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Marketing gimmicks, workplace demographics, data encryption, and more. Pace faculty and staff sound off in the media.

On May 6, Claudia G. Green, PhD, was an invited guest speaker at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs Conference on Tibet where she spoke about “Community Based Tourism Development in Tibet.” She will also be presenting her sustainable tourism development projects and research in Paraty and Ilha Grande Brazil at the AACSB Sustainability Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 15-17, 2011.

Professor and director of Pace’s Counseling Center, Richard Shaddick, PhD, discusses “working around depression” in a cover story of the Winter 2011 issue of Esperanza.

Pace economics professor Farrokh Hormozi, PhD and law professor Randolph McLaughlin, JD, were called upon for expertise for an article in The Journal News on changing demographics in the workplace.

Jonathan Hill, assistant dean of Seidenberg School of Computer Science, was quoted in a New York Times article about the fastest growing career fields.

Economics lecturer Ghassan Karam discussed the recent uprisings in the Middle East as a guest panelist on World Have Your Say, BBC’s award-winning global interactive news discussion show, on April 22.

Dean Nira Herrmann of the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences is quoted in the Westchester County Business Journal.

Greg Clary from The Journal News observed Pace faculty and students debate the future of nuclear power during a discussion held April 13 on Pace’s Westchester Campus. Clary’s April 14 column outlined some of the complexities discussed.

Despite its dominance in the U.S. market, Walmart–the nation’s largest retailer–has endured seven straight quarters of falling sales at its stores. In AOL’s Daily Finance, Lubin’s Paul Kurnit comments whether the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer’s strategy of revisiting a marketing gimmick it used to great effect once before–“Low Prices, Every Day”–is a good one.

WCBS TV filmed a story which aired on Friday, April 15 at 11pm on Jean Coppola and her students who teach seniors technology in adult care facilities.

Sue Merritt, founding dean of the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems now has a Verizon Foundation Scholarship named after her, according to an article written in The Journal News.

An article in The Journal News features Law professor Ralph Stein, who is called upon for his expertise regarding a case in Harrison.

BroadwayWorld.com covered both the Actors Studio Drama School’s 13th repertory season beginning Wednesday, April 13 and Pace’s Leaders in Management black tie fundraiser with a performance by Tony-nominated Ann Hampton Callaway.

Maria Luskay’s, EdD, class on filming a documentary has recently been covered in media in New York and Massachusetts.

Darren Hayes, DPS, is sought out for his expertise on computer security once again; this time in the Forbes blog. “There is a cost to encryption and many companies will not pay,” says Hayes, chair of Pace’s Computer Information Systems Program.

Seidenberg assistant dean Jonathan Hill and Lubin professor Robert Vambery comment in an article on Computerworld.com on reports that China is set to surpass the U.S. in PC shipments either this year or the next.

The Journal News called upon Pace Energy and Climate Center head James Van Nostrand for his expertise regarding an experimental process of burying carbon underground.

Read a letter to the editor in the New York Times by John Alan James, a professor of corporate governance at Pace, about Henry A. Kissinger’s review of Jonathan Steinberg’s “Bismarck: A Life.”

Perspectives: Environmental

Andrew Revkin is a journalist and author who has been writing about the environment for more than 25 years. In addition to being the senior fellow at the Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, he continues to write his “Dot Earth” blog for The New York Times opinion pages.

What are some of the environmental challenges the Japanese will be facing as they begin to rebuild?

Fears of radioactivity (even if levels end up far below background levels) are likely to have a profound effect for a very long time on everything from agriculture to property values in the northeast of Japan. That’s probably the biggest impact.

Will this disaster have global environmental implications?

The damage to the Fukushima nuclear complex has already greatly blunted prospects for expanded nuclear power generation using established reactor designs in developed countries and perhaps even in China, according to recent news reports. That is the main implication, given that nuclear power was increasingly seen by many experts, and more than a few environmental groups, as a necessity if greenhouse gas emissions are to be limited even as energy appetites rise.

How will this impact what you teach Pace students in the future?

It’s affected what I’m teaching them now. Just this week in the communication course I co-teach with Cara Cea for graduate environmental-science students, we spent a half hour exploring the challenges in communicating scientifically based views of health and environmental issues like radiation risk when fear and dramatic circumstances tend to distort how the press and public handle them. The students watched video of a CNN encounter over radiation risk in the United States between Bernie Rayno, a meteorologist, and Nancy Grace, a lawyer in the anchor chair. Then I had Rayno speak with the class via Skype. It was an eye-opening session!

What do you think is the greatest impact on the United States and the world?

The biggest impact should surely be a prompt examination of preparedness for earthquakes and tsunamis in regions facing similar, if not worse, risk—including the Pacific Northwest, as I’ve repeatedly written. I don’t anticipate a lot of concrete action, though. It seems countries need direct experience with such catastrophes to shift practices. I wish that weren’t so, and this is one reason I’m at Pace to work on boosting students’ “environmental understanding.”

What methods of support, aside from financial, can we lend to Japan?

Japan really doesn’t need our help nearly as much as other countries in poor regions afflicted by disasters—or facing impending ones. Padang, a city of half a million in Indonesia, could easily see nearly half its population die in the inevitable tsunami that is coming there, almost certainly in the next few decades. This post on the “seismic divide” around the world includes sobering details on Padang from Brian Tucker. I encourage readers to have a look.

How far reaching are the effects of this disaster and how might this change Japan’s environmental strategies going forward?

As I said before, the two big issues revealed here are: the deep potential vulnerability of some of the aging fleet of nuclear plants around the world (a different issue than the overall issue of supplying energy with nuclear power in years to come) and the reinforced picture of a world that needs to seriously act to limit losses—both human and economic—from inevitable disasters.

The Indian Point Energy Center is located just 38 miles north of New York City. In addition to being close to the Pace campuses, the Ramapo Fault line is a mere mile from the facilities. If a situation similar to Japan’s were to occur here, how might our experience differ from Japan’s?

