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United States Department of Justice featured Dyson’s Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox program Parenting, Prison and Pups in "Acting U.S. Attorney Announces Successful Conclusion Of Agreement With Westchester County Jail To Remedy Constitutional Violations A

10/16/2020

United States Department of Justice featured Dyson’s Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox program Parenting, Prison and Pups in "Acting U.S. Attorney Announces Successful Conclusion Of Agreement With Westchester County Jail To Remedy Constitutional Violations A

Indeed, the Jail has focused extensively on rehabilitation and reentry and provides a number of programming options to inmates, including culinary, civil engagement, and college programs, as well as a nationally-recognized parenting program, “Parenting, Prison and Pups,” which pairs female inmates with foster dogs and garnered a National Jefferson Award.  

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Medium featured Dyson Professor Brenna Hassinger-Das piece: "Technological Tradeoffs During COVID-19"

10/15/2020

Medium featured Dyson Professor Brenna Hassinger-Das piece: "Technological Tradeoffs During COVID-19"

The educational landscape has shifted radically, and these changes may not go away anytime soon — if ever.

As a children and media researcher, I have spent a lot of time since the COVID-19 pandemic began thinking about screen time. By April 2020, school closures affected 1.2 billion children worldwide — and research suggests that half of all US children are continuing to learn online this fall. Online learning platforms — such as Zoom, YouTube, and a variety of educational apps — have become ubiquitous for children from preschool through high school age. The educational landscape has shifted radically, and these changes may not go away anytime soon — if ever.

However, pre-pandemic, children were already using screen devices on an increasingly regular basis — with mobile device use tripling from 2013–2017. There has also been a rise in the amount of child-directed content that is available across multiple devices and platforms. Yet, I am of the belief that current data doesn’t conclusively suggest that screen time causes significant, detrimental effects in children. Research does suggest that behavioral and health problems may relate to excessive screen time — but causal connections are not clear. Based on my understanding of the literature, in March 2020, I advised caregivers of one screen time rule that it is okay to break (previous daily screen time limits), one rule caregivers can bend (most restrictions on where/when to use devices), and one to keep (screen-free bedtime).

I have tried to take my own advice as the pandemic wears on. As a pre-tenure faculty member and the mother of a six-year-old, I am now teaching on Zoom while my child completes virtual first grade. I definitely started making trade-offs regarding technology use that I would not have previously considered so that I can write and teach — with my child consuming far more digital media than usual. We have found a routine that works for us, and I supplement the screen time with hands-on and outdoor activities. I often explain to my child that this is not forever — but how do we really know? The uncertainty is one the big factors that is causing a lot of stress for parents like myself, and I wish I had the answers.

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Fox News featured Dyson Professor Darrin Porcher in "3 police officers in Rochester attacked after protesters storm public safety building"

10/15/2020

Fox News featured Dyson Professor Darrin Porcher in "3 police officers in Rochester attacked after protesters storm public safety building"

Professor Darrin Porcher weighs in on an incident of violence against police in Rochester, N.Y. where the officers ended up in the hospital.

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Press Release: Photographer AJ Stetson Captures the Moment with Portraits of Masked New Yorkers

10/13/2020

Press Release: Photographer AJ Stetson Captures the Moment with Portraits of Masked New Yorkers

NEW YORK (October 13, 2020) —Pace University to house a pop-up exhibition of Masked NYC: Witness to Our Time by AJ Stetson. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and many protests supporting racial justice, Stetson has created portraits of fellow New Yorkers wearing their masks, often at Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ+ rallies. More than two dozen four-foot vinyl panels, drawn from more than 850 photographs taken, will be displayed for street-level, window viewing during daylight hours from October 13-25, 2020 at the gallery’s 41 Park Row location in Lower Manhattan.

After recovering from Covid-19 himself and withstanding a 25-day quarantine, Stetson began by capturing portraits of his masked housemates. Finally able to leave the house, he rediscovered New York City by bicycling through the boroughs, photographing friends and the larger community of masked New Yorkers. Then, on May 25, after coronavirus had stopped the breath of so many worldwide, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to the neck of George Floyd, stopping his breath and killing him. As New Yorkers rallied for racial justice, Stetson joined the protests and continued to document his neighbors, each expressing community care and individuality with their masks. In all cases, he asked for permission before photographing each subject and used a telephoto lens to remain socially distanced.

