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Huffington Post: "What’s Really Missing In The D.C. Missing Girls Case"

03/27/2017

Huffington Post: "What’s Really Missing In The D.C. Missing Girls Case"

The media and D.C. police and city officials were hammered for allegedly ignoring the plight of more than a dozen missing black and Latina girls in Washington D.C. Community activists chalked the seeming indifference up to racism. The outcry triggered a spate of news stories on the missing girls, angry denials from the police that they were asleep on the job in trying to find the girls, and lots of stats that purported to show that there’s been no major uptick in the number of missing persons in the District, and certainly nothing that points to any conspiracy to nab, traffic in, or murder young black females. The push back against the charges of murder and conspiracy is almost certainly right. However, it doesn’t answer the perennial question about how black female lives versus the lives of white females in distress are viewed and treated.

The gaping disparity in the number of black kids missing, and how their disappearance is treated, is glaring. According to FBI figures, African-American children make up 42 percent of non-family abduction. Yet, one would be hard pressed to find amber alert tweets and their pictures plastered on freeway alert signs. The media is no better. A 2010 Pace University study compared reporting by race and gender on several major news stations between 2005 and 2007. Predictably, it found that black kids were almost invisible in news coverage.

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Pace University celebrates fifth anniversary of Disability Film Festival Marathon

03/24/2017

Panel discussion with leading advocates for people with disabilities in New York City

New York, NY – March 24, 2017 – Pace University’s annual Celebration of Individuals with Disabilities in Film was held on Thursday, March 23 at One Pace Plaza in lower Manhattan.

The Disability Film Festival Marathon 2017 is a collaboration of the Dean for Students and the outreach programs of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems of Pace University, in close partnership with AHRC New York City, an agency for helping people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and with the ReelAbilities: New York Disabilities Film Festival. The marathon highlighted short documentary and narrative films from the Reel Abilities Film Festival in New York City, respecting the autonomy and the empowerment of people with disabilities.

“This year marks the fifth anniversary of Pace’s annual Celebration of Individuals with Disabilities in Film,” said James P. Lawler, DPS, Professor of Disability Studies and Information Technologies at Pace and Chair and Organizer of the Film Festival Marathon. “I am extremely grateful to our distinguished panel of experts and audience guests for making this year’s program a great success.”

A panel of expert practitioners on the advocacy of disability rights in society discussed the challenges and the opportunities highlighted in each of the films, with the panelists inviting engagement from guests. Following the panel discussion, moderators engaged in Q&A with audience guests in opinion polling on film themes.

Panelists included Jonathan Novick, Coordinator for Information Technology, New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities; Allan B. Goldstein, Senior lecturer, New York University, Tandon School of Engineering, Sibling; Maria Hodermarska; Parent and teacher, New York University; and Gary Lind, Executive Director, AHRC New York City. Moderators: Marijo Russell O’Grady, PhD, Dean for Students, Pace University; Melanie A. Greene, Seidenberg School, Information Technology and Marketing, Pace University; Greta Baier, Determined 3rd grader; and Gilda Lindenblatt, Self-advocate. Keynote Presenter: Jonathan Hill, DPS, Dean, Seidenberg School, Pace University.

The festival encourages Pace students to inquire about Area of Knowledge (AOK) CIS 102W community engagement courses, disability inclusion initiatives, and disability outreach programs of the Seidenberg School of Pace University, including paid internship and mentoring projects with people with disabilities in New York City.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

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ACCA USA Cautions Finance Sector, Consumers, to Take Steps to Combat Cybercrime

03/22/2017

ACCA USA prepares to unveil new professional development cyberdefense course for accountants, finance professionals, this summer

March 22, 2017 01:32 PM Eastern Daylight Time

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fast food chain Arby’s. Quest Diagnostics. Madison Square Garden. Yahoo. Verizon. Even, the Internal Revenue Service. Hardly a week passes without yet another revelation of a cybersecurity breach striking businesses both large and small.

The financial hit on business can be troubling: An IBM report last year found the cost of a breach rose to $4 million per incident. And recently. Home Depot agreed to pay more than $27 million to financial institutions affected by its 2014 data breach, and court documents reportedly identified the total cost to Home Depot at $179 million.

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the global body for professional accountants, has been tracking cybersecurity issues over the last several years, as cyber threats have become more sophisticated and penetrated every aspect of business.

This summer, ACCA USA and The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University in New York, a National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security-certified Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, will hold their first-ever cyberdefense course, offering professional development credits to accountants and other finance industry professionals.