I’m in the process of finding out, although there’s no geological evidence at all here of the potential for an earthquake anywhere near the size of the 9.0 shock off the coast of Japan. I’ll be visiting Indian Point within a week. The big issue, to my mind, is not one of engineering, but attitudes. Whether in the BP disaster, the loss of two space shuttles, or the failures at the Fukushima complex, it seems we still have a big challenge in sustaining a culture of vigilance and proactive risk reduction. In a recent post, I included a link to my long 1995 article on efforts to shift the culture at Indian Point. I’ll let you know what I find out.

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Sustainability at Pace

As we celebrate Earth Month at Pace, I want to congratulate all of our GreenPace Award winners and say a special thank you to Angelo Spillo, director of the Pace University Environmental Center, for coordinating many of this month’s events. The Pace Community and our neighbors in Pleasantville are invited to attend a number of fascinating talks and walks.

President's CornerDear Colleagues,

As we celebrate Earth Month at Pace, I want to congratulate all of our GreenPace Award winners and say a special thank you to Angelo Spillo, director of the Pace University Environmental Center, for coordinating many of this month’s events. The Pace Community and our neighbors in Pleasantville are invited to attend a number of fascinating talks and walks. Visit www.pace.edu/dyson/earthmonth for the full line-up of activities.

We hear the word “sustainability” quite often these days. Many people equate it with being a narrow concept of environmental correctness. Sustainability is really a broader concept—a construct that can shape our solutions to a broad range of challenges.

If you haven’t visited the Pace sustainability site, I encourage you to do so. In it, you will find everything we are doing to be sustainable, from monitoring the pricing of energy to timing Pace’s purchases with favorable market conditions, to reducing building temperatures during the night and University breaks, offering Green Mountain “Fair Trade” coffee in all facilities, planting native plants and grasses on campus, and using linen tablecloths instead of paper for catering. These are just a few examples of how we have changed our business practices to reduce the impact we have on the environment.

Three members of the Pace Community—Bill Link, University Director of Physical Plant; Sue Maxam, University Director for Student Success; and Robyn Mery, an Environmental Studies Major—were recently recognized for their efforts in sustainability with the 2010 GreenPace Awards. This award acknowledges members of the Pace Community who develop innovative programs and services that assist Pace in meeting its commitment to sustainable practices. I encourage you to nominate anyone who is deserving of this honor.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman
President

Perspectives: Economic

Niso Abuaf, finance professor at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York City, is a former managing director and head of financial strategy for Credit Suisse and Salomon Smith Barney and a former vice president and economist for Chase Manhattan Bank.

What impact will this disaster have on the economies of both Japan and the world?

Given Japan’s diminishing economic influence in the world, particularly as it relates to GDP growth as opposed to the absolute level of GDP, this disaster will have negligible effects on world output and growth. So far, the effects seem to be mainly related to supply chain disturbances, such as various auto, electronic, and high-tech components that are manufactured in the affected areas. I would call these temporary blips that represent short-term headaches but have no long-lasting significance.

What impact will this have on manufacturing in Japan and how will this affect the U.S. market?

Japanese manufacturing in the affected areas will likely go down; Japanese manufacturing in the non-affected areas will likely pick up the slack. Japanese investment in infrastructure will go up, also bolstered by fiscal and monetary stimuli. As stated before, the U.S. will see supply-chain disturbances. This might also boost sales by U.S. auto manufacturers as they start capitalizing on their recently instituted improvements and start exploiting weaknesses of the Japanese auto manufacturers.

 

As import bans on Japanese food products widen, what long-term effects do you predict will erupt because of the disaster?

I understand that, as reported by the New York Times, in the last couple of days, only about 4 percent of the U.S. food supply comes from Japan. Moreover, Japan is categorically not a low-cost food producer. My impression is that Japanese food exports cater to a specialized, non-essential niche market. Japan is neither Australia, nor the United States, nor Argentina. That is the first-order effects should be negligible. On the other hand, if the radiation leaks affect Pacific fishing, that would be a bigger problem. That would be an environmental engineering question that you would need to pursue with such experts.

 

How will this impact what you teach Pace students in the future?

How one can incorporate Black-Swan outcomes in planning and the importance of behavioral economics in decision making. People are short-sighted and have short-memories. So, this disaster will have important consequences for current decisions but will soon be forgotten, just like a lot of people have mostly forgotten the financial crisis of 2008. I have already incorporated the crisis into my teaching of MBA-level econ courses, when I asked students to fully evaluate all the costs and benefits of all energy sources, by asking them to fully price all the externalities of each energy alternative.

 

What do you think is the greatest impact on the United States and the world?

Short-term loss of confidence and fear that will soon be forgotten. Somewhat of an increase in the cost of nuclear energy as the world will realize that they can’t do without it, but that they have to make it somewhat safer, with the full understanding that no technology is 100 percent safe. I bet you many more people die from the pollution from coal-powered power plants than they do from the radiation of nuclear power plants. In fact, if I recall correctly, the effects of coal pollution is in the hundreds of thousands. [Editor’s Note: A recent study done by the World Health Organization supports this statement.]

 

How far reaching are the effects of this disaster and how might this change Japan’s economic strategies going forward?

Japan has dealt with earthquakes and other natural disasters for centuries. They are an ancient, mature, stoic society steeped in their religious traditions. Other than minor technical adjustments around the edges (such as increasing the safety of nuclear power plants, which will ultimately increase costs), their fundamental life philosophy will not change.

 

The Indian Point Energy Center is located just 38 miles north of New York City. In addition to being close to the Pace campuses, the Ramapo Fault line is a mere mile from the facilities. If a situation similar to Japan’s were to occur here, how might our experience differ from Japan’s?

