Boston, MA, United States
Boston, MA, United States

Suffolk University is a private, non-sectarian university located in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, and with 9,192 students , it is the eighth largest university in Metro Boston. It was founded as a law school in 1906 and named after its location in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.The university is coeducational and comprises the Suffolk University Law School, the College of Arts & science,and the Sawyer Business School, some of its MBA programs currently rank among the top 50 business programs in the country. It has an international campus in Madrid in addition to the main campus in downtown Boston. Due to its strategic location and well-known law school, many notable scholars, prominent speakers and politicians have visited the university. For example, former U.S. president John F. Kennedy, Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, and former U. S. President George H.W. Bush. all have given speeches at Suffolk. Wikipedia.


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News Article | May 19, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FOX News Channel (FNC) today issued the following statement: "Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee." FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. The number one network in cable, FNC has been the most-watched television news channel for 15 years and according to a Suffolk University/USA Today poll, is the most-trusted television news source in the country. Owned by 21st Century Fox, FNC is available in 90 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top ten programs in the genre.


News Article | May 17, 2017
Site: www.businesswire.com

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FOX News Channel (FNC) announced today that it will unveil a new cutting-edge, centralized newsroom in early 2018, featuring an open concept floorplan designed to enhance communication and creativity among the programming, news and digital teams. The design will incorporate all newsgathering resources as FNC moves forward with plans to hire new journalists and content creators to broaden the scope and depth of reporting across all platforms. The announcement was made by Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of 21st Century FOX during a company-wide address at FNC Headquarters today, which showcased construction plans and digital renderings of the new space. Joining Mr. Murdoch were: FNC Co-President Jack Abernethy; President of Programming Suzanne Scott; President of News Jay Wallace; and Senior Vice President of Technical Operations & Engineering, Warren Vandeveer, who is overseeing the project. In making the announcement, Mr. Murdoch said, “Today we are unveiling the physical transformation of our newsroom and the FOX News offices at our Headquarters in New York. It will be state of the art and open, befitting the most important media outlet in America. This is a major investment in the future of FOX News and a sign of my unwavering confidence.” Ms. Scott added, “When we met with the designers, we relayed the need to create a cohesive space that reflected a modern newsroom in this new era of information. We are committed to ensuring the entire team here has all the necessary resources to continue keeping us ahead of the competition as we invest in the future of FOX News.” Mr. Wallace said, “The overall objective of this design is to increase collaboration and strengthen our depth of reporting across all platforms. To that end, we are hiring new journalists and content creators as we expand our newsgathering unit and enhance our digital footprint.” An expanded studio will be incorporated into the upgraded space, allowing reporters immediate access to multiple cameras during breaking news situations. Additionally, the newsroom will feature large data screens and a video ribbon enabling a constant delivery of information. Construction will begin on July 1st and be completed in four phases. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. The number one network in cable, FNC has been the most-watched television news channel for 15 years and according to a Suffolk University/USA Today poll, is the most-trusted television news source in the country. Owned by 21st Century Fox, FNC is available in 90 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top ten programs in the genre.