This exhibition was first displayed on the fence of the historic Quaker Meeting House on East 15th Street in Manhattan in September 2020. Future exhibitions have been confirmed for the Urban Justice Center and the Fourth Universalist Society. Profits from this project will be donated to the Know Your Rights Camp COVID-19 Relief Fund, founded by Colin Kaepernick to help address the pandemic’s disproportionate effect on communities of color.

For additional information, please contact Sarah Cunningham, Pace University Art Gallery Director, at scunningham@pace.edu or 212-346-1733.

About the Artist

A longtime New Yorker, AJ Stetson has been photographing since a childhood encounter with a crocodile. His fascination with what he calls the “beauty of the miraculous and the mundane” has led him high and low, making both underwater and aerial photographs and videos on five continents. Subjects have ranged from sea lions in La Paz to the night skies on the Great Barrier Reef. Recent work also includes his fascination with bodies in motion that comprises Cirque du Soleil performers, ballet dancers, and athletes. He is a native of Rhode Island, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Italy, and a magna cum laude graduate of Williams College.

About the Art Gallery at Pace University

Founded with the conviction that art is integral to society, the Art Gallery at Pace University is a creative laboratory and exhibition space that supports innovation and exploration for both artists and viewers. Open to students, staff, and faculty from across the Pace campuses and, equally, to the Lower Manhattan community and visitors from around the world, the Art Gallery encourages personal investigation and critical dialogue via thought-provoking contemporary art exhibits and public programming. Enhancing the Art Department's BA and BFA programs, the Art Gallery offers students real-world opportunities to exhibit their own art and to work directly with professional artists to install and promote exhibitions.

About Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Pace University’s liberal arts college, Dyson College, offers more than 50 programs, spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and pre-professional programs (including pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, and pre-law), as well as many courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements. The College offers access to numerous opportunities for internships, cooperative education and other hands-on learning experiences that complement in-class learning in preparing graduates for career and graduate/professional education choices.

About Pace University

Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique programs that combine rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides.

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Broadway World featured Dyson Professor Peter Thoresen in "'William Waldrop And Peter Thoresen To Offer Upcoming 'Kander And Tesori Zoom Edition' Of Their Musical Theatre Masterclass Series"

10/08/2020

Broadway World featured Dyson Professor Peter Thoresen in "'William Waldrop And Peter Thoresen To Offer Upcoming 'Kander And Tesori Zoom Edition' Of Their Musical Theatre Masterclass Series"

Broadway music director and conductor William Waldrop (Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Evita) and award-winning voice teacher and music director Peter Thoresen (faculty at Pace University, Peter Thoresen Vocal Studios, Musical Theatre College Auditions; students in Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, Mean Girls & many more) will offer their 3 installment masterclass series Broadway Combos beginning October 13.

Dr. Peter Thoresen is an award-winning voice teacher, performer and music director. He maintains a thriving private studio in NYC (Peter Thoresen Vocal Studios) and is an adjunct professor of voice at Pace University. His students appear regularly on Broadway (Dear Evan Hansen, Caroline, or Change, Hamilton, Mean Girls, Kinky Boots, Beetlejuice and many others), off-Broadway, in national tours, and on TV and film. Peter also teaches, music directs, and performs in the Middle East and Asia with the Association of American Voices. He holds a Doctor of Music degree in voice from the Indiana University Jacob School of Music.

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SwimSwam.com featured Dyson Associate Professor Linda Escobar Olszewski piece "Disruption, Sports and Pandemic: How Colleges Are Failing Student-Athletes"

09/17/2020

SwimSwam.com featured Dyson Associate Professor Linda Escobar Olszewski piece "Disruption, Sports and Pandemic: How Colleges Are Failing Student-Athletes"

Linda Escobar Olszewski, PsyD, is a NY State licensed clinical psychologist, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Director of the McShane Center for Psychological Services at Pace University in New York City. She also writes a popular blog for Psychology Today.

Over the past months the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone across the globe. Unfortunately for the human race, this is not the first time (or last) a pandemic has brought life-as-we-know it to a screeching halt. The 1918 Spanish flu devastated the global population in for two years, causing an estimated 50 million deaths world-wide. In 1957, the Asian Flu, killed over one million people and the 1968 Hong Kong flu killed an estimated four million people world-wide. Currently CORONA-19 has erased nearly one million lives to date. Despite containment efforts and the promise of a vaccine the economic ramifications have been far reaching and its emotional burden has created a monstrous mental health crisis. 

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