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Press Release: Pace University’s Cybersecurity Camp Inspires Next Generation in the Face of a Massive Professional Shortage

08/02/2019

Press Release: Pace University’s Cybersecurity Camp Inspires Next Generation in the Face of a Massive Professional Shortage


Left to right: Nickole Leite, 14, Yonkers High School; Julia Hasov, 15, Notre Dame High School in Manhattan; Allie Eisenberg, 14, Glen Rock High School in New Jersey; Kaylie Ann Hammond, 15, Mahopac High School.

High school students learn to code using underwater robots and aerial drones during weeklong camp program sponsored by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation

Pleasantville, N.Y. (August 2, 2019) – Utilizing underwater robots, aerial drones and cutting-edge coding techniques, 50 high school students from throughout the region have gained hands-on cybersecurity experience as part of Pace University’s Camp CryptoBot.

Inspired by a mission to motivate younger students to pursue cybersecurity – especially women and those from underserved areas – the camp is supported by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation as part of the national GenCyber program. Earlier in July, Pace University also hosted a two-week cybersecurity workshop for teachers to help facilitate the integration of cybersecurity concepts into lessons and after-school activities.

“Pace University’s commitment to cybersecurity education benefits the whole nation. Everything we do today has a cybersecurity component to it,” said NSA National Cryptologic School Commandant Diane M. Janosek. “GenCyber gives students the opportunity to learn about the role cybersecurity plays in their daily lives and encourages them to consider working in this field.”

“By 2020, it’s estimated that up to 2 million unfilled cybersecurity positions will exist in the United States. From national security to personal privacy, this shortage poses a critical threat to our society – but also an opportunity for students,” said Professor Pauline Mosley, who spearheaded the camp on behalf of Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. “Pace University is committed to closing that gap by inspiring younger students to pursue cybersecurity and by equipping teachers with the resources they need to incorporate these lessons.” 

In addition to hands-on labs, Camp CryptoBot also taught students to understand safe online behavior and how ethics applies to cybersecurity. The five-day camp was free for all accepted students, including free breakfast and lunch.

Fourteen-year-old Nickole Leite, who attends Yonkers Middle/High School, said that although things like cipher codes are complicated at first, once you get to know them each becomes simplified and very secretive – something she’s been drawn to since she was a young child.

“When I was little I used to read a lot of mystery books, so learning about different kinds of codes before decrypting and encrypting them is like something out of a movie,” Leite said. “To know it’s real life and I know how to do this is amazing!”

Sponsored by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, GenCyber offers summer cybersecurity camps free-of-cost to students and teachers in grades K-12.  Since 2014, more than 12,000 students and 3,000 teachers have attended GenCyber camps. In 2019, 122 GenCyber camps will be held at 76 institutions across 38 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico, reaching more than 3,000 students and 800 teachers.

About Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems:

At Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS), students experience the best of IT education at one of the first comprehensive schools of computing in the nation. Strategically located in the heart of NYC’s tech scene, the Seidenberg School places students on the doorstep of New York’s most promising companies, whether they are established tech giants or exciting new startups. Through partnerships with leading corporations, banks, federal agencies, and global entities, the School's curricula and programs are designed to give students the latest in computer science theory and invaluable hands-on practice to ground it. The faculty includes numerous cybersecurity experts who operate labs and centers providing students with practical experience and connections that lead to impressive internships and jobs.

About Pace University:

Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides.

From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains.

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"The Record" featured Seidenberg's Assistant Professor Darren Hayes in "Quest Diagnostics breach: What to do if you may have been affected"

06/10/2019

"The Record" featured Seidenberg's Assistant Professor Darren Hayes in "Quest Diagnostics breach: What to do if you may have been affected"

A data breach of one of Quest Diagnostic's billing vendors has left as many as 11.9 million people worried, wondering if their personal and medical information has been compromised. 

On Monday, Quest Diagnostics said that AMCA, a billing collections vendor, informed the company that there had been unauthorized access on AMCA's web payment page and that information from Quest Diagnostics and Optum360 customers may have been compromised.

The information stored on AMCA's affected system includes credit card numbers, bank account information, medical information and personal information, including Social Security numbers.

News of the breach has customers from across the country concerned .

Those people impacted should consider adding a fraud alert to the credit reporting agencies and a credit freeze, said Darren Hayes, Assistant Professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems

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Press Release: Pace University Computer Science Professor Receives Fulbright Award to Conduct Research and Teach in Senegal

05/14/2019

Press Release: Pace University Computer Science Professor Receives Fulbright Award to Conduct Research and Teach in Senegal

Pace University Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS) Professor Christelle Scharff, Ph.D., has accepted a Fulbright Award to conduct research and teach computer science in Senegal. Her work focuses on mobile device literacy. The title of her Fulbright project is: “Aligning Computer Science Curricula with Mobile Device Literacy and Technology Needs in Senegal.”