News Article | May 15, 2017
Site: www.latimes.com

It's one thing to fall victim to a burglar. It's another to realize the thief got in because you left the front door wide open. The distinction could lead to difficult legal battles for organizations affected by the WannaCry cyberattack, which crippled an estimated 300,000 of the 2 billion Windows computers worldwide in recent days, slowing factories, canceling surgeries, eating homework assignments and shuttering gas stations. Computer security experts say Britain’s National Health Service, carmaker Renault and other victims of the ransomware attack should have foreseen the risk. By failing to update their systems to repair a vulnerability disclosed in March, they all but invited hackers, the argument goes. “Companies don’t have the maturity and capabilities, so what ends up happening is a manual security process that is bound to take time and leave gaping holes," said Diogo Monica, security lead at software maker Docker. The question now is whether victimized companies will bear the brunt of the blame for the spread of WannaCry, or whether accusations will instead center on Microsoft or the National Security Agency, which is said to have known of the vulnerability but lost control of it in a data breach. The increasing prominence of cyberattacks and the speed and size of the WannaCry incident could prompt more soul-searching and litigation than the many viruses before it. “There will be [more lawsuits] and it’s going to be a real battle,” said Dana Taschner, a Los Angeles lawyer who specializes in product liability and intellectual property. People whose information has been stolen in corporate data breaches have used negligence as a foundation of lawsuits for years, filing claims against hacking victims such as Target, SuperValu and T.J. Maxx. Some of the cases have been settled for store vouchers and other small remedies. Others have been thrown out because it wasn’t clear consumers suffered any damage, mostly because their credit card companies had already removed fraudulent charges. But the WannaCry incident stands apart in that there was more forewarning than in most cyberattacks. The tactic itself wasn’t innovative or surprising, exploiting a flaw in several versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system that was well-known and well-publicized. A patch Microsoft issued in March to fix the issue could have taken businesses and organizations just a day or two to test and install. By the time a hacking entity named Shadow Brokers released files last month — purportedly stolen from the NSA — showing how to use the vulnerability as a weapon, experts say, an attack was all but imminent. Cybersecurity specialists issued warnings in recent weeks as they observed thousands of computers falling victim to the attack. But not all companies took heed. “Clearly, they didn’t properly judge the criticality of this vulnerability,” said Monica, who promotes cybersecurity for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Those who suffered harm because of frozen computers — for example, hospital patients in Britain who had surgeries delayed or had to seek care elsewhere — could claim in lawsuits that the failure to update was negligent. A case by plaintiffs or government regulators, at least in the NHS situation, would be bolstered by several factors. There’s potentially physical harm, which can be more visceral in court than financial or psychological effects. In addition, British officials say the NHS was told in late April that the patch existed. It’s possible no lawsuits will arise from the WannaCry outbreak. Though a few patients in Britain’s healthcare service continue to be inconvenienced, they haven’t suffered major disruption to their care, U.S. and British officials say. Meanwhile, business partners and customers of companies ravaged by the ransomware haven’t come to the forefront with grievances. But attorneys who follow cybersecurity issues say it’s illustrative of the big risks companies take when they’re slow to update their systems. “The main theory would be that the entities are not doing what a reasonable person would do,” said Alexander Southwell, chair of law firm Gibson Dunn’s cybersecurity practice and a former federal computer crimes prosecutor. Several laws emphasize that medical institutions, banks and other specific organizations must take reasonable care to protect private customer information. Information-privacy advocacy groups have called for broader legal protections that would prescribe specific penalties for breaches across industries. Such legislation could make it easier for affected consumers to seek redress, experts said. Other experts put blame on the National Security Agency, which hackers say developed the WannaCry attack and then lost it to thieves, and Microsoft, which arguably could have taken additional steps to ensure compliance with security updates. “Suing the NSA for failing to secure their cyberweapons is a monumental undertaking, much of which would likely be precluded by the government’s inevitable assertion of the ‘state secrets’ or national security claims,” Mark Rasch, an attorney and formerly security evangelist at Verizon, wrote in an online commentary. With that insulation, it’s unlikely government agencies would be held liable, said Michael Rustad, a law professor and high-technology specialist at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Holding Microsoft liable would be just as difficult. Software vendors have long been able to escape claims by pointing to contracts with customers that absolve them for any defects. The disclaimers leave the firms in what Taschner — who sued Microsoft for security issues in the early 2000s and settled — called “a liability free zone” in the case of cyberattacks. Microsoft also has a track record of bolstering security and becoming more aggressive with its policies, which could make negligence hard to show. In addition to issuing a patch in March, Microsoft over the weekend released a fix for computers running older versions of its software that the company had ceased to support. “They’re going to argue that these are intervening criminal acts and they’re not responsible,” Taschner said. Rustad said the scope and severity of malware, as shown by the WannaCry attack, are getting so serious that “software has to be re-conceptualized as any other defective product because enough is enough.” Why, he asks, should software makers and automakers be treated differently? “By leaving security holes that have to be patched, it’s analogous to putting a car on the market with a defective fuel system,” Rustad said. Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith wrote in a blog post Sunday that the Redmond, Wash., giant would assess the WannaCry attack and collaborate with authorities before deciding how to move forward. Justin Cappos, an assistant professor of computer systems and security at New York University, suggested one quick fix for future security updates. Rather than telling users to update their systems for a “security patch,” Windows could offer a bleak warning: “Hackers can get into your computer right now, so please update so we can fix that.” “That’s one of the most effective ways to do it,” Cappos said. “If you’re a consumer, you’re going to be worried.” If companies do face and lose WannaCry-related lawsuits, those with cybersecurity insurance are likely to dodge bearing most of the cost. Such insurance policies, which are common at large companies, generally cover negligence by the policyholder, said Linda Kornfeld, an attorney at Kasowitz Benson Torres. Insurers have included clauses requiring timely patching, but denying claims because of security-update practices probably would be difficult without showing some deliberate, improper conduct, she said. Companies sometimes have legitimate justifications for slow installation of updates, such as waiting until other programs become compatible with the new features. Or they want to give time to train employees on user interface changes included alongside security updates. Smartphone makers such as Apple have made crucial security fixes “almost non-disruptive,” Monica said. But across the tech industry, “more work has to be done in that regard.” 6:35 p.m.: This article was updated with additional commentary and analysis. This article was originally published at 1:55 p.m.


