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Noteworthy faculty and staff accomplishments

A monthly digest of accomplishments and scholarly activity of Pacific faculty and staff
Jan 7, 2015

Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award

Marietta Daniel receives Cavanaugh Award
Marietta Daniel, sales associate in the dental school's student store, received 2015 Cavanaugh Distinguished Service Award for the San Francisco Campus. Daniel is a long-time member of the Pacific Dugoni family. She was nominated by colleagues who described her as warm, cheerful, hard-working, supportive and willing to go the extra mile. She is called "the unofficial mom to the students she serves," and is well-known for preparing home-cooked meals and other treats for students. Her dedication extends far beyond her job duties, and she is an active participant in many school activities and special events. Daniel truly embodies the spirit of humanism at Pacific Dugoni.

Awards, recognition and service



Pacific's Knolens chapter of Mortar Board received the Silver Torch Award, an honor given to chapters that meet all national standards and deadlines, at the 2014 Mortar Board National Conference held last summer in Atlanta, Ga. Mortar Board is a national honor society recognizing college seniors for their exemplary scholarship, leadership and service. Pacific's chapter president is Lindsey Cunningham '15 and the faculty advisor is Gene Pearson, professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences. 

College of the Pacific

Kieran Holland, associate professor of Physics, along with colleagues in the Lattice Higgs Collaboration in Germany, Hungary, and at UCSD, was recently awarded 89 million processor hours in a highly competitive peer-reviewed grant process on the Mira supercomputer at Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Ill. Mira, an IBM-built BlueGene/Q machine, is the 5th fastest supercomputer in the world. This award is the equivalent of using 11,000 computer processors continuously for an entire year. Mira will be used to simulate if the newly-discovered Higgs boson could be composed of as-yet unknown subatomic particles due to a new force in nature.

Daniel Kasser, professor of Art and Graphic Design, served as a juror for the Viewpoint Photographic Arts Center exhibition, "Twelve: Small Wonders," featuring small works by photographers from throughout Northern California and across the country.

Conservatory of Music

Melissa Riley, administrative assistant in the Brubeck Institute, was recently awarded the Professional Administrative Certificate of Excellence (PACE) from the American Society of Administrative Professionals. Melissa is the second staff member to complete Pacific's Administrative Excellence Program, designed to support administrative staff in their professional growth. 

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Project Homeless ConnectPacific Dugoni recognized for its support of Project Homeless Connect
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry was recognized at Project Homeless Connect's 10th Anniversary Breakfast Gala for its work providing dental care for the homeless. Pacific Dugoni's history of service with PHC goes back to 2007, and since then, school volunteers have donated thousands of hours in service through oral health screenings, extractions, denture procedures and more.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Mobile Medicare ClinicsMobile Medicare Clinics program receives national award

The Mobile Medicare Health Clinics outreach program received the 2014 Award for Excellence in Program Innovation from the Archstone Foundation and the Aging & Public Health Section of the American Public Health Association. The award was presented at a Nov. 17 awards ceremony at the APHA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La. As of fall 2013, the Mobile Medicare Health Clinics assisted nearly 3,000 Medicare beneficiaries with their Medicare Part D plan, of which 937 (32%) were low-income, and 750 (26%) were assisted in languages other than English. The estimated beneficiary out-of-pocket savings on prescription drug costs since the Mobile Medicare Health Clinics began totals over $2.2 million. They have performed comprehensive medication reviews for over 2,000 individuals, during which a severe medication-related issue was identified in 375 (18%) of those assisted, and the prescriber and/or pharmacist was contacted in all cases. Additionally, nearly 11,000 free health care screenings/services have been provided through the Mobile Medicare Health Clinics. Pharmacy students working in the Mobile Medicare Health Clinics have completed more than 20,000 hours of community outreach at 76 clinic host sites in 17 different cities across Central and Northern California over the last seven years. The program is led by Rajul Patel '01, '06, associate professor of Pharmacy Practice. Faculty collaborators in the program include Joseph A. Woelfel '70, '72, '78, associate professor and department chair of Pharmacy Practice; Suzanne Galal, assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice; and former faculty member Sian Carr-Lopez '85. Read more in the award brochure>>


Casey Nesbit, assistant professor and director of clinical education in Physical Therapy, received a 2014 Rupley-Church Grant for International Relations in the amount of $3,000 from the Committee for Academic Planning and Development (CAPD). The grant supported a service learning project with DPT students training community health workers in rural Malawi, Africa, as well as assisting to provide physical therapy services in a rural hospital there.

