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Real-world internship helps IST student make a meaningful impact

Real-world internship helps IST student make a meaningful impact

December 7, 2022

Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology senior Djante McLaughlin is bringing his knowledge and passion for cybersecurity to life through his leadership with the IST Student Government and his work with the Department of Homeland Security.

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Erica Mi named College of IST student marshal for fall 2022

Erica Mi named College of IST student marshal for fall 2022

December 6, 2022

The Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology will honor Schreyer Honors Scholar Erica Mi as student marshal at its fall 2022 commencement, which will be held Saturday, Dec. 17. 

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IST faculty, students develop digital solutions to help mushroom farmers

IST faculty, students develop digital solutions to help mushroom farmers

December 1, 2022

A team of researchers at Penn State is aiming to speed up and streamline the collection of important environmental data that impacts the mushroom farming industry through a new digital solution.

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On the Bridge — December 2022

On the Bridge — December 2022

November 30, 2022

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

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IST student helps make Penn State experience positive through UPUA

IST student helps make Penn State experience positive through UPUA

November 30, 2022

Serving as a representative and advocate for her fellow Penn State students is a responsibility of which third-year College of Information Sciences and Technology student Nora O’Toole is extremely proud. As speaker of the assembly in the University Park Undergraduate Association, O’Toole ove

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Penn State shares more stories of faculty and staff veterans

Penn State shares more stories of faculty and staff veterans

November 17, 2022

This year's Military Appreciation Week celebrated faculty and staff that have served or are currently serving. These members of the Penn State community are an important part of what makes the University special.

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Alumni couple pays Penn State experience forward through endowed IST scholarship

Alumni couple pays Penn State experience forward through endowed IST scholarship

November 16, 2022

Jason Streeter (class of 2007) and Amanda Brown (class of 2008) have been inspired by their individual Penn State experiences in their motivation to jointly support students at the University.

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IST resources, technical skills help student expand nation’s terrorism database

IST resources, technical skills help student expand nation’s terrorism database

November 15, 2022

For Sean Cicchiello, researching radical crimes in the U.S. and determining whether they are acts of terror is part of his job.

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Penn State and Taipei Tech sign memorandums of understanding

Penn State and Taipei Tech sign memorandums of understanding

November 14, 2022

Penn State hosted a delegation from the National Taipei University of Technology on Oct. 16-18.

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Penn State Brandywine’s Andy Landmesser named IST Faculty Member of the Year

Penn State Brandywine’s Andy Landmesser named IST Faculty Member of the Year

November 10, 2022

Andy Landmesser, assistant teaching professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State Brandywine, was recently named the College of Information Sciences and Technology Statewide Faculty Member of the Year. He was presented with the award at the fall IST faculty meeting on Nov. 7.

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Berks IST professor honored as INFORMS Volunteer Service Award recipient

Berks IST professor honored as INFORMS Volunteer Service Award recipient

November 9, 2022

Abdullah Konak, distinguished professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State Berks, received the 2022 INFORMS Volunteer Service Award in October during the annual ceremony in Indianapolis.

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World Campus student makes an impact for veterans through IT internship

World Campus student makes an impact for veterans through IT internship

November 9, 2022

Michelle Wiemer has had the opportunity to explore different lines of work and meet people from all walks of life through her journey as a military spouse.

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Penn State employees and staff share ‘Profiles of Service’

Penn State employees and staff share ‘Profiles of Service’

November 9, 2022

This week at Penn State features a variety of events including the 11th annual military appreciation football game against the University of Maryland on Nov. 12.

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IST Identity Talks series presents ‘Careers in Consulting’ on Nov. 16

IST Identity Talks series presents ‘Careers in Consulting’ on Nov. 16

November 8, 2022

Members of the Penn State community are invited to join the College of Information Sciences and Technology for “IST Identity Talks – Careers in Consulting,” to be held virtually from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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High-tech tool to perform low-cost health screening for newborns and mothers

High-tech tool to perform low-cost health screening for newborns and mothers

November 8, 2022

A new, $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering will allow Penn State researchers to develop artificial intelligence-based software that can evaluate the health of a newborn and their mother with only a photograph of the baby’s placenta. 

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Grant to explore using computers to help groups make better decisions

Grant to explore using computers to help groups make better decisions

November 8, 2022

National Science Foundation grants to Penn State and Iowa State could lead to an interactive, computer-aided, decision-support tool that can help groups of people make better choices.

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NSF grant to help reimagine first-year experiences through diverse lens

NSF grant to help reimagine first-year experiences through diverse lens

November 2, 2022

A Penn State research team aims to meet the unique needs of increasingly diverse student bodies by reimagining first-year learning experiences in technology-related degree programs at U.S. universities, thanks to a new $296,804 grant from the National Science Foundation.  

