May 2018

 

WOMEN AND GENDER POLITICS IN CUBA

Assistant Professor of History Michelle Chase authored Revolution Within the Revolution, UNC Press, a book outlining the role of gender politics in Cuba in the 1950s and early ‘60s. Chase lent her expertise to the NBC News article, “Raul Castro's daughter to push for gay marriage in Cuba.”

 

PROF IN "NEWSWEEK" ON IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL

Associate Professor of Political Science Matthew Bolton was quoted in Newsweek on the United States’ withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Bolton, director of Pace’s International Disarmament Institute, said "In international law, it is a custom that you keep your word, this is a violation of the international norm.” Read the full story.

 

REDEFINING ECOLOGICAL RESEARCH

Assistant Professor Anne Toomey, Environmental Studies and Science, wrote an article for The Conversation, an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community. In her own research, Toomey explored the idea of broader impacts—research that directly contributes to the achievement of specific, desired societal outcomes.

 

PACE FILMMAKERS ON ABC7'S "TIEMPO"

Professor Maria Luskay, Media and Communication Arts (MCA), and Gabriel Rivera ’18, MCA, were interviewed live on ABC7’s morning talk show Tiempo with Joe Torres. The pair recounted their emotional journey to Puerto Rico and their powerful documentary Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark, the student-produced film that captures the gripping personal stories of Puerto Ricans who lived through Hurricane Maria, as well as the political issues surrounding the island's slow recovery.

 

SECOND CONSECUTIVE PROJECT PERICLES WIN

Laurianne Gutierrez ’21, Philosophy & Religious Studies, and David Lê ’19, Lubin School of Business, won the Debating for Democracy 2018 “Letter to an Elected Official” competition for their letter urging Senator Charles Schumer to repeal the Dickey Amendment and allow the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to fund research that could help end gun violence in America. They are one of five winning campus teams nationally that will receive $500 to use towards their campaign. Project Pericles, a consortium of colleges and universities that promotes civic engagement within higher education, sponsors this yearly competition to encourage engaged citizenship. This is the second consecutive win for Pace University students.

 

A LETTER TO HARVEY MILK: THE MUSICAL

Aury Krebs ‘16, Pace School of Performing Arts, appears in the ensemble of A Letter to Harvey Milk: The Musical, now showing at the historic off-Broadway Acorn Theater. The show has received rave reviews, and recently extended its run through June 30, 2018.

 

EXPLORING GARDENS FOR THE SMITHSONIAN

Elizabeth Eggimann ‘18, Environmental Studies and Science, contributed to Community of Gardens, a digital archive kept by the Smithsonian Institution. As part of her senior project, she conducted extensive interviews with the dedicated folks who keep their community gardens thriving, including the William A. Harris Garden and the Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden, both of which are published on the Community of Gardens website.


April 2018

 

POLI SCI ALUMNA VIES FOR SENATE SEAT

Andrea Marra ‘17, Political Science, is running for the state senate seat for New York City’s Queens District 13. If she wins the election, she would be the first transgender state senator and the first Asian-American state senator in New York history.

 

PROF'S DOCUMENTARY EARNS EMMY NOMINATION

Allen Oren, Media, Communications and Visual Arts, produced and wrote the documentary “The Four Sons and All Their Sons: A Passover Tale,” which has been nominated for a 2018 Emmy for Best Religion program.

 

LA DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD

Pace School of Performing Arts alumna Ashley Romans '15 won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Lead Performance in the play Rotterdam. Romans plays the lead character Fiona/Adrian in the 2015 play about transgender lives. Her win was noted in the entertainment trade magazine Variety.

 

PROF CO-WRITING NETFLIX FILM

Clay McLeod Chapman, Actors Studio Drama School (adjunct), is co-writing a stop-motion animated feature, Wendell and Wild, which has been purchased by Netflix. Chapman is co-writing the film with Henry Selick and Jordan Peele. Peele and his long-time comedy partner Keegan-Michael Key will supply voiceover for the titular roles. The entertainment industry news site Deadline Hollywood reported on the exciting collaboration.

