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The Hill's Congress Blog: "Obama's international tax reform proposals provide a balanced approach to the lock-out problem"

02/17/2015

The Hill's Congress Blog: "Obama's international tax reform proposals provide a balanced approach to the lock-out problem"

The Obama administration has proposed a balanced solution that fairly addresses the problems of overseas cash trapped abroad, good jobs and income leaving the United States and an unreasonably high current corporate federal income tax rate, writes Philip G. Cohen, associate professor of Taxation at Pace University Lubin School of Business and a retired vice president and general tax counsel at Unilever United States, Inc.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/economy-budget/232658-obamas-international-tax-reform-proposals-provide-a

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Monster: "Conduct your Next Interview as if it were the First"

02/12/2015

Monster: "Conduct your Next Interview as if it were the First"

Your small business has achieved the revenue level where you can and must hire your next employee. Candidates are coming this afternoon for the interview. Are you ready to make one of the most important decisions of the year?

Here’s what you do: look around your business, review your interview questions and make sure your new hire provides a worthy return on investment -- just like your first hire did.

Devote sufficient time to conduct -- and prepare for -- interviews. You know from experience (perhaps both positive and negative) that hiring decisions are among the most significant that you make. So allocate proportionate time to the process, especially for interviewing.

"It’s important to slow down," says Bruce Bachenheimer, professor of management at Pace University. "Small business owners are typically dealing with a myriad of critical issues and many are in a rush to hire." Consider using an interview guide for better hiring.

Read more: http://hiring.monster.com/hr/hr-best-practices/small-business/conducting-an-interview/your-next-hire.aspx

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NY1: "Fit Kids February: School Shakes Up STEM Instruction"

02/09/2015

NY1: "Fit Kids February: School Shakes Up STEM Instruction"

Using the movement of their bodies, Students at M.S. 188 are getting unique lessons in math and science, thanks to some professional dancers, the Koresh Dance Company. 

"We're movement engineers. We're sound engineers. We're all of that. It's an amazing project we get to bring that little bit to students as well," says Outreach Coordinator Shannon Bramham.

The project started two years ago by staff members at Pace University's Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and is funded by the Time Warner Cable Community Investment Team. The aim is to get younger students excited about science, technology, engineering and math or STEAM—through the arts. 

"It's about making those connections in kids heads, you know—'I can do this. I love dance. I love music.' Music is a very approachable way for kids to understand math is just another language, another sequence," says Jonathan Hill, Associate Dean at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Watch the video: http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/fit-kids/2015/02/7/fit-kids-february--school-shakes-up-stem-instruction.html

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Journal News: "Westchester looks to students to build Alzheimer's apps"

02/05/2015

Journal News: "Westchester looks to students to build Alzheimer's apps"

Westchester County is looking for teams of high school and college students to develop mobile apps for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Winners will get cash prizes and as many as five paid internships with county government.

The county is accepting applications through Feb. 12 from students from Westchester and the New York metropolitan area. The program is funded through a county Department of Social Services grant given to Pace University to develop mobile apps for Alzheimer's disease and dementia patients.

Read more: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/politics/politics-on-the-hudson/2015/02/05/westchester-looks-to-students-to-build-alzheimers-apps/22925851/

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U.S. News & World Report: "Lohans Likely to Lose Lawsuit Against Fox News"

02/05/2015

U.S. News: "Legal eight ball: Hollywood bad girl and mom unlikely to line up win."

. . . Pace University School of Law professor Leslie Garfield says Dina Lohan is, without doubt, a "limited purpose public figure," meaning a public person in the context of her relationship with her daughter, under New York law.

“Dina Lohan is the perfect example of someone who has taken affirmative steps to attract public attention,” she says. “Her whole thing is about being her mother and partying with her. She’s put herself in the public on that.”

Garfield doubts the lawsuit will make it to trial. Fox News will file a response, likely with a motion to dismiss, she says, and a judge will then decide if a reasonable juror could find the suit meritorious.

“I think that’s not going to happen,” she says.

“I think it’s going to be difficult for the Lohans to prove actual malice, and for that reason the Lohans’ basic case will fail,” she says of the defamation claim. And she brushes aside the claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress.

“It’s got to cause severe emotional distress. They waited a year from when it was stated,” she says. “Basically, I would say to prove emotional distress they would have to show Lindsay Lohan and/or her mother were taken to bed for months.”

Read more: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/02/04/lindsay-lohan-fox-news-lawsuit-cocaine

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E-Commerce Times: "Promoted Tweets Fly the Coop"

02/04/2015

E-Commerce Times: "Promoted Tweets Fly the Coop"

Seeing as though Promoted Tweets carry a burden found on all ads placed through an advertising network, Twitter could be overvaluing the advertising community's enthusiasm for Promoted Tweets outside the Twitterverse. "The challenge with these ad networks is that the inventory is not viewed with the same level of value by advertisers," said Larry Chiagouris, a marketing professor at Pace University.

