Understanding Laudato Si’

In Pope Francis’ recent Encyclical Laudato Si’ (Praise Be or Praise Be to You), he issued an urgent call for all who dwell on our sustaining earth to act to confront the impending environmental crisis.

Join us on September 16th at 6:00 p.m. in Le Moyne’s Panasci Family Chapel as we host a set of three short talks discussing the contents of the encyclical itself, the science of climate change, and our ethical implication in climate change and the action for which Pope Francis is calling.

If you would like to engage in further discussions regarding Laudato Si’, you may wish to register for a free class offered through the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. This short course provides an overview of the main themes and messages of Laudato Si’ and encourages dialogue about one critical aspect of sustainable development: the moral responsibility to live sustainably. The course also provides a forum for participants to discuss, debate, and share their thoughts and ideas.

Call for Applications: Le Moyne College / Syracuse University Faculty Sustainability Fellows

Faculty from all disciplines at Le Moyne College (LMC) and Syracuse University (SU) are invited to apply for a new inter-institutional initiative:  Fall 2015 Sustainability Faculty Fellowships.  Each institution will award up to three Fellowships to promote learning, scholarship, and pedagogy related to the theme of climate change and social justice.

The remarkable Papal Encyclical on climate change, “Laudato Si’”, issued  in June, is an invitation to dialogue not only about the scientific, technical, and economic dimensions of climate change but about its moral, ethical, and social dimensions as well. A similar range of issues informs the book, This Changes Everything,  by journalist Naomi Klein (2014). In the coming semester, the LMC and SU communities will host leading experts about the Papal encyclical and Naomi Klein herself, as well as the trailblazing climate scientist Michael Mann, author of The Hockey Stick and The Climate Wars (2012)  The Faculty Sustainability Fellows program will draw on this confluence of opportunities to bring together faculty from both institutions to explore issues of climate justice and brainstorm about ways to extend this important dialogue into the classroom and student research.

The SU Sustainability Faculty Fellows are supported by the office of the Vice President for Sustainability Initiatives.  The LMC Fellows are supported by the McDevitt Center. Fellows will receive stipends of $500, with the  potential for modest additional funding to support  collaborative initiatives. Fellows will be expected to attend three events, plus two additional meetings, and to submit a brief written report that relates the topics discussed to their respective disciplines and then lays out one or more specific ways they could be used to enhance the curriculum and opportunities for collaboration between SU and LMC. This could include a lesson plan, a new course description, ideas for student research projects, study abroad, as well as local or more broadly-based engagement opportunities. Faculty who are not already experts on climate change or sustainability are particularly encouraged to apply.

The application process can be found in the attached PDF.  The application deadline is September 1 and decisions will be announced no later than Sept.7.

Sustaining Earth Fellows App_P2

Bolster and McCrimmon Travel to Learn About Historical Bird Migration Data

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Dan Bolster and biologist Jessica Zelt, Program Coordinator, review historical, hand-written records that have been digitized and entered into the Bird Phenology Program database.

Dr. Donald McCrimmon, McDevitt Research Associate and McDevitt Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Natural Sciences student Dan Bolster traveled to Laurel, MD July 21st and 22nd to the offices of the Bird Phenology Program (BPP) at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center (PWRC) of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. McCrimmon and Bolster (’16), along with undergraduates Steven Houck (’14), Chris Klee (’15) and Anna Valentine (’16), have been investigating changes in the timing of spring migration during the 20th and early 21st Centuries. Their analyses of records compiled by the Cayuga Bird Club in New York (dating to 1903) and the Forbush Bird Club in Massachusetts (dating to 1932) show that 69 bird species have demonstrated statistically significant earlier yearly first observation dates in both regions, suggesting possible relationships to changes in temperatures over time.

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In a blind overlooking a holding area for Whooping Cranes, Dan Bolster holds an adult crane model used by investigators during behavioral studies.

While they probe that linkage using data provided by the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University, they are also very interested in extending the migration observations further back in time. They will use BPP data for that purpose. The BPP is a collection of millions of migration card observations, dating back to the mid to late 1800s and illuminating almost a century of migration patterns and population status of birds. While there, McCrimmon and Bolster were treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the PWRC’s other research projects including the Bird Banding Laboratory, endangered Whooping Cranes, and a variety of sea ducks.

Sustaining Earth: Insights from Science and Religion

On Thursday, the Vatican released Pope Francis’ 180+ page document entitled Laudato Si’ (Praised Be or Praise Be to You), which highlights the ecological crisis that is destroying our “common home.” In the encyclical, Pope Francis aligns himself with mainstream scientific thinking on climate change, declaring it a global problem with grave environmental, economic, societal, and political implications. Within that framework, he argues for a new partnership between science and religion, urging a global call to action and an ecological conversion for the faithful.

