Kimmerer to Speak on March 23rd

kimmerer-webOn Monday, March 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Panasci Family Chapel on the Le Moyne College campus, Robin Kimmerer, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Biology at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, will present a talk entitled “What Does the Earth Ask of Us.” The talk is sponsored by the McDevitt Center.

Every day, we are showered with gifts from the land. Though the Earth provides us with all that we need, we have created a consumption-driven economy that asks, “What more can we take from the Earth?” and almost never “What does the Earth ask of us in return?” For much of human’s time on the planet, before the great delusion, we lived in cultures that understood the covenant of reciprocity, that for the Earth to stay in balance, for the gifts to continue to flow, we must give back in equal measure for what we take. Indigenous environmental philosophy is rich in teachings of how we might enter into reciprocity with the more-than-human world.  Can we create a symbiosis between indigenous wisdom and scientific knowledge that can guide us to sustainability?

Robin Kimmerer, Ph.D. received her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. Kimmerer is the founding director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, co-founder and past president of the Traditional Ecological Knowledge section of the Ecological Society of America, and an enrolled member of the Citizen Band Potawatomi. She is the author of numerous scientific articles and the books Gathering Moss, which was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing in 2005, and Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, to be released in March 2015.

To learn more about Robin Kimmerer, we suggest watching this TED Talk entitled “Reclaiming the Honorable Harvest:”

Le Moyne Hosts NYS Science Olympiad

For the first time ever, Le Moyne College will serve as the host for the New York State Science Olympiad, taking place today and tomorrow at various locations around campus.

The event will bring approximately 800 enthusiastic and talented high school students and some of their parents and teachers from 54 schools across the state. Events in which students test devices they have built — including vehicles, airplanes, bridges, and “Rube Goldberg” machines — will be on public view on Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the atrium of the science addition, James Commons, Grewen Auditorium, and the Recreation Center.

First and second place winners in each category will receive a prestigious McDevitt Scholarship, worth up to $3,500 if the student chooses to attend the College.

The McDevitt Center will be hosting a program entitled Steam 2.0: From STEM to STEAM at a Liberal Arts College from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. The program will feature the Hon. Joanne Mahoney, Dr. Linda Le Mura (President of Le Moyne), Rachel Carey (Le Moyne College class of 2011), and keynote speaker Dr. Hilary McManus (Department of Biologic Sciences).

In addition, faculty and students from Le Moyne science departments will be on hand to answer questions and engage students in various activities.

The Le Moyne Makers Zone will also be showcasing their android (built using a 3-D printer) and rover. See the rover in action here:

Coverage of the Olympiad included a story on syracuse.com and two segments on Thursday’s Bridge Street show, one with Chemistry Professor Carmen Giunta and NYS Science Olympiad Director Jamie Cucinotta, and the second segment featuring local students who will compete.   

Spring 2015 Science & Religion Events Announced

The McDevitt Center announces the Spring 2015 events in its continuing initiative Science and Religion in Modern America.

kimmerer-webWhat Does the Earth Ask of Us?
Robin W. Kimmerer, Ph.D., Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
7 p.m., Monday, Mar. 23

Every day, we are showered with gifts from the land. Though the Earth provides us with all that we need, we have created a consumption-driven economy that asks, “What more can we take from the Earth?” and almost never “What does the Earth ask of us in return?” For much of human’s time on the planet, before the great delusion, we lived in cultures that understood the covenant of reciprocity, that for the Earth to stay in balance, for the gifts to continue to flow, we must give back in equal measure for what we take. Indigenous environmental philosophy is rich in teachings of how we might enter into reciprocity with the more-than-human world.  Can we create a symbiosis between indigenous wisdom and scientific knowledge that can guide us to sustainability?

IMG_0279Facts and Values: Environmental Science and Ethics in the Catholic Church
Christiana Z. Peppard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Theology, Science and Ethics in the Department of Theology, Fordham University
7 p.m., Tuesday, Apr. 21

What does environmental change have to do with debates about religion and science? Against the backdrop of the Catholic Church’s multifaceted relationship to scientific inquiry throughout the past few centuries, this talk focuses on evolving Catholic teachings on the intersections of environmental degradation, social justice, and political economy–and their importance for the twenty-first century.

These events are free and open to the public. They will take place in the Panasci Family Chapel on the Le Moyne College campus.

For additional information about these events or other McDevitt Center programs, contact us at mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu or 315-445-6200.

CNY Cybersecurity Connections Announces Agenda for April 15th Event: Fraud, Privacy, and Bring Your Own Devices

Join Dr. Marcus Rogers (McDevitt Chair in Computer Science at Le Moyne College), The McDevitt Center, Infragard, and CNYIIA for this exciting and very informative symposium.

9:00 am: Bring Your Own Device – Law, Privacy, and Policy Implications
Speaker: Orin S. Kerr, JD

Businesses often want to monitor their employees as they use computers at work. But what happens when companies allow employees to use their own cell phones and computers for company business? What rights do employers have to access, monitor, and control the contents of employee-owned computers? This lecture will cover the legal rules governing “bring your own device” policies. It will address the different laws that may apply, the privacy implications at stake, and the best practices for employers to avoid liability and litigation.

