Academic Year 2019 - 2020
[VIDEO] MIC.COM — Mic.com featured Professor of Psychology Leora Trub’s research on how people express themselves online in the article, "Sad culture normalizes mental illness. But does it also glamorize it?”
[VIDEO] NY1 — Professor of Criminal Justice Darren Porcher was quoted by NY1 about a new NYPD policy that makes it mandatory for officers to wear body cameras. "What it does, it promotes transparency within the realm of policing," Porcher says.
NBC — Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Aditi Paul was quoted by NBC on singles who live in urban areas that meet on dating apps.
NEWS12 — News12 Westchester featured Professor of History Durahn Taylor remembering JFK and the legacy he has left on the 56th anniversary of his death.
CBC — Professor of Art Jane Dickson was featured by CBC for her paintings depicting casino culture. She says that the layout of casinos feed our self-destructive compulsions.
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Arts and Humanities, Student
Dyson Dancer Wins Cover Model Search
Darriel Johnakin ’23, Commercial Dance, is Dance Spirit magazine’s 2019 Cover Model Search Winner. A Miami native with a strong passion for dance since childhood, Johnakin has performed at Pace in Dance Out Loud and DanceSpace, as well as at the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. She is also set to appear an upcoming film choreographed by Martha Nichols (So You Think You Can Dance, The Greatest Showman). Johnakin says her experience with the cover model search allowed her to get out of her comfort zone, and she encourages her fellow dance students to “go in with a positive attitude, perform to the best of your ability, and always have fun.” Looking ahead, she plans to continue performing, auditioning for as many opportunities as possible, including tours, Broadway productions, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Social and Natural Sciences, Student, Research
Students Publish Cancer, Cardiac Study
An interdisciplinary team of Pace science students has published new findings that could aid in new and better drug treatments for cancer and heart disease. Their study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, looked at how a cancer drug currently undergoing clinical trials blocks the function of hERG, a protein that allows cancer cells to spread. hERG also helps to regulate cardiac function. Research was conducted under the direction of Professor Demosthenes Athanasopoulos, PhD, Chemistry and Physical Sciences, and Associate Professor of Biology Zafir Buraei, PhD, by Biology undergraduate students, Zuleen Chia Chang ’19, Matthew Orzillo ’20, and Gabrielle Suppa ’18, as well as Masters students in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program Salma Allam ’17, Christopher Fernandes ’20, and Bryan Cernuda ’18. Cernuda was the lead author and performed most of the work.
Social and Natural Sciences, Student, Research
DYSON STUDENT-LED PAPER GETS PUBLISHED
Tatyana Graham '22, BA in Environmental Science, Brielle Manzolillo '17, BA in Environmental Studies and Nadya Hall '18, MA in Environmental Policy, recently had their research published in Cities and the Environment, an academic journal focused on the ecology of urban communities. With the help of Assistant Professor Anne Toomey, PhD, Environmental Studies and Science, they completed an extensive investigation of the significance of coyotes in New York State. The paper looks at the differences in perceptions of coyotes among urban and suburban park users.
Model UN Teams Brings Home Awards
Pace's Model United Nations teams received nine awards at the national conference, held November 8-10 in Washington, DC. The awards included three for Honorable Delegation, to Pace NYC students representing Afghanistan and PLV students representing Nicaragua and Turkmenistan; two for Outstanding Delegate(s), to Callie Anderson ’23 and Nick Moustakas ’22, for their work representing Turkmenistan in the Economic and Social Council, and Kayla Guarino ’21, for her work in the United Nations Environmental Assembly. Pace also received four outstanding position paper awards, two went to the NYC team and two went to the PLV team.
Arts and Humanities
Pace Expands Opportunities for Veterans
In an effort to continue serving Pace student veterans and their families, the University has announced several new initiatives. With the help of $200,000 in funding secured through NYS Senator Peter Harckham (D-40th District), a new Student Veterans Center on the Pleasantville campus will serve as a one-stop resource for veterans across all campuses. Construction is expected to be completed during spring 2020. A new Learning Community course is also being offered next semester. Designed especially for veteran and active duty military students, students who are military dependents and family members, and those from conflict zones, After Action: Perspectives on Conflict and its Aftermath will include a photography, creative writing and American studies course. This month, look out for and support our student veterans as they march in the Veteran’s Day Parade in New York City on November 11.
Arts and Humanities, Faculty
Prof Awarded for Writing Center Book
Robert Mundy, professor of English, Pleasantville, has coedited the book Out in the Center: Public Controversies and Private Struggles, which won “Outstanding Book” from the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA). This collection of essays explores the personal experiences of writing center tutors, faculty, and administrators, and addresses the ways in which differences such as race and gender can challenge and inform conversations and communities. “This book shows the important role and function narrative can and should play in our field, specifically highlighting stories and voices we don't often hear,” says Mundy. The award was presented at the IWCA annual conference in October 2019.
PPA Alumnus's Play Wins Festival Honors
Harold Hodge Jr. '18, PPA Directing, both wrote and directed Fancy Maids, the 2019 Rave Theater Festival’s selection for “Outstanding Play.” Madeline Grey DeFreece ‘19, BFA Acting for Film, Television, Voiceovers & Commercials, and Kayland Jordan ‘19, BFA Acting, received recognition for “Outstanding Performances.” On what this play, about black women who fought for agency over their bodies in the pre-abolition North, means to him, Hodge says, “Having done so much collective research, the team and I have discovered so many women whose names have been forgotten by history and we are humbled at every opportunity to share their story.”
