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September 2017: Faculty Success Stories

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Pace University's faculty has been hard at work this summer winning top-notch grants, presenting research abroad, winning prestigious awards, and so much more.

National Institute of Health Awards Big Grant

Dyson Biology Assistant Professor Zafir Buraei, PhD, was recently awarded a $372,130 grant from the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences, entitled “Voltage-Gated Calcium Channel Modulation by RGK Proteins." Calcium channels regulate many aspects of brain, heart, and muscle function, and their mutations can cause neurological and cardiovascular disease. His project will investigate a new way by which RGK proteins control calcium channels in order to expose aberrant regulation of mutant calcium channels that cause diseases. This prestigious and competitive grant will fund not only his work on calcium channels, but also undergraduate research. Undergraduates will be involved in all aspects of his project and will be integral to the hands-on research experience.

Blotting Out the Sun

Pace University made news around Westchester with an eclipse viewing party that attracted an estimated 500 community members to campus. Seidenberg Adjunct Professor Matt Ganis, PhD, and Westchester amateur astronomers spoke to attendees about the science of the eclipse while guiding the crowd to view the event through special glasses and a telescope.

Environmental Advocate

Elisabeth Haub School of Law Dean Emeritus Richard Ottinger has been recognized by the American Bar Association for his leadership in environmental policy. The American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources presented Ottinger with its 2017 Award for Distinguished Achievement in Environmental Law and Policy at its annual meeting on August 13. The award is presented annually to those who have made an outstanding contribution to environmental policy.

Bipedal Expression

College of Health Professions Associate Professor Lauri D. Nemetz and James Earls (UK) presented the oral presentation, “The Connected Body: Born to Walk and Dance. Bipedalism to Artistic Expression Through the Lens of Anatomy Trains®” at the International Movement 2017 Brain, Body, Cognition Conference at Oxford this past July. Using the framework of myofascial anatomy, the presentation also covered the role of dance ethnography and the impact of environmental space of the evolution of human movement.  

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