Read more: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/Promoted-Tweets-Fly-the-Coop-81675.html

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PACE UNIVERSITY RECEIVES TIME WARNER CABLE GRANT TO SUPPORT “PACE STEAM PROGRAM”

02/04/2015

GRANT ENHANCES STEM EDUCATION BY PRESENTING SCIENCE AND MATH THROUGH THE LENS OF THE ARTS

New York NY – February 2, 2015 – An interactive workshop, led by Pace University professors and featuring the acclaimed dance group Koresh Dance Company, will illustrate computer science topics through dance for an audience of around 100 middle-school students on Friday, February 6 from 2:00 - 3:30pm.   The workshop will be presented at MS 188 in the East Village at the school's performance hall in an after-school program organized by Pace’s partner, the Educational Alliance.  The participating students are diverse and come from some of the most underserved communities in the New York area.  The event is part of the “Pace STEAM Program,” a project supported by a grant from Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds initiative and designed to enhance STEM education by presenting science and math through the lens of the arts.  STEM education includes studies and lessons in science, technology, engineering, and math.  STEAM lessons integrate arts within STEM education programs.  As explained by educator-turned-STEAM-enthusiast Ruth Catchen, “the arts are a great learning tool and can serve as an on-ramp to STEM for underrepresented students.  Engaging students’ strengths using art activities increases motivation and the probability of STEM success.”

“Through our Connect a Million Minds Initiative, Time Warner Cable is proud to support Pace University in exposing students to science, technology, engineering and math in various forms of arts such as dance.  STEM education that is fun and engaging will help students benefit and learn and we believe this program will accomplish that and much more,” said John Quigley, Regional Vice President of Operations, Time Warner Cable.

Connect a Million Minds is Time Warner Cable’s five-year, $100 million cash and in-kind philanthropic initiative designed to address America’s declining proficiency in STEM. 

In the first part of the workshop, dancers from Koresh Dance Company will give a short performance.  Pace professors will then work with the students to explore the math and science topics embedded in the performance piece.  Students will learn how choreography is much like a computer code with strict instructions for movements, turns, and jumps, and will work to code their own dance routine.  After the workshop, students and their families will have the opportunity to attend a full performance of Koresh Dance Company’s Come Together at the Schimmel Center on Pace’s lower Manhattan campus.  “For many students who might not otherwise feel drawn to STEM topics, the arts can inspire engagement through the music, dance, and art forms they already love,” said Lauren Birney, assistant professor at the School of Education and director of the STEM Center Collaboratory at Pace.  “From the geometry a painter uses to create perspective to the physics underlying a dancer's pirouettes, science and math abound in the arts and make them the perfect vehicles for introducing and exploring STEM concepts.”

While STEM education has become a major item on the national agenda, much less has been said about what role, if any, the arts might play in preparing students for success in STEM fields.  For many students, especially those in underserved schools, arts programs are often the first to be cut in a difficult economy.  “The American educational pipeline is not presently equipped to provide the skills necessary to meet the increase in demand for workers in STEM occupations—those requiring competence in science, technology, engineering, and math,” said Jonathan Hill, associate dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and co-director of the STEM Center Collaboratory at Pace.  “Lack of school resources, deficient support in the content areas, and isolation of teachers are all contributing factors.  As a consequence, the K-12 educational system is not sending enough students into the college ranks with the preparation necessary to be successful in science and math—a trend reflected in the global achievement gap,” said Hill.  “The result is a critical shortage of college graduates with the STEM skills required to succeed in today’s workforce.”

Birney and Hill have developed relationships with several underserved, diverse public schools in New York City. Altogether, the schools reach nearly 5,000 students.  Pace faculty members support teachers and students at these schools through faculty/teacher mentoring relationships, curriculum development, the creation of inquiry-based projects for students, and teacher training and development.  

ABOUT EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE

Founded in 1889 to help Jewish immigrants get settled in the U.S., the Educational Alliance is a non-profit organization that serves a broad and diverse group of downtown New Yorkers—of all religions, ethnicities, races and socio-economic backgrounds.  Educational Alliance breaks the cycle of poverty for low-income children and families through preschool, after school programs, and college prep programs.  For more information, visit www.edalliance.org.

ABOUT KORESH DANCE COMPANY

Koresh Dance Company was founded in 1991 by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Ronen (Roni) Koresh.  Known for its engaging performance and technically superb dancers, the company performs critically acclaimed works at its biannual Philadelphia seasons, as well as in touring performances around the country.  Koresh has been hailed internationally, touring to destinations including Spain, Turkey, Israel, South Korea, Mexico, and Guatemala.  Over the years, Roni has developed a vast repertoire of work that ranges from explosive and passionate to intimate and restrained.  The company also presents work by guest choreographers including Ohad Naharin, Robert Battle, Donald Byrd, Itzik Galili, and Paul Selwyn Norton.  For more information, visit www.koreshdance.org.

