The Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research at the University of Alabama at Birminghamhas received a $250,000 donation from Facebook in recognition of the center’s role in tracking international criminals behind social-media botnet Koobface as well as other spammers. The donation, which comes from money Facebook has recovered from spammers located around the world, will be used to expand the new CIA|JFR headquarters.
“As a result of numerous collaborations over the years, Facebook recognizes the center as both a partner in fighting Internet abuse, and as a critical player in developing future experts who will become dedicated cybersecurity professionals,” says Joe Sullivan, chief security officer at Facebook.
“The center has earned this gift for their successes in fighting cybercrime and because of the need for formal cybersecurity education to better secure everyone’s data across the world.”
It isn’t every day that graphic designers can help improve an entire ecosystem, but four UABstudents and their professor have done just that for the Cahaba River.
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Doug Barrett, M.F.A., and students Amy Clark of Mountain Brook, Daniel Twieg of Dallas, Texas, Samantha Gibbons of Hoover and Jenny Waycaster of Calera, all graphic design majors, worked together for months to create an identity campaign, logo, graphics, signage and more for the Cahaba Blueway project. Barrett and the students did the work as part of an independent study in the Department of Art and Art History’s Bloom Studio, along with Birmingham-based advertising agency Cayenne Creative and Matt Leavell of Alabama Engine, an economic-development organization.
|Algerian director Merzak Allouache will be on hand to discuss his award-winning film The Repentant.|
Filmmakers and scholars from around the world will converge at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Nov. 1-3, 2012 to discuss the role filmmaking plays in the international struggle for civil and human rights. The Fifth Annual Foreign Language Film Conference is sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and is free and open to the public.
This year’s event is an homage to the 49th anniversary of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham. On Sept. 15, 1963, four black girls were killed before church by a bomb planted by the Ku Klux Klan. The event had a ripple effect around the world, inspiring countless books, songs, articles and films. In that same spirit, UAB organizers put out a call for papers to find out how people worldwide tell the stories of their own fights for civil and human rights using film.
The response was overwhelming.
- Three New Alabama Innovation Fund Awards Announced
- Computer Scientist Uses Language to Fight Crime
- The College Welcomes Interim Dean Robert Palazzo
- Theatre UAB Explores Line Between Madness and Genius in “Proof”
- The Sims: Philosophy Edition
- Slaughter Awarded 2012 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award