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Trustees committee discusses AI and its implications for higher education

Trustees committee discusses AI and its implications for higher education

Artificial intelligence (AI) opportunities far outweigh the challenges for use at universities, according to Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Justin Schwartz. He led a panel discussion on AI and its implications for higher education at the Board of Trustees’ Committee on Academic Affairs, Research and Student Life meeting on Oct. 19. 

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Information Sciences and Technology graduates honored at first Alumni Symposium

Information Sciences and Technology graduates honored at first Alumni Symposium

Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology honored graduates Nathan McNeese and Christy Grim at the first IST Alumni Symposium, held Oct. 20 at the Eric J. Barron Innovation Hub Building.

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Penn State partners with Gov. Shapiro to shape AI governance and strategy

Penn State partners with Gov. Shapiro to shape AI governance and strategy

Penn State has partnered with Gov. Josh Shapiro to provide expert guidance on artificial intelligence (AI) strategies and governance. This partnership aims to leverage Penn State's AI expertise and resources to help shape responsible AI standards for state agencies, aligning with the growing importance of AI technology in governance.

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Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference shines spotlight on innovation

Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference shines spotlight on innovation

Penn State students, faculty and alumni entrepreneurs joined with venture firms and startup founders from across the United States for the 2023 Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference, held Oct. 16-17 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey. 

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IST researchers earn best paper award at natural language generation conference

IST researchers earn best paper award at natural language generation conference

A paper authored by students and faculty from the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology received the Best Long Paper award at the 16th International Natural Language Generation Conference.

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Media Mention: ‘Can You Hide a Child’s Face From A.I.?’

Where: The New York Times, “Can You Hide a Child’s Face From A.I.?

Who: Priya Kumar, assistant professor in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST)

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Human body movements may enable automated emotion recognition, researchers say

Human body movements may enable automated emotion recognition, researchers say

Penn State researchers combined computing, psychology and performing arts to develop an annotated human movement dataset that may improve the ability of artificial intelligence to recognize the emotions expressed through body language. Their work was featured on the cover of the journal Patterns. 

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Tenured, promoted faculty honored through books at Oct. 2 recognition program

Tenured, promoted faculty honored through books at Oct. 2 recognition program

Recently tenured and promoted Penn State faculty across the University were honored Oct. 2 through Penn State’s Promotion and Tenure Recognition Program, now in its 21st year, during a private event held in the Paterno Family Humanities Reading Room on the second floor of Pattee Library at the University Park campus.

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Media Mention: “Chat GPT for Software Security — How it Assists Attackers & Security Analysis”

Where: Cyber Security News, “ChatGPT for Software Security: How It Assists Attackers & Security Analysts”

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Media Mention: “Going Phishing on Campus”

Where: Inside Higher Ed, “Going Phishing on Campus”

Who: Shomir Wilson, assistant professor in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST)

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Stuckeman symposium to highlight issues surrounding displacement in architecture

Stuckeman symposium to highlight issues surrounding displacement in architecture

The Stuckeman School will host a research symposium Nov. 13-14 to examine the relationship between refugee displacement, climate and architecture.

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Sending a 'We Are!' to these Penn Staters

Sending a 'We Are!' to these Penn Staters

As part of our regular “We Are!” feature, we recognize 12 Penn Staters who have gone above and beyond what’s asked for them in their work at the University. 

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Center for Socially Responsible AI invites seed funding proposals

Center for Socially Responsible AI invites seed funding proposals

The Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence invites short proposals for its annual seed funding program. Penn State faculty are can submit proposals for research that advance the center's mission of promoting, practicing and studying socially responsible ways of using, building and deploying AI technology.

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IST researcher among recipients of $29 million fusion energy sciences grant

IST researcher among recipients of $29 million fusion energy sciences grant

Romit Maulik, assistant professor in the Penn State College of IST, is one of 19 recipients funded with this U.S. Department of Energy grant and will explore machine learning for improved nuclear fusion disruption mitigation.

 

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Human abstractness may make smart contracts smarter, researchers report

Human abstractness may make smart contracts smarter, researchers report

Smart contracts, or computer programs that automatically execute certain agreed-upon actions when agreed-upon conditions are met, are considered safer for online transactions than traditional contracts, but they are not error-proof. Researchers from the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology were part of a multi-institution effort to make smart contracts easier to develop, easier to verify and, ultimately, safer to use.

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New filtering approach may improve online health information experience

New filtering approach may improve online health information experience

A Penn State research team has proposed a new information-filtering approach for predicting future health information needs of online community participants as they move through different stages in their illness. They published their approach in the IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics.

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College of Information Sciences and Technology welcomes nine new faculty members

College of Information Sciences and Technology welcomes nine new faculty members

The Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology has welcomed nine new faculty members in 2023. The two tenure-line members and seven non-tenure-line members represent the college’s four research areas: data sciences and artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, privacy and security, and social and organizational informatics.

