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Pacific in the Press | Nov. 28, 2017

Nov 28, 2017

Quote of the week:Don’t have an attitude of fear, but follow some of these basic security practices and that will minimize your risk. --Jeff Shafer, KTXL, Nov. 26, 2017

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

"Record sales for Cyber Monday expected," KTXL (Fox, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Nov. 26, 2017: Jeff Shafer, director of Pacific's cybersecurity program, was interviewed for this story about Cyber Monday. He provided vital tips for minimizing the threat of cybercrime, which included having updated software on all electronic devices, using different passwords for different retail website profiles, shop on secure networks only, pay with credit cards rather than debit cards, make sure the website is not fake, and go directly to the retailer's website rather than clicking on a link in an electronic ad. The story was broadcast on Fox 40 at least two more times on Nov. 27, "Staying protected on Cyber Monday," and Fox affiliates in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Topeka, Kansas, Columbia, South Carolina and elsewhere also ran the story. Schafer was also interviewed by Capital Public Radio News for two stories on Nov. 27, including "Tips to avoid cybercrime this Cyber Monday." The original Fox 40 story was also shared on at least one news aggregator website.

"Thanksgiving for international students," KTXL (Fox, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Nov. 24, 2017: The annual Thanksgiving meal served to international students and other students unable to make it home for the Thanksgiving holiday was featured in this story. Patrick Day, vice president of Student Life, was interviewed about this event during which faculty and staff volunteer to serve some students their first-ever taste of the American traditional meal. The story was broadcast twice. A separate story was also broadcast twice on Sacramento's NBC affiliate: "Campus Thanksgiving," KCRA (NBC, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Nov. 23, 2017

"Sacramento elderly targeted by scammers," KXTV (ABC 10, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Nov. 17, 2017: The interactive live theater presentation '"No' is a complete sentence" developed by Melissa Brown and Nicole Egan of McGeorge's Elder and Health Law Clinic was highlighted in this story. The Medicare enrollment period gives scammers an opportunity to access personal information of the elderly, so it's important for people to watch out for older family members. "We advise people to stay in contact, have good communication," Brown told ABC 10. "If you can, help to review bank accounts be aware of online banking and bill paying - online dating scams. We have a case in our clinic now the man she had never met purported to be high school ex-sweetheart - he sent her flowers and teddy bears and she sent him $200,000."

"Sacramento strikes deal with health insurer that may bring up to 5,000 jobs," Sacramento Business Journal, Nov. 17, 2017: Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, commented in this story about a deal that brings Centene Corp. and up to 5,000 jobs to Sacramento. He told the Business Journal that the deal makes sense because of the size of the area's health sector, recent local growth and the existence of Health Het in the region. Michael also called the up to $13.5 million in incentives a "strong effort" by city officials.

"The good news on S.J. economy," The Record, Nov. 21, 2017: A report by the Center for Business and Policy Research released at an annual conference was at the center of this story about the San Joaquin County economy. Jeff Michael, the center's director, commented on the news, including the "remarkable decline" of the poverty rate in the county, moving from 21 percent two years ago to 14 percent. Wages are rising, unemployment is falling, but housing costs continue to rise. Other outlets also cover the conference and findings: "Report: Regional action needed to grow Valley economy," The Turlock Journal, Nov. 24, 2017

"Virtual Dental Museum Explores the Patron Saint of Dentistry," Dentistry Today, Nov. 22, 2017: The latest exhibit for the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's Virtual Dental Museum was featured in stories by several dentistry trade websites. The new exhibit looks at the history of the patron saint of dentistry, St. Apollonia, who during the third century had her teeth knocked out and then leaped into fire rather than renounce God. "St. Apollonia continues to inspire dentally afflicted parishioners in Christian communities that cherish saintly benevolence," a portion of the story reads. "In some parts of Europe, her followers fast and say an appropriate prayer on the day of her celebration, Feb. 9, believing they will be free of toothaches for a year. She continues to be considered the patron saint of dentistry, with many dental societies, magazines, and practices bearing her name." Other stories include:
"Got a Toothache? There's a Saint for That," DecisionsinDentistry.com, Nov. 20, 2017
"Got a Toothache? There's a Saint for That," Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, Nov. 20, 2017

"Lodi sales tax revenue sees slight increase," Lodi News-Sentinel, Nov. 21, 2017: Jeff Michael, director of Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research, provided context and insight for this story on the 5.3 percent increase in tax revenue in Lodi compared to a 10 percent increase countywide. "The southern half of the county is just growing much faster than the northern half of the county where Lodi is. I would not characterize the 5.3 percent growth in Lodi as poor performance," Michael told the News-Sentinel. "The countywide number probably reflects a real increasing pace of growth in the southern half of the county. We are seeing very rapid growth in communities like Manteca, Tracy and Lathrop." The story was shared by at least one news aggregator website.

"Pharmacy School Holds Medicare Health Fair," The Pacifican, Oct. 28, 2017: A recent student-run Medicare Health Fair was highlighted in this story. "It's just a really good experience to practice pharmacist skills and patient interaction," student pharmacist volunteer Cindy Tran '19 told the Pacifican. "I think today I saved someone $4,000 by switching their Medicare Part D Insurance Plan." Fellow student pharmacist volunteer Elaine Bui '19 added: "A lot of them have interesting stories to tell, and they also have a lot of life experience. We enjoy helping them with their medication plans, or lowering their drug costs, or whatever we can help with."

"Passeth the Cranb'rry Sauce! The Medieval Origins of Thanksgiving," Amos, Nov. 20, 2017: A piece about the origins of Thanksgiving written by Ken Albala of the history department and Food Studies Program was republished by Amos magazine. The piece was originally published on The Conversation website. A link to the original piece was also shared by The Charbor Chronicles blog, "Thanksgiving & Medieval Origins? Aye!," Nov. 24, 2017.

"University of the Pacific faculty, dental students provide care to Bay Area veterans," American Dental Association's ADANews, Nov. 20: Free dental clinics for military veterans carried out by Dugoni students were featured in this story."

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