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Following footsteps on the IST path

April 21, 2020

Being apart from family is a tough part of college for many students, but Kelly and Kevin Costello are two Penn Staters who were able to spend two years in Happy Valley together — not only on the Penn State campus, but in the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Human and AI annotations aim to improve scholarly results in COVID-19 searches

April 17, 2020

Seed funding provided by the Huck Institute of the Life Sciences and the Institute for Computational and Data Science is supporting two research teams from the College of Information Sciences and Technology in their efforts to provide faster and more efficient search results to COVID-19 research

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Additional details announced on virtual commencement for the Class of 2020

April 16, 2020

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, Penn State will host its first virtual commencement. The ceremony will be livestreamed, and available internationally, at https://spring2020.commencement.psu.edu/.

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Penn State to continue remote learning, online courses into summer

April 15, 2020

Given the continuing challenge and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic and to protect the health of students, faculty and staff, Penn State has made the decision to extend virtual delivery of courses into the summer.

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'Ahead-of-the-trend' College of IST prepared security adviser for his career

April 15, 2020

The experiences that Chris Eggerman, a 2017 graduate, had while at Penn State gave him a glimpse of the challenges and rewards he would enjoy in a career, and, paired with his education in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, equipped him with the skills he uses in his current prof

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Penn State competes in Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition regional finals

April 15, 2020

Penn State’s Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) team reached new heights earlier this month when they participated in the regional finals of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition for the first time.

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Ten student teams compete for $25,000 prize pool in the Nittany AI Challenge

April 15, 2020

Ten student teams will be funded to use AI for Good to build and submit a minimum viable product in the Nittany AI Challenge for a chance to compete for a portion of a $25,000 prize pool.

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Seed grants jump-start 47 interdisciplinary teams to conduct COVID-19 research

April 14, 2020

With speed and ingenuity, more than 100 researchers across Penn State are shifting their research programs to address the COVID-19 crisis, thanks to funding from a seed grant initiative led by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

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Cybersecurity professional speaks to students via Zoom

April 10, 2020

Penn State Greater Allegheny’s current students recently joined a virtual conversation about Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations, Greater Allegheny’s newest 4-year program starting this fall.

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Two IST doctoral students earn IBM Ph.D. Fellowships

April 10, 2020

Yueqi Chen and Wenbo Guo, both studying in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, are among 24 doctoral students worldwide who have been awarded 2020 IBM Ph.D. Fellowships.

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Virtual tutors help train nursing students for trauma care

April 9, 2020

A new web-based tutor developed by researchers in the College of Information Sciences and Technology is helping nursing students earn clinically relevant exposure to trauma care concepts, training that can't occur in a clinical setting because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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Teams’ technology tools may give researchers a boost in quest to stop COVID-19

April 8, 2020

Teams of Penn State data scientists and students, including ones led by the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL), recently developed tools that they hope will help researchers better understand — and potentially stop — the spread of the n

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Research aims to help online workers build skills to advance their career paths

April 8, 2020

A new research project led by Benjamin Hanrahan, assistant professor of information sciences and technology, aims to enrich online platform workers and improve the marketplace for online work.

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Penn State launches online version of its bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity

April 6, 2020

Penn State is expanding its online portfolio of information technology degrees with one focused on how to prevent and respond to cyber attacks at a time of the rapid growth in the cybersecurity industry.

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Penn State to recognize class of 2020 with virtual commencement ceremony

April 6, 2020

In response to the growing coronavirus pandemic, orders from the state government and recommendations from global public health organizations, Penn State will hold its spring 2020 commencement ceremony via livestream on May 9.

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Penn State researchers explore what's next with COVID-19 in videos

April 2, 2020

How will COVID-19 end? Matthew Ferrari and Nita Bharti of the Penn State Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics explore this question in a new video produced in collaboration with WPSU.

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IST students gather information to help inform emergency management officials

April 1, 2020

A group of students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology are using their collective knowledge and skills to help inform Penn State emergency management officials during the evolving global coronavirus outbreak.

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NSF CAREER Award work aims to reimagine algorithmic managers driving gig economy

March 30, 2020

Benjamin Hanrahan, assistant professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State, will explore how digital tools to automate and remotely manage workers may negatively impact those workers and their rights.

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Two IST undergraduate researchers present at iConference

March 23, 2020

Two undergraduate researchers from the College of Information Sciences and Technology were invited to present their work in Boras, Sweden, this week at iConference 2020 — a forum through which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues

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Penn State experts contribute to NATO counterterrorism training curriculum

March 23, 2020

A new international publication, which will be utilized as a framework for counterterrorism training in organizations around the world, has expert input from several Penn State faculty, students and alumni.

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Two College of IST students recognized among 'Top 50 Hackers'

March 22, 2020

Two College of Information Sciences and Technology students have been named to this year’s list of Top 50 Hackers by Major League Hacking.

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Information Sciences and Technology faculty, staff recognized with annual awards

March 20, 2020

Faculty and staff members in the College of Information Sciences and Technology were recently recognized for their outstanding contributions to the college, the University community, and the world as part of the college’s annual faculty and staff awards.

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Virtual office hours offer remote teaching help

March 16, 2020

To continue supporting Penn State faculty’s remote teaching, Teaching and Learning with Technology is offering virtual office hours each day during the week of March 16. During these sessions, instructors can get help with transitioning their courses from a residential format to remote.

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IST knowledge translates to creativity for student musician

March 16, 2020

Nicholas Arndt -- senior, information sciences and technology -- has always had an interest in technology and a passion for music. His experience at Penn State is giving him the opportunity to bring both of his interests together.

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Crowdsourcing plot lines to help the creative process

March 13, 2020

Creative authors could soon have a new option to help overcome writer’s block, thanks to a system launched by researchers in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State.