This fall, The McDevitt Center will launch a new series of public events engaging these same issues–Sustaining Earth: Insights from Science and Religion. Sustaining Earth is motivated by our sense of the urgency of the growing threats to our environment and by our conviction that our ability fully to understand and effectively engage with these threats must draw upon both scientific and broadly religious insights and perspective.  With this initiative we aim to provide all members of our campus community, area parishioners, and members of our regional community with accurate and up-to-date information about the threats, their causes, and measures that may help meet these threats.  But we also seek to ground and frame these issues within the context of broadly religious perspectives on our human relation to the environment and our ethical obligations to care for the environment—all with the intention of helping to foster informed and concerted action to sustain our earth.

The inaugural event in this new initiative, organized in concert with the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, is scheduled for the evening of September 16, 2015 and will bring together three speakers to consider Laudato Si’.  Dr. Christiana Peppard (Fordham) will address the contents of the encyclical itself and their place within the broader context of Catholic thought and Francis’ papacy.  Dr. Larry Tanner (Le Moyne) will discuss the science of climate change.  And Dr. Jame Schaefer (Marquette) will speak to our ethical implication in climate change and the action that Pope Francis is calling Catholics—and others—to take.  Additional information about this event and about Sustaining Earth will be available soon.

Additional information on the newly released encyclical may be found at the links listed below:

Read the entire papal encyclical: Laudato Si’

Pope Francis, in Sweeping Encyclical, Calls for Swift Action on Climate Change

Science, faith, policy: Excerpts from Pope Francis’ new teaching document on the environment

Pope’s encyclical generates responses from over-the-top enthusiasm to harsh dismissal

Top Ten Takeaways from ‘Laudato Si”

Jack Nelson ’16 Receives Prestigious Internship at MIT’s Dalai Lama Center

Jack Nelson ’16 (Philosophy), a self-described advocate and feminist, believes it is necessary for today’s youth to have a realistic understanding of, and to actively engage with, pressing social concerns facing American society. As a Resident Advisor at Le Moyne College and youth counselor at the East Fayetteville YMCA, Nelson has worked with particular urgency to combat exclusion based on various forms of difference. Believing that the first step to promoting greater inclusion is to identify the thoughts and attitudes that motivate exclusion, Nelson is working to create a unique peer advocacy program that seeks to identify and help those who exclude and victimize others. This summer, Nelson will have the opportunity to continue developing his peer advocacy program through a one-of-a-kind internship opportunity at the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at M.I.T. in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The six-week internship will provide Nelson with hands on training in becoming an ethical leader for the 21st century. Beginning with a guided introduction to the Dalai Lama Center’s mission and activities, Nelson will work with the Dalai Lama Center to develop, implement, and test a pilot version of his peer advocacy project.

The Dalai Lama Center Internship Program was designed specifically for Le Moyne students and Jack was awarded this prestigious internship opportunity following a competitive and comprehensive application process.

The McDevitt Center congratulates Jack Nelson.

2015 McDevitt Summer Internship and Research Grant Recipients Announced

TThe McDevitt Summer Internship and McDevitt Summer Research Programs were developed by the McDevitt Center in order to strengthen undergraduate programs in the McDevitt disciplines while also enhancing Le Moyne’s support for student internships and research.  The programs award grants of $3,000 each to as many as 20 students per year who are majoring or minoring in Computer Science, Management/Information Systems, Philosophy, Physics or Religious Studies and who secure high-quality unpaid internships, paid internships that involve unusually high costs, or laboratory or field research opportunities.

For the summer of 2015, thirteen students have been awarded these competitive Summer Internship and Research Grants.

The McDevitt Center congratulates:

Internship Grant Recipients
Michael B. Abbott II ’17
YoonJi Lee ’17
Ronald J. Lowe ’16
Gerald D. Matarazzo ’16
John M. Nelson ’16
Sarah Touey ’18
Dominic P. Uliano IV ’18

Research Grant Recipients
Ryan J. Bonk ’16
Anna M. Curtin ’17
Katelynn E. Roffo ’16
Melissa A. Schmitz ’16
Joseph D. Shupperd ’16
Spencer J. Stuckey ’16

Agenda for May 20th Cybersecurity Symposium Announced

Dr. Marc Rogers and the McDevitt Center are pleased to announce the agenda for the May 20th CNY Cybersecurity Connections: Advanced Persistent Threats, The Cloud, and Mobile event:

8:30 Registration, Coffee & Pastries
9:00-10:15 Enablement & Containment: Balancing Mobility & Operational Risk in a Business without Borders

Speaker: Mike Kearn

10:30-11:45 Advanced Persistent Marketing: Demystifying APT’s and Cyber Attacks

Speaker: Lance James

12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00-3:00 Panel Discussion

Facilitated by: Marc Rogers (Purdue University, McDevitt Chair in Computer Science)

Panelists:

·       John Bay
·       Lance James
·       Mike Kearn
·       Carl Landwehr

This program qualifies for 5 CPEs (CISA and CISM) under the Continuing Professional Education Policy outlined by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.