We examined 4 separate dimensions of functional social support (tangible, appraisal, self-esteem, and belonging) as predictors of change in depression over 4.5 years in a sample of women reporting intimate partner violence. Participants were recruited as they sought help for violence perpetrated by a current or former male partner. Three hundred eighty-eight participants completed the Interpersonal Support Evaluation List (Cohen, Mermelstein, Kamarck, & Hoberman, 1985), the Conflict Tactics Scale-2 (Straus, Hamby, Boney-McCoy, & Sugarman, 1996), and the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D; Radloff, 1977) at the baseline assessment. Participants were reevaluated on 9 follow-up assessment occasions over approximately 4.5 years, during which they completed the CES-D. Growth curve analyses revealed that belonging, or the perceived availability of people one can do things with, was the only dimension that predicted changes in depressive symptoms when controlling for initial depressive symptom levels. Higher levels of belonging support reported at the baseline assessment were associated with larger decreases in depression. The findings of the current study suggest that interventions should consider ways to get survivors connected to informal social networks. Neither perceived availability of material aid nor availability of someone to talk about one's problems or serve as a positive comparison when comparing oneself to others was associated with decreased depression over time. Only perceived availability of people one can do things with (i.e., belonging support).


Sultan N.,Suffolk University
International Journal of Information Management | Year: 2014

Cloud or utility computing is an emerging new computing paradigm designed to deliver numerous computing services through networked media such as the Web. This approach offers several advantages to potential users such as "metered" use (i.e., pay-as-you-go) which offers scalability, online delivery of software and virtual hardware services (e.g., collaboration programmes, virtual servers, virtual storage devices) which would enable organizations to obviate the need to own, maintain and update their software and hardware infrastructures. The flexibility of this emerging computing service has opened many possibilities for organizations that did not exist before. Among those organizations are those engaged in healthcare provision. The aim of this article is to shed some light on this development and explore the potential (and future) of cloud computing in contributing to the advancement of healthcare provision. A small case study will also be presented and discussed. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.


Sultan N.,Suffolk University
International Journal of Information Management | Year: 2013

Organizations, of all types, live in an increasingly dynamic world. Much of this dynamism is generated by developments or innovations in technology, especially information and communication technology (ICT). Some organizations take advantage of this dynamism and create new products and business models and thrive. Others ignore it or take a long time trying to adapt to it and struggle, often with negative consequences. Some of these innovations, to use the terminology of Christensen, are of a "disruptive" nature such as the telephone, the Web and recently cloud computing. This paper explores the innovation phenomenon of cloud computing and Web 2.0 and specifically examines their impact on organizational knowledge. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 617.75K | Year: 2014

