Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics


Student Cyber Defense Team Wins Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

Operation Cyber Blizzard

Laurel, MD (March 30, 2014) — Congratulations to the team of eight students: who worked for two days to defend a network of computers from attacks while keeping their systems running while responding to user's and management's needs. This year's competition was based on the idea that a major blizzard had impacted the entire state of Maryland, prompting declarations of emergency and the mobilization of the state national guard.

The team student members are: team captain Matt Mickel; seniors Emily Jay and Kurt Karolenko; juniors Felix Guerrero, John Feehley, Justin Mavunkal and Matt Spriesterbach; and sophomore Matt Verrette. The students acted as the IT staff for local field operations in support of the guard. They had to set up and maintain secure communications their remote field stations; they also had to manage the network infrastructure, tracking volunteers, equipment, and supplies as they moved to aid the victims. While this was going on, each team was attacked by roughly thirty professional attackers, called the Red Team. Their role was to attack and disrupt the operations of the student teams.

Thirty different schools from Pennsylvania to North Carolina participated in the regional competition, including Bowie State, George Mason, George Washington, North Carolina State, the Naval Academy, and the University of Maryland at College Park- all of whom were knocked out in the qualifying round. Joining Towson in the finals were Anne Arundel Community College, Capitol College, Liberty University, Millersville University, Radford University, UMBC, and West Virginia University.


Associate Dean Gail Gasparich Receives $60,000 from the USDA

Picture of a wheat field

Towson University (March 6, 2014) — Congratulations to Dr. Gail Gasparich, who was awarded $60,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for her project entitled, "Molecular tools for specific detection and identification of species and strains of wall-less bacteria threatening the success of crop plants." This grant will provide support for undergraduate and graduate students to work with colleagues at the USDA at the Beltsville, Maryland Agricultural Research Center to develop diagnostics for rapid detection and identification of bacterial pathogens for crop plants.


Dr. Sarah Haines Receives 2014 USM Regents' Faculty Award for Public Service

Dr. Sarah Haines

Adelphi, MD (February 14, 2014) — The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents (BOR) has selected Dr. Sarah Haines, Professor of Biological Sciences, as a recipient of a 2014 USM Regents' Faculty Award for Public Service. This award is the highest honor that the Board bestows to recognize exemplary faculty achievement. Her achievements will be recognized at a special breakfast ceremony, as well as during the public session of the full board meeting on Friday, April 11, 2014 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

A sampling from her extraordinary record of public service includes but is not limited to: (1) working with the Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature;(2) having served on the Chesapeake Bay Trust's environmental education grants technical review pane; (3) being a volunteer curriculum writer and workshop facilitator for a joint project involving the states of Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey; (4) having served for the past 11 years as a Maryland Department of Natural Resources classroom volunteer through the TEAM (Teaching Environmental Awareness in Maryland) program; and (5) recently being appointed to the DNR's Invasive Species Education Project Leadership Team.

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