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Carole Phillips, Trustee, BulliesOut

Monday October 07, 2013 (03:24:01)   (4950 Reads)
Carole Phillips
Carole, you're currently a trustee for BulliesOut. How did you become involved with the charity?

I first heard of BulliesOut through being involved in the charity Children in Wales and contacted the CEO, Linda James, via LinkedIn. We met as I was interested in what the charity did and what involvement the charity had with schools and other professionals working with young people. I was impressed with the dedication of Linda and her desire to get the message out there to young people that no-one has to put up with bullying. The charity looks at all aspects of bullying, working with the bully as well as the victim and also the bystanders who have a crucial role to play. BulliesOut operates in other countries as well as the UK but it was encouraging to learn that it is a Wales based charity and one that is well respected. I was asked to become a Trustee, and although I was not sure what being a Trustee involved, I was happy to join the team. I promote the charity as much as I can with other professionals and young people and although my time is limited due to working full-time and my University studies, I do what I can.   more ...


John Huperetes, Senior Forensics Instructor

Thursday September 26, 2013 (19:11:51)   (4259 Reads)
John Huperetes is a sub-contractor to the US Department of Defense and any views herein do not represent those of his contractor or of the DoD.

John, please tell us about your current role.

I am contracted to be "senior forensics instructor" and assist in developing and delivering cyber investigation training courses for DoD organizations, Defense Criminal Investigative Organizations (DCIO), military counterintelligence agencies, and law enforcement organizations.

This gives me the opportunity to review and sometimes experiment with bleeding edge digital forensics, and transfer the acquired knowledge to others.   more ...


Jacopo (forum member 'jaclaz')

Thursday September 12, 2013 (15:18:06)   (13998 Reads)
Jacopo, you’re currently a freelance technical consultant. Could you tell us a bit more about what the job entails, and how you got into it?

It is difficult to describe the kind of activities I am involved with as there is no simple definition of them.

I worked for twenty years in one of the (at the time) top thirty construction firms in Italy, being involved - at various levels - in all kinds of construction and building projects, from roads/highways to railways and from civil to industrial buildings, both in Italy and abroad. Then, around ten years ago, a number of reasons prompted me to become "freelance".   more ...


Benjamin Fung, Associate Professor, McGill University

Tuesday August 27, 2013 (22:44:52)   (4465 Reads)
Dr Benjamin Fung
Benjamin, you're an Associate Professor of Information Studies at McGill University - can you tell us more about the role and how you entered academia?

Certainly. As you say, I am currently an Associate Professor of Information Studies at McGill University and previously was an Associate Professor of Information Systems Engineering at Concordia University. I am particularly interested in developing new, scalable data mining methods for privacy protection and crime investigation.

In 2003, after working in the software industry for four years, I noticed there was a need for scalable data mining methods. As a result, I resigned from my job at SAP Business Objects and studied a Ph.D. in computing science, specializing in data mining, at Simon Fraser University. Recently, there is a hot research topic called "big data", but data miners have been working on "big data" for more than 20 years already.   more ...


Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama

Friday August 16, 2013 (16:22:19)   (5180 Reads)
Kathryn, you’re currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama – can you tell us more about your role and how you entered academia?

First, I should start by saying that I never thought I would be a professor - I fully intended on becoming a law enforcement officer. While pursing my Bachelor of Arts degree, I double majored in Psychology and Law and Society and minored in Forensics. During my summers, I even worked as a jail officer in Indiana and interned for New York City’s Department of Corrections. However, all of my mentors kept telling me to stay in school, obtain my Ph.D., and “see what happens then.” It was like they knew where I was meant to be (before I even did). During the last year of my Ph.D. in 2010-2011, I had to decide: Am I the type of person who answers questions – or – Am I type of person who waits for someone else to do it for me? So to answer your question, the day I entered academia was the day I realized I never wanted to leave – I had too many unanswered questions.   more ...