Faculty Success Stories: August 2018
From grants to prestigious awards, here's how Pace faculty are raising the bar this summer.
Dyson Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Security Kimberly Collica-Cox , PhD, was honored on June 28 at the National Ceremony of the Jefferson Awards Foundation in Washington, DC, in the category of Greatest Public Service by an Employee. Collica-Cox was recognized for her innovative "Parents, Prisons, and Pups" animal-assisted therapy program—the first of its kind on a national level. The program seeks to build parenting skills in an effort to return incarcerated women to their families, and reduce recidivism and intergenerational incarceration. Collica-Cox beat out 75 nominees for the highly prestigious award.
"Being appreciated for work you love is amazing and being honored by the National Jefferson Awards was the highlight of my career. I was surrounded by so many people who were dedicated and committed to public service and the entire event was inspiring and humbling. I am so happy that the importance of jail-based programming for women, such as 'Parenting, Prison, and Pups,' was recognized on a national level," says Collica-Cox.
Dyson Professor of Biology Nancy Krucher, PhD, was awarded a $399,135 grant from the National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute entitled “CDK4/6 Resistance: An Alternate Strategy to Target RB Phosphorylation in Cancer.” This grant will fund her important work which could lead to new treatment strategies for certain types of cancer; it will also support undergraduate research.
"Therapies used to treat cancer patients often become less effective over time, a phenomenon called 'resistance.' This grant will allow Pace students and I to study the biochemical mechanisms of resistance that occur in breast and pancreatic cancer treatment," says Krucher.
Lubin Visiting Professor Tony Meenaghan, PhD, a pioneer in the academic study of sponsorship, has been named the winner of the 2018 "Distinguished Career Contributions to the Scientific Understanding of Sport Business Award." Meenaghan serves as Emeritus Professor of Marketing at the Smurfit Business School at University College in Dublin, Ireland, and as a Visiting Professor of Marketing in the Lubin School of Business. His 1983 paper entitled "Commercial Sponsorship" in the European Journal of Marketing has been cited more than 700 times. Meenaghan's seminal articles on sponsorship have been cited more than 5,000 times and published in a number of premier journals, including Psychology & Marketing, International Journal of Advertising, Journal of Advertising Research, and Journal of Business Research.
Social distancing and keeping pace with your exercise routine can be tough. Join Pace's Health and Wellness Committee for virtual workout classes every week that include kickboxing, yoga, and even a weekly step challenge with prizes.
Pace Yourself to Wellness: Online Edition
To help ease some of the high stress and uncertainty amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis, the Counseling Center is checking in with a handy mental health guide, plus we share information about resources available to Pace employees through Cigna.
Coping Emotionally with COVID-19
Worry. Anxiety. Grief. The brain-body response to stress is powerful. Dyson Professor of Psychology Sally Dickerson, PhD, discusses human stress responses and ways to best mitigate potential external stressors in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Professor Is In: Sally Dickerson