The Career Development Center is sponsoring the Graduate and Professional School Fair on Monday, October 23rd from 1:00-3:00pm in the Chase Gym. Representatives from 80 schools will be available to answer questions about their programs. Any student who is considering Graduate School is encouraged to attend. For more information, stop by the Career Development Center at 110 Netzer or phone us at x2534.
There are sixteen steel stools available for campus use. They will be available until October 20,2017. If you have interest in some or all of them, please contact either Deb Wolfanger 2621or Willy Wood 3232 or by email.
The third annual Records Destruction Day was a great success. In two hours, we were able to shred nearly two tons of records in accordance with the SUNY and NYS Records Retention Schedules. Thank you to all who participated in order to keep current with our Records Retention Policy.
We’ve all seen the Hollywood depictions of hackers drinking energy drinks in dark rooms while pounding away at keyboards as they try to ”hack the company’s firewall” and take over “the system.” Meanwhile, the company has another darkly light room with their own staff pounding away at keyboards in attempt to stop the hackers from get through. It’s a battle of who can type faster! A very exciting, made-for-TV, depiction of hacking, but not very accurate. A more accurate depiction would be this popular technique:
- Hacker gathers list of company email addresses. Many of which can be found publicly on the Internet.
- Hacker sends email to all on the list purporting to be “IT Support” stating the recipient needs to “tell us their password. So, we can upgrade their account.”
- Hacker takes nap.
- Hacker wakes up from nap and makes some coffee.
- Hacker comes back to their computer to find five people gave up their password.
- Hacker logs in as those five people and takes whatever data he can access.
This technique (nap and coffee optional) is known as “phishing.” Phishing emails, and sometimes even text messages, is one of the biggest threats to information security. It’s not only effective, but simple and cheap for a hacker. Making it widely used and successful in many widely-publicized breaches. Of course, it’s also a bit boring for television and the movies.
To learn how to spot a phishing email, check out this pamphlet from the Department of Homeland Security: https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/2017 NCSAM Poster Revised 9.25.17- 508 compliant.pdf
If you would like more information on phishing, or would like arrange a phishing awareness presentation for department or campus group, please contact IT Security via the IT Service Desk at x4567.
Please join the Anthropology Department on Wednesday, October 18, at 7-8:30pm in the Waterfront Room (Hunt Union) for the second of its conversations about how anthropologists think, talk, and live race.
The location has been changed to the Waterfront Room due to the interest in this event, which will feature a film and discussion.
The 2010 documentary “Not Just a Game: Power, Politics, and American Sports” will be screened. Afterward, there will be a conversation moderated by Dr. Brian Haley and other Anthropology faculty. Refreshments will be provided by the Provost’s Office.
Open to all
The Seminar Series in Biology presents:
“The Mediator Complex and Transcriptional Regulation” presented by Randall Morse, Research Scientist, Wadsworth Center and Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University at Albany, School of Public Health.
Dr. Morse is a cell and molecular biologist. He has been on the faculty at the University at Albany and the Wadsworth Center since 1993. Since the early 1990s, our laboratory has focused on gene regulation in eukaryotes. Correct regulation of transcription is critical to cell function and development, and deficiencies in this regulation can lead to abnormal development and a variety of genetic diseases, including cancer. We use yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) as a model organism for most of our research. Yeast cells and those of higher eukaryotes, including ours, show strong similarity at the molecular level, and many insights into general transcriptional regulation have emerged from studies with yeast.
In this presentation, Dr. Morse will talk about the Mediator complex, a large, multi-subunit complex that is present in all eukaryotic organisms and plays a critical role in transcription of mRNA. Past and current studies on Mediator structure and function will be discussed, with emphasis on how it is recruited to active genes and what it does at those genes.
This seminar is hosted by the Biology Department and will take place 4 pm Friday October 13 in Science I room 121.
About this seminar series: This series is offered several times throughout the semester to provide our student community with opportunities to learn about scientific research and professions. Speakers may include our own department faculty or students, as well as biologists and other professionals from elsewhere. All are welcome.