Faculty and Staff News

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.  Additionally, Katen was selected to represent Pace at the Jefferson Awards National Ceremonies in Washington DC and compete for a Gold Medal Award.  

Jefferson Awards

Nicholas Catalano  

Professor of Literature and Music Nick Catalano became a regular contributor to the Ezine Arts & Opinion

On June 5, scholars from Pace University and beyond joined a 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.  

Dr. Matthew Bolton

Andriy Danylenko  

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.  The two-day symposium took place in Sapporo, Japan on August 11-12 and was co-sponsored by Dyson College.

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. The large-scale oil paintings document more than a decade of Dickson's travels in the Hudson Valley.   

Jane Dickson

Lee Evans  

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

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’ Julie Fain Lawrence plays a supporting role in the film.  


Barbara Friedman  

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

Art for Art’s Sake? The Impact of Arts Education, co-authored by Assistant Professor of Psychology  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.  

Thalia Goldstein

Farrokh Hormozi  

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.

Michael Izady, adjunct professor of Middle Eastern and Western history, was quoted extensively in the media on events in Egypt and Syria.  Read the full stories in the The Hill, China Daily News, Epoch Times, and People’s Daily  

The Hill

Karla Jay  

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.

Marcy Kelly, professor of biology and health sciences, was one of three biologists selected to lead this year’s American Society for Microbiology and National Science Foundation Biology Scholars Transition Residency.  The residency helps science education researchers develop and prepare their work for presentation and publication.   

Microbiology Conference

Erica Kipp  

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.

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



Anthony Mancini  

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

Rebecca Martin, professor of English, has edited the book, Critical Insights: Crime and Detective Fiction. This collection of twelve essays, which 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, was published by Salem Press.


Rebecca Martin

Elmer-Rico Mojica  

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.

Bill Offutt, professor of history, was awarded the Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence, New York City campus, for the academic year 2012-3.


Bill Offutt


Will Pappenheimer, associate professor of Art, was a co-collaborator on FiFo Room, augmented reality work commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  The work travelled to the Centre Pompidou Metz, France.

Pappenheimer’s other site specific augmented reality works, Biomer Skelters, Skype Petition City and Halo, were on view at FACT Media Arts Centre, Liverpool, U.K., the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. and the Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne, Australia. 

The Political Science Department is proud to have led the effort to bring back the Left Forum conference to Pace in June 2013 – the biggest conference on leftist and progressive politics of its kind in the world.



Jennifer Powell-Lunder  

Jennifer Powell-Lunder, adjunct professor of psychology 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

Powell-Lunder was also quoted in a Newsday article offering advice to parents of college-age children.

Nancy Reagin, professor of History and Women's and Gender Studies, took part in the panel discussion Star Trek’s Continuing Relevance at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, in May.


Nancy Reagin

Hunter Daiyan  

Distinguished Professor of Art History, Janetta Rebold Benton, presented an all-day seminar at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, on "Four Masters and Their Masterpieces: Michelangelo, Rubens, Monet, and van Gogh.

Also, in October an extensive interview with Rebold Benton was published in the Huffington Post Arts & Culture blog.

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.  


Amy Rogers

Joseph Ryan  

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

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


Cicada Installation

Richard Schlesinger  

Associate Dean and Professor of Biology and Health Sciences Richard Schlesinger was appointed as a technical advisor to the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) chemical exposure program.  The program sets maximum exposure limits in occupational environments.   Schlesinger’s role is to confirm scientific veracity and adherence to CDC guidelines.

Additionally, Schlesinger is serving as section editor for the book Comparative Biology of the Respiratory Tract byElsevier Publishers.

Richard Shadick, director of the Pace University Counseling Center and an adjunct professor of psychology, spoke to the Washington Times about mental health and gun crimes. 


Richard Shadick

Durahn Taylor  

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

Taylor was also awarded the Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence, Pleasantville campus, for the academic year 2012-3.

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 closed on August 18.


Robin Tewes

Mary Timney  

Professor of Public Administration Mary Timney delivered 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.

Associate Dean Adelia Williams was the eponym for the 2013 Adelia Williams Class of the Dyson Society of Fellows. The induction ceremony took place in April.


Adelia Williams Class of the Society of Fellows

In Memoriam
Dyson College mourns the loss of Barbara Roberts.  She was a Pace University staff member for 25 years. Most recently, she served as the Graduate Studies Advisor for the Department of Psychology on the Pleasantville campus and played a key role in recruiting and retaining graduate students for the MS in Counseling program.