Archive for February, 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)

Graduate Student Research Skills Workshop — Copyright Essentials

Graduate Student Research Skills Workshop

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 3:30-5, Rice Hall Auditorium (Room 130 Rice Hall)

University of Virginia

Please join your fellow SEAS graduate students in this, the inaugural, Research Skills Workshop.  The topic—-Copyright Essentials.

With the Engineering School’s implementation in 2012 of a new digital-only deposit program for master’s theses and dissertations,  Engineering graduate students must address enhanced responsibilities for copyright, grants compliance, and other traditional author’s issues of privacy, defamation, and related concerns. Students will be required to sign a formal deposit license with the University Library as part of their degree completion process, and all theses and dissertations will be available worldwide.  Good advance planning and awareness of key copyright and other legal requirements are more essential than ever before. Madelyn Wessel from the Office of General Counsel will be here to talk about the library deposit license and the new Copyright Essentials materials that have been prepared to assist Engineering School students with this new program.  Some of the ways students can protect and share their scholarly and research works via Creative Commons and Open Source licensing, and other author’s rights issues will also be discussed.  The workshop will provide ample opportunities for Q & A.

Look for future announcements and other opportunities to learn and enhance your research skills in this new, monthly workshop series for the entire SEAS Community of Scholars.

Brought to you by the Graduate Student Module of the Strategic Plan Implementation Team and the Office of the Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Programs

Designing Conference Posters

In a previous life, Colin Purrington taught evolutionary biology at Hudson
University for fourteen years. Today, he engages in a wide range of
pursuits, including offering high-quality tips on designing conference
posters. He bills his suggestions as “gratuitous advice on how to prepare
posters for scientific meetings, research conferences, and similar gathering
of nerds.” His humorous tone belies a distinct commitment to this area of
visual representation, and his suggestions are contained with three areas:
“What sections to include”, “Dos and DON’Ts”, and “Presenting your poster”.
Visitors can skip around to any of these suggestions, and they will find
Purrington’s style both down-to-earth and practical. The information here
includes sample posters and basic suggestions about what information to
include on such a poster. One area not to miss is “Making sure your poster
doesn’t suck”, which recommends that potential poster-presenters have their
friends look at their work when they aren’t present and stick post-it notes
with suggestions on said poster. Overall, this is a great site, and one
that’s worth sharing with friends and colleagues. [KMG]

Reposted from the Nov. 11, 2011 Scout Report.

THATCampVA 2012

Application Deadline: Thursday, March 1

Unconference Dates:

Friday, April 20
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 21
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Scholars’ Lab
Alderman Library

THATCampVA 2012 will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 20-21, 2012. Friday will open at 3:00 with your choice of two-hour workshops, one focusing on DIY Aerial Photography and the other on the newly-launched Neatline.  And then on Saturday the THATCampVA unconference itself, with sessions generated by the participants, will be held 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Opportunities for social time with friends old and new will be available on Friday night, April 20, at nearby establishments.

Please visit our THATCampVA 2012 website for more information and to register to attend.

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