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Pacific in the Press | April 12, 2016

Apr 12, 2016

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


Sacramento Business Journal
Pamela Eibeck: A history of charting new ground
April 8, 2016
This profile of President Pam Eibeck reports that she is transforming UOP into a university with three well-developed campuses, including one in Sacramento. Quoted in the story are McGeorge Dean Jay Mootz; Kristen Soares, president of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities; Karl Pister, past dean of engineering at UC Berkeley; and Pacific Regent Susanne Stirling, vice president of international affairs at the California Chamber of Commerce. "Pam Eibeck is a force of nature," Stirling said.
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The Conversation
How drones can improve scientific research in the field
April 5, 2016
Elizabeth Basha, professor of electrical and computer engineering, writes that drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, show promise to help with a large number of societal and environmental problems. "As a researcher in aerial robotics, I'm trying to bring some cutting-edge ideas for using drones closer to reality," she says. "Some of these projects aim to keep sensors alive, measure hazardous or remote environments, and deal with scenarios that would be dangerous to humans."
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The Independent

Young women are more likely than men to perform oral sex even if they don't want to, says study
April 6, 2016
The study was carried out by Ruth Lewis, a visiting faculty member in the Department of Sociology, and her colleague at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. It was published in the Journal of Sex Research.
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Men's Fitness:
The New Indian Express:
Medical Daily:
Times of India:
International Business Times:

American Psychological Association
Drilling down on dental fears
March 2016
"My first priority is to help first-year students survive," says psychologist Bruce Peltier, who teaches behavioral science and ethics at the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. The school made a conscious decision about 35 years ago to be more student-friendly, but he said the experience can still be tough on students. "Few of your patients really want to be there, and many of them tell you when they walk in, 'I hate dentists,'" he says. "The negativity wears on dentists." Peltier offers psychological services to students, teaches listening skills and hypnosis, and runs a weekly meditation workshop.
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Capital Public Radio Insight
The Science of Consequences
April 6, 2016
Susan M. Schneider, a visiting scholar in the Department of Psychology, talked with Insight host Beth Ruyak about the science of consequences, the subject of a talk Schneider was invited to present at Science Night Lodi.
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San Jose Mercury News
Silicon Valley job boom unleashes challenges that could choke growth
April 7, 2016
"The cost of living and the cost of housing puts a squeeze on employment growth and overall economic growth in the Bay Area," said Jeffrey Michael, director of the Business Forecasting Center. "This is one of the reasons we are forecasting a significant slowdown in job growth in the Bay Area the next couple of years," Michael said. The East Bay and San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties could benefit from job shifts out of the packed Silicon Valley.
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Fresno Bee
Fresno faith, labor groups celebrate California minimum wage increase
April 4, 2016
Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, said a $15 minimum wage won't necessarily spell doom. Workers will get a fatter paycheck, and businesses will have to adjust. Some will likely raise prices, and some may look for labor-saving technology to replace low-wage workers, he said.
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Central Valley Business Journal
Pacific's project management certificate program makes national ranks
April 5, 2016
University of the Pacific is among the top 50 colleges in the United States that offer project management certificate programs, according to a ranking by Value Colleges.
Pacific ranked 38th on the list. Value Colleges cited the school's unusually high number of professional schools for a college its size for setting the climate for professional advancement. "At less than $1,700, the University of the Pacific provides entry into project management for a bargain price" the web site said.
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Calaveras Enterprise
UOP students bring microgreens to Calaveras County
April 9, 2016
Students from University of the Pacific's Powell Scholars Program introduced an intensive microgreen growing system to middle school students in Calaveras County. The students will integrate the system into their own greenhouse. Cynthia Wagner Weick, professor of management, is identified as director of the Powell Scholars Program.
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The Modesto Bee
Justice as a snail's pace for Modesto attorney Carson in murder case
April 9, 2016
Michael Vitiello, professor of law, is quoted.
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The Record
A place to call their own: Pacific veterans benefit from generous grant
April 9, 2016
A grant from Home Depot benefits the veterans center at Pacific.
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The Record
150-year-old shot to the funny bone: Pacific students take on opera comique 'La Vie Parisienne'
March 30, 2016
The Record reviews a Conservatory production.


Pamela Eibeck: A history of charting new ground
UOP president has big plans for the university's Sacramento campus
Apr 8, 2016, 3:00am PDT

A mechanical engineer, Pamela Eibeck has dedicated most of her career to changing academia's assumptions about women in engineering. Now, as president of University of the Pacific, she is focused on changing the assumptions about an entire university.

Her mission is to transform UOP into a university with three well-developed campuses, including one in Sacramento. That's a change from its current configuration of a flagship campus in Stockton, plus satellite offices in Sacramento and San Francisco.

