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Graig and Rizzo Publish Article

Travis Graig’s ’17 and Christopher Rizzo’s ’15 article ‘Data Challenges in Dynamic, Large-Scale Resource Allocation in Remote Regions’ was recently accepted for publication in Safety Science, the #3 journal for international safety research*.  Both Graig and Rizzo are 2015-16 McDevitt Undergraduate Research Fellows in Information Systems.

Head Shot
Travis Graig ’17

Travis’ analysis of Bering Strait vessel transits was also highlighted for its contribution in identifying missing and conflicting data in the variety of data sets he analyzed in his research.

Christopher Rizzo ’15

Chris’ work to develop a resource allocation database for Arctic oil spill response was heralded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard, as it modeled the data, resources and equipment necessary to respond to a catastrophic oil spill in the Arctic.

Congratulations Travis and Chris!

* Grabowski, M.R, Graig, T. & Rizzo, C. 2016. Data Challenges in Dynamic, Large-Scale Resource Allocation  in Remote Regions. Safety Science. doi: 10.1016/jssci.2016.03.021.


Middleton and Martial Participate in Arctic Council Session

Last week, Steven Middleton ’16 and Jonathan Martial ’17, the McDevitt Undergraduate Research Fellows in Information Systems, were invited to the Fall meeting of the National Academy of Sciences’ Transportation Research Board/Marine Board in Washington, DC. The Board ran a focus session on Arctic Emergency Response that was led by ADM Robert Papp, USCG (retired), the US Special Arctic Representative and Chair of the Arctic Council, and RADM Charles Michel, USCG, the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard.

RADM Mark Guadagnini, Head of Shell’s Emergency Response Operations; Mark Myers, the Commissioner of Natural Resources for the State of Alaska; and Todd Busch, Senior VP of Crowley, Inc., whose ships run through the Arctic, were also on the dais.

The Arctic Council is an intergovernmental policy group supported by the State Department and linked to the UN that develops through consensus among its 8 nation members and 23 observer nations (including India, China, Singapore many European nations and indigenous groups) Arctic policies, plans and regulations. Also in attendance at the meeting last Thursday were the Russian representatives to the Arctic Council.

Steven and Jon captured notes and provided support to the Marine Board during the focus session. Their research topics center on challenges in Arctic search and rescue, so the focus session and the opportunity to interview, have lunch with, and converse with senior US officials with international responsibilities for Arctic programs was a unique opportunity for undergraduate research fellows.

Jonathan Martial ’17, Todd Ripley (Maritime Administration), and Steven Middleton ’16 at the Arctic Council Session in Washington, DC.

Grabowski Appointed to National Academies/National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board/Marine Board

Martha Grabowski, McDevitt Distinguished Chair in Information Systems, was appointed to the National Academies/National Research Council’s Transportation Research Board/Marine Board. Grabowski is returning to the Board that she previously chaired. The National Research Council is the operating division of the National Academies, and is a private, non-profit institution. Under a Congressional charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences, the NRC provides scientific and technical advice to the government, the public and the scientific and engineering communities.

The Fall meeting of the Marine Board will convene November 10-13, 2015 in Washington, DC. Two McDevitt Undergraduate Research in IS Fellows, Jonathan Martial ’17 and Steven Middleton ’16, will attend the Board meeting and assist in the Arctic search and rescue focus session, which ADM Bob Papp, USCG (retired), the US representative to the Arctic Council, and VADM Michel, USCG, Deputy Commandant of the Coast Guard, will lead.

Dr. Grabowski just returned from participating in Arctic Zephyr, a multinational Arctic search and rescue exercise in Anchorage, Alaska, hosted by the US Coast Guard, that exercised an 8-nation SAR response to a 2000-passenger vessel casualty in Arctic waters with air, marine, ground and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) resources. 60 representatives from all Arctic nations except Russia participated in the exercise.  The Anchorage exercise is a precursor to the live exercise of this vessel rescue scenario that is planned off the west coast of Greenland in May/June 2016.