Our experience would be much worse. Our societal norms are diametrically opposed to Japan’s. They are stoic; we are not. They are long-term focused; we are short-term focused. They are much better at sacrificing for the greater good; we are totally individualistic and egotistical. Our current political mess and our performance in international educational rankings is proof of what I am saying. Another example: a few years ago due to an energy crisis, the Japanese government decreed that thermostats in the summer should be set higher, so even in five-star hotels like the Imperial in Tokyo, people were uncomfortable with the ambient temperature. Can you imagine doing that in the United States? There would be a gazillion law suits.

For more information regarding the financial impact of the crisis in Japan, see the Pace University press release featuring Professor Abuaf.


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Perspectives: Mental Health

Kayoko Hayashi is native of Nagoya, Japan which is situated about two hundred miles southeast of Tokyo. She is also a psychology intern at the Counseling Center under the direction of Richard Shadick, PhD. She lends her own perspective to the disaster in Japan.

How are the people of Japan coping with yet another nuclear disaster?

The sense that I get from Japanese media is that people in Japan are currently “faced with” the nuclear crisis while not knowing how to “cope with” it and not knowing how things will unfold. The majority of my friends and family who live in Tokyo, seem to be calm about it. One of my friend’s family [members] said, “We have family, house, and job here. When things happen, things happen. We will deal with it then, and we will do our best to prepare for the crisis, yet also to avoid the crisis.” Besides people who have been evacuated from their hometown, I am getting the sense from people I know in Japan that a lot of people are staying where they are and trying to continue their life because they have work and everything else there. The tone of Japanese media and government appears to be more reluctant to address the severity of crisis, so their communication might have impacted the people’s response to the nuclear accident. Japanese society [has] never experienced such a big nuclear accident, so [the] government, experts, and lay-people are continuously trying to assess the severity of situation and to learn how they should all deal with this crisis regarding people’s physical safety and its economical impact.

What are some of the short- and long-term mental health implications?

The Japanese newspapers that I have access to via the Internet do not really talk about mental health issues. The government and media appear to focus more on economical, infrastructural, and medical issues in response to this series of crisis in Japan. However, a lot of people must have experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and many other symptoms in reaction to this disaster that is beyond our imagination.

How will this impact what you teach Pace students in the future?

The concept that we can never take our safety for granted. Anything in our lives can be shaken up in any moment.

What do you think is the greatest impact on the United States and the world?

I think that one of the great impacts of this incident in Japan on the U.S. and the world has been the safety issue. As we saw through media, all the buildings, cars, and ships were crushed by earthquakes and washed away by tsunami. After the nuclear plant explosion, the situation worsened, and some regions had to ban the consumption of local water and agricultural products due to the high load of radiation. This series of incidents teach us how safety can be taken away in one second. Things like water, air, milk, agricultural products, electricity, and other things that we take it for granted everyday are not there anymore. Scary facts about the nuclear plant

What methods of support, aside from financial, can we lend to Japan?

Helping spirits for those affected by the crisis in Japan—many celebrities and professionals are gathering to fundraise or to collect useful information about dealing with crisis. This spirit will be heard and appreciated in Japan. Sharing experiences, tips, and findings from how crisis has been dealt with in the United States (for example, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and the fire in San Francisco) in different areas, including mental health, politics, economy, infrastructure, agriculture, will also be helpful.

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Perspectives: Crisis Management

Joseph Ryan, PhD, Pace professor and chair of the criminal justice and sociology department, is a national expert on community policing and police management related issues. Ryan is also a 25-year veteran of the New York City Police Department.

Since the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, and of course, more recently the tsunami that devastated Japan, how well would you say the Tsunami Warning System functioned?

My simple response to that is: as good as any warning system can be. The Tsunami Warning went off three minutes after the earth quake and that gave people only about 20 minutes to get away. That’s not a lot of time. One thing that was interesting is that I saw film footage of this and it’s 3 o’clock in the afternoon, it’s a clear day, and then the alarm goes off and we’d look around and say “What’s going on?” It worked as well as it could, but obviously time is of the essence.

There are some sources that criticize an incomplete crisis management plan at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Drawing on your own expertise and media reports, would be inclined to agree or disagree?

It’s unfair to criticize a preparedness plan. My biggest pitch is that all of us should be involved in preparedness. When I speak to an audience, I ask the audience how many of them have a week’s supply of food as an emergency response; 99 percent of people say they’re not ready. The whole idea of an “incomplete crisis management program” is something I focus on with our master’s program. This isn’t something we can talk about once in a while; we have to talk about it every day. We have FEMA, waiting for something to happen, and if nothing happens, the federal government will cut their funding. The moment we cut funding, we forget about it. We must constantly be prepared. I think we take it for granted and we assume the government is going to step in.

What is the key learning for the United States in terms of protecting our own country from natural disasters and/or nuclear meltdowns?

If you look at Japan now, a few weeks after, there is still destruction everywhere. There is no government agency in the United States or in Japan that is responsible for rebuilding. There was one picture, of a woman surrounded by rubble—this was her home, all of her belongings—where do you go after that? This is a lesson plan. We’ve never really had this except for Chernobyl, which is just a giant sealed sarcophagus. It will be generations before people can go back to that area. These snowstorms we’ve been having the last few winters are examples of the limitations our government has. We need more lessons learned, on a purely Don Quixote level, I tell the students in my masters program that they are the generation that needs to begin to answer these questions.

What do you think is the greatest impact on the United States and the world?

Their emergency response is to pump the ocean water to cool the reactors… where is the water going? Back into the ocean. They thought about putting the water on ships, but then where do you send the ships to get rid of the water?

What methods of support, aside from financial, can we lend to Japan?

What can we do? Do we go over with heavy equipment and start rebuilding Japan? There was a photo in the newspaper yesterday. It was a major ship that was just on the ground. I mean, what do you do? I can’t imagine how many cranes you would need to get that ship back into the water… Just look at the pictures, they need a lot of support.

How far reaching are the effects of this disaster and how does this change their crises strategy going forward?

