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A flip of a coin leads to lifelong Penn State involvement for IST alumnus

A flip of a coin leads to lifelong Penn State involvement for IST alumnus

April 28, 2022

Nikita Page’s decision to attend Penn State was literally left to chance. The now alumnus of the College of Information Sciences and Technology was intent on attending a different university in the region. But his mom suggested that he at least visit Penn State before making his decision.

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IST marks campaign achievements for ‘A Greater Penn State’

April 27, 2022

As the University celebrates the success of its current fundraising campaign, “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence,” the College of Information Sciences and Technology is thanking the 769 donors who have supported its students and programs since the

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Penn State Smeal team wins 2022 KPMG Ideation Challenge

Penn State Smeal team wins 2022 KPMG Ideation Challenge

April 27, 2022

A team of four Penn State Smeal College of Business students and another team member from the College of Information Sciences and Technology partnered to win the 2022 KPMG Ideation Challenge.

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Online marketplace for tenants wins top prize in IdeaMakers Challenge

Online marketplace for tenants wins top prize in IdeaMakers Challenge

April 27, 2022

A digital solution to problems faced by both tenants and property owners was the winning idea in the 2022 Bardusch Family IdeaMakers Challenge, held April 6 during Penn State Startup Week and hosted by the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Energy, environmental seed grants awarded to 21 interdisciplinary teams

Energy, environmental seed grants awarded to 21 interdisciplinary teams

April 26, 2022

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment awarded seed grants to 21 groups of interdisciplinary researchers for the 2021–22 cycle.

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Women in IST’s Wiki edit-a-thon aim to narrow the platform’s gender gap

Women in IST’s Wiki edit-a-thon aim to narrow the platform’s gender gap

April 26, 2022

A group of eight students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology recently set out to narrow this gender gap on the world’s fifth most popular website by hosting a Wiki edit-a-thon to increase visibility for one of the college’s most prominent female faculty members.

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Alumni Achievement Award recipient Noel Claudio inspires IST students

Alumni Achievement Award recipient Noel Claudio inspires IST students

April 22, 2022

Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology graduate Noel Claudio was one of 11 prominent young Penn State alumni recognized at the Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony on March 18.

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Tech designed to aid visually impaired could benefit from human-AI collaboration

Tech designed to aid visually impaired could benefit from human-AI collaboration

April 19, 2022

Remote sighted assistance technology — which connects visually impaired individuals with human agents through a live video call on their smartphones — helps people with low or no vision navigate tasks that require sight.

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IST academic search engine awarded ‘Best Open Source Project’ by BCS

IST academic search engine awarded ‘Best Open Source Project’ by BCS

April 19, 2022

CiteSeerX, one of the world’s earliest open source academic search engines and co-created by C.

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Software company SAP joins College of IST’s Corporate Associates Program

Software company SAP joins College of IST’s Corporate Associates Program

April 12, 2022

SAP, one of the world’s leading producers of software for the management of business processes, recently joined the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology’s Corporate Assoc

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Penn State announces 2022 University-wide faculty and staff awards

Penn State announces 2022 University-wide faculty and staff awards

April 12, 2022

Each year, Penn State recognizes outstanding faculty and staff with annual awards in teaching and excellence. These awards highlight many of the faculty and staff who go above and beyond.

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IST Assistant Professor Linhai Song honored with NSF CAREER award

IST Assistant Professor Linhai Song honored with NSF CAREER award

April 11, 2022

Linhai Song, assistant professor in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology, is the recipient of a 2022 Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation.

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Ritter named recipient of 2022 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award

April 11, 2022

Frank Ritter, professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology and director of the Applied Cognitive Science Lab, has received the 2022 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award. 

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Six receive Faculty Scholar Medals

April 11, 2022

Six University faculty members have received 2022 Faculty Scholar Medals for Outstanding Achievement.

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Bardzell honored with 2022 McKay Donkin Award

Bardzell honored with 2022 McKay Donkin Award

April 11, 2022

Jeffrey Bardzell, associate dean of undergraduate and graduate studies in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, has earned the 2022 McKay Donkin Award. 

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Fonseca, Harrell-Levy, Schocker named 2022 Penn State Teaching Fellows

April 11, 2022

Fred Fonseca, associate professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology; Marinda Harrell-Levy, associate professor of human development and family studies at Penn State Brandywine and Jessica Schocker, associate professor in social studies education and women's studies at Penn Sta

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Huang recognized with Undergraduate Program Leadership Award

Huang recognized with Undergraduate Program Leadership Award

April 11, 2022

Sharon Huang, associate professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, is the recipient of Penn State's 2022 Undergraduate Program Leadership Award. 

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Using tweets to predict real-time food shortages

Using tweets to predict real-time food shortages

April 11, 2022

The sentiments and emotions expressed in tweets on Twitter can be used in real time to assess where supply chain disruptions due to a pandemic, war or natural disaster may lead to food shortages, according to researchers at Penn State and the Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar.

