Honors & Awards

Pacific University faculty are great teachers — and great researchers and authors.

JACK DRISCOLL, MFA in Writing, received a $25,000 Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. He is the author of four books of poetry, two collections of short stories, and four novels, and the recipient of numerous grants and awards. Driscoll is a faculty member in Pacific’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program.

JULES BOYKOFF, Politics & Government, will publish a new book, Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics, available in May 2016. The story-filled account explores the Games’ political history along with alternative movements. Boykoff is a former member of the U.S. Olympic soccer team and has published extensively on the politics of sports and dissent. He also will present at PUB Night, July 29.

PACIFIC IS AMONG just 13 colleges or universities to receive a 2016 Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant. Funds are awarded to science departments of colleges with less than 5,000 full-time students to purchase scientific equipment, teaching materials, and library materials for undergraduate science instruction. Pacific is the only university west of the Mississippi to receive the award.

SARAH BOWEN, Professional Psychology, is a co-investigator on a team studying the use of mindfulness-based relapse prevention therapy to treat women with post-traumatic stress disorder who also have developed substance use disorders. The team recently received a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health.

ASHIM MALHOTRA, Pharmacy, has received a $108,000 grant from the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation for his research on overcoming the resistance of pancreatic cancer to chemotherapy. Pancreatic cancer kills more than 40,000 Americans each year, with a high mortality rate due in large part to its resistance to chemotherapy. Dr. Malhotra’s research focuses on how pancreatic cancer resists treatment, with the potential to inspire new and more effective treatments.

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