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Smith, GMick
Strayer University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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For almost 18 years, G. Mick Smith, PhD was CIO at Smith Consulting where he assisted numerous clients in the Philadelphia-Valley Forge and Delaware Valley area. Prior to his consulting career at an Internet start-up, at universities, in several corporations, and a non-profit, he was a professor of humanities at Hahnemann University where he developed on online History of World Medicine course in 1994; and, in 1997, he earned a Distance Learning Administrator Certificate from Texas A&M University and the Center for Distance Learning Research. He recently completed two certificates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in their edX component, Design and Development of Educational Technology (2014) and Design and Development of Games for Learning (2015). In addition to his technology background, as an administrator, he earned two more certificates from the Jack Welch Management Institute: Creating a Winning Strategy (2015) and Becoming a Leader (2014).

Smith has published widely in gaming, educational technology, and in the history of computing, in addition to presenting academic papers at international, national, and regional conferences. His educational teaching runs the gamut, from universities to several private schools at the K-12 level. In addition, he publishes in Computing Reviews (of course!), as well as in Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, the Bryn Mawr Classical Journal, and the Medieval Review.

Smith earned his doctorate at UCLA in the history of religions and has been awarded two master’s degrees as well, one in history from UCLA and the other in historical theology from Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA). Also, he was a Johannes Quasten Scholar in Patristics from The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC). He is currently campus dean at the Christiana, DE Strayer University site, and previously he served at the King of Prussia and the Center City, PA Strayer locations.

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  Early computing in Britain: Ferranti Ltd. and government funding, 1948 - 1958
Lavington S., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2019. 392 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-030151-02-7)

For Britain at least, this volume addresses how computing transitioned as a technological innovation to become a commercial product. The innovative manufacturing company Ferranti Ltd. produced the first commercially available computers...

Feb 24 2020  
  Computing and the National Science Foundation, 1950 - 2016: building a foundation for modern computing
Freeman P., Adrion W., Aspray W., ACM, New York, NY, 2019. 1270 pp.  Type: Book

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is foundational to modern computing, and this organizational history incorporates oral histories and NSF documents to describe how NSF programs began and grew to become the primary funding agency o...

Feb 20 2020  
  Exploring the early digital
Haigh T., Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2019. 243 pp.  Type: Book (978-3-030021-51-1)

Early digital is the theme proffered here as an alternative to computers, or even the larger framework of computing, to understand computer history during the formative period of digitizing information. The work is in line with a host ...

Feb 7 2020  
   Encounters with HCI pioneers: a personal history and photo journal
Shneiderman B., Morgan&Claypool Publishers, San Rafael, CA, 2019. 187 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-681734-78-1)

Personal computing really only emerged thanks to the ease of user experience design (UXD) and the discipline of human-computer interaction (HCI). In this volume, the author describes his personal democratizing experience with a small g...

Sep 3 2019  
  A systematic review for smart city data analytics
Moustaka V., Vakali A., Anthopoulos L. ACM Computing Surveys 51(5): 1-41, 2019.  Type: Article

Although the “smart city” can’t be easily defined, the growth of “smart” places is not slowing and therefore additional study is needed. In the Netherlands, four such places--E...

Apr 25 2019  
  Troublemakers: Silicon Valley’s coming of age
Berlin L., Simon & Schuster, New York, NY, 2017. 512 pp.  Type: Book (978-1-451651-50-8), Reviews: (2 of 2)

Berlin’s compelling volume is distinguished by an engaging writing style. Her chronological history of the Valley is punctuated by personal insights about the principals. As effective and engaging as the author is, though, it...

Jul 17 2018  
   Smart learning in smart cities
Liu D., Huang R., Wosinski M., Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated, New York, NY, 2017. 232 pp.  Type: Book

Smart learning has been a neglected aspect of smart technology applications, which this work seeks to address. The book addresses the connection between smart cities and smart learning. Then, the second part introduces smart learning i...

Jun 20 2018  
   Key concepts for a data science ethics curriculum
Saltz J., Dewar N., Heckman R.  SIGCSE 2018 (Proceedings of the 49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Baltimore, MD, Feb 21-24, 2018) 952-957, 2018.  Type: Proceedings, Reviews: (1 of 3)

One of the most frustrating aspects of an ethics curriculum is that it always trails innovative computing developments; helpfully, the authors address that critical problem here. The authors argue that “data science is a new ...

May 21 2018  
  Towards privacy protection and malicious behavior traceability in smart health
Zhang Y., Li J., Zheng D., Chen X., Li H. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing 21(5): 815-830, 2017.  Type: Article

In this paper, the authors address privacy and malicious behavior for e-health, since they argue that it is particularly ideal for use in smart cities. The authors’ concern for users is privacy protection through cryptographi...

Mar 20 2018  
  Minitel: welcome to the Internet
Mailland J., Driscoll K., The MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2017. 240 pp.  Type: Book (978-0-262036-22-1)

What country is the most wired? It is perhaps surprising to discover that, at least in the 1980s, it was France. The French welcomed the Internet by wiring Minitel. Minitel anticipated transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (T...

Jan 18 2018  
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