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Pacific in the Press | 3.10.2015

Mar 10, 2015

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


Why Data Scientists Are Not Enough
March 9, 2015
Rick Hutley, director of analytics, authored this post on Wired's Innovation Insights blog. He argues that analytics is critical to driving innovation and keeping companies ahead of the game, but warns that executives must understand they have a crucial role to play in the analytic process. "Data scientists alone are not enough - executives too must step to the analytics plate," he wrote.
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News10 My Neighborhood (ABC-TV Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto)
University of the Pacific program will help meet nationwide demand for data scientists
March 1, 2015
Pacific's School of Engineering and Computer Science is offering a new master of science degree in analytics, a high-paying field facing an acute shortage of professionals. The program will be based at the university's new, state-of-the-art campus in San Francisco. Dean Steven Howell and Rick Hutley, program director, are quoted.
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The Record
Student-run investment fund provides triple payout
March 2, 2015
Benjamin Carlson, assistant professor of finance and instructor for the Student Investment Fund, said the fund provided a 27 percent return in 2013, higher than any of the winners of RISE 14, a student portfolio competition held by the University of Dayton. The Pacific SIF recently topped $3 million. "The students are the ones making all the actual investment decisions, and they're doing it with real money," he said.  Doug Eberhardt, who established the fund, said he wanted to stress the importance of philanthropy to students in requiring that payback be written into the program. "No matter what you've done or how successful you been, you have to give a little back to your university," Eberhardt said.
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Yolo DA still deciding charges in Baby Justice case
March 15, 2014
Prosecutors are getting ready to file criminal charges against a mother accused in the death of her infant boy. The case raises issues about whether a baby should be sent home with parents who abuse drugs. "There are other cases where even if a parent is abusing drugs, there's enough of a social safety net for that child to be sent home," said John Myers, professor of criminal and family law. "And the preference in the law is for children to be with family if it's safe to do that."
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Capital Public Radio
Court Rejects Blanket Sex Offender Restrictions
March 2, 2015
John Myers, professor of law, said the state Supreme Court found Jessica's Law has hampered efforts to rehabilitate and monitor sex offenders. "The amount of homelessness of sex offenders goes up substantially because they cannot find a place to live," he said. "And actually that increased homelessness endangers children because if sex offenders are homeless, it's more difficult for parole officers to keep tabs on them."
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KCBS (San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose)
March 5, 2015
University of the Pacific is a partner in a new initiative, Unite SF, aimed at ensuring 100 percent of students graduate from high school prepared for college or skilled vocational programs and have pathways to sustainable jobs and careers. The initiative is sponsored by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Other higher education partners are: City College of San Francisco, UCSF, UC Hastings, University of San Francisco, San Francisco State and Golden Gate University.
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The Reporter (Vacaville)
A new way to rate your college of choice: cost-effectiveness
March 2, 2015
The author writes that UC educations are not worth the cost because the faculty aren't focused on teaching and class sizes are too large. He suggests two years of community college followed by two years at a state college as the most cost-effective way to go. But he also notes: "Locally, University of the Pacific has a good reputation, even if it is more expensive than the typical college."
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Merced Sun-Star
Nonfarm industries projected to grow in Merced County through 2022
Feb 27
The state's economy is expected to maintain its positive momentum this year following a slight slowdown last year, according to the latest projection from the Business Forecasting Center.
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