 

FULBRIGHT WINNER WILL TRAVEL TO ZAMBIA

Kelsey Parker ‘18, Environmental Science, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. The award will fund her research in Zambia on the effects of the country’s copper mining on soil health and overall sustainability. After completing her Fulbright, she plans to pursue a doctoral degree in conservation biology and a career in ecosystem restoration.

 

NEW WORKS BY PACE POET IN RESIDENCE

Pace Poet-in-Residence Charles North has had two books published recently: North of the Charles: Early and Uncollected Poems (Hanging Loose Press), and States Of The Art: Selected Essays, Interviews, and Other Prose, 1975-2014 (Pressed Wafer), which covers more than three decades of North’s writing and received rave reviews in Hyperallergic, an online art newsletter.

 

MODEL UN TEAMS TAKE HOME NATIONAL AWARDS

Pace’s Pleasantville and New York City Model UN Teams received 11 awards combined at the 2018 National Model UN Conference in New York City. The Pleasantville team was awarded the second highest honor of Distinguished Delegation for their representation of Rwanda. Pace University placed fifth in total awards received, out of the more than 100 higher education institutions at the conference.

 

HONORING WOMEN OMITTED FROM HISTORY

Professor of History Marilyn Weigold lent her expertise on Emily Warren Roebling to a recently published obituary about her for the breakthrough New York Times feature, “Overlooked.” Weigold, author of the biography Silent Builder: Emily Warren Roebling And The Brooklyn Bridge, is also quoted in the obituary. The feature is a redress for Roebling and many women like her who made significant contributions to humankind, but whose obituaries were not published by the paper at the time of death.

 

CHEMISTRY MAJOR GETS HONORABLE MENTION

Kaleigh Ryan ‘19, Chemistry, has been awarded Honorable Mention in the 2018 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Competition for showing particular promise in the natural sciences. She plans to pursue a career in organic chemistry and drug synthesis, and help individuals suffering from physical, mental, and emotional disorders.


March 2018

 

UPCOMING PACEDOC GENERATES MEDIA BUZZ

Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark, the 2018 PaceDocs student-produced travel documentary, has generated media buzz on multiple local news outlets including FiOS 1 and News 12. The documentary explores the faith, strength, and hope that has sustained the people of Puerto Rico in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The film will have its world premiere at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville on May 1, and at the Schimmel Center in New York City on May 7. Tickets are available now! Learn more at pace.edu/pacedocs.

 

PROF’S BOOK WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS

Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures Andriy Danylenko authored, From the Bible to Shakespeare: Pantelejmon Kuliš (1819–97) and the Formation of Literary Ukrainian, the first English-language study of the Ukrainian translations of the Bible and the works of Shakespeare. The book was awarded “2017 Best Book in Language, Literature, and Culture” by the American Association for Ukrainian Studies, and “2017 Best Book in Linguistics” by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages. Read a Q&A with the author.

 

PACE STUDENTS RESTORE HOPE AND HOME

Pace University students were interviewed on New York 1 news about their Alternative Spring Break experience volunteering with the Saint Bernard Project, a nonprofit disaster relief organization. The students repaired and renovated a Rockaway home ravaged by Hurricane Sandy and took part in a series of discussions about the impact of natural disasters on communities. The volunteer opportunity was organized by the Center for Community Action and Research. The homeowners expressed their gratitude to the students for helping them feel “home again.”

 

PSYCH STUDENT WALKS PARIS FASHION WEEK

Psychology student and model Olivia Anakwe was featured in Vogue, sharing a peek into her modeling career and academic studies at Pace. She walked the runway during Paris Fashion Week for French designer Jacquemus, and has previously modeled for designers including Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs. "It's a challenge at times, but I like the dichotomy of something academic and something creative," said Anakwe, who plans to use her psychology degree to practice a unique form of mind-body medicine.

