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Iona Month of Excellence in Scholarly & Creative Activities

Iona College will celebrate Iona Month of Excellence in Scholarly & Creative Activities in April 2022 with a variety of virtual activities designed to showcase Faculty-Student accomplishments in academic research, performing arts, and creative work. Featuring performances, lectures, presentations, alumni talks, and much more, the Iona Month of Excellence in Scholarly & Creative Activities is an exhibition of Faculty-Student achievements across a variety of disciplines. Please view the events listed below for important save-the-dates.

Iona Scholars Month April

Upcoming Events 2022

Thinking about getting involved in research on campus, but don't know where to start? In this month-long series, faculty members from disciplines across the college will give short (15-minute) talks about research activities they're working on, so you can see some of the options happening right here at Iona! There will be plenty of time for questions and discussions after these short presentations, so bring an open mind and see what piques your interest.

All talks will be held in LaPenta 203.

Friday, 4/1, Noon-1 p.m.
Free Will, the Self, and the Brain

Speaker: Robyn Waller, Ph.D., Philosophy Department

Professor Robyn Waller, Ph.D.,  will discuss Free Will, the Self, and the Brain.

"Free will seems to be a familiar feature of our everyday lives — most of us believe that what we do is up to us to some extent, at least at times. Free will is not just that I control my movements, but that I exercise meaningful control over what I decide to do. My decisions and actions are up to me in the sense that they are mine — a product of my values, beliefs, and desires. When we hold people accountable — morally and legally — for their actions, we believe that it matters whether they acted freely. Neuroscience tells us a great deal about how our bodily actions are produced and what happens in the brain when we observe our own actions. In this talk, I’ll give an introduction to my research, both in philosophy and neuroscience, on questions of free will."

Monday, 4/11, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Art in the 16th and 17th Centuries

Speaker: Thomas Ruggio, MFA, Arts and Languages Department

Professor Thomas Ruggio will be discussing his scholarship in the area of 16th and 17th-century artists. For the last two years, Professor Ruggio's research has focused on the work of the Italian Baroque painter Cesare Dandini which resulted in the rediscovery of an important painting and an exhibition at Iona College in 2021. Professor Ruggio will be sharing insights on this topic as well as briefly discussing his current scholarship.

Friday, 4/22, Noon-1 p.m.
The Game of Cycles

Speaker: Ben Gaines, Ph.D., Mathematics & Physics Department

Professor Ben Gaines will be discussing the Game of Cycles, a game played on a graph of dots and lines, where the goal is to be the player to draw an arrow that completes a "cycle"- completely enclosing a region of the graph with arrows going the same direction. This simple game features some interesting mathematics and serves as an introduction to the way mathematical research can literally be fun and games!

Monday, 4/25, 12:30-1:30 p.m. POSTPONED
Power, Influence, and Team Learning

Saturday, April 02, Iona Campus

The Eastern Colleges Science Conference for 2022 will be hosted by Iona College in New Rochelle, New York on Saturday, April 2.

Iona Scholars Day Keynote Speaker: James P. Oates '95

Principal, Eventum Risk Advisors, LLC
Retired Senior Leader of UBS Group AG

Jim Oates

“From North Avenue to the World: Reflections from My Career Journey”

After retiring from a 17-year career with UBS Group in June 2019, Jim formed the advisory and consulting practice Eventum Risk Advisors, LLC; and serves on the boards of Aison Technologies AG and the Iona College Alumni Association.

Jim joined UBS in 2002 as part of the Trading Risk Audit (TRA) team in New York and was responsible for various fixed income businesses. In 2005, Jim was appointed global head of TRA and in 2007 as global head of the Investment Bank Audit Division. In March 2010, Jim was appointed the head of Group Internal Audit for UBS globally. On March 2016, Jim was appointed as Global Head Compliance & Operational Risk Control (C&ORC).

Prior to joining UBS, he worked in internal audit at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York from 2000 through 2002 focusing on its MBS/ABS and Private Equity businesses. From 1994 to 2000, Jim worked at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette which included a secondment to DLJ International in London from 1998 through 2000. He received an Honours BBA Degree in Finance from Iona College in 1995 and was North American Securities Administration Association Series 7 and Series 63 registered. He is a Certified Director and member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

In addition to these accomplishments, Jim has been instrumental in creating the Gaels Go Further Mentoring Programs at Iona College. These programs serve to connect students and alumni and provide a space to discuss career goals and other important life topics.

