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Bringing the IST community together in support of THON

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. Today, Shatinsky now holds the title of president of IST Benefiting THON – a student organization that strives to bring the college’s community together to support Dance Marathon.

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Program to introduce undergrad researchers to machine learning in cybersecurity

Program to introduce undergrad researchers to machine learning in cybersecurity

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

New research center will focus on socially responsible artificial intelligence

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

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

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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Citizen scientists may be an untapped resource for water quality improvement

Citizen scientists may be an untapped resource for water quality improvement

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

TEDxPSU curator and president gained leadership skills through IST

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. That’s why once she heard about TEDxPSU — the Penn State version of the nationally recognized Ted Talks — she got involved right away.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 concentration.

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

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

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. The initiative, designed to give prospective information technology (IT) professionals an hour-by-hour, on-the-job shadowing experience, was co-sponsored by Penn State IT and the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Alumnus uses IST skills to drive content analytics at Audible

Alumnus uses IST skills to drive content analytics at Audible

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. Now, as the director of content analytics at Audible Inc., he realized those predictions were true.

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

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

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

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. Now, he’s pursuing a degree in security and risk analysis through Penn State World Campus to better understand how the internet is changing the dynamic of police and investigative work in the country.

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Using machine learning to reduce traffic congestion

Using machine learning to reduce traffic congestion

Researchers in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology are advancing work that utilizes machine learning methods to improve traffic signal control at urban intersections around the world.

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The impacts of automation and AI on the next WPSU 'Digging Deeper'

Penn State President Eric Barron and a pair of University experts will discuss the impacts of automation and artificial intelligence during the next episode of WPSU Penn State’s “Digging Deeper” on Sunday, Jan. 26.

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Penn State to host Study Abroad Week from Jan. 20 to 24

Penn State to host Study Abroad Week from Jan. 20 to 24

Penn State will host Study Abroad Week 2020 during the week of Jan. 20-24 on the University Park campus. Students who attend can learn more about the process of applying, what funding is available, and career enrichment opportunities; and meet other students who have gone abroad.

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Technology for cosmetics consumers

Technology for cosmetics consumers

For their final project, students in the Foundations of Human-Centered Design and Development course in the College of Information Sciences and Technology had the opportunity to gain real-world industry perspective and feedback on the prototypes they spent the semester building.
On Dec. 10, students presented seven-minute lightning pitches for their ideas to build technology solutions for cosmetics consumers.

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Six top-10 rankings for Penn State in U.S. News’ 2020 Best Online Programs

Penn State World Campus is recognized in six top-10 rankings of U.S. News and World Report’s 2020 Best Online Programs. U.S. News also ranked Penn State World Campus in six categories of its Best Online Programs for Veterans lists.

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Six top-10 rankings for Penn State in U.S. News’ 2020 Best Online Programs

One family, one college, four different career paths

Many times, attending Penn State is a family tradition, but one family takes that tradition to a whole new level. Vince Derr, his cousin Jaclyn Carradorini, and Jaclyn’s little brother Chris have all graduated from the College of Information Sciences and Technology, and their younger cousin, Nicholas Carradorini, is currently a senior in the college.

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Scholars invited to submit papers on privacy, technology and vulnerability

Scholars invited to submit papers on privacy, technology and vulnerability

Penn State’s Dickinson Law, the Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS), and Monash University have joined together to sponsor the “Privacy, Technology and Vulnerability Workshop,” which will be held at Monash University Prato Centre in Prato, Italy on June 22-23.

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From picking locks to leading information security

From picking locks to leading information security

“A lock isn’t designed to keep people out; it’s designed to slow people down.” That was the key point that Nick Leghorn, Penn State class of 2010, took away from a hacking conference that he attended as a student. So he brought the cybersecurity concept to the University by launching Penn State 2600 -- a student organization for people who wanted to have fun with technology and enjoy being intellectually challenged. The art of lock picking was the focus of one of the club’s first meetings.

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Multi-college, online Digital Multimedia Design program sees first graduates

Penn State’s new Digital Multimedia Design program is seeing its first graduates this week. The interdisciplinary program is offered through Penn State World Campus by the College of Arts and Architecture, College of Communications, and College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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These Penn State grads feel confident about their future goals

These Penn State grads feel confident about their future goals

Adalice Burgos and Aaron Spak balanced their jobs and families while working toward their degrees. They’ll share their stories of their educational journeys at an event for Penn State World Campus students this Friday.

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Center for Security Research and Education announces spring 2020 grant program

Center for Security Research and Education announces spring 2020 grant program

The Penn State Center for Security Research and Education has announced its spring 2020 grant program to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State. University faculty and researchers are eligible to apply by Feb. 14, 2020.

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First-generation student celebrates success as IST student marshal

Since Joselyne Mera Vargas moved to the United States from Ecuador when she was 9 years old, she has developed valuable leadership and communication skills, discovered a passion for data science, and completed a summer internship at Harvard University. To celebrate all that Vargas has achieved during her time at Penn State, she has been selected as the College of Information Science and Technology’s student marshal for the fall commencement ceremony on Dec. 21.

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