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IST World Campus graduate, PA Guard captain pays education forward at Penn State

IST World Campus graduate, PA Guard captain pays education forward at Penn State

November 19, 2021

Pennsylvania Army National Guard Capt. Francis Killeen has served in the Army for nearly two decades. After two deployments in Iraq and being promoted to sergeant in 2009, he took a short break from the military then reenlisted in 2013 with the goal of becoming an officer.

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IST Blue Band Silk Squad leader blends academic drive with performance passion

IST Blue Band Silk Squad leader blends academic drive with performance passion

November 19, 2021

After a year off the field during the pandemic, College of Information Sciences and Technology third-year student Jenna Fitzpatrick is happy to be back performing at Beaver Stadium.

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Penn State faculty receive funds to explore students’ participation

November 18, 2021

The Flemming CEED Center faculty members and faculty members from Penn State recently received funding from the Penn State Social Science Research Institute’s (SSRI) "Reducing Social Disparities" initiative.

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Penn State team wins Big Ten Augmented Intelligence Bowl

Penn State team wins Big Ten Augmented Intelligence Bowl

November 18, 2021

An interdisciplinary team from Penn State took home first prize in the Big Ten Augmented Intelligence Bowl, where academic teams from around the Big Ten Conference square off to determine how artificial intelligence can create the biggest bang in reducing health disparities.

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College of Information Sciences and Technology honors Military Appreciation Week

College of Information Sciences and Technology honors Military Appreciation Week

November 18, 2021

During Penn State Military Appreciation Week, and every day, the College of Information Sciences and Technology recognizes and honors the members of the College of Information Sciences and Technology and larger Penn State community who have served or are currently serving in the military, includi

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Army SWAT commander draws on IST foundation as military police officer

Army SWAT commander draws on IST foundation as military police officer

November 17, 2021

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Koby Allen is an active-duty SWAT commander and military police officer.

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Dual degrees shape military career, lead to accolades for IST World Campus grad

Dual degrees shape military career, lead to accolades for IST World Campus grad

November 15, 2021

Recent Penn State World Campus graduate Navy Hospital Corpsman Second Class Bryan Hill was beyond appreciative that he was able to participate virtually in his August commencement ceremony from his home in North Carolina.

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Active-duty Marine makes Penn State a stepping stone on military career path

Active-duty Marine makes Penn State a stepping stone on military career path

November 11, 2021

The path to Penn State was less than traditional for Gunnery Sergeant Charles Hickey. An active-duty Marine, Hickey enlisted in the military shortly after graduating from high school in 2008, and completed two deployments in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011.

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IST Alumni Identity Talks series, 'Military and Veterans in Tech,’ on Nov. 17

November 9, 2021

Members of the Penn State community are invited to join the College of Information Sciences and Technology for IST Alumni Identity Talks – Military and Veterans in Tech, to be held virtually from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov.

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IST student's research involves tracking elephant movement

November 4, 2021

Gregory Glatzer, a junior majoring in applied data science, spent his summer helping to evaluate how technology could be used to track elephant movement in national parks in Africa to help prevent poaching. “The research that I did has opened my eyes to the many amazing applications of data scien

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Hozza to discuss ‘things learned on teaching journey’ in IST McMurtry Lecture

Hozza to discuss ‘things learned on teaching journey’ in IST McMurtry Lecture

November 3, 2021

David Hozza, lecturer in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State, will share “Things I’ve Learned on This Teaching Journey” when he delivers the college’s annual George McMurtry Award Lecture at noon Thursday, Nov.

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Penn State Hazleton's Barbara Brazon named IST Faculty Member of the Year

November 3, 2021

Penn State Hazleton Associate Teaching Professor of Information Sciences and Technology Barbara Brazon has been recognized with the College of Information Sciences and Technology Faculty Member of the Year Award.

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IST Alumni Identity Talks series, ‘First-Generation Students,’ on Nov. 10

November 1, 2021

Members of the Penn State community are invited to join the College of Information Sciences and Technology for IST Alumni Identity Talks on Nov. 10, featuring a panel discussing their experiences as first-generation students.

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Talk to provide insights on designing useful and usable privacy interfaces

November 1, 2021

Lorrie Faith Cranor, director and Bosch Distinguished Professor of the CyLab Security and Privacy Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, will present a talk, “Designing Useful and Usable Privacy Interfaces,” at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Nov.

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New IST scholarship honors friendships formed at Penn State

New IST scholarship honors friendships formed at Penn State

October 29, 2021

Two College of Information Sciences and Technology alumni recently came together to establish a scholarship in memory of their friend and fellow classmate, Jimmy Lee Brown, who died in 2019.