Joseph A. Woelfel '70, '72, '78, associate professor and department chair of Pharmacy Practice, received two federal research grants administered by the San Joaquin County Human Services Agency. The "Healthy Seniors" grant of $11,591 for 2013-14 and $11,591 for 2014-15 will fund research and support outreach programs such as Mobile Medicare clinics that provide health services and information for seniors. The grant "Osteoporosis and Falls Prevention Screening, Education, and Intervention for Seniors" of $12,673 for 2013-14 and $14,244 for 2014-15 will fund outreach and clinic services for seniors. In addition to serving the community, these efforts provide numerous research and experiential learning opportunities for Pacific students and faculty.

Craig Vierra, Claudia Morain, Keith MichaudMinute of Glory

Pacific faculty have been making consistent contributions to the "Academic Minute," a radio production of WAMC Northeast Public Radio and Mount Holyoke College. The "Academic Minute" features researchers from colleges and universities around the world, keeping listeners abreast of what's new and exciting in the academy. In addition to WAMC broadcasts, the podcasts also appear on the Inside Higher Ed website. Pacific podcasts are produced by Claudia Morain, director of communications, and Keith Michaud, media relations coordinator, from the Office of Marketing and Communications. Pacificans were singled out recently in two categories of recognition by the "Academic Minute" team in their 2014 Senior Superlatives Awards. Biology Professor Craig Vierra received the "Most Likely to Blow Your Mind" award for his podcast featuring his research on black widow spider silk. Keith Michaud and Claudia Morain nabbed the "Best Couple" award for their successful efforts in showcasing our outstanding Pacific faculty on the program. Find out more and listen to all the Pacific podcasts on the Pacific "Academic Minute" web page>>.

Publications and Presentations


College of the Pacific

Kurtis  Burmeister, associate professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences, and his coauthors presented two papers at the 2014 national meeting of the Geological Society of America in Vancouver, B.C. These presentations highlight the results of recent, student-centered research projects: Preliminary assessment of structural controls on the spatial relationships among fluvial systems in the Carboniferous western Irish Namurian Basin, County Clare, Ireland" and "Preliminary geologic map of the Grass Lake area in the southernmost Mount Tallac roof pendant; Desolation Wilderness Area, El Dorado County, California." Read more>>

Helene Flohic, assistant professor Physics, presented the poster "The impact of different college science courses on students' attitude towards science" at the 225th annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

Hinterlands book coverDennis Flynn, emeritus professor of Economics, was a co-editor for Hinterlands and Commodities: Place, Space, Time and the Political Economic Development of Asia over the Long Eighteenth Century, published by Brill (Nov. 2014). He and Marie A. Lee, assistant professor of Art and Graphic Design, contributed the chapter "Hydraulic Metaphor: A Model of Global and Local Connectivity." The volume is an outcome of a series of meetings funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Suntory Foundation (Osaka) and the 21st Century Center for Excellence Program (Osaka University). Lee also designed the book's cover, which depicts arguments advanced in the volume. 

Lydia Fox, director of Undergraduate Research and chair of Geological and Environmental Sciences, led the faculty development workshop "Getting Started in Undergraduate Research" at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco on Dec. 15. The workshop was co-sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research and the AGU Education division.  

Marcos Gridi-Papp, assistant professor of biological sciences, had the paper "Laryngeal mechanics and frequency modulation in the calls of North American treefrogs (Hylidae)" published in the International Journal of Evolutionary Biology.

Alan Lenzi, associate professor of Religious Studies, presented his invited paper, "Thinking about Scribal Revision in Akkadian Shuila-Prayers: Gula 1a = Belet-ili 1 and Sin 1 as Case Studies," at the Hebrew Scriptures and Cognate Literature session of the Society of Biblical Literature's national meeting in San Diego. 

Geoff Lin-Cereghino, professor of Biological Sciences, and Joan Lin-Cereghino, professor and assistant chair of Biological Sciences, had their chapter, "Random Mutagenesis and Screening," accepted for publication in the 3rd edition of Pichia Protocols, (Humana Press).

