2013-2014 Faculty and Staff News

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Department of American Studies Co-Sponsors Conference

Department of American Studies Co-Sponsors Conference

The Department of American Studies co-sponsored the 2013 New York Metropolitan American Studies Association Conference on November 2. Distinguished faculty from the Cornell University, Penn State, and Hunter College, among others, gathered to explore this year’s conference theme, American Masculinities.

Women’s’ National Book Association

Women Writing Women’s Lives

On November 14, Dyson College and the NY chapter of the Women’s’ National Book Association co-sponsored the Women Writing Women’s Lives seminar, an event featuring female biographers who write about female subjects.  The seminar included some of today’s most interesting biographers including Dyson Distinguished Professor Emerita, Jean Fagan Yellin, author of Harriet Jacobs: A Life

Andy Blankenbuehler

Tony Award-winning Choreographer at PPA

Pace Performing Arts’ Commercial Dance program announces Tony Award-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler as a guest artist for Fall 2013.   Blankenbuehler won the 2008 Tony Award for his choreography of In The Heights.  His other Broadway credits include the current revival of Annie and 9 To 5, among others. Blankenbuehler will teach several master classes and stage DO WAH DO from one of his new theater projects.

Matthew Bolton at UN

Matthew Bolton at the UN

Political Science Assistant Professor Matthew Bolton addressed the United Nations General Assembly First Committee on October 29, on behalf of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working on disarmament, peacebuilding and humanitarian issues.  Bolton, an expert on global disarmament policy, called for disarmament driven by the needs and rights of people most affected by armed violence. 

The Mutilated

PPA’s Cosmin Chivu Gets Shining Review in NY Times

The NY Times gave a shining review to Cosmin Chivu’s revival of the Tennessee William comedy, The Mutilated, starring fringe legends Mink Stole and Penny Arcade.  Chivu directs the play.  Cast and crew members include PPA faculty Graham Kindred, Angela Wendt and Lauren Gaul, and numerous PPA alumni and students.  The play runs through December 1 at the New Ohio Theater.

Florence Denmark

Florence Denmark Receives Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award

Florence Denmark, distinguished research professor of Psychology (NYC), was the recent recipient of a 2013 Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award Trust.  The trust recognizes professors who have inspired their students to make a difference in their communities.  The recipients were honored on November 9 at the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA. 

Bill Williams

Bill Williams’ Essays Published in New York Times

Pace Performing Arts adjunct acting professor Bill Williams’ essay about his son’s  tragic passing was published in the New York Times online Opinionator in late October of this year.  Another essay about his son William was published in the Times in May.

Farrokh Hormozi

Hormozi Quoted in CNBC Article

Farrokh Hormozi, chair of Dyson’s Department of Public Administration, commented on New York City’s then mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio’s potential effect on Wall Street.  Read more here.

John Doyle

Tony Winner Is PPA Artist-in-Residence

Scottish director John Doyle is Pace Performing Arts Musical Theater Program’s second artist-in-residence. Doyle, whose inventive re-staging of Sweeney Todd earned him a Tony Award, will teach a variety of master classes and critique student projects, The unique artist-in-residence program within the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences is made possible through an anonymously endowed gift.

Effects of Global Conflicts on Health

Conflict and Global Health

Judy Cheng-Hopkins, Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations for Peacebuilding Support was the keynote speaker at The Effects of Conflict on Global Health Conference held on October 23, 2013 at the Pleasantville campus.  The conference examined the effects of conflict on the human condition, on our environment and on our planet.  Dyson co-sponsored the event along with the Leinhard School of Nursing and the United Nations Association. 

Hunter Daiyan

Art Historian’s Interview on Huffington Post Blog

An extensive interview with Distinguished Professor of Art History Janetta Rebold Benton was posted to the Huffington Post’s Arts & Culture blog.  Rebold Benton is currently giving a lecture series titled, Art is Alive at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts.  The series runs through October 30.

