Dyson News at a Glance: July 2018


 

“LA TIMES” LAUDS PPA ALUMNA FISHBACK

Pace School of Performing Arts alumna Dominique Fishback was interviewed by the LA Times about her stage and screen successes. Praised for her nuanced portrayals of tough yet vulnerable and resilient young women, she discusses her education at Pace, as well as some exciting upcoming film, television, and theater projects.


 

PROF AWARDED NIH GRANT FOR CANCER RESEARCH

Nancy Krucher, Biology, was awarded a $400K grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), entitled “CDK4/6 Resistance: An Alternate Strategy to Target RB Phosphorylation in Cancer.” The NIH grant will help further research that could lead to new treatment strategies for certain types of cancer and provide students valuable, hands-on research experience. Read more about her previous RB-related research here.

 

DANCE MAJOR PROFILED IN UNDER ARMOUR AD

Elsa Stallings ’21, Commercial Dance, was chosen to represent Under Armour in a video ad featured by Refinery29. The video focuses on promoting the serious work dancers put into their craft as athletes as well as artists. Watch the clip here.


 

AWARD-WINNING PROF INTERVIEWED BY FIOS1

2018 Jefferson Awards recipient and Associate Prof of Criminal Justice and Security Kimberly Collica-Cox was interviewed by Fios1 on the success of her program “Parenting, Prison, and Pups.” Collica-Cox discusses how the program not only provides transformative emotional support for incarcerated women, but also incorporates real-world experience for students studying criminal justice. Watch the interview here.

 

PPA ALUMNA LANDS A "SHAMELESS" ROLE

Pace School of Performing Arts alumna Ashley Romans ‘15 has landed a recurring role on the hit Showtime comedy-drama series Shameless. Romans joins an all-star cast, including William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, for a historic ninth season, which will make Shameless the longest-running original scripted series in Showtime's history. Romans’ casting was reported in Deadline Hollywood; the new season premieres on September 9, 2018.

 

CHEM STUDENT'S RESEARCH POWERED BY NSF

Kaleigh Ryan ‘20, Chemistry, received a Research Experience for Undergraduates award, a competitive summer research program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Ryan will perform cutting-edge research on renewable energy sources during a ten-week research stay at the University of Massachusetts Amherst during summer 2018. She is one of only ten awardees from more than 150 applicants for this prestigious award.

 

BROADWAY DEBUT IN "HEAD OVER HEELS"

Christine Shepard ‘19, Pace School of Performing Arts, makes her Broadway debut in Head Over Heels, a new musical comedy set to the iconic music of the 1980’s all-female rock band The Go-Go’s. The show is currently in previews and opens July 26 at The Hudson Theatre.

 

PACE IS TOP 3 FOR SERVICE / VOLUNTEERISM

Pace University was recognized in the top three colleges and universities for service and volunteerism in an annual report by the New York City Mayor’s Office. In 2017, Pace had over 1,699 volunteers and clocked 30,899 hours with non-profits across the city. Many of the service opportunities were organized through the Center for Community Action and Research at Dyson College (CCAR). Daniel Botting, CCAR associate director, said, “From hosting a Halloween party for children at a Lower Manhattan Community Center, to rebuilding homes for families who, even years later, continue to be displaced by Superstorm Sandy, Pace students continue to be responsible and active members in their communities. They understand that they are a part of their community and have a role to play in making it more fair and equitable.”

 

EXPLORING THE MAGIC IN CINEMA

Assistant Professor of Film and Screen Studies Collin Williamson, authored Hidden in Plain Sight: An Archaeology of Magic and the Cinema (Rutgers University Press, 2015). The book offers a wide-ranging investigation of how professional illusionists and their tricks have been represented onscreen for more than a century. It explores the powerful ways that magic has shaped our modes of perception and our experiences of the cinema, and how several key filmmakers, from Orson Welles to Christopher Nolan and Martin Scorsese, employ the rhetoric of magic.