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Small-Business Owners Learn from Leaders of Benjamin Moore


On May 5 in a conference room on the 41st floor of AllianceBernstein headquarters at Rockefeller Center, the secrets of Benjamin Moore’s success were shared with an audience of small business owners.

“Overhauling Operations at Benjamin Moore Paints,” a seminar sponsored by the Graduate School of Business Administration’s Institute for Family and Private Enterprise, featured Terry Phinney, a partner at PhinneyMarcinak, LLC, who advised Benjamin Moore for five years, and Jack Moore, a former director of the company.

They discussed the path that the company took from 1883, when Benjamin Moore and his brother, Robert, started Moore Brothers in Brooklyn with one product, “Moore’s Prepared Calsom Finish,” to the reorganization that culminated in a 2000 acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway for $1 billion.

—Patrick Verel

Radar Atop Fordham’s Parking Lot Tracks Bird Flight

A crane hoists the 4,000-pound avian radar unit onto the top of the Fordham parking garage.

Photo by Bruce Gilbert

For two weeks in May, the top level of Fordham’s parking garage at Rose Hill hosted a 4,000-pound avian radar unit, installed for use in a University pilot study on night bird migration.

Each day from dark to dawn the radar unit imaged birds flying overhead returning from their winter homes as far away as Central and South America.

Alan Clark, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and biology graduate students Oriana Chan, Jessie Ross and Rachel Bricklin, are analyzing the unit’s measurement data as well as recordings they made of the night-flight calls most birds give as they migrate.

By matching the numbers of bird night-flight calls with radar data showing the actual numbers of birds, the group is hoping to determine how birds are affected by light and noise when they travel through urban corridors during migration.

“The radar data will tell us if, in fact, birds are being drawn away from safer dark green spaces during migration,” Clark said. “No one has done this kind of integration of sound and radar, especially within a city.”

The parking lot was chosen because it provided an unobstructed view south, where large numbers of birds could be visualized through the radar, Clark said.

The unit, provided by DeTect, Inc., is the same kind of radar system employed by airports and wind farms to track the presence of birds in flight paths.

—Janet Sassi

Fordham Law Receives $100K Gift for Fellowships

Fordham Law’s Feerick Center for Social Justice recently has received a $100,000 gift from the New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation. The gift will fund two fellowships a year for five years for Fordham Law students to engage in public service work related to women and children’s issues in New York.

“These fellowships at the Feerick Center will offer Fordham Law students an invaluable opportunity to engage in critical public interest work,” said Karen Deasy, director of major gifts. “We at the law school are very grateful to the New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation for their generous gift.”

The New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation Fellows will help the Feerick Center continue its important social justice work while simultaneously fulfilling the tripartite mission of the foundation:

• eliminating gender bias and other forms of discrimination from
the legal system and legal profession;

• promoting the social and economic equality, safety, and well being
of women and children; and

• addressing the unmet needs of women and children.

Karen Mitchell, president of the foundation’s board, said, “The board of the New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation are excited to be able to support the important work of the Feerick Center, especially its work on poverty-related legal issues that often determine the equality, safety, and well being of women and children.”

—Stephen Eichinger

Sigma XI Inducts New Members

Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society, inducted 35 members into its Fordham chapter on April 14.

The event, which included an initiation and dinner, was held in the McGinley Center and featured a keynote speech by Thomas Frankie, education specialist for the Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo.

“I know you’re about to embark on graduation and a career, and I wanted to share with you a little bit about what’s going on in the minds of the scientists over at the Bronx Zoo,” Frankie said before launching into an interactive discussion about “The Impact of Biodiversity on Human Health.”

The talk was fitting for an audience made up of Fordham College at Rose Hill students who love to conduct research, such as inductee Shauna Ford (FCRH ’10), who worked alongside Tiffany Yip, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, on a longitudinal study on ethnic saliency among African-American, Asian and Latino teenagers. Ford will continue that study as a research assistant this summer.

New Sigma Xi member Samuel Moore (FCRH ’10) worked with Gary Weiss, Ph.D., professor of biology, on “Activity Recognition Using Cell Phone Accelerometers.” Moore is interning at Phillips in their research division.

To qualify for membership in Sigma Xi, students must have excellent grades and have conducted quality research, said Donna Heald, Ph.D., associate dean for science education and director of pre-health professions advising.

—Gina Vergel

Joseph Currie, S.J., joins guests at his farewell party in singing the contemporary hymn “Day by Day.”

Photo by Patrick Verel


University Bids Farewell to ‘Papa Joe’

Friends, colleagues, fellow Jesuits and students filled the McGinley Center Ballroom on May 5 to say goodbye to Joseph Currie, S.J., director of campus ministry.

Father Currie, or “Papa Joe” as he is affectionately known, is leaving Fordham after 13 years, the longest stretch of his priestly career. This summer, he will become the rector at the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth in Wernersville, Penn.

Jambalaya, samosas and cannolis were among the dishes served to commemorate Father Currie’s past assignments, which took him to places as diverse as New Orleans and India before he arrived at Fordham. He was lauded in speeches by Fordham College at Rose Hill junior Jordon Bledsoe, a football player for whom Father Currie served as chaplain; his brother, Charles L. Currie, S.J.; and Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham.

Master of ceremonies Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, vice president for mission and ministry, ended the evening on the piano with a rousing rendition of the contemporary hymn “Day by Day.”

—Patrick Verel

This Month in Jesuit History…
De Nobili Succeeds by Adopting Indian Culture

Roberto de Nobili, as sketched by his Jesuit colleague Balthsar da Costa.

In June 1596, the Society of Jesus gained a member—Roberto de Nobili—who would break new ground in bringing Christianity to non-Western people.

De Nobili was sent in 1606 to the southern Indian city of Madurai, where the local Portuguese Jesuit had not won a single convert during his 11-year tenure. De Nobili tried a new approach: He decided that Indian converts need not adopt Portuguese dress, diet and surnames, as the Portuguese authorities had insisted. He mastered Sanskrit and deeply studied the Vedas, or Hindu scriptures, so he could better communicate the Christian message to Indians. He even adopted the look of the Indian priestly caste by marking his forehead, wearing a triple strand of white cotton and leaving only a single tuft of hair on his head.

His cross-cultural approach was condemned by some church officials, but was vindicated in practice. When de Nobili departed Madurai 39 years later, he left behind 4,183 followers of Christ.


—Chris Gosier



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