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Penn State adds new areas of study to its top-10-ranked online MBA

March 6, 2020

The Penn State Online MBA now has concentrations with additional courses of study in the fields of information technology, engineering, health care, homeland security, international affairs, public administration and economic development.

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Women across IST at Penn State are creating a 'culture of empowerment'

March 2, 2020

The Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology recently hosted a “Sit With Me” initiative, which was held as part of the global campaign powered by the National Center for Women & Information Technology to recognize and validate the important role women play in creating future

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Student’s Penn State experience fuels personal growth

February 28, 2020

Looking back on his Penn State journey, Jonathan Adrien said he is grateful for the opportunity to have evolved into an even better version of himself.

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Financial literacy mentoring program provides 'lifeline' for Penn State students

February 28, 2020

The Mentoring Program in the Sokolov-Miller Family Financial and Life Skills Center is enabling students to benefit from the perspectives of experienced adults.

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Making drones a part of everyday life

February 28, 2020

As a staff research associate in the Homeland Protection and Air Traffic Control Division at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Penn State alumnus Andrew Weinert focuses on enabling drones to be safely and efficiently integrated into national airspace.

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Schreyer Honors scholar applies neural networks to better predict severe storms

February 27, 2020

As part of his honors thesis, a Penn State and Schreyer Honors student is researching data that could help increase preparation time for severe storm systems.

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Profit-prediction system may lower suicide rates among indebted Indian farmers

February 27, 2020

Researchers from the College of Information Sciences and Technology are taking steps to address the alarming rate of suicides among indebted farmers in India, by developing a deep-learning algorithm as the first step in a decision-support system that could predict future market values of crops.

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Improving qualitative data management by agencies responding to refugee crises

February 21, 2020

As of September 2019 there were approximately 330,000 Venezuelans that had fled to neighboring Ecuador amid an economic and political crisis in their home country.

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Disrupting the sleep market was all in a day's work for alumnus JT Marino

February 20, 2020

Every parent knows college students like sleep.

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Scholarships from University Libraries available for Penn State undergraduates

February 19, 2020

Undergraduate students who access Penn State University Libraries’ resources or services and who struggle to pay for their education are encouraged to apply for 2020 University Libraries scholarships, available to a wide variety of student majors.

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Bringing the IST community together in support of THON

February 18, 2020

Katt Shatinsky has been familiar with THON since she was young and remembers seeing students canning for money on her drives through Pennsylvania to visit family. But it wasn’t until her freshman year at Penn State that she realized how much she wanted to get involved.

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Program to introduce undergrad researchers to machine learning in cybersecurity

February 17, 2020

Undergraduate students interested in machine learning in cybersecurity research activities are invited to apply to a new Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site program, to be hosted this summer at the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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New research center will focus on socially responsible artificial intelligence

February 14, 2020

Penn State has launched the Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence, a multi-unit research center that promotes the thoughtful development and application of AI and studies its impact on all areas of human endeavor.

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Twenty teams funded to develop 'AI for Good' in the Nittany AI Challenge

February 13, 2020

Twenty teams have been awarded $500 to pursue their ideas to use artificial intelligence for good in the 2020 Nittany AI Challenge to improve the world by providing solutions for problems within the areas of education, health, humanitarian challenges, sustainability and climate change.

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IST Alumni Recruiters at Future Forum

February 10, 2020

More than 34 College of IST alumni returned to the college's Future Forum career fair on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, as recruiters for their prospective companies. 

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Citizen scientists may be an untapped resource for water quality improvement

February 10, 2020

Raising awareness and offering technological tools to the thousands of citizens groups in the U.S. that monitor water quality might help community leaders tap these volunteers as a way to improve access to plentiful, clean water and possibly avoid water-related crises.

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TEDxPSU curator and president gained leadership skills through IST

February 10, 2020

For Leah Miller, a junior studying data sciences in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology, activities outside of the classroom are just as essential to the Penn State experience as education in her classes.

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Penn State receives five-year $3.7 million grant to study virus evolution

February 7, 2020

The evolution of viruses will be the focus of a five-year, $3.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s new program on convergence research, to an interdisciplinary team led by Penn State. The grant is in two phases, depending on successful completion of phase one milestones.

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Open, affordable textbook efforts save students $4.8 million in potential costs

February 7, 2020

Strategic efforts by Penn State University Libraries faculty and staff over the past three years to lower or eliminate the cost of textbooks and other course materials has paid off — nearly 20 times over — in potential savings for Penn State students.

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Former Marine awakens entrepreneurial spirit through Penn State's Online MBA

February 4, 2020

In May 2018, former Marine Robert Bussey enrolled in the Penn State Online MBA program, led by the Penn State Smeal College of Business and delivered by Penn State World Campus, to ultimately build a company from scratch after taking courses in the corporate innovation and entrepreneurship concen

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Select IST students get hands-on experience with Penn State IT pros

January 30, 2020

As thousands of their classmates got a break from classes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a handful of Penn State students went to work as the first group to take part in Penn State’s IT Career Exploration Program.

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Alumnus uses IST skills to drive content analytics at Audible

January 27, 2020

When Steve Cassey began his journey at Penn State’s then-new School of Information Sciences and Technology nearly 20 years ago, he was told that there would be an abundance of relevant jobs available in the tech field within 15 years.

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Student who lost his leg in hunting accident has some doors close, others open

January 27, 2020

RJ Shirey, a sophomore in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, overcame life-changing trauma: a gunshot that led to the amputation of his right leg. Today, he uses his disability to benefit the lives of those around him.

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Enhancing a law enforcement career with a Penn State cybersecurity education

January 21, 2020

With a law enforcement career spanning more than 20 years and an established private investigations firm of his own, Ron Long could be considered an expert in the field of investigative work.

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