Jim and his wife and two children live in New Jersey. His hobbies include tennis, golf and genealogy.

Tuesday, April 12, Noon
Zoom

Speaker: Dr. Leah Hendrickson, University of Leeds (UK)

Dr. Leah Henrickson is a lecturer in Digital Media at the University of Leeds (UK). She leads the School of Media and Communication’s MA New Media in addition to contributing to various modules across the BA Digital Media. Leah’s current research projects use theoretical frameworks and empirical methods to investigate the social and literary implications of textual technologies, commercial and community applications of digital storytelling, and social perceptions of artificial intelligence. She tweets @leahhenrickson.

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Leah Henrickson

Wednesday, April 13, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Romita Auditorium

Speaker: Jeanne Zaino, Ph.D.

Dr. Zaino is a professor of Political Science at Iona College.

Learn more about Dr. Zaino here

Jeanne Zaino headshot.

JOIN US FOR A PANEL DISCUSSION ABOUT THE Gaels Go Further Mentoring Program

Tuesday, April 26, 2022
12-1 pm
LaPenta School of Business, Room 304

Moderator

Jim Oates ’95

Panel

Professor Tricia Mulligan, Vice Provost
Michael LaPerch, Alumni
Sebastiana Tagliamonte, Alumni
Gabe Cinanni '22, Accounting
Katherine Meyer '22, Marketing & Management
Zaina Shleiwet '24, Speech Pathology
Tiffany Weston '22, Marketing
Chris Wiggan '24, Finance

Synopsis

Iona's Gaels Go Further Mentoring Program is here to support students and help them achieve their college and career goals. Similar to LinkedIn, GaelsConnect Networking is a state-of-the-art platform EXCLUSIVE to students, our 50,000+ alumni and our Iona community. Whether students are looking for career advice, insight into how to maximize their college experience, feedback on an entrepreneurial idea, or someone to talk with about their life goals, we are confident Iona will find them the right person.

From Top Left: Gabe Cinanni '22, Katherine Meyer '22, Tiffany Weston '22 and Chris Wiggan '24

Gabe Cinanni
Tiffany Weston
Katherine Meyer
Chris Wiggan

Jim Oates '95

After retiring from a 17-year career with UBS Group in June 2019, Jim formed the advisory and consulting practice Eventum Risk Advisors, LLC; and serves on the boards of Aison Technologies AG and the Iona College Alumni Association.

Jim joined UBS in 2002 as part of the Trading Risk Audit (TRA) team in New York and was responsible for various fixed income businesses. In 2005, Jim was appointed global head of TRA and in 2007 as global head of the Investment Bank Audit Division. In March 2010, Jim was appointed the head of Group Internal Audit for UBS globally. On March 2016, Jim was appointed as Global Head Compliance & Operational Risk Control (C&ORC).

Prior to joining UBS, he worked in internal audit at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York from 2000 through 2002 focusing on its MBS/ABS and Private Equity businesses. From 1994 to 2000, Jim worked at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette which included a secondment to DLJ International in London from 1998 through 2000. He received an Honours BBA Degree in Finance from Iona College in 1995 and was North American Securities Administration Association Series 7 and Series 63 registered. He is a Certified Director and member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

In addition to these accomplishments, Jim has been instrumental in creating the Gaels Go Further Mentoring Programs at Iona College. These programs serve to connect students and alumni and provide a space to discuss career goals and other important life topics.

Jim and his wife and two children live in New Jersey. His hobbies include tennis, golf and genealogy.

Jim Oates

Sebastiana Tagliamonte '92

Sebastiana Tagliamonte graduated from Iona College in 1992 with a degree in Public Accounting. She is a licensed CPA in New York and Connecticut and started her career with KPMG. She left KPMG in 1998 and has held positions in Corporate Accounting and SEC Reporting groups in the media & advertising fields. Today she is a VP, Controller at Paramount Global in New York City, where she is primarily responsible for overseeing their corporate division. Mrs. Tagliamonte is the Treasurer of the Get Schooled Foundation, and has also held executive positions in her parish council and school PTA. She supports various charitable organizations, such as Second Chance Toys, and also volunteers her time at Iona College by participating in various networking events as well as the Gaels Go Further Mentoring Program.


