Faculty Notes

Book Publications

David Castronovo, PhD, English, had his book, written in collaboration with Janet Groth, Critic in Love: A Romantic Biography of Edmund Wilson (Shoemaker & Hoard, 2005), favorably discussed by Elissa Schappell in her Vanity Fair column “Hot Type,” in December 2005.

Sid Ray, PhD, English, had her book, Holy Estates: Marriage and Monarchy in Shakespeare and His Contemporaries, published ( Susquehanna University Press, 2005).
William Adams, Mathematics, had his book, Think First, Apply Math, Think Further: Food for Thought, published (Replica Books, 2005). Jonathan Silverman, PhD, English, had the paperback version of his book, The World is a Text: Writing, Reading, and Thinking About Culture and Its Contexts , co-authored with Dean Radar, published (Prentice Hall, 2005).
Karla Jay, PhD, English, had her most recent work, Tales of the Lavender Menace: a Memoir of Liberation (Basic Books, 1999), chosen by The New York Times Book Review as one of the Notable Books of the year. Eugene Richie, PhD, English, edited Selected Prose (Poets on Poets) by John Ashbery, which received the front page review in The New York Times Book Review, March 6, 2005.
Bob Swacker, History, had his book, Irish New York (Universe, 2006), coauthored with Leslie Jenkins, named as “Pick of the Month” for March 2006 by the Museum of the City of New York’s museum shop. Paul W. Griffin, PhD, Psychology, coauthored a text chapter with Dan Mroczek, PhD, (at Purdue University) and Ron Spiro, PhD, (at Boston VA/Boston University) titled “Personality and Aging” in Handbook of Personality and Aging, 6th ed. (Academic Press, 2006).


Jillian Mcdonald, Fine Arts, had a solo show at Jack the Pelican Presents Gallery in New York from March 24 - April 23. Her work was also featured at Fringe Exhibitions in Los Angeles (April), and vertexList Gallery in Brooklyn (December - March).

Journal Publications

Mary Timney, PhD, Political Science, had her article “Why States Must Develop Comprehensive Energy Policies” published in the November 2005 issue of PA Times, the American Society for Public Administration newspaper.

M. Doretta Cornell, PhD, English, had her poem, “ Rope Bridge,” published in Review for Religious Quarterly 65.1 2005.

Karla Jay, PhD, English, had her article, “When Darkness Falls: a Journey Into Visual Disability,” published in The Chronicle of Higher Education, January 20, 2006.

JaimeLee Rizzo, PhD, Chemistry, had her manuscript, “Diazabicyclo [2.2.2] Octane Derivatives: a Novel Class of Voltage-gated Potassium Channel Blockers,” published in the Fastforward section of the Journal of Molecular Biology, online at http://molpharm.aspetjournals.org.

Martha W. Driver, PhD, English, had her essay “‘Yet Another Part of the Very Expensive Forest’: A (Brief) Meditation on Medieval Studies and Popular Culture,” published in Medieval Academy News (Winter 2005): 9, and edited the annual Journal of the Early Book Society for Pace University.

Scholarly Activities

Mary Timney, PhD, Political Science, was the keynote speaker at the Japan-US-Canada Annual Conference on Local Government Autonomy, sponsored by the Japan Local Government Center in New York City in November 2005. The presentation was entitled “Citizen Participation in Theory and Practice” and featured the scorecard for citizen participation she developed.

Florence L. Denmark, Ph.D, Psychology, APA member (past-president of APA and member of Committee on Aging), attended an invitation-only Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee meeting on March 30 to discuss aging policy issues. Denmark and two other APA-member psychologists were among a select group of 20 national aging experts/advocates invited for a discussion with democratic leaders.

Linda Anstendig, PhD, English, Adelia Williams, PhD, Modern Languages, and Barbara Pennipede, MS, Planning, Assessment, Research, presented “An Interactive Teaching Circle: Measuring Learning Outcomes in a New Core Curriculum,” at the AAC&U Conference on General Education this March. This presentation is part of a year-long Pace University Presidential Assessment Grant.

Sean E. Richey, PhD, Political Science, received a Summer Visiting Professorship from the University of Tokyo where he will be conducting research on Japanese civic engagement this year.

Milton Schiffenbauer, PhD, Biology and Health Sciences, presented “The Potent Anti-Microbial Effects of White Tea,” at the World Tea Expo in Las Vegas this March.

Richard B. Schlesinger, PhD, Biology and Health Sciences, presented a talk on inhaled air pollutants at the annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology in San Diego this March.

Faculty Awards

Karla Jay, PhD, Distinguished Professor of English, received the Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement, which is bestowed upon a gay or lesbian writer for his or her body of work.

Jean Fagan Yellin, PhD, Distinguished Professor of English, has been honored with the MLA William Sanders Scarborough Prize for an outstanding scholarly study of black American literature or culture, for her Book Harriet Jacobs: A Life.

Richard Schlesinger, PhD, Biology and Health Sciences, is being honored with the 2006 Herbert Stokinger Award, a National Award for Significant Contribution to the broad field of industrial and environmental toxicology.

David N. Rahni, PhD, Chemistry, received the Outstanding Service Award of the American Chemical Society, New York section, at the annual conference in January 2006.

2006 Kenan Award Winner

The Kenan Award is presented to faculty by their colleagues in recognition of classroom performance, understanding of students, high standards of intellectual integrity, and the ability to serve as an inspiration.

Betty Torrance, PhD, Modern Languages and Cultures
Professor Torrance received her bachelor’s degree from Pomona College in California, her master’s from Columbia University, and her doctorate from the City University of New York. She began her teaching career at Good Counsel College in White Plains 40 years ago and while there she inspired by the motto Boni Consilii: wise, or good, counsel. Professor Torrance merged that motto with Pace’s motto of Opportunitas and, she says, it gave her a means grow as a person and as a professor. When she came to Pace University in 1966, she says, it provided the chance to work in a large urban/suburban setting, with all the challenges and opportunities that such an institution provides. During her years here she says she has been able to expand her knowledge as well as provide leadership in areas that were significant. Professor Torrance has served as chair of the Modern Languages and Cultures Department in Pleasantville, faculty coordinator for diversity, chair of Faculty Council in Westchester,and Director of International Programs for the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. Over the last 19 years, she has taken groups of students and faculty members to destinations including South and Central America and Spain. Two years ago, when stepping down from the position of chair of Faculty Council, Professor Torrance wrote a short farewell. It began: “The people of Pace are the power of Pace.”

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