Academic Year 2020 - 2021
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WIRED — Professor of Communications Adam Klein was quoted in The World Was Primed for Protest Conspiracy Theories.
Poughkeepsie Journal — Professor of Psychology Angela Legg was quoted in Running offers social connection over self-reliance.
ART SPIEL — Professor of Art Barbara Friedman was interviewed for Art Spiel in Artists on Coping: Barbara Friedman.
[VIDEO] BLACK NEWS CHANNEL — Costume Supervisor for Pace Performing Arts Niiamar Felder was interviewed by Ladies First on the state of fashion.
[VIDEO] CBS New York — Professor of Criminal Justice Darrin Porcher was interviewed on CBS New York on police reform.
[PODCAST] Yale Radio — Professor of Art Barbara Friedman was interviewed by Brainard Carey on Yale Radio.
Sportda — Professor of Communications Emilie Zaslow was interviewed about the science behind crooked smiles in Make crooked teeth attractive.
[VIDEO] YouTube — Professor of Art Jillian McDonald was interviewed by Hallwalls Gallery Visual Arts curator John Massier.
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Student, Research, Social and Natural Sciences
Pace Chemistry Club Wins Top Honor
The Pace Chemistry Club has received the top honor of "Outstanding Student Chapter” by the American Chemical Society for 2019-2020. This represents a second win of this title for the organization, which hosts different activities that help students apply chemistry to the real world, such as guest speaker invitations, tours to local points of scientific interest, and the opportunity to present at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and participate in National Chemistry Week. David Gonzalez ’21, chapter president, said “I’m always trying to come up with new ways to engage members by doing and creating fun events that would benefit them. This recognition means a lot because it signifies the officers’ and members’ hard work being involved with the club!”
Faculty, Research, Social and Natural Sciences
Psy Prof on Children and YouTube Learning
Assistant Professor of Psychology Brenna Hassinger-Das, PhD, has co-authored research with a colleague from The Ohio State University indicating that very young children prefer to watch YouTube more than phone videos. They found that the children believe YouTube holds greater educational value than either phone or television videos, and the children were marginally less likely to believe that individuals on YouTube are real versus people in a video on a phone. “Understanding YouTube’s potential to encourage learning will help educators and caregivers make informed choices about how to help children become critical consumers of media, as well how to design remote learning environments," Hassinger-Das said. She will continue the work by examining how children actually learn from YouTube, versus how they think they can learn from it. Katherine Aloisi ‘25, PsyD, Maruf Hossain ’20, MA Psychology, and Madeleine Pearce ’19, BA Psychology, also assisted in the research.
Arts and Humanities, Students
Pace Student Addresses UN
United Nations delegates from around the world heard from Pace University student Cindy Kamtchoum ’21 earlier this month, when she delivered a statement on youth and disarmament. Kamtchoum, who is majoring in peace and justice studies and has interned with the Scottish chapter of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, delivered the statement virtually. It was authored primarily by Pace political science students.
“It is really energizing to be a young person speaking in front of seasoned adults and have people praise you for the things that you have said,” Kamtchoum said.
Social and Natural Sciences, Faculty, Award
Communication Association Honors Prof
Pace University Assistant Professor of Communications Melvin Williams, PhD, has received the 2020 Outstanding Journal Article award from the National Communication Association’s (NCA) African-American Communication and Culture Division (AACD) and Black Caucus. Williams’ Journal of Sports Media article titled “Better than Steph Curry and More Profitable Than LeBron James: An Analysis of LaVar Ball's Agenda Building of the Ball Brothers” was coauthored by Matthew Cotton and recognized for its exploration of representations of Black fathers in sports media.
“Historically, media images of Black men have been almost universally derogatory,” Williams said. “Black fathers need to be uplifted in American mass and sports media, and as a result, I remain grateful for the opportunity to do so through this research and the NCA award."
The award will be presented to Williams at an upcoming AACD meeting, to be held virtually.
Art and Humanities, Student
PPA Expresses Gratitude for Good
The Actors Fund, a 501 (c)(3) organization that provides a support safety net to performing arts and entertainment professionals, has received a $1,500 donation from an anonymous donor on behalf of the entire Pace School of Performing Arts community. The donation came about through a social media campaign started when the University went to remote learning this spring. Students, alumni, and friends were encouraged to submit short creative videos showcasing expressions of appreciation for the people, places and things they value. The videos ranged from individual testimonial-style commentaries to a “socially-distanced” flash mob performance, and for each submission the donor pledged a $5 contribution, up to $1,500.
