College obtains science grant

first_imgOver a dozen science, engineering and math students from Saint Mary’s will receive additional financial and academic support as the result of a grant recently awarded to the College. Chemistry professor Toni Barstis and math professor Joanne Snow served as co-principal investigators of the grant, awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Biology professor Ryan Dombkowski is the faculty principal investigator of the grant and also served as co-author. The grant will begin distribution to eligible students starting in the 2013-14 school year. The grant awards $600,000 to Saint Mary’s to sponsor the advancement of women in engineering, math and science. The grant is through the NSF PRISM Women Scholars Program and provides scholarships for up to 20 students. The grant will provide roughly $26,500 of support to each student. Distribution of funds is spread throughout their sophomore, junior and senior years. “[The scholarships] are wonderful opportunities for Saint Mary’s to provide financial and developmental support to women interested in ‘STEM’ [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] field,” Dombkowski said. The school will award the scholarships to students based on their high school and first semester grades, along with recommendations from first-year professors and advisors. In addition to academia and references, Dombkowski said scholarship recipients must demonstrate an “exceptional motivation and enthusiasm for STEM disciplines.” “In the end, we want to see our students go off into successful and exciting careers in STEM fields and this scholarship program should provide us with support to do that at a higher level,” Dombkowski said. Once a student is given a scholarship, she will have to complete a list of requirements as part of her award, Drombkowski said. The student will have to participate in some community outreach, such as math or science tutoring at local schools, partake in some on-campus educational events and various field trips to pharmaceutical companies, research labs and other STEM places, he said. The scholarship recipient will also have to apply for summer research opportunities and as seniors, will attend a national conference where they will present their research from the summer or their senior comps, Drombkowski said. Dombkowski said  being awarded the grant is an accomplishment itself because of the number of applications the NSF receives every year. “I want to say that the NSF is only funding about 6 to 8 percent of their current grant applications, which means Saint Mary’s has been awarded this opportunity amongst a lot of competition,” he said. “We are certainly honored to be recognized by the NSF and excited to get started.” Dombkowksi said the College science and math departments have high hopes for the grant and are eager to see the impact of it on students, school and community. “I think that I can speak for my other [co-principle investigators] when I say that we hope the grant will help us to advertise the wonderful work Saint Mary’s women all already doing in STEM fields; to promote STEM careers and research for Saint Mary’s students; to attract, interest and retain the best and brightest students towards the STEM disciplines and to financially support exceptionally motivated STEM students throughout their studies,” he said. Contact Bridget Feeney at bfeene01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

Securing your video surveillance system

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Cybercrime now costs the world an estimated $600 billion, or 0.8 percent of global gross domestic product, according The Economic Impact of Cybercrime report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies and McAfee. That’s up significantly from the previous version, which put global losses at close to $500 billion back in 2014.Looking at video surveillance devices in particular, they are like any other device attached to a network. If they are not configured and locked down properly, they can be a point of vulnerability for someone to hack into a credit union’s network and access data transferred over that network. It’s not so much that people would tap into the video network to see views from the cameras themselves. That is possible, but the bigger target is typically customer data.Protecting customer data has always been a priority for credit unions, but never have the stakes been higher. With the cost of a single data breach averaging $3.2 million, and per-record costs averaging $336 in heavily regulated industries like banking, according to the 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study, sponsored by IBM Security and conducted by Ponemon Institute LLC, the financial impact can be considerable. And that’s before factoring in the amount a credit union will likely spend on legal and investigation fees following an attack.last_img read more

Serena Williams, back in the wins, aims to end long Slam record quest

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More40 Child Actors Who Turned Into Gorgeous AdultsWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Everything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon Read Also: Serena ends three-year title drought, hands winnings to bushfire appeal The 27-year-old Pliskova goes into Melbourne under the radar but the world number two beat American Madison Keys in the final to close the gap on Barty at the top of the rankings. However, she is yet to win a Grand Slam and her best appearance in a Major was back in 2016, when she lost the US Open final to Germany’s Angelique Kerber. There will be added interest in Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki, the former world number one who finally broke her long Grand Slam duck in Melbourne two years ago, and who will retire after the tournament at the age of 29. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Practice and qualifying have been disrupted by smoke from bushfiresWilliams has now won 73 WTA titles over four decades and although she is scaling back the number of tournaments she plays, there is no indication she plans to retire imminently. Williams’s latest Grand Slam final heartbreak came at the US Open, where she was stunned by Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu. Williams – the highest-paid female athlete in the world last year with earnings close to US$30 million, according to Forbes – afterwards played down her bid for Court’s record. “I’m not necessarily chasing a record,” she said. “I’m just trying to win Grand Slams.” At least she will not encounter the 19-year-old Andreescu, who is out of the Australian Open with a knee injury. Serena Williams is ominously back to winning ways as she looks to finally complete her long quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. The American has been on the cusp of history since 2017, when she won her 23rd Major trophy in Melbourne, but after returning from giving birth has suffered straight-sets defeats in four Slam finals. Serena Williams broke a three-year title drought last week in Auckland The signs are good for the 38-year-old Williams, who broke a three-year title drought at last week’s Auckland Classic – a result that will not have gone unnoticed by her younger rivals. Australia’s world number one Ashleigh Barty and defending champion Naomi Osaka are among her genuine challengers, but pressure and expectation will also pose problems for Williams as she pursues the 24 Grand Slam titles won by the Australian Margaret Court between 1960 and 1973. “That was really important for me and I just want to build on it,” Williams, now ranked ninth in the world, said after triumphing in Auckland on Sunday. The former number one, who celebrated on court with daughter Olympia, donated her US$43,000 winner’s cheque to victims of the Australian bushfires. Practice and qualifying have been disrupted in Melbourne this week because of toxic air pollution from the deadly fires, but organisers are confident the tournament will proceed as planned. – Pressure on Barty – Of the challengers to Williams, Barty will also have to deal with great expectations from the Melbourne crowd. The 23-year-old Australian, who once took time off tennis to play professional cricket, won her maiden Major at Roland Garros last year. Australia’s Ashleigh Barty won Roland Garros last yearBut Barty has had a patchy start to the year after losing her season opener last week, going down in two sets in Brisbane to American qualifier Jennifer Brady. She dismissed afterwards the hype in Australia surrounding her. “It doesn’t change the way that I practise, it doesn’t change the way that my team and I prepare, it doesn’t change me as a person,” Barty said. Japan’s Osaka arrives for her title defence accompanied by her fourth coach in less than a year, Belgian Wim Fissette. The 22-year-old squandered match point in losing to Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the semi-finals in Brisbane on Saturday.last_img read more