Michael J. LaPerch Sr. ’79, ’84MBA

Michael LaPerch Sr. graduated from Iona College in 1979 with a degree in accounting and returned to Iona to earn his MBA in Finance in 1984. He is currently working at Pitney Bowes in strategic sourcing and most of his 40-year career has been with Fortune 500 companies in various roles within finance. Having been a member of the board of directors for 4 years prior to serving as president, he enjoys being an active member of the Iona Community. Working closely with the Hynes Institute, he is currently a speaker, a mentor and judge in the program. Additionally, you will find him at many on-campus events throughout the year.

Michael has resided in Newtown, Conn. with his family for 35 years. In his spare time, Michael loves finding new walking trails around New England with his wife Lucille, as well as spending time with his four children, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren, Rosie, Michael III and James.

Michael J. LaPerch

Professor Tricia Mulligan, Ph.D., Vice Provost

Learn more about Dr. Mulligan here

Tricia Mulligan

April 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Henry Lecture Hall, LaPenta School of Business

Speakers   

Richard Garcia, Chief Talent Officer, North America
Samantha Leon, HR-Campus Recruiter
Armeen Junaid, HR-Campus Recruiter

Synopsis

Have you found yourself wondering how professionals grow their careers? And how did they learn how to do it? How do they know which roles to pursue, what skills they should learn, and when to learn them? How did they know their career path was the right one for them?

Have you ever asked yourself, “What if I don’t know what I want to do when I grow up?”

Whether you think you know what you want to do post-graduation or are still figuring it out, join us as we welcome guests from Havas Health & You (HH&Y), the world’s largest health and wellness advertising and communications company, as they share insights about shaping a career you desire, and how they can help you get started with early-career opportunities. Learn about the vital and innovative work HH&Y creates on behalf of its clients, their Fellowship Program for soon-to-be graduates, and their Summer Internship Program, targeting students still pursuing an undergrad degree. You can also sign up for one-on-one conversations with HH&Y campus recruiters.

HH&Y will provide free boxed lunches for those in attendance. These will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn directly from a company seeking to share insights and philosophies on hiring and developing their talent.

Richard Garcia

Richard Garcia brings with him a wealth of experience in the Human Resources field. Currently, he is Chief Talent Officer and Head of Human Resources at Havas Health & You of New York, a part of the world’s largest healthcare network, providing healthcare and wellness marketing solutions. He leads a team across North America delivering a full spectrum of talent solutions, allowing agency leaders to achieve business and cultural goals.

Formerly, Mr. Garcia was Global Head of Talent and Development at Brown Brothers Harriman of New York, one of the largest private banks in the United States. In that position he partnered with management teams across geographies and cultures to develop succession plans and oversaw executive coaching, talent management, learning & development, and organizational effectiveness.
Mr. Garcia studied Biology and has attained many certifications in Human Resources and Leadership effectiveness.

Most recently, Mr. Garcia has joined the Saint Barnabas Board. His goal is to apply his experience and energy to further enhance the core mission of providing a quality education for young women, ultimately preparing them for today’s competitive career marketplace. Saint Barnabas High School (SBHS) is an independent all-girls college preparatory school, serving a diverse group of young women.

Richard Garcia

Past Events

Shifting Lenses: A Career in Medicine on the Frontline and in Academia, Nonprofits and the Private Sector

Tuesday, March 30, Noon - 1p.m.

Ashita Batavia

Speaker

Ashita Batavia, MD, MSc

Dr. Batavia is passionate about health equity and has had multiple different careers in the past 20 years. She is a practicing physician and is board certified in Internal Medicine (Yale) and Infectious Diseases (Cornell). She has been on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York and a number of other epidemics in the developing world. She holds a master’s degree in Epidemiology (Cornell) and was a co-investigator for a multi-year NIH-funded HIV trial in Haiti. She has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications and has received various prestigious fellowships and awards for her research in HIV. Her prior experience includes Physician Coordinator for the Yale Adult Refugee Clinic, Chapter President for Physicians for Human Rights and Peace Corps Volunteer in Madagascar.

