News and Events
Everything happening at Pace this semester.
Governor Cuomo has signed into law a bill based on research conducted at Pace University’s Environmental Policy Clinic. The bill increases New York State’s powers to protect endangered species from the threat of federal policies that weaken protections. Student Allie Granger ’19, MA in Environmental Policy, found a loophole in the five-decade old state law that would allow the U.S. Department of the Interior to remove any species its designation had automatically placed on the New York State list, even if the state believed those species still needed protection. Read more here.
Pace Sustainability Initiative Wins Big
The Pace Sustainability Initiative won the Dean Emanuel Heller Meritorious Service Award, given to the Pace University student organization that demonstrates outstanding collective participation in University and community affairs.
Dyson Student-Led Paper Gets Published
Tatyana Graham '22, BA in Environmental Science, Brielle Manzolillo '17, BA in Environmental Studies and Nadya Hall '18, MA in Environmental Policy, recently had their research published in Cities and the Environment, an academic journal focused on the ecology of urban communities. With the help of Assistant Professor Anne Toomey, PhD, they completed an extensive investigation of the significance of coyotes in New York State. The paper looks at the differences in perceptions of coyotes among urban and suburban park users.
In Washington or New York City's City Hall, Graduating Senior and Dual Major Christina Thomas Gets Things Done
Christina Thomas ’19, talks about her time at Pace as a dual Economics and Environmental Studies major and working in the New York City Mayor's Office of Resiliency and Recovery as part of a one-year paid internship. Read more here.
Are Coyotes "Natural"?
Assistant Professor Anne Toomey, PhD, and Environmental Science student Tatyana Graham '22, presented a talk entitled, “Are Coyotes “Natural”? Perceptions of Coyotes in New York City” at the 19th Northeast Natural History Conference (NENHC) on April 14 in Springfield, MA.
Alexxis (Allie) Granger '19, MA in Environmental Policy (MAEP), discusses her experience with the MAEP program and her transformative externships at Riverkeeper, the Humane Society of the United States, and the United States Congress. Read more here.
Assistant Professor Anne Toomey, PhD, and Tanasia Swift, the Community Reefs Regional Manager at Billion Oyster Project, presented a talk together at the Citizen Science Association Conference in Raleigh, NC. Their talk discussed the social-cultural dynamics of two Brooklyn communities - Coney Island and Canarsie - and the role of community science in bringing New Yorkers closer to their waterfront.
In the Meant to be Eaten podcast, Pace Professor E. Melanie DuPuis, PhD, and her co-editors discuss their book "Food Across Borders" and the "contiguity between the intimate decisions we make as individuals concerning what we eat and the social and geopolitical processes we enact to secure nourishment, territory, and belonging." Listen to the podcast here.
In a recent Cal Ag Roots podcast, Pace Professor E. Melanie DuPuis, PhD, and several other food scholars discuss shifting to a “new model for food movement work that builds political and community strength from difference and diversity.” Listen to the podcast here.
Joshua Barry '19, MS in Environmental Science, has recently published a paper entitled "Pumas as ecosystem engineers: ungulate carcasses support beetle assemblages in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem," co-authored by fellow Pace student Anna Kusler '18, MS in Environmental Science, and Pace faculty members Matthew Aiello-Lammens, PhD, and Melissa Grigione, PhD. Joshua wrote a blog post discussing the paper, originally published in Oecologia, in which the authors highlight the ecosystem engineering role of pumas for beetle communities.
Tatyana Graham ’21, Environmental Science, discusses the mission and accomplishments of the Pace Sustainability Initiative (PSI), a student organization that is spearheading sustainable changes on Pace University’s New York City campus. Read Tatyana's full post here.
Pace Student Takes Home Sustainability Leadership Excellence Award
At the 2018 State of New York Sustainability Conference, Assistant Professor Anne Toomey, PhD, moderated a panel of student presenters including Pace students Carly Sheinberg '19, Environmental Studies, Nicole Fee '19, Communication Studies, and Justine Brolewicz '19, Management. Carly Sheinberg was awarded the 2018 State of New York Sustainability Leadership Excellence Award for her work as a founding member of the Pace Sustainability Initiative (PSI).
Pace Policy Grad Working for Senator Charles Schumer
Nicole Virgona ’18, MA in Environmental Policy, is working as the regional deputy director of Senator Charles Schumer’s (D-NY) Hudson Valley office, sustaining the MA in Environmental Policy program’s 100 percent post-grad employment rate. Virgona credits earning her “dream job” to her experience in Pace’s Environmental Policy Clinic, and the dedication of Michelle Land, director of Pace’s Master of Environmental Policy program.
On September 12, 2018, the Pocantico River Watershed Alliance (PRWA) held its community meeting at Pace University’s Pleasantville campus, where Jen Epstein, water quality scientist for Riverkeeper, presented results of a study monitoring for indicators of sewage contamination and micropollutants in the Hudson River Estuary and the Pocantico River. Read the full story here.
The Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston, Maine is exhibiting a new commissioned piece by Art Professor and Director of the Center for the Arts, Society and Ecology Eve Andrée Laramée, addressing the Maine Yankee nuclear reactor site in relation to climate change. The exhibition, Anthropocenic: Art About the Natural World in the Human Era, includes a compelling international group of artists who make art about nature, the natural world, and our effect on and interrelation with it in the 21st century.
Decoding the Weather Machine
In an event co-hosted with the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, Pace hosted accomplished panelists Ryan Chavez of Uprose, Danny Peralta of The Point CDC, Leslie Velasquez of El Puente, and Anne Toomey, PhD, assistant professor in the Environmental Studies and Science department to discuss how a changing climate is impacting New York City's most vulnerable residents and some of the actions their organizations are taking to fight this impact.
Assistant Professor Anne Toomey, PhD, recently published an article in The Conversation about her study, in collaboration with several Bolivian colleagues, of ecological fieldwork projects in Bolivia and how research can help real people right away. Read the full article here.
Elizabeth Eggimann ‘18, Environmental Studies and Science, contributed to Community of Gardens, a digital archive kept by the Smithsonian Institution. As part of her senior project, she conducted extensive interviews with the dedicated folks who keep their community gardens thriving, including the William A. Harris Garden and the Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden, both of which are published on the Community of Gardens website.
Assistant Professors Anne Toomey, PhD, Matthew Aiello-Lammens, PhD, and colleagues from Lancaster University, the Bolivian Collection of Flora and Fauna, and the Wildlife Conservation Society, co-authored a paper that was recently published in Ambio about low dissemination rates among scientists and why local knowledge exchange is so important for conservation.
Fulbright Winner Will Travel To Zambia
Kelsey Parker ‘18, Environmental Science, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship. The award will fund her research in Zambia on the effects of the country’s copper mining on soil health and overall sustainability.
Get involved with Pace’s Earth Month events. See the whole calendar here.
On Saturday, April 21, more than 100 Pace University students, staff, faculty, community members and students from local high schools walked one mile with large buckets of water on their heads to demonstrate the trek that many women around the world make each day to collect water.
Assistant Professor and MS in Environmental Science director Matthew Aiello-Lammens, PhD, and DCISE Senior Fellow John Cronin received a grant from the Department of Environmental Conservation to help understand the role of culverts in facilitating amphibian and reptile habitat connectivity in our region.
Assistant Professor Monica Palta, PhD, co-authored a manuscript that was recently accepted for publication. The paper argues that global change is strongly affecting carbon cycling in lakes at northern latitudes, with discernible consequences for lake food webs, fish populations, and humans.
Pace University Environmental Policy Clinic students Christina Thomas ’19 and Margaret (Peggy) Doyle ’19 participated in an official US Coast Guard process of governance.
Assistant Professor Anne Toomey, PhD, and her research assistants are engaging teachers and community scientists to understand the link between city-dwellers and environmental education in New York City.
Assistant Professor Matthew Aiello-Lammens, PhD, along with colleagues from City University of New York and Yale, have been awarded a $593,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop software tools for studying species distributions. The grant will support the training of graduate and undergraduate students at Pace, and their initial focus will be on species in danger of extinction.
DCISE Director Richard Schlesinger, PhD, authored the chapter “Sulfur Oxides” in the third edition of Comprehensive Toxicology, a 15-volume reference work exploring the adverse health effects of chemicals on biological systems. The wide-ranging text provides critical insights to the academic research community, medical professionals, chemists, food science and environmental researchers, forensic scientists, and more.
Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies and Science Melanie DuPuis, PhD, was quoted in the online magazine Atlas Obscura on the swill milk scandal which led to the poisoning deaths of thousands of infants in nineteenth-century New York. DuPuis is an authority on milk and American dietary policy.
Pace University Environmental Policy Clinic students were presented with a ceremonial bill by New York State Senator Terrence Murphy and Assemblywoman Amy Paulin to mark the passage of the Elephant Protection Act. The legislation was written by the students and makes New York the first state to ban the use of elephants in entertainment venues.
Museum Acquires Art Prof's Work
Professor of Art Eve Laramée “Electromagnet Heart Battery,” a hand-blown glass, cast iron and copper sculpture, was acquired by the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. The sculpture is part of an ongoing project, Instruments and Apparatus, that explores shared properties and principles between art and science.
Acting Dean Schlesinger's Book Published
Acting Dean and DCISE Director Richard Schlesinger’s co-authored book, “Environmental Health Science: Recognition, Evaluation, and Control of Chemical Health Hazards,” has been published by Oxford University Press. This new edition of Dr. Schlesinger’s textbook presents the latest concepts and terminology from chemistry, ecology, toxicology, and engineering necessary for identifying environmental contaminants, and preventing and treating the acute and chronic diseases they cause.
<Pace Environmental Policy Clinicians wrote the Elephant Protection Act, and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the legislation into law on October 19, 2017. The law makes New York State the first in the nation to impose an outright ban on elephants in entertainment.
Professor and Chair of Environmental Studies and Science E. Melanie DuPuis, PhD, contributed to and co-edited the book, “Food Across Borders,” about the contiguity between personal decisions about what we eat and the social and geopolitical processes which secure nourishment, territory, and belonging.