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  • Gray Named Director of Center for Leadership and Ethics
    has been serving as interim director since last summer when retired Navy Capt Susan Rabern left the Center to become assistant secretary of the Navy for financial management and comptroller Colonel Gray brings the perfect combination of skills experiences and intellectual acumen to take the Center for Leadership and Ethics to the next level said Gen J H Binford Peay III 62 superintendent The Center will continue to focus on the leader development of cadets and will continue to build its reputation for delivering world class conferences on the most pressing matters for our nation Gray s 30 year Army career included tours as an operations officer and strategist on the Joint Staff and the Department of the Army Staff He also participated in both peacekeeping and combat operations in Haiti the Balkans Afghanistan and Iraq During Operation Iraqi Freedom Col Gray an infantry officer commanded the 1st Brigade Combat Team 101st Airborne Division in northern Iraq in 2005 and 2006 He has taught at the U S Military Academy at West Point where he served as an assistant professor of history as a captain Later as a colonel he held the Chair of Officership at the Academy s William E Simon Center for Professional Military Ethic Gray has also taught history at the University of Maryland and at Ohio State University A native of Herscher Ill Gray earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from Western Illinois University He also holds a master of science degree from the U S Army War College and a master of arts and doctorate from Ohio State University He has attended the U S Army Command and General Staff College and the U S Armed Forces Staff College Gray retired from the Army in 2010 He is currently in Riyadh Saudi Arabia

    Original URL path: http://www.vmi.edu/Content.aspx?id=10737427090 (2016-02-15)
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  • Virginia Military Institute - ‘I’m Pretty Excited’
    F 540 464 7443 111 Smith Hall Lexington VA 24450 I m Pretty Excited Spangler Engages Audience with Balloons and Smoke Rings in Conference Keynote on Engaging with Science Spangler shoots fog rings from a plastic trashcan to topple polystyrene foam cups from audience members heads VMI Video by John Robertson IV LEXINGTON Va Oct 9 2013 Teacher author toy designer and television personality Steve Spangler delivered the STEM Education Conference s keynote address in Cameron Hall earlier today Highlighting the importance of engagement in America s classrooms Spangler entertained and delighted the audience with demonstrations and anecdotes What we re talking about today is engagement We re talking about the difference between good teachers and great teachers said Spangler It s an experience not an activity Spangler emphasized that science education should provide memorable experiences to students and with that in mind he set about creating an unforgettable science experience for the conference participants and the Corps of Cadets The world is changing and it will be better because of the STEM movement said Spangler We have a challenge we have a cause we re moving forward we re engaged and I m pretty excited Spangler shared that excitement with demonstrations including a flaming wallet neodymium magnets and a potato gun Spangler gave the audience the chance to cut loose during one demonstration Audience members received large colorful plastic bags which they were able to inflate with a single breath thanks to Spangler s guidance As the inflated bags popped and flew through the air Spangler appreciated the crowd s enthusiasm This is something from the stage that I will never forget for the rest of my life said Spangler The grand finale came as Spangler welcomed 2nd Lt Sean Noll to the stage and placed a polystyrene foam

    Original URL path: http://www.vmi.edu/Content.aspx?id=10737425951 (2016-02-15)
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  • The ‘Three Pound Universe’
    emulating the human brain To that end they are using multiple avenues to explore the functioning of what Casebeer termed the three pound universe sitting atop everyone s shoulders The brain he noted can still outperform the fastest supercomputer on the face of the globe Casebeer and his fellow researchers are turning to one of the oldest forms of the communication known to man the story Stories and narratives have a powerful influence on human behavior Casebeer noted We know that stories and narratives influence the way we reason so we should treat them as a resource for our war fighters As an example of the power of a narrative Casebeer asked his audience to consider the trolley problem of moral philosophy An out of control trolley is coming down the track toward a group of five children playing there directly in the trolley s path The children are too far away to hear a shouted warning from an onlooker but at the onlooker s feet is a switch that if flipped will divert the trolley away from the five children but onto a track where a single child is playing The scientist then asked the members of the audience to raise their hands if they would divert the trolley About 60 percent of the audience raised their hands using what Casebeer termed utilitarian reasoning to calculate the consequences Next Casebeer told a story involving an almost identical situation except that this time an out of control train is approaching a footbridge and if a child is pushed off the bridge the train will slow down and the people on the train will be saved When asked how many would push the child out of the way only a handful of people raised their hands The language and structure of narrative said Casebeer are set up differently in each story in order to prime the audience to reach a different conclusion Now philosophers have gone round and round trying to draw a principal distinction between these two cases the DARPA scientist observed The difference he noted is that the language and structure of narrative in the first story calls upon areas of the brain that have to do with calculation of consequences while the second brings up processing of emotions and theory of mind which involves making inferences about the mental states of others Continuing the discussion of brain functioning was Bernard a molecular neuroscientist whose employer the Allen Institute is also involved with Obama s BRAIN Initiative Bernard began her remarks by pointing out that neuroscience is not a new field and to illustrate her point she showed a slide of a remarkably prescient drawing of a brain by Leonardo da Vinci dated 1508 Likewise Bernard pointed out that neuroscience is not one field but a conglomeration of several including chemistry linguistics computer science and philosophy This interdisciplinary field really does require all of these other fields to come together she noted With contributions pouring in from all of