It is a change in culture but not values said Eibeck, who has been president of UOP since 2009. "It is organizationally a deep set of changes," she said. "But it's ultimately about people."

Charting new ground is nothing new for Eibeck, who earned three engineering degrees from Stanford University and subsequently taught at or headed up engineering programs at universities in California, Arizona and Texas.

At the time, women were not always welcomed by their male counterparts. A former colleague at Stanford, John Eaten, said he recalled a faculty member who declared that "women are too stupid to understand dimensional analysis."

That was the kind of ignorance that Eibeck was up against, Eaton said. But "She kept her chin up. She was a leader," he said. "She didn't have to be nasty about it, she just did her thing."

In her current role, Eibeck also is forging a new path - adding graduate programs aimed at working adults on UOP's Sacramento campus.

The university, which has seven programs in Sacramento, will launch another six programs over the next year. It will start this fall with master's programs in education, public policy and public administration. In spring 2017, the campus will add a bachelor's in organizational behavior, and master's in analytics and physician assistant studies.

"There is an absolute need for these programs in Sacramento," said Francis J. Mootz III, dean of the McGeorge School of Law. Compared to capital cities such as Austin and Denver, Sacramento has at least five times as many jobs requiring master's degrees in public policy or public administration.

Eibeck has the vision to pull off UOP's growth in Sacramento and its transformation to a three-campus university, said Kristen Soares, president of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, a trade group that provides advocacy and member services for private colleges. Eibeck chairs the group.

"She has really helped Pacific grow. She has brought a keen sense of the needs of students and the needs of our university and its place in the community," Soares said.

Tackling challenges and solving puzzles has always been important to Eibeck, a Sudoku fan from way back. She was born in Buffalo, N.Y., where her mother was an art teacher and her father was a chemist. Drawn to math at a young age, she fell in love with engineering and earned a bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Stanford. She became an engineering professor at UC Berkeley in 1985.

Karl Pister, who was dean of Berkeley's school of engineering at the time, said he admired Eibeck for her skills as an administrator. The trick in college administration, he said, is in leading a population that seldom wants to be led. "The way you have to lead them is plant your ideas in the faculty, and let them bring them back to you. Pam was good at that," Pister said.

In 1995, Eibeck became dean of the engineering school at Northern Arizona University. While there, she helped spearhead the university's efforts around social-cause engineering. For instance, she led a multiyear team effort to develop a village-scale wind system that was installed on a neighboring Navajo reservation. The wind system allowed the tribe to refrigerate food and medicine, Eibeck said.

David Bousquet, a colleague in Arizona, praised Eibeck for her ability to think in a larger context and understand trends. "Most of my interactions with academic people were they thought about their college," he said. But Eibeck "wasn't just concerned about her academic division, she was concerned about student life, and the (greater university)."

In 2004, Eibeck made another move, this time to become dean of the college of engineering at Texas Tech University. During her five years in Texas, Eibeck said she is proud of her efforts on behalf of economic development for the state. After being appointed to an emerging technology fund established by Gov. Rick Perry, Eibeck helped recruit an LED company to the state.

But Eibeck said she struggled in raising the profile of Texas Tech because the state did not invest properly in higher education.

Eibeck found out about UOP's president job when her son Will was applying for colleges. Both mom and son were accepted by the university in 2009. Will ended up at Santa Clara University instead.

Now, as UOP moves into becoming a three-campus university, Eibeck said all the time spent on new organizational charts will be useless if the faculty doesn't embrace the idea. It's a fight for inclusion that Eibeck has waged her entire adult life.

If anyone can pull it off, Eibeck can, said Susanne Stirling, vice president of international affairs at California Chamber of Commerce and a regent at UOP.

"Pam Eibeck is a force of nature," Stirling said. "Her approach is thoughtful, insightful. She is an incredibly optimistic person who sees potential in Sacramento. I think (that) campus is poised to reach a new level of excellence."

Pamela Eibeck, president, University of the Pacific
Age: 59

  • Education: B.S., M.S. and Ph.D in mechanical engineering, Stanford University
  • Career: Professor at UC Berkeley, 1985-1995. Chairwoman of mechanical engineering, vice provost at Northern Arizona University, 1995-2004. Moved to dean of the College of Engineering at Texas Tech University in 2004. President of UOP since 2009.
  • Personal: Lives with husband, Bill Jeffery, in Stockton. They have four grown children.
  • Something colleagues would be surprised to learn about you: "I used to race FJs - dingy sailboats - and was part of a national champion team."
  • Biggest misunderstanding about your job: "That we get summers off."
  • Dream job: "It might be running a resort in the Caribbean."


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