The things we’re looking for are lessons learned. Reassessments of all nuclear facilities—do we have good plans?

The Indian Point Energy Center is located just 38 miles north of New York City. In addition to being close to the Pace campuses, the Ramapo Fault line is a mere mile from the facilities. If a situation similar to Japan’s were to occur here, how might our experience differ from Japan’s?

This is a hot topic. What would happen if an earthquake happened near NYC and disaster was on the same level? I couldn’t even think about where to begin. These students are learning what triage would actually mean in an emergency situation. These are the types of things that we are ill-prepared for. Think back to September 11—there were so many people willing to help, but no one knew how to coordinate it. Drills work, and practice exercises, but I say to my students, could you right now push a stretcher with ten bodies down a city block, turn around and push another one? Are you in that good of physical shape? No one really thinks about that. I believe that everyone needs to be prepared.

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Working Toward Greenness

Earth Month brings a variety of interesting and informative activities to the Pace campuses. Read on to learn how you can do your part this April.

April showers bring May flowers… or so we hear. To find out what else April has to offer the Pace Community, check out our numerous events celebrating Earth Month. Join us for a month dedicated to raising environmental awareness on and off campus. Here are just a few highlights:

Birds of Prey Presentation Wednesday, April 27, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in PLV.
Join James Eyring, for an unforgettable evening with hawks, owls, and falcons. Learn about the role these predators serve in the natural community and the Environmental Center’s work with birds of prey. Be prepared as several of these raptors zoom past you in free flight!

Breakfast with the Birds Wednesday, April 27, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Pace University and Rockefeller State Park Preserve invite you to enjoy coffee and bagels before heading out on the carriage roads of the Preserve to see what birds are active in the woodlands, fields, and wetlands. So bring your binoculars and a field guide to birds for a fun morning of birding. The Preserve is located only three miles from Pace, and directions will be provided. Please pre-register by sending an email to aspillo@pace.edu

Get Fit With a Nature Walk Thursday, April 28, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Get outside and get some exercise while enjoying the natural beauty on campus. Hiking boots or sneakers, long pants, sunscreen and drinking water are recommended. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the walk.

Remember folks, there are plenty of other events taking place throughout the month as well, so click here to learn more.

In addition to Earth Month, Pace has a number of sustainability initiatives in progress year-round. To learn more, visit:http://www.pace.edu/sustainability

Popularity Pays Off

Doctoral student Arthur O’Connor’s recent study evaluating the correlation between brand popularity across social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, and companies’ daily stock prices is making waves.

Arthur O’Connor, a second year doctoral candidate in Seidenberg’s DPS program, recently spent 10 months investigating the relationship social media has with Wall Street—to some interesting results. O’Connor was able to show a strong correlation between the Internet popularity of three consumer brands and their stock prices. “There’s no such thing as a daily revenue count. Companies do quarterly revenue reports, so I used stock prices as a daily indicator,” explains O’Connor.

O’Connor partnered with Famecount.com, an independently run website that tracks and formulates statistical data from Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Famecount.com follows the trends of everything from nonprofits like the TED Conferences to entertainers like Eminem.

“I did the pilot study with Starbucks,” O’Connor says, “and there was a statistically significant correlation of fan count and stock price.” But the pilot study only covered a short period of time. “I wanted to do the study over the long-term, because with such a short time frame, you could begin to see correlations between anything—astrological signs and daily stock prices,” he jokes.

O’Connor expanded his sample to include two other consumer brands: Nike and Coca-Cola. He worked with Famecount.com to collect data on the popularity of these brands and discovered that what he found in his pilot study held true over the course of the 10 months—even accounting for general market conditions. Initially, O’Connor was unsure if online popularity (fan count) was influencing the stock prices or if the stock prices were affecting online popularity (fan count). However, by lagging fan count for 10 and 30 days, he was able to determine that it was indeed online popularity that was influencing stock prices. During this study period, as the popularity of the brands fluctuated on the Internet, Starbucks stock rose by 29 percent, Coca-Cola fell by nearly 6 percent, and Nike middled with stock growth of approximately 14 percent.

In the future, O’Connor hopes to expand his study to include a wider range of consumer brands. He believes that it’s possible for Wall Street to use fan metrics to track consumer brands, but that understanding the nature of the effect is still a challenge. “Companies are still learning the power of social media,” says O’Connor. “This is a window that offers insight into consumer behavior. Fan count and popularity can predict how well a company will do.”

O’Connor’s work is currently garnering its own “fan count” online, with increasing coverage in the media. Here are links to recent articles about his research:

The Wall Street Journal

PC Magazine

SocialMedia Observatory

Famecount.com

 

Staff by Day, Locavore by Night

For some of us, cooking is a chore. But for Cara Cea, manager of public information at Pace, it’s so much more. As an award-winning cook, food writer, and farmer’s market president, food isn’t just something she eats. It’s something she lives for.

Mark Vergari / The Journal News

By day, Cara Cea handles media relations for the Westchester Campus. By night, it’s all about the ratatouille pizza.

“It all started because my son and I had seen the movie Ratatouille. He said ‘Mom, can you make me ratatouille?’” Cea says. Thinking he knew what ratatouille was, Cea spent hours chopping vegetables and cooking it up. When it was ready to be eaten, her son’s response was a familiar one: “Ewww, I’m not eating that.” Rather than give up on the ratatouille, Cea went to plan B: pizza. “Kids will eat anything on pizza. So I bought pizza crust, put all my ratatouille on the pizza, threw on some cheese. He loved it!” she says.

It was this inventive pie that earned Cea a spot in The Journal News’ Locally Grown recipe contest. As one of four finalists, she participated in a cook-off at The Garrison restaurant that was televised on RNN and the ratatouille pizza became an award-winner.

