Kennesaw State University

KSU dedicates juvenile justice program center

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Marietta Daily Journal
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by Lindsay Field
February 28, 2013 12:04 AM
It was fitting that Kennesaw State University’s Center for Sustainable Journalism, which focuses on juvenile justice issues, dedicated its new facility Wednesday morning.

Georgia first lady Sandra Deal, who attended the ceremony, chose February as the month when she and Gov. Nathan Deal would concentrate on juvenile justice problems.

The couple has been working together to help rewrite the juvenile justice code, which was established in 1971.

“We have a lot of problems to work on with our juvenile justice system,” she told a crowd of more than 30.

The center’s focus since opening a little over two years ago has been to collect any and all information on the topic and disseminate it nationally, Deal said.

“I think by sharing this information, we improve the lives of all our children, and that’s our goal in the first place, and I think you also make a good name for Kennesaw State,” she said. “We appreciate your efforts in this direction.”

The Center for Sustainable Journalism was moved from the KSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences building to a new location off Big Shanty Road just west of the university. ...

Leonard Witt, the program’s executive director and a journalism professor at KSU, said they were outgrowing their space and with the financial support from the university were able to afford the $450,000 renovation to expand to 2,700 square feet.

“I’m extremely pleased to dedicate this space,” Witt said. “This whole idea wouldn’t happen without Kennesaw State.”


Broun claims parallel to Ron Paul’s voting record

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Atlanta Journal Constitution/Politifact Georgia
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Says that except for foreign policy, Ron Paul’s voting record and his voting record are virtually identical.

Paul Broun on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 in a fundraiser letter

Outspoken Georgia Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Broun announced earlier this month his intentions to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Georgia Republican Saxby Chambliss.

Since announcing, Broun has been careful to publicly present himself as a collegial congressman. In public comments, Broun has touted his willingness to work with more liberal lawmakers to solve some of the country’s biggest problems. This is a far cry from Broun’s typical fiery demeanor and anti-Obama rhetoric that has come to symbolize his congressional leadership.

In a fundraiser letter that surfaced recently, Broun went back to his roots. The four-page letter includes a rant against President Barack Obama and other Democratic leaders for "running roughshod" over the Constitution. In the letter, Broun makes a point of emphatically laying out his conservative beliefs and voting record. He also calls other conservatives like former Florida congressman Allen West and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky his friends.

Broun also aligns himself with Rand Paul’s father, former Texas congressman and Libertarian Ron Paul: "Truth be told," Broun says in the letter, "except for foreign policy, Ron Paul’s voting record and mine are virtually identical."

Politicians frequently align themselves with other party favorites, with varying results. PolitiFact Georgia examined whether Broun was correct about his voting record, and similarity to Ron Paul. ...

"Paul has this image of being conservative, so it’s not surprising that they would agree on many things except foreign policy," said Kennesaw State University professor Kerwin Swint. "On foreign policy, Paul is to the left of Obama."


Give AP Credit Where Credit Is Due

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The Chronicle of Higher Education
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A few years ago, I chaired a group of high-school and college English teachers charged by the College Board with reviewing and revising the standards for its "AP English Literature and Composition" course, one of 34 Advanced Placement offerings for secondary-school students who want to take advanced classes.

Ours was a deliberate, two-year process. For instance, we examined the results of a curriculum survey of college English departments that asked about the contents and skills taught in their first-year English-literature courses. If enough colleges regarded something as important—say, the ability to analyze metaphors in a poem—we incorporated it into the standards.

Other fields do the same. Maureen A. McCarthy, a professor of psychology at Kennesaw State University, co-chairs the AP Psychology Development Committee, which uses a curriculum survey that includes questions about preferred textbooks in introductory college classes. For the test, she told me, "Each item is carefully analyzed to ensure that the content is representative of the curriculum, and we verify that the content is present in multiple texts." ...

Prime numbers: what’s the big deal?


Prime numbers keep your money secure

What's in your wallet? Cash, plastic and lots of prime numbers

You may not be a billionaire or even a millionaire, but the discovery of the largest known prime number -- 2 to the 57,885,161 power, minus 1 – will help keep hackers from stealing money from your bank accounts, and credit and debit cards.

Kennesaw State University mathematics professor Joe DeMaio says size matters when it comes to encrypting financial information and keeping it out of the hands of the bad guys.

It’s really hard to factor large numbers – even with the speed of modern computers. Hackers could intercept your encoded information but they won’t be able to decrypt it.

“The difficulty of factoring the product of two large prime numbers is the basis of RSA encryption and public-key cryptography,” DeMaio says. “If you like the secure use of your credit card number while shopping on the Internet then large primes are important.”

The computing collaborative known as Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) recently announced that the largest known prime number has been calculated by Curtis Cooper, a professor of computer science at the University of Central Missouri.

And it’s really big. It has 17,425,170 digits.

“There are larger primes in existence but we don't know what they are yet,” DeMaio says.

If you remember your math classes, a prime number is a positive number that can be divided only by itself and 1. The number five is a prime, since it can only be divided by itself and 1. But the number 8 is not. It can be divided by: 1, 2, 4 and 8.

Large prime numbers can also be used for quality control. Calculating large prime numbers take an enormous amount of computations.  If the answer comes up wrong, there could be a problem with the hardware.

“This is how a mathematician working with large primes found a flaw Intel's Pentium chip in 1994,” DeMaio says. “If you want your computer to perform correctly, then large primes are an important part of quality assurance.”