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How Penn State is applying immersive technology on WPSU's 'Digging Deeper'

How Penn State is applying immersive technology on WPSU's 'Digging Deeper'

October 26, 2021

Penn State President Eric Barron and a pair of University experts will talk about immersive technology and how it’s applied in the classroom during the next episode of WPSU’s “Digging Deeper” on Sunday, Oct. 31.

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Fostering community across geographically dispersed university campuses

Fostering community across geographically dispersed university campuses

October 21, 2021

Many U.S. universities comprise a main campus and several branch campuses distributed throughout the state. Researchers in the College of Information Sciences and Technology investigated whether students at these various campuses feel that they belong to a unified university community.

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IST Alumni Identity Talks series, 'Disability Awareness,' on Oct. 27

October 21, 2021

Members of the Penn State community are invited to join alumni of the College of Information Sciences and Technology for IST Alumni Identity Talks - Disability Awareness, to be held virtually from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 27.

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IST research represented in 11 papers at 2021 CSCW

IST research represented in 11 papers at 2021 CSCW

October 21, 2021

Eleven papers that involve researchers at the College of IST were accepted to this year’s Association for Computing Machinery’s 2021 Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, a top venue for human-computer interaction research that will be held virtually Oct. 23-27.

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Interactions with unreliable infrastructures could be key to smart city design

Interactions with unreliable infrastructures could be key to smart city design

October 20, 2021

Research from the College of Information Sciences and Technology found that smart city designs should consider the daily experiences of citizens or allow them to adapt their own solutions, particularly in areas with historically unreliable infrastructures.

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IST background helps Homecoming tech director deliver an engaging celebration

IST background helps Homecoming tech director deliver an engaging celebration

October 19, 2021

Penn State students, families, faculty and alumni are all familiar with the parade, weeklong spirit events, and spectacular football game that exemplify Penn State pride during Homecoming Week.

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New game can help users identify, avoid online echo chambers

New game can help users identify, avoid online echo chambers

October 15, 2021

Researchers at the College of Information Sciences and Technology have developed a theory-based game that enables a player to test their own awareness of content that could result in an echo chamber and to observe how echo chambers are accelerated by the spread of misinformation.

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Search engine could help researchers scour internet for privacy documents

Search engine could help researchers scour internet for privacy documents

October 13, 2021

Researchers say a search engine, which uses an artificial intelligence called natural language processing, could be an important tool for researchers trying to find ways to design a safer internet.

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On the Bridge - October 2021

On the Bridge - October 2021

October 12, 2021

A compilation of recent news, highlights and achievements from the College of Information Sciences and Technology community.

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IST intern collaborates on software engineering design at Rockwell Automation

IST intern collaborates on software engineering design at Rockwell Automation

October 8, 2021

To graduate, students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology are required to complete an internship within their field.

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IST, Schreyer student co-founds blueStart festival to inspire entrepreneurs

October 7, 2021

Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, College of Information Sciences and Technology senior Hayden Long wants to inspire other Penn State students to learn from like-minded self-starters and receive support for their innovative ideas.

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What was really the secret behind Van Gogh's success?

What was really the secret behind Van Gogh's success?

October 4, 2021

Before developing his famed “drip technique,” abstract artist Jackson Pollock dabbled in drawing, print making and surrealist paintings of humans, animals and nature.

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Vasant Honavar named Huck Chair in Biomedical Data Sciences and AI

October 4, 2021

Vasant Honavar, professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, has been named the Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Biomedical Data Sciences and Artificial Intelligence by the University’s Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

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New tool fuses expert knowledge and deep learning features to detect sleep apnea

New tool fuses expert knowledge and deep learning features to detect sleep apnea

September 30, 2021

Individuals who suspect they have sleep apnea — and the doctors who diagnose them — could soon have more effective way to automatically detect the condition at home, thanks to a new method developed by researchers at the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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USDA grant supports Penn State research on mushroom industry automation

USDA grant supports Penn State research on mushroom industry automation

September 28, 2021

A nearly $4 million grant awarded to the College of Agricultural Sciences will support an interdisciplinary, multi-university team of researchers as they investigate technologies designed to address labor shortages on mushroom farms.

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College of IST announces six seed grant recipients

College of IST announces six seed grant recipients

September 27, 2021

The Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology recently announced six projects that will receive funding from the college’s seed grant program. The program provides preliminary funding for IST researchers and collaborators to initiate new projects.

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S. Shyam Sundar named director of the Center for Socially Responsible AI

S. Shyam Sundar named director of the Center for Socially Responsible AI

September 24, 2021

S. Shyam Sundar, James P. Jimirro Professor of Media Effects in the Donald P.

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Increasing linguistic diversity to advance human-technology interaction

Increasing linguistic diversity to advance human-technology interaction

September 22, 2021

People are becoming increasingly dependent on human technologies such as smart voice assistants and computer-based tutoring for access to governmental, community, health, and educational services. However, the technology is largely based on standard American English.

