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Distinguished speakers Dr. Maria Klawe and Dr. Ernest McDuffie visit Golisano College

During the past week the Golisano College has received visits from two distinguished members of the computing community. 
This past Friday, the 7th, Dr. Maria Klawe, an Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) distinguished speaker and the President of Harvey Mudd College in California visited to present her talk: "Gender & Games: Why It Matters" at the Golisano Auditorium. During the talk Dr. Klawe discussed research on gender differences in preferences and styles of play of computer games, and why these differences are important when using computer games as a motivational approach to engaging students in learning computer science. The presentation was organized by RIT's ACM Student Chapter President Sophie Song '13 who introduced Klawe and is currently at work organizing future presentations for students. Following the talk a reception was hosted by RIT's Women in Computing group in the Golisano atrium.
On Wednesday, December 12th, Dr. Ernest McDuffie visited to discuss the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE). Dr. McDuffie's presentation reviewed the intiative's history and future prospects and delivered insight into how cybersecurity education, awareness, training, and workforce development interact and enable the larger science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education enterprise. RIT's Golisano College continues to emerge as a national leader in cybersecurity education and recently announced the addition of a new computing security department.