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Pacific in the Press | Jan. 12, 2016

Jan 12, 2016

Quote of the Week

Here are examples of how Pacific was represented in the media over the holiday break. The list includes year-end shout outs for Pacific and its faculty from WAMC Northeast Public Radio's Academic Minute, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Capital Public Radio!

New Republic
Why do so many people find meaning in Star Wars?
Dec. 18, 2105
In this piece, originally published in The, visiting Assistant Professor Patti McCarthy writes that "the Star Wars saga taps into the very storytelling devices that have structured myths and religious tales for centuries." McCarthy's essay also ran in The Malaysian Insider. McCarthy, who is on the faculty of the English and film studies departments, is author of The Lucas Effect: George Lucas and the New Hollywood.
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The Conversation
The Malaysian Insider:

Capital Public Radio
Author Patti McCarthy Explains The Lucas Effect'
Dec. 15, 2015
Patti McCarthy, assistant visiting professor of English and film studies, was a guest on Insight to talk about the latest Star Wars movie and insights from her book on George Lucas.
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The Academic Minute (WAMC  Northeast Public Radio) 2015 Senior Superlative Awards!
Dec. 28, 2015
Keith Hatschek, professor of music, received a year-end "Social Butterfly" award from The Academic Minute in recognition of the fact that his podcast on jazz and civil rights garnered more Internet traffic than any other Academic Minute segment in 2015. Faculty members from USC, Skidmore and University of Connecticut were among the other winners.

San Francisco Chronicle
Top 10 stories from a historic year in Bay Area and California
Dec. 30, 2015
The Chronicle cited the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality as one of the top stories of the year, and noted that Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion, is a Sacramento native and former professor at McGeorge School of Law.

Capital Public Radio
Best of Insight 2015
Capital Public Radio selected two Pacific interviews -- out of the many hundreds that aired on Insight last year -- for inclusion in its "Best of Insight 2015" feature. In one, alumnus Bill Jones and Steve Jacobson, senior associate vice president, talked about Jones' gift to create a Rainbow Room in the library. In the second, Kurt Burmeister, associate professor of geological and environmental sciences, talked about earthquakes.
Listen to Bill Jones and Steve Jacobson:
Listen to Kurt Burmeister:

The Sacramento Bee
The Numbers Crunch: This ranking of colleges is more on the money
Jan. 8, 2016
In an editorial, the Bee references a recent ranking of college value by The Economist, in which University of the Pacific was the highest-ranking private school in California, ahead of Stanford and Caltech. "This ranking rewards schools that, like many of their students, overachieve," the editorial states.

Above the Law
California Bar Exam Results by Law School: Open Thread
Dec. 21, 2015
"Kudos are also in order for McGeorge Law," this sometimes contentious law blog writes. "... its 69.9 percent bar pass rating placed it in the Top 10, above California's state average for first-time takers." The Sacramento Business Journal also reported on McGeorge's rising bar-pass rate.
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ABC 10 (ABC-TV Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto)
Students from Stockton and Mexico launch a balloon into space
Dec. 23, 2015
Alumnus, regent and former NASA astronaut José Hernández helped Pacific students collaborate with Mexican students on a satellite launch. Pacific student Delia Davila is also interviewed. 
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Sacramento Business Journal
Pop the champagne! Sacramento recovers all jobs lost in the recession
Dec. 18, 2015
"It's the moment we've all been waiting for," the Business Journal reports. "State numbers released Friday show the Sacramento region has finally recovered all the jobs it lost during the recession." Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy research, is quoted: "It's about time," he said. "Sacramento has definitely had a long, slow journey out of this."

Los Angeles Times
Is the era of dam-building over? Backers of several major projects say it shouldn't be
Dec. 27, 2015
Everywhere Jeffrey Michael goes in the Central Valley, he hears cries for more water storage. "Everybody in the valley wants it," said Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research. "But dams won't make it rain. And the best sites are developed. You're really getting into diminishing value for additional projects."

Nature World News
Snakes show that eating can be bad for your health 
Jan. 6, 2015
Eating is essential to life, but a new study conducted on snakes suggests it can ultimately increase the rate at which we age. "It seemed like this is a hidden piece of the puzzle that no one had investigated that might be really important, for lots of reasons," said Zach Stahlschmidt, assistant professor of biological sciences and one of the researchers on the study.

The Record
Literacy rate takes a plunge
Dec. 14, 2015
Pacific's Beyond Our Gates initiative released its annual San Joaquin Literacy Report Card. Jennifer Torres Siders, community relations director, is quoted. The Record reported the report card results in a news story and called for continued efforts to improve literacy in a follow-up editorial.
News story:

The Record
Our Diversity: Heritage through art
December 25, 2015
This Christmas day story features Marie Lee, associate professor of art and graphic design, and her "Singing Hands" program, in which her students help Kam women in China preserve their heritage. 
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Center for Health Reporting
Teledentistry Could Boost Access to California's Poor Kids
Dec. 23, 2015
"Most people in our society are not getting dental care," said Paul Glassman, professor of dental practice and founding director of the Pacific Center for Special Care at the University of the Pacific's Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry.

Lexington Herald Leader (Kentucky)
Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky)
Medicaid benefits clear, former director says Jan. 6, 2016 Emily Whelan Parento was the executive director of the Office of Health Policy for the Commonwealth of Kentucky from 2013-2015. She is now the Gordon D. Schaber Health Law Scholar at McGeorge.
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San Joaquin Magazine
Weaving Webs With UOP's Dr. Vierra
Dec. 31, 2015
"Mother nature made us a nice group of next-generation materials that can be used for different applications," says Craig Vierra, professor of biological sciences.
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'Foodie' culture leads to new university programs
Nov. 27, 2015
Schools like UCLA, UC Berkeley, University of the Pacific and others have introduced classes and programs focus on the food industry and trends affecting it.  

The Record
Active-shooter drill helps prepare SJ school police squads
Dec. 23, 2015
Pacific's Public Safety department participated in active-shooter training.

CBS 13 (CBS-TV Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto)
Local Law Enforcement Holds Active Shooter Training
Dec. 22, 2015
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The Record
Students inspire Tigers on Education Day
Dec. 16, 2015
The university distributed about 2,000 tickets to 31 area schools in Stockton, Lodi, Brentwood, Tracy and Manteca, according to Pacific Athletics Marketing and Sales Manager Jeremy Neisser. The event exposes elementary- and middle-school students to a slice of college life.

The Sacramento Bee
Grief, anger follow dogs' killing of boy in Yuba County
Jan. 5, 2016
"We're always mad when something terrible happens, but that doesn't mean someone is liable in a criminal way," said Michael Vitiello, professor of criminal law. "Child endangerment and involuntary manslaughter, the two crimes that might be afloat here, are defined extremely broadly." John Myers, professor of law and an expert in child abuse cases, added: "If you engage in extremely reckless behavior and know of the danger to human life, and somebody dies, even if you don't want them to, you could be charged with second-degree murder."
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