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ACDIS Newsletter October 14, 2019
 
 
 
Welcome!
 

Welcome to the ACDIS newsletter!  In this newsletter you will learn about upcoming ACDIS Chat Sessions, Security Events, Internship - Scholarship - Fellowship Opportunities, an Essay Contest, and how to Give to ACDIS. 

 
 
ACDIS Chat Sessions
 
 
 
 

The ACDIS Chat Session with Ambassador Eric Whitaker

Please join ACDIS students in an informal chat session with Ambassador Eric Whitaker for Niger. 

  • Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
  • Ambassador Eric Whitaker
  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM
  • Room 436, David Kinley Hall
  • 1407 W Gregory Dr, Urbana
  • Hosted by: Center for African Studies 

 

The ACDIS Chat Secession with Dr. Margaret Kosal 

Please join ACDIS students in an informal chat session with Dr. Margaret Kosal.

Dr. Margaret E. Kosal is associate professor in the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she is the director of the Sam Nunn Security Program and the Program on Emerging Technology and Security. She was recently appointed faculty in the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience at Georgia Tech. Her research explores the relationships among technology, strategy, and governance. She focuses on two, often intersecting, areas: reducing the threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and understanding the geopolitics of emerging technologies. She is the author of Nanotechnology for Chemical and Biological Defense, which explores scenarios, benefits, and potential proliferation threats of nanotechnology and other emerging sciences, and editor/contributor to the volumes, Technology and the Intelligence Community: Challenges and Advances for the 21st Century and Development, Use, and Proliferation of Disruptive and Game-Changing Technologies in Modern Warfare. 

  • Friday, October 18th, 2019
  • Dr. Margaret Kosal
  • 9:30 - 10:00 AM 
  • Armory Room 345
  • 505 E. Armory Ave., Champaign
  • Hosted by: Department of Chemistry and ACDIS
 
 
 
Security Events
 
 
 
 

Computer Security for Victims of Abuse

Thomas Ristenpart, Cornell University, will discuss their recent work trying to understand technology abuse and computer security's role in improving outcomes for victims. We've focused primarily on abuse in the context of intimate partner violence (IPV), a widespread social ill affecting about one in four women and one in ten men at some point in their lives. In interviews with survivors and the professionals that work with them in New York City, our research has provided the most granular view to date of technology abuse in IPV contexts. Abusers install spyware on mobile devices, compromise victim accounts, harass over messaging systems, and much more. We complemented this qualitative work with first-of-their-kind measurement studies that discovered a large ecosystem of online resources aimed at helping abusers, including a variety of apps usable as IPV spyware.

  • Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
  • Thomas Ristenpart
  • 3:00 PM
  • Coordinated Science Laboratory Auditorium (B02)
  • Reception will immediately follow in room 301 CSL
  • 1308 West Main St, Urbana
  • Hosted by: Information Trust Institute, ITI
 
 
 
 

Working in the U.S. Foreign Service

Ambassador Eric Whitaker works in the Nigerien capital of Niamey to lead America’s bilateral relationship with the people and government of Niger and look after the interests of American citizens in Niger.  For Whitaker, his role as U.S. ambassador in Niger includes addressing cultural and language discrepancies, developing and maintaining an in-depth awareness of the entirety of both Niger and the United States, and keeping his missions staffed, active, and coordinated. 

  • Wednesday, October 16th, 2019
  • Ambassador Eric Whitaker
  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM
  • Room 101, International Studies Building
  • 910 S. Fifth St., Champaign
  • Refreshments Provided
  • Hosted by: Center for African Studies
 
 
 
 

Framing the Global Immigrant Challenge: Evidence from Tweets Sent by Elected Representatives

Professor Laitin’s presentation applies text analysis and machine learning tools to an analysis of social media, to determine where migration issues are most salient, whether the messages focus on economic challenges or legal rights, and whether sentiments change with significant events, such as terrorist attacks or mass deaths of drowned asylum seekers. By analyzing the data from millions of tweets sent by elected representatives on issues relating to immigration and refugees, Professor Laitin aims to define a measurable pulse of how elites across the globe represent the immigration issue to their constituents.

 

  • Thursday, October 17th, 2019
  • Davide D. Laitin
  • 4:00 PM
  • Auditorium, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
  • 1205 W. Clark Street, Urbana
  • Hosted by: Center for Advanced Study
 
 
 
 

Alumni Career Panel: Chemistry & Beyond

Join us on October 18 to hear Illinois Chemistry alumni discuss their experience and careers in medicinal chemistry, biomedical venture capital, entrepreneurship, science journalism, and defense technology.

A reception will precede the panel from 1-2pm in the Chemistry Library, 170 Noyes Lab. Join panelists for cake bites, coffee, and conversation before the panel begins. 

  • Friday, October 18th, 2019
  • Dr(s). Michael Garst, Christine Herman, Margaret Kosal, and Brock Siegel
  • 3:00 - 4:30 PM
  • 170 Noyes Lab, Reception / 217 Noyes Lab, Panel Discussion
  • 505 S. Mathews Ave, Urbana
  • Hosted by: Department of Chemistry
 
 
 
Internship Information
 
 

It's never too late to begin thinking about obtaining some internship experiences.  Here are a few internship opportunities to take into consideration. 

 
 
 
Scholarship Information
 
 

The following are some scholarship opportunities to take into consideration: 

 
 
 
Fellowship Information
 
 

The following are some fellowship opportunities to take into consideration. If you miss this year's deadline, and then keep an eye out for the next opportunity.   

 
 
 
Essay Contest
 
 
 

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO GET PUBLISHED IN FOREIGN POLICY & WIN $1,000

Essays are due no later than Friday, November 1st

 
 
 
Give to ACDIS
 
 

The ACDIS Program has had an impact on untold numbers of faculty and students during its history.  

Your generous gift to the Directors Fund will ensure future generations of University of Illinois students engage in the study of peace and security.  Gifts to the Directors Fund honor the programs founders and former directors of ACDIS and supports student researchers.

Your gift to the Friends of ACDIS will support subscriptions and purchases for security-related publications for students access in our ACDIS library.  Your gift will also support lectures, symposia, and conferences that concentrate on the ACDIS mission.

Gift transactions are confidential and secure.  Please select the fund you would like to make a gift to, along with the amount, and you will be redirected to the University of Illinois Foundation's secure Online Giving Form.

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Have A Great Week