Academic Year 2019 - 2020
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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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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.”
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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.
Student, Faculty, Award, Research
Student-Faculty Teams Win Top Prize at Virtual Research Day
Dyson College students and faculty won the top prize at the Ninth Annual Student-Faculty Research Showcase, sponsored by the university’s Office of Student Success, and taking place during Virtual Research Day on May 5 and May 6, respectively, for the New York City and Pleasantville campuses. In New York City, Allison Fisher '21 (Seidenberg), and Associate Professor of English Kristen Di Gennaro won for their project, Real and Imagined Linguistic Features of Contemporary Women’s Language. In Pleasantville, Carmela Piccolo '22, Applied Psychology and Human Relations, and Assistant Professor of Psychology Courtney Gosnell won for The Effects of Positive Emotion Overexpression Based on Underlying Motives. Each pair will receive up to $2,000 towards a conference where they present their research in the next academic year.
Student, Award, Dyson College
Dyson Students Win Pace Pitch Contest
A team of three Dyson College students has won this year’s Pace Pitch contest. Magen Wolmart, '20, MA in Public Relations, Shantina Scott, '21, MA in Communications, and Alex Romanelli, '20, MA in Communications, worked together on “SURGE SYSTEM CAMPAIGNS.” Their winning project is an organization intended to make it simple for users to create campaign plans for public relations, marketing, advertising, and other practices. Organized though Pace’s Lubin School of Business Entrepreneurship Lab, the annual competition is a presentation of diverse entrepreneur ideas, business models, marketing strategies, and financial plans. Finalists are given exactly three minutes to present their idea to a panel of potential investors and the winning team is given a $1,000 cash prize.
Given the remote learning and social-distancing protocols enacted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year's contest was held via video conference. “The way we all presented SURGE was something completely different, that none of us were prepared to do a few months ago,” said Romanelli. “It was definitely easier for me to present virtually.” As for the future of SURGE, Romanelli said there are no immediate plans as of right now but he would love to have the chance to continue working on the idea with his teammates.
In second place was a data analysis project by Ligia Galvão, ’20, MA in Customer Intelligence and Analytics, and Cristiano Galvão, 19', BA in Computer Science, titled “Genecsis Real Time Data” Communications students Athena Greschler, '21, Monique Rios, '20, and Kevin Crompton, '22, won third place for their “Green Neighbor” project, a delivery program intended to eliminate inefficient, expensive, and slow return services, and prevent excessive waste.
Student, Award, Social and Natural Sciences
Fiscal Challenge Team Earns Second Place Win
Pace University, bested only by Notre Dame University, won second place at the 7th Annual College Fiscal Challenge, a national nonprofit competition in which students construct a strategic plan to put the US federal government’s public debt on a sustainable path. This year, the Zoom-held event had a special section added to discuss challenges facing the US government budget due to COVID-19. Team members included co-captains Brooke Jefferds ’20 and Luke Artola ’20, Carlton Allison ‘23, Brandon Diaz ‘23, Marc Gosine ‘20, Sarina Howe ‘23, Anthony Spinelli ‘21, and researchers Christian Morris ‘21, Christopher Opirhory ‘22, and Lizabeth Singh ‘22. “We used [the competition] as an opportunity for a deeper bonding experience and a chance to see how fiscal policy can not only help the United States remain on a sustainable fiscal path, but help the most vulnerable among us,” said Jefferds of the experience.
Faculty, Award, Social and Natural Sciences
Biology Prof Receives NSF Research Award
Associate Professor of Biology Erika Crispo has received a National Science Foundation Research Opportunity Award to study the biological diversity of horned lizards in the southwestern United States. A collaboration with CUNY, "the goal of the work is to identify new species, and to develop tools for conservation and management of these species," says Crispo. She brings unique expertise to this project, being skilled in a type of three-dimentional analysis of animal body shape called “geometric morphometrics.” This opportunity will enhance her ability to perform cutting edge research with Pace students in the future.
Faculty, Award, Arts and Humanities
NYC Professor Receives Fellowship Award
Erica Johnson, professor and chair of the English Department on the New York City campus, has been awarded a Camargo Foundation fellowship for the spring 2021 semester. “The Camargo Foundation is a residential fellowship program in France that fosters study of French and Francophone cultures and the arts,” Johnson said. She’s planning to use the opportunity to further her writing in the field of Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean literature. “My book [project] deals with a body of counter-archival Caribbean art and literature, including a book (Guyane: Traces-mémoires du bagne/French Guiana: Memory-Traces of the Penal Colony) by writer Patrick Chamoiseau and artist and photographer Rodolphe Hammadi. This text provides a counter-archival record of the vast French penal colony that dominated French Guiana's landscape for a century,” Johnson said. “Hammadi is based in Marseille, near the Camargo Foundation, so I will have a chance to interview him.”
Pace Aids in the Fight Against COVID-19
Helping to protect the healthcare professionals on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, Pace University’s College of Health Professions and Dyson College have donated more than 15,000 gloves, 250 standard face masks, more than 60 N95 masks, and nearly 50 disposable gown kits to the Westchester Medical Center and New York State. The contribution is an effort to assist in tackling the severe shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) that threatens our ability to save lives and reduce the impact of the virus.
