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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.