    Original URL path: http://www.vmi.edu/Content.aspx?id=10737425945 (2016-02-15)
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  • ‘Everyone Has a Front Line’
    Greitens for dinner in Crozet Hall before the talk Greitens unique experience as a Rhodes Scholar humanitarian relief worker and Navy SEAL resonated with the VMI audience He epitomizes the Institute ideal of a well educated honorable citizen soldier noted Col David Miller the center s interim director Deployed three times during the war on terror Greitens used his combat pay from a deployment to Iraq to start The Mission Continues in 2007 The organization challenges veterans who served after the terrorist attacks of Sept 11 2001 to give back to their communities One of the things that I ve noticed in working with hundreds of veterans around the country is that when they come home they often face a new front line said Greitens When you start to reflect for a minute what you start to recognize is that everyone has a front line in their life Describing the front line as the place where one comes in contact with hardship pain and suffering Greitens challenged cadets to reflect on their own front lines and the front lines of those in their families and communities We all have to deal with the front line in our life It s also the case that the way that we serve the way that we lead the way that we react to those things on the front line will determine who we will be and whether or not we achieve a victory in our own lives By offering veterans fellowships requiring 20 hours of service per week for 26 weeks at local nonprofit organizations as well as group community service projects with which to become involved The Mission Continues provides opportunities for them to explore new areas of interest and use their skills to serve others in a new way It can

    Original URL path: http://www.vmi.edu/Content.aspx?id=10737425892 (2016-02-15)
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  • Leadership Center Director Leaves VMI for Washington
    Library Archives Preston Library Library Home Find Books Departments Media Equipment Technical Services Visitor Information Archives Archives Home Online Exhibits VMI History FAQs Genealogy Alumni Manuscripts Civil War New Market Give Close Menu Communications Marketing News and Features Construction News Institute Report Photos Videos Cindy Bither Administrative Assistant P 540 464 7207 F 540 464 7443 111 Smith Hall Lexington VA 24450 Leadership Center Director Leaves VMI for Washington Capt Susan Rabern has left VMI to take up a position with the federal government VMI File Photo by Kevin Remington LEXINGTON Va Sept 13 2013 Retired U S Navy Capt Susan Rabern was sworn in Monday as assistant secretary of the Navy for financial management and comptroller Rabern was the first director of VMI s Center for Leadership and Ethics appointed in 2011 and serving until she took up her new duties this week She had been the center s deputy director since 2009 Retired Air Force Col Dave Miller director of VMI international programs is acting as director of the center during the ongoing search for a new director At the center Rabern oversaw the establishment of the biennial VMI Leadership Conference and conferences on East West and Chinese

    Original URL path: http://www.vmi.edu/Content.aspx?id=10737425422 (2016-02-15)
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  • Virginia Military Institute - ‘Never Let Fear Determine Who You Are’
    years in prison before being exonerated During that time he always maintained his innocence and persevered in the hope that he would one day be proven innocent Never let fear determine who you are said Bozella Never let where you come from determine where you re going Bozella struggled with drugs and alcohol during his teenage years but things changed when his brother was murdered He was making positive choices in his life by his early 20s learning carpentry and working to better himself That s when he was first charged with the murder of a 92 year old woman In 1977 he was held for 28 days but authorities released him due to the lack of evidence For the next five years I was doing everything that I could to turn my life around said Bozella I was working and everything was going right Bozella s turnaround was put on hold when in 1983 the case was reopened and he was convicted on what was later found to be false testimony The sentence was 20 years to life When I was found guilty believe me it hurt I fell down on the floor and cried said Bozella He recalled losing hope as he experienced the reality of life in Sing Sing prison with all its indignities I said If they re going to treat me like an animal I m going to act like an animal For two years I lived like that said Bozella recalling that after those first two years he re examined the course of his life I decided to change my life said Bozella I took advantage of every opportunity I could Among those opportunities was joining the Sing Sing boxing team Boxing gave Bozella a way to focus his energies and further develop his