Hunter Daiyan

Nanjing Police Officer Is Visiting Research Scholar

Hunter Daiyan, senior staff member of the Nanjin, China, Public Security Bureau joins the Department of Criminal Justice and Security as a visiting research scholar.  His work in New York will examine crime prevention and its analysis and is supported by the Chinese Scholarship Council.


Film Festival Favorite Concussion Opens in NYC and LA

The independent feature film Concussion opened in theaters in NYC and LA on October 4.   The film, about a fortysomething mid-life crisis, was a favorite at film festivals around the country including the important Sundance Film Festival.  Pace Performing Arts’s Julie Fain Lawrence plays a supporting role in the film.

Erica Kipp

Results of Dyson College Grant Published 

The Biology and Health Sciences Department’s Erica Kipp and recent biology alumnus Michael Boyle ‘13 had their paper on the effects of heat stress on cellular biochemistry and chlorophyll production published in the Research in Plant Sciences journal.  The research was made possible by a grant from the Dyson College 2011-12 Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Initiative.

Jane Dickson

Jane Dickson's Solo Show

Professor of Art Jane Dickson’s show, Out of Here: Paintings 1999-2013, is on view at the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, NY through November 30. These large-scale oil paintings document more than a decade of Dickson's travels in the Hudson Valley.  Dickson will give an artist talk on Sunday, November 10 between 2-3pm.

Global Asia Studies

Global Asia Studies, a New Major

Dyson's Department of History, NYC, is pleased to announce the launch of a new major on the NYC campus - Global Asia Studies, a program designed for the study of Asian cultures, languages, histories and economies.  Today, the competitive advantage favors those with foreign language skills and knowledge of international cultures in addition to their own.  The breadth and depth of the Global Asia Studies program will equip graduates with both.

Richard Schlesinger

Schlesinger Appointed to
CDC Project

Associate Dean and Professor of Biology and Health Sciences Richard Schlesinger was appointed as a technical advisor to the Centers for Disease Control’s Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) chemical exposure exercise scenario.   The exercise helps to ensure maximum worker protection in a contaminated occupational environment.

Peggy Minnis

Dyson Offers Its First Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Peggy Minnis, lecturer in the department of chemistry and physical sciences, launched Dyson College’s first MOOC – massive open online course.  The course is GIS Basics, which teaches analytical mapping.  It runs for 12 weeks, and is free and open to the public. 

Elmer-Rico Mojica

Chemistry Professor Has Research Published in Two Scientific Journals

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Physical Sciences Elmer-Rico E. Mojica is the author and co-author of two research papers published in September in the Journal of Molecular Modeling and Analytical Chemistry.  Both papers highlight the use of computational methods in the preparation of materials for the extraction of a chemical found in complex samples such as blood, soil, and groundwater.

Richard Shadick

Washington Times: Aaron Alexis’ History Renews Debate on Mental Health, Gun Crimes

“He did go to a very dangerous facility, a place that would be quite dangerous for him. He’s going to a place where he most likely will be jeopardizing his own life,” said Richard Shadick, director of the counseling center and an adjunct professor of psychology at Pace University in New York City. “This was not a movie theater where you can get in and get out.” Read the article.

Susan G Komen Race for the Cure

Pace Takes Award for Largest University Team at Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

Ellen Mandel, Dyson College professor of Media, Communications and Visual Arts, rallied the largest university team to participate in the 2013 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Pace was awarded the prize for largest university team and Mandel, a longtime volunteer with the Race, was also recognized as Volunteer of the Year by the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

Doctoral Program in Mental Health Counseling

Psychology Department’s PhD Program in the News

The Department of Psychology’s doctoral program in mental health counseling was the focus of an article in the Pleasantville Daily Voice.

Guerrilla Girls at Fingesten Gallery

Guerrilla Girls at Fingesten Gallery

Peter Fingesten Gallery at Pace University, New York City campus, presents Guerrilla Girls 1985-2000. Organized by Robin Tewes, professor of art at Pace’s Dyson College, the group show is a retrospective of poster work produced by the Guerrilla Girls, an anonymous female art collective. The show opened on September 17 and runs through October 12.

Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration Degree Now Offered at NYC Campus

Conveniently located across from New York’s City Hall, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree can now be earned at the New York City campus. “We are pleased by the expansion of the program and for students to take advantage of the strong connections to the city’s leaders, policy makers, and non-profit organizations,” said Farrokh Hormozi, program chair.

The Hill

The Hill’s Congress Blog: Hesitating Over Syria

“Members of Congress should hesitate before forcing the hands of President Obama to act on the Syria conflict before it is the right time,” writes Michael Izady, an adjunct professor of Middle Eastern and Western history at Dyson College. Izady is an expert on the Middle East who helps train and brief Special Forces troops and others in the U.S. military here and overseas on ethnic and social issues. Read more on The Hill.

China Daily

Izady Interviewed about Syria by Chinese-language Press

Michael Izady, adjunct professor of Middle Eastern and Western history at Dyson College, was interviewed by the China Daily News and the People’s Daily about the crisis in Syria

Women in Performing Arts

Women in Performing Arts Symposium

Amy Rogers, director of the BFA Musical Theater program at Pace Performing Arts, was a panelist at the first annual Women in the Performing Arts Symposium. The symposium was presented by the Broadway Dreams Foundation.

The Epoch Times

Michael Izady on Egypt's Military

Michael Izady, Dyson College adjunct professor of Middle Eastern and Western history, believes that when it comes to Egypt’s military, the United States still has leverage. Read the full story in the Epoch Times.

Barbara Friedman

Barbara Friedman's Solo Show at BCB Art Gallery

Dyson Professor of Art Barbara Friedman presents her new paintings and drawings in a solo show, Face Lifts, at BCB Art in Hudson, New York.  The show runs through September 15.

Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal, Inside the Actors Studio

James Lipton, dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama  School, interviewed Golden Globe and Academy Award-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal on August 20 at the Michael Schimmel Center for an episode of Bravo TV’s  Inside the Actors Studio.

Farrokh Hormozi

Farrokh Hormozi Quoted in Article about Drop in Unemployment Rate

Professor of Economics and Chair of the department of Public Administration Farrokh Hormozi commented on digital technology and productivity for an article in the Asbury Park Press about jobs in New Jersey.

Jennifer Powell-Lunder

Jennifer Powell-Lunder Quoted in Newsday

Jennifer Powell-Lunder, adjunct professor of psychology (Pleasantville), was quoted in a Newsday article offering advice to parents of college-age children.

Nira Herrmann

Nira Herrmann Reappointed Dean of Dyson College

Nira Herrmann was reappointed to a third term as dean of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. Under Herrmann’s leadership, Dyson has experienced exceptional growth in size, depth of academic programming, quality of faculty and staff, and overall reputation for excellence. Since becoming Dean in 2004, undergraduate enrollment has increased 45%; graduate enrollment, up 79%. Nearly 50% of Pace undergraduates are Dyson majors.

Andriy Danylenko

Slavic Languages Symposium Held in Japan

Andriy Danylenko, associate professor of Russian Language and Culture and current Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow, and his colleague Motoki Nomachi of Hokkaido University organized a symposium on the topic of areal-typological study of Slavic languages in Modern Europe. Prominent scholars from North America, Europe, Middle East, and Japan participated.


Grant Kretchik in Lead Ensemble Role

Grant Kretchik, director of Pace Performing Arts BFA Acting program, takes a leading ensemble role in the world premiere production of Einstein. The play opened on August 11 at Theatre at St. Clement’s and runs through August 25.

Jefferson Awards

Tracy Basile and Joan Katen Receive Jefferson Awards

Known as the Nobel Prize for public service, the Jefferson Awards honor individuals for their community and public service in the United States. Tracy Basile, adjunct professor for Environmental Studies and English (PLV), and Joan Katen, adjunct professor for Peace and Justice Studies and Political Science (PLV) each received Bronze Medal Awards in recognition of their work.

Robin Tewes

Robin Tewes Work at artsites Gallery

Robin Tewes’, adjunct professor of Art, art work can be seen at artsites, a gallery in Riverhead, New York. Her work is part of the group show, summer of love: found & lost. The show closes on August 18.