“ACCA understands the challenges that accountants face and is determined to equip them with the necessary knowledge and training to address these cyber-challenges,” said Warner Johnston, Head of ACCA USA.

“The threat from cybercrime and hackers has only increased over time,” said Jonathan Hill, Dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University. “The ACCA has been a particularly adept partner in educating financial professionals and the at-risk accounting and CPA professional communities on coping with these threats. This program is specifically designed for these financial professionals to build awareness and tools to protect themselves, their firms and their clients from the ravages of cybercrime.”

Anyone interested in receiving further details about the new course and registration should email acca.usa@accaglobal.com.

In February 2016, ACCA reported that cybercrime was growing too dangerous and powerful to ignore, and a head-in-the-sand attitude to this once nascent, now pervasive threat was no longer an option. In the report, “Cybersecurity – Fighting Crime’s Enfant Terrible”, ACCA and IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants) reported that the theft of financial assets through cyber-intrusions was the second largest source of direct loss from cybercrime.

ACCA stressed that accountants and finance professionals can, and should, play a leading role in defining key areas of a strategic approach to mitigating cybercrime risks. These include:

    Creating reasonable estimates of financial impact that different types of cybersecurity breaches will cause, so that a business can be realistic about its ability to respond to an attack and/or recover from it;

    Defining risk management strategy;

    Helping businesses to establish priorities for their most valuable digital resources to implement a “layered” approach to cybersecurity; and,

    Closely following the work of government and various regulators, to have clear, up-to-date information on adequate legislation and on requirements for adequate disclosure and prompt investigation of cybersecurity breaches.

Several months earlier, ACCA issued a report, “Cyberwarriors with Calculators”, in partnership with Pace University, revealing that top-level managers in the finance industry are adapting to address cybercrime threats. The survey of ACCA professionals, including Chief Financial Officers, Managing Directors, Senior Vice Presidents and practicing accountants, found weak communication between line managers and senior managers about attacks and attempted attacks, and that the application of fundamental risk management cybersecurity practices should be applied more consistently throughout firms.

“In order for our nation to continue to prosper in a rapidly changing world we must diligently protect our public and private technological infrastructures and maintain the trust of the international community,” the report stated. “Computers, servers and the Internet are indispensable tools for financial professionals – and they are under relentless attack. For accountants, measures must be taken to ensure that the sensitive personal and corporate financial information they handle is safe: accountants need to be at the forefront of cybersecurity.”

ACCA members were asked about company policies and personal practices regarding cybersecurity, and how evidence of cyberattacks is communicated within firms. The findings highlighted weaknesses:

    Nearly 50% indicated it was somewhat or very likely that consultants would be hired after a breach.

    Nearly 70% said they had a high or very high level of awareness of their company’s cyber risk management policies and procedures.

    57% said their IT systems were well-protected against cyber threats.

    32% had no knowledge of company policy on data encryption in transit or in storage.

    Auditors are more concerned about cybercrime today than a year ago (58% for auditors compared with 48% for accountants).

    27% of accountants felt their firms adhered to Control Objectives for Information and Related Technologies (COBIT 5) standards whereas 43% of auditors believed their firms followed the standards.

In another report, ACCA and Pace also delved more deeply into the growing number of incidents involving skimming devices, which rip off consumers at gas pumps and ATMs. A skimmer is an electronic device used to read and store electronic data. The new research focused on devices that read and recorded data from consumer payment cards, such as ATM, credit, debit, prepaid and electronic gift cards.

The report illustrated how skimmer scams were spreading globally, and noted that in the first half of 2011, the U.S. ranked number one in the world in financial losses associated with skimming fraud. The report noted:

    One of the most common types of skimmer is the ATM skimmer, used to record data contained on the magnetic strip on the back of an ATM card. A skimmer may be placed on a stand-alone ATM, such as one at a convenience store or gas station.

    Security standards with European credit, debit and ATM cards differ from standards in the U.S., rendering it easier to conduct skimmer fraud in the U.S.

    The U.S. is pivotal for criminal gangs because it has more ATMs than another country and because it is not EMV-compliant (cards do not contain a global chip) and its EMV cards skimmed can easily be cloned. Cards that are cloned by criminals are also used in other non-EMV countries, such as Ghana, Costa Rica, Mexico and Malta.

