May 2021
A newsletter highlighting faculty research & scholarship
from the Office of Research
Faculty Spotlight
Kimberly Collica-Cox, PhD (Criminal Justice and Security, NYC/PLV) has been fortunate to conduct research during the COVID pandemic, especially on her work regarding incarceration issues. Prof. Collica-Cox completed a cycle of Parenting, Prison & Pups (PPP) and of Inside-Out.  Among the articles she published in this academic year are “Having it All? Strategies of Women Corrections Executives to Maintain A Work-Life Balance,” Corrections: Research, Policy & Practice; “A Case Study of The Westchester County New York’s Jail Response to COVID-19: Controlling COVID While Balancing Service Needs for the Incarcerated- A National Model for Jails,” Victims & Offenders: An International Journal of Evidence-based Research, Policy, and Practice; and “Do as I Say and Not What I Do: Do HIV Prison-Based Peer Educators Practice What They Preach?," Journal of Correctional Healthcare 27 (4) (in Press). She also signed a book contract with Springer publications for her upcoming book As The Key Turns: The Changing Role of Women as American Corrections Executives.
Prof. Collica-Cox is the recipient of The John Howard Award, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Corrections Section. This award recognizes an individual who has made significant and sustained contributions to the practice of corrections, as well as significant contributions in scholarship, teaching, policy, or service. She recently was awarded the Book and Performance Completion Award and serves as Faculty Fellow of the Helene and Grant Wilson Center for Social Entrepreneurship for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.​
Bill Eaton, PhD (Biology, NYC) is a tropical soil microbial ecologist that has been studying how land management, climate change and other disturbances impact soil ecosystems for over 20 years. Previously, he was an infectious disease virologist/pathologist. In 2020, Prof. Eaton received the Classroom-Based Research Experiences Award for his project “Using Research Experiences in Bio 301 and 307.” Subsequently, he published, with Pace University undergraduate student co-authors, “Changes in soil bacterial communities, and carbon and nitrogen metrics as potential indicators of land use effects in a humid tropical forest,Pedobiologia, A Soil Ecology Journal (2021) Vol. 85–86, and “Increase in abundance and decrease in richness of soil microbes following Hurricane Otto in three primary forest types in the Northern Zone of Costa Rica", PLoS ONE (2021) 15(7).
Faculty News
Professor Bridget Crawford, JD (Elisabeth Haub School of Law) and Professor Iride LaMartina-Lens, PhD (Dyson College of Arts and Sciences) were promoted to Distinguished Professor, the highest honor the University can bestow upon a faculty member.
Professor Bridget Crawford
Professor Iride LaMartina Lens
Emilie Zaslow, PhD (Communication Studies, NYC) published “Which Vitamins are in the Chocolate Cake? How American Girl Marketing Has Responded to Shifting Discourses About Gender and Race” in The Public Historian (2021) 43 (1): 18–38 and a chapter in The Marketing of Children’s Toys: Critical Perspectives on Children’s Consumer Culture (2021) titled “Unpacking Logan: The Construction of Masculinity in the American Girl Boy Doll.”
Sarah Blackwood, PhD (English, NYC) published a review of new biography of Louise Fitzhugh, author of Harriet the Spy, in The New York Review of Books. This piece is drawn from Professor Blackwoods’s manuscript-in-process on mid-twentieth-century children's book editors and writers.

Elmer Mojica, PhD (Chemistry and Physical Sciences, NYC) with undergraduate students Tyler Brescia (BS Chemistry, 2018) and Kevin Symczak (BS Chemistry, 2016) co-authored a paper entitled "Spectroscopic discrimination and characterization of bee propolis from the Philippines" in the Philippine Journal of Science.
Melanie DuPuis, PhD (Environmental Studies and Science, NYC/PLV) published a historical case study of transition in a particular place—the Port Royal “Free Labor” emancipation experiments in the South Carolina Sea Islands during the Civil War—to understand the weaknesses and the strengths of transition studies as a conceptual tool. Her study is titled “Learning from emancipation: The Port Royal Experiment and transition theory, Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space.
Miguel Mosteiro, PhD (Computer Science, NYC) had two research works in foundational algorithmic problems in Anonymous Dynamic Networks accepted for presentation at ICDCS 2021 and SPAA 2021, organized by IEEE and ACM respectively. Additionally, his work on Dynamic Windows Scheduling with Reallocation (funded by NSF) was accepted for publication at the ACM Journal of Experimental Algorithmics.
Katrina Fischer Kuh, JD (Elisabeth Haub School of Law) published “Scientific Gerrymandering & Bifurcation” with 2020 Haub Law graduate Frederick A. McDonald and 2021 Haub Law graduate Megan Edwards in the NYU Environmental Law Journal.
Internal Faculty Award Winners
Congratulations to the 2021 internal faculty award winners!
Classroom Based Research Experiences
Interdisciplinary Collaborative Pedagogical Research Award

Book and Performance Completion Award
Undergraduate Research
For the upcoming 2021-2022 academic year, the Center for Undergraduate Research Experiences is announcing the following two undergraduate research opportunities:

Provost’s 2021-2022 Academic Year Student-Faculty Undergraduate Research Program
Deadline: August 30, 2021
This academic-year research award program is for undergraduate students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year in September 2021. The program supports faculty-mentored projects developed in courses and research settings. Please share this information with your students.
Federal Work-Study Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program 2021-2022 Academic Year
Deadline: August 30, 2021
The Center for Undergraduate Research Experiences launched a pilot federal work-study undergraduate research assistantship program during the 2020-2021 academic year. The goal for 2021-2022 is to expand this program but to do so requires two essential elements:

  1. faculty proposals for assistantship positions, and
  2. student awareness that federal work-study awards can be used for campus research assistantships.

Please propose a student position to support your research! Additionally, communicate this opportunity to your students and majors now so they understand their federal work-study funds can be earned working as research assistants.
For more information contact Maria Iacullo-Bird, PhD, Assistant Provost for Research,

Research@ Pace will be back in August. We wish you a wonderful and relaxing summer!

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