Academic Year 2019 - 2020
THE PRIDE —Dr. Karla Jay, English, in Everything You Need to Know About Tonight’s LGBTQ Town Hall w/ Democratic Presidential Candidates
[VIDEO] NEWS12 —Kimberly Collica-Cox, Criminal Justice, in Parenting, Prison and Pups: Incarcerated women in Westchester learn parenting skills
ARTNET NEWS — Jane Dickson, Art, in Why the Times Square of Yesteryear Is Still Inspiring Jane Dickson, One of New York’s Great Painters of Nightlife
LOHUD — Gina Scutelnicu, Public Administration, in Yonkers tries to shed grittier aspects in favor of greener, more transit-oriented future
LA TIMES — Prof on school shootings and ‘complicated grief'
NEWS12 — Pace students portray impact of Kilauea volcano
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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.