About ACCA

ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants. We aim to offer business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management. We support our 188,000 members and 480,000 students in 178 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. We work through a network of 100 offices and centers and more than 7,110 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through our public interest remit, we promote appropriate regulation of accounting and conduct relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence. For more information about ACCA, visit www.accaglobal.com.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University prepares men and women for professional work, research, and lifelong participation in a new and dynamic information age. Located in the financial capital of the world, the Seidenberg School offers a wide variety of courses and exposure to internships and work with leading corporations, banks, federal agencies, and global entities. Degrees and certificates are conveniently available on Pace’s campuses in New York City and Westchester County as well as online and in special programs. Visit http://www.pace.edu/seidenberg/

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Jaime Williams, 718-793-2211

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Science360 News: "Women's History Month: Lauren Birney is getting urban middle school students hands-on experience in restoring oyster habitats in New York Harbor"

03/20/2017

Science360 News: "Women's History Month: Lauren Birney is getting urban middle school students hands-on experience in restoring oyster habitats in New York Harbor"

Research consistently shows that children who have opportunities to actively investigate natural settings and engage in problem-based learning greatly benefit from the experiences. They gain skills, interests, knowledge, aspirations and motivation to learn more. But how can educators provide these rich opportunities in densely populated urban areas, where resources and access to natural areas are limited? With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Pace University educator Lauren Birney and her team are getting middle school students involved in an ambitious restoration program called the "Billion Oyster Project." The students study New York Harbor and the extensive watershed that empties into it, and conduct field research in support of restoring native oyster habitats. "This National Science Foundation grant has made the 'Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science (CCERS) Project' possible, advancing environmental restoration through experiential and inquiry-based learning with New York City students and teachers involved at the core of the research," explains Birney, director of Pace University's STEM Collaboratory. "Pace University serves as the prime research institution leading a city-wide collaboration emphasizing the benefits of citizen science to underrepresented students in New York City. We are enormously grateful to the NSF for supporting this work and creating such outstanding digital imagery depicting the 'real work' of the project!" This research involves a broad partnership of institutions and community resources, including Pace University, the New York City Department of Education, the Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, the New York Academy of Sciences, the New York Harbor Foundation, the New York Aquarium, The River Project, Good Shepherd Services, University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Science, Smartstart Evaluation and Research, Gaylen Moore Program Evaluation Services, and others.

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Associated Press: "Meetup takes risky leap into the Trump resistance"

03/20/2017

Associated Press: "Meetup takes risky leap into the Trump resistance"

In this March 13, 2017 photo, staff members of Meetup are at work in the company's New York office. Meetup.com is taking a leap into the Trump resistance. It's a risky move for the company, whose millions of U.S. members include many Trump supporters. But the decision reflects an increasing willingness of some major tech firms to take on the Republican president. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

. . . Marketing and branding experts suggest that in the short run, it could be a zero sum game for companies that wade into politics. Inevitably, some offended customers will leave, while others take their place.

Yet, typically, customers who agree with a business' political stand have short memories, said marketing Professor Larry Chiagouris, of Pace University's Lubin School of Business.

"Those who are hostile have longer memories and are more likely to hold a grudge," he said.

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Voice of America: "Controversial US Travel Restrictions Raise Job Worries in Tourism Industry"

03/17/2017

Voice of America: "Controversial US Travel Restrictions Raise Job Worries in Tourism Industry"

Photo: Flags around the Washington Monument fly in the breeze at daybreak, Dec. 31, 2015. Tourism experts fear President Trump's travel ban may hurt tourism across the United States.

. . . “Travel and tourism is a top economic driver for the U.S. economy. It is a $2.1-trillion industry, and we support 15 million American jobs," said Pace University Professor Andrew Coggins, who researches travel issues."Tourism creates jobs on the ground. It supports restaurants, it supports hotels, all of which are jobs that can't be exported."

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Disability Film Festival Marathon 2017

03/16/2017

Pace University to host fifth annual Celebration of Individuals with Disabilities in Film, Thursday, March 23

Panel discussion with leading advocates for people with disabilities in New York City

New York, NY – March 16, 2017 – The fifth anniversary of Pace University’s annual Celebration of Individuals with Disabilities in Film is Thursday, March 23. The festival will be held from 4 pm to 9 pm in the Aniello Bianco Room at One Pace Plaza in lower Manhattan. Pace’s Disability Film Festival Marathon 2017 focuses on individuals with disabilities expressing dreams and hopes to be contributing members of society like other individuals without disabilities. The marathon highlights short documentary and narrative films from the Reel Abilities Film Festival in New York City, respecting the autonomy and the empowerment of people with disabilities. The event is free and open to the public.

