John Cronin Blogs on Environmental Advocacy and Poverty
Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs at the Pace Academy John Cronin’s recent blog entry on green issues in the Huffington Post speaks of how environmentalism should equally advocate for human causes such as poverty. Citing examples from the recent Pope Francis visit to the US, he discusses how it is the “only path available to cut the common roots of injustice that harm equally people and the environment.”
Roger Sayre and Charlotte Becket Exhibit at EAF15
Professor of Art Roger Sayre and Associate Professor of Art Charlotte Becket’s collaboration of large scale work as part of the highly competitive Emerging Artist Fellowship Program (EAF) has culminated into the EAF15: 15th Annual Emerging Artist Exhibition. It opened on September 27 and will run through March 13, 2016 at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.
Dyson Professor Searches for Slum Solution
Andrea Voyer, assistant professor of Sociology and Anthropology, was a panelist at a Univision / TECHO Poverty Awareness Week event on Oct. 6 at Pace. Voyer discussed the role of New York as a global hub able to create impact and awareness around the epidemic of poverty.
PPA Student Leads National Tour of The Sound of Music
Musical Theater student Kerstin Anderson ’18 is currently starring as Maria Rainer in a national tour of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music, directed by three-time Tony award-winner Jack O'Brien. Anderson won the lead role from hundreds who auditioned. The tour launched at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, where it will remain through October 31.
MLC Profs Receive Prestigious Spanish Editorial Award
Professor Iride Lamartina-Lens and Associate Professor Susan Berardini of Modern Languages and Cultures, co-editors of the Estreno Contemporary Spanish Plays translation series, received the prestigious international award for Best Editorial Work by the Association of Playwrights of Spain. They were recognized for achievements as editors and for the promotion of contemporary Spanish theater to English-speaking audiences.
Dyson Alumnus Shows Off His Literary Swag
Yahdon Israel '13, English, founded the Literary Swag Book Club, a celebration of literature and style that connects book and fashion lovers in innovative new ways. As part of his mission to make reading trendy, Israel hosts a weekly book discussion at the Strand bookstore, most recently discussing Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me.
Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul and Dyson Student Say Enough is Enough
Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies major and founder of Pace’s Women’s Political Caucus, Larissa Szilagyi ’18 has been active in issues of gender equality and sexual assault legislation, including the #PaceUEndRape campaign. Recently, Szilagyi introduced New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul at the Enough is Enough event at Pace, an event to eradicate rape on college campuses.
Women’s & Gender Studies Prof Receives $45,000 Grant
Emily Bent, assistant professor, Women's and Gender Studies received a 3-year, $45,000 research grant from the Feminist Majority Foundation for her book manuscript project, Feminist Girls: The New Politics of Gender and Age at the United Nations. Based on a five-year qualitative study of girls' political participation at the UN, Feminist Girls examines how 60 North American teenage girls engage with and inform the global movement for girls' human rights.
ASDS Alumnus’ Stars in Film Premiering at Urbanworld Film Festival
Actors Studio alumnus Daniel O'Brien ’12 stars in The Trade, a narrative short film premiering at the 19th Annual Urbanworld Film Festival. O’Brien plays Dalton, a photojournalist pursuing a story about the sex industry who begins to question his roll in a world where the story is more important than the people. BET and HBO sponsor UrbanWorld, which runs September 23-27 at AMC Empire Cinemas in New York.
PPA Alumna Wins Emmy for Outstanding Writing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
PPA Alumna Delaney Yeager, ’13 (Acting) has won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, one of television’s most culturally influential series. She is the youngest writer ever hired in the show’s 16-year history.
Associate Professor of Art Showcases Solo Exhibition
Jillian McDonald’s striking two-channel video installation The Thaw opened September 17 at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba. It features local actors costumed in shades of white portraying animals – predator and prey – waking from hibernation on the prairie, and then being hunted as winter transforms to spring and the vulnerable white creatures lose the protective camouflage of snow.
Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies Launches New Mentoring Program
The new Professional Mentoring Program matches recognized leaders in policy, communication, science, politics, health, law, advocacy, and business, to a select group of juniors and seniors. Experts in environmental affairs share the successes that have shaped their personal and professional lives. Applications are being accepted now through October 1, 2015.
Meghana Nayak Book on Gender-Based Violence and Persecution Published
Associate Professor of Political Science Meghana Nayak has had published Who is Worthy of Protection? Gender-Based Asylum and U.S. Immigration Politics, an exploration of the understudied topic of gender-based asylum in the framework of feminist international relations theory. In the book, Nayak argues the importance of how we respond to gender violence and persecution.
Adam Klein Publishes Article on Global Press Reporting of ‘Hacktivists’
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Adam Klein has published an article Vigilante Media: Unveiling Anonymous and the Hacktivist Persona in the Global Press in Communication Monographs. It studies how the global press reports on the operations of hacktivist group Anonymous, as well as investigates the group's methodology and targets. Klein’s findings were also featured in the science, research and technology news service Phys.org.
Psychology Prof Finds Potential Benefits of Acute Stress
Associate Professor of Psychology Anthony Mancini’s research has found that trauma can sometimes improve or heal pre-existing anxiety or depression. The findings were published in the article he co-authored Can People Benefit from Acute Stress? Social Support, Psychological Improvement, and Resilience after the Virginia Tech Campus Shootings, published September 1 in the journal Clinical Psychological Science.
History Major Blogs on Volunteering at Special Olympics
History major Carolyn Phillips ‘17 has written a blog post for PennLive.com on her experiences volunteering at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles this past summer. “It was one of the best experiences of my life.” In the blog post, she describes how she learned a valuable lesson on the importance of sportsmanship and always trying one’s best, regardless of our abilities or disabilities.
PPA Directing Student in Tampa Bay Times
In a Tampa Bay Times article published in July, PPA Directing student Vinny Ortega ’17 discussed The Dare Tactic, the student-run production company he co-founded, and Hopeless, a play he authored and directed. The one-act play about inner-city adolescents, tackles topics like teen pregnancy, abortion, and gun violence. Full article here.
Erica Johnson Co-Edits Book on 20th Century Novelist Jean Rhys
Associate Professor and Chair of English Erica Johnson has co-edited Jean Rhys: Twenty-First-Century Approaches, a collection of essays that demonstrate Rhys’ significance to both modernism and postcolonial Caribbean literature, by examining her writings from the 1920s and 1930s as well as the more recent Wide Sargasso Sea (1966).
MCVA student contributes to The Journal News’ website LoHud.com
MCVA senior Ashé Kennedy ’16, a member of LoHud’s Board of Contributors – an extension of their Editorial Board – wrote an opinion on the new school year for their Point-Counterpoint series. Kennedy’s full essay on the subject of back-to-school can be found at The Exchange Blog.
Mickey O’Hagan ’97 (PPA) in Critically Acclaimed Indie Film, Tangerine
BFA Musical Theater alumna Mickey O’Hagan ’97 played the role of “Dinah” in the critically acclaimed film, Tangerine. The micro-budget film is a richly textured female buddy picture about transsexual sex workers, and was shot entirely on iPhone 5S cameras. The film was a favorite of this year’s Sundance Film Festival and screened across the country including Lincoln Center.
Jessica Lavariega-Monforti Advises Incoming Latino Freshmen in NBC News
New Professor and Chair of the department of Political Science in New York Jessica Lavariega-Monforti was quoted in an NBC News article on advice for Latino students entering college. In particular, she cited the importance of time management skills and personal wellness efforts such as sleep and relaxation. The article can be viewed here.
Leora Trub Examines Effects of Following Strangers on Instagram
Assistant Professor of Psychology Leora Trub was quoted in San Jose Mercury News on the emotional toll of Instagram usage, and in particular, the impact of following celebrities. A study that she co-authored – the first ever to survey Instagrammers – has set out to evaluate psychological effects of Instagram usage as compared to that of other social networks such as Facebook.
Commercial Dancers in 42nd Street National Tour
Recent graduate, Brittany Bigelow ’15 and current senior, Kelly Gleason ‘16 will join the ensemble of the upcoming national tour of the Tony-winning backstage musical comedy, 42nd Street. The tour will launch Sept. 22 at the Capitol Theatre in Salt Lake City, Utah and tour through over 60 US cities. See the full casting announcement HERE.
PPA Alumna Features Her Own Play at Fringe Festival
Waiting for AAA, an all-female comedy exploring friendship and empowerment, runs at the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) on August 22, 24 and 28. The play is written and directed by PPA alumna and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart staff writer Delaney Yeager ’13 (Acting). An interview with Yeager can be read here.
