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Fordham Appoints Assistant Dean for FCLS-Tarrytown

Lynne O’Connell, assistant dean of admission at the Fordham College of Liberal Studies
Photo by Victor M. Inzunza
Lynne O’Connell, M.P.H., has been appointed assistant dean of admission at Fordham College of Liberal Studies in Tarrytown.

“It’s wonderful to be part of the Fordham community,” O’Connell said. “Fordham College of Liberal Studies in Tarrytown is a unique resource for Westchester County and the entire region, and I’m looking forward to helping reach out to the community and identify and enroll great students.”

O’Connell is responsible for all recruitment and enrollment of undergraduate students, many of whom are adults returning to complete a degree part-time. O’Connell, who began in her newly created position on Jan. 16, had been the recruitment coordinator in the School of Public Health at New York Medical College in Valhalla, and previously served as the medical college’s director of annual giving and alumni relations for more than a decade. She has a bachelor’s degree from Daemen College and a Master of Public Health degree from New York Medical College.

—Victor M. Inzunza

Former South African Justice to Deliver
Law School Commencement Address

Richard Goldstone, LL.B., former justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and international human rights leader, will be the keynote speaker at Fordham Law School’s diploma ceremony on May 20.

Goldstone, who held Fordham’s William Hughes Mulligan Chair in International Human Rights in 2004, and who will return to the Law School as a visitor next year, played a central role in helping end apartheid in South Africa. In 1991, he chaired South Africa’s Commission of Inquiry Regarding Public Violence and Intimidation, which came to be known as the Goldstone Commission. The commission revealed human rights abuses perpetrated by security forces, and its findings undermined the system of apartheid.

From 1994 to 2003, Goldstone served as a judge on the South African Constitutional Court. During that time, the court played a key role in the nation’s peaceful transition from apartheid, through an interim constitution, to a constitutional democracy, and helped to establish a foundation for judicial independence in South Africa.

—Jennifer Spencer

Gender and Poverty Seminar Series Looks at Excluded Groups

More than 60 million primary-school-age girls don’t attend school, and 45 million of them belong to socially excluded groups, author Marlaine Lockheed, Ph.D., told an audience attending the first lecture in a series on “Gender Dimensions of Global Poverty,” sponsored by Fordham’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Lockheed, author of Inexcusable Absence (Center for Global Development, 2006), visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development and former interim director of education for the World Bank, said that effective intervention would require several steps. She suggested altering education policies, expanding school options to include alternative and pre-schools, and creating incentives (such as stipends) for households to send girls to school.

“These are populations sidelined in their own countries; isolated clans, hill tribes, ethnic minorities, those accorded lower esteem by the general populations,” she said. “Whatever creates their conditions, the consequences are very real.”

The lecture series opened with “Improving Women’s Access to Education,” a discussion held Jan. 30 in the Lowenstein Center, Lincoln Center campus. Panelist Gwendolyn Tedeschi, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics, said that Lockheed “thinks outside the box” in her book, and reiterated that early education, especially in poor countries, was key to breaking the cycle of poverty and illiteracy.

“Once you get girls in school, it will be much harder to remove them from the system,” she said.

Cream Wright, Ph.D., global chief of education for UNICEF, said that poverty, not gender, creates the most significant disparity in lack of education. However, he said “in those disparities, girls always fare worse than boys.” Wright said that without tackling the problem of adult illiteracy, gender parity in education will take a “long, long time.”

The seminars run monthly through May 7 and are co-sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme. For more information on the “Women’s Access to Education” lecture series see:

—Janet Sassi

Former Visiting Scholar Appointed Israeli Justice Minister

Daniel Friedmann, LL.M.
Photo Courtesy of Tel Aviv University
Daniel Friedmann, LL.M., a visiting scholar at the Fordham Law School in 2002-2003, has been appointed Israel’s justice minister. Friedmann, an Israel Prize laureate and professor of law at Tel Aviv University, was nominated by Israeli President Ehud Olmert and confirmed by the Knesset on Feb. 7.

“Professor Friedmann is a scholar of the greatest eminence,” said William Treanor, J.D., dean of Fordham Law School. “It was wonderful to have him as a member of our community.”

Friedmann founded and served as dean of the College of Management Law School in Israel, and is also the former dean of Tel Aviv University’s Law School. He was awarded the prestigious Israel Prize in 1991. Friedman was instrumental in developing the Fordham Law School’s relationship with the College of Management Law School. Fordham sends up to five students each year to Oxford University and the University of London to take an intensive course organized by the College of Management Law School.

—Jennifer Spencer

Psychology Researcher Receives $10,000 Grant

Dean McKay, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, received a $10,000 grant to conduct research on the “Heritability of Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms” from the Countess Moira Foundation.

McKay, who teaches in Fordham’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and who is board certified in both behavioral and clinical psychology, is an expert in the nature and treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder, publishing widely on the subject. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an involuntary neurobiological condition that afflicts both young and old, and is most commonly characterized by a person’s obsessive, distressing thoughts and compulsions. The disorder clusters in families and researchers believe that it may have a partly hereditary basis.

The New York-based Countess Moira Charitable Foundation was established in 2000 and its mission is to “aid the well-being of youth anywhere in the world.” The foundation has underwritten several life-saving medical operations for indigent children in addition to supporting charitable organizations that focus on helping youth.

Victor M. Inzunza

Fordham Honored as Top University for Blood Donations

Fordham University was honored by Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión on Jan. 22 for topping the list of area colleges and universities in the number of blood donations during 2006.

The Fordham community made a total of 446 blood donations during the year, well ahead of the other two top donors, the State University of New York Maritime (410) and Manhattan College (383). Carrión lauded Fordham and the 21 other award-winning groups for their commitment to helping maintaining a safe and adequate blood supply.

Fordham holds two blood drives annually, in the spring and fall. The donations by students, faculty and staff go to the New York Blood Center. The next blood drive at Fordham will be held on April 11 and 12 in O’Keefe Commons at O’Hare Hall. The New York Blood Center supplies 57,000 pints of blood to Bronx hospitals every year, but collects only 13,000 pints in the borough. On Jan. 9, the center reported that its blood supply had reached emergency levels after the holiday season.

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