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IST intern updates military wargame for National Strategic Research Institute

IST intern updates military wargame for National Strategic Research Institute

September 21, 2021

Not many college students have the opportunity to directly impact national security.

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Alumna-led nonprofit aims to empower female emergency dispatchers

Alumna-led nonprofit aims to empower female emergency dispatchers

September 20, 2021

Nearly a quarter of emergency dispatch personnel experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, and the national turnover rate of 911 dispatchers is more than 17%.

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Institute sponsors four co-funded faculty positions in AI and data science

Institute sponsors four co-funded faculty positions in AI and data science

September 20, 2021

The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS), in partnership with four academic colleges will sponsor four co-funded faculty positions focused on the development of novel methods or advanced applications in data science.

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Data Science Community announces fall 2021 talk series

September 15, 2021

The talks, which are open to the Penn State community, will cover topics including art history, big data and the U.S. Constitution, architectural knitted textiles, cryosphere studies, imaging genomics, radio telescope images, and more.

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IST Alumni Identity Talks series Sept. 15, 'Celebrating Hispanic Heritage'

September 10, 2021

Members of the Penn State community are invited to join alumni of the College of Information Sciences and Technology for IST Alumni Identity Talks — Celebrating Hispanic Heritage, to be held virtually from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15.

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IST alumnus and Latinx workers in tech advocate lands dream job at Twitter

IST alumnus and Latinx workers in tech advocate lands dream job at Twitter

September 10, 2021

Growing up in Philadelphia, Noel Claudio never thought that it was possible to work for a big social media tech company unless he lived in California or New York.

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Overcoming homelessness and hardships to earn a Penn State degree

Overcoming homelessness and hardships to earn a Penn State degree

September 9, 2021

On his 18th birthday, Joel Seidel became emancipated from his parents and, in turn, homeless. He said Penn State equipped him with the tools and resources he needed to succeed, including support from scholarships.

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COVID-19 study aims to make local policy announcements more culturally dependent

COVID-19 study aims to make local policy announcements more culturally dependent

September 8, 2021

Researchers from the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology recently studied a new form of crisis information exchange that has emerged between geographically dispersed areas to facilitate local crisis responses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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IST intern conducts analytical research, informs public for U.S. Air Force

IST intern conducts analytical research, informs public for U.S. Air Force

September 2, 2021

Given the security around many military and government organizations, students and graduates of the College of Information Sciences and Technology's security and risk analysis program often can't share much about the work they do.

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On the Bridge - August 2021

On the Bridge - August 2021

August 31, 2021

A compilation of recent news, highlights and achievements from the College of Information Sciences and Technology community.

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Alumni sisters experience IST 10 years apart, advocate for diversity in tech

Alumni sisters experience IST 10 years apart, advocate for diversity in tech

August 31, 2021

Many alumni can say that the Penn State legacy runs in their family, but few can say that they graduated from the same college as their sibling.

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Surprisingly popular voting algorithm developed to recover ranked choices

Surprisingly popular voting algorithm developed to recover ranked choices

August 25, 2021

Imagine you are asked to rank the counties in Pennsylvania in terms of number of COVID-19 infections. Or you may be asked to rank cities in Pennsylvania based on their populations.

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Andrea Tapia named associate dean for research in the College of IST

August 25, 2021

Andrea Tapia, professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has been named IST’s associate dean for research, effective Sept. 1.

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New tool could help authors bust writer's block in novel-length works

New tool could help authors bust writer's block in novel-length works

August 24, 2021

Authors experiencing writer’s block could soon have a new way to help develop the next section of their story. Researchers at the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology recently introduced a new technology that forecasts the future development of an ongoing written story.

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Honor code established at College of IST

Honor code established at College of IST

August 20, 2021

The College of Information Sciences and Technology, in collaboration with IST student government, announced the launch of the IST Honor Code.

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IST intern provides end-user IT support for USDA Agricultural Research Service

IST intern provides end-user IT support for USDA Agricultural Research Service

August 20, 2021

Thanks to established capabilities with IT from personal experiences, previous internships, and things learned in the classroom at the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology, rising senior Bailey Rumford landed a summer internship providing end-user IT support at the Agricultur

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Penn State Berks takes first place in the Anthem AI hackathon

Penn State Berks takes first place in the Anthem AI hackathon

August 19, 2021

The Penn State Berks Data Lions team recently took first place in the Anthem AI ‘Substance Use Disorder and Whole Health of the Person’ Hackathon, a competition to identify risk factors related to substance use, and conditions indicative of underlying substance abuse.

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