Dr. Jane LeClair, "Cyber Security and You"
Dr. Jane LeClair is the Chief Operating Officer for the National Cybersecurity Institute (NCI) at Excelsior College, whose mission is to serve as an academic and research center dedicated to increasing the knowledge of the cyber security discipline. Dr. LeClair previously served as Dean of the School of Business and Technology at Excelsior College.
Before joining Excelsior College, Dr. LeClair worked in education and the commercial nuclear power industry. She taught at various universities and in 2015 published Volume II of Protecting Our Future: Educating a Cybersecurity Workforce and Cybersecurity in Our Digital Lives. Dr. LeClair is an advocate for attracting and retaining more women in cyber security and welcomes contributions to the LeClair Scholarship for Women in Technology. As a thought leader, she regularly speaks with the media and has testified before the House Committee on Small Business on Cybersecurity in Small Business. Dr. LeClair holds an MS in Cybersecurity.
The digital systems of our nation are under escalating cyber attack from those with malicious intent. Our private businesses, educational institutions, government agencies and critical infrastructures are increasingly vulnerable not only to hackers who have long sought financial gain, but increasingly by state sponsored 'bad actors' seeking inroads into our nation's most sensitive areas. The task of keeping intruders away from our data has fallen to IT personnel and cyber warriors. There is a growing need for cybersecurity personnel but the massive deficit in the number of well educated and trained individuals available to meet those needs continues to grow. Learn more about where we are today, where we need to be tomorrow and what you can do to help strengthen our nation’s defenses.
Dr. Randy Yerrick, “Engineering and It’s Role in Next Generation Science Standards”
Dr. Yerrick is a Co-PI and collaborator on numerous science and engineering projects funded by the National Science Foundation as well as being an instructor teaching courses in engineering education with the UB/RIT Engineering Education PhD Cohort. Dr. Yerrick is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Served on the Board of NARST, and currently acts in their role of Director of Electronic communications. He is also recipient of the JRST Outstanding Research Award, STANYS Award for Excellence in College Science Teaching, and UB Award for Innovation in Teaching Award.
The Next Generation Science Standards have called for engineering practices to be incorporated in the latest national science education reform in the USA. Historically there has been no explicit invitation for engineers to enter the arena of K-20 reform. Now that engineers who may be researchers by training and teachers by appointment are being called into conversations regarding teaching expertise, best practices, appropriate evaluation, curricular design, and many more educational topics. What is the requisite knowledge of a true "Engineering Educator?" How can engineers wisely join into education public discourse and make real contributions? Dr. Yerrick will outline several issues inherent in NGSS reform as well as outline common land mines engineers can avoid when stepping into efforts to reform classrooms, assessments, activities, and the ever increasingly diverse student body.
Overall site: http://gse.buffalo.edu/about/directory/faculty/yerrick
Faculty spotlight: http://gse.buffalo.edu/gsefiles/documents/faculty/Yerrick_MarApr12.pdf
Recent pubs: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Randy_Yerrick
CV and related: https://buffalo.academia.edu/RandyYerrick/CurriculumVitae