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Clearing Up Misperceptions on Electromagnetic Pulse Implications

Interview with Dr. Clay Wilson
Program Director, Cybersecurity at American Public University

Films have a tendency to stretch the imagination beyond what is scientifically and physically possible. They are reliant on the suspension of disbelief to build upon the storyline and engross the viewer. One such exaggerated instance is electromagnetic pulse. For the average viewer the misperceptions around electromagnetic pulse implications do not directly impact them, but to those studying cybersecurity it’s extremely important to get educated on its real implications. Here to talk more about his research in the area, and on electromagnetic pulse implications, is Dr. Clay Wilson. In this podcast he goes into great detail about the expectations from the use of EMP.

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How to Handle the Most Difficult Engineering Classes

difficult-engineering-class-tipsBy James Carmichael
Faculty Member, Electrical Engineering at American Public University

Imagine signing up for what you anticipate to be a difficult engineering course. You get your textbook before class starts and find that even though you recognize some of the symbols being used, you feel like you will soon be lost with this subject. There a few steps you should take to ensure you get the most out of your studies that I sum up with the phrase, “break down and build back up.”

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Anthropological Lessons from Traditional Classroom Education to Online Learning

anthropology-online-learning-studyBy Dr. Jennifer Cramer
Faculty Member, School of Arts and Humanities at American Public University

A view of online learning from an anthropologists perspective; what does it open up?

As an undergraduate student, I was mesmerized by the colorful lectures of my anthropology professors. These professors brought Indiana Jones style stories to class. They shared fieldwork memories of being tied to trees by bandits, wading through rivers full of leeches, and having multiple bouts of malaria. These stories made me more excited and, frankly, led me to pursue a career as a professional anthropologist!

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Big Data and Your Degree

big-data-your-degreeBy Dr. Deanne Larson
Faculty Member, Information Technology at American Public University               

The consistent evolution of technology has produced the need for new IT skills over the last two decades. Couple this with the explosion of data, and it shouldn’t be surprising to see a demand for IT resources that support business analytics and the processing of what is known as Big Data.

Big Data categorizes extremely large data sets produced by website traffic, social media, machine-to-machine communications, equipment sensors, and documents; this is not an exhaustive list; but you get the picture. Why is this data any different from data captured by traditional organizational information systems? The volume, variety, and velocity of the data distinguishes Big Data from other data sets. Unstructured data, level of detail, and overall amount generated challenges what we know about data management.

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NASA Takes 3D Printing into Space

satellite-3d-printingBy C. Tod Pingrey
Faculty Member, Space Studies at American Public University

The latest printing technology—3D printing—has gone out of this world. NASA will soon take printing to a whole new level. On Sept. 23, the first 3D printer arrived at the the International Space Station (ISS) aboard SpaceX’s unmanned Dragon capsule. .

3D printing is the process of building an object, layer by layer, out of many different types of material including metal, plastic, and composite material. There are high hopes that this new printing technology will expand the station’s manufacturing capabilities. Although having replacement parts sent to the ISS is costly and time consuming, this new capability is expected to decrease resupply efforts from Earth while cutting costs by creating the possibility of fixing station issues with just a switch of a button.

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Attention Travelers! Are You Fluent in Cultural Perspectives?

cultural-perspectives-class-apuBy Dr. Stephen Schwalbe
Program Director, Political Science at American Public University

Why do people of different regions do things differently than we do? This question is often asked when a person might come into contact with traditions and cultures that differ from their own, or the practice of something is not widely shared or understood. If you are intending to travel to a different region of America or to a location overseas, then understanding the cultures around you will make a world of difference.

American Public University is unveiling a new course this fall to explore and explain the different cultures observed throughout the U.S. and the world. This course will teach the inner workings of culture at the personal level, then to the national and regional level. As such, if you are going to be living overseas on deployment or even just traveling around the world for a while on vacation, this course will be extremely useful for your understanding of what is going on around you.

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Travel Destinations for the Lifelong Learner

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By Latanya Hughes
Faculty Member, Hospitality Management at American Public University

The world offers a cornucopia of travel options. How do you choose?

I recommend that you look to the buffet of exotic and historical places that you can enjoy and simultaneously expand your mind.

In the hospitality industry, a destination is a place that is alluring and has specific features that are attractive to the traveler. For instance, Jamaica has exotic, luxurious beaches and eclectic local flavor. For the lifelong learner looking to add a few more stamps to their passport, these destinations will enhance your mind and open your eyes to more beauty, wonder, and a memorable getaway.

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Student Debt and the Millennial Entrepreneurship Paradox

entre-millenial-paradoxBy E.J. Reedy and Arnobio Morelix

The millennial generation is living in what one could call a paradox as it relates to entrepreneurship. On one hand, the millennials could be the new great generation. They are the most educated cohort in the history of the United States, they have broad exposure to entrepreneurship in higher education, and popular culture is filled with stories of their entrepreneurial successes, from the kids just getting started to millennial uber-entrepreneurs like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. On the other hand, millennials could be the new lost generation. They are heavily saddled with student debt, weak career prospects, and for all this expanded entrepreneurship exposure, most measures of entrepreneurship among younger workers are stagnant to falling.

Thus emerges the millennial entrepreneurship paradox – is this the generation whose entrepreneurship propensities will unleash the next wave of economic growth, or will this generation’s entrepreneurship potential fizzle?

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