Three Awarded McDevitt Fellowships in Information Systems

The McDevitt Center would like to congratulate Jonathan Martial ’17, Steven Middleton ’16, and Jean-Phillipe Rancy ’16 on their selection as McDevitt Undergraduate Fellows in Information Systems for the 2015-16 academic year.  Each McDevitt Fellow will work closely with Dr. Martha Grabowski, Distinguished McDevitt Professor in Information Systems. Martial and Middleton will develop research projects around arctic search and rescue models and Rancy will continue his research developing Google Glass applications for ship navigation.  In addition, the Fellows and will participate in regular research meetings led by Dr. Grabowski. This fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend.

(Picture by Dr. Martha Grabowski.  From left to right: Jonathan Martial, Jean-Phillipe Rancy, and Steven Middleton)

Grabowski Gives Earth Day Briefings on Oil Spill Response

Martha Grabowski, the McDevitt Chair in Information Systems, chaired a 2-year National Research Council policy study on ‘Responding to Oil Spills in the Arctic Marine Environment’ that was released to the public on April 23, 2014.  Grabowski briefed the report to the 8 agency sponsors* in a pre-release briefing on Earth Day, April 22nd, in Washington, DC.

The report recommended that more benchmark Arctic environmental, biological and oceanic information; research investigating the tradeoffs and impacts of oil spill response technologies in the Arctic; investments in Arctic infrastructure and logistics; and improvements in structured and inclusive decision processes with local impacted community members are needed for effective Arctic oil spill response.

Grabowski also briefed Senators Begich (D-Alaska) and Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Congressional staff and committees, including the Senate Commerce and Energy Committees, the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee, and the House Energy committee on April 22 and 23rd in Washington, DC.

Grabowski will brief the State Department on the report on May 12, and will give a public webinar to Washington NGOs on May 12. She will give a briefing in Anchorage to Alaska constituents and will take the report briefings to Arctic North Slope villages in Alaska in June and July.

Interviews and coverage of the report were provided by the Houston Chronicle, Science, National Geographic, Reuters, Alaska Public Radio, the Alaska Dispatch and Alaska Daily News, a variety of environmental and oil industry publications, as well as in press releases from the agency sponsors, the Senators and the Congressional committees.

Grabowski will present the report at the International Oil Spill Conference in Savannah May 7-9, 2014.

A free download of the report: Responding to Oil Spills in the U.S. Arctic Marine Environment

* Sponsors: American Petroleum Institute, Arctic Research Commission, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (Dept of Interior), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (Dept of Interior), US Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Marine Mammals Commission, and the Oil Spill Recovery Institute.

News From the McDevitt Information Systems Scholars

Morgan Thomas ’14/SU EE ’15, Jean-Phillipe Rancy ’16 and Dr. Martha Grabowski (McDevitt Chair in Information Systems) will be demonstrating their Google Glass applications at the Newhouse School TED talk on Wednesday, April 9 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm.

Morgan Thomas ’14/SU EE ’15 and Michaella Steinruck ’16 work on their Google Glass app.

Thomas and Rancy have been working with Steve Weiter ’15, Michaella Steinruck ’16, Gabe Adams ’17, Nick Olin ’15, and Rebecca Wolf ’14 to develop a Conductor’s Assistant, a virtual server environment in Glass, emergency medicine applications, and new projects for ship navigation and Arctic emergency response in Google Glass.

McDevitt Information Systems mentors, Aidan Cunniffe SU ’16 and Nate Frechette ’13 from QueueCo and the Madden School Blue Highway Room will be attending and presenting at the Ted Talk on Wednesday as well. Cunniffee will be giving a 15-minute TED talk about Bitcoin. Frachette will be demonstrating a new QueueCode application that lets non-programmers build programs, without coding, in no time flat.

More information on the QueueCode application: http://vimeo.com/90377787

More information about the Newhouse TED talk  and via Twitter – @TedXSyracuseU

The McDevitt IS Scholars will also be talking about their Glass research and giving Glass demos on Friday at Scholars Day in James Commons. People attending Scholars Day will have the chance to experiment with Glass on Friday afternoon.