Marilyn Weigold Book Featured in East Hampton Star
Professor of History Marilyn Weigold’s book Peconic Bay: Four Centuries of History on Long Island’s North and South Forks has been featured in the East Hampton Star. Published in April, it paints a colorful portrait of the history of a region bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound, with a combination of both folklore and facts spanning four centuries.
MCVA Student Travel Documentary Wins Second Film Award
Curaçao’s Coral Challenge: Reviving the Rain Forests of the Sea, produced by student filmmakers from the award-winning Media, Communications, and Visual Arts (MCVA) travel documentary production course, has won a Best Shorts Competition award of merit for student documentary short. It had recently won an Accolade Global Film Competition award of merit in the same category.
Dyson College Nature Center Welcomes Back Honeybee Hives
In April, the Dyson College Nature Center had a “grand reopening” for its honeybee hives, offering demonstrations and information about honeybees and the environmental issues they face. The Nature Center offers vital support in the form of academic research and educational programming to Dyson academic departments, Pace University, and the local community.
Charles North Poetry Featured on Radio Free Nashville
The poetry of Pace’s Poet-in-Residence Charles North was featured on Radio Free Nashville’s program Difficult Listening - The Poetry Show on July 26. Host David Harris read selections from and discussed North’s What It Is Like: New and Selected Poems.North is an award-winning American poet and essayist and professor in the department of English.
PPA Students on Inside Amy Schumer
Two PPA Musical Theater majors, Connor Antico ’17 and Kevin Csolak ’18 (pictured above) were recently featured in a musical sketch on the hit show Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central, playing members of a One Direction parody band singing the song, Girl You Don’t Need Makeup. The sketch was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics. Watch the viral hit here.
Jane Kinney-Denning Interviews Poet Amy King
Executive director of the graduate Publishing program Jane Kinney-Denning interviewed Amy King, poet and author of five books of poetry including most recently I Want to Make You Safe. A professor of Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College, King was recently honored as winner of the 2015 Women's National Book Association (WNBA) award.
Dyson Recognized at Third Annual Pace-Wide Research Day
The Pace-Wide Research Days held in both New York and Pleasantville in April honored a number of Dyson award recipients from the departments of Chemistry and Physical Sciences and Criminal Justice and Security. Sponsored by the Office of Sponsored Research, this event brought faculty and students from all the schools together in one event, to learn about each other’s cutting edge research and scholarship.
English Alumnus Featured in The Everyday Writer
Alumnus Brett Bittiger ’15, English major and writing consultant at the University Writing Center on the Pleasantville campus, is one of only seven students featured in the upcoming edition of The Everyday Writer, to be released in fall 2015. Written by renowned composition and rhetoric scholar Andrea Lunsford of Stanford University, this writing handbook is used by students across the country and is a required composition text on the Pleasantville campus.
Commercial Dance Major on SYTYCD, Season 12
Commercial Dance major, Alexia Meyer ‘17, (pictured above) has been ranked in the Top 20 on So You Think You Can Dance this season. She joins Team Stage in Season 12: Stage vs. Street. Watch Alexia’s audition video online and see her perform in a top 20 trio on YouTube. Alexia competes on Monday nights at 8pm on Fox or on Hulu.
Roger Sayre and Charlotte Becket Artwork Celebrates Mix Tapes and Boom Boxes
Professors of Art Charlotte Becket and Roger Sayre created a monument to boom boxes and mix tapes that was a part of the exhibit Small Towns at Eastern Washington University in Washington state. A large scale, adhesive vinyl installation, the work celebrates the radio, and connectivity and correspondence before the digital era. The exhibit ran from April to June 2015.
Andriy Danylenko Recipient of Fulbright Award
Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures Andriy Danylenko is the recipient of a Fulbright Award to Poland where he will research ethnic and linguistic relations in the medieval Poland-Lithuanian Commonwealth. His research begins in the spring of 2016.
Adam Klein Interviewed on NPR on the Rise of White Supremacy Online
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Adam Klein spoke on NPR's The Takeaway on the increase of white power groups online. He explained how the wide reach and total anonymity of cyberspace has allowed for the white supremacy movement to thrive. The interview, which took place in the wake of recent shootings in South Carolina, can be heard here.
MCVA Student Travel Documentary Wins Film Award
MCVA student-produced film Curaçao’s Coral Challenge: Reviving the Rain Forests of the Sea has won an Accolade Global Film Competition Award of Merit for a student documentary short. The international awards competition provides positive exposure to both seasoned and talented new filmmakers who produce high quality shorts and new media.
New Actors Studio Drama School Life Alumni
Six Dyson College Actors Studio Drama School alumni received the Actors Studio Life Membership this year, a prestigious honor granted annually to a select few.
Andrea Voyer Quoted on Debate of Sociologist’s Research Methods
Prof Andrea Voyer, sociology, was quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education on the raging debate about how Alice Goffman's ethnographic study of young black men caught up in the criminal-justice system was conducted.
Michael Levandowsky Identifies Mysterious Algae in New York Waterway
Professor of Biology and Health Sciences Michael Levandowsky has identified a mysterious algae that has been blooming in Newton Creek, a polluted waterway that separates Brooklyn and Queens. In partnership with the American Museum of Natural History, he plans to perform genetic research on this type of Eutreptiella, which has not been studied extensively.
ASDS and Performing Arts named in Hollywood Reporter’s Top 25 drama schools
The Hollywood Reporter ranks Dyson’s Actors Studio Drama School MFA as #19 in its 25 Best Drama Schools for MFAs list and Pace School of Performing Arts as #22 in its top 25 Undergraduate Drama Schools list.
David Caputo Quoted on Mayor de Blasio’s Delayed Endorsement of Hillary Clinton
President Emeritus and Professor of Political Science David Caputo was quoted in the New York Observer in April on Mayor de Blasio’s delayed endorsement of Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy, saying it can benefit them both. Caputo says, “what the mayor is attempting to do is carve out an important niche and be a spokesperson for that part of the party, the urban spokesman."
Criminal Justice Online Grad Program #2 in Nation for Vets
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Criminal Justice and Security’s online graduate program second in the nation for veterans. The rankings measure factors such as reputation, affordability, and accessibility for individuals with military experience.
MCVA Pace Coral Project Lauded in National Blog
Waitt Institute executive director Ayana Elizabeth Johnson praised the Pace Coral documentary by Dyson MCVA students in a National Geographic blog. “All of you readers, please watch and share this well-told story of hope – not just hope for the reefs, but also for the future of journalism,” Johnson said of students and their film.
Chemistry Professor Encourages Research Rigor and Results
Associate professor of chemistry Elmer-Rico Mojica guides students in high-level research exploring possible long-term effects of nanoparticles in products from sunscreen to chemotherapy. His mentorship activities have earned awards for student-faculty research collaboration, and set the stage for students to pursue more advanced research opportunities.
Political Science Student Awarded Gilman Award for Study in India
Kiefer Oliver Kofman ’15 has received the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for summer 2015. Sponsored by the US Department of State, the award provides undergraduate students of limited financial means the ability to pursue credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Kofman, a Political Science major and Environmental Studies minor, will travel to India.
Dyson Students and Faculty Contribute to UN Nuclear Treaty Review
Pace students and faculty have been involved in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference now meeting at the United Nations in New York. A member of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons praises Pace as " a leader in the field, teaching the theory and practice of disarmament in a way that is both meaningful for students and beneficial to society…More institutions should follow its example.”
Dyson Professors Honored at Commencement
Three Dyson College professors were honored during this week’s Pace University Commencement exercises. Howard Weishaus (pictured with Dean Herrmann), lecturer of history, and Susan Berardini, associate professor of modern languages and culture (Spanish), both received the Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence; and Mark Hussey, professor of English, was named a Distinguished Professor.
Dyson Grad Students and Military Vets Win 3rd in Pace Pitch Contest
Dyson students and military veterans Robin Williams, Jr. ’18, MPA in Public Administration and Robert Huguenot ’15, MS in Mental Health Counseling, won third place in the 11th Annual Pace Pitch Contest. Their product, RamPak, allows safe drinking water for soldiers or athletes on the go by providing clean, disposable liners to existing hydration sources. The product is ideal for enduring harsh environments with limited resources.
MCVA Travel Documentary Premieres at Jacob Burns Film Center
On May 12, the student-produced film Curaçao’s Coral Challenge: Reviving the Rain Forests of the Sea had its world premiere at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. The Jacob Burns Film Center is a cultural arts center dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema. The short documentary examined the island’s efforts to preserve its coral reefs from a number of environmental threats.
