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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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Using machine learning to reduce traffic congestion

January 17, 2020

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'

January 17, 2020

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

January 16, 2020

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

January 14, 2020

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.

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

January 14, 2020

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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One family, one college, four different career paths

January 9, 2020

Many times, attending Penn State is a family tradition, but one family takes that tradition to a whole new level.

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Scholars invited to submit papers on privacy, technology and vulnerability

January 7, 2020

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

January 3, 2020

“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.

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

December 17, 2019

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

December 16, 2019

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

December 16, 2019

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

December 13, 2019

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.

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New software developed by Penn State improves database security

November 11, 2004

Penn State researchers have developed software that more quickly and efficiently ensures that databases don't release unauthorized information.

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Shared awareness key to successful computer-supported collaboration

November 9, 2004

Team members can collaborate more successfully and create better solutions to complex, ill-defined problems by using software tools that support members' shared understanding of long-term goals, plans, challenges and allocation of resources, say Penn State information sciences and technology

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Penn State improves logistics support to Marines in Iraq, Afghanistan

October 13, 2004

Penn State researchers helped analyze wireless technologies and diagnostic systems for ground equipment for imminent use by the U.S. Marines in current operations, and made recommendations to enhance their use for future operations.

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Giving computers the jitters helps explain human behavior

September 28, 2004

Penn State researchers have developed a computer program that mimics the results when a human appraises a task as threatening and feels worried before starting.

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Dynamic lighting system colors 3-D environments

August 20, 2004

An automatic lighting system that can speed up the development of interactive stories and videogames can enhance players' experiences, too, by adding more tension and emotion to a scene, says the Penn State researcher who developed the system.

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Old boys' clubs contribute to gender gap in IT

August 10, 2004

When it comes to understanding women's underrepresentation in the IT workforce, nature/nurture theories don't explain why some women successfully hold positions such as systems and Web developers, IT administrators, project managers and software architects, say Penn State researchers.

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Computers alone won't create knowledge economy

August 6, 2004

The "build it and they will come" approach to economic development won't create the next Silicon Valley, Penn State researchers say.

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Penn State establishes Institute for Computational Science

July 27, 2004

Penn State has established a University-wide Institute for Computational Sciences that will bring together faculty from 11 colleges, institutes and units to pursue collaborative projects in computational science.

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IST researcher looks to 'debug' software

May 20, 2004

Mary Beth Rosson, professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State, is participating in a $2.6-million National Science Foundation grant aimed at helping computer users identify and fix software glitches.

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New marking process traces spammers, pirates and hackers

March 31, 2004

Penn State researchers have proposed a new marking process for Internet messages to make it easier to trace the originators of spam, illegal copyrighted material or a virus attack.

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