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Pacific in the Press | Feb. 20, 2018

Feb 20, 2018

Quote of the week: The ordinance generator gives local advocates a smarter tool to craft a reform that is tailored to the needs of their communities. --Leslie Jacobs, California Common Cause, Feb. 12, 2018

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

"The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and the Nile Basin: Implications for Transboundary Water Cooperation," Sada El Balad TV, Feb. 16, 2018: McGeorge's Stephen McCaffrey was quoted in a review of a book about the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which will be Africa's largest dam and essential for future development throughout the region. He told the Egypt-based TV channel: "This important volume examines the impacts of the GERD project through an interdisciplinary lens, incorporating insights from the fields of law, political science, economics and hydrology. As the contributors show, the game-changing nature of the GERD may introduce a new era of cooperation on the Nile."

"Boisean announcing Olympic skiing," KTVB (NBC, Boise, Idaho), Feb. 12, 2018: Alumna Heather Cox '92 COP was featured in this story about her being part of the NBC team covering skiing at the Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Cox, a member of the volleyball team during her time at Pacific, was part of the announcing team covering volleyball at Olympic games in Athens, Beijing, London and Rio. The story was broadcast several times on KTVB and KRFT (NBC, Twin Falls, Idaho).

"Flipping marvelous pancake facts," Irish Examiner, Feb. 13, 2018: A quote from Ken Albala's "Pancake: A Global History" is used to lead into this story about the light, fluffy, marvelous flapjack. Of pancakes, the Department of History's Albala had written: "They must be savoured without hurry ... ideally in dressing gown and slippers ... maybe even in bed, and preferably in excess, just to the brink of nausea."

"IBM Lawsuit Casts Diversity in Starkly Competitive Terms," The New York Times Online (link to Reuter's), Feb. 15, 2018: McGeorge's John Carey Sims was a source in this Reuter's story shared by The New York Times and numerous news outlets across the country. The story was about an IBM lawsuit claiming its efforts to diversify its workforce is a trade secret. Sims told Reuters that other firms have previously argued for confidentiality in such efforts more out of fear of criticism and litigation.

"Five presidents who did the most for entrepreneurs," via, Feb. 19, 2018: Dan Wadhwani, assistant professor of management and the Fletcher Jones Professor of Entrepreneurship at Pacific, spoke with for a Presidents Day story. Wadhwani commented throughout the story on presidents and how they helped - or did not help - small business and encouraged entrepreneurship.

"California Local Redistricting Project Releases New Tool to Facilitate Local Redistricting Reform," California Common Cause, Feb. 12, 2018: McGeorge's Capital Center for Law and Policy, in a joint effort with California Common Cause called the California Local Redistricting Project, announced a new tool for local governments fighting redistricting abuse. The ordinance generator enables any user to draft a sample ordinance to create a local and independent redistricting commission. "This is an exciting, game-changing model for promoting local reform," said Leslie Gielow Jacobs, director of the Capital Center for Law and Policy. "This is worlds away from the traditional, one-size-fits-all packaged approach to reform. The ordinance generator gives local advocates a smarter tool to craft a reform that is tailored to the needs of their communities. This is a pioneering approach to encouraging context-dependent model legislation that we hope gets imitated in other contexts." The statement was picked up by several news websites and law blogs.

"Winter Pow Wow," KMAX, (CW, Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto), Feb. 10, 2018: Ines Ruiz-Huston, Pacific's Latino community outreach coordinator, was interviewed for this live Good Day Sacramento story on the 2018 Community Winter Powwow, which was at the Main Gymnasium.

"State: Delta tunnels a good investment," The Record, Feb. 14, 2018: Jeff Michael, executive director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, commented in this story about a state study that finds the California WaterFix, or Delta tunnels, project provides more benefits than costs. That finding clashes with Michael's 2016 analysis that had found the tunnels would cost $8 billion to $10 billion more than the benefits. "It's strictly an analysis of return on investment to water contractors," Michael told The Record of the state's study. "It's framing the question incredibly narrowly against a speculative baseline in order to generate a positive number."

"Uncovering the mysteries of cryptocurrency: What is it and should you use it?," Central Valley Business Journal, Feb. 14, 2018: Eberhardt's Ben Carlston provided context in this story about cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. "Right now, it's a digital version of the gold rush," Carlston told the business news publication. Later he added, "I am glad it is harder to invest. A lot of investors don't see the risks. Personally, I am a skeptic about the future of cryptocurrencies."

"Brubeck brothers relish Greensboro connections," News and Record (Greensboro, North Carolina), Feb. 14, 2018: Pacific alumni Dave '42 and Iola Brubeck '45, Pacific's Brubeck Institute, and former Pacific President Donald DeRosa were all mentioned prominently in this story advancing an upcoming appearance by Chris and Dan Brubeck with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra.

"Task force to focus on Stockton housing," The Record, Feb. 18, 2018: Jeff Michael, executive director of Pacific Center for Business and Policy Research, was named to Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs' Task Force on Affordable and Workforce Housing, which is charged with finding solutions and making recommendations on the city's housing shortage.

"Business outlook study presented through UOP," Oakdale Leader, Feb. 14, 2018: The latest California and Metro Forecast from Pacific's Center for Business and Policy Research was covered in this story. A version of the story was also published in the Sierra Sun Times.

"Teams thrive by crunching the numbers," Outlook 2018: Innovation, The Record, Feb. 18, 2018: James Graham, head coach for Pacific's men's and women's water polo teams, was quoted in this story on how athletic teams use analytics to improve player and team performance. "Our goal as a program is to be the most innovative water polo program in the world," Graham told The Record for this special edition. "We're trying to use data to inform all decisions in every aspect of the program." Student-athlete Brinnley Barthels '18 was also quoted in the story.

"Delta College using latest digital trends to attach students," Outlook 2018: Innovation, The Record, Feb. 18, 2018: Kevin Pontuti was quoted in this special section story about innovation in higher education. "It's really about preparing students for the future of storytelling across multiple platforms through technology," Pontuti said of the new program, Media X. Virtual reality is an example of the type of innovation students will be using in the future.

"Brick-and-mortar stores must evolve," Outlook 2018: Innovation, The Record, Feb. 18, 2018: Jeff Michael, executive director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, was quoted in this story about the need for traditional retailers to be more innovative in order to compete. "Brick-and-mortar retail is under pressure around the country," Michael told The Record for this special edition. "You're seeing waves of brick-and-mortar store closures around the country. Brick-and-mortar retail has suffered as sales migrate to online."

"For some farmers, it's adapt or die," Outlook 2018: Innovation, The Record, Feb. 18, 2018: Jeff Michael, executive director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, provides context in this story about innovation in agriculture. He told The Record that workers immigrating to the United States may find opportunities outside of farm labor, because of the low unemployment rate and a move to more mechanization in agriculture.

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