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Faculty Success Stories: June 2018

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From prestigious prizes to appearances on national game shows, our Pace faculty members aren’t exactly easing up on the brakes this summer!

Assistant Professor of Psychology Brenna Hassinger-Das, PhD, was honored with an Early Childhood Innovation Prize, by Gary Community Investments (GCI) and OpenIDEO. Hassinger-Das was recognized for her participation in Learning Landscapes, an initiative that is redesigning public spaces with an emphasis on interactive educational opportunities.

"I am thrilled that the Learning Landscapes team was awarded the Early Childhood Innovation Prize from Gary Community Investments and Open IDEO, because the prize provides us with some funds as well as increased visibility for our project,” says Hassinger-Das. “Additionally, I accepted the prize at the announcement event in Denver, Colorado, and I got to meet all of the other winners and participate in a workshop specifically designed to help winners network and connect with other innovators. I look forward to continuing this work as EC Prize winners!"


Assistant Professor of Media, Communications, and Visual Arts Kate Fink, PhD, recently appeared on ABC’s long-running trivia game show, Jeopardy! The renowned television program, hosted by Alex Trebek, often attracts some of the sharpest minds in the world.

“The show taped in February. They called me in mid-January. I had just given birth in December. I had major mommy guilt about being away from my daughter, but hey, it's Jeopardy! And actually, the night I spent in the hotel before the show was the first full night of sleep I'd had in months, so that was pretty magical,” says Fink.

“I have to say I was delighted by how many people were cheering me on! Several of my Pace buddies texted, emailed, and posted messages of support on social media, which was pretty awesome.”

This is Fink’s third appearance on a national game show—she’s also appeared on The Weakest Link and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?—and has built what is undoubtedly the most impressive game show resume in Pace history.


As we look back on the 20172018 academic year, we wanted to once again celebrate our fantastic Pace professors for all of their remarkable accomplishments. In case you missed them, here are some highlights from our Faculty Success Stories column from throughout the year: