We would like to congratulate Katrina Haberberger, MS Data Analytics student, whose Honors thesis, The Impact of a Virtual Garden Experience on Caregiver Anxiety, was accepted to the Johns Hopkins University 2021 Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium. Katrina’s research was supervised by her faculty advisor, Dr. Jamie Pinchot. Katrina will present her research at the symposium on April 24-25, 2021.
She will also be presenting her Honors thesis at the RMU Intersections Undergraduate Research Conference on April 23, 2021. The Intersections Conference will be held virtually this year and can be viewed from the conference website.
Katrina’s research focused on studying the impact of experiencing nature virtually on self-reported anxiety. For her study, she collaborated with the local non-profit Hope Grows, featuring their various restorative and healing gardens. Hope Grows is a nature therapy organization in Moon Township, Pennsylvania that seeks to provide respite and recovery from stress to caregivers. COVID-19 has inhibited many caregivers from accessing their gardens, and some may never be able to visit the gardens in person due to the extent of their care receiver’s needs. There is some evidence that virtual experiences of nature can provide stress-relief similar to that experienced in-person, however this has not been well documented for restorative garden environments. The purpose of this research was to understand the way anxiety is impacted for caregivers who experience a virtual representation of the Hope Grows restorative gardens. The results of her study conclude that watching a short, 2-3-minute video of the Hope Grows restorative gardens produces a statistically significant decrease in self-reported state anxiety. As caregivers may experience high levels of anxiety and stress due to the nature of their responsibilities, watching a short video of restorative gardens could be a quick and easily accessible therapy to ensure that those caring for others are also cared for.
Katrina will be graduating in May 2021 with a BS in Statistics and Predictive Analytics, a minor in Alternative Energy and Sustainability, and an MS in Data Analytics. Her research has made an impact on our local community and has been recognized at a national, well-known research conference. Congratulations, Katrina, on this prestigious accomplishment!
Dr. Karen Paullet was selected as the recipient of the 2020-2021 RMU Student Government (SGA) Association Engagement with Students Award. To be considered for this award, a faculty member must be nominated by an RMU student. Dr. Paullet was nominated by 11 students. Awards are then determined by a vote of all members of SGA.
This award clearly demonstrates Dr. Paullet’s positive impact on students at RMU. Congratulations, Dr. Paullet!
The Top Secret Colonials are holding another virtual presentation on Thursday, March 11th at 4:30 pm. Tyler Hatch, founder and CEO of DFI Forensics, will present on Cyber Attack and Digital Forensics response. Students will be able to earn 1 hour of SET credit for professional development. You will need to click the link below to join. Names will be collected for those earning SET credit.
Tyler Hatch is the founder and CEO of DFI Forensics, a Vancouver-based digital forensics and cyber-attack response firm.
Tyler is a former litigation lawyer and current certified digital forensics examiner who, along with his team at DFI Forensics, investigates digital evidence related to criminal acts, civil litigation proceedings, and cyber-attacks.
He and his team routinely assist businesses during and after a data breach, ransomware attack, business email compromise, or DDoS attack.
The Top Secret Colonials are holding a virtual presentation on Thursday, February 4th at 4:30 pm. Ryan Painter from FireEye will present on Attacker Activity and Detection/Prevention Strategies. Students will be able to earn 1 hour of SET credit for professional development. You will need to click the meeting link below to join. Names will be collected for those earning SET credit.
Title: Trends in Attacker Activity and Detection/Prevention Strategies
This presentation will focus on some of the latest trends in attacker tactics, techniques, and procedures across various industries. In addition to an examination of these attacker methodologies/defense evasions, strategies for detecting and preventing some of this activity will be discussed.
Ryan Painter is a Senior Consultant at FireEye Mandiant in their Strategic Services consulting division. In this role, Ryan is part of a team responsible for identifying opportunities for improvement in organizations’ information security management, operations, and strategy practices. Prior to joining Mandiant, he held security operations roles including VP and Interim Global Head of Vulnerability Management at BNY Mellon, Team Manager – Threat and Vulnerability Management at Highmark Health, and positions as a SOC and Vulnerability Analyst. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Cyber Forensics and Information Security from Robert Morris University and a Master of Science in Information Science from University of Pittsburgh, and is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. in Information Systems and Communications program at RMU. He also holds an adjunct lecturer appointment at West Virginia Northern Community College where he teaches courses in network security, networking, and CompTIA A+ prep. Ryan is based in New York City.
Reed Hastings, founder and co-CEO of Netflix, will give $3 million to Robert Morris University to fund 20 full scholarships — including room, board, and textbooks — beginning with students entering the university in the fall of 2021.
The RMU Next Century Scholarships will be open to applicants from underrepresented groups and others who demonstrate a commitment to empowering members of underrepresented groups, and are aimed at students who wish to pursue careers in technology or mathematics-related fields. Recipients will be able to choose from several degree programs at RMU, including:
Dr. Peter Draus was the recipient of the 2021 Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference (TRETC) Innovation in Education Award! The theme of this year’s TRETC Conference was Next Level EDTECH.
Dr. Draus was nominated for the award by an RMU student, Danielle Wicklund(’20), now a graduate of RMU, having earned her BS in Business Administration (Accounting) and MS in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance in December 2020 via RMU’s 4+1 program. Ms. Wicklund noted that “During this challenging semester, Dr. Draus went above and beyond his methods of teaching and made online learning interesting & enjoyable. Thus, I nominated him and submitted a letter of recommendation.”
The application for the award included a video that was produced by Ms. Wicklund and Dr. Draus. During the closing ceremony at the TRETC Conference on January 18, 2021, the video was showcased as Dr. Draus was announced as the recipient of the Professor – Innovation in Education Award. The video that was showcased can be viewed here:
Ms. Wicklund commented about the award, “Aside from acknowledging Dr. Draus’mentorship skills, it also reflects the high caliber of professors at RMU (specifically in the Department of Computer and Information Systems and School of Informatics, Humanities, and Social Sciences). This award is for the Colonial nation. I am proud to be an RMU alum.”
Congratulations, Dr. Peter Draus, on this stellar accomplishment!