Dyson Alumni Work on Sports Emmy Award-winning Shows
MCVA alumni Nick Eisenberg ’08 and Nikki Spetseris ’07 are producer and supervising producer, respectively, on the Showtime series, All Access, which won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Documentary Series. From NBC Sports, MCVA alumni Jonathan Quartuccio ’08, Michelle Birch ’13, and Literature and Communications alum David Grindley ’98 were also part of Sports Emmy Award-winning teams.
Dyson College Wins Big at 3rd Annual Lavender Awards
The third annual Lavender Awards hosted by the LGBTQA and Social Justice Center was held on April 24. It recognized members of the Pace community who have made lasting contributions to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally community. A large contingency of Dyson students, alumni and faculty were honored.
Dyson College Society of Fellows Honors Class of 2015
The Dyson College Society of Fellows Mark Weinstock class of 2015, named for the Dyson Professor of Economics, held their Initiation Ceremony on April 22. The premier honors organization in Dyson, the Society fosters undergraduate scholarship in the arts and sciences by providing enriching experiences for students with outstanding academic ability.
Diane Cypkin Recipient of Carol Russett Award
Professor of Media and Communication Arts Diane Cypkin is the recipient of the Carol Russett Award presented by the Westchester/Rockland Region for the NYS American Council on Education Women’s Network. It recognizes an outstanding woman educator and administrator in higher ed who serves her institution generously; assists other women in their professional development; and shows interest in her community outside academia.
Students in Pace-ICP Program Create Online Exhibition
Students in the Pace-International Center of Photography (ICP) joint program have created Blend No. 41, a sleek, professional-quality online exhibition magazine. Blend No. 41’s second group exhibition, Retail Daydreams, features images of work and economic activity in New York City, and is curated by ICP Coordinator and Adjunct Professor of Art Derek Stroup. Check here for current and future exhibitions.
Catherine Zimmer Book on Surveillance and Cinema Published
Associate Professor of English and director of Film and Screen Studies, Catherine Zimmer has had published the book Surveillance Cinema. In it, she examines how technology and idealogy have converged in cinematic form to play a role in the politics of surveillance. She also reflects on the relationship between TV and film, the current political landscape and daily imagery of anxiety, suspicion, war, and torture.
William Offutt Book on New York City History Published
Professor of History William Offutt has had published Patriots, Loyalists, and Revolution in New York City, 1775-1776, a book that is part of the award-winning Reacting to the Past educational role-playing game series. In this book, the classroom is transformed into New York City in 1775, with students assuming roles of historical characters in the American Revolution.
Two Dyson Students Win Prestigious Watson Fellowships
Taslim Tavarez ’19 and Juliet Mueller ’19 are recipients of the highly competitive Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship. The students were mentored by Professor William Offutt and selected from a citywide pool of nearly 200 applicants from 12 colleges. This three-year program provides summer internships, mentoring, community and growth opportunities to promising undergraduate students.
Nigel Yarlett Receives Gates Foundation Grant to Stop Global Killer
Nigel Yarlett, professor of chemistry and director of The Haskins Laboratories and Professor of Chemistry, has received $200,000 in funding from the Gates Foundation to advance research focused on combatting Cryptosporidiosis, which claims more than 100,000 lives globally each year. Learn more about his critical work here.
David Caputo Appears on WRNN-TV on Presidential Race
President Emeritus and Professor of Political Science David Caputo appeared on Regional News Network (WRNN-TV) for an interview about the 2016 presidential race. Hillary Clinton’s recent announcement of her candidacy was discussed, as well as related issues such as age in politics, and the influence of former president Bill Clinton. The interview can be viewed here.
Darrin Porcher Appears on Al Jazeera America about Police Violence
Adjunct Professer of Criminal Justice Darrin Porcher appeared on Al Jazeera America to speak on the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man by Dallas police last year. Issues discussed included methods of assessment by police when deciding to use force, the use of alternative resources such as water cannons, and the efficacy of body cameras. His interview may be viewed here.
First Annual Experience Chemistry Day a Great Success
The first annual Experience Chemistry Day was held in March and to great success. Twenty high school students from Columbia Secondary School came to Pace to spend the day paired with Dyson student mentors and majors in chemistry, biochemistry, and forensic science. This outreach event was made possible through a crowd funding campaign, and received accolades from the high school students who attended.
Ellease Ebele Oseye Honors African History Scholar on WABC-NY
Professor of English Ellease Ebele Oseye participated in a discussion about the late Dr. Yosef Ben Jochannan, a legendary scholar of African history, on WABC-NY. In this appearance, she explains the importance of Egypt to African history, and the legacy of the teachings of “Dr. Ben” in our society. The interview can be viewed here.
Mary Timney Receives Distinguished Research Award from SWPA
Professor Emerita of Public Administration Mary Timney has been awarded the Rita Mae Kelly Distinguished Research Award from the Section for Women in Public Administration of the American Society for Public Administration. This award honors outstanding contributors in the field of public administration for their research on gender-related issues, women’s role in public administration, and making an impact through research on women's lives.
Marilyn Weigold’s Book on the Peconic Bay Published
Professor of History Marilyn Weigold has had published Peconic Bay: Four Centuries of History on Long Island's North and South Forks, a book that examines the past 400 years of the history of a region bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound. By introducing readers to the people in this region’s colorful history, she brings to life its rich sense of place and unique role in our nation’s history.
Prof of Sociology and Anthropology Receives $149K in Funding from Russell Sage Foundation
The Russell Sage Foundation has funded, in full, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Andrea Voyer’s project “The Etiquette of Inequality of Democratic Spaces." The project is a two-year qualitative study of everyday class-based dynamics.
Biochemistry and Chemistry Majors Present at National ACS Conference
Maximillian P. Baria '15, Eric Nguyen '16, Kevin Symczak '16 and Dustin Lee '17, students from the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences, presented posters at the 249th American Chemical Society National conference, March 22-26, in Denver, Colorado.
Durahn Taylor Appears on RNN Channel’s President’s Day Roundtable Series
Assistant Professor of History Durahn Taylor participated in a series of roundtable discussions on the RNN channel's Richard French Live (RFL) as part of a President’s Day Special entitled The First 44. He provided insights and commentary on how black history and presidential history are received by the public, particularly on the silver screen. A segment in the series can be viewed here.
Roger Sayre Receives New Jersey State Council of the Arts Fellowship
Professor of Art Roger Sayre was one of only twenty artists to receive a 2015 Artist Fellowship Award from the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. Sayre was honored for his work in photography and received a $9,000 award. These highly competitive awards are granted on the basis of independent peer panel assessment and artistic quality.
Environmental Studies & Science Program Named Life-Changing by Westchester Magazine
Westchester Magazine named the Environmental Studies and Science department as offering one of thirteen life-changing college programs in Westchester. Particular mention was given to its interdisciplinary nature and immense resources, including a new Environmental Center, state of the art classroom space, and a number of nature-as-field study venues.
Elephant Man with ASDS Alumnus Bradley Cooper Breaks Box Office Records
The Broadway revival of Elephant Man starring Actors Studio Drama School alumnus Bradley Cooper in the title role pulled in a total of $14.5 million over its 16-week run in NY, breaking records for the highest-grossing production at the Booth Theater. Cooper will take the show to London beginning in May.
Women’s & Gender Studies Co-Sponsors Doctors without Borders Event
On March 4, the Women’s and Gender Studies department co-sponsored the launch of Tomorrow Needs Her, a multimedia campaign that featured a photo exhibit and panel discussion on the work of Doctors without Borders. Paris Hanson ’18, biochemistry major and president of the Pace Rotaract Chapter gave opening remarks.
Political Science Students Recognized at 2015 Oslo Model UN Conference
Three Political Science majors were recognized at the Oslo Model United Nations Conference (OsloMUN), a three-day simulation of multi-lateral diplomacy from February 13-15. Lindita Capric '15 received a "Best Delegate" award for representing Ethiopia; Kyla Korvne '15, a "Distinguished Delegate" award for Nigeria; and Elena Marmo '15, "Honorable Mention" for representing the Russian Federation.
Handmade/Homemade Exhibit Launches in Mortola Library
The seventh annual Handmade/ Homemade Exhibit launched on February 27 at the Mortola Library in Pleasantville. This exhibition of the craft of bookbinding is a special collection of handmade, homemade, and letterpress chapbooks, one-of-a-kind editions, and broadsides by artists from the northeast and northwest regions of the U.S. It runs through March 26.