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New coding tool could aid computer programmers who are blind or have low vision

New coding tool could aid computer programmers who are blind or have low vision

November 1, 2022

A new tool could help make code reading, navigating and editing more accessible and efficient for blind and low-vision computer programmers, according to Penn State researchers.

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IST professor to present McMurtry Lecture on Nov. 10

IST professor to present McMurtry Lecture on Nov. 10

October 31, 2022

William Parquette, professor of practice in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, will present the college’s annual McMurtry Lecture at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, in E202 Westgate Building on the University Park campus.

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IST Q&A: Alumna Mary Ward defines data-driven features for iRobot Home app

IST Q&A: Alumna Mary Ward defines data-driven features for iRobot Home app

October 28, 2022

As a senior digital product manager for the iRobot organization, Mary Ward defines and drives the strategy and personalized data-driven features for the iRobot Home mobile app.

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International consortium to better assess Africa drought risks, boost resilience

International consortium to better assess Africa drought risks, boost resilience

October 27, 2022

An international, Penn State-led consortium aims to improve drought risk analysis and management and increase societal resilience in Africa, funded by a three-year, $1.1 million grant from the Belmont Forum.

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IST student diversifies wearable tech health data apps through Google internship

IST student diversifies wearable tech health data apps through Google internship

October 26, 2022

This summer, Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology doctoral student Sahiti Kunchay put her knowledge and skills to the test as a research intern at Google. 

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Researchers to use $1.2 million grant to study early Alzheimer’s detection

Researchers to use $1.2 million grant to study early Alzheimer’s detection

October 26, 2022

A team of Penn State-led researchers received a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help fund a project to develop a machine learning system for early Alzheimer’s disease detection.

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Witzig new director of Center for Security Research and Education

Witzig new director of Center for Security Research and Education

October 25, 2022

Lisa Witzig has been appointed director of Penn State’s Center for Security Research and Education. CSRE was created in 2017 to provide an interdisciplinary approach to security-related topics across Penn State and consists of 11 contributing academic and research units from across the University

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Witzig named director of Penn State's Center for Security Research and Education

Witzig named director of Penn State's Center for Security Research and Education

October 25, 2022

Lisa Witzig has been appointed director of Penn State’s Center for Security Research and Education. CSRE was created in 2017 to provide an interdisciplinary approach to security-related topics across Penn State and consists of 11 contributing academic and research units from across the University

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IST students celebrate women in tech at annual Grace Hopper conference

IST students celebrate women in tech at annual Grace Hopper conference

October 24, 2022

Six Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology students attended the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Orlando, Florida, in late September to learn, network and celebrate the contributions women have made in the technology industry.

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IST skills set technology director, captains up for success at Homecoming

IST skills set technology director, captains up for success at Homecoming

October 19, 2022

With almost 11 months of planning and preparation, Penn State Homecoming returns this week with a full slate of activities.

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IST’s Anna Squicciarini named cyberspace program director at NSF

IST’s Anna Squicciarini named cyberspace program director at NSF

October 18, 2022

Anna Squicciarini, Frymoyer Chair in Information Sciences and Technology, has been named a program director in the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace cluster of the National Science Foundation, effective Sept. 26.

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AI language models show bias against people with disabilities, study finds

AI language models show bias against people with disabilities, study finds

October 13, 2022

The algorithms that drive natural language processing technology — a type of artificial intelligence that allows machines to use text and spoken words in many different applications — often have tendencies that could be offensive or prejudiced toward individuals with disabilities, according to re

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IST Identity Talks series presents ‘Paving the Way for Change’ on Oct. 19

IST Identity Talks series presents ‘Paving the Way for Change’ on Oct. 19

October 11, 2022

Members of the Penn State community are invited to join the College of Information Sciences and Technology for “IST Identity Talks — Paving the Way for Change,” to be held virtually from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.

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Project aims to use artificial intelligence to turn health data into predictions

Project aims to use artificial intelligence to turn health data into predictions

October 11, 2022

A $599,883 grant from the National Science Foundation could help scientists use machine learning algorithms to use large amounts of data to guide decisions on a range of issues, from disease spread to economic meltdowns to social unrest.

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Workshop explores artificial intelligence for biomedical, health research

Workshop explores artificial intelligence for biomedical, health research

September 30, 2022

Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) will co-host a workshop, "Harnessing the Power of EHR Data and AI to Advance Biomedical Research," that will focus on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) for bi

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Penn State Alumni Fellow offers service and support to alma mater

Penn State Alumni Fellow offers service and support to alma mater

September 28, 2022

Across more than three decades of service, Penn State graduate Larry Raiman has seized opportunities to mentor students, host internships, volunteer on development campaigns and devise original co-curricular programming — and he backed that service with support for all three imperatives of the Un

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Nittany AI Alliance preps students for development and leadership roles in AI

Nittany AI Alliance preps students for development and leadership roles in AI

September 22, 2022

Students advancing solutions in health, education, environment, and humanitarianism are making a difference in the world around them through the work they are advancing as part of the Nittany AI Alliance.

