Panels explore gender in science

A two-part panel series on Nov. 6 and 13 will examine the experience of female scientists, especially those working in environmental science, at Colorado State University. The "Exploring the Influence of Gender in Science and the Environment" panels will be held at Avogadro's Number, 605 S Mason St., Fort Collins.  The first in the series, Nov. 6, 5-6:30 p.m., is “Gender in professional arenas: Striking a balance for success in scientific careers.” Panelists Gillian Bowser, a researcher in the Natural Resources Ecology Lab at CSU; Paula Cushing of the Bioagriculatural Sciences and Pest Management Department;  Emily Fischer, assistant professor of atmospheric science; and Sara Rathburn, associate professor of geosciences will discuss their experiences as women in scientific fields. The panel will be moderated by Ellen Wohl, CSU professor of geosciences. On Nov. 13, 6-7 p.m., the topic will be “Gender in global water issues: The nexus of women, water, and environmental governance.” Panelists Ruth Alexander, CSU professor of history; Suzanne Kent, instructor of anthropology; Michele Koons from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science; and Ellen Wohl, professor of geosciences, will share their insight on women in global environmental issues. This panel will be moderated by Kate Wilkins, doctoral candidate in ecology. The panel series, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES), the Center for Women's Studies & Gender Research (CWSGR), the Ripple Effect, CSU’s Women's Initiative, and the Global Women Scholars Network. The newly established Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Northern Colorado Chapter and Gillian Bowser helped the sponsors put together these remarkable panels. More details.

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Lectures on cyber security by Ravi Sandhu Sept. 15-16

Ravi Sandhu, executive director of the Institute for Cyber Security at the University of Texas at San Antonio, will present two lectures on Sept. 15 and 16 on the Colorado State University campus. The lectures are the semester’s first in the Information Science and Technology Center (ISTeC) Distinguished Lecture series. Sandhu’s talks are presented in conjunction with the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science. [caption id="attachment_2165" align="alignright" width="300"]Ravi Sandhu Ravi Sandhu, executive director of the Institute for Cyber Security, University of Texas San Antonio.[/caption] The first, on Monday, Sept. 15, will be on the topic of “Security and Trust Convergence: Attributes, Relations and Provenance.” A reception with refreshments will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Lory Student Center Grey Rock Room; the hour-long lecture starts at 11 a.m. This talk will lay out a vision for the concepts of security and trust, which need to converge to address the cyber security needs of emerging systems. Sandhu will discuss some research and technology challenges and opportunities to achieve meaningful cyber security. Special Seminar On Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2–3 p.m., Sandhu will present a Special Seminar on the “Attribute-Based Access Control Model” in Room 325 of the Computer Science Building. This talk will review recent developments in attribute-based access control (ABAC). The ongoing authorization leap from rights to attributes offers numerous compelling benefits as well as risks. The cyber security research community has a responsibility to develop models, theories and systems which enable safe and chaos-free deployment of ABAC. About Ravi Sandhu Sandhu holds the Lutcher Brown Endowed Chair in Cyber Security at UT San Antonio, and was previously on the faculty at George Mason University and Ohio State University. He holds BTech and MTech degrees from IIT Bombay and Delhi, and MS and Ph.D. degrees from Rutgers University. He is a fellow of IEEE, ACM and AAAS, a prolific and highly cited author, and holder of 29 security technology patents. He is editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing, and founding General Chair of the ACM Conference on Data and Application Security and Privacy. ISTeC is a university-wide organization for promoting, facilitating, and enhancing CSU’s research, education, and outreach activities pertaining to the design and innovative application of computer, communication, and information systems. For more information about these Distinguished Lecture presentations, contact Indrajit Ray in the Computer Science department, 970-491-7097.

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