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Pacific in the Press | June 1, 2020

Jun 2, 2020

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“I wanted to do something that would make a meaningful difference for Pacific students. … I’m deeply grateful for the education I received and this opportunity to prepare Pacific students as they embark on careers in pharmaceutical drug development and business.”

Jie Du, PhilanthropyNewsDigest.org, June 1, 2020


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

It’s been a long time coming for dentists,” KCBS-AM (San Francisco), May 29, 2020: Dugoni faculty member and alumna Natasha Lee ’00 was interviewed for this story on the struggle to supply personal protective equipment to Bay Area dentists so they can reopen their offices. Her position with the governor’s economic recovery task force was mentioned. She commented that early on in the COVID-19 pandemic many dentists donated their PPEs to frontline health care workers, but now are having trouble replacing those PPEs. She also commented on PPE kits that are being prepared to be sent to dentists.

University of the Pacific Receives $5 Million for School of Pharmacy,” PhilanthropyNewsDigest.org, June 1, 2020: PhilanthropyNewsDigest.org published a story about alumna Jie Du’s $5 million gift (with an additional $5 million Powell match). “I wanted to do something that would make a meaningful difference for Pacific students,” said Du. “When I started my American life as a young student at Pacific who barely spoke English, I never dreamed that one day I could contribute to the success of the university’s School of Pharmacy. I’m deeply grateful for the education I received and this opportunity to prepare Pacific students as they embark on careers in pharmaceutical drug development and business.” Other coverage included:
Doctor donates $5 million to Pacific for drug research,” Lodi News Sentinel, May 27, 2020
Pharmaceutical entrepreneur Dr. Jie Du donates $5M to establish academic drug development center at University of the Pacific,” BioSpace.com, May 26, 2020

Yolo DA continues summer intern program,” The Enterprise (Davis), May 31, 2020: McGeorge law students Yuliy Tsymbal, Stephanie Allen and Gustavo Figueroa were highlighted in this story about summer interns for the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office. “We are thrilled to welcome the addition of five legal interns from UC Davis King Hall and McGeorge School of Law,” Chief Deputy Jonathan Raven told the outlet. “It will be an exciting challenge to conduct all business remotely. These new members of our DA team bring a tremendous amount of talent and a diverse array of life experiences to the table.” The two other interns were from UC Davis. The story provides short bios for each student and goes into measures being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Coronavirus: Key California stats point to unemployment bottom: Worst of California job cuts may be over: economists,” The Mercury News, June 1, 2020: The Center for Business and Policy Research’s Jeff Michael was quoted in this story on the state unemployment rate. “Continuing claims could be falling because people are being recalled to their jobs,” Michael told the outlet. “I do think we are at the bottom when it comes to unemployment. … We’ve definitely turned the corner but there are more bumps ahead.” The story also appeared in the East Bay Times and several other news outlets.

Coronavirus economy: Silicon Valley wields tech shield against layoffs: Santa Clara County weathers April job losses better than Bay Area, California,” The Mercury News, May 26, 2020: The Center for Business and Policy Research’s Jeff Michael was quoted in this story about the Silicon Valley economy and how it has had lower unemployment than elsewhere in the state. “Thanks to the high concentrations in tech, the San Jose area had the lowest job loss of any of the large coastal metro areas in California,” Michael told the outlet. The story was shared by the East Bay Times and the Marin Independent Journal.

Project Community,” KCRA3, May 30, 2020: The effort by Pacific alumnus David Chayka to make PPEs for health care workers using his 3D printers was included in this story about Sacramento-area residents making similar efforts to fill the gap in supplies.

What businesses are open? Try this business guide,” KFBK-AM , May 29, 2020: The Center for Business and Policy Research’s Thomas Pogue was interviewed for a story on an interactive local business guide. Users can look at the online map to find open services near them. The map is found on the city of Stockton’s advantagestockton.com website.

Seeking COVID cure: Woodbridge woman helps in search for vaccine,” Lodi News-Sentinel, May 29, 2020: Alumna Judy Wudel was featured in a story about her behind-the-scenes work to help find a vaccine for COVID-19. She is the executive director of business development for Worldwide Clinical Trials, which provides human trials, research and management for human trials. Pacific is mentioned midway through the story.

National Cancer Survivors Day: Keegan’s Story,” CBR (Cord Blood Registry) Blog, May 29, 2020: This National Cancer Survivors Day story on the CBR Blog highlighted McGeorge alumnus Keegan Doheney, who had leukemia as a child. The entry tells of how stem cell therapy has kept him free of leukemia. Here’s the mention of McGeorge: “When we last checked in on Keegan, he had graduated high school and received a degree in Political Science from the University of California, Channel Islands! He continued his education at McGeorge School of Law and passed the Bar exam in 2018. … Since then he has settled in Colorado and is a practicing public defender. He coaches high school mock trials and still works to raise money and awareness in the fight against cancer.”

‘“There’s so much up in the air;’ students, teachers across San Joaquin County unsure of what next school year will look like,” The Record, May 28, 2020: Pacific was mentioned and Liam Connolly quoted in this story on the timing for area schools to reopen. “Obviously, we are tracking things as they evolve,” Connolly told The Record. “We are hoping in June to have a firm plan that we can share with staff and students.” The story noted that Pacific planned to have in-person classes in August, which was also mentioned in the editor’s column: From the Editor: Reopening will happen one step at a time,” The Record, May 28, 2020.

Manikin-based exams accepted for licensure in California effective immediately,” CDA.org, May 28, 2020: Graduating Dugoni student Chintan Patel ’20 was quoted in this story on the announcement that WREB and ADEZ manikin-based exams will be accepted for licensure in California effective immediately. “Finally, there is some incredible news,” Patel told the outlet. “As a graduating student, I can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel. While this has relieved a lot of stress about the licensing examination, we all can focus now on our next step in the future.”

Local athletic trainers share individual work out tips for prep athletes,” Elk Grove Citizen, May 27, 2020: Athletic training’s Manuel Romero was quoted in this story about workout tips for student-athletes wishing to stay in shape ahead of the upcoming season. Romero, former head athletic trainer for the Sacramento Kings, told the outlet, “You can work on your cardiovascular system, you can go out for a run for 20 minutes. That’s something very easy to do. Doing body weight movement, lunges, if you have stairs or steps you can do some step ups or downs. If you have cans in your pantry you can use those to work out your arms.”

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