"At a time when we are all abruptly torn away from classes, productions and each other, the campaign gave us a chance to think about and express what we are grateful for,” Pace School of Performing Arts Executive Director Grant Kretchik said. “I was grateful for that.”
Social and Natural Sciences, Art and Humanities, Student, Award
Students Receive Summer Research Awards
Paris Baker '21, an environmental science student, and Kendra Dascano '22, majoring in applied psychology and human relations and management (Lubin School of Business), are recipients of the 2020 Dyson College Summer Research Awards, sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research Experiences. Baker, with Assistant Professor Monica Palta, is studying how New York City’s altered nitrogen cycle has contributed to increased nitrogen pollution in urban waterways. Dascano is working with Assistant Professor Courtney Gosnell to examine the potential importance of capitalization support in times of high stress and trauma, such as during the COVID-19 pandemic. Both students receive a $2,000 stipend and up to $500 for supplies and travel related to their research.
Art and Humanities, Faculty, Award
Professor Awarded to Develop Civic Engagement Course
Associate Professor of English Stephanie Hsu, PhD, was selected for the 2020-21 cohort of the Mellon Periclean Faculty Leadership Program in the Humanities. Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this Project Pericles consortium program was established to foster civic engagement in teaching and learning. Hsu received a $4,000 award toward development of a special section of Book Club, an introductory English course, in partnership with a New York City nonprofit that operates family homeless shelters.Students will learn about writing composition, criticism and pedagogy alongside youth and young adults whose education has been disrupted by housing instability. Part of the course will focus on the concept of antiracism, the active practice of promoting racial tolerance, and the ways in which oppressive forces mutually reinforce issues such as homelessness. “It's an honor to be selected because this program brings attention to the people and schools that are fully exploring what civic engagement means,” Hsu said. “Because civic engagement is required in our core curriculum, Pace students—and faculty—learn with and from our community members, and we can feel the direct pulse of the social and cultural forces that are shaping our democracy today. These core ideals help to develop the leadership skills we all so clearly need.”
Social and Natural Sciences, Faculty
Psy Professor Authors Article on COVID-19 and Mental Health
Associate Professor of Psychology Anthony Mancini, PhD, has authored a commentary in a special COVID-19 issue of Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, a journal publication of the American Psychological Association. In the piece, he discusses the variation in individual responses to the pandemic, and how making universal statements about mental health impact misses this variation. An expert on the effects of trauma, with a focus on resiliency, Mancini says its important to understand the mental health impact of the pandemic on many levels. "The pandemic is also an opportunity to study how a kind of social deprivation affects people, how we respond to it and fill in the gaps, knowledge that can potentially lead to insights into other mental health issues," Mancini said. "Needless to say, we also want to be prepared for future pandemics.”
Pace Pleasantville Designated as a Bee Campus
In spring 2019, the Pace Pleasantville campus became certified as a Bee Campus for its commitment to creating a sustainable habitat for pollinators. The initiative was led by GreenPace and the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment, with committee members including Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Science Michael Rubbo, Director of Capital Projects William Carey, Director of Energy and Resiliency Ryan McEnany, and Noah Brennan '21, who gathered the necessary information for the application process. The idea was born out of Rubbo’s interest in pollinator conservation and existing activities by Dyson’s Nature Center, which houses bee hives for demonstration and education, planting pollinator gardens on campus. Future plans include building more gardens so that students can both study them and develop solutions for conservation, creating educational signage, and hosting pollinator-focused events. On the importance of this designation, Rubbo says, “it shows our commitment to creating a sustainable campus that will function both as healthy ecosystem for native plants and animals and as a living laboratory for students.”
Student, Faculty, Award, Dyson College
SOF Inducts New Members, Honors Dean Herrmann
Twenty-three new members, including seventeen students and six faculty, have been inducted into the Society of Fellows (SOF), Dyson College’s premier honors organization. This year’s class is named in honored of Nira Herrmann, Dyson Dean since 2005, and the initiation ceremony was held virtually on May 14. The SOF’s mission is to foster dialogue and scholarship across the fields of the arts and sciences through enriching experiences for students with exceptional academic and artistic abilities. "The SOF brings together people who love learning, who are willing to work hard and think harder to better understand the world, and who are willing to invest in learning about a variety of topics under the overall rubric of ‘the liberal arts,’” said Dean Hermann.