Loyola to offer degree in business computing

Loyola University will introduce a bachelor of science degree in computer information systems in the fall.

The program is designed to give students the computer skills they need to work in the business world. It will include 21 hours in the major areas of computer science and computer information systems, 15 hours in the supporting area of management science and five credit hours of practical experience through a project or internship.

“It is designed to appeal to students who are looking to go into business,” said Ralph Tucci, professor of mathematics and director of computational science. “It will give a person a good, solid background in computers and show them just how computers are needed to conduct business. Usually, there are large programs involved, which involve teamwork. No one can do it alone. Part of what we will teach is how a team of people works together.”

Loyola already offers a major in computational mathematics and an interdisciplinary computational science minor. Those programs emphasize mathematics and are more theoretical in nature. The new major is more career-oriented.

UNO entry is finalist in disaster preparedness

An entry from the University of New Orleans Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology, known as UNO-CHART, is a finalist in a national competition that seeks to identify innovative solutions in disaster preparedness.

UNO-CHART is an applied social science hazards research center that collaborates with Louisiana communities.

A panel of judges will select one of 10 finalists to receive a $25,000 prize, and a nationwide online vote will determine the winner of a separate $25,000 award.

The contest, organized by Solution Search, identifies the top 10 ways Americans are reducing the risk of weather-related disasters. The goal is to build greater awareness and preparedness throughout the country.

UNO-CHART’s entry is a risk literacy project that focuses on simultaneously teaching literacy and disaster preparedness. The curriculum, titled “Preparing for Storms in Louisiana,” was designed in plain English to teach the concepts of risk as a subject matter in literacy programs, as well as to teach literacy through risk education. The project materials include a student manual, a facilitator’s guide, a take-home guide and flashcards. The curriculum has both English and Spanish components.

The 10 Solution Search finalists were selected from among 88 entries from 21 states.

UNO to teach teachers about cybersecurity

University of New Orleans professor Golden Richard has received a $105,000 grant from the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency to expand his intensive cybersecurity training course for high school teachers. The funding will allow Richard to train 20 teacher participants, five more than in the program’s first year.

The 2015 program, which will be held July 20-31 at UNO, is free for invited participants; it includes lodging, travel and meals.

The goals of the program are to increase cybersecurity awareness and expertise among high school teachers, to help integrate cybersecurity topics into high school coursework, to increase cybersecurity awareness among students, and to boost enrollment in cybersecurity programs at the college level.

“Teachers who attend can expect to significantly deepen their knowledge of cybersecurity and to prepare them to transition what they learn into their own classrooms,” said Richard, a professor of computer science and director of the Greater New Orleans Center for Information Assurance at UNO. “There is a clear need for increasing the number of high school students interested in cybersecurity in order to meet huge demands for well-trained professionals in both the public and private sectors.”

For information on how to apply, visit www.cs.uno.edu/~golden/intensive-ia-training.html.

UNO is the only university in Louisiana that is designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations by the National Security Agency.