More information on Scholars Day

McDevitt IS Scholars to Present Research Findings

Ten McDevitt Information Systems Scholars, mentored by Dr. Martha Grabowski (McDevitt Chair in Information Systems), have spent the 2013-2014 academic year researching various issues surrounding Google Glass, Big Data, and Disaster Management and Preparedness.

On Friday, April 11, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the James Commons Special Events Room they will present the fruits of their research at the annual Le Moyne College Scholars Day Conference.  Each will offer a brief presentation followed by a question and answer period.  We encourage our followers to attend the conference.  It is free and open to the public.

Schedule for McDevitt Scholars:

Rebecca Wolf ’14

9:00 a.m – 9:15 a.m
Rebecca Wolf ‘14, Management and Leadership and Information Systems
“GoogleGlass: Authentication, Security, and Privacy”

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Dara DeGennaro ’15, Business Analytics and Information Systems
“Arctic Shipping Patterns in the Bering Strait”

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
James Cochran ’14, English and Religious Studies
“The Fat Lady, Kao and Christ: A Study of Sacramentality in Salinger’s Fiction”

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Ashley Strazzella ’14, Biological Sciences and Physics
“A Study of the Integration of Eastern and Western Medicine: A Literature Review of Challenges, Successes, and Forthcomings of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)”

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Nicholas Olin ’16, Chemistry and Psychology
“Google Glass in the Emergency Medical Field”

4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Jean-Phillipe Rancy ’15, Management and Information Systems
Michaella Steinruck ’16, Management and Information Systems
“GlassScapes: Virtualization in Google Glass”

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Poster Session
Gabe Adams ’17, Computer Science
Morgan Thomas ‘14/’15, Physics, Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering
Steve Weiter ’15, Computer Science
“Google Glass Applications for Performing Arts”

Spring 2014 McDevitt Scholars in Ecology and Information Systems Announced

The McDevitt Center is pleased to announce the Spring 2014 McDevitt Scholars in Ecology and McDevitt Scholars in Information Systems.

The following students will work under the direction of Dr. Donald McCrimmon on an initiative supported by Rev. George Coyne, Endowed Chair in Religious Philosophy:

Steven Houck ’14, Biology
Christopher Klee ’15, Biology

The following students will work under the guidance of Dr. Martha Grabowski, McDevitt Chair in Information Systems:

Google Glass Application Development Team (under the guidance of Queue the Future, LLC. Co-Founders, Nate Frechette ’13 and Aidan Cunniffe)
Gabe Adams ’17, Computer Science
James Cochran ’14, English and Religious Studies
Nicholas Olin ’16, Chemistry, Integral Honors, History
Jean-Phillipe Rancy ’15, Information Systems
Michaella Steinruck ’16, Management and Information Systems
Morgan Thomas ‘14/’15, Physics, Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering
Steve Weiter ’15, Computer Science

BNYMellon Large-Scale/ Big Data Project Team
Conner Biolsi ’15, Finance, Business Analytics, Information Systems
Tyler Dygert ’14, Business Analytics, Information Systems
Joe Miller ‘16, Information Systems
Brendan O’Sullivan ’16, Finance, Marketing, Business Analytics

Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) Disaster Preparedness Project
Crystal Fontana ’15, Information Systems
Catherine Root ’16, Finance, Business Analytics, Information Systems
Ryan Romich ’15, Marketing, Business Analytics, Information Systems

Le Moyne College Emerges as Leader in Google Glass Exploration

Nate Frechette (LMC ’13) and Aidan Cunniffe, Co-Founders, Queue the Future, LLC.

Le Moyne College now boasts six Google Glass Explorers who will be providing students across the college with a wide range of unique learning opportunities and involving many of them in cutting edge research exploring how wearable computing will change our interaction with technology and the world.

