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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. Do 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

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

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

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

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 — a phenomenon through which users consume only one-sided news and political arguments, eventually

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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

October 12, 2021

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

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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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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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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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New framework could help teachers personalize their professional learning

August 18, 2021

Digital badges used as emblems to indicate an accomplishment or skill is a concept familiar to online learners seeking advanced knowledge in their profession.

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College of IST welcomes eight new faculty for fall 2021

August 17, 2021

Eight new faculty members will join the College of Information Sciences and Technology this fall, strengthening the college’s research portfolio and enhancing IST’s growing number of academic programs — including a residential master’s degree in cybersecurity analytics and operations and bachelor

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Block by block: Researchers use Minecraft to advance artificial intelligence

August 10, 2021

Researchers received a $900,000 grant to create artificial intelligence that can plan for and solve future problems. They will test the new software on the video game Minecraft.

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Counting pandemic behaviors to inform public health decisions

August 10, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many significant changes to people's lives, but one of the most visible signals of this has been the proliferation of masks and other face-coverings in public spaces.

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IST intern analyzes data to help inform operations at Bank of America

August 10, 2021

After starting a company whose proceeds benefited Venezuelans living in poverty and working in a number of startups in various industries, College of Information Sciences and Technology student Izaak Lustgarten landed a summer position with Bank of America as a global quantitative analytics inter

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IST intern coordinates network infrastructure installation at U.S. hospitals

August 5, 2021

Like many interns over the past 16 months, Penn State senior Katie Byrd expected her internship with Universal Health Services Inc. to be entirely virtual.

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Alayna Spriggle selected as IST college marshal for summer commencement

July 28, 2021

The College of Information Sciences and Technology will honor Alayna Spriggle as student marshal for its summer 2021 commencement, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Bryce Jordan Center.

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Honeypot security technique can also stop attacks in natural language processing

July 28, 2021

As online fake news detectors and spam filters become more sophisticated, so do attackers’ methods to trick them — including attacks through the “universal trigger.” In this learning-based method, an attacker uses a phrase or set of words to fool an indefinite number of inputs, which could lead t

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Intern interprets big data and builds entrepreneurial skills

July 27, 2021

Shubham Mishra, a rising sophomore studying data sciences in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, believed that if he was hardworking and willing to find an internship, he could be hired even though he had only just completed his first year at Penn State.

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On the Bridge – July 2021

July 22, 2021

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

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Six elected to Graduate School Alumni Society Board of Directors

July 21, 2021

The Graduate School announces the Penn State alumni who have been elected to serve a three-year term on the Graduate School Alumni Society Board of Directors beginning July 1.

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Students use AI to support mental health, address unanswered calls for help

July 16, 2021

Penn State students Bill Chen and Howard Hong are working with a team of fellow students to make sure that during a crisis no one else feels alone by developing an active listening application called PsySpace while competing in the Nittany AI Challenge.

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Networking and collaboration lead to best paper award for IST doctoral student

July 15, 2021

At the College of Information Sciences and Technology, doctoral student Jeongwon Jo has benefited from having access to an interdisciplinary network of experts and scholars to help advance her research.

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IST instructor keeps students engaged remotely with interpretive discussions

July 14, 2021

How does modern digital technology shape our world and our perceptions? That is a question investigated by students in an emerging issues and technologies course this spring in the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Penn State Security Center announces Fall 2021 Grant Program

July 14, 2021

The Penn State Center for Security Research and Education is announcing its Fall 2021 Grant Program to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State. University faculty and researchers are eligible to apply by Sept. 30.

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World Campus IST graduate heads security engineering for Disney+

July 12, 2021

Jacob Meissner never imagined he’d work in technology after obtaining his bachelor’s degree in English from Penn State.

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