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Communitas Alumni Newsletter Vol. II Issue 1

C O M M U N I T A S 
The Newsletter of Fordham University's graduate School of Arts and Sciences | Vol. II  Issue 1 


patent intelligence
Alumna employs GSAS education in the courtroom  
When Laura Coruzzi, Ph.D., GSAS '75 and '79, argued her first case before the Patent Office Board of Appeals, the administrative law court within the United States Patent and Trademark Office, she began by giving the panel iof judges a crash course on monoclonal antibodies, a basic understanding of which was central to her appeal.  more>>

Letter from Dean Nancy Busch
Rigorous scholarship and critical thinking are the foundation of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences's (GSAS) academic programs.  Our students, an impressive group of ambitious and passionate scholoars, continue to enhance GSAS's reputation as one of the most prestigious graduate schools in the country.  more>>

A New deal for GIs
Fordham initiative educates and serves post-9/11 service members 
FordhamVets aims to provide both financial assistance and campus based services.  The launch of the initiatives coincides with a federal expansion of benefits for veterans.  Last year, Congress passed the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which went into effect on August 1, 2009.  The Department of Veterans Affairs calls it the most comprehensive education benefit package since the original GI Bill became law in 1944.   more>>

the center of the world
At the Louis Calder Center, faculty and students help the environment one project at a time
since its founding in 1967, fordham University's Louis Calder Center, a 113-acre biological field station in Armonk, NY, has given University faculty and students the opportunity to conduct ecological research, with a primary objective of measuring the impact of human effects on the environment.  more>>

Reznikoff Scholarship Awarded to First Recipient
Alumni Establish Endowed Scholarship to Honor Former Mentor
Emily Sachs, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology who is assessing the impact of psychological distress on non-Western trauma survivors, has been named the first recipient of the Marvin Reznikoff Endowed Scholarship.  more>> 

Legacy of Ruth Witkus biology Professor emerita, Lives on
Throughout her professional career at Fordham, Ruth Witkus, Ph.D., professor emerita of biological sciences, was a staunch advocate for improving courses and research in biological sciences.  more>>

apostolic nuncio to deliver fall gannon lecture
Archbishop Nicolas Girasoli, apostolic nuncio to Zambia and Malawi, will deliver the 2009 Fall Gannon Lecture, "Minority Rights and Globalization: A Compromise Approach," on Monday, Nov. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Lowenstein Center's 12th floor Lounge on the Lincoln Center campus.  more>>

The Environmental tourist
Increasing concern for the environment has led to a new way for people to experience the natural world.  Ecotourism, also know as sustainable travel or green travel, is becoming one of the largest global industries.  more>>

new program at gsas
Ethics and Society, Conservation Biology, Urban Studies, and Financial Risk Management.  more>>

Upcoming Events
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Thank you for supporting GSAS
Giving to the GSAS Annual Fund is on the rise, thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends.  The Annual Fund provides funding for student research and travel, as well as faculty and departmental initiatives.  Many individuals have also established scholarships and fellowships,or departmental funds to support students and faculty.  Looking toward the future, alumni support for GSAS will be more important than ever before as GSAS programs are now competing with some of the best in the country to recruit top students.

To give a gift or make a pledge to support GSAS, please contact Valerie Longwood at (212) 636-7439 or

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