-Yolanda Rodriguez

Sen. Judson Hill proposes to end abortion coverage in the state health benefit plan

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Marietta Daily Journal
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by Jon Gillooly
February 07, 2013 03:43 PM

State Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta) has introduced a bill that would end abortion coverage by the state health insurance plan.

Hill said the health plan covers about 600,000 state employees and their dependents, from teachers to state Department of Transportation engineers.

While the number of abortions performed under the state health plan has been decreasing for the past three years, Hill believes the number is still too high.

“A large number of women a year choose to have abortions paid for by the state health benefit plan,” he said. “Making someone pay for another’s abortion, whether one or many, should be prohibited.”

Under Senate Bill 98, Hill said women would still be free to have abortions, but the state just would not pay for them. ...

Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University, said he’s unsure of the bill’s chances of passing the Georgia Senate, let alone the House.

“Georgia is more conservative than most of the country is, so there’s probably a stronger appetite for it here than there would be in other Republican states,” Swint said. “But the Republican Party is in this sort of soul-searching mode right now where they’re trying to appeal to a broader base of people. They’re trying to figure out how to appeal to more women. A lot of Republicans will probably say, ‘this is not what we need right now.’”




The Confucius Institute at Kennesaw State presents rare performance of western classical and contemporary Chinese vocal works by world’s rising opera stars

 KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb. 8, 2013) “I SING BEIJING,” a pioneering performance featuring the first-ever singers from Western countries trained to perform in Mandarin, is scheduled Feb. 22, at Kennesaw State University’s Dr. Bobbie Bailey and Family Performance Center at 7:30 p.m. 

Rep. Phil Gingrey and State Senator Steve Thompson eye Chambliss seat

Name of Publication: 
Marietta Daily Journal
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by Jon Gillooly
February 01, 2013 12:27 AM

MARIETTA — U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta) and state Sen. Steve Thompson (D-Marietta) said Thursday they were seriously considering entering the race to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

Gingrey was asked whether he intended to run while speaking to members of the Cobb Legislative Delegation at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building in Atlanta.

“The answer is I’m thinking about it, but I’m undecided at this point, but I am thinking about it, and I guess you could use the phrase ‘checking the boxes’ and ‘kicking the tires’ and making sure that we’re not making that decision hastily,” Gingrey said. “The election is 16 to 18 months away, but obviously we are seriously thinking about it, but I can’t tell you exactly what my deadline is in regard to making a decision.”

The MDJ also confirmed that a group of metro Atlanta business people have approached Thompson, the dean of the Georgia Senate, asking him to run for senator on the Democratic ticket.

"I may be able to give them a bigger dose of the truth in the U.S. Senate than they can take,” Thompson said. “A little hard truth during this next campaign would be exactly the thing that the people of the state of Georgia need.”

Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University, said both Gingrey and Thompson are quality candidates.

“Republicans like Phil Gingrey an awful lot,” Swint said. “They respond to him on a personal level. He is consistent on conservative issues that Republican voters care about, and so I think any race Phil Gingrey got involved in, he’d be a strong candidate.”

Primetime Lawmakers - Legislative Day 5

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Video coverage of issues before the Georgia General Assembly on day 5 of the legislative session.  Video includes a panel discussion of ethics reform featuring Robert Smith, chair, Department of Political Science and International Affairs and associate professor of Public Administration at Kennesaw State University.  Panel discussion begins at 19:01.

Middle-schoolers figure it out at KSU Math Bowl

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The Marietta Daily Journal
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KENNESAW — Area middle school students say competing in math bowls has helped them not only improve their math skills but also learn the importance of teamwork.

Kennesaw State University hosted its second annual math bowl competition Friday for seventh- and eighth-grade students from Campbell, Griffin and Smitha middle schools in southeast Cobb. Griffin was the overall school winner this year.

“I like how we all work together, finish everything together and win together,” said Shivani Narine, who is an eighth-grader at Smitha.

This is her second year on the team, and she said she joined because math, fortunately, has always come easy for her.

Campbell seventh-grader Bianca Lopez said she, too, enjoys being on the team because “teamwork is a building block you need.”

“You also have a lot of fun in there because you get to see what all you know and meet new people,” she said.

Crowded GOP field waits to replace Chambliss

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Channel 11 Alive News
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"I have no doubt that had I decided to be a candidate, I would have won re-election," Chambliss said in a statement. "Instead, this (retirement announcement) is about frustration, both at a lack of leadership from the White House and at the dearth of meaningful action from Congress."

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Chambliss sometimes tangled with the Tea Party movement. The race to replace Chambliss will present an opportunity for the tea party to flex its conservative muscle.

"I think it's an opportunity to strengthen not only the tea party movement but to strengthen to the Republican Party," said Julianne Thompson of the Atlanta Tea Party. Despite their disagreements, Thompson says she liked and respected Chambliss.

Republicans considering the 2014 race to replace Chambliss will come from a who's who of elected leaders past and present -- from former Governor Sonny Perdue and former Secretary of State Karen Handel -- to members of Congress like Tom Price, Tom Graves, Paul Broun, Lynn Westmoreland and Jack Kingston.

"You could have a domino effect if you have two, three, maybe four House Republicans running for the Senate," said Dr. Kerwin Swint of Kennesaw State University. "That opens up their House seats for other Republicans to get involved in. So there could be a real scramble, a real shaking out here in the next 18 months." Swint said it is unlikely a Democrat could compete for the seat. Democrats haven't won a statewide race in Georgia since 2006.

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