Micheal Lacey, teaching with a difference

Micheal Lacey is a mathematics professor at Georgia Institute of Technology. He has also lectured at Louisiana State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael Lacey has a unique way of teaching. Apart from giving lectures, he puts his students in groups. This is his way of helping students understand math concepts better. Sometimes students understand better when concepts they did not understand during the lecture are explained by their peers. Because of this, Mr Lacey’s students often attain good grades.

His determination to see all his students succeed in their academics has resulted in him becoming director of several training grants. As director, he has had the opportunity of mentoring several students. All of his mentees have graduated to become leaders in their careers. He has been the director of VIGRE and MCTP awards from the NSF.

Mr Lacey’s passion for math is not just in teaching. He also has a desire to add to already existing knowledge. The thesis dissertation he presented when doing his PHD solved the problem related to the law of the iterated logarithm for empirical characteristic functions. This was only the first contribution he would make to mathematics. He also gave proof of the almost sure central limit theorem. A research he worked on together with his colleague Walter Philipp.

During his career, his work has touched on probability, harmonic analysis and ergodic theory. His contributions to this field have gained him respect in the eyes of his peers and have seen him hold many prestigious positions. He was awarded with the Salem Prize for solving the subject of a conjecture by Alberto Calderón. This he did together with his colleague Christoph Thiele. He also received the Guggenheim award.

In as much as his joy is in adding to the knowledge already existing in this field. Michael Lacey is proud to have a hand in raising the future generation of mathematics. The thought of his students making great discoveries in this field even after he has stopped teaching is his daily motivation. Teaching is his way of contributing to the future of mathematics.

Securus Technologies System Detects Inmates’ Illegal Cell Phone Activities

For seven years, an ex-corrections officer named Robert Johnson has shared his story of what had happened to him one morning back in 2010. He worked at the Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina, where his main duties were to confiscate any contraband packages and items that entered the building. One day Johnson and his co-workers had intercepted a large parcel that ended up containing about $50,000 worth of gang related contraband. Nearly two weeks later, a man had kicked in Robert Johnson’s front door as he was getting ready for work one morning. The man had shot Johnson six times in his chest and stomach. Johnson was lucky to be alive after that morning. It was soon revealed that an ex-con, Sean Echols, had been contacted by a locked up inmate that used a contraband cell phone to hire the hit on Johnson.

 

That wasn’t the only horrifying indecent that occurred, this has happened to a Georgian mother. Her child was murdered in her own arms by a hit that was ordered by several despicable inmates that made the call while locked up. The nation’s correctional facilities and prisons are quickly waking up to the fact that cell phones in the wrong hands are capable of destroying many innocent lives. Robert Johnson is on a mission to put a stop to illegal cell phone activities so stories like his won’t ever happen again. He now works for Securus Technologies as a paid consultant. Securus Technologies is the nation’s top provider of civil and criminal justice tech solutions, they have created an innovative solution for curtailing illegal cell phone use in our nation’s incarceration environments.

 

Securus’ new system is called ‘Wireless Containment Solutions’, it is designed to primarily detect and block any illegal cell phone activities within its stationed facility. This system has helped correctional officers across the U.S. find concealed contraband cellphones and regulate an inmate’s incoming and outgoing calls. There was a reported number of over 1.7 million unauthorized calls that were blocked in eight U.S. facilities in just one year. An inmate serving 10 years at the Evans Correctional Institution, Jose Ariel Rivera, had filmed a Facebook Live video of him holding a knife and it went viral. This wasn’t the first time that the inmate had been caught using illegal communications. Evans Correctional Institution could have prevented these embarrassing incidents if they had only used Securus’ Wireless Containment Solutions.