Dyson College, Students, Award
Dyson Students Honored for Internship Work
Nine Dyson students were celebrated recently for their participation in the 2019 Wilson Center summer funded internship program, providing experiential learning opportunities to those interested in social enterprise, nonprofit, and public service careers. Students interned at organizations including WaterAid, the 9/11 Tribute Museum, Latino U College Access, and the Billion Oyster Project. They presented learning outcomes at a reception on September 11.
Student, Award, Social and Natural Sciences
Psy Club Awarded for Suicide Awareness
The Pleasantville Pace Psychology Club has won a Community Service Program award for hosting the University's first Out of the Darkness Campus Walk for Suicide Awareness. Sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the May 2019 event raised more than $2,000 and featured guest speaker Brian Halloran ’91, founder of the Break the Hold Foundation. The club plans to host a second walk in May 2020.
Student Film Wins Best Documentary
Hawaii: Living on the Edge in Paradise?, produced by student filmmakers from the Media, Communications, and Visual Arts department, has won Best Student Documentary Short Film at the 2019 Williamsburg International Film Festival. Watch the film here.
Faculty, Award, Social and Natural Sciences
Profs Receive $372K NSF Grant
Professors Sergey Kazakov and Nancy Krucher and Assistant Professors Sally Marik and Aaron Steiner in the Biology and Chemistry and Physical Sciences Department were awarded $372,304 from the National Science Foundation through its Major Research Instrumentation Program. This will allow the purchase of an automated high-resolution fluorescence imaging system in fall 2019, which will be used across several research areas, such as neuroscience, developmental biology, cancer biology and novel drug delivery systems, as well as enhance undergraduate research and training. On the benefits of the technology to students, Principal Investigator Marik says, “This microscope will allow Pace students in the sciences access to cutting-edge equipment, strengthen their quantitative skills, and provide them real research experience in our teaching laboratories.”
Criminal Justice Ranks Third
Pace has been nationally ranked third in College Factual's list of 2019 Best Criminal Justice Programs for Returning Adults Analysis, placing the University in the top 1 percent of all US schools for nontraditional students studying criminal justice. This ranking was created to help those seeking criminal justice programs that provide support for nontraditional students and successful outcomes for graduates.
Faculty, Award, Arts and Humanities
Opportunitas in Action: Dyson Profs, Alumna Receive Inaugural Awards
Two Dyson professors and a distinguished alumna received Pace University’s first-ever Opportunitas in Action Award. This new honor, presented at the 2019 commencement ceremonies, recognizes innovative thinkers who have contributed positively to the community in the spirit of the university’s mission of Opportunitas. In New York City, Matthew Bolton, associate professor of Political Science, and Emily Welty, associate professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Director of Peace and Justice Studies, were recognized for empowering students to make a difference, both in the classroom and through Pace’s award-winning Model UN program. Their work with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize, involved student participation. In Pleasantville, the recipient was Shirley Acevedo Buontempo ’84, ’12, MPA, who was honored for her work establishing Latino U College Access, a nonprofit that provides college resources and support to first-generation students and their families.
Faculty, Award, Arts and Humanities
Professor Celebrates Film Fest Win
Solar Libre: A Family Affair, by Assistant Professor Melanie LaRosa, Media, Communications, and Visual Arts, won the Director’s Choice Award at the 2019 Rincón International Film Festival in Puerto Rico. The short film showcases clean energy efforts at the grassroots level.
Research Council Honors Dyson Professor
Clinical Associate Professor of History Maria Iacullo-Bird, PhD, has been honored with the Volunteer of the Year 2019 Award from the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). Iacullo-Bird, who is also assistant dean for undergraduate research, grants, and special projects and executive director of the Center for Undergraduate Research Experiences at Pace, served as elected chair of CUR’s Arts and Humanities Division from 2016-2019.
“Dr. Iacullo-Bird is exceptionally deserving of this special recognition,” said Elizabeth Ambose, CUR executive officer, in a letter announcing the recognition. “[As chair], Maria expanded her advocacy by working with the National Humanities Alliance and Americans for the Arts to support federal funding for undergraduate research, and to advocate for the value and importance of the arts and humanities.”
CUR is a global organization established to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship. The award was officially presented to Iacullo-Bird this summer at the group’s annual business meeting in Columbus, Ohio.
Dean, Dyson College
Want to succeed? Study Liberal Arts
In an editorial in the Westchester County Business Journal, Dyson College Dean Nira Herrmann explains why “liberal arts programs are relevant to today’s job market.” The bottom line: liberal arts programs teach the core skills that enable individuals to thrive in every field of employment. At Pace, that’s combined with a wide range of internship, research and experiential opportunities to give students the practical skills employers demand. Read more
Social and Natural Sciences, Faculty
Env Prof Explains "Manhattanhenge"
In a recent AccuWeather segment, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Monica Palta discussed “Manhattenhenge,” a phenomenon which occurs when the rising and setting of the sun aligns perfectly with the unique east-west street grid of New York City. Palta describes events like the solar eclipse and “Manhattenhenge” as those that “really draws us out of our place.” It occurs annually around the summer and winter solstices.