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Law360: "5 Things GM Needs To Do Right Now"

04/11/2014

Law360: "5 Things GM Needs To Do Right Now"

. . . John A. James, a professor at Pace University and expert on corporate governance, said GM should also pay attention to what, if anything, comes out of the DOJ investigation into Toyota’s handling of a recent recall, specifically with respect to its executives and managers. The public wants to know what is being done to ensure that a deadly mistake like this doesn’t happen again, and that starts with the board, he added.

“GM and Toyota are total failures in internal governance,” he said.

Read more: http://www.law360.com/productliability/articles/526192

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Enstitute co-founder Kane Sarhan to keynote Tenth Annual Pace Pitch Contest, Thursday, April 17

04/10/2014

Enstitute co-founder Kane Sarhan to keynote Tenth Annual Pace Pitch Contest, Thursday, April 17

Student entrepreneurs to deliver new business concept presentations to a distinguished panel of judges

New York, NY -- April 10, 2014 – Pace University’s Lubin School of Business will hold its tenth annual Pitch Contest on Thursday, April 17 at the University’s lower Manhattan campus, east of City Hall and six blocks from Wall Street. The event is presented by Lubin’s state-of-the-art Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab), which opened in February 2012.

Kane Sarhan, co-founder of Enstitute, will be the keynote speaker. Previously, Sarhan launched and ran his own magazine, The College Gossip Chronicles; raised over $100k for hackNY, a nonprofit in New York City; and was the creative director at LocalResponse, a top New York City tech startup.

The Pace Pitch Contest is based on the “elevator pitch” concept popular in the venture capital community. It is an extremely concise presentation of an entrepreneur’s idea, business model, marketing strategy, competitive analysis, and financial plan, which is delivered to potential investors. The premise is that it could be made in a few minutes should the entrepreneur spot a potential investor on an elevator and have the opportunity to pitch his or her idea during the brief ride.

Seven finalists have been selected to compete:

Accern is a quantitative content detection platform tailored for institutional investors to help users detect events that could affect their equities before they arise in the mainstream media channels. By doing so, Accern has put institutional investors in a unique position to make strategic investment moves before the crowd and significantly minimize risks on their current holdings.

Alive Inside is developing mobile applications for Android and iOS devices that will be utilized by dementia and Alzheimer’s patients to stimulate their memory through music of their youth and special life moments, and hence improve their quality of life and hopefully create an improved daily demeanor.

HydroGeneratioNexTechnologies is designed to completely redefine what it means to have a wastewater treatment system by creating electricity from sewer water. This will provide an alternative, carbonless fuel source, as well as a long-term solution for wastewater treatment by utilizing a by-product as an energy resource.

Novaux is creating a virtual currency point-of-sale (POS) system that will improve current POS software and the technology associated with it.  The product will initially target the food and beverage industry with the goal of eventually expanding into other markets. Software will be distributed through the app stores, with point-of-sale systems and technical support sold as a complement to that software.  

SheerStock is a convenient monthly subscription service for women that delivers a variety of hosiery products, such as tights, stockings, and thigh-highs. The goal of SheerStock is to provide the customer with multiple pairs of legwear each month that are appropriate for a variety of occasions and will save the customer from “making the trip if they’ve found a rip.”

STRIP is a company that has created a small, convenient, and disposable strip of paper with a chemical reaction indicator at the end, specific for the monosodium glutamate (MSG) amino acid derivative, glutamic acid. This product allows you to test for the presence of MSG, a commonly used flavor enhancer, with just a swipe on or through your food.

Interview Master is an online portal that gives job seekers the upper hand by connecting them with relevant and experienced interviewers in their field. Interviewees are able to get valuable feedback from mentors and fine tune interview techniques, which will improve their chance of landing the job of their dreams in an extremely competitive environment.

Each finalist will have exactly three minutes to pitch their new venture idea to a distinguished panel of judges. Panelists include Bal Agrawal, CEO, LifeWorx, Inc.; Ellen Carey, Manager, Global Impact Investing Network; Mary Howard, Principal, designtechnologies; and Anna Khan, Venture Capitalist, Bessemer Venture Partners.

“It’s quite rewarding to see the Pace Pitch Contest reach the ten-year mark,” said Professor Bruce Bachenheimer, organizer of the event.  “I believe it continues to provide students with a unique opportunity to better understand entrepreneurship and helps them develop a variety of critical skills, such as market research, financial analysis and oral communications. Seeing the pitches and listening to the judges is an enjoyable way for the audience to better appreciate the challenges of launching a new venture.”

