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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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Adapted teaching should continue in new post-pandemic normal, researchers say

October 12, 2020

According to researchers at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, a new, post-pandemic normal is likely to emerge in higher education.

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University of Chicago Press publishes book by Stuart Selber

October 12, 2020

Stuart Selber, associate professor of English at Penn State, has published a book titled “Institutional Literacies: Engaging Academic IT Contexts for Writing and Communication” (University of Chicago Press).

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Penn State SBDC program to help businesses protect their data, privacy and tech

October 9, 2020

In recognition of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Penn State Small Business Development Center is partnering with the Harrisburg LaunchBox to host a free, virtual event, “Cybersecurity: Safeguarding Your Small Business," on Oct. 15.

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IST doctoral students receive IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award

October 8, 2020

Graduate students Yueqi Chen and Wenbo Guo, both doctoral candidates in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, have earned the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship award in recognition and support of their work in cybersecurity.

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Data Science Community discussion to focus on machine learning in education

October 7, 2020

Penn State community members interested in data science are invited to the next Data Science Community meeting — scheduled for 1:30 to 2:30 on Monday, Oct. 12 — which will be a group discussion on the use of machine learning to improve learning analytics.

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IST students honor diversity in computing at virtual TAPIA conference

October 7, 2020

In mid-September, 17 College of Information Sciences and Technology students attended the annual ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference, an event celebrating diversity in the technology field.

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IST cybersecurity program helps meet a global security demand

October 7, 2020

The College of IST is helping to fill a global demand through the cybersecurity analytics and operations bachelor’s degree program, launched in 2017.

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Students use AI to unlock factors that may predict success in remote learning

October 6, 2020

Penn State students involved in the Nittany AI Associates program, working alongside TEAMology — a startup exploring emotional health as a way to enhance a child’s ability to succeed in school — explored best pathways in the use of artificial intelligence to test resilience in students learning r

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Six educational equity scholarships established at the College of IST

October 5, 2020

Six educational equity scholarships have recently been established to benefit students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Panel to discuss using artificial intelligence to promote scientific discovery

October 5, 2020

A panel of Penn State researchers will offer insights into how researchers can tap artificial intelligence — AI — to be a powerful tool for scientific discovery.

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NASA Pa. Space Grant accepting undergraduate research internship applications

October 2, 2020

The NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium is currently accepting applications to its undergraduate research internship programs. The programs offer first-year and minority students a two-semester, faculty-mentored internship in a research laboratory at University Park.

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Researchers aim to motivate family conversations about health

September 29, 2020

If you haven’t recently talked with your family about health topics like sleep or medication, you’re not alone, according to a study by researchers in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Four student teams use AI for good to win 2020 Nittany AI Challenge

September 29, 2020

Nyansapo, OpenVessel, AI Guide and Cyclone are the winners of the 2020 Nittany AI Challenge.

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Oct. 5 researcher panel to discuss AI for predictive science

September 29, 2020

The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences is hosting a panel discussion with researchers from four Penn State colleges who will be discussing their work and experience using artificial intelligence, as well as some ethical considerations.

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Dean Andrew Sears establishes educational equity scholarship at College of IST

September 29, 2020

In response to financial challenges students face when pursuing a college degree, and motivated in part by the significant social justice issues across the country, Andrew Sears, dean of the College of Information Sciences and Technology, and his wife, Beth, have made a gift to establish the Andr

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Summer internship aids small businesses struggling during pandemic

September 24, 2020

As the daughter of small-business owners, College of IST student Erica Mi knew the challenges these companies were facing firsthand.

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IST researchers exploit vulnerabilities of AI-powered game bots

September 23, 2020

Researchers in the College of Information Sciences and Technology have designed an algorithm that was trained to defeat a world-class bot — an AI-driven program that plays on behalf of a human — in the award-winning computer game StarCraft II.

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Wastewater sampling may give advanced warning of potential COVID-19 outbreaks

September 20, 2020

Wastewater sampling for coronavirus on campus and in the surrounding community could alert University decision makers to a potential outbreak several days before individuals exhibit symptoms of an infection.

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IST alumnus helps drive a major city's data during COVID-19

September 18, 2020

As chief data officer for the City and County of San Francisco, Jason Lally carries the daily responsibility to help each of the city’s approximately 50 departments make the best use of its data. And that responsibility becomes especially critical in the middle of a global pandemic.

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IST research aims to understand a global pandemic

September 16, 2020

Since the novel coronavirus began its spread earlier this year, College of Information Sciences and Technology faculty and students have been innovative in addressing a variety of challenges related to COVID-19, including how to equip researchers with the most up-to-date information, how to educa

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Study reveals design flaws of chatbot-based symptom-checker apps

September 16, 2020

Millions of people turn to their mobile devices when seeking medical advice. They’re able to share their symptoms and receive potential diagnoses through chatbot-based symptom-checker (CSC) apps. But how do these apps compare to a trip to the doctor’s office?

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Artificial intelligence takes center stage at Nittany AI Challenge Celebration

September 10, 2020

The Penn State community is invited to virtually attend the Nittany AI Challenge Celebration, where nine student teams will present their minimum viable product for a chance to share in the remaining pool of $25,000 in funding.

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NSF-funded study to examine human-punishment interaction in online communities

September 9, 2020

With a new grant, Yubo Kou, assistant professor of information sciences and technology, will examine how users of online community platforms experience punishments in various forms, such as chat restriction and account suspension, and what can be done to help those punished users, through his aim

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Center for Socially Responsible AI accepting seed funding proposals

September 8, 2020

Penn State’s Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence is now accepting proposals for its inaugural seed funding program. The program will provide grants to teams working on AI-related pilot projects that have the potential to secure additional external funding.

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