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National Jurist: "Environmental, Energy law remain strong"

01/19/2016

National Jurist: "Environmental, Energy law remain strong"

While it can be a competitive field to break into, the job market for environmental and energy lawyers is looking up, according to Pace University School of Law Professor Jason Czarnezki, who directs the Environmental Law Program.

"The environmental law job market has significantly improved over the past few years as government agencies and non-profits, in particular, have begun hiring again,” Czarnezki said. “New environmental lawyers are needed to handle the emergence of renewable energy programs, climate regulation, and food safety legislation, in addition to more traditional air and water quality litigation."

In an effort to make students more marketable job candidates, Pace University’s Environmental Law Program encourages students to build a strong portfolio while they are still in law school.

Read more: http://www.nationaljurist.com/content/environmental-energy-law-remain-st...

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Huffington Post: "WATCH: How Two People From Different Worlds Found Love"

01/19/2016

Huffington Post: "WATCH: How Two People From Different Worlds Found Love"

. . . The video was produced by Yumeng Ji and shot/edited by Charlene Chen, students from Pace University's Media & Communications Arts Graduate School program. They are both graduate students at Pace, majoring in Communication. Yumeng decided to make a video for this romantic love story because it encourages many single people and/or long-distance couples in real life. By sharing the same passion of photography and producing videos, Yumeng and Charlene worked together to bring the real story to the screen.

Watch the video: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/hooplaha/watch-how-two-people-from_b_8979844.html

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E-Commerce Times: "Google Sharpens Its Virtual Reality Focus"

01/19/2016

E-Commerce Times: "Google Sharpens Its Virtual Reality Focus"

. . . Clay Bavor's appointment gives some indications about the company's VR aspirations, but there are still big questions that have yet to be answered, said Larry Chiagouris, professor of marketing at Pace University's Lubin School of Business.

"On the surface, Google might appear to have the greatest consumer reach among tech giants due to the cumulative impact of its services," he told the E-Commerce Times, including its "browser, search engine, Play store, Gmail service and YouTube channel."

However, Google hasn't created a community that can compare favorably to rivals such as Facebook, Chiagouris noted. It's yet to be determined just how big a role social and shared experiences will play in VR, but it's hard to envision a world in which everyone enjoys it individually.

"It's challenge," according to Chiagouris, "will be to link applications of VR that are tightly linked to its service offerings."

Google will need to find ways to make synergies between its VR properties and other services, according to Chiagouris.

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Diverse: "Nursing, Health Care in Recovery Mode in Haiti"

01/14/2016

Diverse: "Nursing, Health Care in Recovery Mode in Haiti"

 ... “When I heard that the public school of nursing in Port-au-Prince collapsed on top of the faculty and students, killing many of them, I [thought], ‘We can educate nurses, we can go help,’” says Dr. Carol Roye, a former professor of nursing at Hunter College and current associate dean for faculty scholarship at the College of Health Professions at Pace University. Read more: http://diverseeducation.com/article/79686/

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The Hill’s Congress Blog: "Can mass trauma actually promote psychological adjustment?"

01/11/2016

The Hill’s Congress Blog: "Can mass trauma actually promote psychological adjustment?"

Anthony Mancini, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Psychology at Pace University and co-author (with Heather Littleton of East Carolina University and Amie Grills of Boston University) of the study, ‘Can People Benefit From Acute Stress? Social Support, Psychological Improvement, and Resilience After the Virginia Tech Campus Shootings.’

“The terror attacks in San Bernardino and Paris have ratcheted upward—once again—our collective anxieties,” Professor Mancini wrote on The Hill’s Congress Blog. “And for the survivors of these tragedies, they have raised the specter of collateral psychological damage, such as posttraumatic stress disorder. Although the risks to survivors are indeed real, the psychological impact of these tragedies is more complicated than we realize. Most survivors of traumatic events will suffer no enduring psychological harm. More startlingly, some may actually experience direct psychological benefits from it.

“How do we know this? In a study just published in Clinical Psychological Science, my colleagues, Heather Littleton and Amie Grills, and I studied 368 female survivors of the Virginia Tech campus shootings, the most deadly civilian massacre in U.S. history. These students’ anxiety and depression had been measured before the shootings as part of a separate study and again at two, six, and 12 months after them. As a result, we had a rare window into their psychological reaction to the tragedy. 

“Not surprisingly, about 20 percent of survivors saw substantial increases in anxiety or depression that continued to increase for 12 months, a reaction consistent with posttraumatic stress disorder. On the other hand, almost 60 percent had low levels of depression and anxiety and no statistically discernible uptick after the shootings, a result that confirms the human capacity for resilience. Most remarkable, though, was a group of survivors whose psychological health actually improved. About 15 percent of the sample, in fact, reported substantial reductions in anxiety or depression (or both) in the year after the shooting.” [The Hill’s Congress Blog, January 11, 2016]

 

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Guardian: "The problem with science journalism: we’ve forgotten that reality matters most"

01/06/2016

Guardian: "The problem with science journalism: we’ve forgotten that reality matters most"

There is a continued misunderstanding of what science journalism is, and how it differs from other forms of science communication. Photograph: Alamy

. . . "My opinion remains that reality matters no matter how complicated it may be," says Andrew Revkin, a writer whose blog, Dot Earth, shifted from news to the opinion section at the New York Times in 2010 and who teaches environmental communications at Pace University. "To me, it's all about transparency. If you have an agenda, state your agenda," he adds. "And if you're claiming to be objective, then demonstrate the objectivity."