Scharff will be stationed at Alioune Diop University in Bambey, which is approximately seventy miles away from the capital city of Dakar, Senegal. Scharff will conduct research in Information and Communications for Development (ICTD) which will look at how information and communication technologies will impact economic growth in developing countries. She will also continue the development of a mobile device literacy kit. The kit will be composed of videos in local languages and a pamphlet to help women be independent while using their mobile phones. She will also will test the impact of such a kit.

“I am so happy to be awarded such a prestigious scholarship,” Professor Scharff said. “I cannot wait to go to Senegal and begin to work on my project. I hope to have impact on the technology and startup scenes. I am very thankful to the Alioune Diop University in Bambey and their computer science department that will host me. I will miss my colleagues but will be back refreshed with lots of new plans for Pace.” As part of her fellowship, she plans to develop a travel course in Senegal and aims to have students from Pace University and Senegal collaborate in the development of projects together.

In addition to research, Scharff will teach courses on mobile application development as well as mobile innovations. She will coordinate and facilitate several workshops with students on “scrum and design thinking.” Scrum is a way to manage complex projects in software development. Design thinking entails processes in computer science such as context analysis, problem finding and framing, ideation and solution generating, creative thinking, sketching and drawing, modelling and prototyping, testing and evaluation.

This is Scharff’s second Fulbright award. In October of 2012, she conducted research at Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar on “Accelerating mobile initiatives in Francophone African Countries: The Case of Senegal.” She said she is returning back to the country because she knows she can have an impact there. The Fulbright duration will be for ten months starting in October of 2019.

About Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems:

At Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems (CSIS), students experience the best of IT education at one of the first comprehensive schools of computing in the nation. Strategically located in the heart of NYC’s tech scene, the Seidenberg School places students on the doorstep of New York’s most promising companies, whether they are established tech giants or exciting new startups. Through partnerships with leading corporations, banks, federal agencies, and global entities, the School's curricula and programs are designed to give students the latest in computer science theory and invaluable hands-on practice to ground it. The faculty includes numerous cybersecurity experts who operate labs and centers providing students with practical experience and connections that lead to impressive internships and jobs.

About Pace University:

Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides.

From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains.

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Press Release: Elmsford 4th-Graders Learn STEM Skills with Help of Pace University Students

05/10/2019

Press Release: Elmsford 4th-Graders Learn STEM Skills with Help of Pace University Students

Five-week program at Alice E. Grady School introduces children to coding/robotics

Using color combinations to learn computer coding was a snap for fourth graders at the Alice E. Grady Elementary School in Elmsford who showed off their newly acquired skills this week during a special program. 

The “City Within a City” showcase on May 6 included a drone and robotics demonstration for Elmsford Superintendent of Schools Marc P. Baiocco, Ed.D., Alice E. Grady Principal Douglas Doller, Elmsford Mayor Robert Williams, and Board of Education members: President James Henson, Vice President Yvette Eannazzo, Candice Wood, Dennis Rambaran, and Marla Peers.

The day capped off a 5-week program with Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. In the program, 32 students from Seidenberg School – 8 per class and 16 in an inclusion class – taught students coding skills as part of their 13-week class.

Pauline Mosley, D.P.S., a computer science professor at Pace University’s Seidenberg School, says she developed the computer coding skills program along with Alice E. Grady fourth-grade teachers and incorporated the lessons into a unit on cities. Mosley said even young children can be taught coding using a simple system of alternating colors that can command the drones and robots to speed up, slow down, and make turns. Mosley said she was impressed with the enthusiasm and skill of all the students, but particularly with those who had special needs, and had to overcome some additional obstacles.

The program is part of the Service Learning Initiative at Pace University, whose motto Opportunitas, and focuses on nurturing non-traditional and first-generation students for success.

“The program was a win-win. Alice E. Grady students were exposed to skills that we hope will stimulate their interest in future STEM careers and Seidenberg students built their confidence and felt the satisfaction of giving back to their community,” said Dr. Mosley. “I told them, ‘you have the power to transform little minds by just teaching.’’’

About The Seidenberg School: The Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University prepares men and women for professional work, research, and lifelong participation in a new and dynamic information age.  Located in the financial capital of the world, the Seidenberg School offers a wide variety of courses and exposure to internships and work with leading corporations, banks, federal agencies, and global entities.  Degrees and certificates are conveniently available on Pace’s campuses in New York City and Westchester County as well as online and in special programs.  Visit https://www.pace.edu/seidenberg/

About Pace University: Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides.