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IST data sciences student Carson Pedaci is Penn State Blue Band’s new drum major

IST data sciences student Carson Pedaci is Penn State Blue Band’s new drum major

Carson Pedaci, a third-year student in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, is the new drum major for the Penn State Blue Band. In an interview with IST, he discussed his musical background, his decision to study data sciences and the drum major’s trademark flip.

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IST promotes STEM to thousands at National Girl Scout Convention

IST promotes STEM to thousands at National Girl Scout Convention

The Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology hosted a STEM activity booth at the 56th triennial National Girl Scout Convention at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, last month. 

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College of IST student interns share experiences, offer internship advice

College of IST student interns share experiences, offer internship advice

Four students from the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology shared their summer internship experiences. All undergraduate students in the college are required to complete at least one internship before graduation. 

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Presidential Leadership Academy announces 2023 cohort of students

Presidential Leadership Academy announces 2023 cohort of students

Penn State’s Presidential Leadership Academy (PLA) has selected its new cohort of 30 exceptional second-year students. It is the 14th group of new PLA members since 2009 when the academy was founded by alumni Edward R. and Helen S. Hintz.

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Alumna pays it forward through endowed IST scholarship

Alumna pays it forward through endowed IST scholarship

Penn State alumna Jen Romano has made a commitment to establish the Jennifer Romano Dean’s Advisory Board Matching Scholarship in the College of Information Sciences and Technology. 

 

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New course examines opportunities, challenges, concerns around generative AI

New course examines opportunities, challenges, concerns around generative AI

“Emerging Technologies in Popular Culture,” a new course offered by the Penn State College of Information Systems and Technology, invites undergraduates to explore the questions, opportunities and challenges related to generative artificial intelligence.

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Sending a ‘We Are!’ to these Penn Staters

Sending a ‘We Are!’ to these Penn Staters

As part of our regular “We Are!” feature, we recognize nine Penn Staters who have gone above and beyond what’s asked of them in their work at the University. 

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Media Mention: 'Lew-Port graduate named interim dean of Penn State school'

Where: Yahoo! News, “Lew-Port graduate named interim dean of Penn State school”

Who: Andrea Tapia, associate dean for research in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST)

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College of Information Sciences and Technology names student marshal

College of Information Sciences and Technology names student marshal

The Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) has named its student marshal for summer 2023. Tessa Beauchat, a human-centered design and development student and Schreyer Honors College Scholar, will lead her IST classmates into the University's commencement ceremony on Aug. 12 in the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park

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Media Mention: ‘AI Will Heighten Cybersecurity Risks for RIA’s’

Where: WealthManagement.com, “AI Will Heighten Cybersecurity Risks for RIAs

Who: Shomir Wilson, assistant professor in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST)

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Media Mention: ‘Opinion: Mark Zuckerberg’s family photo raises this crucial question’

Where: CNN, “Opinion: Mark Zuckerberg’s family photo raises this crucial question

Who: Priya Kumar, assistant professor in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST)

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Carleen Maitland named interim associate dean for research in the College of IST

Carleen Maitland named interim associate dean for research in the College of IST

Carleen Maitland, professor in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology, has been named interim associate dean for research, effective Aug. 1.

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Renaissance Fund selects Edgar and Barbara Farmer as 2023 honorees

Renaissance Fund selects Edgar and Barbara Farmer as 2023 honorees

As Penn State’s Renaissance Fund celebrates its 47th year of recognizing outstanding community members and helping students in need, the Renaissance Fund Committee has selected local community leaders and education pioneers Edgar and Barbara Farmer as its 2023 honorees. A reception in the Farmers’ honor will be held on Nov. 1.

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Mary Beth Rosson, long-time leader in the College of IST, retires

Mary Beth Rosson, long-time leader in the College of IST, retires

Mary Beth Rosson, professor in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology, retired on June 30. Rosson served in many leadership roles throughout her career with the University.

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Andrea Tapia named interim dean of College of IST

Andrea Tapia named interim dean of College of IST

Andrea Tapia, associate dean for research and professor in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has been named interim dean for the college, effective Aug. 1. She will assume the role following the departure of Andrew Sears, as announced on June 28.

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Lynette Yarger named full-time associate dean in Schreyer Honors College

Lynette Yarger named full-time associate dean in Schreyer Honors College

Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College has promoted Lynette Yarger to full-time associate dean for equity and inclusion as of July 1. Prior to that date, the professor of information sciences and technology had filled the role on a part-time basis. 

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College of IST Dean Andrew Sears announces departure

College of IST Dean Andrew Sears announces departure

Andrew Sears, dean of the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has announced his departure from the University, effective July 31. Sears will assume the position of dean of the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) on Aug. 1.