This program qualifies for 5 CPEs (CIA and CPA). Category: Advisory Services. The CNY IIA sponsor ID number for NYS is 002212. CPE requirements vary from state to state. Contact your state’s board for information concerning your state’s specific requirements. Prerequisites: None.

Co-sponsors:      The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and The Institute of Internal Auditors Central New York Chapter (CNYIIA).

For additional information or to register for this event please visit www.lemoyne.edu/cyberscurity.

To receive the latest information on this event please follow this blog, use #cnycybersecurity on Twitter, or e-mail mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu to be added to the mailing list.

Celebrating the Class of 2015

As Le Moyne College prepares to celebrate its 65th undergraduate commencement ceremony this Sunday, May 17th, the McDevitt Center would like to congratulate the class of 2015 which includes these McDevitt Fellows, Scholars, Interns, and Researchers:

  • Connor Biolsi, McDevitt Scholar in Information Systems
  • Afsah Chohan, McDevitt Fellow
  • Patrick Curtin, McDevitt Scholar in Information Systems
  • Dara DeGenarro, McDevitt Scholar in Information Systems and McDevitt Intern
  • Crystal Fontana, McDevitt Scholar in Information Systems
  • Taylor Glausen, McDevitt Fellow and McDevitt Summer Research
  • Thomas Hilgenberg, McDevitt Intern
  • Acheampong Johnson, McDevitt Intern
  • Christopher Klee, McDevitt Scholar in Ecology
  • Alexsis Long-Ekoim, McDevitt Intern
  • Samantha Maggio, McDevitt Summer Research
  • Robert McCall, McDevitt Intern with the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values
  • Akash Mitra, McDevitt Intern
  • Manuel Nyagisere, McDevitt Fellow and McDevitt Scholar in Information Systems
  • Allen Prusinowski, McDevitt Fellow
  • Maria Ramirez, McDevitt Intern
  • Ryan Romich, McDevitt Scholar in Information Systems and McDevitt Intern
  • Sarah Ruby, McDevitt Summer Research
  • Michaella Steinruck, McDevitt Scholar in Information Systems
  • Stephen Weiter, McDevitt Scholar in Information Systems

Congratulations! Go forth and set the world on fire.

CNYIIA To Co-Sponsor May 20th Cybersecurity Event

Dr. Marc Rogers (Endowed Chair of Computer Science) and the McDevitt Center are pleased to announce the CNY Institute of of Internal Auditors (CNY IIA) will be co-sponsoring the CNY Cybersecurity Connections: Advanced Persistent Threats, The Cloud, and Mobile event on May 20th at Le Moyne College.

Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 8.23.47 AMThe Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) is an international professional association with more than 170,000 members in internal auditing, risk management, governance, internal control, IT audit, education and security.  With global representation, The Institute is the recognized authority, principal educator, and acknowledged leader in certification, research, and technological guidance for the profession worldwide.

Founded in 1957, the Central New York Chapter of the IIA has more than 250 members and provides training, education and networking opportunities to internal audit professionals through meetings and events.

This program qualifies for 5 CPEs (CIA and CPA). Category: Advisory Services. The CNY IIA sponsor ID number for NYS is 002212. CPE requirements vary from state to state. Contact your state’s board for information concerning your state’s specific requirements. Prerequisites: None.

This program also qualifies for 5 CPEs (CISA and CISM) under the Continuing Professional Education Policy outlined by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association.

To register for this event please visit www.lemoyne.edu/cyberscurity.

To receive the latest information on this event please follow this blog, use #cnycybersecurity on Twitter, or e-mail mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu to be added to the mailing list.

Lance James to Join May 20th Cybersecurity Symposium

50bb5b_df35363a9ac74619827d62aea4c63b54.jpg_srz_p_309_310_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzDr. Marc Rogers (Endowed Chair of Computer Science at Le Moyne College) and the McDevitt Center are pleased to announce that Lance James will be joining the May 20th CNY Cybersecurity Connections: Advanced Persistent Threats, The Cloud, and Mobile symposium.

James will provide a lecture from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. entitled “Advanced Persistent Marketing: Demystifying APT’s and Cyber Attacks.”  This presentation will begin with a detailed look at threat-actor motivations as the basis for pre-emptive capabilities. It will present a taxonomy of the underground ecosystem, provide an overview of tactics and procedures behind today’s APT’s, and highlight current “advanced” threat trends.

James will also participate in a panel that will begin at 1:00 p.m.

Lance James, internationally renowned information security specialist brings over fifteen years of experience in programming, network security, digital forensics, malware research, cryptography design, cryptanalysis, counterintelligence, and protocol exploitation. He provides advisory services to a wide range of government agencies and Fortune 500 organizations including America’s top financial services institutions. Credited with the identification of Zeus and other malware, James is an active contributor to the evolution of security practices and counterintelligence tactics and strategies.

For additional information on Lance James, his talk, and to register for this event please visit www.lemoyne.edu/cyberscurity.

To receive the latest information on this event please follow this blog, use #cnycybersecurity on Twitter, or e-mail mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu to be added to the mailing list.

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