Dan Greenberg Quoted in Miami Herald on Argentine Political Crisis
Dan Greenberg, associate professor of History and director of the Latin American Studies program, was quoted in the Miami Herald on recent political tensions in Argentina. In the article, he explains the interconnectedness between the recent death of a prosecutor, upcoming presidential elections, and the reputation of the nation at large.
Charlotte Becket and Linda Herritt Receive NYFA Fellowships
Professors of Art Charlotte Beckett and Linda Herritt each received New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowships. This highly competitive program makes cash grants of $7,000 to artists in New York State working in a variety of disciplines. Becket and Herritt won, respectively, in the categories of crafts/sculpture and printmaking/drawing/book arts.
Marcy Kelly Selected As PULSE Fellow
Biology Professor Marcy Kelly has been selected as a PULSE Fellow. PULSE, The Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education, is an important multi-institution research team charged with developing a framework to enable the transformation of the way life science education is taught in colleges and universities across the country. Kelly is one of only 40 fellows and she was selected from a nomination pool of several hundred.
Nigel Yarlett’s Research
Helps Prevent Spread of Ebola
Nigel Yarlett, Professor of Chemistry and Physical Sciences, has conducted research on the effects of antimicrobial hand sanitizers on transient methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). An important partner on this work, Zylast, was recently named winner of the Fighting Ebola Grand Challenge. Yarlett's testing took place in Pace’s Haskins Labs, where he serves as director.
ASDS Alum Bradley Cooper
Is Nominated for Oscar
Actors Studio Drama School alumnus Bradley Cooper was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of military sharp-shooter Chris Kyle in the box office smash American Sniper. This is the actor's third consecutive Oscar nomination. In 2013, he was nominated for his role in Silver Linings Playbook and nominated again in 2014 for his role in American Hustle.
PPA’s Alexandra Silber Receives Grammy Nomination
Adjunct faculty Alexandra Silber and the cast of West Side Story were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Silber played the role of Maria. She and her co-nominee Cheyenne Jackson performed live at the Grammy Award pre-telecast at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Michael Gillen’s Book on Merchant Marine Survivors of WWII is Published
Retired Professor of History Michael Gillen has had published Merchant Marine Survivors of World War II, an oral history of Merchant Marines during World War II. In this book, veterans describe the vital support they provided during World War II despite harsh conditions and high casualties.
Steven Goldleaf Edits Book on New York Stories
Professor of English Steven Goldleaf has edited and written the introdution to The New York Stories. It is a collection of short stories by John O’Hara, a prominent chronicler of the city.
Media, Communications and Visual Arts Students Produce Video for Hellen Keller International
Graduate students in the Digital Video Field Production course produced a public service announcement video for Helen Keller International, a non-profit organization dedicated to blindness prevention. The video promoted ChildSight, a program providing free vision screenings and eyeglasses to underprivileged children.
Eugene Richie Co-Edits Collection of French Poetry Translation
Professor of English Eugene Richie has co-edited Collected French Translations: Poetry (French Edition). The book is second of a two-volume collection of French poetry and prose translated into English by John Ashbery, one of America's greatest living poets.
Michael Izady Writes Op-Ed on Fertile Crescent in DC Blog
Professor of History Michael Izady has written an op-ed piece in The Hill’s Congress Blog. This timely piece examines the geopolitical history and culture of the Fertile Crescent in the Middle East, with a focus on recent gains in this area by ISIS.
Confucius Institute Receives High-Profile Award
The Confucius Institute at Pace University received an Outstanding Confucius Institute Award for successful collaboration at all levels between its Chinese and U.S. partners. It was presented at the 9th Confucius Institute Conference held in Xiamen, China from December 7-8.
Criminal Justice Online Grad Program #2 in Nation
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Criminal Justice and Security’s online graduate program number two in the nation. The report also recognized Pace to be among the top ten Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for the fourth year in a row.
Two Dyson Student Entrepreneurs Win Levine Initiative
Paige Cecchi ’15 (Business Economics) and Juliette Nieves ’16 (Theater Arts) are recipients of the Ted and Pat Levine Proof of Concept Entrepreneurship Initiative award for their respective ventures, Sheer Stock and Reaction Dance. The initiative provides funds up to $7,500 to Pace students and recent alumni to better understand if an idea can be transformed into a successful entrepreneurial venture.
Angela Legg's Article on Anxiety & Hope in Healthcare is Published
Assistant Professor of Psychology Angela Legg has had published a research article that examines patient-provider interactions in a health care setting, with a focus on the emotions of hope and anxiety. The article can be accessed here.
Greg Colman Quoted in the New York Times on Effects of Unemployment on Health
Economics Professor Greg Colman was quoted in a recent New York Times article on the long-term effects of unemployment on health. He is an author of a weight gain study that looked at the relationship between being out of work and aspects of physical health, such as exercise and eating habits. published by the National Bureau of Economics Research.
Mark Weinstock Named Wilson Faculty Fellow
Economics Professor Mark Weinstock has been named a Wilson Faculty Fellow by the Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship. This distinction awards faculty $5,000 to work on projects that support the Center’s mission and goals. Weinstock will investigate the substantial decline over the past several years in visitations to the National Museum of the American Indian.
Winning Fed Challenge Team Weighs In on The Fed’s Next Move for Business Insider
The Business Insider asked Pace’s winning Fed Reserve Challenge team about whether or not the Fed should drop the phrase "considerable time" from its policy statement. Read what they had to say here.
MCA Students Create Resilience Summit Highlight Video
Under the guidance of faculty mentor, Melanie LaRosa, Media, Communications and Visual Arts students Daniel Sousa ’16 and Aymer Chaux ’14 created a highlight reel of the Summit on Resilience II: The Next Storm held on October 20. View the video here.
Award-Winning Writer Jean Valentine Kicks Off Vox Creative Arts Series
The VOX Arts and Literary Magazine Creative Arts Series kicked off with a reading by award-winning writer Jean Valentine on December 3 in Pleasantville. In 1965, Valentine won the Yale Younger Poets Award for her first book of poetry, Dream Barker, and in 2004 she won the National Book Award for New and Collected Poems, 1965–2003.
Mark Hussey Awarded Title of Distinguished Professor - Highest Honor for Faculty
Mark Hussey was awarded the title of Distinguished Professor, the highest honor Pace University bestows on a faculty member. It is in recognition of a sustained record of exemplary scholarship, outstanding teaching, and service. Hussey is an internationally renowned Virginia Woolf scholar, and his current work is in the digital humanities.
Pace NYC Model UN Team Recognized at DC Conference
The Pace New York City Model UN delegation – representing Finland and Hungary – was recognized with three Position Paper awards, highlighting the students’ superior skills in summarizing complex global problems and succinct, cogent solutions at the National Model United Nations conference in Washington DC, October 31 to November 2. Read more about the experience here.
Political Science Majors Jessica Meredith and Annamaria Watson Win Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Jessica Meredith ’16 and Annamaria Watson ‘17, both political science majors, received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship awards. Meredity will travel to Aman, Jordan, and Watson to Seoul, South Korea. Based upon financial need, the scholarship supports the pursuit of studies or internships abroad.
Linda Herritt’s Exhibition Featured in International Art Video Program
Students Present at Mathematics Conference
On November 1, Joshua Shor ’14 and Kyle Kravette ’15 presented papers at the Mathematical Association of America Joint New Jersey and Metro New York meeting at St. Peter’s University, Jersey City, along with the chair of the New York department of mathematics Shing So.
A PACE FIRST -- College Fed Reserve Challenge Team is #1 in the Nation!
For the first time in Pace University’s history of competition in the College Fed Reserve Challenge, Dyson’s Fed Challenge team won first place in the nationals. The rigorous competition took place in Washington, D.C. on December 2, and the team beat out Rutgers University, New Brunswick and Columbia University, which took second and third place respectively.
The Whitney Museum Commissions Will Pappenheimer for Final Gala at UES Home
Professor of Art Will Pappenheimer received a high-profile commission from the Whitney Museum of American Art to create Proxy, 5-WM2A, an augmented reality piece, for its final gala at its Upper East Side home on November 19. In 2015, the museum will move to the Meatpacking District.
Dean Herrmann Receives President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership
Dyson College Dean Nira Herrmann received the President’s Award for Excellence in Leadership. The award is given to individuals whose accomplishments have a significant and lasting impact on the University’s pursuit of excellence in achieving its mission and strategic goals. Dean Herrmann was recognized at the Employee Recognition Ceremonies in November on the New York and Pleasantville campuses.
