Baltimore, Maryland (November 22, 2015) —TU freshman Sara Borowy has spent her last three summers with an unlikely group of friends—a penguin, a tortoise and a crocodile. Borowy met her companions as a volunteer at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, where she assists at the zoo or travels offsite with its mobile education unit.
Borowy received the 2015 Teen Volunteer of the Year award for her dedication to the organization. Staff members from various departments nominated Borowy to recognize her work as an education junior interpreter, a junior keeper and an animal handler.
Open House at Columbus Center Shows Kids that Science Rocks
Baltimore, Maryland (October 31, 2015) —Halloween wasn’t just about costumes and candy this year for a group of children in Baltimore.
This past Saturday, October 31, Towson University’s Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics hosted an open house at the Columbus Center in downtown Baltimore – home to TU’s Center for STEM Excellence. During the event, children took part in demonstrations designed to introduce them to different careers in science.
The open house was held in conjunction with the annual Geological Society of America (GSA) conference, which ended on Wednesday, November 4.
Two Computer Science Faculty Receive NSF Grant to Develop "Cyber4All"
Towson, Maryland (July 27, 2015) —In the often dangerous world in which we live today, cybersecurity is too important to be taught only to computer science majors.
That's the rationale behind TU's new Cyber4All program, developed by Blair Taylor and Siddharth Kaza, both members of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences faculty. Brian Gorman from Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, Mary Helen McSweeney-Feld from Department of Interprofessional Health Studies, Barin Nag from e-Business an Technology Management, and Mike McGuire from Computer and Information Sciences are also involved in the project.
"Cybersecurity education used to be limited to computer scientists," Taylor explains. "We can't afford to do that any longer—everybody must have access." To that end, she and Kaza proposed an interdisciplinary minor in cybersecurity available to any undergraduate, with special emphasis on the needs of information technology, business, healthcare management, and criminal justice majors.
Receiving the two-year NSF award confirmed that she and Kaza were right about the need for undergraduate interdisciplinary cybersecurity education, said Taylor.
Gail Gasparich and Clare Muhoro; Two of Top 100 Women Nationally in STEM!
Towson, Maryland (June 10, 2015) —Associate Dean and Acting Assistant Provost Dr. Gail Gasparich and Chemistry Professor Dr. Clare Muhoro have been named two of the top 100 women nationally in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field by INSIGHT into Diversity magazine.
“I am honored to be one in a long line of women who have worked to diversify STEM,” Dr. Gasparich says. “It has never been intellect and ability that limited women and minorities in this field, just a lack of access and opportunity. When I think back on my own career path, in high school I had a counselor that told me that I should stay away from the STEM area because most women found that too challenging. Obviously, my rebellious nature took over and I ignored that advice!”
As a professor of biology, her commitment to mentoring young scientists extends from the secondary school level to master's degree candidates. Over half of her undergraduate students conducting research in her laboratory have been women, and several of those female students have gone onto Ph.D. programs at SUNY-Stony Brook, Duke University, University of Georgia, George Washington and Emory.
The magazine’s “Inspiring Women in STEM” award pays tribute annually to women across the nation for their efforts to encourage women to pursue and persist in STEM fields.
"I am very honored to have received this award," Muhoro said. "I strongly believe that diversity in all fields of STEM is vital; humankind must have all hands on deck as we collectively address grand challenges through scientific inquiry. It is also essential to source as much scientific brainpower as possible as we continue to push frontiers of science further. I am truly humbled to be member of this cohort of outstanding Women in Science who share this vision."
Clare has inspired dozens of women and students of color to pursue science careers. She has conducted summer science academies for middle school girls and gives annual talks about science to eighth graders in Kenya – returning once every two to three years to speak to Kenyan high school students also as well.
Four Fisher College Students Merit Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum Scholarship
Towson University (June 2, 2015) — Of the five $5,000 scholarships awarded, the Mid-Atlantic CIO Forum has awarded four of these to Fisher College students for the fall 2015 academic term. The award recognizes senior Michael Leopard, juniors Michelle D'Apice and Michael Santoro, and sophomore Scott Turner.
