Dyson News at a Glance: March 2018

 

UPCOMING PACEDOC GENERATES MEDIA BUZZ

Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark, the 2018 PaceDocs student-produced travel documentary, has generated media buzz on multiple local news outlets including FiOS 1 and News 12. The documentary explores the faith, strength, and hope that has sustained the people of Puerto Rico in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The film will have its world premiere at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville on May 1, and at the Schimmel Center in New York City on May 7. Tickets are available now! Learn more at pace.edu/pacedocs.

 

PROF’S BOOK WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS

Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures Andriy Danylenko authored, From the Bible to Shakespeare: Pantelejmon Kuli┼í (1819–97) and the Formation of Literary Ukrainian, the first English-language study of the Ukrainian translations of the Bible and the works of Shakespeare. The book was awarded “2017 Best Book in Language, Literature, and Culture” by the American Association for Ukrainian Studies, and “2017 Best Book in Linguistics” by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages. Read a Q&A with the author.

 

PACE STUDENTS RESTORE HOPE AND HOME

Pace University students were interviewed on New York 1 news about their Alternative Spring Break experience volunteering with the Saint Bernard Project, a nonprofit disaster relief organization. The students repaired and renovated a Rockaway home ravaged by Hurricane Sandy and took part in a series of discussions about the impact of natural disasters on communities. The volunteer opportunity was organized by the Center for Community Action and Research. The homeowners expressed their gratitude to the students for helping them feel “home again.”

 

PSYCH STUDENT WALKS PARIS FASHION WEEK

Psychology student and model Olivia Anakwe was featured in Vogue, sharing a peek into her modeling career and academic studies at Pace. She walked the runway during Paris Fashion Week for French designer Jacquemus, and has previously modeled for designers including Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs. "It's a challenge at times, but I like the dichotomy of something academic and something creative," said Anakwe, who plans to use her psychology degree to practice a unique form of mind-body medicine.

 

DANCE MAGAZINE: PPA HAS WHAT IT TAKES

The Pace School of Performing Arts (PPA) has been recognized by the influential trade publication, Dance Magazine, for preparing students with the essential skills to succeed in the demanding commercial dance industry. The PPA Commercial Dance program is commended for producing well-rounded performers by including training in a wide variety of dance styles, emphasizing networking and entrepreneurial skills, incorporating acting and singing courses, and offering intensive courses in Los Angeles.

 

A FOUNDATION OF LEARNING AND PLAY

Brenna Hassinger-Das, assistant professor of Psychology, leads Urban Thinkscape, a bold initiative to create "playful learning" environments for children in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The miniature playgrounds will occupy previously desolate city spaces and are designed to build math, concentration, and literacy skills through interactive installations. The pilot play space in Philadelphia, created by a team of psychologists, educators, and architects, was funded by the William Penn Foundation, and the project was profiled in Smithsonian magazine.

 

ANTIMICROBIAL TECH LICENSED BY STARTUP

Antimicrobial compounds co-developed by Professor of Chemistry JaimeLee Rizzo, have been licensed for commercial development by the startup company QuatCare, LLC. The groundbreaking technology offers a speedy, permanent, and eco-friendly reduction of pathogens on a variety of surfaces. It was co-developed with researchers at CUNY, Long Island University, and Queens College. QuatCare plans to develop antimicrobial and antiviral solutions across an array of industries, including healthcare, the military, water and air filtration, agriculture, cosmetics, and textiles. Read more.

 

PROF'S WORK SCREENS AT AUSSIE FILM FEST

Melanie La Rosa, clinical assistant professor of Media and Communication Arts, will have two of her short films screened at the Transitions Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia. How To Power A City: Puerto Rico and How To Power A City: Las Vegas, short films about the revolutionary impact of renewable energy, will be shown as part of the festival's "Impact Shorts" program on March 5. Learn more about the films.