    Original URL path: http://www.vmi.edu/Content.aspx?id=10737424095 (2016-02-15)
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  • Virginia Military Institute - ‘Frontline’ Producer Opens VMI Honor Conference
    a follow up to the 2012 Biennial Leadership Conference held at the same time last year which was entitled Cheating Lying and Honor in America s High Schools Colleges and Universities The 2013 gathering has attracted more than 270 students teachers and faculty members with roughly two thirds of them coming from high schools across Virginia The current conference is entitled Building and Strengthening Honor Codes Inspiring Honor and Respect In his remarks entitled Deciding Your Story Smith didn t often use the word honor but he did talk about how a lack of honor s close cousin integrity has manifested itself in the world today Much of Smith s work as a documentary producer has revolved around exposing a lack of integrity among public officials Notable situations he s investigated in his almost three decades of work include the George W Bush administration s statements about the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the Federal Emergency Management Agency s mishandling of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath Producing films that bring ethically questionable behavior to light isn t just a game of gotcha for the purpose of embarrassment Smith explained Journalists are obligated to reveal things as they are so people like you can be nudged and prodded to go out and make the world a better place Smith told his audience Journalists along with the First Amendment protections that sanction free speech are part and parcel of what make the world a better place he continued So much of TV is a vast wasteland of screaming idiots but imagine a world without the news What would you know Smith spent much time discussing how investigative journalism can identify problems before they explode onto the national or international stage but only if people pay attention As one example Smith mentioned his 1998 work Hunting bin Laden which was meant to highlight the threat posed by the al Qaeda leader Smith recalled his producers at Frontline as saying Why should we run this Who is this guy In the days after Sept 11 2001 Smith received inquiries about getting a copy of the film from both then Vice President Dick Cheney and England s Queen Elizabeth II For me it s most satisfying when the reporting we do has made a clear difference when it s helped people to understand our world not through telling them how to think but by giving them the information they need to make their own informed choices Smith commented Contrary to popular perceptions Smith said that he does not approach the news with a political agenda and he feels that reporting is a skill in decline one in danger of being replaced by biased blog based punditry In terms of news choices Smith offered the analogy of food choices We can eat junk food or we can eat real food he noted Smith concluded We journalists remain aggressive and we remain disruptive We live in a democracy Good journalism should rattle people

    Original URL path: http://www.vmi.edu/Content.aspx?id=10737424091 (2016-02-15)
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  • Virginia Military Institute - Post IT Security Director Addresses Conference
    which threats can change daily or even hourly Stacey Halota vice president of information security and privacy at the Washington Post Co shared that message with information security professionals during the Virginia Alliance for Secure Computing and Networking conference held at VMI Oct 9 10 This year s conference which drew an audience of 145 professionals from higher education private industry and government bore the title Securing the Future BYOD and Beyond BYOD stands for bring your own device with a device being anything from a laptop computer to an iPad to an Android phone With the trends of both BYOD and data storage on remote cloud servers growing Halota chose to speak on the topic BYOD and Cloud Getting Your House in Order Halota began her remarks with a stark reminder of how much an information security breach can cost roughly 5 million per episode according to a study by the Poneman Institute Much of Halota s speech focused on the need for information security professionals to be aware of potentially troublesome issues related to cloud storage Halota reminded her audience that it s critical to know where data is stored whether on the cloud or off and how it s backed up Sometimes she pointed out storing data on the cloud doesn t make sense financially when extra security costs are factored in Furthermore she noted cloud storage and data accessibility are affected by a host of federal privacy laws some applying to all companies and others applying only to specific industries Every time we do an outsourcing we have to take a look at the privacy laws Halota said Complicating these privacy laws are other laws which mandate that a cloud service provider hand over a company s data in response to a subpoena and in at

    Original URL path: http://www.vmi.edu/Content.aspx?id=10737422997 (2016-02-15)
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