The University of New Orleans is giving intensive cybersecurity training to high school teachers from around the country this week and next.

The program, known as GenCyber, allows teachers to learn about cybersecurity technology, design their own curricula and gain the expertise needed to train future generations of cybersecurity experts.

GenCyber is free to all participants and is taught by computer science faculty from UNO. The program is funded by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation.

The 19 teachers in UNO’s summer camp come from 12 states; six of the teachers are from metro New Orleans schools.

UNO was one of six institutions to host a GenCyber summer camp in 2014. In 2015, 43 camps will be held on 29 college campuses in 18 states. The program is expected to expand to 200 camps by 2020.

Dr. Golden Richard is the director of UNO’s GenCyber program, which meets in the UNO Mathematics Building.

Tulane archaeologists make major Maya finds

Archaeologists with the La Corona Regional Archaeological Project in Guatemala, who in 2012 discovered the second known reference to the so-called “end date” of the Maya calendar, have made more significant finds, Tulane University has announced.

The significant hieroglyphic finds were revealed during a news conference at the National Palace in Guatemala City. The discoveries include a well-preserved Maya stela from the archaeological site of El Achiotal that dates from the 5th century A.D.

“This stela portrays an early king during one of the more poorly understood periods of ancient Maya history,” said Marcello A. Canuto, director of Tulane’s Middle American Research Institute and co-director of the excavations at El Achiotal along with Tomás Barrientos of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala.

Tulane graduate student Luke Auld-Thomas, with funding from a National Geographic Young Explorers Grant, uncovered a shrine that contained fragments of the broken stela. The ancient Maya had built the shrine to preserve this stela.

Epigrapher David Stuart, of the University of Texas at Austin, estimated the stela’s date to be Nov. 22, 418, a time of great political upheaval in the central Maya area.

The La Corona team also found two more hieroglyphic panels in nearly pristine state. “They even have much of the original sparkling red paint preserved,” Canuto said.

Tulane graduate student Maxime Lamoureux St-Hilaire discovered the panels in excavations of La Corona’s palace. The panels had not been found by looters because they were installed in a small room of the palace. The panel inscriptions tell of rituals of kingly accession.

UNO professor named Educator of the Year

University of New Orleans engineering professor Enrique La Motta has been named Educator of the Year by the New Orleans chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

La Motta holds the Urban Waste Professorship in Civil Engineering at UNO, where he has taught for 22 years.

La Motta’s areas of expertise include water and wastewater treatment processes and the design of water supply and wastewater collection systems.

“Enrique La Motta is a perfect example of a UNO academic all-star,” said Emir José Macari, dean of the College of Engineering. “His students rave about his teaching, and his research and publications have been cited by top national and international academicians. Dr. La Motta has mentored many top engineering professionals in the New Orleans region.”

La Motta, who has been an engineering professor for 39 years, holds a master’s and a doctorate in environmental engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.