April 2021
A newsletter highlighting faculty research & scholarship
from the Office of Research
Graduate Student Spotlight
This month, in advance of graduation, we present a spotlight on two Pace PhD students who will be graduating this year.
Chava Pollack, College of Health Professions

This year’s graduation is Chava’s third at Pace University and follows her graduation from the undergraduate nursing program in 2014 and the Family Nurse Practitioner program in 2016. Chava’s worked in a cardiac step-down unit, in an emergency room and has been an advanced practice provider focusing on care transitions. Her work has highlighted inequities in care access as well as the lack of resources available for frail older adults living in the community, and their caregivers.

Under the guidance of her mentor, Sharon Wexler, PhD Chava has worked on various research projects revolving around care for older adults. She presented her work nationally and most recently internationally at the International Conference of Frailty and Sarcopenia Research in Toulouse, France. In partnership with Dr. Wexler, she recently published a scoping review on technology use for frail, community dwelling older adults in the Journal of the American Nurses Association of New York.
Chava’s dissertation investigates the impact of a robotic pet on physical and social frailty on community dwelling older adults. She received an internal grant from Pace University to fund the study. Chava recruited patients from inpatient units at a community hospital and followed them after discharge. This project was especially timely during this past year as older adults have been increasingly isolated due to pandemic control measures. In the future, Chava hopes to continue her work caring for and improving the lives of older adults.
Xiaodong Xu, Computer Science

Xiaodong came to Pace with her passion of computer science from China four years ago. She began her work with Juan Shan, PhD and later joined the robotics lab, headed by Paul Benjamin, PhD. While in the lab she took a doctoral course on artificial intelligence and, after completing her master’s degree, continued on to the doctoral program.

Xiaodon’g dissertation research focuses on computer vision, or what she calls “computer eyes.” In her study Implementing and Accelerating Match-Mediated Difference Algorithm by GPU, she introduces an algorithm that computes the differences between the real world and the virtual world. She also built her own robot and is currently focusing on multi-objects detection and tracking to make it work in the real world model. As a future career goal, she hopes to become a professor so she can both work with students and continue doing research. 
Faculty News

Bridget Crawford, JD (Elisabeth Haub School of Law) published a casebook, Wills Trusts & Estates (2d ed) (with co-authors Professors Danaya Wright (U Florida) and Michael J. Higdon (Tennessee)), Foundation Press.

Mark Hussey, PhD, (English, NYC) published Clive Bell and the Making of Modernism (Bloomsbury)
John Nolon, JD, (Elisabeth Haub School of Law) published Choosing to Succeed: Land Use Law & Climate Control (Environmental Law Institute)
Julia Eisenberg, PhD (Management and Management Science, PLV) published “Structural decisions about configuration, assignments, and geographical distribution in teams: Influences on team communications and trust” in Human Resource Management Review, Vol. 31, Issue 2, 2021. The study examines the effects of managerial decisions about the structure of teams by configuration, assignment, and geography. 

Joshua Cohen, PhD (Biology, NYC) published “Dietary stability inferred from dental mesowear analysis in large ungulates from Rancho La Brea and opportunistic feeding during the late Pleistocene” in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Vol. 570, Issue 15. This paper investigates dietary change in bison, horses, and camels through the last 45,000 years at the Rancho La Brea tar pits.
Kyomi Gregory, PhD (Communication Sciences and Disorders, NYC) presented a highlighted session that was a 2 hour panel at the virtual conference for the National Black Association for Speech-Language Hearing Association. onMarch 26th. The panel was titled “African American English: Origins to Clinical Implications.”Kyomi Gregory Presented a highlighted session that was a 2 hour panel at the virtual conference for the National Black Association for Speech-Language Hearing Association on March 26th. The panel was titled “African American English: Origins to Clinical Implications.”
Darren Hayes, PhD (Information Technology, NYC) participated in the DFRWS EU 2021 Conference in March 2021. He collaborated with researchers at University College Dublin and they co-authored a paper entitled A comparative study of support vector machine and neural networks for file type identification using n-gram analysis. This conference paper was then selected for publication in the prestigious Forensic Science International: Digital Investigation, an academic journal published by Elsevir.

Charlene Blando-Hoegler, PhD (Biology, PLV) and colleague, Carl S. Hoegler, PhD recently had a poster accepted for the competitive virtual poster session at AAAS (FASEB: Fed. Soc. Exp. Biol.) national meetings which will take place in April 27-29, 2021. 