The cook-off led to requests from Cea’s local farmer’s market. First, they asked her to speak at the market and hand out recipes. Next, she was volunteering on the board. Then, she began doing PR and advertising for them. And soon, Cea was named president of the Suffern Farmers’ Market, where she also manages their website, Facebook, Twitter, and blog.

In addition to her Suffern Farmers’ Market responsibilities, Cea is spreading the word about local food and farmers as a guest blogger for the Journal News’ Small Bites as well as her own food blog, Farmers Market Cooking, which she uses to inform people about local farmers and recipes that use local foods.

Cea’s even brought her expertise to Pace, speaking about the role of the individual in local foods at the Foodshed Conference, the annual meeting of the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities co-sponsored by Pace.

“It’s important for people to become aware of how your food choices affect not only local farmers, but also the environment. There are so many things to consider, food miles, for example. If you’re eating an apple from Washington State, when New York grows them, not only are you not supporting local farmers, but that apple had to travel 3,000 to find you,” Cea says. “There’s the environmental and the economic impact. In these times, we want to support our own local economy.”

And Cea is all about practicing what she preaches—growing her own basil, parsley, peppers, onions, scallions, garlic, lettuce, broccoli rabe, cauliflower, and heirloom tomatoes, from seeds that were passed on from her grandfather-in-law in Italy. She is also committed to expanding her garden and hopes to one day be able to eat three seasons of the year out of her garden.

“Local food is my passion and my cause,” Cea says.

And, of course, we couldn’t leave you without the award-winning recipe.

Ratatouille Pizza

1 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/8 -inch slices
1 small eggplant, sliced into thin ( 3/8 -inch) slices, about 2 inches by 1 inch
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 green bell pepper, sliced
1 thinly sliced yellow onion
1 clove garlic, minced
2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh parsley
Salt and pepper
1 store-bought or homemade pizza dough
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
Handful of pine nuts to sprinkle
Freshly grated Pecorino Romano to taste


For the sauces

Both tomato sauce and pesto can be bought ready-made at the market, but recipes are below for those who want to use the freshest ingredients:

Pesto

2 to 3 cloves garlic
2 cups fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons pine nuts (pignoli nuts) or walnuts or a combination
Dash of salt
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup grated freshly grated Parmigiana Reggiano or Pecorino Romano cheese (or a combination of the two)
  • Place garlic in a food processor and mince. Add the basil leaves, pine nuts and salt. While the processor is running, slowly drizzle in olive oil until all the ingredients are puréed. Add Parmesan cheese and mix. If the pesto is too thick, add an extra tablespoon of oil.

Tomato sauce

2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small, yellow onion, chopped
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 or 5 fresh (or canned) tomatoes
Fresh basil to taste (about a tablespoon)
  • Chop the onions and mince the garlic and sauté in the olive oil until lightly browned. Add the tomatoes and basil. If using fresh tomatoes, add a small amount of tomato paste (to thicken) and some water. Sauté on medium-low heat for about 15 minutes to blend the flavors.

For the pizza

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet or pizza pan with olive oil or another vegetable oil spray. Set aside.
  • Salt the zucchini and eggplant slices and sauté in a pot with olive oil, peppers and onion for about 10 minutes to soften.
  • Stir in garlic and tomatoes and season to taste. Remove from heat and sprinkle with parsley.
  • Spread pizza dough on the pan. Cover pizza dough with tomato sauce and then spread the vegetable mixture over the pizza.
  • Top with fresh mozzarella, drizzle with pesto and sprinkle pine nuts and Pecorino Romano.
  • Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

Yield: 4 servings

School Snippets

A roundup of stories from school and departmental e-newsletters. This month: The Library’s Learning Commons, Reunion 2011, Legal Tools for Distressed Properties, and more…

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Pace’s Alumni eConnect

Benefits Updates, Summer Hours, and More

You may be ready for summer Fridays off, but your children are gearing up to come in to work!

Pace University’s Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is Thursday, April 28, 2011. All faculty and staff are encouraged to invite their daughters, sons, grandchildren, nieces or nephews between the ages of 8 and 15 to this event.  Planned activities have been designed to acquaint our children with Pace University and introduce them to the workplace.

Questions? Please contact Rosemary Mulry at rmulry@pace.edu or x22645.

Summer Flex Days are Here Again!
This summer each full-time staff member will have the opportunity to take every other Friday off, for three Fridays, or the equivalent of three days between July 1 and August 12.

Annual Benefits Open Enrollment Period

The annual benefits Open Enrollment period will take place Monday, May 9 through Wednesday, May 25, 2010. This is your opportunity to review your current benefit elections and make changes if necessary. All changes made during this open enrollment period will become effective on July 1, 2011.

Personalized Benefits Statement Available on the Pace Portal
Beginning  May 1, 2010. your personalized benefits statement, which provides information regarding total compensation from January 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010, including the value of the benefit contributions the University made on your behalf, is available online.

2011 Great Colleges To Work For Survey
For the third consecutive year, Pace University is participating in the 2011 Great Colleges to Work For program sponsored by The Chronicle of Higher Education.  If you are invited to complete the survey, please do so. The survey was distributed the week of March 21.  Your participation is entirely voluntary and all survey responses are completely anonymous.  The deadline for taking the survey is April 22.

Performance Management and Development Process Training
The FY2011 PMDP review process is right around the corner!  Don’t let it overwhelm you.  Be prepared by taking one of Organizational Learning and Development’s training courses focused on performance management. Click here to view the Organizational Learning & Development training calendar and to register for these programs.

Remember: You can now log into the Help Desk system at https://help.pace.edu to submit a Help Desk request for many of your Benefits-related needs.

Getting Even More Connected

Wireless simplified, Blackboard mobile apps, and Microsoft Lync help you stay in sync with colleagues and students.

ePortfolio

The Second Annual ePortfolio Spring Contest is officially underway! Winners will receive a $100 gift card and an Excellence in ePortfolio Award at their campus’s ePortfolio Student Showcase:

  • PLV -Wednesday, May 4
  • NYC-Thursday, May 5

Visit https://eportfolio.pace.edu for more information and to submit your ePortfolio by Friday, April 22!

