Duquesne Tech Startup Gets Major DARPA Funding

The university's first startup company, which develops software for cyber security, lifts off with a $700,000 grant.

Duquesne startup becomes a hit with DARPA
Juola & Associates — Duquesne University’s first startup company, founded by computer science and mathematics professor Dr. Patrick Juola — experienced a great liftoff, thanks to about $700,000 in Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) funding. DARPA usually invests in extraterrestrial vehicles, but says that cyber security is also a concern. J&A services focus on software that verifies both handwritten and typed authorship by studying points like writing style, techniques, typing speed and browser behavior. The software uses stylometric algorithms to determine authorship, which is commonly used in court. —K.H.

Fun fact: Dr. Juola has used his algorithms to study the early writings of Abraham Lincoln. Watch the video below for more.

Pair of female W&J students receive scholarships

Washington & Jefferson College sophomores Carley Adams and Breanna Gleason get to take their first trips abroad this summer thanks to the Vira L. Heinz Program for Women in Global Leadership.
Adams, double majoring in studio and communication arts, will travel to Cartago, Costa Rica, to work with Cross-Cultural Solutions in clinics that help treat and educate people with HIV and AIDS. Gleason, an international studies major with hopes for graduate school, is a competitive Irish step dancer; she will visit Dublin and Belfast, Ireland, while studying at Trinity College and Queens University. Last year, three students from W&J, one of 14 participating schools, also received the scholarship.

Fun fact: W&J ranked No. 24 in the top 40 baccalaureate institutions for study abroad by undergraduate participation in 2010-11. —Krystal Hare, PM Fact-Checker

A night of flamenco at Grove City College

On Monday, dancers from the flamenco and Spanish dance company Flamenco Vivo (directed by Carlota Santana) will grace the Pew Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., as part of Grove City College’s 2012-13 Showcase Series.

This fiery program, La Pasión Flamenca, presented by a dynamic troupe conveys passion and emotion capable of transcending cultural boundaries. Solos, duets and lively dances transport the audience back to the cultural community of Andalusia, Spain (the birthplace of flamenco), with inspiration pulled from regions like Africa and the Middle East. —Emily Marmion, PM Editorial Intern

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