Nigel Yarlett Awarded Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant
Nigel Yarlett, professor and director of Haskins Laboratories, received a $200K grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the continuous culture of the parasite Cryptosporidium. The method will provide a continuous supply of the parasite, paving the way toward the development of effective therapies. “Crypto” is a leading cause of death among children in the developing world.
Unprecedented: Fed Challenge Dream Team Wins Regionals for Third Year in a Row
Pace’s College Fed Reserve Challenge dream team won first place in the regional challenge for the third year in a row, something no other team has achieved. The Pace team advances to the finals on December 2 in Washington, D.C.
Political Science Profs Co-Edit Book on Hip Hop and Political Movements
Associate Professor of Political Science Chris Malone and Adjunct Professor of Political Science George Martinez co-edited and contributed to the new book The Organic Globalizer: Hip Hop, Political Development, and Movement Culture. Political Science and American Studies major Davina Anderson ’15 co-authored a chapter with Malone and Martinez.
WGS Professor Edits Book Pop Culture and History
Nancy Reagin, Professor of women’s and gender studies and history, has co-edited the book The Hobbit and History, which was published in November. It is the fifth book in a pop culture and history series published by Wiley & Sons. Martha Driver, distinguished professor of English (NYC), contributed a chapter.
In honor of the third annual International Day of the Girl, Emily Bent, assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, co-organized Girls Speak Out, a day of songs and stories shared by girls from 15 countries promoting empowerment and addressing key areas of concern for girls' rights including child marriage, sexual violence, and access to education.
Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies major Nelli Agbulos ’17 was recently featured in the National Journal article, One Millennial’s Answer to Political Apathy. Agbulos’ volunteer work with Generation Citizen, a nonprofit that sends college volunteers into high schools to facilitate a civic engagement, was covered.
NPH Pays a Visit to Inside the Actors Studio
Emmy-nominated Neil Patrick Harris was Inside the Actors Studio’s guest on October 29. It is the second time this year that the popular screen and stage star visited the campus. Harris is best known for his role as Barney Stinson from the television series How I Met Your Mother, and as the teenage doctor and title character of the ‘90s television series Doogie Howser, M.D.
Nobel Laureate Jody Williams Gives Address on Gender and Disarmament
Nobel peace prize laureate Jody Williams was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Disarmament and Arms Control Campaigns Forum held at Pace University on October 17 – 19, 2014. She challenged the audience to take the relatedness of gender and arms control seriously. The forum, co-sponsored by the department of Political Science, featured other notable speakers working on arms control.
Buraei’s Article on Cellular Functions and Voltage Is Published
This fall Zafir Buraei, assistant professor of Biology, had published in the Journal of General Physiology, an article he co-authored entitled Voltage control of Ca²? permeation through N-type calcium (Ca(V)2.2) channels.
Kevin Spacey Foundation: America Scholarship Recipients
Kevin Spacey Foundation: America has partnered with Pace University to provide scholarships to students studying at The Pace School of Performing Arts. A Kevin Spacey Foundation: America video featuring PPA scholars can be seen here.
Sarah Blackwood’s Book Review Published in the Los Angeles Review of Books
Sarah Blackwood, assistant professor of English and the director of the American Studies program, recently had published her review of the National Book Award finalist, Lila by Marilynne Robinson, in the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Pleasantville Biology Dept. Receives Sigma Xi Award
The Pleasantville department of Biology representing the Pace University Chapter of Sigma Xi has been awarded a 2013-14 Sigma Xi Chapter of Excellence Honorable Mention. Sigma Xi, a scientific research society, is the honor society of scientists and engineers that recognizes scientific achievement. The recognition is awarded annually to the top chapters demonstrating exceptional activity, innovative programming, community leadership.
National Associate of Black Law Enforcement Officers Recognize Joseph Ryan
Joseph Ryan, chair of the department of Criminal Justice and Security, was awarded the National Leadership Award from the National Leadership Award from theNational Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers (NABLEO) on October 11. This honor reflects Ryan’s tremendous contributions to the field of policing and community relations.
Joseph Lee’s Op-Ed for the Taipei Times
The Taipei Times published professor of History and co-director of the Global Asia studies program Joseph Tse-Hei Lee’s op-ed, Lessons from the ‘umbrella revolution.’ Read the article here.
Tony Winner Victoria Clark is Pace School of Performing Arts’ Musical Theater Artist-in-Residence
Tony Award-winning actor Victoria Clark will be Pace School of Performing Arts’ third artist-in-residence in Musical Theater. Clark will teach 12 classes, including master classes, and direct the PPA production of The Light in the Piazza, the musical for which Clark received a Tony for her portrayal of the character, Margaret Johnson.
Kolluri Quoted In USA Today Article about Indian Prime Minister Modi
“Once a fascist always a fascist,” said Satish Kolluri, associate professor of Communication Studies. Kolluri was quoted in a September 28th USA Today article about Indian Prime Minister Modi’s visit to New York where he was to address the United Nations General Assembly.
Sky Texts at the People’s Climate March
Associate Professor of Art Will Pappenheimer was invited by organizers of the People’s Climate March to bring his virtual skywriting project to the march, which took place in New York City on September 21. Pappenheimers’ virtual skywriting project enabled marchers to contribute sky texts.
PPA Freshman Is U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts
This past summer, Pace School of Performing Arts freshman Gabriela Campo ’19 (Musical Theater) was recognized as a 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Twenty scholars are selected based upon academic, civic and artistic achievement. The award, presented on behalf of the President of the United States, is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon an artistically talented graduating high school senior.
Confucius Institute Art Show at the Fingesten Gallery
The Confucius Institute presents Finding New Realities, an exhibition featuring the work of three multimedia artists of Chinese descent. The exhibition is on at the Fingesten Gallery through October 14, 2014.
Media, Communications and Visual Arts Brazil Documentary Wins Film Fest Award
The MCA documentary Green Vs. Gold: Brazil's Race to Balance It's Sports-Fueled Tourism Boom was recognized with an Award of Merit, documentary feature category, by the Accolade Global Film Competition.
Recent Alumnus’ Essay Is Published
Team Pace – Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
For the twenty-fourth consecutive year, Ellen Mandel, professor of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts, served as captian of Pace University’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure team. With the help of two co-assistant captains, Mandel amassed a team of 135 participants strong comprised of men and women representing Pace’s administration, faculty, staff and students. The 2014 team was the largest in Pace’s history.
Alumna Writes for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Delaney Yeager ’13, BFA in Acting, is among the youngest women to have joined the writing staff of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Prior to writing for the top-rated Comedy Central series, Yeager was a staff writer for The Sundance Channel’s The Approval Matrix with Neal Brennan. She continues to write, perform and direct with Skootch Comedy, a sketch team that is part of the Funny Or Die community.
Dyson College Announces New Major, Global Professional Studies
Based on the Pleasantville campus, the new Global Professional Studies major prepares students for global citizenship and prepares them to analyze trends in a complex global world. Housed in the department of Economics, History and Political Science, Assistant Professor Timothy Waligore serves as the program director.
Laramée Profiled in The Brooklyn Rail
Art department Chair Eve Laramée was interviewed for the September issue of The Brooklyn Rail, a journal on New York arts, politics and culture. Laramée discussed her recent work and her research dealing with art, science and the nation’s nuclear legacy.
Hong Kong and Universal Sufferage
Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, professor of History, authored an op-ed for the Taipei Times about Hong Kong’s democracy movement and the restrictive guidelines issued by Beijing for the election of the region’s next executive official. Lee was also quoted in an International Business Times article on the same topic.
Jane Dickson is Elected to National Academy
Selected annually by their peers for their contribution to American art and architecture, Professor of Art Jane Dickson was one of only 13 artists and architects elected to the National Academy. The Academy’s mission is to promote the fine arts in America through exhibition and education. The body of academicians includes some of today’s most recognized artists and architects including John Singer Sargent, Jasper Johns, Frank Gehry, and Marina Abramović.
Public Safety and Homeland Security Program Ranks in the Top Five
Dyson’s Master of Arts in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals degree program was ranked number four among the top 25 best online master’s degree programs in Homeland Security by The Best Schools website.
Kevin Spacey Foundation Establishes Scholarship Program at Pace School of Performing Art
Pace School of Performing Arts (PPA) received a generous gift from the Kevin Spacey Foundation: America (KSF) that will provide PPA students with scholarships and travel funds. Pace is the first institution of higher education in the United States to receive KSF funding.
A Book about Big Gay Men
Fat Gay Men: Girth, Mirth, and the Politics of Stigma by assistant professor Jason Whitsel of the Women’s and Gender Studies department was published in July by NYU Press. The book examines the world of Girth & Mirth, a nationally known social club.