Dr. Batavia is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell and serves as the faculty research advisor for the WCCC, a free clinic for uninsured and under-insured New Yorkers that she co-founded and previously led. Dr. Batavia also works full-time as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. in their pharmaceutical practice where she focuses on R&D and Medical Affairs and has expertise in using advanced analytics to quantify unmet patient needs and improve health outcomes.

Dr. Batavia lives with her husband and two children in Larchmont. She is also an avid reader and is determined that this is the year she will finally read War and Peace.


Communicating Science in a Digital Age

Tuesday, April 6, 2021, Noon - 1 p.m.

Synopsis

Digital and social media ecosystems play an important role in shaping public perceptions and public understanding of science. Digital media tools influence attitudes toward science, dictate behavior, and create relationships between the public and the scientific community. While allowing for rapid access to information, in a post-expert era, these tools can also feed fears and conspiracy theories. Dr. Altinay will discuss how to navigate scientific information regarding many pressing issues of our time, such as climate change and public health, and combat misinformation online.

Speaker

Zeynep Altinay, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Media & Strategic Communication Department
Iona College

Zeynep Altinay, Ph.D.

Dr. Zeynep Altinay teaches undergraduate courses in digital literacy and graduate courses in technology for public relations. Her research focuses on the social and political implications of science and environmental communication.


Secrets and Hints to Help You Succeed

Tuesday, April 13, 2021, Noon - 1 p.m.

Synopsis

Networking can be intimidating, yet it's the key to future success. Pat's book Meet 100 People provides a how-to guide to succeed in your job search and beyond. She will share practical ways you can create habits and methods to build a life-long network of important contacts. We encourage you to read the book ahead of the webinar. A review from a reader on Amazon, "Reading this book after applying to jobs online is akin to putting on glasses for the first time in your life. All of the fog and uncertainty disappears with this resource in your hands. Pat has managed to combine objective truths, anecdotal evidence, and solid examples of the critical elements of the job search into one resource."

Speaker

Patricia (Pat) Hedley
CEO, The Path Ahead
Author, Meet 100 People
TedX Speaker

Patricia Hedley

Pat is an investor, advisor and the author of Meet 100 People. Inspired by the experiences of thousands of people she has interacted with over her own thirty-year career, Pat wrote Meet 100 People to encourage us all to proactively, and consistently meet people in person or by video. Her goal is not only to inspire, but to provide practical steps to expanding your network. Pat speaks regularly at colleges, to alumni groups and to corporations. She gave a TedX Talk at Dartmouth College in 2018.

As the founder and CEO of The Path Ahead, Pat identifies high growth companies in which she invests and takes on either formal or informal advisory roles. Since 2016, Pat has invested in over a dozen innovative private companies, more than half led by women. She currently advises the CEOs of several growth companies.

Prior to her current role, Pat spent 30 years with global growth investor, General Atlantic, most recently as managing director. She began her career as a consultant with Bain & Company. Pat is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in computer science and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.


Practical Machine Learning: What You Need to Know to Scale ML for Real-World Applications

Thursday, April 15, Noon - 1 p.m.

Synopsis

Once you have an accurate machine learning model, that isn't the end of the story. In order to deploy the model for real-world users, there are many additional challenges that need to be resolved. How do you scale the model to accept queries from millions or billions of users? How do you update the model with new data? How do you explain how the model makes decisions? How do you ensure the model is trained on the right data? This talk will give an overview of standard practices to build infrastructure that will answer these questions and more.

Speakers

Did you miss this talk on Machine Learning? Watch Now on YouTube.

Sean Campbell

Sean Campbell '16

Sean graduated from the Iona College Honors Program in 2016 with a major in Computer Science and minors in Economics and Math. After college, Sean started in the Software Engineering Residency program at Google. He has since converted to a full-time position as a Site Reliability Engineer and works on ML research 20% of the time.

Alexander Del Toro Barba

Alexander Del Toro Barba, Ph.D.

