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Pacific in the Press | July 17, 2019

Jul 17, 2019

Quote of the Week


"Years ago, I made a claim that the microwave is the tool of the devil. I thought it was a plot on the part of the food industry."

Ken Albala, The Atlantic, July 11, 2019




 Examples of how University of the Pacific was represented in the news media in recent days:

"The Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy To Receive National Constitution Center's 2019 Liberty Medal," Philadelphia Free Press, July 10, 2019: Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy will be honored with the 31st Liberty Medal given by the National Constitution Center. A portion of the story reads: "Justice Anthony M. Kennedy has advanced the cause of civic education throughout his life. ... After a career spanning private practice, public service, and academia - teaching constitutional law at the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law - he was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1975 and was nominated as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1987."

"Why Americans Just Can't Quit Their Microwaves: The quest for a quick dinner fix is eternal," The Atlantic, July 11, 2019: History's Ken Albala was quoted in this story about the American kitchen mainstay, the microwave. Its technology was originally developed by the military and later adapted for civilian life. "A TV dinner is basically C rations for civilian use, and things like plastics that went into Tupperware and dehydration technology and all that was developed in wartime," Albala told The Atlantic. Later he said, "Years ago, I made a claim that the microwave is the tool of the devil. I thought it was a plot on the part of the food industry to get people to buy their frozen garbage and throw it in the microwave."

"Data science of wildfires," KFBK, July 15, 2019: The School of Engineering and Computer Science's Rick Hutley was interviewed on the role of data science in predicting when and where wildfires might occur and how to best deploy firefighting personnel and equipment. Another version of the story aired later and also on KOGO-AM (San Diego).

"New course teaching local teachers about STEM careers," CBS 13 (KOVR), June 3, 2019: Tomorrow Project Administrator Nancy Shaw-Elium was interviewed for this story on the Reach for the Stars Academy-Oak Park on the Sacramento Campus. It is the expansion of the summer STEM academy that has been on the Stockton Campus since 2011. The academy has partnered with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and the Sacramento City Unified School District. Students from Oak Park-area schools are attending a four-week academy to learn skills in science, technology, engineering and math. A version of the story was broadcast by "Good Day, Sacramento," CW31, June 3, 2019.

"Olsen won't seek second term on Stanislaus County board. Councilman to vie for seat," The Sacramento Bee, July 8, 2019: Political science's Keith Smith provided insight for this story initially published in The Modesto Bee about Stanislaus County Supervisor Kristin Olsen's announcement that she would not seek re-election. Smith said Olsen's drunken driving arrest hurt her chances in future election campaigns. That was especially true since voters would hold her to a higher standard as a woman, Smith said.

"Sacramento Kings GM Vlade Divac speaks: 'We're trying to find out the truth' on Walton," The Sacramento Bee, June 5, 2019: McGeorge alumna Sue Ann Van Dermyden, founding partner of Van Dermyden Maddux, is leading the independent investigation of sexual assault allegations against Sacramento Kings' new coach Luke Walton. About Van Dermyden this story quoted an earlier story: "Her firm has previously investigated controversial incidents, including an internal affairs review of Lt. John Pike, the UC Davis police officer who pepper-sprayed students demonstrating peacefully on the Quad in November 2011." The story continued: "Van Dermyden is a graduate of McGeorge School of Law and has a reputation for being tough and thorough."

"Are You Recession Ready?: In uncertain times, gaming out a recession strategy should be part of every company's planning," Comstock's Magazine, July 11, 2019: The Center for Business and Policy Research's Jeff Michael was quoted in this story about being ready for the next recession. He said a lack of real estate bubble now and the relative stability of the government and health care sectors may keep Sacramento from suffering unduly. "Sacramento is certainly not recession-proof, but I don't believe the next recession will hit here earlier or harder than other regions," Michael told Comstock's.

"How AI helps deliver ketchup around the world," Business Insider, July 12, 2019: History's Ken Albala commented on the global condiment, ketchup. "The irony is that this ubiquitous condiment is anything but American in its origins or in those nationalities that love it the most," Albala said. "As a historian of food, I see it as truly a global product, its origins shaped by centuries of trade. And different cultures have adopted a wide variety of surprising uses for the condiment we know as ketchup today."

"New Jersey Department of Health Names New State Dental Director, The First In 30 Years," InsideNJ.com, July 9, 2019: A dentist who received his certificate of dental education from Benerd and Dugoni was named New Jersey's first state dental director in 30 years. Darwin K. Hayes will oversee dental services and programs for New Jersey residents and will be responsible for developing an oral health plan for New Jersey. Other coverage:
"State Appoints Dental Director, First in Three Decades," MedicalHealthNews.net, July 10, 2019:

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