Amy Rogers

Amy Rogers Directs Dogfight

The 2013 Lucille Lortel Award-winning musical Dogfight — an unlikely love story between a clumsy waitress and a Vietnam-bound soldier that features a pop-rock score— will be given its first staging, following its Off-Broadway premiere, Oct. 2-9 at Pace University’s Schaeberle Theatre.  Pace Performing Arts Director of Musical Theater, Amy Rogers, directs.  The production was featured in the Playbill VIP Spotlight.

Matthew Bolton

Drone Symposium

On June 5, scholars from Pace University and beyond joined this debate with a ‘Robotic Weapons Control Symposium’ at the Downtown Campus, organized by Matthew Bolton, assistant professor of political science. The symposium was funded by a $7,500 Thinkfinity Grant from Verizon Foundation.

Durahn Taylor

Durahn Taylor’s Research Article Is Published in History Journal

Assistant Professor of History Durahn Taylor’s research article, From Hyde Park to Harlem: The Emergence of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Black Constituency in New York City was published in the January 2013 edition of Afro-Americans in New York Life and History.

Lee Evans

Lee Evans’ Book Is Published

Pace Performing Arts Professor Lee Evans’ Crash Course in Chords, a theory and performance workbook for piano, was published in May by Hal Leonard Corporation.

Westchester Youth Police Academy

Westchester Youth Police Academy, Class of 2013

The Westchester Youth Police Academy’s graduation ceremony was held on June 6. The academy is a six-week program designed for high school seniors interested in careers in law enforcement, and for the first time, graduates earned three college credits in criminal justice from Dyson College’s department of criminal justice and security. For three years running, Pace has supported the program, providing training facilities free-of-charge.

The Actors Studio

The Actors Studio Makes The Hollywood Reporter’s List of Top 25 Drama Schools

The Actors Studio was named one of the top 25 drama schools in the world by The Hollywood Reporter for the second year in a row. The Actors Studio shared the list with esteemed institutions such as Julliard, the Yale School of Drama and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

Cicada Installation

Sayre and Becket’s Site Specific Installation at NJ Sculpture Park

Don’t Sing to Me Anymore, Cicada, a site specific installation by Roger Sayre and Charlotte Becket, professors in the department of art, recently opened at the Wildflower Sculpture Park, South Mountain Reservation in Essex, New Jersey. The installation will be on view through June 2014.

Thalia Goldstein

Thalia Goldstein’s Book is Published

Art for Art’s Sake? The Impact of Arts Education, co-authored by Assistant Professor of Psychology (New York), Thalia Goldstein, was published in June by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The book covers the performing arts, visual arts and creative writing and explores the possible psychological outcomes from arts training.

Jennifer Powell-Lunder

Pleasantville Psychology Professor a Guest on NPR’s Talk of the Nation

Jennifer Powell-Lunder, adjunct professor of psychology (Pleasantville), was a guest on Talk of the Nation, National Public Radio’s live, news-talk program. She discussed the topic of breaking bad news to kids in a media saturated culture. Listen to the program or read the transcript here.

Mary Timney

Mary Timney Delivers
Keynote Address at Public Administration Conference

As a prominent member of the public administration theory community, Professor of Public Administration Mary Timney was invited to deliver the opening keynote address at the 2013 Public Administration Theory Network (PAT-Net) Conference in San Francisco on May 31. She received a standing ovation for her address, Governing After the Failed Paradigm: A New Economics for Utopia.

Marcy Kelly

Marcy Kelly Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

Marcy Kelly, professor of biology and health sciences, was recently awarded a $180K grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant was awarded in recognition of Kelly’s innovative work in creating and implementing new learning materials and teaching strategies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The funds will be used to support the department’s second year biology major lab core course.

Left Forum 2013

Department of Political Science Sponsors Left Forum

The Left Forum 2013, a conference of progressive intellectuals, organizations and academics, will take place Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9 at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts. Participants include Dyson College political science faculty, activist and MIT professor Noam Chomsky, and film director Oliver Stone. This ticketed event is open to the public. Read more about it here.

