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Pacific in the Press | Jan. 26, 2016

Jan 25, 2016

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

Summaries

Capital Public Radio
Bassoonist takes center stage with Stockton Symphony
Jan. 21, 2016
Nicolasa Kuster, associate professor of music, was a teenager when she first encountered the instrument that she would ultimately choose as her own. "The minute I heard the bassoon coming out of that stage, it just enthralled me, wrapped itself around my heart." Kuster performed Composer Peter Schickele's Bassoon Concerto with the Stockton Symphony. She is the only full-time bassoon professor in California.
Read more: http://www.capradio.org/articles/2016/01/21/bassoonist-takes-center-stage-with-stockton-symphony/

Central Valley Business Journal
Grant aimed at improving math teaching skills
Jan. 19, 2016
The California Department of Education has given the University of the Pacific a $500,000 grant to improve math teaching among elementary school teachers in rural areas of Tuolumne, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. Dennis Parker, associate professor of mathematics, is principal investigator. The grant will fund a two-year partnership with the Teachers College of San Joaquin that will provide 180 hours of professional development to 35 teachers at 10 small, rural and charter schools in the three counties.
Read more: http://cvbj.biz/2016/01/19/grant-aimed-at-improving-math-teaching/

ABC10
Undocumented families living in uncertainty
Jan. 19, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review Obama's immigration order. Raquel Aldana, professor of law, commented on the decision.
Watch story:  http://www.abc10.com/story/news/local/2016/01/19/undocumented-families-living-uncertainty/79034394/
Aldana's comments were also reported in the Press Telegraph and NanoNews
Press Telegraph: http://presstelegraph.com/2016/01/21/do-you-support-the-supreme-courts-decision-to-review-obamas.html
NanoNews: http://nanonews.org/do-you-support-the-supreme-courts-decision-to-review-obamas/

San Jose Mercury News
California's four largest health plans could owe state $10 billion in back taxes
Jan. 21, 2016
California's four largest health plans may be on the hook for $10 billion in state back taxes -- and at least $1 billion every year going forward -- if a closely watched legal case does not break their way. Unless the plans can devise a new strategy, it will be a challenge to win their case, said Clark Kelso, professor of law and a one-time acting California insurance commissioner. "I think they should have serious concerns that they will end up being subject to the additional tax.''
Read more: http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_29414656/californias-four-largest-health-plans-could-owe-state-10-billion-in-back-taxes

The Sacramento Bee
Bumping up minimum wage helps workers, costs businesses and customers
Jan. 24, 2016
Businesses and nonprofits have been adjusting to the state's new $10 minimum wage. "It's not a free lunch. Somebody has to pay," said Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research. On the flip side, he said, low-wage workers are more likely to spend money out of necessity rather than saving it, so an increased minimum wage can push dollars back to the local economy. "Maybe it will cost people like me, who go out for a quick-serve lunch," Michael said. "But it will put a little more money in the pockets of the people providing that service to me."
Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/news/business/article56386005.html#storylink=cpy

The Record
'Concussion' spurs panel about sports injuries
Jan. 17, 2016
Fathers & Families of San Joaquin hosted a panel discussion prior to a viewing of the motion picture "Concussion" in Stockton. The film tells the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, Chief Medical Examiner of San Joaquin County, who in 2002 identified a degenerative brain disease - chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) - in deceased former NFL players. "It's the cumulative effect of having sequential injuries which build up over time, the brain matter does not heal as well as the bones or ligaments do," said Scott Bethune, an orthopedic surgeon and medical director of the Athletic Training Program. "It does heal, but it's much slower and if you pile on injuries over and over, it becomes irreparable and that's the price."
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/article/20160117/NEWS/160119745

The Modesto Bee
Speaking of Modesto's mayoral race, candidates better at small talk
Jan. 20, 2016
How vital is it for a local politician to be a loquacious public speaker and effective communicator during a campaign? Keith Smith, assistant professor of political science, said that for local elections canvassing neighborhoods and chatting with voters in person may be more important than speaking at a public event or on local cable access. "Both are needed," Smith said. "But the more important thing is the ability to do one-on-one. There are so few opportunities in these races where the public is paying attention."
Read more: http://www.modbee.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/jeff-jardine/article55752565.html#storylink=cpy

The Record
Adding baloney to our water
Jan. 19, 2016
Columnist Mike Fitzgerald writes: "If you want to worry, don't waste time fretting that the city is putting chloramine in the municipal water supply. Worry that someone is putting crazy pills in the water supply." Keith Smith, associate professor of political science, is quoted on Erin Brockovich's appeal. "Brockovich has stood up to the corporations," he said. "Brockovich has stood up to the evildoers and demonstrated her worth."
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/article/20160119/NEWS/160119686/-1/A_BIZ

Kaiser Health News
Want into a clinical trial? Read this first
Jan. 14, 2016
Less than 12 percent of the medicines that enter clinical trials are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, known as PhRMA. "There is hope," says Sachin Shah, a pharmacy professor at University of the Pacific who conducts clinical trials himself. "But there is no guarantee."
Read more: http://khn.org/news/want-into-a-clinical-trial-read-this-first/
The story also ran in The Bakersfield Californian:
http://www.bakersfield.com/news/2016/01/14/ask-emily-7.html

Central Valley Business Journal
Stockton airport lands new employer
Jan. 22, 2016
The Stockton Metropolitan Airport will be the new home of a facility for Air Transport International, a full-time air cargo service that will operate seven days a week. Stockton Metropolitan Airport Director Harry Mavrogenes credits the San Joaquin Partnership and Thomas Pogue, associate director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, with helping provide information that prompted the company to locate in Stockton.
Read more: http://cvbj.biz/2016/01/22/stockton-airport-lands-new-employer/

The Record
Downtown's revival takes quantum leap
Jan. 16, 2016
Ten Space asked the Center for Business and Policy Research, headed by Jeff Michael, to calculate the financial benefit of a downtown revitalization project. The conclusion: The city can expect $2.7 million a year in sales, property and utility taxes after build-out. And the creation of 872 jobs.
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/article/20160116/NEWS/160119782/-1/A_BIZ

The Record
Former Pacific basketball player earns Newbery Medal
Jan. 23, 2016
Matt de la Peña, who played basketball at Pacific from 1994-96, is the first Mexican-American author to win the Newbery Medal, and his book is just the second picture book to be so honored by the American Library Association, which has given the award since 1922. "It's super exciting that it had only happened once in 94 years," de la Pena said. "It's so rare, it's crazy." He said he entered Pacific as a basketball player and left as a writer "because of the professors and incredible classes I took there." He said he never read a novel until one of his professors, Heather Mayne, gave him a copy of "The Color Purple."
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/article/20160123/ENTERTAINMENTLIFE/160129878