10:45 am: Privacy: Re-Framing What We Think We Know
Speaker: Kelley Misata

Sometimes our greatest lessons come from when the frame of what we believed to be true is spun around and flipped upside down. The conversations among security professionals, policy makers and others about what privacy means has seen some dramatic shifts in the past year; raising far more questions then answers. To complicate things, when asking general users what privacy means, often the response is a recount of scary stories of data breaches, surveillance, and face-less hacker communities. As this unique journey into information security and time as a member of the Tor Project will illustrate – privacy is not a point fixed in time, but a constantly evolving parade of questions we, as security professionals, need to stay in tune and continue to re-frame our own definitions to the changing landscape.

12:15-1:45: Lunch (provided)/Meet and Greet

1:45 pm Panel Discussion
Facilitator: Marc Rogers, Ph.D.
Panelists: Shawn O’Reilly, Lena Smart, Laurie Venditti, Orin S. Kerr, and Kelley Misata

By bringing together industry and academic experts in privacy, fraud, and the challenges to our growing dependencies on technology – our esteemed panel will explore today’s current landscape and provide insights on the consequences, potential issues, and where enterprises and individuals need to focus going forward.

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.

 

CNY Cybersecurity Connections Announces Speakers for the April 15th Symposium: “Fraud, Privacy, and Bring Your Own Devices”

We’re delighted to announce that Orin S. Kerr, JD, Kelly Misata, MBA, Shawn O’Reilly, CISSP, CISM, CISM, Lena Smart, CISSP, CISM, CRISC, CCISO, CISA, and Laurie Venditti have all confirmed that they will be joining Dr. Marcus Rogers (McDevitt Chair in Computer Science at Le Moyne College), for our April 15th program. To register for this exciting and informative symposium, visit http://www.lemoyne.edu/cyberscurity.

Orin S. Kerr, JD  Kerr

Professor Kerr is a nationally recognized scholar of criminal procedure and computer crime law. He has authored more than 50 articles, and his scholarship has been cited in over 150 judicial opinions and almost 2000 academic works. Prior to joining the George Washington faculty in 2001, Professor Kerr was a trial attorney in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at the U.S. Department of Justice, as well as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.

Kelley Misata, MBAmisata

Kelley Misata is a strategic thought leader who combines over 15 years in business leadership roles with a passion for facilitating critical conversations around responsible digital citizenship, digital safety, and free of speech online. Her current work with The Open Information Security Foundation and recent work at Tor spans across fundraising, advocacy, policy discussions, marketing and outreach activities with a wide array of stakeholders. She draws on current trends and conversations in digital security with local and federal law enforcement, information security experts and national resources to create strategies which incorporate the human side of digital safety.

Shawn O’Reilly, CISSP, CISM, CISMoreilly

Shawn O’Reilly, CISSP, CISM, CISM, is the Information Security Officer for Upstate Medical University and University Hospital in Syracuse, NY. Shawn has over twenty years of experience in the information security, information systems auditing, and security consulting fields. Shawn’s primary focus in information security centers on healthcare security compliance with both state and federal regulations.

Lena Smart, CISSP, CISM, CRISC, CCISO, CISAsmart

Lena Smart is CIO at New York Power Authority, the country’s largest state public power organization, producing some of the cheapest electricity in North America. Smart is also the Energy Sector Chief for the FBI InfraGard. She was the keynote speaker at the Infragard 2013 Cyber Security meeting in Syracuse and has spoken at other conferences including NYIT Cyber Week (New York Institute of Technology) 2012 & 2013.

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Laurie Venditti, Security Liaison, has earned valuable experience over the last 15 years in the security industry supporting the development of projects ranging from technology integration within law enforcement agencies, public safety through data capture, situational awareness and video surveillance solutions, data content analytics and records/content management. She holds community service and leadership roles within InfraGard (FBI Partnership Organization) and is the Founder and President of the Syracuse InfraGard Alliance; she is the recipient of FBI Director Mueller’s award for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest; she is an alumnus of the Domestic Security Executive’s Academy – Quantico, VA and FBI Citizens Academy – NYC.

For additional biographical information on each speaker please visit CNY Cybersecurity Connections: Fraud, Privacy and Bring Your Own Device.

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.

New Lecture Series Entitled The Future of Being Human Launched

Dr. Jennifer Glancy (McDevitt-Core Professor) and the McDevitt Center at Le Moyne College announce the launch of a new public lecture series entitled The Future of Being Human.

In light of ecological crisis, rapid technological change, and widespread social alienation, what is the future of being human? Theologians, philosophers, biologists, political theorists, and fiction writers will be among those who engage the question of what it means to be human in the twenty-first century in this multidisciplinary lectures series, to be inaugurated in Spring 2015 and continue through Spring 2017.

