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Westchester County Business Journal: "Column: The future of Dodd-Frank, Affordable Care Act"

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07/31/14

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InsideCounsel: "The Stop Corporate Inversions Act of 2014 aims to prevent ‘inversions’ tax loophole"

07/31/14

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Pace University and AT&T Sponsor High School STEM Camp

07/30/14

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Carol Roye, Internationally Recognized Educator, Author and Expert on Reproductive Health Issues, to Join Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing in the College of Health Professions

07/30/14

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Pace University’s Lienhard School of Nursing Receives $50,000 Grant for Nursing Scholarships

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Journal News Education Outlook: Innovators - Q&A with John Cronin

07/29/14

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07/21/14

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New York Times: "The Long Journey of ‘The Visit’"

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07/15/14

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07/11/14

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Journal News: "IBM's $3 billion chip investment could deliver jobs to Westchester County"

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HR Magazine featured Pace's Encore Transition Program in an article on June 23

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Pace University to host regulatory compliance program"

07/10/14

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American Banker: "Small Banks Should Team Up to Fight Cyberattacks"

07/08/14

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Pace University and the Association of International Bank Auditors announce new cycle of Certified Compliance and Regulatory Professional program

07/07/14

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The Hill's Congress Blog: "Iraq-Syria conflict: An enigma, or the dawn of a Jaziran state?"

07/07/14

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Advertising Age: "Will Brand Dollars Ever Come to App-Install Ads?"

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New York Times: "Celebrating a Diverse Music Scene"

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CNBC.com: "Why utility bills are not getting cheaper"

07/07/14

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GeriJoy and Pace University Win Pilot Health Tech NYC Award to Introduce Avatar-Based Caregivers to Mount Sinai Hospital System

07/07/14

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E-Commerce Times: "T-Mobile's Legere Sputters Over FTC's Cramming Accusations"

07/03/14

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07/02/14

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Business Insider: "GM Recalls 28 Million Cars"

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New York Daily News: "City doles out healthy dose of grants to local health tech startups in bid to boost healthcare industry"

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Wall Street Journal: "New York Communities Can Ban Fracking, Court Rules"

07/02/14

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Clare van den Blink appointed Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Pace University

06/24/14

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06/18/14

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U.S. News: "Think Twice Before Cheating in Online Courses"

06/17/14

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06/16/14

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AllAfrica: Remembering Maya Angelou - 1928-2014

06/16/14

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Pepe Selected in MLB Draft by Blue Jays

06/10/14

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Crain's New York Business: "Owners get squeezed"

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CNBC: "Algorithm elected to board of directors"

06/09/14

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Crain's: New York grows more physician assistants

06/04/14

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Pace University Partners with Ossining Schools to Strengthen Teacher Effectiveness, Student Learning

06/03/14

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Kathryn Winsted of the Lubin School comments on Hachette's dispute with Amazon

06/03/14

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Pace University opens student-run tech consultancy

06/02/14

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David Sederholt ’73 writes about students of the Pace Entrepreneurship Lab working to combat income inequality

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Leslie Seidman of the Lubin School comments on the culture and processes needed to identify accounting errors in a timely manner

06/02/14

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Pace commencement in Westchester was covered by media including News 12, The Journal News and The Daily Voice.

05/27/14

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Pace Board of Trustees elects Joe Ianniello

05/22/14

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Nancy Garvey elected to Pace's Board

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New York Times Dot Earth blog: "Exploring the Social and Environmental Challenges as Brazil Prepares for Two Sports Spectacles"

05/20/14

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Investor’s Business Daily: "India ETFs The Real Winner In The National Elections"

05/20/14

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New York Times arts writer, Robin Pogrebin, wrote about Pace's new School of Performing Arts.

05/16/14

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Pace's Performing Arts Program Becomes Manhattan’s First School of Performing Arts in 50 Years

05/16/14

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Utilities executive leads Pace Energy and Climate Center"

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USA Today: "Omnicom, Publicis merger fell over 'equal' terms"

05/09/14

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News 12 Westchester (video): "New program to remotely monitor seniors' health introduced at 'Salute to Seniors' gathering in White Plains"

05/09/14

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E-Commerce Times: "Facebook Seeks Better Fit With Small Biz"

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Money: "American Airlines employees locked out of 401(k) funds"

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Voice of America: "Russia-Ukraine Crisis Could Trigger Cyber War"

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Washington Post: "Adding a union guy to GM’s board"

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Journal News: "Test teachers, but first train them"

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MarketWatch: "Facebook tackles its most annoying posts"

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Forbes: "Northwestern Football Players Set To Vote On A Union. Will The Result Even Matter?"

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Miami Herald: "Carnival shifts strategy without losing brand identities"

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Telehealth pilot program taps Wartburg residents"

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Pace University’s School of Education to Host One-Day Conference on Effective Practices for STEM-D Teaching & Learning

05/06/14

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US News quoted Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman in an article about unpaid internships.

