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Journal News: "Pace dedicates new dormitory, part of $100M transformation"

10/07/2016

Journal News: "Pace dedicates new dormitory, part of $100M transformation"

Attendees listen to speakers during a ceremony marking the official opening of Elm Hall, a new student dormitory at the Pace University's Pleasantville campus Oct. 6, 2016. The opening of Elm Hall marks the completion of the first phase in the university's master site plan. (Photo: Seth Harrison/The Journal News)

PLEASANTVILLE - Pace University on Thursday dedicated a new 96,000 square-foot residence hall as it caps off a three-year, $100 million transformation aimed at making the commuter-friendly school more appealing to boarding students.

University President Stephen Friedman helped dedicate Elm Hall, a 272-bed dormitory home mostly to juniors and seniors.

"The story of Elm Hall began with a commitment to create a new and modern campus on this wonderful site focused around a strong, integrated student life in a living and learning community ..." Friedman told an assembled crowd of more than 100 people.

"We turn the page and we experience the real thrill and excitement of walking on what is essentially a brand-new campus."

Read more: http://www.lohud.com/story/news/education/2016/10/06/pace-dormitory-transformation/91669014/

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Politico: "TWO SIDES TO THE ‘MORAL IMPERATIVE’ ARGUMENT"

10/06/2016

Politico: "Two Sides To The 'Moral Impreative' Argument"

Members of the American Farm Bureau Federation feel it’s their responsibility to help provide food for a growing population, and a report published Wednesday by the Environmental Working Group insinuates that U.S. farmers and ranchers, by not exclusively exporting goods to the least developed countries, shouldn’t be looked at as having a major role in combating hunger, says Bob Young, chief economist at the Farm Bureau.

Young’s statement was in response to an analysis the EWG conducted of U.S. agricultural exports, which made the case that agribusiness uses the oft-cited statistic that world food production must double in order to feed 9 billion people by 2050, to “defend the status-quo farm policy and deflect attention from the destruction that ‘modern’ agriculture is inflicting on the environment and human health.” The group found that over the last decade, 86 percent ($114 billion) of all U.S. agricultural exports went to 20 countries — most of which are developed — in the form of commodities like corn, soybeans, wheat and meat products.

Young explained that food is a “fungible thing,” and that providing supplies to another country, regardless of its income levels and development, frees up other goods to go elsewhere. China, for example, will continue to demand soybeans, even if the U.S. doesn’t supply them. U.S. farmers also have made “considerable strides” over the last few decades toward more environmentally friendly production systems, such as no-till that reduces soil erosion. “Yes, we stand accused of viewing feeding the world as a moral imperative. That’s an accusation to which we will plead guilty with great pride,” Young said.

A different view comes from Margot Pollans, an assistant professor of law at Pace University and faculty director of the Pace-Natural Resources Defense Council Food Law Initiative. She says that dismantling the moral imperative narrative is essential to an honest and productive dialogue on both agriculture’s environmental footprint and the causes of hunger and malnutrition.

“To find evidence that creating environmental sacrifice zones in the name of plentiful and cheap food cannot solve our global hunger problem, we need look no further than here in the United States, where we grow far more food than we need and yet still have nearly fifty million people who are food insecure,” Pollans said. She added that the environmental impact of farming, including greenhouse gas emissions, may threaten future productivity, and that overproduction in developed countries like the U.S. can depress global food prices and income for the world’s hungry people — many of whom depend on agriculture for their livelihood.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-agriculture/2016/10/flotus-digs-in-on-future-of-white-house-garden-lets-move-216714#ixzz4ML4PitWJ

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New York Times: "A Farming Revolution, Minus Factories"

10/03/2016

New York Times: "A Farming Revolution, Minus Factories"

. . . Agriculture contributes about 9 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States; it remains the leading source of river and stream contamination, writes MARGOT J. POLLANS, assistant professor and faculty director of the Food Law Initiative at Pace University's Elisabeth Haub School of Law, in a letter to the editor of the New York Times.

