March 2021
A newsletter highlighting faculty research & scholarship
from the Office of Research
Faculty Spotlight
Lauren B. Birney, EdD is a Professor of STEM Education in the School of Education, with a concentrated focus in providing opportunities for underrepresented students in Environmental Restoration Sciences through federal and private funding sources. Her current research funded by the National Science Foundation, NSF EHR DRL ITEST 1759005 and NSF EHR DRL STEM+C 1839656, in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, Billion Oyster Project, CUNY, Baruch and California State Monterey Bay create opportunities for K-12 students and teachers to engage and participate in STEM research while restoring New York Harbor’s Oyster population. Ultimately, this research and engagement will encourage students to pursue careers in the STEM fields. This Educational Model, known as BOP CCERS (Billion Oyster Project Community and Curriculum Enterprise for Restoration Science), allows for partners in the STEM Industry, CBO’s, NPO’s and corporate sponsors to work in unison providing students with in school and out of school support and resources while conducting and participating in inquiry based and problem- based learning. Professor Birney’s research was recently recognized at the National Science Foundation and she continues to promote this work through global presentations, publications, webinars and symposia. A permanent NSF funded NSF DRL 1440869 BOP CCERS Exhibit depicting this work will be unveiled at the New York Aquarium in Summer 2021. Professor Birney also serves as Board President to the Biomimicry Institute.
Nigel Yarlett, PhD (Chemical and Physical Sciences) studies the biochemistry and molecular biology of parasitic protozoa, particularly Cryptosporidia sp., and Trypanosomes. Professor Yarlett’s research has resulted in the development of a new class of compound, the oxaboroles, to treat human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) that is currently in phase II clinical trials in Africa. He is m also developing a novel culture system to facilitate the screening of novel compounds for the treatment of cryptosporidosis. His recent publications include “Potential of bisbenzimidazole-analogs toward metronidazole-resistant Trichomonas vaginalis isolates” in Chemical Biology & Drug Design 90(4); "Mitochondrial Glycolysis in a Major Lineage of Eukaryotes" in Genome Biology and Evolution 10 (9); "In Vitro Culture of Cryptosporidium parvum Using Hollow Fiber Bioreactor: Applications for Simultaneous Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Evaluation of Test Compounds" in Methods in Molecular Biology, and "Hydrogenosomes and Symbiosis" in Molecular Basis of Symbiosis. Professor Yarlett is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Fellow of the Society of Fellows of Pace University, a member of the New York Academy of Science, and the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Faculty News

Issac Vaghefi, PhD (Information Technology, NYC) published "Do Personality Traits Influence Addiction to Online Social Networks" in Counselor (Dec. 2020).
Pauline Mosely, PhD, (Information Technology, Pleasantville) was awarded the NSA/NSF GenCyber Capacity Building Grant. This award enables Seidenberg to extend the efforts of the GenCyber Camp CryptoBot Cybersecurity Camp by having high school teachers, high school guidance counselors and students develop a cybersecurity activity to be implemented at their respective schools during the fall of 2021 and spring of 2022. 
Mirjana Pantic, PhD (Media, Communications, and Visual Arts, Pleasantville) has recently published "Local Media in a Digital Market: Establishing Niche and Promoting Original Reporting to Ensure Sustainability" in Journalism Practice (Jan. 2021) about local news media and new opportunities for young journalists to develop multimedia skills.

Karl Coplan, JD (Elisabeth Haub School of Law) was honored with the 2021 Spirit of the Hudson Award at Hudson River Sloop Clearwater’s Spirit of the Hudson Virtual Gala
Randolph McLaughlin, JD (Elisabeth Haub School of Law) was featured in a Q&A with Reuters about the current relevance of the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871

Shirley Lin, JD will join the Elisabeth Haub School of Law as Pace University’s Faculty

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 early 2022.
Save the Date
A Talk with Distinguished Professor
Bennett Gershman, JD

Wednesday, March 31, 12:45 –1:45 p.m.