 

DANCE MAGAZINE: PPA HAS WHAT IT TAKES

The Pace School of Performing Arts (PPA) has been recognized by the influential trade publication, Dance Magazine, for preparing students with the essential skills to succeed in the demanding commercial dance industry. The PPA Commercial Dance program is commended for producing well-rounded performers by including training in a wide variety of dance styles, emphasizing networking and entrepreneurial skills, incorporating acting and singing courses, and offering intensive courses in Los Angeles.

 

A FOUNDATION OF LEARNING AND PLAY

Brenna Hassinger-Das, assistant professor of Psychology, leads Urban Thinkscape, a bold initiative to create "playful learning" environments for children in disadvantaged neighborhoods. The miniature playgrounds will occupy previously desolate city spaces and are designed to build math, concentration, and literacy skills through interactive installations. The pilot play space in Philadelphia, created by a team of psychologists, educators, and architects, was funded by the William Penn Foundation, and the project was profiled in Smithsonian magazine.

 

ANTIMICROBIAL TECH LICENSED BY STARTUP

Antimicrobial compounds co-developed by Professor of Chemistry JaimeLee Rizzo, have been licensed for commercial development by the startup company QuatCare, LLC. The groundbreaking technology offers a speedy, permanent, and eco-friendly reduction of pathogens on a variety of surfaces. It was co-developed with researchers at CUNY, Long Island University, and Queens College. QuatCare plans to develop antimicrobial and antiviral solutions across an array of industries, including healthcare, the military, water and air filtration, agriculture, cosmetics, and textiles. Read more.

 

PROF'S WORK SCREENS AT AUSSIE FILM FEST

Melanie La Rosa, clinical assistant professor of Media and Communication Arts, will have two of her short films screened at the Transitions Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia. How To Power A City: Puerto Rico and How To Power A City: Las Vegas, short films about the revolutionary impact of renewable energy, will be shown as part of the festival's "Impact Shorts" program on March 5. Learn more about the films.


February 2018

 

FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR TO TEACH IN CHINA

Distinguished Professor of Art History Janetta Rebold Benton has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. She will be a visiting professor at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China during the spring 2018 semester, teaching graduate students about American art history. This is her second Fulbright award, in 2012 she taught graduate students at the European University at Saint Petersburg, Russia.

 

SOCIAL EXPERIMENT BECOMES SAMSUNG AD

Shea Glover '19, Pace School of Performing Arts, Acting, co-directed and starred in a commercial for Samsung Mobile, which was featured in Adweek. Glover was recruited by the global ad agency Cheil Worldwide to recreate a viral social experiment video she produced in high school. In the touching ad, Glover records unsuspecting subjects' emotional reactions to being called beautiful. The global creative chief of Cheil said Glover brought an invaluable creativity and authenticity to the project.

 

PLV'S TOP ADMINISTRATOR IS PACE GRAD

Eric Morrissey '10, Public Administration, has been named the chief administrative officer of the Village of Pleasantville. Appointed by the Board of Trustees, the village administrator is responsible for the coordination of all municipal operations on a day-to-day basis. Morrissey succeeds Patti Dwyer, alumna and Dyson Advisory Board member, who served in the position for 30 years. His appointment was reported in the Pleasantville Daily Voice.

 

PUBLISHING AND THE #METOO MOVEMENT

Jane Kinney-Denning, executive director of internships and corporate outreach, authored an article in Publishers Weekly calling for safe, diverse, and equitable workplaces where sexual harassment and discrimination are not tolerated. In response to the #MeToo movement, Kinney-Denning, the sitting president of the Women's National Book Association, specifically advocates for a cultural shift in the publishing workplace which will allow all voices to be heard and respected in the industry.