Janetta Rebold Benton<

Dyson College Art Historian Has Book Published

Distinguished Professor of Art History, Janetta Rebold Benton co-authored Handbook for the Humanities. The book was published earlier this year by Pearson Education.

Joseph Ryan

Heat Wave = Crime Wave? Joseph Ryan comments on PIX11 News

Joseph Ryan, Criminal Justice and Security department chair, was featured in a PIX11 news segment about a recent spate of deadly gun violence in New York City. He offered his expert opinion on the correlation between violence and hot weather conditions. He suggested ways in which violence can be mitigated during hot summer months.

Anthony Mancini

Anthony Mancini’s Research Featured in New York Times article

Assistant Professor of Psychology (Pleasantville), Anthony Mancini and his article, The Trouble with Averages, about resilience and stressful life events, featured prominently in a recent New York Times op-ed article, When Numbers Mislead.

AliReza Vaziri

Undergraduate Research Showcase Winners

The winners of this year’s Undergraduate Research Showcase are, professor John Horne and Ruchi Sheth ’13 for their work on the olfactory system in zebrafish, and, professor Marley Bauce and senior AliReza Vaziri for their project on Pace’s campus-wide sustainability initiatives. The research showcase is the culmination of research carried out under the Undergraduate Student-Faculty Research Program.

Farrokh Hormozi

Economics Professor Comments on Workforce Hiring for Monster.com

Farrokh Hormozi, professor of economics and department public administration chair, was quoted in the Monster.com Workforce Planning article, How Economic Growth Could Impact Staffing in 2013 on hiring and the economy.

Jennifer Powell-Lunder

Dyson College Expert Comments on Supporters of Accused Boston Bomber in USA Today

Psychology (Pleasantville) adjunct professor, Jennifer Powell-Lunder, spoke to USA Today about the small group of young people, mostly female, who have taken to social media to proclaim the innocence of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19 year-old is Boston bombing suspect.

Rebecca Martin

Rebecca Martin Edits Book on Crime Fiction

Rebecca Martin, professor of English, has edited the book, Critical Insights: Crime and Detective Fiction. The book is a collection of twelve essays that examines crime writing on a global scale with essays on Chinese, Latin American, Japanese and other Asian, Nordic, and Native American writing about crime and detection. The book was published by Salem Press.

Bill Offutt

Bill Offutt Receives Kenan Award

Bill M. Offutt, professor of history, was awarded the Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence, New York City campus, for the academic year 2012-3. Faculty who receive this have been “Nominated by their Colleagues and Students, Selected by their Peers.”

Durahn Taylor

Durahn Taylor Receives Kenan Award

Durahn Taylor, assistant professor of history, was awarded the Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence, Pleasantville campus, for the academic year 2012-3. Faculty who receive this have been “Nominated by their Colleagues and Students, Selected by their Peers.”

Mayoral Debate

Equality Can’t Wait: Mayoral Forum

The department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the National Organization for Women hosted a mayoral forum. Mayoral candidates Christine Quinn, Bill de Blasio, John Liu, Bill Thompson, John Catsimatidis, Joe Lhota, and Adolfo Carrión Jr. debated critical issues impacting women, girls and all New Yorkers. Joyce Purnick, former New York Times political writer and author of Mike Bloomberg: Money, Power, and Politics moderated.

Dyson Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Awards

Dyson Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Awards

The Dyson Faculty Excellence in Scholarship Award in the area of humanities and the arts was awarded to Andriy Danylenko, associate professor of modern languages and cultures. In the area of natural sciences, social sciences and mathematics the award went to Melissa Grigione, associate professor in the department of biology and health sciences and director of the graduate program in environmental science.

PhD in Mental Health Counseling

Pace’s First Ph.D. Program in the News

An article about Dyson College Department of Psychology’s Ph.D. in Mental Health Counseling program was published in the Pleasantville Daily Voice. The program, offered on the Pleasantville campus, is Pace’s first Doctor of Philosophy degree. The Ph.D. will be the first such degree in Mental Health Counseling in New York State.