Wireless: Auto-configuration

Wireless simplified! ITS has made XpressConnect by Cloudpath available to Pace wireless users.  Running XpressConnect is a one-time process and provides automatic configuration of wireless devices that connect to the Pace_Secure network.

Blackboard Mobile Learn App

You asked and now it’s here!  ITS has worked with Blackboard to provide the Blackboard Mobile Learn App for the following devices on all cellular carriers:

  • Android
  • Blackberry
  • iDevices (iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad)
  • Palm

New Versions of Internet Browsers

ITS advises users NOT to upgrade to the new versions of Internet Explorer (IE) 9 and Mozilla Firefox 4 that were recently released, as we have not yet certified that all University systems are compatible.   We will notify users when an upgrade is recommended.

Microsoft Lync

Communication at its best!  On Monday, April 11, ITS enabled Microsoft Lync for Pace University faculty and staff.  Microsoft Lync provides integrated audio, video and web conferencing as well as business class instant messaging with real-time presence information.

Please visit our Microsoft Lync support site for details, documentation, training videos, or to register for instructor-led training provided by Microsoft: Microsoft Lync Training.

Pace University Help Desk

Pace University Online Help Desk now houses the following departments:

For all Students, Faculty and Staff:

  • ITS
  • Office of Student Assistance (OSA)
  • Facilities Management

For Faculty and Staff only:

  • Finance
  • and now HR Benefits!

Place your Help Desk requests for any of these areas all from one location: Pace University Help Desk.

Fit to Print

Pace moves up in the ranks; Charlie Sheen’s marketing spin; gold is a gift; and more media coverage of Pace faculty.

Crain’s New York Business reported that the graduate business program at the Lubin School of Business has moved up 15 places in the U.S. News Media Group’s rankings. It is now tied with the program at Fordham.

Marketing professor Paul Kurnit pointed out the marketing value of Charlie Sheen’s activities and the dwindling value of Smith Barney’s “we earn it” slogan in TheStreet and AOL Small Business. Additionally, Kurnit weighs in on The Facebook Age and how Facebook is not driven by the leadership style of Mark Zuckerberg in Success Magazine.

The Pace Law School Energy and Climate Center’s work on a climate action plan for the town of Red Hook is featured in the Daily Freeman.

“Gold is a gift; not an investment” advised Lubin  finance professor Lewis J. Altfest in an editorial appearing in the March 14 issue of The Wall Street Journal.

Law School professor Ralph Stein weighs in on how “Public–record access can be costly” in The Journal News.

Assistant professor of psychology Anthony Mancini was mentioned in a Globe and Mail article regarding the resilience of the human psyche after heavy trauma and loss.

John Nolon, James D. Hopkins Professor of Law at Pace Law School, talked to the Times Herald-Record about changes in Beacon alter development.

John Cronin, Senior Fellow for Environmental Affairs at Pace and Director/CEO of the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, was quoted on an IBM website about the need to solve environmental problems with “technological and analytical innovations.”

An article in The Journal News, “Film tells of 9/11 widows who work for the greater good” mentions management professor Katherine Richardson in a feature article about 9/11 widows rebuilding their lives.

In a milestone for the school, the first graduate of the Actors Studio Drama School appeared on Inside the Actors Studio. Bradley Cooper discussed with James Lipton such matters as why Cooper missed his ASDS graduation – and the conversation made the New York Post’s “Page 6” twice!

Pace professor Darren Hayes, DPS, is quoted in another TechNewsWorld article which included his views on a constitutional right “to read anonymously, and case law shows that this right extends to the right to online privacy.”

The Journal News reached out to two Pace professors, Law professor Randolph McLaughlin and Greg Holtz, professor of public administration, to discuss the changing demographics of the region.

An article entitled “The Demise of Organized Labor” by Pace adjunct professor John Allan James appeared in the Westchester County Business Journal.

A new study by finance professors Iuliana Ismailescu and Matthew Morey was covered by two influential finance mediums:  Ignites, a Financial Times service distributed to more than 50,000 leaders across the world of mutual funds; and WSJ MarketBeat, a blog with monthly traffic of 525,892 visitors and 878,282 page views.

Professor Gregory Holtz, a lecturer at the Michaelian Institute, weighs in on the Diversity Index as another way to view census data in an article from The Journal News.

Professors Susan Merritt, PhD, Fred Grossman, Charles C. Tappert, and Joseph Bergin of the Seidenberg School have published their article entitled “A Research Doctorate for Computing Professionals” in the April issue of the Communications of the ACM, which can be read here.

LewRockwell.com featured testimony about deflation fears that economics professor Joseph Salerno gave before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Monetary Policy.

Emily Welty, PhD, international author and Dyson professor, and Jacob Toll, board member of the Seeds of Peace Organization were on a panel presenting “Engaging Youths and Community in Dialogue: Our Roles in Cultivating Global Peace?” at this year’s Left Forum on March 19.

 

Adjunct Political Science Professor Gustavo Rivera, the newly elected State Senator from the Bronx, moderated the National Teach-In on Austerity and Indebtedness featuring Cornel West, PhD, of Princeton University on April 5.

Distinguished Professor of Art History Janetta Rebold Benton, PhD will lead The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Lecture Series “Art History 201: Masterpieces of World Art, The 20th and Early 21st Centuries” this spring. Dr. Benton has also just co-authored and published Arts and Culture: An Introduction to the Humanities.

President’s Corner

I am delighted to announce that beginning this week, both Provost Feldman and I will be launching new blogs. Our goal is to quickly and readily communicate with you on issues and topics that affect faculty and staff at Pace.

President's CornerDear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that beginning this week, both Provost Feldman and I will be launching new blogs.

