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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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New York Observer: "Bill de Blasio’s Decision to Snub Hillary Clinton Could Benefit Them Both"

04/15/2015

New York Observer: "Bill de Blasio’s Decision to Snub Hillary Clinton Could Benefit Them Both"

. . . By making himself the lone prominent New York Democrat to not reflexively endorse Ms. Clinton–Senators Charles Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand and Gov. Andrew Cuomo all did–Mr. de Blasio is inhabiting a space that was long unoccupied in the Empire State. The state’s biggest political personalities have recently been Republicans, like Michael Bloomberg and Rudolph Giuliani, or moderates that shun ideological appeals, like Mr. Schumer.

“What the mayor is attempting to do is carve out an important niche and be a spokesperson for that part of the party, the urban spokesman,” said David Caputo, president emeritus and professor of political science at Pace University.

Read more at http://observer.com/2015/04/bill-de-blasios-decision-to-snub-hillary-clinton-could-benefit-them-both/#ixzz3XOAINB5Y

 


 

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Journal News: "14 Westchester communities seek long-shot hotel tax"

04/14/2015

Journal News: "14 Westchester communities seek long-shot hotel tax"

"You could give us a tax break now, but then tax us later," he said.

The bed tax could backfire because it relies not on the business owners but their customers, he said. That might upend what appears to be an oncoming boom in the industry locally.

"It would be what we call an unintended consequence," he said.

Read more: http://www.lohud.com/story/money/business/2015/04/09/bed-tax/25522075/

 

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Eleventh Annual Pace Pitch Contest, Thursday, April 16

04/09/2015

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

New York, NY -- April 9, 2015 – Pace University’s Lubin School of Business will hold its eleventh annual Pitch Contest on Thursday, April 16 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).

WHAT: 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.

WHO: Eight finalists have been selected to compete:

Codapillar is an application that teaches web programming in a creative, social, and intuitive way. It is a web application and curriculum that break down the learning curve associated with coding and provide a social incentive to keep learners engaged in coding.

Crime Scan is a lifestyle app designed to provide accurate information about criminal reports in your area. Using information from the crime map statistics from nyc.gov, Safe Scan provides up to date crime statistics for your entire area as well as for your individual location.

EaTcard application is a loyalty card specifically designed for university students to use on campus at the cafeteria. The EaTcard app allows students to “Earn and Track” rewards in their college or university’s cafeteria.

Go! Go! Feed! is a free app designed for cooking and social networking and also has adequate business market. This app provides various recipes based on different cooking levels and ingredients in your fridge.

Independent Artist Charitable Foundation will establish itself as an umbrella charity to represent independent artist (operating as not-for-profit) to seek large donations on their behalf with the ability to offer tax credits.

MyPeople app was created to make your daily life easier. Connect your calendar application to MyPeople app, create a new task, add a description to it (deadline, effort and priority), and MyPeople will take care of the rest.

Neta is a social network platform that provides a unique navigation based networking function, which helps people who are under similar geographic locations immediately group together from a specific event or based on common interests or similarities.

RamPak creates clean, disposable liners to existing hydration sources allowing safe drinking for soldiers or athletes on the go. Its customers are primarily military members who must endure harsh environments with limited resources for long periods at a time.

Each finalist will have exactly three minutes to pitch their new venture idea to a distinguished panel of judges. Panelists include Ian E. Scott, Managing Director, Scott Legal Services, P.C.; James Quick, Technical Evangelist, Microsoft; David Sederholt, EVP and Chief Operating Officer, Strategic Funding Source, Inc; and April Tam Smith, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley.

WHEN and WHERE: Thursday, April 16 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 - 6:00 p.m.  Registration and Networking

    6:00 - 6:15 p.m.  Welcome

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

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

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

For more information or to register to attend, visit http://www.pace.edu/pitch.

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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Forbes: "After The Sharing Economy -- Companies That Connect People In Real Life"

04/08/2015

Forbes: "After The Sharing Economy -- Companies That Connect People In Real Life"

. . . Bruce Bachenheimer, the executive director of Pace University’s Entrepreneurship Lab, says that he’s seeing more and more startup businesses that are incorporating a face-to-face element.