Nancy Reagin

Trekkies Take to the National Air and Space Museum

On May 16 Nancy Reagin, professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies, will take part in the panel discussion Star Trek’s Continuing Relevance at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. Admission is free.

Karla Jay

Karla Jay Presented with Trailblazer Award

Distinguished Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies Karla Jay was present the Trailblazer Award at the LGBTQA & Social Justice Center’s inaugural Lavender Award Ceremony. She was recognized for her lifetime of leadership, education, advocacy and service to the LGBTQA community in and outside of Pace University.

Nicholas Catalano

Nicholas Catalano Receives Peter X. Finnerty Leadership Award

The Pace University Department of Athletics announced that Nicholas Catalano, professor of literature and music, was selected as this year’s Peter X. Finnerty Leadership Award recipient for his pioneering work in the formation of the Pace Football program in the late 1960’s. He was honored as part of the Pace Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

Susan Herman

Justice Department Honors Pace Professor

The U.S. Department of Justice selected Pace Associate Professor Susan Herman to receive the National Crime Victim Service Award for her commitment to advocating for victims’ rights for more than 30 years. The prestigious award recognizes programs and individuals whose work has been particularly noteworthy, and that exemplify the long-term commitment that characterizes many of our nation’s victim service providers.

Fed Challenge Team

Economics Team Goes to Fed Challenge Finals

It was a first in the history of Pace University. Dyson College economics majors Nashrah Ahmed, Kelsey Berro, Daniel Boutarel, William Hellander, and Sofya Sternik comprised the award-winning College Fed Challenge team that took Pace to the national competition in Washington, D.C. This was the first time Pace advanced to the national finals. Their outstanding performance was recognized with an honorable mention.

Mark Weinstock

The Dyson College Award for Innovation and Creativity in Teaching Goes to…

Mark Weinstock, lecturer in economics was presented Pace University’s Dyson College Award for Innovation and Creativity in Teaching in recognition of his development of innovative new courses and of his outstanding work with students in numerous programs including the College Fed Reserve Challenge, where, for the first time, the Pace team advanced to the national finals.

Earth Day

Chemistry Students March
for the Earth

Approximately 175 students and faculty from Dyson College and other local colleges and universities walked the Brooklyn Bridge to raise awareness about Earth Day. The march was part of the American Chemical Society’s 2nd Annual Chemists Celebrate Earth Day Event. Adjunct Professor Marley Bauce, gave a keynote address about the interconnectedness of the human species and the planet earth.

Christopher Malone

Christopher Malone on Representative Maloney’s Regional Campaign Donors

Christopher Malone, department chair and associate professor of political science, was quoted by New York Newsday in an article about freshman Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-Cold Spring) and his regional fundraising.

Joseph Ryan

Joseph Ryan in the Media

Joseph Ryan, chair and professor of the criminal justice and security program, was interviewed by The Journal News, Mid-Hudson News Network and WPAP, a Clear Channel radio station in Florida, about the tragedy in Boston. He was also quoted in Newsday about the decline in violent crime across the Hudson Valley in 2011.

Matthew Bolton

Matthew Bolton Interviewed for The Drone Media Project Documentary

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Matthew Bolton, was interviewed for a short documentary about international efforts to regulate military robots. The piece can be viewed online here.

Joseph Ryan

Lecture on September 11 Tragedy Examines Ways to Minimize Risk to Firefighters

The Criminal Justice and Security program, chaired by Joseph Ryan, hosted a talk by guest speaker, John Flynn, as a part of its semi-annual lecture series. Flynn, a retired NYC firefighter, holds a degree in civil engineering. He spoke about the 9/11 tragedy and the structural engineering and managerial factors that effected the outcomes.

Anant Agarwal

Anant Agarwal, founder of edX, Kicks Off Dyson Day Conference

The annual Dyson Day conference took place on April 12 at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts on the New York City campus and focused on the theme of Addressing Critical Challenges for the Liberal Arts College. Keynote speaker Anant Agarwal gave a timely presentation on “Reinventing Education.”

