Dyson News at a Glance: October 2017

 

PPA STAFFER, "BLACK ENTERPRISE" 100 LIST

Fashion designer and Pace School of Performing Arts Costume Supervisor Niiamar Felder has been named one of Black Enterprise magazine’s 100 Men of Distinction. Black Enterprise was founded in 1970 and is a publication devoted to African-American businesses. Its 100 Men of Distinction list showcases diverse men of color who are doing exceptional work within their communities and industries.

 

ACTING DEAN SCHLESINGER’S BOOK PUBLISHED

Acting Dean Richard Schlesinger’s co-authored book, “Environmental Health Science: Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Chemical Health Hazards,” has been published by Oxford University Press. Preventing and treating acute and chronic disease caused by exposure to environmental chemical health hazards is central to the practice of public health. This new edition of Dr. Schlesinger’s textbook presents the latest concepts and terminology from chemistry, ecology, toxicology, and engineering necessary for identifying environmental contaminants, and preventing and treating the acute and chronic diseases they cause.

 

ENVIRO PROF AWARDED $593K NSF GRANT

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Matthew Aiello-Lammens, along with colleagues from City University of New York and Yale, have been awarded a $593,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop software tools for studying species distributions. The tools will aim to improve estimations of species ranges, which are critical to environmental conservation and the study of invasive species and diseases. The grant will support the training of graduate and undergraduate students at Pace, and their initial focus will be on species in danger of extinction. Read more about the grant here.

 

DISARMAMENT INST: REPORT ON ARMED DRONES

Dyson College’s International Disarmament Institute recently published an in-depth report on the humanitarian impact of armed drones. With contributions from academics, legal analysts, and survivors of armed drones, the report examines the challenges raised by drones to international law, human rights, ethics and morality, peace and security, environmental protection, surveillance, privacy, policing, gender equality, and more. Read the report here.

 

ASDS ALUMNA’S DEBUT NOVEL PUBLISHED

Actors Studio Drama School alumna Christina Cigala ’10, MFA Playwriting, co-authored “XX v XY: The Final World War,” which was recently published by Simon & Schuster. The story depicts a dystopian future with a divided U.S. embroiled in war fueled by the epidemic of infertility. Read a Q&A with the author.

 

ELEPHANT PROTECTION ACT SIGNED INTO LAW

Pace Environmental Clinicians wrote the Elephant Protection Act, and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation into law on October 19, 2017. The law makes New York State the first in the nation to impose an outright ban on elephants in entertainment. Read more.

 

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HONORS ALUMNA

Dyson College Advisory Board member Patricia Dwyer ’87 ’97 has been named the 2017 Appreciation Awardee by the Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce. The honor is awarded annually to community members for their contributions to the village. Dwyer has served as municipal manager of the Village of Pleasantville for over 18 years and is an adjunct professor of Public Administration on Pace’s Pleasantville campus.

 

ENG PROF’S BOOK ON AUTHOR GLORIA NAYLOR

Associate Professor of English Ama S. Wattley, an expert in nineteenth and twentieth century African American women’s literature, co-edited and contributed to the book, “Gloria Naylor’s Fiction: Contemporary Explorations of Class and Capitalism.” Naylor is best known for the National Book Award-winning novel, “The Women of Brewster Place” and is an important figure in the African American literary canon.

 

PSYCHOLOGY PROF’S NEW BOOK PUBLISHED

Professor of Psychology Joseph Franco’s book, “Aspirations of Italian-American College Students: The impact of family traditions, mentorship, career interventions, and counseling for professional success,” has been published by Hamilton Books. The book examines traditional immigrant ethnic values in American college students, and the scope of his research focuses on a sample of undergraduate students on Pace’s Westchester campus.

 

ENVIRO PROF’S BOOK ON GEOPOLITICS & FOOD

Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies and Science Melanie DuPuis contributed to and co-edited the book, “Food Across Borders,” about the contiguity between personal decisions about what we eat and the social and geopolitical processes which secure nourishment, territory, and belonging. Read more here.

 

NOBEL PEACE PRIZE AND DYSON CONNECTION

Pace students along with Associate Professor of Political Science Matthew Bolton and Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies Emily Welty have been working intensely for three years on negotiations of a nuclear weapons ban treaty with the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) that was just awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2017. See the full press release.