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Sporting "Star Trek – The Original Series" team uniforms, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Spelling Bee Team on May 18 dominated their opponents, correctly spelling 19 words in a row to retain their status as champions of an annual fund-raising event organized by the Volusia Literacy Council and presented by Bethune-Cookman University.
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Over 900 Air Force ROTC cadets and students from across the country gathered in Orlando for the 67th Arnold Air Society and Silver Wings National Conclave (NATCON). This year’s conclave was hosted Embry-Riddle’s Silver Wings Challenger Chapter in Daytona Beach and the Arnold Air Society Steven M. Scherp Squadron in Prescott.
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Dr. Elisabeth Murray, Assistant Professor of Security Studies and International Affairs, has been elected president of the International Network of Genocide Scholars (INoGS). She is the first female president to lead the organization, where she has been a long-time member, having served most recently as executive secretary. “I'm thrilled to be representing The Department of Security Studies and International Affairs, the College of Arts & Sciences and Embry-Riddle as I continue serving my fellow genocide scholars in this new capacity,” said Murray. Murray is a historical sociologist with degrees in Political Science, Nationalism Studies and International Relations. Her current research focuses on famine in Eastern Africa. She is particularly interested in the use of new humanitarian technologies as atrocity prevention mechanisms. Founded in 2005, the International Network of Genocide Scholars is a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to fostering scholarly multi-disciplinary exchange and academic debate in the field of genocide studies. Learn more about INoGS at www.inogs.com.
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On Sunday, April 23, a group of six Embry-Riddle students set out with the intention of breaking as many Prescott Campus records as there were members of their team. That same afternoon, the team flew an extreme rocket-- known as M3R (Mach 3 Rocket)-- in hopes that it would carve their names into Prescott Campus history.
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Students at the Daytona Beach campus can now enroll in up to four semesters of three strategic languages—Russian, Arabic and Spanish—because of a partnership with Stetson and Bethune-Cookman Universities.
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A new study posits the possibility that package delivery will become the largest segment of the commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry. The research was conducted by four authors — Darryl Jenkins, Bijan Vasigh, Clint Oster, and Tulinda Larsen — and states that the commercial UAS industry, as a disruptive technology, will act similarly to other disruptive industries in the past and grow at exponential rates. “The economic annual savings to logistics companies will be at least $2 billion, for our pessimistic forecast," the authors go on to forecast. "For our midrange forecast (of 50 million daily operations), savings are projected at $10 billion.” Read the Full Report.
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Embry-Riddle engineering physics and computational mathematics undergraduate student Austin Ogle has been awarded a prestigious Boren Scholarship to study in Kyrgyzstan during the 2017-18 academic year. Austin, a member of the Honors Program at the Daytona Beach Campus, will be learning the Russian language at the School of Russian and Asian Studies in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan as part of a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills.
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The International Aerobatic Club held their first competition of 2017 a few weeks ago in Dunnellon, Florida, where three Eagles from the Daytona Beach Campus competed in Eagle Sport Aviation Club’s Pitts S-2B. Despite the short time the competitors had for preparation and practice, Nikolett Ficze finished first in the Primary category, Hunter Havener second, and Loren Marburg fifth.
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Four Embry-Riddle students from an Introduction to Engineering Honors section at the Daytona Beach Campus are moving to the final phase of competition in the NASA Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts - Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) competition.
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The Brooke Owens Fellowship Program Helps Address Historical Underrepresentation of Women in Aviation and Space Exploration by Identifying and Training World-Class Talent
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The Business Club of Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus, Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) made their presence known among the club’s 14,000 Florida members at their recent annual state conference in Orlando. Members competed in business and industry focused competitive events, attended leadership development workshops and networked with industry leaders from across the state. Florida has one of the largest PBL districts in the country.
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For the 11th consecutive year, Embry-Riddle Prescott's Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Business Club dominated the PBL Arizona Leadership Competition, held April 15-16 at Arizona State University.
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After earning a bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle in Homeland Security, Jose Magadan was drawn to a career in cybersecurity. With his experience serving in the U.S. Marines and studying homeland security threats, Magadan decided to pursue Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity Management and Policy. Within 13 months, Magadan became the first student to graduate from the program.
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Recent large-scale cyber attacks have revealed just how vulnerable data can be when businesses don’t have the right protections in place. Target’s breach exposed information on 40 million customers, and assaults on Yahoo affected hundreds of millions of accounts. Both are high-profile cases to be sure, but companies of any size are at risk. In fact, more than 40 percent of cyber attacks targeted small businesses in 2015, according to Symantec.
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The Pittsburgh Tribune interviewed Daytona Beach Campus College of Business Professor of Economics and Finance Dr. Bijan Vasigh for a story about the recent forcible removal of a passenger from a United Airlines flight. Video surfaced soon after the incident, showing police dragging a man out of his seat and down the airplane aisle by his arms. The story is titled “After United incident, Police Say They're Not 'the Muscle' for Airlines.”
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