Dyson News at a Glance: April 2018

 

POLI SCI ALUMNA VIES FOR SENATE SEAT

Andrea Marra ‘17, Political Science, is running for the state senate seat for New York City’s Queens District 13. If she wins the election, she would be the first transgender state senator and the first Asian-American state senator in New York history.

 

PROF'S DOCUMENTARY EARNS EMMY NOMINATION

Allen Oren, Media, Communications and Visual Arts, produced and wrote the documentary “The Four Sons and All Their Sons: A Passover Tale,” which has been nominated for a 2018 Emmy for Best Religion program.

 

LA DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD

Pace School of Performing Arts alumna Ashley Romans '15 won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Lead Performance in the play Rotterdam. Romans plays the lead character Fiona/Adrian in the 2015 play about transgender lives. Her win was noted in the entertainment trade magazine Variety.

 

PROF CO-WRITING NETFLIX FILM

Clay McLeod Chapman, Actors Studio Drama School (adjunct), is co-writing a stop-motion animated feature, Wendell and Wild, which has been purchased by Netflix. Chapman is co-writing the film with Henry Selick and Jordan Peele. Peele and his long-time comedy partner Keegan-Michael Key will supply voiceover for the titular roles. The entertainment industry news site Deadline Hollywood reported on the exciting collaboration.

 

FULBRIGHT WINNER WILL TRAVEL TO ZAMBIA

Kelsey Parker ‘18, Environmental Science, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. The award will fund her research in Zambia on the effects of the country’s copper mining on soil health and overall sustainability. After completing her Fulbright, she plans to pursue a doctoral degree in conservation biology and a career in ecosystem restoration.

 

NEW WORKS BY PACE POET IN RESIDENCE

Pace Poet-in-Residence Charles North has had two books published recently: North of the Charles: Early and Uncollected Poems (Hanging Loose Press), and States Of The Art: Selected Essays, Interviews, and Other Prose, 1975-2014 (Pressed Wafer), which covers more than three decades of North’s writing and received rave reviews in Hyperallergic, an online art newsletter.

 

MODEL UN TEAMS TAKE HOME NATIONAL AWARDS

Pace’s Pleasantville and New York City Model UN Teams received 11 awards combined at the 2018 National Model UN Conference in New York City. The Pleasantville team was awarded the second highest honor of Distinguished Delegation for their representation of Rwanda. Pace University placed fifth in total awards received, out of the more than 100 higher education institutions at the conference.

 

HONORING WOMEN OMITTED FROM HISTORY

Professor of History Marilyn Weigold lent her expertise on Emily Warren Roebling to a recently published obituary about her for the breakthrough New York Times feature, “Overlooked.” Weigold, author of the biography Silent Builder: Emily Warren Roebling And The Brooklyn Bridge, is also quoted in the obituary. The feature is a redress for Roebling and many women like her who made significant contributions to humankind, but whose obituaries were not published by the paper at the time of death.

 

CHEMISTRY MAJOR GETS HONORABLE MENTION

Kaleigh Ryan ‘19, Chemistry, has been awarded Honorable Mention in the 2018 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Competition for showing particular promise in the natural sciences. She plans to pursue a career in organic chemistry and drug synthesis, and help individuals suffering from physical, mental, and emotional disorders.