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Homeland Security Today: "ANALYSIS - New Legislation Needed to Address Terrorists’ Use of Phone Encryption"

12/03/2015

Homeland Security Today: "ANALYSIS - New Legislation Needed to Address Terrorists’ Use of Phone Encryption"

France maintains one of the most sophisticated telecommunications programs in the world, yet they failed to recognize the recent coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris, writes Darren Hayes, Assistant Professor and Director of Cybersecurity at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in New York. These horrific events are a wake-up call for the US public and lawmakers. Smartphones are undoubtedly the most important sources of digital evidence today, but law enforcement and counterterrorism agencies can no longer perform their jobs effectively.

Read more: http://www.hstoday.us/briefings/daily-news-analysis/single-article/analysis-new-legislation-needed-to-address-terrorists-use-of-encryption/a4a07aadabf6fa2417b4c411ab56d755.html

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Pace University Wins National Economics Competition for Second Consecutive Year

12/02/2015

Pace University Wins National Economics Competition for Second Consecutive Year

Experiential Learning Drives Seven-Member Team to Victory in Federal Reserve’s Annual ‘College Fed Challenge'

NEW YORK – Pace University today won the 12th annual national College Federal Reserve Challenge, marking the second consecutive year that Pace has won the prestigious competition that tests students’ understanding of the U.S. economy, monetary policymaking and the role of the Federal Reserve System.

The finals were held in Washington D.C. as the capstone to five district competitions held around the country. Undergraduate teams from across the country first competed in their local Reserve Bank Districts, and top teams moved on to the finals. Last month, the Pace University team won New York’s regional competition for the fourth year in a row. Pace’s 2014 national win was the first for the NY Fed District in the history of the College Fed Challenge and the school now becomes the first in the District to repeat as champions.

“Once again, our students demonstrated the quality, hard work and commitment to success that characterizes a Pace University education,” Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman said. “This victory highlights Pace’s unique commitment to experiential learning and professional experience, giving our students a competitive advantage both during their college years and as they enter into highly competitive professional fields.”

"Preparation for Fed Challenge expands students' knowledge of the U.S. economy, monetary policy, and the work of the Federal Reserve," said Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet L. Yellen. "The competition is also intended to foster interest in economics and finance as fields for advanced study and careers."

All seven members of this year’s Pace team are Economics/Business Economics students in Pace’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences. The team members are Katherine Craig, Daniella Gambino, Omar Habib, Jozef Lampa, Melissa Navas, Jonathan Okane and Yuliya Palianok; Professors Greg Colman and Mark Weinstock served as the team’s advisor.

Participating teams analyze economic and financial conditions and formulate a monetary policy recommendation, modeled on the work of the Federal Open Market Committee.  Teams competing in the finals gave presentations and answered questions for a panel of senior Federal Reserve officials.

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 opportunities for professional experiences offered by 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 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.

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Al Jazeera America: Senior Fellow Andrew Revkin on Al Jazeera America

12/01/2015

Al Jazeera America: Senior Fellow Andrew Revkin on Al Jazeera America

Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace and New York Times Dot Earth blogger, Andrew Revkin was interviewed on Al Jazeera America as world leaders and environmentalists gear up for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (a k a COP21).

To view the video interview of Andrew Revkin click here: https://mediaspace.pace.edu/media/Senior+Fellow+Andrew+Revkin+on+Al+Jazeera+America/1_k86cu9d4

 

Revkin also wrote about the global climate talks and his preparation of Pace environmental science students on his New York Times Dot Earth blog.

To view the article click here: http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/dotearth/2015/11/30/tracking-views-and-news-out-of-the-paris-climate-change-talks/?_r=0&referer=&tc=eml

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PBS broadcast: "Connecting with Virginia Woolf"

12/01/2015

PBS broadcast: "Connecting with Virginia Woolf"

The work of Pace Distinguished English Professor Mark Hussey, PhD,  was featured in a PBS broadcast on Virginia Woolf. He talks about starting the Woolf international conference at Pace over twenty years ago, as well as his other contributions to advancing the legacy of Virginia Woolf.

To view the PBS segment click here: http://on-demand.wvia.org/video/2365611641/.

