Chapter Gives Back to Community
With STEM Scholarships
In May, the chapter held its Annual
Scholarship Awards Dinner at the Colorado
Springs Antlers Hotel. Paula Miller, executive director, Pikes Peak Library District,
spoke on the importance of lifelong learning
and the library’s cultural and practical role
in facilitating it within the community. She
also previewed the opening of the country’s
most innovative library; Library 21C opened
June 21 in Colorado Springs. The evening’s
highlight was the presentation of more
than $100,000 in scholarships and grants.
Eight high school students received renew-able $2,000 scholarships to pursue science,
technology, engineering and mathematics
(STEM) degrees. Three airmen received
$2,000 scholarships and two teachers
received $5,000 scholarships toward STEM-based education degrees. The most far-reaching award was the $30,000 in grants.
This year the chapter supported 12 El Paso
County high schools. The grants covered
telescopes, microscopes, math textbooks, gas
chromatographs, forensics kits, graphing calculators and robotics kits. Finally, three local
science fair winners were honored.
Security of Territory:
Methodologies and Technologies
In June, the chapter held a conference,
“Security of Territory: Methodologies and
Technologies for Disaster Prevention and
Emergency Management,” at the National Firemen Corps High School, organized
with Sapienza Rome University and the
Geomatics Laboratory of the University of
L’Aquila. The audience was provided with a
comprehensive overview of the main topics related to disaster prevention and, in
case of seismic risks, to disaster management and mitigation actions. Lt. Gen. Pietro
Finocchio, ITAF (Ret.), chapter president,
welcomed the audience. A speech from professor Massimo Guarascio highlighted the
need for suitable prevention and planning
in case of natural disasters such as earthquakes. Maria Zucconi, University of Rome,
illustrated the benefits of using geographic
information systems (GIS), by land mosaic,
for supporting rescue activities. Professor
Massimo Buscema, Semeion, gave the final
speech, describing how complex mathematics could help with new information gathering, beginning with data enabling system
behavioral model definition.
Event Focuses on Cyber Policy
In May, more than 90 cyber experts
discussed cyber and security topics during Defense Fair-IDEB 2014, organized in
Bratislava, Slovakia. The seminar focused
on cyber policy and strategies and international cooperation. It brought attention to
important security topics and helped maintain networking between cyber experts on
the national and international level. Paul
A. Schneider, former deputy secretary, U.S.
Department of Homeland Security, opened
ROCKY MOUNTAIN—In May, local high school students receive their scholarships from
Phil Platt, chapter president (far l), Paula Miller, executive director of the Pikes Peak Library
District (2nd from r), and Russ Fellers, chapter vice president for education (r).
ROCKY MOUNTAIN—At the May scholarship awards dinner, (l-r) Platt; Airman
1st Class Nicholas Horsley, USAF; Senior Airman Joshua Green, USAF; Staff Sgt.
Angelo Tafoya, USAF; Miller; and Fellers pose with the Airmen Scholarship check.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN—Representatives from 12 area high schools
accept grants from Platt, Miller and Fellers in May.
ROME—Lt. Gen. Pietro Finocchio, ITAF (Ret.), chapter president (c) is among the presenters
at the first session of June’s “Security of Territory: Methodologies and Technologies for
Disaster Prevention and Emergency Management” conference.