Papers and Presentations

Sofka,M.D. ``Spam, Spyware and Viruses'', Presentation to New York State Library Administrative Assistance conference, Sage Colleges, Troy, NY, June 2009.

Sofka,M.D. & Schwartz, G. ``Vi@9ra, M0r+gages, and RoL3x w@tch3s: Spam on Rensselaer's Email Servers'' Presentation to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutes Deans Council, February 2, 2005. PDF.

Sofka,M.D. ``C&CT RESPITE Seminar.''

Sofka,M.D., ``Spam, Spyware, Viruses and Spam: How the Internet has become an unfriendly place'' Talk presented to the Rensselaer Retirees Lunch and Learn seminar, February 13, 2004. PDF.

Drineas, P., Krishnamoorthy, M.S., Sofka,M.D., & Yener, B., "Studying E-mail Graphs for Intelligence Monitoring and Analysis in the Absence of Semantic Information," In Symposium on Intelligence and Security Informatics (ISI'04), June 2004.

Sofka, M.D., "Summary of MIT Spam Conference", Talk presented to Communications and Collaborative Technologies group, Rensselaer Polytechnic University, January 2003. (Still under development.) PDF.

Schwartz, Gary & Sofka, M.D. "Mail Gateway Virus Scanning Proposal", Report to DotCIO, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, April, 2002. PDF.

Sofka, M.D., "Where are the Extraterrestrials?: What the Fermi Paradox can tell us about alien civilizations", Talk presented to the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers, October 17, 2000 and The Inquiring Skeptics of Upper New York, November 6, 2000. Slides in PDF and PostScript.

Sofka, M.D., "Mythen des Skeptizismus", Skeptiker, Jahrgang 13 (2000), Heft 1, 18-28 (PDF, PostScript---both in English).

Sofka, M.D., You Have Spam, Talk presented to the Upstate New York Systems Administration Guild, April 1, 1999. PostScript.

Sofka, M.D., The UFOs of October: The Autokinetic Effect and group dynamics in UFO observations, Talk presented to The Inquiring Skeptics of Upper New York, February 3, 1999; The Syracuse Technology Club, May 11, 1999; to the Albany Area Amateur Astronomers, November 16, 1999; and, The Central New York Skeptics, September 20, 2006. Slides in PDF.

Sofka, M.D. & Todd, L.R., ``The Year 2000, Should we be skeptical?.'' Talk presented to The Inquiring Skeptics of Upper New York, April 1, 1998 (PostScript.)

Sofka, M.D., ``TeX to HTML Translation via Tagged DVI Files,'' North-East TeX Users Group Conference, New York City, March 22--24, 1998, TUGBoat, 19(2), 214--222, June 1998. (Slides for talk.)

Sofka, M.D., Book review: Writing With TeX, and TeX and LaTeX: Drawing and Literate Programming by Eitan Gurari, TUGBoat, 18(1), 37--38, March 1997.

Sofka, M.D., ``A Candle Goes Out,'' Carl Sagan Obituary, Skeptical Inquirer, 21(2), 1997.

Sofka, M.D., AFS talk and overheads, presented to the RPI chapter of The Student Association for Computing Machinery, February 12, 1996. answers to selected questions.

Sofka, M.D., Computers, Freedom and Privacy '96 Review Talk, presented to Computing Information Services, Computing Information Services Management Team, Student ACM, and RPI systems administrator meetings, 1996.

Sofka, M.D., Myths of Skepticism, Talk presented to Capital District Humanist Society and The Inquiring Skeptics of Upper New York, January and March 1996.

Sofka, M.D., ``Color book production using TeX,'' TUGBoat, 15(3), 228--238, 1994.

Sofka, M.D., User's Guide to Building Impositions with impose. Internal document, Publication Services, Inc., 1994

Sofka, M.D., The PSTeX technical manual. Internal document, Publication Services, Inc., 1992.

Metzger, R.L., Miller, M., Cohen, M., Sofka, M., Borkovec, T.D., Worry Changes Decision Making: The Effect of Negative Thoughts on Cognitive Processing, Journal of clinical psychology, 46(1), 78, 1990.

Sofka, M.D., The role of automatic activation versus remindings in superordinate frequency judgments. Master's thesis. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL., 1987.

Ross, B. H., & Sofka, M. D. Remindings and the use of analogies between problems. Paper presented at the 58th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association. Chicago, IL., 1986.

Ross, B. H., & Sofka, M. D. Remindings: Noticing, Remembering and Using Specific Knowledge of Earlier Problems. Unpublished manuscript, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL., 1986.

Sofka, M. D., Ross, B. H., & Barsalou, L. W., The role of automatic activation in superordinate frequency judgments. Paper presented at the 58th annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association. Chicago, IL., 1986.

Metzger, R. L., Miller, M., Sofka, M. D., Cohen, M., & Pennock,M., Information processing and Worrying: Two studies of concept formation. Paper presented at the 17th annual meeting of the American Association of Behavior Therapy. Washington D.C., 1983.