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Iona College Faculty Distinguished Lecture Series at Iona Preparatory School

New Rochelle, NY (January 16, 2015) Paul Beaudin, Ph.D., associate dean and professor of Education at Iona College, will present “Looking at School Reform through a Different Lens” at the Distinguished Lecture Series hosted at Iona Preparatory School K-12. The lecture previously scheduled for Wednesday, January 21 at 7 p.m. is postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

In this lecture, Dr. Beaudin will put the Common Core State Standards and recent educational reform in P – 12 education into context. The lecture will also discuss the current state of standardized achievement assessment and will make the case that the ultimate goal of current reform is to build student understanding and help learners to develop habits of mind which will serve them well.

The Distinguished Lecture Series began in September 2014 and runs through May 2015. The series showcases the work of Iona College faculty members and highlights the long-time relationship of the College and Iona Prep. Iona College faculty present on various topics of interest to parents, students and the general public.   

The lectures are open to the public and will take place in Room 401 of the D’Urso Conference Center at Iona Preparatory School, 255 Wilmot Road, New Rochelle, N.Y.

Upcoming Lectures:
February 25, 2015 – 7 p.m.
Dean DeFino, Ph.D., Professor of English
“The HBO Effect”
This lecture, led by Dr. DeFino, author of The HBO Effect (Bloomsbury, 2013), will discuss the impact of Home Box Office on television and popular culture.  

March 25, 2015 – 7 p.m.
Sunghee Lee, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry
“One Droplet at a Time: From Biological Membranes to Crystallization”
This lecture will focus on the interfacial chemistry of the aqueous microdroplet – cell-sized watery compartments that offer a powerful and controllable model for bilayers, the essential feature of cell membranes. By studying such systems, researchers have obtained important insights into a wide variety of biologically relevant phenomena, such as biomineralization, membrane permeability, and inorganic crystal nucleation.

April 15, 2015 – 7 p.m.
Katherine Kinkela, JD, LLM, Professor of Accounting
“The Social Responsibility of Business”

May 20, 2015 – 7 p.m.
Shoshana Altschuller, Ph.D., Professor of Information Systems
“The Role of Information Systems in Decision Making: Is Google Making Us Stupid?”
In the modern business environment powerful technological capabilities continue to enhance products, processes and even strategic endeavors. In this setting, data analytics and artificial intelligence play an increasingly prominent role in the formulation of decisions. This lecture will discuss the concept of technology dependence and explores an appropriate perspective on the role of technology in the decisions we make.

About Iona College
Founded in 1940, Iona College is a four-year private coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers and American Catholic higher education. It is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona offers undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona College is the second largest private sector employer in New Rochelle, NY.