In honor of this year’s Distinguished Professors, the Office of Research is hosting presentations by each professor. Professor Gershman's lecture is titled Repairing the Damage: To Our Constitution, Our Democracy, Our Way of Life.

Additional information and zoom link are available here
The Future of Work
The Future of Work

April 8, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Pace University is hosting an interdisciplinary online conference featuring panel discussions and faculty research presentations, as well as a keynote address by Nicholas Donofrio, IBM Fellow Emeritus and former Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology. The title of Donofrio’s keynote is "Artificial Intelligence in a Changing World."
The primary goal of the conference is to bring together faculty to help Pace University address its future needs through their scholarship and academic programs

Learn more about the conference here
Be a Better Mentor: Mentoring Undergraduates in Research Workshop
April 16, 2021, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Avrom Caplan, PhD, Associate Provost for Research, will lead the workshop
Effective mentoring practices optimize research experiences for both students and faculty. This workshop is designed for faculty who mentor undergraduates in research to illustrate best practices and overcome problems that arise during the mentoring process.
This virtual workshop is open to all full-time faculty.

Book and Performance Completion Award Winners Event and Panel Discussion

April 22 (3:30 – 5 p.m.) - Virtual

Winners Event and Panel Discussion
Please join us as we celebrate the winners of the Pace University Book and Performance Completion Award and hear about the great work of our faculty.
There will also be a panel discussion on book publishing including editors from academic and popular publishing houses as well as our very own Nancy Reagin and Sarah Blackwood.
The panel is suitable for a wide audience so please invite your students!
Thursday, April 22, 3:30pm – 5pm
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
NIH News
NIH recently announced changes to the Biosketch and Other Support Format Page. See the Upcoming Changes to the Biographical Sketch and Other Support Format Page for Due Dates on or after May 25, 2021.
NIH recently replaced its SCORE program with SuRE (Support for Research Excellence).
The program focuses on students with relative financial need. Present Pell recipient are eligible to apply.
NIH issued a new, more user-friendly format for finding key dates in funding opportunities. The table format allows readers to easily identify the available due dates in each review and award cycle.
Undergraduate Research
CURE Spring 2021 opportunities
University-wide Spring 2021 Student Research Day (Virtual)
Friday, April 23, 2021
This event offers student researchers throughout the schools and colleges the opportunity to present their work to the Pace community.

Extended deadline to apply: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Provost’s Summer 2021 Student-Faculty Undergraduate Research Awards                                                                                                 
This summer research program is for undergraduate students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year in September 2021; it supports faculty-mentored projects developed in courses and research settings that will benefit from in-depth development during the summer months.

Deadline to apply: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
The Dyson Society of Fellows in collaboration with the Office of Research and the Office of Multicultural Affairs is sponsoring a panel discussion series.

The Social (De)Construction of Race – Friday, April 9, 12:10-1:10 p.m.

The Social (De)Construction of Race ...on how race assumes different meanings in history, outside of the U.S., and across relationships, as well as the paradox of colorblindness and what it might mean to deconstruct race.

Register in advance for this meeting
Racist Microaggressions and Stress – Friday, April 16, 12:10-1:10 p.m.

Racist Microaggressions and Stress ...about the social function and human impact of everyday racism, from why we do it to why we take it.

Register in advance for this meeting

For more information about these programs, contact Maria Iacullo-Bird, PhD, Assistant Provost for Research,
Opportunities for Students
An informational workshop regarding Fulbright will be held on 
Wednesday, April 7, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Students will hear from Fulbright staff and Fulbright alumni about the different types of Fulbright awards, applications components, tips, and have an opportunity to ask questions. They will then enter a breakout room with Jenny Irwin, Director of Prestigious Awards and Graduate Student Fellowships to learn more about the process of applying for a Fulbright scholarship through Pace University. 

Register for the workshop here
For information about fellowships and awards, please contact Jenny Irwin at
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Questions? email Elina at