Dyson News at a Glance: April 2017

 

NYC MODEL UN TEAM WINS AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE

The New York City Model United Nations Team competed at the 2017 National Model UN conference in New York City, March 19-23, 2017, where they took home six awards and placed 17th in number of awards received out of a competition of more than 150 universities and institutions. Among the awards won were an Honorable Mention delegation award, and multiple Outstanding Position Paper awards for their representations of the countries of Iraq and Tanzania.

 

BIOLOGY PROFESSOR RECEIVES NIH GRANT

Assistant Professor of Biology Aaron Steiner has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health for his proposed study to develop new hearing loss therapies by studying hair cells of non-mammalian vertebrates including zebra fish. His proposal includes a strong undergraduate training component, and the funded project will advance research toward regenerative hearing loss treatments and provide opportunities for Dyson students to be involved in the research process.

 

DYSON PROFESSOR PENS BOOK ON INTERNET HATE GROUPS

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Adam Klein’s new book, "Fanaticism, Racism, and Rage Online" has been published by academic publisher Palgrave Macmillan. A critical exploration of digital hate culture, the book examines radical movements on the internet including blatant hate websites, faux-social networks, and racist political blogs where extremist voices intermix with mainstream politics and pop culture.

 

PACE WATER CONFERENCE IN POLITICO

A panel of experts from Pace’s Third Summit on Resilience: Water Cooperation and Conflict was profiled by D.C. based news and information site Politico. The panelists, including Peter Gleick, president emeritus and chief scientist of the Pacific Institute, and Judith Enck, former EPA Region 2 administrator, were quoted on the diminished role of the Environmental Protection Agency under the current administration, and the Clean Water Act’s goal of “fishable, swimmable water.”

 

DYSON PROF. MARK HUSSY IS NEH FELLOW

Distinguished Professor of English Mark Hussey has received a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, which he will use to work on his new book, “Clive Bell and the Making of Modernism.” Funding for this round of NEH fellowships was highly competitive with less than 7% of projects being funded.

 

TASLIM TAVAREZ NAMED 2017 TRUMAN SCHOLAR

Dyson College student Taslim Tavarez Garcia '18, political science, and peace and justice studies, has been selected as a 2017 Truman Scholar, one of only 62 in the nation and the first ever for Pace University. She will receive a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programming to help prepare for a career in public service leadership. A previous recipient of the Jeanette K. Watson Fellowship and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Tavarez plans to become an immigration attorney and provide affordable legal services to undocumented immigrants in south Florida.

 

PROF. BOLTON ON USE OF MASSIVE BOMB

Associate Professor of Political Science Matthew Bolton, director of Pace’s International Disarmament Institute, commented in Mother Jones magazine upon the deployment of the largest conventional bomb in the American arsenal. Bolton noted that the 21,600-pound GBU-43 bomb dropped on eastern Afghanistan is incapable of sparing civilian life, and shared fears that other countries may develop or deploy similar weapons.

 

PLV MODEL UN TEAM WINS HIGHEST AWARD

The Pleasantville Model United Nations team competed in the Southern Regional Model United Nations Competition in Charlotte, NC, where they won Outstanding Position Paper awards, the highest academic prize of the conference, for their representations of the Russian Federation, Ecuador, and Eritrea. Additionally, students representing the Russian Federation were awarded a Distinguished Delegation award, and several students won individual awards including Best Delegate and Most Improved Delegate.