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Pacific in the Press: media highlights for the past week

Feb 2, 2015

       quote of the week

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

Summaries:

The Guardian (U.K.)

Pete Carroll and baseball's most feared man: an unlikely tale of friendship
Jan. 29, 2015
Scott Boras, one of baseball's "most hated men," and Pete Carroll, destined to become football's "happiest coach," attended Pacific together in the 1970s and lived in the same residence hall. Today Boras has little time to watch sports beyond his chosen game - except when the Seahawks play. "I have to see what that guy is doing," Boras told the Guardian. Recalling their college conversations, Boras said: "Let's put it this way, Pete never asked me about industrial pharmacy."
Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2015/jan/29/pete-carroll-and-baseballs-most-feared-man-an-unlikely-tale-of-friendship

Nature
Mathematical model helps scientists decide where to submit their papers
Jan. 29, 2015
Submitting to top-tier journals isn't always the best strategy for scientists who need to rack up publications in a hurry for job promotions, concludes a new study co-authored by Santiago Salinas, visiting assistant professor of biological sciences. He and a co-author created mathematical models that quantify the potential value of submitting to any of 61 ecology journals. In a study in PLoS ONE1, they report that Ecology LettersEcological Monographs and PLoS ONE are good choices for researchers seeking a large number of citations but relatively fast review times. 
Read more: http://www.nature.com/news/mathematical-model-helps-scientists-decide-where-to-submit-their-papers-1.16822

Defense One
Homeland Security to Roll Out Biometrics Along the Border This Summer
Jan. 28, 2105
The Department of Homeland Security this summer plans to roll out iris and facial recognition services to the U.S. Border Patrol, this article reports. It cites research by Anahita Zarei, associate professor of engineering and computer science, suggesting that contact lenses could be used to mimic someone else's iris.
Read more: http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2015/01/homeland-security-roll-out-biometrics-along-border-summer/103968/?oref=d-channelriver

The Sacramento Bee
Why the Supreme Court is finally taking on same-sex marriage
Jan. 25, 2015
Lawrence C. Levine, professor of law, concludes in this opinion essay that "gays and lesbians may well have the right to marry the person they love anywhere in the country sometime this summer."
Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/california-forum/article7958982.html#storylink=cpy

San Jose Mercury News
Bay Area adds 11,000 jobs in December and 113,500 during 2014 in record-setting employment surge
Jan. 23, 2015
"There are no signs that the Bay Area is slowing down at all, and the South Bay and the San Francisco metro area remain particularly strong," said Jeffrey Michael, director of the Business Forecasting Center. "It's tech-driven job growth and that is continuing at a rapid pace."
Read more: http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_27379693/bay-area-adds-11-000-jobs-december-and
Michael's latest study was also reported in The Record, (Marysville) Appeal-Democrat, and Central Valley Business Times.

The Record
A digital look into John Muir's mind
Jan. 25, 2015
John Muir's journals, the diaries of the remarkable man who preserved Yosemite, founded the Sierra Club and fathered modern American conservation, are archived at University of the Pacific. Amazingly, many of Muir's 78 journals have never been transcribed. Pacific recently scanned them, posted them online and invited the public to transcribe them. The idea: you transcribe the journals; Muir scholars can then search the transcription database. "You're making history," said Michael Wurtz, university archivist.
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/article/20150125/NEWS/150129780/-1/A_NEWS06 

The Chronicle of Higher Education
'Huge Explosion of Wealth' Drives Record $37.5-Billion in Gifts to Colleges
Jan. 28, 2105
Giving to American colleges and universities reached a historic high for the second straight year, according to a survey released by the Council for Aid to Education. Colleges raised $37.45-billion in 2014, the highest amount recorded since the survey started in 1957 and a 10.8-percent increase in giving since last year, representing the largest gain since 2000. Five institutions reported receiving single gifts of $100-million or more: Colby College, Emory University, Northwestern University, the University of Texas at Austin, and University of the Pacific. In 2013 just three institutions reported gifts crossing that mark.
Read more: http://jobs.chronicle.com/article/Huge-Explosion-of-Wealth-/151403/#sthash.pi6clKlH.dpuf
Survey was also reported in The Chronicle of Philanthropy and MainST.

Business Insider
The 50 Most Underrated Colleges in America
Jan. 28, 2015
The publication looked for schools that didn't rank high in U.S. News & World Report, but where graduates were well-paid halfway through their working lives. University of the Pacific ranked as the nation's No. 11 most-under-rated college, where graduates have an average mid-career salary of $101,000.
Read more: http://fox5sandiego.com/2015/01/28/sdsu-considered-one-of-the-most-underrated-colleges/

And more ...

San Joaquin USA Good News Briefs
Pacific names new associate vice president for external relations
Jan. 26, 2015
Stacy McAfee, an academic leader with broad experience in higher education, has been appointed associate vice president for external relations at University of the Pacific.
Available by subscription. 

News10
Would-be applicants flood SolarCity job meet and greet
Jan. 29, 2015
Twice as many job-seekers as expected showed up at a meet-and-greet put on by SolarCity at University of the Pacific. The company, hiring for the Stockton and Modesto area, has been on a tear with 8,500 workers in 15 states; it was recently rated as a top employer to work for by Glassdoor. The event was organized by Chris Haruta, assistant director employee relations.
Read more: http://www.news10.net/story/news/local/stockton/2015/01/29/solar-city-jobs-stockton-sales-installers/22512473/

KCRA-TV
Elk Grove native, UOP guard makes amazing comeback after crash Jan. 23, 2015
Elk Grove native Gena Johnson was hit in a head-on crash and was not sure if she would be able to walk. Now, she is running the plays and inspiring her teammates as a point guard for the UOP women's basketball team.
Watch video: http://www.kcra.com/news/amazing-comeback-for-injured-local-athlete/30893394

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