IMPACT: The Research Magazine for John Jay College of Criminal Justice

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Ron Moelis Social Innovation Fellows Joseph Mahmud (’18), Steven Pacheco (’20), and Donauta Watson-Starcevic are changing the future of work. Their plan to develop mobile app CONNECTr, which helps individuals with criminal records find employers, won the Echoing Green Social Impact Challenge. Inspired by their own experiences, Mahmud, Pacheco and Watson-Starcevic want to see their app fight bias against the formerly incarcerated and give them hope.
Inspired by the work of Gabriel García Márquez, Byron Sandoval (’20) is working on his own collection of Spanish-language short stories set in a fictional Latin American universe. This year, Byron is the recipient of an Undergraduate Research/Creativity Scholarship, and is supported by his mentor, Professor Maria Rossi.
Olivia Orta (B.S. John Jay 2007, S.D. epidemiology Harvard 2018) joined the Epidemiology Department at Boston University as a postdoctoral associate, where she is studying endocrine disrupting chemicals (environmental chemicals that mimic human hormones) and pregnancy-related outcomes.