Psychology NYC Professor Quoted in The Atlantic
Assistant Professor Thalia Goldstein was quoted extensively in The Atlantic article, How Actors Create Emotions: A Problematic Psychology. The article drew from The mind on stage: why cognitive scientists should study acting, a paper co-authored by Goldstein and published in 2011.
Actors Studio, Again, Makes Best-Of List
The Actors Studio Drama School (ASDS), again, made The Hollywood Reporter’s list, The 25 Best Drama Schools in 2014. Coming in at number 17, ASDS beat out other notables such as UCLA and The Groundlings.
Robin Tewes Honored with Inaugural Teaching Excellence Award
This summer Adjunct Professor of Art Robin Tewes was awarded the 2014 Teaching Excellence Award for Part-Time Faculty, New York campus, in recognition of her success in integrating her exceptional professional experience into the classroom. The award is a recognition of the critical role part-time faculty play in providing high quality instruction to Pace students.
Inside the Actors Studio: Mariska Hargitay
Best known for her role as Detective Olivia Benson on the NBC drama Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, critically acclaimed actress Mariska Hargitay sat down for a tête–à–tête on August 5 with James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio.
Zilliax’s Book Reviews Published in the New York Times
Adjunct Professor of Film Studies Amy Zilliax’s reviews of five young adult novels comprised The Shortlist section of the July 18, 2014 issue of the New York Times, Sunday Book Review.
Student Urban Planners Make an Impact
Students from Adjunct Professor Michael Levine’s urban planning class conducted a traffic survey of the Financial District and in July presented their findings to Community Board 1’s Financial District Committee. Resultantly, the committee passed a resolution to connect and to work with city agencies to improve conditions. The Downtown Express newspaper reported on the students’ findings.
Oh Honey on the Rise
Pace alumni Danielle Bouchard ’12 (Pace Performing Arts, Acting) and Ian Holubiak ’13 (English) make up the Williamsburg-based duo known as Oh Honey. In early 2014 the band signed with Atlantic Records and has found steady success with the song Be Okay, which is featured in a number of television commercials and covered on the hit television show Glee.
The Great Green Ape
Omar Fernandez, Jamie Keim, Camilla Ostrzycki, Maxwell Podolsky, students of Art Professor Roger Sayre’s Sculpture 1 summer class, conceptualized and built the Great Green Ape sculpture. An exercise in working on a large, outdoor, collaborative piece, the ape was made from branches, twigs and ivy. The sculpture can be seen outside of 1 Pace Plaza on the Frankfort Street side, between the picnic tables and the parking lot.
This Girl Is On Fire
Madison Embrey ’14 (Commercial Dance), cast as Agent Maria Hill in Marvel Universe Live!, recently appeared in two televised segments about the live-action theatrical production. The segments appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America and Fox 13 Tampa Bay news.
Victor Almanzar Stars in Off-Broadway Play
History Professor Writes Op-Ed about Iraq-Syria Conflict
Michael Izady, adjunct professor of Middle Eastern and Western history, wrote an op-ed about the Iraq-Syria conflict that was posted on The Hill's Congress Blog on July 7.
Fungal in the Jungle
William Eaton, chair of the Pleasantville department of biology and health sciences, co-authored a research article about the effects of Bromelia pinguin, a species of plant, upon the ecosystem at field sites in the Maquenque National Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica. The article, Effects of Bromelia pinguin (Bromeliaceae) on Soil Ecosystem Function and Fungal Diversity in the Lowland Forests of Costa Rica, was published in the BMC Ecology journal in May.
Musical Theater Alumna Speaks to the Washington Post about Caring for a B’way Stage Animal
PPA Musical Theater alumna Lara Hayhurst ’07 is the assistant stage manager for the Broadway revival of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. She spoke to The Washington Post about her experience handling Roxie, the chihuahua who plays Billie Holiday’s dog in the musical play.
Rhonda Miller Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award
Rhonda Miller, head of the BFA in Commercial Dance program, was honored with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from Dance Educators of America (DEA) for her tremendous contributions to and significant influence upon the world of dance. Miller received her award on July 5, 2014 in Charleston, South Carolina.
Biology Major Wins Best Poster
Biology major Nadina A. Horril ’14 won a best poster award in the biochemistry category at the William Paterson University’s 8th Undergraduate Symposium. Her poster Antimicrobial Activity of Bee Propolis was carried out under the Undergraduate Student-Research Program with Assistant Professor Elmer-Rico E. Mojica of the New York City department of chemistry and physical sciences.
Dominique Fishback’s One Woman Show
Pace Performing Arts BFA Acting alumna Dominique Fishback’s Subverted opens July 2 at Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios. A one-woman show, Fishback portrays 18 different characters all grappling with the destruction of black identity. The show runs through July 14.
Madison Embrey and Ashton Rothchild Cast in Marvel Universe Live
Alumnae Madison Embrey ’14 and Ashtain Rothchild ’13 both have been cast in Marvel Universe Live. These graduates of the BFA in Commercial Dance program can be seen kicking butt, Marvel style, on tour this summer!
Schlesinger Paper on Air Pollution Published
Senior Associate Dean Richard Schlesinger co-authored a commissioned critical review on the challenges of determining which chemical components in air pollution may be most important to public health. The paper, Public Health and Components of Particulate Matter: The Changing Assessment of Black Carbon was published in the Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association.
Joseph Lee’s Article on U.S.-China Rivalries Over Taiwan Is Published
Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, professor of history and co-director of the Global Asia Studies program, and Pace graduate Christopher Huang co-authored an article about U.S.-China relations. The article, Entangled Web: The WikiLeaks and U.S.-China Rivalries over Taiwan appears in the International Journal of China Studies.
Professor Terence Hines on Einstein’s Brain
Professor of Psychology Terence Hines’ article, Neuromythology of Einstein’s Brain, was published in May in the journal Brain and Cognition. Hines’ paper asserts that several studies claiming that evidence of Einstein’s superior intellectual abilities can be seen in the structure of his brain are unsupported.
Raheem Lawrence Awarded Microbiology Fellowship
Biology major Raheem Lawrence ‘15 was accepted as a 2014-2015 American Society of Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellow. Raheem will use genetic approaches to identify new genes in tuberculosis that protect it from the human immune response. Of the 101 applicants, only 41 were funded.
Students' Research Published in Science Journal
Chemistry and Physical Sciences students Eric Nguyen ’17, Robert Marvin ’14, Maximillian Baria’16, and Samantha Pace ’17, had their paper Spectrochemical Behavior of Enzymes Encapsulated within Xerogel published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry and Biophysics. The study compared the behavior of enzymes in a glass-like matrix with that of enzymes in solution.
Pace School of Performing
Arts in the News
Reuters was on campus June 3 to interview Jorge Cacheiro, executive director of Pace’s new School of Performing Arts for a video segment about the school. The item was picked up the Huffington Post, MSN, and other news outlets across the country. Watch the video here.
Bolton Issues Statement on Ending Gender Discrimination in Policymaking
Assistant Professor of Political Science Matthew Bolton co-authored a statement calling for the end of gender discrimination in policymaking on security issues, and called for a boycott of all-male panels. Article 36, a UK-based non-profit working to prevent harm caused by certain weapons, published the statement on May 19.
Kinney-Denning Takes Publishing Association’s Exec Post
On May 14, Jane Kinney-Denning, director of internships and corporate outreach and adjunct lecturer of Publishing, was appointed President of the Women’s National Book Association’s (WNBA) New York City chapter and as the VP Elect of the association’s national organization. The WNBA is a membership organization for women in all facets of the world of books.
Malone Quoted in French News Magazine
Chris Malone, chair of Political Science, was quoted in the French news magazine, Regards. Malone spoke of the role of the Occupy movement and other social movements in the United States’ political landscape.
Dyson Students Receive Fulbright Grants
Two Dyson students have been awarded prestigious Fulbright grants. Nickesha Chung ’14, an Environmental Science graduate student, will study the quality and quantity of Swaziland’s waterways, and how both impact human suffering and productivity. La Reina Lawrence ’14, an art history major, will teach English in Spain.
PPA Becomes Pace School of Performing Arts
On May 16 Pace Performing Arts became Pace School of Performing Arts. School status in the arts represents both a critical mass of student enrollment and recognition of excellence by the greater University. It is the first school of performing arts to be established in New York City in 50 years and it is the first school within Dyson College. View press release
Green vs Gold Covered in Revkin’s NY Times’ Dot Earth
Green vs Gold, the Media and Communication Arts student-produced documentary, was featured in Andrew Revkin’s Dot Earth blog for The New York Times. Revkin co-teaches the course along with Program Director Maria Luskay. The documentary focuses upon the environmental and social challenges Brazil faces as it prepares for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.
