|(From left) Ashley Floyd, director of National & International Fellowships and Scholarships, chats with Ameen Barghi and University Professor Edward Taub at this year's awards luncheon. Barghi, who works in Taub's lab, is a Goldwater Scholarship recipient.|
It didn’t take long for Ashley Floyd to realize she was coming to a special place when she accepted a job as UAB’s director of National & International Fellowships and Scholarships in 2012.
“Before I even started, I got an e-mail from a student, Mallick Hossain,” Floyd says. “He said, ‘I think we should meet. I want to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship, and I want to talk about my application.’ He had initiative, and he was very professional.”
“A Will Not His Own” tells the fictional story of Will, a man with dementia and his struggle to maintain his memory while accepting its loss. The play was crafted from a collection of interviews captured by UAB students during visits with the elderly at South Highland Day Center. The event will take place at South Highland Presbyterian Church, 2035 Highland Ave South. Tickets are $7 for students and children, $10 for adults, and are available for purchase at the door.
The play was birthed from The Imaginarium Chronicles, a service-learning initiative funded by the College of Arts and Sciences and led by assistant professor of English Nichole Lariscy, Ph.D., to tell community stories.
“UAB is excited about service learning,” Lariscy said. “Students are learning about what is affecting their community now.”
For the South Highlands Day Center project, students brought in pictures of people in interesting places and asked participants what the images meant to them. The goal was to learn about connections between memory and the arts.
“At first, they were really quiet,” said 20-year-old senior Kaylyn Alexander from Pelham.
|"A Will Not His Own"
Friday, May 31-Saturday, June 1
South Highland Presbyterian Church
2035 Highland Ave. South
“It was like a sensory stimulant for them,” said the English literature and public relations double major. “When they started talking, it affected their physical gestures.”
Residents who were normally quiet and reserved became chatty and excited. Some had never shared anything about themself to their peers but were opening up and sharing their life stories.
Those stories were made into a play that was written by Lariscy and Rachel King-Barr, director of children’s ministry for South Highland Presbyterian Church, with hopes the audience will leave reminded of the need for dementia care for the aging population.
“Everyone needs to think carefully of their elders and what steps they’re going to take,” Lariscy said.
Two additional projects of the The Imaginarium Chronicles are in the works: one to tell stories collected from the UAB 1917 Clinic for HIV, and another to present the tales from students at Birmingham’s Woodlawn High School.
By: Marie Sutton
The research, highlighted in a paper titled “Sensing-Enabled Channels for Hard-to-Detect Command and Control of Mobile Devices,” was presented May 10, 2013, at the 8th Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Symposium on Information, Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS) in Hangzhou, China. The work was a joint collaboration between the UAB SECuRE and Trustworthy(SECRET) computing lab and the UAB Security and Privacy in Emerging computing and networking Systems (SPIES) research group.
“When you go to an arena or Starbucks, you don’t expect the music to have a hidden message, so this is a big paradigm shift because the public sees only emails and the Internet as vulnerable to malware attacks,” said Ragib Hasan, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer and information sciences and director of the SECRET computing lab. “We devote a lot of our efforts towards securing traditional communication channels. But when bad guys use such hidden and unexpected methods to communicate, it is difficult if not impossible to detect that.”
A team of UAB researchers was able to trigger malware hidden in mobile devices from 55 feet away in a crowded hallway using music. They were also successful, at various distances, using music videos; lighting from a television, computer monitor and overhead bulbs; vibrations from a subwoofer; and magnetic fields.
“We showed that these sensory channels can be used to send short messages that may eventually be used to trigger a mass-signal attack,” said Nitesh Saxena, Ph.D., director of the SPIES research group and assistant professor in the Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research (CIA|JFR). “While traditional networking communication used to send such triggers can be detected relatively easily, there does not seem to be a good way to detect such covert channels currently.”
Researchers were able to trigger malware with a bandwidth of only five bits per second – a fraction of the bandwidth used by laptops or home computers.
Shams Zawoad, a doctoral student and graduate assistant in the SECRET computing lab presented the paper at the conference in China.
“This kind of attack is sophisticated and difficult to build, but it will become increasingly easier to accomplish in the future as technology improves,” said Zawoad. “We need to create defenses before these attacks become widespread, so it is better that we find out these techniques first and stay one step ahead.”
The paper was co-authored by Zawoad’s fellow UAB graduate student Dustin Rinehart, as well as Tzipora Halevi, a recent doctoral graduate from the SPIES research group. All worked closely with the directors of the two groups to thoroughly test each novel channel.
By: Meghan Davis
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