04/28/14

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The Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Pace University will co-sponsor its 5th Annual Nonprofit Forum with Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd.

04/24/14

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Tony-award winning director John Doyle will take the stage with Pace Students

04/23/14

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04/22/14

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Pace University students in an environmental policy clinic pursue initiatives instead of test scores.

04/22/14

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Pace University students in an environmental policy clinic pursue initiatives instead of test scores.

04/22/14

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The Pace Academy's environmental policy clinic's work in planning Ossining's microgrid was featured in The Journal News.

04/21/14

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Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman published an op-ed on The Hill's Campaign Blog on the value of internships, paid or unpaid, as part of a path to a successful career for college students.

04/18/14

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Temple Grandin speaks at Pace University in Manhattan

04/17/14

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MarketWatch: "How to spot credit-card skimmers"

04/16/14

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Crain's New York Business: "Pace University biz-school grad returns as director"

04/16/14

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The Hill's Congress Blog: "Sen. Paul’s April Fool’s Day award"

04/14/14

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Pace University 2014 Graduates to Hear Commencement Speakers who are Influential Leaders in the Arts, Education, and Federal Judiciary

04/14/14

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Associated Press: "Heartbleed could harm a variety of systems"

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The Journal News quotes education chair Christine Clayton.

04/11/14

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Law360: "5 Things GM Needs To Do Right Now"

04/11/14

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Ossining Adopts Pace Students' Energy Resiliency Plan

04/11/14

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Last week, the new Environmental Policy Clinic at Pace University celebrated its first victory when the Village of Ossining Board of Trustees unanimously adopted an energy resiliency policy authored by clinic students.

04/10/14

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Enstitute co-founder Kane Sarhan to keynote Tenth Annual Pace Pitch Contest, Thursday, April 17

04/10/14

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TechNewsWorld: "Microsoft Adds Sci-Fi Series to Xbox Originals"

04/09/14

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The Westchester County Business Journal published a story about the closure of Pace's $100 million bond offering as a part of the master plan to revitalize the Pleasantville campus. The story was also published in the Daily Voice and over 250 other websites and newspapers across the country including The Boston Globe and Worth Magazine.

04/08/14

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Pace University To Host Young-Adult Novelist Cerreto

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Temple Grandin to speak at Pace University in Manhattan April 16

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Washington Post: "Retailers and shoppers look for gold in a box"

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TechNewsWorld: "XP Users Have a Bad Headache Coming On"

04/07/14

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Pace University’s Second Annual Research Days to be held in New York City on Wednesday, April 9 and Pleasantville on Thursday, April 17

04/07/14

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Executives to mentor Pace business students"

04/07/14

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PACE UNIVERSITY AND NEW YORK SERVICE CENTER FOR CHINESE STUDY FELLOWS, INC. TO HOST 5th Annual Chinese Bridge East USA Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students

04/07/14

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Network World: "Security pros talk about playing defense against cybercrime"

04/04/14

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Pace Names Daily Voice Founder Innovator Of The Year

04/03/14

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Pace University Announces Funding For First Phase Of Campus Renovation

04/03/14

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Edward F. Murphy, former executive vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, named first Mentor in Residence at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business

04/02/14

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Pace University Hosts Women In Leadership Panel

04/02/14

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University Business: "Keeping cyber attacks at bay"

04/01/14

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Detroit News: "GM shareholder files securities fraud suit over ignition recall"

03/27/14

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NBC News: "Why Facebook Is Betting on Virtual Reality as the Next Big Thing"

03/27/14

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China Daily USA: "Pace Univ 'bridges' US-China gap"

03/26/14

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USA Today: "Oculus acquisition: Why Facebook and not Google?"

03/26/14

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Robert J. Chersi, former CFO and Member of the Executive Committee of Fidelity Investments, named Executive Director of the Center for Global Governance, Reporting and Regulation at Pace University

03/26/14

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The Atlantic: "How Actors Create Emotions: A Problematic Psychology"

03/24/14

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Crain's New York Business: "Wicked returns for his investors -- Broadway producer David Stone and the art of 1,000% paybacks."

03/24/14

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Investor's Business Daily: "Can Snapchat Security Issues, Like Photos, Disappear?"

03/24/14

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Pace University Announces Selection of Design Build Team for Athletic Facilities Featured in Master Plan for Pleasantville Campus

03/24/14

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E-Commerce Times: "Office for iPad May Be Waiting in Wings"

03/21/14

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The latest trends in sustainable development and financing of major construction projects will be the topic of a conference sponsored by Pace University and Urban Land Institute (ULI) Westchester/Fairfield.

