Student Notes

Gabe DeLeon ‘09

Gabe DeLeon ‘09

Briana Hauff

Briana Hauff

From left, Abraham Collazo, Stacy Beaupre and Michael Skovira

From left, Abraham Collazo, Stacy Beaupre and Michael Skovira

Musical Theater major Christopher Brick ‘11, co-starred in the Off-Broadway production of Judy and Me this fall.

Biology majors Gabe DeLeon ‘09 and Margaret Cavino ‘09, along with Associate Professor Nancy Krucher, PhD, Biology and Health Sciences, presented their research on “Activation of Cancer Cell Suicide” at the international conference, “Cancer Models and Mechanisms” at Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. in August 2008. Their project examined the role of specific mediators on activation and apoptosis of cancer cells.

Briana Hauff, an environmental science graduate student, was selected by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and the Saudi Royal Government to take part in a climate change expedition to the Red Sea on Nov. 7, 2008, with Assistant Professor James Cervino, who is also a Visiting Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and other international scientists from Australia and the EU. They will be surveying uncharted reefs as well as drilling cores into 5,000-year-old corals to detect past climates. [Read about their visit on the Dyson Blog.]

SCHOLASTICA, the newsletter of the Pforzheimer Honors College, Pace University (Pleasantville), was awarded First Prize in the National Collegiate Honors Council newsletter contest. Entries came from Honors Colleges and Honors Programs across the U.S. The editor of SCHOLASTICA was Nicole Papaioannou ‘08, B.A. English and Communications. The award was presented at the Presidential Luncheon on October 25, 2008, during the annual conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council San Antonio, Texas. Prof. Christopher Walther, Honors Advisor, accepted the award and spoke at the conference session, “How to Create a Winning Newsletter.” This is not the first time that the Pforzheimer Honors College (Pleasantville) has won this prestigious competition. Two years ago, under the editorship of Maria Tomassi, SCHOLASTICA also was awarded First Prize.

In recognition of his academic achievement as well as other criteria, including community and professional service/involvement, Michael Skovira ‘09 received one of only six $1,000 scholarships awarded by the New York State Society of Physician Assistants.

For the fifth year in a row, the Pace Physician Assistant program sent a team to compete in the Medical Jeopardy Tournament at the annual New York State Society of Physician Assistant (NYSSPA) Fall Conference in October 2008. Michael Skovira ‘09, Stacy Beaupre ‘09, and Abraham Collazo ‘10 competed against eight other teams from the New York. Approximately 20 Pace students and PA faculty were seated in the audience excitedly cheering on their team to an audience comprising over 300 conference attendees. The Pace team played well but this year’s winner was St. John’s University.  Undaunted, the Pace team is now honing their medical trivia and will compete in the 2009 National Medical Challenge Bowl hosted by the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants at the 37th Annual American Academy of Physician Assistants conference in May in San Diego.

In recognition of her academic achievement as well as financial need, extracurricular activities and future goals as a physician assistant, Suzanne Sagues ‘09 was awarded one of forty $2,000 scholarships from the Physician Assistant Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).

Four alumni from the Communication Sciences and Disorders program, Christine Bartosciewicz, Suzie Catherine Ip, Cindy Chavez , and Maryrose Canellas (MC) have all presented their research at regional and national American Speech-Language-Hearing Association conferences. Chavez, who is currently enrolled in the Long Island AuD Consortium, Adelphi University, has presented her work on noise levels in a tertiary NICU at the American Academy of Audiology national conference and at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association conference in November. Ip won the 2004 ASHA Students Preparing for Academic and Research Careers (SPARC) Award; she was one of 5 undergraduates to win this award. Only 17 projects were funded out of 135 applicants. Canellas won the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NYSSLHA) Undergraduate Research Award in 2006. Canellas also presented her work at the Dyson Fellows conference in 2006 and her work was published in Transactions.