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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 2021 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 2021 Flyer

Schedule of Events

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.

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

watch now: Communicating Science in a Digital Age

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.

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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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Tuesday, April 29, 2021 (Noon – 1 p.m.)

Synopsis

This lecture will focus on the entrepreneurial aspects of becoming a successful member of an organization. As a proven entrepreneur with more than 40 years in the business, I will discuss personality types, goal setting, leadership development, time management, team building and performance management. You will learn more about yourself as an individual as well as your contribution to a team and an organization.

Speaker

Flory Netsch Hiatrides '83, '86MBA

Flory Hiatrides

Flory’s diverse background, spanning more than 25 years, integrates business, technology, sales, education, coaching and wellness. It has gained her extensive experience in professional facilitation and curriculum development in such areas as business leadership, technology literacy, and organizational development.

Flory graduated with honors from Iona College, in New Rochelle, NY, with a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science and an MBA in Management Information Systems. Later, she completed advanced doctoral work in Organizational Development at The Stevens Institute of Technology and in Education Administration from Fordham University. While completing her MBA, Flory founded EEI, a strategic consulting and training firm, which, over the course of 20 years, she grew to a 90-person corporation providing over 50 different services ranging from basic technology instruction to leadership development at the highest level. Under Flory’s leadership, EEI’s annual revenue reached $7 million. In 2001, she sold her company but remained President until 2003 and continued to provide strategic consulting for the organization until 2011.

Always passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others, Flory continued her work while raising her family. She provided coaching as a holistic health counselor and facilitated professional development seminars for the Brookfield School District in CT. Currently, she is a highly-rated and well-respected adjunct faculty member in Iona College’s CIS department where she takes a practical approach to instruct students in leadership, management and technology. Flory’s continued focus on education and learning at all levels is evidenced by her establishment of the Charles E. Netsch Endowed Scholarship at Iona College in honor of her late father. Through her career, Flory has worked with a wide range of clients including the New York Stock Exchange, Citibank, AXA Financial Advisors, BASF, International Paper, The College Board, US Airforce Pararescue, Hofstra University, and, of course, Iona College.

In 2017, with a commitment to helping individuals achieve success in both their personal and professional lives, Flory founded TreeHouse Consulting, Inc. She is currently creating a leadership and professional development program that embodies her personal motto: You bring who you are to everything you do. Using the principles of the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator® (MBTI) and Emotional Intelligence at its core, Flory’s program focuses on personal awareness and how that critical understanding lays the groundwork for success in everything we do. She is currently developing a program called “Beyond the Bench: A Life Skills Program for Collegiate Athletes,” with a focus on BALANCE and these areas of development: Bounce-back ability, Awareness, Leadership, Accountability, Nutrition, Communication and Essentials.

Flory presently lives in Brookfield, CT with her partner and co-founder, Jason Cormier, as well as her three children: Jamie (17) and twins Bella and Chaz (14).

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Iona Scholars Day


12th Annual Iona Scholars Day

Virtual Event

Thursday, April 22, 2021

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