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March 5, 2013

Center for Applied Social Sciences Presents Faculty Research Thursday, March 14


VALDOSTA — Dr. Wilson Huang, Criminal Justice

A Global Perspective on the Relationship between Technology and Internet Crimes

This project provides a macro-perspective to theoretical explanations of cybercrime. The study concentrates on phishing attacks and their associations with global indicators such as computer usage, Internet accessibility, secure server provision, mobile phone density, etc. This applied research sheds light on certain causes of cyberspace crimes and offers suggestions to manage this growing problem.

Dr. Chris Meyers, History

Historical Land Use Analysis: Richmond County Georgia

This project provides an examination of an important 365-acre tract of land in Richmond County (Augusta). It documents how the land was used, with a focus on the operations of the nursery. The property was originally possessed and occupied by Native Americans, who eventually lost the land to European settlers. In the late 1850s a family of Belgian immigrants purchased the land and turned it into one of the most famous nurseries in America, Fruitlands Nursery. The nursery introduced many new species of flowers and plants to the United States and the owner, Prosper Julius Alphonse Berckmans, was the most noted horticulturalist in Georgia. Three decades into the 20th century, the nursery deteriorated and the land was sold to become a golf course.

All projects funded through the Center for Applied Social Sciences are consistent with the center’s goal to expand human knowledge through innovation, research and creative activities. The center was established in September 2011 by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice and the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. The center assists agencies and communities by providing policy and problems analysis, problem-solving techniques and educational/training services to community, private and governmental agencies.

For more information about the research presentations, call (229) 333-5492.

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