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Pacific in the Press | Aug. 1, 2017

Aug 1, 2017

Quote of the week: The big problem continues to be the prices of patented drugs. -- Peter Hilsenrath, Los Angeles Times, July 25, 2017

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

"Yes, we can lower sky-high drug prices - other countries have done it," Los Angeles Times, July 25, 2017: Peter Hilsenrath, the Joseph M. Long Chair of Healthcare Management and an economics professor, commented in this business column on the high cost of prescription drugs in this country compared to other nations. The Food and Drug Administration acknowledges that many people cannot afford the medicines they need to survive and the FDA plans to streamline the process for approving generic drugs. But Hilsenrath pointed out that generic drugs already account for about 80 percent, so that won't be a game changer. "These moves would help, but I wouldn't expect really big things to come of it," Hilsenrath told the LA Times. "The big problem continues to be the prices of patented drugs."

"California Today: Tens of Thousands of New Jobs, and One Worry: Robots," The New York Times, July 31, 2017: Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, commented in this story about the growth of warehouse jobs for fulfillment centers. While the job growth is good news for much of the Central Valley, there are concerns about automation and whether the jobs can lead to a career for young workers. "You know, if the industry shifts to something that has fewer, higher-paying, higher-value jobs, then I don't think that would necessarily be a bad thing," Michael told The New York Times. The story was posted by several news aggregator websites.

"Dave Brubeck Collection," KVIE (Public Broadcasting Service), July 25, 2017: Michael Wurtz, head of special collections, was interviewed for "Rob on the Road" in a segment about the Dave Brubeck Collection housed in the Holt-Atherton Special Collections. Wurtz and host Rob Stewart talked about Brubeck's use of music to fight for civil rights and promote international diplomacy. The segment will be broadcast on a recurring basis on KVIE.

"McGeorge School of Law has a new dean," Capital Public Radio News, July 25, 2017: Sacramento's National Public Radio station reported on the arrival of Michael Hunter Schwartz as the new dean of McGeorge.

"Local LGBT Community Reacts to Trump's Transgender Military Ban," Fox 40 (Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), July 26, 2017: McGeorge's Leslie Jacobs comment on Donald Trump's tweets suggesting that transgender people will not be allowed in the military. She said that Trump will have to clarify the scope of his policy and back it up with an executive order. And lawsuits are sure to follow. "People running into court seeking a temporary restraining order, like with the travel ban, that is an emergency order that the court will consider putting in place before considering the entire lawsuit," Jacobs told Fox 40.

"Class and Culture," San Joaquin Parents Magazine, July/August 2017: Lauren Miller, assistant director of Pacific's International Programs and Services, was quoted in this magazine article about the advantage of studying abroad. "The world is getting smaller and it will continue to," Lauren told the magazine. "Going abroad gives students the opportunity to see things from a different perspective and they come back more sure of themselves and their path."

"Event brings educators together to teach each other," The Record, July 28, 2017: Gladys L. Benerd School of Education Dean Vanessa Sheared commented in this story about the Better Together: California Teachers Summit. San Joaquin County teachers and administrators attended the summit at Pacific on Friday. "We are better together," Sheared told the teachers at the summit. "Now, more than ever, we need to continue to celebrate, to honor you and to say you matter and you make a difference in our children's lives. We appreciate you for all that you do on behalf of the children in California."

"Mayor's internship program aims to inspire collegians," The Record, July 27, 2017: Pacific juniors Luiza Macedo and Grant Kirkpartrick were featured among college students in an internship program sponsored by Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs' office. The interns work directly with Tubbs on efforts to make positive change in the community.

"Former astronaut Jose Hernandez weighs bid for Congress," The Record, July 28, 2017: Keith Smith, an associate professor of political science, commented on news reports that former astronaut and former Pacific Regent José Hernández '85 is considering a bid to run against U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney. Smith thinks Hernández may have an uphill run on his hands. While he has wide name recognition, incumbent McNerney may actually have better name recognition in the district and have the backing of the Democratic Party. The story was picked up by several news aggregator websites.

"The Inland Empire: Second only to San Francisco in California job growth?," PolitiFact California, July 27, 2017: Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, was used as a source in fact-checking a statement by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democratic candidate for governor, that California's Inland Empire is the second fastest growing region in the state. Michael's research and a chart credited to Michael were used in checking Newsom's statement, which was rated true. The story was also posted on the Jefferson Public Radio website and several news aggregator websites.

"Tire maker accuses Sacramento's Firestone pub of trademark infringement," Sacramento Business Journal, July 27, 2017: Mike Mireles, an intellectual property law professor at McGeorge, comment on a David-and-Goliath story about tire manufacturer Bridgestone Brands LLC, which holds the Firestone name, suing Sacramento bar and restaurant, Firestone Public House LLC, alleging trademark infringement and trademark dilution. Mireles concluded that the case likely will be settled, but at a cost for Firestone Public House and cautioned that businesses should speak with a trademark lawyer up front to avoid issues down the road.

"CSU campuses to host teachers for annual summit," CBS 13 (KOVR, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), July 28, 2017: University of the Pacific was mentioned among the Sacramento-area universities hosting the third annual Better Together: California Teachers Summit 2017. The Gladys L. Benerd School of Education held the event at Alex and Jeri Vereschagin Alumni House, with breakout sessions at the School of Education. A version of the story was also broadcast on KOVR's sister station, KMAX.

"Halvah and Halwah: What's The Difference?,", July 24, 2017: Ken Albala, history professor and chair of the Food Studies program, cleared up the misconception that halvah and halwah are the same sweet treat. They are not. The blog post was based on another, "Halwa vs. Halvah: An Investigation,", June 8, 2017.

"Garko's Gig: Pacific hires former MLB player as coach," The Record, July 25, 2017: Ryan Garko was officially named Pacific's new head baseball coach, replacing Mike Neu, who left earlier this month to be the head coach at Cal Berkeley. Ted Leland, Pacific's athletic director, was quoted in the story about the hiring of the former collegiate and professional baseball player and most recently a manager of a double-A baseball team in the Los Angeles Dodger organization. Other outlets also carried the news
"Garko named as Tigers head coach," Central Valley Business Journal, July 26, 2017
"University Of The Pacific Names Ryan Garko As Head Coach," College Baseball Daily, July 26, 2017

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