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New Wildlife Museum Opens on Pleasantville CampusThe Marty McGuire Museum opened on April 25, 2011, at the Environmental Center on Pace's Pleasantville Campus. The museum is home to the center's living collection of animals, reptiles, amphibians, and other wildlife exhibits and was completed as part of a renovation to the 18th century-era farmhouse that serves as the hub of the Environmental Center.Martin "Marty" H. McGuire, BA in Environmental Studies '06, died tragically in a car accident in 2007. The project was supported by two of his longtime mentors, Ralph O'Dell, retired director of Natural Resource Protection with the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for New York State, and Lucy Waletzky, MD, chair of the New York State Council of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. Waletzky said she felt that the facilities ought to match the exceptional education provided by the center, and that it was a fitting tribute to a young man she considered "a phenom of birding on par with John J. Audubon."EARTH MONTHEach year, the Environmental Center hosts Earth Month with an entire month of environmentally-focused programs including lectures, hikes, bird walks, and a green business expo.www.pace.edu/dyson/earthmonthYear in Review 2010-2011 | 3Environmental Science

In recent years Dyson College has placed increasing emphasis on undergraduate research across a wide range of fields. Through undergraduate research, students acquire strong analytic and reasoning abilities and advance their oral and written communication skills, learning first-hand how new knowledge is created and utilized. It also gives students the opportunity to develop projects that can enhance their graduate or professional school applications or clarify career goals. Undergraduate research experiences routinely require intensive faculty mentoring that increases undergraduate achievement and retention.Fostering Undergraduate Research Opportunities universities whose mission is to "support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship."The cumulative impact has been to make student-faculty research a benchmark of the Dyson College experience. Throughout the year, students collaborate with faculty on projects ranging from nanotechnology to contemporary popular fiction. Recent projects include: n Women's Studies Chair and History Professor, Nancy Reagin, PhD, has mentored students as they author chapters for a history and popular culture series she is editing for Wiley & Sons that includes Harry Potter and History (2011) and Twilight and History (2010).n JamieLee Rizzo, PhD, professor of chemistry, has been developing antimicrobial agents that adhere to different materials for which she has several patents and more pending with the help of Dyson students.In 2009, the College established the Center for Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE) to support student-faculty research collaborations, grant-funded research projects, and internships. CURE'S Executive Director Maria T. Iacullo-Bird, PhD, assists faculty and administrators seeking funding for undergraduate research and student-centered projects and helps bring together faculty and students looking for scholarly collaborations. CURE has an ongoing membership in the Council for Undergraduate Research, a national organization of more than 900 colleges and 4 | Dyson College of Arts and SciencesYear Research