Elizabeth Drescher, Ph.D. to Speak on the Prayer Practices of American Nones

DSC00110On Tuesday, September 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel on the Le Moyne College campus, Elizabeth Drescher, professor of religious studies and pastoral ministries at Santa Clara University, will present a talk entitled, “Praying Between the Lines: Prayer Practices of American Nones.” The lecture is sponsored by the McDevitt Center and is being offered in conjunction with a course developed with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Enduring Questions grants program, What Does Prayer Do?

Drescher’s talk will discuss what it means when the religiously unaffiliated, including Nones who self-identify as agnostic, atheist, or humanist, report that they “pray.”

Elizabeth Drescher, Ph.D., is a senior contributor to Religion Dispatches magazine, and a leading expert in many aspects of contemporary American religion, including new digital media and religion, changing patterns of religious identification and affiliation, and Christian responses to violence. She has written for the Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Sojourners, Salon, and other leading newspapers and magazines, and her work has been highlighted by National Public Radio, Radio Australia, and the BBC. She is the author of Tweet If You © Jesus: Practicing Church in the Digital Reformation and Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones, and co-author of Click to Save: The Digital Ministry Bible. Dr. Drescher teaches in the areas of religious studies and pastoral ministries at Santa Clara University.  She holds a doctorate in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union and a master’s degree in systematic theology from Duquesne University.

For additional information please contact the McDevitt Center at 315-445-6200 or e-mail This lecture is free and open to the public.


McDevitt Scholars Houck and Klee Conduct Research at Cornell University

20140530_120532-1 copyMcDevitt Scholars in Ecology, Steven Houck ’14 and Christopher Klee ’15, spent the past weekend in Ithaca, New York. There, they visited the archives within the Kroch Library at Cornell University where, under very tight security, they double-checked their digital data on bird migration in the Cayuga Lake Basin with the original records, some dating back to 1903.

0-1Following their archival research, they headed to the Finger Lakes National Forest for an afternoon in the field learning to identify birds with Dr. Charles R. Smith, Senior Research Associate (retired) at Cornell University. Under Dr. Smith’s direction, Houck and Klee received training in the accurate identification of bird species by visual and acoustical cues and learned details of their natural history.  This training complements their investigations of the effects of climate change on bird migration in upstate New York and central Massachusetts, directed by McDevitt Research Associate Dr. Donald A. McCrimmon. Dr. Smith will continue to mentor Houck and Klee this summer and provide additional field-based observational opportunities.


McDevitt Center Appoints Endowed Chair and Visiting Professor of Computer Science

Following a national search, the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation has named Dr. Marcus K. Rogers as an endowed chair and Dr. Carl Landwehr as a visiting McDevitt Professor of Computer Science.  Dr. Roger’s appointment will begin in Fall 2014 and Dr. Landwehr’s in Spring 2015.

“We are extremely pleased to have two individuals with such exemplary experience and expertise join the McDevitt Center,” said Le Moyne Provost Dr. Linda LeMura. “It’s a powerful statement about the growing reputation of the McDevitt Center that Le Moyne was able to attract individuals of such high caliber, who are both internationally recognized as leaders in the field of cybersecurity.”

RogersIn his role as endowed chair, Dr. Rogers will plan and implement six master lectures and three panel discussions during the 2014-15 academic year. He is the director of the Cyber Forensics & Security Program in the College of Technology at Purdue University and professor and fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Among his past achievements are international chair of the Law, Compliance and Investigation Domain of the Common Body of Knowledge committee, chair of the Planning Committee for the Digital and Multimedia Sciences section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, chair of the Certification and Test Committee of the Digital Forensics Certification Board, and former advisory board member of the Digital Forensics Certification Board. A former police officer, he also served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Digital Forensic Practice. He has authored several books, book chapters and journal publications in the field of digital forensics and applied psychological analysis and his research interests include applied cyber forensics, psychological digital crime scene analysis, and cyber terrorism. Dr. Rogers received his Ph.D. in psychology-forensics, his M.A. in psychology-personality, and his B.A in psychology/criminology, all from the University of Manitoba MB.

131206 CLAmong other academic responsibilities, Dr. Landwehr will teach “Cybersecurity for Future Presidents” in spring 2015.This course is designed as an inter-disciplinary course for undergraduate non-majors.  The course will examine how future presidents (of the U.S., but also of multi-national and domestic corporations) will need to understand the science and technology behind cybersecurity well enough to make informed decisions when provided advice and options for action.

Dr. Landwehr received his B.S. from Yale University in engineering and applied science and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in computer and communication sciences. His graduate work included development work on the MERIT computer network, which eventually became the Internet. After teaching computer science at Purdue University, he joined the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), where his interest in understanding how we can have confidence in what a computer program does led him to a 23-year career in what is now called cybersecurity research and development.  After leaving NRL in 1999, he spent 12 years developing, funding, managing, and guiding national cybersecurity research programs for the National Science Foundation, the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In addition to his contributions to the research literature, Dr, Landwehr served four years as editor-in-chief of IEEE Security and Privacy Magazine.  He is an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to cybersecurity and was in the first class of 11 individuals inducted into the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame in 2012.