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Alumnus honors parents through endowed IST scholarship

Alumnus honors parents through endowed IST scholarship

Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology alumnus Colin Murphy, class of 2003, recently made a commitment to establish the Richard and Veronica Murphy Dean's Advisory Board Matching Scholarship in honor of his mother and in memory of his father. The gift will be matched by a fund supported by members of the IST advisory board. 

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Penn State security center announces 2023 grant recipients

Penn State security center announces 2023 grant recipients

The Penn State Center for Security Research and Education has awarded $152,500 in funding to six Penn State faculty through its 2023 grant program.

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More engagement in tech design can improve children’s online privacy, security

More engagement in tech design can improve children’s online privacy, security

Researchers led by the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology reviewed a body of research to better understand the problems and solutions of designing technology with children’s privacy and security in mind. They are presenting their findings at the Association for Computing Machinery Interaction Design and Children Conference this month.

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Penn State announces tenure-line faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2023

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Penn State News. Faculty members from the College of Information Sciences and Technology were mentioned.   

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Penn State announces non-tenure-line faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2023

Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Penn State News. Faculty members from the College of Information Sciences and Technology were mentioned.   

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Center for Socially Responsible AI awards Big Ideas Grants to five projects

Center for Socially Responsible AI awards Big Ideas Grants to five projects

The Penn State Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence awarded more than $212,000 to advance five interdisciplinary research projects as part of its Big Ideas Grant program. Awarded projects feature researchers from six departments across four colleges and institutes.

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College of IST names first associate dean for undergraduate studies

College of IST names first associate dean for undergraduate studies

The Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology has appointed Sharon Huang as its first associate dean for undergraduate studies, effective July 1. 

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Former Penn State Smeal, IST dean and longtime professor Jim Thomas retires

Former Penn State Smeal, IST dean and longtime professor Jim Thomas retires

James B. "Jim" Thomas, William Elliott Professor of Risk and Management, is retiring this year after nearly 36 years at the University, including serving as dean of two colleges — the College of Information Sciences and Technology and the Smeal College of Business.

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IST graduate pursues creative business idea with help from Penn State Scranton

IST graduate pursues creative business idea with help from Penn State Scranton

While still a student at Penn State Scranton, Parkston Myers, a May 2023 information sciences and technology graduate, turned a creative idea that stemmed from his passion for video games, which developed at a young age, into a $10,000 business plan.

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What’s next on 'HumIn Focus'? Upcoming episode addresses questions about AI

What’s next on 'HumIn Focus'? Upcoming episode addresses questions about AI

A series of questions about the wide-ranging potential of artificial intelligence, as well as its limitations and myriad impacts, represents the focus of the seventh episode of "HumIn Focus," which will make its streaming debut on June 16, and its WPSU-TV premiere on June 24.

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What’s next on 'HumIn Focus'? Upcoming episode addresses questions about A.I.

What’s next on 'HumIn Focus'? Upcoming episode addresses questions about A.I.

A series of questions about the wide-ranging potential of artificial intelligence, as well as its limitations and myriad impacts, represents the focus of the seventh episode of "HumIn Focus," which will make its streaming debut on June 16, and its WPSU-TV premiere on June 24.

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Penn State hosts Nigerian delegation to discuss partnership

Penn State hosts Nigerian delegation to discuss partnership

A delegation led by the former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and His Royal Majesty Saka Adelola Matemilola, the Paramount Ruler of Owu Kingdom in Nigeria, visited Penn State on May 23-24 to explore opportunities for long term and impactful partnership between Penn State and a consortium of higher education institutions in Nigeria.

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College of IST announces Office of Enrollment, Engagement and Belonging

College of IST announces Office of Enrollment, Engagement and Belonging

The Office of Enrollment, Engagement and Belonging is the new name of a collaborative unit in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology. The new unit includes three offices: inclusion and diversity engagement, undergraduate recruiting and student engagement.  

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Media Mention: ‘Microsoft launches new AI tool to moderate text and images’

Where: Tech Crunch, “Microsoft launches new AI tool to moderate text and images“

Who: Shomir Wilson, assistant professor in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST)

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IST, World Campus graduate student named cybersecurity scholar

IST, World Campus graduate student named cybersecurity scholar

Joshua D'Ottavio, a College of Information Sciences and Technology and World Campus student at Penn State, was named an RSA Conference Security Scholar. He joined thousands of cybersecurity professionals at the 32nd annual RSAC in San Francisco. 

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Perception of human emotion in movement focus of $2 million NSF grant

Perception of human emotion in movement focus of $2 million NSF grant

A Penn State-led research team received a $2 million National Science Foundation to study how machines perceive and process human body language. The research could stimulate advancements in health care applications, including the design of caregiving robots.

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