“We are social animals by nature,” says Bachenheimer.

In the past, entrepreneurs (outside of dating companies) were hesitant to include a real-life element in startups. Putting people together offline can be messy, and potentially dangerous. It’s hard to give 100% assurance that a driver isn’t going to rob his customer or that a temporary guest isn’t going to smash the place up. But that has been the case for taxis and hotels for decades.

It’s also challenging to scale something that requires human interaction. It’s easier to attract millions of people to click on your website than it is to convince millions of people to share their cars or their homes.

“But now that someone has done it, other people see that it can work,” says Bachenheimer. “Companies like Uber and Airbnb created a perception of feasibility.”

And that hard work put into securing drivers, landlords and chefs pays off in stickiness. Bachenheimer says that once people have committed to a company, it’s less likely they will jump ship to a competitor.

Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikemontgomery/2015/04/08/after-the-sharing-economy-companies-that-connect-people-in-real-life/

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Accounting Today: "ACCA USA and Pace University Partner on Program for Accounting Students"

04/07/2015

Accounting Today: "ACCA USA and Pace University Partner on Program for Accounting Students"

Ruth Fasoldt, business development manager at ACCA USA, and Neil Braun, dean of the Lubin School of Business at Pace University in New York, discuss a partnership linking ACCA’s globally recognized qualification program to both graduate and undergraduate coursework.

Listen to the podcast: http://www.accountingtoday.com/podcasts/podcast/-73838-1.html

Read the press release: http://www.pace.edu/news-release/acca-usa-and-pace-university-lubin-school-business-launch-first-acca-accreditation

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Homeland Security Today: "Obama Issues Order Blocking Property of Persons Engaging in ‘Significant Malicious’ Cyber Activities"

04/03/2015

Homeland Security Today: "Obama Issues Order Blocking Property of Persons Engaging in ‘Significant Malicious’ Cyber Activities"

. . . “I applaud President Obama for finally stepping up to bat for US companies who are relentlessly victimized by the advanced persistent threat that China represents," said James W. Gabberty, a professor of information systems at Pace University in New York City and an alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University Polytechnic Institute who has served as an expert witness in telecommunication and information security at the federal and state levels.

"Hopefully," he said, "Obama's words will be backed up by action when needed, and not be another 'red line in the sand' - the rhetoric he used when confronting Syria and their illicit use of chemical weapons. What's at stake in the cyber attacks confronting the US is our entire economy and way of life."

“While China claims innocence, the near perfect Chinese copy of America’s F-35 Strike Fighter combat aircraft (known as the J31), which also uses F22 Raptor technology stolen from US military defense contractors, is a shining example illustrating just how deeply China has successfully penetrated US civilian and military networks," Gabberty stated.

Read more: http://www.hstoday.us/briefings/daily-news-analysis/single-article/obama-issues-order-blocking-property-of-persons-engaging-in-significant-malicious-cyber-activities/12f059398e5146bf988d58d31ed8070b.html

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Journal News: "Study: Talking to babies in womb aids language development"

04/03/2015

Journal News: "Study: Talking to babies in womb aids language development"

. . . Francine Falk-Ross, professor and literacy program coordinator at Pace University, says there are also educational benefits to these conversations. Children whose parents converse with them early have an easier time matching sounds to letters of the alphabet, which is called "graphophonic knowledge."

Read more: http://www.lohud.com/story/life/2015/04/02/expectant-moms-keep-talking/70803518/

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Associated Press: "In Etan Patz case, defense focuses on the other suspect"

04/02/2015

Associated Press: "In Etan Patz case, defense focuses on the other suspect"

. . . While most defense attorneys would be eager to pin a suspected crime on someone else, legal experts say the strategy is rarely allowed because it could confuse the jury and increase the burden for prosecutors. Judge Maxwell Wiley found good enough reason to allow testimony about Ramos.

Now, “not only does the prosecution prove the charged person did it, but now they have to prove the other person didn’t do it,” said Lissa Griffin, a Pace University law professor who studies the defense strategy.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/in-etan-patz-case-defense-focuses...

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