Alexander is a Machine Learning Specialist at Google & Practice Lead of the AI/ML specialists team in Germany, Scandinavia and the Alps. Before joining Google in 2018, Alexander worked several years in financial asset management. He holds a Ph.D. in financial time series forecasting and has over six years of experience in scientific research in math, statistics & applied ML.


Turning Your Great Ideas Into Reality

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 12:30 p.m.

Synopsis

The critical link between all the great scholarship being presented this month and it becoming reality is influence; you will need to influence others to support your ideas in order for them to be funded and implemented. In this talk, Dr. Sanner will be giving you a shortened version of the training around influence he has been invited to give to surgeons at leading academic institutions in America, including Rutgers and Stanford. By the end of the talk, you should be better able to influence others so that you can turn your ideas into reality.

Speaker

Bret Sanner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management
LaPenta School of Business
Iona College

Bret Sanner

Dr. Bret Sanner is an Assistant Professor of Management at Iona College. He earned a BSE in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from the Olin School at Washington University in St. Louis. His research on power and status in teams has won numerous international awards.


GRIT: Growth, Resilience, Introspection, Tomorrow

Thursday, April 22, 2021, Noon - 1 p.m.

Speaker

Margaret A. Pisani, MD, MPH
Vice Chief for Faculty Mentoring and Career Development,
Associate Professor,
Yale University School of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Margaret A. Pisani

Margaret A. Pisani, MD, MPH is the Vice Chief for Faculty Mentoring and Career Development and an Associate Professor at Yale University School of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Iona College, an MS from NJIT, an MD from Temple University and an MPH from Yale University. Dr. Pisani completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital where she was also Chief Resident. She remained at Yale University for Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship and then joined the faculty. She was the Yale PCCSM fellowship director for 10 years and has an extensive track record of mentoring medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty. Dr. Pisani cares for patients with lung disease and those who are critically in an intensive care unit. Her clinical and research interests include sleep, delirium and circadian biology in critical illness, functional and cognitive outcomes in older patients after critical illness, aging and lung disease and pleural diseases.


Iona Scholars Day 2021

Thursday, April 22, 2021

All Day, Virtual Event

Iona Scholars Day (ISD) is an annual event to celebrate the scholarship and creative activities performed by Iona students. The day showcases faculty-mentored student work and allows students in all disciplines to recognize and appreciate each other's work through oral presentations, panel sessions, performances, and poster presentations. We encourage all students to engage in scholarly and creative work with faculty, and share your work with the Iona community. ISD projects may be initiated as part of a course or as independent collaborations with faculty.

visit www.iona.edu/isd for details

Iona Scholars Day 2021 Flier

What is all the hype about Data Science?

Tuesday, April 27, Noon

Synopsis

The rapidly developing field of Data Science applies skills from numerous disciplines across the social and physical sciences, to extract information that would have been inaccessible just a few years ago. As the worldwide explosion of data collection and analysis mushrooms, the demand for people with combined quantitative, programming, and problem-solving skills is increasing.

In this talk, we will explore some of the basic issues that a data scientist is faced with on a daily basis and some of the skills and expertise that helps along the way.

Did you miss Dr. Bhattacharyya's talk? Watch now on YouTube.

Amit Bhattacharyya

Speaker

Amit Bhattacharyya, Ph.D.

Amit Bhattacharyya is the Head of Data Science at Vox Media, a modern digital media company. At Vox, Amit works across all of their web properties in developing models to better understand audiences as well as working to deliver innovative product solutions such as personalization and recommendations to the platform.

Amit also teaches in the Data Science program at the UC Berkeley School of Information. He received a Ph.D. in physics from Indiana University. Previously, he has led data science initiatives at both ed-tech and advertising companies and worked as a quantitative analyst at various banks and hedge funds for twelve years. In his spare time, he likes to plan skiing and backpacking trips, and dabble with machine learning algorithms for fantasy football.

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Iona Scholars Day


13th Annual Iona Scholars Day

Thursday, April 7, 2022

Contact

Sunghee Lee

Sunghee Lee, Ph.D.

Board of Trustees Endowed Professor of Science


Program Director, Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars Program at Iona

PASS Mentorship Program Faculty Advisor