Fourteen Students Receive Competitive McDevitt Summer Internship Grants

The McDevitt Summer Internship Grants Program was developed by the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation in order to enhance Le Moyne’s support for student internships.  The program awards grants of $3,000 each to as many as 20 students per year who are majoring in Computer Science, Management/Information Systems, Philosophy/Religious Studies, and Physics and who secure high-quality unpaid internships, paid internships that involve unusually high costs, or research opportunities in labs.

For the summer of 2014, fourteen students have been awarded these competitive Summer Internship Grants.  The McDevitt Center congratulates:

Ryan Bonk ’16, Physics (Pre-Engineering) and Mathematics
Dara DeGennaro ’15, Management/Information Systems and Business Analytics
Taylor Glausen ’15, Religious Studies, Biology (Neurobiology concentration), and Visual Arts
Thomas Hilgenberg ’15, Management/Information Systems
Acheampong Johnson ’15, Management/Information Systems and Computer Science
Alexsis Long-Ekomin ’15, Religious Studies
Samantha Maggio ’15, Philosophy, Chemistry (Pre-Engineering), and Mathematics
Alexander Marji ’17, Philosophy
Robert McCall ’15, Philosophy, Psychology, and History
Akash Mitra ’15, Management/Information Systems
Maria Ramirez ’15, Religious Studies, Biology, and Environmental Studies
Joseph Shupperd ’16, Physics (Pre-Engineering) and Mathematics
Spencer Stuckey ’16, Physics and Chemistry
Zachary Tucker ’16, Management/Information Systems and Finance

Kenchanahalli, India

Ashley Strazzella, McDevitt I.S. Scholar, Receives Prestigious Internship Opportunity

Ashley Strazzella ’14 (Biological Sciences, Pre-Med, and Physics) has always hoped to one day be part of an integrative center that incorporates many disciplines of Eastern and Alternative medicine into one cooperative healing center, giving patients a range of treatments available in one location. She will begin to fulfill these dreams when she travels to Kenchanahalli, India this fall to intern at a small Ayurvedic hospital. There, under the guidance of Shindu Suresh, the Internship Director, she will be shadowing Ayurveda professionals through their daily routine of patient treatment. She will also study the basics of Ayurveda, explore Ayurvedic texts while completing field-work, observe treatment in action, and practice preventative therapies which include daily yoga and meditation.

Strazzella, a native of Buffalo, New York, will graduate from Le Moyne College this May with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences, a minor in Physics and a concentration in pre-medical studies. She will continue her studies in the fall of 2015 and will be attending graduate school to study Eastern Medicine.


Grabowski Gives Earth Day Briefings on Oil Spill Response

Martha Grabowski, the McDevitt Chair in Information Systems, chaired a 2-year National Research Council policy study on ‘Responding to Oil Spills in the Arctic Marine Environment’ that was released to the public on April 23, 2014.  Grabowski briefed the report to the 8 agency sponsors* in a pre-release briefing on Earth Day, April 22nd, in Washington, DC.

The report recommended that more benchmark Arctic environmental, biological and oceanic information; research investigating the tradeoffs and impacts of oil spill response technologies in the Arctic; investments in Arctic infrastructure and logistics; and improvements in structured and inclusive decision processes with local impacted community members are needed for effective Arctic oil spill response.

Grabowski also briefed Senators Begich (D-Alaska) and Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Congressional staff and committees, including the Senate Commerce and Energy Committees, the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee, and the House Energy committee on April 22 and 23rd in Washington, DC.

Grabowski will brief the State Department on the report on May 12, and will give a public webinar to Washington NGOs on May 12. She will give a briefing in Anchorage to Alaska constituents and will take the report briefings to Arctic North Slope villages in Alaska in June and July.

Interviews and coverage of the report were provided by the Houston Chronicle, Science, National Geographic, Reuters, Alaska Public Radio, the Alaska Dispatch and Alaska Daily News, a variety of environmental and oil industry publications, as well as in press releases from the agency sponsors, the Senators and the Congressional committees.

Grabowski will present the report at the International Oil Spill Conference in Savannah May 7-9, 2014.

A free download of the report: Responding to Oil Spills in the U.S. Arctic Marine Environment

* Sponsors: American Petroleum Institute, Arctic Research Commission, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (Dept of Interior), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (Dept of Interior), US Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Marine Mammals Commission, and the Oil Spill Recovery Institute.


Donald Lopez to Speak on Buddhism and Science

9780226493206On Tuesday, April 22, Donald Lopez, Jr., Ph.D., Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan, will present a talk at Le Moyne College entitled, “Buddhism and Science: Past, Present, and Future.” The lecture, which is part of the McDevitt Center’s series on “Science and Religion in Modern America,” will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel and is free and open to the public.