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.  For more information, visit www.pace.edu.

ABOUT TIME WARNER CABLE

Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) is among the largest providers of video, high-speed data and voice services in the United States, connecting 15 million customers to entertainment, information and each other. Time Warner Cable Business Class offers data, video and voice services to businesses of all sizes, cell tower backhaul services to wireless carriers and enterprise-class, cloud-enabled hosting, managed applications and services.  Time Warner Cable Media, the advertising sales arm of Time Warner Cable, offers national, regional and local companies innovative advertising solutions. More information about the services of Time Warner Cable is available at www.twc.com, www.twcbc.com and www.twcmedia.com.

Schimmel Contact: Richard Kornberg & Associates, (212) 944-9444,

Richard Kornberg, richard@kornbergpr.com,

Rachel Baldock, rachel@kornbergpr.com

Time Warner Cable: Ziggy Chau, (212) 379-5828, ziggy.chau@twcable.com

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HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR THE FIRST WESTCHESTER SMART MOBILE APP DEVELOPMENT BOWL

02/03/2015

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE STUDENTS SOUGHT FOR THE FIRST WESTCHESTER SMART MOBILE APP DEVELOPMENT BOWL

 

            County Executive Robert P. Astorino is looking for the best young technologists to compete in the first Westchester Smart Mobile App Development Bowl. The event is being sponsored by Westchester County, Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, and the David and Minnie Berk Foundation.  

            “There is no limit on the creativity that students can apply to the apps,” said Astorino. “This is a chance for students to showcase their talents.”

What is the Westchester Smart Mobile App Development Bowl?

Open to college and high school students throughout the Westchester and New York metropolitan area, student teams compete to create mobile apps to help with the management and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The apps can range from simple “busy board” games that help keep Alzheimer’s patients’ minds occupied, to more complex apps that assist doctors, nurses and other caregivers with daily treatments.

What awards and prizes can be won?

            Cash prizes as well as up to five paid summer internships with Westchester County Government will be awarded to top teams and students. All of the entries will become part of a library of free apps.

How can interested students register?

            Interested student teams should register by Thursday, February 12. To register visit http://www.pace.edu/seidenberg/mobile-app-development-bowl-2015-challenge, e-mail mobileappcontest@pace.edu or call (914) 422-4477.

All registrants are invited to attend a kick-off pep rally at the Westchester County Center on Friday, February 27 at 1 p.m. where teams will be introduced. Students are encouraged to attend a workshop immediately following the pep rally to go over rules and help teams prepare for the contest.

            Guidance and support will be made available throughout the competition by Pace University, including free technical resources, instruction and workshops. Schools can send more than one team.  Students may form and register independent teams without school affiliation. There is no entry fee.

            On April 17 at Pace University’s Pleasantville Campus, the teams will demonstrate their mobile apps for review by a panel of expert judges. Winners will be announced by County Executive Robert P. Astorino.

Why focus on Alzheimer’s and dementia?

            Over five million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, including an estimated 200,000 under the age of 65. That number continues to grow each year, and experts predict that by 2050 up to 16 million will have the disease. The cost of treating and caring for these patients has become unsustainable. Therefore, tools such as free apps for caregivers and patients can help alleviate some of the burden these individuals face on a daily basis.

            “Westchester County and the David and Minnie Berk Foundation are ideal partners for the Westchester Smart Mobile App Development Bowl,” said Amar Gupta, Dean of the Seidenberg School at Pace. “They both are committed to improving the quality of healthcare to underserved and vulnerable populations, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Pace is proud to be adding our technology expertise to make this event a success for years to come.”

            The Seidenberg School at Pace University has established a telehealth laboratory in Westchester County, where the school serves as a mentor to several incubators and companies. Seidenberg has won several awards in this area: the Pilot Health Tech NYC Award two years in a row, an initiative that supports healthcare IT entrepreneurship; and a multi-million dollar grant in partnership with Westchester County for a remote patient monitoring program. Additionally, the Seidenberg School has secured funding from multiple industry partners to pursue various telehealth issues: data analytics; interoperable electronic health records; telemedicine; social media; and clinical trials.

            Funding for the Westchester Smart Mobile App Development Bowl was provided by a Westchester County Department of Social Services grant awarded to Pace University to develop mobile apps for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia patients.  Future competitions will be geared to developing apps that can serve other groups.

             For more information and registration details, contact Elizabeth Foster at mobileappcontest@pace.edu or call (914) 422-4477. The registration deadline is February 12.

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