03/20/14

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MLive Media Group (Michigan): "Is Toyota's $1.2 billion settlement a foreshadowing for GM ignition switch recall?"

03/20/14

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Pace University, Urban Land Institute To Discuss University's Master Plan

03/20/14

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E-Commerce Times: "Apple Flirts With Lower-End Mobile Market"

03/19/14

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Newsweek: "Why Ukraine Hasn’t Sparked a Big Cyberwar, So Far"

03/18/14

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Compliance Week: "Regulators Push for More Transparency on Independent Valuation Services"

03/18/14

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Crain's New York Business: "Biz-school courses focus on giving back"

03/18/14

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New York Times: "How to Profit Modestly by Moving to a Nonprofit"

03/18/14

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Pace University To Host 15th Annual PrideWorks Conference For LGBTQ Youth

03/18/14

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Pace University To Host Panel Discussion In Honor Of Women's History Month

03/18/14

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Boston Globe: "The long war over the Ukrainian language"

03/17/14

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Smarter Planet Blog: "Beyond the Walls: How Mobile Computing is Enabling Personalized Learning"

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Computerworld: "White House urges 'geeks' to get healthcare coverage, launch start-ups"

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Law360: "Lawsky's Vow To Target People Could Lead To Scapegoating"

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CNBC.com: "How the least-loyal generation is shaping retail"

03/10/14

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NY1: "New After-School Program Explores STEM Subjects Through Dance"

03/10/14

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Accounting Today: "Skimmer Fraud on the Rise"

03/07/14

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Pace University receives grant from Time Warner Cable to support “Pace STEAM Program” to enhance STEM education by presenting science and math through the lens of the arts

03/06/14

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Wall Street & Technology: "After the Mt. Gox Collapse, Wall Street is Wary of Bitcoin"

03/03/14

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Journal News: "Common Core: Aspiring NY teachers face new certification hurdles"

02/28/14

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Law school deans are rarely familiar faces, but Pace University is getting one who should be recognizable to anyone who slid into a New York City

02/27/14

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David Yassky Named Dean of Pace Law School

02/26/14

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International Business Times: "Russian Ships And Troops In The Crimea Threaten To Split An Unstable Ukraine In Two"

02/26/14

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Reuters: "UAW chief says VW vote tainted by outside 'threats'"

02/25/14

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Pace University Nursing Dean Elected To National Board

02/25/14

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Pace University to celebrate Individuals with Disabilities in Film, Monday, March 31

02/24/14

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China Daily USA: "Reclaiming a heritage lost, stolen or sold"

02/21/14

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MarketWatch: "Talk is dead; long live WhatsApp"

02/20/14

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Pace University To Host Panel On Genetic Engineering In Agriculture

02/20/14

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WNBC-TV: "Positively Black: Black Girls Code"

02/19/14

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The Hill's Congress Blog: "A better healthcare system requires active participation by patients"

02/18/14

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SmartPlanet: "The U.S. is a credit fraud wonderland"

02/18/14

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Los Angeles Times: "Outsiders, false promises take blame in UAW's Volkswagen defeat"

02/18/14

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Pace University partners with Tech Kids Unlimited to hold camp for young teens with special needs, Monday, February 17 to Friday, February 21, 2014

02/14/14

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amNewYork: "The origins and significance of Black History Month"

02/10/14

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National Geographic: "The Tragic Story of How Einstein’s Brain Was Stolen and Wasn’t Even Special"

04/22/2014 News Release Imgage

 

My headline may be a bit misleading. Albert Einstein, the Nobel prize-winning physicist who gave the world the theory of relativity, E = mc2, and the law of the photoelectric effect, obviously had a special brain. So special that when he died in Princeton Hospital, on April 17, 1955, the pathologist on call, Thomas Harvey, stole it.

Einstein didn’t want his brain or body to be studied; he didn’t want to be worshipped. “He had left behind specific instructions regarding his remains: cremate them, and scatter the ashes secretly in order to discourage idolaters,” writes Brian Burrell in his 2005 book, Postcards from the Brain Museum.

But Harvey took the brain anyway, without permission from Einstein or his family. “When the fact came to light a few days later, Harvey managed to solicit a reluctant and retroactive blessing from Einstein’s son, Hans Albert, with the now-familiar stipulation that any investigation would be conducted solely in the interest of science,” Burrell writes.

Harvey soon lost his job at the Princeton hospital and took the brain to Philadelphia, where it was carved into 240 pieces and preserved in celloidin, a hard and rubbery form of cellulose. He divvied up the pieces into two jars and stored them in his basement.

