Annual Minority Serving Institutions (MSI’s) Technical Meeting
NSU hosted the NNSA Annual MSI Technical meeting from November 9-10, 2010. This meeting was attended by faculty from twenty-three MSIs and representatives from the Hispanic College Fund and Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Several relationships were developed during this meeting and Dr. Graham was invited to Prairie View A&M University to present to Ph.D. Engineering students.
Visits to MSI institutions
On January 20, 2011 project faculty and support staff visited several HBCU and MSI institutions to foster pipeline relationships and to establish feeder schools for the NSU STEM graduate programs. The following institutions were visited:
- Voorhees College
- Benedict College
- Claflin University
- South Carolina State University
- Morris College
STEM Day – Bertie County Public School System
A cyber security training session was held for students from the Bertie County Public School System on February 18, 2011. Thirty students were introduced to Digital Forensics and steganography through lecture and hands-on exercises. The session was conducted by faculty from the Information Assurance Research Education and Development Institute (IA-REDI). The Massie Chair grant at NSU supports the activities of IA-REDI.
Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA)
Dr. Graham and Dr. Williams were invited panelists at the BEYA 2011 ceremony in Washington DC on February 19, 2011. Dr. Graham spoke about technology and cyber security being a great opportunity for HBCUs to carve out a niche. Dr. Williams spoke about nuclear safety research and the focus of the research which was “a need to develop a method to adapt and apply video motion detection (VMD) to develop an instrument capable of measuring the effects of long term exposure to low level radiation upon psycho-physiological functions in those exposed and their offspring.”
STEM Day – R-E-A-D (Rejuvenating Excellence & Accomplishing Dreams (READ) Program
A cyber security training session was held for the young ladies of the R-E-A-D program on March 5, 2011. READ members serve as greeters and canteen attendants at American Red Cross Blood Drives, resident companions at Sentara Nursing Home located on Newtown Road, and donating partners with ForKids transitional programs for underprivileged families. R-E-A-D's motto is: "Cultivating today's young ladies into tomorrow's prominent professional women."
The NSU Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC-CAE) 2011 Symposium
On March 16, 2011, Dr. Sandra DeLoatch, NSU Massie Chair of Information Assurance and Cyber Security, and Dr. Jonathan Graham, director of IA-REDI, served as panelists at the NSU Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC-CAE) 2011 Symposium. They made presentations on STEM professions and cyber security and fielded questions from the audience. The title of the symposium was “A Rising China - The Role of American-Chinese Universities in Promoting Dialogue in Science, Technology, Education, Culture, Business and Trade.”
NSU IA-REDI hosted the cyber security event STOP.THINK.CONNECT on April 1, 2011. This event was part of the national government campaign to make the public more cyber security aware as they utilize their computers for work and pleasure. There were over 150 attendees drawn from law enforcement, other academic institutions, the community, and faculty and students from Norfolk State University. A distinguished panel comprised of Ms. Arlene Patel from DHS, Detective. Michael Loftin forensic analyst from the Norfolk city police department and Andrea Di Fabio, chief security officer at Norfolk State University made presentations and fielded questions from the audience. This event was sponsored by the Massie chair grant.
Symposium for Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) Students
On April 15, 2011, Dr. Jonathan Graham, director of IA-REDI, gave a presentation to Ph.D. Engineering students at PVAMU. The talk focused on the future of Digital Forensics and several potential Ph.D. topics were discussed.
AKA Health Fair
On May 21, 2011 Dr. Aurelia Williams, researcher and IA-REDI member, accompanied by Kahesha Jackson, the program support technician from IA-REDI, provided Computer Diagnostic Checkups at the AKA Health Fair in Portsmouth Virginia. These individuals provided a stall where members of the public could have security checkups performed on their computer.
Seventy nine students and parents from the surrounding communities participated in STEM day at Norfolk State University on May 21, 2011. Students were introduced to digital forensics and steganography through lecture and hands-on exercises. The session was conducted by project researchers.
We Are Now Connected Kickoff and Community TechFest
On June 25, 2011, Dr. Sandra DeLoatch, Dr. Jonathan Graham and a student from the Computer Science Department represented NSU at the “We Are Now Connected and Community TechFest” community event. The NSU contingent spoke to members of the Broad Creek community about cyber security awareness and provided cyber security demonstrations.
Visit to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
On June 28 and 29, 2011, Massie researchers Dr. George Hsieh and Dr. Aurelia Williams visited CIA headquarters to discuss recruitment of students from Norfolk State University. The CIA targeted NSU because of the NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence designation and on-going education and research initiatives.