College of Science, Technology, and Health

USM Cyber Security Researcher to Lead Science Café Discussion on “Edward Snowden and Who’s Watching You”

Edward Snowden’s revelations regarding mass surveillance programs employed by the United States has sparked debates about finding a balance between the need for national security and the privacy of citizens. USM cybersecurity researcher Edward Sihler will lead a science café discussion exploring this debate on Thursday, October 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Portland Public Library. Library patrons and the general public are also invited to virtually attend the science café discussion via a Google Hangout that will broadcast live video and allow for questions and comments.

Mr. Sihler is Assistant Director of USM’s Maine Cyber Security Cluster, a national hub in Maine for cyber security solutions and workforce development. With over 20 years of experience in technology, Mr. Sihler has worked in a variety of organizations ranging from a multinational telecommunications company to a private healthcare operation. He currently teaches Management Information Science (MIS) at USM and is helping to develop an academic curriculum in the department of Computer Science focusing on cyber security.

The Science Café format is an informal approach to discussing and understanding scientific research and its relevance to people in their everyday lives. Science café events are held in Portland Public Library’s open, glass-walled atrium that faces Monument Square in Portland at the end of the school/work day and will offer light refreshments in an informal, casual atmosphere. Students, young professionals and anyone interested in getting the inside look at what scientists are doing – and why – are invited to attend. The events are free and open to the public.

Additional science café events scheduled for 2013 include:

  • November 14 – Edward Sihler, Cyber Security: A History of Modern Codes and Cyphers
  • December 12 – Edward Gleason, Southworth Planetarium Manager: Astronomy 101

For more information, please contact Jennifer Dean, USM College of Science, Technology, and Health, at 207-780-4149 or

This event, hosted by the Portland Public Library and sponsored by the University of Southern Maine and Cornerstones of Science, is the first in a series of Science Cafés to be held monthly at the Portland Public Library running through June 2014.

Cornerstones of Science is an award-winning science literacy organization based in Maine that works with partner libraries creating experiences of science that spark curiosity and foster a deeper connection to the world around us. To learn more about Cornerstones of Science, visit

The following link should be used to access the Science Café Google Hangout: Please note the video stream will not be accessible until Thursday, October 10 at 5:30 p.m.

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