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Criminal Justice Faculty, Alum Examine Positive Impact of Higher Education on Incarcerated Women

July 12th, 2018 in Criminal Justice, Danielle Rousseau, MET News.

Danielle Rousseau, Jillian Baranger, Mary Ellen Mastrorilli

The social and personal benefits of a collegiate education on incarcerated men have long been academically proven, but a new paper authored by a MET Criminal Justice master’s program alum in conjunction with faculty brings new light to the positive impact an education can have on women serving prison time.

“Doing Time Wisely: The Social and Personal Benefits of Higher Education in Prison” was written by Jillian Baranger (MET’16) along with Dr. Mary Ellen Mastrorilli, associate chair and associate professor of the practice of Applied Social Sciences, and Dr. Danielle Rousseau, a MET assistant professor and expert on issues related to gender, mental health, and trauma among the incarcerated. The paper finds that providing imprisoned individuals with the chance to pursue an education can “help to facilitate resilience in taking on the systemic challenges of reentering communities” and build feelings of personal development, resilience, and empowerment. Published in The Prison Journal, their research also found evidence “that engagement in prison higher education can support the development of coping skills and foster transformative self-inquiry and personal development.”

Read the paper here.

Admin Science Professor Wins Best Presentation at Japanese Healthcare Management Conference

July 5th, 2018 in Administrative Sciences, John Maleyeff, MET News.

John Maleyeff awarded best presentation certificate

MET Associate Professor of the Practice of Administrative Sciences John Maleyeff was awarded the Best Presentation Certificate for a dialogue he led at the 2018 International Conference in Healthcare Service Management. Held at Japan’s University of Tsukuba, June 8–10, the gathering assembled healthcare management and medical informatics practitioners and academics to explore the innovations, practical challenges, possibilities, and pitfalls faced by those in the field. Dr. Maleyeff’s winning “Biomedical Data Mining” presentation was based on his paper, “Cancer Screening Decision Making Models Based on Health Status Utilities,” co-authored by Master of Science in Actuarial Science student and graduate assistant Danrong Chen. It focused on the study’s design, methodology, and preliminary findings.

MET Cybersecurity Maven Lends Expertise to Colombian Broadcast

June 26th, 2018 in Criminal Justice, MET News.

Professor Choi with Colombian National Police Radio & TV

Dr. Kyung-shick Choi, faculty coordinator for the Metropolitan College Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity master’s and graduate certificate criminal justice programs, was invited to speak with Colombian National Police Radio & Television to share his insights into the rising tide of online malfeasance.

“Cybercrime and information security breaches are growing transnational problems,” Dr. Choi explained during an interview. “Media reports of the increasingly frequent security breaches, ID theft, and internet fraud involving various businesses have made the business consumers more aware of, and concerned with, the security of their personal information,” he said.

Dr. Choi also discussed his aims for the treatise he wrote on the subject, Cybercriminology and Digital Investigation, which was recently translated into a Spanish-language edition with the help of coauthor and MET alum Major Toro Alvarez. “We hope this book is going to guide new researchers, scholarship, and investigators in Latin America and to improve the understanding of the cybercriminology disciplines,” Choi remarked, going on to say, “The additional hope is…  to promote greater global cybersecurity and educate [the] global law enforcement community.”

Read the full Interview Transcript

New Associate Professor for Department of Computer Science

June 21st, 2018 in Computer Science and Information Technology, Guanglan Zhang, MET News.

zhang-in-classroom

Dr. Guanglan Zhang has been promoted from assistant to associate professor of computer science. She is a lead researcher in MET’s Health Informatics Research Lab, a part of the Master of Science in Computer Information Systems concentration in Health Informatics and the Health Informatics Graduate Certificate offered at MET. Co-inventor on two patents and a key participant on two currently active grants, Dr. Zhang has published 51 articles in biomedical and bioinformatics journals and seven book chapters, in addition to developing more than 15 online computational systems. Her health informatics studies focus specifically on the development of computational algorithms in biomedical and health sciences.

Read an in-depth interview with Dr. Zhang here.

Trio of MET Alums Feted for Hard Work and Commitment to BU

May 24th, 2018 in MET News.

Perkins Awards

The John S. Perkins Distinguished Service Awards are given annually to those nonfaculty BU staffers who exemplify standout dedication and professionalism, and this year the three winners all had something in common—they were each an alum of Metropolitan College.

Michael Ciarlante (COM’79, MET’83), BU’s director of Events & Conferences, Mirtha Cabello (MET’91), graduate program coordinator for the College of Arts & Sciences physics department, and Mary Murphy-Phillips (MET’03), School of Public Health director of graduate student life, each received $500 and a plaque at a ceremony held May 1 at the Metcalf Trustee Ballroom. “I was a little speechless,” Ciarlante said, “but quite honored.”

Read more in BU Today.