Schedule of events for Spring 2015:

???????????????????????????????????????????????????Extreme Humanities
William Robert, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Religion, Syracuse University
5:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 3
Panasci Family Chapel

Edges are engaging.  They’re where things get really interesting.  When human beings reach their edges, touch their limits, extreme things happen: things like ecstasy, transgression, bliss, dissolution.  How might we make sense of such extreme experiences?  What might they teach us about being human?

dunnLessons From the Human Heart
Rob Dunn, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University
5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24
Panasci Family Chapel

Most of the important discoveries likely to heal your heart come from basic biology.  Fungal taxonomy, evolution, and the biology of rare monkeys have more to do with saving the heart of someone you love than do innovations in surgery, transplants or even the biology of heart cells.

dbuellTo Be One is Always To Become With Many: What Ancient Christians Can Teach Us About the Future of the Human
Denise Buell, Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Religion, Williams College
5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31
Panasci Family Chapel

How might wrestling with ancient materials help transform contemporary understandings of the human and perhaps even change practices of how we are human?  Both the biological category of microbes and the ancient notion of the pneuma afford occasions to explore what happens when we cannot presume the boundedness of any creature.  The radical vulnerability of all creature, including human ones, both exhilarates and terrifies, but above all requires a response.

gsaundersA Reading by George Saunders
George Saunders
5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Apr. 28
Grewen Auditorium with live streaming to the Curtin Special Events Room, James Commons and Reilley Room

To receive the latest information about these events please follow this blog, use #futurehuman onTwitter, or e-mail mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu to be added to the mailing list.

CNY Cybersecurity Connections Announces Co-Sponsors for April 15th Event: Fraud, Privacy, and Bring Your Own Devices

Dr. Marcus Rogers (McDevitt Chair in Computer Science at Le Moyne College) and The McDevitt Center are pleased to announce Infragard and the Central New York Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (CNYIIA) as co-sponsors for the April 15th CNY Cybersecurity Connections event: Fraud, Privacy, and Bring Your Own Devices.

Screen Shot 2015-02-16 at 8.35.13 AMInfragard  is a partnership between the FBI and the private sector representing businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the U.S.

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 6 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.

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.

Spring Events for CNY Cybersecurity Connections: Today’s Challenges, Opportunities And Trends Announced

The McDevitt Center at Le Moyne College, Dr. Marcus Rogers (McDevitt Chair in Computer Science), Infragard, and CNYIIA Announce the Spring Events for CNY Cybersecurity Connections: Today’s Challenges, Opportunities And Trends

Conversations surrounding information security and privacy are no longer restricted to technology professionals. Business leaders and professionals in all sectors need to stay current with the rapidly shifting cybersecurity landscape. But, staying ahead of these risks can be challenging.

Join us as CNY Cybersecurity Connections brings leading cybersecurity experts to Central New York to discuss these and other security-related topics critical to today’s business environment. By attending you will have an unparalleled opportunity to learn from and engage with experts operating on the front lines of cybersecurity and digital privacy.

Be sure to save the dates for our two, full-day, spring events held on the Le Moyne College campus. There is no charge to participate in these events but registration is suggested. Lunch is provided.

Fraud, Privacy and Bring Your Own Device – April 15, 2015

Advanced Persistent Threats, Cloud, and Mobile – May 20, 2015

To register for these events please visit http://www.lemoyne.edu/cyberscurity.

To receive the latest information about these events please follow this blog, use #cnycybersecurity onTwitter, or e-mail mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu to be added to the mailing list.

O’Brien Submits Major Research Instrument Grant Proposal

If atoms are too small to see, how do scientists know the fundamental composition of things? How do they know if they’ve made something new? One of the most important tools for determining the arrangement of atoms in matter is a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectrometer. Le Moyne has an NMR spectrometer, but it is limited to teaching purposes due to its low strength, 60 MHz. An interdisciplinary team of researchers hopes to bring a more powerful instrument to campus.

Principal Investigator (PI) Anna O’Brien (Chemistry) and her co-PIs Michael Masingale (Chemistry), Joseph Mullins (Chemistry), and Hilary McManus (Biology) have submitted a Major Research Instrument grant proposal to the National Science Foundation (NSF). The proposal would fund the purchase of a 400 MHz NMR for the use of Le Moyne faculty and student researchers. Anna and her team were assisted by Lisa Lessun, Assistant Director of Foundation Relations and Academic Resources in the Institutional Advancement office and Chrissie Rizzo, Grant Writing Coordinator in the McDevitt Center.

A more powerful 400 MHz NMR provides sharper resolution than the 60 MHz NMR, and would enable faculty and students to conduct cutting-edge research projects that are not possible with the current instrument on campus. Through lab courses, hundreds of students would gain hands-on experience with an instrument they would likely encounter in graduate school and in jobs after graduation.

Holiday Open Houses This Week at the McDevitt Center

The McDevitt Center will be holding holiday open houses on Tuesday, Dec. 9, between noon and 3 p.m. and on WednesdayDec. 10, between 8:30 a.m. and noon. Please stop in to share some holiday cheer, meet Chrissie Rizzo (our new grant writing coordinator), and learn about the Center’s latest programs and initiatives for students and faculty from across the College.

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

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