Shenango Lecture Series to begin Sept. 23 with presentation on cybersecurity

Matthew DeMaria presenting "The Power of Digital Footprint" at Lecture Series

Penn State Shenango has announced its 2021-22 Lecture Series lineup. Each event will be hosted by Penn State Shenango faculty members. Topics will include cybersecurity, COVID-19’s impact on international vulnerable communities, co-parenting, and the role that technology plays in communications.

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SHARON, Pa. — Penn State Shenango will begin its 2021-22 Lecture Series with a presentation by Matthew DeMaria, lecturer in information, sciences and technology, at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23. Approximately 4.8 billion people will use the internet today, and each person will leave a mark as they navigate the web. As a cybersecurity professional, DeMaria will discuss the digital trails internet users leave, as well as best practices for the audience, in his presentation titled “The power of digital footprint.”

“I will be discussing what a digital footprint is, why it is important to our lives today and in the future,” said DeMaria. “I will also present techniques that we can use to help control what we leave behind both from a consumer focus and a cybersecurity professional's approach.”

Registration is required for 2021-22 Lecture Series. Visitors can register at Location information will be provided upon registration. Questions about the Lecture Series can be directed to Melissa Fowler at 724-983-2825.

Penn State reserves the right to alter or cancel any portion of this event at any time and for any reason, including but not limited to shifts in the status of the pandemic or relevant and applicable guidance, or individual participants violating University policy. Visitors under age 18 are not permitted at this event.

2021-22 Lecture Series

"The power of digital footprint" with Matthew DeMaria on Sept. 23 at 5:30 p.m.

Approximately 4.8 billion people will use the internet today. Each person will both knowingly and unknowingly leave a mark as they navigate the web. DeMaria will discuss what a digital footprint is and why it is important to our lives today and in the future. Techniques also will be presented to help control what we leave behind both from a consumer focus and a cybersecurity professional's approach.

"A Tale of Two Cities: The impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable populations in Toronto, Canada, and London, England" with Iffath Syed, assistant professor of health policy and administration, on Nov. 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Canada previously experienced a coronavirus outbreak known as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003. It was a significant event that also impacted Toronto’s economy and tragically included the loss of frontline health care workers. Nearly two decades later, major cities around the world experienced the crippling effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This presentation explores how COVID-19 affected some of the most vulnerable communities in Toronto and London.

"It Takes a Village: Why co-parenting matters for child development" with Lauren Altenburger, assistant professor of human development and family studies, on Feb. 2, 2022, at 5:30 p.m.

The co-parenting relationship is often described as the way two adults work together in their roles as caregivers to raise a child. This talk will examine how researchers measure co-parenting relationship quality and its associations with both parenting quality and child outcomes. Additionally, implications for family-focused programs interested in embedding co-parenting education will be discussed.

"Friendship in the Digital Age: Togetherness in lonely times" with Tiffany Petricini, assistant teaching professor of communications, on March 24, 2022, at 5:30 p.m.

Tiffany Petricini will be presenting research from her new book "Friendship and Technology: A Philosophical Approach to Computer Mediated Communication." The talk will center on how technology both enhances and challenges our relationships, particularly after collectively navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.


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