Archive for February 8th, 2012

English as a Second Language

Speak! Language Center, near UVA, offers

for International Postdocs, Scholars and Professionals


  • Communicate effectively with colleagues–describe processes, defend ideas
  • Be prepared to write proposals and papers–reinforce complex grammar
  • Be confident at interviews and seminars–improve pronunciation
  • Understand cultural differences–practice spontaneous responses

UVA employees and most Postdoctoral and Research Fellows are eligible to apply annual education benefits to language training at Speak!

For more information about INDIVIDUALIZED ESL, contact Paula Levine or visit the Speak! website at:  http://speaklanguagecenter.

Water Systems Restoration in Iraq

The UVA Student Chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers are pleased to announce this presentation about

Water Systems Restoration in Iraq: Program Management Technology Application


Regan McDonald, PE

Atkins Global

on Tuesday, February 14, 2012, at 6:30 – 7:30 PM in D223 Thornton Hall

Free Pizza & Soda

For more information, please contact ASCE or SAME:

Michael Boone (mrb6zt) or Matthew McDonald (mpm2p)

Toward Proactive Mitigation of Advanced Multi-tier Botnets

Please make note of the following, free, on-line seminar.  Information about how to join the session can be found on the web site of the Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program at


Brent ByungHoon Kang, Ph.D.


Toward Proactive Mitigation of Advanced Multi-tier Botnets

Date and Time

February 8, 2012 from 5 pm – 6 pm


In this talk I will present our on-going efforts to mitigate the advanced botnets. Botnet is a network of compromised machines, exploited to carry out malicious acts such as spam, phishing, denial of service attacks, and stealing sensitive data such as passwords and banking credentials. The detection and mitigation of these botnets have proven to be quite challenging. Malware authors, supported by a thriving underground economy, have demonstrated professional quality sophistication in creating codes highly adaptive to existing mitigation efforts.

We have explored a series of botnet mitigation approaches directed toward (i) creating new analysis and de-obfuscation methods to rapidly expose the botnets’ command and control protocols in a timely manner, (ii) in-depth analysis to explore the fundamental limits and weaknesses of the advanced botnet architecture, and (iii) designing an effective enumerator (or “mapping” of bot networks) to locate bot-infected hosts on the Internet.

Our research direction fundamentally differs from existing Intrusion Detection System (IDS) approaches. Unlike IDS, which is geared towards protecting local hosts within its perimeter, an enumerator will enable identification of both local and remote infections. Identifying remote infections is crucial, given that there are numerous computers on the Internet that are not under the protection of IDS-based systems. The resulting enumeration has been used for spam blocking, firewall configuration, DNS rewriting, and alerting sys-admins regarding local infections.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium 2012-13 Graduate STEM Research Fellowship Program

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) Graduate Research STEM Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $5,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research support. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a program of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and have a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance.

The purpose of the VSGC Graduate STEM Rresearch Fellowship program is to encourage talented individuals to pursue careers in the aerospace industry that support NASA’s mission. Awardees will be required to certify through their academic department that basic research support of at least $5,000 in matching funds is also being provided before funds are released. These Fellowships are intended to enhance basic graduate support such as graduate research assistantships, graduate teaching assistantships, and non-federal scholarships and fellowships.

Graduate Research Fellowships require that students participate in an active faculty-mentored research experience that aligns with the aerospace sector and meets NASA’s mission.   Awards are made annually and are renewable for one year for students making satisfactory academic and research progress. This is a competitive fellowship program and awards are based on merit recognizing high academic achievement and promise.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be enrolled as a full-time graduate student at one of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium member institutions
  • May apply prior to entering or anytime during your graduate program
  • Must be in a program of study demonstrating an interest in aerospace or supporting NASA’s mission
  • Must have a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Since an important purpose of this program is to increase the participation of underrepresented minorities, females, and persons with disabilities in aerospace-related careers, the VSGC especially encourages applications from these students.

APPLICATION Deadline February 10, 2012
(Letters of recommendation must be received by February 17, 2012)

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