Desmond MaxwellBiology professor discovers new species of dinosaur

Aquilops americanus

Desmond Maxwell, associate professor Biological Sciences, coauthored the article "A Ceratopsian Dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of Western North America, and the Biogeography of Neoceratopsia" published in PLOS One. The research documents the discovery of the oldest species of horned dinosaur named from North America, 40 million years older than the Triceratops. The new dinosaur is named Aquilops americanus, meaning "American eagle face." It was about the size of a large crow, weighing around 3.5 pounds and measuring around 2 feet in total length.  Coauthors are colleagues from the Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology and the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History.


George Randels, professor of  Religious Studies, presented the paper "Justice for More Than Just Us? Bioethics and Environmental Health" at the American Academy of Religion's annual meeting in San Diego. 

Vyacheslav Samoshin, professor of  Chemistry, coauthored the article "Thio-β-D-glucosides: Synthesis and evaluation as glycosidase inhibitors and activators" published in International Journal of Carbohydrate Chemistry. Coauthors are Andrey Samoshin '11; Irina Dotsenko ʼ14; Nataliya Samoshina, adjunct professor of Chemistry; and Andreas Franz, associate professor and co-chair of Chemistry.

School of International Studies

Ahmed Kanna, assistant professor of Anthropology, presented an invited talk, "The Semiotic Field of Gulf Arab Urbanism" at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation on Nov. 21 and a panel paper, "Ten Years Since Fallujah: The Emergence of the Urban as a Problem for U.S. Counterinsurgency," at the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 24. The former has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming scholarly volume on Persian/Arab Gulf cities, and the latter paper will be published in the online Islamic Monthly in early 2015.  

Conservatory of Music

Simon Rowe, executive director of the Brubeck Institute, gave a presentation about the impact of Dave Brubeck on 20th Century Western culture at the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival held in October in Cork, Ireland. Rowe was invited to speak due to a sister city connection between Cork and San Francisco. His presentation dealt with Brubeck's fearless approach to art and life and demonstrated how Brubeck's unique legacy is championed at the Brubeck Institute, particularly through its distinctive education programs. 

Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Spanish dental text bookLisa Harpenau, William Lundergan, and Richard Kao, professors of Periodontics, had their coedited text, Hall's Critical Decisions in Periodontology and Dental Implantology (5th Ed.), translated and published in a new Spanish language edition, Periodoncia e implantología dental de Hall. The text is now being translated into other languages, including Mandarin, Portuguese and Turkish.

Patrick L. Roetzer, director of Operative Dentistry, coauthored the article "21st Century Solutions to Endodontic Problems: the accessory post technique for conservative and effective treatment" published in the December 2014 issue of Inside Dentistry. Coauthors are Shicka Gupta, assistant professor of Integrated Reconstructive Dentistry; and Robert L. English, assistant professor of Dental Practice. 

Michael Yee '17, research associate in the Microbiology Research Lab, coauthored the article "Porphyromonas gingivalis stimulates IL-6 and IL-8 secretion in GMSM-K, HSC-3 and H413 oral epithelial cells," published in the journal Anaerobe. Coauthors are Shawn Kim '11; Pushpinder Sethi IDS '13; Nejat Düzgüneş, professor of Microbiology; and Krystyna Konopka, adjunct professor of Microbiology.

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

William Chan, professor and department chair of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry, presented "Functional expression of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor DNA binding complex" at the Northern California College of Clinical Pharmacy Research Symposium held in Stockton in July. Coauthors were K. Tai '15 and J. Chong '16. He also presented "Analyzing the effect of XAP2 on the protein levels of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor and the aryl hydrocarbon receptor nuclear translocator," coauthored by H. J. Chung '16 and K. R. Kim '15. His article, "Differential suppression of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor nuclear translocator-dependent function by an aryl hydrocarbon receptor PAS-A-derived inhibitory molecule," was published in the journal Biochemical Pharmacology. Coauthors are Hang M. Pham '12; Miki S. Park, associate professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry; Jinghang Xie '14; and Xin Huang of the Qianfoshan Hospital of Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong, China.

PHarmacology for Anesthesia book coverAdam Kaye '95, clinical professor of Pharmacy Practice, was a coeditor of Essentials of Pharmacology for Anesthesia, Pain Medicine, and Critical Care, published by Springer (2015). The text is an all-in-one drug guide and review, including drugs by class, subspecialty considerations, basic principles, special topics, and future directions. Other contributors to the book are: Chapter 1 "Pharmcokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of Anesthetics" by Patrick Chan '03, '09, and James Uchizono, professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry; Chapter 33 "Herbal Medications and Vitamin Supplements," Philip Gregory '99 and Andrew Abe '11.  

