From helping immigrant women get released from detention centers in Texas to bringing mobile technologies to developing countries, Pace students are making things happen.
¡Adelante! Achieving Justice for All
Six Pace Law School students, along with professors Vanessa Merton, Tom McDonnell, and Vikki Rogers, and Miguel Sanchez-Robles from Pace Law’s Immigration Justice Clinic, traveled to Dilley, Texas to volunteer with the CARA Pro Bono Project and provide volunteer representation to women seeking asylum in the United States. Dilley, the site of the largest immigration and customs enforcement detention center, holds people awaiting disposition of their immigration or refugee claims. Over the course of one week, the students and faculty handled 170 intakes, prepared 148 women for interviews, had nearly 150 meetings with their new clients, and ultimately more than 90 women and their families were released from detention. Their work demonstrates what it truly means to be a lawyer—helping to tell a client’s story, to advocate for their rights, and to counsel them through legal procedures and processes. >>Read more
Dyson Outdoes it in Dallas
For the fourth year in a row, a group of Dyson economics and business economics students presented their research at the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank's Economics Scholars Program Conference. The ESP Conference is the premier showcase conference for the best undergraduate research in the field of economics conducted in the United States. Students from 38 colleges across the nation presented their research, including students from Baylor, Colgate, Rice, UT-Austin, University of Oklahoma, SUNY-Albany, and Kansas State. Pace had more students presenting at the conference than any other school in the nation.
The students who presented at the conference were:
- Thuy Hoang—Foreign Direct Investment Inflows in Vietnam
- Christopher Le—Liquidity Premia and Monetary Policy
- Amandine Tristani—Mobile Payment Technologies’ Impact on College Students’ Financial Decisions
- Ryan Barone—Compensation and Labor Productivity in the United States
- Natalie Reff—The Returns to Learning a Foreign Language in High School
- Shayleen Reynolds—Why Do Students Return to China after Earning an Undergraduate Degree in the US
- Tadhg Looram—Socio-Economic Factors Influencing the Purchase of Smuggled Cigarettes in NYC
The students were mentored by Joseph Morreale, PhD; Greg Colman, PhD; Anna Shostya, PhD; Sam Baruch; and Mark Weinstock. “While working with Dr. Colman and Professor Weinstock, I developed not only econometrics and quantitative skills, but also a holistic and rigorous approach to research, which encompasses every step from putting together a final thesis to presenting it in front of an audience,” said Dyson student Amandine Tristani ’16.
Success in Switzerland
Ten Pace University NYC students participated in the Geneva International Model United Nations (GIMUN) conference in Switzerland last month, simulating global diplomacy in the UN’s Palais des Nations in Switzerland.
“Though it did not come without its challenges, being a part of a simulation that was so immersive, geographically as well as culturally, definitely made the conference that much more enriching,” said Priya Sakaria ’17, a Pace head delegate, who was recognized with a “Special Mention” for her exceptional representation of the People’s Republic of China in a simulation of the World Health Organization (WHO). Read more on the Model UN blog, where Sakaria, Julie Burke, Nicholas Mucerino, and Matt Mainzer each reflect on their experiences in Switzerland.
From Combat to Classroom to Career
In PIX11’s second of six interviews with Pace student veterans on transition to higher education, former US Marine Matt Mainzer (mentioned above) talks about his five years serving our country, deployments to Afghanistan, and pursuing his academic dreams. Mainzer chose Pace University as the place that would put him on the right path to reaching his goals. He currently has full coverage under the post-9/11 GI bill including Pace’s unlimited Yellow Ribbon Program which pays his entire tuition and fees. He’s currently pursuing his BA in Economics and Political Science and considering going to graduate school to study international relations, with hopes of one day working for the State Department.
Honoring Women in Communications
The New York Women in Communications (NYWIC) Foundation announced that Pace communication studies major Alanna McCatty ’17 has been awarded the $10,000 Judy Corman Memorial Scholarship from Scholastic. McCatty will be acknowledged on stage at the New York Women in Communications Matrix Awards Luncheon on Monday, April 25, at the Waldorf Astoria. The afternoon will recognize outstanding women in the communications industry and features Gloria Steinem, Katie Couric, Lena Dunham, and much more. On the day of the award ceremony, scholarship recipients will be making a live appearance on the TODAY show. In addition to the scholarship, McCatty was awarded a summer internship with Scholastic. This is the second time she’s received a scholarship from NYWIC—in 2014, she was awarded the New York Women in Communications Interpublic Group Scholarship. “It truly is a life changing organization because you meet so many different people, you build so many relationships, and you do so many great things with the tools and resources they provide you with,” she says.
Developing Apps for Developing Countries
Stemming from a fall 2015 Mobile Solutions for Global Challenges course, a group of Seidenberg computer science students have been working in collaboration with architecture students from NYIT, on a project called AppDock, which will provide developing countries with a way to understand and use mobile apps that can help improve their quality of life. AppDock has been designed as a space with mobile carts where locals can explore a variety of mobile apps right in their own neighborhoods. It contains various tablets that showcase local apps. The carts are biked through cities and villages to reach remote areas. The architects and developers attempt to create a convenient space where people can congregate, exchange ideas, and learn about these applications that can improve their lives in general.The proposed space will fold out into a huge dock, similar to ones that we see in mobile stores such as Verizon and AT&T, and will have phones provided for people to try each of the new apps they see on the screens.
“We want to educate the people of Senegal on how to use a smart phone, download apps and teach them how to use them,” says Andrew Greenberg, a member of the Pace Mobile Lab group. >>Read more
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