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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Pace bachelor of science programs in computer science and information systems reaccredited by ABET

The bachelor of science programs in computer science and information systems at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems have been reaccredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.

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Pace University keeps “only in New York” status in computing

Reaccreditation of BS programs makes Pace only school in state accredited for Information Systems by ABET organization, one of ten for Computer Science

New York, NY, October 20, 2009 – The bachelor of science programs in computer science and information systems at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems have been reaccredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology.

The organization’s decision to reaffirm accreditation makes the Seidenberg School the only one in New York State accredited for information systems, and one of ten accredited for computer science.

“Seidenberg was one of the first schools in the country to put software and hardware in a unified curriculum, and I am pleased that ABET, Inc., continues to affirm the quality of our programs,” said Constance A. Knapp, MBA, PhD, Interim Dean of the Seidenberg School.

Accreditation is a voluntary peer-review process that requires programs to undergo comprehensive, periodic evaluations. The evaluations are conducted by teams of volunteer professionals working in industry, government, academe, and private practice within the ABET disciplines. They focus on areas including program curricula, faculty, facilities, and institutional support.

Guide for students, parents and employers and graduate schools

A key requirement of ABET accreditation is that programs continuously improve their quality. As part of this requirement, programs must set specific, measurable goals for their students and graduates, assess their success at reaching those goals, and improve their programs based on the results.

In addition to providing a structured mechanism for colleges and universities to assess, evaluate, and improve their programs, accreditation also helps students and their parents choose quality college programs, enables employers and graduate schools to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared, and is used by registration, licensure, and certification boards to screen applicants.

About ABET

ABET is a not-for-profit organization, owned and operated by its more than 25 professional and technical member societies. An internationally respected organization with some 1,500 volunteers, ABET has set the higher-educational standards in its fields for nearly 75 years. More information about ABET, its member societies, and the evaluation criteria used to accredit programs can be found at www.abet.org.

About Pace

For 103 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. www.pace.edu

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Over 200 Area High School Students to Compete in Science Fair at Pace

Over 200 students from 26 area high schools in Westchester and Putnam Counties will gather on Saturday morning at the Pace University Briarcliff campus for the much anticipated 8th annual Progenics – Regeneron – Siemens – Acorda Westchester Science and Engineering Fair.

Posted on behalf of WESEF:

OVER 200 AREA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN
INTEL AFFILIATED LOCAL SCIENCE FAIR AT PACE UNIVERSITY

THE 8TH ANNUAL PROGENICS – REGENERON – SIEMENS-ACORDA: WESTCHESTER SCIENCE & ENGINEERING FAIR AT PACE UNIVERSITY
SATURDAY, MARCH 15th, 2008
9:00AM to 4:30PM
Pace University Dining Hall
Briarcliff Campus
235 Elm Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

Over 200 students from 26 area high schools in Westchester and Putnam Counties will gather on Saturday morning at the Pace University Briarcliff campus for the much anticipated 8th annual Progenics – Regeneron – Siemens – Acorda Westchester Science and Engineering Fair. Students will be showcasing their accomplishments in a competitive venue featuring individual and team poster presentations to be judged by local experts in the fields of math, science and engineering.

The Progenics – Regeneron – Siemens – Acorda Westchester Science and Engineering Fair, known as “WESEF”, is made possible by the generous contributions of local corporate sponsors including
Progenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc; Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Siemens Medical Solutions, Acorda Therapeutics and Pace University. Additional sponsors include Fujifilm USA, Carl Zeiss Microimaging, Inc., Entergy, Psychogenics, and Ciba. In total, these sponsors have donated close to $100,000 for this year’s event.

Nearly 75% of all students who enter the fair will be recognized with awards made possible through the generous donations of the sponsors. The grand prize will be awarded to eight individual and four team projects. These finalists, whose outstanding work earns top scores in the fair, will win a week-long, all expenses paid trip to Atlanta, Georgia to compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the “superbowl” of science fairs. At the international fair, more than 1,500 students from over 50 countries will compete for $4 million in prizes and scholarships to be awarded this year.

Student projects focus on a wide range of topics in all areas of science, math, engineering and psychology. The diversity of students’ interests is evident by the titles of their projects – from Breast Cancer tumor vesicle proteomics research to preventing diabetic blindness and monitoring declining Box Turtle populations in Westchester County. The majority of students in the fair are seniors who have honed their research skills over the course of their high school career. However, occasionally younger students are able to complete research projects; this year, one 9th grade team from Somers High School will be presenting their research aiming to improve reading comprehension in young children using audio books.

The public is invited to view the presentations from 3:30-4:30. The Press is invited to capture the excitement during the day’s events. For more information please contact:

Michael Blueglass
WESEF President
4 Benjamin Green Lane
Mahopac, NY 10541
(H) 914-248-7679
(W) 914-243-0561
(C)914-447-3568
(Fax) 914-248-9658

The National Science Foundation Awards Pace University $150,000 To Support Internet 2 Technologies

The National Science Foundation awarded Pace University $150,000 to support enhanced Internet technologies, “High Performance Network Connections for Science and Engineering Research: Internet 2 at Pace University.” Internet 2 is a new national high performance network initially intended for research, but with transformative potential for developing new ways of delivering and structuring teaching and learning through technology.

NEW YORK – The National Science Foundation awarded Pace University $150,000 to support enhanced Internet technologies, “High Performance Network Connections for Science and Engineering Research: Internet 2 at Pace University.” Internet 2 is a new national high performance network initially intended for research, but with transformative potential for developing new ways of delivering and structuring teaching and learning through technology.

Pace University’s initial Internet 2 project will be a course on the Middle Ages taught via the Internet in collaboration with Western Michigan University. Research is also underway for two projects at the School of Computer Science & Information Systems (CSIS), Collaborative Immersive Visualization and Common Wall: A Shared Collaborative Space. Future research projects under the grant also include: pervasive computing, virtual video conferencing, and enhanced student services for asynchronous distance learning.

“As a University with a School of Computer Science & Information Systems, Pace is uniquely positioned to contribute to further develop Internet 2 technologies and to facilitate transfer of these technologies to government industry and community,” said Dean Susan M. Merritt, dean of CSIS, “while at the same time enhancing the quality and availability of higher education for all of our students.”

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County. Nearly 13,500 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.