 

HBO TO SUNDANCE; SHE'S "ONE TO WATCH"

Pace School of Performing Arts alumna Dominique Fishback is one of the Sundance Film Festival's most promising young breakouts. A regular on the HBO hit The Deuce, Fishback's latest role in the Sundance drama, Night Comes On, landed her on The Hollywood Reporter's list of "5 Breakout Stars" to watch at Sundance. The Hollywood Reporter critic David Rooney called Fishback "a magnetic presence" in his review of the film. Fishback recently signed with the United Talent Agency and will next appear in the eagerly anticipated adaptation of Angie Thomas' novel The Hate U Give.

 

PPA ALUMNA IN MARVEL’S “BLACK PANTHER”

Pace School of Performing Arts acting alumna, Nabiyah Be ’14 plays the character Linda in the highly anticipated Marvel Studios film, Black Panther. Be appears alongside an all-star cast including Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker. The film was released nationwide on February 16, 2018.


January 2018

 

PACE RESEARCHERS TAKE ON LOVE & TEXTING

Research out of Pace’s New York City Psychology department on the correlation between texting and relationship satisfaction was published in the journal, Computers in Human Behavior, and cited in a Bustle article. The survey, which found that couples with similar texting habits are happier in their relationships, was conducted by Assistant Professors of Psychology Lisa Rosenthal and Leora Trub, with student researchers Jonathan O’Hadi, PsyD School-Clinical Child Psychology, and Brandon Brown ’18, Psychology.

 

WILSON CENTER ANNOUNCES FACULTY FELLOWS

The Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship announced the 2017-2018 Wilson Faculty Fellows and three of the four winners are from Dyson College. Each fellow will receive an award of $5,000 to engage Pace students in research that advances the identification and analysis of issues facing nonprofits and social enterprises. This year’s Dyson winners are Daniel Bender, associate professor of English and Modern Languages; Matthew Bolton, associate chair and associate professor of Political Science; and Brice Particelli, associate chair and lecturer of English. Learn more about their research.

 

PPA ALUMNA STARS IN "THE SOUND OF MUSIC"

Jill-Christine Wiley '12, Musical Theater, is currently starring as Maria Rainer in the national tour of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music. She was interviewed by The Lincoln Journal Star about her experience playing the iconic role.

 

CHEM PROF'S COMPOUNDS AWARDED US PATENT

Researchers at Pace University have been awarded a U.S. patent for a portfolio of compounds capable of providing antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial/antimicrobial properties when applied to a variety of surfaces. Professor of Chemistry JaimeLee Rizzo was one of the lead researchers on the project, collaborating with students and faculty from Pace, Queens College, and Long Island University since 2010. The groundbreaking antimicrobial technologies make common items like cotton cloth, plastic bottles, and wound dressings, killers of the H1N1 flu virus or MRSA. The technology has practical applications across a variety of industries including healthcare, agriculture, construction, health and beauty, and the military. The team of researchers plans to bring the compounds to the market in 2018. Read the press release.

 

DEAN AUTHORS CHAPTER OF TOXICOLOGY BOOK

Acting Dean Richard Schlesinger authored the chapter “Sulfur Oxides” in the third edition of Comprehensive Toxicology, a 15-volume reference work exploring the adverse health effects of chemicals on biological systems. The wide-ranging text provides critical insights to the academic research community, medical professionals, chemists, food science and environmental researchers, forensic scientists, and more.

 

ESS PROF ON 19TH CENTURY MILK SCANDAL

Chair and Professor of Environmental Studies and Science Melanie DuPuis was quoted in the online magazine Atlas Obscura on the swill milk scandal which led to the poisoning deaths of thousands of infants in nineteenth-century New York. DuPuis is an authority on milk and American dietary policy.

 

ONSTAGE BLOG RANKS PPA #1 IN NEW YORK

The Pace School of Performing Arts has been ranked the Best Undergraduate Theatre Program in New York State by OnStage Blog. The site’s 2018 ranking lists the top program in every state based on tuition, facilities, academic rigor, performance, career support, location, and other criterion. See the full list.