Faculty Success - Fall 2019

Reel-World Experiences

For the last 15 years, Dyson Professor and alumna Maria Luskay, EdD, ’85 has led the life-changing Producing the Documentary course, in which students research, travel, film, edit, and produce a documentary on environmentally and culturally relevant topics—from the resiliency of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria to the aftermath of the Kīlauea, Hawaii, volcano eruption. For her vision, commitment, and leadership, Luskay was honored by ArtsWestchester with the Sophia Abeles Education Award.

I remember my father who worked for the city of Yonkers for over 25 years telling me that I should love what I do. If I did, it wouldn’t be considered work at all. I am truly humbled by this honor bestowed upon me and I am grateful for each day that I spend with these rising filmmakers. Maria Luskay, EdD
Dyson Professor

Mobile Device Literacy in Senegal

Seidenberg Professor Christelle Scharff, PhD, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research in Senegal regarding mobile device literacy and the economic impact of information technology in developing countries. While abroad, Scharff will be stationed at Alioune Diop University, where she will also be teaching computer science courses. “I am so happy to be awarded such a prestigious scholarship,” says Scharff. “I cannot wait to go to Senegal and begin to work on my project.”

Blazing a Bilingual Trail

Learning a new language isn’t easy, but for many children and adults, it is paramount for educational and career success. School of Education Assistant Professor Tasha Darbes, PhD, has been awarded a $549,000 grant from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to fund Project ABELL: Advancing Bilingual and English Language Learners, which will provide up to $4,500 in tuition subsidies for teachers to obtain additional certification in either English to speakers of other languages or bilingual education in Pace’s School of Education, as well as provide professional development to Ossining Free Union School District. “This project will improve instruction, provide support, and develop community partnerships for the growing population of children from immigrant families,” says Darbes.

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto

Robots are headed to campus, thanks to a grant from the Office of Naval Research Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP), which will allow Seidenberg Professor and Robotics Lab Founder and Director D. Paul Benjamin, PhD, to purchase a customized humanoid robot as well as some other robots, virtual reality equipment, and computers to investigate the spatial understanding in human-robot collaboration.