Pace to Host Eastern Colleges Science Conference April 24; 34 Pace Students Presenting

Meet the next Thomas Edison, Madam Curie, Sigmund Freud or Isaac Newton. On April 24th, Pace University will host the 64th annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference (ECSC) in Pleasantville, NY where students from across the northeast will be presenting work that shows that science programs are thriving and growing and science students are excelling.

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PACE UNIVERSITY TO HOST EASTERN COLLEGES SCIENCE CONFERENCE, APRIL 24

Local college students talk biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering and psychology

Other local colleges represented include Fordham, Manhattan, Marist and Kingsborough Community College

Details on participating Pace students and their presentations available upon request

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, April 20, 2010 —Meet the next Thomas Edison, Madam Curie, Sigmund Freud or Isaac Newton. On April 24th, Pace University will host the 64th annual Eastern Colleges Science Conference (ECSC) in Pleasantville, NY where students from across the northeast will be presenting work that shows that science programs are thriving and growing and science students are excelling.

The Conference, which currently has over 400 registrants and is the largest in recent years, involves over 200 presentations of the latest studies in the natural sciences, mathematics, engineering and psychology. Pace University students will be presenting a total of 34 papers covering topics in these disciplines. A highlight of the Conference is the Awards Dinner at which top students will be honored in each of the disciplines.

The Plenary speaker at the dinner will be William Schlesinger, PhD, of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY. His talk is entitled, “Homo sapiens in the Environment: More than a Beast, Less than an Angel.” Associate Professor of English Deborah Poe will also be reading poetry from her new book Elements.

WHAT: Eastern Colleges Science Conference

WHO: Students and faculty from 18 colleges and universities throughout the northeast

WHEN: Saturday, April 24, 7:30am – 8:30pm

Media admission by press pass.

Additional details on the event can be found here: http://www.pace.edu/pace/dyson/academic-departments-and-programs/biology-and-health-sciences/events-and-announcements/ecsc2010/

For more information about the 64th ECSC, contact Professor Richard Schlesinger at 914-773-3200 or rschlesinger@pace.edu.

The public is welcome to view the poster display and observe the oral presentations for an on-site registration fee of $45.

“Science is very often at the forefront of today’s headlines, with issues such as swine flu, bioterrorism, climate change, cloning and stem cell research.” said Richard Schlesinger, PhD, Associate Dean, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, and Professor, Department of Biology and Health Sciences at Pace. “And the news is not always positive regarding training of future generations of aware citizens since reports indicate that the US educational system is not necessarily providing our students with the science literacy they need.

“The good news is that science is one of our fastest growing majors at Pace and a conference like this shows overall a bright future for rising stars in this broad field,” added Schlesinger.

The day will also include tours of the newly renovated Dyson Hall science labs and of Pace’s Environmental Center which is housed in an historical farmhouse. Among the renovations in Dyson Hall are a new research lab for the Department of Biology and Health Sciences and a new teaching lab for the Genetics and Molecular Biology courses. This is the third largest construction project to date on Pace’s Pleasantville campus and is supported in part by a $5 million grant from the Dyson Foundation and a New York State Higher Education Capital Grant for $1.8 million. The second phase of construction begins this summer and will include renovating the Chemistry and Physical Science laboratories. Another new feature will be an environmental science “suite” that incorporates teaching and research facilities for both undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental and earth science. The new design will help facilitate the growing integration of research into the undergraduate curriculum for students in Pace’s rapidly expanding science programs that will produce professionals in fields including biomedical research, forensic science and environmental science.

About ECSC: Established in 1947, the Eastern Colleges Science Conference is an association consisting of primarily undergraduate colleges and universities in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Rhode Island and Ohio. The main function of the ECSC is to stimulate interest in undergraduate research in the natural sciences and related fields.

The ECSC is an annual conference in late April or May that provides a forum for undergraduate students to present their research in topics including computer science and behavioral and social sciences as well as biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and engineering. Students may give platform (oral) presentations, poster presentations, and/or full-length papers.

Over the past 62 years, there have been 44 hosts of the ECSC, believed to be the oldest annual conference of its kind in the United States. Conferences have been held at small liberal arts colleges, at state universities, and at the United States armed services academies in Annapolis and West Point. This is the first time Pace has hosted the ECSC.

About Pace University: For 104 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

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