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Pacific in the Press | May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017

Quote of the week: Should we have a policy about a matter that puts us at grave risk every day? Yeah, we ought to. -- John Cary Sims, The Mercury News, May 15, 2017

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

"Ransomware assault brings calls for national cybersecurity policy amid government hoarding of attack tools," The Mercury News, May 15, 2017: McGeorge's John Cary Sims was quoted in this story about the "WannaCry" ransomware attack. Sims said a national cybersecurity policy or regulations were needed on notification guidelines for when a government-identified flaw becomes more important than holding it as a secret. The newspaper distributed the story via its nationwide network and it appeared in news outlets such as the Miami Herald Online, South Florida Sun Sentinel, The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colorado), The Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon), East Bay Times,, Los Angeles Daily News, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, NJTODAY.NET (Rahway, New Jersey), The Sun (San Bernardino), Daily Breeze (Torrance), Pasadena Star-News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Whittier Daily News,, Santa Cruz Sentinel and Government Technology magazine.

"How Coffee, Chocolate and Tea Overturned a 1,500-Year-Old Medical Mindset,", May 17, 2017: Ken Albala, history professor and chair of the Food Studies program, provided context and insight for this story on the use of beverages and food by physicians to "adjust their patient's humoral balance."

"Seniors seek affordable dental care options," Chicago Tribune, May 16, 2017: Dugoni's Paul Glassman was quoted in this story about providing dental health care to seniors using Virtual Dental Home. He said the lack of Medicare coverage for seniors was a huge problem, which could worsen with possible cuts to Medicaid. The story also appeared in the Orlando Sentinel.

"High-tech holdups: the rising threat of ransomware," Central Valley Business Journal, April 6, 2017: Jeff Shafer, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and the founding director of the Master of Science in Cybersecurity, was interviewed for this story on the rise of ransomware. He said ransomware's growth comes from being big business. "They've managed to make this whole business ecosystem ... with a division of labor and different groups specializing in different areas, and I think that makes it easy to grow this," Shafer told the CVBJ.

"COG forum addresses cost of housing," The Record, May 17, 2017: Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, and Thomas Pogue, the center's associate director, are the scheduled speakers on affordable housing for the first in a series of forums sponsored by the San Joaquin Council of Governments.

"How your suburb can make you thinner," Politico's The Agenda, May 10, 2017 : Matt Normand, associate professor of psychology, provided insight into the behavior of the daily commuter.

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