The event will be held on Thursday, April 17 at One Pace Plaza, Aniello Bianco Room, New York City campus, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.

Agenda:

 

5:30 p.m.  - 6:00 p.m.  Registration and Networking

6:00 p.m.  - 6:15 p.m.  Keynote Speaker

6:15 p.m.  - 7:15 p.m.  Finalists make their Pitch

7:15 p.m.  - 7:30 p.m.  Break (Judging panel selects the winning pitches in private)

7:30 p.m.  - 8:30 p.m.  Awards Ceremony and Networking

 

About the Lubin School of Business at Pace University: Globally recognized and prestigiously accredited, the Lubin School of Business integrates New York City’s business world into the experienced-based education of its students at Pace’s suburban and downtown campuses, implemented by the region’s largest co-op program, team-based learning, and customized career guidance. Its programs are designed to launch success-oriented graduates toward upwardly mobile careers.  www.pace.edu/lubin

 

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

 

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TechNewsWorld: "Microsoft Adds Sci-Fi Series to Xbox Originals"

04/09/2014

TechNewsWorld: "Microsoft Adds Sci-Fi Series to Xbox Originals"

. . . With its commitment to original content, Microsoft is trying to add value to its Xbox gaming console, which hasn't fared as well as Sony's PlayStation 4.

"Everyone is trying to bring eyeballs to their portals," Jonathan H. Hill, an associate dean at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University, told TechNewsWorld.

"Xbox has been one of Microsoft's few real winners over the last four or five years so this is a way to keep gamers in Xbox," he said.

"Traditional gamers have been moving away from Xbox, so by trying to blend the two worlds -- the entertainment world and the gaming world -- it's a way to stay current and keep eyeballs," Hill reasoned.

Read more: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/Microsoft-Adds-Sci-Fi-Series-to-Xbox-Originals-80262.html

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Temple Grandin to speak at Pace University in Manhattan April 16

04/08/2014

Temple Grandin to speak at Pace University in Manhattan April 16

“Training the Talent of Artists with Autism” will feature a VIP reception, art auction and lecture

NEW YORK – On Wednesday, April 16 beginning at 6pm, Pace University in lower Manhattan will hold an event, Training the Talent of Artists with Autism, with keynote speaker Temple Grandin, PhD. The event will take place in the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, entrance at 3 Spruce Street, NY, NY, across from City Hall. An art auction and VIP reception will be held at 6pm. The lecture begins at 7:30pm. Media admission is by press pass.

Grandin is one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world. She is a best-selling author, an activist for issues relating to autism, a consultant to the livestock industry on animal behavior, and an engineer who was the subject of an award-winning biographical film starring Claire Danes. Grandin was listed in Time magazine’s 2010 “Time 100” list of the one hundred most influential people in the world in the "Heroes" category. Grandin spoke to a crowd of thousands of students, faculty and staff as the keynote at Pace University’s convocation ceremony in Pleasantville in 2010.

The event is a partnership between Pace University’s Ongoing Academic and Social Instructional Support (OASIS) program in the School of Education which provides assistance to college students on the autistic spectrum, and Strokes of Genius, an organization that develops artistic talents through professional art studio experiences and workshops.

Artwork by individuals with autism will be on display in the Schimmel Theater Lobby at Pace April 14 – 20. A special art auction and VIP cocktail reception with Grandin and the artists will help fund the OASIS and Strokes of Genius programs. For tickets or more information, visit www.pace.edu/temple. Admission to the lecture is $5 for students and $40 for non-students. Tickets to the VIP cocktail reception, auction and lecture are $200.

MassMutual Financial Group of Westchester is a sponsor of this event.

About OASIS: The OASIS Program at Pace University’s School of Education serves students with autism, Asperger Syndrome, learning disabilities, nonverbal learning differences and related challenges. The program is grounded in research that recognizes that all-inclusive services are needed to prepare students for community integration, career development, employment and adult life. The program has been designed to support students, family and faculty. The OASIS team consists of academic coaches, a vocational coordinator, academic advisors, a counselor, campus life coordinator, social coaches as well as weekly meetings, trips and activities, academic supports in the form of tutoring and other classroom learning accommodations. Most of all, students learn among their peers in an academically rigorous setting. While accommodations in courses are provided, the work is not modified and remains at the college level.