From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains. www.pace.edu

 

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Press Release: FIRST Tech Challenge Draws Tech Savvy Teens to Pace University for Robotics Competition

02/12/2019

Press Release: FIRST Tech Challenge Draws Tech Savvy Teens to Pace University for Robotics Competition

Twenty-seven teams of middle- and high-school students from across the Hudson Valley, Capital Region, and Adirondacks competed head to head in the 10th Annual FIRST Tech Challenge robotics competition Sunday, Feb. 10 at Pace University’s Pleasantville Campus.

Widely known for its leading edge computer science and technology programs at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, Pace has been a partner with FIRST, providing exciting and effective STEM programs for children since 2003.

Dr. Rick Kline, Associate Professor at the Seidenberg School who coordinates the competition at Pace, said that students from the Seidenberg School played an integral role in the day, assisting teams and running challenges.  

More than 40 Pace students and about a dozen alumni, staff, and faculty were among the 100 or so volunteers who ran the event under the guidance of volunteer coordinator and Seidenberg School staff member Jill Olimpieri. Students helped with setup and logistics as well as served as referees, judges, inspectors, and robot technical advisors.

FIRST is an international, K-12 not-for-profit organization founded to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Having a competition like FIRST here at Pace is in keeping with our mission to train the next generation of STEM, computer and technology experts,’’ said Kline.

Students in grades 7-12 competed in this year’s space-themed game Rover Ruckus with robots they have been designing, building and programming since the start of the school year. The 27 teams had advanced from a field of 60 teams who participated in other competitions. Sunday’s top three winners were the Roboraiders from Red Hook High School, Red Hook, NY; Suffern Robotics from Suffern Senior High School, Suffern, NY; and Beta, CCE Clinton County 4-H, Plattsburgh, NY. The teams will advance to the world championship in Detroit in April.

In addition to Suffern, local schools who competed included: Blind Brook High School; John Jay High School; Mamaroneck High School; Peekskill High School; Riverside Computer Design High School in Yonkers; and Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson in Pleasantville.  

“I have been volunteering for the FTC event at Pace since I was a Freshman,’’ said Graduate student Joel Thomas. “I am always impressed by the innovation and creativity that each team brings to the field.”

About Pace University:  Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides.

From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains.

Follow us on Twitter at @PaceUnews or on our website: https://www.pace.edu/news

About FIRST: FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

FIRST is More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21st century

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Press Release: Pace University Opens New Learning Space Bringing STEM Computer Science Projects to Life

10/29/2018

Press Release: Pace University Opens New Learning Space Bringing STEM Computer Science Projects to Life

New York (October 29, 2018)— Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems and Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick celebrated the opening of an upgraded computer science educational space with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event included students, and university officials along with Assemblymember Glick and unveiled the new space at 163 William Street in lower Manhattan. Renovations were supported by a $500,000 grant, which is part of the State and Municipal Facilities Program, also known as a “SAM grant.”

New features of the computer science learning space include a think-tank style classroom, and a dedicated space for the NYC Design Factory, an undergraduate program that pairs Pace students with outside companies and tasks them with developing projects and innovative apps for the companies. Reinforcing the latest research in team and group strategies for problem solving, the space provides communal areas for students to study and work in teams. The creation of these new modular meeting and training areas provides students with collaborative learning spaces where projects can come to life.

Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick, Chair, Higher Education Committee, who helped secure the grant said, “I was very happy to have the opportunity to allocate this money because Pace is comprised of a group of strivers and helping to get some resources is a great joy for me.”

Pace University Provost Vanya Quiñones, Ph.D., said, “We cannot do all of this alone. It is important to our institutional success and student success to have a champion like Assemblymember Deborah Glick fighting for us.” 

Dean of Pace’s Seidenberg School, Jonathan H. Hill, D.P.S., said, “At Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, we are educating the next generation of New York City Tech industry employees and the founders of new companies. Assemblymember Glick’s assistance has made all the difference in allowing us to create cutting edge, technology-driven collaboration spaces for learning, designing, researching, and playing for these students.”

Assistant Vice President for Government and Community Relations, Vanessa J. Herman, said “Assemblymember Glick works tirelessly to protect student aid and fights for programs like this that make a difference is our students’ lives. We are so grateful for her support and could not ask for a better higher education advocate in Albany.”      

About the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University

At Pace’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, students experience the best of IT education at one of the first comprehensive schools of computing in the nation. Strategically located in the heart of NYC’s tech scene, the Seidenberg School places students on the doorstep of New York’s most promising companies, whether they are established tech giants or exciting new startups. Through partnerships with leading corporations, banks, federal agencies, and global entities, the School's curricula and programs are designed to give students the latest in computer science theory and invaluable hands-on practice to ground it. The faculty includes numerous cybersecurity experts who operate labs and centers providing students with practical experience and connections that lead to impressive internships and jobs.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project finds that Pace graduates are out-earning their parents and peers, bucking a nationwide trend for millennials. www.pace.edu.

 

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