Fertilizer runoff throughout the Midwest produces a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico as big as Connecticut, and millions of Americans drink water and breathe air laden with poisonous agricultural chemicals.

We need our large farms, and we should celebrate many of the innovations of contemporary farming. But the farmers responsible for these vast environmental harms should not get a pass.

It is time to modernize federal law both to eliminate the many perverse incentives that encourage harmful farming techniques and to provide farmers the support they need to improve their practices.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/03/opinion/a-farming-revolution-minus-factories.html

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Westchester County Business Journal: "WCA to recognize five Women in Tech award winners"

10/03/2016

Westchester County Business Journal: "WCA to recognize five Women in Tech award winners"

Five accomplished women from STEM fields will be recognized by the Westchester County Association on Oct. 20 as part of its third annual “Women in Tech” awards.

The WCA launched the awards in 2014 to recognize women for accomplishments while working in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

This year’s winners will be recognized at an 11 a.m. reception at the Tappan Hill Mansion in Tarrytown.

The 2016 honorees are:

• Jean F. Coppola: Award-winning educator, author and professor of gerontechnology at Pace University. Coppola has won multiple national awards for her work researching the effects of technology on older adult life quality, attitudes toward aging and cognitive functioning.

Karen D’Ambrosio: Senior director of clinical systems for Montefiore Information Technology, a subsidiary of Montefiore Health System. During a 10-year career with Montefiore, D’Ambrosio has led a team of more than 200 information technology professionals to design and maintain the health system’s IT systems. She has worked in the information technology field for more than 30 years.

Theodora Diamantis: Building project director for Skanska USA. An engineer and architect, Diamantis has led multiple high-profile, multimillion-dollar projects in health care, higher education, retail, commercial and research laboratories. Most recently, she was part of the leadership team that completed the $600 million City University of New York Advanced Science Research Center.

Rebecca Jones: Assistant professor in the psychiatry department at NewYork- Presbyterian Hospital Center for Autism and the Developing Brain. Jones studies the development of the social brain and how and why it differs with autism spectrum disorders. She uses a variety of technologies in her research, including wearable devices, eye tracking and functional magnetic resonance imaging to examine variations in social behavior in children, adolescents and adults.

Rong Xu: Principal research scientist at Profectus BioScience Inc., a clinical-stage vaccine development company in Tarrytown. Xu leads the immunology team in performing preclinical and clinical studies. She previously worked as the senior research scientist at Pfizer Vaccine Research and as a research associate at the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute.

The luncheon will also recognize two students for achievements and passion in STEM fields: Lucie LeBlanc, a senior at Mamaroneck High School, where she created her school’s Code Club in partnership with The Flatiron School, and Esmeralda A. Michaca, a mathematics and computer science major at Purchase College.

Tickets are $125 for WCA members and $150 for non-members. To purchase tickets, visit www.westchester.org.

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Journal News: "The grades are in and Hillary won debate, experts say"

09/27/2016

Journal News: "The grades are in and Hillary won debate, experts say"

. . . Here’s what the judges said:

DAVID A. CAPUTO: (president emeritus and professor of political science at Pace University)

Clinton: Grade A

Trump: Grade D

Summary: Trump started well on trade but fell apart on birther and tax issues. Lacked foreign policy knowledge; poor on specifics; visually “impatient and disrespectful.” Interrupted too much.

Clinton was clear winner. Scored on defending her stamina and overall was well prepared. Worst moment was on the Trans Pacific Partnership, which she was for until she was against it. “Now the question is whether it will have major impact with the voters.”

Read more: http://www.lohud.com/story/opinion/columnists/phil-reisman/2016/09/27/reisman-grades-clinton-trump/91174094/

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Associated Press: "The tale of the tape: when should police videos be released?"

09/23/2016

Associated Press: "The tale of the tape: when should police videos be released?"

Photo: A protester walks in front of a line of police officers blocking the access road to I-277 on the third night of protests in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, following Tuesday’s fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. (Chuck Burton/Associated Press)

Two police shootings, both recorded by police. In one city, the police recordings were released almost immediately and protests remained calm. In the other, the chief has so far refused to provide the videos to the public and violent protests have wrought destruction in the heart of the city. Two different outcomes that raise some key questions: How soon are police obligated to release the recordings and why might they keep a lid on it?

