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Model UN PLV soars at the 2015 National Model UN Conference. Biochem and chem students dropped some science on Denver. Dyson and Lubin students get to business at the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank conference. Two students get Watson fellowships. The moot team makes their point in Vienna.

How Aboot Those Pace Pleasantville Model UN Students?
Representing the country of Canada, the Pace University Model United Nations team from PLV achieved national recognition as an elite Model UN program, when 20 students took on more than 3,000 students from across the globe and emerged victorious at the 2015 National Model United Nations Conference held on March 29–April 2 in NYC. After five days of international diplomacy and debate, the Pace PLV students representing Canada were awarded the honor of Distinguished Delegation, the conference’s second highest honor. Six students also won Outstanding Position Paper awards in their committees: Taylor Steinberg ’15, Pavan Naidu ’16, John Wrench ’15, Balbino Rodriguez ’15, Andre Arias ’18, and Carla Ayoub ’15. Additional Model UN PLV students who helped lead Pace PLV to victory were Allie Granger ’16, Solomia Momot ’16, Nihal Al Qawasmi ’17, Ashley Lora ’15, Ansil Carew ’16, Maricielo Gomez ’17, Cecilie Barmoen ’17, Karleigh Kessler ’16, Brian Cunning ’17, Dylan Tragni ’15, Farrah Lopez ’15, Karla Manzueta ’16, Shalin Patel ’15, and Tameka Bazile ’15.

Students addressed issues of international peace and security, such as nuclear non-proliferation and enhancing durable peacekeeping. Others tackled humanitarian issues, such as protecting the rights of children globally and ensuring the sustainability of food supplies globally. Much like the variation in topics the students who participated this year varied widely in major. 

“Excelling at Model United Nations conference requires a myriad of skills, all of which our students demonstrated masterfully last week,” says Paul Londrigan, the team’s faculty adviser. "Being effective at debate, diplomacy, writing, researching, and perhaps most importantly acting as peer educators, were integral to the students' success." 

Down to a Science
We’ve got our ion Maximillian P. Baria ’15, Eric Nguyen ’16, Kevin Symczak ’16, and Dustin Lee ’17, students from the Department of Chemistry and Physical Sciences, who presented posters at the 249th American Chemical Society National Meeting on March 22-26 in Denver, Colorado. Held twice per year, the ACS National Meetings are some of the most respected scientific meetings in the world and offer scientific professionals a legitimate platform to present, publish, discuss, and exhibit the most exciting research discoveries and technologies in chemistry and its related disciplines.

Our Dear Watson Fellows
Two Pace students, Taslim Tavarez and Juliet Mueller, were among 15 students selected city-wide to receive 2015 Jeannette K. Watson Fellowships. The Watson provides outstanding undergraduate students the opportunity for paid internships for three successive summers—two in NYC and a third internship overseas. In addition to internships, Watson Fellows participate in rich pre-professional and cultural programming that exposes them to disciplines, professions, and thought-leaders that greatly expand their definition of self, success, and career choice. Combined with close mentoring, Watson Fellows go on to attend leading graduate programs, win national and international fellowships, and build fulfilling careers in the United States and abroad.

Vienna Waits for Moot
Pace Law School’s Vis Moot Team performed superbly in the 2015 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, advancing to the top 32 out of 300 teams. Singapore Management University edged out the Pace team and then went on to place second in the entire competition. The Pace team consisted of Brianne M. Cunningham (2L), Seham K. Elmalak (3L), Sara Y. Girgis (2L), and Christopher J. Croll (3L). Pace Law School was mentioned several times during the opening ceremonies of the event as the sponsor and founding university of the competition. 

Held in Vienna each spring, this moot is the world’s premier international commercial law moot court. Founded by Pace Law School, this competition is named for Professor Vis, who was a highly respected scholar and former Pace Law faculty member. Learn more about the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot here.

Dyson and Lubin Take Dallas
For the third year in a row, students from Pace’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences and the Lubin School of Business presented their research at the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank’s Economics Scholars Program (ESP) Conference on Friday March 27, 2015. The ESP Conference is the premiere showcase conference for the best undergraduate research in the field of economics conducted in the United States. Although the acceptance rate is under 50%, Pace students have been accepted to the conference each year with a 100% rate of acceptance. Economists and education staff at the Dallas Fed have frequently commented on the high quality of Pace students and their research projects. This places Pace economics students at the very top level of performance in undergraduate research throughout the country.

The research projects all originated in the Economics Department capstone course, ECO 400, under the instruction of the Chair of the Economics Department and senior professor Joseph Morreale, PhD. The students were given intensive mentoring from professors Gregory Colman, PhD, Sam Baruch, and Morreale on their research design and statistical analyses. Professor Mark L. Weinstock prepared the students by fine tuning their work and helping them organize and practice their presentations.  

In addition, Kelsey Berro, Jordan Jhamb, Julia Mikhailova, and Meher Islam, who presented their research at the Dallas Fed in 2014, were invited by the Fed to join the Peer Review Board. As members of the Board, they were part of the committee that selected the papers to be admitted to the conference.  

The students who presented at the conference were:

>>Arbenita Misini ’15, who presented A Model of European Soccer Game Attendance;
>>Julieth Saenz ’15, who studied Productivity in Latin America;
>>Elizabeth Barshay ’15 and Kiren Pillai ’15, whose study was on The Effects of Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards in the Food Stamp Program on local crime rates;
>>Eugenes Kernes ’15, who performed an empirical analysis on the Impact of Property Rights on Living Standards;
>>Stephanie Langeland ’15, who created an empirical model to Study the Effects of Runs in the Tri-Part Repo Market;
>>Francy Naranjo ’15, who presented a Cartel Level Analysis on the Effects of Cocaine Trafficking on Columbia’s Economy; and
>>Pongtum Thavaramara ’15, who presented a Study of the Development of Property Funds in Thailand.