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1320 WILS: "Instagram for teens and twentysomethings"

11/25/2015

1320 WILS: "Instagram for teens and twentysomethings"

Leora Trub, Assistant Professor, Pace University, discusses her new study, "Instagram = #Instasad?: Exploring the Association of Instagram Use with Depressive Symptoms"

Listen to the interview: http://1320wils.com/assets/files/11-24-15%20Leora%20Trub.mp3

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Westchester County Business Journal: "Pfizer to buy Allergan for $160 billion"

11/25/2015

Westchester County Business Journal: "Pfizer to buy Allergan for $160 billion"

. . . Under the terms of the deal, which is expected to close in the second half of 2016, the companies will be combined under Allergan PLC, which will be renamed Pfizer PLC. The merged company, the largest drugmaker in the world, is expected to generate more than $25 billion in annual operating cash flow starting in 2018.

The move drew sharp criticism from several 2016 presidential hopefuls, including Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Pfizer said in its statement the move will create “increased financial flexibility,” adding it “facilitates continued investment in the United States.”

Philip G. Cohen, a legal studies and taxation professor at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, said such moves should be prevented going forward.

“It is clear that Congress should enact legislation targeting inversions in order to protect the corporate tax base from further diminution from these transactions,” Cohen said. “This should not be delayed by the excuse that this must wait until fundamental tax reform is addressed.”

Read more: http://westfaironline.com/75927/pfizer-to-buy-allergan-for-160-billion/

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Law360: "Record Inversion Deal Shows Pfizer Unfazed By New Rules"

11/24/2015

Law360: "Record Inversion Deal Shows Pfizer Unfazed By New Rules"

. . . The IRS has acknowledged in its notices on inversions that it only has the power to go so far, putting the ball in Congress’ court to take action on preventing U.S. corporations from hunting for deals that allow them to slash their U.S. corporate tax bills.

One way to do so would be to reduce the threshold of U.S. shareholders and incorporate rules surrounding where the bulk of the company is managed and operates, explained Philip Cohen, a professor in the legal studies and taxation department of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and a retired vice president of tax and tax general counsel to Unilever U.S.

“I think that when a company is inverted and continues to have substantial U.S. owners, 50 percent or more, then I think legislation should be enacted to treat that company as a U.S. company,” he said.

But the rules still fail to address earnings stripping, one of the most broadly used loopholes when it comes to trimming a company’s U.S. corporate tax bill, Cohen noted.

Read more: http://www.law360.com/articles/730636/record-inversion-deal-shows-pfizer-unfazed-by-new-rules

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HuffPost Live: "Instagram, Finstagram, Rinstagram...Why All Three?"

11/24/2015

HuffPost Live: "Instagram, Finstagram, Rinstagram...Why All Three?"

Leora Trub, Assistant Professor, Pace University, was a guest on HuffPost Live.

A new trend is emerging where teens create a second Instagram account, called Finstagram, in order to post “real” and unfiltered pictures. But why do teens feel like they must be perfect online and separate their accounts in the first place?

 

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TechNewsWorld: "Is This VR's Mainstream Moment?"

11/24/2015

TechNewsWorld: "Is This VR's Mainstream Moment?"

. . . the benefits better be worth the asking price, said Larry Chiagouris, professor of marketing at Pace University's Lubin School of Business.

"The greater the benefits, the more that the cost becomes less of an obstacle," he told TechNewsWorld. "Samsung will have to prove that this is more than a gimmick for a select few consumers, and that most consumers can benefit from the technology. Thus far, VR has been around a few years now, and the combination of industry players have not yet demonstrated the benefit."

Read more: http://www.technewsworld.com/story/Is-This-VRs-Mainstream-Moment-82791.html

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Washington Post: "How Obamacare helped millennials chill out"

11/24/2015

Washington Post: "How Obamacare helped millennials chill out"

If you're a young person right out of college, you might not be quite sure what to do with your life yet. You might want to spend more time figuring that out, but you can't afford to take a break from work to do so, because you need health insurance — and having a job is the only way to get it.

That was the situation for Americans between the ages of 19 and 26, 30 percent of whom didn't have health insurance before 2010, when the Affordable Care Act went into effect. Although young people have been slow to sign up on their own, insurance plans have to cover dependent children through age 26, resulting in increased coverage— and a lot more young people who don't necessarily have to work in order to have access to health care. New research suggests that some of those young people are taking advantage of the newfound freedom, and are feeling pretty good about it.

The study, from Gregory Colman of Pace University and Dhaval Dave at Bentley University, uses American Time Use Survey data to figure out how people in different age brackets shifted the composition of their day between 2003 and 2013. It finds that as the number of young people on their parents' health plans has grown, a few of them— less than five percent — have also dropped out of the workforce.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/11/21/how-obamacare-helped-millennials-chill-out/

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