WAHS senior named finalist in national merit program
Williamsport Area High School senior Daniel Ma has been named a finalist in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Ma is among 15,000 finalists chosen from 1.5 million students entered in the program by taking the preliminary SAT, which measures reading, math-problem solving and writing skills. Winners will be selected from the finalist group and receive scholarship offers.
Between now and June, about 8,300 of the 15,000 finalists will be named National Merit Scholars and be considered for upwards of $2,500 in college scholarships.
The National Merit Scholarship Program has been in existence since 1955, and has honored celebrities such as Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
An outstanding student and musician, Ma is a member of the WAHS Orchestra, Strolling Strings, Model U.N., and the high school publication Cherry and White. He is a former member of the tennis team and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).
Most recently, Ma was named a candidate in the U.S. Presidential Scholarship Program, and recognized at the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce's Education Celebration on March 7. Last winter, Ma earned a combined perfect score of 2,400 on his SATs - an 800 on the SAT subject tests and a 1,600 on the SAT exam.
Ma was one of only 384 students across the nation last year to achieve a perfect score.
He is the son of Wancang Ma and Aiguo Chen. While he has yet to make a decision on where he will attend college, he plans to major in statistics.
Member of Penn College's IT faculty earns doctorate
A faculty member in Pennsylvania College of Technology's School of Business and Computer Technologies recently received a doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University.
Daniel W. Yoas, an associate professor of information technology, earned a Ph.D. in computer information systems with a concentration in information security from the university's School of Computer and Information Sciences.
The title of his dissertation is "Using Forecasting to Predict Long-term Resource Utilization for Web Services."
Using Penn College's web resources, Yoas collected data over seven months about the central processing unit, free memory, disk use and network traffic.
"Previous work had used similar information to help determine how the machine should behave in the next few seconds or minutes," he explained. "I proposed that the patterns of use were much broader than previous research had concluded, and that the data would show recognizable patterns at the hour, day and weekly levels."
His findings were that long-term patterns do exist, and that the use of time-series analysis and confidence intervals can provide useful data for network administrators and e-commerce businesses, among others.
A Penn College faculty member since the fall 2002 semester, Yoas holds a master's degree in information technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and a bachelor's degree in computer information science/computer science from Clarion University.
Logevall to discuss 'Embers of War'
LEWISBURG - Historian Fredrik Logevall will give the talk, "Embers of War: Vietnam Reconsidered," at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Gallery Theatre (Room 301) of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.
The discussion will encompass Logevall's latest book, "Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire" and the "Making of America's Vietnam," named one of the best books of 2012 by The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and Globe and Mail.
"Embers of War" (2012) follows "Choosing War" (1999), Logevall's chronicle of the American escalation of the Vietnam War in the early 1960s. "Embers of War" traces the French conflict in Vietnam and the beginning of the American involvement - from the end of World War II to the beginning of the second Vietnam War in 1959.
Logevall is the John S. Knight Professor of International Studies and Professor of History at Cornell, where he serves as director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. In 2007-08 he was Mellon Senior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge and Leverhulme Visiting Professor at the University of Nottingham.
His other works are "America's Cold War: The Politics of Insecurity" (with Campbell Craig; Belknap Press/Harvard UP, 2009); and "A People and a Nation: A History of the United States, 9th ed." (with Mary Beth Norton et al; Cengage, 2011).
The presentation, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the department of history, and co-sponsored by the departments of east Asian studies and political science, the international relations program, the University Lectureship Committee, and the Bucknell University Alumni Association.