June 2020
A newsletter highlighting faculty research & scholarship
from the Office of Research and the Faculty Center
Faculty Spotlight
Cindy Kanusher, Esq.

Cindy Kanusher, Esq ., is the Executive Director of the  Pace Women’s Justice Center  (PWJC). Serving Westchester and Putnam Counties, PWJC’s mission is to pursue justice for victims and prevent abuse through quality legal services, community partnerships, education, and awareness.
With the support of a recent grant from  LaLoop , PWJC has purchased Cruveo, a web-based application which allows PWJC staff to securely “virtually meet” with clients face-to-face. The Center also applied for a grant from the  Westchester Community Foundation’s Covid-19 Response Fund , to purchase laptop computers and other equipment to enable PWJC attorneys to create home-based work stations. Funding from these organizations enabled PWJC to seamlessly transition their office model to connect to their clients remotely and ensure that victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse could safely access PWJC services during the lockdown.​
Dr. Anthony Mancini

Dr. Anthony Mancini , Department of Psychology (PLV), was named the Chief Editor of Anxiety, Stress, & Coping , a Taylor & Francis journal. His recent article “When Acute Adversity Improves Psychological Health: A Social-Contextual Framework” examines the ways acute adversity can stimulate improved social and psychological functioning. Dr. Mancini's project, "Outside the Eye of the Storm: Can Moderate Hurricane Exposure Improve Social and Psychological Adjustment?" , currently under review, looks at how Hurricane Sandy likely improved psychological functioning among Pace students. In June, Dr. Mancini published a commentary on COVID-19 that integrates his research. With his collaborator, Dr. Gabriele Prati (University of Bologna), he is now working on a study comparing the mental health effects of COVID-19 in the Lombardy region of Italy and New York City. 

Faculty News
Dr. Erika Crispo , Department of Biology in NYC, was awarded a Research Opportunity Award by the National Science Foundation . The award will support a collaboration between Dr. Crispo and CUNY faculty and students to study horned lizards in the southwestern United States. The research team will study lizard biodiversity with the aim of detecting new species and understanding the best practices for conservation.
Dr. Andy Crosby  and  Dr. Hillary J. Knepper , Department of Public Administration (NYC), along with their colleague,  Dr. Helisse Levine, Director of the MPA Program in Long Island University, Brooklyn just published, “ Predicting Hospital Closure Using Popular Financial Indicators: An Exploratory Study of Muhlenberg Hospital ” in  Public Administration Quarterly  44(1). This study identifies indicators for detecting warning trends in hospital financial condition before closures occur using a parsimonious system that can be replicated by both practitioners and policymakers with minimal data gathering efforts.
Dr. Hillary J. Knepper Dr. Gina Scutelnicu , and Dr. Rebecca Tekula , Department of Public Administration (NYC) just published, “ The Slippery Slope: Struggling for Equity in the Academy in the Era of #MeToo ,” in  Public Administration Review . The article addresses the complexity of the sexual harassment language of the #MeToo movement and the importance of understanding this language. The study also discusses the implications of gender harassment and makes recommendations for overcoming gender barriers in the academy and in practice. 
Dr. Sarah Blackwood was interviewed at the University of Michigan’s Clements Library about her book The Portrait’s Subject: Inventing Inner Life in the Nineteenth-Century United States in front of an audience of more than 150 general public viewers. 
Student Research

* Revised application deadline:
July 30, 2020

This academic-year research grant program, designed for undergraduate students who have completed their freshman, sophomore, or junior year, is for projects that have evolved from mentored course work and research settings and would benefit from further, in-depth development.

*Application deadline: July 30, 2020

For the inaugural year of work-study funded undergraduate research assistantships, the Office of Research is soliciting research-position descriptions from faculty.

The nationally based Council on Undergraduate Research supports and promotes high-quality, mentored undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry.
All faculty, students and staff are eligible to  enroll in CUR through the Pace Enhanced Membership !
For questions about CUR contact Dr. Maria Iacullo Bird, miacullobird@pace.edu

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs .  ​​​ Rising seniors and alumni  (undergraduate and graduate) are eligible to apply. Applicants must have a conferred bachelor's degree before the start of the grant and be U.S. citizens or nationals. 

If you know of one or more students who would be great candidates for the Fulbright, please reach out to Jenny Irwin at  jirwin@pace.edu  by July 10, 2020.
Faculty Resources
Pace Small Business Development Center

The Pace Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the Lubin School of Business hosts a  dedicated webpage for COVID-19 programming . The Center's advisors are also business advisors are offering 1:1 virtual sessions since the beginning of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Moving your Behavioral Research Online

See Volunteer Science's recommendations to researchers for translating their studies into an online format and recruiting virtual participants .

Explore additional resources available at SAGE's  Research tools directory  webpage, including the compilation of Social Media Analysis Tools .
NEH Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research has assembled a curated list of funding opportunities from the National Endowment for the Humanities with upcoming deadlines.

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Questions? email Elina at ebloch@pace.edu