Fullback duo finding their way

first_imgJunior running back Bradie Ewing has made the switch to fullback to help pave the way for the powerful Wisconsin running game.[/media-credit]One starred at halfback in high school. The other takes half of his practice snaps at guard on the offensive line.Meet Bradie Ewing and Ryan Groy, the 2010 fullback duo for the Wisconsin football team.Ewing, a native of Richland Center weighs in at 234 lbs. – or to put it another way, 21 lbs. less than running back John Clay’s listed weight – ran for over 3,000 yards in high school, scored 41 touchdowns and was named First-Team All-State his senior year. Now he smashes headlong into linebackers on a daily basis, buried not in just short-yardage piles but obscurity.Groy tips the scales at 307 lbs, was named the Wisconsin State Journal Player of the Year as an offensive lineman in his final high school season and has to bring two jerseys to game days – No. 79 in case he gets in at guard and No. 47 for his fullback duties.Their respective stories couldn’t be more different, save one defining similar characteristic: They both just wanted to get on the field.“A week before the first game, they put me in the formation [at fullback],” Groy said. “I didn’t know if I was doing scout, or what I was doing. And then we started running plays, and I was like ‘Am I a fullback? Yeah. Well, OK.’”“It got me on the field, so I wasn’t complaining.The death of the fullback position has been a long time coming. Gone are the glory days of Jim Taylor and 1,000 yard rushing seasons.Between spread offenses, shotgun formations and the proliferation of single back schemes, true fullbacks have little place in the college game, and more importantly, almost no place in the heart of an elite high school athlete. You cannot recruit what doesn’t exist.But the Badgers, with their old-school power running game, still have a need for a fullback. So they go looking in-house.Last season it was senior tight end Mickey Turner taking most of the snaps in front of the running back, with tight ends Garrett Graham and Lance Kendricks sharing the load as well. This season, Ewing and Groy man the role.Neither played a down of fullback in high school, but it hardly matters now. They are on the field in front of 80,000 weekly. The fact that most fans couldn’t pick them out of a lineup is naught but an amusing anecdote.“It is just awesome to help the team win,” Ewing said.Against Austin Peay last Saturday, Ewing scored the first touchdown of the game on an eight-yard plunge up the middle on a play the Badgers call “belly.” Ewing added another score later on a three-yard swing reception.It was a short return to his days in high school as the featured playmaker before settling back into his role of leading blocker for Wisconsin’s current playmakers.“Anytime when you are a fullback, going from being a running back to a blocking fullback, it is cool to get the ball back in your hands,” Ewing said.The transition from halfback to fullback is probably more difficult mentally then physically. Glory seekers need not apply. Ewing often rehashes a phrase somewhere along the lines of “anything to help the team win” in his answers – a response he must believe to enjoy his job at fullback.“Without a doubt,” running back coach John Settle responded when asked if transitioning from halfback to fullback was more difficult mentally then physically. “But guys here know it is a team sport and they understand that they have a job to do. He approaches it with the right mindset.“The thing I am most pleased with is how much his blocking has improved drastically. I think he feels good about where he is. He is playing with a confidence now you like to see as a coach.”For Groy the short transition has been the other way around, more difficult learning the ins-and-outs of fullback then adjusting to a new role.Still taking half his practice snaps at guard and half at fullback, Groy says he believes his play has been up and down as the lead blocker. On one play he might be out in front, cutting a linebacker against Arizona State to lead to John Clay’s rushing touchdown, but against San Jose State he was partially responsible for a fumble after bumping into quarterback Scott Tolzien.“I didn’t even know going into fullback that my steps were important,” Groy said with a laugh. “I just stepped towards the play and hit. I guess I learned the hard way.”Besides giving Wisconsin a mix of personnel for their opponents to study – they super creatively call the package “Big” when Groy comes in – the fullback duo keep each other rested.Settle believes the roles on the team for Ewing and Groy have an uplifting effect on the rest of the roster as well. Their hard work in practice has paid off with playing time.“I think the players feed off of that,” Settle said. “I think they like to see guys on the field who otherwise might not get a chance to play.”Or maybe this is all overblown and Groy and Ewing just like hitting people.“He is a big dude, I’m not that bad. We both like getting in there and smacking skulls with some people,” Ewing said.last_img read more