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Cybersecurity program to be expanded at UB

The University at Buffalo School of Management and Time Warner Cable are expanding a program meant to encourage local students to pursue a career in cybersecurity.

Officials say about 1,000 students from area middle schools and high schools are expected to participate in the enhanced program. The Western New York Cybersecurity Workshop Outreach program includes demonstrations of cybersecurity equipment, basic lessons on technology-related topics and hands-on activities.

The students will learn about data encryption, wireless security, digital forensics and anti-virus tools, among other topics.

Threats to the nation's high-tech infrastructure are on the rise, and experts say there's a growing need for workers who are trained in the field of information assurance.

More than 600 students already have gone through the program, which will be extended with the assistance of Time Warner Cable through 2012.

Workshops may be conducted at area schools or through student field trips to UB.

For more information, e-mail David Murray, an organizer of the program and assistant professor of management science and systems, at djmurray@buffalo.edu.

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Valentine's Day event to benefit animal shelters

Camp Bow Wow Tonawanda Daycare and Boarding will hold a benefit from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday to help raise funds for the SPCA of Erie County and other local animal shelters.

The Valentine's Day event will also provide an opportunity to adopt pets from local rescue groups.

Organizers of the event are also seeking donations of spare blankets and other clean bedding, as well as dog food, leashes and collars to assist local agencies and groups that care for animals.

Camp Bow Wow is located at 231 Grand Island Blvd., Town of Tonawanda.

A basket raffle is planned at the event. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5.

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Tech Savvy 4 focuses on science for girls

Registration is under way for Tech Savvy 4, a series of workshops aimed at encouraging girls in sixth through ninth grades to become interested in science, engineering, technology and math.

The daylong event, dubbed TS4, will be held March 7 on the University at Buffalo's North Campus.

The conference will feature a talk by Army Maj. Melissa R. Eslinger, an assistant professor of chemistry at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

She completed her graduate studies at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

The cost per attendee is $5 and includes materials, a book, a tote bag, light breakfast, lunch and a snack. Students will also receive a TS4 T-shirt.

Brochures are available in schools and local libraries.

Online registration can be completed at http://www.aauw-nys.org/Buffalo/ts4-form.htm.

For more information, e-mail AAUWTS4@cs.com or call 559-3037 option 3.

The deadline for registration is Feb. 16 for groups and Feb. 19 for individuals.

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