Lopez’s talk will provide a brief history of the relationships between Buddhism and science and offer some reflections on what is at stake as the teachings of an ancient Asian sage are offered as solutions to the problems of the modern world.

indexLopez received his Doctorate from the University of Virginia and has since written widely on Indian Mahayana Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, the European encounter with Buddhism, the formation of the category of Modern Buddhism, and claims for the compatibility of Buddhism and science. He is a prolific author, having written, edited, or translated a number of books, most recently From Stone to Flesh: A Short History of the Buddha (University of Chicago Press, 2013) and In Search of the Christian Buddha: How an Asian Sage Became a Medieval Saint with Peggy McCracken (W. W. Norton & Company, 2014).

For more information about Dr. Lopez’ lecture or the series of lectures on Science and Religion in Modern America, please contact the McDevitt Center at 315-445-6200 or



News From the McDevitt Information Systems Scholars

Morgan Thomas ’14/SU EE ’15, Jean-Phillipe Rancy ’16 and Dr. Martha Grabowski (McDevitt Chair in Information Systems) will be demonstrating their Google Glass applications at the Newhouse School TED talk on Wednesday, April 9 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm.

Morgan Thomas ’14/SU EE ’15 and Michaella Steinruck ’16 work on their Google Glass app.

Thomas and Rancy have been working with Steve Weiter ’15, Michaella Steinruck ’16, Gabe Adams ’17, Nick Olin ’15, and Rebecca Wolf ’14 to develop a Conductor’s Assistant, a virtual server environment in Glass, emergency medicine applications, and new projects for ship navigation and Arctic emergency response in Google Glass.

McDevitt Information Systems mentors, Aidan Cunniffe SU ’16 and Nate Frechette ’13 from QueueCo and the Madden School Blue Highway Room will be attending and presenting at the Ted Talk on Wednesday as well. Cunniffee will be giving a 15-minute TED talk about Bitcoin. Frachette will be demonstrating a new QueueCode application that lets non-programmers build programs, without coding, in no time flat.

More information on the QueueCode application:

More information about the Newhouse TED talk  and via Twitter – @TedXSyracuseU

The McDevitt IS Scholars will also be talking about their Glass research and giving Glass demos on Friday at Scholars Day in James Commons. People attending Scholars Day will have the chance to experiment with Glass on Friday afternoon.

More information on Scholars Day


Le Moyne College Set to Make History

0913-cover-story-edit-DSC_0922Le Moyne College appears poised to make history by appointing Linda LeMura, Ph.D. as the first laywoman to head a U.S. Jesuit college or university. LeMura is a native of Syracuse, New York. She graduated from a Syracuse Catholic High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and education from Niagara University, and a master’s degree and doctorate in applied physiology from Syracuse University. LeMura has served as Le Moyne’s Provost since 2007. According to Rev. Michael Sheeran, President of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, “LeMura is an excellent administrator who knows that school well and she is very knowledgeable about and committed to the Jesuit system and the Jesuit spiritual tradition.”

Read more:  Le Moyne College, Syracuse Jesuit School, Poised To Appoint Linda LeMura First Laywoman President


McDevitt IS Scholars to Present Research Findings

Ten McDevitt Information Systems Scholars, mentored by Dr. Martha Grabowski (McDevitt Chair in Information Systems), have spent the 2013-2014 academic year researching various issues surrounding Google Glass, Big Data, and Disaster Management and Preparedness.

On Friday, April 11, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the James Commons Special Events Room they will present the fruits of their research at the annual Le Moyne College Scholars Day Conference.  Each will offer a brief presentation followed by a question and answer period.  We encourage our followers to attend the conference.  It is free and open to the public.

Schedule for McDevitt Scholars:

Rebecca Wolf ’14

9:00 a.m – 9:15 a.m
Rebecca Wolf ‘14, Management and Leadership and Information Systems
“GoogleGlass: Authentication, Security, and Privacy”

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Dara DeGennaro ’15, Business Analytics and Information Systems
“Arctic Shipping Patterns in the Bering Strait”

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
James Cochran ’14, English and Religious Studies
“The Fat Lady, Kao and Christ: A Study of Sacramentality in Salinger’s Fiction”

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Ashley Strazzella ’14, Biological Sciences and Physics
“A Study of the Integration of Eastern and Western Medicine: A Literature Review of Challenges, Successes, and Forthcomings of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)”

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Nicholas Olin ’16, Chemistry and Psychology
“Google Glass in the Emergency Medical Field”

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Jean-Phillipe Rancy ’15, Management and Information Systems
Michaella Steinruck ’16, Management and Information Systems
“GlassScapes: Virtualization in Google Glass”

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Poster Session
Gabe Adams ’17, Computer Science
Morgan Thomas ‘14/’15, Physics, Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering
Steve Weiter ’15, Computer Science
“Google Glass Applications for Performing Arts”

Supporting initiatives in Computer Science, Management/Information Systems, Philosophy, Physics, and Religious Studies at Le Moyne College.


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