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Bloomberg: "Elbow Room Coming to U.S. Skies as United Shifts Wide-Body Jets"

05/06/2015

Bloomberg: "Elbow Room Coming to U.S. Skies as United Shifts Wide-Body Jets"

Coach passengers used to rubbing up against neighbors on crowded U.S. flights are about to get something unusual on a few United Airlines flights: elbow room.

As United shuffles its fleet and brings in a mix of new and used jets, it’s putting 10 Boeing Co. 777-200s on U.S. routes instead of just flying them abroad. A benefit for road warriors is that with two aisles instead of one, the wide-body 777 boasts twice as many of the coveted spots adjacent to those pathways as the narrow-bodies that predominate on U.S. routes.

“It would give people a higher percentage of aisle seats,” said Andrew Coggins Jr., a Pace University management professor in New York who has logged more than 1 million miles on United. “I prefer the aisle seat even if it means my shoulders get bumped by the flight attendants and all the people going by.”

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-01/elbow-room-coming-to-u-s-skies-as-united-shifts-wide-body-jets

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E-Commerce Times: "The Great Apple Watch Marketing Mystery"

05/05/2015

E-Commerce Times: "The Great Apple Watch Marketing Mystery"

. . . "My educated guess is that since this product will be sold in a different manner and more in line with the selling of luxury goods, the current Apple Genius employees may not be up to the task, and the selling process has likely emerged as the real bottleneck," said Larry Chiagouris, professor of marketing at Pace University.

Apple is probably "running as fast as it can to staff its stores with people who know not only how to sell computers, phones and tablets, but also how to sell luxury," he told the E-Commerce Times.

Read more: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/81978.html

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WNET-TV (PBS): "From Soldier to Entrepreneur"

05/04/2015

WNET-TV (PBS): "From Soldier to Entrepreneur"

In the next year, an estimated twelve million veterans will be looking for work. To help ease the transition back into civilian life, numerous organizations around the country are helping them apply their skills in the business world.

See the video of the Veterans Entrepreneurship Boot Camp at Pace: http://scitechnow.org/videos/from-soldier-to-entrepreneur/#

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Inside Compliance: "Global Governance and Compliance with Bob Chersi of Pace University Center"

05/04/2015

NYSE GOVERNANCE SERVICES' INSIDE COMPLIANCE ETHICS AND COMPLIANCE VIDEO SERIES

April 29, 2015: Global Governance and Compliance

This episode of Inside Compliance features insight from Bob Chersi, Executive Director of Pace University Center for Global Governance, Reporting, and Regulation. Bob describes the many different ways that governance decisions affect the compliance program. He also explains how a great compliance program can be an asset to directors and potential investors.

See the video: https://www.nyse.com/corporate-services/nysegs/videos/inside-compliance

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City & State: "City & State Reports Announces Corporate Social Responsibility Awards For Law, Consulting & Business Service"

04/29/2015

City & State: "City & State Reports Announces Corporate Social Responsibility Awards For Law, Consulting & Business Service"

City & State Reports announced the winners of its prestigious Corporate Social Responsibility awards for New York’s Law, Consulting & Business Services sector. 

Lubin School dean, Neil Braun, was selected for "Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Environmental Sustainability through Education & Applied Management."

Read the full article here.

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MSNBC: "Why migrants are risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea"

04/23/2015

MSNBC: "Why migrants are risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea"

Pace University professor Andrew O. Coggins, Jr., a retired U.S. Navy Commander, talks about the ongoing international crisis that has migrants making a dangerous journey across the Mediterranean Sea and why so many choose to take the risks.

See the video on MSNBC’s digital show “Road Map" http://www.msnbc.com/road-map/watch/ongoing-international-crisis-comes-to-a-head-432289347906

 

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Los Angeles Times: "Europe grapples with deadly Mediterranean migration crisis"

04/21/2015

Los Angeles Times: "Europe grapples with deadly Mediterranean migration crisis"

. . . “The root cause of the crisis is instability back in the home countries and the lack of opportunities for people to work,” said Pace University professor Andrew O. Coggins, Jr. “But that’s not going to be fixed anytime soon. All they can do, basically, is a rescue operation where you try to minimize the number drowning.”

Europe could make greater efforts to “take the money out of the whole system” by cracking down on the predominantly European-based migrant smugglers, Coggins said. Such an initiative would have to come from the United Nations, he noted, and even an effective police operation targeting the traffickers would do little to dissuade desperate asylum seekers still bent on getting to a better life.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-italy-migrant-deaths-ministers-meeting-20150420-story.html 

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Travel Weekly: "Shuffling the deck"

04/17/2015

Travel Weekly: "Shuffling the deck"

. . . Andrew Coggins, a professor of management at Pace University in New York, who teaches courses on cruise travel and tourism, said all the new faces in the industry result from a generational changing of the guard.

In Coggins' view, the founding fathers of the modern cruise industry from the 1960s gave way to a second generation in the 1980s and 1990s. That generation has been in power some 20 years and is now yielding to the current crop of CEOs and brand presidents.

Read more: http://www.travelweekly.com/Cruise-Travel/Shuffling-the-deck

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Gothamist: "Newtown Creek Shows Signs Of Poop-Fueled 'Superfood'"

04/17/2015

Gothamist: "Newtown Creek Shows Signs Of Poop-Fueled 'Superfood'"

Since the start of spring, bright green patches have mysteriously appeared on Newtown Creek, the moat of man-made filth separating Brooklyn and Queens.

