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Faculty Success Stories: August 2018

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From grants to prestigious awards, here's how Pace faculty are raising the bar this summer.

Dyson Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Security Kimberly Collica-Cox , PhD, was honored on June 28 at the National Ceremony of the Jefferson Awards Foundation in Washington, DC, in the category of Greatest Public Service by an Employee. Collica-Cox was recognized for her innovative "Parents, Prisons, and Pups" animal-assisted therapy programthe first of its kind on a national level. The program seeks to build parenting skills in an effort to return incarcerated women to their families, and reduce recidivism and intergenerational incarceration. Collica-Cox beat out 75 nominees for the highly prestigious award. 

"Being appreciated for work you love is amazing and being honored by the National Jefferson Awards was the highlight of my career.  I was surrounded by so many people who were dedicated and committed to public service and the entire event was inspiring and humbling. I am so happy that the importance of jail-based programming for women, such as 'Parenting, Prison, and Pups,' was recognized on a national level," says Collica-Cox. 

Dyson Professor of Biology Nancy Krucher, PhD, was awarded a $399,135 grant from the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute entitled “CDK4/6 Resistance: An Alternate Strategy to Target RB Phosphorylation in Cancer.” This grant will fund her important work which could lead to new treatment strategies for certain types of cancer; it will also support undergraduate research.

"Therapies used to treat cancer patients often become less effective over time, a phenomenon called 'resistance.' This grant will allow Pace students and I to study the biochemical mechanisms of resistance that occur in breast and pancreatic cancer treatment," says Krucher.

Lubin Visiting Professor Tony Meenaghan, PhD, a pioneer in the academic study of sponsorship, has been named the winner of the 2018 "Distinguished Career Contributions to the Scientific Understanding of Sport Business Award." Meenaghan serves as Emeritus Professor of Marketing at the Smurfit Business School at University College in Dublin, Ireland, and as a Visiting Professor of Marketing in the Lubin School of Business. His 1983 paper entitled "Commercial Sponsorship" in the European Journal of Marketing has been cited more than 700 times. Meenaghan's seminal articles on sponsorship have been cited more than 5,000 times and published in a number of premier journals, including Psychology & Marketing, International Journal of AdvertisingJournal of Advertising Research, and Journal of Business Research.