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Spring 2010
INFORMATION SECURITY - A PRESSING TOPIC TO BE FEATURED IN KEYNOTE ADDRESS
SEIDENBERG EXPORTS SERVICE LEARNING TO BRAZIL
EARTHQUAKE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT RETURNS TO VISIT
JAMES LAWLER RECEIVES JEFFERSON AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL COMMUNITY SERVICE
DARREN HAYES CHAMPIONS EMERGING FIELD OF COMPUTER FORENSICS
SEIDENBERG HOSTS VeryHotShot! – AN "OFF SEASON" CHALLENGE
NEW TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRACK SUPPORTED BY NSF GRANT
HOT OFF THE PRESS!
PSII REVEALS IMPRESSIVE GAINS IN IT JOB GROWTH
SEIDENBERG INAUGURATES YET ANOTHER "FIRST"
PACE COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER UPDATE
MAKE A GIFT TO THE SEIDENBERG SCHOOL
 
 
INFORMATION SECURITY - A PRESSING TOPIC TO BE FEATURED IN KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Mark A. Lobel
Mark A. Lobel, a principal at PricewaterhouseCoopers and an internationally recognized security and controls expert, will deliver the keynote, "Security, Social Networking, and Identity Theft: What it Means for You and Our World" at the 15th Annual Leadership and Service in Technology Award Reception.

The event on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Midtown at 6:00 pm will honor Jay S. Dweck, Managing Director, Global Head of Strategies and Modeling at Morgan Stanley for his professional achievements, dedication to higher education, and commitment to advancing the IT industry.

Jay S. Dweck
The proceeds from this event primarily provide scholarship funds for students enrolled at the Seidenberg School. Over the past 15 years, we have awarded more than 50 scholarships to assist promising and deserving students achieve their dreams. This event is co-chaired by Dennis M. Goett, CFO of CrossRoads Strategy Group and Mark L. Kay, CEO of StrikeForce Technologies, Inc.



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SEIDENBERG EXPORTS SERVICE LEARNING TO BRAZIL

Madison Stefancik (BS/CS ’11) works with Brazilian student in CDI computer lab in Rio de Janeiro
Ten Students from the Seidenberg School joined with other Pace students and faculty to journey to Brazil during spring break to address issues concerning the "Digital Divide." The disparity between technology "haves and have nots" is particularly pronounced in emerging countries like Brazil, making it an ideal place for Seidenberg students to provide technology assistance to community groups.

While in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's second largest city, students had the opportunity to view some of the economic and environmental challenges facing the country. They visited an elementary school founded 30 years ago by a Pace Latin America Studies Professor Emeritus Jordan Young where they shared their "know-how" with both students and teachers. They also met with representatives at the Center for Digital Inclusion. Later, they travelled to Ilha Grande, an island off the coast of Brazil that features an unprotected rainforest, and on to Paraty, a UNESCO World Heritage City, both environmentally sensitive sites.

As an extension of their first-hand experience, participating students are working on promoting awareness and understanding regarding sustainability, green development and ecotourism in this region through the creation of two Web sites that include "Green Maps" of the places they visited:

Ilha Grande Green Map
Paraty Green Map

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EARTHQUAKE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT RETURNS TO VISIT

Masataka Nakaue
Masataka Nakaue (BS/CS '98), a survivor of the "Great Earthquake" that rocked Kobe, Japan in 1995 and now a college professor at Kobe Shinwa Women’s University, recently returned to Pace where his love of learning and passion for technology all began. This time he came not as a student but as a member of a consortium of Japanese university instructors interested in learning about American university assessment methods. While here, he also explored the possibility of having students from Kobe Shinwa come to Pace to study English and to observe teaching and classroom management in area elementary schools.

In addition to meeting with Barbara Pennipede, assistant vice president of planning, assessment and research and other Pace administrators, Masataka set time aside to walk around the Pleasantville campus where he once lived and studied and to reconnect with Dr. Mary Courtney, one of his favorite instructors.

Masataka is thankful that he had the opportunity to study at Pace and feels that his Pace education was a defining experience that changed his life, providing him with the foundation for his current academic and professional success. In his words, "If I hadn’t studied at Pace, I don’t know where I would be today."