Our goal is to quickly and readily communicate with you on issues and topics that affect faculty and staff at Pace.  Harriet’s blog will be open to faculty only; mine will be accessible by both faculty and staff.  Each of the blogs will be password protected and available via your Pace User ID and login.

I encourage you to log on to read our first posts and sign up for e-mail notifications of future postings once the sites are live.  Equally important, I hope you will comment on what we have to say. I have long admired the way blogging technology can encourage two-way communications in a large community.

I often say that we are an important venue in New York for discussion of the major public policy issues of our time.  This month is a wonderful example of that role.  The Economist held its symposium on Intelligent Infrastructure here this week, attracting some of the best minds in the world to address some of the cutting edge issues of the 21st century.  The Working Group on Girls, an umbrella organization of 88 national and international non-governmental organizations, is in New York to attend the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations next week. It will hold its orientation sessions at Pace on Sunday. Young women will be trained to advocate for two key issues:  empowering girls in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), and creating policies to protect vulnerable girls and women who are migrating. Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women and the former president of Chile, will give the keynote address during the orientation sessions.

Next month, Pace is once again home to the Left Forum, where students and faculty will participate in hundreds of events addressing pressing social and political issues such as the spread of democracy in the Middle East and the rollback of social services in Europe. Also in March, the Mobile Safety Summit brings together industry leaders and policy makers to collaborate on ways to make technology safer.  All of these events offer unique opportunities for our students to participate in sessions with people who are truly leaders in their fields and making a difference in the world.

And of course, Pace is also an important venue for a number of exciting cultural events, including the third performance in this year’s Shakespeare Festival, The Merchant of Venice, starring the renowned actor F. Murray Abraham, at the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts from February 27 to March 3.  Tickets can be purchased by faculty and staff for just $10 at www.pace.edu/shakespeare for the performance on Wednesday evening, March 2.  I hope you will join me and your fellow Pace friends and co-workers at this very special performance.

Sincerely yours,

Stephen J. Friedman
President

2009-2010 Annual Report Online

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From the President’s Leadership Report, to financials and donors, to featured articles on performing arts, accounting, environmental law, and more, this year’s annual report has something for everyone.

Visit our new website for articles, video highlights, and more.

The Merchant of Venice – Employee Discount

Join Shylock, Antonio, Portia, and a host of characters (including Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham) for the latest in our Shakespeare series. And if you aren’t prepared to pay your pound of flesh for tickets, faculty and staff can purchase tickets for just $10 on March 2.


The Bard is back again on February 27-March 13 as the Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts opens up its doors to Theatre for a New Audience’s production of The Merchant of Venice.

Directed by Darko Tresnjak, this celebrated production takes a modern look at the age-old interplay between love and money, and religion and race. Academy Award-winning actor F. Murray Abraham, who’s starred in such films as Amadeus, All the President’s Men, and Scarface, reprises his role as Shylock in this compelling work that the New York Times has called “powerfully moving” and The Guardian gave four stars.

While the cost of tickets ranges from $40 to $75 for the general public, Pace faculty and staff can receive discounted tickets for only $10 for the March 2 performance. To book tickets and for more information on pricing, click here.

To stay up-to-date on all our Shakespeare productions and get a video sneak peek of Comedy of Errors coming to Pace in April, visit our Shakespeare at Pace website!

Muskrat Love (and Other Animals)

From tracking wild pumas in Chile, to looking at local rat populations, Melissa Grigione, PhD, is trying to make the world a safer place for all animals—and pass that knowledge and passion on to her students at Pace.

Melissa Grigione, PhD, and her husband, Ron Sarno, PhD, tagging burrowing owls.

“The animals may change, but my interest hasn’t,” says Melissa Grigione, PhD, director of Pace’s graduate program in environmental science who is currently spearheading a number of research projects to study and protect the habitats of wild animals.

Grigione, who began her college career in a pre-veterinary program at McGill University, soon realized her real passion was the conservation and protection of wild species.  “My interest began with marine mammals—dolphins, manatees—and eventually spread to other animals. I was in Africa twice, in West Africa to study elephants, and then I branched out to studying endangered land carnivores,” Grigione explains.

Currently, Grigione is studying the native (yet seldom seen) inhabitants of the New York area: mink, bobcats, weasels, and muskrats. These species have very healthy populations, she notes, which allows her to study the concept of conservation from the other end of the spectrum. “We ask the opposite question: What makes these animals common? How are they able to ‘make a living’?” she says, “I studied the requirements they needed to live in a healthy fashion—the space they needed, spatial ecology, then I moved to their diets, and eventually I moved on to the parasites and diseases affecting these populations.”

Last summer, Grigione and her husband, a professor of ecology and genetics at Hofstra, took their children on a six-week RV-ing adventure in the Badlands of South Dakota. “The kids just love, love, love to study animals,” she says, “And with the help of the National Park Service, we studied the diets of bison, pronghorn, and bighorn sheep… While we were in South Dakota, we took a drive to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which is a Lakota Sioux reservation. There was a college on the reservation, so we went to visit. There were no students, but there was one woman walking around the campus. It turned out that the woman was the CFO of the college,” Grigione laughs.

Melissa Grigione, PhD, and family

The chance meeting ended up becoming an exciting opportunity—not only for Grigione but also for Pace. This summer, Grigione plans on expanding her research and returning to the reservation to teach at the college.  “I like the melding of the traditional and the scientific. There are elders on the reservation, and I think we have a lot to learn from one another. I’d eventually like to bring some of their faculty to Pace; I think it would be a fruitful experience for our students in New York,” she says.  She also hopes that someday in the future, graduate students at Pace will be able to travel with her to South Dakota.

“Animals enrich our lives and I feel I really need to do the right thing to affect change… I want to inspire students to do amazing things. I want to turn them on to the field that’s turned me on for so many years,” Grigione says. “Seeing my students blossom is truly incredible. What’s unique about our graduate environmental science program is that it’s more than just science—it’s policy, law, environmental communication. This diversity means our students come out equipped with skills they need to share with the rest of the world that’s so hungry for solutions.”