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, N.Y., 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, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. www.pace.edu

Contact: William Caldwell, Pace University, 212-346-1597, wcaldwell@pace.edu

 

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Washington Post: "Retailers and shoppers look for gold in a box"

04/08/2014

Washington Post: "Retailers and shoppers look for gold in a box"

. . . There are downsides to subscription boxes. The quality of new, untested brands is not always top-notch. Not everything will suit shoppers' tastes. And consumers may lose interest but be too harried to take the extra step of canceling their membership.

"By the time people realize they don't want [a service] anymore, it takes time for them to cancel it," said Larry Chiagouris, a marketing professor at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University in New York. "The real money is in the inertia."

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/tktktktk/2014/04/07/f68135b6-a92b-11e3-8d62-419db477a0e6_story.html

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TechNewsWorld: "XP Users Have a Bad Headache Coming On"

04/07/2014

TechNewsWorld: "XP Users Have a Bad Headache Coming On"

. . . The financial services industry may have the most to lose, because many ATMs run on Windows XP, Darren Hayes, a professor at Pace University's Seidenberg School of Computer Science, told TechNewsWorld.

The healthcare industry is also vulnerable, both because many computers on various networks and the "vast majority" of medical devices run XP.

Utility companies and governments will be at risk, Hayes warned.

Read more: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/XP-Users-Have-a-Bad-Headache-Coming-On-80256.html

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Pace University’s Second Annual Research Days to be held in New York City on Wednesday, April 9 and Pleasantville on Thursday, April 17

04/07/2014

Pace University’s Second Annual Research Days to be held in New York City on Wednesday, April 9 and Pleasantville on Thursday, April 17

New York -- April 7, 2014 -- The Office of Sponsored Research at Pace University will host its second annual “Research Days” for Pace faculty members to present their current research projects. The events will be held on Wednesday, April 9 on the New York City campus in the Student Union at One Pace Plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday, April 17 on the Pleasantville campus in the Gottesman Room at Kessel Campus Center, 861 Bedford Rd. (entrance 3), from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Our faculty members have risen to the occasion, with over 200 scholars participating in this year’s events, including authors, co-authors, and students,” said Victor Goldsmith, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Sponsored Research and Economic Development at Pace. “Much of this research is being supported by external funding obtained competitively.”

In the last complete fiscal year, Pace faculty members submitted 151 proposals for external funding (the most ever in one year) and received 89 external awards. Those who received external funding will be recognized during the Research Days award ceremonies with a certificate, and will also receive 5% of the indirect costs in their awards to use to further their research.

Pace researchers will present their work on a variety of topics in business, law, education, technology, science and health. A partial list follows:

-           Illegal Corporate Activities and Their Effect on Financial Statement Disclosures: How Forensic Accountants Can Help.

-           Strengthening American Competitiveness and Reenergizing Globalization: From What Washington Needs to do to Issues the World Needs to Be Concerned About Now.

-           Building a National Database for U.S. Police Shootings.

-           Predictors of Distinct PTSD Trajectories Following the Virginia Tech Shootings: A Prospective Study.

-           Music-Induced Hearing Loss (MIHL): What Do College Students Know?

-           The Effect of Video Games and Other Media Usage on College Students’ Studying Habits and Academic Performance.

-           Suicide Among College Students of Color Who Identify as Lesbian, Gay, or Bisexual: An Empirical Analysis.

-           Prescription Drug Abuse With Diverse College Students.

-           The Security Risk Perception Model For the Adoption of Mobile Devices in the Healthcare Industry.

-           On the Trail of a Potential New Drug for African Sleeping Sickness – Haskins Laboratory’s Role.

-           A New Scheme to Evaluate the Accuracy of Knowledge Representation in Automated Breast Cancer Diagnosis.

-           Public Private Affiliation Networks - Which Relationships Count in Health Care Safety-Nets?

Members of the media must RSVP to attend. Email wcaldwell@pace.edu.

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, N.Y., 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, 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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Westchester County Business Journal: "Executives to mentor Pace business students"

04/07/2014

Westchester County Business Journal: "Executives to mentor Pace business students"

Edward F. Murphy, the former chief financial officer and executive vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Corporate Group, has been appointed the first mentor in residence at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business.

The school’s new mentor program will bring Lubin alumni who are senior executives in their fields to engage with students on campus. The first students to be mentored by Murphy individually and in small groups will be from Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor organization for financial information students and professionals.

Read more: http://westfaironline.com/61915/executives-to-mentor-pace-business-students/

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