One sample, bucketed up off the Greenpoint side shortly after the first sighting on March 22, was revealed under a microscope to be an alga studied by a major chemical corporation for its healthy fats, and close kin to another heavily marketed in Japan as a potion good for everything from hair nourishment to jet fuel.

Pace University biologist Michael Levandowsky identified the Kelley green species as a type of Eutreptiella, a saltwater cousin of freshwater Euglena gracilis, a favorite subject for high school biology teachers. Both belong to the euglenid genus of microalgae. They're distant, harmless cousins of the tissue-boring, blood and lymph-feeding protozoan behind Chagas disease in South America and sleeping sickness in Africa.

Levandowsky has spent decades on a microscopic safari of New York Harbor, but was surprised when fellow scientists at CUNY LaGuardia Community College and grassroots environmentalists spotted this species blooming prodigiously in Newtown Creek.

"I haven't seen this before. It’s really interesting and unexpected,” Levandowsky said. Other common microorganisms in the Newtown Creek are dinoflagellates, which can result in toxic red tides but also bioluminesce; translucent nematodes (or “roundworms”); and diatoms, so renowned for their geometric beauty that mandalas have been made from them.

Read more: http://gothamist.com/2015/04/16/newtown_creek_shows_signs_of_poop-g.php

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Stalking a Global Killer

04/16/2015

Pace University’s Haskins Labs Receives $200,000 from the Gates Foundation

Stalking a Global Killer

Pace University’s Haskins Labs Receives $200,000 from the Gates Foundation to Continue Research on Treatments for Neglected Diseases

NEW YORK - Cryptosporidiosis, a disease you may never have heard of, may not get as much attention as more recent scourges like Ebola, but its death toll—100,000 or more people annually—can be just as horrific and has no cure.

Enter Haskins Laboratories at Pace University’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. Researchers at Haskins have long been champions of neglected diseases. They developed two of the only treatments for Human African trypanosomiasis, also known as sleeping sickness, which is spread to humans by the tsetse fly. Recent research at the labs includes work on cryptosporidiosis or “crypto.”

Crypto is caused by a waterborne parasite and can lead to massive, often fatal, dehydration, particularly in patients with underdeveloped or compromised immune systems. That includes young children, the elderly, and people with immune-system disorders, such as AIDS. Though crypto was identified as a human illness as far back as 1976, there is still no known cure.

Nigel Yarlett, PhD, a professor of chemistry in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace and director of the Haskins Laboratories, hopes to change that. He and his students are working on a process that could be the essential first step toward a cure. To continue that work, they were awarded a nearly $200,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in November.

The danger of crypto is especially acute in areas where the supply of clean water is unreliable, including much of Africa. But the disease can strike anywhere, even at the local swimming pool. In a 1993 outbreak in Wisconsin, for example, more than 400,000 people contracted crypto, resulting in an estimated 69 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Because Cryptosporidium, the parasite that causes crypto, can survive for only two days in the laboratory, testing drugs that might be effective against it had been impossible. But after more than five years of experiments, Yarlett and his team at Pace developed a technique for keeping parasite samples alive and replicating for as long as six months. They do that by continuously growing host intestinal cells on the surface of hollow fiber tubes and creating a gut-like environment for the parasite to grow in.

Their technique could also allow for the cryogenic freezing of samples, so they can be compared against future strains to see how the parasite is mutating in response to human intervention, Yarlett says. “Developing a drug that works is one thing,” he explains, “but a year down the road that can change.”

Crypto is only one of the diseases Yarlett is working to combat. Haskins Labs developed their first treatment for African sleeping sickness in the early 1980s, but because that drug must be administered intravenously it is impractical in rural settings. A new oral drug developed at the lab is now in its second round of clinical trials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Yarlett says the results look promising.

Professor Yarlett came to Pace in 1986 and became director of the Haskins Laboratories in 2006. Over that time, he has devoted much of his research to neglected diseases, which kill or debilitate hundreds of millions of people in underdeveloped countries. He finds the field rewarding. “At the end of the day, you can do something to change the lives and standards of living of people who live hundreds or thousands of miles away,” he says.

Haskins Laboratories

Established in Schenectady, New York, in 1939, the Haskins Laboratories grew out of a General Electric Company initiative to build million-volt X-ray machines for cancer treatment and genetics research. One of the four young scientists involved in the project was Caryl Haskins, a physicist and geneticist. Two years later, Haskins and his labs moved to Midtown Manhattan, where they remained for the next 28 years.

In 1970, the laboratories split into two divisions. The Speech Recognition and Cognition Division became affiliated with Yale University, while the Microbiology Division affiliated with Pace.

About Dyson College of Arts and Sciences:  Pace University’s liberal arts college, Dyson College offers more than 50 programs, spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and pre-professional programs (including pre-medicine, preveterinary, and pre-law), as well as numerous courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements.  The College offers access to numerous opportunities for internships, cooperative education and other hands-on learning experiences that complement in-class learning in preparing graduates for career and graduate/professional education choices.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace University 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 New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, College of Health Professions, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. Visit www.pace.edu.

Media Contact: Cara Cea, 914-906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

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