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JAMES LAWLER RECEIVES JEFFERSON AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL COMMUNITY SERVICE

James Lawler, DPS
James Lawler, DPS, has been named the 2009-2010 recipient of the Pace University Bronze Medal Jefferson Award in recognition of his ongoing commitment to community service. Specifically, this commitment has been demonstrated by his sustained involvement and that of the students he inspires with AHRC NYC, a nonprofit agency headquartered in lower Manhattan and dedicated to serving individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

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DARREN HAYES CHAMPIONS EMERGING FIELD OF COMPUTER FORENSICS

Darren Hayes, DPS
Darren Hayes, a faculty member in the Information Technology Department and established computer forensics expert, has done much to make both the Pace and surrounding communities aware of the importance of the emerging and expanding field of Computer Forensics. In addition, he is helping to educate members of the legal profession about the nature of digital evidence and is providing support to law enforcement professionals through computer forensics research in previously unexplored areas.

Besides being active in the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), speaking on the subject to technology professors from other schools, and appearing weekly on “Computer Forensics Case Studies” on Internet TV, Dr. Hayes has added a computer forensics course to our undergraduate offerings and is currently developing a computer forensics concentration as an option in our new BS in Internet Technology.

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SEIDENBERG HOSTS VeryHotShot! – AN "OFF SEASON" CHALLENGE

"Off Season" Challenge participants tweaking their robot
In order to keep FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team members and their robots in shape during the off season, the Seidenberg School hosted a variation on February’s challenge called VeryHotShot! Six teams from New York City high schools joined with one from Pleasantville and another comprised of Seidenberg students on the downtown campus for a fun-filled day.

While the new challenge was based on the original HotShot!, participants did not know the specifics of the new requirements until the morning of the event. They then had the rest of the morning to tweak and program their robots and develop new game strategies in preparation for the afternoon’s competition.

1st Place Winners: Junior Pirates, George Westinghouse H.S., Brooklyn
The Junior Pirates from George Westinghouse High School in Brooklyn took 1st place in the tournament.






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NEW TECHNOLOGY ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRACK SUPPORTED BY NSF GRANT

Faculty members Anthony Joseph and James Lawler were awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for $169,977 in support of the development of a new Technology Entrepreneurship concentration. The concentration will be offered for the first time as an option in the BA in Computer Science program in Spring 2010.

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HOT OFF THE PRESS!

Information security expert, Bel Raggad, PhD, recently had his book Information Security Management: Concepts and Practice published by CRC Press.







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PSII REVEALS IMPRESSIVE GAINS IN IT JOB GROWTH

According to the 1st quarter Pace/SkillPROOF IT Index (PSII) Report, the IT job market remains robust in Manhattan and continues to gain momentum in Westchester.

For details, see the latest PSII

SEIDENBERG INAUGURATES YET ANOTHER "FIRST"
Area Community Colleges Participate in Programming Contest

Daniel Blossom, Paola Garcia Cardenas, and Rahul Mahida, from Rockland Community College working on a programming problem
Fourteen students comprising five teams from three area community colleges – Orange, Rockland and Westchester – tested their programming skills and problem-solving abilities at the First Annual Community College Programming Contest held on the Pleasantville Campus on April 24. The teams had 4.5 hours to solve eight problems created by faculty from the Computer Science Department. An Orange County Community College team placed 1st followed by two teams from Rockland placing 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

The event was organized by Bernice Houle, associate dean, and Sylvester Touhy, PhD, and supported by funding from a Verizon Foundation Thinkfinity Grant.

PACE COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER UPDATE
Offerings Include iPhone App Development Class in New Mac Lab

  • The first iPhone Application Development class has begun in the new Mac lab at 163 William Street. Students are learning to plan, design and build iPhone applications and upload them to the Apple store. To learn more about the course, or to register, go the Computer Learning Center's Web site at http://pclc.pace.edu.

  • Solar PV Design, Installation and Maintenance is now being offered in both White Plains and New York City. At 1 Pace Plaza, students install solar panels on the 4th floor roof deck, attaching the panels to a RapidRac system from Unirac, Inc. The Unirac company has donated this flat roof solution to Pace, and in June the system will be used by a group of engineers from the New York City Building Department who will be taking the course.

  • Are you interested in Joomla, Drupal or Magento? The Computer Learning Center is launching a new certificate program in CMS Web Application Development. Content Management Systems are gaining in popularity as the number of robust and complex web sites continues to grow. Students in this program will cover the lifecycle of Web sites, including their creation, management, distribution, and publishing of content. This hands-on course will cover open source CMS applications such as Joomla, Drupal, Magento and Wordpress.

MAKE A GIFT TO THE SEIDENBERG SCHOOL

Help promising IT students prepare for the future by ensuring the availability of scholarships and key programs. Give a gift today through our secure Web site and remember to indicate that you want the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems to be the recipient of your generosity.

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