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Michael Losavio to lecture in Russia through Fulbright grant

by UofL Today last modified Mar 20, 2013 09:46 AM

Michael Losavio, an attorney who teaches justice administration at UofL, will go to Russia in May to conduct lectures and exchange information related to cybercrimes.

Michael Losavio to lecture in Russia through Fulbright grant

Michael Losavio, left, conducts class on the steps of Grawemeyer Hall.

Losavio earned a Fulbright Specialist Grant to spend 29 days at Perm State University (PSU). While there, he will present lectures, lead seminars and workshops and consult with colleagues on such topics as ethics in computer engineering and programming, digital forensics and cybercrime law.

“The incredibly rapid growth of cybercrime has spawned entirely new fields in law, forensics, computing ethics, personal liability and more,” Losavio said. “This is a global issue so it’s crucial that universities all over the world work together to conduct research and seek solutions. I’m thrilled to have this chance to collaborate with my colleagues in Russia, one of the most computer savvy nations in the world.”

Perm, a sister city to Louisville, once was considered a high-security area and was closed to foreigners during the Soviet regime, he said. His visit to the city is part of a growing relationship among the PSU Department of Law, the Russian language program and Department of Justice Administration at UofL and the U.S. Department of Justice. UofL students have visited Perm with Russian instructor Tom Dumstorf; faculty from Perm have visited Louisville.

In spring of 2012, UofL and PSU faculty and students made Internet presentations on issues of Russian and U.S. law. They followed those with a series of collaborative research and teaching projects.

That relationship played a key role in Losavio’s selection. After mentioning to his colleagues at PSU that he was on the Fulbright Specialist Roster, they told him that he should come to Perm. He agreed and they “made it happen—in record time,” Losavio said.

Losavio is an expert on digital security and related legal issues. He works with the Departments of Justice Administration and Computer Engineering and Computer Science.

The Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars awards Fulbright Specialist Grants.

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