Just when you think this story can’t get any weirder, it does. As Burrell explains (emphasis mine):

After [Harvey's] wife threatened to dispose of the brain, he returned to retrieve it and took it with him to the Midwest. For a time he worked as a medical supervisor in a biological testing lab in Wichita, Kansas, keeping the brain in a cider box stashed under a beer cooler. He moved again, to Weston, Missouri, and practiced medicine while trying to study the brain in his spare time, only to lose his medical license in 1988 after failing a three-day competency exam. He then relocated to Lawrence, Kansas, took an assembly-line job in a plastic-extrusion factory, moved into a second-floor apartment next to a gas station, and befriended a neighbor, the beat poet William Burroughs. The two men routinely met for drinks on Burroughs’s front porch. Harvey would tell stories about the brain, about cutting off chunks to send to researchers around the world. Burroughs, in turn, would boast to visitors that he could have a piece of Einstein any time he wanted.

(I know, right?!)

To fast forward a bit: Come 1985, Harvey and collaborators in California published the first study of Einstein’s brain, claiming that it had an abnormal proportion of two types of cells, neurons and glia. That study was followed by five others (the most recent published just this month), reporting additional differences in individual cells or in particular structures in Einstein’s brain. The researchers behind these studies say studying Einstein’s brain could help uncover the neurological underpinnings of intelligence.

But that premise is nonsense and the studies are bunk, at least according to Terence Hines, a professor of psychology at Pace University.

A couple of weeks ago, Hines presented a poster at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual meeting outlining all of the ways in which each of the six studies is flawed. Some highlights:

–In the original 1985 report, Harvey and his collaborators found that inBrodmann Area 39 — a region where the temporal, parietal, and occipital lobes meet — Einstein’s neuron-to-glia ratio was significantly smaller than it was in the same area in 11 control brains. But the control group was not all that well controlled: the brains came from people age 47 to 80 years old, whereas Einstein died at age 76. The controls brains were also fresh, whereas Einstein’s had been languishing in basements and beer coolers for three decades. Perhaps most problematic, counting cells is a subjective business, and the researchers performing the cell counts were not blind to which tissue was Einstein’s and which was not.

–In 1996, Harvey partnered with a scientist from Alabama and counted neurons in Einstein’s Brodmann Area 9 — part of the frontal cortex — as well as those of five controls. There were no differences in the number of neurons or the size of neurons, the study found, but Einstein’s tissue was thinner than controls. More densely packed neurons, the authors speculated, means that cell-to-cell messages travel shorter differences, which might mean faster processing speed overall. That’s quite a stretch. As Hines calls out in his poster, the finding was based on just one square millimeter of Einstein’s brain. What’s more, the authors admit to not reporting any of the ways in which Einstein’s brain was similar to controls.

–In 1999, Harvey and Canadian collaborators got Einstein’s brain into one of the world’s most prestigious medical journalsThe Lancet. Based on old photographs that had been taken of Einstein’s brain before it was cut up, the researchers claimed that Einstein had an abnormal folding pattern in part of his parietal lobe, a region that has been linked to mathematical ability. They also reported that his parietal lobes were 15 percent wider, and more symmetrical, than those of control brains. Once again, though, the researchers were not blinded to which photographs showed Einstein’s brain. And though the authors were quick to make links between these supposed differences and Einstein’s mathematical prowess, Hines points out that Einstein wasn’t, in fact, a great mathematician.

The underlying problem in all of the studies is that they set out to compare a category made up of one person, an N of 1, with a nebulous category of “not this person” and an N of more than 1. With an N of 1, it’s extremely difficult to calculate the statistical variance — the likelihood that, for example, Einstein’s low neuron-to-glia ratio is real and not just a fluke of that particular region and those particular methods. Even if the statistics were sound, you’d still have the problem of attributing skills and behaviors to anatomy. There’s no way to know if X thing in Einstein’s brain made Einstein smart/dyslexic/good at math/you name it, or was just an X thing in his brain.

It makes me angry to think of all that was wasted in these investigations. There was the monetary cost of the studies — money that could have been spent on work that was not doomed from the outset to fail. There was a personal cost, in that Einstein’s family was essentially strong-armed into agreeing to participate in research that Einstein explicitly did not want to participate in. And there was a public cost, too. In popular-press accounts of these studies over the years, the public was misled about the findings and their supposed scientific value.

I’ve made this error, too, by the way. In 2012 I wrote an uncritical, cringe-worthy report on preliminary data from a neuroscience conferencecomparing brain images of Temple Grandin, one of the most famous people with autism, with those of three controls. The researchers claimed to find several distinctive features in Grandin’s brain that could explain her exceptional nonverbal intelligence and her way of thinking in pictures.

Here’s how smart Einstein was — he understood all too well the public’s obsession with him, our obsession with celebrity and special-ness. He knew that if given the chance, scientists would pore over his brain’s neurons and glia, sulci and gyri, and make grand pronouncements about what makes a genius. And he knew it would be bullshit.

As Einstein supposedly wrote, but probably didn’t really write, on a blackboard in his Princeton office: “Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”