Flint native Evan Nudi will head to Texas this fall with plans to pursue a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin's behavioral neuroscience program.
He will continue the sort of research he began at Saginaw Valley State University, where Nudi graduates along with some 1,000 other students in May. He'll receive a bachelor's degree in psychology.
The 2007 Flushing High School graduate hopes one day to be able to oversee his own research lab studying traumatic brain injuries and strokes.
His work in SVSU's Brain Research Laboratory helped shape those aspirations.
"I've always been interested in the brain and brain functioning," he said. "At first, I went down the clinical psychology route, and I knew it wasn't for me."
While working at the laboratory, Nudi was charged with overseeing two projects studying traumatic brain injury and recovery. The second project was funded by SVSU's Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Student Research and Creativity Institute, a program supporting student research projects, up to $10,000.
Charles Weaver, an SVSU assistant professor of health sciences who worked with Nudi in the laboratory, said his student possesses the wherewithal to succeed at the next level. And the level after that.
"He is methodical and confident in his skills, and intellectually, is graduate school-ready," Weaver said. "Because of his ability to problem-solve, he was given many responsibilities, and managed and completed them efficiently. Evan is one those students who truly understands the necessity of learning the fundamentals of basic neuroscience.
"His vision of becoming a research scientist is within his grasp, and he is ready to seize it," Weaver said. "The effort is there and the heart is there."
Nudi praised the opportunities that opened up for him, including several trips where he presented his research to others -- including professionals -- in the field.
Nudi has presented twice at the Society for Neuroscience Conference, including once in New Orleans and again at San Diego; at the National Neurotrauma Society symposium in Nashville; and at the Michigan chapter of the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. He plans to attend a second conference for the latter group when it convenes May 30.
Alpena native Hope Bauer this fall will pursue a doctor of medicine degree from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine.
Bauer’s latest academic endeavor will begin after she receives her bachelor’s degree in biology from Saginaw Valley State University in May. She joins some 1,000 other graduates earning degrees from the institution.
Bauer said her studies in medicine and her ambition to become a doctor were inspired in part by migraines she’s endured since she was a youth.
“I had to go to the ER a lot,” she said of the migraines that began when she was six. “I wanted to be able to help people the way the doctors were able to help me since I was little.”
As a child growing up in Alpena, Bauer played with toy stethoscopes and faux syringes while many of her friends collected Barbie dolls. With her latest decision, Bauer is one step closer to achieving that lifelong goal of practicing medicine. Specifically, she hopes to work as an orthopedic surgeon in a community resembling her hometown.
“I would love to be in northern Michigan,” she said.
The faculty and staff who have watched Bauer blossom as an undergraduate predict she will achieve her goals.
“She’s a superstar when it comes to medicine,” said Heidi Lang, SVSU’s pre-health professions advisor. “She’s the full package.”
Bauer has proven her value outside of the classroom setting too.
The President’s Scholarship recipient was a member of Phi Sigma Sigma, worked as a tutor for biology and chemistry students, volunteered at Saginaw’s Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, and participated in an SVSU Alternative Breaks trip that sent students to mentor youths at a North Carolina YMCA.
Those experiences could have been very different had Bauer followed an initial path after graduating from Alpena High School in 2010. Originally, she was set to attend another university for her undergraduate studies, but two of her SVSU-bound friends and a campus visit convinced her to become a Cardinal instead.
“I am so happy (with the choice),” she said. “I gained a lot here. I really liked the close interaction and doing research with an advisor.”
It was an experience she admits isn’t easy to leave behind.
“I don’t know if it’s hit me quite yet,” Bauer said of the fact she’s soon to graduate from SVSU. “I’m just going into the unknown. That’s what I did when I came here, and that worked out.”
Tuesday, May 1, 2014, Microsoft released a critical security update for Internet Explorer (IE). Users are encouraged to run Windows Update to patch their system. All versions of IE have a patch issued, including Windows XP.
If you have either KB update mentioned above - your Internet Explorer is patched and you should feel "safe" to use IE again.
For personal home computers
Make sure your system is enabled to get updates automatically from Microsoft. For instructions to get security updates automatically from Microsoft, visit: www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/updates.aspx
(NOTE: SVSU managed systems are already set to automatically obtain updates)
For those interested in the technical details about this security bulletin from Microsoft, visit: technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms14-021
For known issues about the security update: support.microsoft.com/kb/2965111
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the I.T. Support Center at 989-964-4225.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), along with US-CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team), have issued an advisory for users of Internet Explorer (IE) to discontinue use of IE until it is patched by Microsoft. The vulnerability is active and is being used to exploit and compromise systems. Data and personal information are at high risk.