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Lecture on explainable machine learning to be presented April 12

April 6, 2022

Umang Bhatt, a doctoral candidate in the Machine Learning Group at the University of Cambridge, will present a free public lecture titled “Challenges and Frontiers in Deploying Transparent Machine Learning” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12.

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2022 Graduate Exhibition Award winners announced

April 6, 2022

Sixty-eight Penn State graduate students received awards for their research and creative scholarship in the 37th annual Graduate Exhibition. A complete list of winners is available below.

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IST ConnectX

IST ConnectX

April 5, 2022

A special shoutout to College of Information Sciences and Technology alumni who returned to Penn State for IST ConnectX and a Happy Valley Networking Social on Friday, March 25. During the day, alumni speakers presented in two different IST classrooms to share their professional experiences

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IST’s Dongwon Lee receives Fulbright Cyber Security Scholar Award

IST’s Dongwon Lee receives Fulbright Cyber Security Scholar Award

April 5, 2022

Dongwon Lee, professor of information sciences and technology, is the recipient of a 2022 Fulbright Cyber Security Scholar Award. Lee will complete his Fulbright fellowship in the psychology department at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom as part of his sabbatical leave durin

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IST student blends tech and creative skills to help build platform for dancers

IST student blends tech and creative skills to help build platform for dancers

April 5, 2022

Fourth-year cybersecurity analytics and operations student Eugene Ryoo is drawing on the technical and soft skills he's gained in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology to make a positive change in a niche domain: the professional ballet industry.

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Penn State social scientists anticipate Ukrainian refugees’ needs, challenges

Penn State social scientists anticipate Ukrainian refugees’ needs, challenges

April 5, 2022

In one of the largest mass migration flows in recent history, approximately 3.4 million people have fled their homes in Ukraine since late February.

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New model could have ‘Moneyball’-like impact on baseball players’ value

New model could have ‘Moneyball’-like impact on baseball players’ value

April 5, 2022

In the movie “Moneyball,” a young economics graduate and a cash-strapped Major League Baseball general manager introduce a new way to evaluate baseball players’ value.

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College of IST names Garraway assistant dean of diversity, equity and inclusion

College of IST names Garraway assistant dean of diversity, equity and inclusion

March 31, 2022

The Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology has named Jocelyn Bennett Garraway assistant dean of diversity, equity and inclusion. Holding three degrees from the University, Bennett Garraway has more than 30 years of experience as a counselor, educator and administrator.

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National Guard hosts third annual Cyber Wi-Fighter hacking event at IST

National Guard hosts third annual Cyber Wi-Fighter hacking event at IST

March 30, 2022

On March 16, approximately 45 Penn State students gathered in the Westgate Building to compete in a three-hour Cyber Wi-Fighter Hacking Challenge hosted by the Pennsylvania National Guard’s Army cyber team in collaboration with the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Weebly Founder, IST alumnus David Rusenko speaks on 'Dare to Disrupt' podcast

Weebly Founder, IST alumnus David Rusenko speaks on 'Dare to Disrupt' podcast

March 29, 2022

David Rusenko, founder of Weebly and a 2007 Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology graduate, appears on the latest episode of the "Dare to Disrupt" podcast. 

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Westin Scholar Award strengthens security skills for IST, Schreyer student

Westin Scholar Award strengthens security skills for IST, Schreyer student

March 29, 2022

Kathryn Frankenberg’s exemplary dedication and interest in the world of data privacy is highlighted throughout her experiences both inside and outside of the classroom at the College of Information Sciences and Technology. She recently was selected as a Westin Scholar.

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IST Identity Talks series presents ‘Strength in Diversity’ on April 5

IST Identity Talks series presents ‘Strength in Diversity’ on April 5

March 29, 2022

Members of the Penn State community are invited to join the College of Information Sciences and Technology for “IST Identity Talks – Strength in Diversity,” to be held virtually from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5.

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Lecture on bias in language technologies to be presented April 5

March 28, 2022

Su Lin Blodgett, a postdoctoral researcher in the Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, and Ethics group at Microsoft Research Montréal, will present a free public lecture titled “Towards Equitable Language Technologies” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 5.

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On the Bridge - March 2022

On the Bridge - March 2022

March 28, 2022

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

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6 student startups each receive $15,000, selected into Summer Founders program

6 student startups each receive $15,000, selected into Summer Founders program

March 23, 2022

Six Penn State student startups with representation across three different campuses plus the Graduate School at Penn State have been selected into the 2022 Invent Penn State Summer Founders program.

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Tech activist Timnit Gebru to deliver distinguished lecture on ethical AI

Tech activist Timnit Gebru to deliver distinguished lecture on ethical AI

March 21, 2022

Timnit Gebru, a widely respected leader in artificial intelligence ethics research who said she lost her job at Google for raising issues about their AI practices and discrimination in the workplace, will present a free public lecture titled “The Quest for Ethical Artificial Intelligence” at 2 p.