Mobile Safety

When mobile phones first became popular, our biggest concern was exposure to radiation. Now, there’s texting while driving, sexting, and cyber bullying. Next month, Pace partners with WiredSafety and Verizon on a conference that will challenge industry leaders to make mobile safety a priority.

With the rise of technology has come a similar rise in news stories that nobody wants to see: “Cyber bullying pushes high school student to commit suicide. Teen texting while driving kills two.”  However, as technology remains we need to find ways to make it safer.

On March 16 and 17, the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems is collaborating with WiredSafety, the largest online safety, education, and help group in the world, to address the dangers of mobile devices and discuss innovative solutions at the Mobile Safety Summit, which is being held on both the New York City and Pleasantville campuses.

The conference, which is partially funded by a $15,000 Verizon Foundation grant to bring information on mobile safety and cyber bullying to high school and college students, will kick off with a community day on the Pleasantville Campus on March 16. Students and educators are encouraged to attend and voice their concerns around mobile safety, cyber bullying, internet privacy, and more, and discuss ways we can work together to address these problems and make these innovations safer.

“The users are young, they’re inexperienced, they’re unprotected, but they’re engaged. We need to figure out how to work with these young people and keep them safe, and not just deny that these technologies are out there,” says conference co-organizer Nancy Hale, PhD, who is the chair of special programs at Seidenberg, co-chair of the doctoral program in computing, and co-director of the Pace/NACTEL program.

Hale also notes the importance of working with organizations like Facebook to stay cyber safe. “They want to address these issues. We just need to have this dialogue,” she says. “The purpose of this conference is to create this dialogue so that these technologies can be refined.”

The second day of the conference will bring key industry leaders from organizations such as Facebook and Zynga, policymakers, law enforcement, parents, and educators to the NYC Campus to discuss findings from the community day and frame an action plan to keep our youth cyber safe. Co-organizer Parry Aftab, who is the executive director of WiredSafety and a leading international cyber safety expert, calls the conference “a giant focus group” and invites faculty, staff, and students to attend.

“The whole energy at Pace is exciting. I think we can change the world if we engage the students and the faculty and the brilliant administrators at Pace,” says Aftab. “Everyone’s walking around with more power in their backpacks and purses than corporations had a few years ago. Mobile is the future of entertainment, the future of business, and all stakeholders need to collaborate.”

For more information and to register for the conference, visit the Mobile Safety Summit website.

Staff by Day, Saltwater Afishionado By Night

By day, Jim Curry is the captain of operations and technology for the Office of Student Assistance (OSA). By night, he’s assisting other types of schools… as a saltwater aquarist.

Many of us have fish tanks; some even have saltwater aquariums. But Jim Curry doesn’t just own one: he designed it, built it, grows his own coral, and breeds his own fish. And now, he’s showing others how to do the same.

It all started when Curry was a young boy, and his grandfather was a fish breeder—keeping tanks all over his grandmother’s bedroom. But it wasn’t until years later that the inclination became impetus, when Curry and a coworker went to Petland Discounts on Nassau Street and bought saltwater fish tanks.

“It all started with a small tank,” Curry said. But eventually that tank turned into an entire ecosystem, with a propagation facility and no mechanical filtration. Curry does everything for his saltwater aquariums himself—from the design to the installation, plumbing, lighting, electric, water dynamics, aquascaping, and even growing his own corals, some of which are rare and cost up to $500 per piece. “At this point, I have a farm in my basement,” he laughs.

Curry draws from both his background in architecture and his 11-year career as a chef. “I was an architecture student in my undergraduate years, so I think artistically. It’s underwater artwork, underwater science,” he says. “Being a chef also made me a good [aquarium] designer. Color, taste, flavor, design, texture—it’s very important.”

His work has garnered Curry both critical attention and professional opportunities. Curry received an international award from Advanced Aquarist magazine for his mixed reef aquarium and sits on the Board of Directors of Manhattan Reefs, an online community for aquarium owners in the NYC area. With the help of a fellow aquarist who was also interested in advancing the survival and rejuvenation of the world’s natural reefs, Curry has launched Saltwater Critters, which specializes in consulting, design, installation, and maintenance of marine and reef aquariums. He’s even begun breeding fish, including rare clownfish, and sends some of his coral pieces to the Ocean Research Association in Florida to harvest in case something happens to his system.

And like his grandfather before him, Curry is passing the passion down—both to his kids, who love to view his inventory from all over the world, and to Pace, partnering with Pratt professor and mentor Randy Donowitz for the bi-annual Manhattan Reefs Fall Frag Swap, which brings aquarists together to sell and trade corals and dry goods. The last event was held on the NYC Campus in October and open to Pace students free of charge. The next one will be held at Pratt on April 10. “It keeps the spirit alive in making sure that if one of our tanks dies, someone has the coral to keep it alive,” Curry says.

As acting University Director of Student Accounts and Executive Director of Operations and Technology Management for the Office of Student Assistance (OSA), Curry spends his workday elbow deep in student systems, helping the University become more efficient in leveraging their technologies, and leading the charge to build and enhance future developments, much like his aquarium work.

“It’s [aquariums are] a system, just like an IT system. It’s understanding how things operate within each other and grow over time, and building it so it works,” he said.

Are you a Pace faculty or staff member with a fun hobby, interest, part-time job, or passion? Know someone that fits the bill? Email opportunitas@pace.edu to share your story with us and other faculty and staff!

School Snippets

A roundup of stories from school e-newsletters. This month: Seidenberg’s PSII Indicates Robust IT Job Growth, Pace Pitches on the Rise, $5 Million Pace and Cornell Partnership, and Transforming Georgia into a Green Leader.

School SnippetsSeidenberg eCommunique:

eLubin:

Law School: Pace Briefs