Joining Endowed McDevitt Chair Dr. Martha Grabowski (who became a Google Glass Explorer this past November), are:
Shaun Black, Acting Director of Information Technology
Aidan Cunniffe, Co-Founder, Queue the Future, LLC.
Nate Frechette (LMC ’13), Co-Founder, Queue the Future, LLC.
Dr. Shin Lin, Associate Professor of Information Systems
Dr. J. Christopher Zimmer, Associate McDevitt Chair in Information Systems

Beginning this Spring, five new undergraduate McDevitt Scholars will begin collaborative student-faculty research projects to develop Glass applications for visualizing musical scores (with Travis Newton, Director of Music), virtualization (connecting Glass to the cloud), and exploring new user interfaces like holograms and laser keyboards with Glass.

Michaella Steinruck ’16 and Cynthia Turner, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Wind Ensemble at Cornell University, experiment with Google Glass.
Michaella Steinruck ’16 and Cynthia Turner, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Wind Ensemble at Cornell University, experiment with Google Glass.

The new McDevitt Scholars in Information Systems are:
Gabe Adams ’17, Computer Science
Jean-Phillipe Rancy ’16, Information Systems
Michaella Steinruck ’16, Information Systems
Morgan Thomas, Physics ’14/M.S. in Electrical Engineering ’15
Steve Weiter ’14, Computer Science

Dr. Grabowski will use Google Glass in the classroom to explore how it can enhance learning both in and outside of the classroom.  Grabowski will also embark on a new research project in which she plans to explore how wearable computing can be used in remote, hazardous and dangerous settings where hands-free operations are needed (oil spill response, medical evacuation, emergency medicine, passenger ship and aviation rescue).

Dr. Grabowski and Le Moyne Students Begin Cutting Edge Work With Google Glass

Dr. Martha Grabowski, McDevitt Chair in Information Systems and Google Glass Explorer
Dr. Martha Grabowski, McDevitt Chair in Information Systems and Google Glass Explorer

Dr. Martha Grabowski, McDevitt Chair in Information Systems, is bringing a unique learning opportunity to Le Moyne College students as a Google Glass Explorer.  The Google Glass Explorer Program is designed for those interested in helping to shape the future of Google Glass.

Grabowski and the undergraduate McDevitt Information Systems Scholars are collaborating with both the iSchool at Syracuse University and Cindi Turner, associate professor of music and director of the Cornell Wind Ensemble at Cornell University.  Nick Olin ’15 and Ashley Strazzella ’14, two McDevitt IS Scholars, met with Bob O’Brien and Braden Croy from the Syracuse iSchool about a collaborative Google Glass project in emergency medicine.  Nick is investigating the use of Google Glass in emergency medicine and Ashley is exploring the integration of Eastern and Western medicine.  James Cochran ’14 is looking at gender and identity issues with Google Glass and Rebecca Wolf ’14 is exploring Glass’ privacy, authentication and security issues.  Chris Pichardo ’15 is looking at the use of Glass in small and medium size businesses by different types of users.  Nate Frechette ’13 and Aidan Cunniffe/iSchool ’16 are developing Glass applications for the iSchool.

On October 30th, Grabowski and Michaella Steinruck ’16 and Travis Newton, Director of Music at Le Moyne College, traveled to Cornell University to meet with Cynthia Turner, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Wind Ensemble.  Turner, also a Google Glass Explorer, is using Google Glass to “pursue such ideas with the Glass as an app to embed a condensed score, streaming video from the Glass to give a conductor’s- or musician’s-eye view, embedding a metronome and tuner, and measuring student body/eye movement” (Cornell Chronicle).

This Spring, Grabowski and her McDevitt Scholars plan to test Glass in a research project during an emergency medicine drill at Le Moyne College.  Grabowski is also seeking additional opportunities to bring Google Glass into the Information Systems classrooms at Le Moyne, with the hopes of purchasing a classroom set.

Michaella Steinruck ’16 and Cynthia Turner, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Wind Ensemble at Cornell University, experiment with Google Glass.
Michaella Steinruck ’16 and Cynthia Turner, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Wind Ensemble at Cornell University, experiment with Google Glass.