D'Apice is a computer science major with interests in software development and cyber security. D'Apice has made the dean's list every year since 2012 and is a second-time recipient of the scholarship.
Leopard, a declared information technology major, works as an intern at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration where he works with a variety of programming languages, software environments and programming libraries.
Santoro majors in computer science with a computer security track. His experiences as a member of the Towson University Cyber Security Club sparked his interest in cyber security.
Turner, a computer science major is a second time recipient of the scholarship and has made the dean's list for the last three terms.
Fisher College of Science and Mathematics Honors Its Students
Towson University (April 26, 2015) — The Fisher College of Science and Mathematics held its 24th Annual Honors Convocation where outstanding students in the college are recognized for their scholarship. In his opening remarks, Dr. David A. Vanko, Dean of the College, described the day as a day of celebration! We are gathered to present awards to many of the most outstanding students in our College. We honor you for your scholarship and we honor you for your leadership. Your identification as individuals who have reached a high level of excellence surely represents the culmination of many years of hard work, and although you probably had the support of family, friends, teachers, or community, we know that one common ingredient that you all have shown is determination. So, just as teachers don't give grades - you have to earn them; we don't simply give out honors, awards and scholarships - you have had to earn them, too. Dean Vanko congratulated the students on a job well done.
Dr. Timothy Chandler, Towson University's Interim President, addressed the audience with words of congratulations to the students, and thanks to all of those who helped students meet their goals.
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Fisher College Professor Win Prestigious 2014 USM Regents Award
Adelphia, Maryland (April 10, 2015) —Dr. Wei Yu received the 2015 USM Regents Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Research, or Creative Activity at the Board of Regents Faculty Awards Ceremony.
Since joining the faculty of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences at Towson University in 2009, Dr Yu has developed high-quality and well-funded research in the areas of cyber security, computer networks, and cyber-physical systems. His research work has been well-recognized internationally and has helped to raise the profile of Towson University. In 2014, he received an NSF most prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for securing national energy-based critical infrastructures. His research efforts have been recognized by a number of US government agencies and federal research laboratories through competitive research funding awards. He has received 11 competitive research awards (including the NSF CAREER grant) as the Principle Investigator (PI), totaling over $1.47 million from agencies, including the National Science Foundation, Army Research Laboratory, National Institute of Standards Technology, Department of Defense, Air Force Research Laboratory, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He has developed a sustained and successful scholarship portfolio demonstrated by around 150 book chapters and papers in reputable journals and conferences, resulting in nearly 1400 citations. He received the 2012 Excellence in Scholarship Award from the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics at Towson University.
Dr. Robert Hammell Appointed Special Assistant to the Dean
Towson University (Jan. 30, 2015) — Professor Bob Hammell from the Department of Computer and Information Sciences has agreed to join the Dean's office on a part-time basis as Special Assistant to the Dean of Science and Mathematics. A portion of Dr. Gasparich's normal portfolio of responsibilities will now be handled by Dr. Hammell – these will include student issues such as grade appeals, topics related to assessment and degree completion plans, and others.
Dr. Hammell teaches in Information Systems, and he received the Fisher College of Science and Mathematics Excellence in Teaching Award in 2013. He has supervised numerous Master's projects and at least five completed D.Sc. Information Technology dissertations. Bob's research is supported by a five-year, $491,000 Army Research Lab grant, and he has authored over 60 publications. Bob's service to the institution has been extensive, particularly in assessment and on the Middle States Steering Committee.
Professor Jonathan Lazar is Committed to Ensuring Web Accessibility for All
Towson University (Jan. 13, 2015) — Dr. Jonathan Lazar, professor of computer and information sciences, directs Towson University's undergraduate program in information systems and founded the university's Universal Usability Laboratory. He's one of the nation's leading authorities on human-computer interaction, yet there's nothing remotely "ivory tower" about his zest for making the Web accessible to all users.
"Who is locked out?" Lazar asks rhetorically before launching into a list that includes users with perceptual or motor impairments, including people who are blind, low-vision, or who have limited hearing. Also included are those with limited use of their hands or impaired speech.Read full story