Darren Rosenblum, JD (Elisabeth Haub School of Law) had an opinion piece, “Misgendering students is not ‘academic freedom.’ It’s an abuse of power” published in the Washington Post.
Bridget Crawford, JD (Elisabeth Haub School of Law) and Emily Waldman, JD (Elisabeth Haub School of Law) were the faculty co-conveners of a symposium hosted by the Columbia Journal of Gender & Law, “Are You There, Law? It’s Me, Menstruation.” The program will result in the publication of over 50 authors working at the intersection of menstruation and law.

Professor Crawford presented her work, #BloodyBarPocalypse: Unconstitutional Tampon Bans at the Bar Exam. Professor Waldman presented her work, Compared to What? Menstruation, Pregnancy and the Complexities of Comparison. Professor Leslie Tenzer, JD (Elisabeth Haub School of Law) presented her work, A Period Emoji Fail
Lissa Griffin, Professor of Law (Elisabeth Haub School of Law) has been granted a Fulbright Scholar Award for teaching and research in Spain for January 2022. Professor Griffin will be teaching at the University of Malaga Faculty of Laws. Her research will continue to analyze the evolving roles of domestic supreme courts, which, faced worldwide with inactive executive or legislative branches, are pushing against traditional separation of powers boundaries. She will also take part in organizing and hosting a conference on “International Criminal Judicial Cooperation,” to take place at the University in 2022.
Save the Date
The Institute on Teaching and Learning: Honoring Our Strengths, Forging Our Future

The Faculty Center invites you to attend a re-imagined Faculty Institute, now called the Institute on Teaching and Learning on Tuesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 13 via Zoom. This event is open to all faculty and student-facing staff.  This year’s theme, “Honoring Our Strengths, Forging Our Future” is designed to honor our work during an unprecedented year and to fuel our inspiration as we continue into the future.

Please email facultycenter@pace.edu if you have any questions.

Highlights include:
Day One, May 11: 
  • Keynote: Roopika Risam, Associate Professor of Secondary and Higher Education and English at Salem State University will give a talk on shaping the future higher education that draws on her podcast, Rocking the Academy.
  • An “Alumni Changemakers'' panel featuring graduates from across our schools who are demonstrating leadership in their fields.
  • Lightning talks showcasing Resources for Experiential Teaching and Learning at Pace.
  • A deeper dive into experiential teaching and learning via panel discussion.
Day Two, May 13:
  • Keynote: Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Professor of English at Michigan State University, and author of Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University, will give a talk entitled “Building a More Generous University: Collaboration, Community, Solidarity.” 
  • Faculty panel showcasing Collaborative Models of teaching and learning.
  • Hearing from students and faculty who attended AAC&U’s Diversity, Equity, and Student Engagement conference.
  •  The day will end with the annual Faculty Recognition ceremony.

Hosted by Provost Vanya Quiñones, PhD

Wednesday June 2, 2021 (virtual)
9:45 am – 3:30 pm
All faculty and staff are invited

RSVP by: Wednesday, May 19th
Grant Opportunities
The Village Recovery Grant Program will provide $10,000 of working capital to at least ten (10) storefront businesses who have been impacted by COVID-19 and are located in the Greenwich Village, East Village, or West Village neighborhoods.

1010 WINS is partnering with Dime Community Bank to launch a Small Business $10K Challenge where the grand prize winner gets a $10,000 grant to relaunch, rebuild or expand their business.
The Brooklyn Public Library’s Annual PowerUP! Business Plan Competition provides Brooklyn-based startup entrepreneurs with the opportunity to win seed money. Grant awards include $20,000 for the first place winner, $10,000 for the second place and $5,000 for third place.
The Artwork Archives Art Business Accelerator Grant awards visual artists with cash grants of $2,500 each and educational resources to grow and manage their art careers.
The Small Business Development Center at the Lubin School of Business also offers a no-cost, 1:1 business counseling session with a business advisor.
Prestigious Awards and Fellowships Website
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new Prestigious Award and Fellowships website. The website features fellowship opportunities for undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni. Please see the website here and share with your students!
For additional information about fellowships and awards, please contact Jenny Irwin at jirwin@pace.edu.
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Questions? email Elina at ebloch@pace.edu