University of Maryland University College Education Track at 8th Annual CyberMaryland Conference to Focus on Role of CISO

The upcoming one-day session brings together leaders from industry and education to examine the chief information security officer job and the skills that are needed to navigate current cyber threats and career concerns.Continue Reading

Executive Women’s Forum Names UMUC Professor a Finalist for Women of Influence Award

Loyce Pailen, director of University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Center for Security Studies has been named by the Executive Women’s Forum on Information Security, Risk Management, and Privacy (EWF) as a finalist for the 2018 Women of Influence Awards presented by Alta Associates. Award recipients will be announced Oct. 24 during the 16th Annual EWF National Conference at Scottsdale, Arizona.Continue Reading

UMUC Cybersecurity Vice Dean Garrison-Alexander Reports on the State of Cyber Education in Leading UK-Based Online Publication

Editor’s Note: University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Global Media Center launches its coverage of National Cybersecurity Month with an article by Dr. Emma Garrison-Alexander, which is reprinted here in its entirety from the current issue of the UK-based publication “Cyber Security Practitioner,” retaining its original British conventions of spelling and editorial style. Learn more about this publication at the article’s conclusion. The image used on the cover graphic and within the article is credited to Evstratov / Unsplash.com.Continue Reading

Two Years After the Presidential Election Hack: Can Our Election Systems Be Trusted?

UMUC Cybersecurity Professor Examines Voting Security as 2018 Mid-term Elections Approach

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats and other high-ranking U.S. national security officials recently confirmed that Russia’s interference in the November 2016 presidential election was not an isolated breach but is an ongoing event, according to reports by CNN and other media.Continue Reading

UMUC Alumna Nominated as Cybersecurity Rising Star by Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu

Tomiko Evans, a University of Maryland University College (UMUC) alumna who graduated in May with a master’s in cybersecurity technology, was honored as a cybersecurity Rising Star nominee by the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC) at the organization’s 5th Annual Cyberjutsu Awards. The event, held at the Tower Club at Tysons Corner, Virginia, August 17, celebrated women who are leading change in the cyber field.Continue Reading

The Teacher of Tomorrow

With student demographics shifting and the internet at our fingertips, UMUC faculty discuss what it means to teach and how the role of the teacher is evolving in the 21st century.

Editor’s note: This article is featured in the Spring 2018 edition of Achiever, the magazine of University of Maryland University College.

Gro Torsethaugen was perplexed.

A student in her biology lab class had submitted a data set from an experiment designed to measure the effect of pH levels on the germination of radish seeds. The assignment called for students to add vinegar to one dish, baking soda to another, water to a third—as a control—and compare the growth rate for seeds in each of the dishes.Continue Reading

From Capstone to Career: UMUC Alumna Helps Her Employer Go Green

Melissa Ezzell-Maddy is unequivocal about how she ended up in her dream job. She credits her capstone project at University of Maryland University College (UMUC).

Ezzell-Maddy is an environmental health and safety engineer at Lockheed Martin in Colorado. She landed the job immediately after receiving a master’s degree in environmental management from UMUC. The capstone project that wrapped up her final term involved waste management at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Boulder, Colorado.Continue Reading

On the Road: Portable Professors Reflect on Their Nomadic Path

UMUC’s traveling faculty reflect on the triumphs—and trials—of being a portable professor.

Editor’s note: This article is featured in the Spring 2018 edition of Achiever, the magazine of University of Maryland University College.

For most faculty at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), preparing for class involves booting up a computer. For Gyongyi Plucer-Rosario, who teaches marine biology on Guam, it might include strapping on a face mask and flippers.

“The last field trip is the one everyone looks forward to,” said Plucer-Rosario.Continue Reading

Discussion to Touch on Ways Data Analytics Affects Many Areas of Our Lives

Professor Elena Gortcheva’s students understand the significant—potentially transformative—ways in which data analytics affects our lives. Gortcheva, program chair for the Master of Science in Data Analytics program at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) mentored two UMUC student teams that recently presented winning projects at the IBM Watson Data Analytics Global Competition at Shanghai, China—taking first- and third-place awards for their efforts.Continue Reading