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Media sources: Back-to-school topics

Aug 17, 2015

The following University of the Pacific faculty are available to comment on K-12 topics, from immunizations, oral health and backpack safety to learning barriers.

How bad teeth can lead to bad grades
A. Jeffrey Wood, professor and chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at University of the Pacific's Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco, can talk about California's kindergarten dental checkup requirement, the impact poor oral health can have on a child's performance in school, and statistics showing that tooth decay is the most common chronic illness among school-age children. Wood has tips for parents, children, teachers and school officials on how to improve oral health so students stay better engaged in school. Contact: Jeff Wood, 415.929.6557, jwood@pacific.edu

Immunization ABC's
Veronica T. Bandy, an associate clinical professor of pharmacy practice at University of the Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, can comment on required immunizations, vaccine safety, the expected impact of eliminating the personal belief exemption and rates of vaccine-preventable diseases in California. Bandy is a faculty trainer for the American Pharmacists Association's Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certification Training Program and Pharmacy-Based Travel Health Services. Contact: Veronica Bandy, 209.946.2363, vbandy@pacific.edu

Safe backpacks and healthy lunches
Casey Nesbit, an assistant professor and director of clinical education in the Department of Physical Therapy at University of the Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, can talk about backpack safety and healthy food choices for school lunches. Her research focuses on childhood obesity. Contact: Casey Nesbit, 209.946.2399, cnesbit@pacific.edu

Attachment disorder in the classroom
Linda Webster, interim dean of University of the Pacific's Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, has researched disorders that cause students to have difficulty forming lasting relationships with others, including teachers, and the subsequent impacts on learning. She is a licensed psychologist and the director of intern training at the Psychotherapy Institute of Individual, Family and Community Development in Antioch, California. Contact: Keith Michaud, 209.470.3206, kmichaud@pacific.edu

Positive discipline
Michael Elium, professor of education and assistant dean at University of the Pacific's Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, can talk about trends in school disciplinary practices. He has trained school district leadership teams in positive behavior interventions and is a former school psychologist. Elium also has expertise in special education. Contact: Michael Elium, 209.482.2318, melium@pacific.edu

Social barriers to school success
Ronald Hallett, an associate professor at University of the Pacific's Gladys L. Benerd School of Education, conducts research on social barriers to educational access and success. He has studied the challenges facing homeless students and foster children, among other special populations. A former elementary school teacher, Hallett is a research affiliate of the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California and director of Creating Opportunities Via Education, or COVE, a University of the Pacific summer program that strives to increase high school success and college readiness for ninth- to 12th-graders. Contact: Ronald Hallett, 619.436.7800, rhallett@pacific.edu

Media contact:
Keith Michaud | 209.946.3275 (office) | 209.470.3206 (mobile) | kmichaud@pacific.edu