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Sending a 'We Are!' to these Penn Staters

February 8, 2021

As part of our regular "We Are!" feature, we recognize seven Penn Staters who have gone above and beyond what's asked of them in their work at the University.

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Summer program to offer research experience on machine learning in cybersecurity

February 5, 2021

Undergraduate students interested in research surrounding the topic of machine learning in cybersecurity are invited to apply for the 2021 NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site Program, funded by the National Science Foundation.

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Talk to examine deep learning for automating software documentation maintenance

February 5, 2021

Raymond J. Mooney, professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin, will kick off the College of Information Sciences and Technology's Distinguished Lecture Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, on Zoom.

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Researchers test detection methods for AI-generated content

February 5, 2021

In an effort to combat malicious use of artificial intelligence text generators—for example, an adversary generating fake news to share on social media—researchers at the College of Information Sciences and Technology analyzed eight different state-of-the-art natural language generators to identi

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Machine learning algorithm may be the key to timely, inexpensive cyber-defense

February 3, 2021

Attacks on vulnerable computer networks and cyber-infrastructure — often called zero-day attacks — can quickly overwhelm traditional defenses.

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Schreyer Scholar alumni build business based on skincare, scents, nostalgia

February 2, 2021

Asia Grant and Alejandro Cuevas began their friendship when they were members of Penn State’s Presidential Leadership Academy. After graduation, the two founded Redoux, a thriving scent and skincare company.

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IST course aims to build impactful user-friendly tech

February 2, 2021

Helping users interact with information technology in a way that could potentially impact the world was the objective of a semester-long fall project in HCI: The User and Technology, a graduate level course in the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Facebook posts could identify substance use risk in homeless youth

February 1, 2021

What a person posts on Facebook could predict their risk for substance use, according to new research led by the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Pandemic survey points to design improvements for future remote learning

January 27, 2021

Last March, the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacted university operations around the world. Students and instructors quickly transitioned to remote education, demonstrating reliance on new technologies that may have otherwise never been used.

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$500,000 grant funds creation of institute to advance AI for materials science

January 27, 2021

A National Science Foundation grant will help lay the foundation for an interdisciplinary institute that encourages the use of artificial intelligence-enabled materials discovery, design and synthesis, according to a team of researchers.

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Penn State vies in finals of international collegiate cybersecurity competition

January 26, 2021

For the second consecutive year, Penn State advanced to the international finals of the Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition, the world’s largest offensive-based collegiate cybersecurity competition.

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Chao-Hsien Chu, one of IST’s original five faculty members, has died

January 25, 2021

Chao-Hsien Chu, professor of information sciences and technology and one of the College of Information Sciences and Technology’s original five faculty members, died Friday, Jan. 15. He was 69.

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Rosson named Association for Computing Machinery fellow

January 22, 2021

Mary Beth Rosson, professor of information sciences and technology, has been named a 2020 Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery for her contributions to human-computer interaction, including scenario-based design.

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AI-defined COVID-19 testing strategy could lead to fewer infections

January 21, 2021

A new algorithm developed by researchers at the College of Information Sciences and Technology could help leaders of governments and organizations make better informed decisions on how many symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals to test for COVID-19 with a limited supply of daily tests, and at

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Penn State researchers co-author book teaching 'Skills to Obstruct Pandemics'

January 15, 2021

A team led by Penn State faculty and students, along with expert collaborators, has co-authored a guide that teaches the essential knowledge and skills to help interrupt the transmission of COVID-19 and other infections.

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What if opting out of data collection were easy?

January 14, 2021

A new multi-institution study shows a dearth of privacy opt-out choices and offers a solution to empower users to readily identify choices often buried deep in the text of privacy policies.

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NASA Pa. Space Grant accepting graduate research fellowship applications

January 13, 2021

The NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium is currently accepting applications to its graduate research fellowship program.

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NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium accepting undergraduate applications

January 13, 2021

The NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium is accepting applications for the 2021-22 Undergraduate Scholarship Program.

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Penn State alumni invited to participate in Cooking Classic

January 12, 2021

A series of webinars will bring alumni together to learn cooking skills and raise awareness of students experiencing food insecurity.

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Alumnus Jacob Sisko makes an impact through Department of Army civilian career

January 12, 2021

When Jacob Sisko first accepted his offer from Penn State to study forensic science, he never imagined that he’d one day work for the Department of the Army and its Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) Center.

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Study suggests smart assistant design improvements for deaf users

January 7, 2021

Despite the inherent challenges that voice-interaction may create, researchers recently found that deaf and hard-of-hearing users regularly use smart assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri in homes, workplaces and mobile devices — highlighting a clear need for more inclusive design.

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Kohl's Business with Integrity Case Competition draws 26 teams

December 22, 2020

A team made up of three students from the Penn State Smeal College of Business and another from the College of Information Sciences and Technology collaborated to win the top prize in the Kohl’s Busines with Integrity Case Competition.

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Taking flight: IST student earns pilot’s license during pandemic

December 14, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic unexpectedly turned College of Information Sciences and Technology student Trevor Baptiste’s summer internship into a virtual experience, he used his newly found time to achieve his dream: becoming a pilot.

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World Campus graduate overcomes three decades of challenges to get degree

December 11, 2020

Ryan DeGrendel, 45, first enrolled in college classes while he was still in high school and playing junior hockey in Detroit. Three decades, 17 surgeries and one near-death experience later, he is earning a degree in security and risk analysis through Penn State World Campus.

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Alumnus' software gift to help train Penn State cybersecurity students

December 10, 2020

Mark Viglione, a 2015 graduate and founder of Enigma Networkz, has finalized a software licensing agreement with the University to make his company’s security information and event management platform, Enigma Glass, available to students at all Penn State campuses.