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Center for Socially Responsible AI accepting seed funding proposals

Center for Socially Responsible AI accepting seed funding proposals

September 21, 2022

Penn State’s Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence is inviting short proposals for its annual seed funding program. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 1, with projects expected to start in spring 2023 and last for up to two years.

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People who distrust fellow humans show greater trust in artificial intelligence

People who distrust fellow humans show greater trust in artificial intelligence

September 19, 2022

A person’s distrust in humans predicts they will have more trust in artificial intelligence’s ability to moderate content online, according to a recently published study. The findings, the researchers say, have practical implications for both designers and users of AI tools in social media.

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Students encouraged to apply for AI center affiliate status

Students encouraged to apply for AI center affiliate status

September 15, 2022

Penn State’s Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence is accepting applications for its Student Affiliates Program. Graduate and undergraduate students from all Penn State campuses are eligible to apply. Applications will remain open indefinitely and can be submitted online.

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Bill Parquette earns IST’s McMurtry Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award

Bill Parquette earns IST’s McMurtry Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award

September 15, 2022

William Parquette, professor of practice in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, was recently named the recipient of the college’s 2022-23 George McMurtry Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award.

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Users trust AI as much as humans for flagging problematic content

Users trust AI as much as humans for flagging problematic content

September 15, 2022

Social media users may trust artificial intelligence — AI — as much as human editors to flag hate speech and harmful content, according to researchers. 

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IST doctoral student named Scholar of Sexology Fellow by Kinsey Institute

IST doctoral student named Scholar of Sexology Fellow by Kinsey Institute

September 12, 2022

Mia Hua, a Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology doctoral student, is the recent recipient of a competitive Scholars of Sexology Fellowship from the Kinsey Institute — a renowned source at Indiana University for critical issues in sexuality, gender and reproduction.

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College of IST welcomes 9 new faculty members

College of IST welcomes 9 new faculty members

September 9, 2022

Nine new full-time faculty members have joined the College of Information Sciences and Technology this year, enhancing the college’s academic programs and strengthening its research portfolio.

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New baseball statistic gauges pitcher's strikeout efficiency

New baseball statistic gauges pitcher's strikeout efficiency

September 9, 2022

Baseball teams could soon have a better concept of pitcher strikeout efficiency — particularly when an opposing team’s player is on third base at risk of scoring a run — thanks to a new statistic developed by a Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) student.

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Aspiring professor pursues dual IST graduate degrees

Aspiring professor pursues dual IST graduate degrees

September 2, 2022

By the time Antonio Girona receives his doctorate degree, which he expects to earn in 2025, he will have been a student in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) for more than a decade.

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Duffetts create IST scholarship to open doors for future cybersecurity leaders

Duffetts create IST scholarship to open doors for future cybersecurity leaders

August 31, 2022

Over two decades ago, when Andy Duffett visited Penn State as a high school student, he was inspired by Jim Thomas, the dean of the then-School of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) that opened its doors in 1999.

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A beautiful internship: IST student drives tech design at Estée Lauder Companies

A beautiful internship: IST student drives tech design at Estée Lauder Companies

August 30, 2022

Since she was a little girl, Lauren Pearl has had a dream to one day live and work in New York City. She came one step closer to making that dream a reality this summer, through a 10-week internship with the Estée Lauder Companies.

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Institute for Computational and Data Sciences opens 2022 Symposium registration

Institute for Computational and Data Sciences opens 2022 Symposium registration

August 30, 2022

Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data Sciences opened registration for its fall symposium, Oct. 12-14, aimed at exploring the role data science and artificial intelligence plays in creating a sustainable, resilient and equitable future.

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Art history, IST receive grant to continue collaborative research project

Art history, IST receive grant to continue collaborative research project

August 29, 2022

The collaborative research project conducted by the Department of Art History and the College of Information Sciences and Technology, titled “After Constable’s Clouds,” is Phase 2 of “Seeing Constable’s Clouds,” which was supported by a level 1 National Endowment for the Humanities grant.

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In the 'spirit': IST intern grows tech, interpersonal skills at Bacardi

In the 'spirit': IST intern grows tech, interpersonal skills at Bacardi

August 23, 2022

Ella Maquito spent the summer helping a major spirits brand increase its global reach. As an information technology intern at Bacardi, Maquito worked with the company’s brand homes software on the digital commerce team to conduct user interface and user experience testing.

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IST intern analyzes data, informs game plans for Giants' Arizona Complex League

IST intern analyzes data, informs game plans for Giants' Arizona Complex League

August 19, 2022

College of Information Sciences and Technology senior Mojisoluwa Awe spent her summer as a data analyst for two of the Arizona Complex League affiliate teams of the San Francisco Giants.

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