What: The Disability Film Festival Marathon 2017 is a collaboration of the Dean for Students and the outreach programs of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems of Pace University, in close partnership with AHRC New York City, an agency for helping people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and with the ReelAbilities: New York Disabilities Film Festival. A panel of expert practitioners on the advocacy of disability rights in society will discuss the challenges and the opportunities highlighted in each of the films, with the panelists inviting engagement from guests. Following the panel discussion, moderators will engage in Q&A with audience guests in opinion polling on film themes.

Who: Panelists include Victor Calise, Commissioner at the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities; Allan B. Goldstein, Senior lecturer, New York University, Tandon School of Engineering, Sibling; Maria Hodermarska; Parent and teacher, New York University; Gary Lind, Executive Director, AHRC New York City; and Marilyn Jaffe-Ruiz, Professor emerita, Pace University, Sibling. Moderators: Marijo Russell O’Grady, PhD, Dean for Students, Pace University; Melanie A. Greene, Seidenberg School, Information Technology and Marketing, Pace University; Greta Baier, Determined 3rd grader; and Gilda Lindenblatt, Self-advocate.

Where: Pace University in the Aniello Bianco Room at One Pace Plaza (opposite City Hall), Manhattan. Enter at 3 Spruce Street.

When: Thursday, March 23. Displays and Exhibits of Community Partners: 4 pm – 6 pm. Reception and Refreshments: 5 pm – 6 pm. Discussion and Films: 6 pm – 9 pm.

The festival encourages Pace students to inquire about Area of Knowledge (AOK) CIS 102W community engagement courses, disability inclusion initiatives, and disability outreach programs of the Seidenberg School of Pace University, including paid internship and mentoring projects with people with disabilities in New York City.

For more information, contact James P. Lawler, DPS, Professor of Disability Studies and Information Technologies at Pace and Chair and Organizer of Film Festival Marathon 2017. Phone: (212) 346-1013; email: jlawler@pace.edu.

Media contact:  Bill Caldwell, Pace, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

 

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San Francisco Chronicle: "Future Apple, Google campuses go for workplace glamour"

03/13/2017

San Francisco Chronicle: "Future Apple, Google campuses go for workplace glamour"

Photo: An artist's rendering provided to the media on Thursday, March 8, 2012, shows the proposed new Apple Inc. campus.

Next month, Apple will inaugurate its circular “spaceship” campus, an eye-catching Cupertino landmark that will house some 12,000 employees of the world’s most valuable company under a single roof.

About 10 miles away in Mountain View, Google is moving past the planning stage for a futuristic campus that, when it opens in 2019, will be the first major real estate project the search engine giant has built from scratch. The central building, which resembles a puffy white cloud, will be along a bicycle and pedestrian path that connects Google’s other offices.

Though different in size, design and public accessibility, the two campuses point toward a single idea: Real estate is becoming a status symbol for Silicon Valley companies, which are now competing in part on the glamour value of their work spaces. As they vie for software engineers, Apple and Google are trying to woo potential hires with design and lifestyle flourishes, down to small details such as temperature controls at the desk level at Google’s new campus and an interior meadow, pond and orchard just for Apple employees.

“They’re constantly locked in an arms race for talent,” said Jonathan Hill, dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at New York’s Pace University. “The best engineers want to work in not only the nicest facilities, but they want to work in a place that is eco-friendly and is accessible to the community, so there aren’t any walls up between the tech community and the local folks.”

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New York Daily News: "Trump’s messy execution of new health care law, border wall leaves some conservative supporters’ heads spinning"

03/13/2017

New York Daily News: "Trump’s messy execution of new health care law, border wall leaves some conservative supporters’ heads spinning"

They loved the ideas  — but not how they’re being carried out.

The conservative groups and politicians that helped usher President Trump to his unexpected and historic victory last November are now blasting how he’s carrying out two of his signature proposals — a new health care bill and the border wall — even though he never bothered to offer specific details for either idea.

Experts say the groups should have known the devil was in the details.

“Policy specifics” were “not demanded of Trump during the past presidential campaign,” David Caputo, president emeritus and professor of Political Science at Pace University, told the Daily News.

“Thus President Trump was given greater opportunity to develop specifics later."

“So it should come as no surprise that specifics are often lacking and plans appear disorganized," he added.

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LI News Radio: "Pace University's Dr. David Caputo LIVE on L.I. in the A.M!"

03/09/2017

LI News Radio: "Pace University's Dr. David Caputo LIVE on L.I. in the A.M!"

David A. Caputo, President Emeritus and Professor of Political Science at Pace University, appeared on LI News Radio (103.9) to discuss President Trump's travel ban.

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