Research

Spring 2020

Faculty Success

The Meat(Less) of the Matter Will going vegan help fight climate change? Well, it depends on who you ask. Americans eat four times more meat than the global average, and the UN predicts that worldwide consumption of animal-based food will rise 80 percent in the next few decades. This rise in global meat-eating threatens to increase deforestation in the Amazon and other parts of the world, with the expansion of land needed for pasture, corn, and soybeans. Scientists on both sides of the debate...

The Value of a College Degree

The value of an undergraduate degree has emerged as a hot-button issue over the course of the 21st century. While research indicating that an increase in earning potential and career advancement opportunities for college graduates is clear, a changing economy and increased costs has put higher education under a sharper microscope. To put it bluntly: is college worth it? Lubin Professor Larry Chiagouris, PhD, is seeking answers from those with the freshest, and arguably, most relevant...
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Saving Sea Turtles

Pace professors wear quite the array of hats in myriad fields and locales. Thanks to the work of Biology Chairperson Andrew Wier, PhD, we can now add “sea turtle rescuer” to our collective faculty resume. Wier has been working with former graduate student Maxine Montello ’14 to assist in the rescue and rehabilitation of cold-stunned sea turtles. Montello, currently the rescue program director at the New York Marine Rescue Center (NYMRC) in Riverhead, New York, remained in touch with Wier after...

Must Love Dogs

By Lance Pauker On a misty Saturday morning in February, College of Health Professions (CHP) Professor of Nursing Joanne Singleton, PhD;  Pace’s service dog, Professor Spirit; and 25 CHP undergraduate students boarded a bus departing from Pace’s Pleasantville Campus. With coffees in hand, many students noted that while this 8:00 a.m. call-time was a departure from their traditional weekend sleep schedules, today was an exciting, special exception. The group was gearing up for a field visit to Educated Canines... The field trip to ECAD would be about a lot more than just playing with cute animals—although it would be a little bit of that, of course. As the bus trudged down a foggy I-84E, Singleton began to discuss why an individual with a disability or a degenerative condition might benefit from a service dog—and from the perspective of a health care practitioner, the importance of adequately understanding the needs of individuals with service animals.

Women in STEM: They're Setting the Pace

By Jillian Gorry ’11, ’21 These Pace women in STEM are rockin’ it in the labs, in the field, and in the industry. They’re collaborating across disciplines and pushing the limits on cutting-edge research—not to mention, they’re helping young women follow in their footsteps. Quick! Picture a scientist in a lab. Now, picture a web developer. Next, picture a researcher.  Pop quiz: were the people you pictured men? If you said yes, you wouldn’t be alone. And don’t worry, we won’t hold it against you. We promise. These stereotypes, while pervasive, are far from the reality—especially at Pace. STEM (read: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields are social fields. Across industries, STEM fields comprise a deeply...

Fall 2019

Pauline Mosley ’92, DPS ’02

Mentoring Matters

When Pauline Mosley ’92, DPS ’02, arrived at her office during the first week of classes, a familiar face was waiting for her: a student who had attended the NSA- and NSF-funded Camp Cryptobot she runs at Pace for high school students. The camp, which was recently featured in The New Yorker, inspired the student to apply to Pace. He wrote to Mosley after he was accepted to let her know that he had recently lost both his girlfriend and sister in separate tragic accidents and that, while he didn’...
Maria Luskay with Pace Students in Hawaii filming Hawaii: Living on the Edge in Paradise?

Faculty Success

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...
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Good Trauma?

When a person goes through an acutely stressful or tragic experience, we generally assume it will have negative consequences. Yet, as Dyson Associate Professor ANTHONY MANCINI, PhD, has uncovered, the aftermath of that high-stress situation can often prove to be a different story. In fact, it can even strengthen and positively reinforce social bonds. “Along with my collaborators, I did a study on the Virginia Tech shootings, in which students happened to have their depression and anxiety...
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Eradicating Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis (TB), an infectious disease which often attacks the lungs, has been wreaking havoc on humans and other animals for thousands of years. While its mortality rate has dropped significantly in developed countries, TB is still endemic in many underdeveloped countries throughout the world and remains one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, killing 1.6 million people in 2017, according to the World Health Organization. Dyson Biology Professor MARCY KELLY, PhD, has dedicated much of...
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A Lesson in Legislative Action

Working with New York State lawmakers, Pace environmental clinic students have initiated new legislation to reduce pollution from road salt. Each year, millions of tons of salt are poured onto our roadways to clear ice and snow. And while that salt is ensuring our safety, it’s washing directly into streams and lakes, harming plants and wildlife, and contaminating our drinking water. Enter Pace’s Environmental Policy Clinic, a course offered by the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and...

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