's student Khuram Zaman is first author. Mark Brunell, associate professor of biological sciences, and May Chen '13 are co-authors.

Jeffrey Hole, assistant professor of English, has had his essay "Lines, Knots, and Cyphers: Theories of History in the American Literature Survey" published in the Summer 2014 edition of Teaching American Literature: A Journal of Theory and Practice.  

Cathie McClellan, associate professor of theatre arts, participated in a demonstration performance from DeltaFusion, a summer outreach art and theatre event she co-founded, at the TEDx talks in Livermore on September 20. Speaker Annie Hughes included the DeltaFusion performance in her talk about inspiring children through creative arts. The ten performers led by McClellan and Haggin Museum Curator of Education Lisa Cooperman, performed scenes from the 2014 DeltaFusion, including a lyric dance of "Mother and Child" and the Chinese folk tale "How the Koi became a Dragon."    

Traci Roberts-Camps, associate professor of modern languages and literature and director of the Gender Studies Program, published the essay "Adolescent Subjectivity and Gender-Based Sexual Violence in Marisa Sistach's films Perfume de violetas and La niña en la piedra" in the anthology Screening Minors in Latin American Cinema, Carolina Rocha and Georgia Seminet eds., Lexington Books (2014)   

Caroline SchroederCaroline T. Schroeder, associate professor of religious and classical studies, co-presented the project "Coptic SCRIPTORIUM" at the offices of the National Endowment of the Humanities in Washington, D.C., at a meeting of directors of projects recently funded by the NEH Office of Digital Humanities. Coptic SCRIPTORIUM is an online environment for the digital and computational study of Coptic language and literature (the last phase of the ancient Egyptian language family).   

Dari E. Sylvester, associate professor of political science and director of the Jacoby Center, and Marcia Hernandez, assistant dean of the College and associate professor of sociology, had their co-authored article, "The Impacts of Foreclosure on Collective Efficacy and Civic Engagement: Findings from Two Central California Communities," published in Social Justice.  

Conservatory of Music

Robert CoburnRobert Coburn, professor of music composition and theory, had his composition, "Three for Piano," performed in its world premiere at the Ryogoku Monten Hall in Tokyo, Japan, on September 27, 2014. It was composed during Professor Coburn's residency at the Yaddo Artist Retreat in New York and is written for Japanese pianist Satoko Inoue, who will perform "Three for Piano" on campus on October 24 as part of her California tour.  

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Eve Cuny, director of environmental health and safety and associate professor in the Department of Dental Practice, was interviewed by DrBicuspid about infection control for dentists and dental practices. She is a past chairperson of the Organization of Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP). View the video interview>>  

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Peter Hilsenrath, Joseph M. Long Chair of Healthcare Management and professor of economics in the Eberhardt School of Business, presented "Mergers and Acquisitions in U.S. Retail Pharmacy" at the 13th Annual International Conference on Health Economics, Management and Policy, in Athens, Greece and at the Center for Biostatistics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was a panelist on "Health Management Education Opportunities in China" and a discussant on "An Evidence Based Competencies and Skills Framework for Programs in Health Service Management" and "Developing Global Health Management Competencies and Capacity in Saudi Arabia" at the AUPHA Global Health Pre-Conference Symposium in San Antonio, Texas. He presented "The Triple Aim Program with Special Reference to Economics, Culture and Education" at the 33rd Annual Association for Marketing & Health Services Research Conference, in Telluride, Colo. His letter to the editor, "Value-Based Insurance Design and Costs," was published in the journal Health Affairs.   

Jeremiah (Jay) Joson '03, regional preceptor in pharmacy practice, had his letter on "Fatal bleeding associated with dabigatran" published in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.

Adam Kaye '95, clinical professor of pharmacy practice, had the article "Can Evzio (naloxone) Reduce Opioid Abuse, Misuse, and Deaths?" published on, an online healthcare network for healthcare businesses and professionals.  

Kylie E. Rowe, assistant professor physical therapy, presented "Breaking Down Barriers and Building Bridges: Update on Foreign Educated Issues" at the 2014 Annual Meeting and Delegate Assembly of the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy in San Francisco. Additional contributors included colleagues from the Board of Physical Therapy, the Oregon Physical Therapist Licensing Board and the University of Illinois.  

Timothy J. Smith, professor of physiology and pharmacology, presented "Health, Culture and Transportation: Introducing Railway Technology into STEM Education" at the Educational Proceedings of The Global Consortium for Life Systems Research and Design in Tokyo, Japan.  

The following projects were accepted for presentation at the American Physical Therapy Association's Combined Sections Meeting in 2015:

Mitch Holtkamp '15, Scott Warner '15, and Brianna Hitman '14, physical therapy students, will present the project "Exercise-based work injury prevention programs: what's the evidence." The project involved a systematic review of the literature related to the use of exercise in the primary prevention of work injuries. Todd Davenport, associate professor of physical therapy, is a coauthor on the project.

Meiying Lam, Rachel Eng, and Megan Jackson '15 will present the project "Do Institutional Characteristics Predict Achievement on the National Physical Therapy Examination?" Todd Davenport, associate professor of physical therapy, is a coauthor on the project.    

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Camilla Saviz, associate professor of civil engineering, and Said Shakerin, professor of mechanical engineering, had their paper "Serious Fun: Using Toys to Demonstrate Fluid Mechanics Principles" published in The Physics Teacher. A CAPD grant provided funding for the toys used for the paper.    

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