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TechRepublic featured Seidenberg Professor Pauline Mosley in "Professor creates cybersecurity camp to inspire girls to choose STEM careers"

10/19/2020

TechRepublic featured Seidenberg Professor Pauline Mosley in "Professor creates cybersecurity camp to inspire girls to choose STEM careers"

TechRepublic's Karen Roby spoke with Dr. Pauline Mosley, assistant chair of Information Technology at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems at Pace University, about getting girls interested in STEM careers and the challenges associated with teaching robotics via Zoom. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Pauline Mosley: Transitioning from face-to-face modality into a virtual modality has been challenging. However, it has been very, very rewarding. For example, this past semester, I taught a course called Web Design for Nonprofit Organizations, which was comprised of students from China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. It was amazing how we were able to, through Zoom, still get the work done. It actually brought another dimension to the course because students now had to really see how to work in international modality, with different time zones. So, it became more real-world, that we normally wouldn't have gotten that experience in a regular traditional face-to-face modality. That was an unexpected richness that actually happened to the course that I'm thrilled [with]. It's a lifetime experience that the students actually encountered, being able to work with students, meet with other cultures all over the world, and work with a community partner, and at the end, produce a product that was viable and had some sort of functionality for the community partner.

Karen Roby: With the work you do there, utilizing robotics to teach problem solving and computing and cybersecurity concepts, that's really important work right now. Talk a little bit about the courses that you're teaching and how you're bringing robotics into the classroom.

Pauline Mosley: Right now, I'm teaching Introduction to Cybersecurity on the master's program. This is a course that is a first-level entry course for our master's students. Because this is a new program right now, I cannot really bring the robotics into this, because of the virtual modality that we're teaching in. However, this course, what I am most passionate about is the young women that are in this program and trying to mentor them. Because as we know, women in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and particularly the cybersecurity fields, are very, very low, statistics are less than 2%.

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