COP Quick-Takes, Vol. 3: The Chronicles of Quick-Takes

Campus has been quiet as the summer moves forward, but our professors and alumni continue to distinguish themselves. Take a look at these recent Commencement 2014 Highlights, then check out the faculty and alumni accomplishments below!

Social Sciences

Ken Albala, History, had his 21st book, an encyclopedia, From Famine to Fast Food: Nutrition, Diet, and Concepts of Health Around the World, published by ABC-CLIO. The book presents country-specific information on how diet, food security, and concepts of health critically impact the well-being of the world’s population…Robert Benedetti, emeritus, Political Science, will present “Avoiding the Cliff: Bankruptcies in California,” at the CSAC Conference Center in Sacramento. The presentation is sponsored by the Center for California Studies at CSU Sacramento. Benedetti’s presentation centers on his research on municipal bankruptcies, which examines underlying factors that can contribute to a decision to declare bankruptcy…Alison Alkon, Sociology, had her article “Food Justice and the Challenge to Neoliberalism” published out in Gastronomica: the Journal of Critical Food StudiesJeffrey Becker, Political Science, was interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio regarding his new book, Ambition in America: Political Power and the Collapse of Citizenship.


Andreea Boboc, English, presented her paper, “Images of Legal Authority in James Le Palmer’ Omne Bonum” at the Medieval Academy Congress held at UCLA…Diane Borden, emeritus, English, has been appointed to the board of the San Francisco Center for PsychoanalysisCathie McClellan, Theater Arts, produced the 4th Annual DeltaFusion Festival the weekend of June 28th in Stockton, CA. The Festival celebrates the natural and cultural heritage of Stockton and San Joaquin County.

Physical and Earth Sciences

Anthony Dutoi, Chemistry, had a graphic from his article “Visualising many-body electron dynamics using one-body densities and orbitals” in Molectular Physics featured and cited in the June “back scatter” section in Physics Today, a publication of the American Institute of Physics. The “back scatter” is the inside back cover image accompanied by brief description, chosen for a combination of aesthetic appeal and scientific impact.


Bob Berryman Jr., COP ’83, was the recipient of the Distinguished University Service Award at The Pacific Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Awards Ceremony. Created in 1962, this award honors alumni whose contributions to, and efforts on behalf of, the University of the Pacific are worthy of special recognition. As a student and alumnus, Bob Berryman has given the University thousands of hours of service. Upon arriving at Pacific in 1979, Berryman’s leadership could be felt on campus both with his beloved fraternity Omega Phi Alpha and as the president of the Associated Students in 1983. He has served as chair of the Pacific Fund Advisory Board and has served the Pacific Alumni Association in one capacity or another for 17 consecutive years…Theodore Olson, COP ’62, has published “Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality” with attorney David Boies, with whom he argued Hollingsworth v. Perry and challenged California’s gay marriage ban before the Supreme Court.

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