Dean's Message: Dyson Pride
The beginning of a new academic year is always an exciting time and this year is no exception! As both returning and new students and faculty rejoin staff on campus, all of us at Dyson College gain a sense of renewed energy as we look forward to what the new semester brings.
I am pleased to tell you about the work that took place over the summer as Pace continues to improve the academic and student-life related spaces on both campuses. On the Pleasantville campus, the new Elm Hall dormitory, new pedestrian sidewalks, and upgraded roadways were completed, which concludes the major phase of construction there. On the New York City campus, students were welcomed with a beautifully renovated Student Development and Campus Activities Office on the 8th floor of 41 Park Row, as well as updated science labs at One Pace Plaza. I hope you will have an opportunity to visit the campus you attended and see these wonderful transformations for yourself.
I would also like to share with you some wonderful news about Dyson College. With the addition of 21 new faculty members this fall, Dyson’s roster of full-time faculty has grown a robust 25 percent since 2012, which we are very proud about. As the Film and Screen Studies program has flourished with increasing interest from students, we have established a new academic department, Film and Screen Studies, on the New York City campus, with Catherine Zimmer, PhD, serving as chair.
The designation of Distinguished Professor is given in recognition of a faculty member who has attained the rank of professor and has clearly demonstrated continuous, extraordinary, and widely recognized contributions as a scholar and teacher, as well as service to the academic community. Please join me in congratulating Nigel Yarlett, PhD, director, Haskins Lab; program director, MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; and professor, Chemistry and Physical Sciences, NYC, on his prestigious designation as Distinguished Professor. He joins the remarkable ranks of Dyson’s other Distinguished Professors: Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD; Martha Driver, PhD; Mark Hussey, PhD; and Karla Jay, PhD, Emerita.
If you are thinking about coming back to campus, consider attending Dyson’s premier event, the Third Biannual Resilience Summit, Water Cooperation and Conflict: The Local and Global Challenge, which will be held on Thursday, April 13, 2017, at Pace University’s Schimmel Theater in New York City. This one-day summit, open to the public, is being organized by the new Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment. Please save the date and expect to see more information about the summit soon.
In this issue, you will see some of our newest videos, learn about our faculty’s timely research and collaboration with external organizations, and read about the accomplishments of Charles Brice ’12, Actors Studio Drama School. We are very proud of all our faculty, student and alumni accomplishments; their successes are what motivate us all at Dyson every day. If you have a story you would like to share, we would like to hear from you! Please contact Angela Nally, assistant dean for communications, at email@example.com to share it.
Nira Herrmann, PhD
Dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences