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Pacific in the Press | June 19, 2018

Jun 19, 2018


Quote of the Week

I expected to be able to distinguish the countries, but I couldn’t make out where Canada ended and the U.S. began, or where the U.S. ended and Mexico began... I realized we really are just one, that borders are just human-made concepts designed to separate us.

-- José Hernández, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, June 14, 2018

Here are examples of how University of the Pacific was represented in the news media in recent days:

"Climate change is moving fish around faster than laws can handle, study says" Washington Post, June 14 2018: McGeorge's Karrigan Börk commented in an article about climate change. She addressed the issue of international fishing regulations in the face of changing fish migration due to climate change. Karrigan remarks that, "it's like trying to raise cattle when you've taken down all the fences except you can't even brand the fish. There's no way to know which fish is yours."

"How feasible is breaking up California? Expert explains" KCRA, June 13 2018: McGeorge's Mary-Beth Moylan weighs in on the feasibility that a proposal to split California will show up on the November ballot. She states that the courts could strike down the proposal before it reaches the voters; in her view, this proposed change is outside of voter control. Moylan states that, "the California Constitution gives people the initiative power to make laws. This isn't really enacting a law. This is attempting to alter the boundary lines of the State of California and to create essentially two new states."

"Bay Area residents are inundating Sacramento new home websites. Is a new coastal wave coming?" The Sacramento Bee, June 18, 2018: Jeffrey Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, was mentioned in this article about the wave of homebuyers leaving the San Francisco Bay area in pursuit of more affordable housing. According to real estate predictions, these consumers will comprise one-third of house hunters in the Sacramento capital region this summer.

"Former LLNL engineer turned NASA astronaut inspires employees to 'reach for the stars'" Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, June 14, 2018: Central valley native, José Hernández, the son of migrant workers, knew from a young age that he wanted to become a NASA astronaut. His journey to becoming an astronaut would lead him to earn a bachelor's degree in in electrical engineering from University of the Pacific and a master's degree from UC Santa Barbara, a 15-year career at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and ultimately to the 19th class of astronauts in 2004. "I've always looked at the glass as half-full and not half-empty," Hernández said. "Every decision I was making to try to become an astronaut was actually helping my career at the Lab. The worst that could happen is I would have a great career (here), which wasn't a bad consolation prize. The moral is, you've got to enjoy the journey."

"John Choi's journey from tax auditing to running 'man cave' grooming salons" Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2018: John Choi '91, a University of the Pacific alumnus, found success after pursuing a new career direction and entering the salon industry. Choi used his background in tax consulting as a jumping off point to enter the world of salon franchising, opening his own Massage Envy franchise in 2009. This venture exposed him to a gap in the salon market, "only 5% of men get manicures or pedicures on a regular basis" But Choi believed that, "with the right environment and a bit of education, that market can grow to 50%." The potential he saw in fulfilling this gap led him to buy the rights to open LA-based Hammer & Nails, a chain of male grooming salons, in Northern California in 2016. Ultimately becoming the CEO of the company in 2018.

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