“Healthcare workers are literally putting their lives on the line to help patients with COVID-19,” said Professor Marcy Kelly, chairperson of the Biology Department on the New York City campus, “If [they] do not have PPE, they will most likely catch the virus. The more healthcare workers who are sick, the greater the impact on our ability to treat patients and keep the mortality rate down.”
Dyson College, Faculty, Student
Students, Faculty Respond to COVID-19
Dyson College students, faculty, and staff are adapting quickly as Pace University moved to a remote learning model on March 11, in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “A midterm in my digital marketing class was originally going to be taken in person, but, because of the new format, it was online and my professor uploaded instructions to Blackboard,” said Rebecca Newman ’20, Communications. “I am also taking a painting class where my professor wants us to email her photos of our painting at different stages and then comment on other students’ work instead of discussing it in class.”
Two local news affiliates featured Dyson College professors talking about how they are adjusting their instruction. Kimberly Collica-Cox, an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Security was featured on ABC7 Eyewitness News, and English Professor Kelley Kreitz shared her online instruction plan with WNBC news (at about 4:43:35), “Over the course of the next couple of weeks, this will, I hope, help the virus to run its course,” she said in the report.
Award, Dyson College, Social and Natural Sciences
Psychology Professor Honored for Research Excellence
Assistant Professor Brenna Hassinger-Das, PhD, of the New York Department of Psychology, received the 2020 Award for Research Excellence by Early Career Psychologists from the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA). The organization is “geared to advancing the science and practice of psychology.” Hassinger-Das will receive $200, a free membership in the Academic Division for one year, a listing on the NYSPA website’s “Friday Flash,” and an invitation to attend the Academic Division June 2020 Annual Luncheon. “This award means a great deal to me, as it demonstrates the support of my colleagues in the NYSPA for my research agenda, particularly my Pace colleague, Dr. Florence Denmark, who nominated me for the award," says Hassinger-Das.
Award, Dyson College, Social and Natural Sciences
Chemistry Professor Wins Teaching Honor
Professor JaimeLee Rizzo, Ph.D., has received the Outstanding Four-Year Undergraduate College and University Chemistry Faculty Teaching Award for 2019 from the New York Section of the American Chemical Society. The organization, "founded to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Earth and its people,” presents the award annually to recognize highly effective teaching and inspirational leadership to students in chemistry. “I am so very honored and humbled to have been presented with the 2019 NY Section's Outstanding Four-Year Undergraduate University Chemistry Faculty Teaching Award,” says Rizzo, the associate chair, Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences. “I've been teaching organic chemistry for almost 20 years and have worked with some of the brightest and most hard-working students. One word describes many of them—grit.”
Award, Dyson College
Jefferson Awards Honor Dyson Community
Six members of the Dyson College community—including three students—received Jefferson Award Bronze Medals for 2019-2020, recognizing their public and volunteer service and dedication to improving the quality of life in their communities. The recipients are Laurianne Gutierrez ’20, Political Science (New York City); Natalie Hernandez ‘20, Digital Journalism (Pleasantville); and Kaitlyn Houlihan ’19, Political Science (Pleasantville). The following New York City faculty and staff members were also honored: Anne Toomey, assistant professor, Department of Environmental Studies and Science; Denise Santiago, director of Pace’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and adjunct faculty, Sociology and Anthropology Department; and Laurie Brown Kindred, production manager in the Pace School of Performing Arts.
Alumni, Arts and Sciences
Alumnus Joins The Groundlings
Chris Guerra, ’09, BFA Musical Theater, was recently invited to join the Main Company, also known as "The Groundlings," at Los Angeles' legendary Groundlings Theatre. “It’s an incredible honor,” said Guerra, who was welcomed in alongside two other performers, Leonard Robinson and Samantha DeSurra. Only a select few are chosen to join The Groundlings, which caps membership at no more than 30 individuals at one time, and company members have gone on to create pop culture history on Saturday Night Live and other television shows. Comedic talents including Laraine Newman, Jon Lovitz, Julia Sweeney, Cheri Oteri, Will Ferrell, Chris Kattan, Ana Gasteyer, Chris Parnell, Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Michaela Watkins, Taran Killam, Mikey Day, Heidi Gardner, and the late Phil Hartman are all The Groundlings alumni.
As part of the company, Guerra—who has appeared on Broadway, television, and in numerous commercials—will create and perform in weekly sketch comedy shows with the rest of the group. He started sketch comedy training on the advice of an agent and said his education at Pace was essential to his accomplishment at The Groundlings Theatre. “Pace’s musical theater program focuses on your unique talents and what you bring as a performer,” said Guerra. “That really set me up for success.”
Arts and Humanities, Faculty
Pace Project Wins Design Award
A typography project of Assistant Professor of Art Brenda McManus, MA in Communication Design, has been named a winner in the prestigious Society of Typographic Arts, 100 competition. The project, a children’s book titled Drew’s ABCs was a collaboration with students. McManus’ work has been showcased previously by organizations including the Art Directors Club, the Type Directors Club, the University & College Designers Association, the Museum Publications Design Competition, and the Creativity Design Competition. Additionally, as part of the Education team at the Cooper Hewitt National Smithsonian Design Museum, McManus has contributed two Learning Lab tools. The Learning Lab is a free, interactive digital platform where users share resources and create content and to aid in teaching and learning.
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.