Professor Infuses UMUC Teaching with His Counterterrorism Experience

Between his doctoral studies, college teaching, his day job as director of the intelligence training department at the Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) Academy for Defense Intelligence, and spending time with his family, Jim Backus does a great deal of juggling.

“It’s one of my quirks. I’ve always been an exceptional time manager as far back as I can remember,” said Backus, an adjunct associate professor in UMUC’s Undergraduate School since 2008.Continue Reading

Creating a Bridge Between Nations

The financial realities of growing up in a large family in Japan left Kyoko Onna unable to pursue her dream of studying at a U.S. university. But that changed after she tapped a University of Maryland University College (UMUC) language program in an unlikely venue: the U.S. military base in Okinawa.Continue Reading

UMUC’s Hasib Wins 2017 Maryland Cybersecurity People’s Choice Award

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Mansur Hasib, program chair for Cybersecurity Technology, University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Graduate School, and a well-known thought leader in health care technology and cybersecurity, won the Cybersecurity Association of Maryland’s (CAMI) People’s Choice Award for lifetime achievement.Continue Reading

UMUC Students Take Part in RSAC Security Scholar Program

For someone like Zachary Ducker who grew up learning and studying about cryptographic methods, meeting and talking with pioneers in the field of digital cryptography was more than a privilege and honor, he said. It was an overpowering experience.

“To be able to meet individuals such as Ron Rivest, Adi Shamir and Whit Diffie whose ideas formed the cryptographic methods I studied … to meet and talk with them in person was very profound.” Continue Reading

Kalb Report: How Trump’s Gotten into Our Heads

President Trump is trying to demonize news reporting to shape information reaching the public that only makes him look good—and it won’t work, CNN’s Jake Tapper and the Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold told host Marvin Kalb on the latest edition of The Kalb Report, April 8.

Just days after the program, Fahrenthold won the Pulitzer Prize for his presidential campaign stories that probed Trump’s charitable giving.Continue Reading

Shining at Light City Baltimore

Two UMUC faculty members were featured in EDUlab@Lightcity, part of the Light City festival in Baltimore on April 5. Edulab, sponsored by the University System of Maryland, included panel discussions, short presentations and an innovative ideas-fair designed, in the words of festival organizers, to bring together thinkers and thought leaders, and generate an ecosystem of learning.Continue Reading

Bridging the Gap for Women in Cybersecurity

The 61st session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) wrapped up on March 24, ending an intensive two weeks of discussion on its 2017 priority theme—Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work.

The outcome was a 19-page paper of sweeping recommendations that the UN’s top-ranking gender official said all global stakeholders must act on to help guarantee that “work works for women.”

Currently, session attendees concluded, work does not.Continue Reading

UMUC Profs to be Featured at Light City 2017

UMUC has joined the University System of Maryland (USM) in its sponsorship of EduLab@Light City, one of six Labs@LightCity innovation conferences that will bring together local and national innovators and thought leaders across six key industries during Light City 2017. EduLab@Light City will take place on Wednesday, April 5, at the IMET Columbus Center, 701 E. Pratt St., in Baltimore.Continue Reading