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College of Arts & Sciences

Cybersecurity Experts Work to Create Example Solutions and Best Practices for Protecting Consumer Information via Retail Payment Systems

cyber attackWith attacks on America’s largest retailers increasingly in the headlines, the need to better secure consumer information is critical. Credit card information is a common target for cybercriminals, and once obtained it is often sold on the black market. However, account information is not the only customer data collected by retailers.

“When you go shopping, you leave additional information about yourself, such as where you live, your age, your birthday, purchasing habits and other loyalty card information,” said Yuliang Zheng, Ph.D., professor and chair of the UAB College of Arts and Sciences Department of Computer Information Sciences. “All of this information accumulates over time. Five or 10 years down the road, an enormous amount of data has been collected, and there is no way to get it back. When you aggregate all of this information, it can be used to paint a detailed picture of a person.”

Read more HERE.

TED Prize Winner Uses $1 Million Award to Ignite Army of Global Explorers

sarah parcak ted webEach year TED, the nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, awards the TED Prize to one exceptional individual with a creative, bold vision to spark global change. The prize asks the recipient to launch a high-impact project, “a wish to change the world.” To do this, they are awarded $1 million and the resources of TED’s extended global community of innovators, entrepreneurs, and TEDx organizers who are ready to engage and help fulfill the wish.

2016 TED Prize winner, space archaeologist Dr. Sarah Parcak, today revealed her global project live from the TED stage in Vancouver, B.C., declaring:

"I wish for us to discover the millions of unknown archaeological sites across the globe.  By creating a 21st century army of global explorers, we’ll find and protect the world’s hidden heritage, which contains humankind’s collective resilience and creativity."

Read more about Parcak's award HERE.

UAB Student Earns Prestigious National Honor

courtney walkerUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham student was named a 2016 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in Excellence in Education Foundation, and three UAB students earned honorable mentions.

Courtney Walker, a junior neuroscience student in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychology and member of the UAB Honors College’s Science and Technology Honors Program, joins the group of 21 UAB students who have been named Goldwater Scholars to date.

Walker is one of only three students from the state of Alabama selected for this year’s program.

Read more about Walker's honor HERE.

Heartache and Humor: Ashley M. Jones's Poetry Earns National Acclaim

HHeartache and Humorer first book isn’t finished, but Ashley M. Jones’s words already are earning national accolades. Recently, the young poet and 2012 UAB alumna won the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, a prestigious honor spotlighting promising female writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction early in their careers. She was among only six women nationally to receive the award.

“Winning this award validates what I’ve been writing,” says Jones, a creative writing teacher at the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham. “Sometimes writing is a lonely process, and you never know if your work will be well received or if it will be meaningful to others. The award encourages me to continue.”

Read more about Jones' poetry HERE.