This project is supporting three cohorts of academically talented students with demonstrated financial need in attaining baccalaureate degrees in electrical engineering at Suffolk University. Scholar recruitment is being done in partnership with the Boston Public High School system, with additional support from local power industries. Cohort-building and developmental activities for scholars build on best practices from other institutions and include a project-based first-year seminar, enrichment and career-development sessions, course-affiliated study groups, faculty and peer mentoring, and internship opportunities. The intellectual merit of the project lies in a cohesive and focused approach to scholar recruitment, retention and career transitions which leverages strong participation by high schools and industry and the supportive community of electrical-engineering students and faculty at Suffolk. The broader impacts include expanding and diversifying the power-industry workforce, as well as providing a well-assessed model for consideration by similar institutions.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: Genetic Mechanisms | Award Amount: 361.20K | Year: 2016

Bacteria have the remarkable ability to acquire new genes in a process known as conjugation, which plays a profound role in bacterial evolution and adaptation to different environments. During conjugation, DNA is transferred from one cell to another through a specialized translocation channel. Many of the molecular mechanisms behind the conjugation process remain a mystery. This project will characterize two critical interacting protein components of the conjugation machinery of the bacterium Bacillus subtilis, providing insight into how they function, interact, and localize. The research will be designed and conducted by 12 highly qualified and diverse undergraduate students. By attaining this independent, inquiry-driven research experience, students are more likely to remain in science and gain employment or entrance to top-tier graduate programs after graduation. This project will also improve science education by enabling a professor from a diverse community college to do research and learn new techniques.

The subject of this study is a specialized DNA translocation channel known as a Type IV secretion system (T4SS). While the T4SSs found in several Gram-negative bacteria have been well-studied, much less is known about those of Gram-positive bacteria. This project aims to examine the conjugation machinery of Gram-positive bacteria using the integrative and conjugative element ICEBs1 of B. subtilis as a model system. Prior results indicate that the ICEBs1 T4SS is composed of ConE and ConB, among other proteins. ConE is a peripheral membrane ATPase that likely energizes DNA transfer and/or channel assembly. The bitopic membrane protein ConB interacts with ConE and is required for its association with the membrane. ConB and ConE will be characterized by a variety of methods including mutagenesis, conjugation assays, fluorescence microscopy, and biochemistry. This research will define the conserved sequence motifs and domains of ConB and ConE that are required for conjugation, interaction, enzymatic function, and oligomerization. As these proteins are conserved, the findings will apply to the conjugation machinery of numerous Gram-positive bacteria and provide a deeper understanding of a major mechanism mediating horizontal gene transfer.


Grant
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: Genetic Mechanisms | Award Amount: 281.54K | Year: 2012

Intellectual Merit. Conjugation involves the transfer of DNA directly from a donor cell to a recipient cell. Since conjugative elements can deliver their own genetic material as well as other resident DNA, conjugation has played a profound role in bacterial evolution, allowing organisms to acquire new genes and adapt to new environmental niches. During conjugation, DNA is transferred from cell to cell through a specialized DNA translocation channel that is encoded by the conjugative element. This project will characterize the conserved ATPase ConE, a critical energetics component of the DNA translocation channel of the conjugative element ICEBs1 of Bacillus subtilis. This project is designed to reveal which conjugation proteins interact with and recruit ConE to the cell membrane. Furthermore, the sequences of ConE required for conjugation, ATP hydrolysis, and localization to the membrane will be explored. These studies should lead to the discovery of other critical components of the ICEBs1 conjugation machinery and a better understanding of the fundamental principles that govern horizontal gene transfer in bacteria.

Broader Impacts. Major impacts of this project are to enhance undergraduate student training while broadening our understanding of horizontal gene transfer. The research will be designed, conducted, and analyzed by undergraduate students with guidance from the PI. The PI will continue to integrate inquiry-based research into her undergraduate biochemistry laboratory course and high school outreach activities. Furthermore, this project will permit the purchase of a research-grade fluorescence microscope which will allow students to follow a wider range of research interests and learn sophisticated microscopy techniques. The percentage of students entering top-tier graduate programs and careers in the biosciences is expected to increase, as many more students will have the opportunity to gain useful research skills, present their work, and experience the excitement of scientific discovery.


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Knowledge Transfer Partnership | Award Amount: 40.96K | Year: 2016

To explore development of Virtual/Augmented Reality tools for the healthcare education, patient/professional treatment visualization and stimulation. To embed outcomes and efficiencys within primary and acute healthcare provision.

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