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College of Information Sciences and Technology names fall student marshal

December 9, 2020

The College of Information Sciences and Technology will honor Kylie Dunmire as student marshal at fall 2020 commencement, which will be held virtually at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19.

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Canevez named 2020 Computing Innovation Fellow

December 8, 2020

Richard Canevez, a doctoral student in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State, has been named to the 2020 Class of Computing Innovation Fellows by the Computing Research Association (CRA) and its Computing Community Consortium (CCC).

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Engineering student marshal eager to make positive impacts

December 4, 2020

Madison Reddie, an accomplished student graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, has been named the fall 2020 student marshal for the Penn State College of Engineering.

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Deb Smarkusky named College of IST’s Statewide Faculty Member of the Year

December 3, 2020

Penn State Scranton Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology Debra Smarkusky, recently received high honor from her colleagues within the University’s College of IST -- the University's Statewide Faculty Member of the Year Award at the Fall IST Statewide Faculty Meeting.

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Researchers study influence of cultural factors on gesture design

November 30, 2020

Imagine changing the TV channel with a wave of your hand or turning on the car radio with a twist of your wrist.

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Fighting food insecurity: Student leads Penn State Lion’s Pantry

November 18, 2020

In a recent survey at Penn State, nearly a quarter of students said that they have decreased the size of their meals, or have skipped meals altogether, because they didn’t have enough money to eat.

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Former cyber-school student has advice for online learning success

November 18, 2020

For many residential Penn State students, leaving campus and navigating the world of online education was a new concept, and an adjustment.

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IST student organization aids in mobile design for campus dining app

November 11, 2020

Students across Penn State can now easily access information about on-campus dining options thanks, in part, to the work of members of the User Experience Professional Association (UXPA).

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IST professor receives award from internationally known organization

November 10, 2020

Alan Peslak, professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State Scranton, has been recognized by his fellow members of the information systems community with the International Association for Computer Information Systems’ 2020 Ben Bauman Award for Excellence.

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Nittany AI Inspire virtual event explores how AI can benefit nonprofits

November 10, 2020

Penn State students, faculty and staff, along with nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations, are invited to learn more about how artificial intelligence can be used to address challenges facing organizations during the next Nittany AI Inspire virtual event, “Nonprofits, AI and the Greater Goo

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AI model could help patients predict disease risk with electronic health records

November 5, 2020

Electronic health records contain critical information for both medical providers and patients. But these records also contain information that could interfere with an artificial intelligence algorithm’s ability to predict patients’ risk for future disease.

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2020 McMurtry Lecture to focus on empathy in teaching and design

November 2, 2020

In the College of Information Sciences and Technology's annual George McMurtry Award Lecture next week, Alison Murphy, assistant professor, will talk about how her experience of using empathy to design systems when she worked in industry an information technology project manager, and how it

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IST alumna aims to impact social justice issues through video game design

October 30, 2020

With the video game industry expected to near $200 billion in revenue by 2022, game designers have expanded their reach to interest different types of players.

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Tricking fake news detectors with malicious user comments

October 30, 2020

New research from a team at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology shows how fake news detectors can be manipulated through user comments to flag true news as false and false news as true, even if the adversary is not the story’s original author.

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New app aims to help bring community to underrepresented students

October 30, 2020

Penn State students now have an easier way to connect with campus organizations that match their backgrounds and interests through a new app designed by a team of students, Vybrnt, which was launched to help students from underrepresented backgrounds to build community on campus.

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Users don’t understand computer explanations for image labeling errors

October 26, 2020

When images are uploaded to online platforms, they are often tagged with automatically generated labels that indicate what is shown, such as a dog, tree or car. While these labeling systems are often accurate, sometimes the computer makes a mistake.

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IST students and faculty 'build together' at Grace Hopper Celebration

October 22, 2020

Held virtually this year from Sept.

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Carroll named Fellow of the International Federation for Information Processing

October 22, 2020

Jack Carroll, distinguished professor in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, has been named a Fellow of the  International Federation for Information Processing for his contributions to the information and communications technologies and sciences.

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Nittany AI Inspire examines the use of AI in smart cities during virtual event

October 21, 2020

Artificial intelligence is being used to aid cities in an effort for its residents to live in a more sustainable way. This topic will be examined during the next Nittany AI Inspire virtual event “Smart Cities, AI and the Greater Good” from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 23.

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New tool can diagnose strokes with a smartphone

October 20, 2020

A new tool created by researchers at Penn State and Houston Methodist Hospital could diagnose a stroke based on abnormalities in a patient’s speech ability and facial muscular movements, and with the accuracy of an emergency room physician — all within minutes from an interaction with a smartphon

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Amulya Yadav honored with PNC Career Development Professorship

October 19, 2020

Amulya Yadav, assistant professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, has been awarded the college’s PNC Technologies Career Development Professorship.

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'Staturdays': Brothers analyze data behind college football in weekly podcast

October 16, 2020

With the return of Penn State football this weekend, brothers and Penn Staters Drew and Kyle Bennison are poised and ready to help fans learn more about the science behind the game through a weekly podcast.

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Eight Penn State faculty teams awarded seed grants for AI research

October 16, 2020

The Multi-Disciplinary Research Grants were recently awarded to eight research groups from across Penn State’s colleges and campuses conducting research related to artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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Bachelor's degree program, finance instructor receive regional awards from UPCEA

October 12, 2020

A new Penn State online bachelor’s degree program and a Penn State finance professor have been recognized with awards from the Mid-Atlantic Region of UPCEA, a leading higher education association.

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Student makes his mark through emcee duties during Homecoming

October 12, 2020

While this year’s Homecoming events are different from past years, one thing hasn’t changed: the positivity and excitement that Homecoming emcee Brett Randby has for the event.

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