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/dec/30/problem-with-science-journalism-2015-reality-kevin-folta

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Alert Investor: "The Birth of a Hedge Fund"

01/05/2016

Alert Investor: "The Birth of a Hedge Fund"

. . . Fraud occurs more frequently at small hedge funds, but the world of larger funds is also not immune. Perhaps the most infamous examples of the latter were the hedge funds that invested with disgraced investment manager Bernie Madoff, who in 2009 was convicted of running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. (Learn the warning signs of hedge fund fraud at the FBI’s Hedge Fund Information for Investors page.)

Given the risk of fraud, it also takes a certain personality to win the trust of wary investors. Aron Gottesman, chair of the department of finance and economics at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business said hedge fund entrepreneurs can come from any background – as seen with Zweig’s foray into the field – but they share some common traits.

“They usually have some type of experience within the hedge fund industry already, they have to be well connected and extremely confident in their own ability to generate returns for their clients,” Gottesman said.

For a hedge fund getting off the ground, industry reputation is currency in attracting capital. Institutional investors such as pension funds will often base their decisions on the investment track record of the managers and their real-world experience in the industry.

They also look for a potentially innovative strategy, something that sets the newbie fund apart. But again, even that doesn’t guarantee success.

“There are risks involved,” Gottesman said. “Hedge funds can take risks in the amount of leverage they use. Setting aside any fraudsters that are able to fool the market into giving them money, even those that are experienced and well-meaning can lose a lot in this market.”

Read more: https://www.thealertinvestor.com/the-birth-of-a-hedge-fund/

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MarketWatch: "Beware of viral Facebook posts that vow to protect your privacy"

01/04/2016

MarketWatch: "Beware of viral Facebook posts that vow to protect your privacy"

. . . When Facebook members have become embroiled in a public news story their photos have appeared in newspapers and online, for instance, media outlets typically credit Facebook, not the Facebook account holder or the person who took the actual photograph. And while Facebook members own copyright on their photos, the company may have to pass on photographs to the authorities, if ordered to by a subpoena in a criminal investigation, a court order or a search warrant. “There’s a lot of value associated with these pictures,” says Darren Hayes, director of the cyber security division and assistant professor at Pace University in New York. “Facebook must have photos that are worth billions of dollars.”

You may not have complete control over how your Facebook photos are used, in certain circumstances at least. You can, however, control what photos and adverts you see. Did you search for a sofa online or a wedding venue, and are you now being inundated with ads for sofas and wedding venues? Although you cannot block ads entirely without using ad-blocking software like Social Fixer or AdBlock, you can opt out of these targeted ads: Go to “Settings,” click on ads and edit settings to opt out of ads. For social networkers who value their privacy, Hayes says, these are instructions worth re-posting.

Read more: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/beware-of-viral-facebook-posts-that-vow-to-protect-your-privacy-2015-09-30

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Washington Post: "Why a dash-cam video of a police shooting might not be a smoking gun"

01/04/2016

Washington Post: "Why a dash-cam video of a police shooting might not be a smoking gun"

Photo: Demonstrators led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson march down State Street in Chicago on Dec. 6, 2015, to protest the death of Laquan McDonald and the response of Chicago police. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

. . . Prosecutors are often reluctant to pursue these cases, for many reasons: They have long-standing relationships with the police and may hesitate when officers are involved in a fatal shooting, and they also worry they will make police reluctant to put themselves in harm’s way, out of fear of making an error, said Randolph McLaughlin, a professor at Pace Law School in White Plains, N.Y., and a civil rights lawyer who works with police shooting cases.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/why-a-dash-cam-video-of-a-police-shooting-might-not-be-a-smoking-gun/2015/12/28/9e0f8cda-ad7e-11e5-9ab0-884d1cc4b33e_story.html

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New York Times: "Another Year, Another Round of Abortion Debates"

01/04/2016

New York Times: "Another Year, Another Round of Abortion Debates"

Photo: Pro-life and pro-choice activists collide in Washington, D.C. Credit Alex Wong/Getty Images

Read a letter to the editor from CAROL ROYE, a professor of nursing at Pace University and the author of “A Woman’s Right to Know: How Women’s Health Became a Political Pawn — and the Surprising Alliances Working to Reclaim It.”

To the Editor:

ReA Bad Year for Reproductive Rights” (editorial, Dec. 20):

As a nurse practitioner, I can speak knowledgeably about the so-called risks of abortion — and the fabricated need to save women from harm by imposing TRAP (targeted regulation of abortion providers) laws.

Legal abortion is among the safest medical procedures in the United States. Abortions, by nature, are performed on young women, a population that is generally healthy. Colonoscopies, by contrast, are typically performed on older people who are more likely to have other health problems, which can cause complications during the procedure. Yet nobody is calling for TRAP-like laws for colonoscopies. I am not either; just making a point.

TRAP laws are not intended to protect women. Indeed, as your editorial points out, women who don’t have access to legal abortions may attempt to induce their own abortions, which is very risky.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/26/opinion/another-year-another-round-of-abortion-debates.html

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