Speaking to Students at the University of Pittsburgh

Late yesterday, I visited the University of Pittsburgh to speak to Prof. Doug Swanson’s journalism class about Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

It was a great discussion, and I appreciate the invitation very much.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used:

University of Pittsburgh – Prof. Doug Swanson – Oct. 22, 2019 (PPTX)
University of Pittsburgh – Prof. Doug Swanson – Oct. 22, 2019 (PDF)

If you’re a professor in Pennsylvania and you’d like me to speak to your class, let me know and I’ll do my best to make it happen.

Presentation at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Earlier this afternoon at the office of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, I led a training session about Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

Many thanks to the Post-Gazette for the invitation. I very much appreciate it.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used:

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Oct. 1, 2019 (PPTX)
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Oct. 1, 2019 (PDF)

If you’re interested in training about the Right-to-Know Law and/or the Sunshine Act (for agencies or requesters), please let us know.

Presentation at Center for Media Innovation

This morning at Point Park University’s Center for Media Innovation in Pittsburgh, I led a training session for media requesters and the public. The session focused on Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

Many thanks to CMI and its director, Andrew Conte, for the invitation. I very much appreciate it.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation I used:

Center for Media Innovation – Oct. 1, 2019 (PPTX)
Center for Media Innovation – Oct. 1, 2019 (PDF)

If you’re interested in training about the Right-to-Know Law and/or the Sunshine Act (for agencies or requesters), please let us know.

Presentation at Body-Worn Cameras CLE

Open records_logo stackedOn Friday, I took part in Forensic Friday, a regular program organized by Duquesne University’s Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law.

The topic was Balancing Safety, Justice and Privacy: Body-Worn Cameras, Forensic Evidence & the Right to Know.

Also taking part in the program were State Senator Randy Vulakovich; State Representative Dom Costa; former State Representative David Mayernik; Commander Clarence Trapp, head of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police’s Special Deployment Division; and Duquesne University School of Law Professor John Rago.

It was a great event and a great discussion, and I very much appreciate the invitation to participate.

Here’s the presentation I used:

Body-Worn Cameras CLE – Jan. 27, 2017 – PDF
Body-Worn Cameras CLE – Jan. 27, 2017 – PPTX

Body-Worn Cameras, Forensic Evidence & the Right to Know

Forensic Fridays LogoOn Friday, January 27, I’ll be taking part in Forensic Friday, a regular program organized by Duquesne University’s Cyril H. Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law.

The topic is Balancing Safety, Justice and Privacy: Body-Worn Cameras, Forensic Evidence & the Right to Know.

Also part of the program are State Senator Randy Vulakovich; State Representative Dom Costa; former State Representative David Mayernik; Commander Clarence Trapp, head of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police’s Special Deployment Division; and Duquesne University School of Law Professor John Rago, who has been working closely with state legislators to develop legislation governing the use of body-worn cameras.

The program is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is approved by the Pennsylvania CLE Board for 3 hours of substantive CLE credit, by the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work for 3 hours of Social Work credit, and by the Pennsylvania Coroners Education Board for 1 hour of Coroners Education credit.

Here’s a fuller description from the University:

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Presentation at Duquesne Law School

Open records_logo stackedYesterday, I had the pleasure of discussing the Right-to-Know Law and the Office of Open Records with a class at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh.

I was particularly honored that former Governor Tom Corbett, who appointed me to serve as Executive Director of the OOR, introduced me to the class. My thanks to Governor Corbett and to Professor John Rago for inviting me.

Here’s the presentation I used:

Duquesne Presentation – Oct. 19, 2016 – PPTX
Duquesne Presentation – Oct. 19, 2016 – PDF

Thrival Festival: Big Data & You

Yesterday, I took part in the “Big Data & You” panel at Pittsburgh’s Thrival Innovation & Music Festival.

The panel also included Dr. Rasu Shrestha, Chief Innovation Officer, UPMC Enterprises; Dr. Amesh Adalja, Senior Associate, UPMC Center for Health Security; and Saman Haqqi, President of Pittsburgh Dataworks and Program Director at IBM’s Watson Group. Our terrific moderator was Jay Srini, Chief Information Officer, Kew Group.

It was a fascinating discussion and I was excited to be a part of it. Here’s the Powerpoint I used:

Thrival Festival Presentation 22 Sept 2015 (PPTX)
Thrival Festival Presentation 22 Sept 2015 (PDF)

Yesterday’s other panels and discussions were equally interesting, including “This is Old News: Innovation in Traditional Media” and “Creative Chaos: Diversity and Innovation.” If you’re in the Pittsburgh area this week, check out Thrival Festival’s schedule. This year’s event runs through Sunday, Sept. 27.

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