CERT has recommended users switch to another browser (Firefox/Chrome) until Microsoft has issued a fix. As noted in a previous news article, users of Windows XP are even more vulnerable to this exploit.
Until further notice, SVSU ITS recommends all users switch and use Firefox or Chrome.
Download Firefox from: www.mozilla.org
Download Chrome from: www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser
To learn how change your default browser in Windows 7, watch this tutorial we put together: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeKGU9UrS7c
For more details about this CERT alert: www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/222929
From Microsoft, their technical details and workaround are posted in the following article:
As many of you may have heard, a flaw has been discovered in a common Internet security method. Although no specific security breaches have been identified, the flaw could allow malicious users to steal personal information. The flaw is associated with specific versions of OpenSSL, which is software that is widely used to secure web server traffic. The flaw is known as the "Heartbleed" vulnerability.
Many common websites using OpenSSL have been identified as vulnerable, including Yahoo!, Flickr, NASA and Facebook, among others. A fix for this flaw, which was announced this week, is available, and Internet service providers and website managers around the world are working to implement the patch.
ITS is strongly urging all SVSU students, staff and faculty to change your network password. To change your password, please go to my.svsu.edu and click on "changing your password" below the login box and follow the prompts to change your current password.
To get detailed information on this bug, you can visit the http://heartbleed.com/ website.
The safety and security of the Saginaw Valley community is paramount – please use the above resources to ensure your personal information is protected.
Frustrated with trying to conjure up a password that no one could guess and that you’re not supposed to write down? You’re not alone.
This training bulletin is designed to help. In addition to offering the current “best practice” advice on passwords, some helpful tips are included.
Password Best Practices:
How could anyone remember a password that complies with all of these best practices? Here are some tips:
Think of some activity or place that you enjoy or find interesting, but avoid subjects that you discuss in social media, birthplaces, etc. For example, you might say that Brazil, South America is interesting. Start by making the password a manageable length, like BrazilSoAm. Next, employ some of these ideas, or come up with your own variations:
Some other ideas to get you thinking: The letter “B” looks a little like “(3” or “/3”. An “S” could be replaced with “$”.
Effective April 8th 2014 Microsoft has announced that they are discontinuing support for Windows XP. Because of this, SVSU will be upgrading all Windows XP computers (about 400) to Windows 7 and converting the computers from Novell to Windows Active Directory. This upgrade project will take place over the next 2 months.
Each computer user will be interviewed to determine what files, printers, and applications they have. All personal files will be backed-up and re-loaded on the computer after the upgrade. A full copy of the original computer will be maintained for two weeks to provide a safety net in case any files were missed during the upgrade process.
ITS has contracted with the company SPI to help make the migration happen as quickly as possible. The SVSU ITS Technical Services team will work closely with SPI to make sure the upgrade goes smoothly, and ITS Support Center will be available to answer questions.
If you have any questions about the upgrade or upgrade process, please call the ITS Project Manager, John LaPrad at 989-964-7134.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation during this process.
Microsoft has announced the end of their support for Windows XP on April 8th. For those that still use it, you should be aware that your system will no longer receive:
If you choose to keep using Windows XP after April 8th, your system and data are at a greater risk of attack or data theft/loss. Your system will not be compatible with newer software, as well.
Internet Explorer version development for Windows XP ceased a long time ago, and future updates/patches for those older versions will cease. It has been recommended to use other browsers for Windows XP, to help mitigate risk. Please note: due to the lack of future support for Windows XP, software developers (including browsers) will likely abandon further development and patches for their XP products.
Your best course of action, to protect your system and maintain performance, is to upgrade to a newer operating system. For university-owned equipment, there is an action plan coming forth and you should look for that communication coming soon.
This advisory is really intended for the campus community and their personal home computer systems.
We have another round of phishing/spam attempts circulating. This time they spoof the Sender information and make it appear as if sent from firstname.lastname@example.org and "Web-mail Administrator". It is an attempt to collect your account username and password to compromise your account to send out additional spam.
ITS will not ask you to verify or update your account using links. When in doubt, give the I.T. Support Center a call - or click on your SPAM button to report the message and remove it from your inbox.
Here is an example of the most recent attempt:
You have probably heard about "phishing" by now. You have also probably been told to look for clues in emails that indicate that someone may be trying to get personal information from you. What should you look for in an email? Here are a few tips to keep you and your information safe from would-be thieves.
Something Smells Phishy (464KB)