Student Receives National Science Foundation Fellowship
Environmental Science graduate student Anna Kusler ’16 received a five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship enables her to conduct research on pumas and livestock conflicts in Patagonia, Chile.
Art Professor’s Solo Show
Three Tony Noms for Former PPA Students
Dominick LaRuffa Jr. and Rob Hinderliter, former PPA students, executive produced two Broadway plays nominated for multiple 2014 Tony Awards. All the Way, starting Bryan Cranston, received Best Play and Best Actor nominations and The Velocity of Autumn, starring Estelle Parsons, received a Best Actress nomination. The duo has also received Drama League, Drama Desk,Outer Critics Circle, and Grammy nominations for their work.
Schlesinger Co-Authors Chapter of the Encyclopedia of Toxicology
Senior Associate Dean Rich Schlesinger co-authored a chapter on respiratory tract toxicology in the third edition of the Encyclopedia of Toxicology. The encyclopedia was published in March 2014 and is updated regularly to reflect current advances in the field. It is a resource for chemists, poison control centers and regulatory professionals (EPA, government), among others.
Szablewicz Moderates Panel on Chinese Youth at the Brookings Institution
Marcella Szablewicz, assistant professor of communications, moderated the panel Behavioral Change of Chinese Youth in a Commercialized Digital Era at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. on April 24. The panel was part of a series of discussions about How China’s Youth are Transforming Chinese Society.
Tony-Award Winning Director John Doyle at Schimmel Center for the Arts
Pace Performing Arts presents An Afternoon with John Doyle at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, on Sunday, April 27 at 2pm. This program includes selections from his new project, Kander, and is the culmination of a year-long artist-in-residency. Admission is free and open to the public.
Pace Pitch: SheerStock Is the Winner
Paige Cecchi ‘16, a Dyson College Business Economics major, won first place and $1,000 in the annual Pace Pitch Contest for her company SheerStock, a convenient monthly subscription service for women that delivers a variety of hosiery products. Currently, subscription commerce is growing and Cecchi plans on launching the service this May.
Laramée’s Artworks Included in New Lippard Book
Five artworks by Art Department Chair Eve Laramée are included in Undermining: A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics and Art in the Changing West, the latest book by the distinguished art historian and activist Lucy Lippard. Laramée’s pieces deal with uranium mining, nuclear weapons and radioactive waste on indigenous people’s land.
Emily Welty Named Doenges Visiting Scholar
Emily Welty, assistant professor and director of the Peace and Justice Studies program, was named the Elizabeth K. Doenges Visiting Artist/Scholar at Mary Baldwin College. Each year, the program brings distinguished artists and scholars to the Mary Baldwin College campus for an extended visit and lecture series.
Village of Ossining Adopts Energy Policy Authored by Pace University Students
The Village of Ossining Board of Trustees unanimously adopted an energy resiliency policy authored by students from the new Environmental Policy Clinic of the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies. Among the co-authors are three Dyson College students: Nadya Lani Hall ‘16, Sara Moriarty ’16 and James Ward ‘14.
Three-peat Win for Pleasantville Model UN Team
For an unprecedented third year in a row, the Pleasantville Model United Nations team was recognized as an Outstanding Delegation at this years’ National Model United Nations (NMUN) conference held March 30 - April 3 in New York City. Representing Bolivia, the student team was also recognized with six awards for writing Outstanding Position Papers.
Valentine Named Guggenheim Fellow
Fred Valentine, adjunct professor of Art (NYC), was recently awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in painting. Fellowship appointments are made on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise. Valentine was chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants.
Featured Program: PsyD in School-Clinical Child Psychology
Pace’s PsyD in School-Clinical Child Psychology is one of only 10 nationwide recognized as a combined professional-scientific doctoral program by the American Psychological Association. Read more.
Dyson College Jefferson Award Winners
Four individuals from Dyson College received Jefferson Awards Bronze Medals for Public Service in recognition of their volunteerism and community service: Daniel Borakove ‘14, a Psychology major; Jered Harvey ‘17, a Business Economics major; Ann Marie Pavia ‘16, an Economics major, and Dorothee Von Heune-Greenberg, professor of English and Women’s Studies.
Environmental Center Recognized by Parks Org
On April 9, Pace’s Environmental Center was honored by the Friends of Westchester County Parks as the 2014 Best Volunteer Friend for the center’s years of collaboration with the County Parks Department in Adopt-A-Park clean-ups and joint educational programs. The award was accepted by the center’s director Angelo Spillo who has also served on a number of advisory committees. Read more about it here.
Catalano Celebrates 50 Years of Service
Nicolas Catalano, Professor of English and Modern Language Studies (Pleasantville), was recognized for his 50 years of service to Pace University at the Employee Service Awards Ceremony on March 27.
Ziek Receives Special Service Award
Assistant Professor of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts Paul Ziek was awarded the Pace University Student Advisor Special Service Award at the March 27th awards ceremony in Pleasantville. The award is given to faculty members who perform their advising responsibilities with distinction.
Dyson Honor Students Selected as Jeannette K. Watson Fellows
Political Science majors Jessica Meredith ’17 and Annamaria Watson ’17 received this competitive fellowship, which provides outstanding undergraduates the opportunity for paid internships for three successive summers. Fellows also participate in rich pre-professional programs.
Undergrads Present Posters at Science Conference
Students from the department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences (NYC) presented posters at the American Chemical Society (ACS) national meeting in Dallas, TX from March 16-20. The group, Robert Marvin '14, Maximillian Baria '15, Tyler Brescia '15, Eric Nguyen '16 and Samantha Pace '16 presented a total of eight posters and had the opportunity to meet Donna Nelson, the scientific advisor of the hit TV series Breaking Bad.
3 Students Receive NYWIC Foundation Scholarships
Three Dyson students earned scholarships from the New York Women in Communications Foundation, Alanna McCatty ‘19, Opal Vadhan ‘16 and Melissa Vargas ‘16. A fourth scholarship was awarded to Pace’s Alexandra Osten ’16 of the Lubin School. The Foundation awards 15-20 scholarships annually to young women pursuing communications degrees.
The Boston Globe: Andriy Danylenko the Ukraine’s lingua franca
In 17th-century Russia, “The Russian language was borrowing many constructions and forms...[from] the Ukrainians...” said Andriy Danylenko, associate professor of Modern Languages and Cultures, said in an article about the long war over the Ukrainian language. Read the article here.
Tewes Receives Teaching Excellence Award for Part-Time Faculty
Robin Tewes, adjunct professor of Art, was awarded Pace’s first-ever Teaching Excellence Award for Part-Time Faculty, The award is a recognition of the critical role part-time faculty play in providing high quality education to students. Tewes is an internationally recognized artist.
Student-Faculty Research Presented at National Economics Conference
Business Economics major Robert McLoughlin ‘14 and Dyson College Assistant Professor of Economics Anna Shostya presented their research The Effect of Video Games and Other Media Usage on College Students' Studying Habits and Academic Performance at the Eastern Economic Association National Conference which took place in Boston from March 6-9.
Mary Ann Murphy Receives Faculty Award for Distinguished Service
Mary Ann Murphy, professor of Communication Studies, was awarded the Pace University Faculty Award for Distinguished Service at the Annual Employee Recognition Ceremony for the NYC campus held on March 11. The award recognizes Murphy’s notable service to the University’s goal of advancing academic programs. Dean Nira Herrmann presented the award.
Reel on Steroids: PPA in Backstage Magazine
Pace Performing Arts (PPA) was featured in Backstage magazine’s article, Acting 2.0. In the article, PPA Chair Jorge Cacheiro explains how the program bridges the gap between classical training and the demands of professional commercial world and how he hopes that all students graduate with a “reel on steroids.”
Media, Communications and Visual Arts Launches New Department Video
Dyson’s Media and Communications department launches new video that discusses how its programs prepare graduates for exciting careers in communications.
China Daily: Joseph Tse-Hei Lee on Pillaged Cultural Relics
“…we’re talking about huge numbers of Chinese art,” Joseph Tse-Hei Lee, professor of History and co-director the Global Asia Studies program, said. “If we talk about ‘stolen’ Chinese art, one of the problems is the definition of ‘stolen’.” Read the full article here.
International Business Times: Andriy Danylenko on the Ukraine Divide
“No way would Russia agree to what is going on right now, because they will not accept that Ukraine is a separate nation," said Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures Andriy Danylenko on the unrest in Ukraine. Read the full article here.
