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Pacific in the Press | March 7, 2017

Mar 7, 2017

quote of the week:People are waking up to the considerable benefits that the ACA has provided --Emily Whelan Parento, National Journal, March 1, 2017
Here are examples of how University of the Pacific was represented in the news media in recent days:

Summaries

National Journal
Kentucky's Obamacare Dilemma a Warning for National GOP
March 1, 2017
Emily Whelan Parento, an associate professor of law, was quoted in this story about the difficulties Republicans may have in repealing the Affordable Care Act. Parento was the executive director of Kentucky's Office of Health Policy under then-Gov. Steve Beshear, a Democrat who expanded that state's Medicaid through executive order. Current Gov. Matt Bevin and other Republicans are working to unravel "Obamacare," but there have been obstacles, including newly insured constituents. "People are waking up to the considerable benefits that the ACA has provided, and in Kentucky you saw a little preview of that," Parento told the National Journal. "There hasn't been a large constituency, at least in Kentucky, who have put their names behind repealing the Affordable Care Act or otherwise scaling back access to care. Nobody is clamoring for reduced access."
Read more: http://mcgeorge.edu/Documents/Faculty/KyObamcacareNationalJournalMarch22017Parentolr.pdf

San Francisco Chronicle
How Ken Albala is reinventing noodle soup bowl by bowl
March 1, 2017
Ken Albala, history professor and chair of the Food Studies Program, is called a "noodle innovator" in this feature story on his current obsession - and the subject of his upcoming book - noodles. The story runs through his painstaking method for developing and making everything from scratch - dehydrating and grinding vegetables, cooking the stock and making dough for the noodles. "I'm trying to convince people that pasta is ... the cheapest food you can find," Albala told the Chronicle. "And it's just a lot of fun to make with your hands. ... Think of time spent in the kitchen as fun, not a chore."
Read more: http://www.sfchronicle.com/food/article/How-Ken-Albala-is-reinventing-noodle-soup-bowl-by-10970008.php

The Record
From Pakistan to Pacific: Muslim trailblazer running for her life and country
March 5, 2017
Myra Lakadwala, a senior graduating in May with a double major of English and philosophy with minors in pre-law and Ethnic Studies, is on Pacific's track team and was featured in this story after she broke a second national record for her homeland of Pakistan. She now holds the record for the 5-kilometer, which she set Feb. 25 during the Johnny Mathis Invitational in San Francisco, and the 3,000 meters, which she set in July 2012.
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/news/20170305/from-pakistan-to-pacific-muslim-trailblazer-running-for-her-life-and-country

The Record
Arresting The People's Mayor
March 4, 2017
Jeff Becker, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, was asked to make sense of the arrest of former Stockton Mayor Anthony Silva and the support some continue to give him even after he was arrested over the weekend on a felony warrant. "People want to believe that the person they put their faith into has their back, represents their interests against what to them is an irretrievably corrupt state," Becker told The Record. "We're going to drain the swamp. And when that doesn't happen, well, the problem must be the swamp. It can't be the person I put my faith in."
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/news/20170304/fitzgerald-arresting-peoples-mayor

The Modesto Bee
Charity provides more than wheelchairs: 'You could just see the dignity pour into her'
March 4, 2017
Cathy Peterson, a professor of physical therapy, commented in a story about a Modesto-based nonprofit that repairs old wheelchairs to be distributed in developing nations worldwide. Peterson has volunteered on trips with the nonprofit since 2008 and has brought along students in recent years. "It's just the opportunity to help make a difference," she told The Bee. "With each chair you distribute, each one is so important to a whole community. It changes everything for them."
Read more: http://www.modbee.com/news/article136505483.html#1

Central Valley Business Journal, 2016 Book of Lists
Our place in the economic Mega-Region
2016
Tom Pogue, associate director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, authored a commentary in this publications annual special section listing businesses throughout San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. He wrote about the increasing importance of the Northern California Mega-Region, which includes San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties, San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento area and the Monterey Bay Area. He wrote that the NCMR is among the most influential megaregion in the world with a technological center that accounts for nearly 20 percent of U.S. domestic patents, but less than 4 percent of the population.
Read more: http://www.pacific.edu/Documents/marketing/acrobat/Our_place_in_the_economic_Mega_Region_CVBJ_BOL2016_Pg5.pdf

The Record
Smokey, Woodsy stars of high-tech, common sense forest exhibit
Feb. 26, 2017
The Powell Scholars attended the Children's Museum of Stockton during the appearance of a traveling exhibit "Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl: Home Sweet Home" to demonstrate the group's Verdevis system. Students in the Powell Scholars Program, the premier academic merit program at Pacific endowed by Robert and Jeannette Powell in 2009, developed the system for growing nutritious microgreens it just days and have made growing instructions available free to the public. Powell Scholars showed children how the tabletop system worked and then donated three units to the museum so the plants can be shown at different states.
Read more: http://www.recordnet.com/news/20170226/smokey-woodsy-stars-of-high-tech-common-sense-forest-exhibit

myMotherLoade.com
Researchers Share Economic Impact Data On Calaveras Cannabis
Feb. 27, 2017
Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, is quoted in this story about a study on the economic impact of the marijuana industry in Calaveras County co-authored by Michael and Thomas Pogue, the center's associate director. The researchers estimated that the 2016 production was valued at $252 million with the total economic impact at nearly $340 million.
Read more: http://www.mymotherlode.com/news/local/285813/researchers-share-economic-impact-data-on-calaveras-cannabis.html

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