Anthony Mancini

Anthony Mancini Quoted in Huffington Post Article About Boston Tragedy

Assistant Professor of Psychology (Pleasantville campus), Anthony Mancini, spoke to the Huffington Post about how letting children voice their feelings and concerns can help soften the impact of tragic events like the bombing at the Boston marathon. Dr. Mancini’s focus is on trauma and resilience.

Diane Cypkin

Diane Cypkin Performs at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville

Diane Cypkin, professor of media and communication arts, has been delighting audiences nationwide with her Musical Salute to Molly Picon: Star of the Yiddish Theatre. It will be performed at 5pm, Sunday, April 21 at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville as part of the Westchester Jewish Film Festival. The performance is a part of the In Search of Yiddish film screening.


A Win for Media, Communications and Visual Arts students and Program Director Maria Luskay

The group’s short documentary film, The Battle Behind the Bottle: A Film on the Cork Question, was awarded the Bronze Reel for Outstanding Student Work at the 44th Annual Media Communications Association – International (MCA-I) Media Festival.

Thalia Goldstein

Thalia Goldstein Wins Roots
of Empathy Grant

Thalia Goldstein, assistant professor of psychology on the New York City Campus, was recently awarded a grant from the groundbreaking Roots of Empathy Foundation. The grant will help fund an important study of the development of empathy in children and their play.

cbc radio

Should the West Arm the Syrian Opposition?

The uprising in Syria began more than two years ago, and since then the conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives and created over one million refugees. Paul Londrigan, adjunct professor of political science (Pleasantville campus), spoke to CBC Radio about how the West should be weary of arming the Syrian opposition. He pointed to instances in history where similar moves have made conflicts worse. Listen to the interview.

Melissa Grigione

Pace Academy Appoints its First Consulting Faculty for Academic Affairs

Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Melissa Grigione as its first Consulting Faculty for Academic Affairs. Dr. Grigione will assist Pace Academy with development of academic programming and research fundraising.

Richard Schlesinger

Dr. Richard Schlesinger Appointed to the EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee

Associate Dean and Biology and Health Sciences Professor Richard Schlesinger has been appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee on Nitrogen Dioxide Ambient Air Quality Standards panel for a three-year term. The panel plays an important part in protecting public health and air quality.

Abbey Berg

Professor works with UNICEF to Design Study of Hearing Screening Tools for Children in Developing Countries

Dyson Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders Abbey L. Berg was asked by UNICEF to design a study comparing a low-cost hearing screening instrument to more costly equipment. If measurements from the low-cost instrument prove accurate, it could be an economical screening tool used in developing countries. >> Read more

Julie Taymor

Broadway Director Julie Taymor Discusses the Creative Process & the Business of Show Business

Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor, spoke to a rapt audience at The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts as part of the Pace Master Series. A veteran director of stage and screen, Ms. Taymor is best known for her Broadway production of The Lion King and, most recently, Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark.
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Valley of the Deer

Jillian McDonald Creates New Video Work, Valley of the Deer

Associate Professor of Art and Co-Director of the Pace Digital Gallery Jillian McDonald created a new video work Valley of the Deer while an Artist in Residence at the Glenfiddich International Artist Residency in Dufftown, Scotland, home to the Glenfiddich Scotch Whiskey distillery. The video is currently on exhibition through April 20th at the Queens Nails Gallery in San Francisco.

Mandy Moore

“I’m loving some Pace!”
Mandy Moore, Emmy nominated Artist in Residence at Pace Performing Arts Commercial Dance Program

Mandy Moore, best known for her work on the hit show So You Think You Can Dance, was on campus for five days, to audition and rehearse Commercial Dance students for her piece, Dance In a Straight Line.
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Barbara Friedman Paintings

Barbara Friedman at Studio 10 Gallery

Professor of Art Barbara Friedman’s latest work is part of a group show at Studio 10 in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The show runs through March 3.