In this era of a 24/7 cycle of citizen journalists and live video feeds, civil rights activists are saying the refusal to release video almost immediately underscores the fractured relationship between police and the community they serve.

“There’s a knee jerk reaction on the part of police departments. We used to call it the blue wall of silence,” said Randolph M. McLaughlin, a civil rights attorney and professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. “Now it’s just a blue wall.”

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/the-tale-of-the-tape-when-should-police-videos-be-released/2016/09/23/4023052c-815c-11e6-9578-558cc125c7ba_story.html

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Associated Press: "3rd Night of Charlotte Protests Stays Largely Peaceful"

09/23/2016

Associated Press: "3rd Night of Charlotte Protests Stays Largely Peaceful"

Photo: Police fire teargas as protestors converge on downtown following Tuesday's police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Protesters have rushed police in riot gear at a downtown Charlotte hotel and officers have fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. At least one person was injured in the confrontation, though it wasn't immediately clear how. Firefighters rushed in to pull the man to a waiting ambulance.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

. . . Experts who track shootings by police noted that the release of videos can often quell protest violence, and that the footage sometimes shows that events unfolded differently than the official account.

"What we've seen in too many situations now is that the videos tell the truth and the police who were involved in the shooting tell lies," said Randolph McLaughlin, a professor at Pace University School of Law. He said it is "irresponsible" of police not to release the video immediately.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/2nd-night-violent-protests-charlotte-police-shooting-42269243

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Associated Press: "Time Gap in Offering Aid After Police Shooting Stirs Concern"

09/21/2016

Associated Press: "Time Gap in Offering Aid After Police Shooting Stirs Concern"

A frame grab from video released by the Tulsa Police Department shows Terrence Crutcher walking with his hands in the air as he is confronted by police on Sept. 16 2016. (Photo: Tulsa Police Dept./EPA)

. . . "When the police take actions that result in injury to you and then leave you on the ground to die, well, I think that's a constitutional violation," said Randolph M. McLaughlin, a civil rights attorney and professor at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/09/21/us/ap-us-police-shootings-medical-help.html

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Dallas Morning News: "45 years after Attica, America's inmates are protesting again, but not in Texas — yet"

09/16/2016

Dallas Morning News: "45 years after Attica, America's inmates are protesting again, but not in Texas — yet"

On Sept. 10, 1971, inmates of Attica State Prison voiced their demands during a negotiating session with New York's prison Commissioner Russell Oswald. Photo: Associated Press

. . . "A lot of attention is now beginning to be focused on our prison system," said Micahel B. Mushlin, professor of law at the Elisabeth Haub School of law at Pace University and author of Rights of Prisoners, a four-volume treatise on prisoner-rights laws.

"That's a healthy development. And that's coming from both the left and the right. We really have a problem in our prisons and this is reflective of that."

Mushlin said he doesn't know "the conditions in every prison specifically in the U.S. but speaking nationally, we really do have a problem operating prisons to the standard we should have."

He said prisons should be places where inmates can be "productive," safe and respected by those overseeing them.

"That doesn't happen in many places," he said.

Read more: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/headlines/20160915-45-years-after-attica-america-s-inmates-are-protesting-again-but-not-in-texas---yet.ece

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Journal News: "Women’s Bar Assoc. awards scholarship"

09/16/2016

Journal News: "Women’s Bar Assoc. awards scholarship"

Julie Kattan, left, presents its Justice Sondra M. Miller Scholarship to Erica Danielson. (Photo: MFox)

Bar Association awards scholarship

HARTSDALE - The Westchester Women’s Bar Association Foundation, the charitable arm of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association, recently presented its Justice Sondra M. Miller scholarship to Erica Danielsen. The WWBAF gives the annual scholarship to a deserving Pace Law School student and supports other organizations by awarding grants to not-for profit organizations that provide programs that serve the community.

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