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Michael Lacey

Michael Lacey is a mathematician who has excelled with his passion and work with mathematics. Lacey studied for his Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed his Ph.D. degree in 1987 under the direction of Walter Philipp.

Upon finishing his Ph.D., Lacey took positions at Louisiana State University and later at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, working to prove his and Walter Philipp’s central limit theorem.

He also served at Indiana University (1989-1996) and during his time there, received a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship award. Soon after, Lacey received the Salem Prize for his collaborative work on solving the bilinear Hilbert transform.

Lacey has solved many mathematical problems during his career and has solved several using the law of iterated logarithm for empirical characteristic functions.

His research has covered probability, ergodic theory, and harmonic analysis. Lacey now works at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Professor of Mathematics and has been there since 1996. Recently, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship (2004) for his work with Xiao Chün Li. He also became a member of the American Mathematic Society (2012).

In addition, Lacey has been the director of training grants, including, VIGRE and MCTP awards from the NSF. These training grants are given to support undergraduates, graduates, and postdoctoral students.

Lacey has been involved with undergraduates and post-doctorates by advising and mentoring them. He has mentored up to ten post-doctorates and many of the undergraduates he has advised have developed leading graduate programs.

Michael Lacey is one of the top mathematicians who has not only accomplished incredible research but also has held reputable positions at universities and works to further not only his own career but the prospects of students below him.

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Securus Technologies is deploying life-saving anti-cell phone tech to nation’s prisons

Being a prison guard may not officially be in the top ten most dangerous professions in the country today. But that does not mean that it is a normal job. In fact, prison guards face some of the most extreme threats to their safety and that of their family of any job there is.

 

One of the most severe threats to the lives of the brave men and women who are tasked with keeping the nation’s prisons safe and the public safe from those housed there is the threat posed by organized prison gangs. As the story of one prison guard, Robert Johnson, illustrates, for many of the nation’s prison guards, the right to life and safety is not always a guaranteed perk of the job.

 

Illegal cell phones are as dangerous as a loaded gun

 

Robert Johnson had spent 15 years of his adult life working as a guard at one of Florida’s most notorious maximum-security prisons. Over that time, he had proven himself to be a capable and courageous officer, eventually being promoted to the prison’s SERT team, an abbreviation standing for Special Emergency Response Team. It was his job, as a member of this elite team, to conduct high-risk cell searches and seizures of contraband.

 

On one mission, Johnson uncovered a package containing an estimated $50,000 worth of heroin that had been slated for distribution within the prison by a powerful gang. The gang quickly uncovered what officers were responsible for the confiscation, getting Johnson’s name from an informant to the gang.

 

One morning, as Johnson was preparing to go to work, a gunman kicked down his front door and stormed into his house. Firing point blank, the hitman unloaded 6 shots directly into Johnson’s chest and abdomen. Over the next month, Johnson clung tenuously to life. Eventually, he began the slow process to recovery. Today, after 23 surgeries and untold pain, he is back to feeling almost himself. The miraculous recovery is testament to his willpower and tenacity. In fact, Johnson is now back at work within the prison system.

 

Except now, he is acting as a salesman for Securus Technologies, the nation’s leading provider of inmate communications and prison security services. Johnson is selling a technology developed by Securus called the Wireless Containment System. It is almost certain that the cell phone used to order the hit that nearly claimed Johnson’s life would have been rendered inoperative, had the WCS technology been deployed in the prison where Johnson worked.

 

Now, he is making the rounds in prisons across the country, getting the word out that WCS is capable of totally eliminating the threat of unauthorized cell phones falling into the hands of gangs. Johnson believes that this technology has the potential to save thousands of lives.

 

Robbery and Shooting at New Brunswick

An unfortunate incident happened in November 2012 when a pizza delivery guy went to deliver pizza in the N building on Quincy Circle. The residents informed him that no pizza had been ordered. While walking back to his vehicle, he was confronted by three men who claimed that the pizza was theirs. When he got to the car to get the pizza, one of the men produced a gun and pointed it at the pizza guy’s head, demanding money. They then fled with his vehicle, pizza and wallet. Following an investigation into this incident, Parysh Wood who was then 21 was charged with robbery. It turned out that he was the leader of the three-man crew. Within four months, the case had been resolved since investigators never gave up. It is also the characteristic of criminals in the modern day to leave the footprints the investigators need to find.

 

In 2015, a shooting incident happened at the New Brunswick apartments. The police promptly responded to the shooting reported. An individual was injured during this incident and was rushed to the Robert Wood Jonson University Hospital in a private vehicle. According to the police radio transmission, three to four shots were heard. On arrival, the suspect had fled, but the description allowed the police to lounge investigations. The name of both the victim and the suspect remained withheld pending the inquiry. A day after the shooting, some bullet casings were found in the Quincy apartment, and the police were called to conduct some investigations.