Casey Nesbit, assistant professor and director of clinical education in Physical Therapy, gave the poster presentation "Narrative Reasoning in the Novice Physical Therapist" and the podium presentation, "Effectiveness of a Training Program for Community Health Workers in Malawi, Africa: A Service-Learning Project," at the 2014 California Physical Therapy Association Annual Meeting in October. Her article, "A Model of Environmental Correlates of Adolescent Obesity in the United States," was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Coauthors were colleagues from the University of Oklahoma and Ghement Statistical Consulting. Her coauthored article, "Proximal and Distal Environmental Correlates of Adolescent Obesity," was published in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health.
Roshanak Rahimian, professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, was an invited speaker for a Research Seminar Series for the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Sydney, Australia, in May. She presented the poster "Sex-based alteration of relative importance of EDRFs in modulating vascular reactivity in Zucker diabetic fatty rats" at the FASEB (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology) 2014 research conference in San Diego. Coauthors are Sonali Shaligram, PhD candidate, Xiaoyuan Han '14, Rui Zhang '13, and Leigh Anderson, professor of Biomedical Sciences at Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. She also presented the poster "Sexual dimorphism in aortic endothelial function of Zucker diabetic fatty rats: Possible involvement of superoxide production," coauthored with Xiaoyuan Han '14, Sonali Shaligram, and Leigh Anderson. The abstracts for both of the above were published in The FASEB Journal. Rahimian also presented "Shifts in Rat Aortic and Mesenteric Endothelial Responses to Diabetes with Respect to Sex" at the World Heart Federation's World Congress of Cardiology 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. This presentation coauthored with Xiaoyuan Han '14, Rui Zhang '13, and Leigh Anderson, was published in Global Heart.  Her article "Sexual dimorphism in rat aortic endothelial function of streptozotocin-induced diabetes" coauthored with X. Han '14, R. Zhang '13, and Leigh Anderson, was published in the European Journal of Pharmacology.

David W. Thomas, associate professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, and doctoral student Changfeng Zhang '14 had their research "Endoplasmic reticulum calcium signaling regulation and novel pathways of neuroprotection" presented at the Scripps Research Institute, Department of Molecular Therapeutics, in Jupiter, Fla., on Nov. 4. Their research "STIM1 rescues calcium influx and confers neuroprotection against endoplasmic reticulum and oxidative stress" was presented at the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics group of the FASEB Scientific Conferences in San Diego in April. Their research "STIM1 Restores Store-Operated Calcium Influx and Protects Neurons Against ER and Oxidative Stress" was selected for oral presentation at the Ion Channel Regulation meeting of the Scientific Research Conferences in June 2014 in Nassau, Bahamas.

Mark P. Walberg '06, '09, assistant professor and regional coordinator in Pharmacy Practice, gave the seminar session "Travel Medicine for the New Provider: Opportunities to Educate, Catch-up, and Ensure Optimal Traveler Health" at the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists 2014 Seminar in San Francisco.

Joseph A. Woelfel '70, '72, '78,  associate professor and department chair of Pharmacy Practice, coauthored the article "Minimizing out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries: not just a drop in the bucket," published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association. Coauthors are Rajul Patel '01, '06, associate professor of Pharmacy Practice; Suzanne Galal, assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice; Kim Anh Vo '14; Tiffany Chu '14; Kenneth Wang '14; Shu Lu '14; and former faculty member Sian Carr-Lopez.

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Shelly Gulati, associate professor of Bioengineering, presented the talk "Influence of Microfluidic Geometry on Micro-droplet formation" at the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Co-authors are Wilson Good '14 and Warren Tamayo '15, along with collaborators at Imperial College London, University of Southampton, and ETH Zurich. She also was the faculty advisor and coauthor for the poster presentation "Determination of Drug Dissolution Using a Quartz Crystal Microbalance" presented by Janpierre Bonoan '13, '15, at the 2014 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego.  Xiaoling Li, professor of Pharmaceutics and Medicinal Chemistry in Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, was also a coauthor.


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