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11 prominent young Penn Staters to be honored with Alumni Achievement Award

11 prominent young Penn Staters to be honored with Alumni Achievement Award

March 17, 2022

The Penn State Alumni Association will honor 11 prominent young alumni at the Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 18. The ceremony will be livestreamed at 6:30 p.m.

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Longtime donor honors parents by endowing technology scholarship in IST

Longtime donor honors parents by endowing technology scholarship in IST

March 16, 2022

For Elizabeth King, the opportunity to attend Penn State was made possible thanks to her parents as well as through scholarship support she received.

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Scientists tap AI betting agents to help solve research reproducibility concerns

Scientists tap AI betting agents to help solve research reproducibility concerns

March 16, 2022

Scientists are increasingly concerned about that the lack of reproducibility in research may lead to, among other things, slower scientific output and less public trust in science.

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Pomerantsev to deliver lectures on misinformation, Ukraine March 31 and April 1

Pomerantsev to deliver lectures on misinformation, Ukraine March 31 and April 1

March 15, 2022

Peter Pomerantsev, a senior fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, will visit Penn State's University Park campus March 31 and April 1 to present two lectures on his work. The first lecture at 4 p.m.

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College of IST announces eight seed grant recipients

College of IST announces eight seed grant recipients

March 14, 2022

The Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) recently announced eight projects that will receive funding from the college’s seed grant program.

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Lecture on leveraging machine learning in nonprofits to be presented March 15

March 8, 2022

Ryan Shi, a doctoral candidate in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, will present a free, public webinar titled “From a Bag of Bagels to Bandit Data-Driven Optimization” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15.

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Be You in Tech Summit to celebrate, recognize strength of diversity in tech

Be You in Tech Summit to celebrate, recognize strength of diversity in tech

March 8, 2022

Penn State students are invited to attend the inaugural 2022 Be You in Tech Summit: Bringing Your Authentic Self to the Information Age, to be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at Hyatt Place in downtown State College.

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Guided understanding, not rules, could help children stay safer online

Guided understanding, not rules, could help children stay safer online

March 3, 2022

As an increasing number of children use digital technologies to play, communicate, create, socialize and learn, the number of opportunities for their privacy to be exploited continues to grow.

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Facial recognition tech in public could yield perceptions of workplace fairness

Facial recognition tech in public could yield perceptions of workplace fairness

March 3, 2022

Many people use facial recognition technology on their personal devices, to quickly and securely enter a password or complete an online transaction.

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Lecture on 'AI for Cyber-Safety' to be presented March 4

Lecture on 'AI for Cyber-Safety' to be presented March 4

March 1, 2022

Srijan Kumar, assistant professor at the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology, will present a free public lecture titled “Advances in AI for Cyber-Safety” at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 4.

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Three industry experts, Penn State alumni join IST Dean’s Advisory Board

Three industry experts, Penn State alumni join IST Dean’s Advisory Board

March 1, 2022

The College of Information Sciences and Technology recently welcomed three new additions to its Dean’s Advisory Board: Doug Balog, founder and president of DB Group Consulting LLC and recently a senior executive at IBM; Angela Govila, executive director, product lead for embedded banking at J.P.

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IST sets graduates up ‘to do well in life,’ says member of first class

IST sets graduates up ‘to do well in life,’ says member of first class

February 28, 2022

For Maggie Sapovchak, one of the members of the first class of graduates of the then-School of Information Sciences and Technology who earned their degrees in 2003, the impact of being a part of a tight-knit group of students who worked together to grow a program has been life-changing.

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Lecture on data privacy to be presented March 1

February 24, 2022

Praneeth Vepakomma, a doctoral student at MIT, will present a free public lecture titled “Differential Privacy for Measuring Nonlinear Correlations between Sensitive Data at Multiple Parties,” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1.

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Insights from Experts: COVID-19 and the mental health of essential workers

Insights from Experts: COVID-19 and the mental health of essential workers

February 24, 2022

Johnna Blair, IST doctoral candidate at Penn State, is investigating how essential workers used Twitter during the COVID-19 pandemic to connect with others about shared experiences, from coping with mental health conditions to voicing workplace concerns.

 

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Doctoral student draws on IST skills in startup for AI-driven diagnostic tool

Doctoral student draws on IST skills in startup for AI-driven diagnostic tool

February 23, 2022

Thanh Le, doctoral student in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, and his fellow Moichor co-founders are setting out to change old-school veterinary diagnostics through their software that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to leverage data-driven image learning to

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Penn State establishes the Geroscience and Dementia Prevention Consortium

Penn State establishes the Geroscience and Dementia Prevention Consortium

February 22, 2022

The overarching goal of the Penn State Geroscience and Dementia Prevention Consortium is to accelerate the scientific discoveries that will prevent or delay age-related neurodegeneration.

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