Directions Magazine: Peggy Minnis’ GIS Basics MOOC
Lecturer of Chemistry and Physical Sciences Peggy Minnis reflects on the challenges and successes of the massive open online course (MOOC) she taught in September 2013 in Directions Magazine’s article, Lessons Learned: GIS Basics MOOC. Directions Magazine is the leading source of geospatial information technology, news and commentary.
Patricia Gloster-Coates on Black History Month
Patricia Gloster-Coates, Chair of the Department of History, was recently featured in an AM New York article about Black History Month.
FSS Student Goes to Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Courtney Baxter ‘17, Film and Screen Studies student, played a supporting role in the critically acclaimed, independent film, Night Has Settled. The film had its world premiere on February 1 at the 2014 Santa Barbara International Film Festival in Santa Barbara, CA.
Chinese Language Edition of Andrew Kliman’s Book Is Published
Professor of Economics, History and Political Science Andrew Kliman’s book, The Failure of Capitalist Production: Underlying Causes of the Great Recession was recently published in Chinese under the title Big Failure.
Eve Laramee’s Short Film Premieres in NYC
Slouching Toward Yucca Mountain, an experimental, sci-fi, punk, Western film about radioactive waste, directed by Art department chair Eve Laramee screened on February 14 in NYC as part of the International Uranium Film Festival. The festival runs through February 19.
Media, Communications and Visual Arts Adds New Combined Degree Program
Media, Communications and Visual Arts (MCA) adds a new program, the combined BA in Communications/MA in Media and Communication Arts. It is a program for today’s communication needs; the degree combines traditional communications and viral messaging strategies and know-how.
Top 7 in the World, The Actors Studio Drama School
Spear’s Wealth Management Survey named The Actors Studio Drama School among the best seven drama schools in the world. Read about it here.
Pace Performing Arts Adds Two New Programs
PPA adds two new programs to its roster – Acting for Film, Television, Voice-Overs and Commercials (FTVC) and Stage Management. FTVC is a groundbreaking BFA training program for aspiring actors who want to act in front of the camera. The Stage Management program is a highly specialized BA degree that prepares students for exciting careers behind the scenes in stage and production management.
Maisie Salinger ’12 and Andy White ’10, two Pace Performing Arts alumni, were cast in the national tour of hit musical Bring It On. Salinger stars as the character Bridget, and White plays the role of Steven. The show relaunched in January in Macon, GA and will close in July 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.
Hormozi on New Tappan Zee Bridge and Toll Hike
“It’s a no-brainer, in terms of transportation, accessibility, the amount of time-saving that would be generated because of a better bridge,” said Professor of Economics and Chair of the department of Public Administration Farrokh Hormozi in the lohud.com article about Tappan Zee bridge toll hikes and the funding of new bridge construction.
Susan Herman Appointed NYPD Deputy Commissioner
NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton has appointed Susan Herman deputy commissioner for collaborative policing. In this newly created leadership position, she will aid the police commissioner in efforts to curb crime and build relationships with communities. Herman is on leave from her post as Dyson College associate professor of Criminal Justice and Security.
Benjamin B. Tucker Appointed NYPD Deputy Commissioner
NYPD Police Commissioner William Bratton has appointed Benjamin B. Tucker deputy commissioner of training. A former Dyson associate professor of Criminal Justice and Security, Tucker will oversee all training of NYPD personnel. He most recently served as deputy director of state, local, and tribal affairs under President Barack Obama.
MPA Student Research Accepted by Public Administration Conference
The research projects of Master of Public Administration students Azetta Ayanruoh ‘13, Peter Fasano ‘13, and David P. Miller ’13 were accepted by the 2013 Northeast Conference on Public Administration held in November 2013 at the School of Public Policy & Administration, University of Delaware. Fasano and Miller presented their papers.
Will Pappenheimer, Panelist on Whitney Museum Symposium on Social Media
On January 14, Associate Professor of Art Will Pappenheimer was among a group of distinguished scholars, curators, and artists who participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art symposium, Shared Spaces: Social Media and Museum Structures. The symposium examined the transformation of the museum in the age of social media.
Enhanced Research Opportunities Through CUR
Dyson Assistant Dean Maria Iacullo-Bird was instrumental in Pace University becoming an Enhanced Institutional Member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). This enhanced membership level provides free CUR memberships for all faculty, staff and students interested in funding opportunities and resources to support and advance undergraduate research.
NIH Funds Nancy Krucher’s Cancer Research at Pace
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Professor Nancy Krucher a grant in the amount of $360,000 for her work in breast cancer research. The three-year grant will support a project that uses 3D models of breast cancer tumors to study a mechanism to induce tumor cell death.
Political Science Alumna Produces Investigative Documentary for CNBC.com
Political Science alumna Dina Gusovsky ’08 reported and wrote the investigative documentary, Death & Dishonor: Crisis at the VA, for CNBC.com. The documentary is an expose of the appalling conditions of VA hospitals around the country and the officials who profit from it.
A Gift to Support the Sciences
Pace trustee emeritus Alfred R. Goldstein has made a generous $3.1 million gift for new cutting-edge science laboratory facilities at Pace’s New York City campus. The 10 new laboratories will be fully-equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and include a general biology lab; an inorganic chemistry lab; and a crime reconstruction lab. These upgrades represent a great leap forward for the sciences at Pace University.
Art Professor’s Work Can Be Seen at Brooklyn Gallery
Professor of Art Barbara Friedman’s work can be seen in the group show, Têtes: Portraits by Contemporary Artists, at the Storefront Ten Eyck gallery in Brooklyn, NY. The show runs through January 19, 2014.
Emily Welty Accepts Seat on UN’s ECOSOC
Assistant Professor Emily Welty has accepted a seat representing peace and justice studies as a discipline on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) committee at the United Nations. The committee deemed Welty’s research and Dyson’s peace and justice program to be at the cutting edge of the Peace and Justice Studies and extended this invitation to join.
Poets Joan Larkin and Tony Towle read at the Poets@Pace event on December 2. The Poets@Pace series brings important poets to the New York City Campus each semester. Larkin is the author of six books of poems, most recently My Body: New and Selected Poems, and the recipient of a number of awards. Towle’s first major poetry collection, North (1970), won the Frank O’Hara Award for experimental poetry and he is also the recipient of numerous poetry awards.
Anjelica Butler Awarded Fellowship in Healthcare
MPA graduate student Anjelica A. Butler ’13 was awarded a highly competitive postgraduate administrative fellowship with CHE Trinity Health, one of the nation’s largest health systems. The paid fellowship provides future healthcare leaders with opportunities to gain an in-depth understanding of hospital operations, to participate in hands-on leadership activities and to foster professional growth.
Wall Street Journal: Jane Dickson
“I use paintings to deal with things I'm afraid of,” said Distinguished Lecturer of Art Jane Dickson in her recent profile in the Wall Street Journal. In it, Dickson talks about her highway paintings, her mosaics in the Port Authority and Times Square subway stations, and the thrills and dangers of living in Times Square in the ’80s. Read the article.
PLV Students Organize First of Its Kind Film Festival
As part of the Pace Pleasantville 50th Anniversary celebration, the first ever Pace Pleasantville Film Festival kicked off On December 7. The festival was an affair planned and executed by students in adjunct professor Corinna Sager’s event design class. The film festival was the first of its kind, complete with a schedule of Hollywood films, live entertainment and a red carpet gala. Read more about their experience.
MCA Students Produce Pleasantville Campus’ Anniversary Video
Graduate students in Media, Communications and Visual Arts Industrial Media Production class produced a video commemorating Pace Pleasantville’s 50th Anniversary. Happy 50th Pace Pleasantville premiered at the Pace Pleasantville Film Festival.
Homeland Security Program Launches Video
9/11, Hurricane Irene, Superstorm Sandy, fire, wind, earthquakes. Who do you call in a major emergency? How do they know what to do? Find out in Pace’s new Master of Arts in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals video. See and hear how alumni and students describe this unique program and the knowledge and management skills they’ve acquired to meet these challenges.
College Fed Challenge Team Places Third in National Competition
Pace’s College Fed Challenge team placed third in the 10th annual national College Fed Challenge in Washington, DC. This is the second year in a row that team Pace competed in the national event and the second year they took home an honorable mention for their work. They were bested by Harvard University and University of Pennsylvania.
The Dean Speaks
Be sure to read Dyson Dean Nira Herrmann’s latest blog entry. In it, she shares her memories of the day President Kennedy was assassinated, memories of her mother, and the drive to accomplish great things.
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